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Phillip, Phil, pt, MISTER Torrone, the man frequently behind the camera (and other happenings) at adafruit industries, is back in orbit over Planet MAKE. He makes planetfall tomorrow and we’re absolutely thrilled to have him back.

There’s nobody else like PT. His understanding of the DIY world, the blogosphere, digital media, open source hardware, the emerging cottage manufacturing movement and high tech small businesses, and a bunch of other bleeding-edge niches, is unmatched. And his passion for all this is, frankly, rather dizzying. There’s a joke around the office that “Phil never sleeps.” Not only is that nearly true, but after trying to fill his shoes for the past four months (and he wears half a dozen pairs), I know why. I’m not sure the guy’s even human! Klaatu barada nikto (just to be on the safe side).

He comes back to us after an extended MAKEcation, time away to work on many projects, and to help grow adafuit industries. We can’t wait to see some of his “What I did on my summer MAKEcation” articles, detailing some of what he’s been up to and what he’s learned along the way. He’ll be working here on the site as a Contributing Editor, writing about what’s on his radar, and on his mind, and working behind the scenes, on planning, marketing, etc.

So, from all of us here at Make: Online, welcome back, Phil! How can we miss you if you don’t go away? You went away. We missed you.

[And speaking of MAKEcations, you'll be able to go on your own MAKEcations soon and share some of what you've learned with us. It's an upcoming summer series we'll be launching soon. Stay tuned...]

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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