Decoding Sticks and Waves – Ken Beegle

Yesterday’s breakthrough solutions are today’s historical curiosities. Such is the case of stick charts, which were once used to navigate the Marshall Islands.

By observing the waves, wind and stars, select Marshall Islanders were able to find their way across the water. In 1898, Captain Winkler of the German Navy began decoding the stick charts, allowing us to understand how and why the charts worked.

Using his experiences as a lens, Ken Beegle asks us to look at what we’re building today and ask what type of historical curiosities they will become.

About Ken Beegle

Ken Beegle - Ignite Seattle 6You can find Ken on Twitter at @kbeegle, at his Web site, and the slides from this presentation at Slideshare.

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