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Can my son enter the video contest for me? as in make the video?

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Forbes Contest- trouble having my entry accepted.

Hello, I've to entered one of my videos three times in the last month but after sitting in the "pending moderators approval section" it is always returned. It seems to fit all the criteria i.e. length and logo. Is anyone else having problems?

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3 How-To Projects In 60 Seconds - Eric Wilhelm of Instructables on the Forbes Video Network

Watch me demonstrate Jackhammer Headphones, LED Throwies and Floaties, and Marshmallow Guns in 60 seconds on the Forbes Video Network:3 How-To Projects In 60 SecondsMore news and press about Instructables here.

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Leah Buechley and Instructables Written Up by Forbes: "A Blinking Fashion Statement"

Instructables members Leah Buechley, Plusea, and enlighted got a nice mentions by Forbes in A Blinking Fashion Statement.For all their talk of breaking glass ceilings, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have nothing on Leah Buechley.In the several years since she first sewed a circuit board to a T-shirt, the 31-year-old University of Colorado computer-science researcher has done a lot to bring gender equality to the world of do-it-yourself, perhaps shattering a certain silicone-based ceiling once and for all."The tinkering group has always been a boys' club," says Buechley, referring to the DIY movement's loosely formed faction of tech geeks, gear heads and circuit wizards who tinker with electronic gadgets in basements and garages across America. At the same time, she says, the arts-and-crafts contingent (think knitters, sewers and silkscreeners) has traditionally been a more feminine domain. ...True to their fashion roots, DIY wearables are not always practical. A recent tutorial on Instructables.com gives readers a step-by-step for making what the author calls a "wearable waste of energy": a sweatshirt affixed with a glowing light-emitting diode (LED)."It's not purely functional," says Syuzi Pakhchyan, author of the new book Fashioning Technology. "It's functional and aesthetic."..."Turn your favorite clothing item into a wearable waste of energy!" writes Hannah Perner-Wilson in her tutorial on Instructables.com. The project is as much a teaching tool as it is a fashion statement. Perner-Wilson takes readers step-by-step through how to use conductive fabric, pressure sensors and a vibration motor to make a final product. She also encourages fellow tech-crafters to think about making the shirt less wasteful: "Solar cells are an option," she writes.More news and press about Instructables here.

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How To Fix The World & Grassroots Innovation Takes Root - Instructables in Forbes

Instructables, Squid Labs, Saul, and Eric are all in Forbes:Grassroots Innovation Takes Rootby Peter HoyThe next great wave of technology maybe something that you invent yourself. Really.Most of the big commercial technology companies do all they can to hide the complexity of their products under shiny tamper-proof surfaces. They believe consumers don't want to read manuals. The fewer buttons the better. Think Apple, automakers and most consumer electronics makers.But there's a subversive movement building, too, led by self-proclaimed do-it-youselfers. They want to reinvent the gadgets in their life, much like software hackers have reworked code. They don't all have expert technical skills, but they have a passionate desire to reshape technology in their own rough image.What makes their dreams possible is easy access to open-source software, cheap microchips and wide-open collaboration on the Web. It's the manufacturing-sector version of desktop publishing.How To Fix The World by Quentin HardySaul Griffith (above) is only 34 years old, but he's already helped create enough technologies and companies to last a lifetime. A short list includes a cheap way to prescribe and create corrective lenses in the developing world, a wind energy generation system using massive high-altitude kites and a human-powered energy project.His greatest creations, however, may be a popular comic book series called HowToons, designed to help kids think like inventors and, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology pal Eric Wilhelm, a Web site called Instructables, created to spur collaborative invention among adults. More news and press about Instructables here.

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I'm just glad Kipkay didn't enter this

I'm just glad Kipkay didn't enter this :) His videos are awesome!https://www.instructables.com/member/Kipkay/

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Faberge Egg Contest Round-up on Forbes

Check out the Faberge Egg Contest round-up by Forbes.A Fab(erge) Contest Egg-Citing VotesEven the Czar would have been pleased.Forbes.com and Instructables received a bounty of 89 fabulous designs in our recent contest to build a Faberge-styled egg. The possibilities were awe-inspiring. The winner was breathtaking.First a note on our contest: Open to all comers, we asked only that you channel the master craftsman Peter Carl Faberge for your inspiration. The original collection of 89 entries was stunning.In Pictures: Egg-Citing WinnersThe choices were tough, but after picking 20 finalists, a panel of judges from Forbes and Instructables made their selections: four egg-straordinary finalists and a champion in our contest to design a Faberge-style egg. The four runners-up and the winner of the Forbes-Instructables contest will be on display in the Forbes Gallery located on 60 Fifth Ave., New York, from Nov. 12 to 29. The gallery is open, free of charge, to the public. Here's a look at the top five entrants.When The Egg Comes Before The ChickenOur recent contest, sponsored by Forbes.com and Instructables, to make your own Faberge-inspired egg drew 89 fabulous entries. Many of the contestants also shared details of their projects. In the spirit of sharing, we present this marvelous tutorial by one of the contest finalists, egg-strordinaire egg designer, 23-year old Nicolas Jara, based in Santiago, Chile. This was the first time he designed a Faberge-like egg.Here is a fast-forward through how he put the whole world inside a chicken egg. If you're interested in a more detailed description, look for his presentation here. More news and press about Instructables here.

