Enjoy The Big Apple in the Sky, Steve!

Haakon Langaas Lageng

The tech world is wearing black today, as the announcement of the passing away of Steve Jobs spread around the globe.

Ironically, the speed with which the news spread is part of the legacy that Steve Jobs leaves, as many people logged on to the news on their iMacs, MacBooks, iPads and iPhones this morning, upon waking and pouring their first coffee.

The very devices that he helped become part of mainstream consciousness were used to pass on the news of his passing to millions of people around the planet in lightning-quick time.

It was a shock that it all happened so quickly, but we prefer to celebrate a life rather than to concentrate on the loss to both Apple the company and to all those who have enjoyed their innovative products.

You can get all the summaries and high-points and low-points of Steve Jobs’ career from elsewhere – that’s not really what you need to read from the folks at Monkeybin. So we won’t do that.

What we will say is that, without Steve Jobs, Monkeybin probably wouldn’t be around, because he brought out the devices that helped to create the demand for the very products that Monkeybin design: the games, the apps – without iPhones and iPads we’d be doing something else.
So we wanted to recognize that fact and pass on our thanks to the Big Apple in the sky, where he is maybe looking down from now.

Thank you again for all your dedication to making the world a more fun and connected place to be.

That’s pretty much it. We won’t get too flowery; there are no tears; just an appreciation of a life that achieved so much and a man with an outlook that we can all learn from – best summed up in the words of Steve Jobs himself, from his 2005 Stanford University speech:

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

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.