Now international entries are not accepted so what if I only enter.If I win a prize i may not take the prize.Is it possible?and by what time would be international entries accepted .
Question by robot1398 | last reply
I just suffered a minor coronary looking at the cost of text for the next semester, and was wondering if anyone here had experience using international editions for engineering courses, It would be nice to trim my cost from $600 to $300 but I don't want books I can't use.
Topic by Tool Using Animal | last reply
Hey, i reside in Fiji islands and my intention was to know whether international entries were legitimate. Cause i really want that laptop, i have been using my old compaq computer for a long time and this looks like a really good deal. I will write a really good instructable , but it's no use if i can't win it. So please do help me.
Topic by arylic | last reply
Hi , I have been searching recently about international contests entries from countries that are not listed , and found out that I can enter my works but I can not claim the prizes and the solution for this is to have somebody in u.s or any other listed country who can receive the prizes , so I 'm asking I f any body can help me in this by giving me his address so he can receive the prizes and then resend it to me , anyone who is ready and open for help please contact me on this email email@example.com
Topic by Ahmad-Jaber | last reply
I was thinking, wouldn't it be cool if someone could start a band where each member has never met before and lived in another part of of the world. For recording and coming up with songs they would sort of make a conference call or a webcam conference and meet up that way. They would then send each of they're recordings of their part that they played together to one person who combined them for the song. I don't know just one of my random thoughts. Interesting though.
Topic by Rockerx | last reply
I Am from Fiji islands and i am wondering if international entries where accepted for this competition. get the leds out challege . I won 2 burning question competition and recieved my prizes and i want to give a shot at this too. If yes then i wanted to know who would cover for the shipping and who has to pay taxation ?... I am willing to pay for tax but not sure about shipping. Anyways I am looking forward to your replies and wish the best to all competition mates. thanks instructables for the t-shirts they were wonderful.
Topic by arylic | last reply
Alright, I grabbed some more internals for the latest version of the Barackuda. I can't believe it's already been over a year since the last time I updated my status update thread. It's sad that nothing much goes on here, but I'll still maintain activity as long as I have ideas. I bought a home in the summer and have since been doing adulty things but I've been looking for more hobbies, so I'm still interested in doing a K'nex gun building guide series for newbies. I otherwise haven't built much. But anyway. For those that don't know, which I imagine are few, the Barackuda (portmanteau of Barack as in Barack Obama and barracuda) is basically a compact bolt action repeater with a small, removable drum magazine. I believe this is the first time a magazine like this has been successfully implemented on a weapon. I spent years figuring out the design and trying to perfect it, never quite satisfied, but I really need to just throw it out there. I'll get full instructions eventually. Hopefully these will do for now. Sorry if some of the pictures ended up sideways. I was using my phone and rushing. Let me know if you'd like any other pictures.
Topic by TheDunkis | last reply
I would like some clarification regarding this year's Epilog Challenge. It states "International entries are accepted." but there is someone in the comments (Culturespy) authoritatively claiming "International entries are not allowed due to international shipping restrictions on lasers. Sorry guys." Is Culturespy right, or misguided? My contest entry is going to cost me more then any of the other prizes are worth, so it is only worth me pursuing if I have a shot at the laser cutter.
Topic by NathanWilliams | last reply
I've been searching out parts on digikey, and noticed that a lot of the power/audio jacks had an "internal switch", with three conductors and four contacts. I've never heard of these before, and none of the datasheets were helpful, nor ten minutes of googling, in educating me. So what are these mysterious internal switches? I presume they somehow switch between two states depending on if there's a plug in the jack. But why is this helpful or necessary? And more importantly, how does this affect how to wire the jack?
Question by Skidion | last reply
The rich editor 'comment box' and 'Instructables editor' is able to handle international characters, such as: é, ê, ç, ¿, ñ (possibly others), however the "Title this Step" in an Instructable does not reflect the same editing perimeters. Instead, displays "ï¿½" (displays as black diamond with white question mark). This also happens with the yellow description box overlays. This may be user error, but seems weird that I can see certain text in one field but not another. FF v3.6.12 ?? _mike
Topic by mikeasaurus | last reply
I wanted to enter the Clay Contest, but I saw that it's only open for US and Canada. I live in Mexico, and I was wondering, what if I don't want the prizes for myself, but for a friend that lives in the US and also works with clay? I would ask the prizes to be shipped to her. Can I be eligible to win then?
