Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2018 00:03 UTC, submitted by hornett
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Terrence Andrew Davis, sole creator and developer of TempleOS (née LoseThos), has passed away at age 48. Davis suffered from mental illness - schizophrenia - which had a severe impact on his life. He claimed he created his operating system after having spoken with and receiving instructions from god, and he was a controversial figure, also here on OSNews, for his incomprehensible rants and abrasive style towards OSNews readers and staff. We eventually had to ban him, but our then-editor Kroc Kamen worked with him in 2010 to publish an article about his operating system despite his ban.

Davis was clearly a gifted programmer - writing an entire operating system is no small feat - and it was sad to see him affected by his mental illness. I mourn his passing, and I wish his family and friends all the strength they need in these trying times. His family and friends are asking people to donate to "organizations working to ease the pain and suffering caused by mental illness", such as The Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

I hope he found peace - wherever he may be.

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about Dan's totally screwed-up humor
by gus3 on Wed 12th Sep 2018 04:11 UTC in reply to "reminds me of an old friend"
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One afternoon, he and I were among friends, when the conversation steered to a documentary about the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombs carried the nicknames "Fat Man" and "Little Boy", respectively.

Dan had never heard those names, so he didn't really understand what they referred to. Once I explained the names to him, he began to laugh helplessly. The only reference-point he had for such silly names came from the Saturday morning cartoon "Fat Albert," so he thought "Fat Man & Little Boy" might be another kids' animation.

That silly mistake led to so much more humor:

Little Boy: "Say, Fat Man?"

Fat Man: "Yes, Little Boy?"

LB: "What're we gonna do today?"

FM: "We're going to protect world peace!"

LB: "How are we gonna do that?"

FM: "By blowing up everyone who disagrees with us!"

Soon after, Dan even came up with a fantastic jingle for the cartoon:

FM: "I'm Fat Man!"

LB: "I'm Little Boy!"

Both: "We're a Nuclear Famil-eeeee!"

After he sang that jingle, I was literally doubled over on the floor, laughing so hard I couldn't speak. So were two other friends. Dan's screwed-up humor took the rest of us into a silly place, where nobody else thought to go.

Mental illness is a sad burden to bear, but every case has its own points to laugh about.

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