If you've been around here for a bit, you've seen me mention [livejournal.com profile] chrislightfoot a few times. If you've missed it, I'd posit a guess that if you're British, you've been to a site he helped build, possibly without even knowing it. It was announced today on his weblog that he passed away last month. This was followed up by tributes from his two main employers, Tom Steinberg of MySociety and Phil Booth of No2ID.net. If your friends list or feed aggregator has as much overlap with mine as is likely, you've seen many links and tributes already. Here's another.

So, how do I know you've been to a site he built? Easy. How about the Downing Street petitions website (credit)? If you haven't been there, even to simply trawl around, or look at the news story du jure, then you've missed a trick. What about WriteToThem.com , the site that allows you to contact your elected representatives for free online, after a simple postcode search? It's how I first contacted Adrian, and I was very impressed. HearFromYourMP.com has been less of a success, but is still a damn fine idea. PledgeBank? Simply awesome, one of my favourite ideas for a site, and I'm signed up to a few and a couple ongoing relevent pledges, Refuse being the one that first got my attention. And then there's Downing Street Says ([livejournal.com profile] number10says), breaking the lobby correspondent secrecy wide open.

But not only was he am innovative and engaged site builder, without whom many of the more innovative online democracy projects may not have been possible, but he was also a top blogger, with a fine analytical streak. Here's a series of articles debunking the loons at the Association of British Drivers. Those links were via Tim at [livejournal.com profile] bloggerheads, and he has many more in a fitting tribute.

As for memes? Political Survey 2005 was one of the better at the last election (mine from then and one I just did); looks like I've moved half a point into the centre, not that that makes a difference really. As for why he was a blogger's blogger? He paid attention to referrals and commented on my post taking issue with his axes labelling; nice to know we were both right, for different reasons.

Normally, I cut a post of this length. Not this one. I'm a humanist, I don't believe in an afterlife, I believe that all that matters is your legacy, what you've left behind you, what you've achieved, how you'll be remembered. In Chris's case, he did more in 28 years than I'm likely to achieve in my life. He'll be missed. If the comments on the memorial post on his blog read like a who's who of British blogging, the tributes below the cut are indicative of his influence.

A linklog of other tributes, long and short )
Busy busy busy. Quick question, why had no one told me how cool The Intrepid Fox is before? Be going back there again methinks.

Reasons to renew your UK passport (or get one) early from [livejournal.com profile] purplecthulhu. Seriously, mines got years on it, but those interview centres just freak me out.

YouTube - Sexy little panda bear. Does exactly what it says on the link. Freaky, but somehow compelling...

More importantly, [livejournal.com profile] ginasketch has posted her most up to date version of the trailer she's working on for [livejournal.com profile] oldharrysgame. So very cool (and I'm meeting her for lunch having just missed them at the Fox last night).

Last up, [livejournal.com profile] rhythmaning has posted the Piano Playing Cat. See, I don't need to read [livejournal.com profile] boing_boing, someone always posts the good stuff...
A flame war broke out on [livejournal.com profile] ukpolitics, and, well, my strong opinions kicked in.

A rant is here.

I expect to find an inbox full of flames when I get back from London. Better go clean out the large filesize junk Mozilla doesn't download before I sign off. G'night all.

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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

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