Cruise Ship 3d print

I recently went on the Disney Cruise and I thought it would be nice if I got a small model of the ship for my mom.  Turns out the model costs 50 bucks and I don't know how to design a 3d print.  Can somebody please post an instructable on how to make this ship and I will help with any details needed.  Thanks!

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Crafty Chica Art Cruise

Six days cruising Cabo and crafting 24/7?  Sign me up! Crafty Chica Cruise 2010 includes food, drinks, art swaps, workshops, prizes, demos, and even a private art fair where you can sell your wares. Oh, and did I mention Cabo?? With a mere $50 deposit and early-sign up payment-plan, spots on this dream cruise are sure to go fast, so snatch yours up now. For more details, check out Diary of a Crafty Chica and check out her new line of products while you're there! On a side note, I am currently taking donations to the Send Scooch on a Craft Cruise for the Betterment of the Entire Instructables Community fund.  PM me for details on how to make a contribution. . .

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A question for experienced mechanics

I  know someone who has a newer model of the Dodge Ram with a Hemi V8.  It has a special gas-saving feature which turns off 4 of the cylinders when it is at highway speeds.  I was wondering if this was a practical idea to do to an old 350 small block.  I know that you could just unplug the spark plugs to 4 cylinders.  Of course, you would have to do something to release the pressure also. (I was thinking of removing the entire spark plug.) I am not very experienced in auto mechanics so I was wondering if anyone here could figure this out.  PS : This option of shutting down cylinders was also available in older Cadillacs I beleive it was called the 4-6-8, which shut down either 2 or 4 cylinders.  This engine however, was known for it's problems, which is why I was wondering about doing this.

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I want to be able to sense the distance to a car driving in front of me, what kind of sensor would be best?

I am trying to modify my cruise control with an arduino clone, and want to find a sensor which will give me the ability to sense the distance between my car and one directly in front of me. This will help me to let the arduino control the cruise control to adjust the speed to keep a safe distance without manually adjusting the cruise control. Any suggestions?

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I need help with coding a car cruisecontrol and Arduino Leonardo (HID)? Answered

Hi all, I have a challenge I cant solve, I need your help! I have a car cruise control lever I want to connect to an Arduino Leonardo and have it act like a keyboard (HID). It has only two wires, 3 push buttons and one toggle switch. I do know the input voltage is 5 volt and every button has its own resistor causing different voltages to come out when used. This way the car computer knows what has been pressed. I have 3 switches: 1: Acc (Cruise Control Accelerate speed) 2: Ret (Cruise Control Retrieve speed) 3: Res (Cruise Control Resume from last speed) I have one toggle Switch: Cruisecontrol ON/OFF I want the ON/OFF to toggle a keyboard character "C" when used. I want button 1 to send a "7" I want button 2 to send an "8" I want button 3 to send a "9" The code should pause after each change (no loop). The 10k Restistor is a pull-up resistor for debounce. Anyone? Project: https://hackaday.io/project/8448-real-dashboard-truck-simulator

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is this a good long-board?

I want to know if this is a good long-board for a beginner. I will be mostly be cruising, not doing many tricks or steep down hills.any questions are welcome, I want to get the right board!

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Alligator Chopper

Jim Jablon made this GatorBike with the body of a dead alligator. Now he's going to raffle it off to raise some money for his wildlife rehabilitation center. These photos are only in the daylight. I'm hoping that he did something cool with the lights. Would be pretty sweet to see this thing cruising at night with a nice glow inside the gator's mouth. Link

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why does my bike front wheel squeaks sometimes?

i just converted my dads racing bike into a fix gear and sometimes when i cruise around,the front wheel squeaks and after a long spin the squeaks disappear.Is it because i need grease or wd 40 in my front wheels hub or smthin? answers appretiated,please Answer!thanks.....

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Has any1 ever heard of, know how to make them, or where to buy smoke bombs that u snap like glow sticks and they smoke?

A friend i meet on a recent cruise told me that his friend buys then or makes for use in air soft wars but that guy keeps it a secret. any feedback would bee nice they would be nice to have and hopefully cheap and easy to make or buy. anything would be nice!!!!!!!!!! THX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question by zipzapper859 


origami folding Table

i am sorry if this is the wrong place for this but i once saw on the internet a table from a cruise ship i think it was the "grand dining table" but i'm not sure. The table when turned opened to about double or triple its size extra pieces rising from inside and sliding into place to form a "whole" table the point of this is i would love if some one could point me to either the site or how to make one for myself

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need a cloak instructable

So I was cruising (or surfing) Instructables, and I stumbled upon this instructable Making a Viking Cloak-pin.It is a great Instructable, so I searched to find a Instructable on how to make a cloak to go with my newly made cloak pin. but I didn't find one.I guess my main point is, can someone please make an Instructable on making a cloak?preferably not a star wars cloak. -motorsk8er

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KNEX COLT 1911

I've been cruising the site for any knex pistols that either are a 1911, or look like one. So far, I haven't found any. So, I thought I'd post a topic for it and see if anyone had any ideas, or if anyone wanted to make one, ore do a joined project (shared credit). I'll be making my own to, but I could use some input. Tell me what you guys think.

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I want to build a cruiser board, but what type of wood should I use?

I want to make a homemade cruiser board about 10" x 36". I don't want much flex in the board, so what type of wood should I use. I do want to bend the wood before I cut out the initial design. Birch wood or just standard plywood? How many ply s should I use? It will be used for more cruising and not tricks.

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fun question

If you were stranded on an island and you could bring two things what would you bring?you are on a island with lions and many bugs. also there is no trees on this island.i know what i would bring 2 full refrigerators. rule # 1: you cant bring any planes or cars or trucks or cruise ships.rule # 2: if you bring a refrigerator you can only bring one piece of food cause the question is " what two items would you bring" the key word is "'two items'.rule # 3: no electronics!

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And now I shall bore you with details of my vacation.

Yes, I know, everyone likes to talk about their vacations and nobody wants to hear about them, kind of like dreams. Must be a quirk in the human conditions. So read on, or not. My wife decided she wanted to go on a cruise, now I had prejudged cruising and had no desire to ever go on one. But she searched around and found one that had a fishing in Key West excursion to convince me to go. Well she planned the whole thing, did all the work and really made the vacation happen. There was one small moment when we decided to cancel the cruise for financial reasons (her transmission went out) but discovered we were one day past the cancellation deadline, so we must have been destined. So anyways, on with the vacation. On the first day we drove down to Miami, about four hours, not to bad. We were so early that we decided to visit Fairchild Tropical Garden. Fairchild is a must see for those with a horticultural bent, eighty some odd acres of lush tropical gardens, though I still felt it wasn't quite as nice as Leu Gardens here. We had lunch at the garden before proceeding to the hotel. We stayed at the Holiday Inn, cheap but surprisingly clean with a friendly staff, and a view of the port. Unfortunately my wife became ill from the lunch, and I don't mean just a little ill, but the throwing up out both ends ill. She was so sick that she was curled up in bed crying. We thought we might have to cancel the cruise. But I loaded her up with acidophilus capsules and a dose of a medicine I take for a condition I have and told her we would decide come morning. Come morning she was feeling better but weak, so we decided we'd continue on with the expedition. That brings us to day two. Getting on the boat is similar to boarding the airplane with one noticeable difference, Port security is infinitely more professional than airport security. We only made one mistake, we didn't check our bags. Since you can board hours before the rooms are ready we were stuck with our luggage. There was a moment of Zen when we boarded, they greet you with food and drinks in an atmosphere of sybaritic luxury, but since it was Christmas they were playing music, the song they were playing when we boarded was 'Do They Know It's Christmas'. The rest of the day is exploring the ship and discovering I get seasick, yea! Day Three Nassau, we have swimming with stingrays and snorkeling planned, afterwards we plan on visiting Ardastra Gardens on our own. Swimming with stingrays was pretty cool, and I enjoyed the snorkeling, my wife who doesn't care for the ocean spent her time sunbathing. Eventually that planned excursion was over but we never got to the garden, I was too darned tired from swimming for three hours and my wife was sunburnt. So, back to the cruise ship to do what else, but eat. Day four Cococay, Royal Caribbean's private island, I have snorkeling planned, my wife has sunbathing. Now, admittedly, we're here at the discretion of the cruise line, so the snorkeling area is prescribed, but it's not bad, there's an area of about 1/2 an acre inside a breakwater and about 5-8 acres outside the breakwater. But here's the interesting thing, of all the people snorkeling, only 5 went outside the breakwater! Which means we each had an acre or more to ourselves (there was an additional area that was closed due to the currents). I did find two 'artifacts' while snorkeling here, the first was a dive glove, so I kept that as a 'trophy', the second, I was snorkeling in about 20 feet of water and spotted a distinctly man made object, a doughnut shape, so I swam down and dug up a bottle top, but not just any bottle top but the top of a pre-civil war 'case' Gin bottle. I though that was pretty cool. Now I've considered the idea that the area was 'salted' but I can't quite believe they would 'salt' with broken glass. So I think it was a genuine find. I, of course, returned it to where I found it after taking a picture. Day five Key West, I'm really in a bad mood this morning, because we have to do a 'papers please' inspection with ICE, but then it gets MUCH worse. There's an envelope under the door, my fishing trip has been canceled, lack of participants, the minimum was 5 people, I'm the only one who signed up. Anyways, wise to the ways of Gov't, I convince my wife to show up early for the immigration control, reasoning that 'It's better to be 15 minutes early and wait 30 minutes, than be 15 minutes late and wait 3 hours', guy looks at my ID, asks where I was born, they punch my Seapass (onboard ID/CC). So we go looking for another excursion, my wife wants me to go Kayaking, but I'm seriously exhausted from the past two days of snorkeling. So we decide the Butterfly Conservatory and the Aquarium are where we'll go. The Butterfly conservatory was beautiful, with dozens of species flying everywhere, landing on you and a selection of birds thrown in for good measure, The aquarium, well, umm, geez, I don't want to be mean, but I wouldn't go back. After that we walked around and enjoyed the architecture and visited the Mel Fisher Museum since I was hooked on books about treasure hunting as a kid (I have a metal detector, the most valuable object I ever found was my wife's wedding ring several weeks after she lost it.) And then back to the boat for more eating. Last day, they get you off the ship early, here, you don't want to check your luggage, if you do, you don't get off until they let you, if you carry your luggage, you can get off the ship first thing at 7:30 am. So once we're off the ship all that is left is the customs and the drive back. Customs was nothing, you hand a guy a form and you are done. The drive back was mostly uneventful until the last rest stop, then, of course, the truck won't start. Well it will start, but it's stumbling and sound like only one bank of cylinders are firing, in desperation I stand on the gas and it picks up, think that last fill up had water in it. I baby it the rest of the way home by drafting behind a truck and keeping to 65 and, obviously, we get home. So, goods, bads, and impressions The goods. The ships are insane about cleanliness these days, I noted that there was one individual who seemed to do nothing but wipe the stair handrails with disinfectant continually. The service was impeccable. The food was variable, but it varied from just good to fantastic, it was always hot and fresh, and you never saw the same item twice. The room also had a revolving menu of movies to watch, so I finally got to see Wall-e. The Steward cleans the room twice a day and turns down your bed while you are at dinner. The excursions take a lot of the 'what do you want to do? I don't know, what do you want to do?' out of the trip. And the room was surprisingly quiet. The bad, I realize that the excursions are done through independent contractors and therefore they are not the ones who canceled my excursion, but they could have informed me before hand that there was the possibility that it would be canceled. They push the drinks and the pictures, learn to say no. During the life boat drill the videographer comes up and says 'Can I get a wave from everybody?' and I turned to him and said 'No', he came back with 'Are you kidding me?' and I said 'I can't speak for all these people, but I'm NOT waving' LOL, he walked off. The elevators are slower than hell, if you use them, you will spend half your cruise waiting, use the stairs. Also there are six elevators amidships, three port, three starboard, when you push the elevator button, it only summons the three elevators on the side you push! Poor design, you can cut down the waiting by pushing the button on one side and quickly walking over and pushing the other button, but, of course, you have now tied up two elevators and are increasing others waiting times. Also, no one tells you that you will suffer dizziness after the cruise, both my wife and I have been having dizzy spells and a search shows it is pretty common. Oh, and I used a Walgreens waterproof disposable for the snorkeling, since you don't see any of those pix, you can guess how well it worked. Impressions Cruises are not for xenophobes! Not just the mix of passengers, but the crew is from all over the world, and I like that when they introduce themselves it was often 'Hello, I'm Melvin from the Philippines.' And as a member of the IBWF I enjoyed the diversity. The formal dining was assigned seating, but we only did it once, I was actually a little uncomfortable with the level of service, three waiters for two people? I'm not used to that. Lastly, tipping is expected, I feel that it should be included in the price of the cruise, so we did the pre paid tips, so we wouldn't have to deal with it. And finally, the myth of the 'ugly American' is just that, a myth, what I learned is that ALL tourists are 'Ugly' So, in Ebay speak, A++++++ Would Cruise again. If you read this far, you deserve a drink.

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From Concept To Product

So the frame is 95% done -- the last bits are: 1. Fit into fairing (that top tube thing will be cut down significantly) 2. Powder Coat 3. Debug (we have more torsional flex than we want) But, it's a LOT of fun. You're butt is 7 inches off the ground. You can cruise at a pretty fast speed with relatively little effort (compared to an upright bike). And it is VERY comfortable. Just showing something coming up -- a video on this has been encoding since 11:30 last night, and it says it has 403 minutes remaining :P Feedback?

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'02 Prius: Create AUX audio input

My Prius is still cruising along fine. But, I tire of messing around with FM transmitters to get my audio into the radio/audio system. I purchased mine with a 6 CD changer, so I know there's a way to add audio in. [The changer died after 2.5 years: Toyota said $300 to send it off to CA and get someone else's refurbished device back. No thanks.]I see all the newer cars with an AUX audio input jack. I'd like to put in such and/or a Bluetooth input.I went to a local car audio store and they said $450 to add it in. Bleah!Anyone done this or know how? [This is the original body style, not the newer, fastback style.]

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Who in the Denver area wants to build a bike couch?

You might've seen the CouchBike online before, a great contraption made in Canada a few years ago. Well, I would like to build something similar in the Denver area, maybe for bicycle cruise nights or parades, or just for fun.I don't have all the resources available to build something like this, but it's possible that we could get a group together at the Derailer Bicycle Collective or other bike shops around the city and build something cool.I have a lot of ideas on how we could build it, from a light-weight "road bike" to a heavy-duty off-roader. If we get a few people collaborating and contributing to this project, it should go a lot quicker.

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My Laser Sailboat!

Well, as not very many of you, my family owns a sailboat - a one man racing sailboat called a Laser. I just thought I'd show it to you guys. Its a blast to ride, you can go very fast, all at no cost to the environment! Hope you enjoy it. IaC 1: Rocking it pretty fast. The boom smashing through the water is slowing me down a bit though. 2: I got caught in irons on a bad tack here, the wind was really going too. 3: Dry roll time! When the boat flips, you can hop over the side and stand on the daggarboard to right it. f you do it right, you wont even get wet. 4: Cruising on a broad reach. Good times!

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Book Recommendations

My wife and I have a fairly small library at home (compared to some). We read quite a lot, checking out lots of books from the public library, but we don't add to the "permanent collection" unless the book is of seminal value and we find ourselves checking it out multiple times to re-read. I was wondering if you'd care to share a few books in your "permanent collection." Ones you'd simply have to replace should it be lost.A few from ours:The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy DacyzynThe Total Money Makeover by Dave RamseyFeeling Good by Dr. David BurnsParenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim FayRapid Viz by Hanks and BellistonVilppu Drawing Manual by Glen Vilppu8 Minutes in the Morning by Jorge CruiseDinotopia by James GurneyThe Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and Ernest Shepard

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Waterproof background material for photographing marine specimens?

A bit of background: I'm working on improving the quality of photos that get passed my way.  A little bit of effort on the part of the photographers could save me countless photoshop hours on my end and likely preserve more useful information in the process!  I'm hoping the DIY photographers out there might have some advice. The details: Photos are of marine creatures (therefore the subjects are necessarily wet and probably muddy!), taken at-sea (so the material needs to be fairly easy to pack up).  Can anyone suggest a material/product that is waterproof (gets wiped/cleaned between specimens) and is flat (not shiny)?  Both black and white will be needed.  I've used plexiglass but get a lot of glare, and one cruise used a piece of black cloth with the kind of result you see in the photo.  Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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need help with my esc and tq colaberation ?

Thanks for your time,I have a question?i had just bought a 69 monster traxxas rc camaro .For a whole day i was having fun cruising ..The next day i unpluged the batteries from charger.Plugged the batteries to the car, And my esc went up in smoke...now i have a 320a brush brushed esc with no buttons and the reciever'"has no buttons for binding the esc has no buttons..Now how do i connect all three things?I wAs thinking since the reciever is al ready binded with my transmiter because i bought it that way ,,how do i do the 320a esc And i was wondering how many volts or what kind of power and how much do i use to power up a reciever and can i use transmitter and recievr with out esc

Question by ecantu2   |  last reply


Mad Max your ride + ROAD TRIP!! = Wasteland Weekend

Hey guys! This September I plan to drive from the Austin Texas area to California City, California for Wasteland Weekend, a big old Mad Max / Fallout / PAW styled bash in the desert. I'm currently going for a Lone Ranger meets Zorro in a Mad Max car look to my costume, but now my attention turns to my car, and my chariot of carnage: 1990 Chevrolet Corvette. What's some cool non permanent stuff I can do to my car? It is fiberglass, so unfortunately magnets won't stick. The car already has faded, shoddy grey paint, so that is a plus. Also, any general road tripping advice? it's about 3k miles round trip. at highway cruise I average 27 mpg, but I'm making my fuel consumption estimates on 20 mpg.

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Is affiliate marketing on instructables possible???

So as I've cruised the ibles you've all made, I've seen some impressive ones I've delved into. Of these I've noticed on the part list section some of you have added your recommendations on where to go to get such items required for the product. Often these items can be found online and a link is provided to go there. Not bad for the company being advertised, can't complain about free marketing. My question, is affiliate marketing on instructables possible? Go to SFHandyman's ible, "LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies", you will notice a link that takes you to an online store that will provide you with the necessary ingredient (so long as you email them) found on his ible. I'm guessing they're making a bit more in profits since this popular ible has surfaced, shouldn't he be making a commission on this? I dont know the details involved, so if anyone knows anything on this and how it can be done, I'm sure others would like to know as well.

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How do i fix this zafira problem

Help zafira w reg keeps losing power almost feels like it's braking?i have a w reg 2000 zafira elegance 1.8 petrol and i have got a problem with it losing power big time at low speeds and quite serverly when cruise at 60-70 mph it almost feels like the brakes have been applied then all of a sudden it picks up and flies off. i've had the engine managment light come on so had it put on the computer at main dealer they found code p0100 and p0505 which they charged £250 to tell me and convert the air flow sensor (allegedly as i don't see any sign of work done) .then thay said i need a new throttle body and iac valve new mass airflow sensor and pipes new crankshaft sensor new camshaft sensor plus a new ecu but can't quarantee that will fix it so what do i do pay the £3500 for them to try that or plead for help on the internet for ideas on possible solutions so here i am please could someone help

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Suggestion: "Jump to top" button on new layout.

After taking some time to get used to the new site design, I've decided that, overall, I like it a lot. It's cleaner and leaves more real estate on the page for the content when reading an Instructable. But. (you knew that was coming) When I read an instructable, I reach the bottom and usually want to go back to the Instructables homepage. This may not be the flow everyone follows when cruising the site, but it's what I do. The top banner scrolling away but leaving the 'ible info there as a "ribbon" is a neat trick, but I keep expecting to see a link to the homepage up there that will save me from having to scroll all the way back up to the top of the page. What i'd like to see is a "Jump to top" link, either at the very bottom of the Instructable, or in the "ribbon" where the title and voting, etc. reside. The "ribbon" would be slightly more useful, since I could click it when I reach the comments if I don't want to read them all. Again, it may just be me, and I'm not asking you to redesign the site just for me, but I find myself noticing it often enough that I thought it might affect other users as well. Thank you for all you do, editors!

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City Flying Taxi

LINK"Developed by the British company Avcen, the Jetpod is a small twin-jet aircraft with newly developed VQSTOL (Very Quiet Short Take-off and Landing) technology - and it’s aimed to make short-distance air travel possible in built-up urban areas by the year 2010.""75 Jetpods would service a city the size of London and thereby relieve road traffic of 37,000 return car journeys every day. A one-way flight from outer London to the city centre would take just 4 to 6 minutes. The Jetpod doesn’t even require a conventional runway. It can land on grass, dirt or stone-strewn areas. Avcen designed the Jetpod using the latest jet engine technologies for optimal fuel efficiency and lower emissions noise levels, when compared to car transportation.TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSDRIVE SYSTEM: Dual jet enginesENGINE THRUST: 2 x 13.3 kN (3,000 lbs)CRUISING SPEED: 550 km/h (350 mph)FLYING RANGE: 1480 km (920 miles)OPERATING PAYLOAD: 700 kg (1,543 lbs)SEATING CAPACITY: 7"This is pretty cool, can't wait to see if it actually gets into production.

Topic by laminterious 


Spotted!

Seen anything interesting in traffic lately?I recently sat along our town's main cruising street and counted how many motorcycles went by. 15 in an hour. That's up from when gas was cheaper! We'll see about when winter gets here, though.One of my professors has a Triumph 900, the classic-looking one. He wants to get rid of it. He wants to trade for a Harley. I don't have a Harley. It's still his.One of the security guards nearly took his own head off on his sportbike of unknown bloodline by coming screaming around a corner and almost clipping the No Parking sign.On my way home, a very nicely done cafe racer that looked like a modern-parts Vincent passed me on the highway.On the way across town, we were at a light next to a long, low, and loud chopper, with an ultradetailed paintjob.A few months ago, we were at a light when a '24 Harley went by on the cross street.I have a bike that can move under it's own power, which you have all seen if you've read about my custom seat at https://www.instructables.com/id/Build_a_motorcycle_seat/Seven Road KingsFive scooters, two of which were of the sewing-machine, park-on-the-sidewalk-and-piss-us-all-off sortTwo Victorys"And a partridge in a pear tree"

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A Few Tips On Posting Messages. Or: How To Get More (And Better) Responses

. 1) Make your title meaningful. A lot of people don't have the time to read every message and will just skip over titles that don't make sense - you missed out on someone that might be able to help. As you can see from the title of this thread, it can be pretty long.. All-caps and lots of exclamation points are counter-productive. I have Zachninme's No K'n* script set to block more than three !s.. 2) If you are having a problem or asking a question, give as much info as possible. Too much is better than not enough. If a responder has to ask a question, it's just that much longer before you get an answer.. 3) If your message is directed at a particular group of people, post in an appropriate group. Some members may not cruise the All forum. It will show up in the All forum automatically, so you get two posts for the price of one.. 4) Spell-check. Learn it; live it. Firefox has a built-in spell-checker that works very well and it's free. Google "free spell checker" for others. You don't have to be perfect, but at least make an effort.. . Hope this helps. I encourage you to add other tips.. 20080609 - moved to Community:help:FAQs. Added some formatting and link to Zachninme's No K'n* script. Got rid of abbreviations (thanks zieak).

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[newsletter] Burger Recipes, Hot Tub, Italian Wedding...

July 3, 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! O'Reilly Media (publishers of MAKE) are working on an Instructables book. To see how you can win a mention in the book, check out our new Book Contest. The Robot Contest has been extended for two week.! The new deadline for entries is now July 13, so show off your robot's best features! Both the Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest and the BBQ PDQ Contest close for entries this weekend. Use these last few days to enter an awesome Instructable to win greta travel books or an Instructables apron. Upcoming: Next week we'll be starting our Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest. Win a ton of cool clothes from Horny Toad by submitting your own original sport! "1UP Mushroom" Mushroom Burger! by momo! Traveling by Scooter by dbc1218 Put A Spring In Your Step by xclinic Waikiki 'ahi (Tuna Steak) Sandwich by sbdesigns The Elivinator Project by GWJax Wood-Fired Ocean Hot Tub by nagutron How to Build The BeetleBot v2 by robomaniac Fresh Ground Beef Burgers by rsub8 A Garden Shower in 10 minutes for $8 by Camillo Miller Robot Costume With LEDs by joshf Make your own horseradish by knarx KidWash : PVC Sprinkler Water Toy by m32825 Extended for two weeks! Get published in the Instructables book! Closes for entries on July 6th! A "Jungle Cruise" Playhouse by madhatter1138 How to Get Married in Italy by fungus amungus Incredible HULK Nintendo Wii by BeerBellyJoe Prince Caspian's Sword by KaptinScarlet Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ 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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Help needed - I'd like to run some mains powered led lights from battery instead and control remotely?

Hi all and thanks in advance for taking the time to read this plea.... Here's a bit of background to the project I'm trying to undertake. My wife and I recently got married and as we met many years ago working on a cruise ship, my family decided to commission a model builder to build a replica of the ship we met on. Wonderful! We've mounted it on a shelf on the wall half way up our stairs as it's the only place in the house it fits. My only problem is that is has a set of lovely white led lights built into it with a cable coming out with a plug on the end. There's no easy and elegant solution to get power to the shelf where the ship is and I can't access the lights to swap them for a battery powered set as they're sealed within the model. I figured that it may be possible to create a battery pack to connect to the lights instead of the plug. As they're leds, I assumed (and we all know what that leads to) that they may be low powered enough to run off batteries.  The other thing i'd really like and i have no idea if this is even possible, is to to have them turned on and off remotely as reaching the shelf to switch them off will be quite tricky as it's very high up. I don't have the first clue where to start. I am attaching (if I can work out how to do it) a picture of the plug that I have removed from the lights to hopefully give someone a clue as to the power requirements of the lights. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again in advance. Mike

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Makers At The Movies: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Last night i went to the movies and saw Mission Impossible: Ghost protocol, and it was impressive in the amount of cool tech that we are going to see down the line. Apple was displayed the most with the iPhone and iPad. Here are some that impressed me the most: SPOILER ALERT Contact Lenses with Facial Recognition: A large part of this movie relies on contact lenses that are worn that act as cameras, copiers and can do real time facial recognition. (connected of course to your iPhone) This tech already exists and the issue here is scale. I see Augmented Reality contact lenses being a regular thing in the next 5 years, and with cloud computing only getting better, real time analysis of large amounts of data is becoming more and more plausible. Can I Make It? Score: Nah, this is more in the realm of darpa, but i wouldn't mind an iPhone app that i can pull up when people say hi to me and i don't remember who they are. Reversible Dress Coat: There is a scene when going from a Military outfit to a regular tourist, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) with the flip of hist wrist makes the pressed jacket he's wearing into a windbreaker. This was impressive and seems not hard to recreate. Can I Make It? Score: I plan on it, with a dress jacket and a windbreaker, yes i'll post and instructable. Sticky Gloves: These are featured in a climb hundreds of stories up and have a mark of DIY-ness. These gloves are not the most safe, but are pretty friggin cool. I wouldn't mind having a pair. Can I Make It? Score: Maybe, but given they didn't explain the tech, i have no idea what the concept is. If it was magnetic, it would be a bit more realistic, but these stuck to glass. Have you seen a good "maker" movie lately? Did I Miss anything from Mission Impossible that you like? Comment below!

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Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest Winners

Instructables and Lonely Planet are happy to announce the winners of the Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest!The world is a big and crazy place and to truly understand that you need to see it in person. Thanks to the entries in this contest we can learn from the mistakes and successes of others and help plan for a better trip in the future. The advice in these Instructables cover trips both grand and small, but all of the finalists have some advice that would be helpful.With all of the cool travel books from Lonely Planet as prizes we can only hope that these travelers will be planning yet another trip to explore a new place and get another perspective on life.Now, on with the winners! Third Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive their choice of Lonely Planet phrasebook and an Instructables patch and stickers. In random order. When in mosquito bite, use THIS PRODUCT! Tips for the traveling photographer How To Do Waikiki And Oahu On The Cheap The Oh S..t Kit Altoids Tin Emergency Candle Best FREE Things to do at Walt Disney World Some Simple Travel Games for Car and Train Journeys How to: Bathtub laundry How to "Do Toledo" in 30 days (or less) How to travel to London, England - and have a great time! The "i have no clue what geocaching is", geocaching guide! The Robolocity Roaming Instructables Robot Gnome - RoboGnome Second Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive Bluelist 2008: The Best in Travel, choice of a Lonely Planet guidebook, and an Instructables t-shirt. In random order. How to get the BEST out of your travels Urban Survival 101: Mobile Computing on the Fringe Improvised Flip Flops out of a camping mat Bumcamping in Japan pocket sized map book Business travel when you're not going executive class Space saving folding techniques for cloths. Prize (10) The Pocket Pal aka A Gals Other Pocket Pal RadBear's Travel Tips Traveling by Scooter First PrizeThe authors of these Instructables will each receive a choice of Cities, Asia, or Africa photo book, Bluelist 2008: The Best in Travel, choice of a Lonely Planet guidebook, and an Instructables t-shirt. In random order. Handy Tricks: World Traveler Edition by stasterisk Packing for Tropical Travelby aneel Turning a Cruise Full of Old People into a Death Defying Adventure by iwasthinkingaboutsoup

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What's in your money collection?

I want to know what is in your money collection. Here is what in mine. I had just started getting serious about it though. Tell me what you think.Paper Money=- 5 Yuan from China- 5 Dollars from Cayman Islands- 5 Dollars from Canada- 2 Dollars from Canada- 1000 Dollar bill from 1922 from Germany. I got it for a dollar at a local coin store.- 1 1935 blue seal dollar billCoins=Pennies- A bunch of pennies from 1979 and earlier just because they're old. A 1979, a 1978, a 1977, a 1976, a 1975, a 1974, a 1973 with a 7 stamped into it, a 1972, a 1970, a 1969, a 1967, a 1975, 1964, a 1961, a 1960.- 10 Wheat pennies, 3 1943 steel pennies all in very good condition, a 1952, a 1941, a 1950, a 1919, a 1925, a 1910, and a 1929.- a few souviner pennies. A Hulk, a Trump Plaza, a Hershey Park, and a Jungle Cruise.- A 1952 wheat penny PROOF.- 3 indian head pennies. They are all in a suprisingly (wowful) condition. A 1903, an 1888, and a 1899.Nickels- 4 old nickels, a 1946 (So close to being a war nickel) a 1969, and a 1985 (I know, you find alot of those), and an uncirculated 1964.- A bunch of different nickels from a series: 5 of the nickels with the boat on the back (2004), 2 of the nickels with the Shaking hands and crossing axes on the back (2004), 5 Indian Head/Bison nickels (2005), 2 Indian Head/Ocean view nickels (2005), and 3 jefferson head nickels with the original back (2006). Dimes2 mercury dimes. 1 from 1923, in poor condition, and a 1941 in a fine or very fine condition.Quarters- 1 Bicentennial- 2 silver quarters, one from 1953, and one from 1941.Dollars- 11 Sacajewaea dollars.- 5 Susan B. Anthony- 1 Morgan Dollar- 2 Eisenhower dollars. One is 1972, and the other is a 1976 - 1 1961 Franklin dollar, in UNCIRCULATED condition!Bicentenial.Half Dollars- 3 original half dollars, a 1971, a 1972, and a 1973 Commemoratives- 1 2006 5th anniversery of 911 with gold, and parts of ground zero.Foreign- 25 cents from Bermuda- 3 25 cents from Cayman Islands- 1 5 cents from Cayman Islands- 2 1 dollars from Jamaica- 1 20 dollars from Jamaica- 1 1 Franc from France- 1 Unknown amount from an Unknown Country.- 1 50 Pfennigs from Germany.- 17 1 cents from Canada.- 1 1 cent from The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.- 1 1 cent from BermudaPlease note I have not been to all of these countries.Other=- 1 Roooofus the Roller Roo token. (I don't know where I got it).- 1 1972 proof set with a penny, a nickel, a dime, a quarter, and a half dollar. - 1 Showboat Token. Worth 1 dollar- 1 carwash token9/6/06 Edit: As some of you might see, I had updated a few. There are lots more that either my dad gave me, or I bought from the coin store.

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Me asking for girl advice, who wouda thought eh?

I'm not one to ask forumers for girl advice because normally everyone gives "hollywood" advice, but I'm in a jam and don't know who else to ask. I have a girlfriend, believe it or not and Christmas is coming fast. I have nothing for her and no solid ideas. I have a couple really good ideas but I can't pull them off. she asked me for a blender, she seems really serious about it but obviously I can't wake up Xmas morning and feel good about a blender....... covering my bases I got one just so she can't be pissed I didn't get her one...... but I need a main gift. Also, her birthday is on the 28th of December.....this is the first gift giving occasion I have been with her and I have 2 in a row....... infact this is the first time in a good 5 years I cared enough about a girl not to break up with her before a holiday just to avoid gift giving (ya, I know....I'm a prick) my other problem is this........ after only knowing me for about a month my birthday came along........ she went out and tracked down my most prized possession that I foolishly pawned as a teenager.......I had to pay my rent ....... i was 18 and pawning my 5 string Gibson epiphone reverse headstock bass was my only option. she found it in a different pawn shop in town and paid quite a lot of money for it.......... for a guess....... I got a little over $500 for it when I pawned it....... and pawnshops usually double or triple the price tag in there store........ my guess is she paid close to a grand for it. for Christmas she got me concert tickets, a remote control helicopter and something else I don't know about. also for valentines day she bought executive box seats for a licolin park concert (she had to tell me about the concerts so I could take the time off work....) I am not a rich man...... I make a few bucks........ but I'm not loaded........... I have no clue what to get her. some of the ideas I did have were: 1. redo her condo...... paint fix stuff up ...... kinda extreme makeover but not so extreme....... this is something I know would make her happy but I have no idea how to get her out of her condo for 2 days without her knowing whats gong on. 2. book a cruise or all expenses paid vacation........ but like I said I'm not a rich man.......so I'll have to like.....put a down payment on it and then like....... give her the receipt for x-mas and go like 6 months later........ but I don't know if thats stupid or what? the only other thing I can think of is like.......... random junk like the blender and maybe some other crap so she has a few things to open on christmas that she likes and or needs and then take her out for dinner for her B-day and give her a diamond necklace........ but I hate buying jewelry for chicks. I must get 2 separate gifts for her because in conversation she has mentioned how people give her stuff and are like happy b-day / x-mas and she hates it......she also hates b-day presents wrapped in x-mas paper. I know she'd be happy if I gave her a pack of gum from the corner store......she's not materialistic or high maintenance........ but I feel like I have to do something nice and special for her? any idea's? keeping in mind I'm not a rich man

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[newsletter] Light Sabers, Plasma Globe Tricks, Wall-E Robot...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. June 12, 2008 Welcome back! RoboGames starts tomorrow. If you can't make it this year, then you better enter our Robot Contest in the next couple weeks. The grand prize is a trip to RoboGames 2009! Winners have been announced for the Park Tool Bike Month. See who won! Check out these cool Instructables! Cheap Custom Lightsaber Build your own Battle-Ready Lightsaber! Use a good light source, and build it for cheap! posted by Ricardoaraujo on Jun 3, 2008 Turn a Cruise Full of Old People into a Death Defying Adventure In the immortal words of former Gov. Jesse Ventura, sometimes you gotta defy death in order to enjoy life. posted by iwasthinkingaboutsoup on Jun 9, 2008 Animate with light Learn how to make your own snazzy light-animations on the cheap for a music video or any other project! posted by buenoben on Jun 10, 2008 Wall-E Robot The movie comes out in a couple weeks, but you can start building your own Wall-E right now! posted by 4mem8 on Jun 6, 2008 Electroforming an Iris Seed Pod Commonly referred to as "dipping" in metal, this technique can make organic items permanent for jewelry. posted by MaggieJs on Jun 9, 2008 How to rejuvenate a box fan Many box fans are tossed just because they're too dirty. Here's how to clean one up for a few more years of use. posted by jgodsey on Jun 8, 2008 Ping Pong Ball Lights Sometimes you really need the diffuse glow of dozens of ping pong balls with Christmas lights in them. posted by advancedMischief on Jun 8, 2008 The ultimate, heavy duty, stackable, bullet proof, extreme saw horses! OK, maybe not quite bullet proof, but everything else is accurate. posted by Mikey D on Jun 1, 2008 Make your own tote bag from recycled plastic bags With a little time and creativity you can make some pretty cool stuff from all those plastic bags like this big tote bag. posted by user669 on Apr 8, 2008 Light Bar Ambient Lighting Add a bit of a colorful glow anywhere you want with a little bit of work and some inexpensive parts. posted by QuackMasterDan on Jun 9, 2008 Cable car Know someone who has trouble with stairs? A powered lift can help them move around more easily. posted by Mockfish on Jun 8, 2008 Win amazing LED POV kits! What have you done for robots lately? Winners to be announced next week. Make a High Voltage Supply in 5 Minutes Learn how to get up to 1,000 volts in just a few minutes. Be careful with this one! posted by Biotele on Jun 8, 2008 Creating, cutting and printing your own woodblock Learn the basic process for buying tools, cutting a woodblock, inking and then printing with it. posted by rbanks on Jun 6, 2008 Amazing plasma globe tricks! Just touching a plasma globe can get boring, so check out these new tricks. posted by highvoltage2000 on Jun 7, 2008 Plastic Bag Rug! This rug is pretty easy to make, looks really cool, and costs almost nothing! posted by denona on Jun 11, 2008 Leather Bracelets from Recycled Belts Make up to three custom leather bracelets from an old leather belt! posted by fungus amungus on Jun 6, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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Hyper-mile!

I'm afraid you're going to hear more than a few bits of money-saving advice from me! I'm a self-proclaimed Queen of Tightwaddery! We've been honing our skills at our house since I quit my job 3 years ago. I was determined to be a stay-at-home mom, and discovered that by being careful, I could save as much as I was bringing home, and be happier doing it! Hypermiling is one way we save money. The term "hypermiling" is new to us - we read about it in Reader's Digest a few months back. Some hypermilers go crazy and take risks. In our house, we've chosen a few things we can do to improve gas mileage without risking our lives or ticking off other drivers. Here are a few that anyone can do:1. Watch your speed. Driving 75 on the freeway might be legal, but it uses a lot more gas. Keeping it to 65 (or better yet, 60) can save 2-3 miles per gallon or more.2. Avoid accelerations and braking. While this might sound like using cruise control, it goes beyond that. You want to make your speed changes gradually, a) allowing your vehicle to stay in the highest gear possible when accelerating (lower rpms), and b) taking advantage of momentum (coast, don't brake, whenever possible). So if you see a stop sign ahead, stop accelerating sooner and coast. Perfection would mean coasting to a stop without needing the brake (but consideration for drivers behind you usually prohibits this!). See how close you can come! When accelerating, do it gradually, allowing your vehicle to shift earlier (let up on the gas a little to encourage the shift). If you see a slow-down or big curve ahead, ease up and leave room so you don't have to hit the brakes.3. Get the lead out - of your vehicle, that is. I improved the gas mileage on my van about 1-2 mpg by taking out the back two (unused) seats! Don't use your vehicle as a storage unit!4. Check your tires. Under-inflated tires will cost you a mile or two per gallon. There are lots more ways to improve your mileage and save money. Google "hypermile" or "ecomodder" and learn specific things you can do with your make and model of vehicle.Do the math - you might be surprised how much you can save. Here's an example, using a 20 gallon gas tank and 20 MPG:You can drive around looking to save 10 cents a gallon on gas. Assuming you find cheaper gas without burning a lot of it while looking, you'll save $2.00 on a fill up. OR you can apply a few of the principles listed above. I improved my van's gas mileage doing only those things by about 5 mpg. 5mpg x 20 gallons is 100 extra miles I can go on a tank of gas. At 20 mpg, that's a 5 gallon savings - at $3/gallon, that's $15 per fill. (That's like finding gas 75 cents per gallon cheaper!) How many times do you fill in a year? You do your own math and see the savings! My husband drives a lot and is squeezing 41-44 mpg from his car rated for about 33 mpg. With all his driving, he figures he's saved about $175 per month over the last 3 months.All this hypermiling has made us very aware of how much driving a mile costs. Now we look at every trip out in dollars and cents. If you had to pay $2 to run to the store and back, would you still do it? (If you're going for a gallon of milk or a dozen eggs, tack the $2 in gas onto that item - is it worth it?) We've started combining trips, planning ahead to avoid extra trips out, carpooling, using the car instead of the van when we can, etc, etc, etc.Awareness is the first step. Try it and see!

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CAR WAVE-CONGESTION AVOIDED BY WATCHING YOUR "SIX"

Historians traditionally tell us that to ignore history is to repeat its pitfalls. So how can history help us improve the flow of car traffic? Did you know that many aspects of the world’s legal systems come from biblical origins using tried and true fundamental laws originating from the Ten Commandments? The concept of “watching your six” borrows from these universally accepted laws, whose credo stipulates guidelines for human interaction as well as interaction with god. Your "six" refers to the driver behind you whom you should treat as you would yourself. With this in mind, we have a new credo for today’s need to interact with each other by driving your car responsibly through high density traffic to avoid “wave congestion". This term is used to describe isolated packs of cars suddenly causing a local slow-down in traffic flow, while both upstream and downstream traffic continues to still move well, and so our rule states:   “Drivers are responsible for the immediate driver behind them, keeping him safe and avoiding unnecessary braking”    How This Rule Works In traffic: 1)            The Rule is Expansive, All Inclusive and Saves Us Money If we followed this general rule, we would become responsible for leaving the proper space/time ahead of the car in front of us. Space clearly gives us reasonable reaction time to perhaps "brake by simply coasting" and not force the driver behind us to suddenly brake hard. It will help us to recognize that the proper spacing between cars is not an open invitation to dart between lanes just to get ahead by one car length. This causes “wave congestion” and the possibility of accidents during heavy traffic situations. It assures that braking is something one does as a "last resort" and only when no other circumstance for safety and/or avoiding a collision is available. It holds the “rubber-necker” responsible for maintaining good traffic flow or get ticketed. The rule encourages a driver to adapt the techniques of defensive driving so as to avoid accidents, and to embrace the proper social skills of driver etiquette to mitigate road rage and its associated erratic driving behavior. Ultimately, the rule will financially help us to reduce our car insurance costs by promoting fewer negligence accidents. 2)            Eliminate Reactive Braking … Trust the Driver In Front of You Keep in mind what normally happens in heavy traffic when the first driver uses their brakes either in idle thoughtlessness or in protective response to traffic congestion ahead. Under these circumstances, we reactively use our brakes for two reasons:  a)   Reduced Reaction Time  - The first car’s brake lights go on, giving us less time to react so we over compensate by braking harder than him. This affect gets compounded, causing each subsequent upstream driver to brake still harder, until the reactive braking time becomes impossible to respond to and a collision or multiple collisions occur.  b)   We Don’t Trust Other Drivers  -  We are conditioned not to trust our fellow drivers because they haven’t yet been educated to abide by our Rule. This lack of trust causes us to drive "overly" cautious and results in the over use of our brakes to defend ourselves. Our driving habits have created a psychological situation just waiting for an accident. 3)            Implies Driving Etiquette that Must Become Required Driver’s Education The rule and its derivatives must be taught as part of our driver’s education program, and their concepts definitely reviewed during the licensing exam. The Rule also includes adherence to a driver’s code of etiquette which goes beyond just obeying our basic traffic laws of vehicle safety as is currently done. Highways are becoming too congested to allow rouge drivers to ignore their “social” driving responsibilities and the etiquette of the road.  Traffic tickets for abusing social driving etiquette should be as prolific and costly as our traffic laws for speeding and/or not stopping at a stop sign, etc. 4)            Compliments Our Near Term Use of Self-Controlled Vehicles Our Rule intrinsically implies the responsibility for social driving etiquette and takes us forward with steps that avoid future traffic congestion.  Improvements will come from technological automation which will eventually take the erratic human factor out of our equation to produce the smooth flow of traffic even during congested periods. Something as simple as today’s cruise control helps us to avoid “wave congestion” by maintaining a constant highway speed plus reducing inadvertent “brake riding” which sends the wrong message to the driver behind us.  Our ultimate step towards smooth traffic flow involves using near-term technology that completely eliminates drivers and relies on self-controlled vehicles taking over within regions of high density traffic. Ideally this will eliminate traffic accidents due to the unpredictability of driver shortcomings, making technological glitches our only possible area of concern in the near future. Google, in cooperation with the state of California, is currently in the process of introducing such vehicles onto the state’s roadways.

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