Introduction: Instructables HQ Trip: 4/13/08

  • Edit: The naval base is their old base. They're now in San Francisco, not Alameda anymore.

It was fun.


My time at the Instructables HQ was just awesome.

It was so cool.
At first, I couldn't find the HQ, so my family went into a Starbucks and then I called Christy, who helped us get there (while on the phone).

Unfortunately, I lost signal and I guess it hung up on her. I wonder if she thinks I did that on purpose and I was being rude. Hopefully not. =/

Meeting


Well, when I got to the HQ, I met Eric Wilhelm/ ewilhelm, this one guy (probably Eric's brother, I don't know.), Patrik and this lady who I suppose who is his wife. They were both holding Instructables Robot T-Shirts in their hands. Then I met Christy Canida/ canida.

So, Eric asked if I wanted to see the tower first or the shop. I said shop. Then tower. Then shop. Then I decided to stick with the tower. We took like 5 minutes or something to walk up A LOT of stairs all the way to the tower. During this time, I was still very shy of Eric, but I don't think he noticed. He looked at me like I was a demon. (Just kidding Eric.) But when I first met him, he was looking at me for like 7 seconds straight so I was like..... huh? It was weird. (No, I didn't really say "huh".)

The Tower


Amazing. Just simply, amazing. The view was amazing. There was a couple of Christy's friends there in the tower. They took images, as I did as well. The view was just amazing as I already said. Eric was talking to my dad and mom, and my brother accidentally bumped into one of the black couches. Then Eric looked at him. It was funny. But anyways, the images I could take from there were amazing. You could see the Bay Bridge, all around the Instructables Tower (well, most of it), the bay, and so much more. I didn't take a LOT of images, but I took some. Eric wore his purple shirt with like a duck on it, but it was cool looking. I wore one of those white outside shirts that I put an Instructables Robot on. It looks funny, but it's awesome. I could have looked better if I had my long hair... (I was still shy during this time).

Here's a video of the tower's view and stuff. I didn't record much, which I regret...

Thanks for making the quality terrible YouTube!

You can hear Eric talking to my dad in the background.



After the tower, we went to...

The Shop


We got to the bottom of the tower, then into the shop. I accidentally didn't see the curb-like part, and almost fell. When I went into the shop, it was awesome. It was huge, with a whole bunch of stuff that I couldn't name because I don't know what these things were. Have you seen the Instructables Robot in the back of some of the random prize videos? That was made with this water wood thing in the shop, they told me the name like 3 times and I still forgot. It's cool though. You could like print images onto wood, and also it could like cut into things, but not like a laser cutter. If you put your phone in there, you would be leaving with two phones.... Well, actually, just 1 cut in half. The thing is super strong. Then we went to the back of the shop or something, and that was like an office. Then we went out back into the main part of the base. (Still shy during this time).

Then...

Outside


We left the back part of the shop, outside to their huge yard thing. They have a firetruck, but unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it. Well, I was going to, but didn't. I regret that.. But anyways, guess who was on top of everybody's "junk" cart things? Tim Anderson! Yeah. You can see that he had his earphone things on, listening to the survivors of the Vietnam War or something talking about their lives. But it was funny. At first, Eric was like, "Tim!". He didn't hear. "Tim!". Still no reply. "Tim!!!" about 2 more times. Then Eric started to climb one of the things, which I didn't take a picture of him climbing (unfortunately.). When he got to the top, he was like ,"TIM!!!" Tim turned around all fast, and he was like, "Oh, hey!" Then Eric said, "How about coming down here and meeting some new people?" "Sure.", Tim said. "This is GorillazMiko from Instructables, and this is Patrik.", Eric said. "Oh, GorillazMiko!", Tim said, "Thanks for all the encouragement!" (You get it? Because I comment all his Instructables...). Then I heard Patrik whisper, "He usually comments first on all the new Instructables." to his wife, I suppose. Then I heard Ooooooh. But it was nice meeting Tim. He had this ship's steering wheel, and he was like, "Does anybody want this?" I thought he was kidding, but then he gave it to Patrik's wife (still not sure if wife.). Then I was like dang.... because that would have been on my wall. It was pretty heavy though. But then after that, we started talking about the website, and I saw the Squid Labs School Bus. Outside was where I took a picture with Eric, but not with Tim.... I wish I did take a picture with him though. It would have been cool. Two crazy guys (good thing I was not crazy there like I am at school, which is over 10 on a scale of 1-5.), just being cool. Not holding ship steering wheels. Yeah, that's how life is. That's how life is...

