Tyre table

Hello I have an idea surrounding a racing car tyre which i was given for nothing, as a racing car fan i though this was brilliant. However after the novelty was worn off i came to the conclusion that i have nothing to do with it. I have came up with a use after about a year of it sitting at my parents house, i want to create a table based within this tire, the most basic thing i am wishing for this is a circle of glass to act as a table top, however this idea has developed and i would like to have this top removable if possible where there is another plate of glass on which i could put things, the final evolution would be for this table to light up also, preferable with its own power supply but if this is not possible then mains powered would be no problem. another option i was thingin is if the top of the table was able to be pushed down to turn off/on the light. If anyone has any suggestions of materials and/or components that i could use this would be a great help as i am stuck at the moment. I am unaware of even the typer of glass to use! LOL Many Thanks in advance for any help i receive Matt

Topic by mattsd 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Rover: Tracks or Tyres?

Hi guys, I'm building an adaptable rover system which should be designed to go over rocky/muddy terrain (just imagine the basic farm environment). As i am doing this for an A level project, can you help me decide whether tracks or normal wheels would be better? Thanks!

Topic by DELETED_ThunderVolt99 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Japanese tyre ski-jumping

Having seen a few good videos contributed by fungus I thought I'd add this one:http://www.snotr.com/video/121What happens when you roll tyres down a ski-jump?How fast do they go, how far do they get?L

Topic by lemonie 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


What can be use of the Old Tyres of Sedan Car?

I have recently changed all four running tyres of my Seadn Car-Etios GD. What can be use of these tyres? Pls suggest.

Question by r3247 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago



Will 700x35c tyre tube fit in my bike 700x28c?

My tyre says : 28-622 (700*28c-28*1 5/8*1 1/8) I'll attach photo tube Will it fit for my bike?

Question by Eui seokJ 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


why don't cars have bigger wheels/tyres?

Yeah, why don't they have bigger wheels? currently car tyres are about 60 -80cms high. so why not have tyres that are say 120cms or more. more road grip. more components could be stored in it -i.e. for electric vehicles-motors or for reverse breaking-etc.

Question by altomic 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I stop tyre theft ? Answered

One of my hobbies is looking after a special ex-army landrover called a 101 - thats one to my left in my "avatar". Some miserable low life has just stolen ALL my wheels off it. Now, the tyres are pretty heavy - you wouldn't want to lift one off the ground for long - and 34" in diameter, but still they have all gone. They are/were held on wih big nuts too ! Too big for off the shelf locking nutsHas anyone any bright ideas as to what I can do to fabricate a lockable nut ? EDIT Panic over, thanks for all your help. I can buy lockable nuts from stock

Question by steveastrouk 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Inner Tube 700x45

Can i fit a 700x28-35 inner tube on a 700x45 tyre. my common sense says no its first tyre ive needed to change tho so i went halfords got told a 700x45 sounds more like a motor bike tyre and was sold 700x 28-35.  just checking before open them and cant get a refund.

Topic by adonoghue 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Mobility scooter maintenance

I have a Monarch Ryder mobility scooter and I need to occasionally pump up the tyres. The problem is that I live by myself and it is very painful for me to bend down low enough to attach the hose to the tyres in order to pump them up. I have been going to my local garage and they have done it for me so far, but I want to be able to do it myself. I have considered investing in a ramp but I have no way of supporting the top end. I did think of getting solid tyres that never need air, but I've been told that this would make the ride very painful for me as every bump would be amplified. Is there any sort of long hose I could permanently attach to each tyre that I could secure higher up on the scooter when I am not using it? Does anyone have any other ideas? 

Topic by cguide 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


I want to build a push cart with x4 bicycle tyres?

I want to use bicycle wheels with the turn function of two at the back where I would steer and push from. I have no idea how to make this,just have the idea in my head, that it would be just what I need,I picture x2 tyres with the forks at the back with a wide kinda T-handle to steer left or right,other x2 fixed at the front.My main thing I guess would be the axle strength or protection from rugged bush terrain and how or what frame would suit best for what I want.But if I have plans or a tutorial video I'm sure I can.Must be light weight but able to carry 150kg , not wider than 900mm including tyres,if longer than 2metres then is it possble to have it come apart in two pieces?I don't have welding options,where I should weld I plan on drill and nuts+bolts . I've searched all over the internet for 3 days or 5 hrs a day with no luck what so ever. Hope someone can help!

