Geeking out on Arduino
Mainly getting used to the circuitry. Haven’t written any code from scratch yet.
Not familiar with Arduino? It’s software code and hardware, both called Arduino, that help you make things that do things. (And a lot of its success comes from a generous community that’s built up around the tools.) Projects can be sillily simple: the first basic project anyone does is write some code that makes a little light blink. Or it can be insane: the website Instructables features “20 Unbelievable Arduino Projects”, including a Flamethrowing Jack-O’-Lantern. (Actual text: “WARNING!: This pumpkin is extremely dangerous and you definitely should not make one of these. The instructions were posted here are for entertainment purposes only. I do not condone the manufacture or use of flamethrowing jack-o’-lanterns. Seriously, nothing good will come of making one of these. Don’t do it.”)
I haven’t made a Flamethrowing Jack-O’-Latern yet. Here’s the basic stuff I have made though: