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Meet Tim Anderson!

He's the co-founder of Z-Corp 3D printers, host of the Know How Show, author of the Heirloom Technology column in MAKE magazine, and the most prolific Instructables author with 222 projects and counting!

So, besides teaching you how to get a free yacht and how to fly a hydrofoil, what is Tim doing for the betterment of humanity? 

Here's how he describes it in his profile: Tim's philosophy involves building minimum-consumption personal infrastructure from recycled scavenged materials.  Redirecting the waste stream.  Doing much with little.  A reverse peace-corps to learn from poor people all over the world.

In practice, this means traveling the world documenting traditional Pacific Island sailing canoes, collecting handy tricks from Australia, Guatemala, Indonesia, and the US, and teaching us how to repair or reuse almost anything.  (When you're done with the Handy Tricks series, check out his Instructable showing How Not To.)   You can also learn how to move a tree, or keep an old truck running.

He's a believer in Garbage Santa, who leaves "trash" treats for creative people to find and repurpose, and can do almost anything with recycled bike innertubes.  He's also an enthusiastic sailor, bicyclist, and kiter who builds all of his own equipment - check out his ice gear in this video:


So, are you inspired yet?  Do you believe in Garbage Santa? 
And which Tim Anderson project are you most likely to try?




This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

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=SMART= (author)2010-03-12

Tim is one cool dude.

I love the picture of the turtle ! Haha its face is so funny

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Kiteman (author)=SMART=2010-03-12

The photo just after he gets Tims nose is ... less funny.

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caitlinsdad (author)Kiteman2010-03-12

Umm, is that the proper way to grab a turtle?

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NachoMahma (author)caitlinsdad2010-03-12

.  Not on the first date

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skunkbait (author)NachoMahma2010-03-12

Some turtles are a bit easier than others.  But it looks like this one needs a few drinks first.

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Goodhart (author)skunkbait2010-03-13
Yeah, but if it DOES  get hold of you, they have this "separation anxiety" thing and don't want to let go.
 

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skunkbait (author)Goodhart2010-03-13

The old saying I remember (at least in N. Mississipi) is "a snapper won't turn loose on it's own, until it thunders". 

I think that was more of a reccomendation (that you go ahead and cut his head off), rather than waiting for the critter to turn loose on it's own.

Either way, whether you're going to make friends or you plan to remove the "beak"/mouth from your hand:  SOMEBODY is gonna need a few drinks!

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Goodhart (author)skunkbait2010-03-14
Which is why the Green Turtle makes a "safer" stew (of course, any turtle can latch  onto you, but they might be less aggressive)   ;-) 
 

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skunkbait (author)Goodhart2010-03-14

True, but the green turtles don't usually make for great stories.

For example: 

Have I told you about the time a big snapper took SkunkbaitJR's pliers (and almost took his fingers)?...... 

Long story short-Pleasant day fishing, VERY angry snapper, Snaps at hand but gets pliers, hail of gunfire, turtle soup.

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Goodhart (author)skunkbait2010-03-15
Well, that is the type of story that I personally would rather avoid, myself :-)   It was bad enough having a "channel catty" chomp down on my hand as I tried to remove a hook, she had greedily swallowed whole.  SHE gave us two servings at meal though for that bite:  Catfish for two (she was a BIG one) and poor man's caviar.  :-)
 

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canida (author)caitlinsdad2010-03-12

The best way to grab a snapping turtle is, well, not to. ;)

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Goodhart (author)canida2010-03-13
Either the Snapping or the Green turtle make great soup :-) 
 

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2010-03-12

I wouldn't know, I've never tried.

We need the opinion of a hill-billie...

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skunkbait (author)Kiteman2010-03-12

I grabbed one like that not long ago.  Even as a hill-person, it freaked me out a bit.  But it still made wonderful stew!

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Tool Using Animal (author)2010-03-13

"I'd hardly believe your comment..."

Do you have any idea whose veracity you are casting aspersions on?

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I take that statement back, k?

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.  He's been here long enough to know, but, being as he's from Louisiana, I wouldn't be too surprised if he didn't. <snicker>

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Lithium Rain (author)2010-03-13

D: I thought this was a funeral topic for some reason...

Also I always thought the turtle was an eagle 0_o

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Actually, before I clicked it, so did I.

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skunkbait (author)Lithium Rain2010-03-13

Yeah, when I glanced at the "little picture", I always thought it was a parrot on his shoulder.

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lemonie (author)Lithium Rain2010-03-13

I thought the critter was an eel...

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kelseymh (author)2010-03-13

You got the quote exactly right:  This post has been sponsored by Pepsi.

Not the subject of the post, the posting itself.

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DJ Radio (author)kelseymh2010-03-13

Ohhh in that case nevermind.

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Kiteman (author)2010-03-12
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canida (author)Kiteman2010-03-12

Sure, he's got a bit of a head start, but you could catch him...

*sits back and watches the show*

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Goodhart (author)canida2010-03-13
I  could if I had no need to work, didn't have to take care of (an)other responsibility(ies) and had much better resources, but that ain't happening anytime soon :-) 
 

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2010-03-13

Ah, it's Easter soon.

I'm going away, but I may get a few days in the shed...

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NachoMahma (author)2010-03-13

.  I read that as Pepsi is paying (in some form or fashion, not necessarily monetary) canida to make this topic. She picked what she thought was a fitting subject. But I could be reading it wrong. ;)

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DJ Radio (author)2010-03-12
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canida (author)DJ Radio2010-03-12

Tim is self-sponsored. ;)

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