KipKay in the New York Times

Kipkay gets a nice mention in this New York Times piece Making Money, the How-To Way. Congratulations! Learning how to turn a flashlight into a laser is not a top priority for most people. Yet Kip Kedersha's step-by-step instructional video that teaches how to do just that has been seen online by more people (1.88 million) than live in Manhattan (about 1.6 million).Mr. Kedersha's online library of 94 videos includes tips on how to chill a Coke in two minutes, simulate a gunshot wound and start up a PC quickly.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Instructables in the New York Times -- Romancing the Flat Pack: Ikea, Repurposed

Instructables, member mzed, and his Low-cost Spherical Speaker Array all were mentioned in Romancing the Flat Pack: Ikea, Repurposed by Penelope Green at the New York Times. ..."I think there is a movement around looking at all the products that are available -- this global stream of stuff -- and realizing you can tinker with them and rebuild them," said Michael F. Zbyszynski, 36, the assistant director of music composition and pedagogy at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley, whose own hack is a speaker array made from red plastic Ikea salad bowls, and who has made other musical objects from PVC plastic and coffee cans that "live in the zone of the hack," he said."It's all about not accepting what's presented for sale as it is," Mr. Zbyszynski said, "about not just doing a 'paint by numbers' of your life."...ReadyMade is part of a universe of D.I.Y. media and forums where Ikea hacks appear and are then found by Ms. Yap, who links her blog to them. It's a universe that includes Make magazine (more science than design-geeky, for the handmade-robot set) and Web sites like instructables.com, which was created by M.I.T. Media Lab alumni as a forum for its users to share knowledge about how to make or do practically anything, including, as a glance at the home page the other day revealed, a quick banana nut bread and "hacking a toilet for free water." Mr. Zbyszynski's speaker array, with its goofy "Lost in Space" aesthetic, first appeared there.See more news mentions of Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Bamboo bikes Instructables in NYT!

Hey! Bamboo bikes Instructables were mentioned in NYT! Check out their article!   New York Times bamboo bicycle article Via Google alerts. Photo by Christian Hansen of NYT.

Posted by Culturespy 7 years ago


Tiny Talents - Learning Bar Tricks in the New York Times Magazine

Tiny Talentsby Virgina HeffernanOn the Web's amazing how-to sites, I am studying bar tricks. I should be learning, once and for all, how to do CPR, but all I really want to know is how to mix a Singapore Sling, palm a card and tongue-knot the stem of a maraschino cherry.The best thing about how-to sites like Howcast, eHow, WonderHowTo, Instructables, SuTree, VideoJug and ExpertVillage -- huge collections of videos that offer instruction in Chinese dining etiquette and surviving zombie attacks, plating fettuccine Alfredo and linking spins in freestyle kayaking -- is that they revive a lost era of two-bit skills, when Cross pens whirled around thumbs, Zippos burst in and out of flames and someone was forever trying to show you how.More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Duct Tape Roses Add a Lot to a Home - The Best of Instructables in New York Times

Duct Tape Roses, Concrete Lightbulb Wall Hook, and the Drainage Luge were all mentioned as part of Penelope Green's review of The Best of Instructables. Duct Tape Roses Add a Lot to a HomeThe duct tape roses I made over Thanksgiving were fetching (until they were gummed by the cat), but post-turkey lethargy prevented me from digging into the meatiest projects in "The Best of Instructables" (Make: Books; $34.99). One example: the concrete light bulb wall hook, described as "an excellent excuse for driving a lag bolt into your wall" by its inventor, Ray Alderman. He and it are emblematic of the instructables universe, a blogging community of do-it-yourself-ers, robot-makers, food hackers and techno-geeks who share their crafty ways at Make magazine and Instructables (makezine.com and instructables.com), sometimes selling the finished products on etsy.com, the online bazaar for handmade things.More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


This, From That - Maker Faire and Instructables in the New York Times

Instructables and Maker Faire received some nice coverage from the New York Times article This, From That."This is a real geek fest," says Professor Schalk, a high-energy physicist in both senses of the phrase."If I was a kid, I'd wet my pants here," he joked.Some 65,000 people came to see the sprawling display of inventiveness and potentially hazardous fun. Many of them read Make magazine and its sister publication, Craft, and go to Web sites like Instructables.com that encourage people to take on projects and share what they learn. (Recent online projects have shown people how to convert a novelty French-fry telephone into a carrying case for an iPod; how to make a computer-powered coffee warmer from an old Intel Pentium chip plugged into a P.C.'s U.S.B. port; and how parents and children can build a small vibrating robot together.)By far, my favorite quote from the piece:"It's deeply American," said Xeni Jardin, an editor of BoingBoing. As for the family-friendly setting, she said, "It's like Burning Man without all the icky hippie elements, without the pants-free guy on a bike."And more:Roxanne Stafford, a designer who visited the Faire without knowing much about it, said she was "a little overwhelmed" by the size, the variety and the noise.She added, however, that she found an underlying message in it all. With the ghastly images from the Iraq war and the uses of technology that usually make the news, it is easy to conclude that people simply make things and use technology "to destroy one another," she said."Things like Maker Faire give people hope," she said. "Creativity is the best expression of humanity."More press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


New York Times - Whiteboard Innovation Challenge Winners

Earlier this year the New York Times held a Whiteboard Innovation Challenge which "invited readers to share an innovation that they have made in their daily lives", these innovation did not have to be physical prototypes, just ideas that would make the world a better place. The NYT commissioned all-star judges: Paola Antonelli (NY MoMA Curator), James Dyson (of Dyson Inc.), Ben Kaufman (Founder of Quirky) and Martha Stewart (Queenbee of homestead) to review the entries and each selected their own personal favourite. Hundreds of entries were submitted, only a few made it to the New York Times website. Of the four winners chosen for publication 3 of the winners were Instructables members: CEO of Instructables Eric Wilhelm's (ewilhelm) Toddler's Painting Station Editor of instructables Mike Warren's (mikeasaurus) Umbrella Light Prolific Instructables author Mark Langford's (kiteman) Beach Skates If you picked up the June 2012 Edition of the NYT Magazine the finalists are on the last page, along with a brief writeup from one of the judges on why that innovation was selected. See the scanned copy of the finalists below:

Posted by mikeasaurus 5 years ago


A Carbon Tide: Past, Present and Future

The New York Times has a really nice graph showing the world's historical and projected carbon emissions here at A Carbon Tide: Past, Present and Future Global emissions of carbon dioxide, measured by the weight of carbon it contains.Their choice to display it in flash rather than a similarly-sized image is somewhat annoying, but the chart itself does a nice job presenting a type of data that is often difficult to comprehend. Getting people to truly grasp the size and scale of some of the world's energy issues is one of the key challenges in making progress on those issues. In 2004, 7.9 billion metric tons of carbon were released -- did you make good use of your metric ton?Here's a thought experiment in that same vein: The San Francisco oil spill was originally reported as a 140 gallon spill, but turned out to be approximately 58,000 gallons. How much worse is a 58,000 gallon spill compared to a 140 gallon spill?

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


My Belt Sander Can Beat Your Circular Saw

Has your hobby become mainstream when it's covered by the New York Times? Power Tool Drag Racing gets coverage in My Belt Sander Can Beat Your Circular Saw:TEN feet short of the finish line, Barbie Airplane was stranded.A screaming speedster powered by a whirling circular saw flew from a wooden ramp at the recent Power Tool Drag Racing competition in Seattle.The cheerful contraption -- a Craftsman belt sander crowned with a powder-blue toy plane -- had been careening down the 75-foot racetrack moments earlier. Then the sander's rotating belt came undone, stopping it dead.In the neighboring lane, Heavy Metal Waste, a circular saw souped up with skateboard wheels and flaming antennas, had already rocketed past. Cheers of victory rang from the bleachers.along with a nod to our very own Power Tool Racer Instructable:If this kind of tinkering sounds tricky, there's no need to re-invent the wheel, or the saw blade, for that matter. A detailed tutorial at Instructables.com gives step-by-step directions for converting a circular saw into a racer, courtesy of Jeremy Franklin-Ross, co-founder of the Hazard Factory artists' collective in Seattle.More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


My Favorite Food Author

I like the instructables here. They are good. But the most useful food instructions  I have seen are from Mark Bittman of the NYT  His column was called the Minimalist and they are on youtube Here is an example, fresh pea soup. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTUVTqWc_Vc

Posted by Wilmette 5 years ago


Is there a software that can compile all the answer guides here into pdf manuals, or a directory of related questions?

