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Squids in danger

Squids and other cephalopods have been found with high levels of "chemical contaminants" in their bodies. Since many ocean dwellers eat squid and octopi, scientists are worried that the entire food web is being comtaninated.Full story at Cnn.com

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Squid Labs?

So, from what i've gathered, you guys at squid labs just mess around and have fun building ridiculous things..the site just confused me more...so what do you guys actually get paid for?

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Is this normal for calamari?

So I had calamari for the very first time recently. It was okay, I guess. Can't say it was great. It was breaded and I guess fried. I didn't think it was awesome - kinda squishy and crunchy and purple inside. D=Did I get a bad batch or do I just need to train my southernified taste buds?

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Scientists Snack on Giant Squid

Recently scientists in middle-earth have admitted to snacking on a colossal squid being stored at their lab, while working on defrosting another giant squid. Mark Fenwick says that "It was almost like a tua tua, you know a cockle. It was very nice. It left a real taste in your mouth and stayed for quite a while,"(They say that they were checking for ammonia, but I suspect they just love the taste of cockle.)Remind me never to be a giant squid.Link

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Sensor Squid Relation Game

The amazing students in Arizona State University's Reflective Learning Research Group which is part of the Arts Media and Engineering program (phew), made a pretty cool Sensor Squid Relation Game.The venerable Becky Stern describes it as such:"The Sensor Squid is basically an Arduino-controlled, Bluetooth communicating 6-foot plush cephalopod used to control a collaborative Max/MSP game about community-generated media."In other words, it mediated group dynamics to create a positive decision-making collaborative environment. Still confused? Just watch the video:

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Can Squid Labs be behind this?

Some people say there is no such thing as coincidence... An aquatic critter could get there from Squid Labs in a day.http://www.kcra.com/news/13751758/detail.htmlCan you say calamari?

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Instructables and Squid Labs in Axis Magazine

The Japanese design magazine Axis did a profile of Squid Labs and its spin out companies in their April 2008 issue. Take a look, particularly at the gorgeous pictures of our workspace.

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Squid Labs video on the Disappearing Factory

Innovation Lab recently put together a conference and asked Squid Labs to start it off by talking about the disappearing factory. Unfortunately, we weren't able to attend, and so sent this video instead. In it, Saul, Tim, and I stare into a sunset and talk about what we think is the disappearing factory.

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Squid Labs Tour with Christy, Corwin, and Eric

Here's an old video I found starring Corwin, Christy and me talking about some of the stuff we did at Squid Labs. It was filmed in 2004 and early 2005 - we don't mention Instructables, because we hadn't started it yet! Hope you enjoy: When you're done here, check out this one starring Tim.

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Should I work at Squid Labs/Instructables - A questionnaire

I just discovered this gem of a mock questionnaire kinawera wrote a few months ago that is a primer for prospective Squid Labbers. While it's full of inside jokes, I still think you'll find it humorous. Employment questionnaire:SHOULD I WORK AT SQUID LABS?Has something you learned on MythBusters saved your life? How many times?A) OnceB) TwiceC) More than twiceThe difficulty with string theory is:A) it's too short at one endB) the wrong gauge of stringC) not enough of it is made into bridlesOn a one-to-ten index of snuggling, where would you position yourself?How would you characterise your approach to body odour?A) TolerantB) Very tolerantC) (There is no third option on this one)Are at least three major components of your car entirely constructed out of kitchen implements and/or braise?Have you ever used an air compressor for personal hygiene?Can you perform rudimentary kiteboarding maneovres, including permanently alienating beachgoers, preferably through incidents requiring ongoing hospital treatment?Do you have a communal attitude to futons and 40 foot school buses?Define: Mank, munted. Use both in a sentence.Do you like squid?Is a sense of shame a strong, medium or weak motivator in your daily life?You are given a pair of Crocs. What colour are they?Have you ever mapped out a sexual position on Solidworks and/or Matlab?Define the term: bicycle

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The Dream Factory - Squid Labs and Instructables in Wired September 2005

