Official Instructables UK Meet Up - October 30th 2010

Jayefuu and I are planning to run the second Instructables UK Meet Up. We did not publicise the first meet up too much, as with it being the first one we wanted to take things easy. Now with a little more confidence, I think a forum topic inviting anyone interested to come along is perfectly suited. We plan to have a electronics based meet up, but some of the attendees are planning to bring along other projects, so you would be more than welcome to bring along something you are currently working on, or a few projects you would like to show off! The planned date for the meet up is Saturday the 30th October.  We will start off nice and early at 10am, and keep making through the afternoon, and into the evening, aiming to finish up around about 7pm. If you are turning up late, or leaving early, that's fine, we want to keep things fairly loose. We are holding the event in my local town of Alfreton, Derbyshire. Attached are a few maps showing alfreton, and also the Hall where we are hosting the meet up. The name of the place we are using is New Life Church, street view of the church is attached also. (if you want further travel directions, or help with accommodation just comment or PM) Anyone who is planning to come along, if you could comment below, or PM me. I need to get a good idea of numbers in order to plan accordingly! We plan to arrange to provide lunch, and will make decisions about dinner depending on turn out (we may just order in some fish and chips). To help cover costs we are asking for £5 for the day, this will include the cost of lunch, drinks and other general costs.  Thanks to Lizzy, and Steve, we should have a few kits to play with also. Listing those here so people can think what they might do. If you want to put your name down for a specific kit, just leave a comment below. Name  AMPLIFIER PROJECT KIT (PACK OF 5)  - £13.98 (2.70ish each) VELLEMAN FLASHING LED SWEETHEART KIT -  £5.58 VELLEMAN ROULETTE KIT - £11.10 MOBILE PHONE OPERATED SWITCH - £8.17 VELLEMAN SHAKING DICE KIT - £8.99 Reserved for Lemonie - VOICE CHANGER KIT RC - £10.52 POV WAND PROJECT KIT - £6.29 I am still hoping to source some drawdio kits, but thats harder than it sounds in the UK! I look forward to hearing from you! Jake - gmjhowe

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BP Costume, Tweeting Snuggie, Tusken Raider

BP Costume Tweeting Snuggie Tusken Raider 44 Uses for Old Discs Self-Venting Cat Box Make Medicinal Salt Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Davy Jones Costume Alien Mutant Robot DIY Platform Bed Featured Author: Honus Sugru-Like Rubber Bender Costume Painless Ganglion Removal Liquid Latex Scales

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Last minute Halloween costumes, decorations, food!

Hot Air Balloon Dilbert Costume Cardboard Armor Super Mario Bros. Halloween Cupcakes Octopus Hoodie Easy Zombie Horde Caution Tape Costume Creepy Bubble Cocktails Toilet Paper Costume Charlie Brown Ghost Freezer Paper Skeleton 5-Minute Domo Kun Doll Guts Serving Dish Giant Spiderweb Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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Despicable Me Costume, Moving Haunted Ouija Board, Cheap Zombie Horde

Despicable Me Costume Moving Haunted Ouija Board Cheap Zombie Horde Papercraft LED Lantern Apple Pie Bites Ion Wind Turbine Lose Your Head Illusion Easy Homemade Glue Kids Costumes Geico Caveman Costume Screw Bowl Mini Steampunk Lamp 3D Aquarium Background DIY Shaped Bracelets LEGO Man Costume

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Rocketeer Rocket Pack, Ghostbusters Ghost Costume, Headless Horsewoman

Rocketeer Rocket Pack Ghostbusters Ghost Costume Headless Horsewoman Lego Indiana Jones Costume Bloody Cut Dessert Easy Leather Punches Spike Through the Gut Secret Message Shirt Large Roller Stamp Lady GaGa Costumes Salsa Fresca Fiber Optic Fairy Wings iPhone Screen Protector Prop Pulse Rifle DIY Calligraphy Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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Zombie Makeup, Ten Best Costumes, Arduino Pong

Zombie Makeup Ten Best Costumes Arduino Pong Wizard Staff Hot Dog Burgers Become a Zombie Realistic Wound FX Iron Man Repulsor Beam Time-Lapse Smart Phone Enclosure Toddler Costumes Open Source LED Driver Giant Spider Decoration Giant Robot Costume Candy Corn Goblin Spooky Spirit Panel Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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Tree Speakers, Melon Brain, Pumpkin Silly String Shooter

