best distraction

What do you guys thinks is the best (flash bang or smoke) distraction. It would be personaly magneseume and phoshpate ( hard to get ingredinents) for a good flash. For a smoke distraction it would be salt peter and sugar ( has to be cooked).

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Giant Ad

There's a huge National Geographic ad on just about every topic that takes up the whole page. So much that I have to scroll down just to see a title. Can we get this removed? I know it'll probably be gone after the premiere anyway, so I'd also like to suggest not approving these kinds of ads in the future.

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How to make a cool distracting water bomb ?

How to make a cool distracting water bomb/balloon in under 5 mins to have a funny chase while playing

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New Background?

That background photo is loading very slowly in Firefox. I think it is distracting and totally unnecessary.

Topic by sypage 


How bright (and what colour) does a light have to be before it will distract / confuse / attract moths at night?

How bright does a light have to be before it will distract / confuse / attract moths at night? What is the best colour of light? Would "white" LEDs do the job, or would UV LEDs work better? How many?

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Post-It animation shows creative process

Or the stalling of the creative process. This animation is an ode to trying to get things done for a deadline and getting a little distracted along the way. Enjoy. via Geekologie

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How to make coughing powder that will effect animals. Answered

I have always wanted to make a coughing powder that could be thrown into the air and would make animals (who breathed it in) cough like crazy so they will be distracted while I escape . How could I make something like this but have it not be toxic to my subjects? Another things is a question on how I would deploy it. I don't want to use a straw or anything small, but something that would distribute it amounts large enough to distract a bear. By the way I was looking for ingredients from home.

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Why do people hang baubles on Christmas trees? Answered

What is the point of people hanging baubles on a Christmas tree? Keep away bad spirits? Distracts the Grinch?

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How do I report a user that is posting spam \ inappropriate instructables that are not instrutables?

This user: https://www.instructables.com/member/lovepeacesmilefourth/ is posting inappropriate content. They show up in my RSS feed and I do find them quite distracting and offensive. How do I get this user banned?

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puzzle 2

A lady was pushing her car when she suddenly got sent to jail. how is this possible? some extra hints: she hasnt done anything wrong in her life she wasnt causing a distraction she wasnt doing anything offensive congratulations to lithium rain for getting the correct answer first!!!

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Ears Popping While Running?

Whenever I run a 5k, I'm finding that my ears start to pop part way through. It makes everything louder, including my breathing, and is extremely distracting. One website mentioned dehydration as a factor, another said something about blood pressure...does anyone know about it? Thanks!

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Step one keeps popping up!!!!!!

Now, for WHATEVER reason, step one shows up in EVERY STEP YOU CLICK ON!!!!!!!!!!!  Now that is the most useless and pointless thing I have ever seen on this site.  I mean, WHY????  If you need to see step one again, just click on it!!!!!  The step one thing gets in the way, and it is really distracting!

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How can I put lights in a display cabinet.?

I want to light the inside of a 6 ft tall cabinet with glass shelves. I have tried using various Ikea lights, but the obvious glare from the light is too distracting from the items I display. Any ideas on how to proceed? Also, it is flat black on the inside - will changing the color help?

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Advice needed for complex project - "digital typewriter"

I was browsing kickstarter recently and I noticed a really cool new toy, called the hemingwrite. It's described as a "distraction free digital typewriter". Basically, it looks like a keyboard hooked up to an e-ink screen which lets you write without distractions. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamleeb/hemingwrite-a-distraction-free-digital-typewriter Sounds pretty cool, yeah? But for $400? C'mon... It got me thinking; surely you could build that for way less. So why not have a go? It seems to me that it would require just a few simple components: - USB keyboard - E-ink screen (from an old kindle perhaps) - A controller to run the software - Some form of rechargable battery - A printed case from shapeways - Wifi not really needed, but I do have a spare laptop wireless card sitting around I've built a kit keyboard myself before (Ergodox), but I don't have enough experience to do something like this. Basically what I'm looking for is someone - or preferably, multiple people! - who can help me to work out how to do the things I've never done before. I need to know which board to use, how to hook it up to the screen and how can I design some software (or even better, find something pre-rolled) to act as a very basic text editor which could save the files to a USB drive / CF card. How difficult would this be? Is it even possible? I'm really keen to find out if it is. Any advice appreciated! :)

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Silent kneading massage Motor?

I am creating a portable neck and shoulder massager and I am looking into a kneading massage. I know massage machines tend to make noises, and I am planning mind to be silent since it is designed to be used in class without being distracting. I was wondering if you have any suggestions on making this product as quiet as possible? Are their any silent massage motors? Feel free to ask me any further questions. 

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I forgot that the world is supposed to be round...

...and I fell over the edge for a while there. :) Either that, or the demands and distractions of the non-Instructables-existosphere dragged me in and kept hold of me for several months. I have Real Life somewhat under control (or rather, not nearly so out of control) at least for for the time being, and plan to be here regularly again. My apologies to anyone I've neglected, ignored, or otherwise inconvenienced while I was off restoring the earth to its proper spheroidalness. - Gorfram

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I have a mac that constantly, randomly shows all open windows?

I'm using a mac for presentation purposes and it constantly, randomly shows me all of my open windows, dimming the second display. This problem has been happening for a while but has not been a huge problem since it was not being used for presentation purposes. It is really distracting for viewers when the power point suddenly disappears and the screen dims. It would be a great help if someone could tell me why it is doing this. Thanks

Question by Jareadx 


Time lock box? Answered

Hey I've seen the movie city of ember and there you have a box that locks itself from the inside, only to open again once the preset time has expired. I'd love to make one for a friend of mine (and for me as well), who's always distracted during the examination, so he could lock his distractions away for the time needed. I browsed hours to find timers and count down circuits. the best things that I could find, never were longer than e few hours or a day. but for this project it should at least last a month. I got a weird Idea of hooking up egg timers in series, so if the first one ends, the next one starts, until your last one finished that opens the box (the more I think about it, the more it's sounding impossible to do) the next best thing that would simplify the build was an arduino, but since these are essentially tiny computers I think it would be a wast to just let them count down. (and doesn't a arduino consume a lot of power too?) and I would like to only use an arduino as last resort... you can make robots out of these little board, it would be too tempting to pull it out of my project and try to make something cool with it. would any of these idea's work descent? does anyone know what could be the best way to pull this off? thanks

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What is your biggest challenge to finishing a project?

Hey Guys, I have struggled with procrastination in the past, and its always been a constant challenge for me to finish a project due to it. I was curious if you lot had similar struggles when tackling a project. What is the biggest obstacle in your path to accomplish something? Is it just starting the work/project? Is it distractions? ADD? How about lack of motivation? Do you reach a plateau and eventually stop working on the project when your 60% done? If so, what goes through your head? How do you deal with it?

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Clear Pool Table

Not only is this pool table pretty amazing for being see-through and having the same action as a regular pool table, it's also a senior project that has been turned into a real business. Personally, I'm still a sucker for the felt and not being distracted by all the slick rails underneath. Also, at AUS $40,000 it's deep in luxury territory.I still hem and haw about dropping a few bucks to play on a nice, clean table at a parlor and only get a few games a year in at a friend's house (thanks, Jeff!). But if you have pools full of cash, here's one for you. Link

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Mobile Privacy Invasion (UK)

The Manchester Police force in England, has deployed two Smart cars, each equipped with a 12" pole, with a CCTV camera topping it off.Anyone seen driving while distracted - eating at the wheel, playing with the radio or applying make-up for instance - is filmed by the cameras.Later, a letter is sent to the owner of the car, in many cases along with a fine. Anyone caught using their mobile will be asked to pay £60 and have three points added to their licence. Fines could also be handed out to anyone who is thought to be driving without due care and attention, or similar offences.LINKBig Brother isn't just watching, he's following.

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Small change release

Just a few changes this time around.  You'll notice the header - we made it a bit shorter to use less screen real estate, and less ... orange (personally I liked the orange but many found it distracting). The main thing is that we've opened up Guide writing to all Pro users.  We're soft-starting this, it's not being announced anywhere but here as yet, so we can start out easy and see how it goes.  Guides are awfully useful and we figure more should be better but it's also good to start small sometimes. Also we're starting a new ad campaign with Dremel and there's some special content we had to prepare for that.  You'll see it very shortly!

Topic by rachel 


New instructables-card style stat reader?

Today, I noticed that I now have an avatar that resembles the instructables cards that gmjhowe and jayefuu have been advertising.  I personally like this, as it has self-updating stats, unlike the printed cards. Keep up the good work. EDIT- noticed that members now have a bar below their avatars in comments announcing the number of ibles they have, and their stats show up when you hover over that bar.  Personally, I find this rather distracting and unnecessary.  Double edit- Can someone explain the color coding system that I've seen?  I have a red bar, while some other have blue or green bars.  Is this based on the number of instructables you have?

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Xbox Splintercell cheats and tips

Cheats for splinter cell: All levels unlocked: enter !lamaudite! as your name NOTE you must enter ! before and after lamaudite or else this will not work. Throw farther: hold L down while holding a can or a bottle then throw to throw harder and farther. Save Ammo : if you see a room being guarded by a guard wait until he leaves then switch the light switch to off. when he returns he should have his back turned to you then you punch him or grab him from behind. Flares : if you are pinned by a turret throw a flare across it the turret will be distracted for a moment which may give you enough time to sneak behind it and disable it. Thats all folks if you have any other cheats tell me

Topic by hoghuntingdude384005582 


Illuminated Figure Skating Costume

The animated lighting element in this figure skating costume by ShowOfLight reacts to music by using beat and pitch recognition technology and motion sensor to bring the animation in sync with the performer. While this sounds great, and looks impressive, the video demonstrates how this is one example of technology overshadowing art.  Though many of Marina Polakoff's other works integrate soft circuitry with subtlety and beauty, the line of costumes for the performing arts may be too distracting.  Consider the lovely ice skating routine in the video that must be performed in the dark.  Which were you watching - her salchow or her flashing bananas?  (seriously, there are animated bananas) Regardless of my opinion, I'm sure this is one performance the judges will never forget. via: talk2myshirt

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Facebook "Post to Profile"

Hi Guys,  I just wanted to touch base with you all about the Facebook "post to profile, that's now on the bottom of each and every  page.  I like the ability to post 'Ibles on my Facebook account... Social advertising for the author, social advertising for instructables.  Great idea!  However, It's making me nuts that it's above the comments in all the Instructables.  I often like reading peoples comments, and seeing my own facebook account there ever time, is not a lot of value added for me, and it feels sort of distracting.  I'm not the hippest person around I'll admit, and don't post every thought I have on facebook or twitter, so perhaps other users will disagree with me... But i figured I'd share my few pixels.  I DO really like this feature at the top of the page, where you have a row of other icons... Favorite, Twitter, flag, print & email...  -AlpineButterfly

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Edmund Scientific: Question

Has Edmund Scientifics (originally Edmund Science) bee taken over by a company outside the USA? The only reason I ask is that, I was reading down through the Geek Tech stuff, and when I went to descriptions, I found stuff like this: The Privacy Safe can detect the strength of radio frequency generated by different types of LED signal indicator such as wireless video camera. When a suspicious object is approached or located, the "Red" light will be on and the alarm will beep continuously. The superb bright torch could illuminate allows you to find things or read in the dark.That nearly drove me to distraction reading grammar like this from a supposedly scientific catalog. I remember when I was much younger, you couldn't even find a misspelled word in their catalogs, now I can hardly read them without wincing . Anyone know what happened?

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How to keep door ajar for winter. Cat keeps opening it.

Winter is approaching in Australia. I work in my home office and my computers and sometimes heater [or bread machine :)] keep the office warm. My cat likes to visit for a scratch several times a day. For this, the door must be openable otherwise i have to let the cat in and out. I have been keeping the door nearly closed which keeps the warmth in. However, my cat arrives and virtually bashes it open. The heat in the room is sucked out within minutes if I am distracted by work enough to not close the door ajar on entry or exit of cat. How can I add an upgrade to the door which will keep it closed-ajar if a cat or human uses the door. I would like to solution that can be disabled as in summer I would like the door to be open (which is working and does not need a solution to keep it open). The door is on equal balance (if that makes sense) and I would not like to modify the door hinges. (I had attached an image but must not have enough trust with this site for it to display). The door is a colonial door if you see pictures on google images.

