Too soon old - too late smart
There's been a lot of posts in the blogosphere about the demise of Steven den Beste, who has had to cease blogging for personal health reasons. I came to the blogosphere too late to make his acquaintance, but if this is an example of his work, the blogosphere has lost a great mind. If you too are unfamiliar with Steven's work, you can access what he considers to be his best work here.
So long as we have to suffer the likes of Juan Cole and Noam Chomsky, the den Bestes of this world will be sorely needed.
UPDATE: Pej explains it best.