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Topic by bommber man | last reply
Greetings, Today I am beginning my "30 days of instructables" project, in which I will work on at least one instructables project every day for the next thirty days. I think it'd be fun to document the adventure as I go. Although it seems perfect for a blog topic, the community blogs here are more discussion boards than the kind of blog where you can add to the initial post each day (or is that possible here?). I've seen a few blog-type instructables (e.g., re: polyphasic sleep), but they still seem to be about how to do something, which doesn't quite fit this either. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Cheers, Alan
Topic by clibanarius | last reply
3/26/2008 is tech day at my school. There are going to be lots of exhibits of robots, etc. in the library. I was thinking about making some stuff for it, but I can't think of anything. Can you guys give me any ideas, and maybe a few links to Instructables? They all have to be cheap, since I am already working on two VERY expensive projects, and basically have $20 USD of spending money left.Thanks, and MAKE IT FAST!!!!!
Topic by YummyPancakes | last reply
This has been going all year, but I just came across it via NOTCOT: Colleen Baran's Ring a Day project is one surprisingly creative treat after another. The project is about ideas and fun more then commercial work. It's about the idea that feels most exciting that day. Some rings will be ephemeral and temporary made of fragile materials. Others will be carefully crafted for durability and meant for long term daily wear. These will be coming later in the year. They are experiments in line, shape & color. An exploration of ideas like a daily sketchbook. Some are quite serious and carefully planned, some are a little silly, some will take a couple minutes, others many, many hours. Most (so far) are made of recycled or alternative materials as diverse as felt, false eyelashes, cucumber facemasks, lipstick, repurposed elastic bands, twist ties, straws and tinfoil with carob. The rings are documented on Flickr - my favourite so far is the straw ring illustrated below.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Ok, I said that I was gonna take pictures...and my aunt came back to my house today, so... #1: My 6 main guns #2-4: My Main weapon #5-8: My room #9: My gun compared to Knex Hater Hater's M4, and Hack 124x768's pump action. #10: A video showing #2 #11-13: Three miniblasters #14: My wii set-up
Topic by HBF | last reply
For reasons that I am to lazy to talk about, I won't be able to get on a computer from Monday to Wednesday. I will return Thursday. That is all. Oh, and I still will be here for the remainder of Saturday and Sunday. EDIT: I'm back, 12 hours early.
Topic by DJ Radio | last reply
I published an instructable on superhero pancakes two days ago, and it still hasn't showed when I search for it. What's going on? https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Superhero-Pancakes/
Question by solobo | last reply
Inspired by Ed's post on "30-day projects", I decided to jump in: I'll make a drawing every day. I enjoy drawing a lot, but I rarely take the time or opportunity to do it. So, thanks to Ed, here I go. I started on Aug. 12, so the 30th drawing will be posted shortly after Sept. 11. To make it a little easier for myself, I made up some "rules": In thirty days, 30 drawings must be made Skipping one day is allowed, but the drawing that wasn't made must be made on another day within the 30 days. I cannot skip drawing on two consecutive days. A drawing is made on a A3 sized sheet of plain paper I use pencils and/or black fineliners to draw with I must only obey the first three rules. I allow myself to diverge from the other rules if I feel like it. I'll post pics of the drawings here, starting with the first five days. Feel free to comment on the pics (or to give me a subject)! (for aesthetic reasons only, I switched the pics of day 1 and 2 :-))
Topic by ynze | last reply
The San Rafael Intel Computer Clubhouse hosted a Maker Day after receiving the LED Build Night materials from Instructables. We invited our youth members and their families to join us in making and playing with LEDs! Some of our participants were new to circuits so we focused mainly on paper circuits. However, in the spirit of exploration and experimentation, some members began building creatures with pipe cleaners, adding LED eyes and such. And parents got inspired from a Makezine project and started making pipe cleaner jewelry with LEDs and binder clips! Check out how to make your own LED Pipe Cleaner Bracelet.
