how to write a program for a burglar alarm using sensor to an ic ?

Question by sravya chava 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

To whom it may concern.

There are roughly 10 or so people that know the REAL truth, the rest of you are just butting in, either you've just heard DJ's side or just heard KI's side. Alot of the "pro's" are suddenly butting in, but not saying one word to DJ, which I find incredibly stupid, since nearly all the comments we make are REPLIES. But, that's just me, and I doubt you actually care what one person thinks, that is the problem with instructables. Either way, I just think that maybe if certain people will stop posting comments like "KI SUKS IT BANNDDED ME" or something like that, nothing will happen. You do realise that KI were actually ignoring these things, right? So anyway, just thought I'd post this forum topic.

Topic by yerjoking 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What Shall I Build? Hmm?

Hai. It's the old tosser from Holland again! I am feeling nostalgic, so I might perhaps build a K'nex gun quite soon. I'm not making any promises so don't expect me to push out like 3 guns a month anytime soon. College is very demanding, but K'nex is just too awesome to let go of. And since I FINALLY got a new camera, it's a very fortunate timing of events.  Hopefully see you all soon, with a new Instructable! -Viccie.B1993-

Topic by Skreetsha 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how long are your hmmmm's?

I mean "hmm" as in when you think. ex. am i hungry or thirsty? hmm. when i say long i mean long like this  hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. how do you do your hmm's? 

Question by slithien 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

what is the difference between a guy and a bloke? Answered


Question by popcorn4lunch 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How do I take apart a lightbulb? Answered


Question by TNEN 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

What could it be...?

Hmm... PADBHAR? 9R per B. 2S per P. Hmm... [Bipod too, but that aint made yet] Pump action double barrel heavy assault rifle. 12 rounds per barrel. 2 shots per pump. Can fire one at a time or both at once. Removable Magazine/Hopper/Stripper Clip. Bipod to come.

Topic by ajleece 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

new persona

I cant see my persona image or avatar or it just me?....sorry guys, help me out here i'm new!! hmm...maybe i put it on wrong?

Topic by deadly.jello 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Demon Shadow-Windmill Shuriken

Hmm.... I have seen all these shurikens on Instructables, but none of them have pleased me. I think it would be cool if someone made the windmill shuriken....

Topic by PineapplebobTheGreat 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Fog Machine?

Hi! I would like to make a small, cheap fog machine, but I have no acess to dry ice. Hmm. What a pickle... Any Ideas???

Question by Warlrosity 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how can you remove a lemon grown in glass bottle out?

Hmm fisrt we must know to grow a lemon, in a glass botlle the how to get the gron lemon out of the bottle

Question by etsiwah 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Idea: Worth writing up?

Well, here's my idea. Cost: less than $10 (hmm. not including postage.) No electronics experience required.Does it look interesting? (my last "burning question" answer seems to have gotten less than 2000 views...)

Topic by westfw 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Seven Hovercraft!

Hmm, seven different (but similar) hovercraft projects have been posted with a very short time.I wonder if somebody is using the site to document their science projects and get them judged by a wider audience?Why on earth did I not think of that??

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Why are the winner placments still moving around after the voting has ended? (Book Contest)

Read the title. What's the deal? I moved from 7th to 12th, to 9th, and now i'm on 10th. Hmm.... Any Ideas? Also, when is the book going to be published? Thanks!

Topic by I_am_Canadian 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

The Fail Poster

Really digging this poster about failing and moving on to failing better. It's from a quote by Samuel Beckett and it's letterpressed onto recycled paper. Still trying to decide if it's worth the $46  to have it shipped to the US and then a little more to have it framed. Hmm. Fail Better Poster

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Has anyone else checked out MAKE:Project?   It looks like a wiki version of Instructables.  Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of the wiki model, but I was wondering what others thoughts were on the site. Personally I'll stick here, but it will be interesting to see where the traffic goes in the future. Hmm, bet the K'nexers' would love the wiki part though.

Topic by Tool Using Animal 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

My birthday wishlist

(*Hopes new topic draws people in...*)In lieu of this (is this correct usage?), I was hoping I could also be helped. I'd also like a hovercar... but I think you need a licence...Hmm -- I'm thinking electronic components -- but thats hard for them to get... (They'd get me 1,000 1 Ohm resistors >_>_

Topic by zachninme 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Okay. So i didn't finish my pump action..UPDATE1

BUT. Here's some more candy. What's that.. About 40 rounds in the hopper? 2 firing pins? Hmm... UPDATE1: Okay. I didn't actually count 60 rounds in the hopper. Not 40. Trigger is similar to swagboss. Because it's a good trigger. When tweaked enough.

