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

Steven K. Roberts

Photographs

Popeye and the Dawg

Witnessing an inter-species encounter photo ©2016 by Steven K. Roberts (All rights reserved – please contact for usage info) Every now and then, a photographer gets lucky… the right palette of colors, a self-organizing composition, and a sweet vignette all align at the moment of shutter-release. This was one of those, caught through the 83X zoom of the wonderful Nikon…

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Rebecca Parks and her Under Pressure series

My dear friend Rebecca moved to Missouri last year, and in addition to her many family activities and house-renovation projects, she is exploring a new artistic realm. When she posted this image of her latest pressure-washer work in the porch-mildew medium, I was inspired to write a bit of ArtSpeak to help solidify this emerging genre. Under Pressure – an…

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Lotus Blossoms

Every now and then, the pixels align, the light is right, and the subject is perfect. This post has nothing to do with geeky boats, technomadics, blinky gizmology, communication tools, or even Isabelle the cat… it’s just a photo I took at a friend’s garden pond in Friday Harbor on June 18. It’s worth viewing…

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Nomadness in Eagle Harbor

Images of Nomadness

As I look fondly back on my 7 years with the Amazon 44 named Nomadness, many images come to mind… dreamlike moments aboard a beautiful boat in a stunning setting. She is now entering a new phase with her new owner, and has plans to head down the Pacific Coast later this year. I want to…

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Microship Electronics Photo Essay

As I settle into Datawake, wrapping myself in a console of rackmount blinkies, I often reminisce about the obsessive Microship project that occupied me for almost a decade (1993-2002). This amphibian pedal-solar-sail micro-trimaran is still in my life, and the plan is to launch it from the upper deck of my new mothership for local…

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Sunlight through hatch baubles

Lightwaves from Datawake

(with ongoing updates) One of the most wonderful things about living aboard is the endless variety of light… the ripples, reflections, colors, sparkles, and subtle hues that change day to day, moment to moment. This post is a small collection of luminous moments captured above, below, around, and inside Datawake, moored in the Port of Friday Harbor.…

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Gonzo Engineering Slide Show at Google

I took the Amtrak Coast Starlight to Silicon Valley in May of 2015, a trip that included a week-long visit with a group at Google, a pilgrimage to the Computer History Museum to see BEHEMOTH, and an afternoon at the Maker Faire. The surreal week in the Googleplex began with my first speaking gig in…

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Playing with Phone Transparency

I just love “transparent mode” on my Samsung Galaxy S6. It works close-up as well, since it is not dependent on focal plane… And you can tweak it to give different effects. Ahh, technology.

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