Ideal Boy


Designed for the classroom, they cover every subject imaginable, from science and technology to guides on proper manners. Educational charts can be found posted across India in post offices and railway stations, among other public spaces. Although didactic in nature, many of them are riddled with errors that defy all logic. People and objects are often bizarrely rendered; the names of places and things are routinely misspelled.



A new breadboard technique.

As luck would have it, I was out of breadboards. At this hour, all of my usual Radio Shack stores were closed, and besides, I had been unable to find any at the last 5 Radio Shacks I had visited. I thought about calling Karl to ask if I could borrow a couple, but his place is about 40 minutes each way, and it was really late. Then I realized that he was probably the reason I hadn’t been able to find any in the area. Out of frustration, I called anyway and hung up after a couple of rings. At least I felt a little better now that we were both awake.

I considered several options for assembling my circuit without a breadboard, but that predrilled board really was a key part to doing this quickly. It was now 2am, and time for an early morning feeding. I raced down the stairs to find a tasty snack. This is where I found the solution to all of my problems. Right there in the second shelf, laying flat beneath the tub of sour cream, was a short stack of 8″ flour tortillas. I popped out the last two of the flat uniform sheets, and threw the packaging in the trash. To one I attached a slice of cheese, rolled it into a tight tube, and consumed it in three very large bites. The other was whisked up the stairs to my work room.