Growing up, the most prevalent characters were from Walt Disney, Marvel Comics and Jim Henson. Mickey Mouse, Spider-Man and the Muppets were central icons to my formative years, but my childhood centered around Star Wars. The adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia as they battled Darth Vader captured my young imagination through three movies and the occasional television special. Even through the 80s, when most of the Star Wars fandom died, I kept a small piece of it somewhere in my life until it grew again in the mid-90s. This week, George Lucas has decided not only to step down from the Star Wars universe, but to sell it to the Walt Disney Corp.
The Listserve is an email list of over 20,000 people who receive a single email every day from a member of the list. The person is chosen at random and can share whatever wisdom or inspiration they wish without attempting to sell anything or link to anything. This week, I had my chance to address The Listserve.
Genius, visionary, innovator… these adjectives and more have been used to describe Steve Jobs, a man who revolutionized the personal computer market (with Steve Wozniak), animated films, the music industry and the post-personal computer market. On October 5, he finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 56, the day after Tim Cook took the stage to introduce the latest iPhone.
For the second year in a row, Make Magazine brought their Maker Faire to New York City, showing how fun and cool science can be. On the grounds of the Science Center in Queens, NY, makers, scientists, DIYers, crafters and creators of all sorts gathered to show off their projects to young and old alike.
After years of being a fan of Make Magazine, it was an amazing experience to be part of the inaugural World Maker Faire last year. Seeing all the cool projects created by makers was truly inspiring and it’s an honor to be displaying my work with them again this year.
As I lounge poolside in the sunshine state, I’ve come here for a most auspicious occasion, the hundredth anniversary of the birth of my mother’s mother. My Grandmother is celebrating her centennial birthday here in sunny Florida and I couldn’t be prouder to be part of the celebration.
It was July 2009 when I wrote Your Medium is Your Message in response to a Social Media person who downplayed the necessity of technology in favor of marketing. Continuing to write missives about social media, technology and expanding to other topics as they interested me, I wrote regularly every week, which brings us to the second anniversary of this blog.
For the second year, I decided to take the month of April to reset and realign myself mentally and physically. Exercising, working and just generally getting myself out of the unhealthy habits that I normally have. Add to it the Bronx Zoo Run for the Wild 5K, and there is the potential to get healthy again.
With SXSW behind me and the Bronx Zoo 5K ahead of me again, I felt it was time to realign myself. The need to get myself back on track to where I was months ago inspired me to return to the idea I had a year ago, when I did my April Detox. So for the second year in a row, I will focus on my health.
Sometimes in life, you must realize that the party has to end. It’s time to turn up the chairs and let the last one out turn off the lights. Eras must come to their conclusions and let history judge them for what they were.