Topic by gitterbug23
Thursday: AWESOME DAY!Thursday was just AWESOME! So basically, I learned how to use the Laser cutter today, and cut out THE FIRST INSTRUCTABLES BADGE EVER!(pic after post)After, I worked with Noah on Project X a whole little bit more, and we got it working, baby!I'm excited to see this thing go for real! But seriously, I can't tell you what it is, yet...Today was also the first day that I really got used to COREL draw, which enabled me to make most of the templates for everyone's badges, which I think are all pretty awesome. Everyone's got a customized "logo" and their username on the badge, which makes every Instructables badge original and personalized. Unfortunately, I didn't have time today to etch all of the badges, so that'l just have to wait until tomorrow.Later in the afternoon, Star asked me if I wanted to go sailing, to which I responded "What?" After I agreed to spontaneously go sailing with her and Tim, she brought me outside, where I learned that we were fixing up Tim's old outrigger canoe that he tried to sail to Cuba in. Tim, Star, and I were all working on the outrigger; lashing a makeshift trampoline on with bike innertubes... actually, most of the frame was held together with bike innertubes, including the rudder. Everyone was skeptical about us actually launching at all, assuming that we wouldn't launch in the dark of the night. Although, lucky for us, we were all "crazy" enough to launch in the dark. We geared up in fleeces, windbreakers, and life vests and hauled the outrigger out by hand (it was on castings), and launched it right next to Squid Labs. At first, Tim sailed us out of "port" (in the lagoon) and out into the Bay. It was spectacular. The moon, the stars, the SF skyline, it was all beautiful. Tim told us of his experiences on the outrigger while he was sailing back from almost Cuba, and proceeded to teach us more about boats in general. He then let Star take over the rudder and sail, while he lay down on the main hull. I was lying down on the makeshift trampoline, an old stretcher, by the way. We watched the stars over our heads, and, at first, the occasional passing of a brown pelican. Eventually, we came pretty close to "pelican island," a protected breeding ground for the brown pelican. Yet, the night was still young. We continued to listen to Tim speak about sailing, occasionally contributing to the conversation as well. It was all fascinating, not only what he told us, but the fact that the source of his knowledge was primarily himself. The other amusing part of the entire moonlit ride was the fact that Tim built the outrigger from essentially scratch, and most of it was lashed together with innertubes. Simply amazing. Eventually, I was given the opportunity to take control of the beautifully made outrigger canoe, and sailed us back from the bay, back into the lagoon, and back onto land. The whole trip was a once in a lifetime experience, although I hope I do get to go on a similar one soon enough. Thank you so much, Tim, for taking me out onto the bay, and thank you so much Star, for asking me if I wanted to go sailing in the first place. By the way, we got back to Squid at around 10:00, I believe, which was again, pretty late for a workday ;)I packed up my things and Tim/Star drove me home.That was pretty much it for that awesome day. Quite possibly the best day in the duration of this entire Internship.Cheers,-Muffinator
Topic by T3h_Muffinator | last reply
Sorry to keep you guys waiting, I've just been so busy having fun, etc ;)So, without any further adieu, Tuesday through Thursday! (in four separate posts, so that I don't overwhelm you)Tuesday: Google Day!So, yes, it's true. I got to go to Google to talk a bit about Instructables. Yes, it's true, I'm a terrible speaker. And yes, it's true, Google is awesome!I had so much fun at Google, I'm so glad that we (Billy and I) were able to go. We got to see Stan, the t-rex standing outside in the courtyard. We got free foodstuffs and shwag. We saw SpaceShipOne (I think it was a model, though), and had a great time. It's really cool inside Google; everyone's desk has something strange on it, some people are even in "tents." it's just wacky to the max. Unfortunately, my camera died after a few minutes in Google, so I wasn't able to take too many pictures for you guys v_v sorry.There's actually a video of about 1/2 of the talk up on Google Video, and it's already on the Instructables Blog hereAfter Google, we went back to Squid Labs, where