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ganged SPST? Answered

Http://www.redcircuits.com/Page38.htm according to the circuit diagram posted in the link. the SPST switch must be ganged with P1. how should i do it? what does the word "ganged" mean?

Question by codestroy7    |  last reply


What's the best way to handle a local gang of punks?

My neighborhood has a local bunch of kids who come around riding bikes, and taunting our dogs. they also swear loudly (like, hearing the "f" word from 50 yards away, shouted by an 8 year old.) and i would really like to find a nice, non-violent way to keep these kids from riding their bikes in the field by my house. does anyone have any ideas that won't get me arrested or egged?

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Pimp your Production?

Why not promote your small scale production, and the props you have made for it? I belong to Chester Gang Show

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Soft Circuit Contest Is Open!!

Hey gang. The soft circuits contest is now open. There are awesome prizes so check it out!  https://www.instructables.com/contest/softcircuitcontest/

Topic by Culturespy  


is there any way to compress some liquid into a bottle or a tank??

I have an ethanol and i wanna compress it somehow in a bottle or something like that

Question by kijac gang    |  last reply


Photocell

Hey gang I am trying to find a place to buy a photocell for my kipkay laser alarm as seen on instructables. I bought the laser itself from Aixiz but have not had any luck yet finding the photocell. Thanks for your anticipated help. Bruce in Massachusetts

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If I'm making a garage junk band drum set (a-la Fat Albert Gang), what would make a good cymbol? Answered

I recall the plastic rulers from the 70's & 80's having a good clatter to them when dropped on a desk, but all the new ones are softer plastic now. I've also tried bonking stuff like pot lids and trays at local Goodwills, but none seem to sound right. Any el-cheap-o suggestions? Thanks.

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What is the power consumption of an LED with bi color t1? Answered

Dear Gang, I have a bi-color t1 red/green LED that has 3 legs in it, I was wondering what is the voltage requirement and wattage that it can work with.Does anyone knows the answer? Thanks

Question by mitchiko    |  last reply


From Anime to Reality

Someone was such a fan of Akira that they recreated Kaneda's bike from the manga and the movie. The bike is actually street legal and I'm looking forward to reports of it tearing it up in Neo Tokyo in vicious street gang battles. Extra bonus points if it manages to create light trails. Link

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safely mount an electrical outlet receptacle inside a cardboard structure?

Is there any way (besides using a gang box) to mount an electrical outlet receptacle inside a sturdy cardboard box so that it could be considered safe to use?  In other words, no bare wires exposed, etc. Thank you

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Thinking about creating a Tesla coil with my kids

I'm thinking about making a tesla coil with my gang of kids. We have done experiments with inductance (made a motor) and capacitance (Leyden jar).  Oddly enough I'm slightly nervous dealing with that amount of voltage.  Any thoughts?

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Should I bother replacing a microwave fuse?

Hi gang! My microwave stopped heating my food, so a few screws later, it turns out the fuse was blown. What would cause the fuse to blow, and should I bother replacing it, or would the new one blow again for the same reason? Thanks for the help!

Question by Morgantao    |  last reply


what are some novice home uses for a microscope?

Found a good deal on a Bausch & Lomb Microscope this past weekend. i can get the 40x10 to work but there are 2 more higher powered lenses that i cleaned and cleaned and can't get'em to function. any help or ideas on this plus some project ideas is wanted. thanks Gang.

Question by MEMJIM    |  last reply


rfid chip in food

I have had some problems with illegal rfid chipping by the avalon station los angeles county sheriffs. i have had to throw away alot of my belongings not knowing which item or items were chipped. this rfid frequency number was given to a motorcycle gang on the mainland ( i live on santa catalina island off the coast of southern california).........and this gang attacked and tried to murder me across state lines when i went on a trip to northern california/oregon.............these guys stalked and attempted to kill me at least 15-20 times during an eight month terrifying ordeal!  there are some "bad cops" on the force that did not want me to return to the island; as i was going to be a major figure in some lawsuits that are being prepared at this moment. gang officer david v mertens played hardball with a very innocent little resort town of avalon (google his name). he tried to tell the world that on the "misty" island of catalina that there were gangs here on the island.....which is hogwash as everybody in this little community knows everybody else; sometimes too much.......it is like having 3000 brothers and sisters! so after his little pr stunt........hey; there is a need for him on the island. he got kicked off of the island as he does not belong in a resort town. i am a person who has lived in the wilderness for the better part of 30 years; and am very hard to locate, capture or worse...........but they tried twice on the island using air assets (one a grey unmarked military helicopter and two days later a little blue and white private airplane)....but to no avail. they came "straight to me" in the canyons and forests of the island and in the forests of oregon and then back again in the forests of lake tahoe...........no one has ever found me like that........especially a bunch of city boys. when they don't capture me we all walk around town as if nothing happened!  my questions are how to detect these chips and destroy them on my backpack, other belongings and even chips that may very well have been inserted into some food i found on the backside of the island just after a sheriffs helicopter had taken off from the remote area. i thought the chopper was putting food in places just in case some of the survivors of a coastguard airplane/helicopter crash found their way to shore; but it might of been meant for me. since returning to the island i saw someone chip my day pack that i left unattended during a mountain run............so as an experiment i went out three days ago and hid the pack  in the local hills,  when i returned home i realized that i had lost my knife out of it's holster.  i go back 30 minutes later to look...........and guess what?........the pack was already gone!  then some sort of personnel folks came back for me; that i saw way down below me in that spot......looking directly at me! i always get hunches to get up and go before anything major is about to happen; which is how i got away from the motorcycle gang and the sheriffs that backed the gang cop. any suggestions you might give me in regards to these issues would be greatly appreciated.  thank you for your time. pack below

Topic by richard e dial    |  last reply


Knex is running a contest!

