Aaron Joseph Purmort was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in 2011. Around that same time, he met Nora, whom he would go on to marry and spend the next, last three years of his life battling cancer alongside. In that time, the two had a son and slowly learned to accept that the tumor would take Aaron's life. But the two shared a wonderful sense of humor, and co-wrote his obituary—an obituary which is now seeing the light of the day, after Aaron passed away last Tuesday. It's sweetly funny, very heavy on Spider-Man fandom and even poignant.
Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts, and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate). Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs. As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy. Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party. He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father's untimely death.
You can watch a teaser for an upcoming documentary about the couple's brief, beautiful marriage here ... Discuss
Sometimes, in life, the little things can end up being a source of frustration and even insurmountable difficulty. You may see others struggling with this challenge and think that surely you, with all your strength and cunning, will not have a problem overcoming this obstacle, only to find yourself bested, lying in a heap of your peers. Of course, next time, you'll be wiser about the ways you take on life's little hurdles, but we don't have that video metaphor. We only have this one ... Discuss
Man. The noblest beast. Through courage and cunning, man has forged rivers, crossed oceans, ascended mountains and even dared to set foot on the very moon and beyond. And though greatness beckons, it is our destiny to sometimes stumble and fall in the tendrils of our nature. This is one such moment as Max, the crowning achievement of creation, reckons with the unfairness of the world around him. In time, he too will join humanity in the sun. But today is not that day ... Discuss
Oh, childhood. Sweet, sunlit land of unfettered bliss. Who among us has not wished that it would last forever? Who among us does not remember the first time we stared into the abyss? Today, we are all Sadie, and we sob in unison with her ... Discuss
How to chart the decline of the once mighty Richard Dawkins? Time was, he was a feared, powerful voice for atheism, but his all-too-frequent nonsensical Twitter rants have brought his reputation down to rubble, and this morning's was a particular doozy. In a series of tweets that don't seem to exist for any real reason, Dawkins waxed poetically on which sorts of rape and pedophilia are worse than others, noting that "Mild pedophilia is bad. Violent pedophilia is worse" and that "date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think."
He's been defending himself against wild backlash ever since, seemingly unable to comprehend why anyone would be upset by his simple, "logical" observation, in which he did not define exactly what he means by "'mild' pedophilia" and whether or not he has any authority to speak on various categories of rape. As Salon notes, "let’s thank God he’s not the one who actually does get to decide whose rape was worse than anybody else’s" ... Discuss
Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think.
2-year-old Kayden Elijah Kinckle was born with a condition called omphalocele, which caused his intestines to stick through his navel. The condition ultimately led to the amputation of his left leg and right foot. Doctors predicted he wouldn't make it, but not only has he made it—he's learning to walk with the help of new walker. It's no mean feat, but Kayden has the heart of a champion and his mantra—"I got it! I got it!"—is probably the most inspiring thing you'll hear all day ... Discuss