He felt as if his heart had dried up. I needed her he thought. I needed someone like her to fill the void inside me. But I wasn’t able to fill the void inside her. Until the bitter end, the emptiness inside her was hers alone.
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
What would be a new form factor, new design, new capabilities for another 10 years? And the engineering team has come up with something truly revolutionary, truly radical and this product is so cool.
– Phil Schiller, unveiling the new Mac Pro (WWDC 2013) (watch the video)
An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone … ARE YOU GETTING IT?
– Steve Jobs, unveiling the iPhone (Macworld Expo 2007) (watch the video)
I used to believe that I would always prefer to read from the printed page. Under ideal conditions, I still do. But two events changed my habits: I was eventually forced to acquire reading glasses. Then the iPad came out. Now, I zoom and pinch the text.
My personal life has been on something of a downward spiral lately, negatively affecting both my health and finances. Things finally came to a head when my primary computer broke down. Unfortunately, I have no means of getting it repaired within the short term. Photography and blogging will have to take a back seat while I figure things out, or not. Presently, I’m at a loss.
Charles: Level with me, Red. When are the robots planning to rise up and take over?
Red Robot: Typical extrovert perspective. We’re on your desks. We’re in your phones. We count your money. We heat your homes. We navigate your cars. We time your mac and cheese.
We’ve already taken over everything that matters.
But you’re welcome to whatever’s left of nature!
– R Stevens, Diesel Sweeties
Happy 25th birthday Photoshop. I hate the monster you’ve become, please don’t leave me. You were the killer app for many a photographer otherwise too frightened to touch a computer. Having been a user for under two decades, I must acknowledge the influence of your creators, Thomas and John Knoll on my creative life.
We do things because they are right and just and that is who we are. That’s who we are as a company… If you only want me to make things, make decisions that have a clear [Return On Investment], you should get out of this stock.
― Tim Cook countering a certain stockholder’s objections to Apple’s environmentally-friendly practices.
Life lessons learned from watching too much anime (specifically the one pictured above) – The perfect lady must be loyal, gentle, humble, wise, posses all the comforts of home, weigh in excess of tens of thousands of metric tons, maintain a large crew compliment, and carry a BIG HONKIN’ GUN!
Otaku are weird.
At the speed of light.
You were thrown through time and space.
Take my memories.
A magical world.
Horrific ancient weapon.
Gone ten thousand years.
(An oldie. Click on the haiku titles to know more)
Updated Image 2012-09-05 with a second version. The first version can still be seen by clicking on the image twice. I can’t really decide which is better.
“Yes, that was my name. I WAS GANDALF.”
“Indeed my friends, none of you have any weapon that could hurt me.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers)
P.S. How’s everyone coping with their post-Olympics depression/hangover?
What to watch when lonely, depressed, and still acclimating to a foreign land.
This post is to let readers know that I’ve recently procured a new computer for my photo-editing needs. Finally, I don’t have to borrow other people’s machines. As all my old software is woefully obsolete, I’ll continue to use the same combo of open-sourced and pre-installed software I’ve been dependent on since the beginning of this year. That is unless someone gifts me a copy of CS6. Anyone?