Hey gang,  K'nex is running a great contest for their younger fans. It's limited to ages 5-12 but there are some great prizes. Even if you are older than 12 it would be great to help a younger friend or family member pull off a winning project. We'd love to have an Instructables member take home the grand prize!  http://www.knex.com/club/becoming_knexpert.php 

Topic by Culturespy    |  last reply


How non-toxic is CA glue? Answered

Hi gang, I know CA glue (Krazy glue, Cyanoacrylate) is solvent based, and inhaling the solvent is bad for you, but how safe is it after the glue cures? As I understand it, after curing the glue is basically a plastic.  Can I use it in a baby's crib (Assuming it's allowed to cure)? Thanks!

Question by Morgantao    |  last reply


Bullet proof bra!

A US woman had a lucky escape when a burglar's bullet bounced off the metal underwire in her bra.Police in the city of Detroit said one of three intruders fired a shot when the woman looked out of her window and saw them raiding the house next door.The bullet smashed the window and hit her, but instead of causing serious injury - or worse - it was deflected off the wiring in her bra.The unnamed 57-year-old woman was taken to hospital and released the same day."It did slow the bullet down," said a police spokesman. "She sustained injuries but they're not life-threatening."Teenage gangThe woman, who lives on the west side of Detroit, had seen the youths breaking into the house next door while her neighbour was away.Police believe one of the gang saw her looking out of the window and fired at her.The suspects then drove away after the shooting.Local police Sgt Eren Stephens Bell told the Detroit News: "We need to get some bulletproof vests made from that. It is some strong wire." BBC Story

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Looking for Arduino gadget reviewers

Hi gang, DealExtreme here. A lot of you shop us for parts and pieces for your projects and we love to see everything you create. Right now, we are looking for one of more folks to do reviews on Arduino compatible stuff that we can supply. Any mad geniuses out there interested? We have greatly expanded our arduino stuff recently so we want to get the word out. If anyone is interested, please PM me for details.. Thanks! ~J

Topic by GadgetNut  


Spooked-Ducks? Answered

I was by the river today, and observed the usual gang of fat-ducks being fed bread. One lady got bit (much to her surprise and my amusement) whilst trying to hand-feed. Then the mob were spooked by something and all went for the river. I noticed a small hawk, but given that it was much smaller than the ducks I didn't see it as a threat. OK maybe the ducks took a cue from the pigeons, but I wouldn't expect a small hawk to go for a pigeon either. Opinion?

Question by lemonie    |  last reply


Contests

Hey Gang, I thought I would share an idea with you guy.  Lately when I hear about a contest, it is usually way to late to do anything about it.  SO I went to the contest page to look at the and noted that there is no real organization to them.  They are all in a vertical line down the p[age but their dates don't correlate to their position at all. At the very least, please fix this. Also, can you make them into an ICS as well as put them on a publicly shared Google Calendar?  I really need notifications on this kind of thing! Thanks!@ DragonDon

Topic by DragonDon    |  last reply


Happy Hallowe'en!

Hallowe'en has started in the UK, and, as the night progresses, the trick-or-treaters are getting older and and uglier - around dusk, we get the fairies and wizards who need their parents to reach the doorbell, as it gets later, we get the small gangs of friends, later it will be the teens who are pretending they are trick-or-treating ironically, but really they like the candy just as much... A new twist this year - our candy has small sticky rubber rats and spiders mixed in, or you might get a plastic skull-ring around the stick of a lollypop. As the darkness reaches your part of the globe, tell us; what's the best or weirdest costume you've had to your door this year?  Got to go, there's the doorbell again!

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Fort Of July

Anyone heard of this: ~ Fort of July ~ = playfulness + community building + irrelevant revelry team awesomes all over the globe unite and celebrate in the name of awesome, fun-enabling, just-for-the-heck-of-it attitude, the spirit of nevernever land, and because building forts is just downright sweet! so on July 4th: * get a gang together * brings fort supplies – sheets, pillows, boxes, ladders, tree fronds, whatever-is-clever! * build an awesome fort * play together, in the flesh and using fun flashy techy tools to connect forts in worldwide ideas = welcome! spreading the idea = super welcome! making it blow up = well duh! high 5! team awesome ________   From Fort Of July I'm totally going to celebrate, are you?

Topic by frenzy    |  last reply


What would cause a brushed motor to lose strength? Answered

Hi gang, My wife used her mixer to make two pounds of dough for years, but recently the motor would struggle and eventually stop.  The only way to use the mixer now is to make smaller batches of dough. I took a look under the hood, and all seems OK.  The brushes on the motor are clean and making good contact, the cooling fan moves air over the motor as it should, all the gears were well lubricated and moved freely, nothing was broken. What made the motor lose it's mojo?  Is there a way for me to make it strong again?

Question by Morgantao    |  last reply


Disco Hoodies stop laser beams and blind pilots!

We recently got to hang out with the gang over at Betabrand. They gave us soft and warm Vagisoft Blankets and Disco Hoodies to give away as part of our weekly challenges. We were so blown away by how crazyawesome these reversible disco hoodies were we had an impromptu photo shoot on the roof of the lab. Angelabchua, Natalina, canida and lamedust modeled these hoodies on our fire escape, and passerby pedestrians across the street were wondering what all the reflective commotion was.  Want to win your own reversible Disco Hoodie? Head on over to the Scoochmaroo Challenge: Bling! for all the details. Hurry, the Challenge ends midnight (PST) December 18, 2011!

Topic by mikeasaurus    |  last reply


Powered USB hub that doesn't power from the PC if its available first ? Answered

Odd problem. I'm trying to find a USB hub that does NOT ennumerate when the external power isn't connected to the hub. All I've tried so far do their best to supply the connected items with what's available. I have devices attached that need more than 100mA, can't get it, and freak out. I've tried a standard hub, and cut the USB +5 from the PC, which stops the things ennumerating sure, but they don't ennumerate when you plug the power in ! I suppose I COULD put a signal relay in, or logic that would do it, but something off the shelf would be better. TIA gang

Question by steveastrouk    |  last reply


Don't Panic ! Nothing earth shattering here.....

Yesterday was my 53rd trip around the sun as a functioning human entity.  I hope to make a few more trips before my expiration date however;  in the event that I misread that particular portion of my "owner's manual",  I would like to once again express my great appreciation to the Original Instructables Gang, and all those I have known over the last several years. I have grown VERY fond of many of you, I have learned a lot &  I hope I have taught something to someone (I like to give back for what I have gained). I hope you ALL have a grand holiday season coming up, whether you celebrate Turkey Day,  X-mas,  the winter Solstice, Saturnalia, Hanukkah, Brumalia, Kwanza, Yule (added after being reminded by Lemonie), or  Dies Natalis Solis Invicti. 

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply


individually addressable led DECORA switch

Greetings collective Instructables genius, Here's the deal, I have a kitchen,  I also have several strips of individually addressable LED's powered by the same supply.  I like the led's, I really the fade between teal and blue as it gives the impression that you're underwater.  At any rate, having anything other than a decora sized switch is out of the question.  I don't need another remote, or some box with switches on it to control the LEDs.  I'd really like a switch that can be mounted in a single gang electrical box, that can be covered by a decora faceplate.  I have a media cabinet where the power supply for the LED's is housed, and the switch can run to the supply in the cabinet.  I need at least 4 programs (like the underwater effect), though 8 would be ideal.  Any thoughts on how to approach this?  I'd spend upwards of $80 for a finished product.   Any input is appreciated.  Thank you Eric

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why don't you remember me? how to login and stay logged in at instructables.com

Hey gang! I only poke me head in here once in a while, so forgive my ignorace. The ability to view all steps of an instructable is a nice feature, but you always have to be signed in to make that happen. Multiple browsers at home as well as browsers on my mobile phone remember my credentials, but I find that even though I always check off that little Remember Me box, this site never, ever remembers me, and I'm always logging in manually. It's not so annoying when I'm at my computer, but when I'm at the shop and I only get 1.5 bars on Tmobile's Edge network, it's a good 5 to 10 minutes spent logging in every time I need to double check some minor detail. Is there anything I can do to log in and *really* stay logged in?

Topic by beefsupreme    |  last reply


SEEKING: I need a safe way/fx rig to explode a watermelon on a tv show...? Answered

Hi gang, I'm working on a show and I need to make a live audience believe that their 'telepathic psychic powers' have made a watermelon explode. I can build a booth with a lexan/plexiglass window so that watermelon doesn't spray the audience, this will also allow me to hide special fx rigs in it. I've done a somewhat similar rig before where I made the watermelon fall unnoticed through a trap door while a nozzle simultaneously sprayed watermelon guts against the plexi (so it looked like it exploded but didn't really). This time I'd really like to make it blow up.  I have a pyrotech license and have access to some basic explosives, but I think I would prefer to explore compressed air-based explosions. Anyway, any ideas would be appreciated. Please find a rough sketch attached. Many thanks! DAZU

Question by damianzuch    |  last reply


Fun, free "DIY Summer Reading Camp" just started from Education.com

Hey everyone, I work for Education.com, and we just kicked off a super fun (free!) camp we thought the Instructables gang might love.  It's a DIY Summer Reading Camp. Everything you need to host a summer’s worth of fun for your kiddos, while also sneaking in a bit of learning that will keep them off the dreaded “Summer Slide”.  (Did you know that kids who don’t read during the summer can go back to school in fall up to THREE grade levels behind where they were when they left for summer break?  Scary huh?)  Each week has a theme your kids will love (“Bugs”, “Heroes”, “Make Music”, etc) and at least a dozen activities you can do with your kids using materials you likely have around the house already.  You can pick and choose which activities to do each week and you can go through the themes in any order you’d like. Enjoy! www.education.com/summer-reading

Topic by JT Eden    |  last reply


3d Scanning Howto? best recommended? DYI vs purchased

Hey gang! So, I am in need of some help.   The end goal is to make some  1x1x1 or 2x2x2 inch figurines of my kids. (  Think DnD wizard with my sons face") as the end goal. Right now, I am wondering if anyone has any success with the Scanning side of things.  Can you recommend a DIY 3d scanning solution? On Friday, I took my Nikon DSRL and put a 2"x2"x2" clay figuring on a rotating table and took some pictures, and uploaded it to 123d Catch.  I took about 30 pictures and uploaded them.  some where ignored because of lighting maybe. I have search for 3d scanning on instructables, and found quite a few, but it would be too costly to try them all, so I though I would ask in public chat if anyone has good success.   (I know I can spend 1500 on the maker scanner, but thats crazy expensive for a toy) So putting this out there for anyone to help me out

Topic by menglor    |  last reply


Betabrand Photoshop Challenge!

