Michigan Knex war

Sorry for the late notice, but a Michigan Knex war has been planned.Here's the link to all the info.http://knexinnovation.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=65&t;=840&p;=11730#p11730oodammo will be supplied for you.

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Sourcing solvents in michigan

Ok, so I'm having some trouble finding solvents in quantities of under 5 gallons (5 is too much, and  for this project 1 gallon is too) that arent acetone, MEK, or xylene (home depot and lowes carry those). Specifically I need Perchloroethylene because thats the solvent that E6000 glue is made with and is the glue I want to thin out. The datasheet indicates that  1,1,1-Trichloroethane, Cyclohexane, Methylene chloride, Chlorothane NU, Chevron solvent 1100, gasoline, Propyl acetate, or Toluene will also dissolve it, but I'd really like to stick with its manufactured solvent.  I presume it would have some sort of pricey hazmat shipping charges or the necessity of some sort of licence and I would rather pick it up, so where (or who) can I order some from in the Detroit area?

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What brings big waves to lake michigan?

Well I'm going to lake Michigan in 3 weeks and their are sometimes huge waves that are 6-7 feet. What brings them in, storms? wind?

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Are potato cannons legal in Michigan?

We have been using potato cannons in a BSA camporee and someone just told us that these cannons are illegal. When they are used they are in a safe place, like a rifle range. The cannons are mounted so they can only go up and down and not side to side. If you know of a Michigan state document I can use to show the legality, please let me know.

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Looking for Electrical Engineer

The company I work for is looking for a full-time in-house creative EE. We design products for commercial and consumer applications.Here is our website:Griswold EngineeringWe need one innovative Electrical Engineer with experience programming electronics, as well as designing boards and circuits.Metro-Detroit area.Contact me if interested.

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Detroit-area resources, stores, etc

Hello, fellow Michiganders! *points to palm*I recently learned about Silicon Alley Recyclers, a Warren (10 and Ryan) outfit that takes cast-off computers and stuff (mostly from corporate environments), refurbs the machines, and sells them (cheap). I've taken the opportunity to unload some of my old boat-anchors, and I've picked up some neat hardware too. Are there other similar outfits in the area?A fun place for supplies is Arts and Scraps in Ann Arbor, which carries all sorts of industrial offcuts, recycled whatsits, and nifty thingamabobs. I don't know how else to describe it. I had a few bushels of cellphone parts to get rid of, and A&S; took the keypads and cases off my hands eagerly. (They wouldn't take the PCBs, which I still need to dispose of.)Cranbrook's art school has a directory of metal suppliers in the area, and I've personally been getting stuff from Metal Mart at 13 and Dequindre in Warren, right around the corner. They're cool with small orders, and very laid-back about shopping. After saying hi, they'll generally just ask you to go back and browse until you find what you want. There's a nice rack of scraps and pieces up near the front, which usually has all I need.For electronics parts, ever since K40 on Van Dyke and Michigan Radio (the store, not the broadcasting service) closed I've been going to Abel Electronics in St Clair Shores, and once in a while I'll hit up RS Electronics in Livonia. I need to stop in at Galco Industrial Electronics one of these days, since they're also right around the corner. There's a new Grainger in Madison Heights on Whitcomb (13 1/2 mile) but I've never been in there.Okay, that's my braindump for now. If you know more suppliers, please reply to this post, otherwise start a new thread so this one stays on-topic and info-dense.

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what fruit seeds can you germinate in michigan? Answered

I really want to grow fuit in my backyard but i dont know which fruits can grow in michigan.

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What are Michigan laws regarding Tobacco products

Hey Everyone, I'm from Northern Michigan and Ive really been putting some thought into starting a small head shop (tobacco smoking pipe shop) and I am having a hard time finding laws or restrictions to commercially market this type of product. I'm pretty sure there is laws and regulations to abide by. If you have any web sites that can help me out or know any ways of obtaining this type of information, please help me out. Thank you all for your help :)

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Instructables Event. Windsor, Ontario Canada / Detroit, Michigan USA

Hey, is there anyone on here from the Windsor / Detroit area?......... I'm in windsor and it'd be cool to have an Instructables event around this area. I might be wiling to host it in Windsor or maybe someone from Michigan might be willing to host one in detroit........ or even Ohio somewhere. I'd set it up with the instructables people if you wanted me to host it........... but only if there are enough people in the area or traveling distance that are interested

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anything nerf related

I am trying to find any Nerf guns, don't care if they are broken.  Darts, attachments, anything! I live in sw Michigan.

Topic by elliot5445 


Solar Hot water question

Has anyone put a glass cover on a solar trough or know the specs on if this would help or hurt the performance? I have to keep the snow off in the winter due to heavy Michigan snow...

Question by Rainh2o 


3D Printers for Peace competition - ideas that benefit humanity

Michigan Tech University has opened a 3D printing contest: Printers for Peace! They are challenging the 3D printing community to design things that advance the cause of peace. This is an open-ended contest, but if you’d like some ideas, ask yourself what Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, or Gandhi would make if they’d had access to 3D printing! Prizes:   1st Prize Fully assembled, open-source Type A Machines Series 1 3D Printer The Series 1 recently won best in class in the Make: Ultimate Guide to 3-D Printing. It has a 9-by-9-by-9-inch build volume, prints at 90mm/sec in PLA, ABS and PVA with 0.1mm resolution. 2nd Prize Michigan Tech’s MOST version of the RepRap Prusa Mendel open-source 3D printer kit The RepRap can be built in a weekend. It has a 7.8–by-7.8-by-6.8-inch build volume on a heated bed, prints comfortably at 80 mm/sec ABS, 45 mm/sec PLA, HDPE and PVA with 0.1 mm resolution. 3rd Prize MatterHackers sampler pack: MatterHackers sampler pack of 3-D printer materials of 3 PRO Series PLA spools, Laywoo-D3, Nylon, and Soft PLA. Anyone in the United States or Canada (excluding judges and their relatives) is welcome to enter. Contest closes September 1, 2013. For more information and to enter visit the Michigan Tech site 

Topic by Ivana_Zelenika 


Free EV1 Charger

I have an edison EV charger.  It has been disassembled and does not include the cable or the connector.  It is in Michigan and I am not really excited about shipping it.  It is, however, free if you want to tinker with it or if you want a piece of EV history.  