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outdoor pc box

I have a big outdoor plastic closet with shelfs in my garden. i want to place a pc with crt screen inside heating the space in which the pc and screen are to be located is 1/4 m3 (1 m wide x 1/2 m deep x 1/2 m height between the shelfs) or 1/2 m3 (1 m height) but with other objects sharing the space the computer is a pentium 1 (~40 W power). it is intended to be on for long periods with the door closed. the closet stands in a shaded place but air temperature outside can get to 35 C + sometimes. i dont want to cut vent holes in the closet the monitor (15 crt) is off when the door is closed. though i may switch it off and close the door while it is still hot how to prevent overheating ? is a water tank thermostat set to 45 C in the air near the pc (with the 240 V to the pc going thru it) good enough thermal protection ? insects we have lots of ants. how to protect the pc from them ? will the hot air in the closet be enough to distract them ?

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How can you make a homemade spring tension rod that will handle 5 pounds of fabric over a span of 77 inches?

I am working at making a temporary window coverings for stained glass windows. I need to make decorative 'black out' type curtains and have chosen a heavy tapestry fabric to go with the period building. The windows need to be blacked out so that a projector screen is dark enough to be seen clearly and the flicker of light doesn't cause a visual strobbing distraction. When the weekly event is done, I need to quickly remove the curtains after the event and roll them up for storage the next week. Tension rods seemed to fit the need, but I can't seem to find them in the right length with enough strength to prevent sagging in the center, or outright falling down. I am not allowed to drill into the wood casement windows or in anyway mark them or the walls. Tension rods again seem the answer. I can only find Shower rods up to 72". Suggestions PLEASE!

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help wiring 12x 10w led chips

Hi I just bought 12 SMD white led. i want to make a distraction device for airsoft. I got the LEDs but now I need some newbie friendly help to connect these light and get a proper power supply for these. I don't know how much power will I be needing for them. Here are the details of the led lights from the ebay page SPECIATIONS Voltage: 9-12V / 900mA Chip: Genesis's LED 30Mil chip Luminous Flux: 900-1000LM Output Power: 10W Light Color: Warm White 3000k-3200k Cool White 6000-6500k Beam Angle: 120-140 i want to run them off a 11.1v lipo they are about 12v fully charged. its all got to be kept quite small too. i need to know what drivers i need etc. i also want it to be remote controlled. would this work as the driver? and ran the chips in 2S6P? http://www.banggood.com/8A-DC12-24V-LED-Strip-Light-Single-Color-Dimmer-Controller-With-Wireless-Remote-p-987970.html

Topic by Desolation91   |  last reply


Solar steam piston?

Right. Still hung up on this whole solar energy thing I've been looking into steam but it all seems: complicated, dangerous, expensive, and all kinds of freakin hassle. I think this is largely because people working in this field now are just trying to plug solar energy into where the fire would normally go, but in many ways light is a lot more versatile, and this might take a complete rethink. So, after twenty minutes of ill-informed and distracted thought, how about this: Two or more pistons, each with a little bit of water or other fluid. Base is thick glass, both attached to a shaft or gear to generate rotation. Concentrated light (like 6 kW worth, or whatever) is shone in through the base of one piston. The fluid vaporises and the piston expands. When it's fully extended the light beam flips over to the other piston. That one starts expanding while the first one starts contracting. you might have some sort of heat sink which is oly applied during the contraction bit. This would be fairly low speed, but should generate a fair bit of torque and would be really really simple. Someone just stole my patent, didn't they?

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The Dangers of Disney

I was trying to find out who was currently leading the US presidential polls, when I got distracted by an item on Freedom of Information. That led me to this article. Isn't the internet wonderful?Inhaling helium to produce an amusing squeaky voice (a favourite game for children in the United States and Europe) may not be the innocuous party trick it seems, according to emergency medicine physicians at the Wesley Center for Hyperbaric Medicine in Brisbane, Australia (Annals of Emergency Medicine 2000;35:300-3).Simon Mitchell and colleagues report the case of a previously healthy 27 year old man who inhaled helium and subsequently developed a stroke with transient blindness and radio-graphic evidence of cortical infarction. However, the man had inhaled the gas direct from a pressurised canister, whereas most children who perform the trick - to imitate the voice of Mickey Mouse - inhale the gas from helium filled balloons.The patient developed rigidity and lost consciousness within moments of inhaling the helium. On arrival at the emergency room 15 minutes later, he regained consciousness but was found to have complete visual loss and evidence of cortical infarction.PubMed ArticleI still haven't found out who's leading, though...

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"Oh, you must have too much time on your hands"

After showing off something that I've worked on or made there will be someone, usually anonymous on the internet, who will say, "This guy clearly has too much time on his hands."Yet these same people will gladly spend hours on blogs or on digg making comments. If there was ever a worthless way to throw away your voice online, commenting on digg is one of the best. Or maybe youtube. There's no point to that for anyone.For me it's a matter of priorities. I don't watch TV and only occasionally watch movies. I think that for many people it's possible to get free time. The hard part is deciding which way to use it. People are clearly willing to spend it on distractions. It was recently announced that the average WoW player spends 17 hours a week online. And according to the A.C. Nielsen Co. the average TV viewer watches 28 hours a week. That's a lot of building time.So when someone says that I have a lot of time on my hands I can just laugh and know that I'm putting my time where I want to. It helps that I don't have kids, I know, but there are many others in the same situation as myself who work hard on keeping up on their cultural knowledge and that's about it.Time to make something new.

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The Land Where Death is Illegal (Update: even for my Dad!)

