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Smurfs (bizarre)

When I take a holiday in Wales we always listen to "The Smurfs" (Father Abraham in Smurfland) - it's a tradition. Hence the phrase "The Smurfs have finished" meaning "Someone change the record". If you've not been exposed to this yet, see here: Then there's "Smurfing beer" - quote: "you don't get drunk and it isn't dear" (It isn't beer) www.youtube.com/watch The Pinoccio song questions - quote "Pinoccio, Pinoccio, why are you made of wood?" www.youtube.com/watch The annoying but up-beat Dippety-Do song: www.youtube.com/watch Looking at the album cover I wonder exactly what happens when the floating-head of Father Abraham appears in Smurfland - do they panic and start singing lest he smite them? (Notice the bad image job where the top of a mushroom-house has been cropped off on the right)

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Bazaar Bizarre Review

Bazaar Bizarre was a raging success.The vendors were tightly grouped and the crowd was packed.Though much of what I saw there was the same as last year, a couple things stood out: Cupcakes.Brilliant. Everyone was stuffing their faces with the lusciousness that Sugar Beat Sweets had to offer for a mere 3 bucks a delight. The standout by far for me this year was Magnote, offering kick-ass paper craft robots called PIPEROIDs. Hells yeah I wanna make an awesome paper robot!!! WOBOTEach robot is made just from six paper pipes. The pipes are pre-drilled with holes, and all you need is a pair of scissors to cut the pipes according to the instructions. Sadly, but not surprisingly, Magnote was mostly sold out of *everything* by the time I got there at 2. Sucks to be me and sleep in on a Sunday. Of course, you can find it all on the interwebs. I also missed the Postcard Machine this year. Perhaps it did not make an appearance? Fortunately, I ran into it earlier this year at some other giant craft-thingy. Viva la Postcard Machine!All in all, I give this year's Bazaar Bizarre an A. Great turn-out, mostly high-quality crafts, very impressive jewelry (check out breidenstein design's hinged rings. *Loving it!*)So if you're in Boston or Cleveland, it's coming your way. Take note -- this fair is not to be missed.Insider tip: if you missed the fair on Sunday, scope the blog for more info on the Underground Bazaar coming soon!And for more opportunities to show your wares, check out Langton Lab's Deceminate! call for artists.

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Bizarre weather clouds!

I just came across this article  that I had to share.  I thought it was interesting.  We are supposed to have severe weather conditions here.  We had a thunder storm in December last night.  Weird. http://news.yahoo.com/giant-tsunami-shape-clouds-roll-across-alabama-sky-192102289.html . Sunshiine

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Applications Open for Bazaar Bizarre Maker Faire

Woohoo!Applications are now open for Bazaar Bizarre Maker Faire!!!By now I hope you are all aware of the awesomeness that is Bazaar Bizarre. Pair that with the absolute madness of Maker Faire and you've got one a**-kicking event!So shake your tailfeather and show your stuff this year at the only bazaar this bizarre. Stop by the Instructables booth while you're there and pick up a sticker!Check out the details:Bazaar Bizarre at Maker FaireSaturday, May 30th: 10AM - 8PMSunday, May 31st: 10AM - 6PMAbout Vendor ApplicationsApplications for Bazaar Bizarre will be open from March 9th to April 1st 2009.Final notifications will be April 6th 2009.Bazaar Bizarre wants to support handmade crafters, small business owners and emerging artists in the indie craft community. For More Information and to apply Proceed To This Page

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Maker Faire 2009: Sweet Meats

Wandering through the Bazaar Bizarre at Maker Faire, I found the awesomeness that is Sweet Meats. Who doesn't need a plush porkchop on their couch?I escaped with only a button reading "I love you more than bacon" but the plush meat combo pack was near-irresistible. You can even get your meat wrapped in butcher paper.

