I do not always look at my full twitter stream, but am both glad and saddened to read this message today:
Still reeling from the news that my friend and colleague @jaycross has passed on. A big influence on me and the field of elearning. Vale.
— Clark Quinn (@Quinnovator) November 7, 2015
The photo at the top was when I got to meet Jay in person for the first time 2008. I was in San Francisco to speak at a Wordcamp; I am only guessing but think that Jay saw my blog post at this trip and reached out. He picked me up at my hotel, drove me first to this spot to get photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, and then on out to lunch in Sausalito.
What he really wanted to do was to share with my the beauty of the redwoods in Muir Woods (likely my first closeup encounter with the redwood giants).
I’m not the one to try and summarize Jay, he was a rather Renaissance guy in a humble package – artist, businessman, elearning guru, internet visionary, traveler. He was extremely early on the web- his long standing web site and later blog was one I do remember coming across in the early 1990s when I first dipped my toes in the web. See his trace in the Internet Archive:
The very name of his domain internettime.com shows his prescience– seeing that warping of business and elearning practices in a new realm of “Internet Time”. I remember on that one day visit, he showed me the humble spot (I think it was a trailer park?) in Sausalito where The Well was born.
The Network Economy (circa 2002)
Networks changed everything. We’re all connected. Nothing is ever finished. Old authority has given way to individual autonomy. You play by new rules or drop out of the game.
Business & Organizations (circa 2002)
Business is in permanent white water. Passengers on the clue train know that hyperlinks subvert hierarchy, markets are conversations, honest conversation drives out hype, and power flows to the customer. Markets are global. Changes are rapid.
Technology (circa 2002)
All of us are jacked into the Internet 24/7. Broadband and fiber have put interactive video on most desktops in the office and set-tops at home. Virtual private networks and individualization have eliminated firewall problems. Cornea and fingerprint scans insure that people are who they say they are. Wireless connectivity frees people to work wherever they please. We run applications and store files on the Internet, making them accessible from anywhere. Swarms of personal software agents continuously crawl the net, screening and feeding information to individual personal portals. An unimaginable array of connected gadgets and gizmos both complicate and simplify our lives. The toaster talks.
We don’t need no stinkin’ classrooms
At our place of work, high resolution surround-screens flash with images and pulse with sound. On screen, the latest version of Windows makes it look as if you’re really looking through squeaky-clean windows at people you’re talking with and scenes you visit. It feels more and more like You Are There.
Personal portals connect us seemlessly to customers, colleagues, and learning resources. Smart systems and personalized bots track our preferences, performance, accomplishments, and learning signature in order to recommend learning experiences we may enjoy. Learners bozo-filter content whose evaluations by others fail to meet their standards. Collaborative filters suggest links enjoyed by others in one’s professional and social communities. One link may call up an informative customer comment, the next a celebrity lecture on the net. An entire world of learning is but a micropayment away.
Not that all learning takes place on a desktop. People learn in smart rooms, from wireless portables, anywhere they please. Receiving learning or being entertained or “going” to work, all these are as easy as turning on the tap.
Well, maybe he missed on the talking toaster.
Clark Quinn said the death was a surprise; Jay had just blogged 2 days prior, as normal.
I cannot recall how Jay and I connected online, but likely it was the early blog days. And I honestly did not have another path crossing with him after that one day in 2008. I had some hopes to visit on a next visit to the Bay Area; that was supposed to be last March on my return trip from Canada, but I routed my way more directly home.
I was moved by his honest and brave post earlier this year I’ve Been Depressed. You?:
I’ve been depressed.
Telling you this will blow my chances of running for president, but what the hell: I have been clinically depressed for the last two years. It’s a form of going crazy. I lost interest in my work, stopped blogging and taking photos. I became a near-hermit.
Having followed his work and that one day together, he might have been one of the last people I would have guessed was dealing with depression.
Internet Time will not be the same without you Jay. Thanks for all you did for so many of us.
Top /Featured Photo Credit: flickr photo by cogdogblog http://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/2774011832 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license