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Offline ALonda

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Wish I had a buddy
« on: March 20, 2017, 03:08:14 pm »
My best friend since ~25 years back is now even a high school (equivalent) teacher in the fields of computers and electronics. But he also has 3 children, wife, house. And so he has pretty much no time at all to work on hobby projects, sharing and collaborating with me.

My uncle who worked a whole heap of years at the test-equipment prototype division at ericsson is now retired and aged and seems to have forgotten a lot of electronics. He has his own small projects but is generally uninterested in the kind of things I do. He does help me with practical things like soldering, components and equipment, but is otherwise no source of collaboration or inspiration.

Buddy in new york (state) used to be into programming and hacking with me but nowadays just gets by always busy with work and only programming for work.

Because of disability Im medically retired. All my time is free time, sitting 12 hours a day in front of my computer with a growing supply of electronics within arms reach.

But I have no buddy to chat with, to share experiences, collaborate on projects, draw inspiration from, give and take advice, exchanging ideas, general chit chat...

What I do is mostly simple arduino/breadboard electronics, raspberry pi, programming web services (php) and low level linux (system level) (C, assembly).

Ofcourse Im socially awkward (yes, aspbergers). Perfectionist, stubborn, minimalist. Very offensive sense of humor.

So, could there be a buddy for me out there or any suggestions on where I might find one?

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 03:31:50 pm »
Could you look into a hackerspace/makerspace?
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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 03:46:01 pm »
You have a whole forum of like minded people here to interact with. I had a bit of the same problem, friends all had kids and free time disappeared, only two of them ever had anywhere near the interest in EE as I do, and the one who lives nearby seems to be on a different project schedule where the stuff we are really interested in at the time only occasionally overlaps.
 

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 03:57:31 pm »
You sound fine to me, bro! Lol who cares about other people, just keep experimenting & soldering & most of all...THINKING! Nobody can take that away from you. Don't conform to anything but yourself. That's called "truly living".
 

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 04:19:33 pm »
But I have no buddy to chat with, to share experiences, collaborate on projects, draw inspiration from, give and take advice, exchanging ideas, general chit chat...

What I do is mostly simple arduino/breadboard electronics, raspberry pi, programming web services (php) and low level linux (system level) (C, assembly).

Ofcourse Im socially awkward (yes, aspbergers). Perfectionist, stubborn, minimalist. Very offensive sense of humor.

So, could there be a buddy for me out there or any suggestions on where I might find one?

Have you tried ham radio? I'm not talking just about the social aspect of it, but the general experimentation spirit. I don't see
radio listed in your interests, but it's never too late to learn. And your skills can also be useful in a ham radio community
with the usage of digital stuff growing.

And ham radio contacts are not necessarily "chatty" if you don't feel like it. There are digital communcation modes in which exchanges follow a strict protocol and there's no risk of falling into a "rag chewing" conversation.

This forum can help as well. And now that you have warned (thanks!), well, we know sarcasm is not a good idea.

 

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 04:31:49 pm »
If you don't mind said individual/s reside in other countries, there's plenty of fellow lunatics candidates on the forum.  :-DD
 
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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 05:17:20 pm »
Could you look into a hackerspace/makerspace?

Im afraid going out is not an option. I only have assistance 10am to 4pm, the nearby makerspace is only open after 6pm. And going anywhere involves getting prepped to go outside which is 20-30 minutes of pure pain. Thats why Im parked in front of my computer every waken hour.

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 05:27:11 pm »
If you don't mind said individual/s reside in other countries, there's plenty of fellow lunatics candidates on the forum.  :-DD

Oddly enough Ive always preferred foreigners to swedes. I dont know why, but when I was a teen, other teens were just interested in stupid things like getting drunk, partying and watching/playing icehockey or soccer. Or cars/motorcycles/mopeds... Me, I would sit with my C64 for hours n hours or go dumpster diving, grab an old TV, desolder the biggest high voltage cap I could find, charge it off rectified mains and short circuit it for the exciting bang.