Question by jess.zimmermann.9 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Everytime i air up my tires they blow. Why?

Okay, when i air up my tires on my bike, the tire comes off the rim, the tube comes out and pops, even at 55-65 PSI exactly what they are supposed to be at. How do stop this? Please!! It is getting expensive!!

Question by Yerboogieman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Electric Hub Motor

I have 48V 6AH Battery and 350W Hub Motor with controller for Fat tyre CycleIm getting a speed of 40.Hence want to know to increase speed upto 55 or 60

Question by DattatrayaM 4 weeks ago  |  last reply 27 days ago


Does anyone know where I can get Schrader valve sized pipe/tube? Answered

Being the evil little scientist that I am, I was thinking about building an airsoft gun similar to this - https://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-500-fps-CO2-Airsoft-Gun - but shinier and a little more well built. My idea (for the basic gun structure/ mechanics) is to take some 7.7mm O.D./1.7mm Wall Thickness pipe and thread one end to fit into a female Schrader valve. I found the O.D. by just looking up schrader valve specs. on Wikipedia and the Wall thickness was found by the necessity to have a 6mm I.D. to fit the airsoft bbs. My question (actually questions) to you guys is 1. Where to get pipe like that 2. What type (brass, aluminum, etc.) would work 3. Would this - http://www.amazon.com/Slime-20088-4-Way-Tool-Valve/dp/B0020T17J2/ref=pd_sim_auto_2 - work for threading said pipe 4. Would this work? Thank you for all of your answers and any other information pertaining to this project that would help me.

Question by guitarmonk15 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How do I calculate total lateral forces in the tyres of a 3 wheeler?

Are the lateral forces and lateral slip angles same for rear wheels and front wheel in a front (one wheel) steered rear drive vehicle?

Question by SachinK114 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Compress propane gas? Answered

We are in the process of recycling rubber and waste tyre casings. One of our by products is propane gas. I would like to know if I can use a normal air compressor motor to compress the propane gas into a propane gas cylinder?

Question by Richray0987 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Is this from a medieval spear?

This was found in my tyre and looks like it's from years ago....maybe medieval? Looks like a metal leaf or a spear head....just want to know what it is really....it's about 1.5" long x 1/2" wide and is solid metal. 

Question by landreou 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How can I colour White Gloss paint?

I am about to start painting tyres for a school gardening project! I've researched Diy sites that tell me it's best to use Gloss paint as it lasts for two year before needing repainting. The problem I have is I have lots of white paint donated from parents but I don't what just white. I've been to a DIY store and they have informed me that Dulux now add acrylic to their gloss paint to colour it? Has anyone tried to colour Gloss paint themselves and what sort of acrylic paint did you use? Obviously I am trying to keep costs down as we have 56 small tyres to paint. Please if anyone has any experience in doing this please contact me or have other methods. I've considered Food colour? Thank you

Question by Beeky 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


LED HOOP- rechargeable

 I am tyring to make my led hoop- what i am trying to do is hook up a rechargeable battery that I can hook the wire straight from the hoop to the wall. what do I do and how? I have been trying to figure this out and just can't figure it out! can anyone help me? 

Question by nickiepip 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


DC motor problem for solar car

I have a project science school for physic class . i wanted to make a solar car for it . but i need to know do i have to just connect the dc motor to the tyre or i need to connect it to gear first . which one is more efficiency cuz i wanted to make the car faster

Topic by MohdM10 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


how to make a small hand held portable rechargeable bicycle air pump??

How to make a small hand held portable rechargeable bicycle air pump??which can be either attached to the bicycle or be handy.I was kind of thinking to make a compressor operated by bicycle itself when one is cycling and air is pumped into a cylinder.Now when the air in the tyre is low one can use the air from the cylinder to refill it.But i need technical help,and how-tos? as well as financial help?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


could a 24v 8" hub motor scooter wheel be run off 2 18v 4ah cordless drill batteries?

If so, how long might it roll at a fairly constant average walking speed (3mph) on one charge? example wheel: http://www.uumotor.com/250w-sensorless-hub-motor-8-inch-brushless-with-tyre-24v-36v-48v.html example drill battery: http://www.dewalt.co.uk/attachments/productdetails/catno/DCB182/

Question by ambientvoid 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


LED bike tires

We've seen all sorts of ways to light up your bike. Here on Instructables people have used LEDs, cold cathode lights, and even fire. Now a company called Cyglo is making new tires that light up with LEDs. They are powered by the spinning of the wheel. When the wheel isn't spinning you can see the individual LEDs. They blur together when the bike is moving for a persistence of vision effect. They're not on sale yet, but hopefully soon. And then there will be one more way to be brilliant while riding at night. Cyglo Night Bright Tyres turn on the magic of colored light

Topic by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I've been at it again, in washington.

Well after my trip to linuxhaxors house and wrecking his fence I went to washington on my way back to put shampoo in sunbank's coffee but didn't stop there, I got a little randy and have started a new plague in washington university, my spawn have run wild all over the campus attacking students and bicycles, apparently the cause of the attacks are because my young uns are so damn cute that people try and get close to them, causing them to charge.You can't even get near the fountain... Bent bikes, slashed tyres and broken shins are the order of the day.link

Topic by killerjackalope 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Can anyone please tell me how to wire my flyback tranformer up to make a high power source for a tesla coil. Answered

My flyback transformer has 9 pins at the bottem and is a "L40B02510 MSKK SANYO" I was hoping that i couuld just attach the + to one pin and the - to another pin (using one 9 volt battery) then add a ground to another pin.But im sure its not that easy if it is please tell what pins to use. I dont have a voltmeter to find the primary and secondary. I really need help and please dont send me link that will have me searching all over the internet i have spent weeks tyring to get this to work and nothing works.

Question by talbayaty 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Rewire car charger to UK mains electricity socket

Hello there, I have a 12V air compressor pump which I would like to use inside the house. It's designed for pumping up car tyres, so it has a car cigarette lighter plug, but I think it would be useful for cleaning out the dust from my computers. I've seen a few mains adapter converters on the internet, but none of them have the required amperage (16 amps). I've decided it would be more useful to convert it to a mains plug instead. My knowledge of electronics wiring is poor, but I'm a dab hand at tutorials, I just need to know where to start! :) Would anyone be able to give me some advice? The device is here if anyone wants some background: Thank you! James

Topic by James_B 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What to cook in car engine bay?

Alrighty so i saw an instructable here about cooking on a car engine bay, also a book called Manifold Destiny, and i was wondering what else can i cook. Do you think i can cook rolls of cookie dough, wrap it in tin foil and let it cook by the exhaust manifold? Sorta like bread, kinda sounds good right? Another thing, do you guys have any other food ideas (no matter how crazy it may seem) for cooking? (Im gonna go on a road trip in a few months and i wanted to do some research before i go.)

Question by northcoastnomad 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Calculate DC motor specifications (torque power etc) for electric vehicle?

Dear Sir/Madam, I want to make an electric car like as shown in figure below., with a DC motor. assume no inclination, road is plain surface. please explain all calculation with formulas. Thanking in anticipation following is the basic known parameters: Total mass of car(including rider and everything) = 170kg initial velocity of car = 0 (still car stop) max velocity = 30 km per hour time to reach max velocity = 1 minute = 60 seconds radius of tyre = 8 inch please tell me how could i find the following parameters to find accurate DC motor for my car: how to calculate force needed by my car? how to calculate torque needed by my car? how to calculate speed RPM of a motor needed by my car? how to calculate power (watt) of motor needed by my car?

Question by amazn1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Calculate DC motor specifications (torque power etc) for electric vehicle

Dear Sir/Madam, I want to make an electric car like as shown in figure below., with a DC motor. assume no inclination, road is plain surface. please explain all calculation with formulas.THANK YOU following is the basic known parameters: Total mass of car(including rider and everything) = 250kg initial velocity of car = 0 (still car stop) max velocity = 60 km per hour time to reach max velocity = 1 minute = 60 seconds radius of tyre = 8 inch please tell me how could i find the following parameters to find accurate DC motor for my car: how to calculate force needed by my car? how to calculate torque needed by my car? how to calculate speed RPM of a motor needed by my car? how to calculate power (watt) of motor needed by my car? how to calculate battery needed by my car to travel 10 km in one charge?

