#18 Stuff Used for Breadboarding

Apparently also unnecessary alliteration.  The EE nerd is always willing to spend an immense amount of time building custom electronic gadgets by hand.  In our dorm there were a number of people who had built themselves Gandalf staffs that glowed on command; other people I've heard of built a fake bomb solely for others to defuse.  Partly it's that writing assembly code is a great break from Lisp.  Partly it's just cool to build a personal little power grid, even if it wasn't very hard.  Partly it's that they had to find something to do after Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was cancelled.  But a bigger part of it is that the bits and pieces are just so fun.  Labs are stocked with bins of components, thus being in lab is fun; it's the penny arcade of the modern era.

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