Jason and I worked on and pretty much finished up Project X. All we need now is some fine-detail work and it'l be done!So, it turns out that Tuesday was the annual Squid Labs' Intern Barbecue Day! At 6, the BBQ started, but Jason, Noah, Billy, and I were all out in the back, "testing out" Project X. After a few attempts, and an attempt to modify Proj. X, we decided that our brains needed some food to operate in a more functional manner. The BBQ was nice, there was quite a bit of food, drinks, and socializing. TimAnderson and others were flying kites up on the roof-patio (where the BBQ was held), in a mostly-successful manner. We watched the sun begin to fall, and as Squid Labs has the best view of San Francisco, it was spectacular. Unfortunately, my camera was inoperable... due to lack of battery power, and I didn't get any shots of the sundown. v_vAnywhoo, We all got Squid Lab 2007 Intern T-shirts, which were pretty damn awesome. There's a pic of them at the end of the post.After, Jason, Noah, Mike, Mitch, and both of their girlfriends (Erica and Jenna) came down off the roof-deck to help perfect Proj. X. We did quite a bit of work on it, but after several failed attempts, we knew what we had to do. Unfortunately, it was getting really late and we had to stop working on it for the night. Work will continue on Wednesday!Then, Billy and Star (Starsterisk) were going to watch The Boondock Saints on the projector in the conference room, so I joined them for a bit. We (Eric, Christy and I) got home around 10:30... pretty DARN late....Cheers,-Muffinator
Topic by T3h_Muffinator | last reply
Happy Earth Day everyone. As the Earth Days keep on coming on I see it as the one day where everyone pretends to care about green issues and then go back their regularly scheduled polluting or the day that reminds us that we still have work to do. I keep changing my mind about it. So what does Earth Day mean to you?
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
For me, maybe not for you it is pi day today!march 14 is pi day (3/14)check out these links for more pihttp://www.vvc.edu/ph/TonerS/mathpi.htmlhttp://pi.ytmnd.com/http://www.ballandclaw.com/upi/pi.50000.htmlhave fun :Pedit: okay, maybe you didnt know this yet but pi day was over a month ago now!
Topic by ich bin ein pyro | last reply
Download Day!!So, everyone. Many will agree that Firefox is the BEST web browser In the world.So now we can show our support by "pledging" to download FX3, when it comes out in June.Here is the site:Download Day 2008Mozilla is also trying to set a world record for most FX downloads in one day.Incase you can't wait for the release, Firefox 3.0 Release Candidate 1 is available for download HereWhat do you guys think?
Topic by cool! | last reply
It's been windy and pouring rain all day, and there's nothing to do. I'm in DIY mode, and aready made Real Simple.com's doughnuts, Trebuchet's monkey bread, and an airsoft backup shotgun: https://www.instructables.com/id/Airsoft-Claymore/ Got anything I can do, or something to amuse me? BTW it snowed yesterday, it only snows up to three days a year before rain washes it away. My dog loves snow.
Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll | last reply
Hey guys! This Saturday, March 29 2014 is Arduino Day! What are some of your favorite Arduino projects? I am personally a fan of the Twittering Office Chair, The Arduino Step Sequencer, and this Tiny Arduino Laser Cutter (so cute!). If you want a good place to start with Arduino, check out this Instructable!
Topic by audreyobscura | last reply
Three out of four of Kitefamily have got a snow day! Only Roger-X has had to go to school, but #2 son's teacher set him homework! He had to build a snowman and take a picture of it. Unfortunately, the snow is too powdery to pile high, so he scraped and swept the snow together to make a picture of a snow man. He got a little carried away, though - I had to stand on a chair to fit it all into the photo.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Every last Friday of the month is Build Day here at the office. Sometimes we all get bogged down with emails and spreadsheets and bugs and stuff, so it can be kinda hard to make something. Today I'm gonna spray paint a new robot on the door a la Amanda: https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Cut-Robot-Stencil/ The yellow might have to wait- I cant find it! I did find this great orange acrylic color so maybe I'll use that! update: RANDY HAD YELLOW ACRYLIC!