Topic by ajleece 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Erector sets seemed to be played out?

When I'm surfing the instructables of past times, i come across a plentiful bounty of k-nex and wonder, hmm, does anyone play with erector sets anymore, or is it because the surgeon general warns us of anything and everything, that might give you cancer in the state of california... erector sets are still one of the coolest building materials evar!

Topic by bumpus 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How would you use Stroller Wheels for a bike trailer? Answered

Question by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

DIY Tinkerers Making Cool Stuff

This article in the Orlando Sentinel does a nice job of giving an overview of a few people in the DIY community. They even give Instructables a nice mention and then go on to talk about this guy:He has posted more than 50 projects on Instructables, including a sound-activated camera made from a disposable camera and an old computer speaker, and a method for taking ultraviolet photography using a broken black-light bulb.Hmm... who could that be? Link

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Is there an easy way to convert a composite or SVHS signal to use a lcd tv as a tv monitor?

Basically i want to use an old LCD monitor as a tv... the monitor only has DVI and RGB in the form of a 15 pin HD sub D connector. (like 90% of the computer monitors out there)...  I know that there are expensive "upsync" converters but I want to be cheap...ah hmm frugal... I was wondering if anyone has discovered a cheap way to hack it.

Question by arkangel1975 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

up and coming tut on a working boom box bag :) (only works on ipods )

hay every one just came across this site and i want to make a boom box bag so i thought hmm lets make a tut out of it so cant wait to start and upload just leave a comment if you want to know any thing bout and yes im using old skool boom box (reminder this boom box will only work for ipods)

Topic by sharifsta 8 years ago

Any ideas for winter outdoor cat shelter?

Basic shelter doesnt work in the freezing months of winter....any ideas to keep kitties warm and out of elements? Styrofoam and rigid insulation boxes are ok, but its difficult to keep dry in the snow and wind. I like the chicken coop shed, making it airtight and perhaps wrapping or draping it with solar heating material-hmm, it would that work? Cant be too big, this is to be placed in semi-private view. Cost is a concern too!!

Question by tommysmom 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Of props and guns

Hmm... I'm sure that I posted this before. Anyways, I was planing to make a (non-working) revolver 1:1 scale. I kind of have an idea on how to make it, I just have a problem developing a plan to make a double action trigger and a rotating cylinder with the cylinder popping out of the side with a release button. A picture diagram would really help. Also: I would like to hear suggestions for material, mainly for the handle. I'm kind of new to this sort of thing.

Topic by Ausm 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

What Should I Do With These HUGE LEDs?

Well, I was digging around in my one desk drawer and found these two soccer ball key chain light thingers, and I was like: "Hmm, are those BIG LEDs?" Further actions took place, and left me with two BIG LEDs. Now as I sat at my desk with tools, wire, plastic, and a bloody finger, My "Imagination Well" was dry. So, I am asking the community what I should do with these LEDs...

Topic by bumpus 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Dig a hole in the ground. Compost in hole. Bugs in hole. Lid on top of hole. Hassle free Compost bin?

I was walking down the street, Gandering at my fellow human beings flower gardens and I noticed one of them had a garbage lid on the ground. I went to pick it up and noticed that underneath there was a hole in the ground with compost and bugs doing there work. I thought hmm.. BRILLIANT! I might be rambling, but I was just wondering... Why havent I heard of this before. Is it a good idea?will it work?

Question by CrawdadMan 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

High Pressure bar - I see potential

Hmm, Browsing The electronics goldmine, I saw this: Summarized: High pressure loaded hydropneumatic gas spring. This compression spring has an extended length of 32" with an inner rod diameter of 8mm and an outer cylinder diameter of 18.25mm. The compression force is 360 newtons (80.9 lbs of force) and a stroke of 366 newtons (82.2 lbs of force) The first person to post an idea for what this can be used for gets a patch! And maybe other people if I like the idea!

Topic by schumi23 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Touch sensors using lights and PVC?

Hmm... What would it be like to replace a physical switch with a touch sensitive switch. Instead of using a beam of light to detect a triggering, we use a illuminated transparent PVC plastic. This allows the interface to be more flushed into the wall. How it will work, is that by touching the transparent plastic, you allow a small amount of light to escape. The circuit will detect this drop in light level and trigger the switch. Pros: it looks cool, and is of lower maintenance than a physical switch. Its also cheaper then other options such as capacitive sensing Cons: it can have false readings due to the use of light as a sensing medium.

