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Sci-Fi Airshow

Loving the pictures from this Sci-Fi Airshow. If only I also had the chance to touch history like the people in these pictures. Sci-Fi Airshow via adafruit

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Sci-Fi Gardening

I read an article on Dave's Garden a year ago on plants with Star Trek names, and I just adore the idea of having a science fiction themed garden.  Looking through some more plants, I've come across even more plants that would fit within a sci-fi/outer space theme. Coleus: Darth Vader Saturn Saturn's Rings Solar Flare Solar Shadow Solar Sunrise Vulcan Daylily: Alien Alien Contact Alien Encounter Alien Escape Pod Alien Invader Alien Landing Alien Skin Alien's Eye Android Android Dreams Andromeda Asteroid Astral Voyager Beam Me Up Beam Me Up, Scotty Ben Kirk Big Dipper Black Hole Borg Technology Cloaking Device First Officer's Log Galaxy Quest Klatuu Barata Nictu Life on Bajor Notify Ground Crew Photon Torpedo Romulan Deflector Spock's Ears Vulcan Logic Hosta:   Captain Kirk Enterprise Foxfire X Philes (just for fun) Galaxy Galaxy Light Gamma Ray Kiwi Milky Way Little Dipper Lunar Eclipse Lunar Orbit Lunar Sea Outer Space Saturn Starship Striker Super Nova Venus Voyager Vulcan These lists are not complete.  I looked through 5,320 daylily names out of 38,449 on Dave's Garden and then filled in with some names from the article, and I'm sure there are more genuses with sci-fi plants.  The reason why there are so many hostas, daylilies, and coleuses is because they're relatively easy to hybridize and propagate.  I started looking through African violets, but half-way through I was pretty sure I wouldn't find any.  I wouldn't be surprised if there were some more in the Liliaceae family such as with tulips, but phew, that's a lot of plants. Looking through some of the names, it would be relatively easy to do a Lord of the Rings or fantasy-themed garden.  I even found hostas called "Dot Com" and "Website".  Hybridizers certainly get creative when it comes to names.  I think I'll send my brother-in-law a hosta called "Twisted Sister". The image is of a basket plant I have.  No neat name, but it looks kinda sci-fi in the picture.

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how to make congo blue gel?

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Sci-Fi Contest Question

Hi Internet! I just saw the Sci-Fi Contest recently opened and I immediately had a bunch of ideas for projects, but I noticed that the contest page says "any project inspired by a film, TV show, or book is eligible." I was wondering, if I were to make something based on a sci-fi video game, would that still be eligible to enter? There's quite a lot of this genre in video games and I'm guessing other people will probably be interested in making video game-inspired projects as well, so I thought I'd ask just to be sure before I get too far along in a project that may or may not qualify for entry. Thanks for your time!

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What is your favorite Sci-Fi book?

I am currently reading Ender's Game, and so far, it has been one of the best books I have read. I don't usually read for pleasure, but some books just hook me, and I am trying to find more of those books. So, please list some of your favorite Sci-Fi books, I am eager to get a few of them.

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how can i make a cheap photocopy machine? sometime before i seen somebody using kerosenefor this purpose.?

Specially i want to know if body of machine could be made separately with managing some other parts of machine from market. it is ok not to have any unnecessary movable parts in machine.

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Changing the Natural Laws for Science Fiction

Ok, so there's a new show in the U.S. called Revolution. I haven't watched it, but it seems the premise is a world where all electronics suddenly stopped working. No iPhones, no lights, no vibrobots. nothing. My question is, what possible explanation could they have for this? A world where electrons won't flow doesn't make sense to me. They still have lightning. They still have fire. Their brains work. Does anybody know if there is any science behind this? What could stop electricity from working in all technology and still allow the natural functioning of electrical processes in nature? I refuse to watch the show because I'm pretty sure they will never answer this question, or worse, they will blame it on aliens.

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Date Changes for Think Geek Sci-Fi Contest

The Holidays are coming up and we want to make sure all of the entries of the Sci Fi Contest are given sufficient time to be evaluated, so some of the dates have been pushed back. Here is the updated timeline Last day we will be accepting entries is December 19, 2012 Finalists will be announced on December 24, 2012 Judging will end on January 3, 2013 Winners will be announced on January 4, 2013 Good luck in the contest and please let me know if you have any questions!

