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The Ends of the Earth

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

  Parque Nacional Los Alerces, Argentina  You can travel to the ends of the earth, but you just can't escape quality Iowa manufacturing...

Fuso Photo Albums

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

  For those who just can't get enough of our rig, I created some photo albums of shots of the rig in action here:  

Captain Orr’s Archive

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

While moving some data around to prepare for our departure overseas I came across the columns I wrote for the magazine Data Management Review. Since I shut down my last company's web site, there has not been a full archive of these columns available online. In the interests of the former customers, team members, ...

San Diego fires – update 8:00 AM PDT 24 October, 2007

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

The shore of Mission Bay San Diego, California, USA 8:30 AM 24 October, 2007 In response to inquiries about our status and the situation here I expanded distribution to our full travel mailing list. My original status message follows this one. We are still OK. We’re in the only little pocket of this entire ...

2007 Fuso BEV U.S. Test

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

We've spent over 4 months testing the rig in the U.S. prior to shipping to South America. The main page that contains links to all the route, results, writing and photography for this trip is here: You can see our route and the summary test results data at: Photos of our ...

Desert Island Books – Round Two

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Back in January I asked you to answer the question: If you could only take a backpack full, what books would you take to a desert island?   I got quite a few responses, most of them within days of my posing the question.   Just about everyone who submitted a list ...

My Favorite Cubs Game

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

One summer afternoon, sometime in the mid-80s, we were sitting around the kitchen table at my friend Floyd’s place. It was the 2nd story of a typical Chicago brick three flat in Wrigleyville. The back door was open, the flies were buzzing around the screen door and the rattling, clattering, ...

Force 8

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

December 20, 2005   The Bight Bay Norman Island a.k.a. “ Treasure Island” British Virgin Islands   “What?” I yelled. Steph’s words were garbled and I had a hard time hearing her over the shrieking wind through the rigging and the crashing, rapidly building waves. Asking “what?” also bought me a little time. I could tell ...

Malcolm Smith’s Return to Baja

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

Please see the PDF document at:

e-Postcard from The Kingdom of Bhutan

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004

April 20, 2004  e-Postcard from The Kingdom of Bhutan  The archer slowly drew back his arrow, his hands steady, the bamboo bow distorted into a widemouthed sideways U. Unlike modern compound bows, which actually get easier to pull the farther you draw back the string, this traditional Bhutanese bamboo bow grew ever harder to ...