This was Instructables' big debut. The author, Clive Thompson, came and hung out at Squid Labs for a couple of days, and later on we had a hilarious half-day photoshoot where the photographers couldn't remember Dan's name and had to keep calling him "wrench."Wired 13.09 The Dream Factoryby Clive ThompsonThey're already living that future in a small warehouse in Emeryville, California. It's the headquarters of Squid Labs, run by a gang of five MIT alums who by day create prototypes of new technologies for outside firms - and by night fabricate weird gizmos just for fun."Everything I own is basically one of a kind," says a cheery Saul Griffith, one of the cofounders, as he crouches on the floor of his dust-covered workshop, rooting through an enormous bucket of metal brackets and bolts. A tall, shaggy Australian, he's wearing ragged flip-flops and a pair of cargo pants so stained with oil and grime that I can't determine their original color. Dozens of his group's inventions lie scattered about: a Frisbee embedded with microchip-driven LEDs, a set of robots precision-cut from plastic, a bunch of helmet-mounted laser-and-GPS sensors designed to help firefighters locate one another in a blazing house.Today, Griffith is building a "hybrid electric bicycle" with a hidden battery compartment inside the bike's 4-foot-long, chopper-style front forks. To hold the forks in place, he spent the morning designing a bracket, then cut out a flat template for it on Squid Labs' laser cutter. Now, with that template as a guide, he hacks the shape out of quarter-inch steel, using a terrifyingly loud metal cutter. "I'm really into this 'tractor' aesthetic, getting everything to look like industrial machinery!" he hollers over the cutter's shrieks, while a 3-foot cone of orange sparks flies up and ricochets off his face.Every few minutes, Griffith pauses to snap a photo of his progress. When done, he'll write up a comprehensive guide on how to build his project. This, he argues, is the next crucial step in fab culture: getting hobbyists to carefully document their plans and share them online. Squid Labs is hoping to kick-start such sharing this fall when it launches Instructables.com - an open database of interesting projects and fab techniques, "kind of like a Wikipedia for making stuff," Griffith explains. If people want to build his electric hybrid chopper bicycle, they'll be able to download the CorelDraw design of the bracket and send it someplace like eMachineShop to have their own copy printed."We got inspired when we looked at all these guys who'd engineered these incredible, modded parts for their Harleys. They'd have amazing photos of them, but they'd never post the CAD image," Griffith says. "We were like, Why not go open source?"Later that day, I get a taste of how weirdly transformative this idea is. I'm hanging out with Dan Goldwater - another Squid Labs cofounder - and admiring one of his inventions. It's a pair of plastic gears that sit on a bike pedal and power a tiny generator. As you ride, you can run LED lights or a radio. I tell him I'd love to have a version of it myself. So a couple of Squid Labs guys go over to the laser cutter, pull up the design, and a few minutes later hand me exact copies of Goldwater's gears. Design once, print often. "Pretty cool, eh?" Goldwater grins."Griffith imagines that fab tools could produce new economic models for creators. Suppose a hobbyist made a cool plastic exterior for an MP3 player. Suppose she put the design online, and 700 people downloaded the file and had it printed at eMachineShop. "At what point," he asks, "would a manufacturer say, Hey, there's a market here - and offer to buy the design from her?""So, sure, soon we'll be able to build anything. But should we? "Let's say everyone suddenly can make their own hood ornaments. What if they actually do that? The real world would look like the Internet in 1996, when people started making their own Web sites." Griffith shudders. "Remember those hideous-looking psychedelic backgrounds and stupid animations? And blinking tags?""Rainbow dividers," Goldwater adds.It's a good point - and it makes me anxious about my guitar. Sure, it looked fine onscreen. But what if it turns out to be a monstrosity in my hands? Recalling my decision to use clear acrylic for the body, I break into a nervous sweat. It's going to look like something from a mid-'80s, big-hair heavy-metal band! What the hell was I thinking?Griffith interrupts my panic to announce that his chopper is ready. He wheels it onto the street, all five Squid Labbers in tow. Eric Wilhelm, a lanky designer, offers to be the test pilot. He straps on a helmet and mounts the seat. "Does it have brakes?" he asks."Sort of," Griffith says."It's amazing how often brakes are an afterthought," Wilhelm sighs. Then he hits the electric starter and peels off.

