September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001    What are your thoughts on 9/11?

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how to troubleshoot a 2001 toyota sienna passanger seat belt?

The front passanger side seat belt will not extract, come out.  Once in awhile it will work in my 2001 Toyota Sienna

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I need a help on fixing the OBD II codes P0452 and P0410 for a 2001 s10 4wd blazer 4 door?

I was told that the vacuum lines could have a problem with this if they are cracked or there is a leak 

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How to change rear break and rotor on 2001 Kawasaki ZR7S?

How do I change the rear  brake pads and rotor on a 2001 Kawasaki ZR7S

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2001 volvo v70 t5 air conditioner cuts off while driving.

I have a 2001 volvo v70 t5, and the air conditioner cuts out while driving. When I turn it off for about 10 mins. and turn it back on it will work for a little while.

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2001 Bonneville AM radio reception poor, how to find antenna?

I have a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville. I listen to AM radio 90% of the time. I bought the car new, and for the first few years the AM reception was great. Now it's mediocre. I suspect a corroded AM antenna wire conenction somewhere but how do I find the AM antenna to check the whole length of it and all the connections?

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2001 Yamaha Warrior Stalling out when warmed up and wont start back up until cool?

Hello fellow instructable users! I have a 2001 Yamaha Warrior (as seen in profile picture). When ever I go out to ride the four wheeler has a hard time starting. I have to use a lot of starter fluid and patients (about five minutes worth). Once I finally get going it seems after about five minutes, about the time it takes for the machine to really warm up, it stalls out and I can get one more start out of it and then it stalls shortly after. Another important point is the fact that the spark plug is unusually dry. After the bike cools down I can get it to start again and ride for about a whopping five minutes and then its dead until it cools down again. The situation is that something is getting hot and changing, causing the bike to stall. The bike has a brand new battery, ignition coil, and the starter is in very good condition. What should I check for next?

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Why has my 2001 toyota manual transmission become hard to shift into 3rd and 4th?

It is a 5 speed. 1st, 2nd, and 5th shift normally. It feels like 3rd and 4th are going into gear shallow; some times they will pop out imediately after engaging. This condition just started.

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My hood release cable broke off, on my 2001 Corolla.

I intend to jack the car up high and put it on jack stands so I will have some room to get under the rad to get access.  I am a 6ft 250 pound male, so my arms are not skinny or super flexible.  Think forearms like Popeye.  I have a lot of hand tools, including boxend metric wrenchs that click like a socket in as little as 5 degrees.  This is what I think will with some sort of extension handle allow me to unbolt the entire latch assembly.      This will likely be a slow and frustrating process, there has got to be a better way, so handy people show me a better way.  Thanks in advance Phil aka zipperboy, adventureboy7 etc.

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obsolete microcontroller

Looking for micro controller for pool robot was built in 2001 controller part numbers seem to be 116a or diag 116a can i use a different microcontroller or do I have to use this model.Any help would be nice. thanks and have nice night.!!! Randy D

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anyone know were i can get a free repair manual download for a 2001 ford windstar?

My wife's car is not working. and the manual i got does not cover the electrical diagrams i need to fix it. i know this group will be able to help. 

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What voltage / amperage / frequencies can I expect from the tach line of a 2001 eclipse v6?

The question is all in the title, but any way.  What numbers can I expect to see from the tachometer signal line of my 2001 mitsubishi eclipse v6?  I've read that some times it can be like 3 cycles for every 1 RPM.  I would assume it was running at 12 volts, but is this false?  What kind of amperage could I expect to be pulled on that line as well?  I plan on connecting an arduino to this to get the frequency as an input (new new new newbie to arduinos!).  Can I expect to need to step down the voltage, if so, how?  Is there some basic principle or standard for the tach line that I am unaware of?  Any help with the tach line info or how I should connect it to the atmega chip would be AWESOMELY helpful!!! -James

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My timing belt broke recently, i replaced the belt, replaced the valves checked the pistons and all in good order.

With all that in order the car does not start and makes a weird sound like a vacuum cleaner , so no compression. What can be the problem and can this be restored ? Please help. Polo Playa 1.4, 2001 model

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DIY Car scanner OBDII

Thanks for reading. Has anyone built a Car scanner to plug into the 16 connector near the steering wheel to read the On board Computer ( OBDII ) codes so that one can fix their car. Have you see an article? Wanting one to look at code faults on a commodore VR  1995 and XC Barina 2001. many thanks Colin

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Iphone headphones with flat cable, how it look inside, the conductor? Answered

This is the headphone photo. https://www.dropbox.com/s/00ngmfqpq37shc5/Photo%2027-12-13%2015%2039%2001.jpg . I want to cut the cable to make them shorter. How it looks the conductor , because i dont want to start cut them before i know everything about them. I dont want to destroy them !!

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Home Automation

Hello everyone,I'm looking into automating my home. Control anything from every where. Some sort of centralised computer that will controle my home. Like Hal from 2001 or Sarah from the tv show Eureka.For that I need instructables, I already found this, this and this. but i need more. Any one else know of any instructables that can help me accomplish this task? PS I already made a group for this.

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i have card reader with 10 pin connector and i need to find the pin out diagram?

I am trying to connect card reader to my PC can it be done? here is all the info for the pcb pcb-1762*04 010924 copyright amstrad plc 2001 Gamma Smartcard pcb issue 3 there is also another number printed on the pcb 03338 powernet

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ATV Headlights acting up!

Hey everyone, I bought my 2001 warrior this summer (yes thats where 2001warrior came from) anyways it has been giving me some issues with the headlights. The headlights work great in lowbeam but when I put them in highbeam my left headlight goes out! does anyone have any suggestions to what I should do?

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if my sway bar link bushing n bolt broke off would the left suspension (control arms) be lowered?