Topic by talty | last reply
International Fiber CollaborativeSeeking Participants,The goal for the International Fiber Collaborative is to give a opportunity to people who enjoy working with crafts, whether professional artists,hobbyists or students to come together all over the world to express our concerns towards our countries extreme dependency on oil for energy. Those who participate will crochet/knit/stitch/patch/ or collage a 36"x36" fiber panel that will express each artists view on this topic. By taking the step to create a panel with any design, and sending it in, in the larger picture, is expressing your concern towards this topic. Once all 800 panels that are needed are received, they will be sewn together to completely cover an abandoned gas station and gas pumps in central New York. You can check out the website at internationalfibercollaborative.comor contact Jennifer Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.orgThank You,Jennifer Marsh
Topic by blueangle1412
Call for Entries for the 14th Festival of computer-based art CYNETART || entry deadline 28.02.2010 TMA Hellerau hosts this international competition of CYNETART, inviting artists and art groups to present their projects, every two years. They can apply with projects that fully utilise digital technologies in their conceptual, creative and performing processes, thereby opening up opportunities for digital performance and their relationship to factors such as time, space, physical presence and social encounters. An international jury with representatives from well-established media culture institutions and experienced scientists with a background in media art history will decide about the winner of the CYNETART-award and the sponsorship award. It will also decide on the award of the artist-in-residence-grant funded by the Saxon Ministry of Science and the Fine Arts. Further information/ Entry Form: http://t-m-a.de/cynetart/wettbewerb?lang=en
Topic by TMA Hellerau | last reply
My question could appear a little strange but i'll try to explain...English is not my natural born language but my skills are good enought to understand most of instructables, and anyways, english is know the only international language. And it's not a problem.the problem is about metering ! i'm really in troubles with imperials / us measure !the IS is universal ! There is only 3 country in the world using pounds, inches, or other exotic measurment !It's really hard for normal people !So my question should be " Is Instructables an "america's first" website ? Maybe instructables could be write using the IS instead... should be great for the 4 billions human wich are nor American, Burmese or Liberian !Thanks for readingRomain
Question by romfrom | last reply
Well... does anybody know what it is or what it does? i have one its model number is 7C120M33R other stuff written on it are 12 MFD 330 VAC 50/60 HZ 185 degrees centigrade MAX CASE TEMP NO PCB'S product from ADVANCE what cool stuff can i do with this or should i just sell it to buy other neat gadgets?(even though i tried looking for these on ebay found nothing) i took it off a light fixture from a stew leonards store...lol
Topic by Rotten | last reply
We have an open position in social media at the company I work for. We're looking for a confident self-starter who is interested in engaging with our community, as well as effectively produce content. www.thesyndicate.com This is an internship, with the possibility of intern-to-hire position for the right candidate. * Internship is 8 weeks long, unpaid, 2 days per week (maximum of 20 hours per week) ***** If you are an active college student seeking to receive credit for this internship, you MUST have your paperwork/syllabus/credit agreement prepared for us BEFORE you begin your internship with us. We also need a contact for your school and/or professor.****** * Your work will be reviewed every week, and feedback given. * Recent college graduates are welcome to apply, with preference given to enrolled/active students. Who we are: * www.thesyndicate.com * We are very HANDS-ON. If you are the type who likes to jump into a new project, put your personal stamp on it, and present something amazing to the world, you've got a place here! * We are open-source from top-to-bottom. We run on linux. * Do you know what MagicLantern is? * We have a strict no-whining policy. If you whine, this opportunity may not be for you. TO APPLY * Send us a message here on instructables or to email@example.com. Include the basics of your name, what school you attend (or have attended), and why you're interested in this internship. * Provide TWO (2, only two!!) examples of your a recent project, product, or idea that you have actively helped to promote. Tell us 1)What your GOAL was for your social media outreach 2) What was your biggest challenge or failure as you completed this project 3)When thinking about your social media strategy, what techniques or methods did you use that did not work as expected? Why do you think these methods didn't work as intended, and what do you think you would do differently? *Provide a writing sample by answering this question: When considering hemp and cannabis, how do you think these crops have transformed the economy and politics? 300 words or less!
