RIP Steve Jobs

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The internet is undoubtedly teaming with condolences, grieving and other information as it comes in regards to the passing of Steve Jobs today. An avid Mac user & tech industry girl, myself, I wanted to share my condolences for this incredible loss. To family, friends, the technology industry and ultimately the world.

The world has certainly lost one of the most revolutionary and brilliant minds there has ever been. A profound thinker, and endless dreamer coupled with persistence and intelligence rivaled by few, he changed the face of technology and entertainment for eternity.

The commence speech from 2005 below highlights many of his admirable characteristics and he explains how he came from a college drop out (Which gives me hope as I am still -not by choice- BFA-less) to a multi-billion dollor corporation that changed the personal computer forever. Not to mention founding Pixar, which has brought me endless joy and hours of entertainment in the form of Finding Nemo, Kung-Fu Panda, and countless other childrens films.

“…death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new…Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

RIP Steve Jobs

Human (eating polar bears) Planet

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BBC’s new documentary series, Human Planet, is a beautiful series that showcases the intellect, resourcefulness, and purity of our species on this planet. Unfortunately we all know that is just a small percentile of the otherwise mentally diluted masses that populate Earth. Even one instance still did not escape the camera in episode 3 (The Arctic).

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Solar Flare Enduced Aurorae.

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The first & last time I saw the Northern Lights I was about 12 or 13 years old. I had woken randomly in the middle of the night during the winter and out my window to saw the sky above the ridge behind my house glowing a vibrant red. Naturally, as anyone that age would, I had assumed that the gas station about 4 miles away in that direction has blown up and was currently projecting flames to an untold height.

After watching for a few more minutes I noticed the red sky was oscillating like a flag in the wind, and recalled from recent memory (at the time) the movie Balto, in which stupid Canadian huskies were frolicing around all stupid-like underneath the Aurora Bourealis.

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Earth as seen by the jaded/realists

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I’m probably trailing painfully far behind the bandwagon on this, but that doesnt matter, it’s still a classic.

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Math Jokes…

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Me: X = real age. Y = mental age. X*.5 = Y
Me: that makes sense, right?

Lovrien: It does to me. But I don’t do math.
Lovrien: I could see you as a 12.5-year-old.

Me: You shut the hell up! It’s only applicable to males.
Me: women are opposite

Lovrien: No women is like… x*12=y
Lovrien: Gawd, have we actually resorted to MATH JOKES?

Me: wow… we have…

Creative People: Just a little bit off, says science.

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I’ve always been under the impression that I’m absolutely bat-shit crazy, along with the people that I selectively and purposefully choose to surround myself with. We’re a creative bunch in every way possible by way of creating music, writing on things we don’t own, painting canvases and other things not meant to be painted (cats? oops), designing offensive websites (like this one), etc. etc. the list does go on. And now finally there is proof that my theory of self-insanity stands correct!

“Creativity is also linked to a slightly higher risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Certain psychological traits, such as the ability to make unusual pr bizarre associations are also shared by schizophrenics and healthy, highly creative people. And now the correlation between creativity and mental health has scientific backing.”

An article from ScienceDaily reports that the Swedish Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, have shown that Dopamine in highly creative people is strikingly similar to the Dopamine in persons with schizophrenia.

“Thinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box”
– Dr Ullén

LHC: We’re still alive!

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Last night (This morning – Depending on what part of the world you’re in) at 2am CEST the Large Hadron Collider at CERN fired up for its first fully (albeit reduced powered) functional proton collision, and guess what?!…

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Hate Mail from the 3rd Grade

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Yes, you read that right. Various letters of discontent have been sent in to Neil deGrasse Tyson of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, NY in regards to his museum’s decision to exclude Pluto from the list of planets in our solar system.
Like so…

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