Nov 012011

These are my thoughts in the hours and days following the passing of Steve Jobs. Some were tweets, some were parts of emails and some existed just to get the thoughts out of my head. We did a podcast about Steve and many of these thoughts came out in that, but now, a month after his passing, it feels OK to put them out as words on a page.


Steve Jobs is gone and the world must move on.

Personally, I’ve been feeling very emotional since Thursday – I’ve had a knot in the pit of my stomach that won’t go away.

I didn’t know him personally… never met him… but he’s been a part of my life for the last 25 years.

And now, the world somehow feels a less visionary, less remarkable, less stylish place with his passing.

I find myself feeling strangely like I did as a 14 year old boy, when I heard of the death of Jimi Hendrix. “How can someone with so much left to give just suddenly be gone?”

And it’s the suddenness of his death that caught me by surprise and left me so shocked. Sure, we all knew Steve was ill and he probably didn’t have a lot of time left, but for some reason, maybe wishful thinking, I was hopeful he’d be around for another year or two at least, so I’d have time to get used to the concept of a world without Steve Jobs.

When you use something… anything… that’s made with obvious care and thought and attention to detail, and the experience becomes enjoyable for you, then you tend to form an intangible bond with that thing, and through it, to the maker of that thing. The more you use it, the more you realise the amount of thought and care that they put into it. Obviously, a great many people at Apple are responsible for the “things” that they make. But Steve Jobs is the face that the average person puts on that company.

Most people don’t have the wherewithal, the vision or the opportunity to change the world even once. How many can say they did it four or five times?

There’s an empty chair at the intersection of technology and liberal arts.

The Crazy One

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  2 Responses to “Thoughts on the Passing of Steve Jobs”

  1. Your thoughts and comment woke me up from the sleeping state of taking so much for granted. Appreciated.

    • Thank you, Howard.
      I wrote this post to help me work out why I was feeling what I was feeling (if you get my drift).
      If it touches a chord with other people, that’s a wonderful and humbling happenstance.

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