Here’s to the Crazy Ones.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Stanford Commencement 1995 (he did not graduate university).

Steve Jobs voice-over in 1997. Released commercially with VO by Richard Dreyfuss.

Mr. Jobs made no secret of his focus on design; in a Jan. 24, 2000, interview, Fortune magazine asked if it was an “obsession” and whether it was “an inborn instinct or what?”

“We don’t have good language to talk about this kind of thing,” Mr. Jobs replied. “In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.” From 10/8/2011 NYT article.

Final statement of personal mourning: The Onion had it right, nearly perfectly so. It’s funny, I don’t care who you are (thx 2 LTCG).

“Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Computers and the only American in the country who had any clue what the fuck he was doing, died Wednesday at the age of 56. “We haven’t just lost a great innovator, leader, and businessman, we’ve literally lost the only person in this country who actually had his shit together and knew what the hell was going on,” a statement from President Barack Obama read in part, adding that Jobs will be remembered both for the life-changing products he created and for the fact that he was able to sit down, think clearly, and execute his ideas–attributes he shared with no other U.S. citizen.”

Time to get busy in honor of this important man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sOlqqriBvUM
Jobs speaking about NEXT.