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All men are created equal and then they get dressed!
We just ordered a pair of blue Levi’s 501 jeans, New Balance 991 sneakers and a black mock turtleneck t-shirt to pay a tribute to Steve. Those black mock turtleneck t-shirts were specially designed by Issey Miyake, a personal friend of Steve Jobs and are hard to find (only a hundred or so were made – all for Steve), so we had to replace them with a different brand. That black turtleneck t-shirt is a masterstroke from Steve. It mocks those suits, ties and collars littered throughout corporate America.
All three items cost less than $249, the price of a 32GB iPod touch. Here’s where we got ours -
Make your own style statement!
(image from Wikipedia)
The moment we saw Mark Zuckerberg’s character portrayed in The Social Network, we couldn’t help but wonder as to who would play Steve Jobs, when they make a mainstream movie on his profound life. We are eagerly waiting for his officially endorsed biography to be released later this month. Sony recently acquired rights to make a movie from that book and we can’t wait for that movie to be released! Any actor who attempts to portray Steve Jobs’ intense and complex personality in a compelling way would need to have a strong offscreen personality as well. Top five actors who could do justice to Steve’s role are:
1. Edward Norton
2. Hugh Laurie
3. Tom Hanks
4. Noah Wyle
5. Daniel Day Lewis
Vote for your favorite on our facebook.com/cupidtino. Our favorite is Ed Norton!
(Images used under creative commons – Wikipedia)
Steve’s biggest rivals acknowledged his role in changing the world and paid classy tribute to him.
1. Microsoft: In addition to personal condolences from Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Microsoft lowered its flags until Friday at all their buildings worldwide. Such an honor is typically reserved for a president. Our respect for Microsoft increased twofold today.
2. Google: In their minimalistic style, Google removed all links from their home page and added a link to Steve Jobs’s tribute page on Apple.com
Many entrepreneurs, leaders and artists whose life were dramatically changed by Steve’s influence paid tribute in their own way. We loved the homepage of Frog Design (which plainly said “Thank you for everything, Steve.” Our favorite was from Pixar, with a touching message from John Lasseter and Ed Catmull.
We’ve picked five most interesting posts on Steve Jobs from yesterday’s flooded interwebs.
1. Steve’s fiercest competitors and industry leaders react to the news: Ironically, Gizmodo wrote the best coverage of reactions from various leaders, so we’ve chosen their post and image as the most interesting post. http://gizmodo.com/blockquote/ Most remarkable reaction was from his lifelong rival – Bill Gates, who said “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”
2. Walt Mossberg’s reaction, a video comment and a classy encounter between Jobs and Gates: Walt has reviewed Apple products for over two decades. He wrote a personal and classy post about his interactions with Steve. This section from his post makes it one of the most interesting post:
“Ice Water in Hell
For our fifth D conference, both Steve and his longtime rival, the brilliant Bill Gates, surprisingly agreed to a joint appearance, their first extended onstage joint interview ever. But it almost got derailed.
Earlier in the day, before Gates arrived, I did a solo onstage interview with Jobs, and asked him what it was like to be a major Windows developer, since Apple’s iTunes program was by then installed on hundreds of millions of Windows PCs.
He quipped: “It’s like giving a glass of ice water to someone in Hell.” When Gates later arrived and heard about the comment, he was, naturally, enraged, because my partner Kara Swisher and I had assured both men that we hoped to keep the joint session on a high plane.
In a pre-interview meeting, Gates said to Jobs: “So I guess I’m the representative from Hell.” Jobs merely handed Gates a cold bottle of water he was carrying. The tension was broken, and the interview was a triumph, with both men acting like statesmen. When it was over, the audience rose in a standing ovation, some of them in tears.”"
3. Steve Jobs and the reserved seat: Cult of Mac interestingly pointed out that the first seat in the first row at the Apple event was left “reserved” at yesterday’s announcement by Apple. From the post – “I don’t know for sure if that seat was left empty for Steve or not, but I can only imagine that it had to have been. In a way, that reserved seat summarizes the core of who Apple is as a company and group of people.”
4. National Public Radio calls Steve Jobs a poet of the computer world: NPR’s radio show – All Things Considered- said “Long before the MacBook and the iPad, the Apple co-founder and former CEO dreamed that computers could be used to help unleash human creativity.”
5. Bynkii compares Oct 5th, 2011 to Nov 22, 1963 (JFK’s death): John Welch goes on to say – “I kind of think I now have a grip of what folks must have felt on 22 Nov. 1963. It’s not the same of course, but it’s close. This guy who shaped an industry, shit, shaped THREE…who helped change the world not once, not twice, but three times. Four if you count the iPad. And now, between one minute and the next, he’s gone.”
It still hasn’t sunk in.
Steve Jobs inspired us to take a distinctively simple and elegant approach towards life. We started Cupidtino to celebrate that approach towards life by connecting people with others who share those same values of simplicity, perfection, delight and elegance.
