Conan O’Brien tests the limits of Bill Gates’ charity … and other quotes of the week

Conan at the Gates Foundation (via Twitter)

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week.

“Just tried to donate to the @GatesFoundation. Curiously, they refused to accept my ’92 Ford Taurus.” — Conan O’Brien, on Twitter, during a visit to Seattle last week. (Via Linda Thomas)

“Thanks for swinging by. … We just finished the new campus HQ — just starting on the used car lot!!” — Jeff Raikes, Gates Foundation CEO, responding to O’Brien.

“Welcome to the media room, Mr. Allen,” — Ian Furness of KJR sports radio, to the media-shy Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner, as recounted by Seattle Times sports writer Danny O’Neil on Twitter.

“I won’t stay long.” — Paul Allen, quickly walking out of the room.

“Oh, and the final kilt count for #PAX rests at 22 over the course of the weekend. Only one of them had a horse head though.” — Sharayah Pranger, on Twitter, with an important tally from this year’s Penny Arcade Expo.

“If I were Bezos, I’d settle quickly, if you know what I mean.” — GeekWire reader commenting on the lawsuit brought by Hells Angels against Amazon.com over the use of their name on a t-shirt.

Blue Origin test rocket

“Amazon Prime to Offer FREE Two-Day Shipping to International Space Station!” Geekwire reader theodp commenting on the latest rocket tests by Blue Origin, the Amazon founder’s aerospace company.

“Groupon better IPO like right away.” — GeekWire reader Ray Burt on the expansion of AmazonLocal deals service to a total of 30 locations.

“NYC wants to be Silicon Valley so bad they’re trying to mimic the earthquakes.” – Ryan Freitason Twitter, commenting on the 5.8 magnitude quake that hit the East Coast last week, before the hurricane struck.

“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.” — Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, in his historic letter resigning as CEO.

“Steve Jobs single-handedly changed the trajectory of my career. I have him to thank for the fact that I love what I do.” — Michael Schneider, who left his job as a lawyer to become an iPhone app developer, commenting on GeekWire about Jobs’ resignation.

“The decision for Jobs to step down may have a simpler, more logical explanation than just his being critically ill. The reason is Tim Cook. … Giving up the CEO title to Cook had to be done sooner than later. The company cannot take a chance that Cook might get tired of being jerked around.” — John C. Dvorak, offering a “contrarian view” of Jobs’ resignation.

“Dvorak has made a career out of being wrong and he’s still at the top of his game.” — Horace Dediu, on Twitter.

“Shaking my head at all these people confidently prognosticating about Apple, post-Steve. Jeepers, nobody knows; that’s biz, deal with it.” — Tim Bray on Twitter.

“Nokia makes Windows phones. Google owns Motorola. Palm doesn’t make smartphones. Steve Jobs isn’t CEO of Apple. #alternateuniverse.” — Derek Kessler on Twitter.

“New Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘I’m thinking printers’ ” — headline from The Onion.