Died on 10 January 2016 due to liver cancer, just after his 69th birthday on 8 January. He was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, painter, and actor.
David Bowie's music and the way he dressed inspires me. I don't think I have ever heard an artist change his music style as much as he has. He showed me that you can grow with time and change a bit too. There are too many songs I love from David Bowie to be able to mention them all, so here are a few:
- Heroes (1977)
- Rebel rebel (1974)
- Let's dance (1983)
- Life on Mars (1971)
And many more.
Died on 14 January 2016 and died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 69. He was an English actor and director.
Alan Rickman inspires me with his way of portraying characters and showing various sides of how humans can be. He was an actor who was funny, serious, a villain, a wizard, a military man, a romantic, evil... He was very entertaining. The ones I remember at the moment are:
- Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 1991)
- Colonel Brandon (Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility, 1995)
- Hans Gruber (Die Hard, 1988)
- Severus Snape (Harry Potter film series, 2001-2011)
- Harry (Love Actually, 2003)
- Angel Metatron, the voice of God (Dogma, 1999)
- Judge Turpin (Tim Burton film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007)
And many more
Also from a few Music Videoclips from Texas
- where he dances the tango (In Demand, 2000)
- where he sings/talks (Start A Family, 2015)
He was a Japanese supercentenarian and was the oldest man on Earth (officially recognized by Guiness World Records). He died at the age of 112 on 19 January 2016.
I don't think I will ever reach that age, but he saw so much during his lifetime. More than 100 years of change for mankind. The good, the great and the bad! Very inspiring for someone like me, who loves to learn about various things.
He was an 88 year old American cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AI laboratory, and author of several texts on AI and philosophy. He died on 24 January 2016.
For me he was the man, who created a box that when it is switched on it can switch itself off (The Useless Machine, 1952). It sounds useless, but somehow it also makes you think of what a machine can do for you. What the possibilities can be for artificial intelligence. Time and time again we keep on developing ourselves on that field. It might have started as an abacus, many many many years later with Turing who created the basis of the first gigantic computer to decipher Enigma. But one day we might do much more than we could ever imagine, especially when we can decipher our brain.
Our ~4 months relationship ended on 19 January 2016. My "James Bond" ex-boyfriend M. He is a hero, a gentleman, a very attractive intelligent man who lives a dangerous life. Due to M's "dangerous" lifestyle it wasn't possible to think about having a family in the near future. Even though, James Bond tried to do so in the movie On Her Majesties secret service (1969) with Tracy. Separation was inevitable... OK, that sounded cheesy... I am keeping the line in this blogpost anyway *smile*. It showed that it can start and end horribly for Tracy, but M isn't James Bond and I can't see the future. One day I might stop thinking "what-if" for instance meeting back in the middle just like in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009) or something like the ending of the tv series How I met your mother (Last Forever, 2014). Except we don't live in a movie so it would be a miracle if/when that happens.
M inspires me because he doesn't want to stop learning, his courage for travelling alone around the world with just a small backpack, the dangers he faces every day while he teaches or heals people and the way he sees the world. May I hear more of his inspiring (future) adventures, when we both have healed.
Added another inspiration, see comment.