There are weird laws, and then there are Norwegian laws!The government of Norway's Svalbard Islands have made it illegal to die there. If you are close to death - through age or illness - they ship you off to the mainland.If you die quickly, through accident or sudden illness, they refuse to bury you.The town's small graveyard stopped accepting newcomers 70 years ago, after it was discovered that the bodies were failing to decompose.But although there is no old people's home, there is a kindergarten.In winter - when the darkness lasts for months on end - the children make images of the sun with yellow paint and tissue paper and stick them to the windows. Trips outside the kindergarten's walls carry a more immediate danger for the children and, for this reason, the teacher carries a gun.Longyearbyen is in the land of the polar bear, an animal which causes real dread among its residents.Every student at the university spends their first day learning how to shoot bears. Aim toward the chest, runs the advice, rather than the head which is easy to miss.If you are unarmed when you encounter a bear, toss your mittens on the snow in the hope of distracting it.Full BBC StorySvalbard Tourist Information.EDITI just found out - this is where my Dad is going on holiday in a few days, specifically to go see the polar bears.Check out the webcams on the Svalbard Tourist Information site - Ee, it's grim up North! (UK-specific joke)

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"KEEP ON TASK" alert for ADHD 3rd grader

My 8 year old son, Finn, was recently diagnosed with ADHD/inattentive (what used to be called ADD).  He isn't hyper, he just can't focus.  He is in the 3rd grade and really struggling and wants to do better which is causing him no end of frustration.  He has been brainstorming a lot recently on what may help him and he had an idea. I've look around and can't find it off-the-shelf so I was wondering if anyone has good ideas on approaches to DIY build. Finn's idea was a pencil or pen which is pressure sensitive and detects if he stops writing and gets his attention with a flash of light or a vibration.  This is for use in class so it has to be something that wouldn't distract the other students. I was thinking that instead of a "smart" pen, it may be easier to build a pressure sensitive clipboard which alerts when it's not being written on (when it's supposed to be, of course). It can't be something computer/tablet based, it has to be something he can plug any worksheet into and have it help him stay focused until it's done.  He gets about 4 worksheets a day to "finish in class" and has to bring them home unfinished to add to his homework. Any ideas on a good starting point mechanism would be very appreciated. Regards, Jason

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Scared of shots? Cough!

The Claim: Coughing Can Blunt the Pain of a Doctor’s Needle By ANAHAD O’CONNOR Published: January 25, 2010 THE FACTS Sometimes there are no words that can comfort a patient who fears an injection or the drawing of blood. But there may be one cheap and easy way to ease the needle’s sting. In the medical literature, it is known as the cough trick. Patients cough moderately just before a shot and then once during it. How this works is unclear. It could simply be a matter of distraction. Or, as a report in the journal BMJ pointed out, it may have something to do with a brief, cough-induced rise in blood pressure that reduces the perception of pain. Whatever the mechanism, studies have found intriguing evidence. Two were conducted in 2004, including one three-week study in which doctors measured variables like pain intensity, hand withdrawal and palm sweating as subjects had intravenous needles inserted in their hands — on one occasion while coughing, and on another with no coughing. Coughing, they found, reduced the pain. In another study, published this month in the journal Pediatrics, scientists at the Mayo Clinic tried the coughing trick on 68 children, ages 4 to 11, receiving immunizations. They found that it eased pain in Hispanic and white children, but not in black children — a finding they could not explain. And like any method, it has its obvious flaws: coughing too vigorously, for example, could cause doctors to miss their mark. THE BOTTOM LINE Studies suggest that a moderate cough during an injection may forestall pain. Pretty neat.  Might be a good trick to teach kids so they don't develop phobias.

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Congratulations Halloween Photo Editing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Halloween Photo Editing Contest. We received a ton of great entries, and the 9 judges who evaluated the finalists had their work cut out for them. We pulled our judges from Instructables HQ and several people who had a hand in the creation of Pixlr. They used range voting on a scale of 1-9 judging entries based on clarity, ingenuity, creativity, quality of presentation, and execution of the Instructable. The winner, Hollymann and her Zipperface tutorial, created a project that was both glamorously disgusting and well-documented. The combination of final product and step by step process was a winning combination in the judges’ eyes. We really liked seeing supplemental text on top of the photos themselves, particularly because it was informative without being distracting. The special “Hooray! You used Pixlr!” judge’s prize went to doodlecraft’s Ghosts in a Graveyard project. Wrangling a four year old, taking 300 photos, and the quality of both the photos and the edits all contributed to win the judges over. The results were excellent, and doodlecraft might have snagged the top spot with some more screenshots and meta-explanation of which Pixlr tools she had used and why. The other entries were also excellent, and we at Instructables really appreciate the time and effort it takes to share a great project. The real winners here are all of the people looking to improve their photo-manipulation skills who now have a much larger repository of tutorials for a free and browser-based photo-editing application. Also, Halloween enthusiasts everywhere can now zip their faces and turn their friends and families into ghosts. (Among about 78 other awesome options.) Good work, everyone! Carley Jacobson Contest Manager

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Top 8 instructables to avoid working on a Monday

"Americans hate their jobs more than ever before in the past 20 years, with fewer than half saying they are satisfied.The trend is strongest among workers under the age of 25, less than 39 percent of whom are satisfied with their jobs.Workers age 45 to 54 have the second lowest level of satisfaction (less than 45 percent), according to a survey conducted by The Conference Board, a market information company that also puts out the Consumer Confidence Index and the Leading Economic Indicators."From MSNBC.comIf you happen to be one of the majority of people who are dissatisfied with their jobs in America, or anywhere for that matter, and are feeling the burn particularly hard this Monday maybe these 8 instructables could make things a little more fun at work.From building a mini office trebuchet that hurls paper clips at your boss to fleeing the country in a free yacht, instructables has some solid ways to avoid working on a Monday.If your just looking for a distraction and still want to come back to work on Tuesday check out these three instructables that will surely make your work environment a little nicer.1. Hanging Laptop Digital Painting2. Pimp Your Office Chair 3. Stand-Up DeskOf course, if you're looking to do something that will have a bit more of a lasting/destructive effect on your work place try attacking your officemates, or better yet, your boss with these things...4. The Office Supplies Trebuchet5. Paper Claws6. The Archery of the OfficeAnd finally, if you're looking to really get out of work forever its best to have a free means of transportation that doubles as a place to live and and exit plan from capitalism.7. How to Get a Free Yacht 8. How to Escape From America

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Converted 1990 Ninja ZX-6 Electric Motorcycle

Hi, I'm cross posting this here as I know this is a community of folks who might appreciate something like this project.  I've recently converted a sportbike to electric power.  It was a grad school project but since I'm in the Active Army, I have to PCS (move) to Izmir, Turkey for one year.  Since I don't want to let it sit for a year in my garage, I'm selling it on ebay.  Please check it out and spread the word to anyone interested. It would make a great bike for a college student to ride around campus or the local town.  Or a great starter bike for someone beginning to learn how to ride motorcycles as there's no distracting engine noise or clutch work.  I live in Kansas City, Missouri but have a flexible schedule so I can work with different shipping methods that you use. here's the link and some features: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kawasaki-Ninja-ZX-6-All-Electric-plug-in-Motorcycle_W0QQitemZ300369654215QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_motorcycles?hash=item45ef6d31c7 Specifications: -Top Speed: about 52 mph as geared depending on windspeed and terrain -Range: about 15 miles depending on terrain and riding habits -Acceleration: adequate for traffic -Charge time: 5-6 hours -Motor: 72volt GE series wound DC -Batteries: 6 x 12volt 35ah Power Sonic AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) -Controller: Alltrax AXE-7245 (Programmable and with data logging capability via USB cable) -Charger: 72volt 8amp, plug comes out of gas cap and can be plugged in any standard outlet -Contactor: Kilovac EV200 by Tycho Electric -Main Fuse: 400 amp -Battery cage and motor mount: welded angle and tube steel -Weight: 422 lbs  (47 lbs lighter than the factory weight) -72v to 12v converter to run factory wiring harness Features:   -PakTrakr display to show total pack voltage and individual battery voltages -Motor controller can log data via USB cable for battery pack voltage, Motor current, Battery current and throttle position (the graph picture was made by importing the data to microsoft excel) -Factory key switch enables contactor -Neutral dash light wired to show contactor status -Manual switch enables controller -Sidestand switch linked to "interrupt" relay in contactor circuit -Street legal, registered and insured in Missouri thanks -chris

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I need a simulator simpler than OpenSim. Read the details. Do you have suggestions? Answered

When writing, it sometimes helps to build a diorama of a setting. You can then place characters and examine key points from different perspectives. You can even act out the entire scene. Yes, it sounds like playing with dolls, and it certainly is... but it is a huge help to visualize an event so that you can really describe it in your writing. The problem is, a diorama can be time-consuming and sometimes even expensive to set up... and I certainly don't have much space in my home for one. What I need is a virtual diorama. For the current project, I wish for a house with several rooms, a back yard, a small section of street, and a small piece of forested wilderness(all can be separate)... so I need a program that's fairly flexible. First thought was to set up a local OpenSim server, but I ran into a lot of difficulty getting it running and getting content (i.e. props and houses) is a nightmare. Worse, bugs and quirks made it difficult to use in practice. After two weeks of setting up a virtual environment, I crashed the server during a backup and corrupted the whole installation. So OpenSim is not suitable for me. I tried Second Life too, because I figured I'd rent a small piece of land and build on it. Second Life has the advantage of having a lot of content available, but getting a chunk of land big enough to do what I need is too expensive for me, and all the areas I checked out were too laggy. Other things I tried or examined were FPS video games (with map editors) and the Sims... both presented their own problems. I'm open to suggestions on either. Anyway, this is long-winded enough so I'm going to get right to requirements. Here's what I need: -3d simulation with an easily configurable environment. -Simple to use. Need "duh duh" simple" -No distractions. -Little loading or lag time. -A reasonably good selection of objects and props such as houses, furniture, streetlights, asphalt and plants. -The ability to place characters where I want them. Here's what isn't necessary: -Characters don't have to have any animation and can be as simple as cardboard cutouts. -Doesn't have to be free. -Doesn't have to be specific to any OS or hardware.

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Making The Most Of Your Time Here

If you're reading this, you're hopefully about to become an AiR in the best workshop on earth. Congratulations! This is an amazing opportunity, and i'd like to share my experiences so that you can hopefully glean some wisdom. When I got here, I was quickly humbled. For the first time in my life, I was intimidated. I had never been in such a vast playground and wealth of resources. I put myself under a lot of pressure. I started with some smaller projects that ended up taking a lot longer than anticipated. I did everything the hard way. During this time I formed a great relationship with shop staff, and gained a deep respect for them. A month will go by and you will look back and wonder where it all went. There are a million distractions, and it's a tough game to balance them all. In my last two months, I decided I needed to pick a problem to solve. I bit off more than I could chew, and I chewed it. I did something a bit unconventional, and did a project on sustainability. I was in over my head, and I brought in a friend for help. And i'm really glad I did. Don't constrain yourself to being an 'artist'. You are about to immerse yourself deep in the heart of the maker movement. Make things that you will be proud of, that you can do nowhere else.  This is an nearly infinite opportunity, with the only limiting factor being time. You are skilled enough, have the aptitude, and can do absolutely anything. So what on earth do you make?  Quick Tips: -Pick a problem, and solve it.  Pick a problem that's bigger than one person.  -Don't shackle additional commitments during this time. (I burnt out from a big side project) Devote yourself to the shop. -Reach out to someone at Autodesk, and see if you can get mentorship, or use your art to inform things that they are interested in. Form a relationship with them. You will find wisdom and friendship. -Find a peer, and check in regularly about the scope of your work.  -Pick someone to collaborate on a big project with. Make someone else's dream come true.  -Space out your classes. Don't do it all at once, or you'll forget what that critical button on the DMS is.  Time Breakdown: 33% of your time goes towards collaboration 33% towards learning new stuff that's way above your comfort level 33% for the stuff you can do with your eyes closed

Topic by buchananwp   |  last reply


Project Collaboration?

