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Sticker business cards

Check out these sweet business cards + stickers that our new intern bofthem made for me. I've been handing them out like candy at the various conferences I've attended in the past week. Everyone loves getting stickers!

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Business card ninja

It's always amazing to see people take some simple skill and take it to ridiculous extremes. This video showcases one man's insane talent for throwing business cards. Popping balloons, up through open windows, and knocking stuff over. And here we were all wasting our time using them to share contact info. via TechEBlog

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business card holder?

I'm in a real estate associated business and am looking for some help in designing and then building a business card holder. The plastic ones that are ubiquitous in office supply stores are expensive and generic. I'm wanting it to consist of wood and basically "slide" together to hold the cards. It must be very simple to construct. Thanks so much.

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Coolest Business Card EVER!

This must be the best business card ever - if you work for Lego, they put together a minifig that matches your appearance as closely as possible, and then print your name and contact details on it.I am insanely jealous!Link

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what to do with business cards

Hi. me and my sister were at a big city show, you know, with all the different kiosks adverstising small business's. anyways, we were bored, so we decided to get a business card from every stand. we figured we would do something with them, like make a collage; but can anyone suggest something more creative and fun i we can do with a whole bunch of business cards/

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(newsletter) Business Card Catapult, Easter Prank, Handheld Tesla Coil...

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Is it possible to make your own business card? I'd like one for my tiny cleaning business. Answered

How can i make a cool business card that still looks professional?  I have a very small cleaning business, it's just me, my clients ask me for business cards quite often but I'm loathe to buy 500 at a time and have a boring old regular type of card. I know the talent on instructables is endless so is there anyone out there who has a cool idea for a business card that folks will actually want to keep? I'd like colourful, average size and fits in a wallet and preferably made with household stuff. the supplies I'd like to use include acrylic paints, printer paper, glue, maybe watercolour paper, etc. I don't have a printer :( Thanks

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How can i make a cool business card that still looks professional?

I have a very small cleaning business, it's just me, my clients ask me for business cards quite often but I'm loathe to buy 500 at a time and have a boring old regular type of card. I know the talent on instructables is endless so is there anyone out there who has a cool idea for a business card that folks will actually want to keep? I'd like colourful, average size and fits in a wallet and preferably made with household stuff. the supplies I'd like to use include acrylic paints, printer paper, glue.  is this possible? Thanks!

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Where did the beef jerky business card 'able go? Answered

Did the authors pull it when they went public? I wanted to post a photo of my own efforts; laser seared invitations for our recent wedding. I had to make 250 of the darn things.

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Instructables Member Cards!

Hi, gmjhowe here.Well i had eaten my sandwich early, and i was kinda bored during my lunch. So i decided to make full use of my work computer producing these lovely 'members card'I figured that we all love this site, and would be proud to carry a member card around. Also if you print many of these off they can be used as pseudo business cards, great if you want to give somebody a link to all your projects!I also have now added a generic card, for people to hand out that just has the normal web address on! (thanks skate for the suggestion!)Now, this is how it works, i have the full artwork files, done in Quark Xpress, anybody is welcome to have these, just PM me.Anyone else who wants one, just hit a comment below, listing how you want your name, the title you would like under your name, your 'member since' date, and your member page.Also add the image that you would like.I will reply with a comment, with a nice pdf file for you to print off and use!I will then work my way down the comments, first come, first served.Thanks again, Gmjhowe(ps, ive also included a .pdf file of my member card, so you can see what quality your getting)(pps, yes i am providing these file for free, it just might take a while to complete)

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tomward - Extreme Business Cards! - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist!

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcement here.tomward was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:Extreme Business Cards!Should this project win the grand prize VersaLaser laser cutter package from Universal Laser worth over $15,000? Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Audience votes will count for 20% of the total. Check out all the finalists, and vote for your favorites!This is a forum post created by the Instructables staff on behalf of the finalist. So why should you vote for this?Just about all the comments have been about the dialler version of the card - I guess this is certainly the flashiest of the two example designs presented here, but as I mentioned at the start of the instrcutable, it is more of an exercise in trying to get people to rethink their business cards and make them applicable to what they do professionally, and perhaps incorporate something hi-tech if appropriate. It is also a presentation of some neat techniques like professional graphic overlays on a shoestring and encapsulating electronic gadgets using inexpensive PVC cards that haven't been done before (or at least presented before). So has it made you think about how you could redo your business card (or make one up), or made you think how you might use some of these techniques in another project? If so, vote for this one! I am already working professionally on several designs for other high-tech business cards for other companies as a result of people seeing this instructable, so it has certainly made some people think.I'm sure all of the finalists have 101 uses for the laser cutter - I am no exception, and won't bore you with all of them. I spend over 50% of my time working with elementary school kids - teaching science, running activities, and camps - check out www.technologycamp.co.uk and you will see some of the things I am doing just this summer with them and want the cutter for! (particularly cutting out parts of robots, rockets, etc.) If it goes to me, it isn't going to be sitting on the shelf unused!

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Does Duct Tape really de-magnetize the magnetic strip on credit/gift cards? Answered

I have a Duck tape wallet, and this is constantly a worry for me... I'm solving this by putting Business Cards behind all my cards with magnetic strips, is this necessary?

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SPRING BIKE CONTEST, 30$ gift card?

Hi, A while ago I entered my project into the SPRING BIKE COMPETITION and won runner up. Also a while ago, while I was out on vacation, my dad received a package with a purple instructable T shirt, a patch, and 3 "business cards?". I have yet to find the 30 dollar gift card. :( I was wondering if the gift card was electronic or was it misplaced by us, I have no clue. Thanks for your help!

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If I want to publish my own cards to sell, how do I go about printing them so it's affordable?

I am starting my own card company. I have, on Photoshop, put together about ten different cards that I want to print. I plan on selling these through some of the local businesses in my city. Everything's is working out in these areas but there is one problem: how and from whom do I print them?

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I have 500 business cards, and i was wondering if you (yes, YOU) had any cool ideas of what i can do with them??

I was sitting here, staring at these babies, when i go " I betcha someone on Instructables has a good idea or two"...so. yea, One thing led to another, and here i am, asking you( yes YOU) what to do.  Here is what you may (or may not) need to know... They have someone else's name on them. And adress, and phone number. They have a kinda pretty background pic, but then again, you can hardly tell with all of the writing. They are for a realtor. ( no, i didn't hijack them from an open house.....) The backs are blank They are not the glossy type...I wonder if i could fix that with a smear of two of lipgloss? J/K I have already tried card throwing, and lest just say....my mom (lovingly) told me she'd kill me if i ever did it again.  SO, thats out of the picture...(maybe) lol  SO, help me out here....give me a few ideas! ( I know you have one....)  KK

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Thank you 4 the Halloween Greeting Card!

Hi all! I want to end my procastination of thanking you for the unexpected Halloween Greeting Card that arrived some days before Halloween. I am having a very busy schedule, so I only remember that I should publish something the day that I return for a while to the site. But, I know that for many people, receiving this greeting card is going to encourage them a lot to collaborate with the site. And even to post an instructable. Since, the card reminds you that you are important, and that there is a community that cares for you. I appreciate the good work that this administration is doing. How could someone achieve this level of contience? Is there an instructable to learn how to get there? Thank you, very much! (And sorry for the delay, but the greeting card arrived on time, even to this country, Argentina, in South America) Alberto love

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Printing on plastic?

Im looking to make some business cards out of clear or frosted plastic. Other than taking the order to a printing company, is there any way that I could print the information or images I want onto the plastic myself?

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What it does?

My submission is using only office supplies, but its not a artsy craftsy submission. The rules say, "It can be fun or functional, big or small- just be creative, and document your project well." Can a business card office supply entry please count!! Not just paper clips and staples are office supplies.

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Holiday Greetings

Season's greetings to all.  I'm sure everyone is busy making something for this holiday season, whatever you celebrate or not, there are some good contests to enter... And would you believe I've been hanging around this place for 7 years already? Well, during years past there once was a greeting card exchange but with today's advancements in technology, here is my video e-card. Please feel free to comment and add your own shout out to ibles staff or other members.

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Useful knex office supplies

Recently I made some knex office supplies. They include: A knex inbox A knex pencil holder A letter holder A business card holder And a note book cover What do you think?? Killer~SafeCracker

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Marketing critique requested. How would you SEO/adwords my business? Answered

Hello Everyone. I love this community, as its helped me out a number of times in the past year. So I got to thinking, perhaps there are a few social media/SEO folks lurking about.... I build Musical Furniture, and have for quite some time. I've used adwords, art festivals, physical post cards, and the most successful... youtube videos (over 200,000 views). Currently, I only use a website, etsy as a store, youtube hits, and mailchimp to manage about 1200 newsletter readers. I was wanting to do more. I was dreaming of a flexible adwords campaign that could help me in slow times. I'm a one man shop and tired of uneven orders. I'm open to any and all critique. Let me have it. Http://www.musicalfurnishings.com Thanks! Tor  

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3D Printed Luggage Tag ( Church Window Style )

Buy at Shapeways Made and Tested 3D Printed, Creative, Custom-Made, Non-Massive Design. Hi, this is a Luggage Tag Design. ( I would call it "The Old Church Window" ). When I saw similar luggages with similar tags passing through at LAX air port luggage claim, and could not find my luggages, I decided to design another tag that provides easy and unique identification for my luggages. This tag design is inspired from the old church window, under which I enjoy the sunlight each sunday morning when attending Missa. Features of this Luggage Tag: * Your business card ( Max. 55 x 90 mm ) can be inserted into this tag. In case your luggage is lost, someone who picked it can unfasten and pull out your business card and contact you. Your card is securely locked inside when you fasten the tag onto your luggage's side handle. I would recommend using Hemp Twine * It's made of nylon-12, the strongest material that stands the toughest transportation. * I can have your name printed on this tag. Just email your name - as short as possible please - to ning@7plain.net * In case your luggage is lost, people who found it can see through the window and be sure it's your business card inside. They will not open anything if they can not be sure what's inside. * Window is among the objects that are the easiest for humans to recognize. Window is more recognizable among all those regular tags at air port luggage claim. * Finally, I just wish you enjoy its creativity. Travel with a "window" is a lot of fun. Standard * Made of nylon-12, strong nylon used to produce gears, in various color options. (Please select color before " Add To Cart ". View Material Property) * Made in Netherland / USA. * Worldwide shipping. (Buying several items in one shipment can save cost. View Shipping Cost) Designed on 05.Mar.2012 Go to my shop 7PLAIN Contact me at -- ning@7plain.net All Rights Reserved.

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Antique Bicycle, Human Sonar, The Linear Clock

Antique Bicycle Human Sonar The Linear Clock Learn Business Card Throwing DIY Gorilla Pod Make Whimsical Furniture Kids Riding Crane Gourmet Chocolate Truffles Kill Bedbugs With Christmas Lights Instant Limoncello Cardboard Cryptex Vault $3 Xbox Kinect TV Mount Remove Vinyl Tiles With Dry Ice Challenging Bolt Puzzle Build a Printing Press

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Username Search Gone

Where did the username search go? For a while, you could search someone's username and get to their profile page, but it's gone now. I added my username to my business card with the expectation that someone could search my username and find my projects, but that isn't the case now. Not only does my name not come up on the drop-down of the search, but my projects don't come up either. My group's entry in the Makerspace Contest and someone else's instructable in which they mention me are all that come up in a search for Brooklyntonia. This is very disappointing. 

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SEGA's new personal lady-robot - EMMA

SEGA is introducing a new, miniature robot girlfriend named, EMMA (Eternal Maiden, not sure the acronym works) Features include: dispensing kisses, dancing, singing...and even handing out business cards! Seems the Japan only market is aimed at "men over 20". Representative from SEGA says, "Though she's not human, she can act like a real girlfriend". Whatever that means. With a price of under $200, it may be expensive for some... but, who can turn down free kisses?

