Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sad Mac

Steve Jobs passed away today, and the world mourns.

I am usually not one to be sad for someone I never met, and don't know personally, but today I am writing this with a heavy heart as I believe Mr. Jobs to be one of the most amazing people on the planet.

Like so many others he has changed my life in so many ways that it would simple take too long to list them here. My first computer was a Mac, that my mom-an avid Mac lover-bought me in 2000 for Christmas and my home coming from a year in Australia. That said, me owning a Mac doesn't even matter, what matters was his vision and his genius that changed the world.

It really doesn't matter if you are a Mac person or a PC, Steve Jobs forever changed the world for all of us and future generations to come. He did it with class, dignity, grace and honor. Many people have no idea what that really means, and most of us will never change the world.

Having a global impact is more than anyone could possibly imagine and yet this man did just that. Many of us don't even know how he has touched our lives and a world without Steve Jobs is a sad place.

I have a lot of friends who worked for him and or with him at some point, and I can't say that I was ever that lucky, but his tenacity and passion for what he did inspired so many of us whether we knew him or not.

And now I'll share some of his most famous quotes and ones that keep me going when things were dark.

‎"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me." ~

"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.” ~

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on." ~

"Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem. It's ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea."~


"These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I'm not downplaying that. But it's a disservice to constantly put things in this radical new light -- that it's going to change everything. Things don't have to change the world to be important." ~


Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” ~

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” ~



“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”



RIP Steve Jobs


David Letterman Top Ten/Amanda Knox


Late Show Top Ten

Monday, October 3, 2011
Top Ten Thoughts That Went Through Amanda Knox's Mind When The Verdict Was Read

10."Mama mia, that's a spicy verdict"
9."If there's time, I'd still like to see the Coliseum"
8."Can I keep my Versace prison jumpsuit?"
7."Four years in an Italian prison, this is the last time I book through Priceline"
6."Who's Justin Bieber?"
5."I want to go hiking in Iran"
4."I can't believe I've gone four years without a Pop Tart"
3."Does time-served in Italian jail count towards my degree?"
2."I wonder how Conan is doing on 'The Tonight Show'"
1."If Michele O'Bachmann beomes President, I'm moving back to Italy"

Amanda Knox, My Thoughts


When I was working late in 2007 and heard the news about a British student murdered in Italy, I couldn't watch it, because it was so graphic and horrifying that it scared me too much, but then in the daylight hours I became intrigued. My interest faded quickly as my own life was in a constant state of chaos with the WGA strike and work uncertain. I soon forgot all about Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher.

For the past four years I have heard stories about it and until last week, I was 100% convinced that Amanda had some part in the killing of her roommate.

My conclusions were based on this:
The way she reacted after, the fact that she lied so many times, the way she reacted, and the media, and the way she reacted...my dad always said, believe NONE of what you hear and HALF of what you see.

I believed what was said about her and I know better so for that I am ashamed.

First off all, who can say how someone is going to react when they find their roommate dead? Especially after a night of "smoking out" with a new boyfriend. Pot is a weird drug and everyone is different on it, and the fact that she was stoned could definitely play on the way she handled that first 24-30 hours.

There is no rule saying she had to act a certain way.
As well shock hits people in different ways.

Also when I was in Italy, I couldn't order a coffee or dessert without saying something completely different-she was interrogated in Italian-not English. That means something.

I condemned her because I heard she had acted a certain way that I thought was crazy.
Then the media painted her in a certain way and I bought it, which I believe now was wrong.

The science is the science and there is no way she could have removed just her DNA. Come on people.

I am not sure if she is innocent or not. I hope she is, and I believe now that she did not kill Meredith. Maybe she was involved, maybe she wasn't-that said I would rather see a guilty person go free than an innocent one suffer in jail.

My own brother was murdered, so trust me, I know how the Kercher family feels in some ways, but putting Amanda away, guilty or not will not bring Meredith back. It is beyond tragic what happened and I think the world's attention was caught because it could happen to anyone, or anyone's kids.

Today in Seattle-where I am living for another week-the city welcomed a visibly worn out Amanda home. There were signs all over the city for her and it was nice to see a community coming together in support of this young girl.

I hope that she finds some peace and I hope that if she does get a huge payout to interview or whatever, that she will lend a hand in finding the real killer-unless he is already in jail.

To Amanda Knox, I raise my glass to you and welcome you back-and I really hope all the families involved can find peace at the end of four long years.