Wednesday, October 26, 2011
After his suicide was made public, there has been a sharp increase of ppl seeking assistance from Pink Triangle Services, which is a local service agency for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirit and queer (GLBTTQ) people.
Altho the Canadian Charter of Rights and government laws prohibit discrimination against an individual based on, among other things, his/her sexual orientation, open or covert hostility and harassment are still rampant in many sectors of the Canadian society.
While I am not part of the GLBTTQ community, I do feel strongly that inclusiveness (within the context of the Charter and govt laws) is what makes our Canadian society strong. One might not agree with Jamie Hubley's sexual orientation and life style, but he did not deserve the bullying that was driving him to despair and eventually contributed to his death.
The only comforting thought from this tragedy is that the end of Jamie Hubley's short life has helped raise public awareness (incl the local schools) and will save the lives of those who might not have otherwise seek help to extricate themselves out of that suicidal dark corner.
* Oct 26, 2011 Ottawa Sun article entitled "A Call for Help" - standing next to Jamie was his father Allan Hubley
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Monday, October 24, 2011
以下图片: 中國社會信任危機凸顯 不扶老人只因怕惹禍上身
(Source: 人民网/人民网教育频道 http://www.chinesedaily.com/news_Read.asp?no=c1027452.txt&catid=3&lanmu=Z09&ver=cn&readdate=10-19-2011)
* Lao Luo's blog (Chinese): Court judgment and more
* Beijing Youth Daily (Chinese): Peng Yu's case and a questionable inner conviction
* The Beijing News (Chinese): When someone falls, will you help them up?
* Bloomberg News:【In China, Don't Dare Help the Elderly】 By Adam Minter Sep 8, 2011 6:10 PM ET
碰瓷 - 起源
碰瓷 - 現狀
碰瓷 - 遇到碰瓷怎麼辦
碰瓷 - 防範
碰瓷 - 法律管理
香港文匯報訊 【網友哀別：悅悅走好 天堂無車】
（記者 敖敏輝 廣州報道）佛山女童被輾事件，最後的遺憾終究還是沒能避免。21日上午，廣州軍區總醫院緊急召開通報會，遺憾地宣佈小悅悅已於當日零時32分因搶救無效死亡。最近幾天，小悅悅牽動著所有人的心。在獲悉小悅悅離開的消息後，無數網友在微博上發帖，寄託哀思。小悅悅事件影響已擴散至全國，這幾天，小悅悅的搶救情況備受關注，不斷傳來病情惡化的消息讓公眾揪心不已。多日以來，來自全國各地的媒體駐守在廣州軍區總醫院，持續報道小悅悅的救治進展。
Just like the reactions of many ppl all over the world (the news was in the Toronto Globe and Mail and other newspaper), the title speaks for itself. RIP Little One !!!
【Ignored toddler doesn’t tell the whole story about China】
Globe and Mail / Beijing — MARK MACKINNON
Update Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 7:38AM EDT
Shortly after my wife and I first arrived in Beijing three years ago, we went out for dinner at a trendy Yunnanese restaurant not far from the apartment block in the east of the city where we now live. After a fine dinner of spicy chicken, lotus root and the mushrooms for which China’s Yunnan province is famous, we paid our bill and walked out, leaving a modest tip behind as thanks for a dinner well-made and well-served. A few minutes later, the waitress came running up the dark street behind us. “You forgot your change,” she told us, panting. Tipping, we hadn’t yet learned, is not common in China. And as the waitress showed, the vast majority of people here – like anywhere – are honest to a fault. No big revelations in what I just wrote, but it nonetheless felt like it needed to be said.
In the days since the appalling CCTV footage of little Yueyue being run over twice – and then ignored by an astonishing 18 passersby – has gone viral, tough questions have been asked about how those who walked by could act the way they did (answers are difficult) and whether or not there’s something larger that’s wrong with Chinese society (a fair question being asked by the country’s own citizens and, less directly, its government).
