(A Tribute To The 1999 Philippine Webby Awards Nominees)
What's common between a trekker and a tekkie?
- Both have passion for their craft, mountaineers for the outdoors, new places to climb; the designer on new ways of doing things.
- Both are seen to be weird but not nerdy though. Both are trendy.
- Those who excel are the young ones. There are now lots of young ones mainly in the late 20's to 30's into climbing.
- Obsession for equipment. The IT for their computers, scanners, storage, connectivity. What about the mountaineer? Who has not attended a socials without any discussion on this?
- No one's earning from the craft. Software companies have low margins, designers not paid that high here, e-commerce not getting that high hits. Mountaineers don't earn from the journey, nor from sharing their info and stories. Certainly not the manufacturers who only cater to a limited few.
- Both have a wealth of info, technology, experiences, adventures and a fresh way of looking at things.
- The IT person needs to be dragged out of the screen to escape from his high stress world, the mountaineer out of the outdoors to be brought back to reality.
- Both are changing the way the world is ran. Changing the way we look at things and in problem solving.
- Both get satisfaction from completion-The mountaineer in reaching the top, the IT person in solving a hitch.
- You can no longer take the passion out from them. In extreme cases their obsessions have become uncontrollable.
Lastly, both can be friends. That is why I maintain a circle of friends who are either in the outdoors or in the electronic world. Sometimes in both. Welcome to the next millennium.
Have e-mail, will climb. No need for pre-climb. Join the club?
19 November 1999