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Top iPhone Instructables

Apple has released the new iPhone--and there are Instructables to make it better. Check out these iPhone-related Instructables, some of our favorites, that can make your iPhone better prepared for everyday use. Retractable Headphones Headphones are always getting tangled up in knots, but these recoiling headphones will keep the wires conveniently curled up and ready to use.   Business Card Stand Using just a business card, you can make this simple stand on which you can watch movies or just let your iPhone rest. Handgun Handset By talking into the grip, listening through the barrel, and starting and finishing your calls with a pull of the trigger of this modified airsoft gun, your iPhone calls will never be the same again. If you get trigger-happy, though, you might end up with a bunch of dropped calls. Book Safe As long as you don't choose a piece of classic literature, you can safely conceal your iPhone inside of a book with this design. Car Stand You don't want to be talking on your phone while you're driving, but this car stand will keep the iPhone in a convenient position for music and other purposes during car trips. One-Hand Use A simple loop attached to the back of the iPhone can make one-handed iPhone-ing simple and secure. And these are just a few--there are plenty more great iPhone Instructables to use!

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(newsletter) Run OS X on 1984 Mac, Baby Care Bear Costume, Compass Table

  Baby Care Bear Costume 1984 Mac to Run OSX Compass Table DIY Scratch Off Business Cards Mini Yorkshire Puddings Voluptuous Pillow Chairs Runaway Mouse Prank Recumbent Trike DJ Turntable from Old Computer Parts Emergency Breakfast Cake Computer Monitor Cat Bed Custom Fit Gloves Guides Giant Pi Day Easy Vegan Recipes Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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My 5th generation ipod is broken, help me fix it?

I have 2 5th generation ipods in my possesion. they are both broken,(motor makes noises, itunes wont detect them, says low battery frequently, goes in disk mode even when i do not put it in that mode) im not sure what to do.. and i would REALLY like to have a working ipod. im not even sure how to open them.. but i heard you can put a folded business card on the blue sponge part and it will keep your ipod in working order. anyways..could someone please help me?

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My new purchase, an Adana 5 by 3 letterpress!

 So a few days ago I was reading this topic. I did not realise that you could use polymer plates to make modern designs in this old style process. I work at a print works, so I asked around, and one of my friends happened to be an owner of 3 letterpresses he has purchased as a job lot, one he uses himself for various things, one is in a state of disrepair, and the third is missing its rollers and ink plate. I decided I am more than able to find/buy/make replacement parts, so I purchased it for £20.  I intend to use it to make myself some nice unique business cards! Thanks to Fungus Amungus for writing up his topic and inspiring me.

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(newsletter) Homemade Gift Ideas

Sign-up for this newsletter: Art | Craft | Food | Games | Green | Home | Kids | Life | Music | Offbeat | Outdoors | Pets | Photo | Ride | Science | Tech Happy Holidays! Avoid the Black Friday rush, and make your own gifts this year! It's a great way to give your loved ones truly personalized gifts, and far easier on the wallet. We've collected our favorite fast, fool-proof holiday gifts and decorating ideas below to make it even easier! Don't forget to document what you make, and enter our Homemade Holidays Contest and Food Contest! Recycled Paper Hawaiian Lei Hackable Christmas Card & Ornament Monster Business Card Holder Giant Sparkleball Hand Blown Glass Ornaments Make a Unique Tile Picture Spiral LED Chandelier Expandable Christmas Stocking Make 6-Pointed Paper Snowflakes Can Art: Recycle Your Cans Ping Pong Ball Lights Make Bath Bombs Christmas Gift Guides Homemade Gifts Christmas Gift Ideas Homemade Christmas Gifts Christmas Ornaments Christmas Tree Decorations Crafts for Christmas Super Mario Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA Sign-up for this newsletter:

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Thanks for a Great Summer!

Hey everybody, I've been kicking around here for a few years now, posting some instructables and the occasional forum topic, building some things and drawing inspiration from other members, but I'm usually pretty quiet outside of the comments sections of my own 'ibles. I want to take this moment to thank everybody here for teaching me how to Do It Myself and not be afraid to void a warranty or two.  It has absolutely changed my life and the very way I look at the world around me. This summer I was sitting outside with a friend of mine and a lady walked by with her dogs.  Like several other people have, she commented on how much she liked the thirty or so sun jars I've got scattered around the front lawn.  I thanked her and handed her the business card I've made for my alter ego (depotdevoid:  Inventor, Tinkerer, Maker, Mad Scientist!).  I mentioned that I build all sorts of things, do computer repairs, etc.  She thanked me and walked off. A couple of days later I got home from work to find a message on the machine.  It turns out she is the volunteer coordinator for the Science Factory, our local childrens' science museum.  She wanted to talk about having me visit a couple of their summer camps, themed "Insane Inventions!" and talk about being an inventor and a maker.  She said, "That's what you get when you put Mad Scientist on your business card!" So in exchange for time and materials, my daughter was able to attend a couple of summer camps there and our family got a membership to the science factory so we can go play with all the toys and see shows at the planetarium.  I spent an afternoon and a morning hanging out with eight year olds and building sun jars, talking about the things I'd built, and being told how awesome I was over and over again.  There are some pictures below, sorry there are none of the kids, I was really busy after everything got set up and didn't have time to snap any pictures. None of this would have happened if I hadn't come across this site all those years ago.  I thank each and every one of you for contributing to and helping build this community.  I know I'm not as vocal as some of the members here, but I want you all to know that I love this website and consider it my second home. Thank you, Ian (depotdevoid)

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Instructables Restaurant at PICNIC 2010

