Andy Ihnatko received his first electrocution at age five. He recalls it as a "not at all unpleasant" experience. As it happens, this early combination of pleasure and pain laid the groundwork for a career writing about science and technology and documenting the Humans' up-and-down relationship with this stuff.
He's a longstanding tech columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Macworld magazine and is also a regular panelist on the popular This Week In Tech and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. His writings have been licensed by NASA and pirated in a Brazilian videogaming magazine, demonstrating a very weird base of support.
All of this made his mom very proud. But Ihnatko knows very well that when the ballgame's all over, he'll probably be remembered for writing an e-book explaining how to turn a classic Macintosh into a functioning aquarium, and building an animatronic Darth Vader that can be controlled over the Internet via telepresence to keep cats from sleeping on his office laser printer while he's away.