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So Bizarre, You Had to Know About This

My Dad sent me this. I suppose it's Halloween appropriate? Weird. Have you ever heard of "Bat Fishing?" Kids out in the countryside come up with creative things to occupy their time. This fellow called in to a radio show ... you have a very light monofilament line on your fishing pole. Tie on a very small hook like you would use for small trout, put a small weight just above the hook, and bait the hook with a little bread. You then toss the hook up over a wire or tree branch in an area where bats are flying around at dusk. Kind of tug or wiggle the line so the bats strike at it. Be patient ... eventually one of them will grab the hook. Then you can fly your bat around in the sky ... kind of like a kite. When the bat becomes exhausted, reel it in, remove the hook, and let it go.

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Master Chief meets Hello Pony meets Bizarreness

This mash-up of a macho videogame icon and an overly cute pony is so odd you just have to love it. I wouldn't pay over $150 for it on eBay as some guy has, but I do like the pictures. Link

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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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Maker Faire 2009: Piperoids

Roaming through the Bazaar Bizarre I found Piperoids, awesome little papercraft robots. And, like The Intarwebs, they're made from a series of tubes. According to the website, you don't need glue or tape for assembly - just scissors and your fingers. These little guys have quite a bit of character, too.

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Skeleton Bicycle

This skeleton bicycle by Jud Turner looks like the result of an archaeological dig from TRON world. OK, it's not meant to be ridden, but quite bizarre and fun on its own. Link via gizmodo

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Mouse mouse makes it big in Germany

The mouse mouse gets noticed in Germany's version of FHM magazine. The little guy speaks the universal language of bizarre and lovable all at once as his popularity continues to grow.

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looks like somebody else I know

While browsing in a bizarre store the other day I happened upon a recent book of old robots and kids toys from way back. On the cover, inside sleeve, and just about everywhere else was this orange wind up toy, look familiar?

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Twitter has gone all, er, twittery

Somebody broke something. It wasn't me! See~> Twitter is currently down for <%= reason %>. We expect to be back in <%= deadline %>. For more information, check out Twitter Status. Thanks for your patience! It's bizarre that even their error message was broken!

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What is this green globby goo in my driveway? Answered

What is this stuff?? I noticed this green slime in my driveway one day. It's sorta gel-like, has some air bubbles, and is centered around greenery. I can sorta pick it up with a stick and it jiggles and doesn't really come apart. It reminds me of seaweed kinda. It was mainly located in the center of my driveway where we have weed growth. The appearance happened to coincide with a long bought of rain (nearly several weeks). I also noticed some in areas of our lawn and near the edges of our gardens. This is in Northeastern Vermont, photo taken this summer, '09. PS--I apologize if this is too picture heavy. Please let me know if it is. I just like sharing all the neat photos of this strange substance that looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters!

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Magic Wheel

The quest for the most ridiculous personal transportation continues with this bizarre merging of a rollerblade, a bicycle, and a penny farthing. If you want one you'll have to get it shipped from Singapore for $580 so if you really want to try it out I'd guess that you could make it for less than $50 worth of spare parts. Anyone interested? Link

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what are the most bizarre/unusual/stupid and weird projects you guys have ever done? Answered

ID LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT THEM......a couple of years back i built a huge demolished city (stalingrad for a wargame) on a large makeshift table that filled the lounge,it took months.....looking back i must have been insane but it was fun and really cool when it was done.

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Mugshot Museum

It currently only has 13 entries, but the Mugshot Museum is a website to bookmark and check back when you're bored. This is True collects bizarre stories from the world's news media (there's a newsletter - I suggest you sign up), and sometimes the stories come with mugshots of the perps. The site's author realised that the mugshots were popular, so he gave them their own site.

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Cutlery iPhone stand

We've had plenty of iPhone stands here at Instructables. But none of them have been made with cutlery. So check out this bizarre and awesome way of using two spoons and three forks to hold up your cellular god. You can even buy one of these from the maker on Etsy or try and do it yourself. Link via Make

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3D photo-tours of LHC and detectors on the Web!

