During the summer last year, I got a chance to visit and explore the beautiful University of California San Diego campus. Among the many spectacular art installations and architectural wonders on campus, there was one I could not forget. In the campus’ central hub, the Price Center, a mural of clocks is drawn across the building’s enormous walls. Most interesting however were the LED display marquee signs that interrupted the mural halfway up the walls. Sitting on a couch across the way, I could not stop staring at the news that scrolled across them. Never had I had such desire to continue reading. And then I knew, I had to have one of my own.
Going the traditional route of buying one wasn’t an option as I soon discovered, so I thus decided to cut costs and build my own.
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