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March 9, 2005

Lastly, Chris' obituary

This is probably one of my last posts on Chris. We're always going to have great memories of him but damn this is difficult to swallow. Thanks again for all the people who commented here.

The Globe and Mail


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CHRISTOPHER JOHN PORTMAN January 26, 1980 - February 25, 2005 Suddenly, Christopher passed away at his home in Pasadena, Califor nia at the young age of 25. He is sur vived by his parents Wendy and David, his sister Lesley, his Stepfather Douglas and his girlfriend Katherine Alevaraz. A Memorial ser vice honoring his life was held in Pasadena on March 1st, 2005. In keeping with Chris's wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes cast upon the ocean. Chris will forever be in the hearts of his family and friends. He will always be remembered for the joy, love and happiness that he gave to us all. A Celebration of Life for Christopher will be held at The Boulevard Club on Thursday March 10th, 2005 at 7 p.m. 1491 Lakeshore Blvd West. In lieu of flowers, his family that donations be made to Trillium Gif t of Life Network University Ave, Toronto M5H (416) 363 - 4438 asks the 155 3B7

Posted by beamz at 9:56 PM | Comments (1)

March 7, 2005

Comments about Chris aka cjp

A couple of good comments about Chris have come through, stop and read them if you've got a second. Lately it has seemed like the post about him should stay at the top for a long time to come....

Post and comments here.

Posted by beamz at 3:23 PM | Comments (0)

March 5, 2005

Dell 2405FPW for $860 - Deal ending 3/6/05

For my birthday and as a graduation gift I decided I wanted to get a large flat panel monitor. Initially I was going to get the HP L2335 23" but found a deal with Dell small business for the Dell 2405FPW 24" flat panel which has dvi, vga, svideo and component video in and a 16ms response time all for $860 plus sales tax including 2 day shipping. Delivery time is a week to week and a half out now.

The deal ends 3/6/05 so if you're interested in it, I'll give you the Dell rep's contact extension and information you'll need to get in on it. Please reply to the thread and use a valid email address, if you'd like to hide it from the public put www.twentybelow.com as your "url" in the comment field.

Pictures here.

Posted by beamz at 10:58 PM | Comments (3)

March 2, 2005

So long Chris Portman

Update: Martin Ross spoke with Chris' mom and said that his death was an accident. Someone else has said according to the family that it was due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Regardless he's no longer with us.

A friend of mine apparently decided to take his own life. Chris has unnecessarily reminded us of our own mortality. I had known Chris for what seems to be a very long time, at least 7-8 years. He didn't talk a lot but I remember asking for some technical help and talking to him randomly on irc.

Every second that passes this seems more and more unreal. I've talked to a certain group of friends pretty much daily over the last 5 years and before that it was monthly. Chris was part of the group that has become a permanent part of my life. He'll be missed that's for sure.

21:50 cjp was last seen on IRC 8 days, 3 hours, 15 minutes and 22 seconds ago, saying: wow that sucks [Tue Feb 22 18:34:55 2005]


Posted by beamz at 9:47 PM | Comments (118)

"iPod users are stupid" -- Napster CEO

MacMischief - Get Your Daily Dose - Napster CEO calls iPod users "stupid"

The Napster CEO must have read the Cluetrain Manifesto because it says "Treat your customers like they are numbers." Oh wait, no it doesn't.

The 2nd of the 95 theses reads, "Markets consist of human beings, not demographic sectors." The third reads, "Conversations among human beings sound human. They are conducted in a human voice."

I'm sure one could argue calling people stupid sounds human and could be done in a human voice but perhaps it's not a nice thing to do. The next most "stupid" thing to do when you're trying to sell people a product is call them stupid.

Posted by beamz at 9:35 AM | Comments (0)