Monday, April 4, 2011

How to Save the World, One Step at A Time

By now, you should know that I am an intrepid wanderer of teh interwebs. You should also know that I'm a big fan of Humanity putting aside its douchebag tendencies and doing something to help the world. To that end, I'd like to discuss one of my favorite websites of all time. Now, I know what a lot of you are thinking, but I assure you, you're wrong. The website I want to discuss is one of those instances where a group of people (well, in this case, many groups of many people) have come together to educate, entertain, and help one another. That website is:

[FULL DISCLOSURE: I went to high school with the Community and Marketing Director, Canida, and her husband is the site founder/CEO EWilhelm, though I didn't know that until after I became aware of Instructables. It's a funny story, I'll tell you some time.]

So, what's the deal with this site? Why is it cool enough to have me spend time on this gorgeous day writing, instead of walking my four-legged dog (I have two dogs, you see, and the other one only has three legs)? Well, as the image above suggests, Instructables is the world's largest show and tell, and there is no end to the amount of things you can learn on this site (especially if you're into K'Nex). Want some examples of what I'm talking about?

I won't lie to you, Dear Readers, there are some silly posts on the site but for everyone of those there are ten of these. See, the basic philosophy of it all is this: Let's teach other. It doesn't matter if you're showing someone how to save the world, or if you're just showing them how to how to make their favorite video game character come to life, the point is you're teaching and they're learning. So often in today's society (especially here in America) the answer to any of life's problems is to simply buy something or pay someone else to install/remove/repair/do it. If we could all stop for a second and take stock of what we have available to us, right now, we'd see that most of the things we're complaining about can be fixed with just a little bit of effort and some ingenuity. You can find the answer to a lot, if not all, of those problems at

Just for fun, I'll show you my favorite five 'ibles (that's what the community calls them, apparently they can solve the energy crisis, but can't spell)
  1. Awesome LED Cube
  2. How to Make A TARDIS Model
  3. Solar Lawn Mower
  4. Multi-Use Media Pod
  5. Mouse Mouse! (If you think taxidermy is a bad thing, stay away from this link)
What's that you say? What have Instructables have I posted? Are you sure you want to see? Some of them might make you think that I am somewhat less of a curmudgeon that I lead you to believe. *sigh* Oh, all right, I can't deny you guys anything:


  1. Sweet! But then, I am a bit biased. ;)

  2. As creator of Mouse Mouse(!), you're allowed to do anything you want!