Tree Speakers Melon Brain Pumpkin Silly String Shooter NES DVD Player Lady Gaga Caution Tape Costume Restoring Old Sneakers Cardboard Costume Helmet Supercapacitor USB Light Lady Gaga Bubble Costume Lady Gaga Baby Suits DIY Christian Louboutin Petal Sandals Sugru Mouse Grip Homemade Wakeboard Winch Gruesome Zombie Makeup Build a Full Tang Knife

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Popeye Costume, Wearable Sushi Bar, Little Shop of Horrors Plant

Popeye Costume Wearable Sushi Bar Little Shop of Horrors Plant Glowing Tombstones Minotaur Costume Fairy Costumes DIY Aluminum Foundry LED Tin Can Lantern Iron Man Arc Reactor Free Tactical Pressure Switch Ikea-Style Lotus Lamp DIY Magic Mirror Make a Dragon With Kids Arm and Leg Extenders Duct Tape Top Hat Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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Mermaid Costume, Lady Gaga Glasses, 1950s Ray Gun

Kidnapped Mermaid Costume Lady Gaga Cigarette Glasses 1950s Ray Gun Sugru Dashboard Mount Catahedron Costume Quick and Easy Waterproof Flashlight Simple Bookshelf Laser Image Projector Bar Lacing Lady Gaga American Flag Costume Vampire Bunny Plushie Dieselpunk Amplifier Rubber Sensory Ball Unique Costume Ideas Halloween Candy Bark Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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Precision Pumpkin Carving, Easy Home Brewing, Where the Wild Things Are Hat

Precision Pumpkin Carving Easy Home Brewing Where the Wild Things Are Hat Make an Armor Mask Light-Up LED Leggings Army Man Costume Polygon Lamp Kit The Instructables Card Game Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies Mini Altoid Gas Grill 5 Great Lemon Tricks Wooden RC Quadrocopter Fold-Down Workbench Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwich The $0 Coil Gun

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21 Halloween guides because you procrastinated!

Great Halloween Costumes Last Minute Ideas DIY Makeup Lady GaGa Costumes Amazing Pumpkin Carving Iron Man Guide Star Wars Costumes Baby Costumes Halloween Treats Dog Costumes Cheap and Amazing Costumes Make a Mask Gamer Costumes Halloween Decorations Mario Costumes Become Batman Halloween Crafts Haunted House Props Witchy Wonders Ten Costumes You'll Never Make Ten Costumes You Can't Believe Someone Made Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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Instructables Show and Tell - 10/29

Come show off all of your awesome projects at the annual Instructables Show and Tell on Friday the 29th! Everyone is welcome to attend and present their projects. Halloween themed projects and costumes are particularly welcomed and encouraged! The best costume of the night will win a fabulous award! For those in need of a last minute costume, show up and become zombified before your very eyes! Ghastly refreshments and snacks will be served. No trick or treater will be refused. Friday the 29th of October, 2010. Snacks and schmoozing at 6pm, presentations* start at 7pm.  Note that this is a participatory event - if you're not bringing something to show, then please bring food and/or drinks to contribute. Instructables World HQ 82 2nd St. - 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA *Presentations are quick, fun, and informal.  Bring something neat to show off, and skip the formal powerpoint.

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Do You Want an Instructables Halloween Postcard?

We're sending out Halloween Postcards again this year!  If you'd like to get one, leave a comment here by Monday October 18th 11:59 PM Pacific Time, Thursday October 21st 2010 and we'll send you an address request through our normal prize claiming system.  Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Haiku Contest

Submit a Halloween-themed haiku (5-7-5 pattern) for a chance to win a Pro-membership! 3 Prizes – One Year Pro-Memberships Deadline: October 30th 11:59 (PST) Just post your poetic entry as a comment below... All four contestants received a One Year Pro subscription...thank you all for your contributions! Happy Halloween : )

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I sent a gift to Ukraine registered mail

I mailed a gift to Ukraine on December 21 and it looks like it's at customs. How often is mail scanned at customs on Sunday and the day after christmas? Does this mean the padded envelope really left the United States? What does this mean? I took a few of the numbers out. I sent it registered mail (first class international registered mail) even though the CD didn't cost me much! I sent another CD regular International First Class in October 2010 and she didn't get it! Do you think customs took it because it was christian music or do you think it was stolen?Please look below! Label/Receipt Number: RC00 146 2U S Class: First-Class Mail International Service(s): Registered Mail™Status: International Dispatch Your item left the United States from ISC NEW YORK NY(USPS) at 7:28 am on December 26, 2010. Information, if available, is updated periodically throughout the day. Please check again later. Detailed Results: .International Dispatch, December 26, 2010, 7:28 am, ISC NEW YORK NY(USPS) .Arrival .Acceptance, December 21, 2010, 11:58 am, LILBURN, GA 300    

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Biofuel bus-train-road

The Guided Busway Essentially, this is like a railway for buses- a narrow concrete "road" open only to modified buses, following the path of an old railway to link commuter destinations together. Supporters say it's more practical than a rail link (as buses can drive straight off the end into town roads), opponents say the concept is flawed and that building a traditional railway would be cheaper. The buses are apparently "100% biofuel powered", though I'm having a hard time finding out exactly where those biofuels come from. The future of transportation, or greenwashed white elephant? Update 30-03-2010: I thought I should update this in light of bassman's comments, and because of something I wrote last October: "the busway is due to open in a few weeks (so by our bureaucracy time, make that spring 2010)" Well, it's spring 2010 and this morning on the train to work I finally saw a bus on the busway.  It was marked "not in service" and was populated by half a dozen men in high-vis jackets, so I assume it was a test run of some sort, but at least there is life on it.  Maybe I'll be able to post more about it before 2011?

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NYC 10/30: ThreadBanger Halloween Party!

Our friends at ThreadBanger are throwing an awesome Handcrafted Halloween costume party this Thursday, October 30th!Whip up an awesome costume (don't forget to take pictures for the Halloween contest!) and head over to Mercury Lounge in NYC at 8pm. Enter the fashion show and costume contest to win a Janome sewing machine, grab a goodie bag (with some Instructables schwag, if it gets there in time), eat some organic Halloween treats, and listen to some great bands. There's no cover, so you've got no excuse! We'd be there for sure if New York wasn't a plane flight away. If you go, post your pictures to let us know what we missed!

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Burda Costume Contest

While you're working up your Halloween costume Instructable, don't forget to enter it in BurdaStyle's costume contest too!  Send your best photo and a link to your project in your BurdaStyle studio to: submissions [at] burdastyle [dot] com, by October 31st at 11:59pm EST. Don't forget to put “Halloween 2010” in the subject line! Then get ready to vote for your favorite!  Voting goes live on November 2nd and ends November 8th at 4pm EST and the winner will be announced November 9th via the BurdaStyle newsletter and blog. We can't wait to see what you make!

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Instructables Halloween Postcards

Some people send Christmas greeting cards.  Since Halloween is our favorite holiday, we decided to send Halloween greeting cards.  About 1100 of them.  Check out the pictures of signing, stuffing, applying postage, and mailing them. We sent them to top authors by number of Instructables, by pageviews, top commentors, people who have previously won contests, and others.  Since we did all this by hand (and had a couple of snafus along the way!), if you didn't get one, that doesn't mean you're not awesome; it means we screwed up and forgot to ask for your address.  But, we'd still like to send you one!  So, if you'd like a Halloween card, and you haven't already entered your address, leave a comment here by Friday October 23 and I'll send you the link to submit your information.  If you have entered your address but haven't received your card, it's probably still on its way. Happy Halloween! This is the forum topic for Halloween 2009.  If you'd like a card for 2010, please see here: 2010 Halloween Postcards.

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Halloween Making: Why do we do this to ourselves!? ; )

Closing in on midnight on October 30th, and I found myself in a familiar situation . . .Making last-minute Halloween costumes and props for my kids!Here's a photo of my late-night kitchen table, where I was working on a homemade hover board prop from the "Back to the Future" movies. I paused for a moment to survey the scene and snap a photo, and couldn't help taking note of the silliness of the whole thing. It's midnight. I'm tired. My kids are asleep. And I'm up making this thing. WHY?Why do we do this to ourselves?! - - - - - -I know why I do it, but tell me why you do!Were you up late making stuff for yourself or for your kids? Share your reasoning and thoughts on being a creative Halloweener in the comments below. Be sure to include a photo or two of what you were making!

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East Bay Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire is spreading.  I've just become aware of a local school which is holding a "Mini Maker Faire" as a fundraiser.  The website with details is at http://ebmakerfaire.wordpress.com/.  It's approved by Maker Faire and is being promoted on the main Maker Faire site's calendar.  This particular mini fair is a fundraiser for the Park Day School.  It will be held on October 24, 2010, at the school itself.  Call for participation is now open, and closes on August 31st.  If you're local to the San Francisco Bay Area, check it out! Other Mini Maker Faires going on soon are in Aspen Colorado on July 10, and in Denver Colorado on July 17.  I like this trend!  And of course the Detroit Maker Faire, which is not mini at all, is coming up on July 31 and August 1, in Detroit.  Check out the calendar at http://www.makerfaire.com/.