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Share Office Space with Instructables at Squid Labs in San Francisco

2010-04-05 Update: We've moved, and all our shared space is occupied!  Do you have a cool small company and are looking for some shared office and/or lab space in a really great environment? Share space at Squid Labs! Squid Labs recently opened a new office in San Francisco and we're looking to fill spaces in our shared work environment. The current tenants are Instructables (community project sharing) and HumCycles (electric motorcycles). Features of the space: - Tons of natural light. Windows on all 4 sides and skylights. - Landlord is awesome and tech/green savvy. - Space is clean/professional yet also stylish/zany. - Cool intra-space neighbors working on hot technologies. Lots of idea/resource sharing. - Close to BART, MUNI, and freeways for your commuting needs. - Parking lot with space for 9 cars. Shared resources: - Large conference room with table/chairs/projector. - Smaller meeting room for phone calls. - Two kitchens with fridges, microwaves, plates, etc. - 75 watt laser cutter - Lounge space for eating, hanging out, brainstorming. - Shop space in the garage with a mill, lathe, welding, and other power tools. - 4 unisex bathrooms. - Internet, wireless, firewall. Static IPs available. - Pizza parties, build nights, and meet-ups. What's available: - A mix of cubicles and large and small private offices. - Month-to-month cubicles, or longer-term larger-area leases are possible. - In the layout below, the blue and pink areas are available, and the green areas will be available in the future. White is open common space, and dark gray is bathrooms, closets, and the elevator. This represents single cubicles to 5000 sqft of the 7500 sqft total. Location: 489 Clementina St. San Francisco, CA (Right next to 6th and Folsom) Contact me if interested! Click on my username in the right-side column for contact info.

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Instructables Sister Company on BBC

Squid Labs spin-off company Potenco is cropping up quite a bit on the BBC website at the moment, snugly amongst the fuss about the latest "Get 1 Give 1" project by One Laptop Per Child (they're working with Amazon now).The pull-cord generator (called a yo-yo generator by the BBC) is shown as an integral part of the OLPC system.BBC descriptionBBC Video (may not be viewable outside UK)Get 1 Give 1 StoryPotenco PCG

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Instructables and Squid Labs have moved!

We ran out of space and moved!Full details here: https://www.instructables.com/forum/EMU2PF415YEWIFO0FA/

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Instructables and Squid Labs have moved!

Instructables and Squid Labs have moved! We finally ran out of space in our Emeryville warehouse. During November, there were literally people sitting on the ground working on their laptops because we didn't have enough desks, space for desks, or even chairs to sit in. We're now located in a secret location somewhere on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay with plenty of space and spectacular views. Since that free barge on Craigslist was taken before we could get there, I guess it's not much of a secret location considering there are only two possible spots left.Check out our new digs at the old the Alameda Naval base control tower. Yes, we are actually in the control tower building. There's three guns in the front, plenty of parking for school buses and free boats, and it's tough to beat the view from my office. More pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93327160@N00/sets/72157594460055354/Directions to the control tower here.

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Directions to Instructables HQ / Squid Labs

Coming to a party at Instructables HQ in the Squid Labs control tower?2175 Monarch St. Alameda, CA 94501We'd like you to actually get here. Google maps & Yahoo maps are giving misleading directions at the moment, so here are some better ones. Check out the aerial view here.From San Francisco/I-80E:1. Head east over the San Francisco Bay Bridge2. Take the exit onto I-880 S toward San Jose/Airport/Alameda3. Take the exit toward Broadway/Alameda4. Turn right at 5th St6. At the next light, stay right at the fork & follow signs for Broadway/Alameda (stay on 5th)7. Make a soft left at Broadway & follow the signs for Alameda. You will enter the Webster Tube/Tunnel. 8. After the tunnel, stay to the right and follow to the 1st light.9. At the first light, turn right onto Atlantic Ave/Ralph M Appezzato Mem Pkwy10. Go through a few lights & enter the Alameda Point Naval Base11. Continue in that same direction through the roundabout (around the navy jet)12. At the T-interstection, turn right onto Ferry Point13. The road will curve left & become W Tower Ave14. Follow Tower ave to a T-intersection, then turn left onto Monarch St15. Squid Labs is the control tower building on your right.From 880N/South of Oakland:1. Take the Broadway exit towards downtown Oakland2. Make a right onto Broadway3. Make an immediate right onto 7th street4. Drive 2 blocks and make a right onto Webster Street.5. Stay to the right & enter the Webster St Tube (Tunnel)6. After the tunnel, stay to the right and follow to the 1st light.7. At the first light, turn right onto Atlantic Ave/Ralph M Appezzato Mem Pkwy8. Go through a few lights & enter the Alameda Point Naval Base9. Continue in that same direction through the roundabout (around the navy jet)10. At the T-interstection, turn right onto Ferry Point11. The road will curve left & become W Tower Ave12. Follow Tower Ave to a T-intersection, then turn left onto Monarch St13. Squid Labs is the control tower building on your right.

