A sad night

The first Mac I ever saw was at my aunt and uncle’s house. It was a Mac 128 and my uncle showed me how to make art with MacPaint. I was hooked.

The first computer I ever bought with my own hard-earned cash was the original iMac. I pre-ordered it and was at the launch party on the first day at the Mac Store near Lloyd Center. They called our names during the party to come get our iMacs. I was #5.

As computers went, that first iMac wasn’t much to write home about. It was neither fast nor technologically interesting. But it was a triumph of design and focus. It worked in ways that no other computer even dreamed of. There was nothing else like it and I was thrilled to make things with it.

I’ve owned and used a lot of Apple gear since then, each so much better than the ones before it, each giving me the tools to make better and more interesting things.

Steve and his team have been delighting and inspiring me for years. He was one of my few heroes.

As Jeff Jarvis said tonight, “We have lost our Gutenberg, Edison, Picasso, Carnegie….”

Well-done anti-war protest video

Here‘s a great piece of work by a 15-year-old girl from Alabama. Apparently she’s getting death threats over this stuff. Animals.

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WashPost article shows shocking conditions in Baghdad (surprised?)

This article really needs to be read by everyone.

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You can’t fight in here, this is the War Room!

From Cardboard Spaceship:

I watched Dr Strangelove again the other night, it`s looking more and more like a documentary.

Big wind

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Had some impressive wind over the last 24 hours. Power was out this morning and the back yard was covered in someone else’s shingles. Most impressive, though, was our shed resting comfortably on it’s face against our back deck. This happened sometime after we left for work this morning. It must have been quite a sight: the shed’s contents were left, untouched, in their original position. I never liked that shed anyway.