… I was at the gym when the [Palin] news broke, hence the late post. And, of course, the news was juxtaposed by the untimely death of Steve Jobs. Leonard Cohen once said of America that it was ‘the cradle of the best and the worst’. Today, we lost one of the very best in American history, a reticent genius and entrepreneur, an inspiration for countless of us who has changed the very fabric of our lives. And we also saw the end of the road for one of the very worst: a nasty, callow, delusional, vicious know-nothing, brewed in resentment, and whose accomplishments could fit on a postage stamp. It’s a fitting comparison: achievement versus resentment, creativity versus narcissism, hope versus fear. I know which one will get the bigger headlines tomorrow. And there is some comfort in knowing it will pain her.Andrew Sullivan, pointing out something we noticed, too. While our words aren’t nearly as harsh as those of Sullivan (who has had a longstanding axe to grind with Palin), it’s fascinating how quickly Palin disappeared from the news cycle after Jobs’ death was announced. In their own ways, these are two people who mastered the media better than anyone else in the past five years — Palin did it with a years-long tease for something which never came, while Jobs teased us constantly, and usually delivered. Both were calculated in how they worked, but only one proved to be worth the hype. To give you an idea of how quickly this happened: When we had our last-minute hail-mary moment at the paper, we removed a giant photo of Palin and replaced it with a giant photo of Jobs on our front page. (via callumswood, zainyk)
After a courageous fight, Steve Jobs has lost his long battle against cancer. It’s almost incomprehensible that such a force of nature could ever be subdued, much less stilled. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend.
An incomparable innovator, Steve influenced two separate centuries and forever changed what we believe is possible. Inspired and inspiring, he worked tirelessly to surprise and delight people – launching entire industries built from his imagination and his ability to make us all want to come along for the ride. I know we are all proud that he was part of our Disney family, honored that he entrusted the creative brilliance of Pixar to our keeping, and grateful for his support, advice and friendship.
Steve once shared his views on life with college graduates in a commencement address that, true to his style, set a new standard. He said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
That’s how Steve lived, who he was, and how I will always remember him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.
One of the best tributes we’ve seen. As we noted on Twitter earlier, the seeming glut of people making statements on Steve Jobs’ death only tells us one thing: He touched many millions of lives.
I met Steve Jobs while I worked at Gizmodo. He was always a gentleman. Steve liked me and he liked Gizmodo. And I liked them back. Some of my friends who I used to work with at Gizmodo refer to those days as the Good Old Days. That is because those were the days before it all went to shit. That was before we got the iPhone 4 prototype.Ex-Gizmodo editorial director Brian Lam (now on just-launched site, The Wirecutter), discussing the decline of his relationship with Steve Jobs after the iPhone incident. You know the one. It’s why Gizmodo had to stay home Tuesday when the iPhone 4S was launched. Lam seems regretful of the decline of Gizmodo’s relationship — and his own relationship — with Apple. “Sometimes, I wish we never found that phone at all. That is basically the only way this could have been painless,” he said. “But that’s life. Sometimes there’s no easy way out.” A few weeks before Jobs’ death, Lam sent him an apology. Just in time, it seems.