Seeing-eye cane

One of the iRobot entries was an excellent idea to turn it into a seeing eye cane.I'm afraid somebody has taken the idea further.

Topic by Kiteman 


Sugar Cane Juicer

Well I just came back from a vacation in Vietnam and I saw that there were these machines that squeezed the juice from sugar cane, creating a very tasty drink might I add. Well I looked up how much one of these machines would cost and I found out that they are particularly pricey and unaffordable to the average Joe. So my burning question is "How do you make a inexpensive sugar cane juicer?" P.S. On another topic, "How do you grow sugar cane?" would be a good follow up to my burniing question.

Topic by Incelism   |  last reply


How do you turn an umbrella into a cane?

I want to have an umbrella turned to a cane for a 19th century look.  how do i remove the cloth and wire parts and fill the stick part so that it would look more solid and similar in diameter.  also a mounted figure on the hand part would be nice.. any suggestions guys?

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Hi Every one. My question is what can i do to add a self start & alternator for battery charging to 1hp gasoline engine

As i said i want to add a self start to 1 hp petrol/kerosene engine . i know this is quite difficult but i am a tech lover & i am working as maintenance in-charge in hotel. The main reason behind this question is we have small business of sugar cane juice in our town since last 20 years(almost that time when i was 4 years) which is set up in a small go cart.now i want make some smart changes in it. So the mechanism which is used for crushing cane is powered by that engine through belt pulley drive( as everybody knows). To start the engine we have to pull the fly wheels of sugar cane machine which very hard, difficult & arm braking procedure for my mom, grand ma & younger brother. So i want make it more user friendly & efficient which will reduce pain, tiredness & increase human work efficiency. I hope the description is enough to describe my concern.I have attached some images of machine. Please guide what & how to do. All your replies will be appreciated. Mail :- aziz7264@yahoo.com Thanks in advance.    

Question by Aziz7264   |  last reply


how does one eat ., cook ., sugar cane.? Answered

Ssaw sugar cane for sale in the grocery store  on the weekend  how does one ues it recipes for example thanks

Question by belfast   |  last reply


Does anyone know how to grow sugar cane? Answered

Hi. I was just wandering if anyone knew how to griw sugar cane, and where you could buy some seeds(or what you use to grow them) Thank you in advanced.

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Making a "Special Walking Staff"

I made a staff out a broomstick although I think the materials are probably pvc and aluminum...again not sure. Anywhoo, the project I want to work (if possible), is making a sword cane...in this case a sword walking staff. The staff is about 52 inches long.  The inside of the staff is hollowed with a space of 0.75 inches in diameter and 50 inches in length. Right now the inside is filled with sand (for the weight). If possible to fashion the rod into a blade of sorts the sand with be dumped (SAM_0120).  I capped the bottom of the staff off with a tin cap screwed into the pole and double wrapped the staff with black electrical tape.  Now what I want to do is try to put a small 15 inch blade inside...again if possible. Considering the staff is already closed off I'll have to cut some of it (below the handle). I found a carbon steel rod that I'm considering using(Screenshot (27)). Could anyone help me out by explaining the best way of going about how to do something like this??? Thank You

Topic by JasonR20 


What's the name of this brass part?

This is on an adjustable length cane, where this thing can be pushed into the inside of the tube to adjust length of the cane, and pushed out by a spring with a "click" sound to lock the length. This is also on kayak paddles to select and lock the angle of the paddles. In fact, this is fairly common and used in many other places... But I don't know its name. I want to use this on one of my project and I am not sure what name should I use to search for the parts. Anyone can help? Thanks!

Topic by ccyg8774   |  last reply


Sliced Fimo Cane Nail Art

My wife sells these (not Luxstar). 100 plus pieces. $4.50 including shipping. Currently available packages (1-7-13): Flowers Fruit Animals Sweets Mickey & Minnie Kerope Hello Kitty Smiles Angry Birds Hearts Yin Yang International Snoopy Holiday Mix Character Mix   Link:   http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fimo-Canes-Nail-Art-/251202301365?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var;=&hash;=item3a7cd2edb5link

Topic by luxstar 


how to make a sorghum/ sugar cane mill?