New Scientist reported today on an online exhibit of 3D-navigable photographs of the LHC and associated experimental detectors. Very, very cool!Even more interesting are the bizarre anamorphic images which pop up when you navigate between the pages of the exhibit. These are apparently the originals from which the navigable pages themselves are generated.

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Din-Ink! The pen is mightier than the fork.

Want to know what a designer or a food writer might use to eat with in the future? These Din-Ink pen caps/utensils let you eat your food and then write about it immediately after. It's a bizarre fusion of two ideas and I'd be concerned about some sauce getting inside the cap, but it certainly is a conversation piece. link

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Photos copied from other sites

I came across this instructable. https://www.instructables.com/id/Watermelon-on-Grill/ The images are copied. I doubt if the author has really done this recipe. Found the same photos in the link below. http://www.polywoodinc.com/blog/food/bizarre-b-q-grill-recipes-that-are-surprisingly-delicious/ I am not sure how it got featured. I feel original 'ibles should be found and given more importance.

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Publishing Bug

I have some problem with an instructable that i posted 2 days ago. when i view my own profile, it shows that i have 12 instructables published. Truth is, i actually have 13, when i count each one individually. this is kind of bizarre, because, i usually see a lot of comments and favorites for my other instructables, not including this one. can someone tell me what is going on, and can the instructables support team try to help?

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Sunglasses Lamp

This nifty lampshade uses 40 pairs of mirror shades to create one blinged out lampshade for your room. Points are lost for using new shades and for the ridiculous price tag of $1,600, making this a great possible remake project. More points are taken away for the bizarre claim of reflecting 80 times its surroundings. OK, I know what they meant, but it sounds like this is some light amplifier instead of a collection of cheap shades. Linkvia Make

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Michael Jackson and his huge glove! (awesome video)

This is so delightfully bizarre. An Internet project gets the help of online volunteers to locate Michael's white glove in each frame of a performance of Billy Jean. With that data others can make some crazy tweaks to it. This one is by far the best of the bunch.Really, just click the link and watch the video. It's great. awesome white glove footagevia Make

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Not your grandma's crochet

I just discovered the artwork of Patricia Waller. She seems to mostly make stuffed crocheted items, but despite the bright cheerfulness of the first glimpse, the content is weird, spooky, gruesome, or otherwise unexpected. These are no lace doilies!Some of my favorites are the hermit fairy, man-eating tiger complete with bleeding arm, and the slightly annoyed-looking roasted pig. There are lots more. I can't decide whether I'm more impressed with the bizarre subject matter or the remarkable detail.

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Apologies in Advance

I've mentioned it before, but now is almost the time: I'm going to CERN on Monday, for most of the week. It's actually a professional development session (I'm supposed to be getting inspired to produce inspiring teaching materials), so it's not a jolly, honest. Anyhoo, bizarrely, in the birthplace of the internet*, wifi internet access is apparently quite unreliable there, so I may not be around as much as you are used to. I'll be spending the time in a days-long nerdgasm instead. (*it involved physicists being too lazy to cycle between work stations)

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Fancy winning £1000?

It's not an Instructables competition, but it's right up our street. The challenge is to make an "alternative umbrella":Design and make an alternative umbrella using partly or wholly recycled materials. Your umbrella can be an object of practical beauty or bizarre charm, and made to any scale.Since the competition is on #1 son's birthday, we'll be entering. If you're going to be in the Southwold area in September, you could enter. If you're not going to enter, how about posting some ideas I could pinch?http://www.flyingegg.co.uk/

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Fishing Lures

After seeing this, it has me wonder if anyone has anyone else experimented with making fishing lures? Particularly, has anyone tried making any unusual fishing lures? With any success? I recall, when being dragged on fishing trips as a kid, that outdoor stores would often have some crazy gimmick lures that never seemed like they would work, but claimed to be the greatest thing that ever happened to fishing since the beer hat. I think it would be a fun challenge to not only make an incredibly bizarre fishing lure, but to get it to work.

