Welcome Caleb, to EETimes!!! I can't wait to start sharing the project I'm about to start here and getting some technical support at the same time! I have a 'stachecam that was designed by the intrepid Jason Kridner that is having some technical problems and am about to take off the case and start learning about the beaglebone inside. What's your current project???
@Max The Magnificent: Take classes? I could give them!
Wow, we're getting our comment quota in today! Yes, Max, if you had read my message carefully, you would have seen that I was suggesting you teach the class! Or I can just ask the professional, Caleb, to teach it. ;-) Seriously, a class like that might end up dimming all the lights in Oakland, CA, where The Crucible is located. It might even blow out Pixar in Emeryville. Ok, now I'm getting too localized.
Engineers, what are the places in neighborhood offer interesting classes for electronics tinkerers? Post them here in the comment section.
A Rube Goldberg contraption from a Crucible class.
@Max: What??? That's a bit of a slap in the face. I R an Engineer, you know!
Actually, Max, think of it as a challenge not an insult. Time for a Tesla Coil smackdown! There is a good venue for it in the East Bay. A frequent Maker-Faire particpant is The Crucible, where you can take classes on welding, firebreathing, machine shop, kinetics and electronics (including this class "Demystifying Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)" and "Earn Your Ham Radio License In Two Days!" Maybe you should teach a DIY Tesla Coil-making class. I would definitely take the class.
@Caleb: How are people supposed to contact me to share their projects? I'll have to remedy this.
I think they are working on adding the ability for members to enter a real bio (inc contact details) ... in the meantime, maybe you could add a "boilerplate" to the bottom of each of your blogs saying "email me at ..."
Yeah, I'm still learning the system here. I guess I assumed my contact information would be readily available on the site (like in a profile linked to my name in the byline). I see now that it is not. How are people supposed to contact me to share their projects? I'll have to remedy this.
Haha, yeah, I think maybe she meant un-professionals like Caleb. I'm sure pretty much any EE can build a better tesla coil than me, but I'm the guy who will put on a costume and run around in a crowd acting like an idiot with it.
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