Topic by ReneediCherri | last reply
Oh, damn, Father's Day is almost here and what can you give the guy who claims to not want anything? Well, we have a few suggestions for you. We dug through the ol' archives to find some things that just might make your dad happy this weekend. We hope this helps as a few of us are also scrambling to figure out what to make as well.If you have any suggestions for other appropriate Father's Day Instructables, post them in the comments! Etch a Shot Glass Concrete Lightbulb Wall Hook Jackhammer Headphones Brew Beer! Carbonated Fruit Dirty Soap Beer Helmet Free Yacht Make a Lure Fire up the BBQ! Smoked Sausage Handmade Pipe
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
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Topic by dani9l | last reply
"Feed the Birds Day" is, oddly, two days - the weekend of 25th and 26th October 2008.All around the UK, RSPB volunteers will be holding events where the public can learn what to feed garden and wild birds, how to do it properly, and why it is important.You, too, no matter where you are reading this, should be doing your part for your local birdlife, since bird species around the planet are plunging in numbers at a frankly horrifying rate.Follow one of the existing projects, create your own bird-feeding Instructable, or just feed the birds, but every contribution will help.Did you know that a typical nest full of sparrow-sized birds will need anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 feeds of insects to make it as far as fledging?RSPB Feed the Birds DayWhat, how and when to feed
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Mother's Day is this Sunday and in case you need some last-minute project to make your Mom happy we've compiled a list of Instructables that you can use. Some take just a few minutes while others can take a little over an hour. Mother's Day Flower Make a flower that will never wilt. Sneakerdoodles (Snickerdoodles)Say how much you care with these super-sweet cookies. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip CookiesThese chewy cookies are easy to make and will definitely impress her. Perfect English SconesStart the day right with some classic scones. Be a Mother's Day Breakfast HeroEven if you're terrible in the kitchen, you can use pancake mix and a bag to create some funky pancakes. Chocolate TrufflesMoms love chocolate, 'nuff said. Orange Clove Pomander (air freshener)This is an easy and classy way to infuse the room with a pleasant scent. Photo CubePrint out some famly photos and cubify them. Sharp Pencil Quality TVPut a series of photos together into a strip for an interactive photo display. Homemade Air FreshenerPrint out some family photos on an inkjet printer and turn them into a super-custom air freshener. Custom Lift-the-Flap BookIf you want to go all out, a personalized lift-the-flap book will be remembered for months to come. Pop-Up 3D messagesPut your Mother's Day message out there in full 3D! Go the extra mile with some decorations and photos around it. Flower Pop-Up CardAnother 3D effect that's easy to pull off and provides a pleasant surprise. Have any other favorite Instructables that would be perfect for a Mother's Day present? Let us know in the comments!
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
Nace BIME Hack Day!!!! El mayor encuentro unconference del estado, especialmente creado para fomentar la CREATIVIDAD y la INVENCIÓN y que reunirá a amantes de la musica y las nuevas tecnologías con los profesionales de las empresas más destacadas en este sector. Dos jornadas en las que MAKERS, HACKERS y DESARROLLADORES crearán las nuevas bases para las plataformas del futuro. Más información aquí: http://www.bimehackday.net Inscríbete ya! BIME Hack Day borns!!!! The gretest unconference encounter in the state, especially created to encourage creativity and invention that will get together music lovers and new technology professionals with leading companies of this sector. Two days in which MAKERS, DEVELOPERS and HACKERS will create new bases for future platforms. More info here: http://www.bimehackday.net Sign up now!
