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Instructables and Squid Labs have moved! Answered

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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The Ideanator
The Ideanator

11 years ago

Holy Crap! the Bay area has the largest concentration of do-it-your-own-freaking-self-awesome-win then anywhere else on the planet, hands down. If only I didn't live on the other side of the country.

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nepheron
nepheron

11 years ago

Don't Myth Busters blow stuff up near you?

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general zee
general zee

Reply 11 years ago

thats what I was thinking.....

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plusbryan
plusbryan

13 years ago

ewilhelm, How on earth did you obtain such an awesome office? We're looking for office space and it all suddenly seems so passe. The guns really pull the place together.

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theburn7
theburn7

Reply 12 years ago

how on earth, no, how on virtual mars, yea

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

Shields up!

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

Reply 13 years ago

Ahh, but can you fire those three big guns with shields up? :P


You guys really do have a lot of free boat parking :P

Is that police training area you mentioned awhile back just south of your location? You can easily see a well used path on Google maps just south of your location :)

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

No. Occasionally, car companies bring new cars out there for people to test drive, though. The police training area is to the north on the highway that was built for the Matrix 2.

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

Reply 13 years ago

Ahh, very cool -- looks like something was going on out there when Google grabbed the image :)

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ll.13
ll.13

13 years ago

That's totally awesome!!!

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zmatt
zmatt

13 years ago

What is the flying squid kiteboat?

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Vendigroth
Vendigroth

13 years ago

i think it's a perfect place for you Sadly, i'll probably never get to visit, because the chances of me being on the right CONTINENT, nevermind the right city are pathetically small, but i still bookmarked you in google maps, Lol

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ColorfulNumbers
ColorfulNumbers

13 years ago

We are looking for the nuclear wessels. Can you tell us where the naval base is in Alameda?

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royalestel
royalestel

13 years ago

Man, that is awesome. Too dang far from L.A. for me to visit, but nonetheless, awesome.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

13 years ago

When I'm out of high school and college, can I come work for you? Please? Figures that it's too far away to be at Squid Labs and Scaled Composites part-time...

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wonton
wonton

13 years ago

i would put bottle rockets or some other rocket in the guns and light away on a huge fuse

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Aeshir
Aeshir

13 years ago

Awwwwwwwshum

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Gnaw
Gnaw

13 years ago

Too cool!

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Ohm
Ohm

13 years ago

That is the most coolest office ever!!! Who gets the top floor office with the 360 degree windows :)

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Peanut
Peanut

13 years ago

Spectacular view! Are you logging the types of birds visible from your windows? Awesome!

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

While interviewing a web developer, I saw a hawk catch a ground squirrel and fight off a few other hawks to claim its prize. I had to stop the interview while I ran around and alerted everyone else in the building about the nature show right outside. I think that gave the proper flavor for what kind of company we are. There are also quite a few hummingbirds that feed on flowers right outside the windows.

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chefmichel
chefmichel

13 years ago

I am happy to hear Squidlabs moved to a better location, and that you have a "room with a view". Congrats to all of you for a great "instructables" webpage.

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turkey tek
turkey tek

13 years ago

man, free free-boat parking. i'm so envious

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Tetranitrate
Tetranitrate

13 years ago

That new place looks awesome. I need to stop by and visit someday.

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wonton
wonton

13 years ago

kool guns and a nice vew

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

I bike right by there everyday!

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jason
jason

13 years ago

Isn't this where the Mythbusters do a lot of their mythbusting?

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

It is! There's also the highway from the Matrix 2 where I often see the police practicing their high-speed spin out maneuvers.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

So you kicked them out, eh? Did you find any remains from their show? :P

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

We're in a slightly different area than the Mythbusters. There's a ton of space on the old Naval base.

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westfw
westfw

13 years ago

So is the airfield no longer in use at all? Assorted bay area model rocketry clubs are looking for new flying fields, and deserted runways are usually pretty good. large empty parking lots are not bad. Do you have a contact that might be used to explore such possibilities?

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

The airfield is now a bird sanctuary and is off limits. In the parking lots to the southeast I often see people flying model planes; that might be a good spot. I don't have any contacts in mind, but I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find out who flies planes here.

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

13 years ago

So that explains the big ass drill bits for your thick walls :P I'm 95% confident I can come visit this summer too :D That view in the third picture looks very familiar too :P

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LasVegas
LasVegas

13 years ago

Darn! I was guessing Alcatraz! hehe... Congrats on the new digs!

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sam
sam

13 years ago

Wow... what an crazy building to work in! That's a great view. I think I'm going to have to move to San Francisco...