The low-down: Where have I been?

It may be a bit narcissistic for me to think anyone missed me or even noticed I was gone, but for those of you that did notice heres the low-down.Without a doubt, the time I spent working at Instructables last summer was the most fun I have ever had in my life. It was the perfect combination of working among smart creative individuals ( Eric, Christy, Tim, Paul, and Noah), having such an open ended job where I was actually paid to do what I love, and being in bright sunny free thinking northern California. The cherry on top of this summer of awesomeness was going to Burning Man (see pic below). It was something I had wanted to do ever since I had read about it online many years ago, and, as fate would have it, I ended up going the first year I was actually old enough to.I don't think I am ever going to forget driving Tim's manual truck (I don't know how to drive stick) on a deserted road in Nevada, at 3:30 am Sunday morning, the energy drinks wearing off and Tim sleeping peacefully in the passenger seat, while it rained intermittently, with only a vague idea where I was going, and doing this all with just a NY state learners permit. Nor will I forget getting my first sight of the playa, just as the sun was coming up, with all the massive metallic sculptures glistening on the horizion. The week that followed was just pure surreal amazingness. Anything I wrote about my first Burning Man experience wouldn't give it justice, but Tim describes it nicely in his Burning Man instructable.The most surprising thing about the summer though, was that by the end of it I actually looked forward to going back to school. I wanted to learn circuit building and other cool electrical engineering skills that I could incorporate into my future Instructables projects. I wanted to be able to post impressive electronic projects, instead of just minor circuit hacks like the tazer glove and capacitor charger. I wanted to master the movement of the electron.One plane trip from SFO to JFK later, I'm back home. The contrast between Frisco and NY was staggering. If there was one word to describe how NY looked to me at that time it would be "gray". The experience was like watching the Wizard of Oz in reverse, going from the bright, colorful, surreal land of Oz back to black and white Kansas. Don't get me wrong, I love my hometown. I am of the opinion that NYC is the single greatest city in the world (California wins as a state, but in terms of a single city nothing can compare to NY). If you don't agree with me, stand in the center of the Brooklyn Bridge and turn around to get a full 360 degree perspective. Your opinion will be swayed if not changed. Still, September 07 was a very gray month for me. It took me a few weeks to wade through the bureaucratic bullshit of Brooklyn Poly and finally get registered for classes. The classes I did get registered for were all prerequisites and nowhere near my area of interest. I know I am going to have to suck it up and complete them eventually (especially now that my school has merged with NYU, so I get to graduate with a much more impressive degree then the school I was originally accepted into), but at the time I was just too miserable and distracted to pay attention in class. It was even hard for me to respond to e-mails from summertime coworkers because hearing about the activities at the tower brought back memories of a happier time. I was in a state of near-complete mental shutdown, my creativity was shot, and I was depressed. I decided that I needed to take a break from school, so I took a leave of absence for the Spring semester. That leave of absence bought me a time period of 8 months to do whatever I wanted. I figure why not live out my weaboo fantasy, and travel to Japan. I can not say exactly when my obsession with Japanese culture began. Maybe it was subconsciously planted in my brain with the cherry tree in front of my childhood home, cultivated with anime, and brought to fruition when I actually started reading about their history and culture. Whatever the reason, it has been something I've always wanted to do, and what better time to "find myself" then while on a break from college (Its stereotypical-tastic!). There was only one obstacle standing between me and the romantic imagery I had of bathing in hot-springs and meditating in front of Shinto shrines ... money, at least a few thousand dollars of it. Japan aint cheap, and even if I was going to get a job to support me while I was there, I would still need a butt-load of money for the initial travel and living investment. (On that note if any of you Instructablites knows someone in Japan who you could get me in touch with regarding job opportunities or living quarters, or has some advice for living cheaply while there, I'm all ears) I spent most of January half-assedly looking for a job. I did not devote my whole ass to the task because, no matter how much I wanted to go to Japan, I wasn't too excited about the prospect of getting a minimum wage job which utilized none of my skills (I have very unique skills, so finding a job that used them would be next to impossible). It was looking as though my next few months would be filled with minimum wage menial labor. That is until I thought of throwing myself on the mercy of Eric and Christy, and asking for my old job back. I lacked the testicular fortitude to ask them directly, and so reverting to grade school mentality (the one that figures rejection will hurt less through proxy), I asked Tim to test the waters and see if my old job was still available (grade school version: Psst Tim, I've got a crush on Eric & Christy ::school girl giggles:: can you ask if they like me). Tim was kind enough to oblige. A few e-mails later I found out I could come back as long as I promised to return to school in September. (This was no problem because I had already made the same promise to my parents, and myself because I didn't want to loose my 20k a year scholarship).One plane trip at the end of February from JFK to OAK later, I'm back in California. My longterm goal for the next few months is to live as cheaply as possible, learn Japanese, and try to acquire some work that I can do while in Japan. Living cheaply has been easier then expected. I quit smoking (something I thought would be much harder then it was, but after two months of lukewarm-turkey I was able to eliminate my nicotine cravings entirely). I am able to feed myself almost entirely off the excess of others, with the occasional purchased produce being the exception. I bike for transportation (that same yellow road bike in the picture below). I'd say that overall, it took more effort to stop being a consumer-whore then it did to quit smoking, but it feels equally good to be free of both of those bad habits. Well thats my story. I should probably get back to work.New instructables coming soon ...