Topic by dani9l | last reply
After getting our first newsletter, Roger sent me this really nice thank you note and pictures of his project. Maybe his inspiration can inspire you? There's still a little time left!I want to thank you for this newsletter. I was at a loss as to what to get/make for my wife for Valentines Day and our 15th anniversary. After reading your newsletter and going to your web site, I was inspired. I made her 15 Duct Tape roses (14 purple ( her favorite color), and 1 Red for passion) , one for each year we have been married. Off the web site's Valentines Day projects, I made an acrylic heart with LEDs to light it up. I added an acrylic tube to act as a vase for the roses. Thank you for the inspiration, Roger
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
If you're in the San Francisco area, try not to miss seeing Cardburg at Cell Space.http://www.cardboardinstitute.com/page2.htmlI was there last night and had WAY too much fun flying a cardboard helicopter on a string through the cardboard buildings. My friend taped some cardboard triangles to her back and stomped around as Cardzilla.(yes they are crappy cell phone pix, go see it in person!)
Topic by rachel | last reply
It's my last day here at the Instructables office. It's been a wonderful summer, and I'm glad to have worked with everyone here: at the office, and the people I've interacted with on the site. Curious about my impact this summer, I did a bit of statistical analysis on the last three months, and I wanted to share it with you. It's not completely precise, but it gives a good ballpark. Ironically, though I have done laser cutting, 3D printing on both the UP printer and the Objet, CNC embroidery, and even CNC papercutting, I never bothered to install the office printer. So I had to show my graphs from a laptop screen. Here are my stats, as of August 17th: I published 69 Instructables total this summer in about 89 days, (65 official work days). (I have a lifetime total of 88 from some previous Instructables.) Here's a graph of the Instructables building up over time. (Blue is data; the thin black line is a fitted trend.) It's pretty linear (with a slight dip at the end of July, when I went camping and couldn't post). The averaged rate is about 75% of an Instructable every day this summer, or just over one per day if you only count work days. 63% of my summer’s Instructables were featured. I had a quick learning curve; after the end of May, 75% were featured. It was a little more difficult to extract further data, so the remainder of my statistics refer only to Instructables I published while working here this summer which received over 1,000 total pageviews. Overall, these Instructables generated 294,224 pageviews (almost three hundred thousand!), 89% of which were from unique viewers. People spent a total of 14 hours, 11 minutes, and 28 seconds viewing these Instructables. To the left, you can see my summer pageviews accumulate, and to the right, the day-by-day graph of my pageviews. The peaks on the right graph represent, in order, my Infinity Dress, the Clockwork Beetle, and the Plaster Face Cast. (Since I made these charts last Friday, it doesn't take into account my Temari, which whould have created a spike as big as that of the Infinity Dress over the weekend.) Although those are my top-viewed Instructables from the summer, my favorites are actually these ones: (and working on Psycho Scooter Scramble, of course) I'm glad to have such a measurable effect on the site and the Instructables community. The people of the site and in the office have made a strong impact on me as well. This is the first place where I feel a true sense of community among a group of people I know exclusively through the internet, and I want to thank all of you who I've never met in person for being my friends. In the office, I'll thank you personally. It's been a great summer, thanks to you. I'll still be around the site from time to time, but I can't devote every day to it. I'm finishing up my Neuroengineering degree at Olin and working on a few other things besides. But I'll be around, and I hope to talk to all of you from time to time. See you around, and happy making! -SelkeyMoonbeam
Topic by SelkeyMoonbeam | last reply
Never mind 2012, everything kicks-off on May 21st (and finishes Oct 21st) http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/may21/ It's got mathematics behind it, but this is what happened last time: despite the fact that he was wrong in his previous prediction of the end of the world. In his book 1994? he claimed there was a very high likelihood that the world would end in September 1994, although he did acknowledge in the book "the possibility does exist that I could be wrong" Anyone interested? (I'll be in the pub) L
Topic by lemonie | last reply
I doubt that I would ever have time to enter this contest but I'd thought I'd mention a flaw in the prize format for us pesky Canadians, and other potential areas of the globe as well. I'd love to win a kindle fire, however they are not available to Canada. Now I'm sure I could hack a work around for making the Kindle Fire function in Canada, but shipping directly from Amazon to Canada will likely be an issue. Perhaps ship to instructables HQ and then ship privately to non-US winners (if there are any). Or, offer a prize value, though I'd prefer the first sneaky work around. Anyway, just something to think about, awesome second prize regardless.