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Instructables and Squid Labs featured in Tech Closeup's April 2007 Show

Tech Closeup interviewed me and took a tour of Instructables and Squid Labs for a segment on their April 2007 show. Check out the segment below to see our control tower and look for canida, dan, noahw, saul, TimAnderson, and Potenco's prototype generator.Also, they mention that the lens molding technology was sold to a company in San Jose. This is an error: Another Squid Labs spin-off company is developing that technology and we will share details as soon as possible.

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(newsletter) Cheap Welding, Squid Hat, Telekinetic Pen...

Dec 11, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Get your tools ready for the biggest building competition of the year!The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest is open to any project that uses tools. Share your amazing ideas, and win a $20,000 Sears gift card! Craftsman is also giving you the chance to show off your workspace in the Workshop of the Future Contest: Show Your Space contest! Simply post pictures of your current space, or the space you wish you hand, and you're entered to win a weekly Craftsman tool prize! See who won this week!This is the last week to submit your best creation powered by AA, AAA, C, or D batteries for the SANYO eneloop Battery Powered Contest! The contest closes this Sunday! Homemade Holidays are here again! Decking the halls with some crafty creations? Enter them in the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Decorations Contest and win a sweet Dremel kit! Sending personalized cards to friends and loved ones? Enter them in the the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Card Contest and win some cool prizes! See who won a prize in the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Treats Contest! We've worked out a special deal for the Instructables community to get the Telekinetic Pen Kit from the Maker Shed for 20% off until Dec. 19. After ordering, use this coupon code to get the discount: TELEPEN Telekinetic Pen! by Kipkay Chocolate Peppermint Bark by canida Wearable Toy Piano by mikamika LED Projector by PuffMag1cDrag0n Any project that uses tools is eligible! Closes for entries this weekend! Cheap Welding for Punks by TimAnderson Popup Christmas Card w/ Money Pocket by belsey Water Flow Sensor and Ambient Display by staceyk Make Amazing Fire Starters by sleepismything92 Peanut Butter / Chocolate Cookie Balls by Bloonie Nintendo Keyless Entry System by action_owl Framed Color Changing LED Art by obeyken Make Your Pregnant Partner Happy by schmeese Homemade Holidays Contests Share how you send the perfect message Show off your crafty creations and win a Dremel kit! Glass Etched Glasses by evey5268 DIY Squid Hat by goosezilla Make a City Storyteller's Backpack by faizzohri Make Borax Crystal Decorations by otterhopdotcom Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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Elephante Mechanique

The enormous mechanical animal sculptures being made in Nantes, France are better described (at least for English speakers) and imaged by Dark Roasted Blend than on their own website. If I had worlds enough and time! I've never been to Europe aside from a couple weeks in London. I never really had an interest... until now!

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Squid Labs spin-out company hiring - Electrical Engineer

One of the Squid Labs spin-out companies is hiring! Come work with us in the control tower!The technology that this spin-out is developing is not yet public, so in the job description below, it is simply referred to as "Squid Labs." The job will require full-time attention to the spin-out, and so while you will technically be at Squid Labs, the job is not with Squid Labs. Hopefully, I've made that perfectly muddy. If you can understand that (and make it clear that you understand it in your cover letter!) and have the required qualifications, you're probably a good fit. Electrical EngineerSquid Labs is a rapidly growing Bay Area start-up that aims to revolutionizerenewable energy generation. Squid Labs is engaged in a research anddevelopment effort to produce novel systems for both centralized anddistributed energy generation systems. Squid Labs is seeking a talented andmotivated power electronics engineer. The ideal candidate will haveextensive experience with motor controller development (AC induction andPM, three phase brushless motors) and the associated power electronicssystems combined with an inventive resourcefulness to quickly executeprototype solutions in the field. Further, this candidate would be familiarwith the startup environment and the associated hours, deadlines and high-energy culture that go with launching innovative new products.The Power Electronics Engineer will be responsible for:- Self-directed research and cooperating with an interdisciplinary team- Rapidly developing and building solutions to complex high powerproblems- Development of analytical models to make decisions on specific andglobal aspects of system architectureThe candidate should have the following qualifications:- PhD or equivalent in Electrical Engineering- 5+ years of experience in analogue/digital/power electronics o standalone and grid-connected power electronics o motor control for motion and generation o single-board computer development for control o digital/analogue signal conditioning o sensor and actuator development and integration- Experience with data analysis and model verification- Understanding of control theory for SISO and MIMO systems- Appreciation for the natural environment and a strong desire to workon renewable energy technologyPlease send resumes to corwin@squid-labs.com

