Where were you when...(Steve Jobs, Cogito Ergo Sum 2011-????)

Where was I? Staring at my iPhone, wondering, hoping someone at AP had screwed up. not ONE site confirmed this:

It took 10 minutes before I was able to get confirmation, and then the news flooded in:

Well, it's been just over 17 hours, and most of my responses to the death of Steve Jobs have been reactive. Posts to Twitter and Facebook. I figured I might as well sit down now that the shock and initial reaction are wearing off.
It's hard for me to sum up how I feel about it, because in some very obvious ways I'm not reallyconnected to Jobs in any way. I've never met him, or even seen him in person, to my knowledge.

He seemed like a jerk and a royal pain in the ass in a lot of ways.

"There was a world with Steve Jobs in it, and a world without him in it, and I'm now living in the latter." - Andy Ihnatko

But I'm a jerk in a lot of ways, and a royal pain in the ass sometimes, so maybe that was why I felt a connection to him. Completely aside from all the great technology stuff everyone is going to be writing about for next year.

Steve Jobs showed me that you can screw up. I mean screw up BIG, and you can still recover and excel, you just have to keep your head up or down, and charge ahead. Not blindly, you have to learn from your mistakes, but you can't let them weigh you down and stop you. You should always try and move on to the NeXT (sorry :)) big thing.

Think about it; The guy becomes one of the founding members of the "we started the Personal Computer as envisioned by science fiction writers" club, THEN gets pushed out...pushed out of the company that he helped found. Ten years later he's back at that company...Ten years after THAT, the company has revolutionized at least 3 industries, and introduced something so sci-fi (the iPhone) that we're still seeing the shock waves now, 4 years later - and we still don't know where it will all end.

If that's not a kicker for the universe having a narrative sense of humor, I don't know what is.

I won't harp on how hard it must have been, being kicked out of a company that you helped build - I've had experiences like that, and they couldn't have been anything as hard as that must have been and I can only hope that I deal with these experiences half as well as he did. And then there was the cancer, and Steve covered it best in his commencement speech at Stanford. [video][Text]

He dusted himself off and went on. It's what we all should do, and sometimes we don't, and it's why I'm thankful for the example of Steve Jobs. Apart for all the other things, he showed me what you can do if you just keep trying.

Steve Jobs spoke to design and function being part of technology, that it's about the people who use the tools, not about the tools themselves. He was willing to be wrong, he was willing to be outspoken, and he was willing to be himself and follow his dreams.

So yes, he was a jerk, and a pain in the ass, and an egomaniac, and a showoff, and a showman, and a dreamer, a dropout and a catalyst, philosopher, and entrepreneur, madman.

You can quote him, disagree with him, glorify or vilify him, but about the only thing you can't do...is ignore him. Because he changed things. He pushed the human race forward. He really did. (alternate Youtube Video)

Thanks for the push, Steve - we'll take it from here, man. Requisat In Pace.