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classic car parts

I'm looking for old car parts. Grills, fenders, hoods, headlights, anything external. Not wanting to pay to much, but reasonable.  tell me what you have and send me a few pictures!  I live in the southwest Michigan area.  Thanks!

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Do you need liquid mercury?

I have 5, one pound bottles of liquid mercury.  These were in dental office cabinets aquired through an estate sale. Not looking to make a killing,  just want it to go to a responsible person. These are in the Detroit Michigan area.

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Science Fair

I really need science fair ideas i'm thirteen and i will have one week to do the experiments. I put a .pdf of the rules below. I'm not sure any of you have heard of NOAC its the National Order of the Arrow Confrence and it will be in Michigan, and they are offering a Science Fair

Topic by Pfarmkid 


Do you need liquid mercury?

Do you need liquid mercury? I have 5, one pound bottles of liquid mercury.  These were in dental office cabinets aquired through an estate sale. Not looking to make a killing,  just want it to go to a responsible person. These are in the Detroit Michigan area.

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Glass covered solar trough?

I have seen a lot of designs for solar troughs but I have not seen any with a glass cover on them. Why not? I want to build a solar trough to heat water for the hot tub but I need it to be able to shed michigan winter snow without filling with snow and wondered if the glass would interfere with the operation

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Electrical Engineering Schools

I want to go to a good electrical engineering college. I've been looking at schools like Georgia Tech, and University of Michigan Ann Arbor. I'm leaning toward Georgia Tech, but which college would be the best. My Reach is MIT, considering my scores are high enough. So if I magically get accepted to all electrical engineering colleges, which should I go to?   My potential college list: Boston U Bucknell U Carnegie Mellon U Cornell U Franklin W Olin C En Georgia Tech MIT Miami U Oxford Penn State U Park Polytechnic I of NYU Rensselaer Polytec I Stanford U U Calif Berkeley U Illinois Urbana U Michigan Villanova U Virginia Tech All offer Electrical engineering and rank in the Top 100 based on various US surveys and ranking list for Graduate Education 

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Gone! For a Week! No Instructables! :-(

Hey everyone. I'm going to be gone for a week. My family is going up to northern Michigan and there isn't any internet up there. Just thought I would bring it up... it seems like a good discussion starter. *How often is everyone on instructables? *Do you have symptoms of withdrawal when you are away? (Just kidding... sorta. Lol) *Anything else!

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Three kittens, winter coming soon, Any Easy DIY House Ideas?

Winter is arriving soon. Michigan gets some nasty winters. We have three kittens, and the momma living outside. { they are not ours, they are wild cats. They are not mean, one lets me pet it . They are all from the same litter. Adorable too!} We already have two cats inside, or else I would take them in.  - I just would a nice easy simple cozy place for them. .. Any Suggestions.? ..

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Horny Toad - Makers of Awesome and the First Official Intern Sponsor!

Michigan summers are quite hot, so I really thought that it would be warmer here in San Francisco. Sadly that wasn't true... So it was a very welcome surprise when Horny Toad sent us a care package of some of their sweet -and warm- gear. All instructables interns are pretty active dudes, so we were more than pleased to take their "active wear" for a test drive with some ladder golf, Kubbing and climbing. Thanks Horny Toad!

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Disabling auto shut off on a heating pad?

I accidentally bought a Sunbeam heating pad for my old cat that auto shuts off after 2 hours. I have added a screenshot of the circuit board so that anyone who knows how, can tell me which part to snip to disable this feature. There is a great post about this, but it is not the same model, so it doesn't really help that much.Please help me! I just relocated to Michigan for work and my southern California cat is NOT happy about it!

Question by witch12 


Green Roofs Capture Carbon

"Recently, Royal Dutch Shell PLC received $865 million from the Canadian government for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. Green roofs, rooftops with plants, can capture and store carbon, according to a new study by Michigan State University in East Lansing. The technology to build green roofs already exists, and they can be created for much cheaper than a CCS project."The key to fighting global warming is capturing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in new reservoirs that weren't storing carbon before," lead researcher Kristin Getter said...."This looked like a rather elegant answer to the Green Question.  

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Itchy sunburn madness!

 Since I live in northern Michigan, I pretty much hang out indoors for a majority of the year due to ''Frozen Winter Hell''. It's been sunny these last couple of days, and I managed to bake my paper white skin :( The only reason I'm able to even type this question is because this burn is located exclusively on my neck. Last year my itchy sunburn covered my whole back...it was like being stung by 10,000 killer bees for 3 straight days...my agonized screams certainly disturbed the neighbors. I'm sure some of you have experienced the whole itchy sunburn madness...how have you dealt with it? Oh, and I drew a picture of the sun for inspiration:

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Westward Group Alternatives Editorial: Expand Alternative Energy with Caution

Consumers should have the chance to produce their own electricity, but other customers shouldn't bear the cost Lawmakers are considering a package of bills that would expand the state’s renewable energy program in several ways, including making it easier for consumers to be compensated for creating their own solar and other forms of alternative power. Michiganians deserve as much autonomy as possible in choosing and generating their own electricity. As long as reliability is maintained and the grid is able to handle additional power, government shouldn’t arbitrarily cap participation. But while greater electricity freedom is a step in the right direction for Michigan consumers, changes to the way electric grids function must be handled with caution. Electric utilities and consumers who rely on traditional electricity shouldn’t be punished in the process. House Bill 5673 in the state House Energy and Technology Committee would lift restrictions on the number of residents who can participate in the program to create their own power, which is called “net metering.” It would also lift restrictions on the amount of electricity consumers can generate and sell back to energy companies, which makes sense. But creating a system in which consumers and energy companies both buy and sell power poses new problems. Caps for participation have existed to keep grids secure and to allow alternative energy to be added gradually to mitigate risks for electric power grid operators. The retail rate consumers currently pay for electricity includes many costs — the actual power being generated, along with fixed costs for overhead, grid maintenance and security and general operations. When consumers who generate their own electricity are compensated at the full retail rate, as net metering does, those fixed costs get shifted onto consumers who are not generating their own electricity. Alternative energy users still rely on main utility grids 100 percent of the time, because their supply and demand never fully match. And a patch of clouds for an hour or two might mean a solar user needs to tap into the grid. They should pay for the overhead and operational costs they incur at a moment’s notice. A recent California Public Utility Commission study on net metering showed consumers who invested in rooftop solar shift the fixed electric power grid costs to consumers who can’t afford expensive rooftop solar systems, live in multifamily housing or don’t have a rooftop appropriate for solar panels. This means California customers who don’t use net metering will pay an extra $1.1 billion in shifted costs each year by 2020. And the majority of solar customers have higher incomes than the average consumer, meaning the fixed utility costs are shifted onto lower-income customers. In California, 78 percent have higher incomes and in Nevada, 73 percent do. Another bill in the Michigan package seeks to set fair-value pricing based on market demand for electricity being sold back to companies. If consumers produce power at 3 p.m., a high-demand time, they would be paid more than if they produce power at 3 a.m., when there is little demand. Mandating electric utilities buy back electricity at retail rates, however, ignores the fact that utilities can produce the same product for much less or buy it at a wholesale rate. This increases the overall cost of electricity, which in turn is passed onto consumers. Alternative energy usage in Michigan increased 18 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. That trend is likely to increase, and it’s good the Legislature is getting ahead of these issues for consumers. As lawmakers find ways to expand the state’s alternative energy programs, they must consider overall grid safety and minimize burdensome costs on consumers who can’t afford or don’t want to invest in their own electricity generating systems.

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Instructable Not Showing Up In Searches

   Hello, I have made an Instructable here out of Marshmallows: (https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Fireworks-From-Marshmallows-a-Pyrotech/)    It is a sort of Pyrotechnic Putty that I have made for use as a easily mold-able solid state fuel, I know that it has probably been caught up by the automatic filters, but it is almost 11:00 Am here in Michigan and it still has not cleared...   Does anyone know what hours that the Employees over at Instructables work..? Otherwise should I not expect it to be approved before a certain time, or is this happening because over the weekend their Instrutables HQ gets a little backed up, by the new Filter Catches, and their just getting to it..? Also if an Instructable was rejected is their anyway for me to know? Email, Notification (Ect..?) Thanks, -Shaye

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Converting a bike into a 50cc moped, any advice?

 What do I do for break lights and turning signals? I'm very technical minded and good with electrical logic, but I don't know the laws/regulation surrounding that area (but I DO know they are required). I've taken driver's training, so I know all the laws/signs ect... I'm looking for advice from people who've done this before. Have you run into any problems? Catches? I have very little idea what is needed to make a gas powered motor to work. How to you take care of a 2-stroke 50cc engine? How do I mount it to my bike frame? should I look out for something in particular when I purchase an engine? Oh, and I live in Michigan (if there is any notable laws here, I plan to go to the secretary of state soon)

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self propelled motor powered boat single person lay on thingy pontoon.

I know that sounds weird, but I don't really know what to call it.  I found piece of Styrofoam that looks like it was from an old buoy.  I cut it in half, made it into a toy boat, then realized the it could hold a person laying down on it.  it is about 3 to 4 feet long and 20 inches wide in the pontoon shape.  Now my questions are, first, how to I keep the Styrofoam from shaving off?  Its the compact type, so the outside is fine, but where I cut it in half it is rubbing off.  Second, should I make it a hand crank, or should I try to get a prop and chainsaw motor on it, or find a trolling motor?  We live within five minutes walking distance from lake Michigan,  so I could probably use it a lot (if it worked).  Thanks!!!

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Vertical Axis Wind Turbine - What is the best airfoil?

I've always been interested in windmills. The vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) seem really cool. I discovered there is a company that (under contract) assembles them right here in my state of Michigan. So, on our summer vacation last year I diverted the family unit over to the assembly plant to see what's new, and exciting. Well, guess what, the plant is closed on weekend. Who knew. Well, for one, Momma thought I should have. Oh well, we got to see their demo unit Windspire up close anyway. It was just whipping. Anyway, to my question, if I wanted to build a really efficient VAWT, what would be the best shape for the airfoil? I've attached an old patent I found that has a drawing (Patent 4247252). I copied the drawing into Inkscape and redrew the airfoil using bezel curves. But, is this the best shape to start with? I'm hoping some aeronautical engineer out there can comment. Thanks, Jim

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Do any big makers or instuctablers live near me?

