I get to go to the Instructables HQ!


I am leaving to Yosemite on Thursday, renting a hotel.
Then the next day (Friday), I am going to hike or whatever.
Then we go back to the hotel.
Saturday morning, we start out to San Francisco.
We get there around... I dunno, 3 or 4 or something?
I won't be able to make it to Yuri's Night, but the next day (Sunday), Eric and I are planning on meeting at the HQ at around 11 I guess.

This is gong to be sweet.

Sorry the images lack color...

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GorillazMiko (author) 5 years ago
I can't believe this happened when I was just a kid... HOW CRAZY IS THIS?!
Hey, when I went, I was about the oldest person there, it was still crazy-fun.
Times are fun when you're having flies.
~Kermit the Frog
WHY does everyone ELSE get to go? What do you have to do? Do you have to bribe somebody? Pay somebody? What??? Oh, I'm sorry, congratulations.
Hey!I wasn't even greeted by the bot,let alone being an intern!
I'll greet you!
:) Also, why cant you go?(Don't have to answer.)
:D I was just a newbie back then. Since, I've actually been invited, but couldn't go due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts. Hopefully next summer. Maybe.
ah HEM ! everyone else? Does that mean I am a nobody since I don't "get to go?" LOL
I'm a nobody too, ya know!
Oh, ok I didn't know your statement was self-inclusive :-)
We nobodies gotta stick together...
True enough, except if someone is still a nobody at my age, they are considered pretty much a loser.
I'm not a loser, I'm a winner...I've won prizes off the radio many times. I stopped counting at 35. the DJs know my name and address, etc.
I didn't say you....I said me (if you get to be my age, as I have, and haven't accomplished things). So much I have wanted to do and have not really accomplished any of them.
Trying to steer the conversation to be cheerful...sorry you haven't accomplished everything you want though...
Well, I never expected to accomplish everything.....a few things would be nice :-) But I am the one that should be apologizing....I shouldn't be online when I feel depressed. Sorry if I have put a damper on things here.
You need some chocolate. Or some sugar.
Sugar makes me sleepy, and good pure chocolate makes me mellow :-) It has to do with the upcoming HOPE convention in NYC, it will be the last one at the Hotel Pennsylvania, and it looks like I had a shot at going finally. But my wife doesn't want me away for all three days nor does she want to come along. I was reminded of this moments ago, when I answered a post in the HOPE discussion forum at the 2600 site. And so I got temporarily depressed *sigh*...the depression will pass, as will the HOPE convention it seems.
You need vitamin B...
Really, I would rather just have the 3 days at the convention :-)
aww that sucks. can i join the people who didnt get to go to ibles hq club? i doesnt look like im going either.
Derin tech-king9 years ago
I need to join.
This is still future: July 18-20 HOPE: HOtel PEnnsylvania
I am referring to the HOPE con in NYC....just a few hours drive or by train.
Yea, verily!
I just noticed ur going through mid-life crisis! which explains why ur always down. Turn that frown upsidedown!!!!! TURN IT!!!! TURN IT!!!

thats right....

I am not ALWAYS down, but I have my (extended) moments :-)
do 3 month periods count as moments?

that sounds weird....
3 months ? One week with the wife per month is enough.
Oh, I am never depressed that long :-) I may be "on and off" for that long, but that is never a continuous condition with me :-)
you sound like the robot marvin from a hitchhiker's guide to the galaxie.
hopefully from the radio show, not the crappy movie.
This will all come to tears, I just know it...... :-)
then you should support my Instructables Awards Idea. Then you'd get the most comments prize and be a winner!!!
And for first prize......a round trip around my back yard.... :-)

*rushes off to find a new prize...*

First you need to pay me $100. Then you may ask Eric if you can drop by and say hi... ;-)
Damn, he sees right through me...
She sees right through you...
Monk had a sex change? Man, he - sorry, she - is even more screwed than I thought! :-D

Adrianna Monk - hmm...
I've always been female!!!!!!!!!

