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I think it would be impossible to not mention Steve Jobs this morning. I am here posting this editorial from a Mac, I checked my email on my Mac Air this morning. I have loved the Iphone, Ipod and Imac. I realized last night as I read the initial news of Mr. Jobs death that most of my life I have been influenced and shaped by the creations of Steve Jobs. Our first computers in school were Apple II E’s that we played Oregon Trail and Lemonade Stand on. I did my first Computer Aided Drafting on a Mac in Jr. High, and have been a fan of this creatively beautiful technology as long as I have had the awareness to do so. I wrote last night that individuals like Mr. Jobs, Thomas Edison, and Walt Disney are rare, bright lights that shape and entirely change culture…putting a “ding” in the universe. I feel fortunate to have lived in an era when one of these individuals burned at his brightest. We as people who love the Bungalow have long been accused of being neo-luddites, afraid to move out of our “craftsman” heritage of Industrial Revolution revolt. For a moment I have to consider that Mr. Jobs was more like our heroes than not. After all Roycroft, Sullivan, Wright and the Greene Brothers were in actuality changing our culture just like Mr. Jobs endeavored to do. There was a desire by all of our predecessors to change the precepts of the time, react to the solutions of the elite among them and to say without a doubt that just because its popular, doesn’t immediately make it good for humanity. Mr. Jobs famously reacted to Big Brother in his unveiling of the Macintosh and described his new creation visually as a sledgehammer to the old precepts and dominance of “Big Blue”.
I had the opportunity to build a home this year for a very wonderful family. He is the founder and editor of MidCurrent, an online wealth of Fly Fishing knowledge and news. He and his family have profoundly influenced how I approach the creative process of building a home. He is the person who encouraged me to start the “Breakfast Nook” and he and I share a love of this strange hobby called “Fly Fishing”. We have had many discussions about our individual businesses and how the world of business, building and publishing is changing faster than we could have ever imagined. He has written a great article this morning about Fly Fishing and Steve Jobs and I absolutely loved the perspective that it brings. This quote from the article is really an excellent discussion about life, fishing and can even be applied to our beloved Bungalows -
So the next time you are told there’s only one way to tie a fly, that all the good fishing ideas have already been thought of and tried, or to hurry up or you’ll miss the best fishing; or you think that a string of bad fishing days means that you’ve lost your juju, or believe that the fly fishing “experts” were bestowed a magical gift that means they’ll always catch the most fish, remember Steve Jobs. – Marshall Cutchin