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Picture of Instructables/Squid Labs HQ in 1963

Telstar Logistics sent me this picture of the Alameda Naval Air Station from 1963, where you can see the control tower, which is the current Instructables and Squid Labs HQ. Original photo available here, where it's noted that:In the foreground: a Piper U-11A AztecIn the background: a Lockheed P2V Neptune from Patrol Squadron VP-19, tail no. 147948Photo from the collection of William T. Larkins

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More Yuri's Night Pics

Eric and Noah are internet famous once more having just been featured on the Laughing Squid blog. You should go check out all of the pictures. They are a quite nice overview of the event.Picture courtesy of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

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Making a plush doll

So. I'm attempting to make a Squid plush doll for a friend who's leaving for college. This is the first time I have ever attempted something like this and I was wondering how I would go about sewing the seams. Like, would I sew it inside-out and then flip it right-side-in? And is there some preferred way to sew these? Aside from that, I'm having trouble picking a material. It would be a bit large and I expect it to see a lot of use, so I want to stay away from felt. Also, I wanted to give it some character so I was thinking of making it out of polo shirts, but I have no idea if that would be a good material...Please help.

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Intro to MITERS

Here's a nice introductory video for MITERS, the MIT club that Eric, Tim Anderson, and the Squid Labs team used as their clubhouse/home base for building awesome things while at MIT.  Looks like people are still learning new things, and making good use of the tools and shop space.

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Squid Labs Co-founder Saul Griffith on Treehugger/good.is - interview about heirloom design

I found this article from yesterday through treehugger.com. It has an interview with Saul Griffith about heirloom design, designing products that last longer: http://www.good.is/post/built-to-last/ (sorry if this has already been posted, I had a quick look and couldn't see it)

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Halloween Project Contest and Build Party at Squid Labs

For all of October, Instructables is having a Halloween project contest. We're giving away Make controller kits, Wild Planet Toys Spy Cameras, Magazine subscriptions, and Instructables patches. Check here for full details.To kick off a great DIY-Halloween, Instructables is hosting a build party at Squid Labs this Friday October 6th at 7:30 PM. We'll have sewing machines, pumpkins and knives, spooky music, mills and lathes, scrap material, snacks, and plenty of cameras to document everything. Bring your proto-costume, your great Halloween ideas, or anything else you want to work on. RSVP by sending me an email so I'll have some sense of how many people to expect. If you're too far away, how about having a build party in your town this Friday as well?!

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Giant ship rolls on by the tower

It's just another day working at Instructables/Squid Labs when a giant wooden ship rolls past the control tower.

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Control Tower at the Center of a Rainbow

Check out this picture taken by seedlingproject of the Squid Labs/Instructables Control Tower at the center of a rainbow.I wonder what's at either end!

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Instructables is looking for good people

We're looking for awesome java/web developers and a creative business developer. If that's you, or someone you know, check out the job descriptions and send me your resume: eric at squid-labs.

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The Billboard Liberation Front: AT&T & NSA

See if for yourself at 14th and Valencia in San Francisco.Reminds me of slambert's awesome Look Like Your Enemy: Create signs that confuse, astound and parody!via Laughing Squid

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Classic tracks played on classic hardware

I saw this version of House of the Rising Sun blogged on Laughing Squid, and thought of you (all)... A couple of years ago, the same chap created Bohemian Rhapsody:

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Potenco's Human Power Generator at MOMA

A friend snapped this picture of the OLPC with Squid Labs spin-out Potenco's generator at the MOMA. It's always sweet to see your work professionally displayed in a museum! via Perlick

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Just another day at Instructables/Squid Labs with a giant inflatable Tyvek geodesic dome

Here, tetranitrate works on his next boundary-pushing project while menaced by an inflatable Tyvek geodesic dome build by Pete Lynn, of kiteboarding fame, for this year's Burning Man.

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Gifts for the intelligent designer -- what do you want for the holidays?

PT over at Make asked a few people around Squid and Instructables what they would like to receive for the holidays. Check out Leah's, Saul's, and my gift lists, and tell us what you'd like.

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Somebody call my lawyer

Did you hear this story?http://www.news10.net/display_story.aspx?storyid=30735Hello kitty.I state your name being of sound body and mind leave all of my hackables to instructables.com to be auctioned off and the money used to protect the giant squids.

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Down to One Modest Proposal for the Instructables Site

Proposal 1: ***Addition***I seem to be the only one who feels this way, so it's probably a problem with my perceptions and not a real problem. So, unless someone else decides this is a problem too, I withdraw the suggestion. Originally it was that we not discuss politics or religion on the site, enforced by squid labs. Proposal 2: Assigned Group Contest. I'll explain: I've tried posting forum topics that somewhat unite the community following divisive posts (Heal the World, what's your favorite book, Maxims to live by, etc.) Allowing everybody to share things that they enjoy helps a little with unity. However, something that works even better(!) is collaboration. Heal the World failed at that. So this proposal would require people to sign up and be assigned to a group by Squid Labs, given strict limits on goals and resources, etc and let loose. Also, I think a leader ought to be assigned by squid labs, just like if you want to get anything done in the real world. The main point of the contest would be to build trust in the community and have fun, so the prizes might need to be well-thought out and mailable. Nothing builds trust like working together towards a common goal. Thoughts? Suggestions?

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Table migration at the Tower

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to witness a massive table migration near Squid labs. I would like to share with you some photos (View them at high-res for the full effect) of the event, and a few bits of information about this majestic animal.The March of the TablesMuch mystery surrounds the annual table migration around the bay area. The Wikipedia article has limited information, saying only " The table herd has previously been spotted at fisherman's wharf, the Google campus, and partying at various gay clubs in the city". The herd that passed near Squid was about 200 large, and composed of multiple table family units. Occasionally some drunk Alameda College students would come out to the runway at night for some "table tipping", but other then that the tables are usually left to themselves.

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Instructables in Trendwatching

Instructables was mentioned by Trendwatching in their September 2006 Status Skills article.Here's a quick selection of sites helping the masses acquire a bewildering array of skills:Instructables is a project by Squid Labs, who create a lot of stuff for business and pleasure, and have now documented their how-tos for all to see and use.More news articles about Instructables here.

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Corwin's birthday in the tower

We celebrated Corwin's birthday in the tower at Squid Labs yesterday, and, while up there, fixed up the flag poles and hung a pirate flag. I think it's admirable that we had at least 3 months of a "professional" looking fascade before our true colors bled through. Or, maybe it was just laziness...More pictures here.

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Halloween build night a success

Thanks to all who came to the Halloween build night at Squid Labs! It was a great success! People built a number of really cool projects including one that got us quite a bit of attention this week. I'm sure you can guess which one.Check out more pictures over at the Flickr photoset.

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Mythbusters

My boys are watching Mythbusters behind me, and one line just caught my attention:...at a disused Naval base in Alameda..."They were using a towed rig to find out if a tissue box on the back shelf of a car would kill the driver in a crash, except they managed to rip an eighteen inch chunk out of the rig instead.Have Squid Labs been hosting Mythbusters?

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Saul Griffith awarded a MacArthur grant!

Saul Griffith from Squid Labs, Howtoons, Instructables, and other cool companies has been awarded the MacArthur "genius" grant. He gets $500k because he's so genius-y and it couldn't be going to a better guy. Saul Griffith is an inventor whose innovations span industrial design, technology, and science education. Through a variety of endeavors at MIT and as a principal in Squid Labs, Griffith demonstrates his boundless energy for inventing across diverse disciplines in the global public interest. While still a graduate student at MIT, he designed a unique membrane-based molding system that can produce a variety of common lenses from a single pair of flexible molding surfaces. This prototype has the potential to change the economics of corrective lenses in rural and underserved communities around the world and continues to be a major focus of research and development energy at Squid Labs. At MIT, Griffith co-founded Thinkcycle.org, a web community that has produced socially conscious engineering solutions, such as novel household water-treatment systems. Thinkcycle.org is the forerunner of Instructables.com, a remarkable do-it-yourself website driven by user contributions. He is also a creative force behind HowToons, an animated educational resource designed to engage children in hands-on science and engineering projects. Through the spin-off company Potenco, Griffith initiated the project design for a hand-held human-powered generator, which has the potential significantly to improve access to electronic devices such as laptops and water purifiers throughout the world. Though still quite young, he holds several patents in optics, textiles, and nanotechnology. In these engineering ventures as well as others yet to be imagined, Griffith is a prodigy of invention in service of the world community. Saul Griffith received a B.MET.E. (1997) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, an M.E. (2000) from the University of Sydney, and an M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a co-founding partner of Squid Labs and serves as a technical advisor at Potenco in Alameda, California. full story

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Chuck Messer of Tackle Design and The Open Prosthetics Project on Smash Lab

I finally got a chance to watch the sneak preview of Discovery's new Smash Lab* last night, and imagine my surprise to see someone I know hosting! Chuck Messer, one of the four Smash Lab hosts, is a partner at Tackle Design the people behind the The Open Prosthetics Project, which also has an Open Prosthetics group on Instructables. Tackle Design and my own Squid Labs shared many similarities, so Chuck and I would share stories about how we each ran the companies; he even managed to visit Squid Labs when we were still located in Emeryville (pre-control tower). It's great to see good people getting wider recognition, and I wish Chuck and Smash Lab success!disclosure - Discovery is an advertiser on Instructables, and has been advertising for Smash Lab. This is not part of their advertising.

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Instructables in Inventors Digest - Five Questions with Eric Wilhelm

Here's my five-question interview with Inventors Digest that appeared in the June 2009 issue:Five Questions With ... Eric WilhelmEric Wilhelm founded Instructables.com, "the world's biggest show and tell" Web site where users crowdsource do-it-yourself or DIY projects, from lawnmower race cars to skateboard sails. The site began in 2005 as a way for Wilhelm to document his mechanical engineering work and grad school kite-surfing projects. He's co-founded Squid Labs, an innovation and design partnership, and a number of Squid Labs spin-off companies including Potenco, producing a human-powered generator for cell phones and laptops; Makani, an energy company seeking to harness high-altitude wind; and OptiOpia, developing low-cost portable vision-testing and lens-fabricating devices. Talked innovation with him in this installment of Five Questions With ...More news and press about Instructables here.

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Burning Man Accidentally Burns Early

Burning Man update:The Man caught (or was set) on fire early this morning during the lunar eclipse. The BRC fire crew extinguished the blaze, and they're rebuilding the structure and replacing the neon now. The fireworks and fuel hadn't been added yet, so the damage wasn't total.Story, photos, and more links from Scott Beale of Laughing Squid

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Quantum Minigolf

Hi!http://www.quantum-minigolf.org/Remember I was talking about how it is to play golf in the quantum world during the show and tell at squid labs? For a popular science presentation, my friend Friedemann came up with the idea of implementing a simulation of quantum minigolf: virtual quantum minigolf by tracking a real golf club and projecting the golf ball on the ground. Credits for the original ideas and for the excellent realization go to him!Best wishes, Matthias

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New Howtoons Site!

You may have seen some of the awesome Howtoons comics up on Instructables; you may even have added a project to the Beta Howtoons group. Howtoons is the brainchild of our own Saul Griffith of Squid Labs, artist Nick Dragotta, and Joost Benson.We're happy to let you know that the official Howtoons site is now up- check daily for projects and updates. The first Howtoons book will be coming out in November.

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Look at all the Foam!!!!

Today we started mfr for our new HPV!Due to a miscalculation... We have 15 EXTRA sheets of foam. That's about $210 worth of EXTRA foam! No one ever thought to take in to account that more than one cross section could fit on one piece of foam....The section below was the most funny - my immediate reaction to putting it on was a Squid! And look at all that foam in/on the truck!Here's More Info

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Instructables Superbeta

Welcome to the new version of Instructables! There are some new things, some old things that work better, and some things we're still working on. We'd love your feedback either on the report bugs section or by sending a note to eric at Squid Labs. Be sure to check out: The reworked image library and new file library, ratings and flags for Instructables and comments, new ways to make and manage groups, RSS feeds for everything, and a bunch of other things! We hope you like it as much as we do!

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new contest ideas

Hello,today it dawned on me that there are a lot of contests instructibles has covered and has not. Ihad the idea of a few more contests :  political sighns contest , scrap gabage contest , made of smething else contest etc. i really want to know what contests you all think we should have. thanks for readin, squid p.s. this is the best typin' you r getin' from me so dont u complai n...........please

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