I read in NYT that there was this Professor who made some software that threaded the web, compiled the related facts, and made its own how to or reference manuals.

Asked by mikedu 8 years ago


Dry-Ice Martini and Electric Cake - Hungry Scientist and Instructables in the NYT

The Hungry Scientist Handbook, Turkey tek, and Instructables were the topic of Dry-Ice Martini and Electric Cake in the New York Times:WHEN does a recipe become a science project?Is it when the compulsion to create an edible electrical circuit keeps a cook up all night, wrapping Twizzler string licorice in pure silver?Is it when a baker decides to bake 20 equilateral-triangle-shaped pecan pies for Thanksgiving, then attach them together with magnets to form an 80-serving icosahedron? (The recipe begins with 30 cups of flour and 2 large sheets of 24-gauge steel.) More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Toyota Will Offer a Plug-In Hybrid by 2010

If you make it, they will come. Or something.CalCars, the California Cars Initiative, has not only been campaigning for plug-in hybrid vehicles, they were the first to build a plug-in Toyota Prius. CalCars longstanding, and really quite simple, thesis is that plug-in hybrids can achieve 100+ MPG using today's technology:We promote plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). PHEVs are like regular hybrids but with larger batteries and the ability to re-charge from a standard outlet (mostly at night). They're the best of both worlds: local travel is electric, and you always have a gas-tank backup. More details here.Toyota seems to have finally received the message, now pledging to offer a plug-in hybrid by 2010: Toyota Will Offer a Plug-In Hybrid by 2010 (NYT). From the article:DETROIT -- The Toyota Motor Corporation, which leads the world's automakers in sales of hybrid-electric vehicles, announced Sunday night that it would build its first plug-in hybrid by 2010.The move puts Toyota in direct competition with General Motors, which has announced plans to sell its own plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, sometime around 2010.Katsuaki Watanabe, the president of Toyota, announced the company's plans at the Detroit auto show as part of a series of environmental steps.Mr. Watanabe said Toyota, best known for its Prius hybrid car, would develop a fleet of plug-in hybrids that run on lithium-ion batteries, instead of the nickel-metal hydride batteries that power the Prius and other Toyota models.Plug-in hybrids differ from the current hybrid vehicles in that they can be recharged externally, from an ordinary power outlet. In a conventional hybrid the battery is recharged from power generated by its wheels.Mr. Watanabe said the lithium-ion fleet would be made available first to Toyota's commercial customers around the world, like government agencies and corporations, including some in the United States. He did not say when they would be available to consumers.Another case of hackers' solutions becoming mainstream? Definitely!

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories - Peak cooking oil?

The interconnectedness of the world can sometime be striking. I noticed yesterday that Safeway, a west coast grocery store chain, has converted it trucks to biodiesel. Due to increased fuel-demand for things that were previously only considered foodstuffs, the cooking oils carried by the biodiesel-fueled trucks were probably significantly more expensive. In Malaysia, this has even idled some plants design to refine oils into biodiesel:Here on Malaysia's eastern shore, a series of 45-foot-high green and gray storage tanks connect to a labyrinth of yellow and silver pipes. The gleaming new refinery has the capacity to turn 116,000 tons a year of palm oil into 110,000 tons of a fuel called biodiesel, as well as valuable byproducts like glycerin. Mission Biofuels, an Australian company, finished the refinery last month and is working on an even larger factory next door at the base of a jungle hillside.But prices have spiked so much that the company cannot cover all its costs and has idled the finished refinery while looking for a new strategy, such as asking a biodiesel buyer to pay a price linked to palm oil costs, and someday switching from palm oil to jatropha, a roadside weed.from the NYT article A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly CaloriesAnd there's more: as more and more baked goods eliminate trans-fats, those fats are often replaced with palm oil, so the pastries carried by the biodiesel-fueled trucks are themselves consuming more edible oil. While this will increase the price to make and ship a snack cake in the US, it has much greater effect elsewhere. Since people in the developing world get such a large percentage of their calories from cooking oil, increased prices have caused riots:No category of food prices has risen as quickly this winter as so-called edible oils -- with sometimes tragic results. When a Carrefour store in Chongqing, China, announced a limited-time cooking oil promotion in November, a stampede of would-be buyers left 3 people dead and 31 injured.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Haney Ryhmä: WTI Crude klo pohjalukemissa, EU Probing Hinta sopiminen - thehaneygroup.com

