An eerie stillness ... My husband muttered something in the next room this morning (around 5:45 AM or so). He came to my bedside, holding our MacBook with its screen showing a black-and-white photo of Steve Jobs 1955-2011.
I jumped out of bed and we read a short obituary: "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being." The full 56 years. Hero growing-up, true visionary, inspiration, innovator, power struggle, commercial failures and successes, stubbornness, tenacity, hard work, work-related ill health, and belief in new technology to change the world ... all seem to be quite familiar and I feel close to him as I live with an IT guy.
Two things I truly admire him for is putting vision into action (as many of us even do not have visions of the future or we cannot go beyond vision) and making things user-friendly.
If I had ever run into him, I would have asked him, “Hey, Steve-san, Please give us your personal advice. How can we make our eLaboratories much more user-friendly?"
I visited Okinawa last month. Okinawa hosts 74 % of the U.S. bases on 0.6 % of the land. Despite overwhelming opposition, the Japanese government is taking the lead in efforts to build a new U.S. military base in Henoko Bay, emphasizing the deterrence value of the U.S. bases in Japan. Our policy makers want to proceed with the construction "shuku shuku to (calmly and solemnly)."
It is shockingly mindless and undemocratic to disregard the Okinawans' will. Here are some of useful websites on anti-U.S. base acitivities and protests (see the Japanese version – four of eleven sites are in English).
Nice documentary film recommended. Watch below:[[http:www.bottledlifefilm.com/index.php/the-story.html|www.bottledlifefilm.com/index.php/the-story.html]]
As a citizen, it is time to ask oneself if it is worth or simply feasible to fight against international corporates and local industries for the human right to good-quality, drinkable, and affordable water.
...and of course, the excellent film of Annie Leonard and her team:[[http:www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-bottled-water/|"Story of stuff: Story of bottled water"]]
Also, you may be interested in:[[http:www.stopcorporateabuse.org/campaigns/challenge-corporate-control-water/think-outside-bottle/|"Challenge corporate control over water: think outside the bottle!"]]
[[http:www.stopcorporateabuse.org/campaigns/challenge-corporate-control-water/public-water-works/|...and this: "Public water works!"]]
[[http:warisacrime.org/node/40335|...and this: http://warisacrime.org/node/40335]]