Hi followers! This has been my first week living in San Francisco and working at my summer internship (Instructables).
I thought I’d repost my blog from the Instructables forums to give you an idea of my summer job:
Today is my third day as an intern at the downtown SF Instructables office. I thought I’d recount Day 1 as a day-in-the-life!
It starts off with: “Don’t come in before 10am” from Eric, and a mention from Noah (my more direct boss): “We recommend that folks bring their computers, a contractor trash bag, a good pair of running shoes, a banana and hard hat on their first day - that way, they are prepared for whatever challenges may await them at Instructables.”
So I walked out to the office, found the robot-painted door wedged between the liquor store and the Mexican restaurant, and walked up the stairs.
It’s one big room- open tables everywhere covered in stuff of all sorts: duct tape, paper towels, electronics, crocheted Pac-Man, a giant styrofoam face, an electric toaster. Everyone is at their workstations- one folding a 3D paper alphabet, another fiddling with a breadboard. The devs coding on one side of the room while walking on treadmills at the computer and DJ’ing the room.
Anyway, I walked in and looked around, and was greeted with a tentative “Hello?” from someone at a desk*. I clarified that it was my first day of work, and that cleared things up. Bilal, the artist-in-residence, gave me a shoulder tap, and I was welcomed by Eric and Noah.
*Apparently random strangers occasionally wander up the stairs. We now have a laser cut “days since a random stranger walked up the stairs” counter for the office.
Noah showed me around, introducing me to the editors’ corner, the marketing team, showing me the rooms along the back wall: “Office, sewing/electronics lab, office, store room, office, prize room, woodshop/laser cut room, 3D printer. Probably ask someone before you use the 3D printer. Test kitchen, game corner.”
And that was it. Back at his place in the editor’s corner, he nodded. A brief pause, and then I asked, “Is there anything in particular I’m supposed to do?”
Noah laughed. “Good question! Since you’re just here for the summer, you’ll be doing a lot of making stuff. You can use any of the supplies, or if you need to buy anything, let me know.”
There are a few other things I get to do, too. I can feature Instructables, and am encouraged to do outreach to people who aren’t on Instructables but ought to be. But right now, most people in the office are working hard on entries for the Make it Real contest.
So I got to work. You can check out my page for the fun things I’ve begun to make here at the office.
A few other key points of the first day experience:
-2pm check-in: everyone in the office meets around the lunch table to say what they’ve been doing that day.
-Membership at TechShop- lots of fun toys for making things!
-Picking up things from the MakerFaire
-Getting project cards
Since then, I’ve gotten some fabric and done some sewing for a project I haven’t posted yet and worked with CNC paper cutting, 3D printing, taught myself Google SketchUp and Silhouette, and have begun to list all the things I’d like to work on this summer
All right, that’s enough writing. Time to make!
The picture is me in a new infinity dress I made at work. You can see what I’m up to most days by checking out my Instructables account (http://www.instructables.com/member/SelkeyMoonbeam/), because most of my job is making projects and then writing them up.
I walk to work half an hour every day from the glorified loft I currently share with Jon and Geoff. Aaron and Jialiya will be joining us soon, so we’ll see how crowded it gets. So far, it’s nice- Kat and Ais and Casey are coming over today, and we have a living/dining/balcony area big enough to entertain.
The city is all right. Living downtown isn’t homey the way woods would be, but it is very convenient. I get to walk a lot, and though I get approached by homeless people every time I walk alone, they usually just offer compliments or ask for money.