I'm REALLY bored at work at the moment and need a personal project to distract me. The problem with past projects is I often run into problems or lose interest and they fall by the wayside. I was thinking that if the project was a collaboration I'd be more motivated and could call on people with better skills than me. Anyways I'll propose a few projects, and let me know if you are interested. Or if you've got an idea, post it up. I'd love to do something robotics related, but m programming skills aren't great. I can use "wrapper" environments, like Matlab and Arduino, but raw C++ isn't a strong point. I've got access to all the CAD stuff that would ever be needed, Pro/E, Solidworks, AutoCAD, ANSYS, Strand7. I've got some skills in and access to composite manufacturing, like carbon fibre and glass but no vacuum baggin facilities anymore. My first project idea is a bargraph type watch - kind of like the awesome binary watches here, but the time increments on a bargraph. I think only one bargraph to show the minutes would be necessary - you pretty much know the hour most of the time, and you could work it out using the minutes if it's around the hour. A ten segment display would give resolution of 6 minutes - good enough for most purposes. I could do the hardware layout and manufacturing for this project, but I don't think I could do the programming. how about a homemade SMS device? not the most practical when mobile phones are so small and cheap and would be WAY more fully featured, but I think it would be cool to have a homemade device that could at least send SMSs. Open source, single sided PCB, would be awesome. obviosuly as small as possible but maybe aim for something the size of a blackberry of treo? Not stylish maybe but maximum hacker cred thumb keyboard ---> microcontroller ---> cellular module&LCD GPS based car locator - I know this functionality exists in modern cars but certainly not my 1994 feroza - a box that sits in your car that SMSs you GPS coordinates if your car alarm is activated. I've been looking for this for ages in a commercial product but the prices are outrageous. Other more outlandish projects are a CNC machine and single sided, through-hole, no (or very little) programming MP3 player Any ideas?

Topic by trialex   |  last reply


Make HID (human interface design) beautiful

There are few ubiquitous household items as ugly in form and function as a computer keyboard. They're everywhere. They're an inefficient and archaic visual distraction, barely suited to stamp ink on dead trees, as they were originally designed to do. Computer components need to be elegant, form well married to specific functionality needs, if computers are to fade into the background of life and thus best support it -  and that is nigh impossible with the keyboard hanging out. I'm a hci software guy. I spent almost three years writing a library of code to enable a new generation of input devices… beautiful, simple  and efficient… closer to playing a musical instrument than typing on a typewriter. I need designs for a piece or two of hardware that shows off how beautiful and/or hidden a computer input device can be when you completely minimize its form… If you are an industrial designer or a mid level maker or even a just a for the fun of it 2d or 3d CAD nerd, allowing for the device functionality will be a trivial concern, with 90% of your attention paid to the form of the device… and that's what I'm looking for… a beautiful replacement for the horrible and outdated keyboard and mouse that shows off the features of the software and blends in to people's lives. The designs will be 5-key and 10-key. The electronics area to allow for will be pretty simple -  probably just an HID chip - as tiny as possible - with ports to wire to buttons, etc -  a power source, wireless connector (preferably low power bluetooth), and wires to connect the chip to everything it needs to connect to. While the designs can be created as completely conceptual, we would prefer to be able to physically prototype them using something like 3d printing, laser cutting or other maker accessible options and electronics components that would also be maker accessible. Preferably, the file format will be solidworks compatible. For now, this is an unpaid gig, with the compensation mainly being in the form of some really sweet portfolio designs, hope for a better HID tomorrow, and maybe a makey makey type gift for those times when nothing but a banana piano will do. We do have investor meetings lined up and will credit any prototype designs used to show off the software during those, as well. If we decide to sell the software in various configurations packaged with hardware variations, and everyone feels like a good time was had by all in this trial run, then we can talk about a production partnership. If that were to be a possibility, industrial design related experience or strong enough to heavily research it type interest - sourcing, packaging, etc. - would be a big bonus. (As a note, while the  HCI is all key input based now, there will later be support for things like 3d tracking options - So, the project could get even more exciting on the HID side.) __________________________________________________ If you are interested in learning more, please use the PM system provided through Instructables as first contact. Further contact info will be provided should the initial contacts merit it. Thanks!

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To Pier 9, Thanks for Everything !

Tl;dr : 1. people are the greatest resource at the pier 2. sometimes it’s hard to work due to too much awesomeness Seriously. Me and my collaborator, Radamés Ajna, had a couple of projects we wanted to do in the spring/summer of 2014, and while looking for some shop space in Oakland, someone recommended we check out the AiR program. We applied. We thought that if we got accepted Autodesk would give us a desk, some nice hand tools, and access to their software. And that would’ve been great. Coming from Brazil, where it feels like we solve everything using hot glue, zip ties and duct tape, that would have been more than enough. Weren’t we surprised when we visited the shop. . . Holy crap, everything is here. Some of the machines are bigger than my apartment, and there’s even a swimming pool ! I’m pretty sure everyone has written about all the great machines, because, yeah, they are great, but to me, the most important aspect of being an AiR at the pier was the people. The shop staff who not only teach you how to use the machines, but also have enough collective experience to help you solve any kind of material/machining/construction problem. Want to vacuum form foam? No problem. Want to glue glass to cement? Someone has done it before. Want to weld titanium? Easy. Having access to the tools is good, but having people that know how to use them is even more awesomenest. The same is true for the CAD people who help you set up and use all kinds of modeling and design software. Not only that, but they get excited when you use their software. Not having had a lot of experience with 3D modeling prior to my residency, it was a great opportunity to learn it using Fusion 360. Another very special group of people were the other AiRs. The ones that came in with us (Anouk, Alex, U-Ram, Adrien, Paolo, Scott, Mikaela) and the ones that were already there when we  arrived (Andy, Aaron, Rima, Andreas, Ben). What a diverse crowd. It was great to get to know everybody, and also to be able to share experiences and expertise. I don’t even know how many times Paolo and Andy saved me from searching for “metal thing with a hole” or “thing with a thing inside” on google, because they knew exactly what I was looking for. Invaluable! Sometimes it’s a bit tricky to explain your project and get everyone excited about it, because everyone has such a diverse background and set of interests, but learning how to talk about our projects from different perspectives was a challenge that I enjoyed. And, last but not least, the IRL Instructables community; another very diverse, active and enthusiastic group of people at the pier. I don’t know how they do it, but it seems like they are always happy, and making cookies. The sum of all of these people is something awesome. There’s always something interesting going on at the Pier (even at night and on the weekends), which sometimes can be a bit distracting, but also motivating. I will sorely surely miss them all.

