Today is Ben Franklin’s Birthday, and (if he were still alive) he’d be 302 by now. That would be one old hacker. Ben is in a lot of ways the prototype of the modern hacker/maker, and it’s worth the time to read up on him bit, and think “wow. That dude did a LOT of stuff.”
He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America…
If you’re in the Philadelphia area and want to party like it’s 1776, here are the details.