edgeways has passed away July 21, 2015 8:02 AM   Subscribe

Sad news: long-time Metafilter community member edgeways, Edgewood Smith, passed away last week.

I don't have a link to a formal obit at the moment, but his family and friends have been posting photos and memories on his facebook page.

He hosted a weekly radio show called "The Local", under the handled DJ-E, on Duluth public radio station KUMD; they'll be running a special tribute show for him tomorrow, Weds July 22nd, at 5pm Central time, if you'd like to listen in.

edgeways was a thoughtful and conversational fixture on Metafilter, steadily around and active on various parts of the site over the course of eleven years, with dozens of posts to the blue and the green and the grey and thousands of comments and answers shared with the community. He also produced and posted one of my favorite tracks ever on MetaFilter Music, a reworking of You Spin Me Round as a gorgeous, wrenching acoustic duet.

I never got a chance to meet him personally, but I was glad he was here and I'll miss his presence on the site, and I know a lot of folks here will likewise.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 8:02 AM (244 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

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posted by notyou at 8:04 AM on July 21, 2015


I was so sad to hear this. He had some nice comments in the how to help a wheelchair user thread the other day.

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posted by cooker girl at 8:07 AM on July 21, 2015


I'm so sorry to hear this. I often have trouble distinguishing between users here and edgeways was one who definitely stood out for the better.
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posted by billiebee at 8:11 AM on July 21, 2015


What the FUCK? That's awful.
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posted by mkb at 8:13 AM on July 21, 2015


Terrible news.
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posted by drezdn at 8:14 AM on July 21, 2015


I love that cover of You Spin Me Round, and edgeways had lots of other good contributions here. Very sorry we've lost him.
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posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:14 AM on July 21, 2015


He was a very thoughtful, funny, and kind contributor on the green too. Terrible loss.
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posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 8:24 AM on July 21, 2015


He was further evidence that Duluth is secretly the greatest city in Minnesota, and therefore the world. RIP.
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posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:31 AM on July 21, 2015


. for my compatriot from the North Country.
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posted by Iridic at 8:37 AM on July 21, 2015


Oh goodness. How unexpected and sad.

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posted by gauche at 8:38 AM on July 21, 2015


Oh god, this is awful. Just awful. edgeways was one of my favorite users.

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posted by Rock Steady at 8:43 AM on July 21, 2015


He was further evidence that Duluth is secretly the greatest city in Minnesota, and therefore the world. RIP.

It really is. There is no place in the world like it.

I always hope to hook up with my Northwoods peeps when I get back there to visit family, but... alas, haven't gotten around to it.

. Farewell, friend.
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posted by Proofs and Refutations at 8:57 AM on July 21, 2015


What awful news. He was good around here.

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posted by Faint of Butt at 9:02 AM on July 21, 2015


. Peace to you.
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posted by muddgirl at 9:04 AM on July 21, 2015


I just registered here a few days ago and had no clue Edge was a prominent member yet. But I first met him about ten years ago while he was trying to get some photographers together to do an exhibition that he wanted to be hung on public transit buses to bring it out the galleries, and into places where people who normally don't go to galleries would be.

Always a pleasant person who would say hi and and take an honest interest in what you were doing with your life. Real world Edge seemed to be the perfect user for the type of people this website seems to draw in.
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posted by gwint at 9:14 AM on July 21, 2015


further evidence that Duluth is secretly the greatest city in Minnesota

Crap. We'd just missed each other at a meetup when I was there. A kind man and a gentle soul and I enjoyed sharing chitchat with him here.
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posted by OmieWise at 9:30 AM on July 21, 2015


What!?

I was just thinking about playing EVE with him.

wtf, can't even...
posted by RolandOfEld at 9:34 AM on July 21, 2015 [6 favorites]


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I still have some MP3s in my library labeled "Edgeways Metafilter Swap 11-2005". It's some real cool stuff; I'll have to listen to it tonight.
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I still have some MP3s in my library labeled "Edgeways Metafilter Swap 11-2005". It's some real cool stuff; I'll have to listen to it tonight.

I've still got one of Edgeways's posted mix CDs on my shelf. I'll also be giving it a play tonight.
posted by greycap at 10:04 AM on July 21, 2015


Terrible news. My heart goes out to family & friends. I didn't know him -- he was just one of those names you were aways glad to see under a post or comment, because you'd know reading it would be worthwhile.
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posted by tonycpsu at 10:16 AM on July 21, 2015


I'll quote edgeway's quote in the Terry Pratchett thread: “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away...” ― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man.

We'll miss you, edgeways, and we'll continue to appreciate the thoughts, advice and humor you shared here on Mefi.

