Saturday, June 23, 2007

Words to live by

I feel inspired when I hear or read Apple's mantra...

Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, quote them, disagree with them
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing that you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Apple
Think Different

Photos

Photography fascinates me. A Photo, reflected light channeled through a lens and captured by chemical or electronic means, is very powerful . Photos can invoke a broad range of emotions. Often, they remind us of the past. Perhaps you're thinking "sure they do, photos are records of the past." ...and you're right, but that's not what I'm getting at.

When I see a photo of a beautiful landscape, foreign or otherwise, something in my brain kicks into motion. Hypothetical gears mesh and drive my thoughts forward (or backwards as the case may be). I'm often reminded of my 2004 trip to Japan. More to the point, I am reminded of Mount Fuji. The picture could be of the rocky mountains in 1932, but through the power of photography, a trick of the light, I am reminded of my own past.

Photography has a powerful hold on me. I love taking photos. I love being in photos. I love viewing photos. These impressions, records, what ever you want to call them, they are precious. They are sacred.

Friday, June 8, 2007

iGoogle

iGoogle (the google personalized homepage) is awesome. There are so many great things about iGoogle, it is difficult to pick one feature that stands out as the best. This having been said, I think the best feature (shut up) is the ability to add Google Reader to the page. Google Reader is one of the best tools available on the internet. It singlehandedly gathers all of my favorite blogs, comics and news feeds into one location... it even sorts them and allows me to view them without going to their respective websites. This tool saves me time and reminds me when it's time to read a new entry. My only complaint is that not everyone has RSS feeds, but that isn't google's fault... some people are just stupid.

There is, however, a feature I am dying to see made available for iGoogle. As of yet, there is no iGoogle gadget that directly integrates Blogger... See, if I want to put up a new post, I've got to go to Blogger... I can't just type what I want into a text box in my homepage and then post from there. Please, for the love of god, someone program this gadget before I have to learn how to do it myself!