"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."
— Albert Einstein
SPECIAL THANKS TO TIM O'BRIEN & THE WHO. Sorry for all the edits.
Steve Jobs' death came as a surprise. Even thought I knew he was ill, I guess mentally I was not prepared for the idea that I would be living in a Steve Jobs-less world.
Some complain about all the praise Jobs has been receiving since his death, but quite frankly I think the anger and frustration regarding him is undeserved. Unlike any other singular name in my life thus far, Steve Jobs had a wide-reaching impact that goes unmatched. His unwavering attention to detail, his incredible ability to build products that excited me and many others, and the air of mystery surrounding his personality...I guess they all transpired to create an incredible figure.
Think about it. Jobs has affected your life in a remarkable way and you may not even realize it. His company popularized the mouse (your clicky mouse), turned the music and video industries on their heads and transformed how we entertain ourselves, made touchscreens make sense, revolutionized the phone and communication industries. The list goes on. He also co-founded Pixar, who has produced many of the most popular movies of the past decade. The machine you're using right now is the way it is because of Steve Jobs. $spyed put it very succinctly earlier today: "If Steve Jobs hadn't done it, somebody else would've done it, but he's the one who did it" and dammit he did it well.
Regarding the wallpapers I wanted to produce a small thing to, I dunno, commemorate (?) this monumental occasion which I'm sure I and many others will remember for the rest of our lives. Jobs acted as an inspiration to me and made my job possible, and in true form I've made this wallpaper in sizes appropriate for most of his machines:
2 desktop wallpapers (at differing proportions)
1 iPad version
1 iPhone version (built for the HD screens but will scale down gracefully)
I tried to create a very simple representation of Jobs, and wanted to contrast his figure with the emptiness we feel with his absence.