Im missing the bolt n bushing on the sway bar link the upper n lower control arms are now lowered and the nut on the lower ball joint is riding on the inside of the rim. well sitting on it, im not drivin it would this be the cause? 2001 Mercury mountaineer

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Car engine stps running without ANY warning

My car: 2001 Honda Accord 4 cylinder, 95,000 miles Car always starts the first time I get in. I could be driving several days without any problem. Or It could shut off  every couple of days.  It's could even happen twice a day. Up to now it restarts after several seconds. Is there any answer? I'm at my wits end. Thankyou

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HAL 9000 Open Source Community Project - Announcement and Invitation

Goal:  Build a HAL 9000 Series Computer Specification:  "2001: A Space Odyssey" Website:  www.hal9000project.org Instructable coming soon I watching "2001: A Space Odyssey" the other night and I decided it would be cool to build one.  I've never managed a project this big, and don't plan to start doing it now, so hopefully people will step up and assume various roles and responsibilities.  A project like this needs a program manager, deputy program manager, project managers, systems engineers, software engineers, programmers, graphic designers, web developers,etc.  I'll assume the role of chief engineer and chief software architect.  Also needed are an admin for the sourceforge project, and a webmaster for hal9000project.org.  I don't plan on having any special rules or regulations, I'm just throwing this out there to see what comes of it.  It could end up in a hairball of chaos, or it could evolve into a smooth running machine, although I suspect nobody will join in and it'll be just me with nobody watching. This is not a far fetched pipe dream.  The IBM Watson has already beaten the reigning champion on Jeopardy. I'll be defining all the individual subprojects such as the speech recognition function, lip reading function, speech synthesizer (it will have the exact voice used in the movie,) facial recognition function, voice recognition function, object recognition, various other artificial intelligence functions, neural network, physical mockup, physical prototype, software simulation, etc. There is a distinct possibility of getting government funding and along with commercial grants, therefore, some people could theoretically carve a full time job out of this.  That would work for me.

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50cc Chinese scooter problems? Answered

I have a 2001 Chinese scooter, 50cc, and it has some problems... We took the handlebars off to fit it in a vehicle for transport (Yeah, stupid idea, I know now...), and now, the wiring is all messed up. First off, the electric start won't work anymore, I'm going to go through, and check a relay and the battery voltage tomorrow. Second, when I kick start it, and yes, It'll kick start, but only after 50 some kicks.. But when I kick start it, the engine starts going full throttle, but the throttle is not twisted at all. Throttle cable problem? Lastly, the turn signals are messed up a bit. The right blinker flashes one of the headlights inside of the blinker.... What the hell? All the wires are connected correctly. Please help!! Thanks!

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Help me Modify my Nokia N-Gage

Hey i have a old Nokia N-gage classic which i bought around in 2001. Now its working perfectly fine but it has some small damages in it such as the glass on top is cracked and some scratches thats all. I want your help to help me out to find cool things or designs to make mu phone into. Description: So basically i want to make my own plastic or fiber glass case so cool that it makes people say woo...thats new...(because i can't find the cases anywhere now in fiji) Also if there is a way i could add some applications to it or some other cool addons. Basically i really need a cool design. and what materials could be suitable.

Topic by arylic 


Ten Years

It's been nearly ten years since a load of people got excited about the year 2000 and the 21st century, what did we achieve? Well Fox changed (the logo if nothing else) from 20th to 21st 2001 Wikipedia and iPod launched, World Trade Centre demolished (by uncertain contractor). 2002 The discovery of Quoaoar leads to Pluto being declassified as a planet 2003 Facebook launched 2004 Those robots land on Mars, Indian Ocean earthquake / tsunami 2005 Instructables launched YouTube launched, New Orleans drowns. Chas & Dave play the Holmfirth Picturedrome (img) 2006 (for the mathematicians) the Poincare conjecture is proven (right word?) MySpace launched (subsequently bought by Murdoch at what was definately much more than it's worth) 2008 LHC starts up 2009 LHC starts up again, Moon "bombed" What events the last 10 years mean something to you? *the basis of the list came from New Scientist No2739/40/41

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4 Reasons why we believe in Conspiracy theories

Did NASA really land on the moon?Did the government cover-up involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks?Is Elvis still alive and kicking? What about Michael Jackson?Was John F. Kennedy assassinated at the hands of multiple shooters?Do the Freemasons control the United States?A small but fervent group of people believe there was more than included in historical record about the aforementioned events. Conspiracies, they call them. And every generation has its own.Some of them turn about to be true, after all: Pearl Harbor was a Japanese conspiracy and Nixon’s Watergate break-in was a coverup.But with so few that turn out to be true, why do people believe in conspiracies?HERE is the link to the Rest of the story.And one final note:so, NOW we know who was on the grassy knoll and shot JFK LOL It was JFK himself !!!

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Need Data Sheet for old diode laser. RCA SG2001

I have been digging though my assortment of electronic components, stuff that has gathered dust for years.  One item I came across still new in the original package is a laser diode.  RCA # SG 2001.  I have tried searching internet with out much luck other than a PDF about how to drive the diode.  ( short pulses high current ) I see the same part number referenced for other products.  I did find it listed but there is no data showing that I can find.  Yea...it is over 30 years old !  No reason not to know what it is or what it could be used for, perhaps for the pocket engraver? Would much appreciate any information anyone may have about this chip.  I believe it is fairly high power IR diode.   It is stud mount with a single lead exiting the center of the stud bolt.  A bit less than 1/4" dia case.

