Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world.
|--Ralph Waldo Emerson, English Traits|
As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again. The age of automation is going to be the age of “do it yourself.”
Home-made, home-made! But aren’t we all?
|--Elizabeth Bishop, Crusoe in England|
IN THIS INTRODUCTION
The 1950s were a hobbyist’s paradise with magazines such as Mechanix Illustrated and Popular Mechanics showing the do-it-yourselfer ...