Topic by akimbo m 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Honeyed Almonds

I have been making my own honeyed almonds for years now... and the way I make them I usually get a very shiney looking almond, something like this one I have been trying to get them to look and taste more like this one How do you reckon they do it? I have tried roasting the almonds after they have been soaked in honey... I've tried adding brown sugar when they are cooling... Im just not sure what to do... Do you think its the type of honey used? I usually use a clear runny type... Hmm... let me know :) Cheerio Jay

Topic by Biggsy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Got any recomendations for webservers,advertising services, ?

Ok so I have been working on a website for a day or two now and I am ready to put advertisements on my website. So I was wondering if you guys and girls knew of any good advertising programs ? My website is called AWASTEOFTIME.CA It consists of a chat room, games, LOTS OF GAMES, and you tube and meta cafe videos. So one of my advertising methods will be meta cafe. And any recomendations on web servers and where to get a domain name. ( free would be nice At the moment i don't care if it ends up to be www.awasteoftime.(companys name here).ca Eventually i will pay for a domain and webspace but I would like to make the project self supported (Hmm i see an instructable in the mere future)) So what do you guys use for your websites ?

Topic by littlechef37 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Ok I was sitting at the end of my bed listening to my music (I plugged my psp into my stereo) and I had an idea make my room smart. For example door opens light comes on. I could even make it a security thing. But also I have about six things in different places in my room and they all need to plug into so maybe would make a little switch box/control unit. So I was wondering if you could make your room smart what would you want it to do ?hmm maybe i could make my MICROFROSTEY (mini fridge. (soon to make an instructable on it)) somehow work with this....AND YES I REALIZE A SMART CAR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY ROOM ! ( I just googled SMART and thats what I got)

Topic by littlechef37 11 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Random Knex Challenge 1- Knex Triangle- WINNER!

Hey, this is the first of my many Knex challenges. I will post up a new challenge every saturday, and the winner of each challenge gets: EDIT- CONGRATULATION TO THE WINNER: SMILEE! A sub from me, 5* on all of their ibles, Favorites on all of their ibles, What else?? hmm... Anyway, its simple, try figure out how to make a perfect equilateral triangle out of Knex, and on the next Friday, I will decide who the winner is. Micro Knex pieces are allowed. But.... The triangle has to be as small as possible, if it is not as small as it can get, you dont win. Your answer can be a photo, an MLcad photo or just describing how its done. This challenge round will end on 27th November. Contestants in this round- -TheDunkis -(Atlas) -Smilee -Killer~SafeCracker -kNeXFreek -Recreate -The Jamalam Good luck! WINNER OF THIS CHALLENGE ROUND- COMPETITION NOT YET FINISHED

Topic by Hiyadudez 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Unsymmetrical Picture Frame

So I was given these really cool, very colorful tree bark paintings that I cannot wait to get up on the walls!  They have lots of funky neon colors and designs with edges that aren't even which gives them a lot of character!  The only thing though I don't want to put holes in them and stick them on the wall like that.  I bought a regular picture frame just to see how it would look.  Doesn't really work.  There's space between the edge of the picture and the picture frame and just takes away the natural feel to it.  I've been wanting to make picture frames out of sticks or something but just can't figure out how to make them "trap" the picture.  Not really looking to have glass in front of it either.  Any wear on them would just make them look more natural.  Maybe I should seal them so they don't fade if I don't want glass in front of it.... Hmm.... Anywho, if anyone has any suggestions, they are all greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

Topic by MosaicM0n5t3r 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Feeler: Mac 1.25GHz G4 DP with 23inch ADC cinema display

I'm thinking of upgrading my Mac, and display issues are depressing me. I have the oldish ADC (Apple Display Connector) 23inch cinema display. It's a lovely display, but connecting it to a new mac or PC apparently requires a large, ugly, $100 adapter (ADC having gone away.) So I'm thinking of selling the old mac and display to cover the cost of a new monitor (BIGGER. $700 or so.) The boxes are long gone, so I'd prefer a local SF Bay area sale. And you'd have to wait till after the replacement system arrives. Would anyone be interested (at that $700 price)? I think 1.5G memory and 320G disk. Mirror door, older superdrive (writes DVD-R but no DL), no FW800. USB 1.1 (Hmm. I think I have a USB2/FW expansion card that works but interferes with "sleep" function. I'll throw that in if I find it.) Keyboard, mighty mouse, 10.2 (?) install disks and 10.4 (tiger) on DVD (so: older iLife apps.)