I have been looking at growing sorghum and processing to make my own syrup.. i need to extract the jiuce and all extractors look like an old clothes wringer.. does any one have any idea how to make a sorghum/ sugar cane mill? i found a hand powered one, but this should be a fairly decent project for a home project

Question by kdallmer   |  last reply


Unable to Log In to Vote for Craftsman Contest

I have had several people inform me that after registering they could not acquire access to their account and they could not access to vote, as the system would not recognize them. Your comments and assitance appreciated. I am concerned because this may eliminate me from my entry qualifying for the next stage in the contest. https://www.instructables.com/id/How_To_Make_A_Custom_Fancy_Walking_Cane/

Topic by mmh   |  last reply


How do you make a polymer clay tiger stripe cane?

I want to sculpt a tiger in polymer clay but I do not know how to make the  cane for the skin.  I don't want to paint on the stripes because I want it to look as natural as possible.

Question by alison528   |  last reply


Tiger print Polymer clay cane tutorial, does anyone know of one?

I am new to the art of PC and would like to learn how to make a tiger print cane as well as any other animal prints.  Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Alison

Question by alison528   |  last reply


How to build a thatch roof for chicken coop from giant canes?

I have an unlimited supply of massively invasive canes (Arundo donax) growing on my property, and my chicken coop needs a roof.  Anyone have ideas on turning canes in their natural state into roofing material?   I will start just experimenting with weaving together lengths of cane, but some experienced advice would be very welcome. EDIT: Traditional thatching appears to involve attaching bundles to each other by essentially sewing them with wire or flexible blanches.  I'm thinking this is a specialized craft precisely because the techniques are not entirely improvisable. concerns:  weather proof materials (aside from canes, fixtures that will not rust/mold/decay) technique of attaching bundles to rafters? peak of the roof?

Question by lj2shoes   |  last reply


cain makers?

I am looking for someon to make a reproduction doctor's medicine cane? Thanks Jack

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How do i make ethanol from sugar cane? Answered

Its cane harvest season and the railway pickup lines are littered with pre chopped sugar cane stalks that fell off the carts while loading, also every road side creek is surrounded by sugar cane which is unharvestable and for all intents and purposes, as useful as grass, so with either nobody will object to me taking them. Especially since its all on public property now anyway. Now, i want to produce as much ethanol as i can from a single batch using a 20L pressure cooker, the end use of the ethanol is for fuel, sterilization and cleaning, not drinking, infact i actually want it to produce more isopropinol alcohol if at all possible, iso is expensive and it would be fun to try to distill it out, or otherwise leave it in the end spirits. Now, i have no idea on how i can cleanly ferment sugar cane. Im going to ferment it sealed inside the pressure cooker, but first sterilize it as i dont want any other smelly volatiles to grow. also in the pressure cooker i can hook the pressure releif valve directly to the condenser. So, any idea on how i go about doing this? am i ok to just crush and chop the stalks and turn them into a dense soup, or is there a reason as to why i should need to juice them? Also do i need to add yest, and if so how much? This is as an experiment, to do it because i can and nothing more, im well aware i can easily go out and buy methanol, ethanol and isopropyl alcohol and make them that way, but this is a DIY site, who the hell here goes and buys something when they can make it themselves. So any suggestions would be well appreciated.

Question by oldmanbeefjerky   |  last reply


How do I convert a USB Plasma Sphere to battery power?

I'm trying to make a "tesla cane" (just a cane topped off with a working plasma sphere) for my cousin's steampunk-themed wedding. I already have a USB Plasma ball (Model is here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/964e/?), and I'd like to make it run off battery power. I'm good at soldering and dealing with small wires, but I've never measured voltage or anything like that. Advice? Has anyone attempted a project like this before? It seems like there are tons of "convert batteries to USB" tutorials but not many of the reverse. :)Thanks in advance!

