Well, all I can say is that you never quite know what's going to happen next in "Max's World" (where the colors are brighter, the butterflies are bigger, the birds sing sweeter, and the beer is plentiful and cold).
As you may recall, I tend to favor Hawaiian Shirts. Generally speaking, that's all I wear these days (well, along with shorts or jeans, you understand). I find that starting my day by picking the Hawaiian shirt du jour puts me in a good mood from the get-go; hence the fact that I made the unilateral decision that Hawaiian shirts are to be the Unofficial Garb for EE Live! 2014, which starts next week, of course.
Now, what could complement a Hawaiian shirt better than a Hawaiian baseball cap? And what could be better than a free Hawaiian baseball cap? Well, I have some rather good news on this topic. I'm currently sitting here in the Pleasure Dome cackling over the following image:
The reason for my cackling -- apart from the fact that's the sort of thing you do when you get to my age -- is that I'm going to have a couple of hundred of these little beauties to give away at EE Live! 2014. All you have to do is attract my attention if you see me strolling by on Tuesday April 1 -- I'll be the handsome rascal in the Hawaiian shirt -- and I'll give you one (while supplies last).
"But how did this all come to be?" I hear you cry. Well, I'm glad you asked. I'm sure you remember my idea about us forming a precision marching squad at EE Live! As part of this, I thought it would be useful for everyone taking part to have some sort of "uniform" so that we could tell "us" from "them." My original idea was to have Hawaiian shirts, but these tend to be a tad on the expensive side, and things get really complicated with sizes and whatnot, so my next thought was Hawaiian baseball caps.
A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting to the folks at Atmel about all sorts of interesting stuff they have going on. Not surprisingly, one of the things we talked about was EE Live! As an aside, Atmel is going to have its Tech on Tour tractor-trailer on the EE Live! Exhibit Floor.
The chaps and chapesses at Atmel say that they've packed a ton of their best demos, tech talks, and training into this huge mobile trailer. They’re driving it across the country, stopping at as many cities as they can, and one of these stops -- of course -- is going to be at EE Live!
But we digress... The folks at Atmel were kind enough to ask how the preparations for the marching squad were going (I think I heard giggles in the background, but I'm sure that was totally unrelated). I mentioned my idea about the Hawaiian hats, they offered to provide the little rascals, and I ended up doing my happy dance (it's not a pretty sight).
Sad to relate, however, it looks as if my chum David Ashton from Australia is not going to be able to make EE Live! He's currently stuck on route bouncing back and forth between England and Africa (and I thought my life was complicated). The reason I mention this here is that David used to be a Drill Instructor in the Rhodesian police force (Rhodesia is now known as Zimbabwe), which made him instrumental to my master plan.
Without a drill instructor, we'd all just be a bunch of techno-geeks wandering around aimlessly. Of course, those doubting Thomases and Thomasinas amongst our number might say that things probably wouldn't be much better with a drill instructor, but at least we'd have someone to blame.
So, the bottom line is that we don’t have a precision marching squad, but we do have a couple of hundred Hawaiian baseball caps courtesy of the guys and gals at Atmel. As I say, all you have to do is attract my attention on Tuesday, April 1, as I meander my way around, and I will be happy to give you one. (The best way to attract my attention is to shout "Max, Bacon!" or "Max, Beer!") We can all wear them at the official conference party in the main exhibit hall on Tuesday afternoon between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. and tell each other tall tales of derring-do and regale each other with stories of what a wonderful precision marching squad we would have made if only David Ashton had been available to mold us into shape.
Reminder: You can still purchase an EE Live! 2014 All Access pass or register for a free Expo pass at the event’s official site. But don't wait! The last day to register online for the event is Thursday, March 27, 2014.
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting