Question for the Community

Hi, I've been to this site a few times in the past, but this site stuck in mind for some unknown reason; anyhow, I made this account due to this urging curiosity to know why you make all these strange, fascinating, and completely useless stuff. I don't remember if it was MIT or Stanford but one of them said that inventions should be useful and solve a real problem. Thanks for your comments.

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Everyone's making their arguments with the fact that there's a lot of really useful projects on the site...

I think someone needs to defend the less serious stuff, because I love it, first off making something is an enjoyable thing, seeing that project be enjoyed by other people and reiterated, copied, modified and learned from is really enjoyable.

Now just because something isn't perfectly practical or necessary at all doesn't mean it's not interesting, you said yourself the projects you've seen are fascinating and interest, fascination and developing that interest can be really enjoyable.

Also there's a piece of to each man his own about this, there are almost certainly projects that would pique your interests and serve purposes in your life on this site, however you've not come across them.

On a personal reasoning level the reason I make an post my projects is because I enjoy sharing them and getting feedback, I make flash drives disguised as lighters, bubbles that go on fire, sew my trousers back together with wire, play with zippo tricks and refuse to use a bottle opener, these are things I do for fun.  The other thing that makes this site so attractive to me is the community, the people here are brilliant and I enjoy talking to them, hearing what they have to say and seeing what they like to make.

Also when you do something you like or make something you think's the best thing since sliced brioche doesn't showing off add to that a bit, have a look around, stop looking for projects of any certain kind and allow links in comments and the related bar to guide you about the site, if nothing else you'll be fascinated.

Oh and as a minor justification to my arguments and probably others, check out our published instructables, not read every one in it's entirety but read the titles, it might give you some idea of what makes us tick, also profile pages...
Almost NOTHING on this site is "completely useless"

I have to agree with you KJ.  It is hard to "build, or remake, or repurpose" something completely useless if only for the fact that one learns a method of thinking, and method of using materials, & ect.
Goodhart as always your timing is impeccable, I do believe I published something utterly useless minutes ago...

www.instructables.com/id/Fun-with-conference-mints/

Actually it fits all the key points you just made, well most of them... Nope, nothing can be useless...
If it's fun and gets someone to think about something....it is hardly useless.  :-)   
Eh general aim was that it's got to be a good example of something that mr efficiency would call useless, yet it actually has some practical uses and it's fun...

That reminds me, have to pester the chem labs, got a project that'll be some fun, though they're tetchy about fire and noise...
Things "MAY" be labeled useless, if one buys them already put together and one does nothing further  with them.  But then, it isn't really the OBJECT that is useless then, is it? ;-)
 
Liking the logic... Uselessness is relative, though something that's designed to be useless isn't useless, it serves it's function if it's useless and if it doesn't it must be useful...

Circular reasoning: 1 World: 0
AND if one can find another use for it, even though it's usefulness as a useless item has been nullified, it has been further reassigned another use, and becomes useful again ;-) 
 
DJ Radio7 years ago
Because we can.
kelseymh7 years ago
What do you define as useless?  A prosthetic wheel for a doubly-amputated dachshund?  New and low-cost ways of fabricating prosthetic arms for children?  A description of how to distill alcohol?

From your question, I guess you must be the sort of person who never visits museums or reads fiction books, because the creators were obviously just wasting their time.
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