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My name is Shane Woodruff

I am an early adopter, a beta tester, a maker, a breaker, and technology shaker.

This site attempts to explain what makes a guy like me, a guy like me.

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Inspiration

When I was in second grade, I remember the science class in which we were each given a flashlight bulb, two small wires, and a D-Cell battery. With no instructions we were told to make the bulb light up using these parts, and the first person to figure it out would get a prize. This was the first time I can recall that I had been given the freedom to solve a “real problem” with an enticing incentive hanging in the balance; this was the first time I could sense competition and pressure to perform. Nobody in class, including myself, was able to get the bulb to light leaving me completely defeated. Once I was shown, however, I felt like I had learned the secrets to making fire. That day I learned three things: I like this science stuff, not everyone can understand it, and most people don’t care to. I was hooked.

Since my youth I have always been a tinkerer, a builder, and a life learner. Today, I would be called a “Maker.” I took apart toys, stripped their electronics, and made cardboard doll houses with doorbells and interior lights for my cousin April. I made toy lawn mowers with rotating blades. I built forts and wired them with solar powered fans, stereo sound, lighting, and emergency strobes. My favorite store wasn’t Toys R Us like everyone else, it was Radio Shack.

I was introduced to computers in the fifth grade. My school had a dozen or so Apple II computers. It was here that I first learned how to program. The computers were older, and had two programs we could use: The Oregon Trail, or one of the only programs that came with the computer, BASIC. Our computer teacher, Sister Theresa, was in her sixties at the time, and walked with a cane. Dressed in her black and white nun uniform, every class she would hand out a printout of computer code that we were to type in and run. She never explained how it worked or why we did it, just what should happen when we ran the program. If it failed to run, she would review the code and point out what needed to be fixed. By eighth grade, I was debugging my classmates’ code, and creating assignments that everyone would have to complete. She told me I was only one of a few students that she had ever taught who understood what the code did, and what it could do. I was as grateful back then as I am now for what I learned from her.

Young Shane

"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is."
- Isaac Asimov

Work

This is a sample of the fields I presently work in and follow passionately.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
- Carl Sagan

Interests

Twitter

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LinkedIn

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Pulse

This is a sample of what I read daily, and how I learn about what's happening in the world.
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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
- Arthur C. Clarke

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