Best Steve Job Quotes [via Nina Reznick]
-- Playboy interview, 1985
"That's been one of my mantras -- focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."
-- BusinessWeek interview, May 1998
"The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We're just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people--as remarkable as the telephone."
-- Playboy interview, 1985
"We've kept our marriage secret for over a decade."
-- Jobs' answer to Kara Swisher asking about the "greatest misunderstanding" in Jobs' relationship with Bill Gates. (May 2007)
"It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."
-- BusinessWeek interview, May 1998
"Picasso had a saying: 'Good artists copy, great artists steal.' We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas...I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, artists, zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world."
"[Y]ou can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
-- Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ... Stay hungry. Stay foolish."
-- Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.
"I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing about a third of the way down the list....That didn't look so good, but then someone at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle and a man on a bicycle blew the condor away.
That's what a computer is to me: the computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."
-- Interview for the documentary "Memory and Imagination," 1990
"My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people."
-- Interview with 60 Minutes, 2003
Food For Thought [via David Adashek]
Apparently Winston Churchill was once asked about his position on whisky.
Here’s how he answered:
"If you mean whisky, the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my being.
"However, if by whisky you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean good cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life’s great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favor of it.
"This is my position, and as always, I refuse to compromise on matters of principle."
Bird-Brain! [via Mary Calhoun]
Yoga Gives Back - October Newsletter
|For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.|
"Thank You Mother India" Special E Letter
SUCCESS STORY: First Global Event Raised $ 27,505.16!!!We did it!!! This unprecedented global fundraiser brought together over 50 yoga studios in 11 countries with 750 participants for one great cause. Thanks to the overwhelming support, this international event raised $ 27,505.16 to date, surpassing our goal of $20,000. Your contributions will significantly aid in our campaign to secure the second year of "Sister Aid" direct funding to 56 women and children in India, as well as increasing the number of our fund recipients. We will update you as soon as our local NGO partners; NISHTHA in West Bengal and Deenabandhu in Karnataka, identify our new fund recipients. This global collaboration has been so encouraging and inspiring for us not only because of the amount of money raised, but more importantly because it has proven that a global yoga community can come together for one mission; to make a difference and give back to India together. Below are some heartfelt "testimonials" from our global supporters.
Check TYMI website for the list of all participants and updates for 2012 event!! If you could not support TYMI event, but would like to contribute, please use our Pay Pal Donation.
Please send your suggestions for TYMI in 2012 to email@example.com.
Our thanks to the following sponsors and studios!
Platinum ($2500 +): David Hong, Wei Wong & Friends in Hong Kong, Omkar108 Yoga LA
Gold ($1000+): Khalid Faiz Muhamed, The Yoga Shala Singapore, Pure Yoga Hong Kong, Yoga Mala Hong Kong, Chet Jewan & Soul Body Yoga Moorpark-LA, Yoga Flex Charlotte, The Yoga Place LA
Silver ($ 500+): Tri Yoga Chelsea-London, Mark Robberds Tokyo, Chaz Russ@Lululemon Calabasas-LA, Yoga Happy Norwich-UK, Black Dog Yoga Sherman Oaks-LA, MahaMondo.com, Mission Street Yoga Pasadena-LA, Steven Woodruff Family LA, Yogayama Stockholm-Sweden
Sponsors: Yoga Magazine, National Yoga Month, Zobha, Manduka, yogitoes, C pur, bijubee, ekaDasa, Sokenbicha, , Jala Clothing, Capital Brands, Le Pain Quotidien, The Conservatory Coffee, Core Power Yoga, Yoga Earth
Global Calendar 2012 "Thank You Mother India"
YGB is creating our first global calendar to celebrate this successful global campaign. This calendar will be distributed to all the participating yoga studios and sponsors worldwide. To become an advertising sponsor for this special calendar, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is very limited.
Testimonials from our global supporters!!
Laruga Glaser, Yogayama, Stockholm, Sweden
Luna Delgado Dold, Dharma Yoga, Chicago
Mark Robberds, Tokyo, Japan
Caroline Wilson, Karmic Living, Hertfordshire, UK
Shari Bourque Goldstein YogaFlex, Charlotte, NC
Wendy Wyvill, Pure Yoga, Hong Kong
Maria Merrill, Yoga Ananda, Houston, TX
YGB is thrilled to have Claudia Fucigna, Denise Woods, Joan Hyman, and Sarah Ezrin from Los Angeles, and Julee Yew-Crijns from UK to join us. Check this growing powerful team and their messages at: http://www.yogagivesback.org/ambassadors.php
"Donation Class Relay" happening in new cities!!!
