Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Catalog, the book that changed the world.
Stewart Brand was at the heart of 60s counterculture and is now widely revered as the tech visionary whose book
anticipated the web. We meet the man for whom big ideas are a way of life
How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for 'Star Wars'
is an interesting BusinessWeek article on how one media conglomerate went about buying another, and how it plans on improving the value of both. [more inside]
"This week, we discovered an utterly charming card used by Isaac Asimov ('natural resource' is right) and, inspired, began hunting for more famous peoples' business cards
, whether boilerplate or highly designed, staid or comical."
Since it debuted on the blue
in '11 // Epic Rap Battles of History
preppin' // to score itself more than a billion views
// and become TopDog of the pack YouTube
Made by NicePeter
// (two improv comics by Maker
employed) // The series pits icons of legend renowned // in a slick-wit freestyle rap throwdown
With snappier writing, and better FX // online celebs
(and Google Ad checks) // The Epic Rap crew's halfway done with the brew // that is Epic Rap Battles of History Part Deux
The midseason's close? It comes out today. // In one corner: Santa Claus, fresh from his sleigh
And his prophet o' doom? "He ain't Mayan," ERBoH sez.
It's Snoop Dogg -- Snoop Lion -- as mothafuckin' Moses
→ [WHO'S NEXT?]
→ [more inside]
Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free. “He goes, ‘I never want you to ask what I would have done,’” recalls Cook. “‘Just do what’s right.’ He was very clear.” ... In his most wide-ranging interview as CEO, Cook explains how Apple works now, talks about the perception that he’s “robotic,” and announces the return of Apple manufacturing to the U.S.
Minimalist design. Seamless metal and glass. Sleek lines. Revolutionary. Super thin. Perhaps the last official Steve Jobs product launch
). [more inside]
Circa 2005, Steve Jobs was introducing a new feature to iTunes and he called them podcasts! Unfortunately, during the LIVE presentation Adam Curry was not happy with his Mac!!
Mythbusters' Tested Blog recently posted a special feature from the Toy Story 2 DVD
, in which Pixar's Oren Jacob and Galyn Susman recounted how the files for the movie (just 10gb of data!) were almost lost due to both an erroneous Linux command and a bad backup. The folks at The Next Web: Media followed up with Mr. Jacob, and learned that the movie was actually tossed out and reworked from scratch again
nine months prior to a release date that was set in stone, not by the computers, but by the filmmakers themselves: How Pixar’s Toy Story 2 was deleted twice, once by technology and again for its own good.
The idea that the form of a product should correspond to its essence does not simply mean that products should be designed with their intended use in mind. That a knife needs to be sharp so as to cut things is a non-controversial point accepted by most designers. The notion of essence as invoked by Jobs and Ive is more interesting and significant—more intellectually ambitious—because it is linked to the ideal of purity. No matter how trivial the object, there is nothing trivial about the pursuit of perfection. On closer analysis, the testimonies of both Jobs and Ive suggest that they did see essences existing independently of the designer—a position that is hard for a modern secular mind to accept, because it is, if not religious, then, as I say, startlingly Platonic.
— Form and Fortune
is an essay about Steve Jobs and Apple's design philosophy by Evgeny Morozov.
"“Out of the crooked timber of humanity,” Kant wrote, “no straight thing was ever made.” Not even an iPad."
"[A]ll the credit you give Steve Jobs for the ecstasy must be equal to the blame for the agony." Gary Sernovitz on Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs
), and Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
In 1985, Apple started the "Apple University Consortium Europe" collaboration program, and one of the first universities to enroll was that of Lund, Sweden. To celebrate the collaboration, Apple CEO Steve Jobs came to Lund - and a 16 minute film of his visit has now been found and been made available by the University of Lund. You can see the clip here (.mov).
As the encore for their 12th annual moe.down Festival in Mohawk, NY, the band members of the festival's namesake, moe., paid tribute to the recently-deceased Steve Jobs by performing their song Crab Eyes ... entirely on iPads
. [more inside]
What touchscreens lack is something called affordance. It’s a lofty term for an object’s built-in ability to tell you how it works. A doorknob affords turning. The button on a car stereo affords pushing. A touchscreen affords nothing. It relies on software for any affordance, which in turn relies on total immersion for the user.... The days of analog affordance are gone. What we want, apparently, is to surround ourselves with touchscreens of varying size—tiny ones in our pockets, medium-size models for our laps and dashboards, and massive versions for our walls. We want tomorrow’s vintage shops to be lined with identical, blank, anonymous slabs. We want things to be vessels for software, and nothing more. - A Slate piece asks if touchscreens are becoming too ubiquitous
The New York Times have published the eulogy Mona Simpson delivered for her brother Steve Jobs
at his funeral, which includes his last words. Now it you'll excuse me, I think I have something in my eye...
Walter Isaacson, author of a just-released authorized biography
of Steve Jobs, talks to Steve Croft of 60 Minutes [single-page view]
about his brilliant, mercurial, often difficult subject.
"What kind of a**hole enters his game in the IGF
before it’s done and then decides to delay release for 2 years?" The creator of Monaco discusses the philosophy of one or two buttons in gaming
. His answer: None.
