She who controls the TV-B-Gone… #JourneytotheCenteroftheCatalog
Raindrops glisten against the lit street like 3mm diffused white LEDs on a matte black background. It’s the year 2020 and screens dot the skyline, ads playing on perpetual loop. Bodies walk by in dull gray suits, eyes staring at the screens as they walk. While the screens are on, they see nothing else. And the screens are always on.
A black-clad maker blends into the darkness of a lone unwatched alleyway, fumbling through her pocket for a silver 3×5 anti-static bag filled with components…
Quickly, she takes the soldering iron out of her holster, and huddling in the rain, makes short work of the kit’s simple design. She rises, placing 2xAA batteries (not included) into the provided holder…
…and points the device toward the omnipresent screens. The street goes dark. Images dissipate into the matte black night. And as the Maker runs through the alleyway to find another street, whispers trickle through the crowd.
“She who controls the TV-B-Gone,” they say, “controls the world.”
We have like 2000 products now. Adafruit’s not just a SpokePov, a MintyBoost, and three people like it used to be. And while there’s probably some guy named, like, Kyle who’s memorized every PID, every product name, and everything we’ve ever discontinued, we don’t expect all of you to be as awesome as Kyle is. That’s why we’re starting this – because there are products in our catalog that are still exciting, still useful, and are still things that you probably want to add to your shopping carts but just don’t know it yet. We’re calling it Journey to the Center of the Catalog – because we like Jules Verne and we like to pretend, sometimes, that Adafruit’s a giant unstoppable volcano with a bunch of really cool dinosaurs inside of it.
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