I’m honored that my quote was chosen as the introduction to People Magazine‘s Steve Jobs tribute issue: “Farewell to an American Original” (Oct 24, 2011).

“Not long after he announced his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2004, Steve Jobs had a trampoline installed in the backyard of his home in California’s Silicon Valley. While two workers assembled the frame and rigged a net, Jobs stood by and analyzed the trampoline’s design. Even after they were finished and Jobs hopped on for a tryout, he couldn’t help talking about how he would make it better. ‘He was jumping up and down with a big smile on his face, and when he got off, he told us some ways to improve the netting,’ says kc! Bradshaw, who helped with the installation. ‘He was talking about how he’d simplify the structure or hang the net this way. He just really wanted to improve it, like this need to make the best product was in his DNA.'”

Anatomy of a fake quotation.

According to Megan McArdle writing for The Atlantic, a portion of yesterday’s quote (below) is incorrect. You can read her full explaination here, but to summarize: an English teacher named Jessica Dovey originally posted a comment (the first sentence) followed by the MLK, Jr. quote on her Facebook page. Somehow the quotation marks were stripped from the entire piece after it started getting traction across the internet, and the entire paragraph began to be attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have decided to leave the entire quote up as it was posted, because the sentiment still rings true for me—and has helped me to try and understand the mixed feelings I am experiencing. Thank you for understanding.

Steve Jobs.

As Steve Jobs sadly goes out on medical leave again, I am reminded of a short story I wrote on September 25, 2004. About a simple trampoline installation just a few short days before Steve had returned to work from his first ‘public’ surgery… and how I got to meet him in person.

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What’s that thing good for anyhow?

Why, yes I have an iPad—got it on day one infact—but no, I’m still not sure what it’s best used for. However, if it helps, I am typing this post on it right now as I read through the morning news on the toilet.

Favorite app?
The origami-themed photo frame. I loaded the device with all my vacation photos and I am continuously surprised at the combinations it folds itself into.

Typical use?
Sitting on the couch, gathering information on shows through IMDB or Wikipedia.

Future hopes?
More music and art creation tools.
Ableton Live for iPad.
A pixel-perfect digital design sketchbook. 

I want to use all this new electronic real-estate to create art in new inspiring ways, to feel the urge to dig deeply into a new medium with fantastic results. To boldly go where no man has… you get the picture.

Oh, and yes the digital magazines/newspapers are cool…
Wired and PopSci+ are on the right track… keep ‘em comin’.



UPDATE: Lonely Sandwich is in a similar boat.