Breaking News with an iPhone and Twitter

U.S. Airways Crash Rescue Picture

It’s truly astonishing how quickly we can distribute news these days. A guy named Janis Krums was a passenger on a ferry crossing the Hudson River this morning when the U.S. Airways plane crash-landed in the water. Janis’s ferry was diverted to pick up passengers from the plane, and as his boat approached he snapped a picture with his iPhone and uploaded it to Twitter. Within minutes of this disaster happening, it was available for the entire world to see. I find this utterly mind-blowing.

via Silicon Alley Insider

Patrick McGoohan: 1928-2009

Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner

The stars of all my favorite childhood TV shows seem to be dropping like flies. In addition to Majel Barrett-Roddenberry and Ricardo Montalbán, Patrick McGoohan passed away on Tuesday. He was 80 years old.

In additional to quite a few movies, Patrick starred as, No. 6, in one of my all-time favorite shows, The Prisoner. He also co-created the show, was executive producer, and wrote and directed some of the episodes. If you’ve never heard of the show, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s available on Netflix.

Rest in peace, Patrick.

Ricardo Montalbán: 1920-2009

Ricardo Montalban as Kahn in Star Trek

The year is not starting out too well for Star Trek Alumni. Majel Barrett-Roddenberry died a few weeks ago, and Ricardo Montalbán passed away just yesterday. He was 88 years old.

Even though Ricardo stared in one of my other favorite childhood shows, Fantasy Island, I’ll always think of him as Khan Noonien Singh, the genetically engineered super-villian from Star Trek.

Rest in peace, Ricardo.

Steve Jobs to take 6 months medical leave from Apple

Steve Jobs on the front page of the San Jose Mecury News

Speculation and rumors about Steve Jobs’ health have been making the rounds since people started noticing the fairly drastic change in his appearance over the last several months. The speculation was fueled even further when Apple announced that Steve would not be giving the keynote presentation at this Years Macworld conference (Jan. ’09).

In an effort to reassure the mac community (and the stock holders), Steve made a rare public announcement earlier this month saying he was suffering from a nutritional deficiency due to a hormone imbalance, and that he would be fine. More public comments were give by Apple’s board of directors echoing the comments by Steve.

Apparently, that information was either not entirely accurate, or the situation has changed, because Steve Jobs announced today (in an email to all Apple employees) that he would be taking a 6 month medical leave of absence:


I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.


I’m not exactly sure how to react to this news, other than to say I send all my best wishes to Steve and his family. I hope everything turns out OK, and we really do see him again in June. Take care, Steve.

My Wedding Ring

My Wedding Ring by Diana Hall

When I blogged about getting engaged I showed a picture a Anne Marie’s engagement / wedding ring, so I thought it only fitting that I show mine now that I have it.

It’s hand made by a woman named, Diana Hall. The ring itself is silver, with a carbon fiber inlay. I like it because it’s a unique mix of old a new materials, which is not only very representational of my personality, it’s also analogous to the transition from single life to married life. I like it. It suites me.

Although it’s not very usual, I’m actually already wearing my ring, even though we haven’t figured out a date yet. It seemed kind of silly to wait.

Homer Every Day

This is another one of those things that I totally forgot to blog about when I first saw it. In this episode of the Simpsons, they parodied a video called, Everyday, by one of my favorite photographers, Noah Kalina.

Noah took a picture of himself everyday for 6 years to make his video. It’s actually a work in progress, so he’s continued to take his daily photos. He’s now up to 9 years. Since then I’ve seen several other photographers take on projects like this. I’ve considered doing one of these myself, but I would probably lose interest after the first week.

Photoshopping Ads… Literally

Photoshop Ad Busting

We all know that celebrity photos in ads go through an extensive touch-up process. A few artists in Berlin (Epoxy, Mr Talion, Baveux & Kone) have decided to hit that point home by pasting up their own Photoshop Palettes on top of ads in their local subway stations. That’s totally awesome!

via Gizmodo | Flickr Set