Don't you watch "Monk" on USA????
My user picture isn't of me.
Yeah, I knew that - just poking fun at you. After all, "Adrian Monk is female" would be an interesting twist in the TV series, don't you think? ;-)
I know you were poking fun - I was pretending to freak out! :D It would be an interesting twist indeed...
I like Monk, but that's just scary.
Kiteman Bran9 years ago
...I'm confused...

Adrian isn't Adrian, she is a TV series?
My, how things change in 6 months...
Some of us don't...
Adrian monk uses the picture of the Character Adrian Monk, from the TV detective series: Monk. As the character, Tony Shalhoub plays Adrian Monk.
Oh.... I'd always assumed that the pulled-up collar was just shyness...
Lol! I love Monk. So I picked that as a username. I got the picture from the internet. That's not what I look like at all...lol Watch Monk on USA!
Here. Maybe I'll use this image to avoid confusion...It's the main characters.
But you, the person posting as "Adrian Monk", you are female?

My head hurts. I need a coffee
Female and proud of it. :)
Minus, I hope, the Monk psychosis's ? ;-)
Haha, yes.
If I remember correctly Tony Shalhoub's character on Galaxy Quest was a little less neurotic and more quiet, shy, and just unsure of himself.
He was so funny on Galaxy Quest! "Are you crazy? This is an uncharted planet! You don't know what's out there! Is there air? You don't know!!!" (Tony breathes in and out) "Seems okay..."
Quite right, too.
Yes, Adrianne is the woman on the left. (Sowing confusion wherever I go...)
From now on, I will call you Patricia.
As long as you spell it with a k...
Bran Kiteman9 years ago
I believe that particular picture is from the pilot episode, where he is surrounded by a group of sick children who are coughing, sneezing, and eating boogers. Adrian suffers from OCD. He has 312 phobias. Here's the top 15: 1) Germs 2) Needles 3) Milk 4) 5) Snakes 6) Risk 7) s 8) Heights 9) Crowds 10) Elevators 11) Disorder 12) Darkness 13) Enclosed spaces 14) Dirt 15) Spiders
duck-lemon Bran9 years ago
i know someone who has a phobia of bananas. no really it's true!
Bananas? Really?
yes i already said really. lol yeah it's true t'was so funny at school when someone had a banana she ran right to the back of room, only to be standing next to a banana box!
Wow. That's messed up. The only time I'm like Monk is when i'm loading the dishwasher. There are eight compartments to put forks, etc in, I have to put them in one at a time, counterclockwise. Otherwise it bugs me. It isn't neat!
Tis one of his many phobias (this one having to do with germs most likely). :-)
Um no, I thought you were male...
...and now you've lost all respect for me? Is that it? Huh? :) jk
Nope, you've just had your respect get increased ten fold LOL.
LOL. Not many women around here?
Well, guys are the majority around here. The yarn contest brought quite a few (suspected) females, but few stayed.
I stayed! I did originally sign up because of the yarn contest, but now I get on Instructables pretty often, I just don't add much to a conversation, mostly because I'm not a very interesting person.
Aw don't....don't say that to yourself...... You...you're.....you're not......aww
Phew! I thought you wouldn't get the joke!
I never get his jokes...
neither do I. All you can do is laugh and nod...laugh and nod...
Maybe its just you?
Here are 3 others.....Sunbanks, Corinna.anni.roc, and Lisa.mucci
Did anybody remember me? (I'm a girl)
My apologies HK, yes I figured you were probably female but wasn't absolutely sure.
That's OK. But really. My aviator used to be pink, and know it's a Kitty with a bow. I don't know any guys that would be comfortable with either of those :-).
I have run into a few (some hair dressers and a few room decorators...) ....well, you know.....I never assume :-)
Anyways, nice to make your acquaintance Ms Kitty :-)
Nice to know you never assume :-) p.s. I was just kidding. I wasn't trying to be mean or rude :-). Please don't be offended at anything that I say, I never mean to be unkind - usually I'm just kidding, all in good humor, right? :-)
I know, I was just "playing along", I hope I did not offend.