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Pyrographics from heating element wire?

I wish to attach a piece of heating element wire to the two ends of a cord& plug directly into wall.  Wrapping the heating element in a pattern around a cane-stock; I will plug directly into the wall to burn the pattern into the cane. I'm not sure of size-limits for household 110 volt current. (I dont want the wire to burn up, or not get hot enough) Anyone have that info?  Thanks for your time.      

Question by smallludwig2   |  last reply


Basket / Bowl making help

Hya. I want to make my own bread proofing basket (Brotform or Banneton). I've had a look on google but can't find any instructions or guides. I wonder does anyone have experience of basket making that could help? It would you start with a wooden mould. You then take softened reeds or canes and create the basket in what looks like one long coil. The ridges leave marks in the finished bread. I need to know what materials to use (I'm thinking probably peeled rattan) and where to get it in the UK, ideally Manchester. I've been googling away but only seem to find cane furniture sites. I don't think any adhesive is used, I think you just pin the cane into place every few inches. Here's an image of the type of thing I'm after: http://www.breadexperience.com/proofing-basket.html Thanks.

Topic by nightofjoy   |  last reply


can anyone tell me where there is a good place to find or get patterns for carving on walking sticks and canes ?

Have beeb trying to find such any help is greatly appreciated. reply to : shadow061@yahoo.com

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Custom lego minifigs

Ok, so this is what I cane up with. I used some custom decals and a black Sharpie. The first one is an American Spec Ops soldier, named Reaper. The second one is a British Spec Ops soldier named Omega.

Topic by Echo1031 


Why doesn't my MX-FS-03V / MX-05V 433MHz trick work? Answered

This is for someone who has balance problems, only needs a walking cane during an episode, and can physically walk away from the cane quite a distance before it's actually needed (oops). The idea is to attach the transmitter (no arduino) to a walking cane, and have receiver + [small] arduino + buzzer in a pocket/bag. Transmitter is pretty dumb: I connect gnd or vcc to data (whichever works best). The idea is to figure out how the receiver behaves when there's no transmition (high, low, or random) and choose to transmit whatever distinctively says "I'm alive" :) The receiver setup (at the moment) simply connects one of the rx pins (there are 2) to an analog input on an arduino, samples it in a loop and blurts it to Serial. Now when I simulate the input with "native" gnd or vcc, it says 0 or 1023 like it should, but when I connect the receiver, it's quite erratic. Not as random as sampling a brick, but not any more useful. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

Question by thedod   |  last reply


How do i turn an unbrella into a sword stick?

Sword sticks where traditionally made with a sword hidden inside an every day object, often a cane. I would love to turn my old umbrella into one but don't know how....not even the foggiest.

Topic by wocket   |  last reply


Is it wrong for my health? I know it's wrong but!!! Answered

I just swallowed  abut 3 teaspoons of coffee,drank a glarss of pepsi, about 200ml of 42% alcohol cane liquor at a party. what are the effects? quick buffor i fueint outt

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I would like to make a thorn covered surface to repell small rodents from traversing it - any ideas?

Nothing seems to deter squirrels, but I noticed they can be kept somewhat at bay with thorns from blackberrys or rose bushes. but as the canes dry the thorns fall off and they can be moved out of the way

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Green bamboo

I am sewing some window blinds for a friend on a very tight budget. I'd like to know if I can use slim bamboo canes straight from the garden as a weight. It will be sewn into a cotton fabric channel at the bottom of the blind. Or should I be only using dried bamboo? ie I am hoping that it wont go mouldy??

Question by LyndaA11   |  last reply


Toe drop splint?

I have severed my sciatic nerve and have a permanent toe drop. I need a splint like device to keep my ankle at a 90 degree angle. I would like it to fit inside my sneakers. If somebody has an idea please share because my wrists aren't going to be able to handle my cane much longer. 

