“On the other hand cinema gives you hope. Films like Slumdog Millionaire, within all the grime and the dust and hardships of India and Mumbai show there is a lot of hope and love. It seems like a Hindi film to me when I see Slumdog Millionaire and that is what we stand for. The country stands for that despite all the stress and hardship, problems the cash registers will flow because we are warm and loving people. If you want a comparison, Indian cinema stand for just that. Slumdog Millionaire stands for that. It leaves you with the thought that what ever happens in any part of the world it is happening all over the world and what we do not let go of is hope and happiness.”—Bollywood’s Shah Rukh Khan, who introduced Slumdog Millionaire at the Golden Globes. (via NDTV)
It is my belief that the average person in the modern/tech/twitter/american world:
Loves Barack Obama (if they’re American).
Loves the iPhone.
Loves movies like Slumdog Millionaire, Iron Man and The Dark Knight (hint: the “good” side wins).
Even if they didn’t like The Dark Knight, loved Heath Ledger’s performance.
Finds Bill Gates more personable than Steve Jobs, but would prefer a Steve Jobs keynote any day.
Loves TV shows like “The Office” and “Family Guy”.
Loves John Stewart.
Is extremely secular, and most probably athiest/agnostic.
If the above is true, loves Bill Maher.
Hates or hated: George Bush, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Bill O’Reilly, Terrorists.
How many things did you check off that list? If it’s more than 5, thank you for being a good human being. Humanity owes you.
Before you ask me, I have no clue what the point of this is, but after making up that list while watching the Golden Globes, I was so moved by how little hate there is on it that I thought it deserved a write-up of some sort. There are the obvious things (George Bush), but I think in the end, the good human being has faith in humanity. They’re convinced good things prosper, and bad things are left behind, and that by believing in the good things, good things are going to happen to them, and they’re going to come out as winners regardless of the outcome.
Haters want us to believe this isn’t so. They want us to believe that is something being hidden from us, we are being played, and that our taste is tainted and faith useless. They’re convinced loving things doesn’t get you anywhere in life. If you look at the thinking of a common terrorist, or what Bill O’Reilly says on Fox, or what “the realist” always claims to be the “truth”, this is the underlying message. They spread this by hating. Hatings things we love, hating us, hating the world. Every major event in history from Hitler to 9/11 has its roots to this kind of thinking.
In the end, the only way to put an end to this is to love. Love people around you, love good things in life, love that product which totally kicks ass, or that movie which made you feel on the top of the world. Revolutionaries like Gandhi figured this out tens of years ago, and if you need the slightest example of the power of love, it’s that their message is still relevant today and millions of people around the world live by it.
And that concludes perhaps the most sappiest thing I’ll ever type on a keyboard. Apologies for such a cringe-worthy piece, but I think it needed to be said. :-)
I just realized this today. It accounts for every ounce of success the company has seen over the last decade — in terms of branding and general thinking around the product itself, not to mention the company’s culture.
Following the release of Microsoft Tag today, I got pondering with the idea of ‘real-life information tagging,’ and came up with this. I have no idea what kind of underlying technology Tag uses, but I thought this one has potential if someone can do it (unfortunately, I’m busy running a company and a diary, otherwise I would). I’ve tried to present it in as practical terms as possible.
Get a list of the top 500 restaurants in the world. Get their menus. Double-encrypt those menus so that you have a 128-bit key, and somehow turn it into a barcode (so each unique barcode refers to an encryption key, and that encryption key to a restaurant menu). Make a Yellow-pages like hard-copy directory of those 500 restaurants — organized by place, alphabetically, ranking, etc. — and beside each restaurant, have the barcode.
Now make a device which is able to read these barcodes and get the underlying encryption key. Make software so that you have a list of each restaurant, its encryption key, and its menu. Whenever that device scans a barcode, the scanner spits out the encryption key, which is queried with the internal database and the restaurant menu is presented on screen. Instantly.
Note 1: “Device” can refer to “iPhone app”. Note 2: The restaurants thing is just an example. This can be done with places, names, and basically anything which has a real life-application where there is demand for a hard-copy “directory” because it’s too inconvenient to carry the web with you. Note 3: The database doesn’t have to live on the ‘device’ itself. It can be stored on the web and queried back-and-forth.
For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.
Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.
I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.
As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.
Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.
The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.
I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.
So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.
Honourable mentions: Frost/Nixon (for the build-up), Cloverfield (for the adventure), Role Models (for McLovin’), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (for the beauty), Hancock (for the first half), Tropic Thunder (for Downey, Jr.), Pineapple Express (for the weed), Burn After Reading (for George Clooney’s invention)
Disclaimer: I have not yet seen Let the Right One In, Milk, Doubt, or My Winnipeg, among many other highly acclaimed ones.