When The Guardian broke the story about the NSA demanding 'telephony metadata' from Verizon, a new word was introduced into the public lexicon. In the world of enterprise data management, metadata gets a bad rap. It's generally perceived as a pain in the ass-- something that must be tended to, like a perpetually leaky tire or cleaning up … Continue reading “Metadata”

The Long and Short of Geo (Part 1)

In my 10+ years growing Urban Mapping, the web-mapping business I started in 2005, I've seen history repeat itself. A lot. As a self-proclaimed member of the georatti, this current wave of geotech euphoria is nothing new, but product and corporate development tend to go through the same cycles over and over again, choosing to … Continue reading The Long and Short of Geo (Part 1)

What’s in Your Network?

If you care about actively managing your career, you are on LinkedIn. With user growth from around 50,000 in 2003 to nearly 400 million today, chances are everybody you know has an account. Therein lies the problem, or so I posit. Absent a strong affinity, as networks grow, engagement falls. Basically, the network is exciting/compelling … Continue reading What’s in Your Network?

Health Care Rage, Continued!

As a follow-up to my previous post, I’m thankfully doing much better. Still weak in one leg, but largely on the mend. But wish the same were true for my anger at the nearly twenty percent of GDP that is sucked into space.Because this happened to me out of network, I was not eligible for any … Continue reading Health Care Rage, Continued!

REWIND: To the North (of Ireland)!

When I went to high school in Dublin in the late 80s, the Troubles were synonymous with the North–neither were discussed, and a trip to depressed Belfast and its environs were never a question. Fast forward 25+ years, a reconciliation, several recessions, maturation of the EU and voila– a region waiting to be visited! Spent … Continue reading REWIND: To the North (of Ireland)!

Healthcare rage/frustration

I’m certainly not the first person to complain about the dysfunctional nature of healthcare in the US, but with a recent health issue, I’m that much closer to the source of my near-rage.I have an HMO plan in Northern California; Kaiser is highly-rated for quality of care, and of course trade-offs are inherent when choosing … Continue reading Healthcare rage/frustration

Rewind: Nepal!

Rewind: Nepal! One of my most memorable experiences trekking in Nepal had nothing to do with the indescribable views, the warmth of the Nepalese or spending time with Krishna, my trusted guide. It was descending/ascending into villages. It was the (mostly) blue and yellow signs that did it for me, announcing arrival to a village. … Continue reading Rewind: Nepal!

I’m in Pain

After spending the past seven days on my back, I’m thrilled to say my nerve pain has decreased from “unimaginable” to “excruciating” and is now verging on “incredibly painful.” So that’s progress…I’ve spent some time thinking about pain scales as my (dis)comfort level has been the main topic of conversation. The Wong-Baker is a very common ten point … Continue reading I’m in Pain

Crowdsource my MRI?

Curently in heaps of pain due to intense nerve pain down my left leg. Because I’m out of network (currently in NYC, of course health insurance is useless if you travel) and have been trying to hack my way to health—already saved $1,000 by going to a cut-rate MRI facility in Astoria. Next up is … Continue reading Crowdsource my MRI?

Digital Nomading: what you need to go

Living out of a backpack for six months can teach you a lot. The most important thing I realized was that none of the shit on your back matters. The only thing that does is your not-yet-uploaded SD card. It’s liberating to recognize this and it changed my mindset. It means that everything in your … Continue reading Digital Nomading: what you need to go

It’s A Wrap!

It’s a wrap. Six months and change on the road and I’m back in San Francisco to work on Ian 2.0, but I won’t be diving in head first–will be doing some (more) traveling, but I think nothing as exotic or long. There’s a lot more I wanted to post, so I’ll do a few … Continue reading It’s A Wrap!

Geotagging Photos

A few months ago I was considering a upgrade from my trusty Lumix and was interested in SLRs/pro-compact camera with GPS, but strangely it’s a feature that is extremely uncommon, which I find really odd. I’ve been using the EyeFi SD card, but that ended up being fairly lame and useless for reasons I’ll write … Continue reading Geotagging Photos

Nepal trekking — last stop!

The final day… we trekked along the ridgeline to Sarankot, stopping at a few old temples and largely stumbling all the way. The thought of a ‘real’ hotel in Pokhra had overtaken me and I just wanted to do something other than trekking for a few days. I think this is partially due to the … Continue reading Nepal trekking — last stop!

Dal baht power, 24 hour

For those of you who understand, laugh heartily (or heartly as they say in Nepal); for those of you who do not, I await your belly laugh after your first trip here!


The day after Chommrong we trekked a whole 90 minutes by descending about 1000m into the ever so quaint village of Jhinnu. Relaxed for a few hours then got some energy (and beer) and scurried off to nearby hot springs nestled against the Modi Khola river. I’m a big fan of the banya (and all … Continue reading Post-Chommrong

UN of Chips

The United Nations of chips. The delegation of Wish-Bone salad dressings (Thousand Islands, Russian, French, Italian, etc) eagerly await your arrival.

The Most Exhausting Day of Trekking

Most exhausting day thus far. As i got up for sunrise (a few pics here) noticed snow in my room- no big deal considering there was no heating! We were delayed leaving ABC on account of snow last night- the “trail” was washed out and we decided to ride the wake of a Korean trekking … Continue reading The Most Exhausting Day of Trekking


It is 14h and we’re 4210m above sea level at the Annapurna Base Camp. And it’s about -10C, but who really knows. Too cold for the pipes to work, so unfortunately no shower today. But I digress… Since my last installment in Chommrong (1950m) we trekked through Sinuwa (2340m) and stayed in Bamboo (2190m). I … Continue reading At ABC