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Contest Rejection

I tried to enter my instructable for Altair's Sword in the Think Geek Sci-Fi contest and it got rejected. No reason was given and I was just told to check the entry rules, but I see nothing that would disqualify my instructable. Yes it's a sword, but it's from a game that is a sci-fi game about a guy who gets in a futuristic machine that uses his DNA to allow him to relive his ancestor's lives in the hope of figuring out where a mysterious alien artifact is to keep a secret society from taking over the world. They even feature several Assassin's Creed items on Think Geek, including a latex tomahawk. Could anyone let me know why it was rejected?

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SciFi Essay Topics - Any Ideas?

For school, I have to write a 6-8 page essay, double spaced, about a chose topic. My teacher said we could pick our own, but she (a) has to approve of it, and (b) it has to be mysterious/unsolved/SciFi/urban legend/consipracy theory. Also, any suspicious crimes, like that concerning Lizzie Borden, are also accepted. My friend is writing of the Chupacabra. Does anyone have any ideas on some good topics, that I won't be straining to find info to write about, i.e., a topic with a ton of info, so much so that I have to condense it? I love the genre that my teacher gave, conspiracy theories, SciFi, and urban legends are my thing. I just can't think of any that would be worth writing so much about. Thanks, I appreciate it!

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I won District sci Fair.

Once again, i won first place. i now go on to regionals.whooooo!

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How Cool is this, from Pop Sci...

Follow these step by step instructions to make a cover for your Kindle or other E-reader out of an old hardcover book: 1. Cut.... Here is the REST of the story, in case you are not a subscriber.....Oh and they link back to us :-)

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United States Colonial Marine armor

Hey, does anyone have any idea as how to make this, besides vaccuform? if you do, please PLEASE post!

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Free SciFi Table Top RPG

Hey Peoples! If your interested in a Sci-Fi RPG, me and my crew have been developing for a while now. We're having fun, so we say the more the merrier! If you're into Table Top RPGs, read on. Ok, some stats. The Artifact is a Science Fiction RPG and is a FREE PDF. This 206 page book includes Four Player Character Factions 32 Character Occupations 100+ Skills Full rules for event resolution, infantry, vehicles and more 25 pages of maps A huge Game Masters section to give you all the tools for making your own campaigns A Bestiary of common animals 43 pages of vehicles and equipment But thats not all! We also have FREE sourcebooks available as PDFs like. . . The Player's Handbook - full of world info and a huge equipment section The Fringe - A setting book for combat in orbit against giant orbital cannons! Random Encounter Tables - A great Game Master ResourceThe Engineer's Resource - Enabling players to design and build their own buildings, defenses and vehicles for their characters! Come and check us out!

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Dr. Who question

Ok, I have had a LOT of difficulties getting to see each episode, but I did finally have the opportunity over the weekend to see the one season end "The End of Time"  episodes. I followed most of it, but towards the end, before he regenerated, he went about "doing things",  speaking to one person, giving a name to Jack,  etc.   Some of them I understood (like the gift to Donna), but many of the others I am baffled by (like the name given to Jack,  and the words spoken to Rose Tyler)....have no reference point for me, can anyone help me out...I probably will never get to see the episodes involving the references and if I do, I will probably have forgotten this conversation by then. A man walks into an electronics store and asks to see their Fax machines.  The salesperson shows him a telephone/copier/fax combo, but he replies:  "I want the Fax Ma'am,   Just the fax.....  

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Sci-Fi Critters - Insects combined with Watch Parts

Insect Lab combines real insect specimens with antique watch parts and other technological components to create these sci-fi critters.  Jason showed me these and I thought they were beautiful!  The beetles and butterflies are my favorite.

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Traveller RPG: Write Sci-Fi with us!

Hey guys, we are looking for people who want to write science fiction for FUN! Its a collborative efforts and not-for-profit so if you have great ideas about aliens and alien cultures, hard science and spacedrives, or want to help create a pocket empire within the Milky Way Galaxy, come have fun with us. No formal writing skills are needed, just bring your imagination! http://travellerrepublic.yolasite.com/

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Modern Times - one to watch.

This video is ... incredible. Watch it, then thank me. MODERN TIMES from BC2010 on Vimeo.  

