Nothing and I emphasize, NOTHING teaches you better than getting deep down and practically “Doing it yourself”. Getting your hands dirty, blowing up a circuit,making things fly apart and every other adventure is just a part of the learning curve which is not only fun but much more effective! And the satisfaction when you see the system you put together working, whether it be a small counter or a large UAV (Unmanned Aviation Vehicle aka drone) is priceless.
My adventures with DIY seemingly started when I was gifted a toy box,
called Mechanix from Zephyr. (Something great woke inside me 🙂 ) And I forever thank my mom’s sister (Indu Cheriamma) and her husband (Pradeep Elachen) for gifting me that box.
Here is a TED speech by Dale Dougherty, the editor and publisher of MAKE magazines(www.makezine.com). Listen to what he has to say 🙂
Now like Dale Dougherty says, “We all are Makers” and its not just the Americans, I feel that around the globe, there are so many of us who are driven to make.So what are you waiting for, ‘DIY! Do it yourself folks!
A few months ago, during summer, I had the opportunity of hearing to Dr.Rajendra Pachauri, his views and takes as well as the findings of IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).He told us that the average rise in temperature in the past 100 years has touched 0.7 deg. Celsius. If you think its a small number, you would be surprised by the fact that it has already introduced water stress in many places. A few years ago, scientist had put 2 deg. Celsius as the roof for the rise in temp. which is induced by greenhouse effect and was planning to mitigate all possible events which would make the temperature increase any further. But seemingly, if the current trend in greenhouse gas emission continues, it seems that we will be looking at a rise in temperature above 4 degree and more. That’s huge! Its implications would be shocking.
Here is an image from Wikipedia article on the effect of ‘Global Warming’ :
The IPCC says that humans are unequivocally responsible for all the changes. A major economic breakdown predicted due to severe change in climatic conditions would mean imminent shift in power.. a war perhaps! In whatever perspective you see this, the end result of the continuous rise in temperature is going to be catastrophe.
To people who still don’t get it.. I wish to say no more other than this quote/question from “Calvin and Hobbes”
“Do the words ‘Complete Pandemonium’ strike terror in your heart?”
Finally, I wish to end this long post by attaching the link to the famous video called HOME by Yann-Arthus Bertrand. Everyone has a date with the planet!
I just love Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. Its not only amusing and entertaining, but often provides those hitches of reality that one has experienced in his/her life. And when you see some of that experiences and some of the questions you have had, represented in a cartoon and asked by an amazing six year old and his albeit stuffed pet tiger.. you just fall for it!
Here are a few of the cartoon strips, mostly found spread in the internet.