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Make your own organic solar cells.

I occasionally see questions from people wanting to know if they can make their own solar cells.Previously, the answer was "no".Now...The latest issue of Science in School contains a "how to" for making organic solar cells from dyes instead of silicon, that produce useful amounts of electricity.Link to "how to".Also in this issue...The archive of back issues is here (can you find my article?).If you browse the magazine, and like it, you might consider passing the URL on to friends, colleagues and potential advertisers. Previously funded by an EU grant, the print magazine is distributed free. The website is funded until October 2010, but the print magazine needs finance (sound familiar?)Anyway, if you are part of, or know of, a company that would like to target their advertising to science educators across Europe, point them at http://www.scienceinschool.org/advertising or contact them directly at advertising@scienceinschool.org

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Bazaar Bizarre Maker Faire Vendor Applications Available

Attention crafters!Want to sell your wares at this year's Maker Faires as part of Bazaar Bizarre? Here's the info.The Bazaar Bizarre is a juried craft fair that selects vendors based on various elements such as:IndividualityDIY-sensibilityQuality of workDiversity of ProductsMAKER FAIRE AUSTIN DEADLINEApplications are being accepted from July 12th to July 29th 2008. You will be notified as to whether or not you are accepted by August 5th 2008.SAN FRANCISCO DEADLINEApplications are being accepted from July 12th to August 15th 2008. You will be notified as to whether or not you are accepted by August 21st 2008.Where and When Is This Event?Maker Faire Austin is a two-day event being held the weekend of Saturday October 18th & Sunday October 19thThis Bazaar Bizarre event is happening as a part of Make Magazine and Craft Zine Maker Faire Austin 2008. The entire event takes place at the Travis County Event Center and Fairgrounds drew over 20,000 attendees.Please see http://makerfaire.com/ for more program informationBazaar Bizarre San FranciscoSunday November 30th 2008 10:00am - 5:00pmWhat promotional opportunities are available?Cross-Promos, Giveaways and Advertising opportunities may be available. Email us at sf_info@bazaarbizarre.org if you have any interest participating in these kind of opportunitiesAre you looking for volunteers?Yes! Please contact us for more info at sf_info@bazaarbizarre.orgPlease put VOLUNTEER in the subject title.Please go to application pages for more information.Maker Faire Austin APPLICATION LINK San Francisco APPLICATION LINK Thanks again for all your support! We are excited to put on these events and look forward to reviewing your application! And please help us spread the word about Bazaar Bizarre and Maker Faire!Bazaar Bizarre Organizers

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Call for Mac & Cheese Recipes!

Homeroom is a specialty Mac & Cheese restaurant opening soon in Oakland.  Even better, they're running a mac and cheese recipe challenge!  You don't have to be local to enter (or win), and the best recipes will be included in their upcoming cookbook.  I suggest posting your mac'n'cheese Instructable, then sending along the link as your entry - we'd like to see what you've made, too! Details from the Homeroom website: The winning dish will be selected from a group of 10 finalists, who will be invited to show off their mac and cheese at cook-off party held right here in Oakland. But don’t worry out-of-towners, if we choose your recipe one of us will cook it up for you. But there’s a catch. For your recipe to qualify for the grand prize or for a spot in the cookbook, you must follow a few simple rules: * You must use only California cheeses in your mac and cheese. * All recipes must be based on 1 pound of dried pasta. * The retail cost of all your ingredients must equal or be less than $20. This includes pasta, milk, butter, flour, cheeses and whichever veggies or meats you decide to include. * Email your entries topmac@homeroom510.com no later October 15, 2010. Be sure to include your name, contact info, and a detailed recipe, including brand-names. * Gluten-free and vegan recipes are welcome and encouraged!

