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A question on instructables.... Answered

I was wondering, an instructable can be how to do or learn pretty much anything, right ? It doesn't necessarily need to be about building something concrete?

I was watching one of the videos I have a fondness for (because

of my involvement with "the subject") and thought of something I might be able to put together for my first instructable, before my wife gets around to cleaning her junk away from my work area.

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Goodhart (author)2008-02-02

It's getting there....a few more and the "text" will be finished. Then I will have to make an attempt at shooting some video.....drat, that means getting myself "presentable" LOL

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-02-02

Woo Hoo, All I need do is a little more clean up of the text (I have it written up online now, just not published yet), and the video's and stills and I am finished....Gotta go, the wife is grousing around that she hasn't seen me most of the day ;-)

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beado4ever (author)2008-01-29

How would you sign "I've just crushed both my hands whilst trying to lift my HUGE k'nex creation"? Though i guess it would be a little unnecessary if you could just hold your hands up and show them.....

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Goodhart (author)beado4ever2008-02-02

How would you sign "I've just crushed both my hands whilst trying to lift my HUGE k'nex creation"?

By making that "ouch that hurts like someone crushed my hands" look on you face LOL The hands are important, protect at all cost or you can't sign :-)

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Kiteman (author)2008-01-27
This site is "The World's Biggest Show and Tell" - of course you can show us how to tell it in sign language.

Maybe a few phrases that would be useful to Instructablers?

  • "Is it supposed to do that?"
  • "Do you have a spare Altoids tin?"
  • "Run!"
  • "Excuse me, but I seem to have burned a hole through my hand with a soldering iron. Which way is the nearest emergency unit?"
  • "Oh dear, my LED array appears to have overheated and caused a conflagration within my shed. Can you tell me where the nearest fire extinguisher is? Please remember, it must not be water-based because of the exposed electrical equipment I have in there, not to mention certain exotic substances that do not react well to water. Yes, I do realise the smoke smells rather interesting, but that would be the remains of my hydroponics project, totally unrelated to the overheating LEDs, I assure you."
  • "Pardon me, can you pass me a bowl of warm soapy water? I seem to have accidentally superglued both hands to my buttocks. Please don't look so alarmed. Why are you backing off like that? You could at least dial 911 for me ... thankyou ... no, I mean for the ambulance!"

Maybe other readers could request phrases they would find useful?

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John Smith (author)Kiteman2008-01-29

"I just superglued my lips together for $50. Can you call an ambulance?"

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killerjackalope (author)Kiteman2008-01-28

"got wood" "ahah my latest rocket powered device is indeed fast, could you please remove my legs from the wreckage and phone for an ambulance" "excuse me sir/maam I appear to have caught fire, is this carpet flame retardant?" "Oh dear my recent experimentations on hydroponics have left me confused, they went on fire you see. No thankyou I would not appreciate your seemingly giant hand on my face" "Is that fire coming from my pocket or my belt?" "I see and how long may it take for the burning sensation to die down?" "should it burn when I think?"

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-01-29

Hmm, well let me think about this some more......this may not be so practical then.

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-01-29

i can think of more normal ones but the price is that you must include got wood! How bout the basics, or even just teaching the basic alphabet and how to put it together right, I only remember the vowels and a couple of consonants...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-01-29

Yes, starting with the alphabet is pretty much the best way to get one's "feet wet" as it were :-) I have to carve out a little time to do the pics / video but in the mean time, I am writing things up to eventually get them organized.

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-01-29

Good plan... having a plan that is... I still couldn't believe the fact you din't makeone instructable up until now despite having written more useful material then most of the site... Oh and the opinions....

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-01-29

Most of my "online time" actually consists of "down time" at work (during backups and long job runs), whereas any long "stretch of time" I haven't seen much of to get anything to gether....but I am determined :-)

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its a lion (author)Kiteman2008-01-27

That last one might be a bit difficult to sign...

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Goodhart (author)its a lion2008-01-28

Only because the hands would be, um, indisposed LOL

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Labot2001 (author)Kiteman2008-01-28

Do you have a spare Altoids tin?

ROTFLOL

Altoids tins are so terribly cliched on Instructables, but I guess LEDs are too; they're so simple yet so fun... Those are all great lol

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NachoMahma (author)2008-01-27

. Well, my one and only Ible is on tweaking WinXP and absolutely nothing gets built. You gonna teach us how to "speak" Amslan? IMNSHO, that would be a great Ible; go for it.

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-01-28

I am still thinking about how to illustrate some things. The one thing that is universally necessary is finger spelling, but does anyone want an instructable with 26 pictures in just one step ? :-)

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2008-01-29

What about using a short video? For those able to hear, you could do it to the tune of "ABCDEFG".

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-01-29

I could, but would have to include the caution NOT to learn the alphabet that way. If you want to sign a Z and forget how, you have to go through the whole alphabet to remember it. :-) I have found it is better to practice with pangrams: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dogs back. Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs. Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz How quickly daft jumping zebras vex Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim Sphinx of black quartz judge my vow. Waltz, nymph, for quick jigs vex Bud Bawds jog, flick quartz, vex nymph Mr. Jock, TV Quiz Ph.D., bags few lynx You get all the letters that way, and you don't get stuck in a "symbiotic letter needing another letter" relationship to remember them.

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2008-01-29

There you go, nine separate videos on finger-spelling - in fact, I'd be willing to bet that songs and poetry would be a pretty good way of learning a sign language, because it would become almost a dance, and common signs would become part of muscle-memory.

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2008-01-29

(Can you call them songs if there is no audible music?)

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-01-29

If a tree falls in the forest and..... LOL

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Goodhart (author)2008-01-27
Well, "teaching ASL" would be a bit of a project. It took me 10 years to get where I am, and believe me, I am STILL horrible at "interpreting". When that comedian in the video gets to fast finger spelling, I am LOST LOL

Let me see what I can scare up in the form of written and whatever, instructions as an intro however :-)

One of the other videos that inspired me to get back to being involved with this is one that is very dear to me, despite the fact that I am not much into rap or hiphop {Fort Minor}, but it's point of reference is very near my heart as is the message it sends:


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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-01-27

My apologies for some of the language, even though it is "blanked" verbally, it is signed (visible at least one time).

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Gee, I could get my wife to sign up and she could do an instructable on how to make huge messes LOL

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