Inside


I laser cutted my phone. I laser cutted my Flip Video camera. I got stickers. It was awesome. When we were outside earlier, I asked Eric about my Pilot's License (if they laser cutted it), and he was like yeah, I'll show you the laser cutter in a little. OH wait up. I think he showed us the offices before the Tower. Oh wells. We didn't actually go into any offices except for his/ Christy's, but that's later. But I didn't see the laser cutter room until after we came inside. Dang, inside was awesome. So inside the laser cutting room.... stickers. Stickers, wow, stickers everywhere. Well, in huge 110 sheets (as zachninme said.). At first I was like woah... but then.... oh boy.... oh then. Christy gave me two huge sheets! It was awesome! "Now Billy won't have to cut those.", Christy said. "Hahaha.", Eric said. (Sounds un-enthusiastic doesn't it?) Then she was like, wait up, I think we have some leftover 2007 Halloween contests shirts. She asked for my brother's and I shirt sizes (me = small, of course 'cause I'm cool like that). She came back. I was like SUH-WEETNESS! (No, I didn't really say that.) Then she gave me a patch. The 2nd version of the Robot patches. Not to sound greedy or anything, but that would have been cool if I got one of the old ones. The one with the hand. I expected to get that the first time Eric sent me a patch, because I was going to take off the Jansport part on my backpack (with a seam ripper because I'm cool like that), then put that patch there. Unfortunately, well, fortunately I got a patch, but unfortunately, I did not get the banner one. Still, I got the Robot one, v2, so now I have 2 Robot Patches! 1 on my backpack (version 1), and the new one (all yellow robot. None of his parts are orange) yet to be put somewhere. Then we laser cutted the Robot onto my Flip Video Camera, then the Robot and Gorillaz Miko onto my phone. Then I asked if somebody laser cutted their arm.... and so on. I actually only expected to get like 20 stickers, but dang, now I have about 250. :-) Oh yeah, haha, Tim came in during that time with some fermented tea or something. It smelled/ tasted like beer. (Yes, I know what beer tastes like.) My dad liked it though. It's good for you. Then we started joking about how everything is on Instructables. So then we laser cutted, and did most of the stuff I just typed in this huge paragraph.

Here's the video of my phone getting laser cutted with my button pressing powers.
That's Eric's "deep" voice Weissensteinburg...



Shop Inside Place or Something Like That


Right outside the laser cutting room (sticker making machine room too) is their huge junk place. Somebody was making a human generator that would let you power things, charge things, and stuff like that, just by pulling 2 cords or something. They had a lot of junk stuff on the ground, like kites, and these bouncy thingies. It's that blue dinosaur/ weird thing in the images. We weren't there for too long.

Eric/ Christy's Office


I didn't actually realize that Christy disappeared until we went into their office. She was sitting there on her (awesomely laser cutted) Instructables laptop, and I didn't even know she left the room earlier! So Eric showed us his office where his kinetic thing was. You would like spin the wheel of the bike to make the wire move, and when you touch the wire, it wiggles and stuff. He also had his "Monkey In A Cage". Then he showed us this electric thingy-majig that would have the electric beam go up it. It could shock you badly if you touch that. Then he gave me some business cards, but not only were they business cards, they were also stickers!!! ;-) Then I saw Christy's Duck-Mouse which my retarded brain didn't take a picture of.

Ending... :-/


Here was basically the end. We got out the Robot, then I took pictures with Eric, the Robot, and myself. Then I took an image with Christy, the Robot, and myself. After that, we were just talking about the naval base for a while. Then we talked about Eric's projects that he had in these black IKEA shelves. (Heh, that table leg....) Then Christy gave me a Make: and Craft: book, which I already read. (Well, after she gave them to me, I read them at home like the next 1-2 days). Then I wanted to go to the Maker Faire, but since I got in trouble at school (Saturday works, guidance, referrals, stuff like that), I can't go. Then we talked about Jessyratfink interning, and I might come down on the day she's coming to see them just to meet Instructables again, and Jessy! It's going to be awesome. So after that we were talking a bit, and then Patrik left, and then I had to leave as well. They didn't make me, you just knew it was the time. But man, Instructables was awesome.