Question by RequiredSkills   |  last reply


i have an ice maker motor how much power does it need? Answered

I have an old ice maker and the lining that keeps the ice from sticking to it cane off so i took the motor out and put it up to a 9v battery and it did not work. i want to know how much power it needs. 

Question by tim127   |  last reply


Where can I find patterns/instructions for making Steampunk clothing (male, preferably)?

I have been trying to get into the Steampunk style for a long time, and I cannot find any patterns for a time-period-esque vest, interesting cane ideas, or any miscellaneous items everyone in their, respective, pictures have. Where can I find instructions for creating my own Zeppelin Captain "Get-Up."

Question by jpond009   |  last reply


Bamboo 'stanchions' base...?

I'm working on a set of stanchions for a 'Green' event, as we are expecting quite a few people lining up out front of our booth. I'm thinking about bamboo canes for the poles, with holes drilled near the top to allow 1" manila rope (or similar) through, but I'm not sure how to make them stand up, what to use for a base. Ideally it should be enviro-friendly, cheap, light and durable. That's not too much to ask, is it.....?

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Really cool warehouse store!

My friend saw some of my work I have done, and projects I am now working on (which will be put up once they are done). He told me he was on a road trip out west and he cane across this warehouse store. He later sent me the link. The place is really cool! Definitely worth checking out the website! Maybe it will strike up and idea for someone! http://www.westendsalvage.com/

Topic by Korndog   |  last reply


Propane torch

I've considered several times buying a propane torch to burn weeds in my driveway, or melt ice. The one I'd like to have looks like a cane with a threaded connector on the handle end to attach a propane bottle. They all seem overpriced to me and I've always wondered if I could make one cheaper than I could buy one. I can find the tubing I need but I've never been able to find the rest of the parts.  Any suggestions or would someone like to post an instructable showing how to make one?

Topic by jpoling   |  last reply


Aluminum casting on the cheap?

For my woodshop class I am making a cane/"pimpstick" and I am making a custom head for it. I want to cast it in aluminum using the lost wax technique. would normal plaster of paris be a good material to use for the mold? the peice is about 3 cubic inches. I was thinking about having two "fires" one to heat my aluminum and another to heat  the mold so it doesnt shatter. Is that workable? P.S. It would be a one use thing so no need for anything expensive. I have literally 10 dollars to spend on this. Thankyou,   bud

Question by budhaztm   |  last reply


simple machine build ideas (from junk)?

Hi guys, could use some creative ideas... i run a pub & we also have a successful themed pub quiz once a week.  it's always a little bit different... in the past we've had teams make an egg throwing machine from bits & pieces such as garden cane, plastic milk cartons etc.,(a surprisingly forceful trebuchet was the eventual winner) & we would like to do something similar. a machine to transport something?  i'm having a massive creative block so some input would be great. ta in advance.

Question by barbint   |  last reply


electronics classes

OK so I made some throwies, had a lot of fun with them and now want to learn more. (My 89 yold mother put some on her cane! It is almost a Rosarch test to see what people think of to do with them.) I am very intrigued with all of the things that you can do with led's. HOWEVER, I really don't know anything about electronics. Where should I look, what should I do to learn some basics? I have forgotten everything I (n)ever knew about electricity. I would like to be able to read and understand a simple circuit diagram. I would like to be able to figure out simple circuits and projects on my own. Any suggestions? GLO

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Lets save the Bees. Things YOU can do!

