Instructables Book now in hands of mere mortals...(spoiler alert)

First off, naa-naa-na-na-na. I got my copy of the Best of Instructables, actually two that I purchased.

The first copy has been thumbed through so much it is getting dog-eared. I would say it is a good mix of topics even though so much had to be left out.

Which leads me to this rating, one thumbs up and one thumbs down.

Kiteman was only quoted once - the Ubiquitous Kiteman, dang, I'm gonna have to look that one up , and listed in the back index.

There was only a text list of winners for the favorites from the contest. No little pictures to show the final project.

There is an acknowledgement page listing people and projects that were cut due to page limitations. Don't feel bad, even Kipkay made it on the list.

There was a lot of stuff in the book I have not seen before so it just makes you want to wish for an easy way to scroll through everything on Instructables.

The most interesting thing is the little tidbit bio's on the instructable's author/creator. This is quite a diverse community.

I hope there will be a Volume II soon.

edit- It was pointed out that Kiteman also wrote one of the intros.
The book seems relatively Knex free except a few mentions in the contest listing. Good or bad depending on how you look at it.

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The Jamalam8 years ago
And what's wrong with knex?
caitlinsdad (author)  The Jamalam8 years ago
I don't think there is really anything wrong with Knex as opposed to many that are annoyed by it. It seems there is a "subculture" of Knex and that is what probably bugs the more older people. I think it is cool that you can create or model something with it. I would have made knex stuff if it were around in my day. But the way Knex'ers go discussing things or acting in a way to encourage or discourage builiding things seems a bit immature. So there is a general perception that has become negative in a way, kinda like rap music, take it or leave it. There is a knex fascination with weapons of all sorts. Since we can access more tools and materials, Knex would not be a first choice for prototyping something so maybe things that get created are compared to the real thing as toy-like. Nothing wrong with Knex. It's not a bad thing to start out with.
I apreciate there is a subculture of k'nexers on the site, but if you look at the vast majority of k'nexers, particularly the ones that don't completely dedicate their lives on the site, such as me and others(who have posted things other than k'nex contraptions), they tend to be more friendly and respected than other k'nexers. Seing as this is a site for Make, how to, and DIY, I think that k'nex fits in quite nicely in that it is a brilliant building medium that simply fits together and comes apart. However I don't think it should dominate the site because there are so many things that can't be managed with k'nex.
caitlinsdad (author)  The Jamalam8 years ago
I actually find it quite refreshing that a Knex'er does put up other non-related instructables. It's the one-trick ponies that are more vocal that seem to set the overall tone possibly ruining it for others.
exactly. Its those people who give the whole lot of us a bad reputation. Perhaps this is why a lot of the more varied k'nexers are moving over to k', because a lot of people view us all as the same stereotypical angry k'nexer.
caitlinsdad (author)  The Jamalam8 years ago
You, Sir, are OK. Otherwise, we wouldn't be able to have a normal civil intelligent conversation. I'm sure you have a lot more to contribute to Instructables, don't pack up and leave.
Thanks :D and don't worry, I'm not planning to leave this site for a very long time!
Bartboy9 years ago
I wish instructables would make one book for each theme, tech , knex, cooking, you know like that. Then they could make a collectors edition with all of them in one, and customized for mail order only with the users name engraved in gold on the inside. That would be sweet!!
Kiteman9 years ago

I understand that the "prize" copies were supposed to going in the mail this week just ending, but mail services from the US to UK are so slow ...

=SMART= Kiteman9 years ago
Hey, Have you got yours yet ?? im still waiting...................
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