Topic by westfw 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


It's been a LONG time since I've done any sorts of running around this neck of the woods. Instructables is a lot cooler now than it was before and that's really impressive. Kudos to the guys who run this shindig along with everyone who keeps contributing awesome projects. It brings a smile to me face :D It's good to see some names here I remember - it wouldn't surprise me if you had no clue who I was. That's quite all right, because, well, I'm here now and that's all that matters :) I just got done my first semester of engineering (what a shocker) at Virginia Tech. I plan to move into Industrial and Systems Engineering at the end of the year if any of you all are familiar with that. Just curious, are there any Hokies here? Maybe someday I'll finally get around to more than commenting/viewing/posting and actually post (and FINISH!) some of the projects I've started/done/conceptualized. I've got a bunch of old computers sitting on my floor and a pair of cafeteria lunch trays ... hmm ;) Keep up the positive attitude guys!

Topic by mikesty 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Punched Cards Rebirth project help? Answered

I'm kinda relying on instructables lately, hmm... We have this project with my friend (not just in 'ibles), nutsandbolts_64 and we are trying to relive the past and do some stuff from the "mechanical computer" era. He did aperture cards as he wanted some form to store blueprints and stuff, i'm doing paper punched tapes. I decided to use the 2 hole tapes, the one using the international morse code system. As with many projects, i have a few problems that you may help me with: Is 10mm(w)x1000mm(L) made out of cut and spliced A4 paper good enough for that purpose? Do i still need to punch the holes in the center? (the guide holes thingy) Will a regular needle be thick enough or do i need to get something thicker? (I'm gonna punch it manually, so a needle would be easy to handle) What kind of switch can i use to "read" the data electronically? (I'll pull it manually, no need for a motor) Just in case someone has done his, can you please share your photos? Best answer will get a patch!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!1!!!1!!11!! joke, I'm not a pro member XD Thanks in advance

Question by beehard44 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Guerilla Ganja Discussion

Photohippie wanted us to continue our discussion, but Grandpiper made a good point that the comments would be irrelevant to the Instructable and would clutter it all up. I figure that in a forum we can get more ideas on the matter, and I think it's something worth discussing. What was said so far...GrandPiper says:I always wanted to do this with marijuana seeds. They grow fast and can survive under pretty harsh conditions. Im sure they would get pulled up eventually but if you hit enough spots with them and planted close to 20 or whatever a spot, i think it would really send a statement to your city. I wanted to do it preferably in the downtown area, add some green life to the dead concrete jungle. Valche says:Usually I try to leave positive comments, but that's a stupid idea. I'm all for legalization, but planting pot isn't going to make any statement other than "Wow, some pothead thinks they're cool."GrandPiper says:Hmm what's your idea then? Writing your politicians so they can blow us off for lobbyists? How is my idea much more different then marching in the streets? The guerrilla growing is a way to say "hey i dont think smoking marijuana is as bad as other legal drugs" and it also doesnt expose yourself to the police as a marijuana smoker. This can be done in the cover of the night and you could carry a lot of seeds without being noticed.Sorry for posting a response irrelevant to the instructable! and Valche if you want to discuss this further, send me a pm.

Topic by Valche 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Random Knex Challenge 2- Power tools! WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Hey guys! Im back with a new challenge: A Knex Power Tool.    HEY GUYS, I HAVE ANALYSED ALL OF THE ENTRIES MADE, BUT I HAVE COME TO ONE DECISION, COMPARED TO THE OTHERS THIS WON BY FAR, BUT WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, THE WINNER!- Shadowman39! Hmm.. lets post a list of the winners in order... Shadowman39's saw Knex_builder_freak's saw kNeXFreek's circular saw Knex_builder_freak's sander kNeXFreek's drill kNeXFreek's jigsaw Bigdylan91's hack saw Sprout-less' dremel The prize for this challenge is: A patch! WOO! 5* on all of your ibles Faving all ibles Subscribe to you! So, in this challenge you have to create a power tool out of knex. Now your model doesnt have to have a motor, and it doesnt have to really work (I mean like cut wood, ect.). The tool can be powered by a motor or it can be hand cranked. Here are some rules to help!   Must be 100% Knex (A bit of tape + string is also allowed) You can use a motor or a hand crank The tool you make can include things like: A drill, a jigsaw, a circular blade, a chainsaw, ect. It must be shown by a forum topic, or in a comment. More than 1 entry is allowed Must be entered before 5th December Entrants: Lowney Killer~SafeCracker kNeXFreek Bigdylan91 Shadowman39 Smilee Lioneatr Knex_builder_freak Shadowninja31 Knex-lover Sprout-less Good luck!

