Oâ€™Nealâ€™s work fought back not by running from the stereotypes but by refashioning them and trying them on, to see what fitâ€”and what didnâ€™tâ€”and he coaxed his audiences to do the same. Could women really deny that they wore sexy clothing at work to turn men on? Didnâ€™t all men have â€œrape-yâ€ thoughts? Oâ€™Neal was determined that his comedy be something scary and exciting that he and the audience were creating togetherâ€”they wouldnâ€™t be able to pretend they hadnâ€™t been a part of it afterward.
Tysonâ€™s demotion of Pluto only came to the publicâ€™s attention when Kenneth Chang, a New York Times reporter, noticed there were only eight planets featured at the Rose Center. When Chang asked other astronomers to comment, they called the decision absurd. Letters of protest poured into the museum. But Tyson held firm, and in the years that followed, astronomers discovered other icy bodies at the edge of the solar system that were even bigger than Pluto. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union decided to classify it as a dwarf planet.
Kaling would most likely find both the Fey and Ephron comparisons facile, irritated as she is by the mediaâ€™s tendency to define funny women in relation to one another, as if theyâ€™re all competing in a game of musical chairs. A recent â€œE! Onlineâ€ poll incensed Kaling by asking, on the hundredth anniversary of Lucille Ballâ€™s birth, which of three red-haired young actresses is the next Ball.
â€œTheyâ€™re saying that the essence of Lucille Ball was in the color of her hair,â€ Kaling said. â€œWas Conan Oâ€™Brien like, â€˜Iâ€™m a redhead!â€™? Maybe this isnâ€™t exactly the right person, but they would never think the Lucille Ball essence could have been transferred into a man like, like Sacha Baron Cohen. Or theyâ€™d never be like: â€˜Whoâ€™s the next Peter Sellers? Is it Steve Carell? Or is it Danny McBride? Now, letâ€™s pit them against each other and talk about both of their weaknesses, because there can only be one.â€™ â€
2 other profiles. 1 and 2.
The Apple offices in 1985, the forerunner for dotcom offices later on:
"The Apple offices are clearly not like most places of employment. Video games abound, ping-pong tables are in use, speakers blare out music ranging from The Rolling Stones to Windham Hill jazz. Conference rooms are named after Da Vinci and Picasso, and snack-room refrigerators are stocked with fresh carrot, apple and orange juice. (The Mac team alone spends $100,000 on fresh juice per year.)
On Andy Warhol and Keith Haring using the first Macintosh that Jobs had brought to a birthday party for a 9 year old:
Two other party guests wandered into the room and looked over Jobs's shoulder. 'Hmmm,' said the first, Andy Warhol. 'What is this? Look at this, Keith. This is incredible!' The second guest, Keith Haring, the graffiti artist whose work now commands huge prices, went over. Warhol and Haring asked to take a turn at the Mac, and as I walked away, Warhol had just sat down to manipulate the mouse. 'My God!' he was saying, 'I drew a circle!'
On why Jobs was more interested in talking to the 9 year old than the celebrity artists (emphasis mine):
"But more revealing was the scene after the party. Well after the other guests had gone, Jobs stayed to tutor the boy on the fine points of using the Mac. Later, I asked him why he had seemed happier with the boy than with the two famous artists. His answer seemed unrehearsed to me: 'Older people sit down and ask, "What is it?" but the boy asks, "What can I do with it?"'"
On what technology the computer compares to:
The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We're just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most peopleâ€”as remarkable as the telephone.
PLAYBOY: Aside from some of the recurrent criticismsâ€”that the mouse is inefficient, that the Macintosh screen is only black and whiteâ€”the most serious charge is that Apple overprices its products. Do you care to answer any or all?
