“Clow’s fundamental strength was that he “looks at Apple from his heart,” Jobs said, “and this gives him the ability to see us as we should be, to see us as we have trouble seeing ourselves sometimes. And to remind us who we are when we are tempted by compromise or shortcuts. Working with Lee has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life.”—Lee Clow: Steve Jobs Was the ‘Most Amazing Person I Have Ever Known’ | Adweek
“A Kol Nidre service will take place at the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street. The service, which ushers in Yom Kippur, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, in the Wall Street area. According to the Facebook Event page, it will be a traditional egalitarian service with men and women leading the prayers. The page said the service has been endorsed by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and the Shalom Center.”—Yom Kippur service set for Wall Street protest | JTA - Jewish & Israel News
“Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Computers and the only American in the country who had any clue what the fuck he was doing, died Wednesday at the age of 56. “We haven’t just lost a great innovator, leader, and businessman, we’ve literally lost the only person in this country who actually had his shit together and knew what the hell was going on,” a statement from President Barack Obama read in part, adding that Jobs will be remembered both for the life-changing products he created and for the fact that he was able to sit down, think clearly, and execute his ideas—attributes he shared with no other U.S. citizen. “This is a dark time for our country, because the reality is none of the 300 million or so Americans who remain can actually get anything done or make things happen. Those days are over.” Obama added that if anyone could fill the void left by Jobs it would probably be himself, but said that at this point he honestly doesn’t have the slightest notion what he’s doing anymore.”—Last American Who Knew What The Fuck He Was Doing Dies | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
“At times in our conversations, when I would criticize the decisions of record labels or phone carriers, he’d surprise me by forcefully disagreeing, explaining how the world looked from their point of view, how hard their jobs were in a time of digital disruption, and how they would come around.”—The Steve Jobs I Knew - Walt Mossberg - Mossblog - AllThingsD
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”—Text of Steve Jobs’ Commencement address (2005)
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—Steve Jobs (via misterjt)
“The answer is simple. Never grow up. I don’t mean don’t become an adult with responsibility and the weight of the world on you shoulders. I simply mean if you’re writing, or directing give yourself enough time to play. Play the fool. Goad. Shock. Laugh. Trip over something that isn’t there. Try something. And never be afraid to fail. That failure is useful too. It’s just another building block.”—Ricky Gervais (via mellemusic)
“The Banking Act of 1933, Pub. L. No. 73-66, 48 Stat. 162, enacted June 16, 1933, was a law that established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the United States and introduced banking reforms, some of which were designed to control speculation. It is most commonly known as the Glass–Steagall Act, after its legislative sponsors, Senator Carter Glass (D—Va.) and Congressman Henry B. Steagall (D—Ala.-3). Some provisions of the Act, such as Regulation Q, which allowed the Federal Reserve to regulate interest rates in savings accounts, were repealed by the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980. Provisions that prohibit a bank holding company from owning other financial companies were repealed on November 12, 1999, by the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act, named after its co-sponsors Phil Gramm (R, Texas), Rep. Jim Leach (R, Iowa), and Rep. Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R, Virginia).
The repeal of provisions of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 by the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act effectively removed the separation that previously existed between investment banking which issued securities and commercial banks which accepted deposits. The deregulation also removed conflict of interest prohibitions between investment bankers serving as officers of commercial banks. Some economists believe this repeal directly contributed to the severity of the Financial crisis of 2007–2011 by allowing Wall Street investment banking firms to gamble with their depositors’ money that was held in commercial banks owned or created by the investment firms”—
I don’t really understand the #occupy protests going on, like what the exact hoped for concrete outcomes are. But if reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act is the outcome that people are working toward I totally support that. I think, god this whole thing makes me feel stupid and uneducated.
“When we saw each other after that, we always talked warmly but briefly—she was considering law school, dating a writer—and when we said goodbye, each and every time, I was always struck with how she’d actually atoned. I was also struck by how I really and truly had forgiven her. I thought of her fondly, respectfully. And yet we were no longer friends.”—
In the recent months, I have spent a lot of time using an HTC ThunderBolt after selling my iPhone 4 because AT&T’s service was terrible where I lived. It’s been nice having 4G LTE and all, but the actual Android OS is a joke. Don’t get me wrong here, I do like Google when it comes to some…
My 6 months on Android were miserable. I can see pluses to Android but for me personally my iPhone is a joy to use and the Thunderbolt was a chore to use.
I know that a lot of my thinking about transgressive iterations of family come from my own struggles with wanting a “normal” family as a kid. Early on, I had to reject the notion that “blood is thicker than water.” By and large, that has not been true for me. Instead, I have had multiple caring, sustaining, and loving relationships with folks I met in school, at work, and just around the way and have come to recognize that these folks are my family.
Sometimes we need a paradigm shift to really figure what’s best for us. For me, rethinking what it means to be in close kinship with folk who are not biologically related to me has been freeing, gratifying, and necessary. I literally do not know what I would do without my them.
“Have you ever felt the power of potential? Like you’re inhabiting a moment in which you could go in any direction, and regardless of the one you chose, it would be a good one? Have you ever felt your limits sluice off your shoulders, like the spray from a shower as it spills down your body? Have you ever felt mighty?”—Cecily Walker on Hope (via misterjt)