Topic by Hiyadudez 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Loss of temperature sensation in fingers? Answered

I've never had this problem until's the story. Well, I was outside the other day, and it was freaking cold out. Probably about 9 degree's F. I was wringing cold water out of a towel (long story) and the cold really hurt my fingers. First my fingers felt cold, then nothing...just this buzzing sensation. Realizing that wringing water out of a towel with bare hands at 9F is probably a stupid idea, I rushed indoors and defrosted my hands with warm water. But all I felt was buzzing, not warm water. Hmm. So today I was melting wax in a soup can in boiling water, and I touched the tin to see how hot it was. It didn't feel hot, so I just grabbed the boiling hot tin of wax and poured it into my mold. The wax dribbled onto my fingers. I didn't even notice it! Later that day it occurred to me that maybe i was having trouble feeling how hot things are, so I experimented. I ran hot water over my fingers, but it didn't feel hot at all. It just feels like my fingers are buzzing or something.  Stranger still, if I IMAGINED that the hot water is cold, it suddenly feels cold! If I imagine it's hot, I get that buzzing sensation. It's probably just a temporary condition, so I was wondering if it's ever happened to any of you folks?

Question by nepheron 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

linux on polaroid pmp350-4 mp3 player?

I am trying to re-flash and put linux on this mp3 player. The ultimate goal is full sound and photo/video support with touch screen interface, using an alternate OS other than the one provided by polaroid. I would like to use this to read text documents as well. ---- --- I was going through some of the old gadgets in my house and found that I still had an old polaroid pmp350 mp3 player. It has a touch screen and I thought to myself "hmm... google android..." or "rockbox..." This is a cheap peace of hardware, and even though google android is out of the question, I was wondering about flashing it with custom firmware to allow it to run some other operating system. It has a touch screen which would make it quite fun to play around with if only there was a way to expand its current capabilities. So I thought I would put up this thread to see if somebody more clever than I could figure out how to re-flash this thing and install linux, OR if somebody could point me in the direction of materials that might be used to do such a thing. The main issue is going to be getting an OS to run on this unsupported hardware. I am going to be doing research in the meantime to find out how to get linux on this device, because I think it would be a really cool hack to show off to friends. *Update* Have written polaroid for info regarding technical specifications, also asked if they might be able to provide a rom flashing tool* If anybody wants to give this a shot, let me know how it turns out. Peace and love.

Question by djbuggybee 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

The Neverending Powersource

Energy has to come from somewhere. A motor, when turned, creates electricity from the terminals. When electricity is applied to the terminals, the motor shaft moves. Backwards compatibility, anyone? The sun constantly gives off energy. The suns energy is used to grow food. Continuing on with the theory. So, in this example, energy came come from the sun, which goes into plants. Now, we can make the plants into ethanol, however, the amount of energy burned from ethanol is almost equal to that producing it. BUT, if we do not use the plants to make ethanol, humans can eat it. That, in turn, lets us function and work. Now, do you know what the near neverending powersource is? Do you? Animals. Humans in particular. So, to create electricity, we need some form of generator that creates electricity when work is applied to the generator. Hmm... I know! A bike generator! A human pedaling a bike generator that is connected to a motor creates electricity. Basically, we are more efficiently harnessing the suns rays. Yes, I have accounted for the amount of energy it took to produce the bike, motor, and other unneccessary accessories humans MUST have on that bike. But eventually, We may overcome the amount it was needed to produce those things. So, I will soon be creating an instructable on a bike generator, created from your previous/preexisting bike, that will be very simplistic to create and easy enough a 12 year old could do it. Remember, humans can harness the suns power even more effectively than other sources of green power. (I know this will cause a disruption in the comments, but so far, Nuclear is the cleanest, however the waste is not very good...)

