London Food Blogger Commits Suicide By Jumping From Restaurant’s Roof

This is pretty sad:

A food blogger plunged to his death from the roof-top terrace of a City restaurant, it emerged today.

Wilkes McDermid, 39, is understood to have fallen from the Coq D’Argent shortly after it closed late yesterday afternoon.

Mr McDermid, an influential food and drink blogger on the London restaurant scene, had previously caused concern just over two years ago when he went missing in Cape Town while visiting friends.

The alarm was raised yesterday when he tweeted “Final message… thank you everyone” with a link to a blog post saying that he was “tired of life”.

Quoting Samuel Johnson, he wrote: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford… Johnson was right, I am not tired of London and never have been… however I am tired of life.”

In his last blog Mr McDermid said: “This is a message to thank you for being part of my last adventure in London. Alas, it is time to say goodbye. The reasons ‘why’ will be upsetting for some and very hard to accept for others, so this is addressed separately here. It is up to you whether you wish to read it, but if you wish to judge, I suggest you actually read it rather than take a summary from someone else.”

His blog with his final message is here. It looks like two years ago he had threatened to kill himself with his reasons:

You all probably have a lot of questions and in an ideal world I would be able to answer them all. However the risks involved in providing a ‘Q&A session’ before death is clearly too high as the medical profession always values ‘quantity of life’ over ‘quallity of life’. It appears that the prevailing ethos is to keep individuals in a state of continual suffering rather than allow an individual choose to die. Hence the huge resistance to euthanasia.

The reason for my death is simple. I have concluded that in the realm of dating and relationships the primary characteristics required for men are as follows.

Height: above 5ft10
Race: huge bias towards caucasian and black
Wealth: or other manifestation of power

From my observations and research it appears that you need two of the three criteria for success with very few exceptions. What does this mean it means that it’s “game over” for me. By choosing to depart early, all I am doing is to accelerate the process of natural selection whilst saving myself a great deal of long term pain in the process.

Farewell to the J-Walk Blog

John Walkenbach finally made good on his threat of retiring his popular blog. Damn. The J-Walk blog was one of the first weblogs I visited on a daily basis and it was from his site where I discovered so many other other blogs that finally made me want to start one myself.

John is still posting wonderful links on Google+ for those who use that on a daily basis. I have an account but I’ve been a bit too busy the last few months to get on there and, unfortunately, there’s no rss feed to follow even public posts. (None that I’m aware of at least.)

Thank you John for an amazing blog that kept me entertained for years and influencing my own blogging experience.

Complaint From a Reader

It looks like I’m not the only blog who gets complaints from some readers who feel that everything should be custom fitted to their particular tastes.

J-Walk gets them too:

I started reading this blog several years ago. It was one of my favorites. Now it only seems to consist of three types of posts: 1) My God I really love banjos, 2) My God I really hate Christians and 3) one or two random posts leading up to either #1 or #2 again.

I’ll continue to read, hoping it will stabilize someday, but I hold out very little hope. It’s like J-Walk Blog has gone from being a seven course meal in a fine restaurant to being a bag of stale Fritos and a warm Coca-Cola.

Homeless by Choice


Glenn Campbell is this dude who used to work as a baggage handler for a major airline until he got laid off in September 2008. The good news: He can still fly for free anywhere in North America and Europe (for a while at least) without the inconvenience of working for it. The bad news: He has very little money and can’t afford hotels. The solution: He has become deliberately homeless, finding ways to live comfortably while paying little or no rent. When he is traveling, he sleeps in tents, hostels, airplanes and rental cars. When he’s not traveling, he camps on on a hilltop in San Diego. Along the way, he finds a lot of tips and techniques for comfortable homeless living anywhere. Turns out, you don’t need a fixed residence or a lot of money to be happy and healthy. It’s all about freedom, creativity, and finding clever ways to do what you want within the limited resources available.