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

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • Volkemon


    Your editorial presence and contributions have been sorely missed.

    Hope you are recharged and refreshed.

    Again, welcome back.

  • Marc de Vinck

    YEA! Welcome back Phil!

  • Phillip Torrone

    thanks for the warm welcome (back) everyone!

  • TheThompsonFive

    Welcome back PT.

  • John Park

    Yay! Welcome back!!

  • What

    Hey, maybe now I wont need to cancel my subscription… Cool.

  • Shawn Connally

    We knew you couldn’t leave your adoring fans and occasional trolls for too long!

  • Anonymous

    With PT back there is no way I will keep the record for the most photos on the Flickr Make site!

    The Score: kentkb (1,598) pt (1,127)

    OKOkok…. Welcome back anyway.

  • KentKB

    With PT back there is no way I will keep the record for the most photos on the Flickr Make site!

    The Score: kentkb (1,598) pt (1,127)

    OKOkok…. Welcome back anyway.

  • codenamemason

    Welcome back PT! I remember when Make started I had a small conversation with you on AIM. All I remember thinking was “this is so cool that I am talking to the assistant editor of MAKE!!!” Thanks for being so down to earth. You made me realize that my dreams of spending my life doing “projects” could be a reality.


  • Natalie Zee Drieu

    Welcome back friend! We missed you!

  • cyenobite2

    Joining in the love fest… Glad to have you back PT! Also – Kudo’s to Gareth as well, I enjoyed your many posts and hope you will not fade away :)

    • Gareth Branwyn

      >Joining in the love fest

      Yay. Group hug!

      >Kudo’s to Gareth as well, I enjoyed your many
      >posts and hope you will not fade away :)

      Thanks, Cyenobite. I appreciate that. I’m not going anywhere. I’ll continue to do my number of posts and act as Senior Editor. With PT coming back, it just means MORE good stuff added into the mix.

  • sybarite13

    Looking forward to your new and exciting adventures. :-)

  • Peter Horvath

    so glad to hear pt’s back!

    can’t wait to hear all about the wacky adventures from your MAKEcation.

  • RobotGrrl

    Aww, at first I thought this article would detail a story where PT was on ‘The Price is Right’ and hacked it so that it gave him lots of money. LOL!

    In any case, welcome back. :)

  • Alan Parekh

    Hey PT, welcome back! Can’t wait to read about some of your new projects.

  • Hector Lara

    Hola Phill!!

    When are you comming down to do some more tequila touring with the staff of Make:en Español?

    Great to have you back.

    See you in Austin in October!