Instructable Idea

Hello, It is Walrus.  This is my first post to the forum, so take it easy.              My idea is a simple guide to writing. This was already made, but I feel it only included half of the entire deal. He explains good light conditions and challenges. I was thinking about: Does music help you write? What type of topic is the most appealing to your reader? Pen, Pencil, or Typing? The guide could also include a list of tips that correct common mistakes. Please leave constructive criticism or friendly comments. Thanks for reading! 

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Writing a book?

Hi im a 13yo looking to write a book but i have no idea where to start please help any positive response will be welcomed

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I need a book!!!!

I managed to score a free book of my choice from my local library but I do not know what to get I want a book that has something to do with engenering but I can not seem to find anything on amazon that does not seem like a textbook. I want a book that has a DYI theme going on. Any ideas that you have please post it.

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a Great LED project idea!

 Some students at MIT made an incrediable pop up book with LEDs! I have little knowledge with working with them, though someone else could run with it! Here is the video:  http://www.tinyurl.com/LEDpopup

Topic by beauwalker23 


will this work? - pyrotechnical ideas

I was wondering - What would happen if I lit a book of paper matches on fire? wood matches? How could i use this to start off an explosive reaction? can fire launch a model rocket engine?

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30 Ideas for your next bookshelf

If you have some plans to make some way of storing your books, be sure to check out these 30 different designs. Some of these are practical and some can barely hold more than a couple books, but all are worth checking out. linkvia digg

Topic by fungus amungus 


I s this a good idea?

Um i'm thinking of putting a cheap LCD display digital alarm clock in a small hardcover book with the LCD and buttons popping out of the cover, DO you think this is a good Idea? I think it will be good for the competition because it reuses two things, a unwanted book, and a lame looking digital clock. Both of which would be thrown out by any sensible person. PS I looked and this hasn't been done before. Please post suggestions and comments.

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How to age a book

I have a replica of a book made in the early 1800's. It's really cool to have, but it would be even more fantasticle to make it look it's age. Does anyone here know how to do this? Let me know what you think if you have any ideas.

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How to make a book

To help its clients understand everything that goes into making a book, Funnel, Inc. put together this awesome infographic showing the whole process. It's all about educating the client, but this is a great glimpse even for consumers who just get the finished book and don't have any idea where it comes from or how it is made. via Core77

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Tree house book

Hello everyone!!I'm looking for a book on tree house construction. I'm not interested in looking at images of various tree houses that have been built but I would really like to find clever details that deal with the construction of a tree house in a ''tree friendly'' manner. Does anybody have any ideas?Thank you in advance,

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Good Website for books

A great website is is guildonbooks.synthasite.com. It's a website made by a kid for kids. All you have to do is email the creator at mollybuckler@yahoo.com. If you do then you can share ideas and recommendationd and be a part of the guild! I did and she does NOT use your email address for spams. So try it out or tell your kids!!!!!

Topic by crizzsavo 


Book light switch?

Hi. I have a shelf, directly attached to the wall with a light switch at the back (see attached diagram). I'd like to use a tilting-out book as an on/off switch a la cliche mystery secret-room-door-opener. Any ideas for how to do this? Oh...just found this example: http://www.vespoe.com/blightdesign/shop/secret-passageway-switch Thanks!

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Singing Book Cover

I want to build a book cover that plays a song i chose when pressed the button. I wrote a book about our good times with my girlfriend. I have it with hard cover. I wanna add a button on it that will play the song. But I'm so new to these things and have no idea how to do it. It have to be a little slim so to keep the esthetics. Anyone can help me with that ?

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Wanted: info book

I have 2 1997 NEC XG1101C auditorium projectors. I haven't the faintest idea where to begin and an owner's manual would probably be a good start. Except I have not found any resources online and the company has never heard of this particular projector. If anyone can help me find something to help me use these gigantic paperweights for home theater, I would be enormously grateful.

