Let’s start with one of my favorite quotes.
When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life.
Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
I’ve always been into building things, and while I’ve mostly enjoyed buiding software, my interest in building physical things is also way up there. Somewhere in me, there is an aspiring architect (one of my childhood dreams), an interior designer, and an engineer.
I used to build flashlights out of spare parts from toys, or small electric fans using Tamiya motors — anything that could help out with the heat. I did not enjoy LEGO very much when I was a kid, because I absolutely hated stepping on them. I did do some work with LEGO Mindstorms around 10 years ago, and really enjoyed it — perhaps due to the coding part.
I wish I took an engineering course in college, or at least the computer science with engineering equivalent. Looking back, I wrote software 6 years before college, and I probably wouldn’t have stopped writing code and still continued learning new technologies if I took a different course. I learned a few new tricks in college taking up computer science, but this was at the expense of learning more about really building something.
Now, it’s so hard to get into hacking up things because I lack the foundations — something I’m keen on learning from scratch. I already have a series of projects lined up, and now I actually have the funds to make these a reality. One of my projects is coming up and will be the first I’d like to share.
Other than that, there’s this blogging thing. I will make it happen this time. It won’t be the blog that I struggle to keep alive and fail at the second week.
See you in a bit.