Yeah, I have lists for almost everything. I like google docs so that I can access them from any device anywhere, also, I like googles note app for the same reasons.
I'll have to check out Nuttall, I haven't read anything by that author.
When the author repeats things too often, it also bugs me. I read Atom my Laurence Krauss, and while I thought it was a great book, I felt like he jumped around between the future, past and present too much. But at least I can understand why he was doing it, he tended to repeat things to clarify things, even though I think it was a bit too much repeating information.
For that HUD thing, I think they were worried a bit much about their audience. For self published authors, they have less control about who their audience might be, so many try to accommodate for the lowest common denominator. On the other hand, there was a book I read a few years ago that made use of several acronyms and only explained them once and even by context it was tough to read through. Though a bit better than reading a Clockwork Orange with all that "slang."
Publishers also tend to pay editors more, so they get "better' editors, for self published authors, editors don't often make too much, so you tend to get editors that may not be as good or just has less experience. That seems to be changing though.