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Steve Jobs, Apple's Special Event March 2 2011

I've said this before, but thought it was worth repeating: It's in Apple's DNA that technology alone is not enough. That it's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.

And nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices.

And a lot of folks in this tablet market are rushing in and they're looking at this as the next PC. The hardware and the software are done by different companies. And they're talking about speeds and feeds just like they did with PCs.

And our experience and every bone in our body says that that is not the right approach to this. That these are post-PC devices that need to be even easier to use than a PC. That need to be even more intuitive than a PC. And where the software and the hardware and the applications need to intertwine in an even more seamless way than they do on a PC.

And we think we're on the right track with this. We think we have the right architecture not just in silicon, but in the organization to build these kinds of products.

And so I think we stand a pretty good chance of being pretty competitive in this market. And I hope that what you've seen today gives you a good feel for that.

Steve Jobs' post-PC credo


Senator Robert F. Kennedy Indianapolis, Indiana April 4, 1968


      I have bad news for you, for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and killed tonight.

     Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice for his fellow human beings, and he died because of that effort.

     In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black--considering the evidence there evidently is that there were white people who were responsible--you can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization--black people amongst black, white people amongst white, filled with hatred toward one another.

     Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.

     For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times.

     My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: "In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."

     What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.

     So I shall ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, that's true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love--a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.

     We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times; we've had difficult times in the past; we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder.

     But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings who abide in our land.

     Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

     Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.  

I have bad news for you


Apollo 13, April 13 1970

55:55:20 (9:07 PM CT) - Swigert: "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here."

55:55:28 - CapCom: "This is Houston. Say again please."

55:55:35 - Lovell: "Ah, Houston, we've had a problem. (pause) We've had a main B bus undervolt."

55:55:42 - CapCom (Jack Lousma): "Roger. Main B undervolt. Okay stand by 13, we're looking at it."
55:56:10 - Haise: "Okay. Right now, Houston, the voltage is a... is looking good. And we had a pretty large bang associated with the caution and warning there. And as I recall, main B was the one that had an amp spike on it once before."
55:56:30 - CapCom: "Roger, Fred."
55:56:54 - Haise: "In the interim here, we're starting to go ahead and button up the tunnel again."
55:56:57 - CapCom: "Roger."
55:57:04 - Haise: "That jolt must have rocked the sensor on, see now on O2 quantity 2. It was oscillating down around 20 to 60 percent. Now it's full-scale high again."
55:57:22 - CapCom: "Roger."
55:57:30 - Lovell: "And Houston, we had a restart on our computer. We had a PNGS ("pings") light and restart, reset."
55:57:37 - CapCom: "Roger, restart and a PNGS light... (correcting himself) restart on the PNGS, and reset on the computer."
55:57:44 - Lovell: "Okay. And we're looking at our service module RCS helium 1. We have, B is barber poled and D is barber poled, helium 2, D is barber pole, and secondary propellants, I have A and C barber pole."
55:58:07 - Haise: "Okay, AC 2 is showing zip. I'm going to try and reconfigure on that, Jack."
55:58:13 - CapCom: "Roger."
55:58:25 - Haise: "Yes, we got a main bus A undervolt now too showing."
55:58:29 - CapCom: "Main A undervolt."
55:58:29 - Haise: "It's reading about 25 and a half. Main B is reading zip right now."
55:59:38 - CapCom: "Standby one, Jim. (pause) 13, Houston. We'd like you to attempt to reconnect fuel cell 1 to Main A and fuel cell 3 to Main B. Verify that quad delta is open."
56:00:53 - Haise: "Okay, Houston, I'm showing that, I tried to reset and fuel cell 1 and 3 are both showing gray flags, but they're both showing zip on the flows."
56:08:47 - CapCom: "13, Houston. We'd like you to open circuit fuel cell 1. Leave 2 and 3 as is."

Haise: "Okay. I’ll get to work on that."

56:09:07 - Lovell: "That's AC? Okay. Yea, that appears to be what we're seeing. Okay. (pause) And it looks to me, looking out the hatch that we are venting something."

56:09:10 - CapCom: (over Lovell) "Roger."

Lovell: "We are, we are venting something out into the, into space."

CapCom: "Roger. We copy you're venting."

Lovell: "It's a gas of some sort."

Houston, we've had a problem


Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28 1963

..........And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.".........

I have a dream today


Jorge Olavarria, July 5 1999

"¿Qué más se puede decir para sacudir a los venezolanos que me escuchan y sacarlos de su apatía, de su conformismo, de su cobardía cívica? ¿Para alertarlos de lo que puede suceder y va a suceder si se deja pasar lo que se está diciendo y haciendo?"


"He dejado hablar al venezolano angustiado que tengo dentro. Porque no somos pocos los venezolanos que estamos angustiados por las tempestades que van a provocar los vientos de odio, de ilegalidad y de violencia sin razón ni sentido, que hoy se están sembrando. Es a esos venezolanos angustiados a los cuales les he hablado.

Y es por mis hijos y mis nietos y los hijos y los nietos de todos los que tienen hijos y nietos, por quienes he hablado. Ellos son los que van a vivir en la Venezuela del próximo siglo. Ellos son los que van a tener que pagar lo que hoy hagamos o dejemos hacer para detener, o dejar pasar, lo que tanto daño amenaza.

Mañana, mis hijos y mis nietos no me podrán reclamar el no haber dicho lo que debía decir cuando pude y debí decirlo. Lo dije. Yo cumplí. Ahora les toca a ustedes."

Yo Cumpli