Hey I was wondering if any big makers or instructablers on this site live near me. By big I mean professionsal makers and stuff, the famous instructable members who everyone has seen their ible's and knows about. I recently saw someone's ible' with an enormus air cannon using a piston valve and some of the pics in the ible' looked like they were from around here. but they weren't.             I need someone who knows alot about airguns, valves(homemade or bought), patatoe guns, compressed air ect. That type of thing because my "career"(not a career cause im a minor but you get it) in making air guns has come to a hault when I encountered two big problems that prevented me from making my guns any  bigger or my valves faster so I'm stuck Anyone who has knowledge in that feild or who lives around me please PM me and comment I live in rochester hills michigan

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Hitchhikers guide to.. The Earth!

So here's the idea. I've been thinking how cool it would be to do a collaboration and create a giant travel guide. But not just an ordinary travel guide, one written by all instructables members.We have enough people on this site that we could get a pretty good start on it. I think the idea would spread fairly quickly. For example, I would write a brief something or other about my state (North Carolina), and then a full length guide for Boone, the university town that I live in. I would include basic information like population, size, etc., and also where I like to eat, what kind of tourist attractions are here, why ASU beat Michigan, etc. Some one else could add to what I wrote, and someone else could add a guide for the Charlotte/Denver area, and so on. For another state/province someone would just add a new step, etc. I realize it wouldn't be an Instructable, in the strict sense, but it would be helpful nonetheless. Not to mention we could have a lot of fun with it.What do you all think? What do the Instructables staff think about something like this? (In light of the fact that this is not a step by step guide to any one thing)Let the discussion begin. =)

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Square tubed sign post with holes?

Hey all, I'm in warren Michigan area. I found a great place for some decent sized scrap hardwood like maple, oak, cherry. Sometimes walnut or other more exotic types. North of warren in Fraser there is a cabinet company called audia, in the back they have a large amount of 1-1/2" wide X20' lengths! Also, a place called laired plastics has an assortment of different color, sheet plastics various thicknesses as well as blocks of white plastics. In the back they have several bins with different material in each one...  Now, i need a place to get square tubing with the holes in them. I need about 12' of it but i don't need any piece longer than 1' anyone know of the business types that would specifically deal with this stuff? I see them knocked down by cars very often, i can work with those! Lol i just need to know where to look to find them. Google has an overwhelming amount of suppliers, but i don't need long sticks i just need some scraps... Call me cheap, buti would like to find them for as free as possible!

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Windshield Wiper Warmers like the rear window defrosters?

A few years ago, someone asked about windshield wiper warmers.  No real responses.  I'm asking again.  The issue is that in the northern states, the wipers get iced up, and it happens even while you're driving.  We know how to do this for the back window, which won't save anyone's life if the front one is iced over.  We know how to use a hot wire to cut foam. So we know how to heat wire. Some of the newer cars hide the wipers below the glass, so defrosters don't help much.  And washer fluid doesn't work nearly as well as you might think.  Hot liquids freeze faster than cold liquids, but the goal here is to warm up the wiper blades.  How would we go about making a warm wire setup that can be connected to the battery for slow warming and lay under the wiper blade area?  Any guesses?  It's getting cold here in Michigan!  You'd think one of the automotive companies would figure this out, but they clearly think we all have garages and live in warm states.  I'd like to see some responses that wouldn't be too difficult for a novice - I don't care about technical terms, I just want to know how to wire it up so it works.

Question by whisperonthewind   |  last reply


"Miracle Liquid" - Electrolyzed Water

Http://articles.latimes.com/2009/feb/23/business/fi-magicwater23I think someone with more time than me should see how to do this most efficiently and see if it work!The article:Sounds like the old "Saturday Night Live" gag for Shimmer, the faux floor polish plugged by Gilda Radner. But the elixir is real. It has been approved by U.S regulators. And it's starting to replace the toxic chemicals Americans use at home and on the job.The stuff is a simple mixture of table salt and tap water whose ions have been scrambled with an electric current. Researchers have dubbed it electrolyzed water -- hardly as catchy as Mr. Clean. But at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica, some hotel workers are calling it el liquido milagroso -- the miracle liquid.That's as good a name as any for a substance that scientists say is powerful enough to kill anthrax spores without harming people or the environment.Used as a sanitizer for decades in Russia and Japan, it's slowly winning acceptance in the United States. A New York poultry processor uses it to kill salmonella on chicken carcasses. Minnesota grocery clerks spray sticky conveyors in the checkout lanes. Michigan jailers mop with electrolyzed water to keep potentially lethal cleaners out of the hands of inmates.In Santa Monica, the once-skeptical Sheraton housekeeping staff has ditched skin-chapping bleach and pungent ammonia for spray bottles filled with electrolyzed water to clean toilets and sinks."I didn't believe in it at first because it didn't have foam or any scent," said housekeeper Flor Corona. "But I can tell you it works. My rooms are clean."Management likes it too. The mixture costs less than a penny a gallon. It cuts down on employee injuries from chemicals. It reduces shipping costs and waste because hotel staffers prepare the elixir on site. And it's helping the Sheraton Delfina tout its environmental credentials to guests.The hotel's kitchen staff recently began disinfecting produce with electrolyzed water. They say the lettuce lasts longer. They're hoping to replace detergent in the dishwasher. Management figures the payback time for the $10,000 electrolysis machine will be less than a year."It's green. It saves money. And it's the right thing to do," said Glenn Epstein, executive assistant at the Sheraton Delfina. "It's almost like fantasy."

