Tim Cook Speaks Up

If you have not read the Bloomberg Businessweek piece that Tim Cook wrote the other day you should.  Its great.  Its clear and he communicates his feelings beautifully.  

I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender. I’m an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things. I hope that people will respect my desire to focus on the things I’m best suited for and the work that brings me joy.
— Tim Cook


Macfilos interviewed by Microsoft

If you don't follow Macfilos web site you should.  Michael and I became friends a couple of years ago when I was looking for advice on purchasing an 11" MBA.  Michael was also one of the people I interviewed for the Running on Air series.  

Michael writes on a wide range of topics including technology, watches and photography.  In 2011 Michael wrote a piece called Pre-Tech Office: Office work in the historic 1960's that was really great.  Microsoft recently create a page called A Brief History of your Office and interviewed him about the technology in the offices and what was common place.  Michael has two short video interviews of what the office technology was in like in the 50's and the 70's. Both are really great to watch (very short), please check then out.

Lucky Me | Thomas Borowski

Thomas Borowski creator of the Groovboard and host of Think Make Sell podcast (and my co-host on The Makers Journal) was in a terrible accident last week as a result of a collision with a deer. Fortunately he is ok.  One of the things that I found fascinating was Tom's initial thoughts while waiting for help to arrive.

As we were waiting for the police to arrive, some random thoughts started going through my mind:

* Thank goodness my dog wasn’t in the car (I had just dropped him off at the dog sitter).
* The car’s probably totaled.
* I hope my glasses are OK.
* I hope my MacBook is OK (yeah, I know).
— http://thomasborowski.de/2014/02/lucky-me/

I was reviewing the list, noticing that Tom's well being was not initially mentioned, I realized that as long as my pet or loved ones were not in the car this would have been my exact thought process as well.  I wonder if other people would also share a similar list or does this has to do with who we are as people and our particular personality?

Books for 2013

Last year I decided to keep track of all books I read. I have a few notes for each book in a notebook but this post is not about rating of them. I only read non-fiction. I get a lot of grief for that. I struggle to get into fiction but I am frequently told I should explore outside of my comfort zone in order to help me relax more. The problem I have is I do relax when reading this style of book.

Regarding the selection of books some read to learn about a topic, fill a curiosity void or just check out someones writing style.

Below is a list of books I finished for the year. The order is strictly the order that they were completed because many times I have two or three going at the same time. Without going into specifics the ones that are bold are the ones I enjoyed the most.

If you have read any of these I would love to know your thoughts. What was your favorite book of 2013?

Reboot

I am not a large proponent of New Years resolutions. Goals are good but I dont think they are mutually exclusive. During 2013 when writing for ThoughfulDesign I found myself boxed in by the blog title. I wanted to write about other topics, and not limit myself. Even though it was purely in my head it was a block for me. I used this as an excuse to not write.

I have been spending a lot of time trying to come up with a better site name. I settled on using my own to allow me to just explore new topics as I decide to. Some of the topics I plan to write about revolve around customer service, design and user expereience design, and the Apple community. But if I want to write a review about LED lightbulbs or bathroom fans, a la Marco Arment I will have that freedom.

I hope you will continue reading and share your thoughts with me.

Chelsea Transformer Apartment — Shoebox Dwelling

In my ongoing quest for efficient space and lifestyle I stumbled across this 

apartment on Shoebox Dwelling that complete transforms.  I love the blend of white and walnut walls, providing a clean but warm surrounding space.  The storage that he has created to me is amazing.  I also love things on wheels (much to the dismay of many I know). Take time to watch this video.  Even if you do not like spall spaces there are a few things in here that are very inspiring 

A sad day for cycling and a good man

As a former long distance cyclist and lover of the sport, the news today from the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) has me disgusted. They are recommending to the UCI to strip Lance Armstrong of all his titles, awards and winnings. Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, has been “hunting” Lance like sport animal. Lance finally has had enough.

“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said Thursday night, hours before the deadline to enter arbitration. He called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.”[1]

Apparently you can be tested hundreds of times and pass and be guilty. I imagine this is how a criminal who is truly innocent and gets the death penalty must feel. Circumstantial evidence appears to win out in some cases. Its WRONG ! Before DNA testing I bet this happened more than we would like to believe.

Lance has a truly unique life store beating cancer after the doctors gave him a 50/50 chance to then go on and win 7 Tour de France titles. A feat no one let alone an unknown American have ever done.

The UCI, the International Cycling Union, has the final say. Regardless they have several problems to address.

  • If Lance is stripped of his titles four of those wins would go to Jan Ulrich, an athlete thatHAS tested positive for doping and been banned for life from the sport.
  • the UCI has backed Armstrong and asked the USADA to explain why he should be stripped of his titles when none of the USADA’s own test have EVER come back positive. [2]
  • The sport has been tarnished more and more over the last 10 years form allegations of doping. While they want to send a message to the athletes they certainly do not want the image of the sport to decrease more by backing a sports hero.

Lance could have stopped racing sooner, taken his winnings and fame and partied like a rock start all over the world. I am sure he enjoyed himself but what he really did was start a foundation for cancer research that has raised over $500 million dollars. His family and the foundation are his priorities. Even if he wins this battle in another year there will be a new version of these allegations that he will have to deal with (come on its been 17 years and we are still talking about this).

Its a sad day for cycling. When a man so strong who has done so much good reached his limit and said enough. When you choose to continue working to help others over proving your innocence you will be branded as guilty.

Today a sports hero did not die, he became a larger one.

  1. Fox Latino News Article  ↩

  2. Fox Latino News Article  ↩

Source: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/sports/20...