I was honored to be asked to open an Instructables Restaurant in Amsterdam as part of the 2010 PICNIC festival.  Faithfully following recipes submitted to our Pizza contest, chefs from Eetcafe De Zwijger served three different types of pizza in an intimate setting within the festival, next to the mobile Fablab.  Each day, the crew served around 50 pizzas split equally between Homemade Pizza Margherita, Rose Garden Pizza, and Flammkuchen - the other type of pizza. The Instructables Restaurant is a combination concept art piece and experimental business model.  What would an open-source restaurant look like?  Can an open-source menu allow patrons to form a deeper relationship with the chef and the food?  Would people show up just to learn how to do it themselves?  With funding from the Waag Society, the creators of the restaurant, Arne Hendricks and Bas van Abel, are trying to answer these questions.  With my permission, they chose to leverage the Instructables brand in their initial "pop-up" restaurants, which have included a Cheesecake cart, DIY BBQ, and a soup night in addition to the Pizza restaurant -- all described on their Instructables Restaurant Blog. The space created for the restaurant at Picnic was great, and probably better than any live event I've ever organized for Instructables.  Two things that worked really well deserve to be specifically pointed out:  handing out comment sheets with each slice of pizza, and tear-away handouts with the recipes and instructions for furniture and decorations.  In one of the images below, you can see a collection of comments about the pizza submitted by tasters.  The handouts had links to the website and short forms of the step-by-step instructions emphasizing that anyone could make the pizza, furniture, or lighting themselves.  (The pads of handouts were especially appealing to me, because literally the next day at NYC Maker Faire, the wind was threatening to blow our business-card-format project cards all over.)  Scanned versions of the handouts are included in the slideshow below: See this slideshow here:  Instructables Restaurant Handouts Arne calls the Instructables Restaurant a "question."  If the answer to his question is yes there is something to an open-source restaurant, he has a spot in mind for a fixed-location version.  I can't wait to eat there. A brief aside: I'm a few inches above average height in the US, but in Holland, I'm short! The Dutch are enormous, as you can see in the group image with the five of us at the restaurant. Looking up to meet people's eyes was an interesting and fun change. More images of the Instructables Restaurant here on Flickr.

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Game turn indicator - how to build?

My family likes to play a particular card game called Phase 10. The way it works is that after each hand, the deck is handed to the next person to deal from.  We're often so busy chatting/having fun we forget exactly whose turn it is to deal. Not a big deal of course, but all our attempts to keep track have failed.  I thought it would be cute to set up a little strip of LEDs and have them be controlled by a button. Push button, next LED lights up, with each LED assigned to a player so we know whose turn it is to deal next.  There's nothing commercial I could find, and I don't know enough about LEDs, controllers, etc, to do so - so I'm looking for someone who can explain what has to be done (and the materials) so I can build it... or if someone wants to take on the project and get paid for it too, that works.  It's meant to be a christmas present for my father (who's the worst one of all about remembering whose turn it is) so - that's the estimated deadline. Anyone got info for me on how to set this up?

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Materials Resources

It'd be helpful if we could create a permanent page to list recommended vendors of common supplies. If you have a favorite website for LEDs, magnets, electronics, or any other parts you could contribute to it. It would be a materials wiki, except one person updates it. An instructable wiki would be helpful as well, but one step at a time, eh?For example:PartsKlockit Clock movements and partspchcables.com One-foot USB extension cables (so common!)Tap Plastics Acrylics. Scrap bins in stores are a great resource.digikey Gobs of electronics.MagnetsK&J; Magnetics Neodymium magnets. Check out their surplus items and eBay auctions for deals.Printing & Cuttingblackbookstencils.com Lasercut stencils. Never used, looks good.[http:///www.calsilkscreen.com calsilkscreen.com] Excellent full-color vinyl stickers with cheap die-cuts (batches of 1,000)psprints.com Stickers are decently priced, but don't have glossy coat that protects them.overnightprints.com Really great full-color, double-sided, round corner business cardsSticker Guy $20 for 250 b/w stickers, but delivery can take up to 8 weeks.Otherocremix.org Great free remixed video game music

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Google Celebrates 57 Years of a Great Invention

Google's new picture depicts a barcode saying "Google" to celebrate 57 years of the bar code. For a brief history from Wikipedia about the barcode;"In 1932 business student Wallace Flint of Harvard Business School wrote a thesis promoting an "automated grocery store" using punch cards, which customers would hand to a clerk, who would load them into a reader, causing flow racks to deliver the desired products, after which an itemized bill would automatically be produced. In spite of its promise, punch card systems were expensive, and the country was in the midst of the Great Depression, and the idea was never implemented.In 1948 Bernard Silver (1924 - 1962), a graduate student at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, overheard the president of a local food chain asking one of the deans to research a system to automatically read product information during checkout. Silver told his friends Norman Joseph Woodland (1921-?) and Jordin Johanson about the request, and the three started working on a variety of systems. Their first working system used ultraviolet ink, but this proved to fade and was fairly expensive.Convinced that the system was workable with further development, Woodland quit his position at Drexel, moved into his father's apartment in Florida, and continued working on the system. His next inspiration came from Morse code, and he formed his first barcode from sand on the beach when "I just extended the dots and dashes downwards and made narrow lines and wide lines out of them." To read them, he adapted technology from optical soundtracks in movies, using a 500-watt light bulb shining through the paper onto an RCA935 photomultiplier tube (from a movie projector) on the far side. He later decided that the system would work better if it were printed as a circle instead of a line, allowing it to be scanned in any direction.On 20 October 1949 they filed a patent application for "Classifying Apparatus and Method", in which they described both the linear and bullseye printing patterns, as well as the mechanical and electronic systems needed to read the code. The patent was issued on 7 October 1952 as US Patent 2,612,994. In 1951 Woodland and Johanson moved to IBM and continually tried to interest IBM in developing the system. The company eventually commissioned a report on the idea, which concluded that it was both feasible and interesting, but that processing the resulting information would require equipment that was some time off in the future.In 1952 Philco purchased their patent, and then sold it to RCA the same year. In 1962 Silver died in a car accident."Full story about Google's choice of picture here here.