Sukha Yoga, Eco Lake, Singapore
Living Yoga Studio, New Hampshire
The Class, Kensington, London
"An Important Place in India: Yoga off the Mat" (Wholeliving daily) Great blog by YGB Ambassador Sophie Herbert, who is making her annual visit to Deenbandhu Trust Home in Karnataka, India. YGB now funds 2 mothers and 6 children at this home.
Thank you for your support, which is making a difference one event at a time!!
Yoga Gives Back is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.
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Yoga Gives Back Around the World
I'd heard of yoga places with their Om or shanti-something names, but it didn't mean I would enter the unknown. My gym was the familiar, and even though I peddled on the bikes, climbed the elliptical machine, and pounded weights, I knew no one and spoke to no one.
This is how I rolled for years. I still know no one from the gyms I frequented, and I've never reminisced about padding the mechanical stairs. I certainly didn't help launch a non-profit to give back to a culture that brought weigh training into my life. But that's what I did after I hit the yoga path.
Eleven years of yoga practice later, I pause when reading what yoga brings to practitioners. I do this because I still don't comprehend how yoga does all that people proclaim, but it does, and more.
Here's what I do know: The physical practice of yoga changes the body. As the body changes, our physical, mental and emotional well-being improves. So much so that I've made lifelong friends, studied scripture and philosophy, traveled near and far to practice yoga with compadres and respected teachers, and I contribute through Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that helps women build sustainable livelihoods with microloans and helps their children reach their dreams through education.
That's my story. For Jorgen Christiansson, long-time yoga teacher and ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, Indian music filtered through his dad's recording studio in Sweden. At a young age he gravitated to the sounds of world music. In the local library, he explored different cultures and, in his late teens, set off to India to learn about Indian philosophy and yoga. Twenty years later he is still practicing and teaching yoga.
"I've always felt strongly about trying to unite people from different faiths, cultures and traditions," Christiansson said. We sat down in his yoga studio, Omkar108, and chatted on the floor while old Hindi bhajans and incense wafted through the air. Christiansson has bright blue eyes and passes for a Midwesterner or a native Swede, but he definitely seems otherworldly.
Yoga, as Westerns have witnessed, has transitioned through the terrible branding phase of the 70s. Like the awkward teen, it's morphed into the beautiful being so many embrace. Yoga's explosion speaks not only to the integrity of yoga but also to the creativity and innovation of the West.
Retail stores like Lululemon and yoga schools like Bikram have blossomed. But without this ancient Indian practice we would have none of this.
Kayoko Mitsumatsu, a Japanese documentary filmmaker and resident of Los Angeles, started to explore yoga's roots while enjoying her regular yoga practice. Mitsumatsu also understood the power of microloans after producing a documentary on the subject, learning about Dr. Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and the innovator of microloans as we know them today. Mitsumatsu felt strongly about the practice's effect on her and founded Yoga Gives Back to give back to the country that gave us yoga.
76% of India's population lives below the poverty line while six billion dollars is spent each year on yoga in the U.S. alone.
"With $25 a month, a struggling woman can start her own business, or a child can go to school. For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life," Mitsumatsu said.
Yoga Gives Back is just a few years old but has grown rapidly with an expanding network of teachers and volunteers around the globe. Proceeds from donation yoga classes go to either the Grameen Foundation or to a direct funding program launched in 2010 called Sister Aid. Among 22 mothers who received microloans this year, 15 women are already making profits.
On September 17, Yoga Gives Back launches their first global fundraiser, "Thank You Mother India," with over 50 studios from 10 countries participating. Teachers will devote a special donation class so that everyone can share in the moment.
"I appreciate Jorgen's support to make this event for all, uniting the global yoga community beyond schools and geographical borders to give back to India."
"It's nice to acknowledge India," Christiansson said. "With the yoga community to support this cause it helps us remember the importance of the roots of yoga and practice it from a sincere place."
