Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Geeking Out

I recently subscribed to this magazine: Make. It comes out every three months and is thick and chock full of great things. It is all about DIY stuff. But the variety is awesome. In the first issue there are projects for lazer shows, hydro-electric rockets, toy car shooters, rocket firing stations and the list goes on.

When I received the first issue, I was delighted to see Adam Savage on the front page. I was even more delighted when I read the interview with him. I've long been a fan of Mythbusters and love the way they jump head first into making things and trying things.

So I'm cutting my teeth on some electronics. I'm learning to read schematics and I ordered and started in on a book also put out by Make called Make: Electronics. And I've decided to build the lunch box lazer show from the magazine. I visited the local flea market for a lunch box at a dollar and I've been twice to a local electronics store. Man it's like being in a candy shop. And I love my candy.

I am now the proud owner of a multimeter

a bread board

a soldering iron and soldering wire

and various small electronic parts

I'm so excited about this I can hardly stand the waiting for the time to be able to sit down and dig in.


Irrelephant said...

That's COOL! Can't wait to see what you're going to end up with--an interrociter? Flux capacitor? Engine that runs on water?

Dick said...

There are a lot of great kits that one can make of things that actually do work and do things you might want around the house. Have fun.

Andrea Frazer said...

They need to do a guest spot show on Myth Busters! We love that show also. You'd be awesome.

Clowncar said...

Cool, cool, cool! If you tell us how to build a hydro-electric rocket I promise to erect a statue of you in our living room in honor.

jaded said...

I trust you also have a fire extinguisher?

Sabra said...

Yay! Very excited to see what you will come up with!

Gordo said...

Yay, another convert! Make is the first wicked cool thing that I've found right at the beginning. It's had me running to the mailbox every three months for five years. Don't forget the blog and the digital editions!

Anonymous said...

I shall geek vicariously. Lord knows I cannot function as it is, I don't want to be tempted by another interest.

Maggie said...

Irrelephant, flux capacitor! Ha. Now where can I get some plutonium?

Dick, I've seen some. I might pick up the FM radio one for starters.

Andrea, I'd so freeze up. But I sure as heck would love to meet all those crazy people!

Clowncar, Ok! But I wrote it wrong. It's a hydrogen oxygen rocket with electric remote control. Will I still get a statue?

Jaded, Ha! I do.

Sabra, thanks! So far I've blown out a laser, desoldered two lasers and gave myself a headache trying to understand it all too fast. It's a good start.

Gordo, I love this magazine! I checked out the site but felt a bit lost the first time I was there. I'm going to have to take time to explore around in there and get familiar.

De, yeah I thought about that same issue, for about two minutes and then gave in. But the cool thing is this is a great hobby for Hubby and I to do together. So far we're having a lot of fun.

Gordo said...

The blog IS huge and, sadly, I don't have the time to follow it as closely as I did. The Mag is a good step, though. I'm amazed at how good a deal it is, especially when you consider access to the archives. :-)

Gordo said...

Oh, and geek chicks are hot. ;-)