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Laser Christmas Tree, Cranberry Vodka, Digital Picture Frame...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Dec. 13, 2007 Welcome back! Big news. The Laser Cutter Contest has been extended to Jan. 1, 2008! Be sure to enter the Homemade Holidays Contest. Win great prizes from CRAFT magazine! Check out these cool instructables! Cheap 'n Easy Digital Picture Frame Looking for an awesome gift idea? This is it! Total cost was under $100, and could be substantially less if you're savvy.posted by joedog86 on May 23, 2006 Laser Christmas Tree Make your Christmas tree explode with lasery goodness this year. Perfect for a late-night Christmas party. posted by novalasers on Dec 11, 2007 Extreme Business Cards How to make a business card that actually dials you up by itself! Read on to find out how.posted by tomward on Dec 10, 2007 Waterproof your Batteries in seconds! Taking electronics out and about on outdoor adventures can mean wet batteries and rust. Here's a tip to keep your power supply nice and dry.posted by dan on Dec 10, 2007 How to build a garage from the ground up Need some workshop space, a fortress of solitude, or a place for your beer fridge? A new garage is the answer, and this is how to make it possible.posted by jmengel on Dec 8, 2007 Extended to Jan. 1, 2008! U-Disp - The Digg (tm) display (Open Source) Make your important data easy to see with this 7-digit display that can pull from multiple sources. posted by matseng on Dec 8, 2007 Ultimate Guide to Making a Cheap but Effective Aluminium Forge Start smelting at home! You'll be ready to present aluminum ingots to friends in just a couple days. Mmm... ingots.posted by Shark500 on Dec 7, 2007 How to Make a Placeñata Do you and your friends have a sick sense of humor? This twisted piñata will help get the party started.posted by fran_halsbourg on Dec 7, 2007 Professional Looking Gadgets Make your homemade gadgets look like professional shop-bought equipment with a can of spray glue and some OHP transparencies.posted by tomward on Dec 9, 2007 Cranberry Infused VodkaMake some custom vodka for your friends this Christmas. Start with cranberry and move on to whatever other flavor you want!posted by mikeasaurus on Dec 4, 2007 Congratulations to zieak for winning the grand prize in the Mash-Up Contest with this entry. Stool made from bike parts and crutches - full winners list -   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus  


Anyone able to help suggest parts for a digital dogtag?

Hey all, I'm a first timer on the site and had a question that I was wondering if people could help me solve.I am trying to make a digital dogtag to display some text (3 or four lines in blue) and be hung around my neck. I figure I was looking at a screen about business card size in width and trying to not get much larger than a centimeter if I can for all the components and cover. I was thinking just a simple plastic or latext shell for it would work. My main problem has been sourcing the screen, controller and batteries to run it. Ideally I'd want a black screen that can render crisp, coloured text (or maybe even images if it can). It's also like to keep the whole package thin as mentioned above. Also, if I don't have to burn an EPROM and can interface with it in another manner that would be super awesome. Does anyone have any experience with this or can suggest some components? I've tried looking but I have to admit my knowledge of proper components and where to look is limited. Thanks all in advance.

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I Draw Cars

Via Notcot, and because I've been looking out for this sort of thing recently (Roger-X is deciding between design-related university courses), I came across a Kickstarter project called I Draw Cars. It's a pair of guys, design graduates, who have put together an automotive design resource in a moleskine format - industry references, event data, and templates over which you can sketch your own ideas to form part of your portfolio. It looks good.  Certainly the concept is sound. I wonder if others would think so? --------------------------------------------------------- On a related subject, whilst visiting Wales, we landed in a design exhibit at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.  Projects were on display from students of the School of Industrial Design in Swansea. I could go through them, but they were all fascinating - everything from a pop-up cup-carrier to a collapsible zimmer frame and a hydroplaning sports car. Instead, I'll list our highlights, in no particular order: An interesting take on wheeled luggage. A "hyper amphibian". A Dyson-branded scooter. School bookshelves. A cool take on Landrover. Hydroplaning yacht. A hotrod. There were others, but they did not display their websites, or have a small pile of business cards for folk to take.  That's their loss, since part of their course covers "self promotion"...

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Play with fire, sleep less, launch a rocket, slice bottles...

Function clickclear(thisfield, defaulttext) {if (thisfield.value == defaulttext) {thisfield.value = "";}}Sign-up for our newsletter subscribe August 30, 2007 Welcome back!With a three-day weekend ahead you have more time than ever to try out some new projects. Check out some great ideas below. Make your own Embossed Business Cards using Acid Etching Etch, press, and print your way to some unique cards.posted by bofthem on Aug 30, 2007 How to bind your own Hardback Book The art of book binding is an ancient craft, but actually it is not very difficult to do.posted by KaptinScarlet on Aug 29, 2007 Build an antique style crystal radio Enoy your radio the truly old-fashioned way.posted by Ohm on Aug 29, 2007 Wiimote Rubens Tube: Control Fire With Sound! (And a Nintendo Wiimote!) Fire + music + Wiimote? What could go wrong with that?posted by ScaryBunnyMan on Aug 28, 2007 Quick Banana Nut Bread You can't argue with a dessert that takes just five minutes to make.posted by RealSimple.com on Aug 24, 2007 Get published in Real Simple magazine! $1,500 top prize!Ends this weekend! Soar to great heights. Launch It: Patriot Model Rocket Make your own rocket. No kit required!posted by kruser495 on Aug 27, 2007 Rebuild a bicycle rear hub Become a bike whiz and learn to fix most freewheel hubs on the market today.posted by Prometheus on Aug 27, 2007 How to use a wet tile saw to cut glass bottles Discover the joys of using a wet tile saw to cut glass.posted by WUVIE on Aug 27, 2007 Gas Grill Renovation Bring your grill back from the dead for Labor Day weekend.posted by digrat on Aug 26, 2007 Polyphasic Sleep Live your life on just 2-3 hours of sleep a day.posted by rachel on Aug 24, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Topic by lebowski  


(newsletter) Seed Bomb, DIY Sunscreen, USB Cigar...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Check out our 4th of July Guide, and use the long weekend to finish some Instructables for these awesome contests!We've got three fantastic contests this week, so get to work turning your great ideas and half-done projects into finished Instructables and enter!Pocket-Sized Contest - Think small, and win a custom laser-etched Leatherman!Get in the Garden Contest - Enter any Instructable with a gardening theme and win an awesome computer-controlled indoor composting machine from NatureMill!Art of Sound Contest - Share any music or sound-related Instructable, and win an incredible custom hi-fi tower set with subwoofer, monster speakers, and more!! Lego Combination Safe Altoids Travel Games - Pocket Size Fun Make Faux Rocks Homemade Stickers Keep cool and cook up some tasty food this weekend! Win a custom laser-etched Leatherman! Audio Cassette Loop Crocheted Eyeball Homemade Sunscreen DIY Under-Cabinet Lighting Make a Seed Bomb Recover an Old Bicycle Seat Chocolate Pasta Personalized Garden Stepping Stones Win a cool computer-controlled indoor composter! Win these custom hi-fi speakers! 4-3/4 oz Ultra-light Backpacking Kitchen Business Card with Mints Fretless Guitar with a Glass Fretboard USB Cigar Flash Memory Sign-up for this newsletter:

Topic by fungus amungus  


Desktops of Oct & Nov - Creative Patch Addition

Want to get another patch? Last months desktop wallpaper thread did excellent, it would seem you loved the idea of getting some patches for your work. This month I am going to ask you to work harder for your patches! I want to encourage your creativity, so dig out one of your best digital photos, whip open photoshop, or show off a great new interface. All unique, creative and personal desktop screenshots will get a patch! Unique, creative and personal means we are looking for something new and fresh, not just a wallpaper grabbed off deviant art! Whether its a custom interface, or a home made wallpaper, just something that is unique to you. This month I have a couple of home made wallpapers to show off, I created both of these from scratch. By scratch I mean I actually cut up those bits of card, and glued those bits of marble. Both wallpapers were then accented and grunged up in photoshop. I then used geektool to match the type already on the card to make the date and time blend in. Tinkertool adds a few extras, including the modded dock, and menu bar items. Little Snitch runs in the menu bar, keeping an eye on what programs are doing. 3rd screen has a picture of my Fiance - as always :D 4th pictures shows my crazy screen set up! What are you waiting for? Post your most creative desktop set up, and claim you patch! Be sure to explain any fancy programs you have running also. To take a picture of your desktop on a windows machine use the printscreen key on your keyboard, Open up paint, Edit, Paste and then save this as a png. then upload this onto Instructables. To take a screenshot on a mac use the apple key, Shift and 3. This will save the picture to your desktop then you can upload it to Instructables. To take a screenshot in Ubuntu go to Applications>Accessories>Take screenshot. If this doesn't work blame Lithium Rain ;-) PS, I know this is like 28 days late, but I have been busy (I get married on the 7th of Nov!), also doing a joint two month edition means I will be able to check back and dish out patches!

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Top 50 Instructables of 2007 Ranked by Rating

This is the third in a series of data-analysis posts. Check out the first here. I love statistics, analysis, and raw data and so thought I'd share some of the really cool stuff with you. Thanks to trebuchet03 for helping with this and actually crafting the queries. Here are the Instructables published in 2007 with the greatest number of positive ratings (I know the year isn't over yet, but we're close enough):Instructable - Number of positive ratings1. Invisible Book Shelf - 4812. Laser Flashlight Hack!! - 2173. Wallet made from a computer keyboard - 1774. 25MM Pneumatic Sniper Rifle - 1715. How to take AWESOME night photos WITHOUT a tripod - 1626. How to Make Your Own Prototypes : How to make your own Plastic Vacuum Former - 1557. Build a Tetris DVD (or book) shelf - 1408. How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily) - 1369. Zippo Trick: The Twilight Zone - 13310. Build a Nintendo NES PC - 12811. Easy to Build Desk Top 3 Axis CNC Milling Machine - 12812. The Aluminum can Crucible - 12813. The Ice Bulb - 12214. Hidden Door Bookshelf - 12115. Creating a 3D effect with image editing software (GIMP or Photoshop) - 11916. RGB Color Controllable High Power LED Room + Spot Lighting - 11817. Extreme Business Cards - 11518. Jar of Fireflies - 10919. Improve your digital camera extremely - 10920. Paracord bracelet with a side release buckle - 10621. String Tripod - 10622. Matchsticks Cube (no glue) - 10423. the 50mph trike - 9924. European 4-in-1 maille (chainmail) speedweaving - 9925. Credit-Card Flower Box (Fridge Magnet) - 9826. Knobby All Terrain Rubber Wallet with Optional Smack-lights (Drop Alert Sensor) - 9827. How to build a sit down driving arcade cabinet - 9728. T-Shirt Rack ( with NeckSaver) - 9629. Magic Duct Tape Wallet - 9430. Electromagnetic Floater - 9431. Programmable LED - 9232. Pringles Wind Turbine (Pleech) - Version One - 9133. Build yourself a portable home - a mongolian yurt - 9134. How to solder - 9035. R/C Steam Turbine Tank - 8836. How to recycle office paper into blank books - 8837. realistic werewolf costume - 8638. Interactive Multitouch Display - 8539. Accordion-Style Card Wallet - 8440. Lock Someone To A Tree Without Ropes, Chains, Or Any Other Ties (updated 25/07/07) - 8441. Concrete Countertops for the Kitchen - Solid Surface on the Cheap - 8342. Han Solo in carbonite chocolate bar! - 8343. Circuits for using High Power LED's - 8344. [https://www.instructables.com/id/12-Volt-Battery-Hack!-You_ll-be-Surprised... 12 Volt Battery Hack! You'll be Surprised...] - 8245. Guide to field Soldering - 8246. Hack a Toilet for free water. - 8147. Power LED's - simplest light with constant-current circuit - 7948. The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case - 7949. The End of the Chip Clip - 7950. Etched Minty Valentines Candy Box - 78

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A convention, festival, fair, thing. Please read.

Hello, I've never put anything on the forums before, but I really want to get my idea out there if I can't make it.   I have this idea for something like a convention, fair, etc.  However it will be full of classes, and talking areas, I want it to be cheap and for all ages and backgrounds.   Each booth will be a class, they'll be able to talk/teach about anything: physics, folklore, robotics, animation, painting, dog training, baking, history, biology, ghosts, philosophy, anything!  You can go to these classes and take notes, if you find out you hate the subject or teacher you can leave to go to another class.  In the talking areas you can trade notes, share your own ideas, or just chill out.  I want most of the classes to be free (If a teacher charges money then they need to be the ones to keep people out) but they can charge for materials,(like a CD with references, or a program they use, or a book) or products,(like a cake they just baked, or a drawing they drew) or you can give them donations, and they can give you a business card if they have classes outside of the place.  You may have to organize the booths by loudness, or maturity (with the teachers being able to teach anything, some classes might be bad for kids to see.)  I don't know what this event would be called, it's not quite a convention, or festival, or school, It could happen indoors or out.  This is my main issue; I don't know if I would need permits for it, or what else I should get for it (also I'm broke).  I've been researching for a few weeks now, and I have a few ideas, but incase I fail then maybe someone on here can do it.  Thank you for reading.

