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Rutger sent word that our friend Mark Hoekstra of Geektechniques has passed away… He writes

Mark Hoekstra of Geektechnique fame has passed away this morning. He suffered from a severe heart attack last wednesday while on his bike. He has been in the hospital in a coma since then. Friday night he was pronounced braindead. In the spirit of his open source thinking, Mark was kept alive for a donor procedure and passed away this morning (saturday).

He will be cremated this thursday in his hometown of Groningen. Mark had just turned 34 on september the 12th.

I’m emailing you because I know you were big mutual fans and you opened a big window to/from his world. I hope you can post a message for the numerous Mark Hoekstra fans that read Make Magazine/blog.

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Mark was one of those makers who would email me his projects, they were very good and eventually he started his own DIY site and wrote a great article for MAKE print too (Bicycle iPod Charger). I know Mark would want to be remembered for his fun projects and boundless curiosity. Take a minute and check out his site, his projects and his photos.

The last email Mark sent to me was a few months ago about his latest project…

Hi Phillip, This weekend I connected some cheap LCD shutter glasses to one of my old SGIs. Now this is a project well known within the SGI hobbyist community (and ever since I read about it, I’ve been wanting to do this), maybe it inspires some people to grab a SGI cheap somewhere and tinker around with it.

Mark always had the maker spirit. Our thoughts are with Mark’s friends and family.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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