Hi gang! We're running this super fun challenge over at Betabrand, and I knew you guys would be into it.  So I'm calling on all of your zany photoshop skillz to blow this thing up!  And I mean, seriously, get wacky with this. Recently we did a Think Tank poll (that's the section I run, so I hope you all dig it) to see what color we should make the next disco hoodie.  Canida in particular was a strong supporter of purple, as her twitter campaign for purple disco indicated, and indeed, purple won this round!  So to celebrate, we're asking people to play around with some photos of the new purple disco hoodie. Photoshop any of these images of hoodies to participate, and email them to robbie@betabrand.com.   Purple Disco Hoodies Gold Disco Hoodies Check out a few of these sites if you need inspiration: Kotaku (gets better as you scroll down, also provides links to other examples) Fark (so many. . . just.  Just look.) Oh, and hey, did I mention that everyone who plays gets a 20% discount to Betabrand?  And there were only 50 Purple Disco Hoodies created?  So, you know, if you're into it, get going.   Let's show these Betabrand folks how it's done! 

Topic by scoochmaroo    |  last reply


Mass rapes and machete murders in 2008

Kenyan tribal warfare:I'm not sure if this is a topic, that everyone would like to be shoved in their face like this.. So please let it die if your don't want to hear about it..but with that said...WHAT THE &%#!!??!!!!?!!!!!!!I would generally refer to myself as a non-beliver in christianity. But for the first time in my life, I sought help from God for these poor people caught in the middle of this.Within 15 minutes of the election results being released the unrest had already begun...I'm not sure how many of you have been following this, but whats going on is VERY DISTURBING. I have just viewed several people being chased and murdered buy groups of tribal members.... Women are being taken and gang raped... This is not one or two people being killed and raped here it's many more.If something like this is not worth stepping in and controlling, then what is??Australia has participated in civil unrest issues before with success and has shown so in East Timor..Would it not be a good idea to stop this now, before more deaths and raping's occur?...And yes I am more than aware, of the logistics of launching a multinational strategical force into a under developed country such as Kenya. Yet I also believe something needs to be done...What do you all think of the situation??I'm feeling physically ill at the moment, I don't know if i'm going to be able to sleep tonight.... I just keep seeing the guy running and getting cut till he falls and they get him.... Truley sickening....

Topic by Lftndbt    |  last reply


Speed Cameras

Personally, I'm on the fence on whether or not these are a good idea in the first place. Should people be speeding in the first place? If yes, why? Having a large speed differential with the rest of the traffic can be quite a dangerous situation.... Why am I on the fence? Because we, in addition to the UK, are already an endemic surveillance society (allong with Russia and China) CITE - it's sad :(]. I'm also anti rfid ID (including the new US passports :/)http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/27/angry-drivers-torching-traffic-cameras-in-england/Apparently, the Luddite tradition of machine breaking is alive and well in its country of origin. According to a report, a group calling itself MAD -- or Motorists Against Detection -- have taken to setting autonomous traffic cameras ablaze across the United Kingdom, and are detailing their exploits on a website (of course). The group's "PR" claims they have been active since 2000, and have destroyed over 1000 roadside cameras. Says the group's leader, Capt. Gatso, "The vigilante anti-speed camera group have announced a summer of MADness which will see them target for destruction all speed cameras in the UK. It's now going to be a period of zero tolerance against all speed cameras." The gang of disgruntled drivers also plans a day of action called "National Cover-Up Your Number Plates Day." Guy Fawkes would be proud.Here's a website for the torched camerasI'm interested to hear the opinion of those of you in the UK... Of course, in addition to everyone else.. Opinions on speed cameras?

Topic by trebuchet03    |  last reply


remote controlled light - revisited

Hello, Instructibles gang…. I originally posted a similar question over the weekend, and then got some feedback telling me that there wasn’t enough information to bring in worthwhile responses. My intention wasn’t to be secretive.  Rather, it’s a project that’s still in the planning stage and there aren’t yet many specifics. But I think I can still flesh it out a little bit, and hopefully gather some more specific suggestions. I’m planning a sort of a scavenger hunt thing coming up in October. Most of the stops/stations will be fairly straightforward “orienteering”-type scenarios: “20 paces at 250 degrees,” “north to the hollow stump,” that sort of thing. But I still want to mix it up a little bit. One of the ideas that’s swimming around in my noodle is that, at one stop, folks will be told to “push the button.” It will be dark, so they’ll have to hunt for the “button”… basically a doorbell… and maybe secured to a tree (in such a way as not to harm the tree). When they press the button, a light will be illuminated at a short distance, leading them to their next stop. I know that I could easily do a simple circuit with actual wire, but it would be far nicer to achieve the same result wirelessly… and even though I’m not very electronics-savvy, I imagine it would also reduce the problem of resistance in the circuit. This only needs to operate over a relatively short distance… almost certainly less than 100 feet… probably much less. And while it must be able to operate out of doors (a woodland trail in a rural/suburban park) it only needs to last for a few hours. An LED… or maybe a chirping sound effect… something that would draw seekers from one spot to another. Thanks for any suggestions. And please let me know if more information is needed.

