Apple 1984 to 2010

With all the talk about Apple and Steve Jobs introducing a tablet today (the worst kept secret in tech so far this year), I thought it would be fun to look back. It was 26 years ago this month that Steve Jobs introduced the first Macintosh. It's fun to watch the video and compare - Steve in his jacket and bowtie and that Mac with its amazing (by 1984 standards) graphics and sound that look so primitive now.

Before a crowd of 3000 people who treat the little Mac like a rock star including a five minute ovation.

Happy 2010

The Year of The Tiger doesn't begin until February 14th 2010.
Drama, intensity, change and travel are keywords for 2010
along with world conflicts & disasters which tend to occur in Tiger years.

The Year of the Tiger will bring far reaching changes for everyone.
New inventions and incredible technological advances are certainties.
Of all of the Chinese horoscope signs, this year is one to be active in –
seize opportunities and make the most of your personal and
individual talents.

Everything happens quickly and dramatically in a Tiger year.
Blink and you could miss the chance of a lifetime.

The Physics of Tiger Woods

photo via Huffington Post

In what will certainly be my only post about Tiger Woods on Serendipity35, I pass on this little curiosity news item I spotted this morning.

Some observant reporter noted that there was a book in Tiger's smashed Cadillac on that disastrous day. It was a physics book. Looks like he was reading Get a Grip on Physics by John Gribbin.

That little news nugget sent the book’s Amazon sales rank from 396,224 up to 2,268. That may be better than an Oprah appearance.

It's a general intro to physics book, so we don't know what Tiger was looking to find. What is the golf connection to quarks, antiquarks, string theory, or the Schrödinger's Cat paradox?  I haven't seen much speculation online. Now, after all that has happened since that crash, perhaps Tiger is thinking more about quantum and actual uncertainty or about how a career can go into a black holes or how to wiggle your way out of a spot using superfluidity.

“The obvious speculation is he saw the words ‘get a grip’ and thought it would help with his golf grip,” Gribbin joked to  The Wall Street Journal.

From the way the book's entry look on, I think it's out of print. If you have a copy on your university office shelf gathering dust, now is the time to sell it!