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RIP, Tad McClellan

by merlyn (Sage)
on May 03, 2012 at 16:45 UTC ( #968773=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

You may know Tad from his frequent contributions to comp.lang.perl.misc. That also got my attention, and I hired him at Stonehenge in 1999 to be one of my trainers during the dot-com boom, and later entrusted him with managing the logistics of our on-site trainings. He later took on the role of being one of the comp.lang.perl.moderated moderators as well.

Tad lost his battle with lung cancer last Sunday. I had known about his illness for about six months, and had spoken to him about a month ago. At that time, he had said things weren't going well, but he was still hopeful.

His obituary says the services are today. I'm in the wrong city for that, unfortunately. There's also a guest book there if you want to add a note.

Rest in piece, my friend. 55 years for you was far too young.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

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Re: RIP, Tad McClellan
by Anonymous Monk on May 24, 2012 at 02:28 UTC
    My name is Jessica, daughter of Tad McClellan. I was googling his name and came across this. My family and I appreciate this so much because he knew so many people and this way they are all informed about what happened. My mother especially wanted me to tell you thank you so much.
Re: RIP, Tad McClellan
by Mr. Muskrat (Canon) on May 03, 2012 at 18:21 UTC

    I wish that I had found out sooner because I would have attended his funeral. Tad made work more fun and interesting. He always had a joke or funny story to share.

Re: RIP, Tad McClellan
by jmcnamara (Monsignor) on May 03, 2012 at 18:07 UTC

    I'm sad to hear that.

    I first came across comp.lang.perl.misc in 1999 and I remember him as one of the most frequent posters.

    --
    John.

Re: RIP, Tad McClellan
by gizmo_mathboy (Friar) on May 04, 2012 at 04:26 UTC
    I got to chat with Tad a little bit at the last Perl Conferences in Monterrey. He was a good guy and he will be missed.
Re: RIP, Tad McClellan
by Argel (Prior) on May 03, 2012 at 23:29 UTC
    I'm sorry for your loss, and the loss to the Perl community. Prayers for his friends and family.
Re: RIP, Tad McClellan
by kcott (Chancellor) on May 04, 2012 at 09:07 UTC

    Sad news. My sincerest condolences to family and friends.

    -- Ken

Re: RIP, Tad McClellan
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 08, 2012 at 17:25 UTC
    This is really nuts. I'm in shock. I worked with Tad on some programs for real estate locally. We worked together for several years. He was honest and brilliant. He played a key role in my business and life that that will impact me forever. -Chandler

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[ambrus]: overhead slide plus blackboard is inconvenient because the lighting conditions are different and they require separate areas you can't quickly repartition, and typing on keyboard is faster and more convenient than writing on a blackboard
[Corion]: (b) would be cool. I've thought about this doing Pod editing, and even simply regenerating/live updating the browser makes things much more interactive
[ambrus]: modern computers have way enough processing power to allow this, at least for geeks who are willing to spend a few weeks to learn a tricky new user interface like vim
[Corion]: ambrus: Well, for mathematical notation, I find blackboard much more convenient than a computer. But when inserting text or moving text around, the computer wins obviously
[ambrus]: But either of these is a big problem in practice, so I'd need to spend like thirty years of my life to solve (a) and five more years to solve (b)
[ambrus]: Corion: yes, CURRENTLY the blackboard is more convenient
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[ambrus]: overhead transparencies are a nice convenience by the way that mix the two slides, because you can write them in advance and edit them during the presentation easily. but they're not very much in fasion these days.

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