Upon hearing the shocking news of his death earlier today, we asked ourselves – “What would Steve do?” The answer was deceptively simple. Steve would not mourn his death, but rather celebrate his life.
Today, we are starting a never-ending celebration of his life and hundreds of millions of lives he continues to inspire. We are dedicating our blog and its content to that celebration. a phrase he often used just before dispensing awesomeness to the world – “one more thing.”
Unlike any other website or blog, we will toil mercilessly to discover and share the celebration of a lifestyle inspired by Steve Jobs and the products he gifted to the world. We will feature those real-life crazy ones who look life in the face and live it fully.
We miss you Steve.
October 5th, 11:55 PM
Proud to admit it: I used to be an on-line dater. And, I’d do it again in a heartbeat (or, should I say, a mouse click) if the circumstances required it (translation: if the guy I’m dating dumps me).
Why? Because I had “the best first date of my life” thanks to an on-line dating website. But, I’ll get to that… First off I have to tell you about my bad experiences and the lessons I learned from them so that you don’t make those same mistakes. Only examples can truly get my message across. This is what you shouldn’t do if you’re on-line right now…
Example #1 (excerpt from an introductory on-line dating email I received in my Inbox):
I have been in the office since early morning and need a break, perfect time to drop you a line. Are you from the west coast, a 49ers fan, or both? I’m both but I’ve been here for almost eleven years. I have a great life but I’m not a rocket scientist, in fact I’m pretty dumb, but if you are, that won’t intimidate me. Maybe you can teach me to float in space and I’ll teach you to make sauce.
(name has been deleted to protect the not-so-innocent)
Grammar and typographical errors aside, this guy tried especially hard to be witty and wanted to prove that he had paid attention to my Bio (note the shout-out to the “west coast” and “49ers” as I am indeed from San Francisco so much appreciated). However, I also gleaned that he wanted to make sure I knew he didn’t score a MENSA I.Q. level but was okay if I had (I haven’t). No, I’m not a rocket scientist – I’m just a writer and a lawyer. Finally, what the heck was “sauce”? Did he mean spaghetti sauce as in he cooks Italian food (he did end his email with “Ciao”)? Or, was he talking about another kind of sauce? Please don’t tell me he was making some thinly veiled reference to his sexual prowess. Needless to say, due to the ambiguities inherent in this one, Example #1 did not score a date.
Example #2 (another excerpt):
I am looking for a tender, warm-hearted, intelligent woman who is looking for a confident, intelligent, emotionally open, sensitive man. I see these qualities in your photograph, your words and in your eyes and would like to learn more about you.
(Mr. Form Email)
This was so obviously a form email. I mean, my Profile Pix featured me partying it up with some girlfriends at a funky restaurant with a big glass of wine in hand so how did he read “tender” and “intelligent” into it? I was also wearing bright blue sparkly eye shadow which doesn’t translate into “warm-hearted eyes,” but, you know, I’ll take what I can get when compliments are thrown my way for no apparent reason. In fact, it was those compliments that got this intro email a second read. But, when I was reminded that he simultaneously sent it to at least 25 other women I deleted it, because form emails are not proper “netiquette” when it comes to online dating. Sure this IS email and all, but that doesn’t mean it has to be… impersonal.
Example #3 (my all-time favorite):
You have pretty hair. I’d like to touch it sometime. Wanna go out?
(I called him Mr. Shampoo)
This needs very little explanation. WHAT was he thinking? On no level is this appropriate. Mr. Shampoo needs to take one serious look at his on-line communications and wash that weirdness right out of his hair!
I could have posted many more excerpts from my sordid on-line dating history but alas these are my Top Three. They get my message across, and that’s this:
If you’re bold enough to venture into on-line dating territory (and it does require courage and perhaps a little bit to drink), then be bold enough to say what you mean and mean what you say. And, most of all: be for real.
How does one be “for real”? Well, re-reading all of my “saved” on-line dating emails (and yes I do keep them for posterity), I got to thinking that the three gentlemen above could really learn a lot about authenticity from looking at an Apple computer. Huh? Allow me to explain. An Apple’s packaging is clean, sleek, and minimalistic. What makes the computer “honest and genuine” though is that the inside matches the outside. When you look at an Apple, you think: “Oh wow, it’s so simple and uncluttered.” When you open it up, you think the same exact thing. The design geniuses behind Apple knew that no bells and whistles were needed to get across their message. On-line daters should heed their wisdom: make sure your outside image matches what’s inside your heart. And, if you do, you may not be subject to as many viruses, er, I mean, bad suitors much like an Apple.
Pretty simple, right? Okay, maybe not, but one guy succeeded in getting it right…
A final example:
How’s your day going so far? Mine’s going swimmingly. Well, not really. I work for a real estate firm, and we’re trying to close a deal by end of the week so it’s pretty busy right about now. But, I wanted to make sure I sent you an email now in case you meet Prince Charming tomorrow.