Topic by Purple Chez    |  last reply


My viewpoint

Ok, people are going on about this whole Utopian idealism of a united Instructables. I can guarantee you, it will not happen. I found it highly ironic that posts by DJ and IaC kicked up further arguments (mainly involving Lithium, Slime Q Slimedog, and many members of the K'nex community). So how about this; we stay out of each other's way. It has worked for 2 years, why not now? Also, about the K'nex community, I agree with the whole idea of being happy and building for fun. However, if someone does not build for fun, should they not be allowed to contribute any more? For example TheDunkis has made it clear he does not build for fun. Great. Now, who has the right to tell him he is wrong for doing that? I myself enjoy building, but I also enjoy the elation of discovering people like my project. I imagine that is the same for everyone, but to differing levels. I think that deep down, TD does enjoy building, otherwise he would not post half as much. If it was purely his wish to please that drove him to build, then it would be a chore. Finally, I think the K'nex community really needs to grow up and learn to take some criticism. To prove my point, I imagine several members of the site will have a go at me for saying this. Spelling and grammar is becoming better, but there is still a long way to go. There is a disturbing level of immaturity too; just because it is the internet doesn't mean you can just post whatever with no consequence; a point proven to me when someone from my school was found by staff to be a member of the BNP on Facebook. EDIT: I also think it is pathetic the way some people are under the illusion that the 'non-knexers' are ganging up on the 'knexers'. Calm down, it doesn't even really matter if they are. So, there are my views. Feel free to comment nicely, and if you wish to comment in a demeaning way to others, save your dignity and check you are not proving a point I have made in this topic before posting.

Topic by knexguy    |  last reply


Toy-Story 3 lots-o huggin bear conspiracy.

So i finally watched Toy Story3.(which happens to be epic) But I happend to relate lots-o huggin bear to adolf hitler....Why?you might be wondering. Well here's my list of thing that support my thesis. Also this is sorta crazy..maybe im just over thinking this but it does all make sense. 1-The biggest indicator is the line "Things were fine until lots-o came along. and he made a pyramid and put him self at the top of it!" which is what hitler did in the 1930's by making germany a dictatorship. 2-Another thing i noticed is how:Big baby,the rock moster,and the bug. Were alot like the SS by doing lots-o's bidding no matter what. 3-SPOILER-Near the end of the movie when they get past the trash grinding thing. And lots-o was gonna hit the stop button. He didn't and the toys he didn't like(woody,buzz,etc.) were going to end up in the trash incinerator. Which made me think of the mass burnings of jew's during the holocaust just because hitler didn't like them. 4-I also related to quote by pricklepants(the clown)"Sunnyside is a place of ruin and despair, ruled by an evil bear who smells of strawberries!" To how the concentration are usually described in history books/storys. Also i related how the evil toys(hitler,SS)lived well in the butterfly room.versus how poor the good toys(jew's) were treated awfully in the catepillar room. And how they showed the kids doing all sorts of crazy things to buzz and the gang. Well thats all i have now but i plan on writing some stuff down the next time i watch it. So expect more...also i know this is a very far out there conspiracy but if you've seen the movie then perhaps you'll agree.

Topic by tubanator-2.0    |  last reply


Help with MAX232 Serial Converter troubleshooting?

Ok..long story short.. built this Instructable: (minimal Arduino on poerfboard,.  w/ blank Atmel) I put this on a breaboard instead https://www.instructables.com/id/Perfboard-Hackduino-Arduino-compatible-circuit/ I then installed Arduino IDE, as well as WinAVR/avrdude I tried to build a parallel programmer: http://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/ParallelProgrammer but it didnt work.. (not sure if it because of WinAVR?avrdue setting?  but command line AND flashing bootloader through Arduino IDE did NOT WORK.. AVRDUDE gives this response: avrdude: can't open device "giveio" avrdude: failed to open parallel port "lpt1" pinout for parallel programm was as follows: PP     ATMEL  (pinout) 1    -  19 2    -  17 11  -  18 16  -  1 18  -  GND on breadboard*** no clue even Ive asked and googled.. couldnt find a 'real' solution to this.. so I looked around..and I found a couple MAX232 chips laying around..figured Id use these to build a Serial Converter using this tut: http://sodoityourself.com/max232-serial-level-converter/ I this all set-up on my breadboard: (pics to check what Im doing wrong) *******(the images shows the vRegulator moved over 1 pin..it has been corrected but after pic was taken) http://dmstudios.net/misc/max232_circuit/top.jpg http://dmstudios.net/misc/max232_circuit/1.jpg http://dmstudios.net/misc/max232_circuit/2.jpg I have checked the vRegulator portion..  I have a cap BEFORE the regulator  *bridging GND & output* and I use my meter to check that there is, in fact, 5v coming from it..  and there is... HOWEVER...  the vRegulator gets SUPER HOT, SUPER FAST!... if I dis-connect the pin 16 form the  chip to the ++ then the vRegulator does NOT get hot... once I bridge it.. instant HEAT.. so is it something I have done wrong in my diagram? http://dmstudios.net/misc/max232_circuit/diagram_1.jpg vRegulator not show in diagram here;; in this diagram.. as soon as I hook up the V++ to pin16 on the chip.. and the cap..etc  something is wrong?? I 'do' have some FTDI cables coming from China for a few bucks.. but this is ONLY for sketch uploading...correct? I also have a true Arduino Due coming as well... but hate waiting weeks when I want to play and get started now! Any help is appreciated..   Im new to all this, so be nice!  LOL thanks gang!

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Maker Faire, Queens, NY - circa 2010 (or why on earth did I keep forgetting I had a camera...)