Topic by thiagohersan   |  last reply


Decapitation Effect, Pong Hat, LED Blaster,...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Feb. 7, 2008 Welcome back! The Get the LED Out! Speed Challenge has been updated - now you can win $75 in LEDs in addition to the TV-B-Gone kit! Contest closes this weekend so enter now! Graffiti artists win the $15,000 VersaLaser. Read all about it here! Two new contests launched this week: Share the Love: The Valentine's Day Speed Contest is the place for those romantic Instructables, and Tool Tips Month collects practical advice for using tools of all sorts! Check out these cool instructables! LED Light Drawing Pens: Tools for drawing light doodles Light painting is fun, but getting the perfect lights for it can be tricky. Make your own and build exactly what you need. posted by unklstuart on Feb 3, 2008 LED Hat Display with Pong Pong + 5x7 LED display + hard hat = a hat that is somewhat safe and very distracting. Earn some serious geek points with this one. posted by J_Hodgie on Feb 7, 2008 How to Make "Oven" Caramel Corn There are various ways to make caramel corn, but this method is easy and the results are addictively tasty! posted by MedMisfit on Feb 3, 2008 Under $30 Light Table How to build a light table for under $30 for all your light table-ing needs. posted by Dr.GraffitiBatman on Feb 3, 2008 Make an LED Blaster Don't drop loads of cash for an official laser blaster replica. Make your own with custom sound and lighting effects! posted by finkbuilt on Feb 2, 2008 Closes this weekend! Valentine's Day contest! Spread the knowledge! Paracord Bracelet with Monkey Fist Button Make a sturdy bracelet out of paracord and a funky bead. You'll learn a cool knot and can make variations for friends. posted by Tommi Potx on Feb 5, 2008 Decapitation Effect There comes a time in every filmmaker's life when he needs to lop off a head and let some blood spurt all over. Here's how to do it cheaply. posted by indymogul on Feb 3, 2007 Get the LED out: The Invisible Costume If you want your costume to have the element of surprise, use this trick to make designs on your skin pop out from nowhere. posted by kiteman on Feb 3, 2008 Windbelt Redux 21st Century Micro Power Generation Get power from cross ventilation in your house. posted by Tool Using Animal on Feb 5, 2008 10$ WiFi 16dBi Super Antenna With some simple parts and packaging material, you can give your WiFi a serious boost. posted by hanzablast on Feb 2, 2008 Show us your yarn! There's still time to enter pictures of your yarn projects in the Lion Brand Yarn Challenge!! Here are some more of the 315 projects already entered - check them out, talk to the crafters, and get inspired! Mouse Purses Kebaya Afghan Sweater   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus 


Jurassic Spark kids game: how to distribute fun more evenly?

I recently made up an outdoor kids adventure game that is really fun for most, but could use help with making the game more fun for all the kids. I conducted an anonymous survey afterwards and a few kids were sad that they didn't get to find the batteries (explained below). My question relates to this. I'm asking here because I figure teachers have tons of experience with kids!The game is called Jurassic Spark. I've written up the details with lots of pictures in this Instructable for the game, but I'll summarize here:Target kid age: 4 to 7 years old (although I plan to continue adapting as kids get older) Scenario: The Jurassic Spark electrified fence has lost power and many dangerous dinosaurs are on the loose. Can our brave explorers (kids) find the high power batteries to energize the fence before it's too late? Watch out for the T-Rex!Player roles: explorers (kids), small dinosaurs (adults), and the terrifying T-Rex (adult)!To win: the explorers need to find and return the 6 high power Batteries back to the Power Station to energize the electric fence before the dinosaurs tag all the explorers. Because the kids are young, the dinosaurs (adults) aren't playing to win, just to make it an exciting challenge. The game lasts around 15 to 20 minutes.Getting tagged: When a dinosaur tags an explorer, the explorer has to freeze and put their arms out like in freeze tag. Frozen explorers are encouraged to yell for assistance "Help! Help! A dino chomped me!" and can be unfrozen by being touched by another free explorer.Tail stealing: The explorers are not completely defenseless, however. The small dinosaurs have tails that can be stolen and they hate that! "Roar! Who stole my tail!?" Tail lacking dinosaurs must return to the dinosaur pen before they can regrow their tail and return to hunting. I feel that this is a very important part of the game as it brings balance and a whole lot of fun. It also encourages lots of exciting team building as kids will often gang up on a dino to take it down or distract it. Once the electric fence is powered up, dinos that have their tails stolen are trapped in the pen until the game ends (usually only a minute or two).T-REX: To up the level of excitement, we add a T-Rex wild card into the mix! The T-Rex cannot be stopped and loves chomping on explorers! There's nothing quite like seeing a giant roaring T-Rex head chase or stalk their cute tiny prey :)We played the game with 20 kids, 6 small dinosaurs, and 1 T-Rex.Question: How can I make the game more fun for the kids that feel left out because they didn't find a battery? We made a rule that a kid can only return one battery per game, but there are 6 batteries and 20 kids. The older kids tended to find the batteries each game. My gut is telling me that I wouldn't be able to handle a game with 20 batteries.The part that makes this extra challenging is that the kids are young and I can't make too many complicated rules. We'll add complexity as they grow older with tranquilizer darts and stuff like that :)If you are interested in reading all the survey feedback, it is near the bottom of the Instructable.Thanks!Adam

Question by afraser-kruck   |  last reply


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Topic by canida   |  last reply