Topic by gigijiji | last reply
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Topic by Reiko-san
Hello everybody. I've been quiet for a bit, busily building a computer program that can understand curse words, a ski game that takes in your head location for its tilt, and an alternative sense pathway through the back. But I have bigger news: In a month I'll be in California helping the good people at instructables, and hopefully building a few things that you will find interesting. This is a great community and I'm sure you'll be hearing a good deal from me in the near future. Yours in awesome. The instructaturn -lamedust (BG) This is me in disguise:
Topic by lamedust | last reply
Instructables needs interns for this Fall in the San Francisco area! We're especially looking for people to help us do community management and build cool projects. See the seedy under-belly of the site! Learn that "scalable community management" isn't just a silly buzz-phrase I made up! Help us make Instructables users happy. Please send a resume, cover letter, and any other useful information to iwannawork at instructables dot com.See all the positions available at Instructables.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Today is my third day as an intern at the downtown SF Instructables office. I thought I'd recount Day 1 as a day-in-the-life! It starts off with: "Don't come in before 10am" from Eric, and a mention from Noah (my more direct boss): "We recommend that folks bring their computers, a contractor trash bag, a good pair of running shoes, a banana and hard hat on their first day - that way, they are prepared for whatever challenges may await them at Instructables." So I walked out to the office, found the robot-painted door wedged between the liquor store and the Mexican restaurant, and walked up the stairs. It's one big room- open tables everywhere covered in stuff of all sorts: duct tape, paper towels, electronics, crocheted Pac-Man, a giant styrofoam face, an electric toaster. Everyone is at their workstations- one folding a 3D paper alphabet, another fiddling with a breadboard. The devs coding on one side of the room while walking on treadmills at the computer and DJ'ing the room. Anyway, I walked in and looked around, and was greeted with a tentative "Hello?" from someone at a desk*. I clarified that it was my first day of work, and that cleared things up. Bilal, the artist-in-residence, gave me a shoulder tap, and I was welcomed by Eric and Noah. *Apparently random strangers occasionally wander up the stairs. We now have a laser cut "days since a random stranger walked up the stairs" counter for the office. Noah showed me around, introducing me to the editors' corner, the marketing team, showing me the rooms along the back wall: "Office, sewing/electronics lab, office, store room, office, prize room, woodshop/laser cut room, 3D printer. Probably ask someone before you use the 3D printer. Test kitchen, game corner." And that was it. Back at his place in the editor's corner, he nodded. A brief pause, and then I asked, "Is there anything in particular I'm supposed to do?" Noah laughed. "Good question! Since you're just here for the summer, you'll be doing a lot of making stuff. You can use any of the supplies, or if you need to buy anything, let me know." There are a few other things I get to do, too. I can feature Instructables, and am encouraged to do outreach to people who aren't on Instructables but ought to be. But right now, most people in the office are working hard on entries for the Make it Real contest. So I got to work. You can check out my page for the fun things I've begun to make here at the office. A few other key points of the first day experience: -2pm check-in: everyone in the office meets around the lunch table to say what they've been doing that day. -Membership at TechShop- lots of fun toys for making things! -Picking up things from the MakerFaire -Getting project cards Since then, I've gotten some fabric and done some sewing for a project I haven't posted yet and worked with CNC paper cutting, 3D printing, taught myself Google SketchUp and Silhouette, and have begun to list all the things I'd like to work on this summer All right, that's enough writing. Time to make!
Topic by SelkeyMoonbeam | last reply
This is Kiteman posting, borrowing his son's account. Sorry folks, due to the recent vandalism of the site, I cannot publish the full details of the International Challenge at the moment. However, if you are waiting to see what you need to Make to enter, I can reveal that it needs to be something with a (very) vaguely "international" theme, whether that is the cuisine of another country, a device to make foreign travel more bearable, or some other Make you can fit into the definition or concept of "international". Prizes will be: > One first prize of a full 12 month pro membership > One second prize of a six month membership > Two runners-up of single 3-month memberships. > Various patches Entrance will be open to all members, regardless of location, but the pro memberships will only be awarded to entrants currently excluded from official contests.
Topic by Conker-X | last reply
I just purchased an Iphone 4S from verizon 2 days ago, it is the white model. However, the Internal Speaker will not work, and has never worked for anything: Apps, Music, Videos, Ringtones, etc. I made sure the phone was not on silent mode and the volume was up high. I thought that the headphone detection could be malfunctioning, however when in music, I set the volume to highest possible with no headphones and then plugged in my headphones and the volume bar went to the previous setting with headphones. This makes me assume that it knows to play out of the speakers. Help would be appreciated, if the solution is not fixed, I will be trading in the phone at verizon.