Well, I finally got to a Maker Faire  (I really was afraid I was going to get old before it happened and I wouldn't be able to make it -  ( :-P  Kiteman). I am still a bit dizzy, some from malnutrition (food vendors did not know what a credit nor debit card was, and I rarely carry much cash anymore), some from all the STUFF that was there to see.  I declined an invitation to ride on the JET powered merry go round (or whatever it was called) that occasionally would make talking at the Instructable's booth IMPOSSIBLE.  Of course, one of my favorite booths (no, I didn't get a picture of it) was a fellow that had like 20-30 old (very old) assembled Heath kits (mostly radio receiver/x-mitters) and of course the Maker tent. I don't think it is visible in any of the pictures, but I nearly seared my head off from sunlight exposure, dispite having a UV sensor on me to tell me when to get OUT of the sunlight. The most fun I had, however; honestly was meeting different members of the "gang" :-) Eric, and Cristy, Tetranitrite, Muffinator, Randy, CaitinsDad and a few others whose names escape me at the moment (hey, I am lucky I could remember those four, not because they aren't memorable, but because I have such a hard time remembering names). I even unofficially sat in at the booth for a bit, while Randy went "exploring"  (I think he went into the Science Center)......oddly enough, I got about 28 people interested enough in his book to take a sticker with the URL on it :-)    A real breakthrough for someone that has difficulties talking to strangers. I only got about 6 hours of sleep last night....mostly because I was still vibrating a bit when I got home.   My wife was upset with me when I got home because I had yelled at her on the phone when she called while I was in the middle of  he.....I mean Queens, trying to dodge taxi drivers.  I had told here I would call when I arrived......and getting back safely didn't seem to make up for that little indiscretion....oh well. Anyways, here are the pictures I took....sorry they aren't more in number.    Also, I smudged the faces of those I did not know......mostly because I am paranoid.  :-)

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Halloween Costumes

Halloween is coming! It may still be a little bit in the future, but a truly great costume requires some planning. To help you out with some ideas and techniques, here are some wonderful costume Instructables to check out.Make something awesome, document it, and be sure to enter it into our DIY Halloween Contest!Also see: Halloween Pumpkin Carving Halloween Decorations Halloween for Kids Halloween Makeup Halloween Party Halloween Masks Realistic Werewolf Costume by missmonster This costume won the grand prize in our Halloween contest and for good reason. It's a beautifully detailed costume that should scare any and all kids you see. Be a Ghostbuster for Halloween! by Honus Going as the Ghostbusters is one of the best group outfits out there (KISS would be good, too). Learn how to get your own gang of proton pack-wielding fighters of the paranormal going. Also check out other great costumes from Honus such as the Boba Fett costume, the MIB Costume, Han Solo and even making a great helmet out of cardboard. Yip Yip Costume by sliny Bring the Martian aliens from Sesame Street to life. Yip-yip-yip! Six-armed Hindu goddess Kali Costume by nicemag Become a multi-armed goddess with this detailed Instructable. Can be easily modified to help you get a spider outfit together as well. Mystic Lord costume: horns, armor, silk painting + more (oh my) by houseofdarkly Want to turn a favorite video games character into reality? Here's the lowdown on jumping into the deep end of cosplay. Build your own steampunk chicken-walker mech by Bug The idea here is pretty simple, but the effect is oh so satisfying. Convince people that you really are a mad scientist with this robotic costume. Halloween LED Jellyfish Costume by T0BY Attach some strings of LEDs and create a shimmery underwater world wherever you go. How to make a pair of Angel Wings by marc_alain You could make a pair of wings with fabric and wire, but why not go all out and use some real feathers for a better effect? how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment by enlighted Learn how to wire up your costume with EL wire and you'll be able to add a sweet finishing touch to any costume. Iron Man Helmet by pmaggot Let loose your inner Tony Stark with this custom Iron Man helmet. How to make an Iron Man Arc Reactor by msraynsford Complete the Iron Man look with an arc reactor. If the Iron Man helmet is too big of a project, you can also try mraynsford's Iron Man Mask.

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Contests vs. Challenges - what the what??

Hey gang! It has come to my attention that there is confusion about the difference between contests and challenges.  And believe me, we understand - we're still hammering out the details ourselves!  So I'm going to be super candid, and give you a glimpse "behind the curtain." The main difference as we see it is: Contests are pre-determined and often sponsored by awesome folks like Radio Shack or Singer.  They take more planning, and are usually open for longer periods of time.  Typically the amount of prizes given away is much greater than in challenges. Challenges are determined by the editors who run them, often on a whim, or you know, for fun.  Challenges are completely built and managed by said editors, so sometimes the html looks funky or things don't always go as smoothly as the well-constructed architecture we have in place for contests.  (I'm still learning html!)  They're meant to be smaller in scope, faster, and have a different prize structure (the more entries, the better the swag) than contests. Challenges started as an experiment.  They are labor intensive to run and maintain (I'm still working on building a system for tracking old challenges and winners).  Everything happens by hand.  Sometimes the rules change, and sometimes the pages look different.  We're still experimenting with the best way to do these so we can set standards for them. And once we know that this "experiment" has been successful, we can try and lean on the development team for some support to make it all look (and run) much better! The distinction between the phrases "Contest" and "Challenge" is new.  You may notice that some of our Contest banners still say Challenge on them.  We were originally calling contests "Challenges," and the editorial experiments "Speed Challenges."  But then there seemed to be some confusion about whether or not the projects submitted to "Speed Challenges" had to be speedy themselves, and then some of the challenges needed to run for a month or more due to their theme (hard to build a robot in a week!), so we scrapped the "Speed" part.  Eventually we settled on differentiating the two simply as "Contest" and "Challenge."  There's even more debate about identifying the challenges with the editors running them, vs calling them "Weekly" challenges (which we know can be a misnomer), and lots more.  You probably didn't need to know all that. Anyway. Please do feel free to use this space to vent your frustrations, offer your suggestions, and ask for clarification.  Just today I mistakenly swapped the terms challenge and contest in our daily meeting, so I feel your pain.  And really, we just want to make you guys happy.

