The Right Tools for the Job

I just started my first class on Coursera.1 When I attempted the first homework assignment, I pulled out the tools I typically use at work: 0.9mm mechanical pencil, blank photocopier paper, and the calculator on my Android phone.

Nope! That just wasn’t going to cut it.

Off to the office supplies store I went and got the real stuff: 0.5mm mechanical pencil, an eraser in a holder, engineering paper, a D-ring binder, and enough dividers. When I got home, I retrieved my HP calculator.

And although those tools got me through college, it wasn’t going to be enough now. I had to get my reading glasses, too.

Now I’m ready.2 :-)


  1. It’s Introduction to Power Electronics from the University of Colorado. The tools my team designs and builds help our customers validate their voltage regulator designs. This class will help me understand a little better what our customers go through. 
  2. And I’m having fun. And I hate to admit it, but I’m working hard. Where are my college buddies so I can relax with a game of hearts? ;–) 

Science-O-Rama!

Tonight Jamison went to district Science-O-Rama with his Wireless Power Transfer engineering project.1 Jamison and two of his friends put their boards in a row and enjoyed the experience together.

Kudos to Synopsys2 for sponsoring this event.

But wait — there’s more

See all posts on Jamison’s Wireless Power Transmission project.


  1. Jamison’s project is based on the Instructable, “Low-Power Wireless Charging.” 
  2. I corrected the spelling of Synopsys thanks to a note from Jeff Martens