(NSF People who don't like Penny Arcade.)
Did Dropping Acid Make Steve Jobs More Creative?
Awkwardly omitted from his many obituaries
, Steve Jobs said that "doing LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life." Was his experience (portrayed in this reenactment
) the source of his creativity?
The Shrine of Apple
--a (sill in progress) archive of photos and specs for Apple's complete product history.
Video of Steve Jobs discussing iCloud and other current Apple products, at the 1997 WWDC
. Yes, 1997. Via Daring Fireball
OS X is X today!
Meanwhile, Bertrand Serlet, father of OS X, is leaving apple
"He’s a minimalist and constantly reducing things to their simplest level. It’s not simplistic. It’s simplified. Steve is a systems designer. He simplifies complexity." John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview
A Star Wars/Calvin & Hobbes mashup t-shirt
has gotten a lot of buzz, but the 'relentlessly cheerful' James Hance did it first
(and it went semi-viral just a few days earlier). But Calvin and Hobbes have gotten 'mashed-up' before... a lot.
« Cthulhu and Hobbes
« Batmin and Robbes
« Fight Club (spoiler) illustrated
and in text
« The controversial (for here) Calvin and Jobs
« Calvin Rockwell
« Kraven the Hunter
from Ryan Dunleavy's mashup collection
« Buddy Cops
(incorrectly labeled as P.I.s).
« Semi-related: C&H meet Christopher Robin & Pooh
, Hobbes Meets Tony
and Role Reversal
« And, of course, Calvin and Hobbes
. [more inside]
A candid late-night email exchange between an online journalist and Steve Jobs (who may or may not have realized he was in fact talking to a journalist).
(SLGawker, though the perplexed are welcome to Google the obscure Mr. Jobs for more information.) Learn whether Jobs thinks a 20-year-old Bob Dylan would've thought Apple was groovy, how Apple is protecting you from porn, and more!
"We were like children with toy train sets. And that was part of the problem. It was such fun. Computing was not supposed to be fun." Stephen Fry
visits Apple headquarters to preview the iPad; the resulting article is a sprawl that touches on hero worship, product history, and Douglas Adams, "the first person in Britain to own a Macintosh computer." [more inside]
The announcement of the iPad
earlier this week has prompted a lot of discussion about ebook prices among publishers and their sales partners. That discussion took a major turn yesterday when Amazon pulled the buy buttons for Macmillan's books off their site
. Many of Macmillan's titles are still available through Amazon, but only through third parties. Right now, one of the largest publishers in America is no longer available from Amazon because they can not agree on ebook prices. [more inside]
I'm 100% sure that if it hadn't been for Mrs. Hill in fourth grade and a few others, I would have absolutely ended up in jail. A timeless and fascinating 1995 interview with Steve Jobs
SLAS (Single Link Apple Spoof). [more inside]
.via Dark Roasted Blend, by way of Gizmodo.
CEO's have to disclose health conditions to the public? The question matters if the person being referred to is Steve Jobs
, whose health is under constant scrutiny
. Does it matter that the person
asking the question
is one of Mr. Jobs' biggest critics?
The iMac turns ten today.
Unveiled on May 6, 1998 by a button-down Steve Jobs
, the iMac personal computer was Steve Jobs' antidote to the countless boring beige models in Apple's product line. Offering "three easy steps to the Internet,"
the iMac proved to be a lightning rod for criticism (small "hockey puck" mouse,
no floppy drive, no SCSI, the debut of USB, toy keyboard,
no expansion possibilities), the first Bondi Blue iMac got people talking and sold by the truckload. Although the design may look a bit dated today, the candy-colored plastics influenced consumer product design
for the next several years. Even if you don't enjoy using an iMac, there's no denying its contributions to computing and popular culture.
Bob Lefsetz has been sharing his opinions on the music industry for years.
In last night's newsletter, he announces, "Let the games begin!"
- and indeed, let them. Universal Music has declined to re-sign to a long term deal with Apple, essentially leaving them open to exclusive deals with other services.
The fact that Doug Morris (chairman of UMG
) and Zach Horowitz (President of Universal's parent company, Vivendi) have been gearing up to loosen the stranglehold that iTunes has on online distribution is not exactly news.
They've used similar tactics against Microsoft's Zune
But with the release of the iPhone and following his well-timed decision to openly "share his thoughts" on DRM,
not to mention his landmark deal with (perennial "armpit of the industry") EMI to sell their music DRM-free and at a higher cost
- the real question is: is Steve Jobs ready to play hardball?
The Bill and Steve
show: Jobs and Gates sit down together
and discuss the past, present and future at the D5 conference
History of the iPod.
A documentary from the Discovery Channel.
Chef's death a ratings ploy.
"The whole quitting thing was Matts idea. They were
just starting their 10th season and were looking for a great idea to spark renewed interest in the show, and it did!"
In other sad news, a real death HAS occured.
Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Who is changing the world more for the better?
Some people believe Bill Gates and Microsoft are the Spawn of Satan
, while others praise him
for his philanthropy
. [subs. req'd]
Steve Jobs has more buzz on the internets
than Bill Gates and a near religious following
for his products with Apple. One might not give like the other, but one definitely is much more Zen-like