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Korean Tako Chips

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Korean Tako Chips
This is the first time that chips have scared me.
Yes, they’re octopus flavored; and they really weren’t *that* bad.

The iPhone Introduction: Five Years Later

Five years ago today, at the Macword keynote, Steve Jobs took the stage and changed history.  Before a packed crowd (and millions of others online that watched the live blog feeds) Steve began introducing “three” new products.  “An iPod, a Phone, and an Internet Communicator.” Steve said, as the graphics on the screen behind him began to swirl.  As the icons for each device swirled faster and faster, Steve kept on repeating, “an iPod, a Phone, and an Internet Communicator… An iPod, a Phone, and an Internet Communicator.”

“Are you getting it?” he said with a coy grin on his face.

The world DID get it, and after years of anticipation, the iPhone was reviled.

Most phones in 2007, looked like this.  If a phone had a touchscreen, it was small and used some sort of awkward stylus.  The internet was all but useable on every device at the time, and storage was always lacking.

The iPhone had a beautiful, multitouch screen, and shipped in 4GB and 8GB flavors.  He said that by 2008 they wanted to ship 10M units and capture 1% of the mobile market share – some critics scoffed at the notion – but not only did they reach their 10M mark, they beat it.

During the keynote, Steve Jobs said:

Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.

Steve was right.  That day, he and the countless people at Apple that made the iPhone possible, changed everything.

As the countdown to the iPhone release began, little did I know that a few months later, everything would change again.

 

The Day After the Day

Today is the day after the day.  Lots of nice tributes coming out from all around the world.

Take this Steve Jobs tribute logo created by Jonathan Mak, a 19-year old in Hong Kong for example, I think it’s a great homage and would make an even better tattoo.

Original Source: http://jmak.tumblr.com/post/9377189056

A Steve Jobs narrated version of The Crazy Ones has also been going around the net today – it’s hauntingly beautiful and always inspiring.

Finally, this post by Gruber, is quite possibly one of the most poignant tributes that I’ve read.  It paints beautiful picture of peace.

Edit: As usual, Bono has some great and poetic words.

Thank you, Steve

History has shown that I’m not the greatest at this blogging thing.  I don’t know why.  I have plenty to say, and yes, some people actually care about it.

Today changes that.  Today the world lost a great visionary. A man that always challenged the status quo, and thought outside of the box. He was crazy enough to change the world – not just once, but many times over. The world is a different place because he lived. He’s on my short list of heroes and always will be.  He loved what he did, and the world is a better place because of that.

To quote Steve himself:

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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.

Thank you, Steve.

Couples Retreat

If you’ve had your fill of the winter time blues and need a fun and campy trip to a beautiful tropical paradise, you should check this movie out. Couples Retreat stars the seemingly inseparable Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau team (of Swingers, Made, The Break-Up, and Four Christmases) along with Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Kristen Davis (Sex and the City), Milan Ackerman (Watchmen), Faizon Love and Jean Reno. Shot at St. Regis, Bora Bora (a group of islands in French Polynesia located between New Zealand and the United States), this was about one of the most beautiful movies that I have seen in a long, long time. At one point in the film, one of the characters exclaims that the island “looks like a screensaver” and that it does. The French Polynesia department of tourism should send copies of the movie out as a marketing tool. I’ve never seen such crystal clear blue water.

The basis of the movie is that one couples of a set of friends is on the verge of divorce, so they convince three other couples to go with them on a retreat so they can get a discounted group rate. While at the retreat, they try to work through their relationship issues, and through the mandatory counseling sessions, and other island activities, the couples that didn’t think that they had relationship issues, soon find out that they in fact do. Throughout the movie, there are a few “awww” moments, followed shortly by laughs. This movie will not win any awards, unless the island could get one for Best Scenery, but it’s a great movie to warm yourself during a cold winter night. Make no doubts about it, this is a romantic comedy with relationship issues at the core, but it’s a fun flick that’s as beautiful to watch, as it is entertaining.

I rented this movie in HD via Amazon’s VOD service, but it is also available on Blu-ray and DVD as well. If you’d like to check it out, hit up the links on the right.

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