Well, there's always something unexpected going on here in the Pleasure Dome (my office). Just a few days ago, for example, I received an email from author and lecturer Don Wilcher…
Don explained that he was an instructor at the local ITT Technical Institute, which is located just around the corner from my office, so I of course invited him to drop in and say "Hi" the next time he was passing by, and he promised to do so.
When Don did come round to visit, he very kindly presented me with an autographed copy of one of the books he's authored: Learn Electronics with Arduino.
Now, I think I'm safe on the electronics side of the fence (grin), but I'm sadly lacking in my knowledge of the Arduino. In fact, Don’s gracious gift has arrived in a very timely manner, because – in just a couple of weeks – I will be basking in a hands-on speed training session on the Arduino at the forthcoming Design West 2013 Conference and Exhibition (see also my blog SparkFun's going to teach me all about the Arduino!
The amazing thing (to me) was when Don explained how reading one of the earlier editions of my book Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (An Unconventional Guide to Electronics)
had inspired him to start writing in the first place (note to self: "Must only use my awesome power for the good"
). In fact, he whipped out his well-read, dog-eared copy and asked me to autograph it for him (something that's always guaranteed to make me happy :-)
Don is currently experimenting with the Raspberry Pi
and has promised to write us some "How To" design articles, which I hope to start posting in a few weeks' time.
Also, Don says he's going to invite me to come down to the ITT Technical Institute to give a guest lecture to some of his students, which should be a lot of fun (I'll take some photos and write a follow-up blog -- the trick, as always, will be to get me to stop talking :-)
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