Thank you, Steve Jobs

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Submitted by Jameson on Thu, 2011-08-25 13:59

You delivered the future.


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Currently number one...

Marcus's picture

...on the viral video charts.

Stay young, stay foolish.

Stephen Fry is big Apple Fan...

Cosmic Justice

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If there's any morality, justice, or even rudimentary decency in the cosmos, and the biota of The Milky Way, then the consciousness, spirit, and soul of Steve Jobs lives on. Any aliens of any "humanity" and quality would rescue and save his living, thinking essence. As for any super-terrestrials which could do it, but didn't do it -- to hell with them and the galactic horses they rode in on!

The world will...

Marcus's picture

...never be the same!

Thank you Steve Jobs

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Sad news

darren's picture

Just read this on the Apple site:

And Drudge:

The Millennium Bug-Free Mac

Jameson's picture

In the 18-years I've lived with Macs I've never once come down with a virus.

Steve Jobs: Genius

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Peter Cresswell's tribute...

Genius has often been described as the ability to enter an existing field and, by your contribution alone, change it utterly.

Louis Armstrong did that for jazz. Newton and Einstein did it for physics. And Steve Jobs of Apple? Virtually single-handedly he revolutionised telecommunications, personal computing, the music business, publishing and Hollywood. Not to mention what he did to the computer itself.

Most geniuses only revolutionise one field. Jobs has revolutionised at least three.

But it’s not enough for some folk that his genius has improved the lives of millions. That he’s a genius who’s earned his money. He’ll only get respect at places like the New York Times if he gives it all away.

Never mind that the focus of his wealth and productive genius on production does more for every single person on the planet than if he spent his time and energy giving his money away. He understands this:

Mr. Jobs [told friends] he could do more good focusing his energy on continuing to expand Apple than on philanthropy, especially since his illness. “He has been focused on two things — building the team at Apple and his family,” another friend said. “That’s his legacy. Everything else is a distraction.”

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in 1993 , Jobs said, “Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.”

Good for him.


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How timely; to coincide with all the talk of the Randian influence on Jobs, I just saw this on the bookshelves, today: I Am John Galt: Today's Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It. Fitting, because the first person discussed is...Steve Jobs, who is favorably compared to Roark.

From the Inside Flap:

Who is John Galt?

It's been both a cry in the dark and a call to arms for generations of readers of Ayn Rand's great novels—which brilliantly portray a world like ours, a world of both great achievement and great crisis. This book answers that question. I Am John Galt introduces you to the real-life titans who've lived their lives like Rand's fictional heroes and the malefactors who've lived like her fictional villains.

Steve Jobs: he reinvented computers, movies, music, and telephones—just because it was cool

Paul Krugman: he corrupted economics and cheapened public discourse for the sake of partisan politics

John Allison: he built one of America's strongest banks—by having 30,000 employees read Atlas Shrugged

Angelo Mozilo: the predatory lender who used taxpayer money to inflate the subprime housing bubble

Bill Gates: he became the richest man in the world—and his government almost destroyed him

Barney Frank: the populist politician who turned Fannie Mae into a weapon of mass economic destruction

T. J. Rodgers: the bad-boy high-tech CEO—who speaks out against corporate welfare and political correctness

Alan Greenspan: Ayn Rand's lifelong friend who became an economic czar—the ultimate sellout or a double-agent for libertarianism?

Milton Friedman: he made economics into a science—and showed that capitalism and freedom are inseparable

Gates salutes Jobs

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Steve unveils the first Mac

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(Robert, I did acknowledge your benevolence — now please, if you really feel the need to write an obituary perhaps you could do it on a separate thread.)

Pancreatic Cancer

Robert's picture

Is a death sentence - period.

I should know, I spent 4 years working on chemotherapy agents and I'm currently working on gene therapy agents. Steve will die before the science is in a position to cure him.

The only thing that gave him the extra years on his life IS cutting edge science and as Brant pointed out, that is about to run its course.
Given this view all that is to give him are my best wishes. Something that blessing expresses with far more poetry than my insignificant literary talents can muster.

I note that you have not suggested a God-free alternative. You haven't even bothered to acknowledge the sentiment in which the thought was proffered.

All you offered in response was the Randian equivalent of RTFM. Well I already had. And as it happens Rand's words only gave analytical form to what I already knew. That is, not all in this world that is mixed with the mystical is crap and and absence of mysticism doesn't guarantee that something won't stink.

In my opinion, I am correct and as far as I'm concerned that's all that matters. I know the meaning and value of that blessing and I really don't give a fuck if you refuse to accept it or the sentiment with which it was offered.

A stirring Ave Maria or breathtaking cathedral...

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... is indeed something to behold, the combination of which once brought tears to my eyes at Westminster Abbey, welling from the deepest part of my gut. This is not in the same ball park —

“May God give you...For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”

— it's not even in the car park of the ballpark.

The problem life has sent Steve Jobs is pancreatic cancer, and if he is a praying man (I understand he leans toward Buddhism) the answer will come from science — not a smile, a friend, a sweet song or a rainbow, as benevolently wished as it may be.