Question by jacobdlyon | last reply
Unfortanately, a while ago, i made a big mistake, geting vista. so before i make another one, i want some advice. internet explorer 7, 8, or should i just stick with fire fox. unfortanatley, firefoxe lets through tons of pop ups. and then of course, due to the fact of me having vista... welll... "INTERNET EXPLORER IS NOT RESPONGING, PLEASE WAIT WHILE WE SEARCH FOR A SOLUTION"
Topic by E-R-IC | last reply
If you don't live in the US, Canada-minus-Quebec, US, UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada (excluding Quebec), China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, or Switzerland, (keep an eye on THIS PAGE for updates) and have been bummed that we can't yet open contests for your country, I've got some great news for you! We're going to give you gifts! Here's how it works. Editors' Pick gifts Our editors will scan the site for particularly excellent Instructables from international authors. This way we can tell you we think your project is awesome, even if you don't get a ton of pageviews within the first month. The number of editors' picks gifts will vary every month, depending on the number of amazing international projects we see. The legal reasoning: while there are all sorts of stringent and varied laws governing contests around the world, the lawyers say we can send you non-contest-related gifts without fear of fines and imprisonment. Thus, while we're waiting for the lawyers to figure out the wacky legal details for each country, we're identifying the most popular projects each month and sending along a thank-you gift. Which is a gift, NOT a prize. Ahem. We desperately want to be able open contests up to the entire world, and are working as fast as we can to make it happen. (See Eric's post here.) I realize this isn't the same as being able to enter contests, but this is our attempt to make the wait a bit more pleasant, and let you guys know you're top on our minds.
Topic by canida | last reply
Http://www.exploratorium.edu/rubiks/ Sunday, January 18, 200910:00 AM - 4:30 PMThe Exploratorium in San Francisco, CAWatch some of the world's greatest Rubik's Cube puzzle-solvers compete before a live audience! Highlights include the 3x3x3 Speed Solve and 3x3x3 Blindfold Solve. Onsite registration lasts from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. If you can solve a cube, sign up - anyone may compete. Presented in conjunction with the Rubik's Cube Clubs of Caltech, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.
Topic by noahw | last reply
Hi all, (and particularly mods if they're reading), I'm a fairly new non-US member to the site, and whilst I love that you open up many of your contests to the whole globe, I was wondering what steps you take (if any) to ensure your top prizes prizes such as Xboxes, iPads, tools, kitchenware etc are as accessible to those of us in different countries. This is particularly relevant for games consoles etc where chips can be different, games can be region encoded and TVs may not be able to display NTSC, but it does apply to anything that gets plugged in. Yes, I'm aware of voltage converters and plug adapters, but I've had mixed results with these over the years. So I was wondering: If one is lucky enough to get such an awesome prize - if there is an option to get the goods from the home country? If so - can this please be added to the standard comp info / rules page? If not, would instructables be willing to look into this, or possibly voucher alternatives against the product? Many thanks for reading!
Topic by xavec | last reply
The world's first international hydrogen-powered motorsport race was held in Rotterdam this weekend.Dubbed the Formula Zero championship, the contest pitted teams from five countries against each other in a zero-emissions go-kart race.Each team's entry was powered by a commercial fuel cell that produces electricity from hydrogen. It may be small-scale, with only six teams entering go-kart sized vehicles, but Formula Zero is an officially-recognised motorsport, with plans for scaling up to Formula Three and the Formula One style and speeds."In 10 years if the motorsport industry as a whole hasn't engaged in zero or low emission principles, it probably won't be around," said Greg Offer, who headed up the Imperial College London team. "Teams that embrace this new technology early on will succeed, and those that don't will fall by the wayside."Racing excitement won't suffer, though; Dr. Offer says that fuel-cell powered vehicles don't represent a compromise in performance over traditional petrol-fuelled engines.'"With a combustion engine, you have to reach three or four thousand revs to get your peak power," he says. "With an electric vehicle, it's all there from standing, and they're more efficient." The next races are planned for the US in March 2009. Plenty of time to get your own entry built.Imperial TeamFormula Zero homepageBBC news article
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Hey everyone. I am hosting a new contest starting tomorrow. Every week there will be a new section. The winner each week will be given 5 points. This will go on for two months. At the end of the two months whoever has the most points wins. And if there is a tie, a judge will decide who has done the best work overall. Anybody can enter but comment here and tell that you will be participating so I can get a list going. Round 1: You have one week to build the best pistol you can. Its as simple as that. Now you cant enter a gun Thats already posted. You have to design it yourself. Good luck. How to enter: Post an instructable or video of your pistol. And notify me by posting the link in this forum. Deadline: Enter by your pistol by July 4, 2009. Judges: Killer~SafeCracker I_am_Canadian Serial-Cricket Participants for round 1: yannyboy stale56 Good luck now start building. Update: I am canceling the contest for now. I will be reopening the contest later but I am going to organize it better. Sorry if this caused any inconvenience.