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Wanted: A contraption to punch two parallel holes in a pumpkin (see pictures)

I really could use some help with this project.  I live in Williams Bay, Wisconsin and the Williams Bay Recreation Department and the Williams Bay Business Association hold a pumpkin race around Halloween.  The pumpkins have to have two parallel axles, four wheels.  I attached some pictures of what we have been using, but frankly it doesn't work.   The contraption we have is a piece of wood, 4x4, with two holes drilled into it.  We have two long screwdrivers that go through the holes.  Pumpkin pushed up against the wood and the scewdrivers shoved through.  We also took off the handle of a scewdriver and inserted it into a drill and that seems to work great.  However, the holes were never small enough and the screwdriver can move around inside, which defeats the whole purpose.  Also there are only two holes and that limites the size of pumpkin that can be used. I like the basic idea of this Pumpkin Punch.  We just didn't have the right tools or know-how to do it right. The axles have to be parallel or the pumpkin will not go straight.  We, the Rec Department,  use 5/16 threaded rod and six inch rubber wheels.  The morning of the race, volunteers help attach the wheels and axles for the children, which is why we need this contraption. I would also like an Instructable made on how to build a pumpkin racer so that the Rec Department can direct people to it for questions. Check out www.wbhalloween.com for some more information on our event. I hope there is someone that can help.  The next Pumpkin Race is set for October 30, 2010. Thanks  

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Arduino Workshop Nottingham UK

More information at www.nottinghack.org.uk Arduino-Sundae - An all day workshop from 11am 3rd October 2010 Station Street Nottingham. £40 - Includes Oomlout Arduino Budget Pack. An introduction to Arduino for beginners. Step by step introduction to working with the Arduino prototyping board and an introduction to microprocessors in general. In addition to on-screen step-by-step instruction, experienced hackers will be there to help you. Includes an Arduino Kit or bring your own for a discount. A day filled with Arduino using the www.oomlout.co.uk Budget Arduino Kit (included in the cost of the workshop or buy and bring your own for a discount).  Schedule for the day: 11:00 - Settle in get your kit open it up and have a play around meet others etc  11:30 - "Hello World" Arduino 101 basic Arduino introduction including setting up external LEDs, Motors and sensors etc  12:30 - Show n' Tell - Arduino-Projects-Show-Case a number of projects including - Drawbot, Arduino Tank, 3D Printer RepRap, Addressable lights and many more (bring one too if you like) will be available for inspiration, discussion and tuition.  13:30 Lunch (bring your own or pop to a local place we are very central)  1400 - Use the pool of parts to try your own project. Helpful and experienced hackers want to help you learn more and will circulate to answer your questions. At Nottinghack there are no stupid questions.  16:00 - Close (but your welcome to stay until 18:00 then we'll probably go for a coffee or beer). Have a think about what you'd like to learn. We have a few suggested projects to help people who aren't sure and there will be lots or electronic bits n' bobs to help you get stuck in. Make sure you bring your laptop and download the Arduino Open Source environment and install it before the workshop http://www.arduino.cc... The cost of the workshop is only £40 including the Oomlout Budget Pack for Arduino and a day of tuition and hands on help. If you already have an Arduino and the required equipment the cost is £20 only.

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The Weekly Challenge Sugru Official Rules

