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The Last Great American Genius

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Steve Jobs and Woz - 1976

Where do you start when you want to talk about Steve Job and his legacy.

Today, hours after hearing of his death I’m still trying to understand what a world with Steve Jobs will be like. More importantly, what a post Steve Jobs America will be like.

For me personally, I think Steve Jobs is the last great American genius. Sure there have been many dot com wonderkin but there has not been another so massively creative, a more powerful, driving force of innovation since Steve Jobs. Sorry Dean Kamen!

Many saw Steve as an arrogant megalomanic, driven to succeed at all costs and for some time I shared this view. But in the early years of the previous decade I realized that my road ahead is much shorter than the road I have left to travel and I started to gain a better understanding of what Steve Jobs meant when he spoke about what the real driving force was behind his genius. Death.

Steve blazed more new trails then most of his peers combined. Steve pursued excellence and execution with a determination unseen in the modern world. With Apple’s “amazing success” over the last few years many might think that Steve was driven by the money but I do not believe that a greatness like Steve’s succeeds only for the money. Steve’s past failures and tough times would have ended anyone else’s climb to the top.

And here is where I think most people get it wrong. You see, Steve wasn’t climbing. Steve was exploring. Sometimes on the trail most time off. But I never got the sense that Steve was ever climbing. And that’s what separates Steve from all his counterparts. Steve went where is heart and his vision lead him. Steve NEVER followed, never faltered in his conviction to his dreams and vision. Steve’s drive, Steve’s passion, Steve vision is exactly what America needs the most today to get back on the road to recovery and prosperity.

For me, looking back I now realize that people of my age had a rare opportunity to watch the growth and maturation of real and genuine American genius. For the last three decades I have been a graphic designer, creative thinker and a basement dreamer and what I admire the most about Steve Jobs was that he was able to stick to his dream, his vision with such unbelievable tenacity and courage even when entire markets were against him. Steve always continued stepping boldly forward, always confident in his vision. Eternally waiting for the world to catch up to his genius.

Today, regrettably the world has finally caught up with Steve’s genius. The last great American genius.

Fairwell Steve.

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October 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

Coming Soon to Canada – Copyright Cops

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Canada’s Soon-To-Be Introduced “Lawful” Access Legislation

(Originally published in the Toronto Star by Dr. Michael Geist)

The first prong mandates the disclosure of Internet provider customer information without court oversight. Under current privacy laws, providers may voluntarily disclose customer information but are not required to do so.

The second prong requires Internet providers to dramatically re-work their networks to allow for real-time surveillance. (without court oversight)

The bill sets out detailed capability requirements that will eventually apply to all Canadian Internet providers. These include the power to intercept communications, to isolate the communications to a particular individual, and to engage in multiple simultaneous interceptions.

Moreover, the bill establishes a comprehensive regulatory structure for Internet providers that would mandate their assistance with testing their surveillance capabilities and disclosing the names of all employees who may be involved in interceptions (and who may then be subject to RCMP background checks).

Having obtained customer information without court oversight and mandated Internet surveillance capabilities, the third prong creates a several new police powers designed to obtain access to the surveillance data.

 These include new transmission data warrants that would grant real-time access to all the information generated during the creation, transmission or reception of a communication including the type, direction, time, duration, origin, destination or termination of the communication.

Law enforcement could then obtain a preservation order to require providers to preserve subscriber information, including specific communication information, for 90 days. Finally, having obtained and preserved the data, production orders can be used to require the disclosure of specified communications or transmission data.

An OPENSOURCE film about copyright, teenagers & internet.


Director / Writer: Julio Secchin
Producer: Luiz Felipe ‘Moe’ Couto
Cinematographer: Daniel Venosa
Assistant Director: Rodrigo Vasconcellos
Art Directors: Maya Dikstein & Laura Shalders
Costume Designer: Maria Catarina Duncan
Editor: Felipe Peres & Vincent Zoidberg, A.C.E.
Original Titles Design: Níkolas Pereira
Art Property Producer: Gabriel Cabral
Art Director Assistants: Livia Travassos & Manoela Medeiros
Original Music & Sound Design: Bernardo Uzeda
Sound Recordist: Diogo Valentino
1st Camera Assistant: Guilherme Rezende
2nd Camera Assistant: Marcelo Pizzato
Still Photographer: Gabriel Secchin
Additional Photography & Camera Operation: João Atala, Diego Quinderé, Lourenço Monte-Mór, Gabriel Mariani, Guilherme Rezende & Marcelo Pizzato
Special Effects: Equipe M
Continuity: Manuelle Rosa
Make-up Artist: Isabela Arêde
Casting: Rodrigo Vasconcellos & Duda Gorter
Assist. Production: Emerson Mendes, Nathalia Melo & Leonardo Batista de Brito
Set Manager: Rafael ‘Torah’ Silva
Gaffer: Danilson Souza Costa
Additional Gaffer: Baianinho
Best Boy Electric: Bartô

 Starring: Pedro Ramôa, Gustavo Berriel, Rafaella Buzzi & André Ramiro.
Featuring: Marcello Biju, Guilherme Bellem, André ‘Fofo’ Chaves & Gabriel Frazão

Special thanks to Andre Camara

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May 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

NanoSolar Readies For Full Production

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Solar panels produced like printing newspapers.

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September 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm

HTC Hero. The True iPhone Killer

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June 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

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Microsoft’s Vision of the Future. One Big Ugly World of Screens.

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Holy shit I OWN the future. It’s right here plugged into my iMac syncing my music library and appointments and contacts and videos and it DOESN’T say Microsoft on it!

In my future there is no crappy interface, no half-baked operating system and no one telling me what the future will be. There is just me and MY future.

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March 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm

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Final Edition

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A Poignant Look At The End of Local News. (Click photo for Video)
The human side of newspaper business’ collapse is enormous.
Rocky Mountain News

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February 28, 2009 at 1:26 am

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Hyperion Small Modular Nuclear Power Reactors. Maybe (:

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hyperionreactor1Hyperion Power Generation: Invented at the famed Los Alamos National Laboratory, Hyperion small modular power reactors make all the benefits of safe, clean nuclear power available for remote locations. For both industrial and community applications, Hyperion offers reliable energy with no greenhouse gas emissions. Hyperion power is also cheaper than fossil fuels and, when you consider the cost of land and materials, watt to watt, Hyperion’s innovative energy technology is even more affordable than many developing “alternative” energy technologies.

Small enough to be transported on a ship, truck or train, Hyperion power modules are about the size of a “hot tub” — approximately 1.5 meters wide. Out of sight and safe from nefarious threats, Hyperion power modules are buried far underground and guarded by a security detail. Like a power battery, Hyperion modules have no moving parts to wear down, and are delivered factory sealed. They are never opened on site. Even if one were compromised, the material inside would not be appropriate for proliferation purposes. Further, due to the unique, yet proven science upon which this new technology is based, it is impossible for the module to go supercritical, “melt down” or create any type of emergency situation. If opened, the very small amount of fuel that is enclosed would immediately cool. The waste produced after five years of operation is approximately the size of a softball and is a good candidate for fuel recycling.

Perfect for moderately-sized projects, Hyperion produces only 25 MWe — enough to provide electricity for about 20,000 average American sized homes or its industrial equivalent. Ganged or teamed together, the modules can produce even more consistent energy for larger projects.

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February 18, 2009 at 1:09 am

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