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posted by taz (staff) at 10:17 AM on July 21, 2015 [50 favorites]


Rest in peace.
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posted by DigDoug at 10:18 AM on July 21, 2015


I am sorry to hear this. Very best wishes to his friends and family, on-line and in person.
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Edgewood Smith is just about the coolest name I've ever heard. It sounds like the platonic ideal of a 1930s fictional private investigator with a gruff exterior but a heart of gold.
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posted by audi alteram partem at 10:38 AM on July 21, 2015


It sounds like the platonic ideal of a 1930s fictional private investigator with a gruff exterior but a heart of gold.

Ingame in EVE he was a thoughtful industrialist, turned sneaky and opportunistic assassin when the time was ripe.

Also a team player extraordinaire with a [properly] low tolerance for the normal sexist/racist/homophobic bullshit overhead that comes with playing online games with other folks. I recall several times where he quite simply and plainly told folks that associated with us about how their casual, errant verbiage was intolerable and it helped.

Mefi/MFC's presence in the MMO-sphere was better off for his being there. His Tempest or 'Cane was always a welcome sight when shit hit the fan and he was always a pleasure in chat and teamspeak.

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Fly safe friend.
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posted by Namlit at 10:50 AM on July 21, 2015


. Peace to his family and friends..... He was always one of those voices of calm I looked for around here. What a great name. He will be missed.
posted by pearlybob at 10:56 AM on July 21, 2015


Oh, I'm sorry. Sympathies to his friends and family.
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posted by Cash4Lead at 11:01 AM on July 21, 2015


Oh, this sucks. RIP, edge.
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posted by SpacemanStix at 11:22 AM on July 21, 2015


Thanks for your thoughtful post on this Cortex. Sad news.
posted by latkes at 11:27 AM on July 21, 2015


This is so sad.

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posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:30 AM on July 21, 2015


Oof. He was a core part of our EVE posse and I have so many fond memories. My sympathy to his loved ones. From the small slice of him I got to see, he was clearly one of the good ones.

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posted by nickmark at 12:03 PM on July 21, 2015


I think Roland's story is the first time I've seen something related to EVE and said "I wish I'd been playing," instead of just reading about it.

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posted by Rhaomi at 12:35 PM on July 21, 2015


He made the world a better place for having him in it. What a loss.
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posted by fiercecupcake at 12:45 PM on July 21, 2015


I suppose I am one of the few longtime MeFites who met the man in person, because we live in the same neighborhood and traveled in the same Duluth circles. I remember when he messaged me here years ago and said, "Are you [Real Name]?" It made me feel like I had a real-world compatriot here. As far as I know, he is the only one (aside from a new guy I see up above) who I've known in both spheres.

He was truly one of the nicest guys around and it always felt great to see his well-reasoned discussion and wry wit on the Blue, and I was always so glad when I ran into him and his wife out and about. The news yesterday just wrecked me.

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posted by benito.strauss at 1:00 PM on July 21, 2015


How sad. Farewell, Edgeways - you have always been a good guy and a nice part of mefi. Condolences to his family.
posted by madamjujujive at 1:26 PM on July 21, 2015


He also produced this great version of Lay Down Sally; I listened the hell out of it when he posted it to MeMu nine(!) years ago, and still rolls up and around in my head once in a while. Damn.

Condolences.
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posted by but no cigar at 2:16 PM on July 21, 2015


oh no! He will be missed. seemed like a great guy. so sad for his family and friends.
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posted by eckeric at 2:21 PM on July 21, 2015


Ah Edgeways. I wish him peace, I wish his family peace.
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posted by julen at 3:56 PM on July 21, 2015


edgeways was good people. I'm sorry for his friends and family -- I hope they see this thread at some point and understand how well-liked he was.
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posted by mochapickle at 4:07 PM on July 21, 2015


Very sad news.

We have adjacent user numbers which doesn’t really mean much in itself except that we both happened to sign up in that April 2004 blip of new users not too long before the great $5 influx. I’m sorry I will now never get the chance to meet my Mefi neighbor in real life.

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posted by The Card Cheat at 4:34 PM on July 21, 2015


Oh no. I was always happy to see his name on a comment; he was insightful and wise. Condolences to his family and friends.
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Damn.

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He sent me (& my swapmates) an enormous trove of music for a MetaFilter CD swap. It was my first one since joining -and one of the reasons I got off my butt and onto the site- so I think of him as someone who welcomed me in. I can't say I knew him all outside of this, but my heart goes out to his friends & family.
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This is sad news.
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Godspeed.
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posted by discopolo at 12:06 AM on July 22, 2015


Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescat in pace.
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Death is before me today:
Like the recovery of a sick man,
Like going forth into a garden after sickness

Death is before me today:
Like the odor of myrrh,
Like sitting under a sail in a good wind.

Death is before me today:
Like the course of a stream
Like the return of a man from the war-galley to his house.

Death is before me today:
Like the home that a man longs to see,
After years spent as a captive.

From "Dialogue of a Misanthrope with His Soul" (ca 2000 BC), from the Middle Period of Egypt, obviously translated (this is the translation from Neil Gaiman's comic books).
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(Received a mix CD from him back in 2009; anybody that puts a Link Wray song on their mix is alright by me.)
posted by Bron at 11:54 AM on July 22, 2015


I hope that when I go I'll be lucky enough to make the kind of impression he did.