Topic by PKTraceur 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Converting digital headset to analogic one

Hello! :D Some time ago I have bought a Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 digital, USB headset. Hmm...maybe it was not the best choice, but I want to convert it into an analogic one. In theory it is simple: I only have to remove the incorporated digital-analogic analogic-digital signal converter and connect the 2 wires of the headset to 2 Jack 3.5mm, one for the microphone and one for the speakers. Reason: my laptop's sound card is much better than the headset's built-in one. I am pretty sure that this converter is located in the volume control box: But things may not be as easy as they seem. Or are they? As far as I have heard, the cable from the volume control unit and the headset consists in 2 wires. The cable of my old cheap analogic headset consists in 2 wires too. It shouldn't be complicated: the microphone wire get tied with the microphone wire and the speakers wire get tied with the speakers wire. But when I opened the old cheap analogic headset I noticed that each of the 2 wires branches out in 2 respectively 3 separate wires when they reach the headset: a blue one, a red one, a yellow one, a green one and a blue-yellow one. This is quite strange, isn't it? I have to worry about that?; should I simply tie the 4 wires together - old&cheap; analogic speaker wire with LifeChat's speaker wire and old&cheap; analogic microphone wire with LifeChat's microphone wire? I don't want to do somethig wrong.^^ Thanks in advance. :)

Topic by mitzoc 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Make Fireworks, RFID Pet Feeder, LED Jellyfish Costume...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Sept. 13, 2007 Welcome back! The iRobot Create Challenge has just finished up with over a dozen cool and we're still seeing some cool Launch It! Challenge entries come in on top of the usual cool projects. Check them out! Halloween LED Jellyfish Costume Using LED rope lights and a plastic washing basin to create a deep sea bioluminescent jellyfish thing.posted by deadinsect on Sep 11, 2007 How to Make a RFID Pet Food Feeder Make sure dogs aren't stealing food with an RFID alarm.posted by mlarsen on Sep 5, 2007 Creative Discontent: Squalk (Squirt Chalk) Non-destructive communication tool for mass public discourse. Erasable graffiti at its finest.posted by pdip_stiffi on Sep 9, 2007 How to Make Monkey Bread The ultimate finger-licking, finger-picking dessert of all time. Soft balls of dough, coated in a cinnamon sugar crust of sweet goodness.posted by trebuchet03 on Sep 9, 2007 Colossal Cannon: Building a Behemoth Piston-Valved Pneumatic Launcher Sometimes you think to yourself, "Hmm...I wonder just how far I can hurl stuff, maybe even into the next county." posted by DeusXMachina on Sep 9, 2007 Contest ends on Sunday! Answer our burning questions! Get a free shirt! See who won the $1,500 top prize! How to Make Fireworks Learn how to make your own aerial shell and wow the neighbors.posted by on Sep 7, 2007 eyeRobot - The Robotic White Cane How to hack an iRobot to guide blind and visually impaired users through cluttered and populated environments.posted by shrimpy on Sep 8, 2007 Piano-wire Slingshot A small but powerful slingshot made using 1mm gauge piano-wire and ordinary rubber bands.posted by chluaid on Sep 9, 2007 Gliding/Floating Laptop Dock A floating laptop dock that moves back and forth, eliminating the need to station the laptop on your lap. posted by Romado12187 on Sep 8, 2007 How To Build A Pit Oven (And Cook A Salmon) Learn to do a little backwoods cooking with a pit oven. posted by Mr. Nova on Sep 11, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Topic by lebowski 11 years ago

Just for fun!

I noticed we neither have a section, nor a thread for fun stuff, so I just made one ;)Let me give you something fun to think about, then you can add more funny stuff so we all have a good laugh :)The invisible man - a really old story!There is a man, thausands and thausands of year old, some even say he is as old as time itself.One day the old guy got really bored and decided to do something new.A few days of hard work and within a week he created the universe and all we know.To make it less boring he also decided to add some humans to it.After all, why would you need a TV if you can have it all life.Not long and those humans figured it all out and were really greatful for all the hard work done.So in return they accepted some ground rules, ten of them to be precise.Big buildings were built and everyone also needed some tokens to show how much he loves his god.Many years later some guy came along and got interested in this almighty guy everyone now called "god"."What does he do?""Oh! He loves you and watches you every minute of your life!""Nice! And what does he expect from me?""Just follow the rules and read his book if you feel troubled.""There is a book too?""Certainly is and you can have one for just 10 bucks.""And who is he and what would happen if I break the rules?""God is all powerful, wise, loving and forgiving but if you break the rules you will end in a pit of fire and pain for eternity!""Oh, that much trouble if I break the rules... Can I fix it if I did?""God always loves you and will forgive you!""Hmm, just to make sure that I got it right, let me sum it all up:There is an invisible guy living in the sky, he watches every single one down here every minute of the day.He is all powerful, almighty, all loving and the most forgiving guy you can find.But he needs money.Why do you collect moneyfor him if he never eats, sleeps, drinks or has any fun and also states there is no need for riches?"