Topic by iminthebathroom | last reply
Woke up and took a shower. The French couple had left, so it was just Changmi, the Czech couple, and me at the house.I had read the day before that any foreign credit/debit cards will only work at the post office, so that was my first destination this morning. I found what I thought was the nearest post office online, and headed over. My debit card worked, so I took out enough money to last me for a while.Got back to the house, and then went out with Changmi to pick up her friend. On the way to her friends house we stopped off to get some rice balls (onigiri), I picked up a watch at a 99 yen store, and she bought an ice cream bar. After picking up her friend, we all headed back to her house, and she told me they would be filming for a bit, so I headed downtown. I had learned from the Czech couple, that a building in Nagoya Station has a free observation deck, so for the second time I made that my destination. I got to the station, rode up 14 flights of escalators, and took a bunch of pictures.After that I headed over to the osu temple where a local radio station had set up a concert / fair. I stopped to listen to the music for a bit before I checked out an even larger open air market than the one I had seen the day before. After walking around for about an hour or so, I headed back.Back at the house I relaxed in bed for a bit, before Changmi, the Czech dude, and I went to one of her friends bars. Her friends who own the bar have their own band, so we listened to some of their music, the Czech dude played some guitar, we all had some beers, and headed back.*Random note - It is so hot and humid, I decided not to bike around between the cities, because my dehydrated body would be found on the side of the road somewhere. That and the fact that I can get a local (read: non-shinkansen) train to Kyoto for only 25$. Sweet deal.*Random note 2 - They sell fireworks in 7 eleven. How awesome is that.Video of one of the acts at the concert / fair at the temple.
Topic by Tetranitrate
I woke up around 8 or 9 and took a shower. Sarah and Seba had already left, the Czech couple was still around, but they were gone by the time I got out of the bathroom.I got dressed, threw on my backpack since I did not know if I was coming back, and headed over to a bike store I had seen the day before. I wanted to buy a cheap folding bike, so I could ride between the closer cities. I practiced my Japanese on the guy, who was really polite and helpful, and found out that he had two folding bikes. One was used for about 5,600 Yen, but it was pretty crummy, the other was new and very nice, but about 35,000 yen. I had about 23,000 yen left over from the money I exchanged at the airport, but I was wary about making any large purchases before I knew if my credit/debit card worked, so I said sumimasen and left.Wandered around the burbs of Nagoya for a bit before I stopped off in a chain mini-mart to test if I could get cash from an ATM, I couldn't. Took the subway to downtown, got off at the wrong stop, got back on, and ended up in Central Park, right underneath the large TV tower. I was trying to find something cool to do using my lonely planet guide, and eventually decided the robot museum sounded like fun. After wandering around for a good hour looking for it I gave up (I later found out that it went bankrupt and shut down). I was very disappointed, especially since I was wearing my robot shirt, and had a pocketful of robot stickers. After losing all hope of finding the robots, I went into a large mall (mostly because it was air conditioned) and rode the escalators for a bit. That got boring, so I decided to head over to Nagoya Station. During the long walk, I stopped off in every 7/11, Lawsons, Family Mart, and Circle K I could find, but I could not get money from any of the atms in them, which got me kind of worried.Got to the station and took some pictures. Decided to check out Noritake Garden sine it was not too far away. Got to the garden and relaxed for a while, before heading back towards central park. On the way back I walked through a really colorful open air market. Got to central park, and relaxed for a bit. Much relaxing is required when traveling with a extremely heavy backpack, and it is a gabillion degrees out.While sitting in the park, I looked down to see about 20 mosquitoes feasting on my legs. Those bites are damn itchy. Got on the subway and headed back to Changmi's house. Fell asleep.Japan Day 3
Topic by Tetranitrate | last reply