Yes, all in good humor (didn't he used to sell ice cream? The Good Humor Man.... ) ;-)
HAHA LOL! Don't worry, I am rarely offended, pretty much the only thing that offends me is the use of bad words. Usually I find that since there are no hand gestures, facial expressions, etc, people tend to get offended easily because they don't understand that you're just kidding. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't offending and didn't seem rude or mean.:-)
Nope, you were fine.....I actually ask if I have offended others way too often (ask someone that has been around awhile LOL)
:-) another way to say that is that I have been told that the only way I annoy and offend is by asking "if I offend", too often :-)
Patrik Goodhart9 years ago
Yeah - the apologizing for your imaginary insensitivity is really getting on my nerves! Oh yeah: ;-)
Goodhart Patrik9 years ago
Well, it did get on some people's nerves when I started here......it was very excessive back then...
Poor Goodhart...:)
I just have to have a little more confidence and a little less self-disrespect, and not assume I am making everyone miserable all the time ;-)
I think you're right. Actually, you generally manage to cheer me up. I've yet to be offended by you, and (in my experience anyhow) people let you know really fast if they're genuinely upset of offended.

Instructables just wouldn't be the same without you. :-)
Awww, now you're making me *blush* :8)
On the Internet, nobody knows you're a kitty...


I remember 2 more: Punkergal & White Feathers
ll.13 Goodhart9 years ago
there's no more than six! xD
Goodhart ll.139 years ago
I remembered at least five, RS remembered 3 more besides Monk, and Patrik got 4 more.....what do you mean there aren't more then six ?
Well, we have to be somewhat scarce, if you can count us by 2's and 4's!
Yes, and I feel sad about that. You gals can do just as well as the guys and have a completely different perspective many times that is refreshing and inspiring.
ll.13 Goodhart9 years ago
'tis a joke.... =)
Goodhart ll.139 years ago
Oh, ok (sorry for the knee jerk reaction then :-)
Well without thinking hard umm... I know of four (Canida, jessyratfink, threadbanger, and you)
Off the top of my head - add "pimp suit" rachel, "squishy breast" donnauwanna, and stinkymum (no epithet required)... ;-)

Oh, and "public enemy #1" Star, of course...

Wasn't there some some "Women of Instructables" forum topic or group at one point?
LOL, after I posted I remembered Star, when they were running re-runs of Leno during the writer's strike, she was mentioned.
Don't forget Kitewife!
I didn't know she had a username...
Yup - she even has an 'ible. (Well, a collaboration - she knitted a scarf, and I videoed it). I would let #1 & #2 have accounts, but they aren't 13 yet.
Ooo... *dashes off and makes Kitechild 1 & 2 accounts to sell later for $$* LOL, JK
Technical site question: can you have more than one account registered to the same email address? We have a "family address", which we all use (it's a subtle way of keeping an eye on what the boys sign up for), which Kitewife uses for her account (I use my own address which saves her having to wade through loads of science and technology newsletters to find her own stuff - it's also our nutter-filter).
I don't think you can. The quickest way to find out is just try it. Although you seem to have a habit of breaking the site,

That's why I asked first, this time...
The only thing is, it is a pain in the neck having two accounts. Take today. I logged in as Monk, logged out, logged in as -er, well, you know- , logged out, logged out again, then logged back in as monk. This just to log from monk to you know to monk. Phew!
Noope, tried already.
Sad as it may seem, its true...
But I *am* male!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, couldn't help myself... :-D
Send a resume! Or just go visit. :P
dont take it personally, gorrilla is 8 years old with a terminal illnes. eric would look heartless if he didnt invite gorilla :)
Oh, I get it! It's like going to Disneyworld!