Topic by elnino2783 


Keith-Kid's version of: The Hitchhikers guide to.. The Earth!

I just read this forum topic, and wondered why it didn't go anywhere.I read all the negative and positive comments on it. I still think it is a great idea and a great way to get the community to work together even more.Quote from the original post: So here's the idea.I've been thinking how cool it would be to do a collaboration and create a giant travel guide. But not just an ordinary travel guide, one written by all instructables members.We have enough people on this site that we could get a pretty good start on it. I think the idea would spread fairly quickly.For example, I would write a brief something or other about my state (North Carolina), and then a full length guide for Boone, the university town that I live in. I would include basic information like population, size, etc., and also where I like to eat, what kind of tourist attractions are here, why ASU beat Michigan, etc. Some one else could add to what I wrote, and someone else could add a guide for the Charlotte/Denver area, and so on. For another state/province someone would just add a new step, etc.I realize it wouldn't be an Instructable, in the strict sense, but it would be helpful nonetheless. Not to mention we could have a lot of fun with it.What do you all think?What do the Instructables staff think about something like this? (In light of the fact that this is not a step by step guide to any one thing)Let the discussion begin. =)i know a lot of people would argue that this is a DIY site, not a travel site. And I know there are tons of other sites like this. But here are a few of my points about why this would be a good idea:Great way to get the community even more unitedAlthough wiki...whatever it was is great, anyone can edit and erase stuff. Instructables has a very careful community that watches out for this sort of thing. Not to mention the higher quality that comes from an entire community that cares, not just one or two honest people out of 100 prankstersGreat way to learn about diffrent cultures and interact with them. Instructables has helped me a lot in my school work. I've learned a bit from UK from kiteman, and a lot of people know that I ask for a lot of homework help in the forums! My point is that this site is mainly a self improvement center, not just for a house or project, all these things just help improve ourselvesI'm thinking that each step could be a place. If there are a lot of things from one same place, there would be a couple of different steps.We could have an index in the intro that links to each country's steps.We could provide a bit of history, culture, society and Pictures!Ok now you can talk

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Still More DIY Open Studios in Sheboygan!

Fabulous DIY Open Studios continue at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The open studios are part of our continuing series of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) program series. Ages 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $5.00For more information, visit http://www.jmkac.org/DIY.Enjoy a fall Saturday making art, browsing our intriguing exhibitions, walking through our colorful gardens and taking a break with a delicious meal or drink in our ARTcafe. We are located within walking distance of some great shops and pubs in downtown Sheboygan, plus just blocks away from the beautiful Lake Michigan beach.Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Workshop: MYOB (Make Your Own Bag) Open StudioLocation: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, SheboyganBetz White, artist and author of Warm Fuzzies: 30 Sweet Felted Projects, recycles wool sweaters to create felted pillows, baby blankets, felt-covered journals, bags, and more. She is passionate about recycling, specifically of plastic bags. In the open studio, White will teach participants to make reusable bags using an endless variety of recycled materials including plastic disposable bags, sweaters, sheets, jeans, juice pouches, Tyvec mailers, vinyl banners, and anything else participants have on hand. See the photo of White's You Know...For Kids bag made of Capri Sun drink pouches.Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Workshop: Handmade Nation Embroidery/Applique Open StudioLocation: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, SheboyganPhotographer, entrepreneur, artist, and prominent figure in the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ethic indie craft movement, Faythe Levine will share her unique embroidery/applique techniques along with her savvy marketing skills and knowledge of the emerging self-reliant movement during her residency. A twenty-minute preview of her film Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft, and Design, will be featured at the open studio and a discussion session on how to market your newfound DIY talents. Saturday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Workshop: T.O.M.T. (The Other Man's Treasure) Open StudioLocation: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, SheboyganArtist Rodney Allen Trice created T.O.M.T. with the vigilante mission to recover and reassign the purpose of objects considered too difficult to recycle. This open studio gives you the opportunity to save your own trashed or forgotten objects or anything else you might throw away or overlook in your garages, pantries, and other storage spaces, and give them new life. See the photo of Trice's Tri-Bulb Hoover Floor Lamp.For more information, phone the Arts Center at (920) 458-6144. See you soon!

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Project Proposal: Evolving the Artificial Intelligence of an iRobot Create to Traverse Mazes

I am doing a PhD in computer science at Michigan State University in the Digital Evolution Lab (http://devolab.cse.msu.edu/). My PhD involves evolving intelligence, which uses evolutionary computation to try to evolve, instead of engineer, artificial intelligence. I propose to try to evolve the controller of the iRobot Create to be able to solve mazes of increasing complexity. I would evolve neural nets that took the iRobot Create's sensor information as inputs (most likely via the "streaming sensor data" mode) and the outputs of the neural net would control the robot. The robot will learn on its own how to get better and better at traversing mazes. This same technology could then be used to have the robot do different tasks (such as cover a room, or chase/avoid another iRobot Create in a game of cat and mouse). Most of this type of work occurs in simulation because, as graduate students, we do not have the resources to buy robots. This scholarship and contest would be a blessing to me, as it would allow me to work with robots in the real world. Evolutionary computing simulates natural selection in a computer. It uses the "survival of the fittest" rule. The difference is that, instead of plants and animals competing, different versions of software are battling for their place in the next generation. Natural selection, plus a lot of time, produced all the life on this planet. In a computer world, because generations can happen in microseconds, we do not need millions of Earth years to pass before interesting things begin to happen.The simulation would be set up so that the better programs will have lots of kids (versions similar but not identical) in the next generation and weaker software will die out. In this case, "better" programs would be those that get closer to the end of the maze (where a docking station would be placed). Over time the software will become better and better since mutations (random changes in the program) occasionally produce a program that is a slight improvement over its parents. This slightly better software will thrive for a while until it too is replaced by the next slightly better software. Given enough generations, these small changes can add up to produce jaguars, whales, Olympians and poets. Hopefully they can also produce iRobot Create's that are great at solving mazes!I do not know how far I would be able to get in this project before the end of the contest deadline. I hope to be able to get a proof of concept going. At a minimum, however, I would continue to work on this project after the contest ends and would be glad to share my results with the iRobot Create community and acknowledge the scholarship gift in any papers published on the subject. The iRobot Create is perfect for this work because researchers in the field frequently use robots like this one. As such, this design is someone of an industry standard. Unfortunately, each research team must build or find their own version of this robot archetype. If it proves effective, the iRobot Create could become an industry standard. It would also be good to use because the preprogrammed modules such as 'cover and dock' and 'mouse' could serve as interesting programs to compete the evolved solutions against. If desired, I would be more than happy to provide more information and or references about this technique. Cheers, Jeff Clune

