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Form Follows Function is one of the basics of better design. This was the way Steve Jobs convinced most intelligent people on this earth to use his products – for whose they never before even had a need of.

Apple-CEO Tim Cook tells everybody now, he never intended to invent cheap products, like a less expensive new iPhone.

That’s fine with me. Apple products so far used to have something in common with skydiving: They are not meant to be for everybody, just for those individuals who are able to respect and appreciate the differences to everybody elses life.

What I cannot tolerate is, when the design gets cheap, a look-alike to Androids. Despite the price.

Ugly. Ugly. Ugly.

When the ultra thin lines of the letters are not readable anymore in difficult light conditions, in cars at nights, cinemas, parking garages…

When the colours resemble the most ugly composition I have encountered so far. No matter what background you choose to not interfere with the horrible combination of colours.

And fingerprints – once they are stored on a device – are only data. Same as passwords. And can such be misused and stolen by hackers everywhere in this world. Nothing new to that for any mediocre technician.

Steve Jobs, hope, you don’t have to see that.

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Some impressions from the Sunday before Sun ‘n Fun started in 2012…
Sun 'n Fun Preview 2012
Sun 'n Fun Preview 2012
Sun 'n Fun Preview 2012

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In 2005, Steve Jobs gave the commencement address (Youtube Video) to the graduating students at Stanford in which he reflected on his life, career and mortality.

…Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

More visually inspired statements at

Mr. Obama’s statement (excerpt):

… Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
…By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.

Comment hkl:

If you would try to build a new company out of your garage today your neighbours would call the police because of your suspicious behaviour. Especially when working at night at your home.
America, the US to be precise, needs more visionary thinking, more men who dare to invest their effort and dedicate their life to the future.
Somebody who walks faster, thinks smarter and acts more intelligent is not a threat. He or she should be treated with respect and be supported. And not be considered a threat to the mass of average thinking and living humans.

America has lost one of his very few inventors and a man who dared to think out of the ordinary. Who had visions about the future and made them into reality for all mankind. If they want(ed).

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A few years ago I talked to a high ranking NASA official and suggested they make/support another movie like Top Gun to enhance the general interest in Space and its exploration. While he did not show that he thought this to be a good idea, in 2009 a TV series named Defying Gravity got highly advertised long before it was shown. I was thrilled and very much looking forward to watch an episode whenever I was in the States.

What I had meant by “a movie like Top Gun” was the spirit in that movie, the inspiration, the allurement to put every effort into someone’s life to succeed. To know and see that it is worth to aim high for goals that are beyond our everyday life. The American way of thinking as I see it.

What Defying Gravity turned out to be was showing a bunch of people gulping alcohol like fish drink water instead of learning or training for their job. No other hobbies or concerns. Binge Drinking seemed to be the only solution whenever the slightest distraction in their life turned up. Not to mention real problems. That are no role models to inspire. Those characters are less than average and not above the viewers.

A space movie or series should have the intellectual class and optics of 2001, the intellectual humor of Dark Star and characters like in Top Gun that can function as heros for our every day world.

I never ever saw so many people vomiting in a film than in those episodes. Disgusting.

The character of Nadja who is supposed to be a former German fighter pilot is not even shown once in a cockpit or acting as a pilot in her free time during her training on earth. Pretty unbelievable. A pilot in real life is a pilot and would want to act as one. Female astronauts are shown during their training on earth as dumb “Barbies” and not as successful women. Same applies to the male characters, they are shown way to weak and dumb to act as role models in an inspiring space movie.

While Defying Gravity has its funny sides, good character development (besides the drinking issue) and it also provides good suspense with many cliffhangers it had lost its audience already during the first few episodes. Especially disgusting Episode “Bacon”. When I would want to see blood or other hospital issues there are enough series that provide that. Yes, there are health issues in space that should be shown when dealing with/in space. Those have not even been mentioned. Also the real time communication to the space ship is kind of funny and unrealistic.

We, the audience, want to see heros in space. Not the average boys or girls from next door who we feel sorry for their way to handle their lives.

To miss such a chance to inspire and to get the good things across is a pity.

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German Scientists have found a way to detect explosive substances under a combinatiion of infrared and laser light. If this knowledge would be used by security guys worldwide, it could stop threating the good people when carrying their harmless bottles of water and cosmetics into sensitive areas.

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