You may have noticed, I’ve been writing a lot less, in fact, I haven’t written for quite some time. Perhaps you poked The Kneeslider link in your browser checking for signs of life and wondered, “Is there a pulse?” and gone away still unsure. Well, I’ve been wondering myself.
A lot of factors have played a part in my absence from regular writing here, the changing economics of blogging is certainly one, but beyond that, it’s the dramatic change in technologies of all sorts, changes I find incredibly interesting, changes I want to have a hand in and learn a lot about.
Motorcycles, up, down and around in circles
Since starting The Kneeslider in early 2004, the motorcycle business has gone through explosive growth and then, reorganization and retrenchment, but as the companies fought for survival, doing their best to bring out new models to attract buyers, the rest of the world was moving ahead in a different direction. I touched on this in an earlier article and I see more of it today, I certainly feel more of it in my own life.
High tech and hands on
I’ve had a few posts sitting on the home page of the site for a while, posts about workshops, which may give you a hint of where I’m going. Right now, the possibilities for an individual to learn about, experiment and then do things in his own shop, or in the local makerspace, are exploding. What previously took millions of dollars to do, might set you back a thousand bucks, maybe less. Tools and technologies are advancing rapidly and becoming downright cheap. If you’re looking for explosive growth and new opportunities, they're right here.
Even with a lifelong involvement in high tech, I’ve had to overclock my brain just to keep up and I like it. It’s a challenge, it’s advancing fast in every direction, so, it’s time for an upgrade and setting a new course. I’ve been rearranging my garage and getting ready to spend a lot more time “hands on,” but on different things.
It's not going to be all cutting edge, I have a Pioneer SX-727 receiver that still looks brand new, but needs a thorough going over, replacing all of the electrolytic capacitors, that sort of thing, but I'll be diving into the Arduino and the other microcontrollers and whatever else I need to know plus getting familiar with many of the other new tools and technologies. Some of you may enjoy coming along as I go in this new direction, others may not, but what you might find interesting is the perspective of someone who has to learn as he goes, the same path you might have to travel if you were to jump in and give it a try.
Learning, doing and always positive
Though I’ve strayed off the topic of motorcycles before, I’ll be going much further afield in the future. The Kneeslider will remain though I will be starting a new site, with a different look and new priorities. When the site is ready, I’ll announce it here. It will be very positive and focused on learning and doing, a lot like I've always been on this site and if you’re curious and looking for new challenges and opportunities, I encourage you to join me. I think it’s going to be a great adventure.