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Project Proposal: Evolving the Artificial Intelligence of an iRobot Create to Traverse Mazes

I am doing a PhD in computer science at Michigan State University in the Digital Evolution LabDigital Evolution Lab. My PhD involves evolving intelligence, which uses evolutionary computation to try to evolve, instead of engineer, artificial intelligence. I propose to try to evolve the controller of the iRobot Create to be able to solve mazes of increasing complexity. I would evolve neural nets that took the iRobot Create’s sensor information as inputs (most likely via the ‘streaming sensor data’ mode) and the outputs of the neural net would control the robot. The robot will learn on its own how to get better and better at traversing mazes. This same technology could then be used to have the robot do different tasks (such as cover a room, or chase/avoid another iRobot Create in a game of cat and mouse). Most of this type of work occurs in simulation because, as graduate students, we do not have the resources to buy robots. This scholarship and contest would be a blessing to me, as it would allow me to work with robots in the real world. Evolutionary computing simulates natural selection in a computer. It uses the ‘survival of the fittest’ rule. The difference is that, instead of plants and animals competing, different versions of software are battling for their place in the next generation. Natural selection, plus a lot of time, produced all the life on this planet. In a computer world, because generations can happen in microseconds, we do not need millions of Earth years to pass before interesting things begin to happen.The simulation would be set up so that the better programs will have lots of kids (versions similar but not identical) in the next generation and weaker software will die out. In this case, “better” programs would be those that get closer to the end of the maze (where a docking station would be placed). Over time the software will become better and better since mutations (random changes in the program) occasionally produce a program that is a slight improvement over its parents. This slightly better software will thrive for a while until it too is replaced by the next slightly better software. Given enough generations, these small changes can add up to produce jaguars, whales, Olympians and poets. Hopefully they can also produce iRobot Create’s that are great at solving mazes!I do not know how far I would be able to get in this project before the end of the contest deadline. I hope to be able to get a proof of concept going. At a minimum, however, I would continue to work on this project after the contest ends and would be glad to share my results with the iRobot Create community and acknowledge the scholarship gift in any papers published on the subject. The iRobot Create is perfect for this work because researchers in the field frequently use robots like this one. As such, this design is someone of an industry standard. Unfortunately, each research team must build or find their own version of this robot archetype. If it proves effective, the iRobot Create could become an industry standard. It would also be good to use because the preprogrammed modules such as “cover and dock” and “mouse” could serve as interesting programs to compete the evolved solutions against. If desired, I would be more than happy to provide more information and or references about this technique. Cheers, Jeff Clune

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Two Hands Two Legs and lots of walking in SF

And we're off! The documentary tour of hacker spaces in America starts off in Boston with an early breakfast:At 3:30 on September 8 I began making the WOD's [waffles of departure] and gathered my friends. This was it, I was having my goodbye breakfast. We sat around a giant LED display that was playing tetris on autopilot like we were at a sports bar and called the AI engine out on it's bad plays. Choice is the name of the game in AI, how do you make the optimal choices with limited knowledge about the present and doubt about the future?I drank my cocoa considering the choices I've made to hit the skies and shoot a documentary on hackerspaces, and it filled me with exhilaration. What could be more critical than doing something that gives you the energy to do the thing you want to be doing? There has to be this ignition point to push the chooser into action, creating this snowball of awesome gathering steam as it goes downhill. Rather than chilling with Sysiphus on his uphill downhill journey. Feeling energized, feeling pumped, I called my friends around me and we ate to good health and poured generous libations of yogurt smoothie [Spilled the contents of the blender on the floor]. **************Later that very evening I found myself SSFed :: Suddenly in San Francisco:Walking down 17th street passing bodega after fruit market after bodega and suddenly we intersected. The assembly of the Two Hands Project was complete as we fortuitously intersected directly at the gates to NoiseBridge nouveau. An odd bunch from Chicago/Alaska, Michigan/Boston, and Florida/notsureyet we were meeting for the first time since the inception of the project, and we were ready to rock. Having almost no equipment after meeting up with Mitch and experiencing excellence and consensus in action we go to Sadies house (what a great lady), stay up late, and work all night. Starting the tradition that will continue to this day. Hopping on Paul's tiny folding bike I run across town gathering Mic's, video cameras and miracle fruit. Meeting up with the crew dazed and confused walking around town with tons of gear on their back we were glad to have a brief breakfast with SkyT, Mitch and FBZ before checking out the reMakeLounge.At the reMakeLounge we met up with Inna who saved our lives, 300 times. With her help we were able to talk with the folks at the Internet Archive where we met up with Mang. She drove us over to Oakland, back to SF, and finally back to the Airport. If there's one lady that made the SF leg of this trip possible it was Inna.Mang and his roommate Mike have an awesome Hacker Space appended to their home. We were given a rare peek into Radish Research which they opened up to us. It's been amazing how much people have opened up to us this trip! I'd like to take this moment to thank you all for your kindness, generosity and ability to withstand the rush that is The Two Hands Project. Hee!Posting would happen more frequently if it weren't for the emergency nature of this trip. But keep an eye out, I'll be posting shorter things more regularly I hope._Bilal GhalibAnd now, a brief video of the first leg of our trip:

