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Local Globes

Globes are meant to represent entire planets, but what if the world you want to show on them is actually much smaller? Then you can make a Local Globe. Take a map and apply the Photoshop filter Flexify to it and you can make a globe of your own! All right, I'm totally gonna do this and I know exactly what image I want to put on it. Now I just need to find a cheap globe. <!-- google_ad_client = "pub-4537271731828003"; /* 728x15, created 4/4/09 */ google_ad_slot = "4422685053"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 15; //-- DIY Local Globes via Make

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Snow Globes

This is a fun winter craft project and/or holiday present! Make a Snow GlobeEveryone loves snow globes, except perhaps those with hearts that are two sizes too small. It's easy to make your own, featuring an object that means something to you or to the globe's delighted recipient. You can choose something traditional, such as a little plastic Santa, or something unexpected — maybe a golf tee or a figurine of a licensed cartoon character. Pink flamingoes are always appropriate.Read more:

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The War Globe

Military Spending by Andrew Cooke is a neat quick project he created that presents the amount each country spends on their military in a nice globe. The idea is neat, but what's even better is the fact that he has all the source code and instructions on how to make something like this. If you're interested in data visualization, I suggest checking this out:Military Spending Data Visualization Example

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Living Snow Globes

INSTRUCTABLES: We have been collecting glass jars and bottles for the arrival of our glass cutter. And while we are at the subject of plants, we have decided to make some mini terrariums. We talked about friends without green thumbs and the sweet token of giving something green. It is going to be a disaster if the gift dies before the next time you visit them. So, we thought of fool-proofing it by making terrariums. Terra is a word meaning Earth in Latin. It is an area, usually enclosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation or research. Often, a portion of the ecosystem for a particular species is simulated on a smaller scale, with controls for environment conditions. The main requirement is that it be watertight to keep the moisture in. So, non-green thumbs ahoy! This means light watering every month or longer. The plants are usually hardy and do not grow quickly if you keep the water circulating. This is a fabulous mini sustainable environment to create, a sort of 'living snow globe'. A magical gift for kids and the office desk.

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Teen Attempts to Circumnavigate the Globe

Some of you may know already, but 16-year old Abby Sunderland made international headlines twice, once for her journey to become the youngest person to sail around the world nonstop unaided and again when her boat ran into trouble in the middle of the southern Indian Ocean. Good news sources on the story can be found here, here, and here. This topic has been tossed about on all manner of online blogs and forums, but I wondered what your folks' thoughts were on the matter. Inspirational role model? Too dangerous? Alternatively, what can the maker community either gain from or contribute to this story? Post your thoughts below.

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How does a plasma globe work ?

Question by leahlock    |  last reply

"Tribute" Gone for good, the Incandescent Globe.

I would first start with I am completely pro Fluoro even more-so LeD.Yet I must say I did shed a tear for my friend the Incandescent.Good times, good times.Any one else have some humourous/memorable occasions involving the Incandescent?If you do, you may be interested in my lastest 5 min project involving an Incandesent and a LeD fit-out...And here comes the Incan 'ible's.... ;)Goodhart~ care to share your under car fuel drama again? :)

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What is the scientific principle behind using s plasma globe to light up a matchstick?

Why does a matchstick light up when one places a coin on a plasma globe, uses a paper clip to hover around the coin while holding the matchstick alongside the paper clip? (note the video does not use a matchstick, but it still applies the same concept)

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Help with building a sphere made of wood.

I'm looking to build myself a globe but I'm having a little trouble. Most globes today have a single pivot that lets you rotate the globe along a single axis. I'm looking to build a globe/sphere that will allow you to rotate it 360 degrees in any direction. My grandpa used to have a globe that didn't have any pivots and that had a stand that you could place the sphere/globe on and you could rotate it anyway you wanted. I haven't been able to find anything close, and his got burnt down in a fire. I don't foresee the base being a problem, but I haven't really built any spherical shapes with wood as of yet and I am hoping you guys might have a few tips to help me on my way. I figure I should start with creating a skeleton of a sphere using at least three interlocking rings and go from there and see how sturdy it is. Any insight or tips are much appreciated.

Topic by Lorek    |  last reply

Say Hello to my not-so-little Friend!

Courtesy of the MAKE projects blog, one excessively large (a full eight inches in diameter) and excessively violent "snow" globe.

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply

Does anyone have a pattern for cutting a flat surface and shaping it into a sphere (or hemispere)?

I'd like to make a sheet metal ball, maybe two inches in diameter. I've seen on "how they make it" (or some show) that they die cut paper for globes and then form the cut paper over a cardboard hemisphere. The paper is die cut in a pattern so that the cut pieces come together to form the hemisphere with no creasing or folding. I've googled with no answers (at least that I could find). Thank you! Steve

Question by Ststephen7    |  last reply

I need to make a giant globe for a float.

The globe will be painted by young children for a recylcing themed parade float.

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make a jacob ladder out of plasma globe

I want to know how to make a jacob ladder out of plasma globe. thanks, coolmatt

Topic by coolmatt    |  last reply

How to create LED globe by using FPGA ?

I need a lot of advice how to make LED globe ,,, im so interesting in this ,  but it just has a little source. ANyone who know how to make it by using FPGA ,, plz answer Thank you so much   

Topic by Reenapat  

Walking globe- how to make your own??

I'm looking to make my own walking Globe; a big ball used to balance on top of or walk around and preform circus tricks, I'd like to make it myself. Any ideas or plans for how to go about making a large sphere(32-54') that can support about 130 pds. Right now my best option is wood, but im sure a community of creative minds can come up with atleast a few more options. plz help any thought or ideas? I've also considered a bunch or cardboard(like alot) glue together and then shaped into a ball and wrapped in ducktape..?  Rubberband ball?  the bigger the better or atleast easier to practice on.  The main goal is to not spend more than $100 in making this thing :D

Topic by Woolygather    |  last reply

does anyone have a good idea of how I can make a globe of ice - ie. representing the earth, for a photography project?

I want to make a globe/ sphere that looks like the earth (maybe with some colours or even textures) and it does not have to be accurate, just representative. I want to take a photo of this ice-ball melting for a photography project Any cool ideas on how I can make the globe? PS: I dont have an enormous freezer!!!

Question by sParekh    |  last reply

can a plasma globe that requires 12 volts and 500 mAmps be put to 12 volts and 12 Amps?

I have a project idea and need this information before starting.

Question by katman101    |  last reply


While I was checking the stats of my plasma globe tricks instructable, I had notice my instructable has so many referrers! I did not know that instructables has referrers! Does anybody has referrers on their instructables?Check out my "Amazing plasma globe tricks that you never knew before!!!" instructable if you never been there before...

Topic by Plasmana    |  last reply

How could one project an image from inside a sphere on to its surface?

I want to make a bad-ass globe, but don't even know where to begin.

Question by TolkienCartographer    |  last reply

Does anyone know what this is?

I cound this antique flag holder that i have had for years, i was wondering if anyone could tell me what it is,

Topic by characterzer0    |  last reply

Transparent plastic hemisphere? Answered

I've an idea for a project which will need a transparent plastic hemisphere, around 3" to 4" diameter, to house it. Any ideas where I could find something suitable? What would do the job is one of the clear balls from arcade crane grab machines, but I'm looking for something less down to skill, judgement and how much they've rigged the machine.

Question by AndyGadget    |  last reply

how do you make a large snow globe to be put on a door?

We would like to have a scene on the door and it look like a snow globe What could we use to make the round part of the globe?  What would be a good/easy scene to put in the globe and we need a theme or wording to go on the door.

Question by bgw803    |  last reply

How to make a Plasma Globe from a lightbulb without rewinding the flyback? Answered

Hi, I noticed that on here:, You have to rewind the flyback. How could this be accomplished without doing that? Thanks!

Question by Laserbeamtoast    |  last reply

How to make a tesla coil from a plasma globe.?

Is it possible and if so how do you make it?

Question by LaxLuvr    |  last reply

Power up a 4xAA batteries plasma globe with USB

Hi there,Is it secure to power up a 4xAA batteries plasma globe with USB (5V, 1A) by just attaching USB cables into empty battery socket?

Question by aimanCall    |  last reply

Reef Globes, worlds smallest balanced reef aquarium

These are aged systems that keep myriad coral reef organisms alive using a delicate balance of natural materials and very reduced manmade gear. They are like ecospheres, but to the 20th power. Compared to an advanced reef aquarium they are just as stable due to design features, and they bring marine science study into the home in a practical manner. There are no others in the world like these designs and they are easy to build but expensive to build as well. I hope you enjoy my invention now posted as an instructible

Topic by brandon429    |  last reply

(newsletter) Snow Globes, Skeeball, Improvised Gas Mask...

Dec 18, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; }"/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Get your tools ready for the biggest building competition of the year!The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest is open to any project that uses tools. Share your amazing ideas, and win $25,000 in Sears gift cards! Craftsman wants to see your workspace in the Workshop of the Future Contest: Show Your Space contest! Simply post pictures of your current space, or the space you wish you hand, and you're entered to win a weekly Craftsman tool prize! See who won this week! Help choose who wins the SANYO eneloop Battery Powered Contest by voting now! Homemade Holidays are here again! Sending some sweet custom gifts to friends and loved ones? Enter them in the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Gifts Contest and win some cool prizes! Decking the halls with some crafty creations? Enter them in the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Decorations Contest and win an awesome Dremel kit! See who won a prize in the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Card Contest! We've worked out a special deal for the Instructables community to get the Magnetic Sculpture Kit from the Maker Shed for 20% off until Dec. 19. After ordering, use this coupon code to get the discount: MAGNETIC Expandable Christmas Stocking by scoochmaroo Cardboard Cantilever Chair by wholman Imitation Alka Seltzer for Cheap by belsey 900,000 volt Van de Graaff Generator by nickademuss Any project that uses tools is eligible! All the best Christmas Instructables in one place! Garduino: Gardening + Arduino by liseman Make a cheap ice-skating rink by instructors GPS cup holder mount by botronics Hidden Christmas Tree Watering System by rickyspears Make a King Koopa Suit by Fylke Build a Heavy Duty Six-legged Robot! by rpantaleo Glass Whiteboard by johnpombrio Make Skeeball with Pizza Boxes and a PC by amonmillner Homemade Holidays Contests Share your gift ideas and win a Dremel kit Show off your crafty creations and win a Dremel kit! Bright Bike by theredproject Great Inexpensive Computer Desk by nickfarnell Light Bulb Snow Globes by itschrys Improvised Gas Mask by TimAnderson Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; }"/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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Usb eMail indicator?

Hi, I am looking for a no circit( or chippy thing) usb diy eMail indicator. I would like it to light up a led and ring a bell.

