jobs on jobs

November 15, 2011
Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs has a nice "And one more thing...", a self-reflective passage from the guy himself:
What drove me? I think most creative people want to express appreciation for being able to take advantage of the work that's been done by others before us. I didn't invent the language or mathematics I use. I make little of my own food, none of my own clothes. Everything I do depends on other members of our species and the shoulders that we stand on. And a lot of us want to contribute something back to our species and to add something to the flow. It's about trying to express something in the only way that most of us know how - because we can't write Bob Dylan songs or Tom Stoppard plays. We try to use the talents we do have to express our deep feelings, to show our appreciation of all the contributions that came before us, and to add something to that flow. That's what has driven me.
A good read in all.
"It just proves that if you're a good-looking French girl, you can get away with just about anything."
--Tomi on "La double vie de Veronique" from "The Making of Prince of Persia"
"It's as if Sony was using Helvetica before almost everyone else, then switched to Arial when the world followed suit."
--from this BoingBoing review. Many details matter. Arial vs Helvetica does not.
"Engineers are taught to make a decision analytically, but there are times when relying on gut or intuition is most indispensable"
--Tim Cook
"The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you've cast your lot with the destructive people."
--Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch on Fox News
Once you start to explain individuals' behavior via logic after the fact, you're likely to start to see your group's norms and standards as universal.
iPhone 4S: Iffy battery life, Siri is kinda "Egg freckles"-y, iMessage is handy but less reliable than "just SMS". Nothing so awful, but it kinda lacks Apple "perfection".
Never thought I'd be brand loyal to gum, But Wrigley's, from oldies like Big Red + Doublemint to the weird "Dessert Delights" is superior to most everything else.
http://kirkdev.blogspot.com/2011/11/simplicity-simplicity-simplicity.html My essay on simplicity and the choice of Javascript toolkits...