John Himpe was a radio and blogging wizard. Now he’s gone, at a young 38 years of age.
Here’s his account of first getting on the Internet:
Because there were only so many hours of Internet for the year, I was always mindful of the clock. Many days, spending an entire hour online seemed like an eternity. Today, that can pass in the blink of an eye.
The Internet of 1994 was a distinctly different experience from today. Web pages were primarily coded by hand – not generated by databases. Dropping an e-mail to whoever was responsible for a website usually ended up netting you a new friend in the process. And, admiration – not SEO – was the motive for linking to another’s online creation. It was a very different time, and the content reflected that.
In my circle of friends, I was that kid – one of the first on the block to get Internet access. When people would come over to hang out, the Internet was a mild distraction – but one that wouldn’t last for long before we’d head off to watch TV or otherwise get in trouble.
UPDATE: He passed away from a brain aneurysm. Unfun fact: a young woman died of that only meters from my desk at work, less than 2 years ago.
Why did the ABC bridge have its pivot supports removed before the overhead support cables visible in the finished design were installed?
Community gathers to watch 950-ton bridge move across Southwest 8th Street
Leonor Flores ’98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm building the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge, which will further connect FIU and its northerly neighbor, the City of Sweetwater. She was excited to share her work with her family, especially Michelle, who is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school.
Michelle said she might want to follow in her parents’ footsteps and go to FIU when the time comes, and that it was fascinating to see her mom’s work in action. “I’m interested in the architecture and the design of the bridge, and the math portion of it,” she said.
Said Leonor: “It’s very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. We’re able to put in an artistic touch and we’re able to build, too.”
The pedestrian bridge, which crosses Southwest 8th Street at the 109th Avenue intersection, will provide a safer crossing of the eight-lane thoroughfare for the 4,200 FIU students living in Sweetwater. Between its walkways and plazas, it will also provide 9,900 square feet of gathering and event space
A week ago my Dad passed away from complications due to his cancer treatments. I last saw him in person 3 weeks ago on Labour Day Sunday, and he seemed to be doing about as well as anyone who has been through months of chemotherapy. Earlier in the week my Godmother, Betty Klein, also passed away from cancer. Prior to that, my friend Dawn lost her husband to cancer too.
Then I had to move some furniture around in my condo. All this after a thousand kilometers of driving in the past few days. A couple muted birthday celebrations in the middle of that too. I did enjoy seeing my extended family, although many noted we all wished it was under happier circumstances. We’re getting to the older side of life where more often we all meet during a funeral than a wedding or holiday.
A man with a group of people went looking to injure First Nations people, from their truck.
A hospital won’t put the dying woman onto organ donor lists to get replacement organs for ones damaged in the attack, because she’s had alcohol in the last half year.
Hate-crimes everywhere you look in Northern Ontario. Can something not be done besides prepare for the funeral?