It saddens me greatly to have to report that our dear friend blazar
passed away, apparently on December 28, 2008.
After just receiving an email (I think from his parents) with news about the funeral, I found the following at http://pollicinor.giuseppemazza.it/post/67370560:
Oggi Pollicinor è silenzioso e listato a lutto: è morto
Michele Dondi, per gli amici Blazar. Michele era uno dei
primi autori di tumblelog in Italia, in termini temporali
e di impegno: lo abbiamo conosciuto mentre manifestava
genialità e irriverenza, curiosità e riconoscenza. Ora
mi manca, ci manca. Qualcuno dice che è “strano” quando
un blogger, specie così giovane, viene a mancare. Oggi
non è “strano”. Oggi è semplicemente orribile.
If anyone can translate this to English (my Italian is not so good), please add the translation as a comment here.
(Update: I was hoping for the more precise wording of a human translation, rather than a web translation.)
He and I had corresponded for some time, and I very much enjoyed his intelligence and his humor, as I'm sure many other monks did. He was always optimistic and cheerful, and provided me with invaluable insights, both about Perl and life.
I will miss him a lot.
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