Tribute . Like a steam locomotive rolling down the track... He's gone... He's gone and nothing's gonna bring him back... . Nate Nielson, better known to the Lego world as nnenn, died recently.
Online eulogy at The Brothers Brick
The anonymity afforded by the internet makes it all too easy for people to be rude, cruel, callous, vicious, just plain stupid... in short, to make asses of ourselves to a degree we would never do in person. The fact that I never saw nnenn be anything but polite and respectful online is a testament to the kind of man he must have been.
I never had a lot of contact with him -- he left a few comments on my flickr stream, I left a few comments on his. He seemed to build nothing but starfighters, and I haven't built one in almost two years. His thoughts on that last one of mine, Chiroptera, are telling: "Good, but I see ready canvas..."
He liked color. Lots of it. And stickers, modified parts, and clone bricks. Whatever he needed to get the picture in his head closer to reality. My Vic Viper, the starfighter template he made so iconic, is a purist version, but in colors I hope he would have approved of.
I know it's been a tradition for me to ramble on nonsensically when posting my spaceships, but this time I'd like to observe a moment of silence.