But at times, the discussion – including on The Globe and Mail's website – has struck an uncomfortably racist tone. Some commentators, to my eyes and ears, seemed to suggest that Chinese people were somehow less moral than the rest of us. That’s utter nonsense, and misses what really happened in that Foshan market. Several of the 18 passersby have since been tracked down by Chinese media and questioned about their behaviour. While a few have claimed – improbably – that they didn’t notice the little girl bleeding at their feet, others are clearly wracked with guilt. Why didn’t they intervene? The word “fear” keeps coming up.
“I was scared,” a woman named Lin – infamous for walking by Yueyue with her own 5-year-old daughter – told Chinese media. “If someone (else) was helping at that time, I would have done the same.”
Her reaction is one many Chinese citizens can understand well. The video of the 18 people ignoring the prone toddler has spawned comment threads millions of posts long on Chinese websites. Many Internet commentators admit they’re not sure they would have done any different. Why? Indifference isn’t the answer. The Chinese I’ve met are anything but indifferent. Going for a walk in Beijing with our own 20-month-old daughter often draws a small crowd of locals. She’s precious, they remind us. Is she warm enough? But the same people will hurry by without stopping if they see someone knocked off their bicycle by a taxi cab (something else that happens regularly in Beijing). Why? The legal system here is unpredictable and unfair to those without money and political connections. Getting involved can often get you in trouble.
The most oft-cited case is that of Peng Yu, a Nanjing man who stopped to help an elderly lady who fell and broke her hip five years ago. Faced with sky-high medical costs, the 65-year-old lady turned on the Good Samaritan and alleged that he had caused her to fall. In a ruling that cites no evidence whatsoever, the Nanjing court accepted the woman's claims, finding it “at odds with reason” that Mr. Peng would have helped her merely out of the goodness of his heart. He was ordered to pay $6,000 towards the woman’s medical bill. Mr. Peng’s case is known by an astonishing number of people here, and there are many others like it. The phenomenon is so widespread that when a 75-year-old man fell at a Nanjing bus stop in 2009, no one helped him up until he yelled out “I fell on my own, you all do not need to worry, it had nothing to do with you all.”
As improbable as it may seem to those of us who grew up in Canada, at least some of those 18 passersby were likely frozen by the thought that stopping to help the toddler could lead to being charged with involvement in a horrible crime. The point is, the same people, in another place, might have acted very differently in the same situation. And no one who didn’t grow up in China can know for sure how they would have acted if they were a citizen of the People’s Republic when they came upon little Yueyue. (I was a guest on a BBC World Radio program that discussed Yueyue's case this week. A caller from the Czech Republic reminded listeners that there was nothing uniquely Chinese about the reaction of the 18 passersby, but that anyone who had grown up in an authoritarian state could understand what was going through their minds.) As even China’s official People’s Daily newspaper acknowledged in an editorial this week: “We could all be the pedestrians that walk past the injured girl.”
For all those wondering, little Yueyue remains in intensive care in a Guangzhou hospital, and the doctors treating her aren’t optimistic she’ll make it. Hearteningly, donations to help pay for her medical treatment have been pouring in from all over China.
(Haricot: Unfortunately, the little girl died).
China Daily 【Toddler's fate remains in limbo】
Updated: 2011-10-19 07:53 By Li Wenfang (China Daily)
GUANGZHOU - Yue Yue, the 2-year-old girl who was run over by two vehicles in Foshan, Guangdong province last week, remained close to brain dead as donations poured in for her and her rescuer. "Her situation somewhat meets the standard of brain death," said Wang Weimin with the General Hospital of the Guangzhou Military Command of the People's Liberation Army. "We can say she is close to brain dead, but her pain reflex is very sensitive, which is the only feature not matching brain death," Wang said on Tuesday. Yue Yue still relies on machines for maintaining blood pressure and respiration. Tests on Monday found severe damage in the functions of her brainstem and cerebral cortex. There are a lot of possibilities in the development of her situation and she remains in critical condition, said Su Lei, director of the intensive care unit of the hospital.
