God I miss Ryan, and I am heartbroken by his loss. I can't imagine how devastated Ryan's friends and family are right now.
I met Ryan only once, at the Brattle on Rock Band Night just before PAX East 2012. He was running around, and I wanted a chance to say "hi" and "thank you", so I offered to buy him a drink. "Not now, buddy. Later." he said kindly, and patted me on the shoulder as he ran off, presumably to go do something funny or cool.
I got WAY too drunk in anticipation of being the first "band" up of the night. We performed our song, "opening band", and the judges (ie the Bomb crew) brutalized us. We were bad, and not "good bad", and deserved it. Unfortunately I got WAAAAY too drunk before I had a chance to buy Ryan that drink, and my fiancee and I stumbled back to the hotel, narrowly avoiding a gut stabbing (but that's another story).
I saw Ryan again at the panel. By this time I no longer had any liquid courage, and saw he was busy enough. I let him be. I never did get to buy him that drink, I didn't make the trip to PAX East 2013, I always thought there would be next year.
Like a lot of you, I've been listening to the Bombcast since the Arrow Pointing Down days. By now, many of you have talked about how close you felt to him, by just listening to the Bombcast and how personal and candid it is, and Ryan was. I feel the same way, Ryan was a big part of my life. I listened to the Bombcast virtually every night, and to that end, I tried to figure out a suitable tribute in his honour.
I'm not a talented artist, or musician. I'm a television news producer, and of all the things that affords me the ability to do, one thing, I think, would be kind of cool. I have access to broadcast television satellite transmitters from the CBC in Toronto. We have a long term lease on certain satellites, and we often don't use them very late at night. So: tonight, I'm going to broadcast the very last episode of Time Trotters to one of our satellites. If you happen to have a professional, tunable, steerable, satellite dish you should be able to see it around 11pm eastern time on the following coordinates:
Anik F1R T.24
SR: 5.8594 MS/s
FEC: 3 / 4 Mod: QPSK
Frequencies: D/L 11933.25 H
DVBS, Standard Definition
Like most broadcasts, it will leave the earth and hit the satellite in space, and then bounce back down to earth; so, for that short time Ryan's video image, voice, etc, will be in space. I think he would get a kick out of that. When I start transmitting I'll try to upload a picture from my control station of the signal going out.
Till then Duders.