Haney Ryhmä: WTI Crude klo pohjalukemissa, EU Probing Hinta sopiminen Haney ryhmä tarkkailee West Texas raa'asta hinnat laskivat alimmalle merkin lähes kaksi viikkoa, markkinoiden yleistä merkkejä tarvikkeita nousussa. EU: n viranomaiset tutkivat öljy-yhtiöiden osalta kilpailusääntöjen rikkomisesta koskee hintakeinottelun. Molemmat kehitys oikeinkirjoitus ulos tarkkaavainen sijoittajan kiinteää tuottoa. "Futures juuri muuttuneet New Yorkissa pudottuaan neljä päivää jatkuvien laski kokonaisuutena luomaan pisin tappiot tänä vuonna. Raakaöljyn varastot sai 1,1 miljoonaa tynnyriä viime viikolla, mukaan API. Tänään julkaistussa raportissa esitetään varastojen nousi 450000 tynnyriä. Yhdessä lisätietoja rikkomatta noin Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Statoil ASA ja Plattsin tutkitaan sen jälkeen, kun uutiset EU komissio teki ratsioita kolmessa maassa. Todistaa jälleen kerran, että erilaisuuden kiinteät voitot kysymys siitä, onko markkinoilla liikkuu ylös tai alas oikea analyysi, "David Holmes varatoimitusjohtaja Yritysjärjestelyt Haney Group kertoi tänään. "Vaihto-omaisuus ovat korkeat, ei ole geopoliittisia asioita tällä hetkellä, ja teollisuuden tarvitse pitää matalaa profiilia, koska tutkimukset tulee öljyä", David Holmes totesi ja lisäsi: "Kuulemme raportit ennustavat, että West Texas putoaa 92,50 dollaria tai pienempi tynnyri. " WTI tuottaa kesäkuussa oli 94,01 dollaria tynnyriltä, ​​alas 20 senttiä tänään. Volyymi kaikista sopimuksista oli 59 prosenttia alle 100 päivän keskiarvon. Hinnat laskivat 96 senttiä 94,21 dollaria eilen, suurin pudotus vuodesta 1. toukokuuta. Brent Crude tuottaa kesäkuussa laski 25 senttiä 102,35 dollaria tynnyriltä Lontoossa. EU: n tavoitteena oli palkkio 8,34 dollaria ja WTI, alas 8,39 dollaria päivänä. EU: n komissio tutkii tietoja, että yritykset voivat sopia salaisesti raportoinnissa vääristynyt hintojen hinta raportointi virasto manipuloida julkaistujen hintojen useita öljy-ja muita tuotteita. Shell ja muut tietysti sanovat "täydessä yhteistyössä" tutkimuksessa. Mahdolliset rikkomukset liittyvät hinnat Platts. "Tämä on kiinteä suuntaus seuraamaan nyt aika saada laivalla, strateginen suunnittelu johtaa saavuttaa kannattavan lopussa sijoittajien kannalta on tavoite" päättyi Haney konsernin varatoimitusjohtaja David Holmes huomautuksen. http://www.biggerpockets.com/blogs/4058/blog_posts/28191-the-haney-group-wti-crude-at-a-low-with-eu-probing-price-fixing    

