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Maya Arulpragasam at the Super Bowl

Image via The New Yorker

So M.I.A. shocked and awed the conservative Parents Television Council, “the nation’s most influential advocacy organization protecting children against entertainment sex, violence and profanity”. Apparently, she even shocked the original shock and awer Madonna herself, who can’t stand being upstaged at her own show. What has become of America, whose most famous and enduring act was a gigantic bird-flip to colonial Great Britain way back in the 18th century?

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is dead. Long live Apple.

I remember the first time I saw a picture of Steve Jobs. He and John Sculley, and Macintosh on Steve’s lap, in Time magazine. And the Ridley Scott 1984 commercial. And using a Macintosh for the first time, and really using it, after banging my head against our home PC with green text input and a shelf full of manuals. Macintosh was so beautiful and elegant and, somehow, human. It was loveable. And it was a vision of a world.

Steve Jobs’ passing reminds me of Heidegger. He said that a work of art creates a world, a universe, that one can enter into, in the presence of the artwork. In another way, each of us as beings, is a world, a universe, that exists in and through us. And when we pass so does that world.

Steve Jobs returning to Apple brought that particular world back. A vision of technology and humanity and beauty and passion and genius. Magical. Insanely great. Embodied in millions of objects of metal, glass, and plastic, spread over the entire globe.

Whatever success Apple continues to have, and I wish them all of it, we have lost that particular genius that was. We have lost a world.

Tablets: Before & After iPad

This is funny-sad. I actually enjoy some of these pre-iPad Windows tablets that look like Obama might be able to enter some codes to start World War 54 or whatever we are on now. It’s sad that there is not more innovation in the offing. Theft is not innovation, unfortunately. Otherwise, we would be living in a highly innovative world.

via Reinaldo Versuri @ReiVersuri

Cringley: iCloud kills Windows

Icon for Apple iCloudQuestion: What do you hope to see when you look through the windows? Blue sky and big puffy white clouds, you say?

Robert X. Cringely agrees. Here’s his look at the Apple iCloud announcement. Basically, our data is the platform. Not the thing sitting on your desk, or increasingly, in your briefcase, pocket and who knows where else in the future. The lack of a serious mobile foothold by Microsoft is not looking good.

via I, Cringely

Happy World IPV6 Day!

Are you ready!? Today is the day to see how prepared you are for IPV6 world. That would be Internet Protocol Version 6. See, nobody expected the internet to require addresses for billions of connected devices. Never underestimate the geometric expansion of technology, eh? So now we are about to run out of unique IPV4 (whatever happened to IPV5?) addresses and hence face, in addition to economic meltdown and ecological collapse, internet armaggedon. Well, I suppose if we get the first two the last won’t matter. Anyways, it’s fun! I just upgraded my router so I’m ready to fly into the future of gigafied internet. Can you join me?

iPhone 1.0: Aged to Perfection

An image of a well-used original iPhone

Boba Fett's iPhone

We are so used to seeing perfect, flawless tech gadgets in slick advertising shots. Apple especially has raised the experience of the fetishized object to an art. A new in-the-box Apple object is perfectly cradled, pristine, hermetically sealed in various layers of glossy transparent plastic. The first scratch is the most painful.

In an attempt to stave off the natural aging process and maintain the object in its pristine, newly minted condition, many cover up the fetish icon with various cases and screen protectors—despite the fact that the often ugly objects people use to maintain flawless perfection defeat the purpose of having such a beautiful object in the first place. Like couched wrapped in plastic.

How refreshing then this blog post from frog designer Remy Labesque. Sharing his beautiful, heavily used original iPhone. Putting it on a pedestal to be admired before it is retired. Labesque presents it in the context of the Japanese concept of “Wabi-sabi.” A Zen appreciation of patina and wear that is a natural consequence of aging and use. Thanks Remy!

via Aged to Perfection | Blog | design mind

Happy Birthday Kitty!

What a strange trip it’s been!

Released on Saturday March 24, 2001, Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah grew up to be Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. And Apple’s stock went from $11.50 per share on Friday March 23, 2001 to $343.98 as I write this, including splits. Before iPods, and iPhones and iPads and MacBooks and MacBook Airs and iTunes Music Store, and on & on.

Happy 10th Birthday Kitty! You’re a star!