Help with building Disco lights please?

Does anyone out there know how I can get 4 coloured flourecent tubes to come on instantly when connected to a 4 channel disco controller? There is a delay I think because of the starter in each fitting, but i am sure someone will know how to over come this! Thanking you. Steve Stehenrobertson1@tiscali.co.uk

Asked by stephenr1 8 years ago


How to invert 3vdc to 3vac?

I have some 3vac motors for christmas lights that i want to use to turn small mirrored disco balls. I need to invert 3vdc to 3vac for this operation.  I will be using AA batteries and I can series/paralell the batteries to have enough current to operate. Is there an IC that I could use to do this? I want to do many for a wedding and each set will be located on a table. Superbright LED's  will supply the light source for the mirrored balls. Thanks Bob

Asked by BiggBob2 6 years ago


help building a mobile juke box

Hi it would be cool to get some help and ideas with my project to build a mobile juke box, the main part of this idea is that it needs to be low powered as a lot of the time there will be no electric supply, we like to have partys in fields and on the beach  so im thinking it will be better to have a 12 volt system that can run of leisure battery's ive got two 120amp leisure battery's in my t4 van  and when thats not going to be available to use i have a spare 120 amp leisure battery that i could put in the bottom of the jukebox but i have no idea at the moment of how long that would run the system. im thinking the system would comprise of car speakers one 12 inch sub one 10 inch sub two or four 6 by 9 speakers two or for 6 inch speakers two tweeters an amp or two to run everything raspberry pi b+ about a 10 to 15 inch screen some funky led lighting i would love to have some juke box software for the retroness and it would make this easy for some of the less techy not sure if that possible on the raspberry pi? one of the ideas ive had is, as well as having some basic controls (i dont want a full keyboard)  having some 'genre panic buttons'  basically when everyones had enough of putting tunes on (too drunk!) you can hit a genre panic button and the juke box will play on its own, so far the only way i can think to do this is to have a harddrive with several partitions on with music pre installed into the own genres that the jukebox will shuffle and play when one of the buttons is hit, but i have no idea how to get the partition to play by hitting a button though. any input or ideas to help me get my head around this would be fantastic :) thanks

Posted by AbleArcher83 3 years ago


Disco tune "Stayin' Alive" could save your life

. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. doctors have found the Bee Gees 1977 disco anthem "Stayin' Alive" provides an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of CPR on a heart attack victim.. Disco tune "Stayin' Alive" could save your life at Reuters. Edit: Added quote (OP was just a link) to avoid being chastised by gmjhowe. ;)

Posted by NachoMahma 9 years ago


Disco Hoodies stop laser beams and blind pilots!

We recently got to hang out with the gang over at Betabrand. They gave us soft and warm Vagisoft Blankets and Disco Hoodies to give away as part of our weekly challenges. We were so blown away by how crazyawesome these reversible disco hoodies were we had an impromptu photo shoot on the roof of the lab. Angelabchua, Natalina, canida and lamedust modeled these hoodies on our fire escape, and passerby pedestrians across the street were wondering what all the reflective commotion was.  Want to win your own reversible Disco Hoodie? Head on over to the Scoochmaroo Challenge: Bling! for all the details. Hurry, the Challenge ends midnight (PST) December 18, 2011!

Posted by mikeasaurus 6 years ago


Control a 12v LED strip with a 1v to 3v supply. in an 8 LED chaser project 12v strip has to mimic the same as 3v Leds.?

I have an 8 LED chaser project with a PIC 16F682a at the heart of the project. The Pic is programmed to display programmed patterns and each Led has 4 brightness levels.I found the Led's to restrictive and wanted to use 48cm strip Led lights which require a 12v supply. As the maximum current that the PIC can source from an I/O port pin is 25mA and was intended to drive up to 3v Leds with a 270 ohm limiting resistor. I simply want to replace the 3v Led's with 48cm 12v strip Led's for a larger display. 10 years ago I could have knocked up this circuit in a few minutes but I have trouble remembering anything these days. Any help would be very very much appreciated and hopefully the folk of the indestructibles might find the information very positive when applying this in the future when larger Led arrays are needed. The project would also make a cool disco lighting effect too as it comes with 34 pre programmed effects. PS: I would like to add a 5 bit PWM signal providing each of the 8 LED channels with four levels of intensity; off, dim, mid, bright. I have looked in a logic level shift but feel very out of touch being away from electronics in pursue of another career. Thanks again Spence See here for original project. picprojects.org.uk/projects/ledchaserpwm/index.htm

Asked by CodfishCatfish 8 years ago


Disco Track Ball Machine

This is a knex ball machine that I built. Click here for more pictures and video. This contraption used 6303 pieces.heres a parts count: RODS: 3249 green-519 white-401 blue-1395 yellow-553 red-223 grey-105 rigid grey-1 flexi-yellow-3 flexi-grey-49 CONNECTORS: 2570 dark grey-94 light grey-56 red-366 green-88 yellow-479 orange-284 white-157 blue-392 purple-654 PANELS: 12 triangle medium-2 large -5 square small-4 large-1 OTHER: 472 rc tubing-7 crossties-54 chain links-174 blue spacers-53 silver spacers-103 tan clips-17 blue clips-5 black Y clips-33 large black joints-3 ball joints-2 red gears-6 rc splicers-2 battery powered motors-1 wheels-3 tires-2 orange splicers-7  

Posted by Jag56 8 years ago


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Posted by scoochmaroo 6 years ago


how can i manage a disco ball with 150 leds using zilog?.. i dont have any idea... pls help me...

How can i manage a disco ball with 150 leds using zilog?.. i dont have any idea... pls help me... what programming language will i use? do i need to put some gates for the light sequencing?... help me pls...this is a school project...

Asked by darlingvt 7 years ago


Betabrand Photoshop Challenge!

Hi gang! We're running this super fun challenge over at Betabrand, and I knew you guys would be into it.  So I'm calling on all of your zany photoshop skillz to blow this thing up!  And I mean, seriously, get wacky with this. Recently we did a Think Tank poll (that's the section I run, so I hope you all dig it) to see what color we should make the next disco hoodie.  Canida in particular was a strong supporter of purple, as her twitter campaign for purple disco indicated, and indeed, purple won this round!  So to celebrate, we're asking people to play around with some photos of the new purple disco hoodie. Photoshop any of these images of hoodies to participate, and email them to robbie@betabrand.com.   Purple Disco Hoodies Gold Disco Hoodies Check out a few of these sites if you need inspiration: Kotaku (gets better as you scroll down, also provides links to other examples) Fark (so many. . . just.  Just look.) Oh, and hey, did I mention that everyone who plays gets a 20% discount to Betabrand?  And there were only 50 Purple Disco Hoodies created?  So, you know, if you're into it, get going.   Let's show these Betabrand folks how it's done! 

Posted by scoochmaroo 5 years ago




epic lighting

This forum is for anyone who wants to improve their houses for cheap

Posted by DELETED_instructamaker 5 years ago




I want to create an RGB pinspot for my disco ball.

I would love to use a color changing RGB (I will buy the bulb) I just want to find some way to make the spot light as tight a beam as possible? Maybe a fixture that works to tighten the beam or using the frame from a 36 par light and putting it in a reflective coating. Any idea is a good idea (mostly...)

Asked by rcroft 6 years ago


I want to build/ buy a cheap audio transmitter setup?

I want to start hosting silent discos but I can't find anywhere that helps me with that. I want to start small. Have my one sender being my laptop and then I want a ton of small receiver boxes people can hook their headphones too. Anybody know a cheap solution? Or good links in how to make what im thinking of? Hopefully not fm or am if possible

Asked by PyroTrician95 4 years ago


I have hundreds of AOL cds lying around

And I could use a better idea for them than a disco ball or a mirror. Anybody have any suggestions?

Posted by Theplanman 11 years ago


BC457 instead of TIP31? Answered

For the circuit in the pic can I use BC547 instead of TIP31

Asked by adarshnarsaria 4 years ago



what gadget is the best

At my work place this topic has been talked about so i wanted to see if any of you thought that this gadget is best so please tell me witch one is best

Posted by disco diva 11 years ago


I need to make a wedding reception a BIG ONE!?

My parents agreed to let me have $1,000,000 for the reception party, does anyone have any good ideas for a SUPER reception? Like a disco floor, jumping fountains, fog, tabletop fountains, etc.??? please let me know!!! THANKS!

Asked by led235 8 years ago


What type of transistor do i need?

Hello, Im trying to build some sort of disco light set up, i will be using an arduino. Spec: Voltage 12v Arduino (5v PWM) Amps 2.5 Needs to be able to: Dim Flash What type of mosfet or transistor will i need to controll it all Thanks Daniel

Asked by deacond07 4 years ago


mini STROBE LIGHT ideas???

I'm looking to make a small strobe light unit. I once saw them in the Target bargain for $2.50 around "Back to School" time in the Fall. I was wondering if anyone had ideas on how to modify the strobe unit from a disposable camera and turn it into a working disco type strobe light?

Posted by mrshow555 10 years ago


Happy Halloween from Instructables HQ!

We just wanted to share some of the awesome costumes that have popped so far today at Pier 9! Please share what you are wearing today in the comments!  And share links to your tutorials! Check out some of the Instructables too! Disco Outfit Vanellope Von Schweets Interactive Instagram Costume

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago


How do I rig up small LED lights to my sound system to make them flash to the beat?

Do I connect them straight to the speaker cable? Please help, I'm on a low budget, want to make my hi-fi look cool but I'm completely clueless about electronics & stuff!

Asked by stegbizzy 8 years ago


Is there a way to make a small motorized greeting card opener ?

A friend wants to be able, at swap meets, to display greeting cards as people pass by, but in a novel way. That is, have a card slowly open, stay open for maybe 15 seconds, then slowly close. And repeat, ad infinitum. Is this doable with cheap parts, or maybe a disco ball motor ? Thanks in advance ! Alan, Quantum Leap Unlimited Onward, Upward

Posted by AlanL27 2 years ago


Clean Your Sinuses, Homemade Lathe, Disco Coaster...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Sept. 27, 2007 Welcome back!October is right around the corner so get started for our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! If you want some inspiration for what you want to make for the best holiday of the year, check out these cool projects. How to Clean Your Sinuses You can clean your sinuses really effectively just using warm water, salt, and something called a Neti Pot. posted by noahw on Sep 25, 2007 IKEA Power Charging Box with individual switches Charge up select devices without wasting power on other chargers.posted by PROD on Sep 24, 2007 Trekking Pole Tripod Get steady shots in the outback without lugging any extra gear. posted by jeffkobi on Sep 24, 2007 This week's newsletter is sponsored byToyota 100% Homemade Lathe Put together your own lathe for around $100. posted by catwood on Sep 21, 2007 Disco Drinks Coaster Bring the feeling of Las Vegas into your living room with a colorful array of 100 LEDs.posted by ebenupton on Sep 22, 2007 PLAY AND RECHARGE IPOD USING OLD BOOMBOX - Hints and tips A guide to help you through some of the common problems with boombox modding.posted by unknownuser2007 on Sep 21, 2007 How to Install Standard-and-Bracket Book Shelves Why use PVC pipe for plumbing when you can glue it together to form a sniper rifle with a scope that can shoot at over 300 fps?posted by ewilhelm on Sep 22, 2007 Puri - similar to chapati but fried Normally prepared on festival days, delicate and delectable puris means pure pleasure guaranteed.posted by avinash on Sep 21, 2007 Wearable Disco Ball Visor Become a moving lightshow with this generous use of flexible mirror. posted by BIGDaddy504 on Sep 25, 2007 Rope into backpack Commonly known as the "butterfly coil," this is a very handy and quick way to carry any long rope. posted by sam noyoun on Sep 25, 2007 See who won! Halloween Contest 2007! Get a free shirt! Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Posted by lebowski 10 years ago


Any guidance to Filming and taking photos in the dark? Answered

Hey everyone ! I have been using my galaxy S3 for my Instructables photos and I keep running into a problem. When I am able to pour some good light on it, I can take some really nice photo's. but as soon as a try to take a picture of any of my Led projects (in the dark) the quality goes out the window! (I assume because it can't focus in the dark?) I included two of the good photos as a comparison the the Disco ball. **I still need to be able to take shots in the dark, to highlight the Led's / project lighting** Any thoughts on how I could Improve both photos and vid? (Preferably with my cell) I've tried with and without flash, different angles and even focused it with the lights on before turning them off to take the photo.  https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-20-Disco-ball-with-lights-/ Hopefully someone can offer me some guidance; These Pics really don't look nice >. (Best answer given in about a week !)

Asked by Wired_Mist 3 years ago


Size of one twister "dot"? Answered

I am planning a disco style floor for my basement, modeled after the one shown here: http://www.wehavethenight.com.  I had the idea of installing a "twister" mat inside the floor.  Unfortunately, my own map ripped a couple of years ago and I need some measurements including: circumference of dot and space in between the dots both horizontal and vertical.  I'll be sure to thank whomever posts the measurements in my instructable of the build.

Asked by Greenhornetc13 7 years ago


How can I make a mirrored mosaic outside without the mirror clouding?

I'm making gate post finials to look like disco balls (they won't revolve though, mores the pity ;-)   Is it possible to use mirrored glass outside without the silver backing clouding up and disintegrating?  I could use polished steel mosaics but I can't find any in the UK. Many thanks guys! Michelle

Asked by flymissy 6 years ago


Need help with b88an eprom

Evening all, I have a martin 218 disco light that i would like to flash a new firmware to. I've taken a look at the chip and this is the model number ST - B88AN 9605E Image - Can't seam to find any infomation on the chip :( i wondered if any one could point me in the right direction on what eprom programmer to use? Rom link - http://www.martin.com/service/showpage.asp?id=455&tit=RoboScan+Pro+218+Mk+II&thisprod=roboscanpro218mkii many thanks

Posted by gareth_2008 5 years ago


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Posted by expressre 4 years ago


making a Club

My father and I make model trains. In one of our buildings i want to make it like a club, with colour changing lights(hoping to use a 2 leg RGB. Im still new to designing circuits and wondering if there is some-one out there who could help me make a circuit that would allow me to control the speed in which the LED will change colours and also have a on/off switch. If there anyone out there who can help me feel free to e-mail me on here or at parker66@nzmail.net. Cheers Daniel

Posted by parker6611 10 years ago


Bypassing a multi function controller

I have just bought a laser nebular disco thingy off ebay (incorporating a red and green laser) - and whilst its works fine, I don't like the fact that it switches between various modes automatically (flashing, steady, red only, green only etc).  I opened it up to get some pictures of the circuit board - and wondered if anyone with knowledge of electronics could point me in the right direction with regards to bypassing the multi function controller on the circuit board.  I just want both lasers to remain on all the time. Thanks

Posted by Bunglinpie 5 years ago


240 volt timer ?

Hi all I have a 240v fog machine makes fog like a disco I wish to run it on a timer. For an outside dragon smoke display. I can easily time it purely off /on with a basic 24 hour  household socket cheap timer MY PROBLEM The fog machine after getting power needs a press of a button to activate it. I need a circuit / timer  so  that when it gets 240v power can then "press the button "ie activate I bought a hi tech machine to try  but it loses it's memory setting when timed out on  240v. I need something that keeps its timer cycle intact. Maybe an expert out there can help? Happy to modify something etc. Nick Tasmania

Asked by tassie2 5 years ago


Giant Firebreathing Snail Car

Well, Burning ManBurning Man is just around the corner people all over are finishing up their fire breathing, tree growing, LED encrusted, jet propelled art cars. Yesterday I got to join my friend Annie to check out Form and Reform put the disco box and lights on their giant snail car they call the Golden Mean. It's a beautiful metal sculpture that drives and shoots fire... hee!The Form and Reform people do their work in a giant studio in Oakland CA called Kraftwork. It's an amazing place filled with awesomely old metal working machines and soot covered greasy machining tools. Wrought iron everywhere, art and robots. A pretty cool place to check out if you can.Now for pictures of the snail:(you can also check: Flickr or Form and Reform for updates and more photos)

Posted by lamedust 9 years ago


Req for help with RIAA Eq (ripping LPs to HDD)

. I'm trying to dub/rip some LPs to digital and I think I have most of what I need (turntable, cables, sound card, capture software, encoders, pre-amp w/o eq) but I can't seem to find anything to handle the RIAA eq. I have an old stereo with phono preamp/eq, but it is not exactly hi-fi. As far as I can tell, all I need is a filter/plugin between the capture sw and encoder, but I can't seem to find anything. Any ideas? . Does anyone know what the shelf-life is for phono cartridges/stylii? I have some high quality carts/stys (Stanton, Ortofon) from the '80s, but I'm afraid the fulrums may have deteriorated. Are the carts/stys sold for DJ/disco use any good? . Anybody know of an Ancient Rippers site? On most of the sites I've found, vinyl is not in the vocabulary.

Posted by NachoMahma 11 years ago


Farewell my robot army

Dear Everyone (and you know who you are), The time we've spent together has been unforgettable and I think you're really swell, but I'm afraid it's time for me to move on now.  You've always been there for me, supporting my every effort, from cheeseburger salads and microwave cakes to turning Care Bears into a coat.  I love you for that. While in your tender, sometimes tempestuous, embrace, I've grown and blossomed from a green intern to the editor of your food and living channels, and you've rewarded me with your support, comments, and continuous inspiration.  But now it is time for me to spread my wings and move on to new territories.  I will always appreciate everything you've done for me.  I will still be here, lurking in the forums, popping up in your recent feed, featuring your awesome projects, and occasionally feeding you a new recipe of epically unhealthy proportions or gratuitously kitten-themed craft project.  So this is cheerio, but not goodbye. I hold all of you in my heart, and I am not going far.  You will find me just across the internet at Betabrand.com, turning a new group of people's ridiculous concepts into ridiculously popular products and trends, just as we always have here. So be prepared for a stream of disco-fabric and other related Instructables as I transition into my new role managing the Thinktank division and test out new product ideas.  I promise not to stop making cupcakes, or putting bacon where it doesn't belong.  Be well, do good, and keep making awesome projects. All the best, Sarah

Posted by scoochmaroo 5 years ago


Laser square projector

I work in a manufacturing facility and we've got a lot of forklifts that are buzzing around everywhere all the time. there's an initiative to make it safer for forklifts to interact with pedestrians. one of the ideas someone had came from another facility where they have these blue spot lights on top of the truck that project a blue dot in front of and behind the truck. you see the blue dot and you know a truck is coming. there's some concern that this might get missed by a pedestrian. a thought came to me, being a nerd, that we could use something maybe a little easier to see. I looked in to some disco type laser displays that you can display custom graphics with, but there's concern about how sturdy they are or how long you'd actually be able to use one (whatever it is would basically have to be on almost 24/7). we've got several Motorola barcode scanners, and the long range models (mc 9190) have a feature where it projects a red square to show the area where the scanning will take place. it's a solid red square, not just a perimeter, that scales up with distance (it's like 4"x4" if you're within 2' and goes up to a pretty large size the farther out you're pointing it). These scan guns are way more expensive than this project calls for of course. Does anyone know of a source for JUST the imagers for these things? or could anyone suggest a way to replicate the effect...a big red square on the floor, with other equipment. needs to be able to run for a long time, hopefully could be powered by a 24-36v DC source, possibly motion detection (though not really necessary)

Posted by crapflinger 4 years ago


Let It Glow! Contest Winners

Instructables and Monkeylectric are happy to announce the winners of the Let It Glow! Contest. The competition for this one was pretty fierce. Some very creative and crafty people entered some amazing Instructables and will be providing inspiration to other makers for a long time to come. The efficient LED was the most common tool of illumination, but there were also glowing bulbs, EL wire, candles, and even algae. It was a good show put on by all.If you didn't win, we highly recommend you check out the prize, the m132s from Monkeylectric. The pictures of it are fantastic and it looks even better in person.OK, on with the winners! Third PrizeThe authors of these Instructables will each receive an LED Throwie kit and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. 1up Mario Candle Animate with light Audio Visual Art....FOTC Style Building your own ambient color lighting bars Goldie's Toxic Waste Barrels Grow Your Own Bioluminescent Algae How to make an Iron Man Arc Reactor Light Bar Ambient Lighting LED Disco Light in a Jar! The Lucid Dream Machine Model Rocket LED Glow Effects Razor Scooter Underglow Double Mod! Second Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive one (1) m132 bike wheel light, and an Instructables Robot t-shirt £5 Japanese lamp from recycled materials Animating Multilayered Engravings FlashBack - Backpack, Camelbak or Jersey Integrated LED Bike Flashers LED matrix using shift registers First Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive a set of two (2) m132s bike wheel lights and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment turn signal biking jacket

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


soft LED screen

Soft LED display is our Patent product(Chinese National Patent), as is shown that the screen can be folded, curved and transformed, it can be applied any shape, like circle, arch, or even right-angle. Most importantly, it is light-weighted and easy installation, one square meter just weight about 5 kgs, and the whole system can be hung on the truss or on the building. And it can be expanded through connecting several pieces of soft LED display together to make a larger screen as you want. Through one and a half years developing, we make immense improvement and solve all important problem. We use the cloth processed specially, so it is waterproof completely, fire retardant and strong enough. (although the both sides is all waterproof, we sign it IP44, because we do not recommend our customer to use the screen in the open air all the time.) We develop this kind of product mainly applying to stage, TV studio, concert, night bar and disco hall. Attached a small video and some picture, please check it, through video and picture you can find the characteristic of our soft LED screen. We are eagerly hoping that we can cooperate with your distinguished coperation,and hope that our product can satisfy you with its light-weight, easy installation,foldability and flexibility, I think it is your best choice.Contact info: Fisher(sales manager) Beijing Huasun Optoelectronic Science Co., Ltd Add: Yongshun Town, Tongzhou District, Beijing, P.R.China Tel:+86 10 89512349 Fax: +86 10-89512339 mobile : 0086+13146411249 http://www.huasun-tech.com E-mail: sales@huasun-tech.com MSN:soft-led@live.cn skype: fisher201223

Posted by yuchao622 9 years ago


Daft Punk Table, DIY Hot Air Soldering Iron, The Best Mop in the World...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Sept. 20, 2007 Welcome back!We love Halloween so much that we just announced our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! We're looking forward to seeing all the gruesome entries, but until then, check out these cool projects. How to Create a Lightfish Install LEDs in plastic fish and set them free in water to see some magic happen. Fishing poles included.posted by karlklar on Sep 18, 2007 How to build a Daft Punk Table Replica Bring the disco action to your coffee table with this reproduction of a table that has disappeared from stores.posted by mrgalleta on Sep 5, 2007 How to Make "The Best Mop in the World" Build a mop to last forever with things found around the house. posted by brendanconnal on Sep 16, 2007 This week's newsletter is sponsored byToyota Color Picking 101: It's easier than you think Learn to confidently choose colors for fabric, paint, tile, or any other material. posted by antelucandaisy on Sep 18, 2007 How to make a round thing without a lathe (plus model making tips) Get round and lovely compound curves into your model with simple tools.posted by KaptinScarlet on Sep 13, 2007 Building an Electric Racing Car A small team of school kids built and raced an electric racing car. This is how they did it. posted by rickharris on Sep 16, 2007 25MM Pneumatic Sniper Rifle Why use PVC pipe for plumbing when you can glue it together to form a sniper rifle with a scope that can shoot at over 300 fps?posted by irwinner on Sep 9, 2007 Insanely Hot DIY Hot Air Soldering Iron @ 15 Volts DC and 3.5 amps From the pieces of many electronics a new super soldering tool emerges.posted by OzzyRoo on Sep 18, 2007 Retro DVD Player Transform a beautiful old vintage radio into a slot-loading DVD player. posted by alinke on Sep 20, 2007 How to make a vertical, ergonomic (tie-fighter) keyboard Prevent soreness by keeping your hands in a neutral position while typing.posted by ewilhelm on Sep 14, 2007 Check out all the entries! Halloween Contest 2007! Get a free shirt! Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Posted by lebowski 10 years ago


(newsletter) Cobweb Shooter, Lightsabers, Isolating Splenda...

Oct 16, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Party Like It's 1929! Contest has begun! With the economy in the toilet we need to find clever ways to save money, live with less, and reuse what we've got. Remember the Great Depression? We can definitely do better this time around. Share your cash-stretching tips and tricks, and win something useful! The DIY Halloween Contest is underway! We've partnered with some of your favorite websites to bring you the biggest and best Halloween contest ever -- and we've got tons of great prizes to give away. Show us your best costumes, treats, gadgets, jack-o-lanterns, and more! Check out the entries and get inspired for the best Maker holiday ever. Enter your food or kitchen-gadget hack into the Hungry Scientist Contest and win your choice of a Kitchen Aid mixer, a super nice knife set, or a Le Creuset Enamel Cast Iron Cook Set. Help us with your answers for our Burning Questions and win a cool prize pack! The winners for the Craft Skills Contest have been announced. See who won!Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something awesome in our office! October 23: Halloween open build night. Mirrored Disco Ball Halloween Costume by atozfriendly DIY R-STRAP for DSLRs by amyles World Egg by pixelinabitmap Papermate Boom for Bluetooth Headset by CobyHoff Tons and tons of spooky and amazing prizes!Win some sweet tools for your kitchen with a food hack! Creepy Cobweb Shooter! by Kipkay Camera mount for a motorcycle by kaptaink_cg Low Cost Jacob's Ladder by bloomautomatic The $1 Waterbrush / Ink Brushpen by El Rey Make your own lightsaber! by nagle Make a House Goblin Peeker by cudubh Canning Tomatoes: Roasted Salsa by Forkable Hellboy Good Samaritan replica by peter.p.scherr 10 Instructables for aradical new look Share your best money-saving tips! Halloween Bloodbath Fountain by DIYDragon Add rapid-fire to a mouse with a 555 by mothflavour2 Carve patterns on an emu egg by bbstudio How To Isolate Splenda by Mongpoovian Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Did you miss me?

You may have noticed that I mysteriously stopped posting for a couple of days. I've been camping! I came on as a last-minute substitute when another leader was unexpectedly hospitalised, and whizzed off to Gilwell 24 with a small group of our Explorer Scouts. It's an awesome event for teenage scouts - from 09:00 Saturday, to 09:00 Sunday, 24 hours of non-stop activities without the requirement of sleep.  Four thousand Explorer Scouts took up the challenge, and almost all of them managed a full 24 hours of extreme Scouting. 3G Swing Archery Bushcraft Zone Bouldering Campfire Climbing (Outdoor rock and revolving wall) Craft zone Crate stacking Disco Fairground Flying Trapeze Geocaching Giant games Gilwell gauntlet Global Zone - including Shelterbox High ropes course Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting Mountain boarding Orienteering Outdoor arena Quad Bikes Outdoor Woodland Quaser Raft Racing / Boat Racing Rifle Shooting Competition Scavenger hunt Scuba Diving Slacklining Speed climbing Segways Simulators Technology zone Water rockets Assault Course Car driving Go Karts Power Boking Inflatables Fire Building Fishing Military Activity Team Speed Stacking Caving Zorbing As well crafts and other activities going on all the time (I had my first go at wood-turning at 14:00, and was soldering together an AM band radio at 22:30 (goodness me, the writing on a capacitor gets small later at night!)). Add to that a month's rain in about 20 hours, giving liquid mud on the scale of Glastonbury, it's hardly a surprise that every single Explorer fell asleep on the train home. Because my standing-in was very short notice, none of my electronics were properly charged, but I did get a few snaps of the atmosphere before my iPod completely died. I have never been so wet or so dirty on a camping trip, and I was taking it easy - it's the first time I've been forced to pack my tent away wet and muddy at the end of a camp. If you're a Scout or an Explorer, and will be over 13½ next July, why not take up the challenge yourself? If you fancy taking part, offering an activity, or otherwise getting involved in next year's event, they are already taking comments and ideas.  If you're not in Scouting, and didn't realise it was so awesome (or that girls are allowed at any age), then why not think about joining? (As an aside, I'd never seen Rock-It-Ball being played before.  Looks fun.)

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


Are you good at Rockband? Are you new? Lot's of Information about Rockband, I will anwser ANY questions... I will not know EVERYTHING

So, I'm like 500th something in the world in RockBand. To Prove it, here are all the songs I've gold starred. The Lines mean that I didn't gold star the next song(s). Like for example, I gold starred the first 17 songs. I will list 17 songs, then make a line. The songs with the "*" next to them are Fc's only a few :(Say it Ain't so By WeezerCreep By RadioheadI think I'm paranoid By GarbageWanted Dead or Alive By Bon JoviIn Bloom By NirvanaGimme Shelter By The Rolling StonesWave of Mutilation By (the most overrated band ever)The PixiesCelebrity Skin By HoleMississippi Queen By MountainHere it Goes Again By OK GoSuffragette City By David BowieMain Offender By the HivesMaps By the Yeah Yeah YeahsReptillia By The StrokesEpic By Faith No MoreBlitzkreig Bop By The RamonesShould I Stay or should I go? By The ClashBlack Hole Sun By SoundgardenThe Hand that Feeds By Nine Inch NailsSabotage By The Beastie BoysParanoid By Black SabbathDani California By The Red Hot Chili PeppersAre you gonna be my girl? By JetWelcome Home By Coheed & CambriaVasoline By The Stone Temple PilotsWhen You Were Young By The KillersGreen Grass and High Tides By The OutlawsEnter Sandman By MetallicaBONUS SONGSPleasure (Pleasure) By Bang CamaroBrain Power By FreezepopDownloaded SongsCharlene (I'm Right Behind You)* By Stephen and the ColbertsDirty Little Secret By The All American RejectsFranklin's Tower By The Grateful DeadHysteria By MuseI Need a Miracle By The Grateful DeadInterstate Love Song By The Stone Temple PilotsLimelight By RushMoving to Seattle By The MaterialNatural Disaster By The Plain White T'sPain and Pleasure* By Judas PriestPromised Land By VesuviusShe's a Handsome Woman By Panic! At the DiscoTen Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial)* By Coheed & CambriaYou've Got Another Thing Comin'* By Judas PriestIf you Gold Starred more than me (There's gotta be someone on Instructables), then make a forum topic, and gimme a link. Or you can just make a comment. To Make the lines used dashes (-).To make small text make 2 commas (,) the text, then 2 commas again.==Some terms that might be helpful:==-------------------------------------------------If someone uses the term "FC" it means "Full Combo". Full Combo means that you didn't overhit (look below), and you didn't miss any notes.If someone uses the term "Overhit", it means that you hit the drum where you don't have to.A drum fill, is something that looks like long notes that go across the "guitar neck". It is also known as the "Overdrive Activator". When you see the long notes, you have to hit at least three notes, and hit the green (or red if you play on lefty) pad when you see the green "bulb" pop up at the end of the notes.Overdrive is something that makes your multiplier go higher (and count by two). For example, if you have a multiplier of 4 (the highest) and you go into Overdrive, your multiplier goes up to 8. 1 makes 2, 2 makes 4, and 3 makes 6.Your multiplier multiplies the number of points. If you have a multiplier of 1, then each note will be 25. 2, is 50 each note, 3 is 75 each note, and 4 is 100 points.Again, if you have any questions, just ask.Some things you might

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago


Create Scholarship Entry: Hearing Impaired

My project is designed to solve a personal problem. One I'm sure others struggle with. I am hard of hearing.My proposed project is for the iRobot to find me and tell me, via an LCD screen or similar visual, that the phone or doorbell is ringing. In order to keep the search path short, to start, in my house I'm thinking about using either virtual wall, which I can't afford, or a line down the hallway to the bed. When something is out of focus you can frequently stare at it until it comes into focus or you can ask someone what the sign says. With hearing loss you eventually realize you don't know you didn't hear something because people start yelling at you for ignoring them. Sound is fleeting. Usually only lasts a fraction of a second. I hear less that half of what most people hear. Without my hearing aids I can only hear the noisiest birds if they are about 20 feet or less from me. I can only hear my phone ring if I am within 15 feet of it and I have the volume all the way up. To talk on the phone, I have one that is relatively new and have the volume all the way up. Those 90db alarms, I need to be within 5 feet of them to hear them. The smoke alarm in the kitchen, I can hear it but it isn't going to wake me. A fire in the kitchen isn't going to trigger the alarm in the bedroom soon enough. It probably won't be loud enough to wake me, anyway.My house didn't have a doorbell when I moved in and I can't hear someone knock unless I have my hearing aids on and am within 10 feet of the door. After missing numerous UPS deliveries I installed a wireless doorbell and I carry the receiver, pager style, with me all day when I am expecting a delivery. And I have even missed UPS with that. If the water is running, the TV or radio is on, it is even more likely that I will not hear the phone or doorbell. If I'm in the bathroom even with the door open I don't have any idea what is happening on the other side of the doorway.A security system with cameras and sensors and a DVR would be ideal. But not in my budget. It might help me with my thieving neighbors.I have thought about getting a dog to help me but I have three rabbits and cannot afford another pet on my disability income. That would probably be a good solution. I own my own home, ok the bank owns it and lets me live here, but if I have to move into a rental most landlords do not allow pets. A robot would not be an issue.If I had a robot that could find me and let me know what is going on in my house it would be very useful. People do not wear hearing aids to bed. I don't usually wear my hearing aids at home to save on batteries. And because the feedback drives me crazy. I just turn the TV or radio up REALLY, REALLY LOUD. Sorry neighbors, it's not my intent to be annoying.I custom built the computer I am using. I have some experience programming simple robots such as the Parallax Boe-Bot. Most recently I built the miniPOV and mintyBoost from AdaFruit. I have 6 years experience as UNIX sysadmin and configuration management. I also have basic hardware and soldering experience. If I have enough time I would like to have it bring me the phone and have a microphone and speaker to talk to the person at the door. I would definitely like to add smoke and co2 detection but I noticed there are quite a few people taking that on and so I will leave that to the end. Maybe teach it to do a little dance, sing a little song, get down tonite. I could wrap it in mirrors, turn it into a floor disco ball. A different dance and sounds for each alert.A robot that could notify me of doorbell and phone events would make my life easier. I'd be inclined to sleep with it. If it could help clean up after the rabbits and ride herd on them I might worship it. Rosie the Robot, Rabbit Wrangler and goddess. If it could also keep me safe from intruders, fires, gas leaks and such. Heck I'll bear it's child! Shall I name it Proteus? or Alfred? Have you ever seen the movie Demon Seed? Classic.I took my time writing up my proposal to do some research and make sure I have the necessary skills and resources to accomplish this task. They warned us in the challenge. I also wanted to have something unique, although there can be many approaches to solving the same problem. If I do win one of the scholarships I will be interested in your suggestions about how to solve this project.

Posted by SacTownSue 11 years ago


Yuri's Night 2008!

Calling all cosmonauts, inventors, dreamers, and explorers ...tickets for Yuri's Night Bay Area 2008 arenow on sale!http://yurisnightbayarea.netYuri's Night is back! We're bigger and better than everand we need your help to spread the word!Yuri's Night Bay Area2pm - 2am, April 12th, 2008NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CAThis year the San Francisco Bay Area will be home to the largest Yuri's Night celebration ever. At the NASA Ames Research Center over 8,000 people will join astronauts, artists, musicians, scientists and engineers to learn, celebrate, and pay tribute to our global space heritage; and to celebrate the anniversaries of the first human spaceflight and the first space shuttle mission. Yuri's Night Bay Area 2008 is a one-of-a-kind local community event: a perfect fusion of celebration and tribute, technology expo, Maker Faire, art exhibition, and music festival; all rolled into one. Yuri's Night Bay Area 2008 includes:- A mind-expanding series of speakers, including world-renowned video game designer WILL WRIGHT, creator of SimCity, SimEarth, The Sims, and many other games including his exciting upcoming game of life, evolution, and exploration: SPORE; NASA astrobiologist JONATHAN TRENT, leader of the new NASA G.R.E.E.N. team for green technology research; and SAUL GRIFFITH, head of an innovative new company seeking to harness high-altitude wind energy as a cheap alternative to coal: MAKANI POWER.- A TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE featuring leading Bay Area green technology companies including CALCARS and TESLA MOTORS. Plus, dozens of art and science installations spanning everything from NASA research ROBOTS to the unveiling of the newest fire sculpture by the FLAMING LOTUS GIRLS.- DISCUSSIONS and FORUMS where event attendees will get the chance to take on some big questions surrounding Space Exploration, Radical Sustainability, and the Future of Humanity in our Festival of Ideas.- A world-class lineup of musical artists, ranging from the electronic breakbeat sounds of AMON TOBIN, TIPPER, and JOHN TEJADA to rockin' live performances by FREEZEPOP, PARTICLE, and the very special debut of TELSTAR, featuring PHIL LESH of the Grateful Dead.- Live performances of all kinds, from dance and acrobatics by CAPACITOR (San Francisco's ground-breaking interdisciplinary dance company) to aerial demonstrations featuring Yuri-Gagarin-era AEROBATIC AIRCRAFT.- ...and much, much more! Browse the partial list below!Tickets are available on-line for $40 (plus applicable fees). A limited number of tickets may be available for $50 at the door -- check the website for status. If you are interested in helping out at the event, please fill out the volunteer form on our website.We hope to see you there!- The Yuri's Night Bay Area TeamYURI'S NIGHT 2008 LINE-UPTALKS AND INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES- NASA SCIENTISTS and ASTRONAUTS- A do-it-yourself SHOW AND TELL by INSTRUCTABLES- WILL WRIGHT, creator of SimCity, SimEarth, and the forthcoming Spore- NASA astrobiologist JONATHAN TRENT, leader of the new NASA G.R.E.E.N. team for green technology research.- A CUSTOM MUSIC INTERFACE CONTEST by CreateDigitalMusic- Leading Bay Area minds including SAUL GRIFFITH, head of MAKANI POWER- ...and MUCH, MUCH MORE!ART AND SCIENCE INSTALLATIONS- The unveiling of the newest work by the FLAMING LOTUS GIRLS- A variety of NASA RESEARCH ROBOTS AND AIRCRAFT- MASSIVE SCULPTURE by MICHAEL CHRISTIAN- VIDEO PROJECTION by KOSHO, CELESTINE STAR, and many others- Amazing water vortex effects by SUFFICIENTLY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY- Large-scale kinetic art by SWARM- An art in space, space science, and sustainablity-themed S.T.E.A.M. DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM- A space- and sustainablity-themed DOCUMENTARY SCREENING DOME- ...and MUCH, MUCH, MUCH MORE!LIVE PERFORMANCES AND DANCE- CAPACITOR: Live aerial performance and dance- BAD UNKL SISTA: breathtaking costumes and dance-inspired performance- THE VONSTILT FAMILY: Gravity-defying stilt performances- A LIVE AEROBATIC DEMONSTRATION, featuring three unique Yuri-era airplanes flown by three of the best aerobatic pilots in the world.- ...and more!LIVE INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL MUSIC- TELSTAR (feat. Phil Lesh, Steve Molitz, and John Molo)- FREEZEPOP (Boston): indie synthpop / new wave- PARTICLE: instrumental space-disco-dance- BLVD w/ SOULEYE: hip-hop, house, & breaks- ZOE KEATING: avant garde looping cello- MJ GREENMOUNTAIN vs. YOSSI FINE: global fusion and afro-tribal funk- CHRISTOPHER WILLITS (12k, Ghostly Intl.): processed guitar soundscapes- GAMELAN X: the intergalactic 17-member percussive melodic marching troupe- LULACRUZA: Argentinan percussion, guitar, and vocals- THE SWEET SNACKS: Ghettotech and big beatELECTRONIC MUSIC- AMON TOBIN (Ninja Tune/Montreal)- TIPPER (UK, special twilight downtempo set)- JOHN TEJADA (LA/palette recordings)- LUSINE (Ghostly Intl., Seattle) : live set- SCUBA (Hotflush Recordings, UK)- DIGITONAL vs. POSTHUMAN (UK): with live violin- [A]PENDICS.SHUFFLE (LA): live set- DERU (Merck, LA): live set- TYCHO (Ghostly, Merck): live set- RANDOM RAB (El Circo): live set- MR. PROJECTILE (Merck): live set- DR. TOAST (False Profit) vs. GANUCHEAU: live

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