Handhend Nintendo 64 (Nicknamed the Retro64!)

Many of you have seen my NES portable Instructable. Hopefully it was helpful to those of you wanting to make your own portables.Gathering information from www.forums.benheck.com (of which I am a member) I build a Nintendo64 portable. :D N64 is my favorite system, and I figured it'd provide an interesting challenge. I decided to make it the smallest while I'm at it, and this N64 portable is currently the smallest ever made.You can see the News topic here, (has much more pictures) and the 22-page WIP topic here.Just so you know in advance, I am not making an Instructable for this one. There is tons of information in the N64 section at the forums, and the N64's board is extremely well-labeled anyway.Comments? :)

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How do I make a nintendo 64 portable? Answered

I have been looking through the the benheck forums but can't seem to find instructions on how to make a nintendo 64 portable. Does anyyone have a link? The ones in the sticky are broken.?

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Probably a stupid question, but...

Can anyone help me? I can't seem to figure out how to change my avatar... >.>

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Chalk Drawings

Here are some amazing chalk drawings done by Julian Beever. When seen from just the right angle, these drawings have an amazingly 3D appearance.http://hubpages.com/hub/Incredible_Beever

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Nintedo Needed for a Portable NES

I've been working on a portable NES. (Yes, Instructable will be made.) I've got two NES boards, one is completely dead, and on the other I messed up the video. (Does not display pictures correctly.) Anyway, I know many people have old unused NES's laying in their closets. Whether it's "broken" (I.E. flashing screen) or not, I'd really appreciate if you'd give one. (Or some. :D ) No, this is not going to be a cruddy looking portable, it's going to have a transparent case, going to be really thin (1-2" thick) and not that big. 5" screen; it's going to be really great. Please donate an NES. :) And do not forget! I will make an Instructable on it! It's going to be great! :D

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Cannot View Images in an Instructable

When viewing an Instructable, if an image is shown in an earlier step, you cannot view it in a later step. This Instructable is a perfect example. All the pictures are included in the Intro, and when you click on them in a later step, they won't show up unless you click the picture in the Intro.

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How can I replace a MOSFET with a common transistor? Answered

This is a flip-flop circuit that I want to use for a project. It calls for any N-Channel MOSFET, but I don't have one. Is it possible to replace it with a transistor, such as a 2N3904?

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How do I revive dead lead-acid batteries? Answered

I have one that's been dead for several months. It's 12v, 4AH. It's sealed lead-acid rechargable battery, any ideas on how to revive it? Also, how would you charge this kind of battery?

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Joule Thief Troubles

I have built several Joule Thieves as seen in this video. None of them worked. Is the schematic wrong? I am sure that I used all the right components, and I wound the transformers right... What could be the problem? Could it be the ferrite core? I used one from an old computer power supply. Any help would be appreciated.

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Photoshop Skills

Show off your Photoshop skills here! Anything cool you can do in Photoshop, post it! Here are a few things I did with Photoshop 7. Comments? Suggestions? Questions? Please share. :)How do you like the last one? It's my favorite. :)I'll also put up the PSD files for these images if you like.

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Instructables HQ on Google Earth

Just for no reason, here is a Google Earth KMZ file for the Instructables HQ. Includes a custom Instructables Robot icon! Yaaaaay! After download, be sure to rename the .tmp extension to .kmz. To use: Download the file, then double-click it to bring it up in Google Earth. To add it to your places: Click the plus sign next to the file (Under Temporary Places). Drag the Instructables HQ file on to My Places.

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Home Dial-In Server

I'm trying to set up a home dial-in server. I'd like it to have these features: -Runs from DOS -Can answer on the fourth ring -If no one is home, can redirect the call to the answering machine if it does not detect a computer on the other end (I.E. redirect if it doesn't hear computer tones) That last note is especially important. I've looked at the getty series, but it seems that it's only for Linux. Is there a way to do it with Kermit, C-Kermit, or any other of the Kermit programs? Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.