Bee habitat is not just flowers, it is also brood space and shelter. Most bees are not honey bees or bumble bees, they are little solitary bees  and they do a lot of polination. We need to provide them with lots of brood space and overnight shelter too!  And modern garden practice is simply not doing it. First of all, I am not a bee racist. I am trying to help all the bee species.  I find that there is a succession of different bee species through the year. And they use different size holes .   In fact they don't just lay eggs in these holes, they shelter in them too. I did not know this..  This year I also discovered that they burrow into the pith in old raspberry stems and in grape vines! So if you compost your old raspberry canes,  you are probably composting bee babies  too. Dave from Camas, Washington has been bundling teasel stems for several years for orchard mason bees.   You could do the same with raspberry canes!? http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/520_0/critter-care/orachard-mason-bees I found this a week ago after I had started my project.  I make holes in cop blocks for the bees. I have also started layering plant stems At least 4 bee species are using the first cob bee blocks for brood or shelter.  I have some pictures at the link below.  Hopefully you can see the captions too. Brian https://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=246092&id;=736625766&l;=26546198d6 I am too Lazy to post an instructable right now and I am still learning the cob bee house thing.

Topic by gaiatechnician   |  last reply


Custom furnishings and home items for people that can't bend over.

My mother has recently developed a kidney issue which causes a severe level of pain whenever she tries to bend over.  We basically need some ideas on re-outfitting the house with better possibilities so she can easily get to her household items without too much discomfort.  She is a stubborn one, and we will catch her writhing in pain before she asks anyone for help.  Because she will try to do these things anyway, we would like to make it alot less painful for her.  It is hard for her to get things out of her bottom cupboards.  I've been envisioning a pull-out platform with a round hole for her cane where she can insert her cane and pull the platform out and grab what she needs, but it would be even better if somehow this stuff could actually come up to her at a standing level.  My mind doesn't quite wrap around it.  I've seen an instructable for her to get things down from the top cupboards and I'm considering trying these out.  We also need a way for her to feed her pets, to set the dogfood bowls down onto the ground and retrieve them without pain.  I was picturing sort of a dolly-looking thing with a crank so she can forklift things up and down to herself.  I can see some of what we need in my head but I don't have the mechanical skills to put these things together.  I'd appreciate seeing some instructables of this nature or geared toward solving these types of problems. Thanks! If you see anything that may be use for me, please post a link and I will also share my findings.

Topic by sann6   |  last reply


Glass Coke Bottle Candles?

Hey all,  I was trying to think of a good gift for my mom's birthday, and I had an idea.  While in my basement, I found an old Coca-Cola crate from a restaurant her aunt owned and my mom worked at when she was younger.  I also always keep the bottles whenever I get a "Mexican Coke" (Glass bottle, cane sugar instead of corn syrup, made and bottled in Mexico), and had the idea to make candles out of the bottles and present them in the crate.  I had a few questions though.  The first one, and the biggest is whether or not the candle would burn well in the bottle, and would it get enough oxygen?  The second is if anyone knew a good place to get a Coke/cola scent and coloring for candles.  Any help would be appreciated!  Thanks!

Question by nlaluzerne   |  last reply


Jake the Peg Halloween prop

I'm looking to create a hinged leg to use in a "Jake the Peg" Halloween costume prop. If you've never heard of Jake the Peg, here's a link  to the famous Rolph Harris skit. I know he's using a false hand on the right side (his right) so that he can control the extra leg, but I'm unsure on how to create the hinged effect. (It's the bending of the leg that makes it so realistic!) I was thinking of using something like a bike handlebar end with a handbrake lever to pull a cable that would draw the leg up, but how would I get it to spring back to the straight position? (And when it's in that position, it would need to support some weight like a cane) What should the leg be made of? There has got to be a better way to do this. The illusion is fantastic, but there are no articles anywhere on how it is done. Thanks for any help anyone may have.

Topic by JimsShip   |  last reply


Ever had an I'ble just NOT go right?

