April 28, 2008

selfishly, i'm glad you didn't say goodbye
Photo by Jacob Appelbaum.

Over the last 13 years Eric did his best to teach me about the manly mysteries of sideburns and other mojo, the female predilection for butt dances, vomit-inducing parabolic trajectories and recent work in unification grammars. He was a supporter of and mentor to lemonodor, and me.

He knew we would miss him and he was right.

I guarantee I'll be removing my pants in tribute to his memory.

Update: Len Sassaman has a post about Eric.

Posted by jjwiseman at April 28, 2008 03:05 AM

wuh-who? What happened to Eric?

Posted by: danny on April 28, 2008 02:30 PM

What happened? :(

Posted by: Jessica Brown on April 28, 2008 03:30 PM

I tutored him in Lojban many years ago.

Posted by: John Cowan on April 28, 2008 04:03 PM

I was Eric's "mentor" at work, but he ended up teaching me a lot. He will be missed. :-(

Posted by: Laurence Gonsalves on April 28, 2008 06:17 PM

Danny, Jess: He was found dead in his home on Sunday. We don't yet know for sure what happened.

Posted by: John Wiseman on April 28, 2008 06:23 PM

(And hi, jess!)

Posted by: John Wiseman on April 28, 2008 06:27 PM

I knew Eric first as a Lisp enthusiast. Then as a colleague who had responsibility for implementing important parts of Google in the early days. Then as a philosopher who challenged what I thought about programming, the work environment and how people should get along, what music to listen to, etc. Then as a friend to me and my kids. Eric: Juliet is sorry that, when she was 5, she hid your shoes and then forgot where she hid them. She is very happy for your youthful enthusiasm for the ball pit and other games. We will miss Eric.

Posted by: Peter Norvig on April 28, 2008 11:28 PM

Eric and I worked closely together, and could share many war stories. I love this picture of him. So sad.

Posted by: Charles Martin on April 29, 2008 01:13 PM

I will miss Eric's far-out ideas, his boundless enthusiasm, and the funny, disarming smiles he would give to everyone in a room, like little gifts. I want another of those smiles.

Posted by: Arthur Gleckler on April 29, 2008 06:39 PM

I was est's friend for many years. We used to share rooms at SF conventions. I'll miss him.

Posted by: Eric S. Raymond on April 29, 2008 08:29 PM

So little time to get to know someone, and yet someone I looked forward to seeing online every day. Much love to all his friends and those he has touched. He's missed.

Posted by: maya on April 29, 2008 08:31 PM

I'm still getting over it - we had a lot in common - recently it was a lot about Obama... Imagine that, a Lisp hacker who actually cared about the world outside ;)

Posted by: Gabe Wachob on April 29, 2008 08:31 PM

I'm... heartbroken. Over the last few years, est really became the big brother I never had. I still don't really have the words to say what I want to say about this.

I'm sorry.

Posted by: Len Sassaman on April 29, 2008 08:52 PM

I'll miss him terribly. He and I often talked about math and programming online - everything from the significance of small prime numbers in religion and church architecture and how lisp was worked into one of the building designs at mit, to sorting algorithms and lisp go programs. What I remember best about him, as defining him, was how he was always unfailingly kind to everyone. I looked up to him much more for that quality than for his enviable intelligence and programming ability. He taught me a lot about not only computers and math, but about life. His far too early passing is such a tragic loss. I'm deeply saddened.

Posted by: V. Alex Brennen on April 30, 2008 12:30 PM

Eric introduced me to functional programming, and was my guide in many other ways. I just found out about his passing in the telnet chat that he wrote to replace the one I met him in. The only small ray of light, in the gloom that has just settled over me, is seeing how others valued his friendship.

Posted by: Michael Warnock on April 30, 2008 05:12 PM

My god. Eric was so patient with my python infrastructure hacking during the early days at Google. I was so glad I got to know him, both inside and later outside work. We had way too much fun. I felt so fortunate to count him as a friend. What a loss.

Posted by: Ryan Barrett on May 5, 2008 12:21 AM

Oh, no!

Posted by: Chuck Karish on May 5, 2008 09:45 AM
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