Month: March 2022

Troubled​​ Waters

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 I had fished all my life, albeit in some pretty dicey places with my dad, but I had never done so on the ocean. It occurred to me I needed to jump into that sooner rather than later, and with total commitment. Living on the ocean as I did back then, I had opportunity …

Capitola-By-The-Sea

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 Early in my Silicon Valley journey, I decided to live on the ocean, far away from Silicon Valley. When I left my job in high technology for the day, the world I returned to every evening did not look like Silicon Valley at all. Nor did it smell like Silicon Valley or entail the …

Oceans

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 My career in Silicon Valley and high technology spanned more than two decades. Those 20+ years encompassed the first and the second iteration of Silicon Valley. By my third year in the industry, I joined two others to found a photomask manufacturing company called Micrographic Products, Inc… We later changed the name to Ultratech …

“Baisuckly”​​ Al

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 The software business is an interesting place, just look around. Some of the most prominent names in the industry are people like Larry Page, Steve Jobs, Wozniak of course, and the sentence is not complete without mentioning Bill Gates. It has been overflowing with brilliant minds and creative spirits from the beginning, with one …

Cliff​​ Diving

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 There are certain things in life, like cliff diving, where that first step is a doozie. These are the kinds of missteps and bruises that don’t go away when the swelling goes down or a half-century passes. The type that irrevocably change your life forever. In my life the most unsettling and disappointing aspect …

School​​ Daze

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 Being a pioneer can occur in one of two ways. ​​ One can either hitch-up a wagon and set out for where the discovery will occur, or more simply, one can just happen to be lost and just standing around when the wagon arrives. The latter was how I became part of the early days of …

Departures 

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 Life moves on and Wisconsin, for me, sorted out to be a failed experiment. Most of my brief time there was spent helping my dad build a small house some miles out of town. This consumed most, if not all, of every day. It not being during the school term, there was little time …

Mountains

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 My parents had given me wonderful knowledge and a sense of purpose, so now it was my opportunity to do something with it. Things were progressing smoothly while growing up until a flurry of events occurred that changed all of that. At 14 years old, a vertebra in the middle of my back was …

A​​ Cathedral​​ For​​ Wolves

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 North America, encountered by early settlers and pioneers, was generally comprised of two great oceans of trees divided by a broad central plain standing over six feet high in buffalo grass. The native peoples lacked the technology to alter these elements in any significant way. For the most part, they relied on forest and …