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On a windy day, fourteen years ago, I was body boarding in Northwest Oregon (where I grew up). I spotted a truck driving down the beach in step with somebody further out in the ocean with a big kite and what looked like some kind of board on his feet. I learned later that these people were testing primitive kites before the sport was really much of a thing.
I have been fascinated by Kiteboarding every since.
Ten years ago, in Huntington Beach, California, I bought a huge 14 foot kite, got a basic lesson and tried to fly it on my own the next weekend during a storm. That was dumb. All I remember was seeing the top of a lifeguard tower before pouring the sand against the sand. Fast forward 9 years; I move with my family to one of the Kiteboarding meccas, Cape Town, South Africa.
I’ve been here 6 months now, and making lots of excuses. Yesterday, with the encouragement of my friend Matt Winn, and lessons from a super enthusiastic polish girl, I got up on a Kiteboard.
I felt everything. An incredible connection with the wind and water. A release from years of fear. A life long dream realized.
It was magnificent.
Needles, dentists and Great White Sharks. My greatest fears. As of today I’ve faced them all.
We were dangling in a cage off the side of a very rocky boat. So rocky that I threw up in the cage. We assumed we would be in the cold water for only a few minutes… But it was more like 45 minutes. Jeff was shivering so much he was shaking the cage. We saw several great whites, some so close you could touch them. One swam right past our cage that was a whopping 4 meters (13+ feet) long. Even the guides were stoked.
I thought it would be terrifying. Instead it was serene and awesome. They are incredible creatures. Humbling and majestic.
Very excited to have these folks visiting us for the next 8 days. We are working on a ridiculously fun, secret project.
Paragliders land in front of our apartment all the time. Somewhat by chance, I ran into a group on top of signal hill today… About 10 minutes later they had me strapped in, running and jumping off the hill. This was totally unplanned. They even had to lend me shoes (im a flip flopper). While we were in the air I had a thought… Nichole and Zurich might be at the park… I texted, yes texted while we were paragliding and told her to look for me in the sky with a blue and gray chute. They happened to be there already! We landed right beside them and the chute collapsed directly in front of Zurich. He was stunned! He ran up and hugged me with a severe look of disbelief. Shoot, I’m still in disbelief. What an epic, spontaneous day.
Mantra: Adventure? Yes.
On the drive to my office in the city, there is a long stretch that winds through mountains to my right and ocean to my left. On clearer days I can even see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held for decades. I’ve made the drive a dozen times now and I recently was inspired to stop, get out of my car, sit still and be reminded of what is most important.
While 3D printing has long been touted as the future of mass manufacture, and their have been some efforts to bring the technology to the consumer level – take the MakerBot as an example – it still requires a certain amount of knowhow to produce the digital files required. Chile-based ThinkerThing aims to skip the design process by connecting users’ brains directly to a 3D printer through neurosensory tech, to create a physical manifestation of their imagination. READ MORE…
Reblogged from Springwise
How to make choosing easier. A great and challenging TED talk.
Four take away points:
Cut - less is more
Concretize - make it vivid
Categories - more categories, fewer choices
Condition for complexity
Thank you Kyle Steed for sending this to me.
Hiked out to this rocky point today, only a few miles from our house. Out of nowhere a whale came up out of the water 200 feet from me. You can’t even legally get 900 feet from them in a boat. It was epic. My heart was fluttering and I didn’t even try to take a good picture. What a privilege. Reminds me of why I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was young.