Well, The other night I set out to make two trays of treats for my work collegues on Christmas Eve... I then had a GREAT idea to turn them into I'bles The peppermint Snowmen went great without any major unfixable hiccups... My candy Cane Fudge however *sigh* *face palm* I deceided to make my Christmas treats into I'bles and Entries into the Christmas Gifts contest...So as I 'baked' I snapped away on my camera. Everything was going well until I was knocked by my dogs whilst adding the food colouring, so that it looked like a rainbow had vomited into my mix... then to add insult to injury, I dropped the cooling mixture on the way to the refridgerator.... Luckily I cought my camera... but the fudge was... well.. beyond repair. What I wan't to know, is if you have ever had a disasterous I'ble attempt, and have you posted it? -Biggsy Cheerio

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iRobot Create Challenge Winners Announced

IRobot, Tom's Hardware, and Instructables are happy to announce the winners for the iRobot Create Challenge! We saw some amazing entries and encourage everyone to see the full group here.First PlaceThe $5,000 goes to: iRobot Create Personal Home Robot by dttworldSecond PlaceThe set of iRobot home robots including iRobot Roomba Discovery, iRobot Scooba 380, iRobot Dirt Dog, & iRobot Create robots stimated retail value of $986.99) goes to: The SOMA Project by thesomaprojectThird PlaceThird Place winners get a choice of one iRobot Roomba Discovery or one iRobot Scooba 5800. Each prize has an estimated retail value of $299. ServerBot - for serving food and drinks by JoeCreate How to make an autonomous basketball playing robot using an iRobot Create as a base by Matthew Oelke eyeRobot - The Robotic White Cane by shrimpy OLPC Telepresence by damonkohler iRobot Create: WiFi Optimizer by vector023 iRobot Create Pool Skimmer/Cleaner by Weissensteinburg Adaptive Mapping and Navigation with iRobot Create by societyofrobots Modifying an iRobot Create to Paint by technoplastique PosterBot: Make a Marker-Writing Robot out of an Old Inket printer and an iRobot Create by W_world iRover: Remotely controlled iRobot Create (or Roomba) by techgeek75Voting was done by ewilhelm and the robotics experts at iRobot. Entries were judged on aesthetics, intelligence, task utility, entertainment value, completeness, originality, and an overall score.Winners will be contacted with prize-claiming instructions soon.

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(newsletter) Pallet Playhouse, Solar-Powered Coffee Cup, Creature Scarf

Art | Craft | Food | Games | Green | Home | Kids | Life | Music | Offbeat | Outdoors | Pets | Photo | Ride | Science | Tech It's beginning to look like make-mas! There are only two weekends left to make holiday decorations, food, and gifts for friends and family. Have fun finishing your projects, and don't forget to take pictures to enter our awesome holiday contests. Gifts and decorations: Enter the Homemade Holidays Contest, and win a Kymera magic wand, Shapeways gift certificates, and Instructables Pro memberships! Food: Cook up something amazing for the Holiday Food Contest to win a food processor or enter your architectural wonder in the Gingerbread House Slideshow Contest to win an Instructables Pro membership. Drinks: Whether you like your drinks strong or kid-friendly, enter them in the Cocktails vs. Mocktails Contest and win sweet prizes from Think Geek! Creature Scarf Animated Christmas Package Pallet Playhouse Bench-mounted Router Table Time Capsule Gift Box Candy Cane Chocolate Popcorn Multi-tier Floating Shoe Rack Illuminated LED Eye Loupe Surprise Rumbling Box Tennis Can LED Lantern Great Artist Warm Up Exercise USB Solar Charger in a Coffee Cup Peanut Butter Chocolate Pizza Christmas Window Lighting Frames Homemade Tauntaun Sleeping Bag Chocolate Peppermint Bark Guides Digital Picture Frame Gifts Easy Dessert Recipes Manly Craft Gifts Christmas Tree Decorations