Topic by Killer~SafeCracker | last reply
Anyone interested in a northern UK based internship ? We are an engineering design company, with many areas of expertise in electronics, software and mechanical design and manufacture, and our current crop of interns are returning whence they came. We have some amazing projects coming up at the moment which will eventually look great on anyone's CV. This is an entry level position, for which we will pay expenses only, for a suitable applicant to gain access to our tools and knowledge. We aim to have fun along the way. Internship available for 1 month, 3 months or 6 months, starting Mid-September or later. Steve
Topic by steveastrouk | last reply
Hi, me and my friends who live at a bording school, wold think it was a lot of fun, if we could make an intercom network so we could speak with each other, we have thought of making the network with tree or more old landline phones. anyone got some suggests?
Topic by sunes13
Hey everybody! I (Gregg, Greggawatt Or Frenzy) Will be heading to austin texas the first week of december. Why am i telling all of you this? I want to see your cool projects! if you have a space or another cool thing you are doing that you want to show off to me, please tell me about it! I'll even take some pictures and do a blog post about the cool stuff i saw. Sound good? See you then!
Topic by frenzy | last reply
Lets pretend that you, intrepid reader-of-postings, have won the lottery. What are you going to blow it on? Beer? Collections of earwaxes from around the world? Bottle-feeding orphan baby whales? Heck no. You're gonna buy you some welders and a CNC machine and a whole slew of electronic bits and bobs. You'll have laser cutters and plasma cutters and nail cutters and cutters to put a cutting edge on your other cutters. You're gonna have goddamn robots that make MORE robots. A drill? _singular_??? I'll take nine, thank you very much! If not, then this isn't really a job posting for you. Still here? Here's the deal. We're desperately dull people. Wretched, really. All we want in life is to make electronic components. No no, not flying electric cars. Just the parts, thank you very much. Our CUSTOMERS, on the other hand, won't stop taking our parts and doing progressively sillier things with them. They couldn't be content to make a house. They want a WALKING house. "Hello, yes, I have this robot cow that we use to train for rodeo. Its been on the shelf for ten years since the robo-goring..." they say. My poor children get launched into orbit, sunk to the bottom of the ocean, dragged across antarctica. They've powered chairs, couches, bomb disposal robots and bomberman replicas. I shudder to think what ill-advised schemes we'll be helping to perpetrate when my top secret new (and entirely wholesome) projects are done. It fills me with apoplexy just to consider it. Obviously uninteresting people like we lot can't test products for interesting circumstances. What we need is someone who would salivate at the directive of "Find some new way to use these shelves full of robot parts. Make it dramatic. Make it a great writeup. The machine shop is to the left. CNCs on the right. Welding is down the hall, electronics is in the middle. Woodworking shop is at the end of the building. Climbing wall is by the bathroom if you get bored. Here's some budget. Do crazier mechatronic things than our customers do. Report back immediately if you accidentally make a roller coaster or a doomsday device." We certainly do not already have bumper cars, go kart tanks, flame throwers, radio control office chairs, orbotrons and/or backyard roller coasters here. Because those might be interesting. Which we are not. Anyway, that is a real job posting. For a real job. For which you could be paid. An intern would be okay, a full time creator-of-things would be even better. You could submit a resume, but afor real consideration I'd need to see a portfolio of projects. We don't really have every tool ever made, but that's just because I took some of them home for the weekend and haven't brought them back. Honestly. We're an electronics manufacturer with a mortising machine. Um, because mortises are good, solid, red blooded American woodworking joints. Very boring. Yup. Downsides? We're in beautiful Ohio, home of the low cost of living and, um, did I mention the cost of living is low? Anyway, company website is www.dimensionengineering.com It is a very boring website. Because, you know, very boring people. jobs@ to send portfolios, resumes, or well wishes.