Question by Warlrosity  

[newsletter] Light Sabers, Plasma Globe Tricks, Wall-E Robot...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. June 12, 2008 Welcome back! RoboGames starts tomorrow. If you can't make it this year, then you better enter our Robot Contest in the next couple weeks. The grand prize is a trip to RoboGames 2009! Winners have been announced for the Park Tool Bike Month. See who won! Check out these cool Instructables! Cheap Custom Lightsaber Build your own Battle-Ready Lightsaber! Use a good light source, and build it for cheap! posted by Ricardoaraujo on Jun 3, 2008 Turn a Cruise Full of Old People into a Death Defying Adventure In the immortal words of former Gov. Jesse Ventura, sometimes you gotta defy death in order to enjoy life. posted by iwasthinkingaboutsoup on Jun 9, 2008 Animate with light Learn how to make your own snazzy light-animations on the cheap for a music video or any other project! posted by buenoben on Jun 10, 2008 Wall-E Robot The movie comes out in a couple weeks, but you can start building your own Wall-E right now! posted by 4mem8 on Jun 6, 2008 Electroforming an Iris Seed Pod Commonly referred to as "dipping" in metal, this technique can make organic items permanent for jewelry. posted by MaggieJs on Jun 9, 2008 How to rejuvenate a box fan Many box fans are tossed just because they're too dirty. Here's how to clean one up for a few more years of use. posted by jgodsey on Jun 8, 2008 Ping Pong Ball Lights Sometimes you really need the diffuse glow of dozens of ping pong balls with Christmas lights in them. posted by advancedMischief on Jun 8, 2008 The ultimate, heavy duty, stackable, bullet proof, extreme saw horses! OK, maybe not quite bullet proof, but everything else is accurate. posted by Mikey D on Jun 1, 2008 Make your own tote bag from recycled plastic bags With a little time and creativity you can make some pretty cool stuff from all those plastic bags like this big tote bag. posted by user669 on Apr 8, 2008 Light Bar Ambient Lighting Add a bit of a colorful glow anywhere you want with a little bit of work and some inexpensive parts. posted by QuackMasterDan on Jun 9, 2008 Cable car Know someone who has trouble with stairs? A powered lift can help them move around more easily. posted by Mockfish on Jun 8, 2008 Win amazing LED POV kits! What have you done for robots lately? Winners to be announced next week. Make a High Voltage Supply in 5 Minutes Learn how to get up to 1,000 volts in just a few minutes. Be careful with this one! posted by Biotele on Jun 8, 2008 Creating, cutting and printing your own woodblock Learn the basic process for buying tools, cutting a woodblock, inking and then printing with it. posted by rbanks on Jun 6, 2008 Amazing plasma globe tricks! Just touching a plasma globe can get boring, so check out these new tricks. posted by highvoltage2000 on Jun 7, 2008 Plastic Bag Rug! This rug is pretty easy to make, looks really cool, and costs almost nothing! posted by denona on Jun 11, 2008 Leather Bracelets from Recycled Belts Make up to three custom leather bracelets from an old leather belt! posted by fungus amungus on Jun 6, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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Anyone wired up a ready-made multiple-LED globe?

I got a pair of these E10 6xLED globes. I basically wanna use these ones to replace some altar lamps I have which use normal E12 bulbs and keep blowing within a month or so of usage. They are lit pretty much 24/7. Has anyone had any experience in wiring up ready-made globes like these successfully. Are there any resistors inside these globes? Here's a link of the spec sheet available help would be greatly appreciated.Cheers,Teo

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i need a lightning globe can anyone help me?

One without a light bulb and one thats easy to make

Question by odellcowgirl    |  last reply

I need help for my kids room

I am trying to figure this out and I am not very artistically inclined. I want to make an 8" globe look similar to the light bulb I have posted  a picture of. I am making a solar system that hangs from my sons bedroom because I am remodeling his room in a space theme. I will also be doing a fiber optic star ceiling above it, so it will have day/night modes if you will. I want the sun to be a hanging globe light that looks cool, and I remembered those spikey light bulbs they used to sell in the head shops when I was younger (much younger!). I have gathered that it is done with silicone, but I can't figure out the technique. And how do you get it colored? Any help would be appeciated and I would love to see if somebody could figure this out. Thanks!

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Is it possible to patch a glass globe such as one used for a hurricane lantern? Answered

I have a hurricane lamp and the glass recently cracked. I have no ability to replace it and I'd like to patch it so that the crack doesn't spread any further. The globe is small, so it's really easy for the flame to come close to the glass. Is it possible to to fix it? None of the glass has fallen off, it's just cracked quite splendidly.

Question by kakashibatosi    |  last reply

What causes a front blinker on a car to blink fast when the rear blinker globe blows?