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


Make Fireworks, RFID Pet Feeder, LED Jellyfish Costume...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Sept. 13, 2007 Welcome back! The iRobot Create Challenge has just finished up with over a dozen cool and we're still seeing some cool Launch It! Challenge entries come in on top of the usual cool projects. Check them out! Halloween LED Jellyfish Costume Using LED rope lights and a plastic washing basin to create a deep sea bioluminescent jellyfish thing.posted by deadinsect on Sep 11, 2007 How to Make a RFID Pet Food Feeder Make sure dogs aren't stealing food with an RFID alarm.posted by mlarsen on Sep 5, 2007 Creative Discontent: Squalk (Squirt Chalk) Non-destructive communication tool for mass public discourse. Erasable graffiti at its finest.posted by pdip_stiffi on Sep 9, 2007 How to Make Monkey Bread The ultimate finger-licking, finger-picking dessert of all time. Soft balls of dough, coated in a cinnamon sugar crust of sweet goodness.posted by trebuchet03 on Sep 9, 2007 Colossal Cannon: Building a Behemoth Piston-Valved Pneumatic Launcher Sometimes you think to yourself, "Hmm...I wonder just how far I can hurl stuff, maybe even into the next county." posted by DeusXMachina on Sep 9, 2007 Contest ends on Sunday! Answer our burning questions! Get a free shirt! See who won the $1,500 top prize! How to Make Fireworks Learn how to make your own aerial shell and wow the neighbors.posted by pudi.dk on Sep 7, 2007 eyeRobot - The Robotic White Cane How to hack an iRobot to guide blind and visually impaired users through cluttered and populated environments.posted by shrimpy on Sep 8, 2007 Piano-wire Slingshot A small but powerful slingshot made using 1mm gauge piano-wire and ordinary rubber bands.posted by chluaid on Sep 9, 2007 Gliding/Floating Laptop Dock A floating laptop dock that moves back and forth, eliminating the need to station the laptop on your lap. posted by Romado12187 on Sep 8, 2007 How To Build A Pit Oven (And Cook A Salmon) Learn to do a little backwoods cooking with a pit oven. posted by Mr. Nova on Sep 11, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Topic by lebowski 


Create awareness of a particular diet choice...

What would make the world a better place...depends how you define world, and your benchmark for what distinguishes better place.  This contest suggests things that would improve home, neighborhood, society, and planet.  I have an idea that would improve all of the above! Health: Personal back story:  Growing up I drank a lot of pop.  It was not uncommon to polish of a 12 pack of soda in a day or two, and this would happen regularly.  For the last fifteen years I've consumed at least 2-4 liters of cola per week, if you average it out (probably closer to ten).  Thats a conservative 2000 litres of cola.  At ~120 grams of sugar per Liter, that works out to a whopping 240 KILOGRAMS of sugar.  Now, were my parents terrible?  I don't think so - the knowledge wasnt out there that us kids were being fed a high sugar highly addictive substance that really messed with our bodies.   I can personally account that I had a terrible sleep schedule growing up, and I can directly attribute it to sugar/caffeine.  Unlike many friends I know I managed to stay skinny and somewhat 'in shape' through hyperactivity.  The artificial insomnia destroyed my school scores - as I spent a lot of time very tired in class, not paying attention - and was even suggested to go on medications to 'fix' how 'weird' I acted.  Most all of my child teeth and adult teeth are full of fillings where I had cavities - and I can't have cold food touch my teeth because I have almost no enamel left.  Consider now the direct economic cost of this:  At an average of a dollar per liter - multiply by the number of 'addicted' heavy user kids out there, and you have yourself a staggering amount.  I'm not alone.  I know lots of friends with similar stories - some less fortunate with serious health problems like diabetes and bariatric problems.  Economy: The high fructose corn syrup industry has halfway destroyed the cane sugar market in many third world countries.  Soda machines all over, often in schools, rape the pocketbooks of young persons for a product they don't need.  Pretend for a moment you are a drug dealer gang boss.  Now imagine you can put a legal salesman in most every school, "free".  I don't need to explain the rest of the story. Society:  Soft drinks are not 'evil' - they are an enjoyable vice that when taken in reasonable quantity aren't that harmful.  Therein lies the problem - they are marketed as the be-all and end-all to be happy, thirst quenched, and popular.  Couple this with the fact that they contain high levels of two of the most addictive legal substances out there:  Caffeine and glucose.  Our nervous systems don't stand a chance. Environment:  Frankly you'd be surprised how much carbon dioxide comes from the soda industry - that fizz goes somewhere after you *kssshk* open the can.  High fructose corn syrup is bad not just for your body but for the environment.  Some areas are very good at recycling, but still others are brutally abysmal at their three R's.  Many COUNTRIES in fact don't recycle at all.  That's a LOT of plastic and aluminum ending up in the environment, to be there long after we are gone. My proposal:  What I want to see is awareness campaigns of the health risks of being a heavy user - in conjunction with warning labels similar to what the tobacco industry has on their products.  I want to see their huge profits going into the community (like in this contest - more of it!).  Make companies accountable for their products. photo courtesy freefoto.com

