Thursday, May 02, 2002

They Don't Actually Wear Satin

At least I don't think so. I'm finally (sorry guys) adding the link to which is a very meaty, thoughtful, not-to-be-missed blog. Bob Frankston, David Reed and Dan Bricklin are three seriously brilliant guys — the kind that are so brilliant they don't need to make you feel stupid, they actually make you feel smart if you're ever lucky enough to meet them.

I can tell you from experience that if you ever need someone to sit next to at a Hungarian Pig Roast in Budapest who's a witty, brilliant conversationalist and doesn't mind jumping up to sing Le Marseillaise all of a sudden — Bob Frankston's your man — these were the unlikely circumstances of how we met at one of Esther Dyson's conferences. (She does an inspired Marseillaise too.) As you read SATN.ORG, you'll quickly figure out that Frankston is another insanely brilliant guy, pretending to be normal.

David Reed tends toward the less vocal, but he's one deep thinker. If you've heard of Moore's Law and Metcalfe's Law, you need to know Reed's Law about group forming networks. David gets that face on that my son has when I ask him to put his sneakers on fast, before we miss the school bus, and says reflectively, "Mom, what's better — hydraulic power or a system of pulleys to make that Lego spaceship I'm building move faster?" In other words, they are NOT often in this world, but whereever it is their minds are roaming, the results are always impressive. They can go there and stay there if they like, and just visit us now and then bring back genius stuff for the rest of us to enjoy.

I don't know Dan Bricklin personally but I like everything I've read about him so far. Another serious cranial presence. Check this out. So don't miss their blog/blogs and put them on your list.