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DIY Book Cover

Hi everyone, I'm working on a project- making a DIY book cover. I've figured out how to assemble the book already but the cover baffles me. How can I deboss the cover with foil so that the lettering(title) will be on the cloth cover? I was thinking about using black book cloth, or leatherette, but I just don't know how to depress the lettering of the title onto the front cover or the spine itself. Any ideas? Thanks!

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DIY book covers

Hi, I'm working on a project- making a DIY book cover. I've figured out how to assembe the book already but the cover baffles me. How can I deboss the cover with foil so that the lettering(title) will be on the cloth cover? I was thinking about using black book cloth, or leatherette, but I just don't know how to depress the lettering of the title onto the front cover or the spine itself. Any ideas?

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making a book closet !

Hi I have a closet which was used to be for clothes but now it is full of books and junkI was wondering if i can turn it into a good book closet .It's depth is 56 cm which is very deep so i'm afraid i can't support the books from behind.Here r some pix to explain .Also i wanted a good way of categorizing the books , like i have alot of school books , tons of self improving books , etc .Any idea would be appreciated .Thanks in advance .

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science fair project ideas?

It cant be like book report and I want to do some thing really cool. Thanx?

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Mini-book pin's

Okay, so I'm trying to make some mini-book pin's. Well actually I'm not sure it's actually called "pin's" in English... it's a thing that was popular in the 90's (in France at least), a decorative object with a pin on the back and a kind of clip to attach it to clothing. I've found a picture on wikipedia, but it's really, really bad quality and I'm not sure it will help : http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6a/Pins01.JPGSooo... since I ruined my girlfriend's one when I put it with her clothes in the washing machine, I thought I could try to do one my self... shouldn't be too hard, heh ?But my problem is : I have some thin paper for the pages, and nice leather-like paper for the cover, but I have no idea how to glue the pages together, because the mini-book needs to be openable like a real book. I tried some "2 coat rubber cement" I got here but it just doesn't work... I don't have a glue gun but I think maybe it is the kind of thing I need. You see, the glue has to be solid enough to form the spine of the book.Anyone has an idea about what I should do (I hope I've been clear enough) ?One problem I'm thinking of, too, is that the book has to stay well closed unless you really want to open it.Anyway, thanks

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Ok, I'm not a big one for receiving gifts.  I like telling me people to get me this or that, that if the need for something was that great then I would already have it. Well my wife won't leave it alone, so she is making me make a list.  I have nothing nerdy or diy oriented although I've always loved everything about instructables / make. Basicly I'm hoping people on here can give me an idea of where I can start.  First off maybe suggest a book to get me started in circuitry / electronics, don't really need one probably due to online tutorials. Also I need tools, tell me what tools a novice electronics hobbyist should invest in first. Thanks!

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I have to make a large magic book?

I have to make a large magic book. Something along the line's of the Charmed tv show or harry potter. It has to be quite large, really old looking with rough yellowed paper inside. I need some good idea's. Thanks Cameorose

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Does anyone have any ideas on how to turn a digital picture frame into an e-book reader?

I've been looking around  for an affordable e-book reader but they all seem to be north of $200. While at the store the other day I passed some digital picture frames that were under $100 that were the right size and shape. The digital picture frame looks like it has all the hardware you'd need: lcd screen, media port, etc, problem is getting them to read pdf files and the like. I thought about finding a way to convert pdf files to jpeg files but that seems like a hassle to do every time I want to read something. Has anyone out there attempted to hack one of those digital frames so that it reads more than just image files?

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Does anyone have any name ideas?

Hi! I am working on a project of mine, and I need help with the names of some creatures. Here is a link to my project-in-the-works (https://www.instructables.com/community/An-Amazing-Planet-In-the-works/). If you could help, that would be great! The creatures with no names are in the last four slides. Thanks for your help!