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There is for sale an unique books

Here isHereThe book of Russian author Alexander Vorobeva is printing in 1998, three years before tragedies in New York. In book twice describe explosions of two towers of WTC. Probably, this book can throw light on the true reasons and originators of the occurred tragedy in the history of the American people in 2001.Item number: 270298527468 on ebay AndThe valuable, exclusive book about the Kremlin in Moscow, with pictures and descriptions of building complex history. This book has special deed of gift: To the members of the komsomol of Chernobyl Atomic Power Station from the members of the komsomol - chekikists (i.e. from USSR Committee of State safety young members) 24.10.1986. The book has not only artistic value but and historical. It is connected with crash in Chernobyl Atomic Power Station(26.04.1986) The book has unusual action on people. This book has been charged by energy of the Kremlin. When the book is at you the house or on work you feel new forces. The book has been shined by security officers of the USSR as a talisman on good luck. Item number: 270298456265 on ebay .

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See What's Really Happening in Physics -- arXiv.org

If you are curious about what "real physicists" do, or what the current "hot topics" in research are, take a scan through the "recent postings" at the Physics Preprint Archive. Started for the High Energy Physics community in 1991 at Los Alamos National Lab under the name xxx.lanl.gov, and with a purely e-mail interface(!), arXiv moved to Cornell Univerisity with its creator in 2001.The archive includes preprints from all areas of physics research, not just HEP, as well as computer science, mathematics, and quantitative biology. "Preprints" are a way for the research community to get their results out for everyone to read, during the often lengthy period (months, sometimes!) between submission to a journal and actual publication. In many fields, it has been traditional for decades that printed copies of "preprints" were mailed out, sometimes in regular batches, between major University departments. That mechanism has been superseded almost exclusively by the arXiv database.Besides these traditional pre-publication journal articles, the archive also often includes conference proceedings, and submission of much older published papers of general interest to the community. There's also (usually in the general "physics" category) a scattering of crackpot nontraditional science papers.

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Tim's Cybot conversion to Arduino NANO

Hi all.I'm doing a new project.Dug out my Cybot. The one built on a fortnightly issue of Real Robots back in 2001.I decided to convert it to use the Arduino NANO. With Bluetooth and Infrared Control.I haven't finished it yet, so I haven't done an instruction here, I thought I would wait until I have finished the project before doing that.However, as it's quite a lengthy project, I have started a blog on my google+. Which I am updating as I progress with the project.Here is the link: Tim's Cybot conversion to Arduino NANO Blog.Before I started I had a search on the net to see if anyone else had done this, but all I found was basic stuff controlling the drive motors.Currently I have done a rough sketch (some fine tuning still needs to be done) for it that lets you:Control it via bluetooth,Set it in line follow mode,Set it in light follow mode,Set it in avoidance modeandControl it with an Infrared Remote.I'm sure there is still a lot of these Cybots out there, so i thought their may be some interest.

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What resistors do I need for brake tail lights?

Hello recently I burnt one of the brake lights and I though why not to use a LED one to replace it.So I got the appropriate lamps and added them to my car only to realize that now the 3rd brake light on the back also light when I just have the night lights on. Sure it light even stronger (along with the main left and right brake lights) when I brake but this weird behavior scared me a bit, it could be pretty bad if my tampering with the lights result in some electrical problem in the middle of the night.After a bit of research I see that I need to add resistors to the LED lamps because if the electrical system realize there is lower power draw then it may behave weird.So the question is what resistor do I look for to add before the LED so the car still believe I get the same power draw?I drive a hyundai atos prime 2001 and the old lamp says 21/5W on it ( I guess the 21 is for brake light and the 5 for the night light?).The guy at the store told me to learn ohm and watt so he can give me the right resistor.Thanks

Question by NikolasK5 


Sell Motorola V3 V3i V3X V8 Refurbished mobile phone housing keypad flex cable lcd antenna battery

Established in 2001, Long Aim International Limited is a specialized supplier of mobile phone accessories. Specifically, the main products include mobile phone LCDs, spare parts, batteries, housing, tool kits, keypads, chargers, antennae, plug connectors and flexible cables. Having accumulated precious experience in trading with foreign customers, our products are selling well in the South American, North American, East European, West European, Oceania, Hong Kong and Macao markets. Moreover, we can supply products sourcing solutions, price negotiating, quality controlling and logistic service, so as to better satisfy customers' changing needs, therefore to maximize their values and fulfill their specifications effectively. Providing 'Quality Products, Excellent Service, Competitive Prices and Prompt Delivery', we are now looking forward to even greater cooperation with overseas customers based on mutual benefits. Please feel free to contact us or visit our website for more information. Company name Longaim International Ltd. Mail box longaim@longaim.com or longaim@hotmail.com Tel 86-20-81506926 Fax 86-20-81624557 Website www.longaim.com Contact person sky Address HuaDi Road, Guangzhou City, China Zip code 510375 Country/City Guangzhou, China Regards, Monica Chen

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An Awesome How-to/DIY Business - Replacement Volvo ABS controllers

Around 2000, the anti-lock braking system on my 1996 Volvo starting acting up. Occasionally, the ABS and TRACS (traction control system, which applies the front brakes to correct high relative velocity differences between the front wheels) warnings would illuminate, and neither would work when I tried them in snow. The dealer told me it was a computer error, which could mean any number of things, and would probably cost $600-$1000 to get and install a new ABS computer. For that level of expense, I decided would just pump the brakes if the wheels ever lost traction. Seven years later, I heard a caller on Car Talk mention that he had found someone on the internet to fix his Volvo's ABS. A quick search yields Fixing Volvo ABS problems, which for $140 will fix what turns out to be a common problem in these cars. The website is complete with ABS computer removal and re-installation instructions. So, I pulled the ABS computer out (shown in the picture), mailed it off, and got it back in about a week. I re-installed, and all the warning lights were off. I haven't had a chance to try it out in snow, but I'm pretty sure it will work. From the FAQ:We estimate that the repaired and improved unit will last for the life of the vehicle. The new components are two to four times larger than the original design. The first unit that was improved was on my own 1998 V70, that was done in October 2001 and over 30,000 miles ago, and counting.I think this is a great little business that shares many of Instructables' principles, and I wish them success.