An embarrassment of riches

I was an Artist in Residence at Instructables from September-December 2013, and words cannot express how wonderful it was.  Instructables has recently built out what I can only imagine is the world's greatest general use workshop, at Autodesk's Pier 9 facility.  You are probably aware of this shop if you're reading Artist in Residency posts, but if not, check out the overview here and the machine details here.  I tried to learn and do EVERYTHING in this shop!  I didn't quite succeed in that but I came close enough that I didn't totally finish any of my projects.  I'd planned to make an articulated model of an Escher drawing and an 8 foot tall steel dinosaur statue, both projects I could probably have spent all my time there on.  There was so much awesome to learn about and experiment with, though, that I kept getting distracted by side projects and what-if's that I might not have had opportunity to mess around with later on.  So what I actually ended up making was a series of acrylic jewelry, two small cardboard dinosaur models, MOST of the Escher drawing (I finished it later), some sheet metal walking-leg linkage experiments, half of a new Mustache Ride, part of a sixth Pulse of the City heart, tests of chemically-mediated etching on metal, a pair of 3d printed snowflake ornaments, and the beginnings of a pair of antler pants.  (I will definitely write instructables for the dinosaur and the pants, when they are complete.) I loved it all.  I loved it all so much, and so consistently, that I had to try everything and was hardly able to finish anything.  I cut metal on the waterjet, I printed many 3d things on the 3d printers, I lased like it was going out of style, I lathed like I didn't know what I was doing (Yay Learnings!), I cut and welded and drilled and screwed and printed and ground and sewed and soldered and blasted and glued.  I was like a kid in a candy shop who can't finish the fudge because the lollipops are so tasty and then whoa! peanut brittle! peppermints! gumdrops!  The only part of the shop I didn't use was the test kitchen because, well, I don't really cook. Three months was not enough.  Three years would not be enough.  I feel so fortunate to have been in there doing anything at all for any amount of time, though.  Things I can do now that I couldn't do last summer include: turn wood on a lathe cut metal, stone, cardboard, etc on a waterjet etch metal on a laser printer operate a small vacuum former print multiple materials on an Objet Connex run a jointer and planer operate a Shopbot TIG weld aluminum (to be sure, I'm lousy at this still, but I know How) operate a sand blaster bend steel tubes I'm an introverted anti-social nerd so it has taken me to the bottom of this post to talk about the people.  I absolutely need to say how great the people there are - everyone, no matter their job description, makes things.  Everyone just gets how it is to lose yourself in making some weird possibly useless object that you might have to get rid of when you're done anyway, but you just need to work on it to figure out That One Thing that you didn't quite understand but now you do!  It is a rare and wonderful set of people.  And some of the people, it is explicitly their JOB to teach me about all the equipment and help me with any problems I had with anything at all. If you're reading this you should definitely apply for this program.  You do not want to miss out on working in this shop.

Topic by rachel   |  last reply


Album Review: Black Sabbath - Remastered Early Albums (1970-1973) ****-*****

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (1970)01 - Black Sabbath02 - The Wizard03 - Wall Of Sleep - Basically - NIB04 - Wicked World05 - Sleeping Village - Warning06 - Evil WomanBlack Sabbath - Paranoid (1970)01 - War Pigs - Luke's Wall02 - Paranoid03 - Planet Caravan04 - Iron Man05 - Electric Funeral06 - Hand Of Doom07 - Rat Salad08 - Fairies Wear BootsBlack Sabbath - Master of Reality (1971)01 - Sweet Leaf02 - After Forever03 - Embryo04 - Children Of The Grave05 - Orchid06 - Lord Of This World07 - Solitude08 - Into The VoidBlack Sabbath - Vol.4 (1972)01 - The Straightener02 - Tomorrows Dream03 - Changes04 - FX05 - Supernaut06 - Snowblind07 - Cornucopia08 - Laguna Sunrise09 - St. Vitus Dance10 - Under The Sun - Every Day Comes And GoesBlack Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)01 - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath02 - A National Acrobat03 - Fluff04 - Sabbra Cadabra05 - Killing Yourself To Live06 - Who Are You07 - Looking For Today08 - Spiral Architect. Arguably the original Heavy Metal band, Black Sabbath - Ozzy Osbourne (vocals and harmonica), Tony Iommi (guitars), Bill Ward (drums and vocals), and Geezer Butler (bass) - brought death, drugs, occultism, and all sort of things your Mother doesn't want you to know about to Rock 'n' Roll with 1970's self-titled album (released, appropriately enough, on Friday the Thirteenth). Following quickly on its' heels was Paranoid, then Master Of Reality (with the stoners' anthem, "Sweet Leaf"), and Vol. 4. For Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, they brought keyboardist Rick Wakeman onboard.. With controversial lyrics and song lengths that regularly ran to five and six minutes or more, you weren't likely to hear much of them on the local Pop radio station (shortened versions of "Iron Man" and "Paranoid" managed to get a bit of mainstream airplay in 1972), but they were a staple for Album-Oriented Rock stations and 8-track players everywhere during the '70s. Almost every song here is on my medium- or heavy-rotation list (four or five stars).. I bought the original CD reissues back in the early '80s and was impressed at how much better they sounded than the vinyl/tape I was used to - not great, but definitely better. A friend recently loaned me a set of 320k MP3s from the remastered CDs issued in 2004 by Sanctuary UK. I really wasn't expecting much from the early '70s recordings (and it _is_ Heavy Metal), but thought it would be a good excuse to sit down and have another listen. Was I ever in for a treat! The remastered recordings remove a lot of the "mud" from the recordings and really bring out the instruments, especially the drums - "Children Of The Grave" really benefits from the remastering. The title cut from the self-titled album sounds even more evil (count the number of bell tolls in the intro). Can't really say that the vocals sound any better (or worse, it's still Ozzy at his best) and, at times, there is still enough hiss to be distracting, but overall I was very impressed with the quality.. I'll call these discs a Must Buy for all Black Sabbath fans who have the vinyl, tape, or original CD issues - I'm shopping for my set. Any of the first four CDs would make a great introduction to their music for Heavy Metal fans (1972's "We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'n' Roll" is a 14-cut (two LPs, originally) Best-Of collection that has also been remastered and might be a better choice, even if it doesn't include "Rat Salad"). IMNSHO, Wakeman, although great with Yes and on his own, really detracted from the Black Sabbath sound, so I can't recommend Sabbath Bloody Sabbath for new listeners. -- nacho

Topic by NachoMahma