Last night one of my oldest online acquaintances, kielle
passed away after only recently being diagnosed with cancer. She was 32. We've known she was gravely ill for only a few weeks, and only yesterday did her husband post that "my beloved wife's story is winding to a close." (More about her, from her, at Subreality
Most people will remember her most, I think, for her relentless involvement in online communities -- founding, modding, befriending along the way. Kielle's sense of community is hard to describe -- she had a magical way of fostering community in disparate and inherently different people united by their one common thread. She was unspeakably smart and funny and crafted what I still consider to be one of the five greatest things ever written in the English language, "X-MST3K,"
which is notable as being the first three of only four Google returns for the phrases "Do not lick" and "It's on fire."
It has never failed to make me laugh, aloud, in even my darkest days. What greater gift can a friend give you?
I said this elsewhere but it's worth repeating here as I'm about out of words -- we go way back, back to our first days on these here Internets. I feel so bad for her family and her husband for bearing the weight of this unknowable loss -- but if you never got to know her, either in person or in her multitude of online forums, then it's for you
that today I'll truly mourn. Good night, brave Libra firefox. You had not long enough.
It's more than apropos that she'd posted this in her userinfo
quite some time ago, before her sudden swift sickness, and I thought it could bear repeating:What's that you say? Hopeless? Why, very well!
But a man does not fight merely to win!
No, no, better to know one fights in vain!...
You there -- who are you? A hundred against one --
I know them now, my ancient enemies --
Falsehood! ...There! There! Prejudice! Compromise! Cowardice!
What's that? No! Surrender? No!
Never, never! ...Ah, you too, Vanity!
I know you would overthrow me in the end --
No! I fight on! I fight on! I fight on!
-- Cyrano de Bergerac