How do I "unbrick" the Electronic Brick shield? Answered

I'm trying to connect external sensors (in the picture below - 2 tilt switches), to an Electronic brick shield like this (see picture): I extend 2 buckled plugs from the shield with male-to-male headers. As far as I can understand from their cookbook - white supplies gnd, red gives +5v, and black is the signal - so I take the gnd and +5v from *one* of these cables and connect them to the breadboard's -/+ busses. Black goes to the switch (and to gnd via a pul-up resistor). The second switch takes +5v from its plug's red line (could also take it from the bus - but it looks neater this way), The other side of the switch goes to the black line (yellow jumper). This setup simply turns off the Arduino (short-circuit?). Pulling out the buckled plugs turns it on again. This tilt switch setup is pretty simple (I've tested it without the Electronic brick shield - sending the inputs from them to LEDs - and it works fine). I've also tried "unbricking" the LCD brick itself (That's what I'm really after) by sticking jumpers into the holes in the bus cable (according to what I've gathered from the Electronic Brick cookbook), and I couldn't get it to show anything or turn on the backlight. Is there some voodoo I'm missing here? Thanks.

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Calling all Homeschoolers, Past and Present!

This is Labot, letting you know that so far I've survived the recession and still have broadband. However, we're experiencing budget cuts at my house, and one of those budget cuts could end up being my education!Well, I definitely do NOT want to go to any of the public schools around here, as they are supposedly awful. This leaves me with two options:Get a job and help pay to continue going to private school. I like my school so I wouldn't mind doing this.Start homeschooling next year and save money by NOT going to private school, therefore being able to afford a nicer house and maybe get my own room (our rent's almost up and we need a place to live), parents buy me a computer and possibly even a car. I like nice things so I wouldn't mind doing this.So, my dear homeschooled population of Instructables, how do you like homeschooling? What are the pros and cons? How does it compare to public school? Private school?

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Silk Road

What are your thoughts on it? And its closing? Ever take a visit when it was up, use it; do you think the courts of New York had any jurisdiction or right to take action? Love to hear opinions. I personally thought it was a good thing, and I visited now and then. Never bought anything though.

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Where, in the US, could a person get away with living in a large tent for free? Answered

I am looking for ideas (of ANY kind) on where in the U.S. I could live (FULL -TIME) in a decent size tent FOR FREE. Is there land that I can live on for free in my tent?? I would like to stay in areas where it doesnt get too cold year round, and doesn't snow at all....But that isn't "set in stone". I really would like to just get away from the crazy, busy city and all that comes with it...And I want to live as free as possible. And by "free", I mean I would like to live rent free outdoors. Once I am able to do that, I think I will feel more free as a human being. :) Thank you for any ideas or suggestions!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~NEWLY ADDED TO THIS TOPIC FROM AUTHOR:~~~~~~~~~~~ I also posted this in reply to someone's message to me on this site...But I wanted to make sure everyone else read this too because it gives more info on what I am trying to do: This is just gonna sound crazy...But I have 2 cats that I will be bringing with me on the road. I refuse to leave them behind cuz they have been with me through a lot of things in my life, and they are like my kids now! lol! So I have to make sure they have a living space to run around in and get proper excersize (hence, why I am choosing to live in a large canvas tent that will be about the same size as my studio apt that I currently live in). I am choosing to live in a canvas tent because I believe that it will be the CHEAPEST, safest, sturdiest, large enough structure for me and the "kids" to live in for a while. I am also planning on buying a van to travel in for this adventure. I think it will be the easiest and CHEAPEST way to transport me, my cats, and the large canvas tent to where I want to go.                                            

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You may take our tools, but you'll never take our Freedom!

On January 20th there will the first meeting of T-Exchange, a Moray-based (Scotland) hack-group.  Anyone interested in making stuff or being creative is welcome.  You can find us on Facebook (search for T-Exchange) or at http://www.t-exchange.net for more information! Its a long shot but somebody might see this :)

Topic by termcc 


The Constitution

Can I just say the consitution is dead in America? That it doesnt count for much anymore? Freedom to assemble-I dont think what the founders meant was freedom to apply for a permit to assemble. Right to bear arms-again i dont think that was fill out the application and never actually bear the arms, leave them locked in a cabinet in your house Pursuit of happiness-Is that not what the law  does, prevents people from doing what makes them happy. Are people going around saying 'What law could I break to make myself less happy'? Freedom of speech-I dont know about this one. I guess that's upheld pretty well.

