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about me

Wednesday,  01/08/14  09:13 AM

This morning I updated the About Me page of this blog, for the first time in two years.  I have a new job now and so my business history needed updating, and the picture there was about six years old, and so I changed that too. 

The old one is shown at right; it was taken while I was riding the Solvang Century, in Ballard Canyon; I like the picture and I think I mostly still look like that, but...

The About Me page is the oldest post on the whole site, dated January 1, 2003, and what's interesting is how little has changed about me in the past eleven years.  My teachers and guides and the things I like and dislike haven't changed at all.

Of course the world has changed more than I have, back then we barely had blogs, and Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter were off in the future.  Google was not yet the dominant search engine, Yahoo was, and while Amazon existed eBay was the biggest Internet shopping site.  Windows was king, threatened by Linux, and Macs were curiosities.  iPods and iPhones and Kindles and iPads were yet to be invented.  Tesla was about to be founded but was a long way from making practical electric cars a reality, and SpaceX existed but few would have believed they'd end up as America's only way to resupply the ISS.

If I had known back in 2003 that ten years later I would start a Visual Search company and be CTO of a mobile payments startup, I probably wouldn't have been surprised.  Actually I would have been quite pleased :)  But it sure is difficult to peer into the future and see what I might be doing ten years from now.  Maybe working for a spaceflight startup and visiting Titan?  Or a virtual reality company and visiting Titan that way?  We'll see.