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Letter from the editor

Hey gang,  This is my first "letter from the editor"! There is so much to write about and a limitless array of Instructables "stuff" that could be mentioned but with the newsletter and Facebook doing such an excellent job of keeping everyone up to date, I wanted to write something slightly more personal.  During most of college I worked at an art museum. One of my favorite exhibits was a large collection of toys, art and other things made primarily from metal cans. The exhibit featured things from all over Africa and the Caribbean. It has been one of those lingering experiences that just stuck with me, the magic of what people can and will do with what they have.  This year I was lucky enough to get just such a "toy", it seems like much more than a toy, as an early birthday present! The lovely gal that gave it to me had no idea I was enamored with these things, so it was all the more endearing that she knew I'd like it.  The piece is made entirely from re-purposed materials and I couldn't find any glue, solder or tape anywhere on it. The frame is bent wire and the body made from tomato cans. There are a handful of things that are held together by strips of inner tube, like the wheels made from the tops of aerosol cans. The whole thing is in general, fantastic!  I feel like this embodies so much of what and why we do what we do on Instructables and in this way we share a commonality of spirit with people and places many of us have little hope of seeing or truly understanding. The DIY spirit and ingenuity that is common in these places is something that I feel has steadily slipped away from the mainstream of heavy "consumer" nations.  The thing I like best about this is that even though there are other similar toys, like the one in the last photo, there will really only ever be one just like this. It has a story and exists in a far more real way than any manufactured toy is likely to have, no matter how long it sticks around, unless it's fortunate enough to be transformed by some clever DIY'er. So, if it's possible for an object to show why we do what we do, I feel like this one does.  I'm thinking we need a contest around this concept at some point!  Thanks for reading a kind regards, Jason Here are a few links from the web that show some more of these. I didn't find much about the objects themselves or the people making them but they are fairly inexpensive to buy and readily available if you go looking.  http://www.indigoarts.com/store1_recycle_2.html http://hubpages.com/hub/Make-your-own-recycled-toys http://growingupgreen.com.au/?p=628

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Friends in high places

Evening all, Following on from what Jessy has already said, I'd just like to weigh in with my own views on life at Instructables and the company's decisions to work in cahoots with Autodesk. I've been an Artist in Residence at Instructables now for two weeks, and they've been an amazing two weeks. The atmosphere in the lab is the sort of laid-back but productive work environment you can only find among people who really love what they do. They work, they play, they somehow produce an awesome, widely-loved website. And now it looks like a big, grown-up company has decided that the site's awesome too. As far as I can tell, that's a good thing. Everyone at the Instructables lab seems genuinely, if cautiously, optimistic about what the new regime will mean for the company. A bigger company can provide more resources, taking some of the load of the team's shoulders so they can introduce new features and more extravagant contests. At the lab, there haven't been any changes. Everyone's still doing the same jobs they were doing a week ago and, yes, yesterday afternoon we were still up on the same roof, shooting shaving cream at the same intern. All is as it should be. Instructables is run by a small tightly-knit team of makers, so I think there were a few concerns about how Autodesk might try to warp the company to fit it into a standard, corporate mold. So far, Autodesk has been doing a good job of putting those concerns to rest. The success of Instructables is deeply tied up with its staff being a flexible little troupe of amiable nutcases and the managers at Autodesk seem to appreciate that. They know as well as we all do that if they mess with the winning formula, they'll only screw things up. Instructables is built on its community (that's you, reading this) and the community won't put up with any changes that make the site a worse place to spend time. If they try to screw the site up, you lot will rebel. If they try to make us wear ties, Randy will rebel. Their plan seems to be to nurture and support the site with funds, people and expertise while interfering relatively little with how it actually runs. We've been over to the local Autodesk offices to meet up with some of their employees and they seemed like a bunch of overenthusiastic, slightly geeky maker types. Which is to say, they seemed just like the rest of the gang here at Instructables and, as far as I can tell, just like much of the Instructables community. They're people who like to make things. A lot of them have been using Instructables for years. As a company to work alongside, they seem like a good fit. It will be very interesting to see where the site goes from here, but my gut feeling is that it will keep on doing the same things it's always done, just more so. Hopefully that's something we can all look forward to.

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Chinese Spies Hack Gmail Accounts: Google Gets Angry

Google Threatens To Quit China Over 'Spies' 10:05am UK, Wednesday January 13, 2010 Peter Sharp, China correspondent Google has threatened to pull its operation out of China, claiming cyber spies have penetrated the system. The internet giant said "highly sophisticated" attacks had been launched to hack into e-mail accounts of human rights activists in China and around the world. "These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered - combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web - have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China," Google chief legal officer David Drummond said in a blog post. Chinese authorities said they were "seeking more information on Google's statement that it could quit China", the official Xinhua news agency said, citing a government official. The unnamed official from China's State Council Information Office also said: "It is still hard to say whether Google will quit China or not. Nobody knows." Google's threat came after it announced it would no longer censor search results in China. Searches on google.cn for the iconic photo of a man standing in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989 found the image immediately, as well as results for other sensitive topics such as the Dalai Lama and the banned Falungong spiritual group. No company should be forced to operate under government threat to its core values or to the rights and safety of its users. Leslie Harris, of the Centre for Democracy & Technology Google said 20 other companies had been targeted including media, finance, chemical and technology sites. "Google has taken a bold and difficult step for internet freedom in support of fundamental human rights," said Leslie Harris, president of the US-based Centre for Democracy & Technology. "No company should be forced to operate under government threat to its core values or to the rights and safety of its users." At Google's offices in Beijing, human rights activists laid a bouquet of red roses and white lilies in support of the company. "We want to express outrage, but not at Google. Coming here is a type of support for Google," said IT worker Zhao Gang. "Google faces very strict and adverse conditions in China. Something we knew in our hearts is now out in the open. I believe it's a watershed moment for the internet in China this year." Google stressed that the decision to review its controversial operations in China had been taken by the company's US executives and not by staff in China.   For some, it seems to be too little, too late considering the strict censorship the Chinese government enforces.  However, by playing by the rules, Google was able to get its foot in the door and now has some potential leverage.

