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I don’t know how best to do this, so I’m just going to report the terrible news that a good friend of ours, Sivert Nielsen (sivni), has passed away.
After battling depression and panic disorders for many years, he committed suicide on July 16th.
Sivert designed some beautiful themes for Textpattern, and had undertaken to run Textgarden.org, a repository of themes that was just getting going.
I talked with him many times, and considered him a good friend. Confronting this loss is going to take some time.
I do not know what to say.
I’ve seen Sivert’s themes and his designs are really good. Its really unfortunate to loose a fellow txp mate. May he rest in peace.
“Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, twist it into a sphere, and punch through the sphere.”
— Albert Einstein
This is truly a shame. We should kick up some theme development in his honor.
Last edited by schwarz (2005-09-11 17:34:55)
Change your world and you will change your mind.
I had no idea, didn’t really know him at all, we only chatted here a little. I did actually start wondering about him just a couple days ago, thinking that I hadn’t “seen” him around recently. To those who did know him, I’m so very sorry.
Please ignore me if I’m wrong, chaulk it up to my being clumsy but well-meaning, but it seems appropriate to acknowledge his contributions, especially in light of everything he was dealing with at the same time. I think we should put something like this at Textgarden:<pre style=“width: 150px; background-color: #f3f3f3; border: none;”> Dedicated to the Memory of Sivert L. Nielsen 1973 – 2005</pre>
Last edited by Mary (2005-09-13 00:36:06)
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I hate this kind of news. I really, really hate it. Especially when it was someone you knew or knew of.
As a side note, if there is anyone you know of personally that suffers from depression, manic depression, panic attacks, bipolar disorder… stay in touch with them, no matter how trying it may be at times. Talk with them and listen.
I hate this so much.
Wow, that’s horribly saddening news. I’m actually using a version of one of his template right now. He helped me with many little issues directly. We spoke frequently, and when I noticed his personal site went down. I sent him a message asking him if he wanted me to host him for free. I couldn’t figure out why he didn’t respond. But I guess I know why now.
In respectful memory my condolences go out to him and his loved ones. He always had such a cheery attitude.
>> Hi there,
>> I am a proud user of your summer template and I wanted to ask you how you would like me to give you credit for the template. I edited the template considerably, however, I am still using the basic framework that you created. Thanks for the awesome template!
>> Brandon Erik Bertelsen
> Sivert l. Nielsen wrote:
> Hi Brandon,
> You should set up a shrine in memory of me and contemplate on my godlikeness every morning.
> :) lol!
> No seriously, your mail was enough credit. I find it heartwarming to hear about people using my work. And know that I too rely on others sharing their stuff. That’s what makes the Internet a cool place to be at. :)
> I read your “The Quit Smoking Rythym”. I thought about using Textpattern to start a quit smoking log for my own benefit. I fear the idea is evaporating as I am more tempted to quit cold turkey and just be finished with it. Anyway, it was a reminder.
Last edited by 1beb (2005-09-11 23:25:26)