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UPDATED: I am having difficulties deciding which book to pick from AMAZON

I will get a list of the ones I am considering at the moment soon, and would like suggestions from you all too. Ok, here is my list; I want to pick one of these, OR if someone has a better suggestion....let me hear it:   Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices by William Gurstelle Whoosh Boom Splat: The Garage Warrior's Guide to Building Projectile Shooters by William Gurstelle Adventures from the Technology Underground: Catapults, Pulsejets, Rail Guns, Flamethrowers, Tesla Coils, Air Cannons, and the Garage Warriors Who Love Them by William Gurstelle MAKE: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery [Paperback] Charles Platt Getting Started with Arduino (Make: Projects) by Massimo Banzi Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware (Technology in Action) by Jonathan Oxer 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius [Paperback] Simon Monk 51 High-Tech Practical Jokes for the Evil Genius by Brad Graham Mechatronics for the Evil Genius: 25 Build-it-Yourself Projects by Newton Braga 123 Robotics Experiments for the Evil Genius (TAB Robotics) by Myke Predko 22 Radio and Receiver Projects for the Evil Genius by Thomas Petruzzellis The Geeks' Guide to World Domination: Be Afraid, Beautiful People [Paperback] Garth Sundem Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (DIY Science) by Robert Bruce Thompson Chemical Magic by Leonard A. Ford The Best of Make (Make 75 Projects from the pages of MAKE) by Mark Frauenfelder Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home - But Probably Shouldn't by Theodore Gray BTW:  I have the one pictured, and actually am not pleased with this particular one.  Which is why I am being cautious....

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book styled laptop case

Anyone got any good ideas on how to put one of these bad boys together? I'm not sure how to attach the zipper to the book cover material. thoughts on assembly and padding etc.... http://twelvesouth.com/products/bookbook/

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I want to buy E-books: Which online shop is good? Answered

I hope to get a good idea about electronics online shop,and hope can be cheaper! Thank you very much!

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Howtoons the Book Launches!

It's been a long journey since I first looked over Saul's shoulder in our shared 4th-floor MIT Media Lab office and saw the proto-sketches that would become Howtoons, but today the book finally launches! Here's the word directly from Saul:I along with my co-authors and illustrators, Nick Dragotta and Joost Bonsen are proud to announce that today is the official publication and release of our fully-illustrated, science-meets-adventure-and-mischief comic book, HOWTOONS ! The Possibilities are Endless. I know I personally am nervous, relieved, and all of the other things that a first time author can be. You can buy the book directly from AmazonAlthough all of the authors wish to compel you to walk, run, or ride a bike to your local book store and get one there (or demand that they carry copies!).We'd like to thank each and everyone on this email list for their moral and other support in the gestation of this exciting project. Thanks for loaning us your children, your ideas, your inspiration and your feedback. Hopefully we are now returning all of them to you in good healthy order and with interest on top!We'd love to encourage you all to buy hundreds and thousands of copies of this book for all of your favourite 4-94 year olds. The jacket copy says 8-12, but we know that our group of friends have nothing but the most intelligent children (hence extending the age range down to 4) as well as being fundamentally immature and appreciative of fart jokes (hence increasing it to 94).HOWTOONS seeks to put the joy, the story, the adventure, the free-spirit, the fun, the downright ridiculousness, and the real heroicism of science and engineering back into education. We do this through stories and illustrations designed to show children that science and engineering is not only one of the coolest possible things that you can study, but that it touches upon everything in modern life and can be found in the simple objects around you... One tag line we often like to associate with the book is: "See the world for what it can be, not for what it is." The world is increasingly technical, and many of the greatest challenges of the 21st century will require technically aware people whether they are working on science and engineering themselves, or whether they are the artists, writers, accountants, musicians, lawyers, politicians and educators who make the world a rich and interesting place to live. I believe the magnificent artwork of Nick also highlights that there is a genuine marriage between the arts and sciences and the oft cited tension between the two is un-necessary as both come from a desire to create and share new ideas and ways of representing them.You can see our new website, including many samples of HOWTOONS and a regularly updated blog at www.howtoons.com. We'd like to send an especially big thanks and shout out to Ryan McKinley for help with the website (if you don't know him you should! He's a programming powerhouse), and of course also to Phil Torrone, everyone's favourite blogger and DIY mastermind. We'd also love to thank all of the people at O'Reilly media, especially Dale Dougherty, Tim O'Reilly, Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair for including HOWTOONS in their fabulous magazines MAKE and CRAFT (www.makezine.com, www.craftzine.com). Also in the thank-you list should be Judith Regan who plucked us from obscurity to help us get started down the book-making path, and now the wonderful people of Harper Collins Children's Books for all of their help. We should include all of our apologies for editorial lateness!. Naturally we'd like to thank the people at Squid Labs and Eric and Christy of www.instructables.com fame for their support and work in bringing the make-it-yourself ethos to a much larger audience. MIT, MIT's media lab, and MITERS (MIT Electronic Research Society) are also to be whole-heartedly thanked for turning a blind eye to our insanity. The support of all these people and more (you) has been invaluable to us.Not to rest on our laurels — we are already working on a 2nd HOWTOONS book full of more wonderful projects and crazy storylines to encourage you to grab a 9-year-old and relive the joy of messing with world around you just because it's interesting, because rockets are cool, because bugs are fascinating, because flying is magnificent, because mechanisms are intriguing, because a sheet of paper isn't a sheet of paper, it's a work of origami art waiting to (un)fold.Furthermore, we are working on another book project, specifically a selection of DIY projects around the topic of renewable energy presented HOWTOONS-style, in order to encourage energy literacy and intuition amongst the next generation of engineers and scientists. Energy will be one of the key issues of this century and helping people understand all of the options and the promise and beauty of renewable energies is something we believe we can do to help.If you'd like to help support Howtoons in any way we'd love to hear from you; it is still a fledgling project in its infancy trying to wend its way towards fiscal sustainability. The biggest thing most of you can probably do to help is SPREAD THE WORD! Buy some books! Go out and give yourself the experience of reliving the joy of discovering the world by working on some Howtoons projects with your favourite kids (or even better, kids you don't know yet). If you have suggestions for future projects we'd love to hear about them. One of my favourite projects in HOWTOONS Book 1 is an open-source whooppee cushion that delighted my father (and haunted his teachers) when he was a 9-year-old and will hopefully induce raucous laughter everywhere.Again, thank you all.Saul Griffith, Nick Dragotta, Joost Bonsen,co-creators of HOWTOONS!www.howtoons.comPS. Finally, and most importantly I want to wholeheartedly thank my co-authors for their friendships, musings, and hard-work. It's tremendous to work with such great people at the top of their respective games.In case you don't know them (or me):Nick Dragotta first knew the power of comic art when he drew pictures of injuries on the blackboard at school that were so graphic that his fellow classmates had to leave the room to throw up. Since then he has tirelessly practiced the art of comics and researched the great artists of the field. Nick has drawn for Marvel and DC, including Spider-Man, X-men, Fantastic Four, and X-static titles. He is currently passionate about making more comic books for kids. Nick lives in a small apartment with walls lined by the shortened stubs of ruined pencils. He sleeps in a pile of eraser filings, drinks black ink, and exists on a diet of pureed superhero comic books.Joost Bonsen immigrated as a young boy to the United States from the Netherlands with his parents and his personal suitcase full of LEGOs. He grew up in Silicon Valley, California, immersed in that creative and entrepreneurial culture. While Joost was growing up, the vacant lot across the street from home served variously as play space, special effects set, race track, rocket launch pad and more as he and his friends made home movies, practiced being space explorers, and plotted space projects. Joost went to MIT for undergraduate studies in bio–electrical engineering and recently finished his graduate degree at the MIT Sloan School of Management looking at how labs are run, how research themes emerge, and how new technologies are commercialized.Saul Griffith grew up in Australia and his earliest memories of inventing things were of making grappling hooks for climbing trees and buildings. His childhood adventures included making his own rocket–powered toy cars, kites, and enormous puppets. He kept a diary of drawings of his inventions as a kid that included fantastic monorails and airplanes shaped like manta–rays. Saul ended up studying materials science—the structure of the materials we use every day—before going on to MIT to do a PhD in building self–replicating machines and a theory for folding 3–dimensional objects. He now works at Squid Labs in California inventing cool new things for making the world a better place. He still builds kites, they are just much, much bigger now.

