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I'm not gonna lie : I'm a sucker for technology - but not in the way you might think.

To many people, technology is an end : you buy the latest gadget because it is the latest gadget, not because of what you can do with and that's how instead of using technology, technology uses you. That I can't go for - not anymore.

What I can go for, is using technology for a reason or, as Eureka would put it, to change lives. In order to do that you need to know a lot and learn a lot - and that's where my hero comes in.

I first heard of Eddie Paul in MAKE Magazine's volume 21. Judging by his company EPI Design's website, you might think, just for a split second, that he's just another car shop guy - but Eddie Paul is actually an impressive inventor. He has designed tons of things from pumps, to engines, to animatronic cars, to fake sharks for the Cousteau family to dive with and is pretty much self-taught since he dropped out of high school. His magic method ? If you want to learn something, just read everything you can find on the subject, get the tools, go and make it. All you need is want it. And once you're done making something, go out there and share it : "if you do a good job, people will find you".

This is the kind of spirit I love - hands-on, practical approach, no limits to what you can do, and sharing it with the world to help or inspire others. I just emailed Eddie Paul through his e-mail adress on EPI Industries, and I hope he'll answer !

EDIT : Eddie Paul answered not too long after I e-mailed him ! He thanked me for choosing him as an EVOKE hero and invited me to drop by his shop at EPIndustries when I have the occasion :)

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Comment by John D. Boyden on April 24, 2010 at 4:43pm
It's wonderful that you got a response. Perhaps one day, you'll meet him. What he says: "If you want to learn something, just read everything you can find on the subject, get the tools, go and make it. All you need is want it. And once you're done making something, go out there and share it : 'if you do a good job, people will find you'. " is replicable. It is the basic work ethic of imaginative people who get it done.

On technology, I agree with you. However, IMO, technology advance will always be just beyond our ability to deal with it. Technology always changes lives. Unfortunately, not always are thet good changes and too often they result in lost jobs. Sadly, it takes time for us humans to catch up. +1 Entrepreneurship, cause you have reinforced a basic principle of business, in my mind.

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