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Watch out for falling satellites

Watch out for falling satellitesWith no one at the wheel, should we be worried about the large US spy satellite now headed for a crash landing?US spy satellite 193 is predicted to de-orbit less than gracefully in Feburary or early March. The chances of it actually hitting a populated area are exceedingly small, but perhaps you can catch a few micrograms of it using Kiteman's How to catch a star Instructable.What is happening?An out-of-control US spy satellite will crash to Earth in the coming months, government officials say. The satellite is large enough that remnants are likely to survive atmospheric re-entry and strike the Earth, sometime in late February or early March, says Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council.Is that normal?"This is relatively routine in that satellites de-orbit all the time," says Johndroe. Pieces of uncontrolled debris heavier than two tonnes -- mostly discarded rocket stages -- crash to Earth as often as once every three weeks, says Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer and launch observer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Many discarded pieces retain some power, so that controllers on Earth can guide them to a point far from human habitation, usually using a final dive into an ocean. In 2001, Russian space officials broke up the old Mir space station in this way over the South Pacific. That's not the case for this US one, however."Obviously, we want to take a look at the potential for it to land in a populated area," says Johndroe.What are the chances of it crashing through my roof?Exceedingly slim, says McDowell. Remember that some 70% of the Earth is water, and most lands are void of people. "There is no reason for people to get alarmed about it," he says.According to the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office, there have been no confirmed instances of serious property damage or injury caused by crashing debris in 40 years.

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What Littlechef should really be worrying about.

Each year, Dihydrogen Monoxide is a known causative component in many thousands of deaths and is a major contributor to millions upon millions of dollars in damage to property and the environment. Some of the known perils of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.DHMO is a major component of acid rain.Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.Contributes to soil erosion.Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.Given to vicious dogs involved in recent deadly attacks.Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere, and in hurricanes including deadly storms in Florida, New Orleans and other areas of the southeastern U.S.Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.Those are from an American study. I personally have seen quite a horrible crash after liquid DHMO was sprayed across a road, and DHMO was found in the analysis of the first stones removed from #2 son's kidneys.Proper statistics are hard to dig up, but I have found that DHMO was a direct cause of death in 3842 cases in the USA in 2002. 8.5% of them were children under the age of one.Numbers are harder to find in the UK, but around 500 deaths occur every year following contact with DHMO.(A drop of 4% in DHMO deaths in 2001 was attributed to fewer people visiting rural areas thanks to the foot-and-mouth outbreak, indicating a prevalence of DHMO contamination in England's green spaces.)Rather than scaremongering, you should be warning your friends about a very real hazard in their everyday lives.

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Speaker + resistor = joy? - help a mom replace a $299 6.5" OEM auto speaker

Hi All, I come to my dear instructables seeking some basic understanding.  Let me just preface this by the fact that I have no problem getting dirty or cracking things open to try to understand them better- probably  better at taking them apart than putting them back together - but I try...(hubby kids that I always end up with spare parts too). this leads me to my current problem. The right front speaker in my 2001 sienna minvan decided to blow after much to much green day playing. Yesterday I just couldn't take the awful hissing anymore and popped off the panel to pull out the speaker. I'm kinda used to my old cars where I could pop down to best buy and pickup a new set. Not so with Toyota - OH NO they have special 2.2 Ohm speakers that are proprietary to Toyota. So I went to the dealsership and was told that a new right front JBL speaker replacement  (model 6689) was going to cost me $299. - you read that right $299 for ONE 6.5" door speaker. I found a website briefly outlining how to take a plain 4 ohm speaker, get a 1.8 Ohm resistor and be done with it.  -  http://oneilengineering.9f.com/photo5.html - So there are a few questions that I need answered by someone with experience. 1) Is it that simple?  - I may opt for decent replacements and I'll do both door ones so they match ... 2) I can't see from that fellows photos exactly how the resistor is attached - is it just soldered in place bridging the two end where the + /- leads are attached? any existing ibles with closeups? I couldn't find any. is a resistor directional? 3) I read somewhere that if I'm adding the resistor -  that heat will be generated from reducing the current - Is that true? if so - do I have to shield it somehow? Thank you for any help !!!

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Saul Griffith awarded a MacArthur grant!

Saul Griffith from Squid Labs, Howtoons, Instructables, and other cool companies has been awarded the MacArthur "genius" grant. He gets $500k because he's so genius-y and it couldn't be going to a better guy. Saul Griffith is an inventor whose innovations span industrial design, technology, and science education. Through a variety of endeavors at MIT and as a principal in Squid Labs, Griffith demonstrates his boundless energy for inventing across diverse disciplines in the global public interest. While still a graduate student at MIT, he designed a unique membrane-based molding system that can produce a variety of common lenses from a single pair of flexible molding surfaces. This prototype has the potential to change the economics of corrective lenses in rural and underserved communities around the world and continues to be a major focus of research and development energy at Squid Labs. At MIT, Griffith co-founded Thinkcycle.org, a web community that has produced socially conscious engineering solutions, such as novel household water-treatment systems. Thinkcycle.org is the forerunner of Instructables.com, a remarkable do-it-yourself website driven by user contributions. He is also a creative force behind HowToons, an animated educational resource designed to engage children in hands-on science and engineering projects. Through the spin-off company Potenco, Griffith initiated the project design for a hand-held human-powered generator, which has the potential significantly to improve access to electronic devices such as laptops and water purifiers throughout the world. Though still quite young, he holds several patents in optics, textiles, and nanotechnology. In these engineering ventures as well as others yet to be imagined, Griffith is a prodigy of invention in service of the world community. Saul Griffith received a B.MET.E. (1997) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, an M.E. (2000) from the University of Sydney, and an M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a co-founding partner of Squid Labs and serves as a technical advisor at Potenco in Alameda, California. full story

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The Large Hadron Collider: is it worth it?

