Our current guest blogger, Steven Johnson, is going to stick around for the next couple of days because he got a late start (and because we love his entries so much). In the meantime, we've got a special treat in store — Gareth Branwyn and Charles Platt are both going to guest blog for the next two weeks.
They'll be posting their own bios shortly, but here's a brief introduction:
Gareth is one of my oldest friends. He's a wonderfully creative designer, maker (budding amateur roboticists should seek out his highly praised book, Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots), and brilliant writer and editor. We got to know each other in the late 1980s when we saw each other's zines (mine was bOING bOING, his was Going Gaga) listed in Factsheet Five and we swapped subscriptions. We've been friends ever since, and have collaborated on a bunch of projects together.
Charles Platt and I have known each other professionally for many years (he wrote some of my favorite articles for Wired when I was an editor there, later, when I was an editor at Wired Books, I republished his novel, The Silicon Man). Charles is also an amazing maker of things — designing and building everything from board games that are 100% skill and 0% chance (other than who gets to go first) to medical equipment that can save people's lives. Over the years, we've become good friends.
Both Gareth and Charles are editors at MAKE, and their contributions delight me and MAKE's readers.
Please welcome Gareth and Charles!