Topic by Downunder35m 2 months ago  |  last reply 2 months ago

Instructables Internship - Day 3

Hello Again!So, What did I do today...During breakfast this morning I wrote up yesterday's log, which was exciting yet depressing... because of the burnt Peanut Butter Sandwich... no, that wasn't the top-secret project, DON'T WORRY!Other than that...hmm, well, initially, I just made some new "homepage images," then Billy and I attacked the semi-old yet miserably slow laptop that was attached to the "new" laser cutter and cleaned that out. Yeah, we made it run nice and fast =)After that, NoahW and I went out to Trader Joe's for Salad Club shopping. Yep, today was our day to cool lunch!Noah brought his mini-barbecue and we bbq'ed steak, chicken, and tofu! YUM! We also prepared a HUGE salad, which I'm not used to, 'cause I've never made salad before. For all of you who don't know how to make salad, basically, you get to kill a bunch of vegetables with a large, sharp, blade... VERY ENTERTAINING!Unfortunately, I forgot the muffin tin from "home" (Eric and Christy's House), so I wasn't able to bake muffins... there's always next week, though!After lunch, Jason, Noah, and I went out to home depot to get supplies for the top-secret project... I think I'll call it Proj. X, from now on. Anyway, we got all of the materials that we're going to need for Proj. X except for the surgical tubing V_v... it was just too darned expensive, so we're just going to order it online.However, tomorrow, we can start building! YAY!I'm starting to write up a new Instructable on my Hypercube Bubble maker, which should be published relatively soon. I'M EXCITED!I've also started on a template for the Instructables Badges, hopefully those will be rolling out of the laser cutter relatively soon, too!Umm... what else? Well, I MIGHT be able to make Cotton Candy Machine (Mark III) here! Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to use any of the heavy machinery (ie. the lathe), so I'll teach Billy how to use it and he could make my parts for me! This, However, depends on how much time I have to spend on projects, and if I'm willing to buy the aluminum (= a lot of $)Just for any of you who hadn't read my previous posts, I'm having the time of my life here at Instructables, and if you end up producing really nice Instructables, you might get the opportunity to intern, too! Remember, if there's a will, there's a way!Cheers,-MuffinatorP.S. I've included a picture of the view from my room. Yeah, I know, I had to make it all artsy... it's the Oakland Skyline at Night. It looks pretty cruddy in the "preview", so take a look at the full-sized image by clicking on the "I" in the upper left hand corner on the picture.

Topic by T3h_Muffinator 11 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

TheDunkis's M4 Carbine

Ok well I really wanted to make my own to show my friends and even my dad for self satisfaction but I decided seeing that we don't have an M4 that both looks good and works great that I'd show you guys too. Uh let's see I'll just make my pros and cons list for a basic run down of my gun then I'll explain in better detail below that. Pros -30 white rod rounds med-cap magazine may become detacheable with simple mods (it's set up to be I just fixed in there for more support) -Cocking handle set up on firing pin to reset the pin then slide back automatically so pin is not in your way -4 sided rail system can have many features attached to it -true trigger Cons -Stock is only decently strong as I'm working on making it adjustable -Trigger guard area may be small for bigger hands but easily modable (it's a little tight for me and I have very small hands :( ) -Back sight need's to be secured in it's position while front sight may spin out of place. I'm working on this -Hard to muzzle load anything other that a grey rod and this still requires a tad bit of work -Near mid magazine it might jam if you fill it with ammo to that point -Uh I can't remember anything else but I'll be sure to list any more that I find. OK for details It uses another curved magazine (yes I like curved magazines) although it only uses joints and no bendies. 30 rounds like I said although if you fill it up to a certain point you may potentially jam it unless you watch carefully. It has the potential to become detacheable on how I made it but for now I just added a couple pieces to make sure it wont just fall out or wabble. It uses a basic but strong firing pin with a cocking handle system that is rigged to pull back the firing pin but then slide back into position so that you may rest your cheek to aim without the firing pin in your way. It uses a basic true trigger mechanism that I don't know who invented I just remember seeing it somewhere then I modified it to work in my gun. It uses a pretty simple idea for making a 4 sided rail system. I swear I did not take this idea from any other guns although I've seen one just recently that uses a similar system. For the sights I made a small peep hole for the back and then I just use one of those orange "handle" connectors or whatever you want to call them for the front blade. I'm trying to make the stock adjustable but for now I just have it fixed. Hopefully I get a picture up soon. Hmm either the spell check isn't working or I typed a perfect paragraph! By the way I really want to make another video soon so I might use this gun for a video. I'll most likely only get videos of guns with either a lot of features or ones with a new mechanism.