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Monday Sept 8: Forbes Faberge Egg Contest Starts

Next week Monday, September 8, we'll be starting up the long-awaited Forbes Faberge Egg Contest. You may have seen the teasers in the newsletter and it is most definitely coming soon.We want to see what amazing decorated eggs you can make. The egg can be real or it can be plastic. The decorations can be traditional or it can be very modern. The materials are up to you and can include high-tech touches. Just don't be subtle about it as the original eggs were completely over the top. You can read more about them here and here.We'll announce the prizes next week along with the rest of the details of the contest.Edit: The traditional way is to blow out a real egg to cut open and decorate. Check out Steps 1 and 2 in this Instructable from KaptinScarlet for a quick tutorial.

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Congratulations Winners!

Congratulations to the Forbes Teach Me Fast contest winners! They don't seem to be formally announced yet but the contest page has been updated to reflect who won and who the runner-ups are. I was happy just to be a finalist. Oh well, now on to the Arduino contest! - John

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Why are there 21 finalist in the Teach-Me-Fast Contest

There where supposed to be 20 finalist and now that they have removed the rest of the videos from the contest home page it is showing 21 finalist. Was there a tie in the voting?

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Contest Ranking on YOU screen?

The rank for the instructable/video posted in contest comes on the YOU screen. I am sure I saw 67 rank an hour ago, now it has fallen to 25 suddenly.Why is this happening? Kabir

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Twitter vs Facebook vs MySpace

Twitter vs Myspace vs Facebook: WHAT DO YOU Hi! Check out my Forbes Teach me fast entry!https://www.instructables.com/id/Magic-with-fire-Forbes-teach-me-fast-entry/If you like then please, please PLEASE vote!(To vote click "Vote Now!" above the video box. It's to the right of the forbes banner)

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International entries on Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest

In teh official rules it says "This contest is limited to legal residents of the United States and Canada", but at the mainpage (https://www.instructables.com/contest/forbes30seconds/) it says "International entries are OK.".I live in Finland and I'd like to know, can I enter this contest (and if I win, would that prize be shipped here). I believe there are many other users who are thinking about this same thing.

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Contest Entering Bug

I just entered my video into the new Forbes contest. When I published it I made sure to only check the box for the Forbes contest. When I checked my inbox I found this message:Hi Gjdj3,This is to confirm that your entry 'Unlock A Bike Lock' for the 'Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest' has been received and will be reviewed. The contest closes on Sep 13, 2009. 12:00 AM.Thank you for submitting your Instructable to the Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest. The contest is moderated, and so your entry is waiting to be reviewed. This process can take up to 48 hours.If after 48 hours or so your project has still not been accepted, then it did not meet all of the requirements for participation in the contest. You will then need to make the appropriate changes to your project so that it meets the contest requirements and re-submit it to the contest.Requirements: - Entry is 30 seconds long or less - Contest image is shown in the beginning of the videoThanks again for entry and good luck in the competition!'I'm not sure if this is an issue with the email, or if somehow my video was entered into both contests.

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Entering

After you enter your project in the competition, it says that its "pending moderator aproval" how long does that take? because mine has said that for almost a week now, and I've been trying really hard to enter, and I tried to enter the forbes teach me fast, but that one was the same, and it missed the dead line