All of those restaurants are charging a premium for mediocre food on Valentine's day; stay home and make something instead. Instructables is full of great recipes that can be made quickly and easily; the pictures make it (virtually) foolproof. I've included some suggestions below to get you started; feel free to add your own favorites.I'd recommend picking things that can be made ahead, preferably the night before, so you KNOW you've done them right. Or at least things that require little preparation; pick only one thing that requires attention just before serving.All of the recipes listed below are easy, and most can be made ahead of time except where noted. Light and fruity is probably the best choice for Valentine's dinner; I've also steered clear of heavy garlic. If you can lay hands on a nice-looking table cloth and/or cloth napkins it will be a bonus. Cloth napkins will fool most anyone into thinking you're classy.Appetizers:Mangos (prep ahead; cute and fruity)Avocados (prep ahead; fruity and a nice complement to mangos)Main dish:Catfish (fast prep, wide cooking window)Scallops (quick, but require cooking just prior to serving)Bulgogi (again quick, but requires cooking just prior to serving)Side dish(es):Beet salad (make ahead; cut into heart shapes for bonus points)Roasted fennel (minimal prep, wide cooking window)Artichokes (minimal prep, entertaining to eat)Green salad of any typeDessert:Trifle (make ahead from easy ingredients; make individual servings in big wine glasses if you've got them, or a short wide-mouthed "old fashioned" glass.)Frozen ginger/mango (make ahead with any fruit juice combination you like)Chocolate truffles (make ahead; bonus points for chocolate)
Topic by canida
(I am planning on doing a forum post for each day of my trip in Japan. The first few days will just be copy pasted from my blog (but now with pictures, and image notes!), and after that I will type up the entry I kept for each day in my journal)I am writing this all on my eee pc, and, while I am getting the hang of this tiny keyboard, typing mistakes are common. I am also in various states of mental functioning so excuse any grammatical errors.I woke up at around 6:45 on Thursday morning. I had been feeling a bit under the weather, and was slightly congested. I really hoped that I did not catch something right before my trip. I woke up the other interns (Bilal, Josh, and Paul), because I knew they would be very sad and might cry, if I did not give them the last chance to say goodbye to me. We did a 4 way shoulder-tap, the universe imploded, and I was off.As I walked down Clementina I realized that it would be the last time I smelled that poo stench on the street. I had mixed feelings about this.The BART ride to SFO was very uneventful. Check in was amazingly fast. The line was short and moved quickly. I had almost everything I was taking with me in my carry-on. There was nothing in my checked baggage but knives and lint (one knife & one swiss tech mulikey). Anyway the whole process of checking in took about 15 minutes. The security checkpoint was even faster. There was no line, and for the first time in a long time I didn't set off the metal detector. I had shown up three hours before my flight to be safe, and I was now left with two hours and forty minutes to kill.I went to the currency exchange and turned 300$ into 27,000 yen. The Lonely Planet guidebook I have (which was printed just last year), has the exchange rate of one USD to 120 Yen, at the exchange booth they offered about 98 Yen for a dollar, google says the current rates are 107 yen to a dollar. Stupid weak American money. Anyway, I used ten dollars which I did not convert to yen to buy an english muffin breakfast sandwich and a gatorade. I went to my terminal, and accidentally dropped the barely touched sandwich on the floor while removing my backpack. I was hungry :(I read for two hours then boarded the plane at around 11. There were many people coughing on this eleven hour flight, so I did not have high hopes for avoiding sickness. Read some more on the flight, watched iron man in Japanese, watched iron man in english, and watched be kind rewind. They served two decent meals, and a few snacks in between. Ten hours later when we were finally over Japan, I went to the back of the plane, and stared out the window in the emergency exit door to get my first view of Japan.We landed around 2 pm on Friday. It was hot, so very hot (humid too). I filled out my customs form, got fingerprinted, and photographed, and made my way over to the baggage claim to pick up my knives. I made my way out of the airport to the train, and bought a ticket for what I hoped was a kanayama station bound train. Turns out it was. (cue the "ding" sound that is played on the audio tracks for slideshows, when it is time to change the slide). The first few pictures are of Kanayama station. There was a cool little inflatable pool, with little kids in miniature paddle boats. They also had a bunch of those water mist sprayers that people stand in front of to cool off.I relaxed at the train station for a bit before I caught the number 12 bus. I took it to the Ishikawa Bashi stop, and got off. I used a pay phone to call up Changmi who I had found on couchsurfing.com. I actually set up the couchsurf with her husband (who was