Square pegs

16 April, 2009
Rat Fink

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous Roman candles, exploding like spiders across the stars, and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes, ‘Awww…’

It’s good to run across people like that once in awhile, although I haven’t lately. The above quote (by beat generation poet Jack Kerouac) reminds me of this old Apple Computer ad…when was that anyway?…that featured the unmistakable voice of Richard Dreyfuss. Click here to watch.

At school, I see kids who are different but awesome, guided by their own drummer/spirit — and who are made to suffer on account of it. It makes me sad. Here’s to those people today. Be who you are. Turn over some tables in your life. Love something. I will heart you for it.

FO

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Stein
Stein
16 April, 2009 7:42 am

Wow, that ad wasn’t THAT long ago. I like how it has nothing to do with apple products. Individuality is a very difficult thing to grasp. I think in today’s world “not caring what others think” and “being my own person” are actually falling in line with a group of people who are trying to be themselves when in fact they are behaving like each other. I think being yourself means falling in line with whatever you agree with despite how “individualistic” that idea may seem. People should be themselves, even if that means falling in line with THE SAME… Read more »

Stein
Stein
17 April, 2009 7:27 am
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You know, after reading this response I wrote, it doesn’t make as much sense as it did in my head when I was collecting my thoughts to write it. Ouch…

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Rat Fink
Rat Fink
17 April, 2009 9:43 am
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…and few would be man enough to admit it, Stein. Take it to the bank.

:-)

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Ross
Ross
16 April, 2009 9:41 am

In 100 years, when people talk about Steve Jobs- who right now stands on the shoulders of some of those giants in that ad, he’s already secured his Colossus – he will be the towering figure of late 20th/early 21st century culture. Bill Gates will fill out histories as a major player but Jobs will be mythologized. Ubermensched. He has rewritten our day to day lives with the bookish brilliance of a businessman, the exquisite aesthetic of a grand tastemaker, and the iconoclast spirit of a pioneer. He is to the information age what Picasso was to the complete artist,… Read more »

Conger
Conger
16 April, 2009 10:37 am

Good lord. Just put Windows 7 on your Macs and get over yourselves.

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Ross
Ross
16 April, 2009 11:50 am

Who can afford a Mac? The only Apple product I have is an I-Pod. But I dream about the iPhone. That product – i don’t even have a cell phone period – but that product is outrageous. There’s a concept electric car called the Rinspeed iChange that’s keyless…you unlock the car and start it with an iPhone.

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BoomR
BoomR
17 April, 2009 1:10 pm
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1. I always thought my 2G iPhone was cool & then I stepped up to the 3G model. Both of them fell short in a few areas because they lacked some core mobile phone features that have been in the phones of mainline manufacturers for a long time (things like lack of MMS/”Picture Messaging”, and the ability to attach more than 1 image to an email using the phone’s email client). But that all got fixed in the 3.0 software released. I worked for Nokia as a technical writer & trainer for 7.5 years, so it was tough not having… Read more »

kodye
kodye
16 April, 2009 1:07 pm

I can’t explain to you how happy I was when I read that Jack Kerouac quote… I just got done reading “On The Road” for the first time like 2 weeks ago.

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