March 2007

Reflections on Rockclimbing

March 14, 2007

I learned rockclimbing with a group of young Mexican climbers in the walls of La Huasteca in Monterey, Mexico. Each time I began leading, they challenged and pushed me to never release without putting in all my effort and energy to each climb. Only after I did that, could I fall.

During that time, I was reading about rockclimbing from a German climber who told this story. "I was preparing myself to climb a 6000 ft granite wall solo. The biggest obstacle for me would be at 90ft up; if I passed that place by just a few feet, there was no way back. Now, there are two kinds of fear. There is one fear that disorganizes yourself and makes anxiety explode inside your body. And there is another type of fear, as intense as the first one, that focuses you so intensely on what is right in front of you -- the next hold and the next movement on the body -- that all else, including the future, disappears. I arrived at the 90ft mark with the second kind of fear and so knew that I had to continue.

Fast Rock Climb

March 13, 2007


Speed climbing...take a look.

Reflections on Rugby

March 12, 2007

I played rubgy from age 9 to 21 and I regret stopping playing. One of things that I am most grateful for about my experience in rugby, beyond having made wonderful friends and having had wonderful coaches, are getting some of the basic ethics of playing that game.

For example, when you play rugby, you can never leave another member of the team unprotected or alone. You know that if you do not work very closely together, you give too many chances to the other team and expose yourself to some difficulty. The second thing I learned was that the moment when things get tough, and you are exhausted, is the very moment where you need to put all your energy into play, because those are the moments that make the difference. Third, sometimes during the game, the style becomes overly aggressive. When that happens, you need to be careful because bad injuries can happen in those moments. So teams need to learn how to collaborate in very competitive environments with some basic ethic not to kill each other.

I wonder how much of those values are part of my professional and personal life.

Rugby Clips

March 11, 2007


Gary Longwell on tackles


Jonny Wilkinson advises on the perfect kick


Jonny Wilkinson's slide show

Project VRM's blog

March 07, 2007

Project VRM, a Berkman Center group, just launched its blog. Take a look. They are designing and supporting the development of tools which allow customers to both be independent of, and engaged with, the vendor. This movement was started at least several months ago, and I became aware of it from this post on Doc Searl's blog.

Jet-Man

March 06, 2007

Jet-Man
Super cool video against relief landscape.

Cerro Torre and the Fragile We

Interesting conversation about taking care of communal activities in remote spots...It is a type of issue that can be transposed to many domains. Take a look.

A Tango

March 05, 2007

A beautiful daughter. An elegant singer. A tango.

User-Generated Content Shaping Our Digital World

March 03, 2007

produced by the EFFThis YouTube video is an example of what Lessig calls active involvement in shaping our digital world. Take a look.