Today in India, yoga's roots are going through another transformation as techies and middle-class Indians seek out Western style yoga studios. Christiansson was recently asked to teach yoga in India to Indians. Given that he sought out this unique and old culture as a child, I asked him if he thought it was strange it would seek him out as an adult.
"People come to practice from all walks of life, with their own limitations and reasons, but we realize through yoga, the main work we do inside is all the same."
A quest that began in a Swedish library and a recording studio, grew into a lifelong dedication to India. "You reach people's hearts through three things: music, food and language," Christiansson said.
I guess we can now add a fourth, yoga.
Yoga Gives Back is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.
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Dolphin Tool [via Nina Reznick]
Dolphin Tool Helps to Find Fare on Seafloor
By SINDYA N. BHANOO
In the 1980s it was discovered that some bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia, rip up marine basket sponges from the seafloor and place them on their beaks for protection as they forage for food along rocky substrate. It is the only known instance of tool use by dolphins in the wild.
ADIEU, ELAINE! [via Stefanie Smith]
Op-Ed Contributor http://www.nytimes.com
The Elaine’s That I Knew
By BRIAN McDONALD
It really couldn’t. Elaine’s restaurant opens tonight for the last time, and then will close for good, less than six months after Elaine’s death.
What made the place famous was, of course, fame. Tell a story about Elaine’s, and you’re likely telling about a celebrity. I worked behind the bar at Elaine’s for 11 years, from 1986 to 1997, and my highlight reel includes Jackie Gleason behind the oak doing his “Joe the Bartender” routine; pouring Champagne into the Stanley Cup when some of the New York Rangers came in with it after winning the 1994 National Hockey League championship; and watching Hunter S. Thompson set himself on fire drinking flaming shots of Bacardi 151 rum.
One evening, when it seemed that all of Elaine’s literary lions were in for dinner — William Kennedy, Kurt Vonnegut and George Plimpton, to name a few — Elaine sat with the thriller writer Mary Higgins Clark. Later, Elaine came up to the bar. “She sells more books than all of them combined,” she said with a satisfied expression, one woman sticking up for another.
But what I find more remarkable than the celebrities and writers who flocked to Elaine’s is that the restaurant has been open since 1963, and for much of that time has been packed with customers, and this even though Elaine ran it like a candy store. In this age of computerized point-of-sale systems and restaurant-reservation apps, she wrote all the dinner checks by hand, took reservations over a pay phone and had an old NCR cash register behind the bar that seemed to ring all night. Back when flatbed trucks hauled huge rolls of newsprint paper down Second Avenue past the restaurant toward the New York Times presses, Tommy, my bartending partner, would look out the window and say, “Here’s Elaine’s shipment of cash register tape.”
At the end of business, I’d hand Elaine the receipts and a fat roll of cash, which she’d slide into her brassiere. Then she’d push her glasses up on her forehead, look at the totals of the tape through a squinted eye and say, “Nice,” in a throaty whisper.
I was often asked if I knew the secret to the restaurant’s success. I have no idea, I’d say. Though the food wasn’t as bad as some made it out to be — even considering the afternoon I saw the chef breading slabs of roast beef because he’d run out of veal cutlets — it certainly wasn’t the fare that drew the crowds. Perhaps the chance to rub elbows with the rich and famous attracted some of the customers. Then again, we New Yorkers pride ourselves on our immunity to celebrity fever.
I’m sure some would say that Elaine was the reason for the restaurant’s popularity. But those of us who knew her well would never accuse her of being a crowd pleaser. On busy nights, she’d sit on the cashier’s seat at the end of the bar, stab her pencil in the electric sharpener and bury her head in the dinner checks.
She was much more at ease in the afternoons, when the restaurant was closed. She was always there, reading the tabloids or paying the liquor bill or the fish man. We’d gossip about the customers, and she’d tell stories of the old days of the restaurant. But she was never nostalgic. Nor did she seem all that concerned about the future. One afternoon she was on the pay phone when I came in. I listened as she answered questions about the Queens neighborhood where she grew up and the grammar school she went to. After she hung up, I inquired about the call. “An obit writer,” she said offhandedly. “They keep them on file.”
Maybe that’s the reason her restaurant was successful: for Elaine, there was no profit in worrying about tomorrow or yesterday. What mattered to her were the names in the reservation book for that night.