Early Apple & Jobs: I sad too

(Thanks to Jackie Taylor for the pictures, which she took in Palo Alto, outside of Steve Jobs’ home.)

Gish Jen in Saturday’s opinion pages of the NY Times:

IN 1980, Steve Jobs went to a brown-bag lunch at Stanford business school, looking for summer help. Other Apple executives were busy explaining what a personal computer was when he sauntered in; they stopped mid-sentence as, dressed in a vest, jeans and Birkenstock sandals, he settled himself, cross-legged, on top of a desk. He looked as if he were about to hold a yoga class. Then he began to talk, instead, about revolutionizing the world.

Some four or five students heeded his call, including my husband-to-be, David O’Connor. This was less than half the number who signed up to work for Hewlett-Packard, but never mind. That summer job became a full-time job when David graduated, and a kind of dream. Apple, back then, had a hot-air balloon. It had a race car. When the second “Star Wars” movie opened, Apple bought out a theater so the whole company could go. A friend’s father called a job at Apple the worst possible thing that could happen to a young person, as everything that followed was bound to be a disappointment. And perhaps that was true.

But, of course, it was exciting in a way even an onlooking writer could understand — strangely familiar, too, as if it were being run by a cousin. Apple was, for example, antiestablishment, as all writers are. It was anti-DEC and anti-I.B.M, a harborer of an anti-acronym acrimony that writers, naturally, shared. What’s more, Steve Jobs’s perfectionism made perfect sense to people like me: Of course, he sweated every detail; of course he drove others mad. He was a J. D. Salinger who, weirdly, knew computing

For a lot of us who had read Salinger and thought that everything could be rethought, Apple and Jobs were strangely familiar indeed.

The writing says, “Thanks for being the best boss ever.”

Hiring black philosophers

This summer There was some discussion on this blog and on Brian Leiter’s about the dearth of Black philosophers in our profession.  Some universities may become interested in hiring Black philosophers and want some resources for finding likely candidates.  I know of two resources for names.  Are there any others you know of?  If so, please let us know.

1. Facebook page for the Society of Young Black Philosophers:  https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_313902619150

  You have to click on “see all” to see the names of all the members, who number over 40.
2.  The Collegium of Black Women philosphers.  http://web.me.com/ktgphd/CBWP/Participants.html
Let me be clear:  There are huge lacks all over the diversity map in philosophy; this post only addresses one of them.  There should be no implication that the others are less important.

Wealthy white republicans are the victims of racism

In response to this recent scandal, Sen. Lindsay Graham has come to Rick Perry’s defence. According to Graham, Perry has been the victim of an intimidation campaign. Says Graham: “You know, if you’re a southern white guy, it’s part of your life.”

Uh huh. Because the South is famous as being such a terrible place for white guys.

But as we all know, the tables have turned now. Thanks to political correctness, reverse racism, and affirmative action, white guys can’t get a break – especially when it comes to the really important things like college admissions. Except that’s a lie.

Moderator’s note: We’ve now closed comments on this post, unfortunately – we don’t want to be a forum, even inadvertently, for racist bullshit.