Well, I'll have eric know I'm 7 years and I a have multiple terminal illnesses!
well, well.... I'm 5, with INFINITY terminal illnesses! BEAT THAT!
I haven't been BORN yet and I have INFINTY plus ONE terminal illnesses!!!
well then you shouldn't really get anything.... i mean with all those illnesses you should be dead before you are out of the womb.... and even if you do make it to being born, you won't be able to enjoy those things and tell me, how did you get a compuer if you haven't been born yet?
I access instructables via wifi hotspots.
well if you arent born how did you get a computer in your mom's womb
This is a strange conversation indeed...
the kittens of my bone marrow agree.... indeed....
WOA! now that this information has been released to the public you should be getting offers from all over!!! if you play your cards right you mighnt be able to hitch a ride on Air Force One... hehehe the secret service will neevr suspect a 7 year old terminally sick child as an assasin...
KentsOkay9 years ago
Heck I don't have to go to the HQ, they come to me : P
Derin9 years ago
I always wish to be an intern,but I am not in the US,ships dont take cars,im not old enough to even have a car ,and lotsa other stuff ;(
coolz9 years ago
how did you do that???????????????????????????????????????
Very fancy, sir! I should be interning in August. :)
how did you get the chance to be an intern?, just wondering
I was asked to come, and so I am. :) I'm going to attribute it to my superhuman levels of fanciness.
No jessy hide they're only after your pasties, they want to fuel eric's insane nipple fueled dimentia that makes him invent so much... The pasties might be too much and kill him, youmust go far away, I will go in your place and use my roboscissors to remove his nipples and restore the order of the universe...
why do you say the word nipple so much? Today Alone Ive seen you post it 5 times. And you say the word the a lot too!
You know it odd sometimes I just say an odd word alot... I have an odd vocabulary...
No need for Floccinaucinihilipilification of your habits. Do not call it "odd" Bafflegab vocabulary is a talent in a way. Seldom used words can gain you respect among those uncultured. An ETAOIN SHRDLU could easily daze the fiercest competitor, gaining precious time. Some words may shock others and render them useless, feeling unintelligent and abandoned. ETAOIN SHRDLU should not be used in front of the PUSILLANIMOUS. This talent is strongest when Katzenjammer. Do not be society's ; Quocker-wodger! Be yourself! So, continue with your digladiation, and life your life to the fullest! I leave you these words of wisdom, yclept killerjackalope
What's really fun is to read the dictionary and memorize a lot of complicated words, then when you write a sentence, use random words that means the same, for example if you want to say something simple like "I spit out the food because it tasted nasty" you could say "I expectorared the pabulum from my aperture on account of the fact that it was vulgar". Or you could simply replace one of the simple words with a complicated word. It can REALLY annoy people. Believe me, it works. :-)
If you want a lot of help doing this, get the The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate :-)
Patrik Goodhart9 years ago
Great - thanks!! :-)
Goodhart Patrik9 years ago
and the dictionary too (see 2 posts down) :-)
LOL! That's cool!
I'm starting to like you!
Hmmm I'll keep that in mind, I said my habit of using odd words alot and my odd vocabulary, not demeaning in any such way the actual habit you see I find that using word so obscure that they may disbelieve it's existence to be far less useful than using well known but uncommonly used works in less than common applications has a much more astounding effect upon the affected, as doe using the little intricacies of language...
GorillazMiko (author)  jessyratfink9 years ago


hmm i wonder where i can get some superhuman levels of fanciness....
Participate in jiggy time (ha-ha! will smith uh uh) at 5 PM everyday and eat lots of oranges. That should help.
GorillazMiko (author)  jessyratfink9 years ago


