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November 23, 2011 AT 11:41 am

What are you thankful for 2011?

Rockwell-Thanksgiving

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8 Comments

  1. I’m grateful for the continued health and well-being of my family! Not creative, I know, but it’s damned true.

  2. The thing I am most grateful for? The maker/D.I.Y movement becoming mainstream. It thrills me to no end that kids can be interested in science and technology and be the cool kids, not the outcasts.

    No one should fear wanting know. 🙂

  3. I’m thankful that the maker/OS communities have provided me with the tools I need to enter the workforce, despite chronic illness and not being able to afford to finish my Bachelor’s degree. I’m thrilled that I can do something that’s good for the environment, the economy and society as a whole. I’m proud that I might be able to do so while sidestepping the dominant profits-before-people corporate mentality and do business honorably, the way my grandparents did, putting in a hard day’s work and giving my customers the best goods and services they can get for their money. I’m also grateful that I can use this opportunity to create more opportunities for people like myself who’ve been pushed aside by big business and the status quo. But most of all, I’m thankful that I get to do all these warm-and-fuzzy things by playing with stuff like ROBOTS and LASERS!
    Happy Thanksgiving everybody,
    ~Joe

  4. I’m just thankful for having a job while my wife is on bed rest in the hospital for two weeks while we are waiting the arrival of my son. We are pretty fortunate because there is another lady in the hospital on bedrest at 22 weeks which means she is going to miss Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s before she delivers at about 35 weeks.

    My wife is allowed out of bed to shower and that is when she charges her phone and then I charge her phone again when I visit but you can see how valuable a Minty Boost is if you are not able to make frequent trips from bed.

    I’m thankful for the people who have given us a bassinet and offered us a crib. They are used but they are new and they are beautiful.

    I’m thankful for all the people offering me help and we don’t need much. I’m thankful for the lady at the bus stop that takes my son to the bus and brings him to her house so that I can go to work and come home and collect my son. It is a humbling experience to be indebted to people and at the same time be sensitive to other people and their feelings.

    The baby will be here Monday and I will be soo busy for three months that I won’t have much time to think about projects or microcontrollers for a while.

  5. I give thanks to the good creators in the world. In a time that has been dotted by non-disclosure, there are still people who believe that their talents can serve the greater good and choose to “open” the loop of their knowledge. Some of these good people give everything away even when threatened with the likelihood that they may not eat, and may not even stay sane for long.

    These same people ensure that we have a future, because we can look back on the past and improve on it.

    Open source, open hardware, and making may or may not be the panacea of the future, but bit by bit, it is affecting the world ever so slightly. As people become educated, they change both themselves and others. And as people change, the world changes. We are propelled forward by open loops of knowledge, provided for free to those willing to open themselves to it.

    Good creators that give knowledge away make this all possible. These same people gently push our society forward in some marginal way.

    And thus, I give my thanks to those who make it possible.

    Cheers.

  6. I am thankful for being a student maker and having great support from my family of geeks. I am proud to be able to be accepted amung my friends and family as a kid, but still discuss math and science along with electronics. Go OSHW!!!

  7. I am thankful to my Dad (1923.03.05-1989-09-26)
    A Philips two way intercom to build at 8, at 9 a Radio Shack 79 in 1 Electronics set. At 13 he went to the office of Acorn computer on a business visit 200 miles from home(Noting that it was on top of a hair dresser’s shop) – and bought me an Acorn System 1 6502 processor, LED display, calculator keyboard. He probably bought it off Herman Hauser. Loads of 6502 assembly in pencil and paper. Thanks Dad
    P.S. A little bit of that Acorn computer business is in my Android phone ARM processor 🙂

  8. First and foremost, I’m most thankful for the health and togetherness of my family. Nothing else even comes close.

    I am thankful that I found hobbyist electronics later in life, and, much to my surprise, was invigorated like never before and turned it into an open source hardware business. There is a growing anti-capitalism sentiment in the US right now, but I’m thankful that every day I am reminded that education and very hard work really do pay off. I am thankful that in this country you can do well by simply making customers happy.

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