I’m impressed with your love of the arts (yes, I read your Profile). I go to lots of movies, shows, etc. too. I’m probably a fan of music like you are to movies. And, yes, I’m trying to learn to play the guitar because, you know, a guy with a guitar is… right.
Anyway, being a lawyer and a writer, you sound like you lead a pretty full life. If you have a few minutes in your day to shoot me a line, please do. I’d love to hear from you. Who knows? Maybe we’ll end up grabbing coffee or something in the near future… There’s this cool place I know in the Virginia Highlands… just sayin’…
(Mr. Best First Date of My Life)
See? It can be done. And, I have all the faith in the world – well, at least within the on-line community – that you Apple users can succeed in forming genuine connections and not just wireless ones.
Just kidding. I’m not Italian, so I’ll simply say:
Good luck! An Apple a day… “you know”!
About Cavanaugh: By day, she works as a prosecutor in Savannah, Georgia. She writes, of course, by night. After recently toying in the world of cyber-dating, finding true love, becoming engaged, and then becoming unengaged (yes, he’s got the ring, she’s got the dress), she decided to parlay her modern romance experiences into a hilarious, heart wrenching novel that all young women (and men) will relate to and enjoy.
BusinessWeek caught up with Mel Sampat, co-founder of Cupidtino to learn and share the story of Cupidtino.
Read the entire article at BusinessWeek.
We want 2011 to be your most romantic year yet. To ensure that your Cupidtino experience is fun and unforgetful, we asked our friend and dating expert Laurie Davis to share her magical tips on spiffing up your profile in this guest post.
You notice her profile and feel a tingle through your iPad . . . could it be instant virtual attraction? Despite sending the wittiest email any of your friends have read, all you get is radio silence from your match. As an online dating coach, I see digital scenarios like this every day. Maybe she’s just not that into you; or maybe your profile isn’t sending the right cyber signals to Miss Cupidtino. But don’t worry, I’m here to help! Perform my diagnostics check to make sure your online impression is right every time.
Photos. Few things will turn a Mac-lover off more than a pixilated photo. Make sure that your main pic is a sharp image, which on Cupidtino means at least 400 wide. It should also be the best snapshot of you that exists – not too far away, looking friendly and as awesome as you get. Fangals: Make sure that your hairstyle and color is still the same. You want to look like your best self today. Fanboys: Ditto for your facial hair. Photos should never stop at the first pic, though! Let the match you are mac’ing on get a better sense of what you’re all about by uploading at least 3 more, 1 of which should be a full-length shot.
Profile Questions. You only have 300 characters per question, so stay away from anything generic and cliché. Making your answers specific is the most important way to maximize space because it will give others a better sense of your personality . . . and they might even find something in common with you! For example, rather than saying “I became a Mac when… my Mom bought me a Macbook for college,” complete this question by telling the story of how you fell in love with a particular product. Taking a different approach to a question will help you stand out from other eDaters. And lastly, don’t be afraid to geek out because you’re among the fellow tech-savvy!
Favorites. This section should be filled out strategically. There is a reason it’s not auto-populated! You want to show your match that you have depth . . . and maybe even some things in common. Variety is the key to this section. Listing only slasher movies or classic rock tunes sends the digital signal that your interests are only Gelaskin deep. For app faves, do not include anything you use to enhance your dating life. Geo-location apps for your single life are cool. Showcasing them in your profile is not. You wouldn’t want your match to question whether or not you’re a serial dater before you meet, right?
Your Status. Updating your status on the site is important because it shows that you’re active and is the most immediate way to get some search action. Consider it your Google juice – every time you update your status, your profile gets ranked higher in your matches’ searches. Be careful with the content of these updates, though! It’s one of the first things your match will notice when they go to your profile, so make sure the update adds personality and is upbeat. Limit it to a short sentence (as you would a tweet) and keep it positive. Try something along the lines of “Best start to the day = yoga!”
Of course, this is just for starters, but you’d be surprised at how far a few simple tweaks to your profile can take you. I’ve seen people change a couple sentences in the right place, and come back with double the response rate. Of course, if you can’t find the right words an eMakeover is only a few clicks away.
About Laurie Davis:
When Laurie Davis first jumped into the sea of online dating ten years ago, she could have drowned. After years of helping her friends stay afloat, her next step was clear: create a lifejacket. In 2009, Laurie founded eFlirtExpert, a date coaching service that does just that. Consider her company the genuis bar for your online dating life. Laurie is responsible for relationships all over the globe, has given advice to over 350 singles and has been featured in over 100 media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, NBC, Glamour and NPR. Her second brand, eFlirtExpertVIP is the Web’s most comprehensive dating management and concierge service. Her fresh ideas continue to innovate the world of online dating.