I blame Aaaugh!
bradlands was one of the first webloggers who really personalized the internet. He helped to make Metafilter (and pretty much any space that he occupied) a much friendlier and more convivial space. I believe that his generosity of spirit helped to put the "community" in "community weblog".
While we lost him far, far too soon, the outpouring of memories here from folks who knew him so well to those who only knew him in passing eased the pain, somewhat.