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Stewart Brand and the 50th-year Anniversary of the Whole Earth Catalog

Last night I went to an event at Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange in San Francisco, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Whole Earth Catalog. It was a 3-hour tribute to and lovefest for Stewart Brand, and the role he has played in shaping so many trends and affecting and inspiring so many people’s lives. I got invited because I was the shelter editor of the WEC back in the day. About a dozen people gave 3-minute speeches, including Kevin Kelly, Orville Schell, Peter Calthorpe, Tim O’Reilly and astronaut Rusty Schweikart on Stewart’s impact on their lives. Not to mention that Steve Jobs (now famously) said that in high school he was reading the WEC and it had a lot to do with inspiring him to get into building computers Wow!

This was a private event, but a prequel to a big celebration, open to the public, coming up on October 13th, 2018, at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco: https://www.wholeearth50th.com/

I’m going to write a bit about my experiences with Stewart next week.

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New iMac!

I’ve been struggling with my 9-year-old MacPro for months. Continually hanging up, getting the spinning globe in Mail, Chrome, Photoshop, etc. Rick tried just about everything, but we just couldn’t figure it out. Finally, rather than wait around for the new MacPro, we decided to go with this machine. Oh man, what a delight! Such elegant design, wireless keyboard and mouse, sparkling monitor. Rick’s got it rolling, now tuning up before he takes off for Hawaii.

Just today started working on my book on the ’60s (which is looking more and more like a book) on it.

27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display

With the following configuration:

• 3.4GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz

• 8GB 2400MHz DDR4

• 512GB SSD • Radeon Pro 570 with 4GB video memory

• Magic Mouse 2

• Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad – US English

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Recommendations of Cool Stuff

Usually when I see a list of quotes, there might be one or two that I like. Here they are all zingers:

• “I’ve always been very careful never to predict anything that has not already happened.” — Marshall McLuhan

• “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker

• “Decisions are made by those who show up.” — Jennifer Pahlka

• “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” — Albert Einstein

• “Not long ago what we have today was so implausible that nobody bothered to say it would never happen.“ — Marc Andreessen

• “The first 90% of a project is a lot easier than the second 90%.” — Tim Sweeney

• “If you don’t like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less.” — General Shinseki

 — Kevin Kelly

This is from Recomendo, a weekly newsletter from Kevin Kelly,  Mark Frauenfelder, and Claudia Dawson that “…gives you 6 brief personal recommendations of cool stuff”: https://recomendo.com/

Also from Recomendo:

Unlocking phone:

If you bought a phone that’s locked to a specific mobile carrier, you won’t be able to use it with another carrier until you get it unlocked. AT&T says they will unlock phones you’ve had for two years, but the process is so arduous that it’s never worked for me. They make it difficult on purpose, I suspect. But I’ve unlocked phones using an unlocking service on eBay and paying $6 per phone. I gave them the phone’s 15-digit IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) serial number and a day later they sent me an email to let me know it’s been unlocked. I have no idea how they do it, but it works. — MF

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Hacking a Keyboard

For years I’ve had a persistent problem with hitting the “m” or “n” keys when hitting the space bar, so that words ran togethermlikenthis. I glued this piece of cutout bone to the space bar and voila! Problem solved.

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