Jef Raskin passed away yesterday. My heart goes out to his family and to those close to him. I only met Jef two times, but in both instances he was a vibrant and engaging person. At last years O'Reilly FOO Camp Jef brought his small model planes and to the delight of the children flew them around the parking lot. Five years ago when I was working on a prior software project (Roku) we were close to engaging Jef to help us build the user experience. That, unfortunately, fell through but I did get to visit Jef at his house on the coast of California. We spent the afternoon in a dialog about The Humane Interface and his vision for The Humane Environment (THE). His son seems to be carrying on his father's vision at The Raskin Center. The very computer that I type this on owes much of its existence to the creative mind of Jef Raskin and I will always remember him for both his accomplishments and his dreams.