Question by fawad_pappi 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


Identifying plastic so I can weld a repair

I am repairing a broken wheel on a old lawnmower for which spares are not available. The hub (holding the roller bearing) has broken away from the rim and tyre. I've managed to weld the two parts back together using the hot air gun on my rework station but some small pieces are missing and I'd like to replace these and reinforce the welds by adding material.It is possible to buy rods of different plastics to carry out these repairs but I need a better understanding of the material I'm working with. It is an opaque white plastic with a greasy or soapy feel. It melts relatively easily (I used the heat gun at 180 degrees C) and bonds back to itself well. I suspect it is a polypropylene of some flavour - straight Polyprop, HDPE or LDPE.I don't have scrap material to test without removing some from the wheel. Any thoughts on what it is likely to be and do I have to know exactly which it is or will the different materials bond with each other?

Question by Henmarsh 8 months ago  |  last reply 8 months ago


Help for completion of Knee Walker Project ?

Hi Everyone I have a problem with a project I started to overcome my unique disability , this project was to basically install low powered electric motor on a kneewalker so I could get assistance / go off-road , yet still use it manually if need be i.e. to get some exercise or more importantly if battery dies ( something I cant do with mobility scooter or wheelchair  ) The problem however is I cant do this myself due my disability ( weld it , use power tools etc ) so I had this person i meet on a another  forum who agreed to help me - but unfortunately he hasnt   - so instead I am trying to find a replacement for him or any one that is willing to help. The motor itself ( Motor - MW12B GoldenMotor  )seems to work fine using a Lyens controller , but  unfortunately there is no direct link to the hub motor whose details are below. Model: MW12B -- 12" Motor Wheel Voltage:36V (Brushless) Power Rate:250W Weight: 4.8Kgs You will have to got to the gm website on the link above click on hub motors and scroll down to find more details , including links to 3d drawings . You can see the motor itself working in following videos that were posted by the person who still has it video1 video2 video3 Due to the size difference of the wheel  ( 16" compared to the front 9" using MTB tires ) amongst other things, we were  trying to find a way to mount it that he suggested would probably involve having to weld on some strong rear forks from a bike  or perhaps something else. Ive included the whole assessment / plan we did based on our mutual ideas and discussions below for reference, but Im afraid thats pretty much it , as I dont have any of the parts here for reference or than the basic facts . If any ones interested in helping , or going me any advice Id be grateful for your suggestions , if any ones wants to offer their services at a price just send me a pm and we discuss things further. thanks for listening , heres the assessment / plan I mentioned.. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I need to figure out a rough plan for the wheel mounting, plus brake mounting. We need to get disc and caliper. We need to figure out what front wheels, how to mount them, and how to fix the sloppy steering. In order to go see a welder we need to know where to weld the dropouts, the caliper mounts, and what, if any welding to do at the front end. Assessment Frame - good, solid, heavy. bulletproof. Wheels - strong, solid, better made with bearings etc better than expected. but hard tires are not nice, and wheels are a little too thin and too small. I expect its easy to get hung up on small obstacles. brakes - crap. none existent basically. Just a bit of metal pushing on the tyre. Also the lever is either crap or a bit broken. need to inspect it. steering - not very good but not crap. whole linkgae is a bit loose and wobbly, just held together by a few bolts. this means it has a fair bit of play in the steering. The whole thing with the bolts is that they have to be a bit loose otherwise the steering won't move. not a very good design. but it will do. handlebars/stem/steerer - designed to be collapsible easily, which is good, but there is also excessive play in this as well. it will do but its not great. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Thoughts.... Because there is four wheels, I found that on uneven floors (just around the front room the floorboards were uneven enough) one wheel is often off the ground a tiny bit. This would be solved by having 3 wheels or tyres with a bit of give in them. I would not want to keep any of the wheels. I would want to replace the front wheels with something a bit wider softer and grippier. like scooter wheels or MTB wheels. Brakes - the center of gravity is quite far forward. if it had brakes only on the front then i feel like it might tip over. then again, with the weight of the frame, the motor, batteries and person, maybe not. I will do some testing. Motors - Golden has the 8" single sided solid tyre motors that would be the easiest conversion, but I don't like the solid tyres and I don't like having 2 wheels at the back. I already ran into my foot. There is also the 8" double sided solid tire. This is not so easy either because it is the same size as the existing wheels therefore the axle would want to go exactly where the existing axles join. Could be done with cutting and welding but would be a pain, plus you still have the solid tire etc. I held up a 12" dinner plate and I reckon it would not look so bad actually. I will take some pics tomorrow. It looks like we would need to cut off a bit of the back section and weld on some dropouts, a bit higher up and further in than the existing axle mounts.. It looks like it will fit under the knee platform ok as well. Controller - because we may well end up with a motor that is not exactly right for the job, I think its all the more important we get a controller with some intelligence. Something programmable where we can set a low voltage, top speed etc. This leads us back to the GM controller, Lyens mini monster, or......I just thought, hmmm the kelly controllers are programmable - well they do a little controller that might be up for the job as well. In fact it looks the most programmable one so far. It is the mini one next to the coke can here: Hub & Wheel Motor Controller | EV Parts They have one that does 12-24v for $79 or $99 depending on max amps. You can get it waterproof for an extra $19 http://kellycontroller.com/kbs2405120a1 ... p-499.html It is fully programmable, see the software screenshots and manual here: Kelly KBS controllers online demo/help-Kelly Controls, LLC http://kellycontroller.com/mot/download ... Manual.pdf You need a serial port on your computer to program it, if you don't have one you need a serial to USB converter. They sell one for $29. Kelly are good controllers. I never thought of them until just now - I usually associate them with high power controllers for cars and motorbikes. When I used to work at Sevcon (who make argubaly the best...and most expensive...controllers you can get.)....kelly was one of the few competitors we kept an eye on. If you look at the setup software, you can fine tune min throttle, max throttle, max amps, max speed, all kinds of things. It will be just the ticket for fine tuning. --------------------------------------------------------------------- So........... This would be my personal plan right now - Electronics: $115 Motor - MW12B (GM) $98 kelly controller waterproofed $29 Serial RS232 to USB converter (from kelly) $20 throttle (max) $20 ebrake lever (max) $50 wiring, connectors, etc -------- $332 Frame / Fabrication: $50 old steel bike to steal dropouts off (maximum, probably less from craigslist or a garage sale) $150 to pay someone to weld the dropouts on and maybe brake caliper mounts plus machine front wheel mounts if necessary for new wheels (maximum) $50 (max) 2 front wheels MTB or scooter 8 inch with pneumatic tyres. $30 (max) new axles, bolts, washers etc $30 box for battery plus mounting bolts etc $50 (max) for respray or powdercoat frame (will be messy after welding. something to put the battery in ----------------------- $360 Brakes $20 (max) brake disk for rear plus screw on adapter for rear hub Brake discs $40 (max) brake caliper (cable ok, hydraulic not needed) $50 bolt on brake caliper mount (seen them somewhere but can't find right now) price is a guess. --------------------------- $110 Battery depends. I am clueless as to the requirements of this system. I can test with my own batteries once it is setup. Then we will know, but at a minimum you will be talking about 18 or 24v 10 amp hour. That is : $199 from ping

Topic by hele 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


No patent on this one.

I have an idea. It could be a good one, and it could be a useful one. It could even be a money-spinning one, but I want to spread it instead of earn from it.What I'm thinking of was inspried by potato cannons:Imagine a combustion chamber of reasonable size, say a gallon volume. Cylindrical, it is domed at one end t withstand internal pressure, but the other end tapers to a narrow outlet.The idea is that an explosive mixture in the chamber (anything handy, but gasoline/air, ethanol/air and butane/air are the most likely) is ignited by a spark, just like a potato cannon. There is no ammunition, though.The tapered pipe (I hope) concentrates the blast to release a "bullet" of rapidly-moving gases.The whole cannon points down at the ground, the muzzle only a few inches from the ground. The detonation is triggered via a long cable (metres long). The "gas bullet" hits the ground with a large enough force to simulate the step of a human or animal, or the passing of a tyre. This triggers the landmine left months ago under the soil.My idea is, in effect, a low-tech device, capable of being built and repaired by semi-skilled locals, from scavanged materials, in war-torn areas. With a bit of training, a small team could use one to safely pound a mine-field hard enough to trigger the mines and make the area safe to live in. The cannon would be damaged by explosions, but not so badly that it would need repaired after every use, and it could be easily fixed with scrap from the nearest wrecked landrover.Would this work? Or would they need solid ammunition, say lumps of timber or rocks wrapped in rags to make a seal? That would need a staight (not tapered) barrel, but it's the same idea.I don't have the space or equipment to make one myself, and land-mine charities won't tell me how much force is required to trigger a mine, but most of you reading this are in the US, and it seems you have an easier time finding this kind of thing out.Run with the idea, chaps. Build one if you can, and ship it to somebody who needs it, or come up with better plans than my rough idea, and post them to those who need them.

Topic by Kiteman 12 years ago


No patent on this one.

I have an idea. It could be a good one, and it could be a useful one. It could even be a money-spinning one, but I want to spread it instead of earn from it.What I'm thinking of was inspried by potato cannons:Imagine a combustion chamber of reasonable size, say a gallon volume. Cylindrical, it is domed at one end t withstand internal pressure, but the other end tapers to a narrow outlet.The idea is that an explosive mixture in the chamber (anything handy, but gasoline/air, ethanol/air and butane/air are the most likely) is ignited by a spark, just like a potato cannon. There is no ammunition, though.The tapered pipe (I hope) concentrates the blast to release a "bullet" of rapidly-moving gases.The whole cannon points down at the ground, the muzzle only a few inches from the ground. The detonation is triggered via a long cable (metres long). The "gas bullet" hits the ground with a large enough force to simulate the step of a human or animal, or the passing of a tyre. This triggers the landmine left months ago under the soil.My idea is, in effect, a low-tech device, capable of being built and repaired by semi-skilled locals, from scavanged materials, in war-torn areas. With a bit of training, a small team could use one to safely pound a mine-field hard enough to trigger the mines and make the area safe to live in. The cannon would be damaged by explosions, but not so badly that it would need repaired after every use, and it could be easily fixed with scrap from the nearest wrecked landrover.Would this work? Or would they need solid ammunition, say lumps of timber or rocks wrapped in rags to make a seal? That would need a staight (not tapered) barrel, but it's the same idea.I don't have the space or equipment to make one myself, and land-mine charities won't tell me how much force is required to trigger a mine, but most of you reading this are in the US, and it seems you have an easier time finding this kind of thing out.Run with the idea, chaps. Build one if you can, and ship it to somebody who needs it, or come up with better plans than my rough idea, and post them to those who need them.

Topic by Kiteman 12 years ago


Well guys I finally ran out of luck

On my way to work today I came off my bike at somewhere around 20-25mph, on a long sweeping corner I was turning with a steady lean and just lost all grip, both tyres slid, my left elbow hit the ground, shredded most of the skin on it and I actually brunt a hole in the jumper I was wearing with friction, I flipped over and smashed my wrist in to the ground so hard that that doctor wasn't sure if it was a sprain or break due to swelling, at some point my left hip hit the tarmac and they Xrayed that aswell in case I had chipped it, there's a nice swelling forming there... I also scuppered both my knees, the bad one is now just popping out from under me at any oppurtunity while the other can barely be moved. I've also just noticed that theres a bit of wood or stick stuff in my arm. This means that I can't go cycling for two weeks by docs. rules, can't play guitar hero, can't lift anything, might not even be able to drive, which would suck nuts as I just started formal lessons, finally afford them and I'm put outta work for a week and can't use my time to do the stuff I want/need to do. On the upside I can get to the hardware store and get my pulse jet parts and be doing something with my time, but I wont be able to build both because I've to save extra wages for next month as I wont get my days off back. The bike stood up to the crash much better than me, scraped paint on handlebar bell and I somehow knocked the reflectors of one of the pedals, I'm guessing thats the big gash on my shin explained... It's wierd I've been hit by trucks and got up straightened the handlebars, cycled off happy enough, I had the same type of crash except the front wheel fell down a curb I clipped a car and hit a wall with enough force to damage it and was fine apart from minor bruises, this simple crash screwed me completely, I fell perfectly and rolled well after flipping and smashing my right wrist, the bike somehow got a good distance away from the crash, as did I... Also three instructables I was planning will have to wait for at least a week, depending on what tools I can manage by then, it's a shame I just made three great projects and I have to wait until I'm better to finish them and publish... it also took me about 25minutes to write this...