The Large Hadron Collider(LHC) is to be unveiled this year. It is designed to solve the much talked about energy crisis, and hopes to do so, but can it be worth all of it? From Wikipedia- (On October 25, 2005, a technician, José Pereira Lages, was killed in the LHC tunnel when a crane load was accidentally dropped. The construction of LHC was approved in 1995 with a budget of 2.6 billion Swiss francs, with another 210 millionfrancs (€140 M) towards the cost of the experiments. However, cost over-runs, estimated in a major review in 2001 at around 480 million francs (€300 M) for the accelerator, and 50 million francs (€30 M) for the experiments, along with a reduction in CERN's budget, pushed the completion date from 2005 to April 2007.[14] 180 million francs (€120 M) of the cost increase have been due to the superconducting magnets. There were also engineering difficulties encountered while building the underground cavern for the Compact Muon Solenoid. In part this was due to faulty parts lent to CERN by fellow laboratories Argonne National Laboratory or Fermilab (home to the Tevatron, the world's largest particle accelerator until CERN finishes the Large Hadron Collider). [15] The total cost of the project is anticipated to be between US$5 and US$10 billion.[2] On March 27, 2007, there was an incident during a pressure test involving one of the LHC's inner triplet magnet assemblies provided by Fermilab and KEK. No people were injured, but a cryogenic magnet support broke. Fermilab director Pier Oddone stated 'In this case we are dumbfounded that we missed some very simple balance of forces.' This fault had been present in the original design, and remained during four engineering reviews over the following years.[41] Analysis revealed that its design, made as thin as possible for better insulation, was not strong enough to withstand the forces generated during pressure testing. Details are available in a statement from Fermilab, with which CERN is in agreement.[42][43])

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Is there any way I can reverse engineer the wiring for this car CD player? Answered

I have a 2001 Nissan Maxima that I intend to customize just a little (well, a lot).  Recently I was at a garage sale and bought a 6 disk CD changer for $1.  I'm hoping this was a worthy investment since I want to install it in my glove compartment and wire it into a custom stereo system.  That's all fine and dandy, but step one is to figure out how to reverse engineer the proprietary control systems.  Eventually I want the air condititioning, stereo, and this 6 disk CD changer to be interfaced to a computer with a big ole touchscreen in the dash.  I'm going to need to do a few things: 1. Figure out the wiring for the 6 disk CD changer so that I can power it up, control it through the computer, and connect it's audio output to my car's speakers.  2. Figure out the wiring for the air conditioner so I can control it with the computer. 3. Get a touch screen that fits in the dash (I'll measure it later), that I can use with a computer with (relative) ease.  These are my goals for right now.  If I can figure this out, I will be ready for the next phase, actually installing the new dash.  If anyone can recommend any sources to learn more about basic car work, that'd be helpful too.  I'm used to computers.  The lid comes off.  Screws are all easily accessible.  Parts don't weigh more than I do.  I know where everything goes and what everything does inside.  Since a car is so proprietary, and such a new field for me to be working in, ANY resources would be greatly appreciated.  How do I figure out how to take things apart in my car?  FYI: The disk changer is marked with part number 39115-s3v-a011-m1 Update (18 August 2012): I added some pictures.  The connector I am holding is the only connector that comes out of the box. 

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Giant Robot Architecture Talk by Greg Lynn in Berkeley

Here is an interesting talk from the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium of the Berkeley Center for New Media...Giant Robot ArchitectureGreg Lynn, UCLA & Angewandte, ViennaMonday, Feb 4, 7:30-9:00pm- Note Special Location: Berkeley Art Museum Theater- Enter on Dwight Ave: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/visit/visitor- Lecture is free and open to the publicAbstractRobots. In my office, my staff keeps asking for more new machines, and every time I get a new machine, I fire two or three people. By extrapolation, in the next few years I will be sitting in an office by myself with a bunch of robots. We have is a very large CNC (computer numerically controlled) cutting machine, a laser cutter, a 3d printer, and soon we will have a robotic articulated arm. All of these things let us do studies of models, which are very important to architects, but what they also let us do is learn machine language. We spend more and more time talking to machines; speaking their language. It is very easy for us to go to any country that has an automobile industry or an aircraft industry and give their machines instructions and do things with these large machines at an architectural scale that is very perfunctory and affordable. The spread of machine language and programming is more significant than the Anglicization of the world. Learning to talk to robots is very important to my field of design.Speaker BioGreg Lynn is a leading pioneer at the intersection of computing, design, and architecture. His architectural designs have been exhibited in both architecture and art museums including the 2000 Venice Biennale of Architecture where he represented the United States in the American Pavilion. His work is in the permanent collections of CCA, SFMoMA, and MoMA and has been exhibited at the Pompidou, Beyeler, Cooper Hewitt, MAK, MoCA, NAI,Carnegie, ICA and Secession museums among others. In addition to his architectural work, his Alessi "Supple"Mocha Cups and his Vitra "Ravioli" Chair are in production and have been inducted into the Museum of Modern Art's Permanent Collection. He received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award in 2003. In 2002, he left his position as the Professor of Spatial Conception and Exploration at the ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and became an Ordentlicher University Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.He is studio professor of Architecture at UCLA and the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. Greg Lynn holds degrees in architecture and philosophy and received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Academy of Fine Arts &Design; in Bratislava. In 2001, Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. In 2005, Forbes Magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects.http://www.glform.comMore info on the colloquium here.