Instructables HQ Trip: 4/13/08 -GorillazMiko

P.S. I will be adding more to this Slideshow if I remember stuff out of nowhere that I didn't mention.

Ask me anything you want about the HQ, and I can answer.

-GorillazMiko likes eggs.

Comments

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caitlinsdad made it!(author)2008-04-23

+1, favorited :P

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-04-23

I don't get this image. Is that supposed to be Christy? Is Eric trying to laser cut something, but then I am trying to get it? What do you mean by "Hahaha, almost got me with that one!"? Confusing, but still going to print this out.

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caitlinsdad made it!(author)2008-04-23

Yes, she is the other bookend for your photo shoot. I am an equal opportunity cartoonist. Below/above is the classic Far Side(c) cartoon on which all geekdom humor is based. A faintly recognizable figure is on the other side experiencing the same action except you have to think about it that the door on the other side would be labeled PUSH. The scratching of the head indicates frustration or bewilderment of why the door doesn't open when reaching for the handle and pulling. I think there was also an April Fools ible on switching a refridgerator handle at Instructables HQ you should look up. As for the fun facts, ask your folks to explain it to you. Your dad will laugh, you mom, probably not. We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming...(Don't worry, question everything)

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Tetranitrate made it!(author)2008-04-24

Oh man I was way off ...

I thought GorillazMiko was trying to lock Eric in the Laser Room of Doom, while he and the Robot escape with a wooden cutout of Christy.

Oh and laser cutting smells nowhere like delicious meat (unless you are laser cutting meat). It smells more like burning plastic and toxic vaporized carcinogens.

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caitlinsdad made it!(author)2008-04-24

I thought I heard GM say something about sausages in his lasercut phone video. Either that or time to upgrade to a better sound system...or like if Goodhart's vision is getting worse due to old age, then my hearing must be getting worse due to old age... And the other fun fact referenced that he asked for directions to the tower...

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-04-25

Nah, I was just like "It's starting to smell" and then Eric said something. Nothing with sausages though... And don't laugh at that! I needed help from Christy!

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Tetranitrate made it!(author)2008-04-25

(because I couldn't find the snausages one I was looking for)
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theburn7 made it!(author)2008-05-31

disturbing

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caitlinsdad made it!(author)2008-04-25

Noooo, don't ever admit you asked for directions...you say "Alameda? Darn computer came up with Altamonte...":) Hmmmm...I coulda swore from the audio, it sounded like someone in the bushes from the grassy knoll said "How did it smell like...sausages..." Looks like the beginning of Sausagegate or for our Euro friends, Weinergate... (bibliography; political references: Kennedy assasination conspiracy, Watergate conspiracy, cake is a conspiracy-wait, it's just a lie...)

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-04-30

I just listened to it, and it does sound like sausages, but that's not what I said.

(I think...)

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%3DSMART%3D made it!(author)2008-04-24

me to i thought GorillazMiko had locked eric in the laser cutting room and the robot was stealing a cutout of christy like it was all some kind of conspiracy lol. anyway very funny whatever way yo look at it! funny facts too lol

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caitlinsdad made it!(author)2008-04-24

I think GorillazMiko took his flip camera and was able to simulate the landing on the moon! (conspiracy theory)

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%3DSMART%3D made it!(author)2008-04-24

yea i know about that conspiracy there's a documentary on google video if your interested. personally i believe it was a set up, area 51 yea kinda looks like the moon round there dont it.

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caitlinsdad made it!(author)2008-04-24

Oooops, gotta go...some guys in dark suits and glasses are knocking at the door...

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%3DSMART%3D made it!(author)2008-04-24

Hahahahah :D

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-04-23

Wait-- yeah. That's supposed to be Christy. But she doesn't look like that in your comic. But you're still awesome at drawing! But this comic is still confusing... :P

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2013-01-31

4 years later and here I am...

