Take one race car driver, give her a roller derby jersey with the name “Rectifier 1N34″ (sic) and access to some components, and who do you get? Jeri Ellsworth.When Jeri took the stage this morning at ESC Silicon Valley, keynote comparisons were made between Woz, the Tuesday keynote presenter, and her. The basics are that they are both nerds who were bullied, they both had amazing dads who encouraged them to become electronics kids, they both dropped out of school (Jeri out of high school, Woz out of college), and they are both very much self taught. Unlike Woz who went back to school after starting Apple, Jeri did not. In fact everything she’s done – and it’s a lot – is self taught.
Catch the full article here: Jeri Ellsworth: Race car-driving, roller-derby skating, self-taught designer.
One day I was researching alternative ideas for a reverb circuit and chanced to run into a video recorded by Jeri Ellsworth where she took an old floppy drive and floppy and figured out how to control it and feed audio into it and out of it in effect turning it into a delay/reverb unit! I got excited about this and though it turned out that the device was not very musically valid for what I wanted it was still very cool and so I subscribed to her youtube channel. That was a couple years ago and since then Jeri and I have become tech buddies and supported each others endeavors in the tech video/article world (she much more than I unfortunately). If you do not know who this “Force Of Nature” is be sure to check out her youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/jeriellsworth or her website at http://www.jeriellsworth.com or just do a google search for her name on http://www.google.com to find many many links to articles, stories, videos, and podcasts of her, by her, and for her! Jeri is currently working on a series of technical videos for both Element14 DIY parts supplier and Adafruit industries DIY parts supplier. Anyone who gets featured on the same keynote ticket as Steve Wozniak is a winner in my book!