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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-11-15 06:42
Subject: [cancer] The comfy chair: a memorial idea
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Tags:cancer, death, friends, funny, health, personal
My very long-time friend Chris Johnson has suggested that as a memorial, I should have a a comfy chair, ideally a leather wing-backed so one could take a nice nap in it. Designate it the "speak to Jay chair." Perhaps a bit steampunked out with brass studs and so forth, with some embroidery and some such,

As Chris says:
A flexible section of ship's speaking tube may be included, mounted where the occupant may easily reach and replace it. (Concealing the other end of the tube, complete with whistle, somewhere beneath seems best. If you know an audio person who can enclose the whistle in a structure that will give it a nice sound of distance, an otherworldly echo, or both, so much the better.) I can think of other elements that might be added, but a comfy chair requires a degree of comfortable, self-contained dignity that too many baubles might undermine (on the other hand, toys are fun), so it's probably best not to go overboard.

In this way you may comfort us all, as you often have in life, albeit only one or two at a time (probably also like life).

He goes on to suggest that the comfy chair travel to conventions in my place, perhaps present awards and so forth.

Personally, I think this is hilarious. I am now trying to decide if I think this is practical. What do you think?

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User: radiantlisa
Date: 2013-11-15 11:58 (UTC)
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My thought was to have you taxidermied and put you in the chair. Too creepy? :p
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User: cypherindigo
Date: 2013-11-15 13:56 (UTC)
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I love that idea. Perhapts one at your local library also.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2013-11-15 15:09 (UTC)
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Taking that last idea further...perhaps we could start a charity where givers could donate towards comfortable "Jay Lake Chairs" to be placed in local libraries (with appropriate descriptive plaques, of course).

Chair and chair alike, so to speak.
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Renegade Vagabond
User: khaybee
Date: 2013-11-15 19:36 (UTC)
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Rowan aka: The Seticat: * cat - bright-idea - p3nsive
User: seticat
Date: 2013-11-15 19:59 (UTC)
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Keyword:* cat - bright-idea - p3nsive
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2013-11-16 15:49 (UTC)
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Now that's an idea I could support. The idea of carting a chair from convention to convention, while entertaining, suggests to me placing an undue burden on the carter, no matter how much love the carting is done with. It's not just having a van; it's moving furniture, it's organizing the placement and use of same. But comfy chairs for local libraries? The chairs will get wider exposure, wider use; they'll last longer, be a more permanent memorial and make more of an impact to a broader usership.
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User: goulo
Date: 2013-11-15 16:09 (UTC)
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I'm all for comfy chairs, but I'd be leery of having a chair up on stage presenting awards before an audience; it sounds eerily similar to Clint Eastwood's 10 minutes of awkward surrealism at the Republican National Convention...
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2013-11-15 16:14 (UTC)
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2013-11-15 16:14 (UTC)
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Considering that some of my fondest memories of you at the original Fireside include you reclining in that comfy chair...I think it's a great idea!

Logistics could be interesting, but I don't know that it would be as expensive as bringing in the Iron Throne to a con would be. IIRC from what Justin Barba said about bringing the Iron Throne to Miscon, it needs to be shipped on a pallet and shrink-wrapped, plus you'd need to figure out storage when it's not at a con. But I think it could be doable as a legacy to future generations. LOVE the idea!
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User: voidampersand
Date: 2013-11-15 16:43 (UTC)
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This reminds me of a story. A worldcon was in the same hotel as a Scientology convention. A couple of fans found a way to sneak through the air ducts to where they could secretly observe the Scientologists. It was a large room and it was packed with Scientologists sitting in rows, respectfully watching ... a chair up on the stage, with a reel to reel tape recorder playing the voice of L. Ron Hubbard.
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User: hrhqod1
Date: 2013-11-15 17:03 (UTC)
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Go for it! Memorials and Conventions tend to bend towards the impractical and fabulous.
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User: kshandra
Date: 2013-11-15 17:27 (UTC)
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Keyword:Velveteen Rabbit
I used to have an overstuffed rocking chair that originally belonged to my great-grandmother; I sat in it for hours the day she passed away.

For obvious reasons, I think Chris's idea is an excellent one.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2013-11-15 20:28 (UTC)
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if for at the begining of Wordstock, they sent that red vyinal chair about, so its a good thought.

Or you could dispense fortunes to the inquisitive like the old boxes from hurdy gurdy shows... ASK JAY the secrets the the universe~!

And, you still can get folks to sit on your lap... grin.
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Jay Lake: signs-commit_no-nuisance
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-11-15 21:17 (UTC)
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And, you still can get folks to sit on your lap... grin.

Ah, you know me too well.

Edited at 2013-11-15 09:23 pm (UTC)
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User: yourbob
Date: 2013-11-16 06:40 (UTC)
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Hey, _I_ could even sit on your lap!
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Jay Lake: funny-buddahomer
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-11-15 23:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
ZOMG, really? You never told me that story. Hahahahaha.
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Rick Moen
User: rinolj
Date: 2013-11-15 23:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's a Unix group!

rmoen@borgia:~$ id rmoen
uid=1000(rmoen) gid=1000(rmoen) groups=1000(rmoen),20(dialout),24(cdrom),25(floppy),29(audio),30(dip),44(video),46(plugdev),100(users),107(netdev),111(fuse),113(powerdev),114(scanner),666(jaylake)

Membership in group jaylake conveys write access to output device /dev/sarcasm. (By contrast, membership in group rmoen merely permits pulling arcane jokes out of /dev/ass.)

Rick Moen
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Lethran: Angel
User: gwyd
Date: 2013-11-16 07:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This is brilliant. If it's going to conventions it will need to be fairly lightweight.
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User: cate_morgan
Date: 2013-11-18 23:53 (UTC)
Subject: Comfy Chair
I think this is glorious. Perhaps it can also do fund raising for cancer research and tell your story at Oncologist conventions in Doctor Suess rhyme? Just a thought...
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