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posted by St. Hubbins at 11:55 AM on July 22, 2015 [3 favorites]


edgeways grew up here in Newfoundland but hadn't lived here for years. I saw him make a comment to that effect a few years ago and was delighted when he added me as a contact, since there aren't many Newfoundlanders on this site. I thought "Oh cool! Maybe we'll meet up someday!"

I'm very sad that I will never have that chance.
posted by futureisunwritten at 11:57 AM on July 22, 2015 [2 favorites]


I was first introduced to edgeways during a MeFi Music Swap where I discovered he lived in Duluth. I hadn't known of very many other Minnesotans on MeFi, so he stood out with that. Plus, I helped introduce him to some music as it sounded like he was just starting up that local music radio show.

Typically, all of my favorite bands suck, but edgeways was a person who sounded kind. Like even if my favorite bands did suck, he'd like me anyway.
posted by jillithd at 12:15 PM on July 22, 2015 [2 favorites]


RIP edgeways, always liked your contributions.
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posted by cashman at 1:55 PM on July 22, 2015


edgeways and I share a birthday, and we both signed up for mefi accounts around the same time about eleven years ago. I've left my . out of respect already, but I wanted to check back in and honor his memory with actual words.

Life is too goddamn short. Be kind. We'll miss you, edgeways.

"Peace and noise."
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posted by running order squabble fest at 3:05 PM on July 22, 2015


Aww, man. He was one of the good ones.
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I'm going to miss his contributions.

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posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 6:58 PM on July 22, 2015


This is sad news. My thoughts are with his friends and family.

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posted by From Bklyn at 11:43 PM on July 22, 2015


Oh no, sad news. Fly safe.
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Condoleances to family and friends.
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posted by harriet vane at 6:01 AM on July 23, 2015


Sad news. He was a thoughtful contributor and will be missed.

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RIP, sir.

(And I was just in Duluth like week ago.)
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Oh no. My sincerest condolences to those who love him.
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A Good Guy!
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posted by heyho at 9:15 AM on July 24, 2015


Oh, my heart cracked when I saw this. He was one of the many MeFites I've never met but just loved because of his contributions here. I will miss him. And will spend some time with his tracks in his honor today.

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posted by angrycat at 4:42 PM on July 29, 2015


“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away...” ― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man
posted by edgeways at 7:48 AM on March 12


Thanks for having shared with us here so much (sadly this thank you, as far too many I tend to make, is weak, far after the fact, obviously empty of all but words, devoid of the urgency demanded—and ultimately—too late; really only a curiosity for someone who happens to read this in the cold, closed and empty 'after-the-fact'). It is frustrating and challenging and disconcerting that I do not know how to share this feeling and wish with those of us who are missing. Well, no, I do know how, but it is only possible through saying thank you all—now—before it is too late. But still I have missed that chance here. I am too late. The world without sharing, feels empty. The world may well be huge, with so much to see, to do and to be a part of; but our lives, they sure can find ways to fly away far too quickly, feeling receding, blurry and tiny.

I still wish I could say that 'thank you' personally to everyone who shares their words/ideas/mind/heart and or opinions here (and all places) before it is too late for me to be able to say. You are important. To me, and to many others. I wouldn't be where I am without this place, and this place wouldn't be without you all.
Thank you (all, and especially edgeways) for how you share with—and share in—this ongoing uniting project and still; I remain sorry we all experience this life in such a discontiguous, disconnected manner. I'll try to speak up before it is too late.
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Trying to get a dot in, edgeways. I was far too close to just mothballing this whole comment as sucking up other's air, leaving me with another thank you left unsaid, no. Here's to doing our part to keep the ripples we each manage to make keep moving, to keep them from disappearing and from dying. What can we do now? We could remain by the waters edge, making noise, making ripples, being vigilant, making changes, appreciating the ripples made by others. Keep making our own ripples, and keep naming and seeing and remembering and recording the ripples made by others.
I am sorry for the loss of so many wonderful people. While this is certainly an imperfect thank you, I don't want this sorry and thank you to be merely another in my accreting pile of things left unsaid.
May you all know peace in your time.
posted by infinite intimation at 10:58 AM on July 31, 2015 [10 favorites]


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posted by Lafe at 11:52 AM on August 5, 2015


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posted by Lycaon_pictus at 11:28 AM on August 8, 2015


Update: We have heard from edgeways' wife, Bridget Riversmith, who thanked us for sharing the Metatalk thread, and asked:
If you could share his memorial site with others, I would be very grateful

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Thank you once again, and wishing you all well,
Bridget Riversmith (wife of edgeways)
Click "view more" on that link to see the full text, including the lovely "A Brief History of Edgewood by Bridget Riversmith."
posted by taz (staff) at 7:12 AM on August 31, 2015 [9 favorites]


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