“You ever watch Toy Story 2, where the lesbian cowgirl is abandoned by her lesbian little girl owner? Forever? And they play that really sad Sarah Maclachlan song? And everyone in the theater starts bleeding saline out of their eyes? What is the point of that scene? Plot? Character development? No, I don’t think so. I think the point of that scene was to reduce you to a quivering pile of emotional afterbirth. You went to go see a comedy about toys. You ended up halfway through flashing back to sitting at your grandma’s bedside as she passed away. NO! GRANDMA! DON’T LEAVE ME! I’M NOT READY FOR YOU TO DIE YET! NOOOOOOO!!!!! Oh look! The dinosaur toy is on roller skates! I feel better now.”—
I remember watching Toy Story 2 at least 20 times as a younger person. It was when DVD players first came out, and that DVD was probably the first we ever owned. I bet you I could story board nearly every plot-point of the movie, even now, 10 years having last watched it. Oh, and I’d probably still tear up when that ‘When Somebody Loved Me’ song comes up. Which is why this article (despite its, erm, language) rings so true.
“Nothing makes my day more than getting a random email from someone talking about how cool the iPad is. That’s what keeps me going. That’s what kept me going back then, and now, and will keep me going in the future.”—
Steve Jobs at D
Unless you’ve been involved with deploying a product to the world, you can’t appreciate this sentiment enough. Much more valuable than any amount of press you can get for what you do is when someone personally takes the time to e-mail you to tell you about how great your product is. (I mean, do you even do that with things you love?)
GATES: That means there were things I did under the age of 25 that I ended up not doing subsequently.
PLAYBOY: One LSD story involved you staring at a table and thinking the corner was going to plunge into your eye.
PLAYBOY: Ah, a glimmer of recognition.
GATES: That was on the other side of that boundary. The young mind can deal with certain kinds of gooping around that I don’t think at this age I could. I don’t think you’re as capable of handling lack of sleep or whatever challenges you throw at your body as you get older. However, I never missed a day of work.