Donations have poured in for Yue Yue and her rescuer, the 57-year-old woman Chen Xianmei, who moved the girl to the side of the road and shouted for her parents after the accident.A company based in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, gave 50,000 yuan ($7,850) cash to the girl's father, Wang Chichang, at the hospital on Tuesday. It pledged another 50,000 yuan and a cleaning job at the Foshan branch for Chen. Another company in Dongguan, Guangdong province pledged 500,000 yuan to Yue Yue's family, Chen and the fund in Guangzhou for rewarding those who help others in danger. Representatives from the Guangdong provincial women's federation visited the girl's family at the hospital and called for the public to help others in need. The father said they would go to the bank to check how much they had received and decide what to do with the donations. "We may open an independent account and put it under the supervision of the media," he said.
Chen at first refused to take the reward and then decided she would share it with Yue Yue. "I didn't do it for money. I didn't earn the money. I will feel uneasy if I take it. My daughter asked me not to take any money for fear of unkind words from others," Chen was quoted saying by Southern Metropolitan News. While Chen hoped for a normal life after the bombardments of media interviews, Yue Yue's family also had to deal with a lot they had not expected. Responding to remarks that they had opened a micro blog account for publicity and donations, the father said the micro blog service operator opened the account for them and wrote the micro blogs after learning of Yue Yue's latest situation."I can't express my feelings. I'm only thinking of saving my child. I didn't expect so many unrelated things to happen. I would like to stress that we didn't call for donations."
Many of the 18 people who passed by the girl at the accident scene and did not help denied that they saw the girl or were aware of the situation. One of them, a mother of a five-year-old girl, said she felt "regretful, compassionate, painful at heart and guilty," for seeing Yue Yue but not helping her. "I thought she had fallen down from playing and didn't know she was run over by vehicles until her mother came in tears. "She was bleeding from the mouth and nose and crying faintly. I was scared and my daughter was scared to cry. So we left in a hurry," said the woman surnamed Lin, cited by Guangzhou Daily. "I wanted to lift her, but there was so much blood. I was scared. If someone was helping at that time, I would have done the same."
A lawyer association will be set up as part of the Guangdong Law Society, which will study the practice of refusing to help dying people and push for legislation, said Zhu Yongping, a well-known lawyer at Datong Law Firm in Guangzhou.
Tan Xuezhen contributed to this story.
(Source: China Daily 10/19/2011 page 5 http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-10/19/content_13929301.htm)
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【有人摔倒，你扶不扶？】 · 2007-9-7 7:46:29 · 来源： 新京报
打破道德冷漠, 要扶起陌生老人 / Fight Against Moral Apathy, Help Elders in Distress !!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I took these photos inside a local shopping mall where they have this ghoulish display of skeletons, graves, coffins, zombies and other bump-in-the-night creatures. My grandmother would have hissed "Choi ! Choi !! Choi !!!" If she were with me today.
As it turns out, the display is for a fund-raising event for underprivileged children. The donated pumpkins, all nicely decorated, will be sold to passers-by. I even come across the mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson who is supporting this community charity effort.
As I always believe:
Society = Govt + Industry + Community
Each sector of our society has its own roles and responsibilities to enhance the sustainability (social-economic-environment) and the overall wellness (physical and mental) of our cities, regions, countries.
I am therefore glad to see such a warm display of community efforts and involvements here.
Unfortunately, kindness is not always available in some societies. There was a recently reported incident in a Chinese city where passers-by were ignoring an injured toddler who had been wheeled over by two hit-and-run vans and was left dying in the middle of the road. How can those ppl be so heartless !!!!!
Even tho Ottawa has its own share of irresponsible hit-and-run drivers, passers-by will come to the rescue, esp children !!!!!
