The World Is A Little Less Magical Today

Steve Jobs the Walt Disney's largest shareholder dies - Wikipedia CC License

Yesterday the Walt Disney Company lost it’s largest shareholder, Steve Jobs.

And the world lost our generation’s Walt Disney.

This news hit us in two ways in our house. We’ve been disney fans forever and also an apple family. We loved all the great Pixar movies that came out during Steve’s tenure there and we’ve always had Macs in our house. This site is built on a Mac, we’ve got iPads and iPods galore, and soon an iPhone too (with the announcement Tuesday that iPhones are coming to Sprint).

The first thing that I thought of today after I heard the news was the drawing published after Walt’s death of the world as Mickey crying. I thought there should be something similar. Perhaps Woody and the other Toy Story characters crying. I searched but didn’t find anything like it today.

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See Apple’s Steve Jobs tribute page, and the next time you ride Spaceship Earth at Epcot, when you pass through the garage scene depicting the birth of the Mac, reflect on the many wonders Steve gave us during his short time here.

There was lots of coverage on the news and web of his passing and life and many quotes of his. The one that struck me the most was from his 2005 Stanford University’s commencement speech. It makes me want to live each day to the fullest, strive for my fullest potential.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” he said. “Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

The Secret Behind the Navy’s New Launch System – Disney

I ran across the coolest article online this week. It describes how the US Navy became interested in the electromagnetic propulsion system Disney and their partner designed for the Rock n’ Roller Coaster ride at Disney Studios. The Navy began working with Disney in 1999, shortly after Rock n’ Roller Coaster opened on developing a new catapult system for their aircraft carriers.

NASA is also investigating this type of system to launch their various payloads into space.

Check out the full article at, there are a couple of videos. One of the Navy’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) during testing and one of Disney’s Rock n’ Roller Coaster.

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