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Instructables Internship Days 5-6 (Including the weekend!)

Hi everyone,

Sorry I didn't post on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, but I'll make up for that now.

So, Friday:

I arrived at Squid Labs knowing that today was a special day. Today would be the day that construction on Proj. X would commence. Jason and I layed out the materials and began building, taking pictures every step on the way. We assembled the main component by lunch time, and installed about 66% of the other components by the end of the day. Noah helped us out a bunch, figuring out where certain components should go and how to attach others to the "mainframe."

The (construction) work environment at Squid Labs is awesome! We pretty much just dragged our materials outside and started working. You really can do whatever you want, whenever you want; it's truly amazing.

I'm pretty sure that Today was the day that I realized how much I'd be willing to drop out of school and just work for Instructables. I don't really think it's a great idea, but I'd certainly be happy working full-time for Instructables, no doubt about it!

I really didn't do much else today, Jason and I pretty much just worked on the.... on Proj. X (Caught myself, whew!) all day!

Now, onto the weekend!

Friday, Billy and I decided that we would go into the city (San Francisco) via BART/Bike on Saturday. Saturday has come, and it's finally time for me to go to S.F.

After Christy dropped off Billy and I (with our bikes) at the BART station, we rode BART all the way to the city.

Christy also gave us 2 tickets to go to the S.F. MOMA, which was awesome. There was this one drawing that I really, really liked. Unfortunately, I can't remember the artist or the title of the work, although I'm pretty sure it's entitled, "Untitled." There was also this really odd exhibit, which was...just generally odd. Imagine a house. Now, rip all of the walls out of the house, rotate the whole structure that you ripped out equally over the X and Y axis, and then shove it through the walls of MOMA.... yeah, it was pretty damn weird. Then they guy drilled and off-center hole in a record and that was playing on a timer, so it went really fast, then slow, etc etc. In the next room, there were about 20 pictures of what we just saw... Again... just odd.

Anyway, after MOMA, I decided that it would be really awesome to see the Golden Gate Bridge, so Billy and I rode our bikes down toward the piers, and we'd then take "The Embarcadero" to the bridge.

So, as we were passing Pier 39, my left pedal stripped out of its socket, leaving me no way to "bike" to the Bridge. Luckily, it broke off at pier 39, which just-so-happened to be a "tourist pier." Billy and I hung out there for most of the day. During lunch we "fed" a bunch of birds; pigeons, little birds, and a really mean seagull...

After we realized that we would have to walk all the way back to the BART station, we started on our journey back. Awesomely, on the way, we came upon a really tranquil-looking park and a square with a huge, awesome sculpture. The sculpture had a bunch of gigantic concrete "square tubes" that jutted out of its huge base. There was water flowing out of almost everything, and steppingstones that allowed the viewer to walk underneath the immense structure. The only two words that I could describe it with are simply awesome.

We arrived back at the original BART station, Christy picked me up, we ate dinner, and went back home.

Sunday:

Sunday was just awesome. Mitch and Erica took me Surfing with Mike, Jason, and Jason's Sister. Although the waves were small, it was a beautiful day, and we had an awesome time. For lunch, Awesome Mike brought his mini-propane grill and we had hot-dogs on the beach. After lunch, we went back into the water to surf a bit more and then left. Surfing was a blast!

Back at "home," we watched "Sunshine," a sci-fi movie about a team of scientist/astronauts on a mission to deliver a bomb into their dying sun, to create a new sun within the old. Most of the movie was actually pretty good, but I thought the ending just... sucked outright. I won't ruin it for you, but you really don't need to see the movie. During the movie, though, Christy whipped up some Rhubarb Pie! YAY!

Back to work - Monday

Yesterday, in the morning I made the "How to Create Homepage Images" Instructable, which I suggest you check out if you want to contribute to the website's homepage. We're giving you the opportunity to make homepage images that we'll actually use on the homepage... if they're good enough ;).

After, Jason and I pretty much finished up Proj. X, but we will require some time in the afternoon on Tuesday to finalize construction. This thing is going to be AWESOME!

In other news, Billy and I are going to "The Googleplex" tomorrow (Tuesday) to give a small talk with Christy, which I'm really excited for. At first I didn't expect that they'd want interns to go talk to Google, but Christy and Eric explained why they want us to go. Google wants the opinions of the users. Billy and I promise to speak well of everyone, and speak on everyone's behalf.

I've gotta go, we're leaving soon!

Cheers,
-Muffinator

p.s. I burned my PB and Banana sandwich again v_v...

whatsisface6 years ago
Sounds great! I can't believe you got to go to google!
You get to go to google?!?!? *Jealous*
I know, thats so awesome. I am even MORE jealous... wait, is that *possible*? But wait, are you guys like selling out or something? Please, please don't, please D:
Yea, Google gets so many job applicants a year, because the environment is so laid back.
The tough part is finding people who can still do work in a laid back environment.
Well, Instructables and Google seem very similar... :P Except, you're smaller, and... yeah... By the way, do you guys call it Squid labs, or Instructables?
We call the building Squid Labs- it houses Instructables and the other companies spun out of Squid.

Google is far cushier (food, buildings, etc) than Instructables, but we have better toys! I think they're all secretly jealous.
Ah, I was wondering how that worked... I know I'm jealous :P
T3h_Muffinator (author)  canida6 years ago
I agree =)
gyromild6 years ago
Awesome pictures..sorry to hear about your sandwich..
T3h_Muffinator (author)  gyromild6 years ago
Hehe... it's okie, it was still good.
Bran6 years ago
Have I mentioned how lucky you are and how much I want to be you? Just a quick side, question, Project X is going to be made into an Instructable, right?
T3h_Muffinator (author)  Bran6 years ago
Yes, Of course it is!
zachninme6 years ago
Sounds fun!
(I promise not to hijack this thread)
But we still need help with the Eric-mind-control-device!

(For Muff's sake, please don't reply to this with anything about that... please :P
technick296 years ago
Sweet! Nice pics. I really wish I could get out there myself :P I can't wait for the writeup about the Google talk thing, sounds cool.
Brennn106 years ago
That sounds awesome! You must be having a blast! I cannot wait for Proj. X! Hopefully I can put out my version of the minty boost soon!
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