Boing Boing has posted an obituary about Richard R Nagy – better known as Datamancer – losing his life in a car accident. The obvious use of the word “apparently” suggests that they’re not entirely sure. The Gatehouse has also reported on it and they don’t seem 100% positive either.
If it’s true, then the loss of his life will be felt throughout the steampunk community. Everyone is familiar with his legendary steampunk laptops and other contraptions that he seemed to get perfect every time.
Indeed, I was only reading an interview with him on Thursday that discussed his newest creation in the works. The Tesla Cane was a walking cane with a working miniature plasma globe sat on top. I remember getting annoyed as this was a plan I’d had for a while, but I knew he’d pull it off faster and better than I ever could.
You can read the Gatehouse story here: Richard Nagy reportedly dies
The Boing Boing article is here: RIP Richard “Datamancer” Nagy
My thoughts are with Mr. Nagy’s friends and family at this time.