Posted by DELETED_jansenisrael 4 years ago


Instructables in the News

Instructables seems to be finding its way around the news media. Here are links to the mentions I know of. If you see any others, leave a note in the comments, or post a forum topics and I'll add a link to it here. If you're from the press and would like to arrange an interview, please contact me here. See the most current news about Instructables with a Google News search for Instructables. The Top 100 Websites of 2011 - PCMag Share What You Make with Instructables - Forbes Autodesk 2011: On Autodesk Acquiring Instructables - Core77 Eric Wilhelm featured on NPR discussing DIY "Sous Vide" cooking techniques Maker Faire and the Growth of Do-It-Yourself - Entrepreneur Autodesk Buys Instructables; Design Software Giant in Consumer Marketing Push - Xconomy Instructables, A Mecca for Makers, Reflects Eric Wilhelm’s Passion for Building Stuff and Telling the Story - Xconomy Autodesk Acquires Instructables and What it Means for Makers - MAKE eBook Evolutions: Instructables - Forbes Blog Eric Wilhelm discusses high-tech Halloween projects on NPR's Science Friday 2010-10-22 New York Times - Bamboo Bicycles New York Times - Growing Vegetables Upside Down DIY Green Projects - ABC News Instructables in the Daily Green Taking an Open-Source Approach to Hardware - Instructables in the WSJ FYIs for the DIYers - Instructables in the Sacramento Bee Do-It-Yourself Guru Makes Treasures From Trash - Tim Anderson Profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition Instructables on WGHP Fox 8 - Paper Wallets and Marshmallow Shooters "It's not like everyone who does DIY is a communist!" - Instructables in the Financial Times Instructables in Inventors Digest - Five Questions with Eric Wilhelm Instructables on KSL5's Studio 5 How to make your own high-tech Christmas gifts - Instructables in New Scientist Build It Yourself at Instructables.com - Instructables on ABC's Ahead of the Curve DIY Holiday Gift Ideas - The Best of Instructables on NHPR's Word of Mouth Instructables on NPR's Here & Now 11/24/2008 Instructables on NYC's WCBS-AM 880 Monday Eco-nomical: Homemade Gifts -- Instructables Mentioned on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday 2008-11-23 Instructables on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday - 2008-11-22 Homeowners go greener with do-it-yourself jobs Faberge Egg Contest Round-up by Forbes Dry-Ice Martini and Electric Cake - Hungry Scientist and Instructables in the NYT Leah Buechley and Instructables Written Up by Forbes: "A Blinking Fashion Statement" Instructables Part of PC World's 100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites Customers increasingly drive firms' innovations Netting circle - The crafting and DIY crazes are catching on with websites such as Etsy and Instructables Eric Wilhelm wins Technology Review's Top Innovators under 35 Award Tiny Talents - Learning Bar Tricks in the New York Times Magazine How To Fix The World & Grassroots Innovation Takes Root - Instructables in Forbes My Belt Sander Can Beat Your Circular Saw - Instructables in the New York Times 3 How-To Projects In 60 Seconds - Eric Wilhelm of Instructables on the Forbes Video Network Eric profiled by Technology Review in "Instructables pioneer loves to kite-surf" This, From That - Maker Faire and Instructables in the New York Times Instructables on NPR's Talk of the Nation April Fools' Day 2008 - The Top Five Office April Fools Pranks Instructables on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday March 9th, 2008 Innovation: 'How-To' Web Sites Let You Learn Just About Anything - Instructables in Fox Business News Arts and Crafts Find New Life Online - Instructables in BusinessWeek Instructables in SmartComputing Instructables on LA's KROQ Instructables in the Telegraph -- Weird and wonderful inventions The How-Tos That You Do: Instructables Keep People In Step After Step After Step. - Instructables in Helio Mag Instructables in the New York Times -- Romancing the Flat Pack: Ikea, Repurposed Instructables in the New York Times - In a Highly Complex World, Innovation From the Top Down Mouse Mouse in FHM-Germany Instructables and Squid Labs featured in Tech Closeup's April 2007 Show Instructables in the New York Times - How to Improve it? Ask Those Who Use It Instructables wins the 2006 WIRED Rave award for Industrial Design Instructables in World Changing Instructables mentioned in Jane Mag Instructables in the Sydney Morning Herald PodTech Network Instructables team interview: Eric and Leah Instructables in FHM-Netherlands Laser Cutter Origami - Squid Labs in the New Yorker Instructables in Trendwatching Instructables in Edutopia Instructables in The Village Voice Instructables in Network World, January 2006 The Dream Factory - Instructables debuts in WIRED, September 2005 Squid Labs profiled in WIRED news, September 2005 More cool stuff about Instructables here at the guided tour.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago