In the late 1990s, Apple rebranded itself with a dramatic ad campaign combining images of iconic scientists, artists, explorers, and activists with the Apple logo, plus the famously grammatically questionable tagline “Think Different.” The capstone of the campaign was a TV commercial known to fans as “Here’s to the Crazy Ones.” Here’s what the commercial said:
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 quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Although I didn’t know it back in 1997, there was a version in which this narration was done by Steve Jobs. It didn’t air on TV; instead a version featuring Richard Dreyfuss (who’s no slouch as a narrator) became famous. But today, the Jobs narration is considerably more poignant. Here it is:
And this is the version that aired, narrated by Dreyfuss:
This Facebook album from an ex-Apple designer that made me smile. Mike Matas had photos from 2005 of Steve Jobs testing Mac OS X’s Photobooth app. It’s heartening to see Steve Jobs acting goofy for the camera. Hats off to a man that changed our world.
Steve Jobs’ quirky personality was at the heart of his greatest innovations. While most of the talk these past few days has been around his role as a technological visionary, his passion and playfulness were deeply entwined with his achievements.
Over the course of his storied career, Jobs recognized the better angel of his playful side, arguably the foundation of his most vaunted innovations.
Some trace it to eighth grade, when he called Bill Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard at home to request spare parts for a science project.
Others point to his high school romance with Nancy Rogers, which included dropping acid in a wheat field.
Then there was his friendship with Steve Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple, who taught Jobs how to override long-distance telephone codes for the purpose of prank-calling, for example, the pope. Wozniak got through to the Vatican but didn’t actually speak to the pontiff.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a Filipino guy who’s really obsessed with Superman!
Since 1995, Herbert Chavez, 35, has undergone multiple plastic surgeries to transform his face and body into the “Man of Steel,” including a nose job, a chin augmentation, silicone treatments to his lips, and thigh implants to boost his small frame.
Local psychologists who learned of Chavez’s obsession say he may suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, a condition which the American Psychiatric Association defines as “a preoccupation in some imagined defect in personal appearance, or an excessive concern with a minor physical irregularity. The preoccupation causes significant distress or impairment.”
A drug prescribed to pregnant women decades ago is now being linked to breast cancer in their daughters — and 53 of them have joined together to sue 14 drug companies in Boston federal court. Karen Keller reports:
“Everyone has been in the dark,” Dr. Paul Roda, a Pennsylvania oncologist, told The Daily. “The medical community in general doesn’t understand [the] occurrence [of DES effects] unless they’re looking for it.”
DES ended up being proved useless for the ailments it was supposed to help, but its harmful effects on the pregnant women’s estimated 4 million offspring became clear over the years, with infertility and vaginal cancer in females and deformed penises in males.
Sony buys the film rights to Steve Jobs authorised biography
Sony Pictures is in the midst of making a deal to secure the movie rights to upcoming authorised biography, Steve Jobs.
Deadline has the report, which claims the deal is ‘$1m against $3m’, with Mark Gordon in line to produce.
The book, by Walter Isaacson, was initially scheduled to be released on 21 November, but that has now been bumped forward to 24 October.
What took so long.
They were holding up signs saying “I’m sorry that Christians judge you”
“I’m sorry for how the churches treated you” and “I used to be a bible-banging homophobe, I’m sorry”
The Department of Parks and Wildlife suspect Mexican fishermen for the illegal netting and deaths of 2,000 – 3,000 sharks off the coast of Texas.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials were shocked by the number of dead sharks found in the 2-3 mile long illegal net pulled from the Gulf Coast. The illegal gill net was dropped 4 miles north of the Mexican border in Texan waters. Fishermen from Mexico are frequently caught dropping illegal gill nets in US waters because fish population in Mexican territory have been so badly decimated.
After 15 years in the Parks and Wildlife Department pulling up illegal nets, Sgt. James Dunks says “this is by far the most sharks I’ve ever gotten in one load.”
Every year, fishermen kill 73 million sharks every year. The individuals responsible for this particular illegal netting have yet to be identified.
Scientists from the Poultry Science Association attempting to reduce the harmful effects of eating eggs are experimenting with feeding blubber from slaughtered Canadian seals to egg-laying hens.
Nutritionists say that the average industrialized diet produces an Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio that is higher than necessary. Omega-6 oils are found in plant oils as well as unhealthy foods such as animal fats and eggs. Studies indicate that eating eggs can increase a person’s level of arachidonic acid (Omega-6) and contributes to this uneven fatty acid ratio. Because of this, some researchers are on a quest to reduce this ratio and make a “healthier” egg. One way they are doing this is by feeding hens seal blubber.
Over 16,000 tons of blubber are taken from Canadian seals during the annual slaughter and, not surprisingly, the backers of the research are in the blubber business. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (where the seal slaughter takes place) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada funded this research which is conducted by “scientists” from the Poultry Science Association. The report attempts to make a scientific case for using seal blubber in the farmed animal industry but is clearly a business proposal disguised as nutrition research.
Killing seals to harvest their blubber to feed to egg laying hens is an overly complicated process for an unnecessary and unhealthy product. Feeding hens seal blubber may help balance the fatty acids in eggs, but it also compounds their cruelty. It’s shameful that a study funded by Canadian tax dollars disguised as nutrition research exists only to justify the brutal seal slaughter and future harvest of seal products.
Last week, British fashion designer Rachel Freire unveiled her latest designs, dresses made almost entirely of cow and yak nipples.
To make her couture cow dresses, Freire went to a leather tannery in the UK and bought 3,000 discarded nipples. She had them sent through the tanning process and worked with them like leather. Some elements of her designs, such as the metal piercings, play on masochist nipple imagery and and other parts try to hide the fact that the dresses are made entirely of tanned teats.
Freire calls the project “recycled art” but animal lovers call it exploitation. Commenting on the controversy, UK based animal rights group Viva! asked “Isn’t the way we treat farmed animals bad enough without turning their dead bodies into a runway freak show?”
The designer doesn’t seem to mind the controversy, it helps her get exposure and she genuinely seems to like her designs. Freire told the press, “I love all 3,000 of my nipples.”
Forget Viagra. More and more couples are trying a hormone called oxytocin to boost their sex lives.
A chemical that is released in the brain during moments of human bonding and is available in synthetic form over the counter, oxytocin is enjoying booming sales amid growing evidence that it facilitates a more stimulating, satisfying sex life.
“When you can be with your mate for 30 or 40 minutes, and then go at it again after that, it’s really something,” Danny Saul, a 48-year-old jewelry retailer in Claremore, Okla., who started taking an off-label oxytocin supplement a year ago, told The Daily. “And the orgasms are much more intense.”
…Several studies indicate that natural oxytocin levels increase during periods of sexual stimulation and after orgasm. The chemical nicknamed the “cuddle hormone” also ameliorates levels of trust and contentment, and reduces anxiety — fostering superior conditions for love-making.
An Iranian actress was sentenced to 90 lashes for starring a movie about how Iran mistreats its actresses, an opposition website reported.
Marzieh Vafamehr was also sentenced to a year in prison for her role in My Tehran for Sale, an Iranian-Australian collaboration which was furiously excoriated by the country’s conservatives for its depiction of the Islamic republic.
Vafamehr was arrested in July; her verdict was reportedly issued Saturday.
According to state media, My Tehran for Sale was never officially approved for distribution in Iran.
Celebrities Are Not Like Us: Kanye West and Russell Simmons stopped by Occupy Wall Street today to see how the other 99% live.
Russia Today America reporter Lucy Kafanov says the two took a look around, spoke to no one, then got in a car and left.