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Instructables member Tetranitrate at Dorkbot NYC

Dorkbot NYC's next meeting, on February 11 2009, includes a presentation from Instructables member Tetranitrate about his laser cutter misadventures!Full details on their site: http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotnyc/YDIW/The other presentations look fantastic too. If you're in NY then, you should not miss this.

Posted by rachel 9 years ago


Tetranitrate Lives!

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.

Posted by caitlinsdad 7 years ago


Mythbusters

You're welcome.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


The Robot Movie

The Robot Movie A timeless coming of age tale about murder, romance, danger, mystery, war, intrigue, accents, choreography, and dramatic shots by the water. Starring myself (Tetranitrate) and The Robot. Coming soon to an Instructable near you.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Steampunk Recumbent

It is a steampunk recumbent. Need I say more?Link

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Care Package #2

Second care package This one is from my aunt and uncle.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Toxicity of chromium

Does anyone know the toxicity of chromium, or more specifically the toxicity of burning something chrome plated?

Posted by Tetranitrate 11 years ago


Rubik's cube art

Awesome pixel art made entirely from Rubik's cubes.Link

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Care package #3

Care package #3 I got this a few weeks ago from my other aunt and uncle.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Guess where I put a robot sticker

I'll give you a hint: It is in a place where it is not supposed to be.

Posted by Tetranitrate 9 years ago


Hell Kitten AR-15

LinkFor those of us who do not just want to kill our prey, but humiliate it too.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Take a Nap

Naps: they are no longer for drool emitting grandparents passed out in armchairs. TAKE ONE! It will help boost your alertness, creativity, mood, and productivity in the later hours of the day. Link

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Air Jelly

I can not wait until they come out with air peanut butter.http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/28/festo-airjelly-flies-through-the-air-with-the-greatest-of-ease/

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Strike ANYWHERE !

Here we have Tetranitrate, getting some "space" in MAKE Mag. Giant MATCHSorry, but his picture is not coming through....signon required. The Page, if you have a log on...

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


Mobius strip shrinky-dink

A strip of shrinky-dink plastic, twisted over, held together with a tab, and baked for a few minutes produces a solid Mobius strip shrinky-dink.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


The Skittles Dress

This prom dress by Theperilouspopsicle at craftster uses 101 Skittle wrappers and took 15 hours to make and it was worth it. Thanks to Tetranitrate I'm currently sick of Skittles, but the color certainly works. Linkvia Neatorama

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Firefox and Ebay etched MacBook

Check out this laser-etched MacBook that was auctioned for charity. Tetranitrate used our new Versa Laser to etch the Firefox and Ebay logos (as requested by the auction winner). More here on the Spread Firefox blog.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


The Roaming Robot Round Two (Mt. Fuji)

I'm not sure if this shot works with the clouds, or if it would have looked better on a clear day. For more Fuji shots check out days 21 and 22 on my website.

Posted by Tetranitrate 9 years ago


Great Revelation

Have you ever randomly stumbled across something (book, painting, comic, etc.) perfectly tailored for you? Something so perfectly fitting, that for a few fleeting seconds, the universe and all of its mysteries were laid bare before you.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Big Dog

Check out Big Dog 2.0. Designed by Boston Dynamics, funded by Darpa, and coming soon to a peace protest near you (of course only after its been equipped with tear gas, rubber bullets, and cattle prods).Big Dog

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


San Francisco bike survey

Here is a survey for everyone out there who bikes in San Francisco. My biggest complaint about biking in the bay area is the lack of pedestrian / cyclist access to the bridges. It makes me mad. http://www.sfbike.org/?reportcard

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Laser etching pics from web 2.0

Check out some of the different etchings people had us do at the Web 2.0 expo.We were definitely the coolest booth there -- here's proof.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


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.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Instructables Build Night and Show and Tell a Huge Success

The Instructables Build Night and Show and Tell was awesome! Tetranitrate set off a giant match, we made a whole bunch of Harry Potter wands, laser-etched an Apple iPhone, and much more!Check out the full recap of the evening here.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Talk at Google

Just in case you haven't been keeping up with our blog, I gave a talk at Google on Tuesday with Tetranitrate and T3h_Muffinator. More info, slide deck, and 45 minutes of video are available here. Yes, we did talk about K'Nex. And fire.We're starting to use the blog quite a bit more- keep an eye on it!

Posted by canida 10 years ago


LHC Countdown

They have started the final countdown for the LHC.Some say that it will find the God particle.Others say that it will kill us all.I say hope for the best, but [http://instructables.com/community/Its-the-End-of-the-World-As-We-Know-It-.../ prepare for the worst.]For more information, look at these newer posts:More on the LHC Countdownand End of World One Step Closer. Or Not.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Want to remember everything you'll ever learn?

Great Wired article about Piotr Wozniak, and his software Super Memo which will help you remember everything you'll ever learn (who needs a site designer when you have the memory of a god).Link via Wired

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Dangerman Casting

Discovery and Objective Productions UK are seeking a HOST with a strong science background (B.A. minimum) for DANGERMAN, a documentary-style reality series that replicates extraordinary stunts performed by daredevils, stuntmen and showmen and explains the scientific principles that make the most amazing feats possible. So what do you say? Anyone in the mood for some DANGER!?!http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/sci/628816251.html

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


A few pictures from the Instructables Show and Tell

The Instructables Show and Tell was awesome! We'll do a complete round up a little later, but for now here are a few pictures.Tetranitrate set off a giant match, we made a whole bunch of Harry Potter wands, laser-etched an Apple iPhone, and much more!I've posted a complete recap of the evening here.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Solar powered Cthulhubot

Cthulhu, one of the Great Old Ones, is now green.Etsy member tinyminds has made a solar powered Cthulhubot. It remains dormant while it soaks up sun rays, but when its had its fill of energy, it begins to flail its tentacles all about while the mere mortals scream and shout.Link via BoingBoing

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Imperial Walker Graffiti Art

"Customized Hasbro Star Wars vehicle customized by professional Graffiti artists EASE and JK5 under the direction of SUCKADELIC. All tags are written in the Aurebesh language, a fictional letter system created for the in-world use for the 6 Star Wars films. The largest tag on the side of the vehicle spells the word REBEL."All this can be yours for only $1,500 - $2,000!Link

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Thermate -- Could I replace Iron Oxide with Calcium Oxide? Answered

Hi, I'm making a flashbang that's part Thermate using Tetranitrate's Thermite Instructable* and I would like to know if I would be able to replace the iron oxide in the mixture with calcium oxide for a bit of added white. The flashbang is inteaded to be (temporarily) blinding. Thanks, BlueGasMask * www.instructables.com/id/Thermite/

Asked by BlueGasMask 8 years ago


Explore the Human Body with an Online, 3-D Interactive Tool

Argosy's Visible Body is the most comprehensive human anatomy visualization tool available today.This entirely Web-delivered application offers an unparalleled understanding of human anatomy.The Visible Body includes 3D models of over 1,700 anatomical structures, including all major organsand systems of the human body.Link via Pop Sci

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Receiving the Pastafarism Sacrament

About a week ago Instructables intern Bilal picked up some candy at the store; however, this was no ordinary candy. This was genuine FSM sacrament candy.We had all the necessary equipment for a proper sacrament ceremony, so we decided to hold one at the office. I was in pure ecstasy as his noodly appendage slid down my throat. I knew from that point on my life would never be the same.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Bike Rides in SF

I am looking for some good bike rides in SF, Marin, or San Mateo county. From the image you can see what routes I have biked so far (I have mostly just been getting familiar with the city). If you make a good suggestion, I will ride it, post a picture of the route mapped out on google earth, and give a short description. If you want I can even take some pictures from along the way.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


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

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


I dream of cheesy

I have just learned that people believe that eating cheese before bed will give you nightmares. I have also just learned that scientists have proven this not true. In fact, earing cheese before bed will improve your sleep and depending on the type of cheese that you have eaten, will depend on the types of dreams that you have. Now, I wonder how all that Cheez Whiz that Tetranitrate has been eating is affecting his sleep. You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by randofo 10 years ago


Firebreathing Pics

Heres the deal, my roommate wanted a shot of me firebreathing for some CD jacket artwork, so I ended up jpegifying all the frames near the frame I used for my avatar (Huh?). Basically I ended up with 28 different photos from that one firebreath sequence. Since the photos were just sitting on my drive, and it is the 4th, I figured I'd share them with everyone, and if enough people are interested I'll turn the other firebreathing sequences into pictures too. I threw all the photos in a RAWR im a kitty which can be found by clicking anywhere on the text.

Posted by Tetranitrate 11 years ago


Talk at Google

Thanks to an invite from Cat Allman, who I met on a train back to the airport after OSCON, Tetranitrate, T3h_Muffinator, and I headed down to Google yesterday to talk about Instructables. The first bit didn't make the video; it starts at slide 22 of 34, so I've attached the .pdf of my slides below. I ran through the slides as an intro, then we answered questions and showed off some projects and videos from the site. There were lots of things I wanted to talk about that either didn't fit or were forgotten- particularly about the issue of intellectual property- but I guess that's a great excuse for another visit!

Posted by canida 10 years ago


American Indians Action Figure

Ever see something so awesomely bad that you just had to own it? Earlier today, whilst browsing the isles of the local 99 cents store I came across an American Indians Action Figure set. I saw that there were a few normal (I use the term loosely) looking figures, but there was also this gem. For some reason the white guy of the set was depicted as some space age looking dude wielding a huge silver gun. I bought him, and one of the others (for strangeness comparison). I wonder who would win in a fight between the two.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Priest on party-balloons flight goes missing

"A Roman Catholic priest who floated off under hundreds of helium party balloons was missing Monday off the southern coast of Brazil."Link via CNNIt is hard to tell if this is funny or sad. -On one hand, anyone who attempts to break the record for longest party balloon flight is knowingly risking their life, and therefore open to be criticized / mocked when the likely outcome occurs.-On the other hand, this was a priest trying to raise money for a cause.-But back on the other hand, the cause he was trying to raise money for was a trucker's rest stop.It is a close call, but that is two in favor in puns, and one against. The puns have it!

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Urban Pranksters

Urban Prankster is a website edited by Charlie Todd of Improv everywhere fame, and it chronicles all the pranks and shenanigans going on in different cities around the world.Unless you are a stiffly stifferson, you should really enjoy this blog, and, if you are lucky, you can find things going on in your area to take part in.I have done a few Improv Everywhere missions (slow mo home depot, mp3 experiment search for Steve, no shirts Abercrombie & Fitch, and the Best Buy mission (for which I am the youtube video thumbnail)), and can say from first hand experience that these public pranks are a lot of fun and a great way to meet interesting people.Urban Prankster

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Firefox 3 Download Day

Today (June 17th, 2008) is Firefox 3 download day. Help make the Guinness world record for the most program downloads in a single day. If you are already running Firefox 3 beta: you may notice some improvementsIf you are running Firefox 2: I highly encourage you to download it as you will notice many improvementsIf you are using Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, etc: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?!Downloads for the record begin at 10:00 am PST (13 minutes ago, from the time of this posting).Get downloading!http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord/Edit: Link it not currently working. It appears their servers have exploded with awesomeness. Check back soon.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Care Package

My parents know that I have been trying to save money, so they sent me this nice care package for easter to provide me with much needed sustenance. Lets see whats inside... 1. A bag of fun size skittle packets, Sweet! They remembered my skittle addiction. 2. 6 single serve Jif peanut butter cups 3. Edible easter grass ... o.k? 4. Some laughing cow babybels and spreadable swiss 5. A hickory farms ham and crackers ... this is getting kind of weird 6. 5 little strawberry candies 7. About fifty single serve splenda packets (err...) 8. A bunny basket with creepy eyes What a strange selection of goodies. If any of you wondered where I got my weirdness from, you now know.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


More on the LHC Countdown

The Large Hadron Collider is indeed large: the underground particle accelerator is about 17 miles in circumference (it is circular). Located between France and Switzerland, the LHC is now almost ready to begin full-length particle accelerations. Researchers are attempting to collide protons together that are accelerate to 7 TeV (tera electron volts).Following Tetranitrate's first post, LHC Countdown, people have been looking for more information.Even More on the LHC from Kiteman, with more explanation.Here is a great set of pictures from Boston.com, showcasing all stages of production of the LHC.For a better visual understanding of how it works, take a look at this LHC animation from the official LHC web site.More general information from the LHC web site.As I like to say, this is large and in charge.

Posted by joshf 9 years ago


Top 10 Lightsaber Mash Ups

"The Star Wars kid has gotten a lot of shite over the years, mainly because he's not a professional. He simply didn't have the training necessary to pull off that fight sequence. On the other hand, there are lots of professionals who do have the training and simply lack the means to wield it. I'm talking about people like Aragorn, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Westley. If somehow you could only put a lightsaber in these fearsome warriors hands...Ugh, blogging. What am I even talking about? Let's just be ourselves, you guys. I found a bunch of clips on YouTube where people took fight sequences from other movies and overlaid lightsabers on top of them using magic, and they are hilarious, and you're gonna love it."Link

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


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.

Posted by Tetranitrate 11 years ago


Tidbits of Olympic Proportions

Tetranitrate's Japanese adventures are not the only exciting happenings in the region: on Friday (08/08/08), the 2008 Summer Olympics began in Beijing, China.Despite concerns about air quality for the games and preparations, these games showcase some very cool designs, cultural aspects, and other miscellany that we would otherwise not have seen. The two featured buildings to check out are the National Aquatics Center and the National Stadium, more commonly referred to as the Water Cube and the Bird's Nest. They are very interesting buildings, and architecturally stunning as well.For the bike enthusiasts out there, Make Magazine posted this album of bicycles in Beijing.And some digital enhancement: China apparently wasn't happy with the fireworks display, so they added some CGI fireworks for television viewers. Link via Boing Boing Gadgets.If you find more cool things related to the Olympics, please share!

Posted by joshf 9 years ago


I wonder who makes the best instructables...

Have you ever wondered who gets featured the most? Well here's the top 50!57 - [/member/canida canida] 51 - [/member/TimAnderson TimAnderson] 27 - [/member/ewilhelm ewilhelm] 25 - [/member/fungusamungus fungusamungus] 19 - [/member/trebuchet03 trebuchet03] 17 - [/member/randofo randofo] 17 - [/member/noahw noahw] 15 - [/member/ToolUsingAnimal ToolUsingAnimal] 15 - [/member/threadbanger threadbanger] 15 - [/member/samnoyoun samnoyoun] 15 - [/member/Kipkay Kipkay] 15 - [/member/Tetranitrate Tetranitrate] 14 - [/member/Kiteman Kiteman] 12 - [/member/msolek msolek] 11 - [/member/joe joe] 11 - [/member/RealSimple.com RealSimple.com] 10 - [/member/rachel rachel] 10 - [/member/indymogul indymogul] 10 - [/member/saul saul] 10 - [/member/dan dan] 9 - [/member/KaptinScarlet KaptinScarlet] 9 - [/member/zieak zieak] 9 - [/member/nativewater nativewater] 8 - [/member/neelandan neelandan] 8 - [/member/Honus Honus] 8 - [/member/Brennn10 Brennn10] 8 - [/member/babblin5 babblin5] 7 - [/member/iwilltry iwilltry] 7 - [/member/ian ian] 7 - [/member/T3h_Muffinator T3h_Muffinator] 7 - [/member/technoplastique technoplastique] 7 - [/member/bofthem bofthem] 7 - [/member/Senseless Senseless] 7 - [/member/jesse.hensel jesse.hensel] 6 - [/member/J_Hodgie J_Hodgie] 6 - [/member/matseng matseng] 6 - [/member/degroof degroof] 6 - [/member/radiorental radiorental] 5 - [/member/prank prank] 5 - [/member/nemomatic nemomatic] 5 - [/member/Mr.RigIt Mr.RigIt] 5 - [/member/stasterisk stasterisk] 5 - [/member/woofboy111 woofboy111] 5 - [/member/NK5 NK5] 5 - [/member/gmoon gmoon] 5 - [/member/leevonk leevonk] 5 - [/member/turkeytek turkeytek] 5 - [/member/nak nak] 5 - [/member/thecheatscalc thecheatscalc] 5 - [/member/syribia syribia] This is the "raw" data, I didn't take them away if they were contests, or if it was self-featured; in my opinion those count too.Have fun!

Posted by zachninme 10 years ago