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It's my birthday!

It's my birthday today, the 19th of may... I'm 18 and well have been around for around 18 years now. Even jackalopes have birthdays, granted people would find them to be bizarre and fear inducing events we do have them, along with horns. The guys in the chatroom will be glad of this, every time we were talking it's ended up with me launching in to brithday excitement, I didn't have much of one last year so... It's also coming up on my instructabirthday... I know it was absolutely childish to have a forum post but who cares...

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Why does my computer fan keep swiching direction?

Im trying to power a computer fan with batteries for a project. The fan wasn't turning so i tried upping the voltage. Ive tried one two and tree 9 volt batteries in series to make it turn. It worked best with two but the bizarre thing is that ever second or so it stops and sometimes switches direction. the fan has 3 leads red white and black. im powering red and back is ground the whit i think is a fan speed information wire of some kind. im not really sure. Any one have any ideas?

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Featured instructable pictures by category disappear after 10 seconds on the home page

Just noticed this tonight, since going to larger pictures on the homepage a bizarre thing has started to occur.  When looking at the homepage for more then 10 seconds, the pictures in the category fields blank out and are replaced by white squares of the equivalent size.  One picture in each category remains however, and always the same pic.  This does not change even if I sign in/out, reboot explorer or reboot my computer for that manner.  In the morning when I get home I will see if this is also occuring in firefox.  Anyone else notice this or is it perhaps the odd filtering playing tricks on me at work.

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Of solder and circuits

To dodge an onslaught of summer boredom, I'd like to fart around with small scale electronics projects (LEDs, maybe a circuit board, etc.). I hope that by the time I finish farting around, I would have something nifty to post on this website. Unfortunately, I have little practical knowledge of this stuff (other than what I learned five years ago in high school electronics). I mean, I don't even know how one technically refers to "this stuff." Can anyone recommend some good books or a general method of wetting one's feet before jumping into the pond? Highly technical sources are obviously beyond me at this point, so I'm looking for introductory-level information that can be flexibly applied to whatever bizarre project pops into my mind on Friday afternoon.

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Did 16 year old boy do 75kmh (46.6mph) on pedal bike?

Www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/3230442/Mum-disputes-police-claims-son-rode-bike-75kmh The  75kmh ===46.6mph A Palmerston North mother has labelled police claims that her [16 year old] son reached speeds of 75kmh on his bicycle as "bizarre", saying it was impossible for him to go that fast. Summerhill Dr, Palmerston North, Manawatu-wanganui 4410, New Zealand maps.google.com/maps  The image of the jet powered bike, and description thereof is from Popular Science Magazine December 1947. The cartoon is curtsy Kapi-Mana News NZ  Behind the Google street view is a major Y intersection including a overpass

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Barefoot Running

Anybody ever run barefoot (on pavement)?  I did it in college (5 years ago) a lot on the grass playing soccer and rugby. I started running on pavement (with shoes) afterward and was killed by knee aches and achilles tendon problems. I connected the injuries to the pavement, not the shoes. Now I hear that maybe millions of years of evolution actually makes humans really good at running without shoes, so I decided to give it a go unshod.  Went almost a mile today on a pavement track, and it was a bizarre experience. The motions and muscle movements were all completely different. But I liked it. My feet and legs are very strong so I didn't have any problems with weak feet. It was just different motions.  Anybody else?

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Quadropropellor concept

Last night I had this dream about a bizarre helicopter that used a simple but unique form of a propeller.  Conceptually, I see no reason why it should not work... but I'm not sure if it would be any better or more efficient than a typical propeller.  The idea is that the geared propellers rotate at the tips of the main rotor as it spins.  The outside ring is fixed such that as the central propeller spins, each of the out side disc spin creating lift from both the central propeller as well as each of the four outside propellers.  Because the geared wheels will spin faster than the central rotor, theoretically it might produce more lift than a single propeller (maybe).  I would like to hear other people's thoughts on the concept.  If someone has a 3D printer, it should be relatively simple to make and test.