Anyway, I am fortunately to live in a city where most if not all my neighbours are generally kind.
Happy Halloween ..... Soon !!!
And wooooo (woe) to those who are not kind >_<
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Combat Contract: Irving Davies Shipyard in Halifax.
Non-combat contract: Seaspan Shipyard in Vancouver.
The third competitor led by Lavalin for the shipyard based in Levis, Quebec was the unsuccessful bidder.
According to the fed govt, this multi-billion dollar procurement has been a non-politicizing process. All activities related to the request for proposals (RFPs), evaluations of submitted proposals and the selection of the successful bidders were performed by bureaucrats (such as the non-partisan public servants working for DM Francois). The govt has even hired a third party Fairness Monitor (represented by Peter Woods at the Oct 19, 2011 Press Conference/Announcement) to distance itself from the procurement process.
I must say I am impressed when politicians place the good of the country ahead of their own political gains. Many Canadians still remember the controversies of the contract bidding and selection processes associated with the CF-18 and CF-35 fighter jets. In both cases, the fed govt was accused of political interferences and favouritism at the expense of the country's interest.
While the Harper govt will no doubt receive an ear-full from the Quebec media, nationalists and politicians after the announcement, the former should have little problem defending their position.
And I could almost hear the Minister of PWGSC saying this to Francois:
"You are holding a very responsible job here. If anything goes wrong, you are responsible."
And that's the way it should be when there are no political interventions.
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"When you were born, you were crying; And everyone around you was smiling. ....
When you die, you're the one who is smiling;
And everyone around you is crying."
Originally, I was thinking "A Life with NO Regrets" - Oh, how nice! But, then I realize somewhere btwn a person's FIRST and LAST CHAPTER, there gotta be some mistakes made along the way, some regretful decisions or events, and even some unfinished business. Life is bitter sweet, but seldom just one or the other. So, here is my modified version:
When you were born, you were crying;
And everyone around you was smiling.
When you live, you are treasuring the moment, or trashing the moment;
And everyone around you is smiling or sighing.
When you die, You're the one who is smiling;
And everyone around you is crying.
(Or vice versa, see MID CHAPTER)
Keep on truck'ng !!!
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
- Here are some records of Fauja Singh's running career:
- Rediscovered running at age of 81
- Marathons run: London (5), Toronto (1), New York (1)
- Marathon debut: London, 2000, aged 89
- London Flora Marathon 2000: 6:54
- London Flora Marathon 2001: 6:54
- London Flora Marathon 2002: 6:45
- Bupa Great North Run (Half Marathon) 2002: 2:39
- London Flora Marathon 2003: 6:02
- Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2003: 5:40
- New York City Marathon 2003: 7:35
- London Flora Marathon 2004: 6:07
- Glasgow City Half Marathon 2004: 2:33
- Capital Radio Help a London Child 10,000 m 2004: 1:08
- Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon 2004: 2:29:59
100-year-old runner hopes to set record in Toronto CBC News Oct 13, 2011 3:37:04 PM
In Sunday's Toronto marathon, a runner is determined to become the first person on the planet to complete a marathon past the age of 100. But unlike the 5,000 other entrants in Sunday's big run, Singh won't be running with a finish time in mind. Instead, the man whose authorized biography is entitled "The Turbaned Tornado", is out to become the first person on the planet to finish a full-distance marathon past the age of 100. If he manages to accomplish the feat, Singh will set a Guinness World Record. Sunday's run will be Singh's eighth marathon. In 2003, in the same Toronto marathon, he set a record in the 90-plus category, finishing the 42.1 kilometres in five hours, 40 minutes and one second.
His coach and interpreter admits the run will be a challenge: He hasn't completed the full marathon distance since he was 92, a full eight years ago. "He's really happy, and looking forward to it" said his coach and translator Harmander Singh, whose "student" only speaks Punjabi. "In the past he used to look forward to the challenge because he had to set times and everything. Now he hasn't been running a marathon distance for a number of years, so there is a concern. But he's determined to finish with the blessing of God. He's going to rely on God to help him out."
