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Why Steve Jobs mattered

Like so many 30-somethings i grew up in an era where personal computing was just getting its feet wet. An era wherein the possibilities for what we could do—for the first time—became truly endless; where following the typical career path wasn’t a mandate my generation felt tied to; and where following your heart and doing what you love actually could pay off.

When i saw the news of the untimely death of Steve Jobs flood my twitter feed late Wed, i fought my inner cynic trying to figure out why this should even affect me—i was feeling all choked up and not sure why. He made things, i bought things, no big deal right?

BIG deal.

My life as i know it today could not exist without the innovations of this man. Everything i do, everything i touch and care about every day has his unrelenting vision to thank for making it possible. He put beautiful, well-designed, humanized computers that just WORK into all of our hands, allowing us to control, to obsess, leave no stone unturned, no detail too small—just like the breathing of a macbook sleep light.

I work in an institution dedicated to the expression of art mashed up with technology—a giant monument to this man’s influence in the arts, a primordial art/tech soup, and oh how much we all owe him an inexpressible debt of gratitude. So thank you Steve, thank you for allowing so many of us to explore new creative ideas and avenues in totally novel ways, thank you for following your instincts at whatever cost, and thank you for enabling me to go to work everyday feeling peace in my heart and psyched to solve another problem.

Tear up the Bardo!

“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.” — Steve Jobs

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Loneliness is the last great taboo

Certainly, he would be unwise to expect a happy-ever-after scenario from this relationship, as Swinton does not believe in it.”Loneliness is the deal,” she said in a recent interview.”Loneliness is the last great taboo”.”If we don’t accept loneliness, then capitalism wins hands down. Because capitalism is all about trying to convince people that you can distract yourself, that you can make it better. And it ain’t true.”

artists and engineers

i love that all the examples speakers give of creative geniuses always end up being crazy artists or engineers.  ie.. newton, einstein, vangogh, leonardo, michaelangelo…

is that telling?

Whats on my mind:

oh, lets see:

designing web forms, top, bottom, left, right, one page, many pages, nuking irrelevant content, ditch the waffle, illusion, delight, attention, disneys haunted house, journaling, creative thinking and giving myself time to do so, leonardo, e=mc2, solace, assumptions, inhibitions, persistence, more failure, tessla, escape (to think!), “the first draft of anything is shit” – hemingway, the mobile web, optimized mobile content, testing, testing, testing, the fact that the LDS church has 30 interaction designers, .mobi, context, and afgani food.

stellar magnitudes, color temperatures, photometry, HR diagrams, main sequence and variable stars, astronomical imaging.

friends web woes, friends job woes.

nuzzyfutters

sick kitties, missing home, missing my love.

do you think i’ll be able to sleep?!