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Blakes 7 Teleport Bracelet

This is how to make the magic blakes seven teleport bracelet!Ingredients:one cardboard roll, such as a poster or postal cylinder or the cardboard roll from inside a roll of packing tape; diameter 8.5cm, width 4cm (cut to this width if need be, using a saw or knife)cardboard, thick enough to be sturdy, thin enough to be flexiblethin cork (optional)plain paperglueblack or dark brown foam rubber (optional)silver tape width 1.5cm OR aluminuim foil cut or folded to width 1.5cmAntique Gold or metallic brown paintgrey paint OR a round grey button 2cm diameter OR grey tapered paint OR pink paint OR red paint + pearl nailpolishbrown packing tape or beige paintclear or red contact (optional)Visual Reference:Refer to the Liberator Teleport Bracelet diagram in the Horizon Technical Manual.Instructions:Cut your roll to the right width if need be. If the roll is too thin and flimsy, stick a layer of cardboard over it. Cover the rough edges with paper.Cut five strips of cardboard, one 15x3cm, one 9x3cm, one 1.3x3cm, and two 2.5x1cm (measurements will vary depending on the precise size of the cardboard roll). If the cardboard is thin, cut twice as many strips. If you are using thin cork, cut one strip each from the cork also.Stick the strips onto the roll, making sure they evenly positioned in the center. Check the diagram for where to stick them: the two long strips should be next to each other with a small gap representing where the hinge of the bracelet would go if it had a hinge. The small 1.3x3cm strip goes in the larger gap between the long strips - this is where the red button will go. If using cork, stick the cork down first, and the cardboard on top.When all the glue is dry, paint the bracelet with antique gold or metallic brown enamel paint. Do more than one coat if you think that will look better. Wait for the paint to dry.The red receive-button is made from the two smallest strips of cardboard stuck together, covered with white paper, painted red, and covered with contact to make it shiny. Another way of doing this is painting it red, and then painting it with white-pearl nailpoilish to get that glowing pink-red effect. Glue this as indicated in the diagram.The grey transmit-part is made either from cutting a circle of paper or thin card (1.5-2cm diameter) and painting it grey, or by using a grey round button and cutting off the shaft so that it will stick on flat. Stick this on as indicated in the diagram.Cut out silver tape or foil and stick on the bracelet as indicated in the diagram. Cut out (very cleverly) pieces of brown packing tape in the shapes of the alien characters that decorate the rest of the bracelet and stick them on, or else paint them on with beige paint. You may wish to paint the whole bracelet with clear enamel to protect it.Optionally add a lining with foam rubber, to aid the bracelet in not falling off when you wear it.NOTES: Cardboard rolls: the roll from inside a large roll of packing tape comes closest to the right size. A large postal cylinder is too large and a small one is too small. A Pringles packet is too small, but may be easier to obtain. A Pringles packet is easier to cut but is also flimsier; it is recommended to add bulk by sticking on more cardboard to thicken it up.Cardboard: most cardboard you can buy will probably be too thin. The backs of note-pads may provide thicker stuff. The disadvantage of thicker cardboard is that it will not bend as easily, and the cardboard used here must bend. An alternative if available could be thin cork (a few millimetres thick); this will bend fairly easily and add the bulk you need. But only bother if you happen to have some (maybe left over from someone's redecorating or the like). I used it for mine, it worked beautifully.The red button: building this up from strips of cardboard is fairly tedious, and if you can think of a better way, do that.I know Michael Keating!He Played Vila.

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Halo Plasma Rifles: Sci-fi or a real possibility?

Could a Halo-esque plasma rifle be built, even theoreticaly? what kind of power would it need and what would the meterial it ionizes be? discuss!

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Writing Partner

I am hoping to write with somebody on an experimentation novella of sci-fiction. English speakers are preferred, will be an informal schedule, focusing on plot and setting, symbolism is a lesser aspect, professional quality, and will self edit their work. I have a plot and idea, would like to write the novella using a tennis style of writing alternating chapters. I may self-published (Lulu.com). Working under the CC licenses. Wouldn't at all mind having a long term writing partner. Comment here or email me at 94johnjy94@gmail.com! :D

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need help fixing an image

Need help fixing/ finishing this http://fav.me/d4j537v plz help, would really like 2 fix / finish it

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I won first place!

I just one first place at my sci fair! oh yeah.