JOBS: We've done studies that prove that the mouse is faster than traditional ways of moving through data or applications. Someday we may be able to build a color screen for a reasonable price. As to overpricing, the start-up of a new product makes it more expensive than it will be later. The more we can produce, the lower the price will getâ€”â€”
PLAYBOY: That's what critics charge you with: hooking the enthusiasts with premium prices, then turning around and lowering your prices to catch the rest of the market.
JOBS: That's simply untrue. As soon as we can lower prices, we do. It's true that our computers are less expensive today than they were a few years ago, or even last year. But that's also true of the IBM PC. Our goal is to get computers out to tens of millions of people, and the cheaper we can make them, the easier it's going to be to do that. I'd love it if Macintosh cost $1000.
On the iPhone:
JOBS: The developments will be in making the products more and more portable, networking them, getting out laser printers, getting out shared data bases, getting out more communications ability, maybe the merging of the telephone and the personal computer.
The big villain in this article is IBM. It's sort of jarring that Microsoft isn't mentioned once:
All these things show that it really is coming down to just Apple and IBM. If, for some reason, we make some giant mistakes and IBM wins, my personal feeling is that we are going to enter sort of a computer Dark Ages for about 20 years. Once IBM gains control of a market sector, they almost always stop innovation. They prevent innovation from happening.
PLAYBOY: Which brings us full circle to your latest milestones, the Mac and your protracted shoot-out with IBM. In this Interview, you've repeatedly sounded as if there really are only two of you left in the field. But although the two of you account for something like 60 percent of the market, can you just write off the other 40 percentâ€”the Radio Shacks, DECs, Epsons, et al.â€”as insignificant? More important, are you ignoring your potentially biggest rival, A.T.&T.?
JOBS: A.T.&T.. is absolutely going to be in the business. There is a major transformation in the company that's taking place right now. A.T.&T. is changing from a subsidized and regulated service-oriented company to a free-market, competitive-marketing technology company. A.T.&T.'s products per se have never been of the highest quality. All you have to do is go look at their telephones. They're somewhat of an embarrassment. But they do possess great technology in their research labs. Their challenge is to learn how to commercialize that technology. Also, they have to learn about consumer marketing. I think that they will do both of those things, but it's going to take them years.
Mostly, though, he doesn't want to believe he's the worst possible person for the job that Brendan started, but he knows it's true. He's built a career on not blowing sunshine up his own ass and pretending he's good at something he's not. He knows that everything he needs now, to carry this water for Brendan, he doesn't have. Brendan had it, the poise and natural charm, the easy passage between two worlds. Brendan was perfect for the job. Brendan went first. Now he has to go second.
If David Changâ€™s band of renegades are the Red Sox of the New York restaurant world, Bloomfieldâ€™s cooks are the Yankees, square and conscientious. When I asked her what kind of people she likes to hire, she replied, â€œNobody weird. Nobody with dreadlocks.â€ She paused a minute, and added, â€œWell, no white guys with dreadlocks.â€ Her cooks wear black pants and black shoes. â€œPeople with chile peppers on their chef pants shouldnâ€™t be allowed in the kitchen.â€
I also thought this was interesting, about why a restaurant would want a farm. Status symbol.
They both want a farm, where they can grow vegetables and raise livestock for use in their restaurants. A farm is attractive for two reasons. The first is that Bloomfield canâ€™t always procure the calibre of ingredients she wants, since many of the cityâ€™s top suppliers are beholden to more established chefs. â€œThey get all funny,â€ Bloomfield said. â€œIâ€™m not Daniel Boulud.â€ The second is that a farm, in the hyper-competitive New York restaurant world, is a sign of clout and longevity, the breadbasket of an empire. Bloomfield and Friedman have been looking at land in New Paltz and Wassaic.
Oh, by the way, he's talking about retiring after 30 Rock...
So perhaps the smoke signals heâ€™s sending up about retiring arenâ€™t a bluff. But I canâ€™t help but think that if he gets the chance to work with Meryl Streep again he wonâ€™t say no. That would be like turning down dessert, and heâ€™s a cat who canâ€™t resist cream.