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The Instructables Rating System

As you have all noticed, Instructables has recently implemented a new rating system, based on stars (insert 2001 A Space Odyssey joke here). We've done a bit of experimenting -- and reserve the right to do more in future -- but it's stable for now so here's how it works. UPDATE 2010-09-24: The below calculation has been tweaked to bring Instructables' ratings closer to the level of ratings of comparable content on the Internet generally.  We found that we run about a star low, based on a rough look at a bunch of other sites and our (totally unbiased of course!) estimates of their content quality.  So, we have added a star to all ratings across the board.  It's like grade inflation... but we know our users put up really good stuff and we want that to be recognized. UPDATE: we've tweaked the system a bit more. The below describes the rating system as of 2008-11-15. The rating system uses a weighted average, where Instructables with only a few ratings, or ratings by users who have not rated many Instructables, have a total closer to the middle of the star range than the actual average of the ratings. For example, an Instructable with one five-star rating will have a total closer to 4 than to 5, because there are so few ratings on it. If the user who rated it hasn't rated other Instructables, the total will be lower than if the user who rated it has done a lot of rating in the past. The purpose of this difference is to minimize the effect of 'shill' ratings; we've seen some members attempt to bump their ratings by creating fake accounts just to rate up an Instructable or two! As more people rate each Instructable, the total becomes closer and closer to the true average of the ratings. And as each user rates more and more Instructables, we weight their rating higher and higher. We have done it this way because we want the rating to reflect the opinion of the whole community, and we believe that members who do a lot of rating have been around enough to have a good sense of what makes a good Instructable. Also, members who comment and rate have their rating counted higher, as the comment indicates a higher level of involvement with the Instructable than rating alone. This method makes it so a less-than-stellar Instructable can't be pushed to the very top of the ratings because the author got their friends to sign up and rate it at 5 stars; similarly a really good Instructable can't be dragged too far down by a malicious user. For the mathy amongst you, this is the formula (we changed the way one component is calculated): (siteAvgNumRates * siteAvgRating) + (numRates(ible) * avgRating(ible)) R(ible) = ---------------------------------------------------------------------- siteAvgNumRates + numRates(ible) The avgRating(ible) is no longer a straight average, but a weighted one. It's calculated like this: (W1*R1 + W2*R2 + ... + Wx*Rx) + 2(V1*C1 +V2* C2 + ... + Vy*Cy) -------------------------------------------------------------- (W1 + W2 + ... + Wx) + 2(V1 + V2 + ... + Vy) Pretty complicated algebra, huh? W and V are both weight values, between 0 and 1. R is the rating of someone who has not commented, and C is the rating of someone who has commented. siteAvgNumRates and siteAvgRating are estimates, held constant in the pursuit of not having ALL ratings change every time one person rates one Instructable. As you can see, when the number of ratings for a particular Instructable is low, the weight of the site averages count for much more of the rating value. When the rating count is high, the site averages are only a small part of the total rating value. We believe this algorithm has a good balance between letting the cream rise to the top, and preventing 'rating spam' to coin a term. Please comment!

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Autodesk: Art Residency of Generosity

I’ve had the good fortune to participate in many art scenes over the last 15 years. These range from making large-scale fire installations at Burning Man, in proto-hacker spaces (2001-2003), a rigorous MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004-2006), and a professional and international new media art career (2007-2012). What fuels my creativity is an ongoing quest for communities that support new modes of engagement: repurposing new technologies for art, encouraging others to make and asking why it is important for us not to simply be cultural consumers. I strongly believe we need ongoing DIY culture coupled with critical thinking to keep our society vibrant. In 2012, I took a break from my usual new media art practice of showing in museums and galleries. I felt like the art world — for a variety of reasons — was sequestered and wasn’t reaching as wide an audience as it could. A friend of mine forwarded me a job posting for a New Media Exhibit Developer at the Exploratorium. I applied for the job and got it. At this world-famous science museum, I learned about interfacing my art ideas to the public sphere. I worked with scientists around ideas of data visualization in Life Sciences. I designed exhibits that would last for the long-term rather than a 1 month exhibition. This changed my art practice so that I begin thinking about work that had a broad appeal: from school kids to the elderly, and above all else to value curiosity. After my fixed-term position at the Exploratorium was over, I began a residency at Autodesk, which intrigued me because it was my first artist residency in a corporate environment and they also had unbelievable resources. I expected to be in an amazing shop environment but also to be interacting with suit-and-tie corporate types. I certainly got the former but the Pier 9 environment surprised me. Everyone from the engineers to other artists to the marketing folks were curious about creative uses for 3D technologies could be used. Pier 9 was more a laboratory than a shop. With the Instructables-writing directive, it was also one where people shared their ideas rather than hoarded. Within my first week, I adjusted my expectations. The secret about Pier 9: It’s not about the tools but about the people. Yes, the water jet is amazing and I’ve fallen in love with 3D-printing, but more than anything there is a cross-section of smart and kind people, ranging from traditional artists, new media artists, various flavors of makers as well as engineers. Everyone has some sort of skill, ranging from drawing to fashion design to 3D modeling. No one knows everything. We all check our egos at the door. “What are you working on?” is the question we all ask one another. Each day, I’m surprised by someone’s ideas. The enthusiasm in the space is infectious. In those rare moments when I’m alone at Pier 9, I can gaze out the window at the Bay Bridge, where I feel connected to the rest of the world. I’ve been amazed by my co-resident’s projects ranging from the Playa-inspired costumes by Mikaela Holmes and futuristic fashion by Anouk Wipprecht to the playful work by Paolo Salvagione to the material experiments by Andreas Bastian. There are many more...too many to call out everyone. We work very, very hard. Yet, the environment is casual. When you have an problem there are people to help, and conversely, when someone is stuck on a project, I’ll drop whatever I’m doing to help them out. I never wear my headphones. Generosity fuels this community. There is no single type of artist that comes to this residency, which makes for intersecting circles. I’ve listened to many others. I’ve had to explain my conceptual practice. I’ve been (happily) forced to re-conceptualize my own artwork. I still don’t have the answers to my concerns about art-sequestering, but this is the right place for me to be. With this residency, I’ve found the path that I’ve been long searching for. Thank you. Scott Kildall

