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I was very saddened today to read of the passing of Michael Crichton. What, you may ask, does this have to do with macosxhints.com? More than you might think -- Michael was a big-time Mac user and early OS X adopter (rare for someone who relied on their machine to make a living!).

Back in 2001, when this site was just a time-intensive hobby, I didn't have any ads, and relied on donations to cover my hosting costs. Michael Crichton was one of the early donors, and in addition to his check, he sent me a very nice card and autographed book.

His passing today hit me pretty hard, and the best way I could think to handle it was to write about what he meant to me, both personally and relative to this site's history. So rest in peace, Michael -- you entertained millions, and you will be missed.

-rob.
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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: JaxMyers on Nov 05, '08 02:43:15PM

I like Crichton better before he got involved in politics. His global warming denial / republican stuff sort of creeped me out. Sorry to hear he passed away though, and cool to hear he supported Mac OSX Hints.



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: Cartoonasaurus on Nov 05, '08 06:34:29PM

Well, as a fantastically rich man, Michael Crichton had no need of 'petro dollars', so you kind of have to figure this was his honest assessment of the Global Warming 'crisis'.

Not a rare opinion. In fact, it is my opinion. Nice to know that he was a Mac user just like me.



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: ctierney on Nov 05, '08 08:35:19PM
I agree, Cartoonasaurus.

I'm a great fan of his work and was delighted to find he was challenging the notion of man made global warming. Here's the late Charlton Heston reading from the epilogue of Jurassic Park on this subject:
Michael_Crichton_Jurassic_Park_Charlton_Heston.mp3

If anyone's interested, here's a global warming debate hosted by NPR with Michael Crichton as one of the participants (they won):
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9082151

What creeps me out is that people are being convinced that we can actually steer climate change like a boat when we can't even reliably predict the weather.

Basic chaos theory is all that's needed to understand the futility of accurately modeling our climate. Climate change "scientists" ignore the greatest green house gas, water vaper. Everything's much cleaner in the models if you leave out the clouds.

Concensus is not science.

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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: rjbailey on Nov 05, '08 11:34:23PM
Basic chaos theory is all that's needed to understand the futility of accurately modeling our climate. Climate change "scientists" ignore the greatest green house gas, water vaper.
Chaos theory--yeah, I know all about that too because I saw Jurassic Park!

You're an idiot and you have no idea what you're talking about.

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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: DHH on Nov 06, '08 09:26:01AM
You're an idiot and you have no idea what you're talking about.
How very interesting. You're a true vulgarian, aren't you?
Funny how often this well-thought argument is heard from the true believers of the AGW church and its Goracle. Stay classy!

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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: robg on Nov 07, '08 08:46:37AM

While I welcome debate on things posted here on hints, name calling is not something that's welcomed. So please, keep things civil.

-rob.



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: rab777hp on Nov 07, '08 04:42:24PM

please give the dead some respect



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 06, '08 02:57:27PM

Climate change is not weather. Predicting the weather is like predicting when a particular schmuck is going to win the lottery. Climate study is like predicting how many schmucks will will the lottery.

Your attempts to pass this off as a considered viewpoint are somewhat amusing.

Crichton was a denialist, not a scientist. He was also a brilliant author -- of fiction.



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: astack on Nov 07, '08 11:44:24AM

Believing that just because the consensus can be wrong ipso facto means that climate change somehow isn't happening, or that human activity doesn't have something to do with it is completely illogical. Crichton had a lot of similar very clever arguments for a lot of things, including dinosaurs and climate change, but a lot of them were obviously wrong to someone who knew the technical details about what it was he was describing, but not so much the casual reader. E.g., at one point he declares in State of Fear that there is cooling in some weather stations, but that isn't what climate change is about, it's about the mean surface temperature, not isolated places. I won't get into it more than that, this debate is best left to other sites...

I read Jurassic Park with a lot of interest when I was in high school and it had a lot to do with me picking my current career path, but everything of his I have seen since then has been either not interesting to me (ER) or I considered it downright bad (Lost World, State of Fear). While I have some very good memories of some things he has done (including support of this site), unfortunately I can't say I will miss him.



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: rottenchops on Nov 06, '08 09:49:34AM

His credentials in the field of climatology were... ?
The motive for promoting a "global warming hoax" would be... ?



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: slb on Nov 05, '08 08:11:04PM

Yeah, science is sure creepy...
What IS creepy are all the Kool-Aid Algore followers that deny real science.
Glaciers have been melting for 10's of 1000's of years, BTW.
Not going to ruin this thread - sorry to see he died, and these days, 66 is young.
Also like the way the family and he kept it low-key and didn't use it to further some cause or another.
RIP

PS - I worked in the geosciences for 13 years at UCLA, so I'm not pulling my 2¢ out of may backside...



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: rjbailey on Nov 05, '08 11:40:42PM
Glaciers have been melting for 10's of 1000's of years, BTW....PS - I worked in the geosciences for 13 years at UCLA, so I'm not pulling my 2¢ out of may backside...


Thanks for your brilliant assessment of the complexities of glacier dynamics and global thermal dynamics, professor.

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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: slb on Nov 06, '08 10:10:11AM

Actaully (I love when people publicly show how ignorant they are...) it's "thermodynamics"
Might want to think a little harder before you post...



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: rjbailey on Nov 08, '08 02:09:20PM
Actaully (I love when people publicly show how ignorant they are...) it's "thermodynamics" Might want to think a little harder before you post...

Thank you, I know the difference between thermodynamics and "thermal dynamics." Re-read my post, and if you're still confused let me know and I'll explain the difference to you.

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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: rab777hp on Nov 05, '08 02:57:29PM

I love crichton's books, when I found out the news i thought than no one would pay attention, thank you rob, for commemorating this great writer.



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 05, '08 03:50:57PM
Michael Crichton was by far my favorite author. I love how he integrated science into his novels, and he was a master of suspense. My heart still pounds when I read Jurassic Park, even though I already know what is going to happen. I tended to agree with his assessments of the media in State of Fear. Learning of his passing was of a great sorrow to me. I am glad to hear that he was a supporter of this site.

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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: sachinwalia on Nov 05, '08 04:34:27PM

It's definitely a heartbreaking news for many of his fans. His book was about to come out in decemeber but is postponed for summer 2009. I attribute him for my love for the books. R.I.P. Mr Crichton



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 06, '08 07:45:01PM

Hey, I didn't know he had a book on the way. I guess that I can read a new Michael Crichton book, then, one last time.



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: daybrother on Nov 05, '08 07:02:02PM
I've read his stuff for years--starting with some he wrote under pseudonyms. His creation of the show ER ranks as the best doctor show ever made. He was a very spiritual guy and I knew some docs that knew him back when he first hit it big. They all said he was a terrific guy who refused to lose his ego to Hollywood. I'm a doctor and I share his views on Global Warming and I think we've all lost a wonderful story teller and a Man of Great Principles. May God comfort his family....Michael's finding some answers now to his biggest questions.

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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: shavenyak on Nov 06, '08 06:24:56AM

Douglas Adams was a Mac user too, and he actually wrote good books.



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: Felix on Nov 06, '08 06:49:25AM
The "write about what he meant to me" link took me to a CNN story about Crichton's life and untimely death. Did you also write something (more comprehensive than this Mac OS X Hints post), Rob? If so, correct link please.

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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: robg on Nov 06, '08 10:13:20AM

Sigh -- sorry about that! The link is fixed now; I wrote about his passing on macworld.com.

-rob.



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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: rjbailey on Nov 08, '08 02:15:27PM
Crichton wrote great books that were fun to read. He was very intelligent and multitalented. Not so good at staying married, apparently. But I agree with Bob Park: Chrichton's novels were anti-science.

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Remembering Michael Crichton
Authored by: Cartoonasaurus on Sep 03, '10 04:24:21PM

Every day, bit by bit, folks are slowly coming to a "consensus" that humans cannot control the climate - Mr. Crichton, may you rest in peace. You fought the good fight...



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