It’s Friday the 13th and I decided to start a new 365 project. This will be my fourth. I think I will focus on pushing my creativity more while still honing my technical skills. My last 365 really improved my understanding of lighting. I have no idea where this project will push me, but I know it will. Here is my first shot. I set up my strobe lighting and everything. You can check it out on my Flickr and let me know what you think.
P.S. I edited this and another photo with the new Lightroom 4 beta. I am loving it so far. I will probably write up a short post on it this weekend. In the meantime, you can download the beta yourself and play around with it.
Where can I start? Steve Jobs just passed away tonight and most of us, including myself, can probably claim we saw this coming. I for one am still in shock and a little shaken by the news. I am not really qualified to summarize his life and how he affected the world. I can just say how he affected my world. I grew up with Apple computers, as did many people my age. All the school computers were Apple II’s and later Macintoshes . The first time I learned to program was on my Apple IIc, albeit only simple scripting. I loved it. Who would have thought a little grade school boy would enjoy typing some lines of text and making things out of nothing. Well, I made a career out of it and it all started with a little beige box and some green text. That is one of the things that Steve Jobs was incredible at, making technology accessible to everyone and I love that. It comes across in everything that Apple has done with Steve at the helm. They make products that are driven by their passion to create and not by profit. The thing that I admire most about Steve is that he always had a vision of what he wanted and went after it with everything he had. You have to respect the man for that.
I think I have said what I needed to say here and I will leave you with one of many great quotes by Steve Jobs. This is one we should all listen to.
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.
I got a new hat today. I have plenty of fedoras, flatcaps and ballcaps, but this is my first bucket hat. I got this one from Goorin Brothers. Most of my hats these days are from them. I just thought I’d share.
Today marks the end of an era not only for the Apple community, but for the tech industry as a whole with the resignation of Steve Jobs as the CEO of Apple. Whether you liked the man or not, you cannot deny that he changed the landscape. He pushed Apple to where it is now and spurred the rest of the industry to compete which, in the end, created better products for us, the consumers. Here is an excerpt from Steve Job’s letter:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I know the internet will be saturated with everyone’s sadness, disbelief, disinterest, relief, everything, and I know I am adding to the noise. Yet, I still want to state my own brief perspective on the situation. Steve Jobs, in my mind, is a business ninja and someone any entrepreneur can look up to. He always sticks to his goals and does what is necessary to accomplish them.
I’m a tech geek who has loved using Apple products for a long time. My first computer was an Apple IIc and I am typing this up right now on my MacBook Pro. That being said, I am not writing this because I am an Apple fanboy. I honestly do not consider myself to be one. I have no issues being vocal about decisions Apple has made under Jobs lead that I disagree with and have done so. I am writing this because I respect the man and what he has accomplished in his career. I only hope others with similar drive and vision will step up.
I will leave you with this video. This is probably one of his most famous speeches and many of you have likely seen it before. What he says here really translates with what he has accomplished at Apple.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Today, about.me announced a contest where the winner will have their face on a billboard in Times Square and I have entered my profile into the contest. I know there are already a few celebrities that want to win it so beating them will be extremely difficult. I’m still gunning for this though. How cool would it be for a regular geek like me to have my face plastered on a billboard? It’s a long shot, so I’m going to need a lot of help from you guys. If you would like to help me be the face of about.me, just follow these two simple steps:
click on the “Vote for this profile!” button in the upper right corner of the screen
That’s it! Just one vote would be awesome. If you want to be a superfriend, you can vote once everyday. Even if you don’t wish to vote for me, feel free to check out my profile. It links to most of the stuff I do online.
If you don’t know of about.me, it is site that lets you create a profile page that links to all your content you share on the web. It is not a new concept and has been done before. However, the difference here is that about.me does it in style and with ease. Check out the directory to see what I am talking about. At the time that I am writing this, I am actually one of the featured profiles which is unbelievable to me, but I’ll take it. The order is random every time you visit the page, but I am in there. I’m really a fan of about.me so it would be extra cool to have my face on a Times Square billboard because of company like this.