Saturday, October 15, 2011

Occupy Pittsburgh

(Photo by Larissa Dudkiewicz)




I suppose I might as well explain exactly what the Occupy movement means to me. The movement, at the moment, seems to lack a direction, but there are a few high points which drew me in, and those are the opposition to banks and big business, and the opposition to job creation. I decided to do my best, and I joined the moment, at the front of the march. I did so, and I hope that this movement has an effect. This type of action is where democracy truly begins, at the very roots of the people.

Personally, I do not have much hope the movement will actually change anything. Yes, the 99% does exist, but it is such an amalgum of special interest groups, I do not think they will be able to form a cohesive platform. I think this is largely more about issuing a wake-up call to politicians, to let them know th general populace is not pleased with the way things are being done, and will not hesitate to use that power on the next election day to bring into office the people we think will help us achieve the goals that we seek.




Until Next Time,


Andrew

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The King is Dead



As I write this, it has just been announced that Steve Jobs is now deceased. An innovator beyond his time, he was one of the geniuses that propelled the Information age to the point where it is now.


Without Steve Jobs, there would be no Apple, which means no Macs, no Ipod, no Iphone, and no Ipad. Tablet PCs and Smartphones might not exist (it is likely they would, but since competition fuels research, they would likely be way behind where they are now.


So, this is to you, Steve Jobs, as without your work, I truly doubt I would be doing what I do now. By propelling us along the technology path, you made it cool to be a geek. For that, as I am now more or less a professional geek, I have to thank you. You made it cool to know stuff and build things. So, Mr. Jobs, good luck on your next adventure.


Steve Jobs

1955-2011