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Dewalt battery powered inventions

Hey gang, 1st time, long time. I'm not very savvy when it comes to most things electrical, but have a question about (mainstream) rechargeable battery powered inventions.  In my case, Dewalt 18v batteries, but for arguments sake, it could cover a slew of rechargeables. I have at least a dozen Dewalt 18v tools and accessories.  I've had most of them for years and only the 2 most well-used tools have failed (and been rebuilt).  So I love the reliability.  I 'round-robin' my 6 batteries (mix of the older style XRP and the new Li-Ion), I've yet to have a battery fail and all still hold a decent charge - the oldest XRPs are going on 7-8 years old. I often use my (2) dewalt lights I have as light when the power goes out in the house or when I spend a few nights at the race track (tent camping, but not roughing it like out in the middle of the woods).  3-4 batteries typically do the job for a weekend.  I'm on the fence about buying a Dewalt (charging) radio, but it doesn't seem like it will charge via USB when it's running on battery power.... ...which leads me to my main (ignorant) question: Why don't we see inventions that can be powered by main stream rechargable battery (reliable, safe, readily available, and owned by many people already)? A couple examples include: A device to charge small electronics via usb (Cell phone, tablet, etc).  Smart phones can do so many things now, being able to charge it with existing batteries would make them even more universal (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-cichon/radio-shack-ad_b_4612973.html ) A small fan, something pretty portable.  (yes, I know I could probably rig something up with my drill, but having a dedicated fan would be nice) A small water pump.  (again, ignorance comes into play here)  Not sure what kind of pressure/flow rate is possible, but having it connected to my rain barrels to increase the pressure over my current gravity feed setup would be nice.  I'm not looking to pressure wash, just want to be able to have some more pressure. (minor update: An ebay search yielded one for sale, looks like I'm no pioneer here) I should have wrote the others down, I recall having a few more ideas. Any input from a knowledgeable person on the topic would be appreciated. And for those that may argue that buying these devices and using standard batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, etc) would be a cheaper investment.  You're right! (IF you didn't already have a bunch of tool batteries, which is my point) Regards

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secret boxes for the outdoors - revisted

Hello, Instructibles gang…. I posted several questions related to “secret boxes” over the weekend. I got some feedback suggesting that the inquiries should have been combined, and that they didn’t include enough information to lead to worthwhile answers. The topics came to mind sort of haphazardly, so I do apologize for the scattershot nature of the original posts.  As to the latter issue, “secrecy” was never the intention… rather, it was that this is all still in the “doodle” stage of planning, and I didn’t have a lot of details to give in the first place. Nonetheless, I’ll try to get a little more concrete - and combine the three questions in the process. I’m a letterboxer. Letterboxing stuff comes up now and then on Instructibles, but for those who are unfamiliar, it’s similar to geocaching (which seems to be more well-known), but with an added, artistic component. Whenever I see “secret boxes” in my regular Instructibles emails I think about whether the designs could be adapted for letterboxing purposes – either “on the trail” or at limited-time events and get-togethers. Naturally, I’ve been looking through my bookmarks and doing Instructibles searches, google searches, etc., but I’d appreciate if anybody might be willing to point me toward some of their favorite designs. I’m increasingly interested in creating boxes that are “hidden in plain sight” – not concealed, but rather “hidden” by virtue of the fact that they look like something else – such as a birdhouse or mailbox – and might in fact actually BE that something else, in addition to being a hiding place. I would welcome any suggestions that the community thinks might fit the bill. Here are some of the preliminary ideas I’ve been thinking about: 1)      Folks hunting the box are told to take a 9v battery, with the snap-on wire leads, with them. When they get to the box they have to put the leads into two holes, where they and the battery complete a circuit. The current trips some sort of latch, allowing a door to be opened. Of course, the door would have to re-latch when closed again. 2)      Something similar to #1 but a little more electronic. Hunters might be given a schematic of a simple Thing that they have to build and take with them. This would, essentially, be a key. I’ve already received an interesting suggestion involving RFID chips. I also got to thinking that a USB connection could be very discreet and easily hidden, and THAT got me thinking that the “key” could perhaps be something on a smartphone… data rather than hardware. I’ve got basically no background in electronics, but I’m fairly good at following directions…. 3)      Pretty much any other contraption where some sort of hidden compartment would be created, which can be accessed through some sort of process that likely wouldn’t happen randomly or accidentally. (I know… could I be any more vague?) The boxes would likely be mounted to something solid - a tree, wall, post, etc. - but I imagine it could be that you take it down, do what you’ve gotta do, and then put it back. And they would most likely be exposed to the elements and would have to stand up to being out of doors. The size of the compartment is entirely flexible…no minimum or maximum dimensions.  And, as stated, I’m a beginner when it comes to electronics – but I am more than willing to learn! I know what I’m trying to describe, but please let me know if I’m not doing well in communicating it to others. Like I said, I’m not trying to be secretive. It’s just that it’s still a very open-ended scheme – not many specifics – and I’m interested in hearing how different folks might approach it. Please shout if you have any thoughts or want more info.

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

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

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