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Instructables in the News

Instructables seems to be finding its way around the news media. Here are links to the mentions I know of. If you see any others, leave a note in the comments, or post a forum topics and I'll add a link to it here. If you're from the press and would like to arrange an interview, please contact me here. See the most current news about Instructables with a Google News search for Instructables. The Top 100 Websites of 2011 - PCMag Share What You Make with Instructables - Forbes Autodesk 2011: On Autodesk Acquiring Instructables - Core77 Eric Wilhelm featured on NPR discussing DIY "Sous Vide" cooking techniques Maker Faire and the Growth of Do-It-Yourself - Entrepreneur Autodesk Buys Instructables; Design Software Giant in Consumer Marketing Push - Xconomy Instructables, A Mecca for Makers, Reflects Eric Wilhelm’s Passion for Building Stuff and Telling the Story - Xconomy Autodesk Acquires Instructables and What it Means for Makers - MAKE eBook Evolutions: Instructables - Forbes Blog Eric Wilhelm discusses high-tech Halloween projects on NPR's Science Friday 2010-10-22 New York Times - Bamboo Bicycles New York Times - Growing Vegetables Upside Down DIY Green Projects - ABC News Instructables in the Daily Green Taking an Open-Source Approach to Hardware - Instructables in the WSJ FYIs for the DIYers - Instructables in the Sacramento Bee Do-It-Yourself Guru Makes Treasures From Trash - Tim Anderson Profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition Instructables on WGHP Fox 8 - Paper Wallets and Marshmallow Shooters "It's not like everyone who does DIY is a communist!" - Instructables in the Financial Times Instructables in Inventors Digest - Five Questions with Eric Wilhelm Instructables on KSL5's Studio 5 How to make your own high-tech Christmas gifts - Instructables in New Scientist Build It Yourself at Instructables.com - Instructables on ABC's Ahead of the Curve DIY Holiday Gift Ideas - The Best of Instructables on NHPR's Word of Mouth Instructables on NPR's Here & Now 11/24/2008 Instructables on NYC's WCBS-AM 880 Monday Eco-nomical: Homemade Gifts -- Instructables Mentioned on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday 2008-11-23 Instructables on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday - 2008-11-22 Homeowners go greener with do-it-yourself jobs Faberge Egg Contest Round-up by Forbes Dry-Ice Martini and Electric Cake - Hungry Scientist and Instructables in the NYT Leah Buechley and Instructables Written Up by Forbes: "A Blinking Fashion Statement" Instructables Part of PC World's 100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites Customers increasingly drive firms' innovations Netting circle - The crafting and DIY crazes are catching on with websites such as Etsy and Instructables Eric Wilhelm wins Technology Review's Top Innovators under 35 Award Tiny Talents - Learning Bar Tricks in the New York Times Magazine How To Fix The World & Grassroots Innovation Takes Root - Instructables in Forbes My Belt Sander Can Beat Your Circular Saw - Instructables in the New York Times 3 How-To Projects In 60 Seconds - Eric Wilhelm of Instructables on the Forbes Video Network Eric profiled by Technology Review in "Instructables pioneer loves to kite-surf" This, From That - Maker Faire and Instructables in the New York Times Instructables on NPR's Talk of the Nation April Fools' Day 2008 - The Top Five Office April Fools Pranks Instructables on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday March 9th, 2008 Innovation: 'How-To' Web Sites Let You Learn Just About Anything - Instructables in Fox Business News Arts and Crafts Find New Life Online - Instructables in BusinessWeek Instructables in SmartComputing Instructables on LA's KROQ Instructables in the Telegraph -- Weird and wonderful inventions The How-Tos That You Do: Instructables Keep People In Step After Step After Step. - Instructables in Helio Mag Instructables in the New York Times -- Romancing the Flat Pack: Ikea, Repurposed Instructables in the New York Times - In a Highly Complex World, Innovation From the Top Down Mouse Mouse in FHM-Germany Instructables and Squid Labs featured in Tech Closeup's April 2007 Show Instructables in the New York Times - How to Improve it? Ask Those Who Use It Instructables wins the 2006 WIRED Rave award for Industrial Design Instructables in World Changing Instructables mentioned in Jane Mag Instructables in the Sydney Morning Herald PodTech Network Instructables team interview: Eric and Leah Instructables in FHM-Netherlands Laser Cutter Origami - Squid Labs in the New Yorker Instructables in Trendwatching Instructables in Edutopia Instructables in The Village Voice Instructables in Network World, January 2006 The Dream Factory - Instructables debuts in WIRED, September 2005 Squid Labs profiled in WIRED news, September 2005 More cool stuff about Instructables here at the guided tour.

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(newsletter) 6 Cent Knife, Pirate Cannon Game, 3D Sewing...

Sep 11, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest has launched! Make an extravagantly decorated egg, win a cool prize, and get your egg featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City! The Craft Skills Contest is well underway - learn a new skill, and submit your own! The winners of the Book Contest are posted! Go see the 75 winners that will be featured in the upcoming Instructables book! Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something cool in our office! September 18: Mouse mouse; October 2: Intro to Chainmail. RSVP required - just PM Canida.Upcoming... Get ready for the biggest and best Halloween contest ever! October will be here soon, so start working on an elaborate costume and creepy decorations! Don't forget, anything posted since the close of last year's contest is eligible. Repair columns that were built in 1861 by drewgrey Build Your Own Pedicab by liseman Recycle Laminate Floor Planks by mrsnap1 Hot Glue LED Diffusion by depotdevoid See all 75 Winners! Make a Steampunk Headset by garagemonkeysan Sew a perfect 3-D corner on a cube by mdhaworth Make a Passive Network Tap by joe Make a 6 cent Pocket Knife by iMac LED tilt light box by seligtobiason Pirate Ship and Cannon Game by rickgyver Simple Sonotube Food Dehydrator by stringstretcher Weave medieval cords for bracelets by Kiteman 10 Great Lamp Instructablesto Light Up Your Life Build a Little Row Boat with Plywood by Pornostache Simple Paper Flowers by Poe-tate-o Make a Book Lamp by Goombex SuperSquid - battery charger splitter by eBu 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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(newsletter) Make Money with Cards, Underwater ROV, Melon Carving...

Sep 25, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Craft Skills Contest closes for entries this weekend. Submit your own crafty project and win a Singer sewing machine! The latest round of Burning Questions has launched! Help us with your answers and win a cool prize pack! Enter your food hack into the Hungry Scientist Contest and win your choice of some sweet prizes. The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest needs your eggs! Take an egg (real or fake) and decorate it inside and out in homage to the classic Faberge style. You can win a Sonos music system, and get your egg featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City! Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something cool in our office! October 2: Intro to Chainmail.Upcoming... Get ready for the biggest and best Halloween contest ever! October will be here soon, so start working on an elaborate costume and creepy decorations! Don't forget, anything posted since the close of last year's contest is eligible. How to make your fortune at cards by KaptinScarlet Make a superhero cape! by jessyratfink Build a wind turbine by mdavis19 Build a Surfboard Episode 1: Shaping by TimAnderson Closes for entries this weekend!Share your best food hacks! Joint Boards without a Jointer by Phil B Expandable Hydroponics System by wiley coyote Sliding pants rack by phantazn Illuminated Stained Glass Egg by RadBear Easy garlic bread and cheese by robbyt1961 Zombie Friend by Poe-tate-o Underwater ROV by SpaceShipOne Simple Melon Carving by dustinbikes 10 great outfit ideas to check out Unleash your decorating skills Easy T-Shirt Bleach Sketching by goosezilla Contemporary Street Number Plaque by cornflake_81 How to paint walls by dragonvpm Halloween decor werewolf head by missmonster 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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(newsletter) Inverted Bookshelf, Vortex Cannon, Face-Casting...

Oct 2, 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!Enter your food hack into the Hungry Scientist Contest and win your choice of a Kitchen Aid mixer, a super nice knife set, or a Le Creuset Enamel Cast Iron Cook Set. Help us with your answers for our Burning Questions and win a cool prize pack!The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest still needs your eggs! Take an egg (real or fake) and decorate it inside and out in homage to the classic Faberge style. You can win a Sonos music system, and get your egg featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City!Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something cool in our office! October 2: Intro to Chainmail; October 23: Halloween open build night.Upcoming...The DIY Halloween Contest officially launches tomorrow! Enter your costumes, decorations, gizmos, food, and jack-o-lanterns to win some awesome prizes! It's our biggest and best Halloween contest ever! Transmuted Victorian Journal by jktechwriter How to Make Vortex Cannons by Kipkay V10 Vertical Axis wind Turbine by faroun How to Pan For Gold by mdavis19 Vote for your favorites now! Show us your eggs! Make Limoncello by tellumo Sew Your Own Pajama Pants by compwalla Bush Knife with Wood Handle by 42ndOddity Portable Bike Trailer Solar Generator  by veggiecycle Book Binding: BSG Edition by gmjhowe Cast a Face in Plaster by rachel Make Butter by lbailey825 How to Throw a Punch by Isshinryu 10 ways to turn your home into a haunted destination Share your best food hacks! Make "Butterzopf" or Challah by t.rohner Knit Touchpad by Plusea Concrete Lamp by hands_on Inverted Bookshelf by fungus amungus 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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(newsletter) Build a Solar Panel, Wearable Electronics, NYC Origami...

Sep 18, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Hungry Scientist Contest has launched! Hack your food or kitchen tools to win your choice of some sweet prizes. The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest needs your eggs! Take an egg (real or fake) and decorate it inside and out in homage to the classic Faberge style. You can win a Sonos music system, and get your egg featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City! The Craft Skills Contest is well underway - learn a new skill, and submit your own! Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something cool in our office! Tonight: Mouse mouse; October 2: Intro to Chainmail. RSVP required - just PM Canida.Upcoming... Get ready for the biggest and best Halloween contest ever! October will be here soon, so start working on an elaborate costume and creepy decorations! Don't forget, anything posted since the close of last year's contest is eligible. Build a 60 Watt Solar Panel by mdavis19 How to make a Portal Gun by chiok Make Single-serving ice cream by otterhopdotcom Origami Cube NYC Style by scopevisions Share your best food hacks!Unleash your decorating skills Heavy Duty Porch Swing by dragonvpm Replace the battery in a Sonicare Elite by AaronX2621 Instant Wearable Electronics with LEDs by stasterisk No Mess Yogurt Making by Poe-tate-o Hydoponic garden - Gravity feed by agatornz DIY Illuminated Design Desk by skyburner Jalapeno Poppers. Fire In the Hole! by Forkable Make your own iPod/iPhone speaker by shteef A list of great costumeInstructables to inspire you Spread the knowledge! TV-B-Gone Hoodie by bekathwia Make A Water Leyden Jar by Plasmana DIY: Mock Tufting by modhomeecteacher Crochet a Mustache Hat Costume by momwithahook Get crafty! There's still time to enter your crafty Instructables in the Craft Skills Contest! Here are some of the Instructables already entered- check them out and then teach us something new! Grocery Bags Journal Decoration Felting Tea Cozies 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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(newsletter) Hidden USB Storage, Skype Phone, Make a Tent...

Oct 9, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The DIY Halloween Contest has launched! We've partnered with some of your favorite websites to bring you the biggest and best Halloween contest ever -- and we've got tons of great prizes to give away. Show us your best costumes, treats, gadgets, jack-o-lanterns, and more! Enter your food or kitchen-gadget hack into the Hungry Scientist Contest and win your choice of a Kitchen Aid mixer, a super nice knife set, or a Le Creuset Enamel Cast Iron Cook Set. Help us with your answers for our Burning Questions and win a cool prize pack!The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest still needs your eggs! Take an egg (real or fake) and decorate it inside and out in homage to the classic Fabergé style. You can win a Sonos music system, and get your egg featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City!Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something awesome in our office! October 23: Halloween open build night. Hidden USB Storage by stonehenge360 Climbing Halloween Skeletons by mckeephoto Design and Build a Recycled Tent by bentm Motion Activated Spider from Ace by StumpChunkman Tons and tons of spooky andamazing prizes!Last weekend to enter! Low Cost Hobby Servo XY Table by CarlS Breakable Tombstone by ZogCast The Egg of Time - Fabergépunk by gmjhowe Brew Hard Cider from Scratch by actsofsubterfuge French Toast Recipe by mikeasaurus Art Nouveau Iris Emu Egg Shell by bbstudio Homemade Jam, the French Way by My House Boutique Alien Egg for Face Hugger by kristylynn84 Win some sweet tools for yourkitchen with a food hack! 10 Instructables covering basicskills to advanced techniques Turn a dead cell phone into a "SkypeCell" by JFDuval How to clean a hardshell gourd by indeepknit Ghost Shoes by fungus amungus Colored noodles, for eating! by caturday_projects 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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Tour of the Largest Private Collection of Military Vehicles

Through the MIT Club of Northern California, Christy and I got the chance to tour the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation's collection in Portola Valley. Seeing 100 tanks from different time periods lined up and seemingly ready to roll was pretty amazing. I've always had a thing for half-track vehicles, and was especially pleased to see a half-track motorcycle (SdKfz 2 Kleines Kettenkrad). In all honesty, this is probably one of the most impractical vehicles ever created, but it just looks so cool. My other favorites to see in-person were a SCUD missile launcher (SS-1b Scud A) and an M48A5 AVLB (armored vehicle-launched bridge).They also have a large shop where they repair, rebuild, and often re-engineer parts to restore the various tanks. While I was there, they were in the middle of repairing a World War II-era German tank found in a river. The collection is the hobby of Jacques Littlefield, whose father, Edmund Littlefield, amassed a $1.7 billion fortune by running the family construction and mining company, Utah International, and merging it with GE (more here at Forbes).The Instructables forums aren't exactly the best place to few 57 pictures, so here's my Flickr set, and here's the Flickr set of the person who organized the tour.

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Virtual Patch List

We've recently started to give out virtual patches to reward users for the cool things you all do. The list is short for now, but it will grow. Check out the patches that exist so far and feel free to give us suggestions for new ones! Holiday Treats Contest Winner DIY Halloween Contest Winner Light Up your Ride Contest Winner Caption Contest Winner Newsletter - Authors whose Instructables have been featured in the newsletter. Hungry Scientist Contest Winner Party Like It's 1929! Contest Winner Instructables Book - Instructables users who have bought or won a copy of The Best of Instructables, Vol. 1. To get this patch, post a picture of yourself with the book here. Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest Winner Craft Skills Contest Winner Pie Contest Winner Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest Winner BBQ PDQ Contest Winner Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest Winner RoboGames Robot Contest Winner Park Tool Bike Month Contest Winner Toss It! Contest Winner Tool Tips Month Contest Winner T-Shirt Hacks Contest Winner Pocket_Sized Contest Winner Photojojo Photo Month Contest Winner Pets Month Contest Winner Share the Love Contest Winner Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest Winner Get the LED Out! Contest Winner Flower Contest Winner Cake Contest Winner

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(newsletter) Nintendo Arcade, 5-Minute Pie, Drum Smoker...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Converse Back to School in Style Contest - Make or customize anything school-related and win a gift card so you can make your own Converse shoes! SINGER Kids Crafts Contest - Create something crafty with or for a kid and win a sweet new serger or sewing machine from SINGER! Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest - Make a 30-second how-to video and win an awesome Flip MinoHD video camera! Winning videos will be featured on Forbes.com. Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest - Build anything using cardboard, and win a huge package of Gorilla Glue supplies and gear! Vote now for the finalists in the Low & Slow BBQ Contest! 5-Minute Pie Portable Mini Vocal Booth LED Replacement Fluorescent Tube Recycled Plastic Messenger Bag Submit a cardboard creation and win a prize pack from Gorilla Glue! Get crafty! Cardboard Frisbee Lock a Deadbolt from Outside without a Key Cardboard Red Dragon Make a Drum Smoker Captain Kirk's Chair Extremely Loud Alarm Clock Beehive Bookcase No-Knead Brick Oven-style Pizza Share something cool quickly! Win a pair of customConverse shoes! Pie Pops Laptop Stand from IKEA Parts Plush Cell Model Build a Nintendo Arcade Sign-up for this newsletter:

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(newsletter) Fried Ice Cream, Treehouse, Werewolf Costume...

Sign-up for this newsletter: October 1, 2009 Welcome back! NEW: Arduino Contest - Make anything involving Arduino and win a sweet prize from Evil Mad Science or an Arduino Mega! Digital Days Photo Contest - Show us your best photo trick, tip, or homemade gadget to win a new Sony digital camera! Winners announced: See who won the Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest and the SINGER Kids Crafts Contest! Coming soon: Our most awesome Halloween Contest ever! Any Instructable published since the last Halloween contest is eligible! Want a more convenient version of Instructables with fewer ads? Get a Pro Membership! Laser Powered High- Speed Photography A Word Clock Fried Ice Cream Build a Treehouse Win sweet prizes from Evil Mad Science! Win a digital camera! Build a Polished Concrete Desk Star Trek 2009 Uhura Costume Make a Sewing Pattern with Tape Realistic Werewolf Costume "Garage Door Open" Indicator Make a 9 Doll from the Movie Make Plastic Bones Look Gross and Old $0 Camera Level See the winning videos! Winners announced! Projector Slide Window Hanging Zombie Burgers! Pumpkinseed Kayak - Easy and Light How to Sound a Shofar Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA Sign-up for this newsletter:

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(newsletter) Laser Lighter, Cardboard Furniture, Climbing Gorilla...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back!NEW CONTEST: Create something crafty with or for a kid for the SINGER Kids Crafts Contest and win a sweet new serger from SINGER!NEW CONTEST: Make a 30-second how-to video for the Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest and win an awesome Flip MinoHD video camera! Winning videos will be featured on Forbes.com.Build anything using cardboard, and enter the Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest to win a huge package of Gorilla Glue supplies and gear!Cook up something tasty for the Low & Slow BBQ Contest and win a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, and autographed copies of the new Low & Slow BBQ book! Contest Winners! See which awesome projects won the Pocket-Sized Contest and the Get in the Garden Contest! Rubber Hose Chair Drumsticks World's Best Cardboard Chair Open a Pesky Pistachio Nut Share something cool quickly! Get crafty! Make a Cardboard Billfold or Wallet! Music Visualizer (oscilloscope) Udon Noodles in Miso Sauce Make Furniture With Cardboard! Make Paper Beads Build an Analog Vocoder Climbing Cardboard Gorilla Make a Berry Picker with PVC Submit a cardboard creation andwin a prize pack from Gorilla Glue! Cook up something tasty! Cheapy Laser Lighter Burner Urban Artwork Using Bead Plates Bioshock Belt Buckle in Bronze Carve a Shrink Cup Sign-up for this newsletter:

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(newsletter) USB Keyboard Hack, Drill Small Holes, Roommate Blocker...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Digital Days Photo Contest - Show us your best photo trick, tip, or homemade gadget to win a new Sony digital camera! Converse Back to School in Style Contest - Make or customize anything school-related and win a gift card so you can make your own custom Converse shoes! CLOSES SUNDAY: SINGER Kids Crafts Contest - Create something crafty with or for a kid and win a sweet new serger or sewing machine from SINGER! CLOSES SUNDAY: Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest - Make a 30-second how-to video and win one of six awesome Flip MinoHD video cameras! Winning videos will be featured on Forbes.com. Winners announced for the Low & Slow BBQ contest! See who won! Want faster updates and inside info? Follow Instructables on Twitter and Facebook! Sew a Where the Wild Things Are Hat How to Tie Various Knots 15 Minutes SMS Door Entry Alarm Drill Small, Precise Holes Win a digital camera! Closes this Sunday! Aluminum Bottle Alcohol Stove Magic Stick Trick Hack a USB Keyboard Door Activated LED Lighting Roommate Blocker Make a Laundry Water Recycler Make Carbonated Beverages Cardboard .357 Magnum Prop Closes this Sunday! Win a pair of custom Converse shoes! Make Your Own Bacon Camp Table for Backpacking Thingamaplush Robot Big Sturdy Loft Sign-up for this newsletter:

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(newsletter) Plush Vader, Altoids Bread, Fix a Broken Ethernet Plug

Sign-up for this newsletter: September 17, 2009 Welcome back! Digital Days Photo Contest - Show us your best photo trick, tip, or homemade gadget to win a new Sony digital camera! Converse Back to School in Style Contest - Make or customize anything school-related and win a gift card so you can make your own custom Converse shoes! VOTE NOW: Both SINGER Kids Crafts Contest and Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest are in the voting phase. Vote for your favorites! Winners announced for the Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest! See who won! Want faster updates and inside info? Follow @instructables on Twitter! Want faster updates and inside info? Become a fan on Facebook! Make a Twitter Watcher Repair a Broken Ethernet Plug Altoids Tin Bread Make a Dress from a Button-Down Shirt Win a pair of custom Converse shoes! Vote for your favorites! Light A Grill In 30 Seconds Plastic Bottle Funnel Take Great Close-Up Photos Personalize Shoes with Acrylic Beneficial Bug Houses Plush Darth Vader Action Figure Make Band-aids in the Woods Desk with Old Wooden Crate Drawers Vote now! Win a digital camera! Candle Powered Hot Air Balloon Recycled 5 Gallon Bucket Wall Embroidery From Digital Artwork Keep Your Razor Blades Sharp Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter:

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(newsletter) Air Hockey Table, Bacon Candy, Branding Iron...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Converse Back to School in Style Contest - Make or customize anything school-related and win a gift card so you can make your own Converse shoes! SINGER Kids Crafts Contest - Create something crafty with or for a kid and win a sweet new serger or sewing machine from SINGER! Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest - Make a 30-second how-to video and win an awesome Flip MinoHD video camera! Winning videos will be featured on Forbes.com. Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest - Build anything using cardboard, and win a huge package of Gorilla Glue supplies and gear! ENDS SUNDAY: Low & Slow BBQ Contest - Cook up something tasty and win a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, and autographed copies of the new Low & Slow BBQ book! Contest closes August 23. Winners announced for the Art of Sound Contest. See who won! DIY Air Hockey Table Build Fantastic 3D Art with Cardboard See who won! Bacon Candy Submit a cardboard creation and win a prize pack from Gorilla Glue! Cook up something tasty today! Ends this Sunday! Extreme Fat Tire Bicycle Foam Walkalong Glider Make Wine Jelly Cheap SD card Breadboard Socket Make or customize anything school-related! Improve Your Videos! Automated Cat Feeder Build a 8x8x8 LED Cube Denim iPhone Case Share something cool quickly! Get crafty! Cheapest Wire Holder Branding Iron Make a Cardboard Laptop Stand Panties Sign-up for this newsletter:

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(newsletter) Soda Can Chain Mail, One-Ingredient Ice Cream, Cardboard Kayak...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! NEW CONTEST: Digital Days Photo Contest - Show us your best photo trick, tip, or homemade gadget to win a new Sony digital camera! Converse Back to School in Style Contest - Make or customize anything school-related and win a gift card so you can make your own custom Converse shoes! SINGER Kids Crafts Contest - Create something crafty with or for a kid and win a sweet new serger or sewing machine from SINGER! Forbes Teach Me Fast Contest - Make a 30-second how-to video and win one of six awesome Flip MinoHD video cameras! Winning videos will be featured on Forbes.com. VOTE NOW: Help pick the finalists in the Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest! Want faster updates and inside info? Follow Instructables on Twitter and Facebook! Genuine Chainmaille from Pop Tabs Beyond Belief and Back - Optical Illusion One-ingredient Ice Cream Build a Cardboard Kayak for Under $40 Win a digital camera! Get crafty! Make Your Own Sports Drink Build a Photographer’s Zoom Spot Ready, Set, Go! Light How to Get a Great Old Sewing Machine Fuse Plastic Bags into a Laptop Case Bike Panniers from Military Surplus Bags Make Your Own Bra Make a Pencil's Lead Potentiometer Share something cool quickly! Win a pair of custom Converse shoes! Motorized Marble Roller Coaster Rework a UPS with Massive Capacity Table Top Aquarium Living Wall Sign-up for this newsletter:

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(newsletter) Hidden Compartment, Watermelon Keg, Ferret Wheelchair...

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Giant Robot Architecture Talk by Greg Lynn in Berkeley

Here is an interesting talk from the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium of the Berkeley Center for New Media...Giant Robot ArchitectureGreg Lynn, UCLA & Angewandte, ViennaMonday, Feb 4, 7:30-9:00pm- Note Special Location: Berkeley Art Museum Theater- Enter on Dwight Ave: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/visit/visitor- Lecture is free and open to the publicAbstractRobots. In my office, my staff keeps asking for more new machines, and every time I get a new machine, I fire two or three people. By extrapolation, in the next few years I will be sitting in an office by myself with a bunch of robots. We have is a very large CNC (computer numerically controlled) cutting machine, a laser cutter, a 3d printer, and soon we will have a robotic articulated arm. All of these things let us do studies of models, which are very important to architects, but what they also let us do is learn machine language. We spend more and more time talking to machines; speaking their language. It is very easy for us to go to any country that has an automobile industry or an aircraft industry and give their machines instructions and do things with these large machines at an architectural scale that is very perfunctory and affordable. The spread of machine language and programming is more significant than the Anglicization of the world. Learning to talk to robots is very important to my field of design.Speaker BioGreg Lynn is a leading pioneer at the intersection of computing, design, and architecture. His architectural designs have been exhibited in both architecture and art museums including the 2000 Venice Biennale of Architecture where he represented the United States in the American Pavilion. His work is in the permanent collections of CCA, SFMoMA, and MoMA and has been exhibited at the Pompidou, Beyeler, Cooper Hewitt, MAK, MoCA, NAI,Carnegie, ICA and Secession museums among others. In addition to his architectural work, his Alessi "Supple"Mocha Cups and his Vitra "Ravioli" Chair are in production and have been inducted into the Museum of Modern Art's Permanent Collection. He received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award in 2003. In 2002, he left his position as the Professor of Spatial Conception and Exploration at the ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and became an Ordentlicher University Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.He is studio professor of Architecture at UCLA and the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. Greg Lynn holds degrees in architecture and philosophy and received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Academy of Fine Arts &Design; in Bratislava. In 2001, Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. In 2005, Forbes Magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects.http://www.glform.comMore info on the colloquium here.

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Davison and being an inventor

Last week a company called Davison was running targeted ads on Instructables through Google Adsense. Google Adsense typically places contextual-based ads on sites making connections between advertisers and publishers based on their search technology. However, advertisers can also work with Google to directly placed ads on specific sites. At first, we were flattered that Davison chose to target us, and further flattered that they were actually using our terminology in their ads. You may have seen "Cool Instructable?" or "Have an Instructable?" text ads running in our right sidebar.After checking out what Davison does, I decided they weren't a good fit with us and removed the ads. Normally, this would be no big deal, but because of the business Davison is in and the specifics of this case, I wanted to share my thinking.Davison solicits ideas from independent inventors, creates prototypes, markets potential products to manufacturers and distributors, and collects royalties. This is not worlds different from what we did at Squid Labs, except I would characterize Squid's activities as more technical and with the aim of creating sustainable businesses rather than exclusively creating products to be licensed.The rub comes in that Davison is not forthcoming with how they actually make money: high fees paid by the independent inventors. Here's a Forbes article that goes into greater depth, but for me, the important statistic is this: 37,000 or so people have contracted Davison Design's services in the last five years; but only eight of those who have signed up have realized royalties exceeding their fees to Davison.A 0.02% success rate is just awful, and clearly shows that they are preying upon people who don't know any better.The thing that personally put me over the edge was a section from their Questions and Myths:9. Can I tell people about my idea? We recommend that you do not publicly disclose your invention/idea to anyone (not even a friend or a family member), unless you have confidential documents in place to verify that you are the originator of the invention.Obviously, I have a conflict of interest, because I want you to share your initial ideas here in the forums and how you built your ideas into prototypes as Instructables to help me grow the site; however, the concept of absolute secrecy is anathema to me. Here at Squid Labs, we know of no one that has had their invention stolen by some big corporation (more on this at Saul's column in Makezine Vol. 9; full text available as an attached PDF, kindly permitted by Make). My experience has uniformly been that sharing yields stronger results than hiding. The person you share your ideas with might turn into a business partner and be instrumental in your shared success.Clearly there's demand for services to help inventors. Davison seems to have a nice facility at Invention Land; instead, why don't they invite the almost 8000 people per year that contact them to attend an "invention boot camp?" Attendees could learn some basic design, CAD, and machining skills, give mock presentations, and learn how to do a preliminary patent search. If Davison was doing a good job, they would start to see some success from their graduates, and companies looking for innovation would seek out the graduates or ask to attend the camp's final design reviews.Teaching people all these skills might sound impossible - like a full undergraduate and graduate series of degrees compressed into an 80-hour crash course. No course can cover everything- instead, it should give motivated people the basic skills and confidence to start doing it themselves, and teach them how to seek out the additional knowledge they need. It's surprising what motivated people can accomplish if you just get them started.In 2002 Saul and I taught a one-week class called Cyclomerisation where we taught a group of 12 people just enough bicycle design, CAD, and manufacturing to make them dangerous. Each person then designed their own custom bicycle using 8020 extruded aluminum and jet-machined connectors. We had telescoping unicycles, recumbent tricycles, and plenty of standard bikes; for example, check out Saul's 8020 Chopper. Half the participants were MIT students, half were not, and it made no difference -- everyone was motivated to learn something new and to put it into practice.If this idea isn't Davison's thing, then maybe I've found a project to work on after Instructables can run itself. In the meantime, I'm sharing the idea with all of you, because that's the best way to vet it, see if it has legs, and make it stronger.More pictures from Cyclomerisation here and here.

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