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More ideas on secret stash spots?

What other things can be used/ made as a secret stash spot, other than lighter, book, card deck, can, deodorant, or clothing?

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Things to make with old school books?

I have a bunch of old school books just lying around. I really want to make something with them but every time I try to come up with some ideas my mind comes to a blank. Any ideas? I'm looking for something that will be useful to me, like an organiser or a pencil case, but I'm not sure how.

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What do I do with an unused, paperback, college catalog?

I was wondering what to do with this book I received from a college (which I'm not attending) and want to use the whole book, or just the pages. I'm trying to be creative with my recycling, and also trying to create something interesting. It's dimensions are as follows: 5.5 inches wide, 8.25 inches long, (6/8) of an inch deep. Thank you for your ideas! :)

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Seeking an agent for book publishing

Hi there, Some folks in my life have suggested that I consolidate my project plans in the form of a book. I even had a publisher from Spain approach me, but unfortunately they've failed to follow up on their inquiry. It seems like a good idea, a new challenge. So I'd like to give it a try. Does anyone know of an agent? I'd be most grateful if a community member could put me in touch with one. I don't have much to offer, but I can give away a 1-year Pro membership and many thanks to anyone who can help me out. Thanks! Lance

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Pop Book with lighted popup

My daughter has a project for her 8th grade Chemistry class that involves preparing a picture book on an element that is designed for younger elementary school students.  Her element is NEON.  She'd like to make a popup book, with the title page having a popup of the word NEON that will light up... we were thinking maybe making individual letters for the word NEON, and having them popup -- and perhaps having a light source behind the letters with cutouts in the letters themselves to allow the light to show through... Any ideas on how to accomplish this (easily)?  She will be doing the work HERSELF, with only advice from mom, so it needs to be as simple as possible. Thanks!

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call for ideas and projects for a new publication

The Wild Pansy Press Book of Rainy Day Activities A Call for Works The Wild Pansy Press will be producing a publication in which a range of artists, designers, activists make concrete suggestions for new cultural activities in a Post-Credit-Crunch society, with an emphasis on the practical, the sustainable, the challenging and the subversive... The book will be a collection of templates, instructions and recipes which can be used to make or to generate Art works in the widest sense. The book will include some pieces about ideas raised by the projects as well as the "instructions" and templates, parts lists, supplier contacts, artists' information and plenty of visual material. Everything will be copyright-free and we will encourage readers to get back to us with their own ideas or adaptations of the pieces The book will be our contribution to the exhibition CRUNCHTIME: artists' responses to the global credit crisis and its timetable of associated events and will be available free at the main exhibition venue in York for the duration of the 8-day event in February 2010 and will then be on sale through various distributors, independent bookshops and galleries worldwide and from our own website. In addition, larger-format supporting items such as detailed plans, circuit diagrams and motivational posters will be also available as free downloads from the Wild Pansy site. The publication will be a squared-off A4 format (210 x 210 mm) and its design will reflect the contents. We are currently negotiating funding to cover the costs of making selected "prototypes" by contributors. So we invite you to submit your ideas, proposals and plans for things to make, things to perform, things to read, models for organisation, models for action, recipes for (avoiding) disaster, recipes for big dinners... to: info@wildpansypress.com www.wildpansypress.com

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Help me find stuff on book binding?