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2017, 05:56:51 pm »
Hi,

I think you cannot just request a buddy here on this forum - these things evolve over time, BUT it is fairly easy to get involved in projects with people from this forum.
Most of us have wife and kids, work and problems, so time is always scarce.
But this doesn't mean you won't find people to share time with, especially on project related issues.

Regards,
Vitor
« Last Edit: March 20, 2017, 08:29:55 pm by Bicurico »
 

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 06:00:27 pm »
Maybe setup a discord channel thingy so we/people from EEVBlog can bug you for hours on end, and any more serious talk could be had in another private room or via skype for video chat and what not.

I'm kinda in the same boat, I have a couple REAL friends, and none of them is smart enough no not install some damm virus in the laptop or the cellphone :(
The smartest one finished university and went to another city..

Dark humor is a nice to have  >:D
I would annoy you, but I dont exactly speak Swedish, and my ramblings are on hold for over a year now, hate having two places to live, never have what I want with me, and I dont have the space to haul all my crap(scope, power supplies, 20 boxes of components, two dumb robots that wont even bang their heads on the walls, multimeters and random bits and bobs).
 

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2017, 06:01:06 pm »
Just participate in threads that interest you, gradually you'll start to recognize names and get to know people.
 

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2017, 06:30:06 pm »
It's cheap and environmentally friendly!
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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2017, 10:39:35 pm »
I think you cannot just request a buddy here on this forum

Sure you can! It just might not work every time. Honestly, when I read this thread, it was a little refreshing to see that it's not just me.
It's perfectly acceptable to not know something in the short term. To continue to not know over the long term is just laziness.
 

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2017, 11:00:33 pm »
What I meant is: you *normally* don't ask "who wants to be me buddy?" - instead you start hanging out here on the forum (or in real life in a café, pub, whatever) and start chatting with people, in this case, discussing projects and then you end up being friends with those who share your ideas and thoughts. It is a natural thing.

And no, you are not the only one... ;)

Cheers,
Vitor

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2017, 12:04:05 am »
It's cheap and environmentally friendly!

Thanks but I already have wheels, man!



I have been teasing my brain with the idea of rigging it for remote control with a bunch of hidden cameras and send it out in the neighbourhood. Watching the reactions of people when an empty electric wheelchair rolls on by. However, its only a loaner and the municipaly might take issue with me modifying their $12000 wheelchair...

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2017, 12:17:14 am »
Is your location adapted to wheelchairs? maybe you could go to some cafe and meet some people, maybe someone from forum might want to meet, I remember I could barely walk for a year around the home that made me depressed, but going out to cafe and working on my projects from there helped a lot.
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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2017, 12:35:37 am »
What I meant is: you *normally* don't ask "who wants to be me buddy?" - instead you start hanging out here on the forum (or in real life in a café, pub, whatever) and start chatting with people, in this case, discussing projects and then you end up being friends with those who share your ideas and thoughts. It is a natural thing.

And no, you are not the only one... ;)

Cheers,
Vitor

Oh, I know. I didn't mean anything by it. More of just being a shit, intended in a friendly way.
It's perfectly acceptable to not know something in the short term. To continue to not know over the long term is just laziness.
 

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Re: Wish I had a buddy
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2017, 12:49:21 am »
What I meant is: you *normally* don't ask "who wants to be me buddy?" - instead you start hanging out here on the forum (or in real life in a café, pub, whatever) and start chatting with people, in this case, discussing projects and then you end up being friends with those who share your ideas and thoughts. It is a natural thing.

And no, you are not the only one... ;)

Cheers,
Vitor

Oh, I know. I didn't mean anything by it. More of just being a shit, intended in a friendly way.

You are what we would call a 'shit stirrer' here in Oz.

Just to clarify, some 'shit stirrers' just do it for a bit of (mischievous) fun and a laugh - but you can get them that just want to stir up trouble.

It would seem you are the former.
 


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