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Idea for microcontroller project - Any takers?

  Here's an idea for a simple microcontroller project which occurred to me.  Not something I'm going to build and not something I have an immediate use for, so I'm throwing it out here to see if anyone wants to take it up.  Using something like an Ardweeny, it could be an entry in the Arduino contest. The idea is to made a motion triggered wildlife video camera, using a PIR sensor, a standard keychain camera, a microcontroller and a LiPo battery.  That, minimal wiring and effort and you'd have a very small device you could leave by food, a crossing point or animal track and it would record video only when an animal passed by.  Leave the camera in place for a couple of days, then take out the SD card and play back the .AVI files on your PC to see what's been happening.  For construction, you'd need to disassemble the camera as per the linked video, and test how the 'record' button operates - It's probably just switched to 0V so could be driven with a logic output.   You'd remove the camera battery and wire in a larger LiPo instead for endurance. This would also power the controller and sensor.  The PIR sensor (with regulator bypassed, as per Sparkfun datasheet) would be an input to the microcontroller, and the programming would consist of monitoring the PIR output for pulses and triggering a 2 second pulse on the camera button to start recording.  After a period of no PIR pulses, the camera 'switch' would be pulsed again to end recording.  Put it all in a waterproof enclosure with access for the 'business end' of the camera element and you have a motion triggered wildlife camera. "Seemples", as the Meerkovian rat-creature says. Wire up a bank of infra-red diodes, increase the battery capacity and remove the IR filter on the camera and this may even work as a night-vision camera. Any takers?

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(newsletter) Live in a Bus, Auto Fish Feeder, Zippo Tricks...

Sep 4, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The winners of the Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest are posted! Try out some of these awesome new sports! Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something cool in our office! September 11: Mouse mouse; October 2: Intro to Chainmail. RSVP required.Upcoming... Get ready for the biggest and best Halloween contest ever! October will be here soon, so start working on an elaborate costume and creepy decorations! Anything posted since the close of last year's contest is eligible. You can also get a head start on our Faberge Egg Contest (almost here!), where you could win a sound system and have your egg displayed in New York City! HDTV Antenna on a Direct TV mount by arte.sano Build a digital pin-hole camera by richard2nd Screen print your pancakes by lamedust Make a Short Film for $80 by Hermes   Get out and play! Turn 3D Motions Into Sculpture by jftesser Basic Zippo tricks by killerjackalope Make a fossilized Dinosaur Egg by KaptinScarlet Make a pizza oven in your backyard by fritz.bogott Make a Tunnel Book by Doldrum Automatic Aquarium Feeder by paulrobinson Sign Chair by wholman World's Smallest Electronic Shocker! by Plasmana   10 More Instructables to help get ready for class Prescription Goggles for $12 by engineerable Re-use a Schoolbus for Cheap Housing by zim Chuck's No Weld Recumbent Bike by chuckdiesel Dot Matrix Business Card by tomward Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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iBook G3 Clamshell - Opinions needed? - Should I start a Progress thread?

So, after a few weeks desperate searching for an iBook, I finally bagged one on ebay. I was specifically looking for one that was non functional, as the mod I am planning is rather 'destructive'. So, my question is as follows, now that I have posted my wanted topic, and edited it to say I have one, and I am planning another vintage mac mod. Should I turn this forum topic into a progress thread? Updating as I go along? A lot of forums do exactly this, and although here we have the ability to put up the entire progress at the end, with a complex project like this, on going input is always welcome. Currently, I am deciding whether to turn it into a folio case, housing my iPad, gadgets, and other paper stationery, or whether I could manage to retro fit my netbook into the iBook? The netbook has not been used as much as I would like since purchasing my iPad, so it could be fitted into the iBook, however, I will probably find myself not using the iBook mod. My mum is also in need of a new computer, she the netbook I won would probably be suited to her. The iBook, once gutted has alot of empty space, I could either turn it into a 'netbook' of sorts with my iPad and a keyboard (this was done recently, but obviously I would do a better job of it, making the ibook so it actually closes for example) A gutted iBook could easily hold my iPad in the screen section, leaving the larger half empty, I could then keep my Phone, business cards, notes, and other folio-esque items in it. (this is my favourite idea)  

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lamedust - Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist!

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcement here.lamedust was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollarsShould this project win the grand prize VersaLaser laser cutter package from Universal Laser worth over $15,000? Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Audience votes will count for 20% of the total. Check out all the finalists, and vote for your favorites!This is a forum post created by the Instructables staff on behalf of the finalist. Wow, thank you to all the instructables admins for picking my project and for all the people who + ranked me. This is an amazing place to be, here with the top 12. To have my project next to the Extreme Business Card and The Ghetto Matrix by GRL is so satisfying. These are the kinds of people I've been admiring for so long.For all you having a hard time picking your favorite, I can totally agree, there are so many good projects! But I hope whoever gets it makes it do something amazing, and considering these fellas, I'm pretty sure someone will make it launch eggs to the moon, or cut bricks from compacted car parts and build a house from them.Here's some detailed cut out examples. This machine gun is less than 1.2 mm wide.large view of machine gun and partsI've also updated my code to make it easy to run your own flut files by dragging the .txt to this executable.Truly Honored-Bilal GhalibPhoto Essay on one way I could use the laser cutter

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Any cheap DIY christmas gift ideas? (details)?

