RIP Mike!

Dr Michael Hewitt Benn died in Calgary, Canada on Wednesday, December 21st at the age of 80. He was one hell of a guy. One of the nicest people I’ve ever met and the best boss anyone could ever ask for. He would do anything for anyone and was the epitome of kindness and generosity.

One of the last conversations I ever had with him involved him convincing me he had enough money to keep me employed for another three months. On pestering him about where the money was coming from, it turned out he was intending to make a trip to the bank and take my income out of his own personal account! I turned him down on that offer, but it is a shining example of how generous the man could be.

Mike, you will be sorely missed!

Dr Michael H. Benn

I worked for Mike at the University of Calgary 2004/2005. We published a paper about Lycoctonine … Lycoctonine revisited

Old photos from Cumberland apartments

Here are some old photos I dredged up from my time in Cumberland apartments. Thanks to Sushi and Dars for some of the photos.

Shoulder surgery tweets

For those of you unaware, I had shoulder surgery last week. I recall finding it incredibly amusing watching @ninjalikescheez tweeting immediately following surgery, so I decided to follow suit and risk public embarrassment and shame by doing likewise. Some would call posting your inner thoughts on a public timeline whilst drugged out of your mind crazy and stupid. I don’t disagree … but I did it anyway because I figured it would be amusing 😀 I’ve posted highlights below for your amusement and so that I can reflect back on them in future without having to rifle through thousands of other tweets to find them.

Oh, and if you aren’t following me on Twitter already, please do so 😀

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