Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Social Network for the Do It Yourself Crowd . . .

Instructables (The World's Biggest Show & Tell) is " a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others."

What that really means is that this very active site is full of member contributed step by step how-to projects on anything and everything from the ridiculous (Gummi Bear Surgery) to the more serious (How to Build Your Own Electric Car).

Warning: There are some "projects" that are not for the faint-hearted (like taxidermy for instance) or may be somewhat dangerous so this is not a place for unsupervised children. (In fact, you are supposed to be aged 13 or above to use this site.)

You can search for projects under 17 subject categories such as Art, Craft, Food, Games, Green, Kids, Sports, Tech and more.

It's a good idea to read the comments before starting a project as there are usually suggestions on how to do a step better, cheaper, safer, etc.

To participate in this site you do have to sign up but that is free.

If, however, you get really hooked and would like to have a few more services (like the ability to keep track of your favorites, having all instructions on one page, or less adverts) you can opt for a pro membership which starts at $1.98 a month.

Be sure to check out the contests! It's just amazing to see what people come up with! Oh, and there's a book, too!

Ok, Peeps, go forth and get in touch with that mad scientist inventor that I know is in all of you! Enjoy!

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