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Boston area Hackers wanted

Via sugru on facebook A production company based in Boston is developing a documentary style project focused on hackery. Basically, they want some mischievous mad scientists with hearts of gold to take their textbook knowledge and apply it in totally bizarre ways to all kinds of everyday materials. Visual spectacles; cool, geeky gadgets, your most crazy and elaborate projects - you get the picture! If you or anyone you know is interested, email casting@powderhouse.net by Feb. 18th (Thats TODAY) with a brief bio, pictures of yourself, and details of any projects you have pulled off in the past. Boston area is probably preferred, but who knows: for a good enough hack, their may be be a travel budget. (via Kara Brickman at Awesome Foundation Boston) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150102849480912&set;=a.379644295911.160262.118586600911&theater

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Guerilla Knitting

There is a lot more knitting out there beyond the standard stitching that is crazy and wild and even a bit subversive. Some of it is called knit graffiti like at knittaplease.com and some of it just likes to be more playful and make bizarre and fun new objects. In San Francisco there was a guy who would wrap abandoned bikes and bike locks with thick and chunky yarn. It was a beautiful way to reclaim what was a pretty grim reminder that bike theft is prevalent here.I may not be compelled to learn how to cast on and make some stuff of my own, but you have to respect the people who feel compelled to take the craft and keep on running with it.To find out more, check out this article on we-make-money-not-art.com to read some history, watch a video discussing current issues, and see some cool examples of the styles.

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Looking For Game Show Contestants

DISCOVERY SCIENCE NOW CASTING A NEW GAME SHOW!!! The producers are looking for builders, scientist, inventors, engineers, carpenters, welders, mechanics, architects... who love to invent new gadgets; build robots; racing power tools; weld together bizarre machines that drive, fly, climb, shoot flames or launch projectiles... for a team challenge that will show off your handy skills such as: welding, knowledge of aeronautics, auto mechanics, hydraulics, carpentry, pyrotechnics, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, material science, electronics... If you, or someone you know, is a gonzo engineer/scientist or just a high-energy, creative, fun, builder Then email, your name and contact information to: icnbld@yahoo.com This Game Show is for thinkers, dreamers and doers, who are eager to let their inner Mac Gyvers be seen, and are ready to collaborate with a team of other builders to beat the clock in order to "SAVE" the BIG PRIZE!!

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Who wants to be on a Game Show?

I was just sent this link by a friend: Discovery Science Game Show Here is a brief description of the game show:Producers for a Discovery Science Game show are looking for contestants. Contestants can be a gonzo engineer/scientist or just a high-energy, creative, fun, builder!They are looking for garage warriors (builders, scientists, inventors, engineers, carpenters, welders, mechanics, architects, etc...) who love to invent new gadgets, build robots, racing power tools, weld together bizarre machines that drive, fly, climb, shoot flames or launch projectiles. This Game Show is for thinkers, dreamers and doers, who are eager to let their inner MacGyvers be seen and ready to collaborate with a team of other builders.It looks like it was made just for our kind!! Now, who is going to try to get a spot on this show? If you do, be sure to let us all know!

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Unique watches almost impossible to read, but still so cool

Tokyoflash makes some of the most inventive watches around. Rather than just making watches that have numbers or dials, these watches use unique coding systems where the time is told with a collection of individual LEDs. Some tell the hour and some tell the minutes and there's no way you can just glance at any of them and know the time.Still, there's something so appealing about a company that keeps making watches that play by their own rules and force the user to adapt to them. Sure, they're not for everyone. In fact, they're barely for anyone except those who crave something different or are just in love with bizarre information design. I would consider myself one of the latter.This article on Neatorama details 10 of the strangest watches that Tokyoflash (disclaimer: they're ALL weird) and how they tell time. They're definitely a little spendy at $130-$160 a watch, but are worth checking out. The 10 Most Difficult to Read Tokyoflash Watches

