I have a cabin in the woods. There is no running water, no power, no roads. To get there requires a 35 mile boat ride. Once you are there don’t expect any Internet access, no TV, no radio. Although in recent years I have put up a tower to get cell coverage it was only after we were almost stranded there for a couple of weeks with engine failure on the boat late one autumn. It was from the start and remains mostly a technology free zone.
Yet I am a knowledge worker in my regular life. I work in communications and information technology. I guess I have to accept that I would be considered a geek by most people. My colleagues post alerts in our chat groups of new gadgets on sale and there is a very hearty game of techno-widget oneupmanship between us. We ooh and ahh with envy at pictures of the latest bit of electronics one of us has.
Still, like most other “geeks” I know that label is so wrong it is laughable. As I say in previous posts there is a strong link between technology and arts in the people who would be called nerds. It certainly comes as no surprise to me that I connect so much to the story in this video. I love the home they built, the thought behind it and its construction. I totally get their philosophy. I would love to meet this couple. I know it would be a fascinating conversation.