Fauja Singh, a British citizen, was born on a farm in India in April 1911. He stands five foot eight inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds. Part of his secret, according to his coach, is that he eats a light diet of mainly tea, toast and curry. Harmander Singh said Fauja turned to running after losing his wife and child to "tragic circumstances" about 20 years ago. His coach said Fauja Singh didn't want to discuss those tragic circumstances. Part of his outlook is maintaining a constant focus on the positive. "Running has given him a new focus in life" said Harmander.
On Thursday, during a series of runs in Scarborough, Fuja Singh broke world records for runners older than 100 in eight different distances ranging from 100 metres to 5,000 metres. "He just enjoyed the run. The records are a bonus," said Harmander Singh. Alan Brookes, race director for Sunday's marathon, said Fauja Singh is an inspiration to all athletes, young and old. "He's a remarkable human being" said Brookes. "He's having a great impact around the world on our sport but also much broader than that ... to show what you can do with dedication, determination and a good dose of courage." Through his running, Fauja Singh aims to raise money for local charities including, the Gur Gobind Singh Children's Foundation, which has a mandate to help children meet basic needs. His coach said it's no accident Singh has chosen to make his latest mark in the Toronto marathon. "He loves the people here," said Harmander Singh. "This is a special place to him."
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
* I took these photos on Oct 9, 2011 at the Fall Colours Race Events in Cumberland, Ontario.
Monday, October 10, 2011
今年這隻新鮮火鳮是我一星期前在買慣買熟的 butcher shop 処預訂,星期日取貨,光身淨重約9公斤。
首先K將火鳮肚子塞滿了有調味配料的麵包(stuffing: country white bread with thyme, rosemary, sage, savory,...),然後放入焗爐裏,需約450度華氏及3個多鐘頭,而我則把12個薯仔和一個 butternut squash 去皮切粒,再切4個青Granny Smith 蘋果,拌入配料,在火鳮出爐前下煱丶蒸熟丶和上碟。
我們跟隨這边傳統風俗,男主人把火鳮從焗爐拿出來,趁熱起肉切片,女主人立刻把味料和 starch 拌入火鳮汁,倒入平鍋煑滾做 turkey sauce,跟著大家入坐,開香檳酒或 sparkling grape juice 舉杯慶祝。
吃完火鳮歺後,我們又吃感恩節的傳統甜品: 南瓜 pie,饞嘴的我当然要另加上泡甜的 whipped cream。
Photo 攝影图片: 藍帶廚藝師大展身手 Cordon Bleu Chef in action !!
根據【維基百科】: 感恩節（英語：Thanksgiving Day）是美國和加拿大共有的節日，原意是為了感謝上天賜予的好收成。在美國，自1941年起，感恩節是在每年11月的第四個星期四，並從這一天起將休假兩天。像中國的春節一樣，在這一天，成千上萬的人們不管多忙，都要和自己的家人團聚。加拿大的感恩節則起始於1879年，是在每年10月第二個星期一，與美國的哥倫布日相同。
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Photo credit: I took a photo of this participant crossing the finish line with a man and a dog. As you can see, we have exceptionally warm weather this fall, so the colours around here are more green and yellow than orange and red.
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Saturday, October 08, 2011
It is not a big restaurant but the food was really tasty and inexpensive too. I ordered a pork sandwich that came with fried plantaine and salad, all for less than $10. One could tell the chef was from Cuba because the food tasted very authentic. Even the simple mint-tea reminded me of our visit to Cuba several years ago.
I wanted simple, authentic Cuban food and I got it.
Photo credit: I took this photo of the busy traffic on Bank Street thru the front window. You can tell Halloween is just around the corner.
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Thursday, October 06, 2011
設計是人類基本的創作力,像靈魂一樣,透過一件物品的本質和功能, 有層有次地向外發展表現, 是有諸內丶而形於外。
“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains, of the sofa.
But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design.
Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”
(Steve Jobs 1955-2011)
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多謝網友 Inner Space 的留言資料:
"... The apple with a side face of steve off was created by an Hongie youth studying in HK poly U
【明報專訊】蘋果公司的標誌結合去世的前總裁喬布斯的側臉剪影，被全球網民熱烈討論及轉發，設計者是香港的大學生。 創作者香港理工大學設計學院學生、19歲的麥朗說，8月喬布斯辭任蘋果總裁時，他已製成該圖標，但當時無人注意，直至日前他再次於網上發表，短時間內收到來自全球數以百萬計的回應。 麥朗表示他在考慮就著作權議題聯繫蘋果公司，因為他的設計是以該公司的商標為本。 "
Photo Credit: 明報(轉載法新社)
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
史提芬•保羅•喬布斯 (1955-2011) / 微豆意譯
is the most important tool I've ever encountered
to help me make the big choices in life."
"Because almost everything --
all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure
-- these things just fall away in the face of death,
leaving only what is truly important."
"Remembering that you are going to die
is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking
you have something to lose.
You are already naked.
There is no reason not to follow your heart."
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
史提芬·保羅·喬布斯（英語：Steven Paul Jobs，1955年2月24日－2011年10月5日），簡稱為史提夫·喬布斯（英語：Steve Jobs），是蘋果公司的現任董事會主席，前任首席運行官及創辦人之一，同時也是前彼思動畫製作室的董事長及行政總裁（彼思動畫製作室已於2006年被迪士尼收購）。喬布斯還是迪士尼公司的董事會成員和最大個人股東。喬布斯被認為是電腦業界與娛樂業界的標誌性人物，同時人們也把他視作麥金塔電腦、iPod、iTunes Store、iPhone等知名數碼產品的締造者。2007年，史提夫·喬布斯被《財富》雜誌評為了年度最強有力商人。
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回答網友 Inner Space 10月6日留言:
Inner Space: "... Stay hungry, stay foolish! ～ Steve Jobs 有人譯作：求知若飢 虛懷若愚 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip0hG7FXVgs"
Haricot: 史提芬•喬布斯的 "Stay hungry, stay foolish!" 是源自美國Whole Earth Catalogue最後一期的尾頁 (如图示) 。從WEC雜誌出版人Stewart Brand的角度來說,『求知若飢， 虛懷若愚！ 』,可能是好的翻譯; 但從Steve Jobs 的CEO和蘋果始創人角度來看, 那卻是未必適合。『求知若飢， 虛懷若愚！ 』似乎是把Steve Jobs 中國化為儒家學者。
我認為史提芬•喬布斯的演講完場白,很可能是希望畢業生 "Stay hungry for opportunities, even if others think you are a fool!" 這解釋是和他的市場競爭品性,嚴格荷求脾氣,和他一生倔強的自信心吻合。
References / Photo Credit:
Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out? It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting. It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:
During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I retuned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together. I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
My third story is about death.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes. I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now. This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions. Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
I took these photos at a friend's cottage on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River on June 18, 2011
YouTube: "Sunrise, Sunset" - Tevye, Golde, Perchik, Hodel, Chorus
Is this the little girl I carried,
Is this the little boy at play?
I don't remember growing older,
When did they?
When did she get to be a beauty,
When did he grow to be so tall?
Wasn't it yesterday when they were small?
Sunrise, sunset (x2),
Swiftly flow the days.
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,
Blossoming even as we gaze.
Sunrise, sunset (x2),
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another,
Laiden with happiness and tears.
What words of wisdom can I give them,
How can I help to ease their way?
Now they must learn from one another,
Day by day.
They look so natural together.
Just like two newlyweds should be.
(perchik and hodel)
Is there a canopy in store for me?
Sunrise, sunset (x2),
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another,
Laiden with happiness,