The Best Laid Plans…

There's a Hebrew expression that, if I'm not mistaken, translates to, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."

Well, things haven't exactly gone according to plan lately. My plans were to create this website and blog in obscurity for a while, build a workshop for electronics work in my garage, do some hardware projects, and then when I had something to show, try to get some publicity and attention to my site.

I've had some comments on some of my posts, which I find very flattering. I have deliberately not made any attempt to get any attention, so for those of you who have discovered the blog and are reading: thank you. I wasn't expecting an audience this early. I am a maker at heart, but haven't found the time to pursue this passion of mine. Starting the website was the first step in encouraging myself to get back on this path again.

I have talked to the city permit office about building a workshop in my garage. The Finance Committee Supermodel Wife has tentatively given me permission to build a man cave out there with some money from a bonus that was paid at work. I'd like to start that project soon. I had a contractor bid that was way too high so I'll be doing the work myself. I'm currently healing from minor surgery on my legs so that can't start for a little while yet. (That, and the fact that my garage is as messy as yours and I'd have to do a lot of cleaning and organizing before starting construction.)

Once the workshop is built I have a few ideas for projects that I'd like to crank out (between work, kids, wife, and other stuff.) I'll do some detailed posts about the music box project I did with the TI Launchpad; I intend to make it a beginner friendly tutorial series. I would like to build the Weird Sound Generator from the Music From Outer Space website, then use that as a springboard to digital audio projects. I participated in the Gameduino launch on Kickstarter and would like to do a project with that hardware. And I'd like to design a low cost 802.15.4 wireless platform and get some hobbyist activity around that. I also want to start on a CNC router and laser cutter.

Anyway, those are my thoughts and what I hope to have in the future for you. I wish I could say all this will be happening real soon, but it's going to be a few weeks, at least, before I have much original content.

I am a maker at heart, but haven't found the time to pursue this passion of mine. Starting the website was the first step in encouraging me to get back on this path again.