If there was an entity that inspires beyond reason, without a doubt it's Jimi. From the number of chords he created by his left-handed strumming, to humping speakers and playing the guitar with his teeth. No one compares to Jimi Hendrix, dead or alive in my eyes. I've watched every documentary I could lay my hands on, wear t-shirts with his face all over it, read his biography, and collect every picture I can find of his that I haven't seen before. His music I play at my best and worst times. I've never met him, but I'll love him forever. I only wish I was around in his era.
Mac without Adobe is like an artist without a brush. I consider myself a Mac and Adobe junkie. Adobe is a forward thinker, knowing that we need to create across multiple platforms, but knowing that not all of us are techie geniuses. With each new release they just get better and better. By not bombarding you so that you feel you are illiterate in your software, or that you need to learn everything from scratch, but inspiring you with their workshops and online initiatives. Instead of making you feel you should go back to school with each jump, they rather incorporate the new with your already built knowledge and allowing you to build on from that. Giving you the tools you've just realised you needed, in a way that's easy to understand and logically how you'd expect it to be. eg. Adobe muse made for inDesigners for inDesigners. But mostly it's the fact that all of them work so well together. From inDesign to illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, they all were made to be used together. By giving me the tools and showing me tips and tricks with their workshops they allow me to dream and believe that I can create anything. That's why I love Adobe, even if it's just a dream.
Steve Jobs is a Lovemark all on his own, which I'll comment on later. But for me, Apple has been in my home for over 20 years. When Macs first came out, my mom had one. And I still remember the lady's voice that would shout random comments. Growing up as an only child, the only thing to do was to play solitaire/paint on the Mac. All these years later, I'm not still sitting playing solitaire, but I'm still painting on a Mac. The day I owned a Mac of my own, I felt like I could take over the world. There's a sense of beauty and power in a Mac that allows me to love it unconditionally. I love beautiful and practical things, and this far exceeds both. My Mac is 3 years old and only 20", while the one I use at work seems like the Hulk of Macs at 27". Either way, it's a reason to go to work everyday. I love Apple!
Without a doubt a book not to be forgotten. You know you've read a good book when the narrator's voice starts sounding like the narration in your own head. Maybe it was just the age I was when I read it. Maybe it was because I read it 2 years before it was part of our set work at school. But no matter what that book changed me, or woke me up, and for this reason I love it. There's a Holden Caulfield cynical voice in the back of all of our minds, well at least in mine.