John Shutt, creator of Kernel and an LtU regular, dies at 56

Apparently he was also a wikinews contributor as they have an obituary: Wikinews mourns loss of volunteer John Shutt

On Friday, Wikinews learned Dr John Nathan Shutt, a long-time contributor to both Wikinews and Wikibooks, died on Wednesday. Editing under the name Pi zero, he was at the time the top contributor to Wikinews by edit count, and came third on English Wikibooks. Dr Shutt was 56 years old.

Edit: John's post tracking page

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Unexpected and very sad

Unexpected and very sad. He drove a lot of interesting discussion on LtU, and was exploring many interesting ideas. My condolences to his family.

I shall miss him.

Aside from being generally a good guy, driving discussion here and reminding us of some less conventional but valid views, he kept an awesome and interesting blog. It was some of his work (on Kernel) that convinced me some of mine wasn't entirely insane.

RIP

Agreed. His work on Kernel was beautiful and important and could only have come from an idiosyncratic and adventurous thinker. I always appreciated his contributions here and on his personal blog. Condolences to his family.

Indeed

It's sad to finally see a picture of John under these circumstances He looks like the warm and open minded guy that his online persona always seemed to be. We'll miss you, John.

May his memory be a blessing.

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Wow.

I have long enjoyed reading John's thoughts, and I enjoyed our conversations. John, you will be missed.

Loss

I am so sorry to learn of John's premature passing. He had a sympathetic disposition and I will miss his thinking and intuitions. Condolences to family and friends.

What a beautiful mind he had

I first encountered his words here on LtU, and then his blog. I was so happy to have done so. (I occasionally read wikinews too but had no idea any of it was edited by him.)

I hope his family will come to hear and ponder how many tens (hundreds?) of thousands of people will have loved -- and will come to love for as long as the internet still carries his presence -- his words and exploratory spirit, even if we didn't know him, nor necessarily know that what we're reading was written/edited by him.

part

He has become a part of so much interesting thought, may it last forever. Condolences to all who were close to John.

The Anti-Little Schemer

John was the ultimate anti-Northeastern/Scheme view of Lisp.

While I never fully appreciated the benefits of vau calculus, since I prefer programs that have contextual equivalence, I did see some beauty in his line of thought: What if we push back meaning until we have an Environment to run a program? One consequence would be that argument evaluation and argument passing are fully decoupled.

May John's Environment in Heaven have a sound beta rule reduction and he get to meet his vau the ultimate creator.

Condolences

John was one of the most interesting posters here on LtU for a ling time. His gentle and engaging style made many of the threads here a pleasure to read. RIP