Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs, RiP

BoingBoing just posted the statement from Apple's Board of Directors. Wired put together a video montage of his Apple announcements since 1983. The New York Times laid out a grid of the 317 patents he left behind. But the most vivid image in my mind tonight is a commencement speech he gave at Stanford, talking to 2006 grads about how to live:
I look in the mirror every morning and ask myself, If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today? Whenever the answer’s been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.
He died today at just 57 of pancreatic cancer, the cancer that's killed 34,000 people this year--including my brother-in-law whose name was Steve, too. May they rest in peace.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He was born in february of 1955 making him only 56 oh, how he would have loved to get to 57 years of age..his children are very young 19 and 17 the two youngest, a daughter 33 nearly 34..he was a genius but never got the operation the doctors said could have saved his life, maybe he wanted to go to the angels? no one will ever know, he had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. It is taking too many lives too soon, maybe the cancer researches can find a way to detect and cure it well before people who get it are terminal, it would be wonderful indeed! RIP Steve Jobs, never met you but what an impact you have had on many billions in our world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!