Monday, October 24, 2011

Burger King in Korea

Cross section view into a Whopper

The Whopper Set
Yesterday I went to a Burger King in Gangnam. Gangnam is just one station from me, and I thought it would be nice to get a burger. For some reason I enjoy grabbing US fast food when I visit other countries. Sometimes it tastes completely different, and other times it fills the craving I have for some good ol' American junk food.

I was happy to find that the BK Whopper in Korea tastes just like the Whopper back home. I did notice one difference from Burger Kings back in the US, the fries are different. I actually like the Korean fries better. In America they use a larger cut of fries and they are less crispy. The fries I had were thinner than American Burger King fries, and were similar to McDonald fries.

As I sat eating my Burger King Whopper I also thought about how in America we like to blame fast food and all sorts of things for people being overweight. As I reflected I thought about how many fast food places are in Korea and Japan and I really don't think that fast food is the problem. I think that there is a deer issue that is the root of so many people are overweight in the US. Not sure what it is, but I do know that if I eat better and exercise more I lose weight. So maybe people int he US just don't exercise or move around much, as well as eating too much junk food.

If fast food was what made people overweight, then Japan would probably be the heaviest nation out there! Below are two of my favorite Burger King add campaigns I have heard of to date. I look forward to taking part in one of these events sometime!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs -- A Ding in the Universe

Steve Jobs passed away today. 

I know less than I would like to know about him and his life. I do know that I use products that he pioneered on a daily bases. I have great respect for innovation and creativity, and Steve Jobs was the greatest innovator I know of durring my lifetime. He has probably had one of the greatest impacts on the lives of people around the world.

This morning I woke up and started playing games on my iPad, and when I went to surf the web I saw an image on the Apple home page.

"The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented." -- President Obama

As I have been reading articles on Steve Jobs this morning, I am inspired to work harder. I'm not an "80 hours a week and loving it" kind of guy, but his innovation inspires me to go out and do something.

So today I have compiled a list of my favorite quotes from Steve Jobs, and one or two about him. I will share them here, I typed most of them in by hand so please be understanding of typos.

Quotes about Steve Jobs:
"[Steve Jobs] was able to take something that was very boring, very cold, very mysterious, that nobody understood, and nobody really cared about and turn it into the single sexiest object in the market place today." -- Professor Aram Sinnreich

Short Quotes: (Some of these are taken from long quotes)
"Creativity is just connecting things." -- Steve Jobs
"I want to put a ding in the universe." -- Steve Jobs
"Things don't have to change the world to be important." -- Steve Jobs
"We make the buttons on the screen look so good you'll want to lick them." -- Steve Jobs
"It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy." -- Steve Jobs

Long Quotes:

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle." -- Steve Jobs

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice." -- Steve Jobs

"Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem. It's ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who things he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea." -- Steve Jobs

"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. 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. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason to not follow your heart." -- Steve Jobs

"These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I'm not downplaying that. But it's a disservice to constantly put things in this radical new light -- that it's going to change everything. Things don't have to change the world to be important." -- Steve Jobs

"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations." -- Steve Jobs
"The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay." -- Steve Jobs

"When you're a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you're not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You'll know it's there, so you're going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through." -- Steve Jobs

"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works. The design of a Mac wasn't what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it's all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, and not just quickly swallow it. Most people don't take the time to do that." -- Steve Jobs

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they often feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they've had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people." -- Steve Jobs

"This is not a one-man show. What’s reinvigorating this company is two things: One, there’s a lot of really talented people in this company who listened to the world tell them they were losers for a couple of years, and some of them were on the verge of starting to believe it themselves. But they’re not losers. What they didn’t have was a good set of coaches, a good plan. A good senior management team. But they have that now." -- Steve Jobs

"I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids" -- Steve Jobs

"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life" -- Steve Jobs

Stanford University: Commencement Address 2005
The Wall Street Journal: Steve Jobs's Best Quotes
Wired: Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing
Los Angeles Times: Steve Jobs, dead at 56, had a rare form of pancreatic cancer

Go out and do something creative!