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What to do with this 'mystery machine' to turn it into an sci-fi monitor/screen/prop that's alive? Ideally, stand-alone? Answered

You're looking at a photo of what I came to call the 'mystery machine', as I've no idea what it's real purpose is exactly. I suspect it's an old, big multi- or voltmeter. As I say in the question, I'm looking to turn it into an sci-fi monitor/screen/prop that's 'alive' somehow; continually generating interesting content. What I'm thinking of is replacing the big, central meter with a monitor/screen of somesort. But, what kind? Ideally, this'll be easy to make, stand-alone and cheap.

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The Star Trek Home

There's the technology today to produce most of the comedies seen in star trek, not just the original series. I'm talking the TNG or DS9. The automatic sliding doors are seen in almost every supermarket. You would install them with steel or aluminum doors with the design seen on the shows. Come badges could be produced. The only problem would be wearing a cellphone sized device somewhere on your body. The hypo spray could be developed with our technology, we use syringes more often. The technology in hyposprays was used in mass vachination machines. I'm sure it could be miniaturized. Isolinear chips compare to memory sicks or SD cards of today. One could install touchscreen monitors throughout one's house linked to a central computer. Microphones and speaker hidden throughout the house could provide the voice access like seen in star trek. Al though you might want to upgrade their authorization code method. It's horribly insecure. A PADD could be a tablet pc or kindle. It uses induction charging, something that could be incorporated or built in using today's technology. The "laptop" used in readyrooms could be a laptop. The facebook video message system shows how the star trek messages could be transferred. Skype could be used as transmissions. A giant monitor could serve as a view screen. A replicator is hard to do with today's technology, but we have machines that can produce drinks. We don't have phasers, but current day guns are as good as them in stopping power, and they can't be damped by damping fields. Torpedoes in Star Trek  are just like air to air missiles in the sky or normal torpedoes in the sea. Jefferies tubes could be installed in one's home if you wanted it to.  Next are somethings that aren't as good as the ones in star trek. Our medical technology isn't as advanced. Tricorders could be iphones modified a bit with radar and other technology. They wouldn't be the same quality as the ones in star trek.  A holodeck could be simulated with virtual reality machines, movie theater, video games, and a 3-d holographic projector. They would be most of the uses a holodeck is used for. There are somethings we don't have that is seen frequently in star trek. Transporters and Warp Drive are chief among them. In some ways though, we have surpassed the technology seen in star trek. Touchscreens are a prime example. Instead of the unchangeable interfaces we see in the bridge, we could put touch screens in all of the consoles. 

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Name this movie.

The first person to name the movie in the background of this picture will receive a 1 year pro membership code.  Show me how well you know your sci-fi.

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Future Weapons

What would the future weapons look like? Will they use bullets? Most recent innovations in weaponry?

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How to Kill a Pleo (video)

Some amusing video of folks from the Sci-Fi network mildly abusing a Pleo. (This is the next toy from the people who brought you the Furby.)It's amazingly easy to kill off the little dinosaur, really. Thankfully you can always reboot.My favorite part was probably Stuart P. Bentley's comment:I can't believe you guys work for the Sci-Fi Channel and passed up the opportunity to choke a robot dinosaur while saying "IF THIS IS A CONSULAR SHIP, WHERE IS THE AMBASSADOR?"

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Radio control question Answered

Would putting a 27 mhz frequency crystal  instead of the one shown, and a ajusting it to the right amplitude make a RC work  with this curcuit http://sci-toys.com/scitoys/scitoys/radio/am_transmitter.html?

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Where can i find nylon?

I am building a vdg for sci fair and i don't know where to look for a nylon roller. also if i use nylon and the top and Teflon at the bottom will that work?

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Preview opinions of the new show: Warehouse 13 ?

Does anyone have any pre-July 7th (premier time) opinions of the new Sci-Fi show: Warehourse 13 ?

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Could I get some advice when building a very strong vortex cannon?

I want to make something like this but without a shotgun. http://www.dispatch.com/content/graphics/2012/03/18/sci-votex-gun-art-gqigfas4-10318gfx-sci-vortex-gun-eps.jpg My question is, would hooking up an air cannon to the vortex cone work? If so, how or would there be a better way? If not, how else could i do it? The goal is to make an automated strong vortex cannon. I'd rather not use the normal "airzooka" type of vortex cannon.

