Dave Pirkola is the owner of Apparitions Comics and Books just off of 28th Street in Grand Rapids. On Friday night, around 7PM, a person entered his store, demanded money and shot him. Dave is not doing so well. Critical condition, etc.
I just spoke with Tom at Apparitions and he has the shop open and will be keeping it open every day. It is open till 7PM. He said Dave’s families wishes, and everyone at the store’s wishes are that people just come down and spend some money. Buy things. Buy dusty stuff. Move product and keep the store moving. The most helpful thing that you can do is to come in and buy stuff. That will help keep things moving and keep the store open.
The info for Apparitions is:
Apparitions Comics and Books
2757 Ridgemoor Dr SE
Throw that in Google Maps and go on a road trip. Just buy some stuff and keep these guys open. They really do rule. Tom is there, he is a sweet dude and a stand up guy helping Dave out.
The message is in the data, the data tells a story, make sites based on the story that the data tells.
Jeff Veen said it, Andy Clarke said it, Jeffrey Zeldman said it, David Shea, Jason Santa Maria… basically ever single speaker here were all consistently bringing up the same thing. The data, the content, the story is what the site should reflect.
Today right before lunch, there was a fun segment on usability and 4 sites were called out from the audience to be discussed. Some were very heartfelt cries for help, some were companies trying to get the audience to pay attention to their sites, others were people who were working hard to construct sites at the show.
Here we go… (I will talk about each of these later today)
Zappos (Zeta version)