As I was on my way to a particularly intense client meeting this morning I received word that Peter Rasmussen had passed away. The meeting took very long and was packed with information which I both received and disseminated, but almost all I could think about was the few short hours I had spent on Skype with Peter. It was just a couple of weeks ago when I tried to help him work out technical issues he was having with voice chat in Second Life.
I remember thinking at the time that he was such a nice man and interesting conversationalist, and how that was so opposite of what I was prepared for. As someone who was so accomplished in his field, he could have easily maneuvered me into the role of the nobody to his somebody, but that was far from the case. I was so looking forward to meeting up with him at future machinima talks, hearing his thoughts and throwing mine back at him.
I feel robbed, but it’s not really my feelings that are important right now. Turning back the clock is not possible, so it’s the closest survivors that have lost so much who now need everyone’s comfort and good will. I wish to offer my condolences to his dear friends and loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are for them and for Peter.