hooray oranges!!
Keith-Kid9 years ago
DUUUUDE!! You must bring 100 pictures!!!! I want a pciture of you and eric!!!! Pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wonder... does anybody else get the impression that K-K wants some pictures? No? It must just be me, then.
He's kind of funny when he get's excited, isn't he?:-)
wow you are very observant. Youre the only one to figure it out. I made it very subtle... lol
also, K-K sounds......professional...... Mr. K-K has a certain ring to it...
Hmm, k k ? I found this posted elsewhere by a young lady: when i use K K it is for kiss kiss :-)
Ha, I just noticed this: You're "renting a hotel"? :D
GorillazMiko (author)  Lithium Rain9 years ago
Yeah, my dad works for the government so we rented the whole Hilton Garden Inn and partied. All night long.
Lol. It's not bragging if it's true, right?
Hey, isn't that what Monk said in "Mr. Monk Takes His medicine"?
Wait, no. That's what the car salesman tells him! LOL! That episode made me laugh so hard when I first saw it!
Kiteman9 years ago
GorillazMiko (author)  Kiteman9 years ago
If you move to the US instead of living in the UK, then you won't be grrrrring so much. ;-)
How do you do those little letters? Someone told me that you put commas before and after your word, like ,this, but it doesn't seem to work for me. How do you do it?
GorillazMiko (author)  Hello Kitty9 years ago
Put two commas before the word, space, word, then 2 more commas.

Example: Eggs

THANKS GorillazMiko

I won't be, as soon as soon as I get things sorted.
you guys should come to s.l.o California!
Mind if I watch from a distance....I would like to see details so I could maybe do this in my area.
Reminds me of Rrrrrrrrrrrrespect... which is part of something worrying...
Steal a few pens, or magnets, orsomething! (you're our insider)
GorillazMiko (author)  gimmelotsarobots9 years ago
No. :-)
Join the dark side!
GorillazMiko (author)  gimmelotsarobots9 years ago
No! Obi-Wan told me you killed my father!
I am your father!
GorillazMiko (author)  gimmelotsarobots9 years ago


They also have pie, cake, pizza, and game night every thursday at 6:00.
that sounds nice. i like pizza and cake. do you guys have soup too? and can i bring my pc and oscar?
cool. wait, do i have to pay membership dues? and is it a bring your own nigh vision googles, or do you have uv lighting there?
The membership due is your alliance to the dark side! UV night vision goggles.
GorillazMiko (author)  gimmelotsarobots9 years ago
I thought you were talking about Instructables, because I was going to be like NOOOOOO!
By the way, you should be back by now....
I'm trying to bribe you into getting something whil your there. Dark side = Pen getters.
saw that one comeing too. and you should go to the dark side. they have cookies
They may have cookies, but its DARK and you can't see them ! LOL You didn't know you were eating Spinach cookies did you hahahaha
try and bring a real big backpack get eric outa the room and snag me that laser cutter! make eric have to pee or something!
GorillazMiko (author)  struckbyanarrow9 years ago
NO. :-)
i will give you FIVE DOLLARS sound like a good deal to you?
GorillazMiko (author)  struckbyanarrow9 years ago
I already went. Too bad. ;-)
dang!... maybe next time you go ill try 6 dollars
Fine, then bring some pencils and get them laser engraved! :-P
Keith-Kid9 years ago
you should bring an extra pair of clean underwear in case you get over-excited
why do you get to go did you like do something?
GorillazMiko (author)  Yerboogieman9 years ago
Read the forum topic.
mhm, i know, what did you do to get to go to the instructables headquarters?
GorillazMiko (author)  Yerboogieman9 years ago
Nothing. I just asked Eric if I could stop by, and he said sure. You don't really have to "do anything" I think.
OHHH kool
The price is~ Your sense of self-control. Then you may enter.
im not sure if your saying i have no self control or just saying that..
Im saying that to enter, you must leave your self control at the front door. Much lunatical fun to be had inside... ;)
KentsOkay9 years ago


Have fun for me MIKEY!
*runs to bedroom and cries*
Bran KentsOkay9 years ago
Hey, I just noticed that the letters in bedroom can be switched around to spell boredom. Kind of off the wall, but I thought that's what you typed.
KentsOkay Bran9 years ago
LOL, you gotta point there...
Bran9 years ago
Take some pictures!