Topic by DimensionEng | last reply
Just got my alumni magazine in the mail. I open it up and see one of the former ibles interns featured in a two page color spread - Tetranitrate. I guess he answered our "Earth calling Billy" to see what he has been up to lately. See the article here http://cable.poly.edu/issue/spring-2011/news/campus-buzz/bright-ideas-billy-gordon I had met him at Maker Faire last year with his LED dredlocks. So what is the moral of this story? Somewhere out there is a market for the pants kilt.
Topic by caitlinsdad | last reply
Hey Instructabrarians! Guess what? After literally asking and asking and asking for so long now, they've finally agreed and I've finally got my summer dream job. That's right, starting tomorrow I get to work as an intern at Instructables, the #1 most awesome show and tell on the net! This is so cool, and if it wasn't that I need to pace myself for DIY PIXAR at Maker Faire 2011, I might spontaneously combust at any second! I've been a gigantic fan of this website for more than 4 years now and this is quite literally a dream come true for me. Not only do I get to work at Instructables but I also get to meet the amazing founders of this awesome website! Not to mention being able to commute to San Francisco on a daily basis! This is Awesome and I'm so excited! Anyway, I will be keeping a photo diary for anyone who's interested (as well as updating my personal Flickr page) with weekly activities with the company on my new Nintendo 3DS. So if anyone's got an .mpo viewer you might be able to see what Instructables is like in more than two dimensions! Well, got to go to bed, lots of commuting to be done tomorrow. Just thank you to all of the great Instructables employees and to anyone who was nice enough to enjoy the random builds I've created on Instructables. -M.E. PS sorry if it sounds like I'm being overly arrongant about this. It's just that for people who know me know that this sort of thing never happens for me, so I'm just going to enjoy it while I can.
Topic by SHIFT! | last reply
So, as much as I've enjoyed being a full time student for the last year, the time comes when a man discovers he needs money, that time is when his wife says "Get a Job"! So I'm starting to look for an Mech Eng internship and the internship office at UCF is proving less fruitful than I had anticipated. Of 18 engineering internships listed (and that list has only grown by two in the last 45 days), only 5 are "local" and of that 5, I meet the qualifications of 3. Those 3 being USA/NASA 68 miles away Lockheed 43 miles away and Disney 47 miles away Not that I'm asking for the world to meet my convenience, but the idea of working an internship 12-20 hours a week while commuting 9-12 hours a week, plus carrying a full time class load, thrills me not. So the question becomes, quite simply. How Do I Find An Internship? Post my resume to Monster? Spam my resume to every engineering firm in a 30 mile radius? Help, any reasonable suggestions would be much appreciated. I added that pic because I need your bright ideas.
Topic by Tool Using Animal | last reply
Thursday saw the end of two of the most fun filled months of my life. Since the beginning of February I've been an artist in residence at Instructables' office in San Francisco. First impressions? The office was unlike any I'd ever visited or heard of. An open plan 2nd floor office above a deli and a night club on 2nd street, Instructables' headquarters is home to a team of 25 young and enthusiastic staff. It's not like your average software company either, no desk is the same and each is covered in or surrounded by a mix of complete and incomplete projects, or is in itself a project. Those above mentioned staff are all friendly. The office has the same tight knit community feeling that I have felt part of as a non-staff member using the site. As an artist in residence I was given no direction other than to be creative and pursue and finish projects that interested me. The environment was hugely beneficial as a maker. At home I feel that I have to explain why I want to make something. “But you can buy that!” I am often told. At Instructables I was surrounded by people who understand that making is a passion, that it's important and ideas quickly develop and grow as enthusiastic friends chime in with over the top but all too often adopted suggestions to improve projects in progress or create new projects. There doesn't need to be a reason to create something to amuse, educate or just show off. While in residence I worked on a bubble machine, a giant chess set to play in Eric and Christy's kitchen, an improved laser cut jenga pistol, a cupcake decorating stencil, several educational instructables as well as writing Perl to simplify several tedious admin tasks performed by the editors. My most used tool was the laser cutter. If I had to choose a favourite new skill that I learned, I'd be hard pressed to choose between the skills I developed with a DSLR and lighting, and how to drive a forklift. The best piece of insider information I picked up.... I know who the next artist in residence will be! Given a chance, I'll definitely be back. I love the staff, I love the city and the nearby climbing is exceptional! James
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