There are some definite perks to teaching at the high school. I get to watch some interesting movies and documentaries sometimes.
Yesterday it was the PBS documentary about Steve Jobs called One Last Thing.
It was pretty freaking awesome. I didn’t know much about Steve Jobs before, other than some pretty rudimentary facts about him and his innovations. I’ve used Apple computers a little bit before in school and work, and I just recently purchased an iPod.
But I hadn’t known much about Jobs before to speak about him, positively or negatively.
I didn’t know he studied Zen Buddhism.
I didn’t know he studied calligraphy with a master calligrapher and how his experience there impacted the fonts we use on our computers today.
[As an aside, I actually love using calligraphy from time to time].
It has me thinking about a lot of things…and I realize that while I can’t find living mentors at the moment in real life, I can find some inspiration electronically.
I found out a while back how to take a picture of my iPod screens.
And I frequently change my wallpaper using my pictures and artwork.
This one is from my friend (you may have recognized the picture from the previous post).
And below are some examples of my photography:
A few pictures of my favorite artwork.
I find it very cool to be able to carry my work with me wherever I go.
The documentary talked about how Jobs revolutionized computers, the music industry, the book industry and telephonic communication. But also, I’m finding, for photographers and artists, the technology makes it possible to have a portable portfolio.
I have a newfound respect for Steve Jobs (even if he was kind of a jerk sometimes), whereas once upon a time I didn’t have much of an opinion about him.
I wish I could have known the man. He seems like he was a force to be reckoned with, though he bounced back from a fairly big setback. I think he was an amazing, complex, creative, versatile, innovative mind and I could learn a thing or two from his life.
I wish I could thank him, but this will have to do.