Sadly, only one month after resigning as President of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs has passed away. He was 56. Steve Jobs and Apple rearranged the playing field and continuously took us to new places with technology. They have enabled us with intuitively designed machines that have made, and make, our lives easier. Steve also inspired, and provided creative people around the world with tools that seem to directly connect to the artist within. They have opened doors for creative people worldwide.
We don’t like to conform, but we’re going to get hitched anyway. And in true nonconformist form, my girlfriend, Cindy, told me she didn’t want a diamond ring for our engagement. I had to think of something else. But what? I found just the right thing, it wasn’t a ring, and it had been staring me in the face the whole time. Ribbit.
While mastering the music I was doing some research on average loudness, in order to determine what I should be shooting for with the final tracks. I stumbled upon something called “the loudness war.” Basically the battle between audio aesthetics, and the benefits of compression and limiting. Just because we have the technology to make music louder doesn’t mean we need to blow the windows out of the house.
Mortality, the background noise of our personal, inevitable doom, always tugging at our subconscious, reminding us that we can’t live forever. Or can we? Ray Kurzweil thinks we humans may actually have a shot at such a future. He calls it The Singularity. It is thought that there will come a day, in about 40 years, when artificial intelligence will exceed human intelligence, and when that happens, the rules of the game change forever.
“Wherever you go, there you are” is a popular phrase, and can prompt philosophical discussion from any number of angles. As a result of writing that post, and thinking of that phrase from time to time since, it morphed into something that has a whole other set of philosophical possibilities, and at the very least can stimulate an interesting twist of ideas in the mind of any thoughtful human.