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Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011 (photo)

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Today the world lost a pioneer, innovator, renegade and absolute genius. Steve Jobs has passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at the way too early age of 56.

Yesterday the Internet was covered in shiny images of the new iPhone 4S. Today it appropriately wears a veil of mourning for a man who stoked the fires of digital ingenuity for over 35 years.

While this has been a loss felt on a global scale, I think many of us have a sort of smaller, digitally personal connection to Steve Jobs. I found out he passed away on my iPhone on the train, I listened to “Some Girls” by the Rolling Stones (one of Job’s top ten favorite records) on my iPod Nano watch walking home and I’m typing this right now on my Macbook Pro. I’ve had Macs since I first started using computers, and I can tell you that the years that Steve Jobs wasn’t running the company were completely evident in experience. It takes a lot of gifted people to make the things that Apple does, it took Steve Jobs to lead them.

Even if you’re someone who doesn’t have a Apple computer, tablet, smart phone or personal music player, you might have enjoyed the occasional Pixar movie, a studio Jobs purchased from Lucasfilm in 1986 and invested his own money in so they could begin their path to raising the bar on how computer animated movies should be made.

I already started to feel the loss of Steve Jobs yesterday during the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event. Not that there was anything wrong with it, but I missed the magical element where Jobs came out on the stage like the Wizard stepping out from behind the All Powerful Oz, reaching in to his bag to deliver hand-held wonders, maybe not always the ones that were expected, but the ones that we needed to do great things and have incredible fun.

So celebrate Steve Jobs, his life, his vision and the expansive body of marvels his career gave us. FaceTime with someone you love, play your favorite track on iTunes, or just watch “Toy Story.” Whatever you do, just try to “Think Different” while you’re doing it.

Please share your own thoughts and memories of Steve Jobs with us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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