I've been passionately interested in science fiction and analog/digital electronics since I was a kid, and that feeling is still with me today. In my day job I spend a lot of time in wireless communications and doing a bunch of software design for physical and virtual Linux machines. It's great fun but I don't want to replicate that work here. Mostly because it's proprietary to my company. But I prefer to spend my personal time working on projects that are non-commercial. Things I can share with you, the reader, without having to send out non-disclosure documents.
When I was in 7th Grade a mentor of mine once unloaded his extensive junk box on me. In the pile was an old Bell and Howell home study Analog electronics "learn at home" kit which included a large breadboard lab with speaker and high/low voltage power supply, a bag of really old passive components, some metal can transistors with really long leads, a wad of 24 AWG hookup wire, and some printed lab manuals. The kit used these white plastic modules that plugged into the breadboard and allowed you to connect components together. I had no idea what I was doing at the time but I had a blast working through the lab manuals. Some of the projects worked and some didn't, most likely because of something I did or didn't do :) But it was so much fun and I've enjoyed analog design ever since.
My goal is to present a series of electronic projects as thoroughly and completely as possible which I hope will stimulate deeper thinking and kindle an interest in electronic design.