RIP Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by HisHighness in IUC:Entertainment, IUC:Exclusive

The world lost a giant yesterday. Here’s a poem I penned in tribute of this amazing visionary.

Forever in bloom,
Throwing knives and stars,
taking back the rainbow,
fresh and humble,
with the lights out,
giving the dog a bone,
no regrets zippy,
mozart and matisse,
forever in bloom.

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  1. Guest2 said on October 6th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Beautiful tribute. He truly was a visionary. RIP.

  2. Patty Anne said on October 6th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    RIP Mr. Jobs, you will be sorely missed but eternally appreciated by the many who came to love your inventions. My first computer was an Applellc and it was so user friendly and such fun to write programs on that it inspired me to have a second skill in the job market. Everything he created was so user friendly as opposed to other’s whose products took an engineer to operate. He will be missed.

  3. Tetta said on October 6th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Mr. Jobs Thank You for your great work. It has helped the mankind on an international level and it has also helped the common people in front of their computers. Your work made complicated computer questions seem a bit easier although they were very advanced. RIP

  4. Up the Coast said on October 6th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    iSad :(

  5. Kate said on October 6th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I was very sad to hear this, he fought a long battle as did his family. May God Bless them in their loss and pain and keep his loving memory alive always :(

  6. Togi said on October 6th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    A “giant” indeed. A man who had much to offer the world. He not only served us his offerings, but he served them up on a silver platter. An intelligent man, a giving man, and a couragous man who fought ’til the end. He will be missed and remembered fondly by many. RIP Steve Jobs!!!!

  7. Doubter said on October 6th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    The Dark Side:

    Did you hear about the workplace shooting in Cupertino a few days ago? There are many unemployed there, and throughout California, alongside the billionaire’s like Jobs, who didn’t give one penny to charity.

    Your favorite I devices made with slave labor in China. The main factory had many people leap to their deaths. Permanent and massive dislocation of high tech, good paying silicone jobs from the US that have made China the world’s #1 economy.

    The one US billionaire who would not sign the Bill Gates pledge about giving a significant portion of their money to charity.

    The Apple backdating scandal, benefiting him.

    Screaming tirades at co-workers, people were not supposed to look at him in the elevator or talk to him.

    Ripped off Woz, to the tune of $5,000 when that was a ton of money to both of them.

    Such a bad personality that he was put on the night shift at Atari, to minimize his contact with people.

    See “Pirates of the Silicon Valley” on YouTube. It was a great made for TV movie about the early years of the personal PC business, a story of Apple and Microsoft. Steve Jobs comes off as a total creep, who couldn’t find anyone to even make a toast for him at his 30th birthday party.

    Denied paternity of his child for years, wouldn’t pay child support.

    Refused to meet with his biological father, despite the man’s pleas, and the poor man is working to this day in his 80’s.

  8. Doubter said on October 7th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    A documentary exploring the horrible Chinese factories where I crap is made:

  9. Tinkuy said on October 7th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Steve Jobs humble? That’s rich.

  10. Up the Coast said on October 7th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I don’t like to speak/think badly of the dead……but after reading this last night….I was surprised how easily I had forgotten all of this. He wasn’t a saint, he was only a mortal man. And in the end, the love you take……is equal to the love, you make.

  11. I'm on the bidet said on October 7th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    It feels like everything in the popular media is amped up with an extra dose of hyperbole and hysteria these days. Like tracking Amanda Knox’s plane on a map while it was in the air, and Steve Jobs’s passing like the passing of a Christ figure. While I respect that Jobs was an innovator and industry leader, all this fervor and postmortem worship is a bit exasperating.

  12. Doubter said on October 7th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    @Up the Coast A lot of this has been very assiduously covered up by Apple’s PR machine. Yes, Jobs was a genius, yes he invented great products, but there is a very real dark side to the man. I fully expect Walter Issacson’s AUTHORIZED biography to be a complete whitewash. The truth will come out when a biographer like Andrew Morton comes forward like he did with Tom Cruise, who isn’t afraid of cults, and will take on the factoids, as Norman Mailer calls them (what people assume are facts, but are not) about the Cult of Steve.

    There’s one news outlet that is doing their job, the Associated Press, which reported today that when Jobs took a leave of absence in 2009, he and his wife placed their properties in a trust. He is continuing to make sure no one has any real grasp of his enormous wealth this way. I guarantee you, it pales to the 6 billion plus that’s been touted in the press.

    Here’s another great post yesterday by someone who knows the covered up truth about Jobs in the New York Times, it’s a thread that has over 1200 posts on it, and has a great theory that Jobs bizarre habit of eating only fruit for five years fried his pancreas, leading to the pancreatic cancer that caused his death:

    October 6th, 2011
    8:20 am
    The hagiography contained herein is rather nauseating from my perspective. I feel like I do when I read people praising Sarah Palin. I’ve noticed his detractors and their stories are mentioned only elliptically. Everybody I know that worked with him thought he was a pathological liar and a cheat in business. I’ve also noticed no one has described him as a “gentleman.” He wasn’t.

    I’ll close on a cautionary note.

    My friends told me Jobs had become what was known as a “fruitatarian.” For 5 years, the dude ate nothing but fruit. He claimed that because of the diet, he didn’t have to bathe and did so infrequently. My friends said he smelled really, really bad. They were very serious about this story.

    About 10 years ago, when I had a subscription to Men’s Health magazine, I read an article that literally turned my mind upside down. I always thought fruit was really good for you. The author of the article said too much fruit was just as bad for you as meat. The article had a table listing the grams of sugar in different servings of fruit. The article stated that it makes zero difference to your pancrease whether the sugar that hits it is white refined or sugar from fruit. My sister, a health food nut, called white sugar “the white death.” For the first time in my life I was hearing that fruit could be bad for you. Bad for your pancrease.

    He died of pancreatic cancer.

    Is there a connection?

  13. selfffrighteouswhore said on October 7th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    yes, nets had to be put up under the windows to dissuade suicide jumpers. and parents left their kids tied to poles outside the factory.
    it’s too late for him to make a difference with his 8 billion+ $.
    he’s gone now, just like so many chinese workers who suffered to feed their families.

  14. Up the Coast said on October 7th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Too much of anything is a bad thing, that’s for sure, and balance is the key to everything….so of course what you are saying makes perfect sense. Like I said….I hadn’t really thought about him in years, but reading your comments brought back memories. I lived up in the bay area, in the 90’s and there were always stories floating around about him, by his competition and his employees. I myself stopped buying Apple computers, several years ago, when the last tower hd/first flat screen I bought cost me $5,000 and 6 months later it was antiquated…I said: Screw this. Prior to that…we were Apple all the way. I’ve saved alot of money since then ;) I disliked Bill Gates for all those years, and I didn’t even know why. It was just a “thing”, that if you were either an Apple or a PC, and I didn’t want to be a PC. weird huh?

  15. selfffrighteouswhore said on October 7th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    wow, that is an interesting idea about his extreme fruit diet.

  16. Early Mac User said on October 7th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    One of the first computers I ever laid my hands on was an Apple IIe in Jr. High back in the 1980’s. The first computer I ever owned was a Macintosh LCIII when I was in college and used it to go on Compuserve and AOL in the early 90’s before transiting to the web.

    If it wasn’t for Jobs inventing the Mac, I never would have been on the internet until the late 90’s or later.

  17. I'm on the bidet said on October 7th, 2011 at 9:46 pm


    Here’s an interesting perspective, maybe related to what you are talking about – a credible scientist relating a lot of illnesses to sugar production:

    Is Sugar Toxic?

  18. Doubter said on October 8th, 2011 at 3:36 am

    From Up the Coast, who said “by his competition and his employees. I myself stopped buying Apple computers, several years ago, when the last tower hd/first flat screen I bought cost me $5,000 and 6 months later it was antiquated…I said: Screw this. Prior to that…we were Apple all the way. I’ve saved alot of money since then.”

    You said it all! That’s why I have been anti-Apple too. The closed system. You can’t upgrade their products on your own, you have to buy an entirely new product. Yes, it saves a fortune not to buy into this. It’s why he’s sitting on 37 billion in cash at Apple. You can’t use any music you had previously on I-Tunes, but only what is on there. All you are doing is putting money in his pocket. It’s not helping the consumer at all to buy a product that will be obsolete in 6 months. It’s a racket.

    I was like you too, in that I was very anti-Microsoft because they were considered big brother and oppressive. Now Jobs is considered that. Even back in the early 80’s, when he was on the cover of Time magazine, and had an unheard of fortune at that time of 400 million, he never bothered to lift a finger for a charity or send a penny to a charity. The US festival was all Woz. He was and is the one with the heart, the one very disturbed by the documentary about Apple’s Chinese factories and their workers plight.

    Here’s an article by Noah Wyle, who played Jobs in Pirates of Silicon Valley. He was a dead ringer for Jobs in both looks and actions, he gave a tremendous performance.

  19. Armitage said on October 8th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Wow, really interesting comments, everyone. I didn’t know much about Jobs and you have enlightened me. I’m on the Bidet, I agree that the media whips things up into a state of hysteria, and yes, UTC, balanced reporting would be so refreshing and much more healthy. Apart from the power of vested interests keeping things quiet, It’s lazy journalism – they have print pages or airtime to fill and the easiest way to do that is to take an extreme position and follow it through or focus on complete trivia, like Knox’s plane tracking, as if it were significant. It keeps us in the dark and ill-informed. Thank goodness for the internet!


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