I have always been passionate about physics, mechanics and design.
In third grade, I constantly carried a pad of paper, a pencil and a crude straight edge.
I taught myself basic orthographic projection drawing cross-sectional views of airplanes.
I learned about flaps, ailerons, rudders & elevators.
I reinvented the universal joint to design a joystick, with control cables.
Living on the water and sailing small boats inspired me to ponder stability,
as a function of buoyancy verses center of mass, and the sailboat as a mechanism
suspended at the interface of two fluids, transforming their relative velocity into propulsion.
One summer, I destroyed the competition in the Belly Button Regatta.
The race consisted of children less than 13 years of age, launching sailboats,
that they had assembled, from the end of the dock to see how far they could sail along shore.
The race was commenced with a light onshore breeze. All of the other kids had inner-tubes
and primitive square rig sails. I designed and constructed a gaff rig trimaran with sheet,
center-board and rudder. I built the hull with a wooden frame and three dock buoys,
that I had found washed upon the beach. The other racers were lucky to make it back to land.
I sailed parallel to the shoreline for a half a mile, or so.
The race committee informed me that I had clearly won, and that it would not be necessary
to sail to Providence. So I tacked and returned to the launch ramp.
Later, I demonstrated a high aptitude for math and physics, and was admitted to U.C. Berkeley
as a physics major. However, I found pure physics to be confining. So I started a double-major
in fine arts. True to my childhood self, I decided to pursue a career in design.
I thought that architecture should be a synthesis of physics and art.
I completed a bachelor's degree in architecture at UCB in 1996 .
However, I was dismayed by the lack of scientific rigor, and practicality, in the practice of architecture.
I had already learned how to TIG weld to create bicycles and various other contraptions.
So I pursued work in fabrication shops, as a draftsman and fabricator. 20 years later, I have accumulated a wealth of skills and experience.
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