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So life does this sort of strange balancing act.

Yesterday, around 6:00pm, a fine fellow I worked with at Loki named Andy
 Mecham walked down an aisle and married his fiancee.

About three hours later, another fine fellow I worked with at Loki named
 John Hall died from endstage Melanoma.

I have mentioned John before, about his fundraiser for cancer research...he
 put up one hell of a fight, as anyone who read his blog could see,
 but it finally got the better of him yesterday evening.

In the meantime, he was busy writing video games, flying airplanes, and
 training for marathons. John was hardcore, period: cancer had to actually
 kill him to slow him down at all.

I first met John at LokiHack in 1999, but to be honest, I didn't really
 remember him from there. In my defense, the whole point was to not sleep for
 two days, so everything from that time at the Atlanta Linux Showcase is a
 little vague now. When he showed up at Loki's California offices some time
 after I had, someone reminded me that I had run into him before.

John had arrived in Tustin for a summer internship with Loki. Now please
 remember that most interns at any kind of company fetch coffee and get farted
 on by the QA guys, in hopes that this nonsense will pad their future resume',
 but John was there with other plans; on summer break from his undergrad
 studies at Georgia Tech, he arrived in Tustin, CA to write a book on the
 sort of techniques we were trying to make a living at. I think we were all a
 little awed by this person, so young, that was doing something so ambitious
 on what was probably a vacation for everyone else in his class, and he seemed
 perfectly natural doing it.

Okay, to be fair, he did get farted on by the QA guy, but I believe that
 was viewed as required hazing at the time.

And the book, of course, was published:

The book is credited to "Loki Software, with John R. Hall" but really, it was
 the other way around...John wrote the whole thing, every word, and the Loki
 guys occasionally grunted approval. I believe he was 19 when he finished it.
 His book, called "Programming Linux Games" hit the shelves around the same
 time as a completely different publisher's book, "Linux Game Programming."
 This would have been a disheartening turn of events had the critics