Ch. 1 In which SHIFT! comes to Instructables and is very excited to begin
So here I am. Headquarters of Instructables. In 82cd Second St, San Francisco. AND IT'S FREAKING AWESOME!
Seriously, I still can't believe I get to come here every day! While the outside may appear small, the entire facility is huge. Immediately upon entering the building you are greeted by a long ascending brick encased stairwell, which gives a very good impression of a classic London bookstore, which lead up to about a 15 foot high rise above the SF Streets. Then, at the top of the stairs the whole building unfolds to reveal the entire HQ of Instructables, a place where you can instantly tell there's always something new going on. It's quite filled with different projects, and various workshops that decorate the interim of the facility. Exactly like an oversized engineering student's dorm room might look.
This place is amazing! As soon as you enter you can immediately tell this is a place where DIY and homebrew are the norm. Each room is actually organized like the Category section on their site- they've got a Kitchen for Food and Cooking, an awesome Workshop (complete with Laser Cutting Printer), Electronics and homebuilt ardruino Robot table, shelves filled with Arts and Crafts. As a huge fan of the site I couldn't help but point out how many classic 'ibles I recognized. Another awesome fact about instructables. While most companies would provide the usual simple shed or bike rack to employees, Instructables is smarter and more creative. They hang their bikes on the wall. WOW. I can say I never would've thought of that. Even their bathrooms are awesome- they decorated one of their doors with a Portal Cake sign! Honestly that alone is worth several points on the TV Tropes "So Cool It's Awesome" factor.
And I haven't even come CLOSE to describing the rest of the facility!
However, most important to me, is that the people are so friendly. I was really worried about my first day job, but everyone was extremely nice and welcoming to me and I can't wait to begin work! But the truly best part is that they're not just awesome Instructabrarian Employers, they themselves are also huge fans of the site and have their own personal instructables. Tuesday is show and tell day where everyone presents something new they're working on and I can't wait to see it! They're also completely understanding and are even giving me some time to work on my DIY PIXAR booth for the Maker Faire! Thanks!
Anyway, today is Wednesday so not a ton of people are in today. Luckily I got a chance to talk with Instructables gurus such as Sarah, Christy and Eric Wilhelm (yes, THE Eric Wilhelm!). Right now a NBC new crew, or is it CBS?, is filming a special report on Fenix on their latest project- a portable power generator for the Middle East!
Overall, this is such an amazing introduction for me. I'm still totally geeking out about all of this and I hope this dream doesn't end soon!
PS I'm sorry if I forgot to mention anyone. Also, 3-DMO (my N3DS) pictures will be uploaded on my flickr site soon.