Happy Halloween

Liked the Google Doodle today.

It was a timelapse video.

How they did it…

Says a lot about Google and their culture.

Reading about Steve Jobs

I have been thinking about buying the recently published Steve Jobs biography (or maybe asking for it for Christmas).

From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs’ professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs’ family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

When I started work in my current job I was interviewed for the staff magazine and was asked which three people I would have round for dinner, I think I had alongside Steve Jobs was Terry Pratchett and Captain Blackadder. Though having since then read various articles on Steve, he may have been a visionary with regard to consumer electronics, when it came down to dinner conversation, he didn’t really do that small talk thing.

One thing is which format do I go for, well if it’s for Christmas then I’ll probably go with the hardback, which has a RRP of £25 but is just £12.50 on Amazon. If I am buying it myself then I may go with the Kindle edition… The Kindle version is £12.99!

Now I know that the Kindle price includes VAT at 20% so the “actual” like for like price is £10.83, but even so, you would think that Amazon would price the Kindle version lower than the print version. I sometimes wonder if Amazon think that consumers see the Kindle version as a luxury version of the book and therefore deserving of a higher price. Then I think it probably is nothing to do with Amazon whatsoever and it’s all down to the publishers who want to set prices (and probably earn more from the print version than they do the Kindle version).

I will probably go with the print edition as I can either then sell it on, once I have read it, give it away to someone after I have read it, or keep it on the shelf!

At the end of the day…

I find sometimes that I find myself saying a phrase way too much. A this time I am saying “at the end of the day” way too much. It appears that I am trying to finish off conversations by saying “at the end of the day” in order to make a conclusion.

Now and again, no problems, but at the end of the day I appear to be saying it more and more. So much so that I am now very conscious that I am saying it too much.

In the past I use to use “as it were” way too much, in the main to finish off an explanation, I do seem to use that phrase less now.

So at the end of the day what do you say way too much?

The Road

Pleased to see that Apple’s Film of the Week is The Road, so you can rent it for 99p.

The Road is a thrilling and deeply moving tale of survival as a father and his young son journey across a barren, post apocalyptic America. Respectfully adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s hallowed novel, THE ROAD boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of – a future in which a father and his son are sustained by love.

I’ve not seen the film before and am anticipating watching it. After a few duds for the 99p film of the week this is a much better film choice from Apple.

Rent The Road from the Apple iTunes Store.