So long and thanks for all the arduinos

Adios, everyone! Tomorrow is my last day here at Instructables and even that will mostly be clearing out my desk and distributing materials for future projects.

First and foremost, I love you all. If you're here reading this then you're someone who has chosen to dig into the world and learn much more than most of the people out there. That's a cool thing. An amazing thing. Cherish it and make that grow within everyone else you know. More is more here.

Also thank you to everyone for sharing your ideas. One of the biggest things I've learned is that you should share your ideas with others. There will always be more ideas and it's more fun this way. I wish I had a couple more lifetimes for the ideas that I'd like to work on. It is way worse to live a life keeping an idea secret for fear of someone else stealing it and never seeing it develop. OK, going into debt to patent it would probably be worse.

Is this a graduation speech? No? Fine, here's some unsolicited advice anyway: run into new areas. Don't give yourself a chance to think about it and go back to doing what you've already been doing. Mental ruts are comforting, but oh so boring. Listen to music you don't know, watch movies you know nothing about, just shake it up once in a while. No, shake it up all the time. The world is full of new ideas you've been depriving yourself of enjoying.

Then when your brain is thoroughly jumbled, start mashing up all the ideas. Combine all the things! One idea I want to work on is to make a UAV candy bomber. Attach candy to parachutes and drop them from quadcopters as they fly around in the sky. It would be a modern version of the candy bombers from WWII. It's not about anyone getting the reference, that's for wikipedia. It's about moving faster. Worrying about originality is for people who don't do stuff.

And that's the long version of saying that I'll be gone from here, but you should all keep the party going. Then again, you were going to do that anyway and that's why I love you.

For me the future is a little uncertain. There are a couple of VERY COOL THINGS that might happen, but it's not definite yet. In the meantime, I'm wrapping up my kickstarter calendar project. If you haven't looked at it yet, please do. The calendar is awesome and I want more of them out there in the world.

Other than that you can find me on twitter as @edabot

Now stretch your arms out wide and then give yourself a hug. Pat yourself on the back if you want. You're the future if you want to be. Take it, it's right there.

Love you all.


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BLASTFEMI4 years ago
Thanks for everything! Have a great time and best of luck on your new endeavors! OXOXOOXOXOXO
seamster4 years ago
I always enjoyed your interesting projects and supportive comments. Thanks for helping make this site so much fun to be a part of. May your future be most excellent!
Bye. You will be missed. Hope to hear more from you soon.
Kiteman4 years ago
Gone from the site as well?


fungus amungus (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Mostly. I still have a couple ideas that might show up here. No promises, though.
Oh, it would be a shame to lose you completely...
Gone with the wind?
Clever douglas adams title
long paragraphs with hyperlinks
obscure references to ww2
i'm pretty sure this is spam.

therefore if i flag it you can't leave instructables 8 - ]
fungus amungus (author)  thematthatter4 years ago
Nice try. If only flagging did have real-world results. Oh, to dream.
makendo4 years ago
Good luck, Ed. Thanks for sharing yr stuff - some of my favourite projects on the site.
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