out of town) who said it would be ok for me to stay, so I think she was a little surprised when I called. She said that she was currently hosting two couples who each had a small child. It was cool if I stayed, but it would be crowded. She picked me up at the nearest intersection with her mother, one of the couples, and their child in the car.We drove to downtown Nagoya and they let us out. Changmi and her mother were going somewhere, so I hung out with Sarah, Seba, and their daughter Maya. They were couchsurfers from France who had been in Japan for a couple of weeks. We walked around central park in downtown Nagoya for a bit. There is the large TV tower at one end of the park, and a bunch of art pieces scattered about randomly (metal taco boat thing). We went and got dinner, which I later found out to be pig intestines, with an egg, over rice. It was pretty good.After eating we took the subway back to Changmi's house and slept.Japan Day 2
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Lately I have a problem accepting certain things when it comes to the label "racist". As some might know I decided to live in Australia and here we have what you might call a "multicultural population". Laws and tolerances have changed and these days swearing in public, using abusive language or say anthing that can be seen as racism brings you in big trouble. I never had any problems making friends with people from all over the globe, no matter what ethnic or religous background they have, but lately I get the feeling that this is not true for everyone. With everyone I don't mean the big bad racist living down the street or the gang of thugs that only attacks certain people - by everyone I mean those migrating to start a new life in a different country. If I walk into a shop has no pricing or product labels in english and I notice the shop keeper is unable to use english as well, would it be wrong to call this racist? If I can't use the local swimming pool at certain times as it closed to the general public so only one ethnic group can use it - isn't that racial discrimination too? Ignoring simple things like the dress code for women can get you into big trouble in many countries and if you insist on you individual rights and call those ranting against your violation being racist, well chances are you won't make it through the day. The other day I was called a racist and "complimented" out of a shop after I complained noone in there is able to speak english and that I am unable to read simple things like the price of an item. All I said to a shopkeeper (that until then pretended he did not understand anything I say): "Why the hell do I have to learn chinese in an english speaking country just to go shopping? We all speak english in this country, accept it or if you don't like it leave." I think I have enough friends from different cultural backgrounds that would happily confirm that I am not racist in any way. But I do think the term is abused and misused in recent years as we are expected to cater for all the needs anyone might have - regardless if we would see the same as guests in their home country. Racism often comes from cultural differences and misguided views on certain things as simple as what type of food you can or can't eat. So my questions up for debate : Do you think failing to integrate yourself into the customs of a country like learning and using it's official language could cause problems? Do you think the support for people migrating from other countries is driven too far in certain areas, like providing citizenchip tests in foreign languages or with an interpreter instead of insisting on learning the official language before applying? Do you feel left out if your work mates use a differnt language while you are around? Is it correct to call someone a racist if he refuses to employ people that are not from his country of birth? Are you a racist if you think people with your citizenship should respect your country and be able to speak and understand your language? Do you think the support for foreign cultures in your home land has gone too far or would more support be better? (like allowing schools for selected language backgrounds without the requirement to use or teach the official language and school topics) I know this topic might be a bit of puch for some but my intention is to find a better understanding on why cultural integration and related racism has come the extreme state we currently see in many "modern" countries that offer good social security. After all we all have to live together somehow, increasing tensions is never a good thing and I think if everyone would have a better understanding better acceptance of local customs all could be easier. I hope it is ok to start a topic like this for discussion, if you feel it is not right please use the flag function and report it.
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