Friends & family of Athus Nadorian aka Brian Dyer
On Tuesday the 11th of October 2011, Athus was involved in a severe car collision that ended his time here with us. The 29 years of his life were filled with amazing stories, incredible adventures and outstanding creativity and talent. He shared his love of life, affection for others and sense of humor with many wonderful people. In memory of Athus and his special life, his closest kin have created a website for others to share their experiences with Athus as well as share photos and artwork. An email address has been established to send your wishes in to be posted on the site firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your kind words, love and support through all of this. Remember to love life, hold your friends close and have a little fun - Athus wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
Please visit the site we have established www.athusnadorian.com and use the email address athus[at]athusnadorian.com to share your wishes to allow time for his closest kin to mourn peacefully.
-Friends and Family
Narse, Athus, and me at Anthrocon 2010- Narse and Athus bought me a magazine to remind me that my birthday (6/25) is the day Michael Jackson died. Those guys NEVER stopped giving me a hard time about it. <3
I saw him for the last time the day before. I went up with Sema to their laser hair removal appointment, and stuck around for lunch at Uncle Sam's in Scottsdale. So my last memory of Athus is hanging out with him and the rest of the gang at a great restaurant eating great food having a great time.
Part of my grieving process was making a plushie for his mom. It would be something to remember him by, you know? I put on some more mellow/somber music while I worked, just to kind of help channel it. I ended up listening to Mike Oldfield for most of the seven hours I spent on the plushie. Started with Incantations (my favorite), followed by Orchestral Hergest Ridge, Tubular Bells 2, Songs of Distant Earth, Crises. When Moonlight Shadow came up I really began to feel it. Ho boy. ("See you in heaven, one day...")
When I held it up to examine the finished product, I could feel him there looking at it with me in approval. It's like when you're standing outside on a cold night and your back is to a campfire, that was totally his presence.
Additionally, part of how I deal with anxiety and stress is by doing math. It's just a way of distracting myself from my problems. I began to play around with his date of death, and found some pretty fun meanings. Athus passed away on October 11, 2011. Using two-digit dates, that's 10-11-11, which can be interpreted as a binary number. You can arrange those pairs in three unique ways, 101111, 111011, and 111110.
Each of those three arrangements can be interpreted as an ASCII character, and I found those three in particular to be extremely interesting.
101111 binary = 2F hex = / = Usually referred to as a "slash", this character's formal name is SOLIDUS. When Athus left US, it simply reinforced the fact that our "family" is SOLID, and will continue to be in the future.
111011 binary = 3B hex = ; = The semicolon is as used as frequently as people like Athus come along: rarely. Its main purpose is to CONNECT two similar clauses into one compound idea. In this case, Athus was integral to connecting us all together.
111110 binary = 3E hex = > = The greater-than sign is used to show inequality. Indeed, this tragedy will bring us closer together and we will become a close family even GREATHER THAN before.
I'm sure he can see this and is getting the greatest kick out of it.