Why does the front blinker blink fast when the back blinker globe blows.Is it somthing to do with the load of the circut.

Question by Aglife4930    |  last reply

PC Rife software home-made plasma globe: Anyone do this ?

I have been self-treating various illnesses for a while now using some bio-electrical methods. One of which is the resonance method developed by Dr. Royal Rife in years past - but modernized using the PC as a freq. gen. and an audio amp to process the output. Some info on the various methods and specifications: ( Related, and also fascinating: ) The PC/Rife/amp combo works well, but the better way is supposed to be via a plasma-tube, which is very expen$ive. Another way to do this is by using a plasma globe with an audio input used to modulate the discharges via the frequencies; this is also too expen$ive for me right now. Some users here have come up with ways to make your own plasma globe with a HV supply and a big incandescent light bulb. Great. Now - how does one modulate the discharges in the bulb by overlaying or adding the Rife frequencies ? This question seems hard for most to understand and I was even told to make a 'plasma speaker' when I asked one of the experts-> great idea-> as long as one is a crazed audiophile with $$$ to burn and a high resistance to exposure to pure/fresh ozone. (No thanks for me.) Is there any really smart person here (who understands my question...) with good suggestions for how to do this without 1) spending a bundle 2)massive ozone generation in the room 3)massive injuries and/or fatal results ? Also I have seen where people do the light bulb/plasma globe thing related with experimenting on ballasts from compact flourescents - but again there is a lack of info on how to do this as well as any means to overlay or control it with a desired audio frequency. Thanks !

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What is the relationship between the range of an electromagnet and its shape/size?

I'm thinking of building a floating globe sort of thing. How do I determine what size of electromagnet I should build? The globe itself would be fairly light, so the strength at range would not be much of an issue.

Question by MaximY    |  last reply

Xenon flash tubes, xenon arc lamps, and HID lamps? Answered

What are the differences between a xenon  flash tube, a xenon arc lamp, and a HID lamp? Can you turn a xenon flash tube on continuously (or pulsing fast enough so it looks like it is turned on continuously)? How? And what kind of power would it use? I am planning to make a cheap sort of torch with this. How efficient and complicated would it be, and how much light would it produce?                     Answers to any one or more of these questions are greatly appreciated                                                                                                                                        Thanks.

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LED vs Incandescent?

Is it just me, or do incandescent torches generally have more throw than LED ones with the same power?             P.S : I recently found a 3V, 0.3A xenon torch globe. Would you say that it would be brighter than a 2.4V 0.7A torch globe if they are both run off 2 AA batteries? 

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High voltage lamp driver

I have a high voltage lamp driver that i took out of an old projector, I want to know if i wil be able to make a jacobs ladder or plasma globe with it? It supplies 25kv or 12.5kv on each of the two wires? it was used to power the lamp of the projector and it connected directly with the lamp wires. PLEASE HELP!

Topic by Francoisler  

How Can I Fix a Leaky Gasket on an Old Silex Vacuum Coffee Pot?

I have an old Silex vacuum coffee pot, which is really a superior way to make coffee.  When you heat the pot, the expansion of the hot water and air in the bottom globe forces the water from the bottom globe up into the top globe, where the coffee grounds are.  After a couple of minutes, you turn off the heat, and the air in the bottom globe cools, it contracts, creating a vacuum which sucks the brewed coffee through a filter, back down into the bottom globe. All this depends on the integrity of the rubber gasket between the two globes.  (See second photo.)  If it leaks--no vacuum; and the coffee stays up in the top globe until gravity pulls it down, resulting in overbrewed coffee.  (A big leak will keep the water from even rising in the first place.  A little one just slows or prevents the "drawdown".) My pot has developed a little leak.  At first, I thought the gasket had hardened or cracked, since it's at least fifty years old; but that turned out not to be the case.  I inspected it, and found a little bump right under the flange of the gasket, where it sits on the glass rim of the bottom pot.  I gently sanded this irregularity, thinking I could smooth it out, but it turned out to be a bubble, which popped, leaving a dimple about the size of a caraway seed. I've tried teflon tape, filling the dimple with a tiny dab of Devcon rubber adhesive, putting a bead of the rubber adhesive around the gasket, and a couple of other things, but I only make the leak worse.  (Fortunately, everything I've tried has been reversible.)  Anybody got any ideas for repairing that gasket, short of sealing it onto the pot with silicone caulk, which I'm not willing to do? Thanks for any help! Regards, Jim Crutchfield Long Island City, NY Photos by edgarandron on Flickr.