OFFICIAL RULES PLEASE REVIEW THESE OFFICIAL RULES BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRANTS WHO ARE MINORS: YOU MUST OBTAIN THE CONSENT OF YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRY TO THE CONTEST IS FREE AND NO PAYMENT OR PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PAYMENT OR PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. PLEASE SEE THE INSTRUCTABLES TERMS OF SERVICE AND PRIVACY POLICY SECTION A - SPECIFIC TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST Sponsor. The Instructables The Weekly Challenge: Sugru (the "Contest") is a skill-based contest sponsored by Instructables, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Sponsor"), in connection with the Instructables.com website (the "Sponsor Site"). The Contest is co-sponsored by the company or companies listed here, if any (each, a "Co-Sponsor"): none. The Contest is governed by these Official Rules (these "Rules"). Overview. The object of the Contest is to make something using Sugru. Eligibility. 1.THE CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO NATURAL PERSONS WHO, AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, ARE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE SPONSOR SITE, WHO ARE AT LEAST THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OLD, AND ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUT EXCLUDING PUERTO RICO),  CANADA (EXCLUDING THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA), UNITED KINGDOM, OR AUSTRALIA. 1.If you are a minor, meaning that you are under the age of majority in your jurisdiction (currently 18 or 19 in most U.S. states and provinces of Canada and Australia, and, for the UK, 16 in Scotland and 18 in most other parts of the United Kingdom), you must obtain permission from your parent or legal guardian, and your parent or legal guardian must consent to these Rules as if he or she were an entrant, before you submit an entry.  Sponsor reserves the right to require minors to submit proof of parental/guardian permission and consent to these Rules at any time, without which they may be immediately disqualified from the Contest. Certain individuals are excluded from eligibility to enter or win, as described in Section B below.  No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. Deadline. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT)/8AM GMT on October 24th (the "Start Date"). Entries for the Contest must be received by Sponsor by 11:59 p.m. PT on October 30th /7:59am GMT on October 31st (the "Deadline"). How to Enter. All entries must comply with the entry requirements identified in these Rules (including in this Section and in Section B below), as well as with any specific formatting or content requirements identified in Section A.2 above or on the "How to Enter" page https://www.instructables.com/The-Weekly-Challenge-Sugru/ for the Contest on the Sponsor Site. It is each entrant's responsibility to ensure compliance with those requirements. To enter a new project in the Contest, follow these steps: First document your project in the step-by-step or photo,Instructables format. 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Tier #1: If there are at least 5 but no more than 9 eligible entries, the winner will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, and a Sugru sample pack.  Approximate retail value: $50, £ 32.31; or Tier #2: If there are at least 10 but no more than 24 entries, the winner will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value: $65, £ 42; or Tier #3: If there are at least 25 but no more than 49 entries, the entrant with the highest judges’ score will be awarded a prize package including a Leatherman Juice, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value: $105, £ 67.86.  The entrants with the next 3 highest judges’ scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65, £ 42; or Tier #4: If there are at least 50 but no more than 99 entries, the entrant with the highest judges’ score will be awarded a prize package including a Dremel rotary took kit, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value: $165, £ 106.64.  The entrants with the next 5 highest judges’ scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65, £ 42; or Tier #5: If there are 100 or more eligible entries, the entrant with the highest judges’ score will be awarded a prize package including an iPad 2, a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.    Approximate retail value: $565, £ 365.15. The entrants with the next 10 highest judges’ scores will each be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.  Approximate retail value of each prize package: $65, £ 42. With respect to any prizes that include any gift cards, pre-paid debit cards,  similar cards, or any other items or services that are subject to third party terms and conditions or restrictions, acceptance and use of the prizes are subject to all eligibility criteria, expiration dates, service or dormancy fees, and all other terms and conditions (if any) imposed by the issuer of such cards, items or services. 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The worst time of my life

