Well, this is my first entry. Might as well be as self conscious about it as I can get. In my introduction I expressed a desire to build something that could participate in building and maintaining copies of itself. Does this seem rather impossible? If it were possible to some degree would it have to be done on a scale that I do not have access to? I do have this gut feeling that it can be done, however, which I might as well be true to. I've experimented building some rudimentary machinery. One thing I've learned is how quickly it becomes too complicated and imprecise. Now I feel the need to start at the other end of things and experiment with the control end of things. I am firmly committed to using a microcomputer. I have however seen the need for an interface between the computer and the inputs and outputs. Right now I am seeing the 00pic as the most appealing. Steppers are cheaper than servos and stronger, but servos seem much easier to connect. Since the laptop is going to be the most expensive component obviously I should purchase it first. I've been looking at laptops at ebay. Decisions, decisions.