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How to get your Instructable on the front page

I've seen the same Instructables on the front page way too many times. So in this topic we discuss what properties an Instructable should have in order to get on the front page. It probably should have: - Good spelling/Grammar - Accurate instructions - Plenty of photos - Good photo quality - A subject people will want to look at (I.E. dont expect "How to skin a pig" to be on the front page) - You must provide the graphic (Instructables will not make it for you; Make sure it has the right dimensions, choose a good photo, the right font, etc.) Can we get a site authority in here? :P

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Joule Thief in between Peltier/TEG and DC Motor?

As per the title I've got a Peltier cooler chip sandwiched between 2 heat sinks acting as a Thermoelectric generator (TEG) which when sat on my wood burning stove generates about .5V (which is a bit disappointing).  The idea was to cheaply recreate one of the EcoFans, so the plan was to connect the TEG to a low voltage DC motor.  The obvious issue is the low output from the TEG itself - I need to maximise the heat dissipation from the top heatsink to create the temperature difference, but even solving that I'm going to struggle to consistently get more the 1V from the TEG. Before I go to the hassle of sourcing and making a Joule Thief (like the 1up instructable) is there something fundamental I've missed that means either the TEG won't work with the JT, or a 1.5V - 3V DC motor won't work with the JT? Appreciate any help is establishing the feasibility of this idea, or suggestions to an alternative solution :-)

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How to cool an outboard motor without using water?

I am wanting to build a personal ultralight helicopter. First issue here is to find a suitable engine. Outboard motors have the 40+ horsepower I need and can be found pretty cheaply on places like craigslist. One thing I know about these engines is that they use a water pump to suck up water and cool the engine. It is important that this water is present and can the engine can be wrecked if it is run without water for more than a minute or two. Short of including a water tank on this helicopter, do any of you have any practical solutions to keep an engine like this cool? (Just so you know, an "ultralight" helicopter must weigh under 249 pounds without the passenger. In the US, you can fly ultralights without a pilots' license. 40hp outboard motors weigh around 160lbs so I don't have a lot of room for heavy water.)

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BBQ PDQ Contest Winners

Instructables is happy to announce the winners of the BBQ PDQ Contest. Since this was a speed contest, all of the winners were determined by user votes. One of the winners, rsub8, had two winning entries and so the entry with the higher votes was recognized. Also, linuxmom was the winner of the linux family, but LinuxH4x0r and Tuxgirl were very close in winning shirts of their own.As always, there are many more awesome Instructables than there are winners. I will be attempting to make my own horseradish in the future and enjoyed the BBQ Hero tips as well as the Tuna Steak Sandwich.A big "thank you" to all who entered and if you didn't win we will be having more contests in the future.Now, on with the winners! Runners-Up The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. Elderflower Champagne! A cool crisp BBQ booze Ultimate Bacon Sausage Dogs Easy Mediterranean Summer Salad Grilled Peaches First PrizeThe authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables apron and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. Fresh Ground Beef Burgers by rsub8 "1UP Mushroom" Mushroom Burger!by momo! Delicious BBQ: Fall Off the Bone Beef Ribs by Mr. Rig It

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Firefox Pranks, Bamboo Bicycle, Bratz Knife Block...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Apr. 3, 2008 Welcome back! April is Photojojo Photo Month. Enter a sweet photo-themed Instructable and win an Eye-Fi card that lets you transfer photos from your camera wirelessly! We will be hosting a Show & Tell at the SF Bay Area Yuri's Night 2008! If you want to show something off, let us know! Check out these cool instructables! Firefox Pranks These Firefox add-ons were made for April Fools' Day, but they're good for any time you want to mess with a friend's browser. posted by fungus amungus on Mar 28, 2008 How to Build a Bamboo Bicycle Get some bamboo and build your own smooth custom ride. posted by ayasbek on Mar 30, 2008 Learn How To Shave With A Straight Razor Who says you need five blade disposable razors to get a smooth shave? Get a straight razor and relearn the lost art of shaving. posted by adamjgonzales on Mar 16, 2008 How to Sew Everyone should know the basics of the needle and thread. Read this Instructable and get started. posted by jessyratfink on Apr 3, 2008 How to Fill an Office with Packing Peanuts Ever wanted to fill your co-worker's office with shipping peanuts? Of course you have. Here's how to get the same effect without filling the whole room. posted by jetgrrl on Mar 28, 2008 Maille and Plates Armour Life can be tough out there. With a custom set of armour you'll be ready for whatever comes at you. posted by armourkris on Mar 21, 2008 1UP Cakes Make cakes that look like Super Mario Bros. 1UPs for an awesome 8-bit party! posted by Nachimir on Mar 27, 2008 Win cool prizes from ThinkGeek! April is Photo Month! Re-fashion your wardrobe! Cat-Powered Automatic Cat Feeder Make your cat do some work to get his food! posted by labelreader on Apr 1, 2008 Refrigerator Handle Switch Prank - Make Fools Out of Your Coworkers! Swap fridge hinges for an easy and effective prank. posted by numberandom on Apr 2, 2007 DIY Flash Diffuser with Swappable Colors Want to diffuse the flash and add some color to your photos at the same time? This quick and dirt-cheap trick will get you there. posted by deth2all on Mar 30, 2008 Magnetic Sonic Cube Landmine Want them to remember you when you're gone? Leave an alarm that won't go off after they move it from its spot! posted by photozz on Mar 15, 2007 Ye Olde Aprile Fools Prankes! Come hither and chooseth the best pranke for thine means. posted by Jieze on Mar 27, 2008 Bratz Knife Block Reuse an old doll and make a place for your knives at the same time with this twisted knife block. WARNING: Graphic doll cutting. posted by Tetranitrate on Apr 2, 2008   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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Weed Whacker-Powered Bicycle

This is a bike I built a year ago. It uses a 30.5cc (about 1.5hp) weed whacker engine for propulsion. A version of the same thing was on Instructables, and that's what partially inspired me to make this. ;) The engine mounts are made out of wood, because I still have not learned to weld, but they hold up just fine. The engine is an ten-year-old Echo weed whacker. It has 10,000 max RPMs. The bike peg attached is 2" in diameter and gives about 25mph top speed. There is no clutch! The one that came with the engine was way too flimsy for a vehicle like this so I took it out. Saved a lot of space, too. For the throttle, I disconnected the back brake line and connected it to the engine. The front brakes are still intact, and you can turn the engine off to slow the vehicle as well. I added the extra heatsink to the engine to help keep it cooler, as it was never meant for this kind of exertion. It gets as hot as the engine, so I guess it conducts the heat away pretty effectively. There is a 10-LED bargraph to show the engine temperature. It uses an LM3914, an op-amp, and a thermistor. There is also a 555 to drive a buzzer when it gets too hot. The bike has head and taillights that are both driven from a joule thief. They are not very bright; they are more for being seen than to see. Here's a youtube video, taken almost a year ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdySFqmK0Fw Some more photos and a little more information: http://forums.modretro.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t;=656 Comments/criticisms? :)

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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

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Tool Tips Winners Announced

Instructables is happy to announce the prizewinners from Tool Tips Month!You shared over 100 helpful Instructables with tips on hardware, software, and even creating new tools to solve a problem. The site is even more helpful to visitors thanks to all of you who contributed.Since this was a theme month contest the voting was done by the the audience for two of the winners, two were selected by Instructables staff, and one was chosen in a random draw. Be sure to check out the Tool Tips group to see many more great Instructables. We'll be opening the group back up for people to join and add even more useful Tool Tips Instructables.Now, on with the winners!Ratings Prizes - For receiving the two highest ratings, the authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. Remote shutter trigger for Digital Cameras by deth2all 100 Ways to Reduce Your Impactby Brennn10 Judges Prize - Selected by instructables staff, the authors of these two Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. How To Shave Without Getting Razor Bumps by SteamKit How to Sharpen a Chiselby offseid Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of a compressor-powered salad spinner, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...This tip for not burning your desk.Many other members created great Tool Tips, and will receive an Instructables patch. In alphabetical order:1up, alvincredible, BobbyMike, botronics, Brandon121233, computerwiz_222, fatrickuk, Firebert010, Gjdj3, Gunk on Floor, Hodge-Podge, IamTheCreator, iPodGuy, killerjackalope, Kiteman, LinuxH4x0r, Man of Stone, marc92, mbmosher, Plusea, regisd, sideshowcesil, sideways, SteamKit, summit, theopowers, Tool Using Animal, wiiman8.

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[newsletter] Burger Recipes, Hot Tub, Italian Wedding...

July 3, 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! O'Reilly Media (publishers of MAKE) are working on an Instructables book. To see how you can win a mention in the book, check out our new Book Contest. The Robot Contest has been extended for two week.! The new deadline for entries is now July 13, so show off your robot's best features! Both the Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest and the BBQ PDQ Contest close for entries this weekend. Use these last few days to enter an awesome Instructable to win greta travel books or an Instructables apron. Upcoming: Next week we'll be starting our Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest. Win a ton of cool clothes from Horny Toad by submitting your own original sport! "1UP Mushroom" Mushroom Burger! by momo! Traveling by Scooter by dbc1218 Put A Spring In Your Step by xclinic Waikiki 'ahi (Tuna Steak) Sandwich by sbdesigns The Elivinator Project by GWJax Wood-Fired Ocean Hot Tub by nagutron How to Build The BeetleBot v2 by robomaniac Fresh Ground Beef Burgers by rsub8 A Garden Shower in 10 minutes for $8 by Camillo Miller Robot Costume With LEDs by joshf Make your own horseradish by knarx KidWash : PVC Sprinkler Water Toy by m32825 Extended for two weeks! Get published in the Instructables book! Closes for entries on July 6th! A "Jungle Cruise" Playhouse by madhatter1138 How to Get Married in Italy by fungus amungus Incredible HULK Nintendo Wii by BeerBellyJoe Prince Caspian's Sword by KaptinScarlet Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ 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"); }

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How I had a computer turn on automatically when the BIOS did not support It

So, I just got a Kindle and want to automate the downloading of news feeds to it. I wanted a PC to turn on when I woke up in the morning, download the feeds, transfer them to my Kindle, then shut off. First problem: The spare PC I put together for this does not support automatic startup in the BIOS, and neither do any of the other motherboards I had. So, I thought of a way to use an alarm clock to turn it on. When the alarm clock would go off, it had a speaker that would produce a tone. This means it was switching power to the speaker on and off very quickly. This would not drive a relay directly, so I made a "filtering" circuit consisting of a few transistors and a capacitor. When the clock goes off, it charges the capacitor with a transistor. This buffers the on's and off's into a kind of pulsating DC current into the cap. The capacitor drains into another transistor, turning it on. This activates two relays at once. One presses the button to turn off the alarm, and the other turns on the computer. Since the alarm was turned off just a moment ago, the speaker does not sound again and it does not turn the computer back off. In the first picture, you see two sets of black and white wires going into the PC. One comes from the relay to short the power switch momentarily, and the other goes to the +5VSB on the power supply. This line provides +5v at low currents, even when the computer is off. The 5v powers the buffering circuit. That was the difficult part and took about 4 hours. Everything else was easy. When you get a Kindle, Amazon gives you a free email address you can use to send files to it. I installed Calibre (an awesome free e-book manager) on the PC and had it run on startup. I set it up to download the feeds then email them to the Kindle through WiFi. Turning the computer back off was easy as well. All you need to do it make a shortcut to "shutdown.exe -f -s -t x" and add it to the startup folder. The .exe is the Windows shutdown program. -f force-closes any open programs, -s specifies a shutdown (instead of restart, logout, etc) and -t x is how much time it will wait before shutting down, in seconds. I set it to a half-hour. So, now I can have my news feeds on my Kindle before I leave for school. :D Funny thing is, the whole alarm clock bit could have been avoided if I wasn't too lazy to just press the power switch when I woke up in the morning! XD

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Instructables Book Contest Winners

Instructables is happy to announce the winners of the Book Contest. All of these Instructables will receive a mention in the Best of Instructables Volume 1 and the authors will receive a copy of the book when it comes out this fall.Some of the Instructables here have also been selected by O'Reilly editors to be fully reproduced in the book as well.Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you for making great Instructables that inspire everyone else.InstructableAuthorLED ThrowiesQ-BranchInvisible Book ShelfdorxincandelandLaser Flashlight Hack!!KipkayMintyBoost! - Small battery-powered USB chargerladyadaDIY Compact Survival KitledzeppieHow to make a cardboard costume helmetHonusturn signal biking jacketleahbuechleyAudio Visual Art....FOTC Stylescooter76Wall-E Robot4mem8Paper WallettheRIAAScreen Printing: Cheap, Dirty, and At Hometracy_the_astonishingMunny Speakersfungus amungusKnex Heavy CannonI_am_CanadianHow to Make Playdough (Play-doh)canidaLED Chess SetTetranitrateSew your own Instructables Robot Plushie!jessyratfinkDIY Vinyl Wall ArtbritsteinerBluetooth Handgun Handset for your iPhone: iGiveUpManaEnergyPotionEasy to Build Desk Top 3 Axis CNC Milling MachineTom McWireBuild Your Own Butler Robot!!! - Tutorial,Photos, and VideoErobotsHow to build a 96-Volt Electric MotorcycleKentucky-bumHow To: Make Bath BombsSoapyHollowSteampunk Dystopian Sniper Rifle (Mercury Bow)gmjhoweSave $200 in 2 minutes and have the worlds best writing penkingantConcrete Lightbulb Wall HookwhamodyneLight Bulb LampbumpusLightbulb "green"houseLinuxH4x0rInstructables Robot -- Paper Model=SMART=How to Build a Robot - The BeetleBot v2 ( Revisited )robomaniacWallet made from a computer keyboardzieakhow to add EL wire to a coat or other garmentenlightedGandhi: 17' Tall Cardboard AvatardelappeTure Trigger, 10 Round, Auto-Loading, Knex Concept Rifle, by bannana inventorbannana inventorHow to build your own Jet EnginerusswmooreShake it like a Tic-Tac!MrMunkiCyber/Steampunk Futuresque Sci-Fi Hand GungmjhoweHow to Make a Marshmallow Gun or Marshmallow ShooterewilhelmHow to build a 72Volt electric motorcycleStrykerFriends Are Easy To MakecuteaznprincesssBuilding Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smallermikey77Portable 12V Air Conditioner --Cheap and easy!CameronSSHow to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHTGreg MadisonGiant MatchTetranitrateMagnetic Rubik's Dice CubeburzvingionHow to build a wood fired hot tubveloboyIron Man HelmetpmaggotHome-made Sun Jarcre8torGrow Your Own Bioluminescent Algae ScaryBunnyManConstruction of Two Portuguese Style Dinghies (Small Boats)rook999Uni-Directional WIFI Range Extendertm36usa"1UP Mushroom" Mushroom Burger!momo!Open Any PadlockTetranitrateCoilgun Handgunrwilsford07Electroforming an Iris Seed PodMaggieJs100 Ways to Reduce Your ImpactBrennn10Lego USB StickianhamptonSolar Powered Trikedpearce1How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily)Stuart.McfarlanAirgun with eXplosive air-Release ValvechluaidChapStick LED FlashlightBCatAwesome led cubeAlexTheGreatBarbie Doll Electric Chair Science Fair Project!jessyratfinkDIY 3D ControllerkylemcdonaldThe Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more!thecheatscalcBuild a World's Smallest Electronic Shocker!PlasmanaSimulated woodgrain for metal boxesamz-fxHow to Grow Pineappleswoofboy111Creating a 3D effect with image editing software (GIMP or Photoshop)Andrew546S.P.R.E.E. (Solar Photovoltaic Renewable Electron Encapsulator), a Compact, Durable, and Portable Solar Energy GeneratorcharlitronHow to get a Tshirt for GoodHartRocketScientist2015Grow a square watermelonwatermelonBuild a 4 Color T-Shirt Printing PressProgfellowElectromagnetic FloaterJ_HodgieThe accidental pocket jet engine...killerjackalopeDigital Picture Framemicahdear

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