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Funny Labels

These are hilarious!!! There all REAL funny product lables that people have found. Here's the link to where I got them: http://www.rinkworks.com/said/warnings.shtml Product Warnings: • "Do not use if you cannot see clearly to read the information in the information booklet." -- In the information booklet. • "Caution: The contents of this bottle should not be fed to fish." -- On a bottle of shampoo for dogs. • "For external use only!" -- On a curling iron. • "Warning: This product can burn eyes." -- On a curling iron. • "Do not use in shower." -- On a hair dryer. • "Do not use while sleeping." -- On a hair dryer. • "Do not use while sleeping or unconscious." -- On a hand-held massaging device. • "Do not place this product into any electronic equipment." -- On the case of a chocolate CD in a gift basket. • "Recycled flush water unsafe for drinking." -- On a toilet at a public sports facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. • "Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not cover." -- On a pair of shin guards made for bicyclists. • "This product not intended for use as a dental drill." -- On an electric rotary tool. • "Caution: Do not spray in eyes." -- On a container of underarm deodorant. • "Do not drive with sunshield in place." -- On a cardboard sunshield that keeps the sun off the dashboard. • "Caution: This is not a safety protective device." -- On a plastic toy helmet used as a container for popcorn. • "Do not use near fire, flame, or sparks." -- On an "Aim-n-Flame" fireplace lighter. • "Battery may explore or leak." -- On a battery. See a scanned image. • "Do not eat toner." -- On a toner cartridge for a laser printer. • "Not intended for highway use." -- On a 13-inch wheel on a wheelbarrow. • "This product is not to be used in bathrooms." -- On a Holmes bathroom heater. • "May irritate eyes." -- On a can of self-defense pepper spray. • "Eating rocks may lead to broken teeth." -- On a novelty rock garden set called "Popcorn Rock." • "Caution! Contents hot!" -- On a Domino's Pizza box. • "Caution: Hot beverages are hot!" -- On a coffee cup. • "Caution: Shoots rubber bands." -- On a product called "Rubber Band Shooter." • "Warning: May contain small parts." -- On a frisbee. • "Do not use orally." -- On a toilet bowl cleaning brush. • "Please keep out of children." -- On a butcher knife. • "Not suitable for children aged 36 months or less." -- On a birthday card for a 1 year old. • "Do not recharge, put in backwards, or use." -- On a battery. • "Warning: Do not use on eyes." -- In the manual for a heated seat cushion. • "Do not look into laser with remaining eye." -- On a laser pointer. • "Do not use for drying pets." -- In the manual for a microwave oven. • "For use on animals only." -- On an electric cattle prod. • "For use by trained personnel only." -- On a can of air freshener. • "Keep out of reach of children and teenagers." -- On a can of air freshener. • "Remember, objects in the mirror are actually behind you." -- On a motorcycle helmet-mounted rear-view mirror. • "Warning: Riders of personal watercraft may suffer injury due to the forceful injection of water into body cavities either by falling into the water or while mounting the craft." -- In the manual for a jetski. • "Warning: Do not climb inside this bag and zip it up. Doing so will cause injury and death." -- A label inside a protective bag (for fragile objects), which measures 15cm by 15cm by 12cm. • "Do not use as ear plugs." -- On a package of silly putty. • "Please store in the cold section of the refrigerator." -- On a bag of fresh grapes in Australia. • "Warning: knives are sharp!" -- On the packaging of a sharpening stone. • "Not for weight control." -- On a pack of Breath Savers. • "Twist top off with hands. Throw top away. Do not put top in mouth." -- On the label of a bottled drink. • "Theft of this container is a crime." -- On a milk crate. • "Do not use intimately." -- On a tube of deodorant. • "Warning: has been found to cause cancer in laboratory mice." -- On a box of rat poison. • "Fragile. Do not drop." -- Posted on a Boeing 757. • "Cannot be made non-poisonous." -- On the back of a can of de-icing windshield fluid. • "Caution: Remove infant before folding for storage." -- On a portable stroller. • "Excessive dust may be irritating to shin and eyes." -- On a tube of agarose powder, used to make gels. • "Look before driving." -- On the dash board of a mail truck. • "Do not iron clothes on body." -- On packaging for a Rowenta iron. • "Do not drive car or operate machinery." -- On Boot's children's cough medicine. • "For indoor or outdoor use only." -- On a string of Christmas lights. • "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly." -- On a child sized Superman costume. • "This door is alarmed from 7:00pm - 7:00am." -- On a hospital's outside access door. • "Beware! To touch these wires is instant death. Anyone found doing so will be prosecuted." -- On a sign at a railroad station. • "Warning: do not use if you have prostate problems." -- On a box of Midol PMS relief tablets. • "Product will be hot after heating." -- On a supermarket dessert box. • "Do not turn upside down." -- On the bottom of a supermarket dessert box. • "Do not light in face. Do not expose to flame." -- On a lighter. • "Choking hazard: This toy is a small ball." -- On the label for a cheap rubber ball toy. • "Not for human consumption." -- On a package of dice. • "May be harmful if swallowed." -- On a shipment of hammers. • "Using Ingenio cookware to destroy your old pots may void your warranty." -- A printed message that appears in a television advertisement when the presenter demonstrates how strong the cookware is by using it