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Be kind to one another

July 2 2008 at 10:57 AM
Stina, aka Christina Macsdottir 
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Thanks to all of you, young and old, for providing Mac with company during his last years on earth. You provided him with what he always wanted: a room full of curious and intelligent students and educators alike who were devoted to programming in QBasic. My brother and I are particularly grateful, for our genetic code did not allow GOTO commands. Good thing that Mac understood many other languages, both human and computer-based.

Mac taught us that in spite of real or imagined differences, we H. sapiens sapiens* have more in common than we care to admit (at least in public.) Mac saw through many of the trappings of materialism and social mores to the individual within. At the same time, all stereotypes (and political correctness) were a constant source of comic relief. He was a universalist at heart, so much so that upon seeing you, he might put his hand on your shoulder and state in no uncertain terms: Greetings, Earthling!

Mac had an amazing ability to take any fact or circumstance and extrapolate it- putting it into perspective. Growing up under a West Texas sky bright with stars, Mac felt the insignificance of any one individual's attempt to "grab credit" in the grand scheme of things. At the same time, however, Mac explained his concept of "fate" i.e. how the entire universe had been working through all time for any particular event to occur... so that every instance of accidentally stepping in dog poo was suddenly overcome with great meaning (and just cause to celebrate!)

Dad, your unique perspective causes us to cherish every story you ever told. We love and miss you dearly. We stay strong and united in your memory.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Tribe: Hominini
Subtribe: Hominina
Genus: Homo
Species: Sapiens
Variety: Sapiens

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