Don’t Make Me Love My Work!

By |2018-11-28T16:07:57-05:00June 18th, 2015|

Silicon Valley Miya Tokumitsu writes* with incisive elegance about our altogether elitist and self-indulgent view that our experts have these days about the relationship between love and work. That view, of course, originates mainly from Silicon Valley: Your great work, which you love, is so creative and productive that it makes you fabulously rich, [...]

The “Awesome” ’80s: Remembering the Right Lessons

By |2015-01-06T14:14:05-05:00July 9th, 2014|

It is hard not to laugh when my students think they are imitating or comprehending the zeitgeist of—whether to honor or mock—the 1980s. Though, in almost every way, it is impossible to fault them for this. The individual members of the incoming freshman class will have entered this world sometime in 1996 or 1997, [...]

Steve Jobs: The Spoiled Child as Tech Guru

By |2014-12-29T14:19:06-05:00June 4th, 2014|

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs Part II: Redesigning the World (Read Part I here) Steve Jobs’ entrance into the technology business was less than auspicious. In an early manifestation of what came to be called his “reality distortion field,” Jobs insisted that his vegan diet inoculated him from the need to bathe [...]

Why Steve Jobs was a Spoiled Child: Does it Matter?

By |2014-12-29T14:25:58-05:00May 21st, 2014|

Part I: Origins (Read Part II here) 2 ½ years after his death from cancer, Steve Jobs remains an icon of contemporary business and popular culture. Co-founder of Apple, he amassed a fortune of mammoth proportions and built the most highly valued corporation in the world. Many have credited him with revolutionizing the way [...]

Jobs 2.0

By |2014-03-07T15:08:43-05:00April 22nd, 2013|

A good friend of mine and a man I respect immensely, Hunter Baker, warned me to finish Isaacson’s long biography of Steve Jobs before passing too much judgment on the life and personality of the technology genius. Another close friend (a fellow Apple fanatic going back to the 1980s when we were debate colleagues [...]

The Manichean Epicurean: Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs

By |2013-12-13T11:48:56-05:00March 27th, 2013|

I purchased Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs the moment it came out. I’ve read a number of books on the history of Apple and Jobs—some dealing with him directly and others only touching upon his life and ideas—and I was eager to see what the man who was asked by Jobs himself to [...]

St. Josemaria, Meet iPad: St. Josemaria App?

By |2017-06-16T12:23:20-05:00August 20th, 2010|

St. Josemaria For Catholics, the iPad just became a bit holier. No, Steve Jobs said nothing new about hating pornography (go, Steve, go!) and loving his children. Yesterday, Jorge Panayotti released “St. Josemaria for iPad” ($14.99). A part of EB Solutions’s “Catholic Applications,” the St. Josemaria app is quite beautiful and useful. [...]

With Both Barrels: Archbishop Dolan, Muslims, Confusion; Steve Jobs; Ludwig V. Mises; Olson; and Steckbeck

By |2017-06-16T12:12:44-05:00August 19th, 2010|Tags: |

Ludwig von Mises Mixed news coming from the Big Apple this morning. Though the Yankees handily defeated the Tigers, the New York Times reports that Catholic Archbishop Dolan of New York, while speaking at a homeless shelter, defended the Islamic building of a mosque near the former WTC. “Archbishop Dolan invoked the [...]

From Both Barrels: Gregg, the Pixar Touch, Pogo, and Olson

By |2017-06-12T14:55:46-05:00July 19th, 2010|Tags: |

Forgive the scattershot tendencies and directions of this essay. Just lots of short items written quickly from my hotel room in downtown Portland, just blocks from Powells (which I’ve yet to visit). A few book recommendations I’m currently reading Sam Gregg’s new book, Wilhelm Roepke’s Political Economy. Written in a more academic but equally engaging [...]