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En France!

Yes, you got it good, i'm going to France! Jus't one week. So dont worry. I will leave monday morning allready and I will arrive at friday night, so see you saturday morning! alty

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Contest participation (France) Answered

Hi I'm willing to participate in some of the contests, but I am French, and I didn't see any mentions of France in the official rules. Can I participate and, maybe win prizes ? Does it means extra charges (shipping for exemple) ? Thanks for your answers (Sorry if it's in the wrong category)

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Paris, France, Francophone, BIENVENUE !

Bonjour a tous et a toutes (y a t il des filles sur instructables?) ! Bienvenue sur le groupe instructables en francais !https://www.instructables.com/group/paris/Ici, pas d'accents aigus et graves ni de ministere de l'identite nationale mais pourquoi pas un groupe instructables ! Rejoignez le groupe !Vous etes les bienvenu/es pour poster des "instructibles" en francais, creole, kanak ...Et invitez vos amis ici ! Plus on est de fou ...Et d'ailleurs, quand nous serons suffisament de membres, allons boire un petit coup ensemble !A bientot !

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Radioactive lift controls recalled in France

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's atomic safety body said Thursday that radioactive scrap metal which found its way into buttons installed into lifts in France had been traced back to a western Indian foundry.At least four Indian firms were involved in the manufacture of the components, an official said, but it was still unclear where the contaminated scrap originated."We are tracking back the whole chain," Satya Pal Agarwal, head of the radiological safety division of India's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, told AFP."We are taking steps in each place. Exporters have been advised to buy monitors to check their materials before exporting."France's Mafelec firm delivered thousands of lift buttons to Otis, a subsidiary of the US elevator company, which installed them in at least 500 lifts in the country over the summer.Otis has said it is now in the process of removing the buttons, after France's Nuclear Safety Authority announced Tuesday that 20 workers who handled the lift buttons had been exposed to excessive levels of radiation.The French nuclear safety agency has said the lift buttons contained traces of radioactive Cobalt 60.AFP articleSteel items imported {into Sweden} from India showing faint traces of radioactivity were found in Sweden, before the same substance was traced on Indian-made lift buttons in France, officials said Wednesday.The levels of Cobalt 60, a radioactive form of the metal, were considered harmless and the steel components have not been recalled, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) told AFP."Dutch customs discovered that a shipment of industrial flanges from India to Sweden showed traces of Cobalt 60," SSM spokesman Mattias Skoeld said.Focus Agency feedFrench elevator maker Otis said it would remove the buttons from hundreds of lifts it has installed after a radioactivity scare over Indian-supplied materials.The company made the announcement after France's Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) said 20 French workers who had handled buttons used in lifts had been exposed to to excessive levels of radiation.An Otis spokesman said the firm's plan to remove the buttons "concerned 500 to 600 lifts out of the 2,500 that Otis has installed, modernised or repaired between August 21 and October 9 even if there is no danger for users."The ASN classed the incident at factory of the Mafelec firm in the east-central French town of Chimilin at "Level Two" on a scale of seven because of the exposure of more than 10 people to doses exceeding the reglementary limit.SA Times article

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Needed: French Instructables authors making things with Duct Tape

Salut! Are you an Instructables member who is living in France? We've recently heard from a French TV journalist who is interested in interviewing and filming some local authors who are making things with Duct Tape.  If you're interested in participating, or want to hear more, leave a comment here. Merci et bonne journée!

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Elephante Mechanique

The enormous mechanical animal sculptures being made in Nantes, France are better described (at least for English speakers) and imaged by Dark Roasted Blend than on their own website. If I had worlds enough and time! I've never been to Europe aside from a couple weeks in London. I never really had an interest... until now!

Topic by rachel    |  last reply


what the heck is polenta?!

I'm lookn at this recipe for polenta orange cake, and its (suprise suprise) asking for 1/2 a cup of polenta. my pals say it mexican, but my gals tell me it french. google yeilds little, and wiki says it some sort of dutch pastry, what im trying to get at is WHAT IS POLENTA. but more importantly im down in ft. hood texas, where can i find it (killeed, harker heights)

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French paramilitary forces break the Windows ...

.The French administration is slowly replacing Microsoft's products by open sources solutions.It started few years ago, 2005, with OpenOffice, then with Mozilla.And now, the French Gendarmerie (paramilitary forces) plans to replace Windows XP by Unbuntu Linux.http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iU4Lq7tOR_WVOJLZ3IeRaIH03x6wThere are three reasons behind the move [...]. The first is to diversify suppliers and reduce the force's reliance on one company, the second is to give the Gendarmerie mastery of the operating system and the third is cost [...]The move away from licensed products is saving the gendarmerie about seven million euros (10.3 million dollars) a year for all its PCs.The 70,000 desktops of the French Gendarmerie should be 100% Linux by 2013-2014.This is, again, a proof that Linux solutions became mature enough to compete with Microsoft Windows.Dell now sells computers with Linux instead of Windows.OLPC and EEEPC use Linux.Several administrations around the world are seriously planning to move to Linux and Open-Source.Is this is the beginning of a new era ? How many administrations around the world will abandon Microsoft too ?How long before buying a computer with Linux sounds like a serious option for a majority of consumers ?I wonder if Microsoft really feel worried about that ... =o)

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Contest

Can instructable put France in the contests? Plz

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What is the origin of Reine de Saba cake?

I'm trying to find what region of France it is from, and it's nowhere online.

Question by shanghai_breezes    |  last reply


More on the LHC Countdown

The Large Hadron Collider is indeed large: the underground particle accelerator is about 17 miles in circumference (it is circular). Located between France and Switzerland, the LHC is now almost ready to begin full-length particle accelerations. Researchers are attempting to collide protons together that are accelerate to 7 TeV (tera electron volts).Following Tetranitrate's first post, LHC Countdown, people have been looking for more information.Even More on the LHC from Kiteman, with more explanation.Here is a great set of pictures from Boston.com, showcasing all stages of production of the LHC.For a better visual understanding of how it works, take a look at this LHC animation from the official LHC web site.More general information from the LHC web site.As I like to say, this is large and in charge.

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How do i unlock a Leadtek BVP 8882 locked on France Telecom ?

I got a Leadtek BVP 8882 phone with the videophone service of my ISP (which is France Telecom), and now, i ended my subscription to the service but i still have the phone lying on my desk. I wanna use this phone as a SIP or H.323 phone. How do i unlock it ?

Question by linky51  


Contests for the French ?

Why in the contests "official rules" I do not see France "the French can Participate" ?

Question by RudyR2    |  last reply


Styer aug a1

Try making this while I'm in france.

Topic by j-chode!    |  last reply


Going on holiday

Au revior, Je suis allé au France pour deux semaine pour me vacance. Je departe le vingt-neuf Juillet. (Goodbye I will go to France for 2 weeks for my holidays. I leave on the 29th July) So i'll be offline for about two weeks. See ya later -josh BTW:I doubt any of the French is right ;-)

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Nouveautés : France Ralph Lauren boutique en ligne ce

Ralph Lauren,Polo Ralph Lauren ,Ralph Lauren Pas Cher, polo Ralph Lauren Sweat A Capuche, Polos Ralph lauren Femme, Polos Pas Cher, Chemises Polo, Ralph Lauren Polo, Ralph Lauren Paris

Topic by hannasd  


Hello everyone!

Hi there, I’m Frances P. Frazier, a newbie in this forum site. I’m looking forward to gain new friends here.

Topic by dormgrow08    |  last reply


BlueTooth switch

Hello from France,I would like to build a simple voltage amplifier BUT remoted by a blueTooth switch.What kind of materiel do i have to set on my board circuit for this bluetooth connection ?Thx

Question by YannickG10  


I'm going to school tomorrow

Tomorrow I'm gonna leave to go to school at around 7:40 France time. But don't worry, I'm coming back at around 4:15. Gonna miss you guys.

Topic by jollex    |  last reply


European Electronic Components Stores That Sell On-Line? Answered

Do you know some European electronic stores that sell electronic components such as servos, DC motors, LEDs, resistors, online??? If you do, please post the link to their site! Thank you!

Question by comodore    |  last reply


Foire Bio Pollen

For the french people among here, this week end holds a green event in center France called the Pollen Fair, and gathering natural products, food, garments, art and bringing up debates. Please head to http://www.natureetprogres-auvergne.org/la-foire-pollen/

Topic by omnireso    |  last reply


what's a good substitute for Altoid cans? Answered

I live in France and Altoids or really expensive. When I prepare for a camping trip, I always check out the survival Instructables and the main need is Altoid cans. What can I use instead?

Question by Quest for Questions    |  last reply


Short absence

Hey guys, I'm leaving for France this monday and I'll be gone for about two weeks. So if I won't reply that's why =D I want to wish everyone a great holiday and I hope I'll talk to everyone once I've returned. -AUG-5OM3-

Topic by AUG-5OM3    |  last reply


Project Sooky You

Hi all, Just to say that Project Souquillou - sooky you - just went facebook. Yes there will be weird 'other than english' languages also, but base-camp is in France, destination in England and the carver is a Belgian, so. https://www.facebook.com/projectsouquillou/ Steady building, that canoe. The horizon is getting closer every day.. Thanx for watching! bart

Topic by bartworker    |  last reply


Café Twin Arts and Science Community Advisory

Http://cafetwinctv.blogspot.com/ Cafe Twin Community TV Show__ A Bridge to Music and Science with conversation and project development on a community level and via community twining as demonstrated post World War II in Europe with leadership from France and Germany Twitter ID: waldenthreenet

Topic by cafetwin  


havent a clue

I have got a pile of chips and bits that i don't know if are worth anything. if anyone could lend a hand to finding out what these things are and what they are used for and if they are worth anything other than scrap metal on the chips it says 1   -   ST   m27c51215f 1 l     96003   5v  mys8b 433 2  -    ST   st90r40yc6r   gn22a9622   France 3  -   41cd94k   cd74hct373e Thanks

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The Large Hadron Collider: is it worth it?

The Large Hadron Collider(LHC) is to be unveiled this year. It is designed to solve the much talked about energy crisis, and hopes to do so, but can it be worth all of it? From Wikipedia- (On October 25, 2005, a technician, José Pereira Lages, was killed in the LHC tunnel when a crane load was accidentally dropped. The construction of LHC was approved in 1995 with a budget of 2.6 billion Swiss francs, with another 210 millionfrancs (€140 M) towards the cost of the experiments. However, cost over-runs, estimated in a major review in 2001 at around 480 million francs (€300 M) for the accelerator, and 50 million francs (€30 M) for the experiments, along with a reduction in CERN's budget, pushed the completion date from 2005 to April 2007.[14] 180 million francs (€120 M) of the cost increase have been due to the superconducting magnets. There were also engineering difficulties encountered while building the underground cavern for the Compact Muon Solenoid. In part this was due to faulty parts lent to CERN by fellow laboratories Argonne National Laboratory or Fermilab (home to the Tevatron, the world's largest particle accelerator until CERN finishes the Large Hadron Collider). [15] The total cost of the project is anticipated to be between US$5 and US$10 billion.[2] On March 27, 2007, there was an incident during a pressure test involving one of the LHC's inner triplet magnet assemblies provided by Fermilab and KEK. No people were injured, but a cryogenic magnet support broke. Fermilab director Pier Oddone stated 'In this case we are dumbfounded that we missed some very simple balance of forces.' This fault had been present in the original design, and remained during four engineering reviews over the following years.[41] Analysis revealed that its design, made as thin as possible for better insulation, was not strong enough to withstand the forces generated during pressure testing. Details are available in a statement from Fermilab, with which CERN is in agreement.[42][43])

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Arduino Instant Camera even possible?

Is it possible to combine an arduino board with a digital camera and a thermal printer to make an instant camera? I do know that an electronic instant camera was made earlier this year by Niklas Roy (from France), but his takes about 3 minutes to print a picture from the printer. If an arduino can make making an instant camera easier than making one from scratch, could it be done?

Question by EngineerJakit    |  last reply


Tell me more about nuclear power as source of electricity.

Hi !Fishes can't see the water they are in ! That's why I need your personal and external opinions and view.The first source of electricity in my country (France) is nuclear.In a previous forum, I've noticed that a lot of Citizen of USA consider Nuclear energy is too much polluting and too much expensive (democrats candidates for US election reject the idea of more nuclear plants), and that it's not seen as a serious solution to reduce pollution and CO2 emission, etc ... In few words : you seems to dislike it. So, I would like to know why exactly, and that you tell me more about what you think about it.Here it's quite different. Nuclear energy is seen as a mean to be energetically independent. It's a mean to pollute less. And it's almost a local speciality, like are crepes, baguettes and croissants.The main producer is EDF (which stands for Electricite De France (electricity of France)). Until 1999, EDF had the monopoly (and that was better and safer IMHO). Since then, because of EU regulation, we've been forced to open the market ...Here are some data :EDF is one of the world's largest producers of electricity. In 2003, it produced 22% of the European Union's electricity, primarily from nuclear power:nuclear: 74.5%hydro-electric: 16.2%thermal: 9.2%wind power and other renewable sources: 0.1%Its 58 active nuclear reactors (in 2004) are spread out over 20 sites (nuclear power plants). They comprise 34 reactors of 900MW, 20 reactors of 1300 MW, and 4 reactors of 1450MW, all PWRs.---In 2006 :- nuclear : 85.7%- hydro-electric : 5.0%- thermal : 8.1% ( coal : 3.3%, gas : 3.2%, petrol : 1.6% )- others renewable : 0.9% (wind, sun and co)- others : 0.3%---

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How to begin Electronic ?

Hi everyone (sorry for my english , it's not my mother tongue and the english courses in France suck) I'm at the Fine Arts and I'd like to work Arts through Electronic , so I'd like you to tell me what I should look at to learn electronic stuff (I'm a real beginner) , easy project which needs few electronic components. I have access to a lot of tools though (Dremel , Saws , Drill , Electrical Saw , Chainsaws ....)

Question by Anykey    |  last reply


The world cup-2010

Who's gonna win the world cup? Put your vote down in a comment if yur right at that team wins you get a sub! mm8 bye

Topic by MegaMetal8    |  last reply


Getting an international internship, any ideas?

Hello all, Well the story goes something like this, i studied a two year advanced course of industrial maintenance in mexico, and currently i'm doing my bachelors in aeronautics industrial production in France, the thing is as part of my studies here i have to do an internship either in a company or some school/university lab, since i consider myself a maker by heart, i'm looking for the second option. Can anyone help me out on this? I've already sent some emails out, but every other idea is highly appreciated. Thanks!

Question by joreknight    |  last reply


Solar Air Con for animal shelter

I am thinking of moving to a warmer country ( SW France ) than England but I have a small pack of huskies that I would like to keep cool in the warmest weather. I was wondering if it is possible to use the solar energy available in abundance to provide an air cooling system for them. I realise that aircon normally requires a lot of electricity but I am only looking to keep a small space ( block built shelter of about maybe 7-800 cubic feet ) cool and hoped that this might be possible. Any ideas ?

Topic by ukpicker    |  last reply


New Bike? Answered

I've been looking around for a new bike, roadster, the thin ones for road and urban travel? Almost curtain that’s the right label, but what kind, what should I look for, specs, design, weight, color? Help a fella out, I’m new to the bike scene and my old wheels just won’t cut it. Also, what kind of bike does Armstrong use in competition, mainly; tour de France (of course of course)? And if you’d be so kind, what’s YOUR favorite kind of bike? Lastly, best deals on these bikes? ( I’m on a budget people, aren’t we all?)

Question by Jumpin Jehosaphat    |  last reply


modéle 3d

Bonjour, j'habite le nord de la france , je suis très intéressé par les nouvelles technologies , je me débrouille comme un débutant avec les logiciel 3 D ( rhinoceros sketchup ) j'ai un modéle de voiture 3D obtenu sur le net , que je voudrais transformer pour le rendre étanche solide stl pour pouvoir travailler dessus avec le logiciel 123D MAKE de solidwork et éventuellement l'imprimer ; qui peut le faire ou me guider pas à pas ,se serait cool , 

Topic by fanauto  


iMac Flat Screen nod to lcd monitor ?

Hi all honored members, I got imac G5 17: and iMac G5 isight 20" that burnt down logic board and powersupply. I believe the lcd still in good condition. So if anybody can enlighten me with the steps to make those 2 "paper weight" become a useful LCD monitor, I will be very thankful. I come across article about doing that for iMac 17" but it was written in France and really not a clear step by step guide like I use to see in here for idiot like me. Looking forward for help from you all honored members to make a good use for my beloved old iMacs. regards, avataroftech

Question by avataroftech    |  last reply


Another langage Instructables ?

Hi everybody ! I'm french and i discovered instructables.com yesterday at late night. What a (good) shock ! It's very impressive to see people have so many ideas ! As far as I know, we doesn't have the same kind of website in France (and again: as far as i know). It's too bad, I think some french people, and many others langage speakers could really be interessted ! So here's my question: can i make an instructables in full french if i want? As far as i made it in english too of course :) I really want to make people discover your great website. Thanks for your attention and my apologize if i'm posting in the wrong topic :3 

Topic by Zenki    |  last reply


Is this ambergris

Hi,My dog bought this item to me whilst walking along Duranbah Beach in Queensland Australia.It floats on water, weighs 323 grams, has a nice sweet smell. Ambergris buying experts in France say "definitely not ambergris".Passes all the tests for ambergris including hot needle.James Cook University, 5 marine biology experts came back to say "not certain from photos but most suggested ambergris"One image on ambergris New Zealand buyers website looks almost identical to this piece.I really would like to know what it is, if anyone can help with guidance or perhaps seen similar.Look forward to feedback.Thanks in advance.Best RegardsBrendan WarlowSheldon, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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Aid to injured in the USA? Answered

This isn't a technical question as such but I just watched an episode of NCIS where an ex Marine medic was arrested for giving aid to some people injured in a car crash. Is this the case in the USA that without being a registered medic your not allowed by law to help others? I have just completed CPR and Defibrillation training, (we have just installed one in our village), Here in England you would be expected to do your best, if that resulted in a bad result even death no one could successfully sue you, in fact we were told that if we called 999 (equivalent to 111)   we would be covered by the paramedic insurance as you would be working under their instruction. In Scotland and France you are required by Law to give assistance. You can be sued if you withhold aid to an injured person. Just curious.

Question by rickharris    |  last reply


Instructable images on another site

I noticed a spike in youtube views the other day.  Based on YouTube analytics, the views were coming from a buzzfil.net site out of France. I went to the site and notice that  the images and new text (love google translate) were pulled off one of my instructables and placed on that site.  There is no credit (or link) given to instructables.  In addition, the adsense revenue was zero since the banner ads don't show up.   Here is the original: Part 1: https://www.instructables.com/id/Planter-Box-from-Pallets/ Part 2: https://www.instructables.com/id/Hanging-Basket-Column/ Buzzfil Version http://buzzfil.net/article/11630/c-mignon,non-classe/il-ne-savait-pas-trop-quoi-faire-avec-ses-palettes-en-bois-mais-son-idee-est-hyper-genial-9.html Is this pretty common?

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I'm trying to find a simple 365 project... any ideas? Answered

I have sewing, drawing, baking, photography, general crafting, and painting skills. I have some experience with crocheting, knitting, woodworking, gardening, writing, and scrapbooking. I like history (specifically American Revolution, Napoleonic Era England & France, and Victorian England & America), art (Impressionists are high on my list), anime and manga (although I'm still new to it), and science fiction. I don't know if I'm looking for one project to do every day for a year, or a "genre" of projects so I can mix up my weeks. I don't have a ton of funds to pour into this, but I have a lot of supplies for the things I mentioned above. Any help in narrowing down ideas would be greatly appreciated... I feel like I'm drowning in ideas and don't know where to swim.

Question by SiderAnne    |  last reply


Cycle Skates

I once read that technology never dies.  There are people today that still make flint knives and start fires by friction.  Furthermore, these skills have been passed down generation to generation.  To prove the hypothesis, the authors got an old Sears Catalog from the 1890s and picked out two pages of stuff they had never heard of.  They found all of them still available for purchase somewhere. Why then, can I not find the Cycle Skates in this 1923 video?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjtPn4orR9A They were apparently invented in 1870. (http://pedespeed.blogspot.com/2007/07/following-is-from-leonard-de-vries.html) I cannot find the patent info as they seem to be from France. I know in 2004 someone "re-invented" them as Chariot Skates.   Anyway, I would like to learn how to make my own 1870 / 1923 style cycle skates.    Anyone out there who can help?

Topic by justjimAZ    |  last reply


I can't figure out a phone key matrix

Hello everyone,I'm Anthony and I'm a game designer / game master in an escape game, here in France. I work on Arduino most of the time and I generaly don't reuse electronics of other systems in order to modify it. But now I have to modify a phone to integrate some custom functionnalities.I followed a tutorial on this website to find out how to get a key matrix of the phone circuit (link to the tutorial)I'm quite a beginner to electronics and i admit that the key matrix I'm in front of looks really complicated. It has 9 wires soldered on it, but I can determine how much groups of keys it gets. I tried to use a multimeter with the continuity function but nothing happened. Do you have any tips for me in order to find it out ?Also, the small black lines that cross the circuit's wires are conductive but I have no idea of what the big black dot (on top of the circuit) is... It's hidding the paths so I can't see where the wires go.

Question by AnthonyF130    |  last reply


BUG & IDEA: Problems with the Instructables Analytics/Stats

Random Instructable that was chosen: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Unscrew-a-Nut-Thats-Stuck-From-a-Bolt-witho/ If I click on stats, as shown in the screenshots that I posted in the comments section, I can see the amount of comments, which I think is a great feature. If I scroll down, I can see the websites that brought people to my I'ble. Pinterest, for example, is a big one, but why does it show from which country? I'd prefer having a "Total from Pinterest" instead of 5 views from France, 10 views from Australia, and 3 views from Russia, etc... Also, why does it matter if a view came from Android, iPhone, or iPad?  Is this possible? Also, instead of so many different ones, it would be interesting to have something similar to the analytics that are on YouTube. For example: STATS:  2207 views from Google 1381 views from Instructables search 458 views from Pinterest 197 views from Facebook 48 views from my Instructables Page

Topic by Yonatan24    |  last reply


CNC mill stepper motor controller

Hi y'all from France! I've been aching to get my hands on a CNC machine from quite some time now, unfortunately I'm quite a noob when it comes to electronics and such. I'd found that while the machine itself is not that hard to build (see all the ables), however the electronics involved are just too complicated for me to build a controller from scratch. I've found the other day some seller on french ebay selling a complete controller without the power supply, so I've been wondering about it but am not in the position to fully understand that piece of equipment. So my question is: what do you think about it guys? Does it seems to be ok (BTW I've also found 3 NEMA23 stepper motors, precisely the same model as described in the specifications for the controller board on its seller's page)? For now I just want a three axis CNC machine capable of cutting polymer foam and soft wood, so I don't really need expensive and powerful stepper motors. Thx for any kind of input!

Topic by pepelepew  


Pedal-powered airship gets half way...

A French amateur pilot's attempt to be the first to cross the channel on a pedal-propelled airship has failed.Stephane Rousson, 39, from Nice, took off from Hythe on the Kent coast at about 0800 BST and was half-way to the French coast by 1300 BST.But he was hampered by a change in the wind direction and called off the trip 11 miles from Wissant in France.Mr Rousson said: "I'm not disappointed. I feel happy because it had nothing to do with any technical failure."During the challenge, Mr Rousson was suspended underneath the balloon envelope in a carbon fibre gondola, powering the two propellers with his feet using a bicycle-like contraption. The most amusing thing about the whole trip is the safety system:Just in case Rousson found himself flying irretrievably high, he hung an open penknife from the gondola framework, with the intention of popping the balloon and heading for a splashdown.Sorry, that's the second most amusing thing. The most amusing thing is the pilot's childhood inspiration - ET.BBC article

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


How do you make your own cream of coconut?

Hey all! I live in provincial France, where it is virtually impossible to find Coco Lopez for piña coladas and other uses. I've tried several times to concoct my own, using sugar/corn syrup/other sweetener in combination with coconut milk, creamed coconut, and processed fresh coconut, but I am not getting satisfactory results. I can usually tweak the mixed piña to make it acceptable if it is drunk right away, but now I'm faced with the need to get my hands on some cream of coconut for a coconut cake recipe I'd like to try out. IMPORTANT:  I need to know how to make the equivalent of Coco Lopez, which is "cream of coconut" and is not the same as coconut cream or creamed coconut. If anyone knows the secret, please share! Even for people who can buy Coco Lopez whenever they want, it would be fun to have a DIY version of this tasty product using fresh (or at least, not so highly processed) ingredients with no weird additives. Thanks.

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Looking for any and all ideas/advice for building my own eco home on the cheap

Hi, I am looking for any and all info related to building my own low cost eco house. Off grid if possible. I moved to France last year and purchased a 1 Ha piece of land. I had a good job and the world was our oyster. Then, on Friday the 13th, 2013 I lost my job. I also lost everything we owned in the world when it burned to the ground along with the storage facility it was in - and almost no insurance. This all happened within 90 minutes. I am not looking for sympathy or charity, just good advice. My wife and I are not going to give up on the dream, we just need to chase it on a much reduced budget!   Currently I am clearing the 2 acres (1 Hectare) which is overgrown with about 3000 pine trees, and, thorn bushes that are 3-4 yards tall in some places. I hope there are some fellow dreamers here willing to share their ideas, designs, experience and knowledge. Thanks so much.

Topic by thoughtfission    |  last reply


Mini-book pin's

Okay, so I'm trying to make some mini-book pin's. Well actually I'm not sure it's actually called "pin's" in English... it's a thing that was popular in the 90's (in France at least), a decorative object with a pin on the back and a kind of clip to attach it to clothing. I've found a picture on wikipedia, but it's really, really bad quality and I'm not sure it will help : http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6a/Pins01.JPGSooo... since I ruined my girlfriend's one when I put it with her clothes in the washing machine, I thought I could try to do one my self... shouldn't be too hard, heh ?But my problem is : I have some thin paper for the pages, and nice leather-like paper for the cover, but I have no idea how to glue the pages together, because the mini-book needs to be openable like a real book. I tried some "2 coat rubber cement" I got here but it just doesn't work... I don't have a glue gun but I think maybe it is the kind of thing I need. You see, the glue has to be solid enough to form the spine of the book.Anyone has an idea about what I should do (I hope I've been clear enough) ?One problem I'm thinking of, too, is that the book has to stay well closed unless you really want to open it.Anyway, thanks

Topic by SeeSchloss    |  last reply


Growing Grub

Here in France we suffer a lot with doryphores (Colorado Beetle). For the last few years I have grown my potatoes in straw which does seem to have reduced the number of beetles I've had to put up with. 1) A week or so before planting time (or, if you want to try and conserve water do this in winter), break open a few bales of straw and lay the wedges - tightly together - over your spud patch. 2) Soak for several days until saturated. (if doing over winter then forget this stage. The rain will do it for you) 3) Lay seed spuds over the soaked wedges and cover with loose straw. As the spuds grow just "earth up" with more loose straw 4) From time to time check the bottom is still damp. Water if required. I find that I rarely have to water 5)To harvest, or if you want just a few New Spuds, lift the loose straw and take what is wanted. 6) After all the spuds have been harvested you can either leave the straw in situ and re-use next year, dig it into the ground or move to a manure/compost heap to finish rotting down. Sorry I haven't got any pics. I didn't think of taking any as I've used this method for a few years and I've also broken my camera when I had a fall. Haz

Topic by Hazel Twig    |  last reply