Underground Webcam

I have a problem with the city Department of Public Works. There is a collapsed culvert in my backyard, which causes my yard and basement to flood. I am trying to come up with some footage to prove to the city that the culvert is (FOR SURE) collapsed in the middle somewhere. I am thinking of constructing some sort of wireless web cam / led light setup that i can push up the length of the culvert to record what is actually going on to prove to the city that they DO have a problem and where exactly it can be found. I am thinking of a rugged sort of wire (similar to a coat hanger) and a 2 liter bottle (or similar) to house the cam and some small led flashlights. The device will need to be pretty small... have light and be able to stay somewhat upright so it won't flip upside down once in the "tunnel". I am looking for some ideas on how to execute this. If you have any recommendations, please send a shout my way. I would love to get some great proof to head straight down to the DPW and see what they have to say then.I have even called the local news team to help me with exposing the problem. To see the story that was on the news, go here...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpjGmS9GJ_wThe photo shows the receiver and the wireless cam i am thinking of using.Or maybe i would be better off using a wired cam, due to the signal loss of being underground, either way, i have some really small cameras i can use, it is just a matter of the housing and the lighting... and a way to push it and make sure i can get it back later.

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OLD NEC VERSA 2650CD LAPTOP...

I just volunteered to take this old laptop off a friend of mine. Anyone have any ideas on parts to salvage? Or something to use the LCD for...??? It won't turn on, it has a battery, and no charger. Maybe some goodies inside to use for other projects???? If you have any great ideas, please let me know.

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Cold Cathode lamp with SOLAR power / battery?

I have an cold cathode lamp from a scanner. I want to install it behind a piece of artwork i made to sort-of backlight the image. it can be very dim... i don't need to get full brightness out of it. My question is.. do you think this is possible with a solar panel and rechargeable pack of some sort to dimly light this thing???? I really want to use solar on this, due to the nature of the piece itself. Any ideas on watts or volts or any other input??? On the power input for the scanner itself it reads 16VDC 0.9~1.0A... if that helps. any help or suggestions are welcome!!! thanks !

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GUITAR HERO custom artwork graphics

Hello fellow builders! i have been an ible's member for a while now... i am coming here today to offer up a cool item that i have been getting some good response about.i am a graphic designer trying to branch out... and make a living. I have a vinyl cutting machine .. been doing some custom guitar skins for guitar hero.I will cut vinyl for anything you could imagine, but these skins seemed to be pretty popular.What do you guys think? Comments welcome.here is a temporary page that shows what i do.If you are interested, please contact me and we can work out whatever you need.I can cut you something that NO ONE else has!!!![mailto: flea@toomanymorons.com]

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Simple Circuit Question LED light/ Metal contact

I have two pieces of metal, pretty heavy stuff, probably stainless steel, and was toying of the idea of being able to wire them up so that if they were touched together it would light an LED. See attached illustration for a general idea of what I am talking about. I am not sure if this is even possible. I think I may need to have some pad-style contacts wired to the very edges, so I'm limiting the surface area that is making contact... otherwise it seems like it may need an awful lot of voltage/current to get through all that metal, probably drain batteries fast too...? Another thought is if the metal were left like it is in the diagram, separated, and if you could bridge the gap with a finger and have it light, that would also be very cool.. just don't know if it's possible. Thoughts? 

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Anyone Want Some Vinyl Cut?

I recently acquired a new vinyl cutter, and wanted to spread the word.... I can cut custom artwork, or if you have a vector graphic ready to go... I can cut it for you. Consider it a sweet tattoo for all your stuff. Customize projects, laptops, instruments, windows, your car or bike, pretty much anything. I am trying to start up a small business and this would be a great opportunity to hook up some good people with good product really cheap to build up a bit of previous work. I am a member of this site, not just coming here to solicit business or something. Just willing to do some cool stuff for you all for a good price. No job too small, i just want to get a variety of work under my belt. Got a weird question..?? let me know. If you are interested, send me a shout at : flea@toomanymorons.com

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