Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Events and Speaking Gigs

N4RVE Presentation at MicroHAMS 2009

I was invited to speak at the conference of the MicroHAMS Amateur Radio Club, and am grateful to Kenny Richards for filming my talk on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. The program for that event is on the club website, and below are my slides. This took place about a year after I acquired the…

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BEHEMOTH and Microship at ACM1 Expo

This was an amazing experience… hanging out with fascinating people (Alan Kay, Thad Starner, Dean Kamen, and other highly creative notables), displaying my toys in an interesting setting, a well-managed show… like the ACM97 show four years earlier, it was wildly educational. The only artifacts that remain are the gorgeous photo above and this delightful…

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Usability Professionals Association keynote address – 2000

For a few years, I was in the active stable of Keynote Speakers bureau, and every few months would load BEHEMOTH into a trailer and trundle off across the US for a gig… usually filling in the gaps with more casual events and visits with friends or sponsors. This was a particularly fun one for…

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Perl Whirl – Geek Cruise to Alaska

I was originally going to give the various bits of text related to this adventure into separate posts by date, but they would sprawl from a June 1999 bit in the Seattle Weekly to articles in late 2000 about the event. Instead, I’ll collect it all here, since it really is one cohesive tale. This…

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Speaking with BEHEMOTH at Quantum – 1999

In 1999, the Microship project was in full swing in the Camano Island lab, and I periodically loaded up the mothership (a 44-foot Wells-Cargo fifth-wheel trailer towed by my Ford truck) to haul BEHEMOTH and in-progress nautical machinery around the US on insane, whirlwind speaking tours. This one was particularly fun… an after-dinner talk to a…

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Presentation at MBARI – Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

In an alternate reality, were I to be employed, there is a very small group of organizations that I would find alluring. MBARI is one of them… a playground of oceanographic research, with a blend of academic exploration and corporate deep pockets that has attracted geeks across a broad spectrum. An old friend of mine,…

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Keynote at International Travel Expo – 1998

ITX2 – Seattle Center November 13-14, 1998 Keynote Speaker: Steven K. Roberts “world traveler and creator of gadgets” Years ago, Steve Roberts quit his job, sold his house and embarked on a journey across America with a homemade, computerized bicycle. He has logged over 17,000 miles with BEHEMOTH, which weighs 400 pounds, requires 105 gears…

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BEHEMOTH at Cabletron Government Users Conference 1998

Steven Roberts A Pioneer of Technomadics Steve Roberts is a high-tech creative genius and problem solver. From 1983 to 1991, he pedaled 17,000 miles around the country on a computerized and networked recumbent bicycle that allowed him to remain connected and productive while wandering freely. During 1997, he set aside the bicycle to work on…

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PACIFICON ’97 Amateur Radio Convention

I love hamfests… they are like going home, on some geek level, with a sort of relaxed camaraderie that takes me back to those formative teen years as a Novice (WN4KSW), the sounds of CW in the static, and the warm glow of transmitting tubes. Of course, this is a fast-growing field… so I was…

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BEHEMOTH at Natural Microsystems Partner Conference

Presenting at the Open Up! Event Natural Microsystems Boston, Mass — Sept 18, 1997 Steve Roberts is the leading avatar of “nomadic connectivity,” the idea that technology should allow people to be highly mobile yet still in networked communication with others. From 1983 to 1991, he pedaled 17,000 miles around the United States on a computerized…

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