Thank you, Steve

Posted by Ted on Oct 5, 2011 in Memories, Technology

‎”Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything … all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know of to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

– Steve Jobs

I’m not usually one to pay homage to fallen heroes, but when I think back, Apple has been a recurring part of my life since the time I was jealous of my neighbor getting a Mac Plus in 1986, while my dad had decided to get an Epson QX-10 as the house computer. Only a couple of years later, my initiation into social networking began dialing by into a 7-line DiversiDial BBS run on an Apple II on the other side of town. A few years later still, the desktop machine at my first job at Mass General Hospital was a Mac IIcx. Then I took a hiatus from Apple for a number of years, playing with Suns and Linux boxes, completely skipping OS9.

However, since taking a job at Permabit in 2002, with the powerful OSX operating system and a PowerBook G4, I have embraced Apple ever since, abandoning Windows forever, slowly moving forward with Steve’s progressive visions, sometimes being an early adopter, and sometimes lagging behind. Today, my iPhone 4 and a generously borrowed Macbook Pro are my tethers to the world of information, and to the world of people that give a richness to life unparalleled.

Thank you, Steve. Rest in peace, knowing you have built and left a legacy that will live on.

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So close I could almost touch it..

Posted by Ted on Apr 17, 2010 in Biking, Technology

After discovering a couple of key new connections, I explored unridden territory today, and avoided both Alameda and the Oakland Hills by riding up to Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley this afternoon.  A mostly urban ride, but with more bike paths than I was expecting, I went up the Embarcadero and through Jack London Square, and then around the Port of Oakland and past Emeryville, to a small park jutting into the bay. My route is below, using Google’s new ‘Bicycle Directions‘ feature which I can tell I’m going to like a lot. Clicking the map will take you to the saved route.


I had meant to go all the way up to Point Isabel, but the wind and fading light turned me around. Without Alameda or the port to block the view, San Francisco was so close that I could almost touch it. The Bay Bridge was extending into the bay to my left and curving in to Yerba Buena Island. The City itself rose above the glistening water and Treasure Island. The Golden Gate bridge framed Alcatraz, and the sky behind the Marin Headlands and Mount Tam were turning orange.

It was windy out on the water, but the view was amazing. I look forward to exploring farther up the coast.

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Haiti – A map of Jacmel

Posted by Ted on Apr 5, 2010 in Causes, Technology, Travel

Last night I discovered that Google Maps updated its satellite data of Haiti after the earthquake, including Jacmel where I worked for two weeks, clearing rubble from two schools. This map will serve to complete the travelogue, along with the posts here and the photo gallery.  Clicking on the map should take you to the interactive map which will allow you to zoom in for more detail.

A map of Jacmel, showing some of the places I visited

A map of Jacmel, showing some of the places I visited

It is my hope that it will not only give geographical context to my writings and images, but that it may help future relief workers bound for Jacmel get their bearings. If you are in or recently returned from Jacmel, and would like to add data to this map, please let me know.

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Is that a parrot in your pocket, or..

Posted by Ted on Jan 30, 2010 in Technology, Vagabonding

pirates-of-the-caribbean-grouopSome of the original vagabonders were captains at sea who dared to sail between the shipping lanes, tacking between storms and Men-o-War. Rebelling against dependency and striking out on your own was a pirate’s reason for living. Perhaps their methods were suspect, but we can admire their decision to forsake the familiar shackles of society in favor of the freedom of the sea and exploring the world. Today’s adventure-seeker is much the same.

Swapping stories, providing tips, and offering encouragement, Twitter is where the new generation of explorers are sharing their wanderlust.

ONE WEEK LEFT OF WORK. Nope. Not excited.” noted one soon-to-be traveler the other today. Known as a hash tag, one conversation that I’ve been following lately has been #RTWsoon, “started” several weeks ago. Chris, the Aussie Nomad, said that “the #RTWsoon tag has been a great way to express our soon to be travel plans with others in the same boat. I have found support, tips and a laugh all by following and being a part of it.”

Read more about how Twitter is contributing to the growing counterculture of vagabonding in this week’s column!