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my RTL memory circuit is an oscillator? please help! Answered

Today I soldered together a "D-latch" one bit memory circuit comprised entirely of resistors and transistors. If someone asks me about the schematic, I'll post it. The weird thing about my RTL (resistor transistor logic) memory circuit is that it also works as an oscillator that short circuits my power supply. There is also a slight delay between when i try to set my D-latch's memory state, and when it actually happens.  I have an educated guess that the delay in state change is caused by whatever bizarre mistake caused the oscillation within the circuit. does anyone know of any resistor transistor timer circuits on the web? that may help quite a bit. (lol. EPIC memory pun) the picture above is my device. the oscillation is around 1.2 Hertz. it occurs when the D (data) input of my memory circuit is high. as you can see, this is really confounding me. please help with a comment!

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Can you read it?

I've been meaning to show you this for a while, but I finally took some photos when I went to visit my parents. It's a clock. Really, it is. The arm rotates once per hour. The ball on the end is a camera, pointing at the ground. To tell the time, you walk around the clock to find out what hour is circled at the base of the arm, then look through one of the small round windows on the large sphere to see a TV that shows what the camera sees. The minutes are only marked every ten minutes, and in between those times the camera looks at featureless ground and confused people trying to see the time by looking up at the camera. On the hour, the arm raises in the air, and the camera has a look at the shop roofs, which are as ugly as commercial roofs the world over, and the speakers next to the benches (when they're working) make an odd fog-horn sort of noise. It's a bizarre, unfunctional object, in too small a space. Maybe if it was in a wide open square it would work as public interactive art, but here, wedged in a corner of a town with high unemployment it's a criminal waste of money.

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HSE says "there is too much HSE"

The British Health and Safety Executive has published a list of bizarre decisions justified on the grounds of "Health and Safety". Far too many "party pooper decisions" are justified by statements along the lines of "it's not us, it's Health and Safety", when, in reality, the HSE had nothing to do with it, and it is purely cowardice on the part of officials trying to avoid responsibility should things go wrong, and (even more) shielding themselves from vultures in suits lawyers in the modern litigious culture. It's not on the most recent list, but my "favourite" activity banned on spurious grounds of Health and Safety was conkers in school... From the BBC: One health and safety expert said the law required people to approach risks in a balanced and proportionate manner. "Overzealousness about trivial risks gives health and safety a bad name but there are actually many more cases where people are under-hitting," said Roger Bibbings, occupational safety adviser for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Good health and safety practice was all about "exercising judgement", he added. "People in authority such as councillors and managers need to be much more 'risk literate' or 'risk intelligent'. And third partiers such as clients, funders or insurers need to avoid requiring people to do things in the name of 'elf 'n' safety' which are not actually required by the law."

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Tool-use observed in molluscs!

Everybody knows that humans are "special", somehow different from the other animals on our little blue planet, but it is very difficult to define just how. An early casualty in defining "special" was tool-use.  First chimpanzees, then primates, even birds were observed using tools - hammers, anvils, probing tools, fishing rods, weapons. Now a mollusc is being presented as a tool-user. The veined octopus Amphioctopus marginatus has been filmed by divers collecting coconut shell halves (actually human litter, dumped in the sea) and carrying them away to use later as a shelter. Their habitat is open, featureless sediment, no protection from predators.  The shells provide vital shelter in the exposed underwater plain. If the octopus finds a single half-shell, it digs it up, carries away and then turns it over when needed. If the clever creature is lucky enough to find two halves, it stacks on inside the other, then later "rebuilds" a whole coconut, except this time with a yummy octopus filling. This is another example of high-level intelligence in these bizarre animals.  To me, octopus are a prime candidate for the next "special" animals on Earth, once those polluting apes are out of the scene... Museum Victoria article by original researchers, with video online. Full story from Current Biology, with downloadable videos. BBC story with video online.

