My daily readings 10/08/2011

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    • “Steve made choices,” Dr. Ornish said. “I once asked him if he was glad that he had kids, and he said, ‘It’s 10,000 times better than anything I’ve ever done.’ ”
    • “But for Steve, it was all about living life on his own terms and not wasting a moment with things he didn’t think were important. He was aware that his time on earth was limited. He wanted control of what he did with the choices that were left.”
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    • From the Marin Independent Journal, the paper of the Ed Catmull’s home: “Some people put marketing at the top of … the success for the business,” Catmull added. “What he did was he made the quality of what he was working on the most important thing.”

      http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_19051009?source=most_vie…

    • This is completely true. When Pixar bought Disney for -7 billion it completely changed the atmosphere at the Disney Animation studio. The first thing Ed and John did was fire all of the executives who were making story decisions and let the storytellers go back to telling stories. There’s still a lot of work to be done but things are finally back on the right track.

      “Quality is the best business plan” — John Lasseter

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    • At the time, all sorts of people were telling me that I needed to put quotes on the back cover of the book. So I asked Steve Jobs if he’d give me one. Various questions came back. But eventually Steve said, “Isaac Newton didn’t have back-cover quotes; why do you want them?” And that’s how, at the last minute, the back cover of A New Kind of Science ended up with just a simple and elegant array of pictures. Another contribution from Steve Jobs, that I notice every time I look at my big book.
    • In my life, I have had the good fortune to interact with all sorts of talented people. To me, Steve Jobs stands out most for his clarity of thought. Over and over again he took complex situations, understood their essence, and used that understanding to make a bold definitive move, often in a completely unexpected direction.
    • There is much that I am grateful to Steve Jobs for. But tragically, his greatest contribution to my latest life project—Wolfram|Alpha—happened just yesterday: the announcement that Wolfram|Alpha will be used in Siri on the iPhone 4S.
    • When I first met Steve Jobs nearly 25 years ago I was struck by him explaining to me that NeXT was what he “wanted to do with his thirties”. At the time, I thought it was a bold thing to plan one’s life in decades like that. And—particularly for those of us who spend their lives doing large projects—it’s incredibly inspiring to see what Steve Jobs was able to achieve in his small number of decades, so tragically cut short today.

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