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The animatronic project Is finished

Here my instructableMy Animatronic Mod ProjectIn 2003 I made a casemod MONSTERMOD ( picture 1), Just a creature sculpture tearing out of a PC case.And It Didnt Move . So , I want the next MONSTERMOD to MOVE.Maybe to tell me that I have email.... Picture people's PCs having Heads .There favorite movie star or rock star maybe a animal. Maybe like Hal from 2001Space Odyssey .But, My animatronic Mod Has no A.I. But maybe one day. Im programmingthe 16 servo movements into the PC and press the play to play the movements a lipsync routine.Well, For Over 2 years now I have been working My Animatronic Mod.My Animatronic Mod is a floating creature head over a desktop case.( picture 2 IMG_1383.jpg)It controlled my a 2 Mini SSC II (http://www.seetron.com) this allow the computer to control 16 RC servos.16 RC servos = 16 Movements .I made the teeth out of dental acrylic, The samething denture are made of.Teeth and fangs are made 1st in tooth color dental acrylic and shaped.Then are placed in dental wax .,the mold is a silicone putty is place on the teeth allow to setup overnight.To demold the wax is melted away with boiling water leaving the teeth in the silicone putty sockets.This is called the lost wax process.( picture 3,4,)After I made the eyes out of dental acrylic ,Which is a molded ping pong ball is 40 mm .In half 20 mm sandwhich in between the 2 halves is a metal small metal ball 10mm give me a ball joint and socket.The iris is a painted metal washer. The veins are silk yarn And is cover with clear dental acrylic .The white of the eyes was changed to black color ,To give more of a alien look. ( picture 6,7)I molding the finished eyes alginate and casting them in ultracal 30, ( picture 8) Ultracal 30 is the hardest plaster made.And place them in the sculpture.This will be for Proper registration for the eyes in the skull.( picture 9 )I had to sculpt face in Roma Plastilina Clay ( picture 10)and mold it in silicone( picture 11a,11b, 11 ) This molding process called a matrix mold . A layer of water clay cover theentire clay sculpture and Ultracal 30 is place on top of the water clay .After setup ,Its demolded and water clay removed .This water clay has made a space for the silicone.Matrix molda thin layer of water clay is place ( picture 12 ) and made the core A .This gave me the thickest for the skin .Molded core A in silicone and a thin layer of water clay is place in this mold also this made core B.And this gave the thickest of the Skull. Now I have 2 molds.( picture 13,14 )Mold 1 is the Skin moldMold 2 is the skull moldI casted foam rubber in mold 1 ( picture 15,)http://www.monstermakers.com/foam.htmlTo make the foam rubber skin337 gms. base67 grams foaming agent33 grams curing agent15 flow enhancer24 grams gelling agent4 grams ammoniaThe room temp73 degrees 40%Using a Sunbeam MixMaster Mixer1. Speed #1 - 1 minute (to blend all components)2. Speed #10 - 3 minutes : blend all3. Speed #3 - 4 minutes : refine4. Speed #1 - 30 seconds :refine5. Speed #1 - 30 seconds : ADD GELLING AGENT ( picture 16 )6. Speed #1 - 30 seconds : Backturn the bowlFoam rubber can be tricky.Mold 1 was place in a Hot box oven for 11 hours at 125 degrees .= A very soft and flexable skin ( picture 15,16 )Hot box oven 3'x 3'x 3 " plywood box with foil insulation with a single burner. This must be watched.( picture 17,18,19)I casted urethane Plastic from smoothon.com in mold 2.This gave me the Skull,The skull was trimed and dental acrylic teeth and eyes were place inside the skull .The mechanics were place using R/C servos.The skin was painted with PAX ( is a flexible paint). The skin was glue on rubber cement to the skull .And the hair was glued rubber cement also and placed.Hair is from National Fiber Technology ,Hair 1 was Blended Black and Brown modacrylic with White and Brown Mohair and Natural Goat hair.And hair 2 Black with gray texturized modacrylic with Yak and Horse hair.The PCMy motherboard (MSI KT6) and AMD 2500xp video card (MSI 6600)The case is LIAN LI PC-V800B .To make the lip sync move ,I used VSA , Visual Show Automation , http://www.brookshiresoftware.comThis aloud me to make a lip sync animation routine. Synchronize with graphical audio MP3 file.Not only that My Animatronic Mod looks Wicked ,It Talks Back.(Picture 1st floor) ( Picture 2nd floor)I designed the animatronic so I could repair it if needed, And the support pipe is like a swing arm so I can work on the PC too. By removing the back of the skull. Inside there are 2 floors the bottom floor has 6 servos :1 Head Up + Down2 Eyes Up + Down and left + right2 Eyelids1 Jaw2nd floor 7 servos3 right,left and center Brows1 Nose3 upper lip wireAnd also 2 servos are in the Jaw for lower lip wireand 1 left + right servo gimbal= 16 servosWhen uncovered ,Here is 32 feet of servo cable.(picture32 feet )The only thing connecting to the PC and the Animatronic is a modular cable (Lookslike a phone cable). Which is plug into a modular adapter that plug into the PC's serial port . The end of the modular cable plug in Mini SSCII Serial Servo Controller.you would be surprise how many people are into making monsters. Ive beenmaking monsters , masks and makeup fx for 30 years now.I put my 2 hobbies that Ienjoy together.Computers and making monsters.Im a dental lab tech. for 20 years now .I make dentures for a living.Thank You so muchGary WillettTo see Video Demos http://www.youtube.com/willettfxhttp://www.servocity.com..................For Servoshttp://www.nftech.com/ ...................For Hairhttp://www.smooth-on.com/ ............ Silicone,Urethane PlasticbooksTechniques of Three-Dimensional Makeup by Lee Baygan Special Make-Up Effects (Paperback)by Vincent Kehoe Men, Makeup & Monsters: Hollywood's Masters of Illusion and FX (Paperback)by Anthony TimponeStop-Motion Puppet Sculpting: A Manual of Foam Injection, Build-Up and Finishing Techniques (Paperback)by Tom Brierton Stop-Motion Armature Machining: A Construction Manual (Paperback)by Tom Brierton MagazineCinefex