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Damn you service pack three!

Well I finally gave in to the little pop-up box in the corner of the screen and installed Xp service pack three and it messed me about something shocking... A list of issues: - The quazi-vista theme I was running wet itself completely, now replaced with Zune theme - Firefox three got very upset and now has a mint theme because it had a bog standard theme that looked similar - The startup screen (login bit) and the login screen for password protection on knocking off screensaver is going mad, both do work but have some bizarre half breed theme on the go - The computer ticked and banged for ages - Multiple other weird ones - Oh startup programs decided to appear, suddenly I was inundated by FF, messenger, skype, media player and photoshop all opening on startup rather than just wireless G-utility... The odd three are on my taskbar list, some connection... Skype, I have no clue. Before the restart everything worked really oddly, I caught on that it was time because it refused me the ability to install programs and generally messed around. On the upside I hit a couple of sites and the combination of a less heavyweight theme and a ram optimiser majigger have got the computer running faster, now I'm just clawing back all my old settings. Slowly.

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Online Pirates Sunk - crew still paddling

The four men behind the (in)famous file-sharing website Pirate Bay have been jailed for a year, and ordered to pay $4,500,000 damages to a selection of big media publishing companies.One of the four, Peter Sunde, refused to pay what he called a "bizarre" fine; ""We can't pay and we wouldn't pay. Even if I had the money I would rather burn everything I owned, and I wouldn't even give them the ashes."Despite the ruling, The Pirate Bay website is still up and running - it seems that, whilst the activities of the website have been declared illegal, the website itself is not, presumably because none of the shared files are hosted by TPB themselves.Speaking to the BBC, the chairman of industry body the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) John Kennedy said the verdict sent out a clear message."These guys weren't making a principled stand, they were out to line their own pockets. There was nothing meritorious about their behaviour, it was reprehensible."The Pirate Bay did immense harm and the damages awarded doesn't even get close to compensation, but we never claimed it did."There has been a perception that piracy is OK and that the music industry should just have to accept it. This verdict will change that," he said.BBC StoryBBC Business analysis of TPB's operationsIFPI press releasePirate Bay's press conference

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Download Your Own Instructables Robot Cursors

There simply is no doubt that Instructables is an incredible website. Unfortunatley, one can not spend all their computer time browsing Instructables. Perhaps this is merely the realization of an unavoidable truth: that our busy lives don't leave enough time to faithfully give our respects to the orange robot who rules our bizarre craft-oriented cult. How could one possibly solve such a predicament? In true Instructables fashion, I decided to address this dire concern by making things myself! I decided my windows computer interface needed to be instructable-ized, so I appointed the instructaables robot as my official cursor. He has lights that blink, antennas that wiggle, and he clicks to my command. He has become a whole series of cursors that appear on my computer. If you fancy these little robot pointers, you may take one of each! I am sharing the cursors with my fellow indestructablers. Just un-zip the files, select them as your cursors in your computer's preferences and dang skippy, you got yourself a instructablized computer! Please tell me what you think, and thanks for reading, and hacking!  -Skyfinity Edit: I haven't once looked at this page since I wrote it ages ago. I was thirteen. I find it incredible that I grew up with Instructables and Maker culture as a whole. It's a gift only hundreds of strangers on the internet could give a young, aspiring creator. Also, I loved having these cursors.

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What contests do YOU want?

