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Make Something Wonderful

Make Something Wonderful,” a collection of Steve Jobs writing and photos is… well, it’s a good thing that I write these notes for myself. You’ll already know if you’re interested.

I’m not sure there’s much new and undiscovered here, but it’s nicely collated and fascinating reading.

One highlight is the script from his Stanford commencement speech. But what I enjoyed most were the notes. The speech was almost perfect, but the notes allow you to see the process that led there. The common perception of the lone genius having a eureka moment is a lie. Jobs worked and practiced and iterated and sought feedback. Much of his work he attempted to make everything look simple and obvious, but the reality is that “effortless” takes a lot of hard preparatory work. Some might argue that this detracts from his achievements, but I’d say that the exact opposite is true.

His words are punctuated with brief explanations, but otherwise his words are left to speak for themselves.

The book is free, so if you’re even slightly interested it’s worth downloading.

My delicious.com bookmarks for November 16th through November 22nd

  • Coders are creatives too: Where’s our love? – "How did a person whose greatest educational achievement is crayoning without going over the lines get termed 'a creative', when the people who built our world are dismissed as geeks and bottom feeders?"
  • Happy 40th birthday, Intel 4004! – In a way this stated the whole microcomputer… I hate to say "revolution" but I can't think of a better word.
  • Steve Jobs: The parable of the stones – "It's the disease of thinking that a really great idea is 90% of the work. And if you just tell all these other people 'here's this great idea,' then of course they can go off and make it happen. And the problem with that is that there's just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product."

My delicious.com bookmarks for October 31st through November 8th

My delicious.com bookmarks for August 25th through September 1st