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emilyvanleemput made it!(author)2013-03-10

4 years later and I'm reading this.

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kcls made it!(author)2010-03-24

How were you allowed to visit HQ? All of my dreams would come true if I was allowed to...

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thefonz101 made it!(author)2008-06-11

Isn't Alameda the place the Mythbusters use for testing stuff?

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-07-06

Yep.

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timmy1234s made it!(author)2008-07-09

ya. I wonder if instructables met the mythbusters. They are my favorite show.

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YummyPancakes made it!(author)2008-11-09

"Jamie want big boom."

My favorite quote. Period.

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Thelonelysandwitch made it!(author)2009-04-11

or "Well theres your problem"

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Hiyadudez made it!(author)2010-03-18

"When in doubt, C4"

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M4industries made it!(author)2009-12-17

 You know, Tetranitrate has a candid video of adam and jamie and the film crew on the runway. Search it up.

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natethegreat88 made it!(author)2009-09-18

There would be like a rip in the space time continuim(?) if Mythbusters and Instructables paired up.

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kid007la made it!(author)2009-10-22

 How were you allowed to tour their hq???? I want a tour

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Camisado made it!(author)2008-09-06

Very cool. Btw, how tall are you? You seem a bit short for a 14-yr old...... You're height ( random guess ) was about my height when I'm 10 or 11 yrs old ( that was what, two years ago or sumthin'? )

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-09-07

That was when I was 13. Now I'm 14. 5'5".

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wenpherd made it!(author)2009-07-19

im 13 and im 5'10"

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Thelonelysandwitch made it!(author)2009-04-11

ha, im 14 and 5' 9.5

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Camisado made it!(author)2008-09-08

Oh..... I'm about that tall too..... Eric is simply to tall, ya?

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1up made it!(author)2008-04-24

OH. MY. GOSH.
You are SO dang lucky! It looks like you had an AWESOME time, I am so glad for you! Why did you go, anyway, were you invited?

That is a LOT of stickers! 0_0

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-04-24

Nah, I live in L.A. Yeah, that's random, but anyways, I had Spring Break, so we went to Yosemite. Then we went to San Francisco. Before I planned my Spring Break trip (well, to San Francisco), I asked Eric if I could stop by, and he said sure, so blah blah, I came, had fun, got stickers.... ;-) It was so awesome!

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1up made it!(author)2008-05-01

Wow. That is so cool!

For me, it'd be about an 8 hour drive.

I wonder if Eric would want me to come...

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-05-01

How far are you from L.A.?

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-05-01

....you're in CA, right?

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1up made it!(author)2008-05-01

Yes, but I'm not sure I can tell you what city I live in... Have to ask my mom, but right now I'm with my dad.

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-05-01

It's not like I will kill you... :P

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1up made it!(author)2008-05-02

Yeah, but my parents are like that, you know? Maybe I can tell you over PM, probably not. :|

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-05-02

I guess PM would work. Do they go through your comments or something!?

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1up made it!(author)2008-05-02

Nooo... I don't want the world to know what city I live in. :P

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-05-02

Well, I live in Covina. I don't really care. Instructables is in Alameda. They don't care. My friends live in Covina. They don't care. Eggs are in my fridge. They don't care. Wait nevermind, we ran out, haha. (Seriously.) If you don't want to let me know, it's okay, I was just curious if you lived near me or not.

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1up made it!(author)2008-05-02

I want to let you know, I don't know if my parents will let me...

Tell me, what is you and eggs? Are you a teenager?!? In that case, I like eggs too. :P

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1up made it!(author)2008-05-03

You live in Covina? Well, I live about an hour from you. :)

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-05-03

Cool! You can tell me I guess, it's not like your parents would check. How would they figure out? It's not like you're giving away your address. Yes, I'm 14. I like eggs. :P

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YummyPancakes made it!(author)2009-04-11

*fails miserably to hold it in* That's what she said!

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peach_fart made it!(author)2008-09-27

mmmmm.............eggs............

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1up made it!(author)2008-05-03

It doesn't matter if my parents know or not, it's called ethics. :)

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