"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Monday, December 10, 2012

Making things, including mistakes

Yesterday, Keith spent about eight hours making ... something. The reason for the lack of detailed information here is that the electronic stuff he does means little to me, to say the least; not that I reject it as not being worthy of notice, simply that for me, it is like presenting me with a book in Mandarin Chinese. Anyway, revenons a nos moutons, as the French say. I gather it was some sort of circuit and he spent a lot of time bent over his work station, interspersed with staring at his computer screen, but finally, he had done it.
It had been a bit of a steep learning curve and had involved a few mistakes and setbacks, but, as he commented,
"I have learned far more by making mistakes than I would have done if it had all gone smoothly."
Words of wisdom, I think.


6 comments:

  1. Do we know what it was? Or what it was supposed to be? Or what it will become?

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    1. Something to do with a circuit is all I know, Cro and it involves a 555... ???

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  2. Was he making your Christmas present? Perhaps an electrified walking stick to fend off barking mutts and aggressive sheep while walking your two very sexy canine friends?

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    1. Electrified walking stick? That sounds good, YP. Maybe it would come in useful to fend off Yorkshire men when I'm over there in that there Yorkshire!

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  3. It's the perfume that does it. Try some cheap stuff from Lidl instead. I think it's called "Suddenly", then we'll keep away. Add it to your extensive gift list.

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  4. Chanel no 5 is my perfume of preference YP - just in case you're wondering what to buy me... ;)

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