Ok, i took a look around the instructables a few times and found a few good things on book binding but not what im really after.. i think i have the basic idea down for how to bind pages or " folios " together to make a basic coptic book. But what i cant find is how to attach a leather cover to the spine of the book. It seems that when someone learns this skill there sworn to secrecy or they make a tutorial you have to pay $50 to see.. im looking for a good free resource with clean and easy to understand instructions, not horrible drawn in MS paint diagrams and patchy descriptions of what it should look like.. If you know of anything or if you know how to do this please post an instructable or link me? ill make a few instructabls when i learn the steps. - Thanks! ps. here is an image of something simpler to what i want to make.

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I need help looking for an instructable? Answered

Hi, A couple of weeks ago I was looking at an instructable on electronics. And some people in the comments were mentioning some good books on electronics for begginers. I forgot to bookmark it, and i also went through my history and i couldnt find anything. Does anyone have any idea on what instructable I might be referring to or can someone please recommend me some good books. Thank you?

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Art Contest: Win an Instructables Book!

We need art for a book and since we think that the Instructables community has plenty of talent and ideas we thought that this is the perfect opportunity for a contest. The theme of the contest is Fail Gracefully. Read on more more details.Eric Wilhelm, our glorious CEO of infinite repute, has been invited to go and talk at OFFF in Portugal in May. As an invited speaker he also gets to supply some art for the event catalog. The theme is Fail Gracefully and the idea is to embrace mistakes in your efforts. Here's their own description:"THIS ISN'T FLYING. THIS IS FALLING WITH STYLE" Be afraid of perfection. Dare to do wrong. Make mistakes. Enjoy 404. Reject everything you know and jump. Try to fly.There is no such thing as failure, but experience. No mistakes, but mistaken views. Errors? We call them acieeed(sp).So the last sentence is a bit confusing, but you get the idea. We're giving away a copy of The Best of Instructables, Volume 1 for the best piece of art and the possibility of being published in the catalog.How to enter - To enter your art, just attach it to a comment in this forum post. - The art needs to be printable so make sure that you have a copy that is high-res. - By high-res we mean 300 dpi - The attachment can be low-res - Enter by March 12th, 2009

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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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I am looking for ideas for projects that will help people with disabilities live independent lives.

My #1 project right now is an inexpensive device to hold and turn pages in a book.

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New K'nex ideas and a request.

'Sup people, K'nex.X here, I got something to ask you, does anyone has any ideas for a new K'nex gun? I've practically ran dry and I'd love to have something new to work on. Don't come showing me pictures of models, I'm talking about real innovation like bolt action, lever action and/or semi auto's with a potential range over 30 feet. Next, I got an idea. What if we stop focussing on making models, replicating them as best as we can with the limited forms of k'nex pieces? We could focus on real innovation, the world needs about a 100 more Oblivitus and Kinetic's. Just check it out. Even though most have given up hopes, there are still loads of ideas to improve, perform or make. Take a look at thedunkis' forum topics, Oblivitus' concepts I'ble and Kinetic's mechs. For example, I'm now working on a bullpup, bolt action, horizontal magazine gun. Concepts are far more challenging than replicas. Just try it out for yourself.  Another thing, the veterans left. So stop making a 1001 forum topics about where everybody is, they have left. Mepain, DJRadio, Oodalumps, Zak, Shadowninja31, Coolbas, Killer-safecracker, IamCanadian, KILLERK. They all left. stop complaining, instead of whining, go out there and design something new! The red book of westmarch, Senior waffleman, Drrichtofen and all the awesome new(er) guys. You are the future of K'nex guns! Yours sincerely, Knex.X

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Tricky batch stuff...?