If three years ago somebody had told me that I would be at Maker Faire, using my cyborg arms, watching Arc Attack playing the “Doctor Who” theme, and meeting Adam Savage from “Mythbusters”, I would have said that person is crazy or is mocking me. But I was there. With Instructables. It was awesome when Adam Savage, in the middle of his conference, yelled to me “Hey man! Nice borg!!”. “OH MY GOD!” I thought, “ADAM SAVAGE FROM THE MYTHBUSTERS TOLD ME I MADE A NICE BORG!!” But, beyond Adam Savage, the giant robots, the fire and electricity shows, the beautiful steampunk women, the good energy, the delicious food and the pictures with Daleks; the most beautiful, shocking, awesome and magical moment of the Maker Faire 2013 was when I had just arrived at the Autodesk booth. I saw the giant map of DIYers from around the world, and I realized my picture and profile were representing Colombia and I was one of the three leading makers of South America. I was paralyzed remembering all this journey, from being a complete loser without a future to that point in time and space when I felt absolutely happy, calm, and at peace with myself. It was worth it to keep fighting, just for that sublime moment. I felt like a Rock Star. Not because I was, but because Instructables and Autodesk made me feel like one. ……………………………………… When people ask me “Why do you love Instructables?” my answers are always the same: because the site is awesome, has amazing projects and great contests with cool prizes; because Instructables is the only one who has supported my DIY activities, especially in my country (Colombia) where science and technology aren’t priorities, and so on. But I never gave the complete answer. And now, after these fantastic five months as Artist in Residence, I want to tell the truth: I love Instructables because they were with me in the worst time of my life. ……………………………………… In 2009, I lost my job as Security Analyst in an important Colombian company. I thought I could subsist thanks to my junk projects and creating my own business, but almost nobody was interested on buying recycled crafts (besides, I wasn’t as good then as I am today.) And the only interested people wanted my works for free. It was not enough for a living, so after a few months I started looking for a job. Due to its economic situation, Colombia has high rates of unemployment and it’s very hard to find a job, and there’s no government subsidy for unemployed workers (sorry Colombia! One day, I will talk about all your beautiful and fantastic things, because you have a lot. But not today). Besides, when you are a former military officer the only civilian jobs you can apply for are in security because nobody thinks you can be creative; and if you are, nobody takes you seriously. Every two weeks I had an interview. Every interview ended with just another “we will call you.” It’s time to confess something to the world: at the same time, I was diagnosed with mild Borderline Personality Disorder and depression. It’s not something that “SHAZAM! You are nuts!”. No. I knew from years ago there was something wrong about me, but just in that moment I found out what I have. Just in case you ask: no, this condition doesn’t make me a bad employee, and I’m very competent in my work. No, I’m not some kind of evil psycho. Just a little bit creepy sometimes, but I always try my best to be a good person. And no, I’m not trying to look like a “dark and bizarre, Tim Burton style” character just because I want to look interesting. It may work for an artist or a teenager, but not for somebody trying to get a job in the security business or a stable relationship. I didn’t have any health insurance; I didn’t have money for any treatment and, in case I could afford it, there is a social stigma about persons with some kind of mental disorder, and no company would be interested in hiring a security manager with that kind of problem. So, I had to keep it to myself. I didn’t even tell it to my family. And my girlfriend broke up with me. So, my life was “complete.” I was without a job, love and almost without my sanity. Almost all of my “friends” were gone. I was drowning in debts. I didn’t have money even for basic things. I had to return to my mother’s house. I lost every goal, every dream, and every hope. The situation was so desperate that I seriously thought about giving up. But only two things stopped me from doing that. One was Carolina, the only friend I had in that moment. The other thing was Instructables. ……………………………………… I found the site several months after because I was looking for simple robots ideas. Then, I saw Instructables has contests, and I entered my first project (the “SPD Exoskeleton”) for the 2009 Halloween Contest. A lot of people made awesome comments about my project, and I received my first prize: the “Photojojo!” book and a Robot T-Shirt. “What? I just post pictures of my project on an internet site and they give me free stuff? Interesting!” Then, I made another project, the “Valentine’s RoboGrinch”. I was a finalist in the 2010 Valentine’s Day Contest. People around the world commented about my ideas, and my projects started to become popular being featured in other sites and blogs around the planet. When I got the First Prize on the Dead Computer Contest, I gave to my mother the netbook I won. It was the only present I could afford to give her in a long time. In my darkest moments, when I thought about giving up, I remembered I had some project on Instructables I didn’t finish or publish, and then I keep fighting just one or two days more, because I didn’t want to leave it uncompleted. When I finished it, I endured one week more, just for knowing if it was successful in a contest. Sometimes I won. Sometimes I lost. When I could get some money, I used it for buying tools or materials for the projects, instead of food or paying debts. Because I started to think that every project, every idea I was making, every instructable I was writing, was my little legacy to humanity. Probably one day I will die, but at least in some part of the Internet, it would be a proof that I made something good, something that could be appreciated by anybody, and my life was not in vain. And I started to win more contests. It felt good, because I thought “I’m a loser, but this loser is kicking butts!” With so many fantastic authors, the competition got tougher, so I had to improve my skills (and my English. Instructables was the only opportunity I had to improve and practice this language.) I became very good at making stuff with plastic trash and limited resources! Besides, without knowing anything about me and my personal situation, even without being on the same country, the Instructables staff and community were (and are) very special and kind with me. They always made me feel respected and loved. Instructables was the only escape I had from my reality. This site has thousands of users and still they had the time to talk to me, to care for me, to make me feel like part of a bunch of friends! They were the only people that didn’t see me or treat me like a loser or somebody who needed to be pitied. They were the only ones that made me feel I wasn’t completely alone on this planet. All of this situation lasted one year and two months. Instructables kept me