I have exciting news to impart. The Mighty Hamster (a.k.a. Mike Field) is a computer and FPGA guru who hails from New Zealand. No, that's not the news I was talking about. Sit down, take a deep breath, and curb your impatience while I set the scene.
All hail the Mighty Hamster.
The Mighty Hamster (all hail) was well known to the community on All Programmable Planet (RIP). Everyone loved his interesting and thought-provoking articles about the somewhat unconventional experiments he is wont to perform in his top-secret underground Hamsterworks laboratory.
Now, it must be acknowledged that some of the Mighty Hamster's (all hail) experiments exhibit a certain carefree rambunctiousness. For example, who could forget the time he made an FPGA broadcast a frequency modulated radio frequency (RF) signal?
What? You haven't heard about this? Well, let me elucidate. (Don't worry, I'm a professional.) For reasons we lesser mortals can only wonder about, Hamster started to ponder that fact that, "by dropping a bit here and by stuffing in an extra bit there," as he says, the high-speed SerDes cores on an FPGA could be used to generate high-frequency RF signals.
It didn't take long before the Mighty Hamster (all hail) had his FPGA transmitting a message in Morse code. He then wondered how far the signal would go, so he hooked an antenna to his FPGA, left it running, and set off to determine the distance over which he could detect his transmission. You can see all of this in this YouTube video.
What Morse code message did he transmit? Would it surprise you to hear it was "... --- ..." (you've got it, "SOS")? Apparently, this was the first thing that came to mind, and it never struck him that such a message might attract the attention of the authorities, for example. But who are we to judge the actions of a genius?
As to my exciting news... I just heard that the Mighty Hamster (all hail) is flying all the way from New Zealand to visit yours truly in "Huntspatch," Ala. Actually, he's flying into Atlanta on a business trip, but he's keeping a day free to drive over to see the US Space and Rocket Center.
By some happy quirk of fate, the Space and Rocket Center is located just a few miles down the road from the Pleasure Dome (my office), so the Mighty Hamster (all hail) has graciously condescended to grant me an audience.
Look upon his works, ye mighty, and despair.
Of course, I will have to tidy things up a little. It's a bit of a battle to work your way around the piles of books and electronic parts and gizmos lying on the floor, and it would be somewhat difficult to conduct any meaningful conversation over the stacks of papers that seem to have accumulated (or bred) on my desk. But the fact remains that I soon will rub shoulders with the Mighty Hamster (all hail). Now I must away to perform my happy dance.
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting