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russell frost
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So now Google+ is like Twitter.

Fail again Google+.

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I just got a hold of the transcript from tonight's two-part "60 Minutes" interview with Walter Isaacson, which (via recordings) is as much an interview with Steve Jobs as it is of the author.

Here's a beautiful section in which Isaacson talks about Steve Jobs' thoughts on the afterlife. Even on this spiritual topic, Jobs can't help but think about product design:


WALTER ISAACSON He asked me at one point. He said, "There are going to be things in this book I don't like, right." And I kind of smiled and said, "Yep." (LAUGHS) "You know, there'll be probably things you don't like. He said, "That's fine, that's fine. I won't read it when it comes out. I'll read it six months or a year from now."

STEVE KROFT: Did you have any discussions within that day or at any other time about an afterlife?

WALTER ISAACSON: I remember sitting in his backyard in his garden one day and he started talking about God. He said, "Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don't. I think it's 50-50 maybe. But ever since I've had cancer, I've been thinking about it more. And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of-- maybe it's 'cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn't just all disappear. The wisdom you've accumulated. Somehow it lives on. The he paused for a second and he said ‘yeah, but sometimes I think it's just like an on-off switch. Click and you're gone.’ He said—and paused again, and he said, "And that's why I don't like putting on-off switches on Apple devices."

Two weeks. In two weeks I'll be back in San Francisco.

Two weeks.

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A Steve story. Thanks to Vic Gundotra for sharing it publicly.
Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.


Ok, just amongst us here. Best movies of all time. No particular, not a complete list, just some of my faves. Tell me yours. Tell me why my list if bunk. Whatever. What are you ten (or more) desert island movies?

-A Clockwork Orange
Because it's still interesting

-Blazing Saddles
Still maybe the funniest movie with a point ever made

-2001: A Space Odyssey
Perfect filmmaking

-Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Another movie I never get tired of laughing at

-Jurassic Park
Because no list is complete without at least one movie of lizards eating people

-Clerks II
Because I had to, had to, include one Kevin Smith movie and this one might be my favorite

Because I have to one Sean Connery Bond movie and this was the apex

-Casino Royale
Because this is Goldfinger for another generation (and I love me some Bond)

-Hard Boiled
Every red-blooded American man needs to what might be the best action ever made on his list

-Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii
I had to have one music film. This was a tough choice but stuck on island, this is one I would enjoy watching and over and over again (the most).

::don't read the comments thread:: ::never read the comments::

Why in the hell did I read the comments?

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Douche libertarian talking head gets bagged, as does her cameraman. Matt Damon rocks.
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