I've added a new page to my website, under "Mechanisms, Tips & Tricks" called the "The Why and How of It" where I explain why I do certain things, and how I do others. It's meant to be a primer to those looking to learn how to make automata. I'll just keep adding bits as I work along that I think will be of interest, or answer questions from readers. So take a gander. I hope you find it interesting and instructive. If you have a suggestion for content let me know through my contact page and I'll be happy to consider writing it up.
Here's a link to the new page. "The Why and How of It."
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