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

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Media – Microship

Tech-Nomading from Shore to Ship – Make: Magazine

This is one of my all-time favorite bits of media coverage, and not just because I love Make: magazine (both print and blog). The author of this piece, Howard Wen, really nailed the essence of my technomadic projects… including the wince-inducing irony of their tendency to explode fractally into a level of complexity greater than…

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Nomadic Research Labs Interview

This just turned up during a 2018 search, and I remember it now… an email interview back around the latter phase of the Microship project. This captures a moment that is not otherwise well-documented, so with thanks to Sean Healy I am reproducing it here. The original is in the nettime mailing list archives. By…

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On the road and always on – Sunday Times Doors magazine

One of the phenomena that figured prominently in my ongoing media coverage was the very simple fact that I was in the same business. It was not uncommon to go into an interview with a reporter smirking at the bearded eccentric on a bicycle, then watch the dawning realization as we conversed: “Damn… this guy…

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An Interview With A Mac-Using Pioneering Technomad

This is a delightful interview piece from the Microship era, with a Macintosh focus. It includes quite a bit of┬ádetail about the project… Eolake was an excellent interviewer and we had a lively and thoughtful conversation. This text is also archived at The Mac Observer site, though the links in the version below have been…

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Microship Sailing into Untested Waters

This article hit the spot… it provided an excellent snapshot of the Microship project that was underway in the Camano Island woods. We were slaving away on the landing gear and building the second boat, taking off on occasional speaking tours, wondering when we would actually hit the water. by Sharon Pian Chan, business reporter…

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Ah, The Technomadic Life!

This article in 73 came long after my series of the late eighties, focused on the Winnebiko II and the technomadic tools of that era. Written more than a decade later, this is a rare overview of the Microship project… twin amphibian pedal/solar/sail micro-trimarans under intensive development in a remote northwest forest lab. by Steven…

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Modern Odyssey - Sports Illustrated

A Modern Odyssey – Sports Illustrated

This is quite out of context with my normal media appearances over the years; I have never thought of myself as an athlete (and certainly not the kind who would be featured in Sports Illustrated). This was part of a series produced by Rubbermaid: “Surviving the Unbelievable.” A bit of a stretch, but sure… why…

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World’s First Microship Sails into Saratoga Passage

This was my small-town local paper for the 13 years I lived on Camano Island… a time that was actually a decade longer than intended (life has a way of doing that to you, especially when projects become too complex). At the time of this story, we had only been on the island for a…

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High Tech de Tocqueville – Expedition News

This is a fascinating publication, put out by Jeff Blumenfeld for decades now, bringing together expeditions and sponsors. He did a few pieces about the Microship project during its heyday, and is still at it as I post this in 2014… with extensive archives of issue highlights going all the way back to 1995. My…

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The Traveling Technophile – Home Office Computing

This is a follow-up to a piece by Daniel P. Dern in the same magazine, 6 years earlier… now discussing my transition to water with the Microship project. In real life, I had just set up a lab on Camano Island, Washington, and assumed that we would be setting out on the new expedition within…

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