It's out there. Time to stop pretending. The truth is that I am no Rocket Surgeon.
However, I love to hack around with embedded systems and micro controllers. I have a hard time looking at something that I use often and not thinking, "this thing X would be way cooler if it did Y!"
So given that I am not a rocket surgeon, how to proceed?
Back in the day, building embedded systems was very difficult. These days it has become painfully easy (well, almost). Far and away, my favor piece of hardware is my arduino. This thing rocks! Combined with the development environment and the Processing environment, the arduino is a great little system. Also, I'd like to throw a shout out to Make Magazine and Nuts & Volts. These two publications fill my head with "delusions of grandeur" and blinky lights.