Topic by frollard   |  last reply


Eee, when I were young...

In no particular order...We had a single telephone in the house, landline, rotary dial, and several neighbours didn't have that.One TV in the house. CRT, 15 inch screen.Only three TV channels.They weren't on all night. They weren't even on all day.Black and white, all the way - TV, camera filmOnly two transistor radios in the house, running off 9V batteries the size of my fist.Most stations were on AM & LW bands. Commercial stations broadcast from "abroad".One record player in the house, which still have a position on the speed selector for playing 78rpm discs.Headphones the size of scotch eggs were the norm, not a fashion statement.No mobile phones at all.No game systems.No hand-held units.No home computers (the ZX81 came out when I was 14).The internet wasn't even a pipedream.The largest libraries had microfiche.Foreign holidays were a luxury - the only £10 trip was a one-way ticket to Australia.I did not see a black man in the flesh until I was 13. Oriental later the same year.Seat belts were not only optional, they were often not fitted.Ladders were toys, not a risk to life and limb.No speed cameras. Speed traps involved measured distances and policemen with stop-watches.No central heating.No double glazing.No catalytic converters.Petrol had lead in it, but only cost pennies a gallon.If you spent an hour in London, your snot turned black. If you spent a day there, it stayed black for a week."CCTV" was just a random collection of consonants.Old factories were called "derelict", not "industrial heritage", and kids called them "playgrounds".The bombsites were still blamed on Hitler.Russia was still Soviet, and old folk thought of them as allies.Hospitals smelled of carbolic soap, and the only infections came in with the patients. Nurses had starched collars and pink-scrubbed hands.I was the only child with asthma in a school of 400.Nobody was allergic to anything, except powdered eggs.Terrorists all had Irish accents, and telephoned the police to tell them where the bombs were.Nuclear power was going to give us free electricity in only five years - just in time to power the robot maid.Nuclear war was a genuine fear.The Falklands War was news, not history.You could hitch-hike and expect to arrive at your destination alive.Alcoholism was a hobby, not a disease.Lager was for poofters, cider was for girls.Nobody knew how to play basketball, baseball or ice hockey, and football was only ever played with a round ball. The nearest thing to "protective clothing" in sport was a goalie's gloves.Rollerskates had wheels on the corners, and strapped to your shoe.Banks were as trusted as the police. The police were trusted.Policemen were tall.Emergency vehicles went nee nah nee nah! (except for the ones with bells).Flared trousers were original.Science fiction had ray guns and robots, and spacemen were spacemen.You could travel ten miles and find people who spoke a different dialect (not just a different accent).Kids who misbehaved in school got sent to the head for a caning, instead of to the doctor for a tablet.Health and safety meant "don't do anything daft", and if you fell off a roof and broke your leg it was your own damned fault, not the fault of the roof-owner for not warning you about the drop, and nobody sued anybody.Gay meant "happy", and camp meant "in tents".Teachers that hit you were firm professionals, not dangerous perverts.The phrase "two car family" hadn't been coined....and I didn't feel quite so old.

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