Everyone knows that to be truly inspired you’ve got to… “think outside the box”…right?. Well I’m here to urge you to “get inside the box”.
Allow me to explain.
I’m typing this on a “box”…a computer box, inside of which are all manner of amazing things (not because I have the latest “octo-core” helium-cooled computer from Newegg) but just because it works and lets me access that “encyclopedia-on-nitro” that we all know as the internet, and type blogs, and design tricopter frames, and keep track of the parts that are on order for the CNC router that’s taking over my basement…
Computers are highly useful, right? No argument there from anyone, but we all tend to treat them like washing machines (i.e. we never peek inside…it just does its job and nobody gets anything like “dirt” under their fingernails from working on the “innards” (what are “innards”?)). Mind you I’m just as guilty as you (and maybe more so) of this blind use of technology without ever trying to fix it when it breaks… but I want to reverse the trend…
I have started to get “inside the box” on numerous “older” computers (we created an Edubuntu network out of someone else’s “trash”…but that’s another blog) and I want to share an opportunity with you to do the same. Not because it will make you “truly-inspired” but because I think its the key to being open to other adventures. The mind set that is accepting of the challenge, “Let’s open this thing up and see if we can figure out what makes it tick…” is the key to success in life with its ever challenging situations (“What? The dryer is not working?).
That’s a bold statement but I think that if we are sometimes willing to “work” on things that are broken and not just throw them away we are all going to be happier in the end…and so I am inviting you to join me at the Kitsap MiniMakerFaire, 10 June 2012. Find the “Computer-Build-A-Thon” booth (that might be hard…there will be lots of distractions…give yourself some time…). Once there you will find a vast array of computer parts (slightly older than your “octo-core” but still very useful). The majority of these parts were donated by Poulsbo PC (check them out at www.poulsbopc.com).
The challenge is to put the parts together creating a working computer (we supply the tools and operating system…all you need to bring is the desire to…you guessed it… get into the box). I know you have hear this before but, (trust me on this…) its not rocket science. You can do it! When you succeed, you can take your new creation home (tell your kids you got it from a stork and use it to type a blog post or two) or (if you already have that “octo-core hot rod” at home) you can donate it to a school.
Come check out the fun and maybe we can each find a spark of hope “inside the box”.