My childhood icons are disappearing. First Mr. Rogers, then Mr. Wizard, and now the Hippy Dippy Weatherman with all my hippy dippy weather, man.

Aunt Dee-Dee let me see Carlin on Campus at way too young an age. I think George Carlin’s objective way of looking at all the stupid things we do as a collective really shaped my cynicism as a kid.

But now he’s dead, expired, perished, met his death, meet his end, passed away, been taken, yielded his breath, resigned his being, ended his days, ended his earthly career, breated his last, ceased to be, departed this life, is no more, gone off, dropped off, popped off, lost his life, sunk into the grave, dropped dead,  given up the ghost, paid the debt to nature,  shuffled off this mortal coil, taken his last sleep, gone the way of all flesh, handed in his chips, joined the greater number, crossed the Stygian ferry, crossed the bar, gone to Davy Jones’s locker, gone to the wall, received his death warrant, made his will, stepped out, gone out like a candle, come to an untimely end, caught his death, gone off the hook, kicked the bucket, bought the farm, turned up his toes, pushin’ up daisies,

and is, of course, stuck on the roof.

Thanks, George, for being the crotchety bastard we all needed to keep us in check.


About John Herren

John Herren is a developer and technical consultant with focus on web applications. He currently serves as Director of Development for Primetime US, the company behind the hit movie and book The Secet. John was formerly staff writer and developer community evangelist for Zend Technologies. Along with founding neat experiments like TagCloud.com, John is an active member in the mashup community, working with API providers and speaking at conferences. He is a published author of Linux certification study material. John enjoys using open source software like PHP and Ruby on Rails to bend the web into exciting new chimeras of hyperlinked goodness. View all posts by John Herren

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