Topic by killerjackalope 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What do humans *need* to know? (Edited OP)

Without a core set of really basic skills, civilisation is impossible.What do we really, as human beings, need to know in order to maintain a healthy, happy, stable society?I don't mean "how to solder" or "how to change a tyre", but really basic, grass-roots skills.You may be wondering where this question came from, but I was inspired by the Long Now Foundation's concept of future deep-time storage and its Digital Dark-Age Blog.So, let's have your ideas - list skills we need to preserve, in any area of expertise.If you can, provide a reference as well - a link or the name of a book....and maybe we'll inspire a few Instructables as well.Another thing to think about as well - how could we store this information in an enduring, millenia-stable way?I recently voiced my fears to the team involved in The Clock of the Long Now, and they agreed:...I cannot help but think, though, that something is missing.What is missing is hard copy.The Long Viewer and Long Server will only work as long as we are able to maintain power to the computer network that supports them.If humanity loses the ability to generate electricity, these projects will be lost.Even if the loss is short-term, a few years following some global disaster, then there will be a huge loss of information - knowledge and skills will die with those that know them.Those skills - even things as basic as farming and obtaining metals from the raw materials - need to be preserved in a way that will outlast any traditional or foreseeable computer network.It needs to be recorded in a form as unmistakeably monumental as the Pyramids or Stonehenge, but even more durable, and in ways less obscure.Indeed, I picture "the ultimate hard copy" to be henge-like in nature - strong, metres-high slabs of a material such as titanium or a durable glass. Arranged in a spiral or labyrinth pathway, the first slabs will have the most basic skills explained in pictographic forms, images of farming and metalwork, carpentry and building, hunting and weaving, with times of year shown with icons of Sun and Moon.More and more detailed information would be encountered in a variety of languages as people find the need to venture deeper and deeper into the monument.Glassmaking, pottery, medicines, animal husbandry, generating electricity, navigation, brewing and distilling, no skill should be considered too basic to be included, and it would be impossible for a single individual such as myself to even begin to list all the subject areas that would need to be covered, or even to decide what order they should be recorded.What is clear to me, though, is the need for this permanent archive, something that would enable humanity to bring itself back from some unknowable future disaster, at least to the level of being able to preserve and extend life through surgical and chemical techniques, to feed significant populations and to travel and communicate long distances with relative ease and efficiency.It is also clear that there should be more than one of these archives - humans, being only human, could easily go to war to control a single archive, and fate, being fickle, could also ensure that a single archive could be destroyed by whatever catastrophe also reduced humanity to the point of needing its help.RegardsIn reply, they pointed me towards their Digital Dark Age blog, but that is not what I meant - they are talking about saving files. Skills are different, especially the kind of ground-up skills I'm talking about.If I google for "How to Make Iron", what I get are lots of references to "How to make Iron Oxide" and "How to make Iron-on transfers".What I do not get is a clear link to the knowledge I need to be able to turn a pile of brown rocks into metallic iron using only what I can find or make from what I find. Come the comet, though, that's the skill-set I'll need.Amazon is no better at coming up with paper books on the subject.Heretical though it sounds, even this website is not what is needed, simply because it is digital in nature. Come the comet, off goes the power and this entire, wonderful edifice vanishes with the dot on the CRT.Somewhere, somehow, we need to gather these skills into a huge and durable text book. With copies.The questions are, of course, what is stored, where, how, and who pays for it?

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago