I’ve wanted to do hobbyist electronics for ages. I’ve been to Maker Faire, seen geeks doing cool stuff, even plinked around on a breadboard occasionally. And now I had an idea: the LED blinky-coat (more on this as it happens). First stop was Circuit Hacking Mondays at Noisebridge. I met Boz and Mitch, started talking about the idea, and Mitch suggested I build an Arduino (actually a Diavolino) from a very small starter kit. Excellent! Project #1: check.