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Steve Jobs has passed away. I found him and his work very inspirational. He was a great innovator, creator and leader. I will miss him.

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Daily Spark: “Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much if at all.” -Steve Jobs

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6 Responses to iMsad

  1. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    The man was a class act. Too soon a curtain.

  2. Anon says:

    I didn’t agree with his view of what role technology (and technology’s manufacturers) should have, but there’s no arguing with his innovation, vision, or skill as a CEO. He pushed the box by leaps and bounds. Thanks, Steve, for giving us tech that isn’t beige.

    (While discussing Mr. Jobs’ passing, one of my coworkers said he might dress up as zombie!Jobs for Halloween. He’d get a smashed, non-working iPhone off ebay as an accessory. Maybe it’s too early… but I’m highly amused.)

  3. nell says:

    It was sad, and quite probably also unnecessary:
    http://www.bulletproofexec.com/steve-jobs-dr-dean-ornish-and-vegetarian-cancer/
    He should have bought your products, and lived happily every after.

    • You may be right that a lack of fats in his diet was a problem. I had not known of that. iMsad2 since perhaps that might have been prevented.

      Interesting article. To quote:

      “[T]he main reason I eat meat, aside from doing it for health reasons, comes from a Tibetan monk at a monastery in Tibet. I saw a yak skin hanging from a prayer pole and asked the local Lama how that was in line with Buddhist principles of no killing. He smiled at me and said very simply, “One death feeds many. It is very high altitude here. We need to eat meat and fat to survive.” That monastery was at about 14,000 feet altitude. That monk’s simple wisdom may very well have saved me from sabotaging my health with more vegetarian diet experiments.”

      This is a very good point. People in warm climates and not doing a lot of physical work often forget that meat and fats are an important part of our diet and were key for our ancestors. I’m a firm believer that we are part of the web of life, part of the food web. We are not separate from Nature. Our bodies are adapted through hundreds of millions of years for eating a balanced diet that includes meat. At various times I’ve tried the vegetarian diet, simply because I was living with vegetarians, but it never left me feeling healthy. In fact, just the opposite – while I was eating a vegetarian diet I broke a bone and it didn’t heal for nine months. Through some research I found why and started eating a small amount of meat. My bone healed very quickly once I started eating meat again and the healing was so complete the doctors were amazed – they had been talking surgery and pins prior to that. I have broken 46 bones in my life (I live a rough life) and normally I heal very quickly, in days to a week, probably because normally I have a balanced diet which includes plenty of meat. It is only while being a vegetarian that I have had bones not heal and had other health problems.

      The other issue is that in our northern climate a vegetarian diet simply is not sustainable without either importing foods from great distances at a high petroleum cost or by using supplements. A vegetarian diet is simply not sustainable or natural in the northern lands.

      Purported Ethics are another oddity. What many evangelistic vegetarian and vegan people don’t realize is that Billions of animals are killed in the process of producing their vegetable based foods through clearing the land, displacement, tillage, pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, mechanical weeding and harvest. A vegetarian diet isn’t moral or ethical, it is just another choice which has similar consequences. To insist otherwise is to deny reality and to be hypocritical. If they are against factory farming then go with pastured livestock and keep in mind that factory farming of vegetables is just as bad for the planet.

      I’m all for people making their own choices as to diet, it’s their life, but I don’t like it when people insist that other people have to eat only their way. It is also sad to think that perhaps Mr. Job’s dietary choices deprived him of more years of creativity. I am a big fan of him and what he achieved.

  4. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Some years ago I was diagnosed with type II diabetes. I’d been living under a lot of stress and eating almost nothing but fast food for a couple of years. Long distance bus driving, limited sleep, and disrupted diurnal rythms will do that to the strongest metabolism. Having seen one older fellow who’d disregarded such a diagnosis and persisted in a sugar-rich and grain-filled diet, with terrible physical and mental results, I was inclined to be careful. I’d used the protein sparing fast to lose weight for a political campaign a lot of years ago. I knew that general realm of nutrition made for mental alertness and easy weight loss. So I started looking at low-glycemic things like the Atkins method. I read Berenstein’s On Blood Sugars, (He was the oldest surviving Type I diabetic known when he wrote that and he cross-trained from engineering to medicine to invent the personal blood sugar monitor), and everything Atkins had written. Berenstein and Atkins were in general agreement, though Berenstein had issues with Atkin’s commercial exploitation of the science. I went to high protein and high fat and in a year had reversed my diabetes to the point that my AICs were better than the average non-diabetic. My blood sugar meter went into a drawer, I happily continued with my steaks and bacon and butter, and to this day, five years on, I am alert and able and my blood sugars are stable. Sometimes I stray. I love veggies, and beans, properly cooked, are like the ambrosia of the gods to me, but generally, I stay with meats and fish and eggs, eschew bread and potatoes and beer, rice, and beans. Low glycemic veggies, often with butter, are on the menu.
    I write books, do book reviews, edit, garden in a tiny way, backpack, produce an online column, do yoga and lift weights, and at 65, I’ve resumed running, despite two artificial knees. I have found that I need to do vitamin supplementation to be really fit. But I don’t have access to pasture-raised meat like you do. Nell has a valid point. We are omnivores, and trying to become herbivores is not a valid long term idea. Sorry to do such a long comment,Walter, but this is an important topic. So sad that perhaps Mr. Jobs’ intense focus and discipline was self wounding.

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