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From the Editor: Greetings and Salutations

Hello! Many of you already know me, so please bear with me as I introduce myself to all of those who don't. My name is Randy Sarafan and I am the Technology Editor here at Instructables. What led me to this point is not necessarily a straight trajectory, and I hope the tale I am about to tell may prove useful to someone. Contrary to popular belief, I did not wake up one morning as a child and say, "I want to be the Technology Editor at a user-submitted how-to website." In fact, as a child, I would normally tell anyone who was curious enough to inquire that I wanted to be a duck. I persisted telling people that I wanted to grow up into a duck until an alarmingly mature age. Anyhow… understanding that not everyone can grow up to be a duck, I developed a backup plan to become a 3D computer animator, and make special effects for movies. I fell in love with special effects after seeing Jurassic Park as a child. While my peers were playing sports, chasing girls, and doing recreational drugs, I spent my teenage years developing an animation portfolio. This largely translated into learning gestural figure drawing by sketching nude models with artistically inclined retirees at the local community art center. So, I got good at drawing naked people. As a teenage boy I thought this was a very useful skill to have. Unfortunately, when I finally went off to college to do 3D computer animation, I learned that 3D modeling is nothing like drawing naked people. At the dawn of this millennium, it turned out that creating a 3D animation was very unpleasant - a bit like getting a root canal. I spent many long hours in a dark, sweltering computer animation lab, literally sleeping on the keyboard. The rule was that if you left your computer for more than five minutes, anyone could stop your rendering job and lay claim to the workstation. This experience - like any professionally executed root canal - gave me a lot of time to sit still and think. I concluded that I was wasting my time creating and animating virtual worlds when there was already a perfectly good world to animate all around me - I wanted to animate real things. This sentiment may not sound very silly right now, but expressing these feelings in 2001 was pretty much crazy-talk. By that point, all of the things we now take for granted, like, smart devices, open-source technology, hackerspaces, the maker movement, online sharing, and personal fabrication were not even blips on the collective radar. In fact, I did not even begin to know where to take my desire to "animate the real world." It was only by accident that I chanced upon the Parsons Design and Technology program at a college portfolio day while attempting to transfer colleges. The admissions representative asked me what I wanted to study. I told him animation. He told me they didn't exactly have that as a major. I - in turn - asked what they did have. He responded with Design and Technology. I asked him what that was. He mumbled something about building websites and robots. "Robots?" "Yes. Robots." I was sold. When I enrolled, the Parsons Design and Technology program was in its infancy as an undergraduate major, but existed for about six years prior as a graduate major. What made my educational experience unique was that albeit I was an undergrad, I was largely taking graduate classes with some really phenomenal professors and graduate students. I cannot emphasize enough how influential and formative it was for me to work side-by-side with brilliant, and highly motivated graduate students for three years. I went into the experience with the vague goal of "animating the real world" and left with the conceptual education, technical foundation, and confidence to do it. This rightfully panicked my mother. It was now 2005, and there still was not a clear career path for someone with a degree and talent for "animating the real world." She thought I was doomed. To be honest, I too was a little fuzzy on the big "what next?" question. Albeit, I was a little less concerned. I could not articulate what I intended to do with my education, but I began to sense there were opportunities available. By this time Make Magazine had come into existence, Instructables blipped onto the radar screen, and the Eyebeam OpenLab was churning away as an idea incubator. I sensed we were on the cusp of some fundamental change, but it was still looming a little too far off on the horizon to see it clearly. Having no real path yet laid out before me, I followed my girlfriend to the west coast. I figured that perhaps a change of scenery would be nice. I ended up living in her parent's basement in the middle of the coldest and foggiest part of San Francisco. While doing a series of odd jobs, I began posting projects on Instructables primarily to keep myself sane. There is something powerful about going from a lone weirdo making things in your girlfriend's parent's basement, to be amongst a community of weirdos all making things in their basements and garages. Suddenly, what I had been doing on my own did not seem quite as strange. I may have just been some guy in a basement, but I felt like I was part of something larger. Instructables became a website that I visited religiously. One day while lurking on the site, I noticed that they were not only local, but hiring interns. I immediately applied, and almost as quickly was invited in for an interview. When I went for the interview, I was foremost surprised by the unconventional nature of the work environment (to say the least), that everyone I met knew me as "USB Apple Guy," and everyone seemed genuinely interested to meet the "USB Apple Guy." It turned out this was less of an interview than an informal screening process. Before I knew it, I was part of the Instructables team, with a vague job, and loose instructions. Over the six years that followed, I held a number of positions within the company before landing squarely upon Technology Editor. Of all of the different jobs that I have done for Instructables, I would be lying if I were to say that Technology Editor is not my favorite. I now make a living "animating the real world," sharing this knowledge with the Instructables community, and inspiring others to do the same. Even though I would have never guessed life would bring me here, I am very glad that is has. I look forward to helping this community grow and prosper.

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