Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Addictive Behavior

Two more posts and my blog will be mine again!  Hold strong people!  Hold strong!

Everyone has their "thing."  For some, their thing is something that could be considered as destructive like drug abuse, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, or World of Warcraft.  For others it's more easily hidden in chronic TV watching, incessant gossiping, or thrill seeking.  Whatever your thing is (and don't say you don't have a thing), don't judge someone else that has a different thing.  If you want to change the world then be the change towards moderation and let others see the results.

The ├╝ber long video above explains how your affinity for certain "things" developed when you were younger.  It should make it painfully clear that just because your addiction doesn't have a group that meets about it doesn't make it not an addiction.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rock Star

For those of you that are regular followers of my blog, rest assured that the semester will eventually end and that I will reclaim my blog from the dreadful clutches of CS 404.  Until then....

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"  

It's a common question that people of all ages hear.  I remember in elementary school responding with things like astronaut, game designer, comic book artist, and sports mascot.  All of those responses reflected something different about my perception (at the time) of what success was.

Well here I sit, twenty years later, and I've finally come to some sort of answer to that ever present question.  I want to be a rock star.  I don't want to be a singer, songwriter, or guitarist.  I want to be Joseph Slinker, and I want to be so awesome that people pay money just to be in the same arena as me. Sure I might be good at playing guitar, or wearing outlandish clothing, but I don't want to BE a guitarist.  I don't want to BE fashionable.  I want the sum total of my life's experiences to make me awesome beyond belief.

It's at this point that as a TA reading this you're probably wondering how this is a book report or what this has to do with the Steve Jobs biography.  If that is the case then, simply put, Steve Jobs was a rock star.  Sure his life's work resulted in a lot of fun toys, but more importantly his life time of searching and becoming made everything he touched vicariously awesome.

That's what I want.  To be awesome.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Things Are A Changin'

The big tech news this week isn't about a new device, or a schnazy new app.  Apple Computers effectively canned two of it's ten executives, namely Scott Forstall and John Browett.  The loss of Browett is inarguably worth celebrating (he almost single handedly ruined the Apple Store).  The loss of Forstall, on the other hand, is a grab of reactions.  Despite rumors of why and what now, one thing cannot be denied, and that is Forstall changed how we interact with our devices.  Without him we wouldn't have OS X (the way it stands now), iOS (which would then trickle down to Android), or the beautifully functional default apps for iOS.  So take a moment next time you play with your iDevice and remember the man that made it possible.