Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Welcome to Hands On - Make: Electronics
Welcome to Hands On - Make: Electronics. The purpose of this blog will be to provide my experiences as I read and work through the exercises found in the new Make: Electronics book written by Charles Platt.
The book proposes some unusual activities, among them the concept of actually making mistakes and burning out electronic components. How cool is that?! One of the first exercises actually involves licking a battery! I've never had a teacher tell me to do that! (And if I had, I might have sat up straighter and paid more attention in class.)
I have a lot of books on electronics. A lot. And one of the problems I have with all these books is (yawn) they're slightly (yawn) uninteresting... and none of them have really (yawn) held my interest to the final chapter.
Well, I think I've finally found a book that interests me enough to finish reading and to actually sit down and perform the physical exercises. But I also know that the act of blogging about my experiences is also likely to provide a little pressure... especially if I know others are reading about my experiences. (Yes, I fully hope and expect that my readers will let me know if they see me slacking off a bit on the reading and/or hands-on exercises...)
So, if you're just joining me... welcome. Whether you're interested in learning more about electronics (like me) or just want to see some electrical components go up in smoke (like me), I think you've come to the right place. I've been anxious to get started with this book since it arrived in my mailbox about 3 weeks ago, and today's the day. So, here we go...
Update: A special thanks to FirebirdVII1963 for being my very first follower!
James Floyd Kelly