I started this thread, not as a eulogy, but to pay tribute to Steve Jobs for the marvelous gifts he's given the world, a salute to his productive genius, a nod to his brilliant mind. When Rand interpreted the word God as meaning "the best or the highest" of something I'm pretty sure she wouldn't have included Robert's sympathetic blessing in its transliteration.

Anyway... back to the living legend — but first a commercial break:

Robert ...

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... is entirely correct. Glenn, you need to study up on rationalism. Eye

This, which I've restickied, might be useful.

So might this.

Of course, it's a great tragedy that the sacred has for so long been equated with the supernatural.

But that shouldn't blind or deafen us to the sense of the sacred that can be found in supernaturalism. Just means it found the wrong repository.

Look at the interview where Rand says she loves what the expression "God bless" means—e.g. as in "God bless America."

Thanks Steve...

Marcus's picture

...I just got an iPod touch a few months ago for my birthday.

It has changed my life.

Steve, you got the jobs done, like no one else Smiling

I have.

Robert's picture

I was particularly struck by the way Ayn Rand extolled the virtues of Victor Hugo's works while ignoring the detestable political undertones. It suggested a method by which I could find diamonds in the gutter without having to await the arrival of the poem, painting or piece of literature that was both philosophically pure and aesthetically perfect.

That is, I could use my brain to assess the merits of the work against its failings and determine whether the former out-weighed the latter and for what reason. In other words, Rand reaffirmed that art actually IS in the eye of the beholder -- pointing out by this example and others that the beholder may in certain circumstances over-ride or ignore aspects of an artwork in-spite of the artists efforts to include them. Perhaps you subscribe to the view that the beholder is the artist's puppet; a thrall to all that the artist weaves into the artwork regardless of its merit or significance in the work.

I guess that would mean that anyone who appreciates Mario Lanza's rendition of "Ave Maria" is a bible thumping christian zealot.

And on that note I should point out that none other than owner of this very site has observed that christian art often conveys a sense of life and optimism far in excess of contemporary non-christian offerings. Perhaps you think him unfamiliar with the Romantic Manifesto?

So if you have something specific you'd like to discuss go right ahead, take an actual position and defend it.

Otherwise you can take that particular knee-jerk argument by intimidation and use it to remove the self-righteous stick lodged in your arse.


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I'm afraid Steve Jobs won't last out the year. A photo taken two days after he resigned shows him looking quite haggard. In fact, he probably won't get to October. It's a shame.

Read the Romantic Manifesto...

Jameson's picture

... and get back to me — hopefully with your premises in check.

"your mystical incantation"

Robert's picture

Mystical? Yes. But that's accidental.

I quote it more for it's poetry and sense of benevolence - things that in the best Irish poetry generally overwhelms the mystical content IMHO.

The equivalent Poetry "God-free" prose (or at least that of which I am aware) lack for the sense of benevolence and poetry.

And if I may offer the following observation without going too off topic. You'll know when Objectivism has truly taken route when Objectivist-approved song, prose and poetry carries the same rollicking wit and Guinness-swilling lustiness that runs through the typical Irish folk music or Irish poetry or Irish prose.

Of course for that to happen the typical objectivist and objectivish person will have to have surgery to remove the stick that is -- inevitably -- lodged in their arses.

I'm grown up enough to look past the obligatory reference to God to appreciate the inherent beauty within. A lesson to be found in Hitchen's "God is not Great" by the way.

I really don't need to be chastised for doing so by bloke who routinely forsakes the mysticism of Thatcher and Reagan when waxing lyrical about their respective merits.


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Good that you recognise the net effect of Steve Jobs' productive genius, but I'm afraid your mystical incantation is as anachronistic on this thread as the slash q-z was in Mac Man's early thinking.

Great quote, Gregster. : )

Thank you.

Robert's picture

Even a Apple skeptic like myself has reason to thank Steve Jobs. He forced everybody else to lift their own game and as such I directly benefit from their efforts to build devices better than Apples' only cheaper...

I fear though that with Pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant in the rear view mirror, Steve probably will be lucky to live for another 5 years.

So I offer this Irish Blessing to express both my gratitude that such a man existed and my sadness at learning that his demise is probably close at hand:

“May God give you...For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”


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..great to see the giant mentioned with Atlas.

“Some people are saying that we ought to put an IBM PC on every desk in America to improve productivity. It won’t work. The special incantations you have to learn this time are the “slash q-zs” and things like that. The manual for WordStar, the most popular word-processing program, is 400 pages thick. To write a novel, you have to read a novel––one that reads like a mystery to most people. They’re not going to learn slash q-z any more than they’re going to learn Morse code. That is what Macintosh is all about.” [Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]

Thank you

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Two Giants

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Beautiful! Ayn Rand still inspiring and uplifting the world three decades after her death! Smiling

Atlas inspired an Atlas

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Steve channeled Hank...

"Despite times when Apple was in financial and structural turmoil, Wozniak believes Jobs’ speed of thought and endless drive helped the company move forward, believing that he may have adopted the ethos of the hard working, never failing Hank Reardon in Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged.

“Steve was very fast thinking and wanted to do things, I wanted to build things. I think Atlas Shrugged was one of his guides in life”

[hat tip Amy Peikoff]

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