Steve Jobs speaks at Stanford

Cofounder of Apple Computer Inc., Steve Jobs, spoke about life and death in his commencement address to Stanford University graduates.

Jobs, now 50-years-old, Jobs started Apple in 1979 with Steve “Woz” Wozniak. Woz is a long time friend of Jobs and the cofounder of Apple, which was started in Jobs’ parents’ garage.

“You’ve got to find what you love,” Jobs said.

Doing what he loved, Jobs sold his first computer in 1977 to West Coast Computer Fraire. He was then one of the youngest people to make Forbes list of the nation’s richest people.

The company started in the Silicon Valley of California. The Valley is the fast pace part of California where most high-technology corporations start.

Jobs continued to do what he loved as Apple continued to progress as a company. Jobs hired John Sculley III as CEO of the company. However, the partnership ended two years later when Jobs was fired from Apple.

Jobs attended Reed College, located in Portland, Oregon, right after high school, but soon dropped out. He did continue to take a few classes at the college, including a calligraphy class.

Once working on the computers for Apple with Woz, Jobs recalled what he had learned from the class and added it to the computers. His personal computers with calligraphy added opened gates for all personal computer companies.

After leaving Apple Jobs continued to pursue his passion and started a company called NeXT Inc. This company built a personal computer and is an operating system, which became the basis for the World Wide Web.

Jobs also began to fund a company call The Graphics Group which was later renamed Pixar Animation Studios. The first computer-animated film came out by Pixar in 1995 and is called Toy Story.

Four years before Toy Story came out Jobs married his wife, Laurene Powell, in 1991.

Soon after his marriage and the launch of Pixar, Jobs began to connect the dots in his life. He realized all the events after leaving Apple had lead him to Powell.

NeXT was then bought by Apple in 1997 and Jobs was back in the business. Jobs didn’t know the reason to getting fired by Apple when it was happening, but once he looked back he knew it had to happen in order for him to get to where he was at.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward,” Jobs said.

He had believed and trusted in his future and that everything would be okay in his life. He passes these words of wisdom to the graduates. He tells them to have faith in something, whether that is fate or karma, and to follow their heart and it’ll lead them down the path they are meant for.

In 2003 Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, but after a biopsy doctors learned Jobs could undergo surgery and be perfectly healthy. After “connecting the dots” and escaping cancer Jobs was living life to the fullest.

“No one wants to die…and yet death is the destination we all share,” Jobs said.

He has continued to live life to the fullest. Jobs says death is a way of clearing out the old to make room for the new, which is what he’s doing with his company. He continues to get rid of the old items he has built to make room for the new technology he is building.

This is Jobs’ way of telling the graduates to live their lives and not waste them trying to live someone else’s life. Life is too limited to be anything less than themselves.

Jobs ends his speech on a positive note, this is his way of encouraging the graduates and Stanford.

“Stay hungry, stay foolish,” Jobs said.

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A night spent with Sweeney Todd

sweeney400The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater theatre department put together Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for their first production of the 2016 spring semester.

The show opened Tuesday Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and continued every night until Saturday Feb. 27, with the guidance from director and professor Jim Butchart.

Butchart started teaching at Whitewater in 1989 and his first production was in 1990. His goal for the first show and every show after has been to keep with the playwright’s original intentions. He wants to tell the story for the audience as best he can.

“Every audience deserves the best that we have and I expect that for every performance,” Butchart said.

Sweeney Todd is a musical thriller written by Hugh Wheeler in 1979. It takes place in 19 century London, England. The whole performance was about three hours with a 15-minute intermission.

This production is performed by students on campus, ranging from freshmen to seniors. Auditions were held in Nov. of last year, while rehearsals began on Jan. 11, during the university’s winter break.

Though design meetings began in Oct. Butchart said. He also mentioned that during a professional production rehearsals are three to four weeks for 40 hours per week. This production did not have as much time during the week to rehearse, but did start much earlier than a professional.

When there is a musical there is also dancing, but every dance, every step needs to be choreographed for the performers. Eric Guenthner, senior at Whitewater, is the choreographer for Sweeney Todd.

Guenthner is one of many who worked on the production. There were 31 student performers, three assistant stage managers three people handling props and many more behind the scenes team members.

Maria Vigueras, a junior at Whitewater, attended opening night and was expecting a well put on show. She had not known what the story was before coming to the theatre and expressed her excitement to see the students perform.

Juan Herrera chose to admire the set that filled the stage when he first walked into the theatre. He had heard excellent comments and hoped they would follow the storyline, which was expected.

At the end of the show both Vigueras and Herrera had smiles on their faces. They had good things to say, though Vigueras did have one compliant about it.

“The should definitely keep it two hours at least,” Vigueras said.

In the beginning Vigueras was looking forward to seeing the students “doing what they love to do,” and she was pleased with it at the end.

The next performance for the theatre department is A Midsummer Night’s Dream April 25 through April 30.

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Pasta? Pasta!

thumb_IMG_3137_1024Hello all! Everyone likes food right? Today I’m writing all about pasta, well on particular dish I make.

This dish is my go to summer dish, but it’s amazing any time of the year. You should know this recipe is a vegetarian one, but don’t let that worry you. I’ve gotten great reviews from all my omnivore friends so you should love it! Let’s get started on this recipe.

Things you’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • Your favorite pasta (I like spaghetti or bow tie)
  • Bell pepper (orange and yellow are best)
  • Tomatoes (cherry cut into halves)
  • Sliced portabella mushrooms
  • Sliced sweet onion
  • Sliced garlic
  • Kale (just trust me)
  • Sliced avocado
  • Juice of 1 lemon

It seems like a lot, but when it’s all said and done it seems like nothing.

Time to get cooking:

  • Boil water and add the pasta in a pot
  • Line a pan with oil and heat
  • Add onion and peppers for about 1 min. then add garlic

*Helpful hint: you may need to add more oil to prevent burning*

  • Add tomatoes and mushrooms cook for 1 min.
  • Place kale on top and mix together
  • Drain the pasta and put it back in the pot
  • Mix everything from pan into the pot
  • Add lemon juice to pot and mix
  • Serve on a plate or in a bowl and place avocado on top

I like to add a bit of salt and pepper, or lemon pepper on top of everything off. See that wasn’t too bad was it? Also note that I didn’t give exact measurements because I eyeball everything and that’s what you can do as well. The whole point of this pasta is to give you the reins in deciding how much of each ingredient you want to add.

Good luck and have fun, until next time folks!

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