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How do you connect to robo earth ? Answered

I've seen this great network called robo earth but I can't connect my robot to it. Please help me ? http://www.roboearth.org

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costume for plum lady?

Hi all, I've been wracking my brains but can't seem to come up with a costume for myself. I'm plump, and quite frankly there aren't that many female characters out there in fantasy and sci fi land that are. can you suggest anyone?

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Any good magazines for Makers?

Aside from the blatantly obvious Make, of course, what intelligent magazines are available for DIYers and those otherwise interested in a wide array of intellectual pursuits?I've been looking at things like Nuts and Volts, Circuit Cellar, Pop Sci., and Smithsonian. Any other suggestions?

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Ibles Robot In Popular Mechanics

Well I was flipping through my August 2008 issue of Popular mechanics, and what do I spy on page 16? The Ibles Robot! In his green sci fair outfit! No idea what he's doing there, and I intend to email PM about it.

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How can you sew a cauter pin into a belt?

I'm making a prop replica belt hustler for a sci-fi ray-gun, & it has a cauter pin to hold the belt. Anyone know of any crafts or sewing items or just how to sew a metal rod into a belt?

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Sex MACHINE!

The robots have gone back in time and taken over the funk! FULL DISCLOSURE: I listened to a ton of James Brown during my senior year in college and seeing a sci-fi/JB mashup is amazing to me. I also re-fell in love with "Appetite for Destruction" the same year. It was a good time.

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How big can a free-living, mobile cell be?

How about 3 cm across?!? http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/11/20/gromia-cambrian.htmlhttp://www.nature.com/news/2008/081120/full/news.2008.1242.htmlhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7739703.stm (thanks to Kiteman)

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LED wall lighting?

I want to create a long wire tht i can just pin onto my wall with LEDs along that piece of wire. and just plug it directly into my wall but i have NO idea how to do implement this idea. im a comp sci student and i know nothing about electricity, helpppp

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Dangerman Casting

Discovery and Objective Productions UK are seeking a HOST with a strong science background (B.A. minimum) for DANGERMAN, a documentary-style reality series that replicates extraordinary stunts performed by daredevils, stuntmen and showmen and explains the scientific principles that make the most amazing feats possible. So what do you say? Anyone in the mood for some DANGER!?!http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/sci/628816251.html

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The Last Question

Well, upon my wonderings today i came across this, a short story by Isaac Asimov.The Last QuestionFor a short story, (about 20min - 1 hour read) i found it was pretty good. Most of us are familiar with Isaac Asimov for his three robotic laws. For any sci-fi fan, this is a must read. Im now looking into some more of his writings.

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Explore the Human Body with an Online, 3-D Interactive Tool

Argosy's Visible Body is the most comprehensive human anatomy visualization tool available today.This entirely Web-delivered application offers an unparalleled understanding of human anatomy.The Visible Body includes 3D models of over 1,700 anatomical structures, including all major organsand systems of the human body.Link via Pop Sci

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school project help please?

okay i have to make a wind meter for sci class. However it has to have certain things in it. A motion transmission system; A motion transformation system; a speed change. It must also use a variety  parts. Most parts will be made available to me, and i have a few ideas. Such as a pulley system to bring the spinning props movement to a way of changing it to another type of motion is where I'm up to Thanks, Andre

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Would the HV source of a crackle plate work to charge a bank of HV capacitors?

My cousin has an old Crackle plate, like those funky sci-fi glass plates that have lighting that looks like electricity flowing through it, like you get at Spencer's. The edge of the glass broke, and I was wondering if I could use the HV source to charge a bank of electrolytic capacitors for a Marx bank.

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NTE2013 as a single darlington pair pinout?

I'm trying to make a simple Darlington Pair amplifier, but I wasn't able to get my hands on a regular BJT or Darlington Transistor, so I'm using a Darlington Array. The problem is, I don't know how I should hook it up, so if anybody can figure it out, I'd appreciate it a lot. Schematic I'm Building: http://sci-toys.com/scitoys/scitoys/computers/solderless/1_watt_audio_amplifier.jpg

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I need ideas for a TV-Series... Does anyone have one?

Hey guys, i am a scriptwriter and I am going to write a script for a TV-Series for a TV channel in my country. It should be in Drama/Mystry/Crime genre. Do you have any big ideas for a long TV Series? Please advise... By the way, No vampire stories or Sci-Fi or supernatural ideas... think classic :)

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