fighting almost all of that time. ……………………………………… Finally, in September of 2010, I got a job. It wasn’t the best (honestly, it was horrible!), but at least I was working. Four months later, I got a better job as security manager of a business center, enough to start paying debts. On October 2010, I went to the Colombian equivalent of Comic-Con, using the Cyborg suit I built for the Instructables’ Dead Computer Contest. Thanks to this, a beautiful woman found me out of the crowd, because she loves robots. She became my biggest fan and we shared a big love. I never thought I could find a love like that. She was the girlfriend I got thanks to Instructables! She was the inspiration of my “Cyborg Heart in a Can”. And I gave it to her. And then Instructables interviewed me as Featured Author. I would be the first Colombian to be a Featured Author! That was awesome! In total, I have won twelve Instructables contests and two challenges. Thanks to Instructables, people of all the world know about my cyborgs and my Roboplanters. (The funny thing is I’m still feeling like the black sheep of the family!) ……………………………………… It was 2012. After one and a half year of relationship, my girlfriend and I broke up, for good (our respective problems were stronger than our love.) Besides, I was stuck at work and I couldn’t study something art or robotics related because the restrictive schedule of my job. So, the depression was returning… I was lying on the couch watching “Doctor Who” when a phrase get stuck in my mind: “All of time and space. Everywhere and anywhere. Every star that ever was. Where do you want to start?” And then I realized that nothing was tying me to Colombia and I could apply to the Instructables Artist in Residence Program. I wanted to know, at least for a few months, how it was to be in the most awesome company in this world. So I quit my job, I sold most of my belongings, I packed my Dremel, my trench coat and my sonic screwdriver, I said goodbye to my family and I traveled to San Francisco on February 27th of 2013. I didn’t come for the “American Dream”. I came for the “Instructables Dream”! ……………………………………… What can I say? How can I describe the most fantastic experience of my life, using just a few words? How can I summarize five months of happiness, learnings, DIY and good energy, when every day was an amazing adventure? I felt, after 35 years of life, I finally arrived in the place I belong. I met the faces behind the site I love and admire. You know who they are (sorry for breaking the magic but, please! Update the Instructables Team page! A lot of awesome people are not there!) I’m trying to not mention specific persons, because I shared awesome experiences with each one of you. Every one of you taught me something, every one of you made me feel appreciated, every one of you does a fantastic job keeping this site working. And I want nobody feels excluded of this post (Sherry always fights for sending out prizes on time, silently. Why nobody says “Thanks Sherry?”) Because Instructables is more than servers and computers and projects and internet. Instructables is the people. From the beginning, Instructables and the Autodesk Consumer Group made me feel like one of the team, like part of something bigger than myself. The Pizza Thursdays, the Marvelous Mondays, the Build Days, the Design Nights, became magical events for me. But it wasn’t only Instructables and Autodesk. This beautiful city of San Francisco taught me real lessons about tolerance, respect and being yourself. It doesn’t matter if you are radically different to the other people. Just be a nice person, do your job and respect the others, and everyone will respect you. I had never touched a CAD software, because I didn’t see any possible use for it in my life. And I thought it was something so complicated that only engineers and designers could use that kind of program. But then I went from 0 to 123D Design! I learned the basics in just two days and I fell in love with this awesome program, and it’s free! (But, seriously guys, try to fix that problem with the crashes. Everyone in the lab knew that when I screamed, it was because the program had a crash and I hadn’t saved the progress). And later, I learned how to use a 3D printer, a machine beyond my wildest dreams! I remember the infinite sadness the first time I went to the amazing Pier 9 (new installations of Instructables and the Autodesk Consumer Group) and thought I could never try that fantastic technology; and the happiness when Noah told me I could stay two months more! You have all the best freaking hi-tech tools in this freaking world, and you don’t need to be a NASA scientist or a millionaire to use them! This place is waiting for people of all the world, to come with their ideas! (It doesn’t matter how crazy they are). 3D printers, laser cutters, a water jet, a bunch of expensive machines I still don’t know the names of, an awesome test kitchen, metal and wood shops, even a sewing area! And all available for the DIY community! But, more than being on Pier 9 because the fantastic machines, I loved to stay here because Instructables.  My life has good things and bad things, successes and failures. But being part of Instructables and sharing moments with all of you has been the most memorable experience of my whole existence! ……………………………………… I want to say something to my dear friends of Instructables and Autodesk: if one day, for some inexplicable reason, you feel like your work is meaningless, you don’t like it’s Monday or simply you forgot what this is all about, just remember something: you will never know exactly how many lives Instructables has touched: how many persons found their true calling thanks to the projects, and how many persons found a hobby that makes their life happier. How many couples fell in love thanks to the delicious recipes and romantic crafts, and how many parents shared precious moments with their sons building something. But now you will always know, at least, Instructables and Autodesk saved one life. My life! ……………………………………… I wish to finish my post with some “Doctor Who” quote. I love “Doctor Who”, because is all about being awesome and optimistic and keep smiling even in the worst situations or despite you are feeling absolutely sad and alone. And the series has a lot of badass and beautiful quotes! But now, when I have to start packing my bags, when I have to return to my hometown where I have to pretend I’m a “normal” person and try to get a “normal” job again, when I have to say goodbye to my coworkers (that are at the same time most of the only real friends I have had in my life), and to the greatest organization I have had the honor of being part (where for first time in life I felt truly appreciated, respected and loved, and happy because it was Monday and I could go to work in a company that is making of this world a better place); there’s one, and only one phrase that I got stuck on my head; the last words of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor when, standing alone after saying goodbye to his loved ones (and to the most awesome time of his life), his final moment comes: “I don’t want to go.” Mario Caicedo Langer Former Artist in Residence. Instructables

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