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Where to start on a custom LED stand? Answered

I have this awesome globe. The continents are transparent, and the water is translucent. The south is flat and translucent. When I shine a light through the bottom, it gets partially diffused at the base and lights up the translucent surface.I want to make a small stand to hold the globe, plus an arduino nano and some LED. I'm lacking in shop skills, so I'm looking for resources on useful materials and similar projects.

Question by leaf26    |  last reply

Magnetic Levitation (without electromagnet above, or spinning top)? Answered

Hey, so I was watching some of these videos about magnetic levitation, and I notices that some levitating globes don't have an electromagnet above the globe. Nor is the globe spinning very fast. This is one of the devices that I have seen, and I would like to know how it works so that I can build it....and maybe make an instructable along the way. Also, SimerLab has the levitation down pretty well. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks! Sam P.S. Found another good website here that has one taken apart (it was a Levitron AG). And this website has a kinda breakdown on how one might work, but it definitly isn't specific enought o build one.

Question by samr37l    |  last reply

Will a High voltage power supply from a old projector work to power a Jacobs ladder Answered

I have a high voltage lamp driver that i took out of an old projector, I want to know if i wil be able to make a jacobs ladder or plasma globe with it? It supplies 25kv or 12.5kv on each of the two wires? it was used to power the lamp of the projector and it connected directly with the lamp wires. PLEASE HELP!

Question by Francoisler    |  last reply

can anyone provide information in regards to a specific circuit?

I am looking for information regarding the circuitry for a plasma globe. I was hoping to reproduce the circuit, but I need to know everything I can about the wiring. Diagrams are preferred. Instructions, links to instructables, and links to other websites are useful; and power/amp/voltage ratings would be great. If everything goes well, I might just be able to make an instructable out of it!

Question by tamale loco    |  last reply

12 volt incubator circuit

I need to build a dc circuit which will maintain a certain temperature using a globe as the heat source for the purpose of making a small incubator.?

Question by gozitano    |  last reply

battery requirments

Hi, I am currently using 2x 6v 1.3 AH SLA batteries to power a 3w LED globe. will these batteries be ok to power this LED for around about 1 hour or will this be pushing it.

Topic by BrianW109    |  last reply

why does one bulb keep on blowing, while others on the same circut dont? Answered

I have a alarm system at home that turns on a 12v circut when the alarm is active.  Attached to this I have 3 12v globes (the kind you find in old car indicator lights connected in parallel.  The one globe keeps on blowing.  Each bulb lasts about 3 days (this would total to about 40hrs total on time tops. The other two lights never give me any issues.  Any hints on what to look for?

Question by Lylec    |  last reply

What resistor for 12v HID?

How do I create a cheap " ballast" for an hid globe in my boat. 12v static and whilst charged by outboard stator.  Do I need one? 

Question by gordyguy    |  last reply

High Energy shenanigans

Blowin up small fruits with my capacitor bank, and a little look at my homemade plasma globe hopefully ill add more of a description at some point, feel free to comment and ask questions

Topic by The 4th Doctor    |  last reply

Google Earth: How to open facing a chosen destination? Answered

Google earth opens with the globe turning to face the USA. I would prefer changing this to Europe, or when on vacation, to face my temporary location.  Is this possible?

Question by BobS    |  last reply