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

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Posts Tagged ‘High-Tech Nomad’

The First 200 Miles

by Steven K. Roberts High-Tech Nomad, Chapter 5 October 1, 1983 Are yew with NASA? — Ohio farmer Passionately consuming a mug of iced root beer, I sat with Walt and Robby in a Mechanicsburg cafe. It was our first break. Outside, on a hot and sloping small-town main street, stood the bikes — mine the…

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The Launch

by Steven K. Roberts High-Tech Nomad, Chapter 4 September 28, 1983 You ante’d up to play Russian Roulette. — Tom Hoobyar   The day of departure dawned. Like every morning, the clock radio blared banalities aimed at a mixed audience of commuters and housewives. The guy in the traffic copter talked about “three-block delays on 71”…

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Poised for the Leap

by Steven K. Roberts High-Tech Nomad, Chapter 3 September 27, 1983 Damn, that dude could survive a nucular war! — A Texan looking at the bike It was 2 a.m. on the morning of departure. I lay supine on hideous green sculptured pile, a murky carpet from the era of Doris Day that I had…

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The First Steps

by Steven K. Roberts High-Tech Nomad, Chapter 2 September 18, 1983 When the virus of restlessness begins to take possession of a wayward man, and the road away from Here seems broad and straight and sweet, the victim must first find in himself a good and sufficient reason for going. This to the practical bum…

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The Idea is Born

by Steven K. Roberts High-Tech Nomad, Chapter 1 March 15, 1983 What’s the matter Steve? You going to be a bum all your life? — Phyllis Roberts (my mother) Suburbia is not a place; it is a state of mind. It has little to do with the section of town you happen to live in;…

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The Prehistory of a Technomad

From 1983 to 1991, I pedaled around the US on a computerized recumbent bicycle while living in the emerging online networks… in the process becoming the first “technomad” and sparking fascination with mobile connectivity. This page introduces the High-Tech Nomad book that is packed with gizmological details, massive cultural shifts, road stories from the sexy…

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