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I know that I have a broad, but not deep, knowledge of geeky things. I have rarely, if ever, been accosted for not knowing something or being legit or not.   My memory is not what it once was...I don't always remember something that I have seen a dozen times.  

Also, that knowledge in topics waxes and wanes as my involvement in things goes up or down. When I played a lot of Advanced Squad Leader, I knew way more about WWII weapons and equipment than a normal person would ever need. But I rarely play now, and if someone were to ask me if a certain tank had smoke canisters or not, I would have a blank stare in response.  

And there are some areas of "Geekdom" I have never had an interest in, or the money to get involved in. I watched the original Star Trek reruns every Sunday afternoon. But when ST:TNG came out, I never watched an episode. Same for any other Star Trek series that followed. I just didn't have an interest in it.  I didn't have a bunch of consoles growing up (My first was a Sega Genesis I bought during college).  So I don't have much experience with NES games.  But I did have a C64, so I got some geek cred from that, I guess. 

It took me a long time to be comfortable with my geeky things (like telling people I play RPGs, and read fantasy books they have not heard of).  Then it took me awhile to realize that I was OK to be different in the geek world, too. I didn't need to worry about trying to experience EVERYTHING a geek "should" watch or do.  Even if I wanted to, it can't be done.  

If someone decided to call me out today, I wouldn't care and place that person in the jerk column. If someone did it to me earlier, I would clam up or leave.  If I had to deal with it regularly, I don't know what I would have done.  

I have two young daughters. They have varied interests, and some are "geeky," or boy things (at that age).  And I worry about them getting "called out" because they are not a boy, or why would a girl like Star Wars, or whatever (my seven year old's birthday party was Star Wars themed). I have seen a little of it, and she takes it in stride most of the time, but I worry that she will be afraid to be herself or express herself.  We definitely need much less of what Chris describes. 
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And I will name my baby: Gotham. If you don't like this, we can't be friends. Also, here's a sneak peek at tonight's Lost History. Skull & Bones, baby!  http://youtu.be/8L6CuDPtAzw​
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From a reader, printed with permission: Check this out… Years ago I was watching some NBA game. T-Mobile (or some carrier) had this Five Friends, or some damn thing, promotion. They were asking players to name their top five moments. So, Horry listed five…
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Meet Chris Tagatac: the first contextual bionic man?

Meet Chris Tagatac. Three years ago he fell off his roof which paralyzed him beneath his belly button. So, how was he walking around the Half Moon Bay Ritz today?

Easy, he was wearing an Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton. More about that at http://www.eksobionics.com/ekso

This exoskeleton, through a combination of about 30 sensors, a few motors, and some cloud computing, helps him get out of his wheelchair and walk around. 

He's a delightful human being who is grateful to be here, and be able to walk around while wearing his $110,000 exoskeleton, which is mostly used to help him keep his body in shape, but he says it's life changing because he can look me in the eye and get mobility he can only dream of while in his wheelchair.

We talked about the future of technology that can help him live a better life. He liked the Google Glass, because while wearing the exoskeleton he has to keep his hands on the controls (he pushes buttons to tell his skeleton to sit, walk, or make other movements) and Glass would let him do things without needing his hands.

Today his skeleton only understands one context: flat hard ground. Tomorrow? The sensors might understand he's on sand or grass and help him walk on those surfaces. Also, today he needs to push buttons. We can see a way to use a brain sensor so he could simply think about walking forward, the way we all do, and his exoskeleton would comply. 

Yes, this is expensive but within a decade I expect these to cost less than $1,000 and be usable by not just more people but for more hours a day (his batteries last about three hours, then need a one-hour charge and his body can't take more than a couple of hours at a time anyway.

Oh, and while at the Ritz tonight I talked with many people about the downsides of government technology. Yes, the NSA can spy on us and DARPA pays to develop robots like this to help soldiers be more effective (including things like Google Glass) but I enjoy seeing military technology used to help people's lives. 

I have seen no clearer example than Chris. What an inspiration!

UPDATE: here's another set of photos that show how he walked around the Half Moon Bay Ritz with his device: https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/CUWRtUKeQs6

I'm not really sure who is first, but there aren't many of these exoskeletons in the world, by the way. 

On Facebook he wrote that they are working on stem cell treatments that might bear fruit for him within five to seven years. This suit, he writes, keeps his muscles and body ready for when the cure is found: https://www.facebook.com/christopher.tagatac?fref=ts

Video of Chris walking around the Half Moon Bay Ritz is at https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/isb23nbdWLN Thanks to +Bloomberg News for bringing Chris to the Half Moon Bay Ritz (my backyard, since I live walking distance away).
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For Devon, cause I could see her doing this ...
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Married with two fantastic girls.  I love board games and RPGs.  I work as a public defender.  Also love astronomy and camping with the family.
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