Boojum Buddies

The international adventures of four geezers

The Boojum Budd…

The Boojum Buddies – not to be confused with the TV sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, the breast cancer support group or the baby nursing gear – are buddies of sorts, bound by a curiosity of the natural world, a love of travel and a special affection for the Boojum bearing deserts of the Mexican Baja peninsula.

The Boojum tree (Fouquieria columnaris) or cactus is related to the Ocotillo and  grows only in the Sonoran Dessert on the west coast of Baja California and in one limited area of the Mexican mainland near Puerto Libertad.

The Boojum can grow 60 to 80 feet high in grotesque Dr. Suess-like configurations.  The name ‘Boojum’ was given the plant by Prof. Godfrey Sykes who was inspired by the poem by Lewis Carroll, “The Hunting of the Snark”

“It’s a Snark!” was the sound that first came to their ears,

And seemed almost too good to be true.

Then followed a torrent of laughter and cheers:

Then the ominous words “It’s a Boo-”

Then, silence. Some fancied they heard in the air

A weary and wandering sigh

That sounded like “-jum!” but the others declare

It was only a breeze that went by.

They hunted till darkness came on, but they found

Not a button, or feather, or mark,

By which they could tell that they stood on the ground

Where the Baker had met with the Snark.

In the midst of the word he was trying to say,

In the midst of his laughter and glee,

He had softly and suddenly vanished away —

For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.

Fitting, since the Boojum Buddies can also be a little Snarky when provoked

Snarks, Boojums, Mexico, Buddies, Margaritas, did I mention Hummers?  What else could we be but the Boojum Buddies?

Actual Boojum, near Catavina, Baja, Mexico

Unofficial sponsor of Boojum Buddies offroad trips

Meet the Buddies:

Boojum Bebo:                                                              

Worked at SLAC as a Computational Physicist and Senior Computing Information Systems Analyst. He is also a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Professor of Integrated Systems Management at the University of San Francisco.

In recent years, Boojum Bebo has been known for by his involvement with World Wide Web technology.  He was instrumental in establishing the first American Web site at SLAC in 1991.

Bojum Bebo has lectured and spoken internationally to academic and commercial audiences. He is the author of eight books and over one hundred journal/proceedings articles.

His current research interests are Web Science, Social Media in Education, and Cloud Computing, and …Jug Band music and history.

Boojum Bebo, El Marmol, Baja Norte, Mexico

Boojum Allan:

Allan is currently Director of Research and Research Training for the School of Commerce and Management, Southern Cross University, Brisbane, Australia.

Allan is the organizer of the AusWeb Conference series and the Chair of the International World Wide Web Conference Committee.

Currently serving as the Buddies’ Committee Chair for the” Great Gathering of Boojums Down Under” – celebrating the 2012 solar eclipse and the end of the world.

Boojum Allan, Near El Rosario, Baja Norte, Mexico

Boojum Neil:

Born in Scotland, now a citizen of the world, Boojum Neil has made a career out of translating Geek to plain French, English and Japanese for the rest of us.

  • 1989–2001: Head of Office of Communication,  European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva
  • 2001-2008: Director of Communication, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University
  • 2008–2010: Head of Communication, International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), Cadarache, France
  • 2011  Vice President for Communications and Public Relations, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Tancha, Okinawa, Japan

Boojum Neil, Bodie, CA

Neil also plays a mean shakuhachi, provides the Buddies with their Philosophical grounding and runs his own blog at  http://quietripple.

Boojum Ron:

Illinois native, retired San Francisco architect. Can use a computer, reads books, scans journals, attends lectures, listens to music and can recognize French when he hears it.   Serves as Buddies’ transportation coordinator, documentarian and armorer.

Boojum Ron, Taos, New Mexico


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