to beat up and destroy a regular frying pan. • "Do not attempt to stop the blade with your hand." -- In the manual for a Swedish chainsaw. • "Do not dangle the mouse by its cable or throw the mouse at co-workers." -- From a manual for an SGI computer. • "Warning: May contain nuts." -- On a package of peanuts. • "Do not eat." -- On a slip of paper in a stereo box, referring to the styrofoam packing. • "Do not eat if seal is missing." -- On said seal. • "Remove occupants from the stroller before folding it." • "Access hole only -- not intended for use in lifting box." -- On the sides of a shipping carton, just above cut-out openings which one would assume were handholds. • "Warning: May cause drowsiness." -- On a bottle of Nytol, a brand of sleeping pills. • "Warning: Misuse may cause injury or death." -- Stamped on the metal barrel of a .22 calibre rifle. • "Do not use orally after using rectally." -- In the instructions for an electric thermometer. • "Turn off motor before using this product." -- On the packaging for a chain saw file, used to sharpen the cutting teeth on the chain. • "Not to be used as a personal flotation device." -- On a 6x10 inch inflatable picture frame. • "Do not put in mouth." -- On a box of bottle rockets. • "Remove plastic before eating." -- On the wrapper of a Fruit Roll-Up snack. • "Not dishwasher safe." -- On a remote control for a TV. • "For lifting purposes only." -- On the box for a car jack. • "Do not put lit candles on phone." -- On the instructions for a cordless phone. • "Warning! This is not underwear! Do not attempt to put in pants." -- On the packaging for a wristwatch. • "Do not wear for sumo wrestling." -- From a set of washing instructions. See a scanned image. ________________________________________ Assurances: • "Safe for use around pets." -- On a box of Arm & Hammer Cat Litter. ________________________________________ Small Print From Commercials: • "Do not use house paint on face." -- In a Visa commercial that depicts an expecting couple looking for paint at a hardware store. • "Do not drive cars in ocean." -- In a car commercial which shows a car in the ocean. • "Always drive on roads. Not on people." -- From a car commercial which shows a vehicle "body-surfing" at a concert. • "For a limited time only." -- From a Rally's commercial that described how their burgers were fresh. ________________________________________ Signs and Notices: • "No stopping or standing." -- A sign at bus stops everywhere. • "Do not sit under coconut trees." -- A sign on a coconut palm in a West Palm Beach park circa 1950. • "These rows reserved for parents with children." -- A sign in a church. • "All cups leaving this store, rather full or empty, must be paid for." -- A sign in a Cumberland Farms in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. • "Malfunction: Too less water." -- A notice left on a coffee machine. • "Prescriptions cannot be filled by phone." -- On a form in a clinic. • "You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside." -- On a bag of Fritos. • "Fits one head." -- On a hotel-provided shower cap box. • "Payment is due by the due date." -- On a credit card statement. • "No small children." -- On a laundromat triple washer. • "Warning: Ramp Ends In Stairs." -- A sign, correctly describing the end of a concrete ramp intended for handicap access to a bridge. ________________________________________ Safety Procedures: • "Take care: new non-slip surface." -- On a sign in front of a newly renovated ramp that led to the entrance of a building. • "In case of flood, proceed uphill. In case of flash flood, proceed uphill quickly." -- One of the emergency safety procedures at a summer camp. ________________________________________ Ingredients: • "Ingredients: Artificially bleached flour, sugar, vegetable fat, yeast, salt, gluten, soya flour, emulsifier 472 (E) & 481, flour treatment agents, enzymes, water. May contain: fruit." -- The ingredients list on a package of fruit buns. • "100% pure yarn." -- On a sweater. • "Some materials may irritate sensitive skin. Please look at the materials if you believe this may be the case. Materials: Covering: 100% Unknown. Stuffing: 100% Unknown." -- On a pillow. • "Cleans and refreshes without soap or water. Contains: Water, fragrance & soap." -- On the packet for a moist towelette. See a scanned image. ________________________________________ Instructions: • "Remove the plastic wrapper." -- The first instruction on a bag of microwave popcorn; to see the instructions, one first has to remove the plastic wrapper and unfold the pouch. • "Take one capsule by mouth three times daily until gone." -- On a box of pills. • "Open packet. Eat contents." -- Instructions on a packet of airline peanuts. • "Remove wrapper, open mouth, insert muffin, eat." -- Instructions on the packaging for a muffin at a 7-11. • "Use like regular soap." -- On a bar of Dial soap. • "Instructions: usage known." -- Instructions on a can of black pepper. • "Serving suggestion: Defrost." -- On a Swann frozen dinner. • "Simply pour the biscuits into a bowl and allow the cat to eat when it wants." -- On a bag of cat biscuits. • "In order to get out of car, open door, get out, lock doors, and then close doors." -- In a car manual. • "Please include the proper portion of your bill." -- On the envelope for an auto insurance bill. • "The appliance is switched on by setting the on/off switch to the 'on' position." -- Instructions for an espresso kettle. • "For heat-retaining corrugated cardboard technology to function properly, close lid." -- On a Domino's sandwich box. ________________________________________ Requirements: • "Optional modem required." -- On a computer software package.

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