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Sometimes the Journey is the Destination
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Why You Need to Finish

By Elliot Williams

Mike and I were talking about an interesting smart-glasses hack on the podcast. This was one of those projects where, even if you don't need a pair of glasses with LEDs on them to help you navigate around, you just couldn't help but marvel at a lot of the little design choices made throughout.

For instance, I love the way the flex PCB is made to do double duty by wrapping around the battery and forming a battery holder. This struck me as one of those quintessential hacks that only occurs to you because you need it. Necessity is the mother of invention, and all that. There was a problem, how to fit a battery holder in the tiny space, and a set of resources that included a flex PCB substrate. Cleverly mashing that all together ended up with a novel solution. This wouldn't occur to you if you were just sitting at the beach; you'd have to be designing something electronic, space-constrained, and on a flex PCB to come up with this.

Mike made an offhand comment about how sometimes you just need to finish a project for the good ideas and clever solutions that you'll come up with along the way, and I think this battery holder example drives that point home. I can't count the number of my projects that may or may not have been dumb in retrospect, but along the way I came up with a little trick that I'll end up using in many further projects, outliving the original application.

Finishing up a project on principle is a reasonable goal just on its own. But when the process of seeing something to conclusion is the generator of new and interesting challenges and solutions, it's even more valuable. So if you're stuck on a project, and not sure you want to take it all the way, consider if the journey itself could be the destination, and look at it as an opportunity to come up with that next long-lasting trick.

Bad News: Arecibo

If you read the newsletter last week, you heard me wondering aloud if the damage to Arecibo Observatory had crossed the threshold into where it's no longer economically viable to keep it running, and the sad news has just come in and the battle for Arecibo has been lost. We said we'd shed a tear, and here we are. Sic transit gloria mundi. Here's hoping something cooler replaces it!

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