You lucky SOB....
LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
Lucky! Congrats! Please bring me something cool....(like a laser cutter).....PLZ!
GorillazMiko (author)  LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
If possible, maybe something.
I don't even know where you live... haha.
Santa Fe, New Mexico PM for more. Just hoping....PLZ!!!!! Lucky!
Heh - I thought those pictures of your house and (ex-)fence looked very New Mexican!

I lived in Albuquerquerque for 7 years, and I must say NM has some of the best skies...
Yeah, its very NM looking. How was abq? I tend to see it as way more "ghetto" than santa fe. Very beautiful skies, but I hate the summers.
Yeah, Santa Fe definitely has more character than ABQ, and the summers are just a little breezier. ABQ Old Town is nice, but not exactly a reason to visit if you live in Santa Fe. I went to UNM, which is about the best thing Albuquerque's got going for it. I spent about a day a week at the Santa Fe Institute though, which is where all the creative thinking is happening....
yeah, I never liked it. Abq old town is nice, and I have been there a few times, but every old city has one of these. No offense, but UNM isn't exactly top quality. I'm thinking of going back to Minnesota for school.
Oh, non taken - I only went there because of *one* top-notch person I really wanted to work with, and the close connection with the Santa Fe Institute.

I never implied that UNM is a top quality university, or even anywhere near the top, on average. But it's still the best thing Albuquerque's got going for it! ;-)
Santa Fe-It's on his Persona.
Gjdj39 years ago
Tell me how the trip goes! I am so infinetly jealous. I want to intern there sometime, but it's going to have to be when I'm in high school or college and am able to go out there for a summer or something because I live nowhere near there.

What are you guys meeting about? Oh man that's cool for you. Take pictures or something so you can tell us all about it.

And I have to second RocketScientist2015's sentiments.

Have enough fun for the rest of us!


*running to bedroom to cry tears of jealousy*

caitlinsdad9 years ago
Bon Voyage!
lol, love it! Maybe they should have a whole section for these. Ask Eric or anyone of the staff.
Watchout!! It's a trap, due to hard economic times Squid lab workers have been reduced to eating garbage, I'm convinced that they believe under your KFC hat is not delicious brains but delicious chicken.
Hmm, on second thought, delicious and KFC should never be used together.
+1 Have a good time take lots of pictures.
GorillazMiko (author)  Tool Using Animal9 years ago
Unless you say it as, "KFC is not delicious.
GorillazMiko (author)  GorillazMiko9 years ago
Forgot to add this in at the end: "
Ahhh, to every rule there is an exception, I bow before your wisdom.
GorillazMiko (author)  Tool Using Animal9 years ago
I have not said this on Instructables in a while, but I just have to say it now:


ll.139 years ago
Have fun!!
congrats and all that stuff. =D
tech-king9 years ago
good for you. wheres instructables hq again?
San Francisco Bay area
Patrik Brennn109 years ago
Alameda, to be exact. They're not just in the Bay Area, they're in the Bay. :-)
Doctor What9 years ago
Congratulations! Take lots of pictures and make a slideshow with them! I love slideshows of vacations!
dsman1952769 years ago
i want to go SO bad, but i dout that i will be going to san francisco any time soon :-( well i hope you have a great time!
I'm jealous! You better take pictures!
GorillazMiko (author)  Weissensteinburg9 years ago
I will, hopefully he (master Eric) will let me take a picture with him. Maybe everybody! :D
zachninme9 years ago
Have fun!
GorillazMiko (author)  zachninme9 years ago
Yes master.
Sunbanks9 years ago
That's awesome! Have fun!
thats awesome lol wish i could go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Azn Hitman9 years ago
wow lucky.... i wish i could go! Congrats!!!
CameronSS9 years ago
I'm surprised you haven't gotten there yet...I know that being in California doesn't mean you're right next to each other, but still. I hope to see pictures up here.
Brennn109 years ago
GorillazMiko (author)  Brennn109 years ago
Heh. :-)
guyfrom7up9 years ago