Topic by TheDunkis 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Bug, Suggestion, Feedback! Community sections

Since there is no place for it right now I just created a topic for the purpose of collecting bugs we find.Let me start with a little list I collected so far:1. Confusion!When I create a new topic I need to select a category and channel.So where exactly are these categories and channels?Somehow I struggle to find them anywhere else than in the two drop down menus when creating a new topic.If we have all those drop down options then why can't we make proper use of them?2. List problems!I know there is planned work on the way we see the cummunity section but still...When I create a new topic then it seems to be nowhere.I check again a few hours later and still nowhere.Next day often the same storey.Where does a new topic go and when does it appear in the community section?3. Sorting - this one is already being worked on I guess.We really need a working option to sort postings and replies by time and date and relation.I get notified about a reply and check...Hmm, about 80 replies and somehwere, someone wrote something new...Good if you can copy and past a part of the preview to search for it in the browser manually...Comfort and logic is needed to replace the current confusion and inconsistences.As for suggestions to get the section up to what what both developers and users turn into happy campers:1. Editing options!!!For years this is my number one that not just got more and more ignored but also reduced to nothing.Anyone creating a topic should have direct control over it.This means beain able to create the post in a way the poster sees fit for the purpose.The basic text editing options any Vbulletin or PhPBB board would offer should be available here in a similar way.Embedded text and images in the size and place that fits - either by posters choice for the size on the screen or by providing a fixed sized preview that opens a fullsie view when clicking on it.Code is more important these days than back then when I first asked for option to embed it here.Tags are useful for a lot of things.Add a quote from a previous post or reply, add a code window that allows proper copy and past action for both poster and reader (preferably with highlighted syntax like in Notepadd++, ....You can only provide dedicated help if you have the right tools for it.And you can not ask for dedicated help if you can even properly post the problem due to restrictions and limitations in the editing system.Coloered text, other than for code is not really required but all the basics anyone knows froma real forum would be a great addition.2. Tagging or otherserwise highlighting the areas of the topic.If I already create a post in the technology section than it would only make sense to see a corresponding icon next to the topic in the community section.Same for coding help, mechanical problems and so on.The current sections and categories are outdated and a lot of things are missing.Mabye not in terms of Intructables but certainly for the community sections.3. Structure....Currently it is all one big blob and not even the sorting works (yet).This is perfect for people like me wanting to quickly check if something new was posted but not so good for someone trying to have some fun browsing.Imagine you want to spend some quality time checking what problems people have or what help they seek when it comes to woodworking.No search options, no list options, no categories to explore.Back in the day we had a few sections and a basic sorting option, like by most recent.Someone only interested in helping with coding on Arduino wouldn't even bother here and move on.On the other hand, people with no clue how to fully specify their problem might find a solution just by browsing through the corresponding section.4. Linking Instructables....I don't know the reason for it or the idea behind it but why again is the question section filled with Instructables?And why look lot of Tips like Instructables?I mean if it is for the user to find stuff than it might bind him on the website, but I doubt it will be satisfactory for the user.Questions or tips in regards to an Instrubale should be there- with the Instructable but not in the community section.Add it a tab for the Ible instead...I see little to no point in answering to a question someone has in regards to a specific Ible unless "I made it"....5. Voting and closing...When it comes to forums then one thing all have in common: bloat.People only register to post something but never come back.Topics are solved, done and dusted.Topics gone dormant for months or even years.Great answers or vital details get lost.The list goes on....What it comes down to is that order needs to be restored and maintained.Open an archive section and start moving out.Topics of certain age and with no new replies - gone.Topics where the user never again logged in - gone.Topics voted or request to be closed, closed or gone to the ariche as well.Topics voted to be of general interest pinned somewhere for easy reference - like this one ;)A thread starter got his answer and is happy? Then for crying out loud let him vote or credit the best answer and close the topic.More than three people voted or tagged a topic as useless, not possible or similar - close it so it can one day go in the archive section too.All this and more should create a community section that once again can become an active playground for everyone.A place to seek and find help.And who knows, maybe some of the good old guys might even consider a return and more time spent here....

Topic by Downunder35m 6 months ago  |  last reply 5 months ago