Particle Debris (week ending 4/3) Twitter TV, Feng Shui, and Loss

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Are you a Nerd? Does you boss or wife have a hard time understanding you? On Monday, I learned, via Twitter, of The Nerd Handbook published in 2007. It sounds silly, but there are some amazing insights in this article. The Nerd's relationship to his/her computer, the building of caves, and the Nerd's amazing relevancy engine are all discussed. Required reading. Trust me.

From the "Believe-it-or-Not!" department of Car Talk Plaza: Would you like to have Twitter on your HDTV? On Tuesday, Dan Frommer pointed all of us to a new Samsung TV that has Twitter built-in. I don't know if this is good business or wackiness in the extreme, but you gotta love it either way.

Also via Twitter, I discovered the Periodic Table of Typefaces. If you've always wanted to know who the developers of various fonts were/are, this is kinda neat. Just click on one of the boxes.

Also on Tuesday, BusinessWeek had an interesting article on the ups and downs of Hulu. Hulu got off to a slow start, then zoomed. Now, some content developers are pulling back while Disney is jumping in and advertisers aren't willing to pay the full bill. The disintermediation of Internet TV is driving content owners and advertisers crazy. Gentlemen, please sort it out before we leave the planet for new adventures.

Here's a delightful thought. Once again, Dan Frommer has pointed us to a neat story from The Wall Street Journal: Hewlett Packard is considering putting the Android OS on its netbooks. Oh, how delicious. That's guaranteed to have Mr. Ballmer optimizing the Feng Shui of his office with another thrown chair.

If you were the CEO of one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, would you take Federal stimulus money just because it was available? And put US$11M in your own pocket at the expense of U.S. taxpayers? Microsoft seems to think that's a good idea, according to CNN on Tuesday. Listen up, Microsoft. Forget about it.

Are you big into Twitter? Ever wonder what it would take to have someone stop following you? Oh, the embarrassment. The pain. No, it's not unflattering stains around your armpits. Don Reisinger on Wednesday laid out his manifesto on the eight reasons why he'll stop following you. Pay attention.

Should state legislatures dictate the membership terms of social network sites? Illinois is mulling over the idea. Contrary to the opinion of the author, Wendy Davis, telling minors that they must have a parent's consent to join Facebook is likely not unconstitutional. What would be unconstitutional is telling parents that they can't exercise judgment and supervision of a minor child. I don't think having a 12 year old check the "I'm at least 18" box is the answer either.

On Friday, Matt Neuburg published a neat article on all the surprising things you can do with BBEdit. I've used the file "differences" feature myself, but there's a whole lot more in his TidBITS article.


Finally, I want to take a minute to get serious. I was unaware that an old friend of mine died last year, David K. Schultz. You may remember him as the editor/philosopher of Applelust.com. (No need to go there: the domain has been released and resold.)

David Schultz was one of the early pioneers of the Save Apple movement in the 1990s that launched so many Apple Websites. Dave was a professor of Philosophy at Creighton University and was a man I admired. This Renaissance man was into Apple, Macs, astronomy and photography. He built Applelust.com into one of the major Apple Websites before everyone else even knew about the power of the Internet.

Dave wrote very long, very thoughtful articles that pulled you in and made you think. He used Aristotelian logic to persuade, never sarcasm and shallow diatribes. Dave was a true gentleman. The essence of science, astronomy, and thought wove themselves through his Website. He paid his writers a nominal amount, not much -- it was all he could afford. Everything was a labor of love.

I remember when Dave first visited the Apple campus and stayed at the Cupertino Inn on the other side of Interstate 280. He was as giddy as a school child. The demeanor, atmosphere and excellence of Apple excited him.

Unfortunately, David suffered from severe health problems in his later years, as I recall, some tissue rejection issues related to kidney transplants. He endured continuous pain that few of us would be able to endure.

David K. Schultz died October 1, 2008, at age 51, and I regret that I didn't e-mail him more often to keep that psychic link in place. (A life lesson here.) I know I will miss him and so will his family and his coterie of authors. So long Dave. Say "hi" to Socrates for us. We'll miss you.

So say we all.

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