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New Group : Scooter Trash - For all of you Bikers, Bikies, Motorcyclists, 1%ers, Citizens and Independants

I've started a new group dedicated to motorcycles and the lifestyle that goes with them. Scooters, Mopeds, Trikes, Sportbikes, Choppers, Bobbers, Cruisers, Tourers: They all count. Feel free to join if you have something to add, or if you're interested in bikes. To me, motorcycles represent freedom. Freedom to go. Freedom to be. Freedom from convention. Freedom to live. Freedom to ride. When you're on a bike with the breeze in your face, bugs in your teeth, and wind in your hair, nothing else matters. Bills, ills, drought, loss, death, strain, stress: all gone while that engine is pounding, and those wheels are rolling. My parents treated them as if they were evil, and I agreed, FOR A WHILE. When I was 17, while they were out of town on vacation, I bought my first bike. It was a beat up 20 year old Harley. It almost never ran, (so Mom and Dad calmed down) but it started a permanent love-affair with cycles. I've owned nearly 50 bikes over the last 20 years, and still own 11 of them. Note: I just went over the list, and I've owned 41 complete bikes, and 17 parts/project bikes, not to mention a barn full of miscellaneous spare parts. So tell me, What do you ride? What do you want to ride? Why do you ride? How long have you been riding? Good/Bad experiences?

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Why is it that even though I'm a pro member many features are not available to me

I have been a member of Instructables for many years and have always been reticent about posting here. This is simply because as I do not live in the USA , even though I am British I seem excluded from many activities here eg competitions forum groups etc. I know rules and regulations may be varied between nations but  I always thought the world wide web was a place to celebrate skills wherever they arise on the planet  . I do off course accept that any obstruction of such freedoms is a denial of that freedom but does not authorise  surely freedom to partake in abetter world..... ho hum rant over any thoughts good people

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When will I be able to " 1" this on Google ?

I can "like" on FB, and tweet a likable instructable, but no "+1". 

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my idea ?

Excuse Idea is to let the work of the robot moves in 16 barcode full freedom, control it via remote, for example, is moving to give him a certain barcode as well as can you help me

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anonymous Internet harassment is now a federal crime.

The Communications Act of 1934 criminalizes anonymous harassment by a telecommunications device. Congress recently amended the law to criminalize anonymous harassment via the Internet. Some argue that the law curtails freedom of speech. Perhaps. If someone is blogging or commenting anonymously about a private citizen in an obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or indecent manner with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass, it is actionable, according to the new law. But should someone have the freedom to do that? Apparently Congress doesnt think so. What do you think?

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Anyone Insterested in Learning Footbag? (Freestyle Hackey Sack)

Hey, I'm just wondering if anyone would be interested in learning how to play footbag. If I get enough people who are willing to learn and dedicate themselves, I might be able to convince Daryl "Genzu Blades" Genz to join Ibles and make a series.Daryl runs Freedom Footbags and is one of the world's best professional footbaggers.Just let me know if you're interested!-MuffinatorIf you're not sure about it, just check out the videos on the Freedom Footbags [Http://www.freedomfootbags.com/blog Blog] or video page.

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August 28th, 1963

On this day, a Baptist minister from Atlanta Georgia stood up in front of a quarter of a million people, and said this: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But 100 years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.And so we've come here today to dramatize an appalling condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a cheque. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of colour are concerned. Instead of honouring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad cheque which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we've come to cash this cheque - a cheque that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.There will be neither rest nor tranquillity in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: in the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.The marvellous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realise that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights: "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied and we will not be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed - we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.I have a dream today!I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.I have a dream today!I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning: "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California.But not only that.Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

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Apes are People, Too

Spain's parliament has voted to give the rights to life and freedom to apes. Keeping apes for use in circuses, television commercials or for filming will be forbidden. Zoos are still OK, but many will have to improve their conditions in the future to keep apes.Right on. Link

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How I can control 6 stepper motor with arduino uno rev3? Answered

I would like to control 6 stepper motors using an arduino uno rev 3, in order to prepare a robot arm with 6 grade of freedom

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How many people out there think that soldiers' are heros' and not just idiots running around with guns?

If you could please leave an honest answer and a reason why you feel that way. Remeber freedom isnt free. And for all of those who have served or are going to serve thank you.

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How would 'Rich' people live in The Green City?

I've been asked, "How would Rich people live in my Green City?". Since The Green City is a forum for pure Freedom in every sense of the word (in a good way). Rich people could simply pay for what they want, or need in the Green City. But, it's also a place of serenity. Peace, not full of frustration or anger or hate. It's a good, safe, serene place to live. When I first began discussing The Green Cities possibilities, I started from the ground up. People that already have a lot of money, could simply build what they want in The Green City, but I'm sure as time went on, they would see the 'Good' of what the City is trying to accomplish and they would do whatever they could to help it. If you are Rich you could help shield the Green City from adversity by the power of your money, thus preserving the serenity of the City and the serenity of your home. Not to mention if you have family or friends in the City you would also be helping them out. This is NOT a city where a person can go and become a 'Bum' and live off of others. Everyone MUST contribute something or it is ALL for nothing. Freedom is NOT synonymous with lazy. But, good works can be done in a variety of ways. One does NOT have to work out in the field to do good with those around them. That's all the Green City is about, freedom and doing good to those around you. Simple. Go to: www.thegreencity1.com

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3-d modeling? Answered

Hey everybody some of you might know i like paper craft and i saw this one http://visualspicer.com/v1/freedom-gundam/ gundam model out of paper and i was wondering if its possable to take picture or something and then make it into a 3d model and then put it to a pdo file

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Need some decisions on what rc transmitter and receiver to buy?

I want to get started in rc robots,car,planes...... but i dont know what rc transmitter and reciever to buy. Some of the fethures i wanted it to have was 6ch,4-6 degrees of freedome and a price ranging around $50-$110. If it could be bought at amazon.com or servocity.com then that would be great. Please give me some advice

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Hey Scooter Trash! We Have a New Hero!!!

You want freedom? Enjoy living dangerously? This happened in my hometown (at least where my Mom and Dad live). Take a look: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/ODD_NUDE_MOTORCYCLIST?SITE=AP&SECTION;=HOME&TEMPLATE;=DEFAULT&CTIME;=2009-02-11-20-46-29And before anyone asks, No! This wasn't a member of the Skunk Crew.

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UNSUBSCRIBE ME NOW! PLEASE!

I've tried to you nicely, more than once! I wanted a different site and didn't realize I was being sent to yours, my mistake, I admit. PLEEEEEEEESE UNSUBSCRIBE ME IMMEDIATELY! I don't CARE if it's free to stay subscribed. I am entitled to the freedom as a potential customer (ha!) to subscribe/unsubscribe at will! This was a mistake! And now I'm really cheezed off, so cut me loose, PLEEEEEEEEEZE! Thank you (if you do!).

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My Jailbroken iPod Touch 2nd Gen wont install apps from the App Store... HELP PLEASE!!!

My 2nd gen ipod touch jailbroken CORRECTLY by quick freedom, and has worked properly for a month will not properly install apps from the app store. Here is what happens: 1. go into app store and click install app, 2. I enter my password and the buy now button now says installed, but IT IS NOT ON THE HOME SCREEN. On the first occurence of this, it made a lot of bookmarks.PLEASE HELP!?

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Need help

Looking for help with my new project. I want to power my mechanical arm using hydraulics.  I would prefer to use a joystick controller.  I want this arm to be able to hold a hedge cutting machine. The arm will have the same freedom of movement as a human arm. Eventually I want to use this arm on a machine such as a bobcat or similar device. For now I just need to be able to power this arm and then I can go from there. Anyone up for a challenge???? Dave Sender my E-mail  mrdavesender@gmail.com Please see the photo of the size of the arm I'm looking to power.

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Resistance Isn't So Futile

Nissan has introduced the Eco Pedal, an acceleration pedal that pushes back on the driver's foot if the driver is supplying unnecessary pressure and therefore being fuel inefficient. From Wired News: Nissan estimates that the Eco Pedal, coupled with the already ubiquitous instant fuel readout on the dash, can increase fuel economy 10 to 15 percent.While it may hinder driving freedom a little bit, it seems more like it's there to be a friendly little reminder. Sort of like parents when you're learning how to drive. Very environmentally friendly, fuel optimizing parents. Nissan via Wired News

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How do I reverse an 8 strand kumihimo braid so that it creates a zig zag pattern?

A few months ago, I ordered a bracelet online that was made by tibetan monks called a rangzen bracelet... It symbolizes the freedom of tibet from china, buddhism, peace, ect. Anyway... It looked like a kumihimo or marudai braid and for the past two months Ive been wondering how the fudge they did it! If anyone knows anything about how to make a zig zag marudai or kumihimo braid, please let me know... Recommendations, links, emails, anything!! please contact me!! Thanks a bunch!!

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Last minute entry to Jack Daniels contest

Hi, I entered my video last night an hour or two before the deadline, but no moderator has addressed it for approval.  Voting however has already started.  I read the rules closely, and I'm fairly certain I met the criteria.  I got an email telling me to wait a day or two for approval, but by then, the voting will be over.  Should I expect my video to be considered?  If not, what rule did I violate? Very truly yours, emcelhannon Ernie McElhannon https://www.instructables.com/id/Road-to-Freedom-from-a-Teachers-Salary-and-an-Empl/

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Reasons why we should do away with internet filters.

Internet filters suck.  Here's why we should throw this sh*t away: - Most filters restrict LEGIT sites, like wikipedia, Youtube, Facebook, etc. - It slows your internet speed down somewhat. - The workarounds make your surfing experience way too slow. - Censorship in general sucks. - It takes away freedom, which is already gradually ebbing away.. - So people don't try and steal my iPhone to look up porn because the PC's are blocked. People should have common sense to just hit the X button if they stumble on content they find offensive.

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EFF 17th Birthday Party

It's time for EFF's 17th birthday party!They're a great organization, worthy of a donation even if you can't make the party in person. From their website:Join EFF in celebrating our 17th year of defending digital rights! Since 1990, EFF has been there fighting for freedom and civil liberties.The birthday bash will be on January 15, 7-11 PM, at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. Headliners Adrian & the Mysterious D (A+D), the DJ duo that founded the seminal mashup party "Bootie," will be dropping a shameless, genre-smashing blend of tracks, backed up by DJ sets from Bay Area copyfighters Ripley, Kid Kameleon and EFF's own J Tones and Qubitsu.The EFF party will also feature an exclusive chocolate sampling with TCHO, "a new chocolate company for a new generation of chocolate enthusiasts." Founded by Wired co-founder Louis Rossetto and legendary chocolatier Timothy Childs, himself a former technologist, TCHO will be bringing a "beta release" of its best dark chocolate to the party table. Attendees are invited to vote for their favorite TCHO beta chocolate flavors at the party -- feedback that will help define TCHO's next steps as they gear up for a national release.We'll be asking for a $20 donation at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but all proceeds will go toward our work defending your digital freedom.What:EFF's 17th Birthday PartyWhen:January 15, 7-10 PMWhere:111 Minna Gallery111 Minna StreetSan Francisco, CA94105www.111minnagallery.comTel: (415) 974-1719This fundraiser is open to the general public. 21+ only, cash bar.Please RSVP to: events@eff.org

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Motor selection for Humanoid

Hi All, I have recently made a 6 degrees of freedom half-humanoid (no torso) using springRC analog servo. But, I realised that it cannot be made to walk unless the hinges are rigid. Joints are made of plastic. mail.google.com/mail/ After much thinking, I decided to make a new humanoid with parallel plates connected to one shaft. This way, the legs will not bend much. But, in most of the humanoids, that I have seen in instructables, 2 servos were used to control a joint. This will make it costly and program intensive. Has anyone seen a servo motor which has a double ended shaft? I have browsed through Futaba and Hitec motors, but in vain. Please help me out on this. Thanks, Shishir

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Spamming: Legalized in Virginia... Super Spammer walks free

"The right to engage in anonymous speech, particularly anonymous political or religious speech, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment," Agee wrote, citing a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court case."By prohibiting false routing information in the dissemination of e-mails," the court ruled, Virginia's anti-spam law infringes on that protected right ."ISPs were outraged. "Horrendous," said Jon Praed of the Internet Law Group, which has represented America Online, Verizon and other Internet providers. "The idea that someone can intrude on someone else's mail server, because they might be reciting the Gettysburg Address? I guess a burglar can break into your home as long as they are reciting the Gettysburg Address." Link to the article....

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Obama gives props to "the makers of things"

This isn't a political post - just an observation. I took note of the phrase "makers of things" during Obama's inauguration speech. Go Makers!"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom."

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A good place to start from

Help a newbie out, what should I look at first? I recently became very interested in the concept of Knex weaponry, and I want to build an Arsenal of Freedom for myself. However, I am unsure of which designs are better than others, or whose designs are the top of the line. Would any of you be so kind to send me links to some of the better instructables/models out there? Accesory instructions are also appreciated. I'm looking for grenades and a wide variety of guns, but I want optimized designs over all else. I leave my fate to the rest of you. P.S. While proficient with Knex, I am a tad rusty, so if an instructable is straightforward and simple to understand, all the better.

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Hey, Americans; Want to help Tesla cars?

I just found that a lot of US states don't let Tesla sell their cars directly to the public. This keeps the price of electric cars artificially high. In turn, this gives an unfair commercial advantage to gasoline car dealers, and creates a false argument against electric cars ("they're expensive"). To fix this, there's a petition that US citizens can sign and force a response from the White House. If you care about this issue from any front - fair trade, keeping government out of your lives, cutting downnon climate change,  personal freedom - then you can sign the petition at the link below, and share it with as many of your friends as you can.  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-tesla-motors-sell-directly-consumers-all-50-states

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And the winner is ...

Next month is Movember! I'm going to be taking part, why don't you? If you don't want to (or can't), you can donate via my Mospace.   In the meantime, I'll be needing an appropriately-modified avatar.  I've added (some) past modifications to this topic as inspiration.  I'd like you to start with my "usual" image, but let your creativity have total freedom! There's a three-month One Year pro account in it for my favourite, which you can choose to donate to somebody else if you have lots saved up yourself. The deadline is October 31st, UK time. EDIT: The Winner is... It was a hard choice, so I didn't make it. I showed the entries to Kitewife instead, and she chose Canucksgirl's cowboy-style moustache. Congratulations, CG, thankyou everybody else. The pro-code is coming by PM.

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Bite force transducer embedded in a gumshield

I am a quadriplegic and paralysed from the shoulders down. I am working on a project to allow me to control a go kart. I have limited use of my arms which should allow me to control the steering but I am trying to get another degree of freedom to control acceleration and/or braking One of the ideas is to use a piezoelectric type force transducer in the mouth to control and acceleration via an arduino or similar. The transducer would detect bite force and it would be converted into control signals for the throttle and/or brake. It would be embedded in a gumshield and it would be acceptable to have a cable coming from the front of it to the control System. I am wondering has anyone worked on such a project and could anyone point me in the right direction please. The gumshield may end up looking something like the image here.

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Adult traing bike.I have an electirc 2 wheeled bike, really do making it into 3or 4 wheeler, as i have poor balance.

As i have said i hace a fairly new electirc 2 whelled bike, it gives me my freedom without been in my wheelchair, but my balance at time is not great. So i would little to put on extra wheels but all we can find is kids training wheels, which are to small and not strong enough. I dont want to damage my new bike to much as it is so new. Had we thought and had more money we would have brought a 3 wheeled model but they were double the price, The motor bit on the bike is at the front, so the back is just like a normal bike Hope you may be able to help

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Instructables supporting illegal activities - opinions please...

I have a few questions to the officials here in regards to supplying information to be used for illegal activities. Topics like these: https://www.instructables.com/community/Smoke-bombs-that-explode-on-contact/ https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Fireworks/ and possible others contain information on the making of explosives. With anything from byuning over posessing to making explosives considered to be illegal and punishable by law in most modern countires I was wondering how the official point of view is on these topics? Freedom of information and so on is all good and fun but I think at some point there should be a limit. With the potential to harm or even kill people following instructions in relation to explosives I simply think topic for the help on making explosives should not be tolerated here. This only my personal opionion of course and maybe it wrong but I think supporting illegal and unlawful activities is not really necessary for a cummunity forum...

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Package 囧 face really red, purple, was launched in 2010

Package 囧 face really red, purple, was launched in 2010 by Celine design director Phoebe Philo, the designer of this package is named the Boston Bag for Luggage. Formed the outline of a face to the position of the handles and zippers 囧 face pack, also known as the smiling faces of the package, due to its innovative and humorous style and practical outline of a square, once launched will be subject to the enthusiastic pursuit Maybe Celine's fans love him too bag for each package shall have played a nickname. "Bat Pack" series package shall Celine launched in the autumn of 2011, Trapeze, Trapeze, Chinese translated as "swing" seems to imply that the bag like swing to give you free, and the feeling of freedom. This bat package together several packages section of the classic elements: the Classic series of elegant square buckle, Luggage series of two wings folding design, and Cabas series of envelope structure.

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Take Part In The Analogue, Digital and You Questionnaire

Hi there friend! Lomography wants to know about the role analogue and digital have in your life and how you feel about the dominance of digital technology. Is this trend positive or a necessary evil in this day and age? What do you think? Digital technology is undoubtedly a core part of our daily lives. How comfortable are you about being constantly within reach? Do you feel naked if you leave the house without your phone? Or do you love the freedom being without technology brings? We’d love to know Do shooting on film and and other analogue activities help you keep a healthy balance between being online and offline? We would really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill in the questionnaire and share your thoughts. Also, please remember to hit ‘Submit’ at the end of the questionnaire otherwise your answers will not be registered. Thank you in advance for taking the time to do this. Answer the Questionnaire Thanks!

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The 4th at Instructables HQ

So we had a great 4th of July party here at the tower. For those of you who did not experience it, I fear no written description could allow you to ever know the true greatness of what happened that night, and I would just end up tantalizing you with details like "Guitar Hero and barbecue on the roof" or "fireworks being launched from Alcatraz in the background" or "Dance Dance Revolution and karaoke in the conference room". No, I'm afraid if I attempted to describe that night, with details like those, I would merely be tickling your taint; however, don't cry yourself to sleep just yet, there is still hope for you to share in on a slice of the "Awesome pie" which was that night.Through the wonders of advanced intertube technology, I am able to show you a video of what may, or may not (for liability reasons) be us launching a rocket out of the old howitzers next to the tower. How fitting that these guns, which used to defend our country, can take part in celebrating our freedom.

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Your site is blocked from my school district

I am a middle school teacher and your site is blocked by my school district. I don't know all the criteria for blocking a site but the main guy replied to my request to get your site unblocked with, "The first thing I type in is sex and this is what came up." While I do believe in your rights to freedom of speech and I laughed at what came up, I have to think is it appropriate for a 1st grader? Yes the things that came up possibly should be taught to middle school kids so they know what is going on, but the things that came up don't have anything to do with my curriculum. However many other things from your site do have a lot to do with my curriculum and I think they will get kids interested in electronic and tinkering in general. Is there anyway to eliminate some of the questionable content or even have a copy of this site in a strictly PG version? Thank you,

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Why are some Instructables teaching how to steal?!

I think Instructables is a great site but am concerned at some people posting Instructables that teach stealing. Some tell how to 'cheat' machines you'd normally pay to use (soft drinks dispenser, photocopy machines). Isn't this irresponsible and just plain wrong? Also these machines have to pay their way and if they are found being abused they will likely be made more expensive (or unavailable), from which legitimate honest users suffer. I don't want Instructables to get a bad name. Imagine if some schoolchild or delinquent follows tips how to do this, gets caught and prosecuted, and admits "Oh I was told how on Instructables"... I don't want that kind of publicity for Instructables, just the same as I wouldn't want a friend accused of being an accomplice to crime. This is a great place to learn, and likely we all want to avoid losing our freedoms here and having restrictions imposed. To keep it this way we need to be wise. I think hacks that amount to theft are inappropriate.

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Grow Our Own!- the big idea

Hey there Makers and Instructors! It's me, Maxwell and I have an idea to help feed people collaboratively, and I would like some advice on how to establish a collaborative barter network of people who want to or do grow food(mostly vegetables,herbs, and fruit,or even canned varieties for those who preserve) I call it Grow Our Own, or Let's Live! Participants would barter fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds, plants, etc, and a climate of information,instruction,and encouragement. This might take place at either gatherings on weekends in specific places, personal meetings, or through a distribution system I haven't figured out yet.(advice?) There would be a system to enhance diversity, as well,so you wouldn't just end up with an enormous beefsteak tomato glut,( kind of a grow what you want, but please if there's space a little of this?) Ideally, this would increase nutrition, oxygen, biodiversity, provide useful growing information to a hungry somewhat ignorant populace , promote responsible water and waste use ,and bypass at least some economic cycle problems. I want to establish a network of smaller more local groups to also encourage people to propagate fruit, herbs, and vegetables,(especially heirloom varieties) and to instruct and engender a system of distribution and instruction. I definitely think composting is a strong part of this. I also think that trying to find unused spaces and getting permission to grow on them might help grow abundance, as long as vandalism can be avoided.Admittedly over my head. I would also like to encourage this for partial-subsistence growing in urban areas. I feel each apartment building roof, balcony and courtyard that can hold even transient plant life should be split between solar power, raingathering, and semisubsistance food growing. If this is done collaboratively, it will begin to snowball and will become more common.This would effectively improve life for some poorer people with less nutritional access due to economic factors. (If the fast food industry served actually nutritious food at it's locations at the prices it has gummed up America's vascular systems and organs, it would be one of the most effective nutritive food distribution systems in the world, instead of the casually despotic mutilator of bodies it is.(bovine AND primate) That may have sounded harsh, and I apologize if your love of a Double Supersize Mc Twinky Burger supersedes your desire to survive, that's your choice and I respect it, I was making an example, not inviting the hate. Houses with arable land now foolishly wasting water on lawns should be growing food. This not only could increase air quality and continue to localize moisture, but could reduce economic burden on many families, and therefore incrementally reduce municipal strain. This also can help mitigate graywater and reduce system load and waste. We have gotten too used to the system of aloof receivership in our modern societies. We must relearn to grow our own food, make our own things, understand the processes that keep us alive on Earth. I know you understand. Linear systems are unrealistic in a universe of cycles, let alone a world of cycles. We can live better by working together, because that's how the planet works. Sympathetic and Symbiotic processes naturally facilitate unity and if we work with what of the Earth we haven't paved over, or create more space to grow food in, we may counteract some of the damage we have done and stop so much waste. We may even teach people to eat more nutritiously, I'll bet. We must reteach ourselves to seek knowledge and wisdom rather than solace and escape, teach our children the ways of responsible stewardship of sustenance and comfort. I am going to put together what I can of the idea into a simple website soon. I want to reach people with that message, though I don't know if I am much of a frontman.So let's do it together. If we work together we can help each other survive better. Isn't that what's really important? Thank you for any advice, oh yes, and please don't assume I am Omniscient Superfarmer, I'm trying to learn too, any useful information will be appreciated! Let's Live! Cheers and Hope, have a great day! Maxwell (btw,I've already sent this, somewhat paraphrased in email form to: The Buckminster Fuller Institute.org, Pathtofreedom.org, The We Campaign, The Theodor Payne Foundation and many others, but any suggestions? You also may send it to whoever you think may help.) I admit I'm excited!

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My 2 Months as an AiR

I read through all of the 'my time as an AIR' posts to get inspiration and to dial my thoughts on what to write. There was one common theme amongst them all - Being an AIR at Instructables is the most awesomely incredible experience! There are so many thoughts running through my head and heart at the moment, it's hard to know where to begin.   I came to the Pier from Northern Idaho. Where traffic is four cars at a traffic light and criminals are high school kids smoking weed in an alley. Arriving in the Bay was a bit of a culture shock. It was great to experience the Bay Area beyond that of a vacation, and to have an idea what it was like to live here.  When I started my residency I was a bit intimidated - by the tools and by all the creative projects everyone was doing. Once I completed some training courses and got to know people at the Pier, I found it was easy to get into a routine and to be completely comfortable working away in the shop.  While I was an AIR I completed a handful of different projects (check them out!). I started the program with the idea that I would make some sort of furniture piece that incorporated plant life. What that piece was, I had no idea. After starting some other side projects, my main project really started to define itself and take some direction. It was great having the freedom to make changes to project ideas and really just go where your mind takes you.  The Pier is full of some very creative and talented people - all of which were so helpful along the way. Whether I was stuck in the design process or the building process, there was also someone to help me get over that hump.  The Best Parts: - The freedom to make what you want, when you want - The friendly, creative and knowledgable Instructables employees - Access to high quality tools and equipment - Eating too much at the food trucks - The view from the Pier! The Worst Parts: - Eating too much at the food trucks - 2 months is too short! - Leaving Advice for future AIRs: Don't be intimidated. Be confident in your ideas. And don't be afraid to change your direction when a new idea comes your way. Thank you to everyone who made my residency as amazing as it was. The people and the residency were both very inspiring. It was surreal to be able to make what you want, when you want, with access to just about everything you can imagine. For me, it felt like a once in a lifetime experience.  -Tess

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Let's get making!

(THE FILTERS WOULDN'T LET ME THROUGH!!)Well, summer is almost here, and that means 2 months (in my case) of pure FREEEEDOM!!!!And what better way to spend the summer than catching up on a year and a half of making?Some things have happened back here, so I don't have as much freedom as I'd like. My grandfather is staying with us, so I don't have as much free time since I have to take care of him. Anyway, here's my checklist of things to make. If I make something, I will cross it out. My goal is to at least make 7 of these:Assassin's Creed Hidden bladeLearn to use BlenderMake an traditional animationLight TabletScreenprintingCardboard avatarPaper gunsTile pictureDragon EggMIB costumesGood Samaritan gun from HellboyLightsaberSun JarLED cubeE-bolaAnimatronic HandBike Lights* What about you guys? Got a list ready? Suggestions?

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Ladyada wins EFF Pioneer Award!

The always-awesome Ladyada of Adafruit Industries is one three winners of the EFF's Pioneer Awards! It's doubly awesome to see more geek women on lists like these. Check out her recent projects here!From the official notice:A pioneer in the field of open-source hardware and software hacking, Ladyada helps the general public engineer and adapt consumer electronics to better suit their needs. Her do-it-yourself ethic is founded on the idea that consumer electronics are best modified for use by customers, not corporations. Fried runs her own company, Adafruit Industries, which sells unique and fun do-it-yourself kits to help consumers make gadgets such as backup iPod chargers, green power monitors and programmable displays for bicycle wheels. She also hosts an Internet video program called "Citizen Engineer" that provides step-by-step instructions to help consumers build and alter their own home devices. Awarded every year since 1992, the Poneer Awards recognize leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier."

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How do I regulate voltage in my power supply? Answered

I'm a beginner so pleaase deal with me. I'am building a AC-DC power supply. The transformer I'm using has an output of 12.6V and 3A. I used a full-wave rectifier to turn AC into DC. Now I need a way to regulate the power supply's output voltage. I did some research but I'm still not sure what I should do. I could use a potentiometer, or substitude one of the resistors in a voltage resistor for a potentimeter ... whats the difference? If I do use a potentiometer  how do i choose which one I need? Do I use an adjustable volage regulator?The load Ill mostly use it for requires 2.3A and a voltage of 3-12.6V. But I want the freedom of using it for other stuff. Also, in what way can I regulate the current? Sorry for all the questions, Im just confused after everything Ive read online.

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Portable hydropower

Hi! I am in a senior in high school and am required to do a project as a part of my stem class. I am planning to make a portable hydropower power bank that someone could use when they're camping to charge their mobile devices. The problem is I don't know how to go about actually doing this. I was planning on making a small stator and rotor for my generator but after further research I found out that I could use a motor and a diode instead. Any help on which would be better would be greatly appreciated. I also am confused on what type of battery to use(it will be inside my device and will be the power bank for charging devices). I was planning on using a 5000 mAh, 5V lithium polymer battery, but am not sure where to buy one(If u just search 5000mah 5v battery, the responses come up with 3.7V.  I will also need at least 2 usb charging circuits. Honesty any guidance in what I should would be helpful. Thanks! If your looking for examples of this I would look up the blue-freedom portable hydropower.

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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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