I read Make Magazine, I enjoy their blog, I think those little nixie clocks are sooo cute. I’d like to learn more about simple electronics and building stuff.
Are there any particularly good books? Anything good with “learn by cheap projects”? How much of a Radio Shack investment are we talking about to get started here? I tried picking up a few of those “101 cool electronics projects!” books and realized I need something more… basic. A lot more basic.
What I know about electricity is that you better shut off the breaker before you go trying to fix it. I’ve installed my own programmable thermostat, and that’s the absolute apogee of my accomplishments. I’ve never soldered anything. Actually, I’m pretty nervous about the idea of soldering anything.
I want to learn by doing, but I’m afraid that if I get too far in over my head that I’ll be “cookbooking” projects and not really understanding how they work. My goal here is to learn (and build one of those darling little nixie clocks.) Suggestions?