I've seen a few complaints recently about contests - the "wrong" kind, or contests coming along just after they publish what would have been a killer entry. So, why not suggest the contests you would like to see? It doesn't necessarily have to be a contest you would enter, but maybe one that you think would have a decent response. I'll start: A hat contest.  Either making hats from scratch, or doing cool stuff to hats. A science contest.  Entries either make a piece of scientific equipment, demonstrate a scientific principle or process, or otherwise provide a learning experience. A walking stick contest.  I noticed that my mother's walking stick is hollow.  People must be able to come up with all sorts of things to make that empty space more useful or entertaining. A useless but bizarrely entertaining device contest.  Things in the vein of the Useless Machine and Rube Goldberg set-ups.  Entries must include how to make the device, and a video of it in action.  Judging would be based largely on entertainment value. A Time contest.  Anything related to time, timepieces or keeping time. A Scouting contest.  Entries that would fulfil the requirements of any badge of any part of the Scouting or Guide movement across the world.  (Extra credit for shots of entrants being awarded their badge?) A Guerilla Making contest.  Not making gorillas, but making something, then leaving it somewhere for strangers to find or encounter.  Include contact details for the entrant (or the site?) and see what happens. Volume Two contest.  Isn't it about time to start thinking about producing another book? Now, what do you want to see?

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The Quest for Authenticity

Every so often I get a bit lost in thought about the word "authentic" and how it applies to the world around us. I've seen lots of people who fought over what is authentic in the States and Japan. It probably happens elsewhere, too, but that's where I've lived.So many people are in the hunt for what is authentic in the world. There is a constant complaint of modern objects being too plastic, even if they aren't made up of plastic. So wood and organic foods become almost fetish items. They are seen to be inherently closer to the source. This is not a bad pursuit and to me it is close to the hunt for meaning in the world, but the desire to hold something up on a pedestal and worship it can lead to false idols.What reminded me of this today was a story about an exhibit at the Vatican Museum where classic statues have been recreated with what they imagined how they were originally painted. The results are often bizarre. Caligula in the image below looks straight out of Akira.full storyIt can be hard to have the images of the marble statues that we know match up with these colorful images, but they are part of the same world. So what is now more authentic? The white marble or the primary colors? What about the creaky old chair that is never used any more versus the new chair that is simply using modern methods to the same end?It all leads to some more questions, too. Is authentic an elitist ideal or a purist one? Do we seek our own identity by aligning it with something else that nobody can copy?It's all fun and games, but I have to go and take care of more family errands and go out to eat while I'm out here near Boston. I hear the clam chowder at the local restaurant is amazing.

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Science Fair idea: Bouncing Liquids

Here's an idea for the science fair: Bouncing liquids. Explain how it works and do something cool with it!http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070716/full/070716-17.htmlLiquids bounce againJumping jets move from the bathroom to the kitchen.After bouncing shampoo, physicists now bring you bouncing cooking oil. A team in Texas has found that the trampolining of a liquid jet falling onto a bath of the same liquid is more common than expected.Last year, a group in the Netherlands studied this bouncing effect for a jet of shampoo (see 'Puzzle of leaping liquid solved'). The bounce, which was first reported more than 40 years ago, happens because of the peculiar nature of shampoo, which gets thinner (less viscous) as it flows. A jet of it hitting a liquid surface is therefore lubricated by a thin layer at the interface, enabling it to bounce off rather than merge.But the liquids now studied by Matthew Thrasher and his colleagues at the University of Texas in Austin don't have this property. The silicone oils in their experiment are viscous but have 'normal' flow behaviour, like water.The researchers directed a jet of oil vertically onto the surface of a tank of the same oil. They found that the jet could undergo both a 'leaping' rebound and a bizarre 'flat' bounce in which it sprang horizontally across the liquid surface.The bounce here is due to a thin layer of air that separates the two liquid surfaces, the researchers say in an article submitted to Physical Review E.They point out that the effect can easily be recreated in a kitchen experiment with cooking oil. Just fill a glass pie dish with about 4 centimetres of oil and pour onto it a thin stream from a cup about 3 to 6 centimetres above the surface. While pouring, move the stream in a circle about once every 2 seconds (or perhaps less messily rotate the dish on a Lazy Susan). The bounce can be encouraged by passing a chopstick or some other small rod through the stream every now and then.

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