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Thank You Steve

Posted in culture, design, graphic design, history, life, music, printing, tech, Typography with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2011 by killahfunkadelic

apple.com home page on 10-06-11There is not a whole lot I can add to today’s blogosphere that hasn’t already been said. We will miss you Steve, and the world is richer from your contributions.

Thank you for being different. Thanks you for being easier to use. More elegant. More intuitive. Thank you for not allowing a poor product to see the light of day (ok, Newton was an idea ahead of the technology at the time), and for redoing it over and over again until it was right.

My own livelihood as a graphic designer is completely reliant on the hardware that you pioneered, and you revolutionized the design and publishing industry. You revolutionized home computing. You revolutionized the music industry. You revolutionized the cell phone industry. You revolutionized computer animation.

Since a very young age I’ve always had access or ownership of ever-more-capable Apple computers, from the early Apple II and on. It’s been a fun ride watching the technology develop and progress– to think that 20 years ago my Apple Centris 610 bosted a (seemingly huge) hard drive of 210 MB–miniscule by today’s standards–to this week’s debut of the SIRI Personal Assistant on the latest iteration of the iPhone, and iCloud launching in weeks. I will miss your keynote deliveries, and that last line that we always waited for, there’s just “one more thing…”

There is little in our world today that hasn’t been influenced in some small degree by the contributions of Apple–whether it be the products themselves or the people-centric industrial design an user-interfaces they inspired. You made the complex simple, and beautiful.

So again, Steve, thank you for going that extra mile for the rest of us. The world will miss you, but never forget you.

Forbes Ranks Raleigh Third ‘Most Innovative’ City

Posted in culture, North Carolina, photography, raleigh, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 26, 2010 by killahfunkadelic

Raleigh Ranked #3 Innovative City in USAnother day, and another top ten ranking for the City of Raleigh. A couple days ago portfolio.com declared Raleigh North Carolina as the #1 quality of life among top metro areas. The next day Forbes top 10 list of the America’s Most Innovative Cities, and Raleigh places a respectable third.

The ranking is based on the top 100 US metro areas, taking into account factors including ratios of high tech, scientific and creative jobs, patents per capita, and venture capital. San Jose was given the top honor in this list.

And once again Forbes sourced of one of KCG Art Director David Kilian’s Raleigh skyline photos for their article. Thanks, Forbes!

Artsplosure Raleigh Kicks off May 15th & 16th

Posted in art, culture, food, North Carolina, raleigh, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 13, 2010 by killahfunkadelic

Once again Raleigh NC gets ready to kick off the summer season with the annual Artsplosure festival. This year the event hits the downtown Raleigh streets in the area in and around Moore Square and City Market on May 15th and 16th from 11am to 7pm.

The event attracts upwards of 80,000 people throughout the weekend and features plenty of food, live music, and over 170 juried visual artists and crafters from all over the country will have their wares for sale. The event is held rain or shine and is free to the public.

Photo Op: Raleigh Wide Open

Posted in art, culture, music, photography, raleigh with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2009 by killahfunkadelic

rwo1rwo2rwo3rwo4rwo5rwo6rwo7Thousands came out to celebrate art, music and food and a newly revitalized Fayetteville Street Mall at Saturday’s Raleigh Wide Open. Although the North Carolina State Fair was going on simultaneously on the other end of town, and rain drowned out events for a couple hours, for the most part it did not dampen— er, damper— the events which also coincided with the music of Cherry Bounce Festival.

If that wasn’t enough, Krispy Kreme also debuted its new downtown location and Wheel of Fortune drew a large crowd with local tryouts for the show. The day culminated in a fireworks display over the newly opened plaza (with some fantastic new art installations) that provides a newly opened clear view between the State Capitol and the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center on opposite ends. See more on Raleigh Wide Open by the News and Observer.

Obama Visits Raleigh’s Broughton High

Posted in culture, photography, politics, raleigh with tags , on July 29, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
Obama's Presidential motorcade on Peace Street in Raleigh

Obama's Presidential motorcade on Peace Street in Raleigh

If you work in the vicinity of Glenwood South or Peace Street you may have noticed the helicopters, hordes of police and State Troopers camped out on major intersections, and the occasional well-dressed gentlemen looking around with earpieces and dark sunglasses and nowhere to go.

Such was the scene as President Obama’s motorcade made its way past our office this morning on the way to Broughton High school where he delivered a speech to over 2000 spectators, reiterating his current mantra of health care reform.

After the appearance, traffic once again got locked down as the long motorcade of troopers, armored limousines and SUVS, white vans and heavily armed security made their way back out as gathered crowds on Raleigh’s Peace Street edged in closer for a better look. And in the same flash the spectacle came in, it was gone, as the din of traffic and background city noise once again filled in where it had left off.

40 Years: July 20, 1969

Posted in culture, history, science, Uncategorized with tags , , on July 20, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
Front Page from July 20th 1969 newspaper

Front Page from July 20th 1969 newspaper

Just a pause for a moment if you will to reflect on the events of 40 years ago today: Man landing. On the moon. The MOON. 40 years after the fact a repeat of a similar mission sounds not only daunting, but an unbelievably expensive undertaking, in the hundreds of Billions of dollars. And to think that that iPhone in your pocket has scads more computing power than the Apollo 11 spacecraft did 40 years ago. Chew on that.

We Choose The Moon: 40 Years after Apollo 11

Posted in culture, history, science with tags , , , on July 15, 2009 by killahfunkadelic
wechoosethemoon.org relives the historic Apollo 11 mission, in real time.

wechoosethemoon.org relives the historic Apollo 11 mission, in real time.

July 16th, 1969 marked the launch date of a historic space flight to the moon that resulted in the greatest historical achievement of the 20th century: man walking on the moon. It was a culmination of a decade’s hard work, momentous design, material, human and engineering achievements, spurred by John F. Kennedy’s iconic ‘We Choose The Moon’ speech at Rice University in 1962.

If you weren’t around to catch it in 1969, here is your chance to relive it moment by moment: NASA and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum will be streaming a live, real-time audio feed via wechoosethemoon.org, and from the nasa.gov site: “The audio retrospective will begin at 7:32 a.m. EDT Thursday, two hours before the spacecraft launched. The audio will continue through splashdown of the mission at 12:51 a.m. EDT Friday, July 24, and recovery of the crew shortly afterward. The Web stream will feature the communications between the astronauts and ground teams, and commentary from Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.”