This isn't exactly a conventional question, but it's a question nonetheless.  The thing is, I'm thinking of starting a forum for all the tricky techniques and methods with batch (it wouldn't be a great instructable as it would require a lot of previous knowledge). So, I'd basically just have an index with all these different segments of how to do tricky stuff (such as advanced techniques for piping and other random stuff). The only problem is that I don't know what to make it on, so I'm trying to target people who've read all the instructables and are still missing that extra bit of information. Now, you could say something like "do whatever you think is hard", but the thing is I work better when it's at the request of someone else (basically I like to help people, and I'm abusing that natural urge). So, if you're experienced in batch but are curious about anything (perhaps how to ignore every rule in the book and put 50 nested for loops within your script), please post it below. Thank you. --EDIT-- I've started rewriting my batch tutorial, so most of the stuff you comment will go into that... somewhere.

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How can i attach these metal poles together easily? Answered

I'd like to build a frame to use as a free standing book shelf type structure with them. Theres 24 of them and around  3mm in diameter and around a foot and a half long. See pic for a better idea of what im talking about. The second pic is what im looking for but i cant find anything like them in any hardware store.... Any suggestions?

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Making Things Move Book Giveaway!

We're giving away 3 copies of the book Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists!  It's packed with detailed information about all kinds of mechanisms as well as sample projects and ideas.  Best of all, it's written in a way that people with no background in engineering can understand. I'll be sending these books to the next 3 people that post Instructables meeting the following criteria: - Posted on or after July 3, 2012 - Involves moving mechanical parts - 4 or more steps - Full original written and photo documentation Post a link to your Instructable on this forum post to enter!

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Coming Soon! A Children's Book for Makers

Hi friends! Sneha Pai and I (grad students in the SVA MFA Interaction Design program) are putting our heads together for an exciting new project we'd like you to be a part of. In a few weeks, we'll be kickstarting a children's book called The Maker's Alphabet. If you'd like to follow along our journey, please sign up for our launch updates: http://makersalphabet.launchrock.com/ Have ideas and input? We'd love to hear them! Feel free to share in the comments. :) Thanks for your support! Melody Quintana https://twitter.com/melodyquintana

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Do you know any good books? Answered

Well my little sister is in love with fantasy, action, and romantic books. I was thinking about getting her a fun book for Christmas, she is thirteen and likes books around ages 12-17 along the lines above. What good books are there for me to get her and I might make a list of good library books for her to check out. It can have bad words but please no sex realated things, she is my sister.

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Annual 1000 Best Instructables Compilation/Book/PDF

Greets. I think it would be a wonderful idea to an Annual 1000 Best Instructables Compilation book in PDF format (and perhaps in actual hardback as well). I think it would make a fun and amazing compilation - and would be very unique DIY/projects book to read. Please keep the PDF version free.

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I Found a Book that wasn't lost...

A lot of people walk past our house, often after spending a little too long in the pub. We also get a lot of kids passing to and from school.So the occasional piece of litter in the front garden isn't unusual.Today it was - I found a book. Whole, intact, and deliberately dumped in my garden.It wasn't chucked away by an annoyed kid, or dropped by an unusually literate drunk, it was "released".It seems there is a whole community of politely-subversive book-lovers out there, determined to sneak their love onto others. They leave books in unusual, public places for others to find, read and pass on the same way. They meet at BookCrossing.comIt was called Cracks, by Sheila Kohler, not really my cup of tea, but I like the BookCrossing idea, so I've wrapped it in plastic, labelled it up, and it's ready to send on its way. I may leave it in the countryside somewhere.BookCrossing website

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Does anyone know any good books on Electronics or Physics? Answered

I don't want any Teach-Yourself-Electronics-In-Five-Easy-Lessons sort of thing, I'd like something practical, but good theoretical Physics and Electronics ones will do too. I've got the Feynman lectures (the best textbook ever) and Horovitz and Hill (I find it a bit too complex and filled with electrical engineering details that are old and not very necessary for me). I'd like a book to learn something (not a new idea) new for me and maybe find a few project ideas. i'm making a sort of a wish list.  Any ideas?

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Story set up help? Answered

   Okay, I am in the process of writing a story.  It is an action/adventure story involving zombies.  I need to find a place in the US with a high population and is not too too close to water.  Any ideas?  This will be the initial starting point for the main character.

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