maddog goes to Rio for “Hack and Beer” and learns to appreciate the journey.

Blast Off!


The little boy behind me was really excited about his first airplane trip. When the plane started to take off, he gave a very loud countdown to “blast off!” It was refreshing to hear that much enthusiasm, particularly because air travel has become a “magic elevator” for me. The doors close in one location and open in another, but I have little excitement in the journey, only the destination.

I experienced a similar excitement with my first Arduino “Hack and Beer.” Arranged by my friend Álvaro Justen in Rio de Janeiro, I must admit I was a bit dubious that anything significant would come of just one night’s hardware “hacking.”