Becoming Steve Jobs

Becoming Steve JobsGrowing up most of the kids I knew looked up to athletes or musicians, I always seemed to be interested in the two Steves who founded Apple. Can’t really explain why, but always was interested in them both and their company. There was just something cool about it, especially when I was growing up.

I kinda got away from technology for a bit in the mid nineties. I’m not sure exactly why. Apple was in pretty bad shape at the time, and a Windows world just didn’t seem very fun to me.

When Steve Jobs came back to the company, that’s when I seemed to get excited about the industry again. I remember making sure that I’d watch all the MacWorld live streams. I remember getting more excited than I should have been at the new announcements. It really was amazing to follow a company pretty much written off for dead to some how turn around and become the monster that it is today.

So when I saw another biography on Steve Jobs I picked it up without hesitation. I’ve read the Isaacson biography which was good, but this one I thought went into more depth on the guy as a person.

It was a really good book. I felt like it went into a lot more of his later life and not just the amazing tales of him being a genius-jerk during the late 70’s and 80’s.

His story of amazing rise, to fall and then to somehow even rise higher in the end is really more of a Hollywood story than real life. Very interesting book.

Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

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Wow, hard to believe I turned 38 on Thursday. It doesn’t really hit me how old I am until I’m asked my age. But when I do the math is does add up.

This year I just went to work as usual. I got a very cool DC comics Green Lantern vs. Sinestro Lego set. It’s not easy to put a set together during a work day, but I did complete it with just a few minutes to spare in the day. It’s a pretty cool one, I like the see thru green pieces.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive 3 peanut butter cookies. They were really good! Plus got a chance to play a little bit of ping pong. Good times.

I was beginning to think that perhaps my co-workers hadn’t planned anything, but fairly late in the day I saw people walking to the meeting room. Which surely can only mean that a cake was in the building.

It was cool, they put a foam replica of Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer) on the cake. I pretending it was difficult to lift, but eventually lifted it and then went on to slice up some cake. It was a pink plastic knife, no sure why but that stood out to me.

Work birthdays have been most awkward here, and this one was surely no exception. I cannot explain it, but when everyone is together in that room there’s just an awkwardness that is present but difficult to explain. I felt really old when they asked me what my age was.

I then stopped over my parents for some chicken parm and an ice cream cake. More food! They gave me some grilling supplies. So I should get that grill working soon.

Didn’t do too much after that. I was a bit worn out with the longer work days this week. All in all not too shabby of a day.

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Majora's MaskThe strange and bizarre Majora’s Mask was one game that I had missed out on. I believe it came out towards the end of the N64 days and I just wasting playing much back then. When I saw that it was being re-released on the 3DS I knew I’d have to give it a shot.

It was really creepy. The whole mood was just creepy. A scary face on the moon crashing down, the world ending on almost every play, and just the strange towns people made for a really creepy experience. It was most bizarre.

The game itself was pretty great. I got it during the coldest winter I could recall, so it gave me something to curl up into a ball and entertain myself with for a bit.

The game was very difficult. I have no idea how kids figured some of it out, especially before the Internet was so popular when it was first released. I was thoroughly stumped many times. I still haven’t beaten the last boss, but will have to give him some more tries. Again, the last boss is so very bizarre.

All in all a very interesting game that brought some entertainment during a very cold and lazy time.

Currently 4/5 Stars.

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Killing Patton

Killing PattonI do think I’ve enjoyed reading Killing Patton more than anything I have read lately. I’ve always been a bit of a fan of history, especially European for some reason.

The writing style is very interesting to me. I’ve read Killing Lincoln and the JFK book and really enjoy the story like style to non-fiction. It really makes for some exciting reading and I do look forward to more books in this style.

While I’ve read much on WWII and learned quite a bit in school, there were a lot of details that were new to me. A lot of info on many of the key generals at the time and the maps really make the western front very interesting to follow.

It’s really sad just how many people were killing one another.

Currently 5/5 Stars.

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30 Games for a 30th

As a big fan of random games, I was most excited to hear about Cait’s 30 Games for the 30th Birthday celebration. She always comes up with fun stuff, and I really wanted to find out what compromised the 30 games.

Things kicked off at Jilly’s Arcade. I played some skee ball, a four player Pac-man game and an amazing overtime game of old school dome hockey. Hockey was pretty amazing, I was Canada but thought I was the Soviet Union for the entirety of the game,

After much games things moved over to the kickball field. We played a pretty awesome game of kickball. Everyone seemed to get a chance to get some good kicks in and run the bases a bit. A fine time.

That was followed by snake tag which was quite amazing. I enjoyed running close to the snake to taunt them to pursue, then get away at the last second. There were some very close calls, and it was fun. We then played a game which I have no idea what it was called or how to play it. It involved a circle of people, some chanting and perhaps the summoning of some demons from another dimension?

Things then moved to her house for some fine yard games. I played much sloppy volleyball. We did get a couple of fine volleys, but overall it was a mess. There were also many other games going on too, but I don’t think I took part in them.

The marquee game on the night turned out to be a game of human Hungry-Hungry Hippos. It involved skateboards, laundry baskets and balls to gather. I was a person who pushed my partner on the skateboard. It was pretty funny and actually quite a workout to be the pusher. I had a fairly tiny person and it still took quite a bit of work. It was a success and I feel like I was a part of history.

Later that night I took part in an epic game of washers. It was so close with both sides making some huge tosses to keep themselves in the game. We eventually won when I hit the winning shot, yay for me! Throwing things!

There was also some pretty intense games of lawn Jenga. It’s Jenga with large pieces of wood. It was pretty cool and quite impressive to behold.

Things then moved indoors with some more traditional games. I’m drawing a blank on the names of most of the games, they were the types where you have to act things out. The team I was one was perfect, going 16 for 16.

Perhaps my most glorious moment of the night came in the game on Humdinger. I easily got the most correct and hummed like the legendary Zamfir (but humming instead of the pan flute).

Then came some card games, but I was fading a bit by then and quite frankly I just didn’t understand them.

While I didn’t last through 30 games, I do think I was fortunate enough to experience probably 24 or so of them. All in all is was a most fun day!

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My Guest Hutch

I was asked out of the blue if I could dog sit Hutch, a quite active young dog. Of course I said sure and figured it’d be quite the adventure and a good experiment to see if I was ready to perhaps get a pet of my own sometime soon.

Hutch is pretty crazy and energetic, this I had already known. However, there was no preparing me for that first night. The poor guy was just overloaded with change, and had probably the worst case of gas that I had ever endured. I didn’t think something so small could produce such a horrible smell for that long of a time. It was constant and at times I thought I would be stained of that smell for life. He was completely nuts that first night and I would wind up sleeping a tad over an hour and a half that night. I wasn’t too happy at that point.

At around 5:30 am I realized that I can’t leave him just roaming around my house by himself while I was at work. There was just no way this little gas bomb wouldn’t explode at some point in my house and let’s be honest most likely on my new couch. So I went straight to my parents to find a dog cage to borrow. Luckily they still had a very large cage as we’ve had some big dogs. He was fine getting in there and luckily he lasted the day ok.

We walked, and walked a lot. Probably walked 6-8 miles every day. I was determined to wear the little guy out.

Apparently his was of communicating with me would be to hump me. Most dogs bark, sit, whine, not Hutch. He has to hump me. I wasn’t a big fan of this one bit and believe he attempted to hump me well over several hundred times during his stay.

I’m not sure exactly when it occurred but he finally settled down by day 3. We kinda became buddies by then and he would nap next time me as I watched TV. Mind you, I really didn’t want to watch TV, but if it gave him a change to rest and act sane I would find something to watch.

I’d say our favorite thing was going to the Arboretum across the street from me and sit in the center on the benches. He could take in thousands of different smells and watch so many people and other dogs on the bike path go by. It was very calming for us both, and he seemed very grateful during our stops there.

A close second would be watching him run like a madman with his buddy Pip. Clearly we had the two most foolish dogs on Dog Beach, but they sure seemed to have a great time. I do believe Hutch was more obedient than Pip on that adventure.

A big lesson learned was never give you dog Seafood Chowder snacks. They cam with the Hutch care kit, but apparently they were something new. Poor Hutch had the most disgusting diarrhea and gas until I would sold the Seafood Chowder mystery by the fourth day. God I wish I had known that sooner.

Though we got off to a rocky and very smelly start, in the end I’d say we become good friends. We had some excellent walks and really got to understand one another pretty well. Though a bit on the crazy side, Hutch was a good dog and it was a lot of fun having him stay for a few days.

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