The Latest Hobby Itch: Arduino

 
 
I know I shouldn’t do it, but I’ve got the itch.  I have become obsessed–no, that’s not right.  The word is too strong.  Okay, I’ve become intrigued by Arduino, though I am not sure why.  However, I can explain how it happened.
I was looking for a new project.  Actually first I was working on my decision making processes.  That is why I read a book that differentiated between gain and pain tasks, and how we put off gain tasks in favour ending pain tasks.  The book recommended scheduling time for gain tasks, and not worrying about how long they take, or whether they every get finished or not.  Sounded wonderful to me.  (If I can figure out how to do it, I will put a link to the book in my Amazon store at the side of the page)
So, despite having lots of these tasks, I decided I wanted something new.  Kind of a silly thing, but that is how my mind works.  That is how I started writing this (and three other) blogs.  If nothing else, my typing skills have gotten better.  I thought I would like to do some sort of science/technical project.
In days past, I would have gone to the Efton Science Store.  Alas, that has disappeared, and I had no idea where to look.  So, I consulted my fallback position.  I checked Amazon and searched for “project kits”.  That is where I found Arduino.  Just like a boy, I saw a kit full of interesting parts (all the bells and whistles), and thought, WOW!  I need that.  Though, in truth, I was not overly clear on what it was.
You’ve got to admit, this is cool.
After some YouTube videos, which are a tech nerd’s dream, I am still interested, though perhaps overwhelmed.  It is probably too complicated, but I am as fascinated and overconfident as I am nervous and confused.  I consider this a normal state when thinking about a new hobby.
So, I ask you.  Have you had any experience with Arduino?  Can you tell me anything about it?  I would really like your help.  Also, if you know anybody with experience, could you send them to this blog to help me before I spend all my money and end up with a desk full of electronic bits and pieces.  Please.
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5 thoughts on “The Latest Hobby Itch: Arduino

  1. Marcia has an Arduino. She bought because she works with computer programming everyday and she knows about how it works. But in youtube you can get a lot of tutorials for beginners and certainly you will be more interested on this little toy day after day. I have some Lego's which I kept since I was a child and we are thinking to make a kind of robot with the Arduino + Lego. thinking know about the two names, Legoino sounds good for a robot, hehe.

    the arduino comes with a CD, but we are out of cd drivers. Marcia has a macbook white with a non-working cd driver, my laptop and my desktop doesnt work either anymore, what a bad luck huh?

    Ok, thats it!
    Darwin.

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  2. today I discovered that someone developed an open-source system with arduino to BREW automatically for artesanal brewers!

    I think Marcia will have a lot of work to do for me now, muahaha!

    Darwin.

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