Most Influential Person? Steve Jobs?

Steve JobsA friend and I had a conversation about the most influential person over the last two decades not too long ago.  The conversation was lead off with some comment shortly after Steve Jobs passing (guess that dates the conversation a bit more than I care to recall) that he was probably the most influential person in the last twenty years to twenty-five years or so.  I took objection to that, and suggested that maybe it could be argued to be the case for the last decade or so (going back really to the iPod, including both the iPhone and iPad), but that really there are a LOT of other players to be considered for most influence even there, and especially if you look back as far as quarter century from 2012.  What do you all think?

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Amazon Kindle

KindleMy loving wife and mother-in-law got me an Amazon Kindle for Christmas. I was still on the fence about them but decided that the number of free books and papers that were available on them for legal download was starting to make it make sense. Now that I have one, I think the name should be changed from Amazon Kindle to Amazin Kindle. I am truly thankful the gift and totally enamored with the device and it flexibility and usability. Of course, I am not sure I would have felt that way and would certainly have not put it on my list if had not been for the sweet price drop sometime in the late fall last year. So, some of the amazin features about the Kindle follow, but really when you get right down to it, the thing just so many incredible features that I am sure I am missing something.

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Wikipedia Issues

Wikipedia LogoI admit it. I have a problem with Wikipedia on occasion. I find something on there, usually by getting into a Wiki article on something I am trying to verify or looking into and finding something in which I am interested. From there, a half an hour or more will be lost with my following links through of all the things that are possibly related to or at least in any way interesting to me. This is especially easy to occur if the original article or some article in the link leads to something historical. I do not know the number of times I have looked up something about Elizabeth I or Henry V and spent several long minutes engaged between the two and recalling just how they were related and the various exploits that lead from one to the other. But, Wiki has its issues and that is my point today.

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Tobacco, Jamestown, & Pilgrims – Truth

Pocahontas  & RolfeEveryone knows that the religious group known as the Pilgrims that settled the area known as Plymouth were the first permanent settlement right? We all know that such puritans would not ever dream of starting a fight with Native Americans right? And just what was that motivated so many English and other European Nationals to take the risky two month sea voyage to the colonies? Especially considering that early colonists had an average survival rate well below twenty-five percent. Tobacco was something that the Native Americans taught the settlers how to raise, correct? Here are a few facts of the matter that are often confused, some of it through what we are taught in grade school and other of it just perpetual mis-information that is handed down over and over, despite being largely in correct.

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Long Overdue

Life has been, to say the least, busy. It has in truth been a whirlwind, or so it would seem, the last two months. I continue to be behind on everything from armour prep for Gulf Wars in just over two weeks to never seeming to get a blog written at all. Some quickly noted observations though continuing with that new category that seems to lend itself to such things fairly easily while I finish enjoying the last cup of coffee before heading out to some family obligations that I have this afternoon.

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Forty… Thirty… Twenty…

Sesame StreetThere are a lot big anniversary dates for some pleasant memories that I have here in November. Some are just a wow, that is so much a part of my generation and identity of who I am (and collectively who we are ). A couple of the others are just a wow, I can’t believe that is actually happening and thinking I will have to remember where I am when that happened and how it all came about it. The kind of things that as we move through history will likely be major points of reference. Being nostalgic makes a lot of sense, as they are playing mid 80’s music in here in the coffee shop anyway.

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National Parks

Scenic ShotOver the last couple of weeks I had the enjoyment of catching Ken Burns’ latest production on the local PBS affiliate of National Parks. I should have posted before now, because it was available online as well up until last Friday, though there are a few supplemental videos still available at video.pbs.com and the entire series can be purchased from I-Tunes. Regardless, I am sure it will be aired again on several PBS stations here shortly and when it does in your area it is amazing and well worth the effort to watch it.

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Medieval Bling

Dover CastleYes, I said medieval bling. Yes, I am sure that is exactly what I meant. No, the medieval world was not some gray drab world that lacked color. It does not take a super amount of intelligence to figure this all out if you give it just a little bit of thought. After all, when was it that the process of making those elaborate and oh so beautiful designs out of stained glass came to be?

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