Hi, I am currently 15 years old and live in Warsaw, Poland. You see, in my family we never sticked to the "Everyone gives presents to everyone" scheme. My parents would get us presents, as well as give them to each other. I want to change it this year, since i feel like a total jerk this way (receiving gifts and not giving any) Overall: I need to get a present for my father, mother and brother, whose details will follow. I don't want the overall cost of the gifts to surpass 100PLN (around $35?), nor for them to be the cheap "glue some felt to some cardboard and write some nice sentences" DIY christmas gifts. I would like them to be original, maybe just a creative, slightly changed everyday object. They should not be consumable (cookies, bath salts etc.), they should be useful but nice (no coasters or stuff like that) They can not require any help, since they have to be a surprise to my family. I would like them to be preparable in my bedroom, without use of any complicated tools (including sewing machines and glue pistols). Also, no photo albums or such. Father: My dad is a business-ish person interested in a variety of subjects, like chess, computers, programming, engineering, books, movies and all that stuff. He works a lot, uses an LG Viewty Snap, drives a Ford Mondeo, occasionally wears glasses. I would like his gift to be very practical and elegant, something he could take in his pocket and maybe use throughout the day (A personalised business card holder, maybe?) Mother: My mom is the head of a small internet newspaper centered about building, ways of saving energy, construction and such. She spends most of her day at home. She likes knitting, sewing, and would surely love a simple gift that took some effort to make (some creative, practical thing to hang on the fridge? A hand-sewn pouch, stuffed animal or something?) or that makes the flat nicer (maybe a blanket?) Brother: My brother is 18 years old, he studies sound directing at Warsaws' Music University. He's a lazy and messy person who plays the piano and performs at a small band on keyboard. A very artistic guy, his bedroom is full of synthesisers, cables, wires. He probably will not appreciate any gift, so be sure to give me some more suggestions - i have no idea what he might like. His gift should be minimalistic and creative - it does not need to be very useful. Oh well, i kinda wrote too much up here. If it was too long for you to read, i need a christmas gift idea for: My dad (businessman) My mom (pretty much a housewife) My 18yo brother (who studies Sound Directing) The added price of the three gifts should not go over $35, they can't be consumable, they need to be simple enough to be done inside my bedroom so it's a surprise. Thanks in advance for all your suggestions, i will give any information needed for your ideas :)

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2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Finalists

The winner has been announced here!Instructables and [www.ulsinc.com Universal Laser] are happy to announce the 14 finalists in the Laser Cutter Contest. Ten of the finalists were selected by judges at Instructables.com. The other four finalists were the Instructables that had the two highest pageviews or ratings as of Monday morning, Jan. 7.The authors of these Instructables are all in the running to win a VersaLaser worth over $15,000. Now we turn the voting over to you. Click on the "Vote!" buttons below the Instructables to submit your vote and help decide who wins the grand prize. You can vote for more than one Instructable and voting closes Jan. 31. Judge-selected Finalists(in alphabetical order) Autonomous Foosball Table Build a Greenland Kayak Build a Wind Harp! Build yourself a portable home - a mongolian yurt Extreme Business Cards Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray How I built a carbon bike frame at home (and a bamboo frame too) How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars Laser Image Projector Ratings and Pageviews Finalists How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to build a sit down driving arcade cabinet The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Second Place The authors of these Instructables win a robot t-shirt and a laser-etched plaque. Listed in alphabetical order. 30 minute USB microscope The Ambience Enhancer Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft Conductive Glue And Conductive Thread: Make an LED Display and Fabric Circuit That Rolls Up. Cool Wave Ring Dollar Store Parabolic Mic Handcut inlay A Home Power Plant - Wind Power Generator Revised How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf How to make a pair of Angel Wings How to Make an OAWR (Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot) Make DIY Vanilla Extract "Quicksilver" Retro-Future Scooter from appliances and scrap metal Solid Wood Digital Clock The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! Squishy Breast Stress Relief Toy TiggerBot II Robot Tube Amp Rebuild (and Mod) U-Disp - The Digg (tm) display (Open Source)Wooden Gear ClockThank you to all the judges: ewilhelm, jesse.hensel, PT, randofo, intoon, canida, noahw, stasterisk, fungus amungus, lebowski, T3h_Muffinator, and bofthem.

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Total Views Count - Update

Tomorrow will be the first time I've posted stats from my Total Views Count script since January. I had some problems with the script breaking and losing the data, then was very busy throughout February/March since I was at Instructables HQ as an Artist in Residence, then when I got home to the UK I didn't have the motivation to fix it. Well, I've now started work on it again and last Friday I ran it for the first time since January. Tomorrow I'll be running it again and will have a gain value for each group member to share with everyone. It's still not completely finished, below is a description of how it worked before, how I've changed it and what I'm going to change further. Skip to the last bit if you want to read what the group's going to change into. Where it was: I used to run the group once per week by opening a Perl script on my desktop computer. The script automatically visited each of your profiles and added the total views count to a new column in a spreadsheet. Instructables updated some code, my script got confused, didn't update the spreadsheet properly and so all the data went screwy. I had to then post a forum topic and hand out patches, it took a long time. Where it is now: I've rewritten the Perl script, it now saves the data to a MySQL database instead of a spreadsheet. It also gathers far more data: total views, number of instructables, comments total, best answers total, number of forum topics, number of subscribers. I have a web page that looks up the total views from that database and displays a list I can copy to a forum topic. I still have to run it manually like before but it's much less hassle. Where it's going: I have spent a few hours working on learning to get Perl scripts working on my personal website. I can now automatically run them once per day, which I didn't know how to do. I now need to: 1) Check that the total views script will run daily 2) Write functionality to patch automatically 3) Design more patches! Once I have total views patches sending automatically I would like to award people for the following:   Total Views: 10k, 25k, 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k, 1m Subscribers: 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 Answers: 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 Best Answers: 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 Instructables: 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 200 Comments: 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 Subscriptions: The newest site update now lets me see how many people YOU'VE subscribed to. The more you subscribe to. You'll earn patches for more subscriptions. If you're arty and want to help out with this bit, please volunteer, it'll save me some time and they'll look prettier. The cartoons Caitlinsdad did for the total views patches were fantastic, but last time I asked he was too busy to design more. 4) Implement automatic sending out of all of the types of patches 5) Change the name of the group to reflect that it no longer really is just to show a list of total views. That's been surpassed when HQ added the baseball cards to profiles. Got a suggestion? Once done, the weekly forum topic that I post will become a pretty list of who's been awarded what patches. Let me know in the comments if you've got feature ideas you'd like to see implemented or want to help out. This group's been going 2 years now! Thanks! James

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