Stan Lee art tribute full of great images

There's a pretty awesome show going on at Gallery1988: LA right now with artists applying their own visual styles to characters from the Stan Lee universe. There is some amazing stuff here and the gallery's own link has tons of images to scan through.Check it out here.See also i am 8-bit.via BoingBoing

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does anyone know the dimensions or have a template for the lee-enfield; no.4 , mk IV?

In the picture, it is the top one i'd like to know about.

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What tools should I order from Lee Valley to get started in woodworking? ?

What tools should I order from Lee Valley to get started in woodworking? I have a jigsaw and a drill, I'm thinking more about chisels, planes etc... What would you buy if you were starting all over again? I

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How to ride DH safely

1. Always wear a helmet, wear body armor as well when needed (how much depends on course, and what you find to be suitable) at all times. 2. Look ahead of you. The faster you are going the further ahead you should look. 3. Stay focused and try not to concentrate or think while you are going at high speed, this tends to slow you down and/or cause accidents...practice alot and everything should come naturally with flow! - Before a run get a song or something that gets you "in the mood" in the back of your mind,and go for it - before you know it you'll be through the track/race no problem...you should all ready know the track turn for turn before doing this. 4. Make sure your tires have appropriate tread on them and are not cracking/damaged 5. Check your bike over in the parking lot before going up the lift. Ride it around and check the brakes and tire pressures. 6. Get enough sleep before riding and especially before racing. 7. Don't drink or get high before racing or riding (you can do it, and seen it done, but if you want to win or want to be safe...don't) 8. Stay relaxed and dialed in on the bike, be as relaxed as possible mentally before you start a race but be pumped physically at the same time. 9. Know the track as well as you can before racing it (the later steps will go into greater detail on how to do this). 10.Learn to 'pump through the ruff stuff'-pull up on the face and push down on the back side of bumps/rocks/landing trannys, etc... 11. Stay light on the back brake as much as you can and try to lock it as rarely as possible if at all...it may cause you to wash out. Only lock the brake on extremely sharp turns or to get into a turn if a cuttie won't be efficient enuff. 12. Try to go as fast as you can when you can-->PEDAL PEDAL PEDAL like a bat out of hell in the open or out of turns when/where ever you can. 13. Practice "cutties". 14. Buy the "Fundamentals" DVD available here on pinkbike.com or at most bike shops and study it...take notes if you have to. You will find how to do "cutties" on the DVD as well as many many more "fundamentals" for DH riding-----> BUY IT, you will be glad you did. 15.Off camber: make sure you weight your outside foot and stand the bike on the egde of the tire, that way it will stick 16. Rock gardens: the faster the better- you will bobble across the top and be on you way before you know it, rather than getting packed down and ending up with major arm pump. 17. Braking: only ever do real braking in straight lines, you can brake on corners but do it conservatively and only to slide around sharp turns better as it may cause you to wash out as mentioned above. The less you brake the faster you go and fast riding is a winning formula- think about that. 18. >>>Don't Crash It can have you out for the rest of the season and that can prevent you from winning races----obviously. Just dont ride like an idiot and attempt things that will probably end in you getting hurt. Ride within your limits! 19. (Words of Pro Down hiller Steve Peat from the "fundamentals" DVD mentioned above) "Stay as light as you can on the bike and pump through the back side of rocks or rough sections as a skateboarder pumps a vert ramp" to gain or maintain speed and momentum. 20. Trust your tires throughout the course. If you believe and have faith in your tires grip, chances are they will have grip fine. If you don't trust your tires and BELEIVE that they wont grip and you will probably fall, chances are they won't grip and as a result you will indeed fall. 21. Walk the track and look for new lines or which lines are best to take and are the fastest 22. Tuck when ever possible to conserve energy. Pedal hard in the open spots before the ruff stuff then tuck and pump and repeat. 23. True your wheels to increase your speed and pedalling efficiency 24. Don't use big fat mud bog tiresfor DH(i.e. 2.6"-3.0") EVER...unless your DH course happens to be a downhill mud swamp 25. Learn to brake with out losing traction , this helps in straight line braking before turns. 26.Push yourself in the warmups, (not stupidly) and give 95% of what your maximum was when you were pushing yourself, in the actual race. This way you wont fall, but you are still hauling a$$. 27.Practice shift points, it is very important to be in the right gear at the right time or youll be sucking wind trying to pedal a flat stretch in too high of a gear. On a fast stretch where you need to begin pedaling to maintain that speed, youll be spinning out. Know what gear to start in and what gear you need to be in at every point in the track. 28. If all else fails look fast across the finish line where everyones watching. 29.When learning, set your fork/and or shock harder than you would normally, this will teach you to use to body rather than relying upon the bike. 30. Try to pick memory markers for your self; tree stump, odd looking rock, etc... and break the course down in your head so you can become very quick overall. 31. Practice simple skills such as manuals (good for roots), Hops, roots/rocks) and of course cutties 32. Commit to berms, brake on a berm and it will end it tears, aim to "rail the berm" to do this - hit the berm at a speed that isnt too fast (this will cause you to slip up it) and not to slow (you will slip down and is slower duh) The ideal speed should carry you round as g forces will push you into the berm. 34.Take a couple of the "Learn to race" clinics offered before many of the sanctioned races. 35.Play with your set up, everything from seat angle, to brake postioning- it can all make a big difference. The more comfortable you are on the bike the faster youll go, the steepness can be different for each course(for instance) so tweak it a little each time but dont EVER change your entire setup before a race. 36.When walking the course, look back up at it. You will find new lines looking up rather then down. 37. While riding (including in the air) never squeeze the seat with your knees. This makes it impossible to flow smoothly, and makes you a ridged weight to be tossed around at the mercy of the trail. It may feel safer, but it will cause you to wreck and lose speed when you would not otherwise. In the air also, it you pinch your seat then you can not compress the lip and extend for landing. Also you can not whip and prepare for upcoming turns and bumps. The ONLY time that pinching your seat would be appropriate is when doing a suicide no hander which, if you can do it without loosing speed, is a cool way to entertain the crowd. 38.Learn to crash,it is an important skill to have that will save you alot of trouble in the long run. 39. Work your way up to the big stuff. Even if you are a good rider always warm up on an easier trail then go for the harder stuff you set out to conquer. Same for riding in general- dont go tackle the hardest trail on the mountain without first being able to do the easy ones---this may sound somewhat obvious but alot of people just cant get this bit of logic into their skulls without being told directly. 40. If the drop doesn't have a great tranny, hit it with more speed. this will cause you to have increased foreward momentum and less downward ( static ) momentum and make the landing smoother. let your bike go off the drop first. 41. If you are in the air ( off a jump drop or whatever... ) and your back end starts to dip too much, tap your back brake, this will cause the front end to dip forward. ( this is used all the time in Motocross) WARNING: Use this with caution and only when its a neccesity. 42. XC riding will make you faster. I always love watching the out of shape downhillers crossing the finish line and nearly having a hear attack. The more tired you are the more mistakes you make and the more likely you are to get hurt. Pedal! Then pedal more! 43. Train like a mofo. During my DH racing times I would spend the summer mornings doing 5-8 runs on local dh trails then dirt jumping and XC riding in the afternoon= Legs that were strong/fast as hell. Dont forget to train in the off season too. 44. Develop a training schedule not just for biking and racing but to keep in shape in general. The more you ride the better you will be. Like Ito was saying, do as much of each mountain biking discipline as possible with emphasis on Down hill. Cedric Gracia wins because he is a great all around rider as is Minaar. 45.Commit to the front end of your bike in corners. Watch Sam Hill, no-one does it better. NOTE: BEFORE DOING THIS, make sure you have practiced it and know how to do this technique at speed (Note is courtesy of Iceboy) 46. Don't pedal like a mad man out of the gate. Pedal, but let your bike gather speed and focus on keeping it. Racing comes down to one thing - exit speed , in particular your speed out of corners. Wait until you feel the flow before you start pushing it harder. If you pedal too hard from the start you'll flip in 60 seconds and get back on your bike a go harder to make up the time. Then you'll flip again. Speaking from experience on this one! It's all about being 'zen'. At least that's what all the dudes who keep beating me are telling me. Learn how to go as fast as you can through turns and sections to know your limits. 47. Make your riding FEEL slow when you are going fast! If you feel fast it's because the trail is catching up with you too quickly for you to process all the info in a comfortable time frame. Probably because you are too busy worrying about going fast and not feeling the flow. Look out, you are about to flip. It's that zen thing you're missing. 48. Practice having FLOW in all your riding, down hill (speed as well as flow), Dirt jumps (flow), XC(speed and flow), what ever (FLOW)... 49.Dont be intimidated by other riders, stay focused on what you have to do not what they are doing, if they crash pay atention to why, and try not to make the same mistake. 50. Learn to go over jumps at as high a speed as possible with out overshooting or losing speed by going too high. Jumps and learning to land them without thinking is a VERY beneficial skill to have... (if you want to stay low coming of jumps learn to soak up the lip...you will go just as far but you'll stay lower) 51. When doing a j-hop, bunny hop or going up the face of a jump don't forget to push into the ground and then come up to get more air. 53. The rougher the place you are riding the more ralaxed and flowy you should be trying to go . 54. Spend time at the track and just watch other riders(especially how they are going through the tricky sections that you are having trouble with), see what they are doing wrong and try to not make the same mistakes, also watch for where the speed spots of the section are. 55.Read Brian Lopes's & Lee McCormick's book " Mastering Mountain Biking Skills", this book covers everything you need to know in great detail from top to bottom, it is with out a doubt the most comprehensive guide for how to ride/race mountain bikes and how to handle and practice everything involved in riding. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND IT, and would say that it is the BIBLE for Mountain Biking! 56.Look where you want to go not at what you are trying to avoid. if you stare at the tree you are trying to go around instead of the trail around it you will more often than not hit the tree. 57. As mentioned previously-The faster you are going the further ahead you should look, always look at what lies further ahead when riding downhill AND avoid staring at your front wheel--staring at your front wheel will slow you down drastically and often will lead to crashing. 58.To re-inerate what Harding.Thomas was saying; do not focus on obstacles like stumps logs and rocks, because thats were you will go instead of where you want to go. In essence, keep an eye on where you want to go and you will go there. Do not look down at what your riding over, let your bike deal with the terrain, thats what its for. This is a very important tip to increasing speed and improving flow. 59. Before you go riding, I find that a simple 10 minute warm up on flat land and practicing tight turns and j-hops helps loosen you up and calms you down If you have any other tips, tell me! ill post them in the list.

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ww2 knex rifles

I have tried to make a British ww1- ww2 rifle the lee enfield 303 I set a small challenge to anybody that thinks they can make a lee enfield, and I tried to make one my self I couldnt do it I'm not so good at making knex weapons. the gun doesn't have to shoot but if you want it to you can, so thank you for your time if you have read this topic and happy inventing

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Instructables business

Hi Lee, This sounds like a good thing to discuss in our Forums or our Q and A section of the site. Please post your question there and watch the discussion develop! Best, Support Team @ Instructables On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM, Lee Kynaston wrote: Before I start I am so stuck to you web site I believe it has so much potential. I've only benn in the construction trade for 10 years now I love to build. Basically I believe you could influence a lot of people if you opened a high-street and produced the products that people want to make, and also give the opportunity to teach and let people walk into the shop openly express there feeling by booking sessions to us the work shop to make things to sell themselves. This is what I believe your next step to communal teaching should be. If you do decide to do this then I would like to start presenting you with business plans and help to make the business work. My name is Lee Kynaston I have previously been studying joinery, pipefitting, plumbing, cladding, welding, ceiling fixing and other construction skills. If you would like to contact me more on my idea please do on leekynaston@live.co.uk or on 07801860128 Thank you for your time Lee Kynaston I re read this and it is quite funny to read but if only I'd be in there everyday.

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Robotics Workshop, wed Sep 10, Manhattan NY

I'm teaching a robotics workshop for charity in manhattan on wednesday Sep 10th:http://newyork.going.com/event-381048;Robot_Building_Workshop_Learn_and_Build-Lee

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Superbowl 3D glasses - congo blue? Answered

Remember the 3d glasses that everyone got for the commercial Monsters vs. Aliens during the Superbowl this year (09)? They were paper, blue colored, mnfctrd by Intel, and the "lenses" were amber and some kind of dark blue.What I was wondering was if that blue was Congo blue (LEE C181, like in Kipkay's IR goggles ible), so I could use them in making nightvision goggles. Info that might help - patent number 6687003

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Favorite Songs

So, I just wanna know, what is your favorite song? My favorite song is Dreams of an absolution by Lee Brotheron, and lyrics can be found in my about me. What's your fav. song?

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Resistor value?

I'm making the circuit attached, can anyone help me with what resistor value (marked by "?"). What value will need when I connect 2 UV LEDs into the circuit. The pack says LEDs are 3.1V. Any help would be greatly appreciated...

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18" Eric Draven The Crow NECA - $30 OBO

Check out this realistic version of Brandon Lee as Eric Draven! The tragic character, otherwise known as "The Crow," is shown here as a testament to Lee's legacy. The Crow stands 18" tall and comes with his trenchcoat and bird that can perch on his shoulder. Highly detailed with articulation at the neck, shoulders, forearms, wrists, waist, and ankles, The Crow also speaks 5 different phrases. He's been on display for about five years in a smoke free and dust free environment. He retails for 70 dollars on amazon, but I'm cleaning house and would like to see him get a new home. So thirty dollars and he's yours! Serious offers only. The figure is loose, no packaging and comes complete.

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Attach a camera to your cat! it will take pictures randomly all day! man this is a great idea!

All the credit goes to this german guyhttp://www.mr-lee-catcam.de/pe_catcam.htmIf anybody wants to improvethe idea please feel free to do so and tell me about it email: dejabox at gmail.comCheers

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Irene....she has arrived !

Irene is now raining on our parade..... Short clip.... UPDATE:   Will the damage here and else where continue long after the storms have left us? Further UPDATE: http://www.wgal.com/slideshow/weather/29118681/detail.html also see added pictures, this is what Lee is doing to us....

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I need help to make a car air horn that plays the Imperial March?

 I don't want an electric mp3 horn, I want it to be similar to the horn on the General Lee.  Is there a way I can modify an already existing air horn set up?  Thanks in advance

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WW2 Gunners - Attention, need your opinion again !

I want to stake a claim. I have had an idea of how to get a Mk.2 Sten working. I want to have the rights to be the first to bring it out/ would have if i could. Will get it posted as soon as possible but what do you think ?

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need help on how to wire 4 36 volt dewalt packs and 2 a123 2s2p packs in parallel.

I need help wiring up 4 36 volt dewalt packs and 2 a123 2s2p cell packs in parallel. . Will somebody please help ?My bike is a 36 volt red lee  iococca ebike.A diagram and any advise that could help will be appreciated. Thank You.  elvisbrown.

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First Ever Stewart Coffin Puzzle Craft Contest

Attention all precision puzzle makers!Cubicdissection.com and Incra have teamed up to establish the first ever [http://www.cubicdissection.com/contest/contest.html" Stewart Coffin Puzzle Craft Contest]! The two winning amateur puzzle maker entrants win cash and tools! Check out the contest info page for more information.Perhaps puzzle maker extraordinaire and friend of Instructables Lee Krasnow will be entering something?

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LEGO sniper rifle

This LEGO rifle by Jack Streat at MOCpages.com is pretty awesome. If there was ever any ideal way to shoot LEGO bricks, this would be it. Even the creator is impressed: This is by far the best rifle i have ever made. it is a working magazine-fed rifle in bolt action configuration, with detachable magazines, sniper scope and bi-pod. Check out the video to see it in action and the link below for a lot more pics. Lee Enfield Bolt Action Sniper Rifle via Neatorama

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Ribbon Cutting at Pier 9

Yesterday (Thursday September 12th) was the official ribbon cutting at Pier 9.  There were many people in attendance including Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. In Instructables' tradition of being nontraditional, the ribbon was made of metal and cut by Carl with a grinder. Tours were given after the official cutting to those who haven't yet experienced the awesomeness of our workshop! Read some more in the article on San Francisco Business Times.

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FYIs for the DIYers - Instructables in the Sacramento Bee

Instructables and cuteaznprincesss got a nice write-up in the Sacramento Bee's story FYIs for the DIYers. Deborah Lee was a senior at the University of California, Davis, when she sewed a little monster doll and took photos to show friends how she did it.She was going to use her brother-in-law's online photo album Web site --Mixbook.com -- when he asked whether she'd heard of Instructables.She became hooked.More news and press about Instructables here.

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Adding memory to an endoscope

I need to add some memory to an endoscope (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2MP-Mini-USB-Digital-Microscope-Endoscope-Otoscope-LED-/280658163556?pt=UK_BOI_Medical_Lab_Equipment_Lab_Equipment_ET&hash;=item415887b764) I want to be able to fly this on a r/c helicopter, but I need to able to take videos and pictures. I can't have it wireless, and it needs to be affordable (£30 or less I'll give a little lee way through) just ask if you need any more infomation. Thanks

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Wii VR, the fun of 3D without those silly goggles

Here's a cool new use for the Wii. Instead of holding the Wii remote in his hands, Johnny Lee, a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon, puts the Wii remote on the TV and puts a couple of IR LEDs on a pair of goggles, reversing the usual setup. This way the TV knows where he is and can adjust the image on the screen for a nice 3D effect.He explains the setup and starts the comparison of normal vs. his Wii VR at 2:30.via Neatorama

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Wiimote Whiteboard help?

So i have a wii remote and i made an infrared led pen and i want to do this project, but the software aspect really confuses me. i went to Johnny Lee's website to download the software but the windows visual thing you need to download has so many different options and i dont know which one to pick and some other links on his site, when i click them, it just downloads a folder and i dont know what to do with it. Can anybody help me out here?

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Error message received on Newly installed Android Studio 2.3.2? See below.

I just opened an instructable tutorial on " How To: Create an Android App With Android Studio to Control LED " and with a new install of Android Studio. I ran the build (make project) but I received this error message below: Error:A problem occurred configuring project ':app'. > failed to find Build Tools revision 21.1.2 Can you help me solve this error message as I am finding very little on the internet concerning this particular error message. Thanks David Lee

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Idea to Store Solar, or Wind Energy in Tanks in Central, South American, Africa

 I go to Togo, West Africa, and they already use, or need the black water tanks. they can have the water pumped using solar, windmills, or rope pumps, then allow it to fall, and light their houses with LED lights, and charge their cell phones. So what do you think, anyone have experience using these cheap hydro generators? Do they work? Do they last? Is there enough water pressure? Thanks, Andy Lee Graham https://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html

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How to Use Diodes to Harness Mulitple Flows of 4 5 Volts Earth Battery Telluric Current Electricity Generated

Hello, We can generate 4.5 currents using an earth battery in Kpalime, Togo, West Africa. I want to combine 5-10 of these together, and stop the electricity from going both directions using a diode. Do I need a special diodes? How to couple many earth batteries of 4.5 volts together to create higher volts?. I am Andy Lee Graham of HoboTraveler.com http://www.hobotra veler.com/blogger.html  

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Wiimote Whiteboard

I have connected my WiiMote to my laptop via the bluetooth dongle that you reccomended with BlueSoliel software.  They are communicating with one another.  I am trying to use Johnny Lee's software for the Whiteboard Interface.  When I try to open his software it sends a message sayin that the device is not on the HID list.  Do I need a driver for the WiiMote?  How do I get it on the HID list?  Keep in mind that my laptop doesn't have built in Bluetooth hardware.  The control panel has bluetooth options, but when I open it, I can't do anything from there.  It doesn't see any of my devices.  The Blue Soliel wizard sees and communicates with both the Wiimote and my Blackberry.

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Knexers quiz 2

Check out the first picture quiz for all the details.   ONLY ANSWER 1 TO MAKE IT FAIR ON OTHERS! THE FIRST ONE IS AN EXAMPLE OF MY NAME. 1. Hill + Yard sale + Dudel + (Z) (Hiyadudez) 2. 3. Banned + Anatomy + Invent + (OR) (Congrats Knexfreek) 4. Bar + (T) + Boyzone (Congrats Dsman195276) 5. Darth vader + train + Man (Congrats coolbas3) 6. King + Let + Tick (Congrats Agent harmsy) 7. 8. Smirnoff + Bruce Lee (Congrats TheDunkis) 9. Three + Slam dunk + Kiss (Congrats Kairah) 10. Wii + Kick + (Y) (Congrats Smilee) Sorry this is messy, I have to gooooooooooooo!

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How to tighten nut with bolt in jump rope?

  well im trying to make my own jump that have bearing and more similar like buddy lee jump rope, i using eye bolt and old jump rope handle to make it look a like, so my questions is how to tighten the nut in the small jump rope size(inside the jump rope), if you can see from the picture let say i took the rope from that jump rope and replace it with the eye bolt, so put nut inside the jump rope handle, but the problem is right now to tighten the nut from the inside. any suggestion.

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Human Nature

To whom it may concern (mainly the ones who chose to blast my consern about the pop tab chainmail armor). Have You people forgotten the fact that as a species humans are incredably stupid??? I know My spelling is not dead on, Please forgive Me! I have to quote Tommy Lee Jones from M.I.B. 1. " A person is intellagent (?), People are dumb, paniky(?) animals. And You know it!" I could just see a newbie log on, find that information, build it and expect it to protcect them at the next S.C.A. event!! The Terry Pratchet comment was totaly funny and true!!(I am a true madman.) Thank You for noticing!!! I was only trying to help! Maybe others should also!!! Thank You!! Roy Smith.

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I'm changing rooms and I just don't know what to do with all that bare wall, what are some cool arty things I can do?

I have one large, completely bare wall and a corner space that has about a metre to 1.5m lee way on each side , not to mention a built in robe that will be naked and bare, I have a bit of artistic flare but I don't know where to start when it comes to things this size, help! some examples of what I can do attached (2nd referenced, I take no creative credit) (bonus kudos for something three dimensional or even functional!)

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how to use LDR as a relay for RC car to increase voltage to motor

Hi there,  I would like to know more about how LDR's work, its quite difficult to source 3 volt relays in South Africa, so I had an Epiphany, why not use 2x  LDR 1x for Forward and 1x for Reverse on an RC car, I don't know much about how responsive the solution is, how many seconds or milliseconds delay  there is? Does it work like a switch?  would it be a viable option on an RC car? I'm sure this could apply to little 3 volt RC cars upwards, I know brushless is the way to go, however this would indeed be a great learning experience.  kindest Regards, Lee Reddy. 

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Thumbnails and Previews for Attached Gerber Files

It would be really nice to automatically create thumbnail images and renderings of gerber files attached to electronics projects (e.g. output from EAGLE, Pads, OrCAD, etc.). And, I can help make it happen.I would be happy to hook-up Instructables with my website's API for generating renderings of gerbers. Have a look at http://www.circuitpeople.com to judge its capabilities. Behind the web UI, I have a SOAP API available for "side-loading" files, and I host the images (but you're free to copy and save them), so it should be zero-overhead for Instructables.com's servers.He's a sample: http://www.circuitpeople.com/ViewPackage.aspx?id=7c92e072-fe08-4522-8b47-f7d2c898368cDrop me a line if this sounds good. I'm sure the readers (and authors) would enjoy it.Thanks,Lee

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lkrasnow- Finalist

Lkrasnow is a finalist in the Laser Cutter Challenge for:Precision Puzzlemaking Primer -- Volume 1.This is a forum post created by Instructables on behalf of the finalist. Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Check out all the finalists in the [https://www.instructables.com/forum/TWCE07AF3SYTJXT/ master list] or in the Laser Cutter Finalists Group! comment by Lee Krasnow (7 July, 2007)Hey it looks like I can edit this thing... well anyhow I just wanted to say thanks to those people who picked me as a finalist. I added a few pictures to this page -- a selection of some puzzles that I made a number of years ago on a laser cutter. If I win this contest, I'll put puzzles like these back into production. I will also use it extensively for making jigs and cutting fixtures for other puzzles.

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How to Make Fibre Reinforced Plastic Box

Hello, I am working on a project in Togo, West Africa whereby we make information commercials in the local language. Africa has roughly 3000 languages, and this device called "Mama Says," attracts the locals with films, then educates with announcements every 5 minutes in the local language. Most aid organizations do not seem to understand the locals do not speak the lingua franca language. I need a box made out of Fiber Reinforced Plastic, or something light, I need suggestions on how to find companies to do this? I need a step by step explanation on how to make a prototype, and estimations of cost? This is also for brainstorming, I am looking for ideas. Thank you, Andy Lee Graham of Hobo Traveler Com.  

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Need a USB-Controlled lock box

Google led me here, and I have to say that I'm very impressed with the ingenuity of the people here! Hopefully someone here can help me. I'm trying to find a USB-controlled box. The box can be quite small, as it needs to contain just a single key. As for the USB part, I can go two ways: first, I would need the state of the box lid (i.e. open or closed) to be sent via USB to the computer. Or, the second alternative would be that the box lid would only open if a certain signal was received via the USB cable. I can do the software programming to either send or interpret the signal, it's the mechanical part I can't figure out. I would happily pay someone to build this for me. Any suggestions? Thanks! Lee

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How To: Create an Android App With Android Studio to Control LED?

In this tutorial here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Android-Bluetooth-Control-LED-Part-2/#step1 it says to "Import the followings packages:" in the DeviceList class. My question is, HOW DO YOU IMPORT these packages? Does it mean to copy and paste somewhere the two code snippets: #1 import android.widget.Button; and #2 import android.widget.ListView; into the DeviceList class, it doesn't say.  While I am new to instructables I do have some background in C#,  C++,  and other languages and I certainly am familiar with the "importing" feature in many programs but I never heard of "importing" directly into code. Can you please help me understand what it means to "import" in the tutorial. Thanks David Lee

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Looking for Magnets and / or Permenent Magnet Generators 12 Volts for Africa

Hello, I am working with a couple of young men in Togo, West Africa. They sell solar panels, and because batteries are so expensive, it they did one of them bike rim windmills, and generated 12 volts, during the nights, the houses could power up LED lights. Which 12 volt generator would you recommend to buy on Ebay? Please paste a link. What specific magnets are good for the bike rim, please give me the specific link on ebay. I hope someone has done this, and does know how, I can search.. . I watch so many videos it drives me crazy, I want to replicate, and often the buying details are not included. Thanks, Andy Lee Graham Travel Writer for HoboTraveler.com Merry Christmas hoboontheroad   AT yahoo.com

Topic by hobotraveler 


Spammers vs. Sponsors

We end up with this sort of problem periodically: companies who have legitimate content (their stuff is pretty useful) realize that Instructables is a good place to reuse their expensively-produced videos, so assign a summer intern to dump them onto the site en masse. This sucks, because no matter how good the content is, dumping it is spammy. What we generally do is to unpublish them, then Randy lets them out one or a few at a time so there's no annoying pile of similar videos in the recent feed. In the meantime, Lee (our ad sales guy) contacts the company to talk about better ways to do things than a drive-by video dumping. ;)  We'd like them to be part of the community:  run contests, put up good content, and stay to talk about it. Generally, to be more interactive and helpful.  So, hopefully this means that more companies will be sponsoring contests soon - stay tuned! Lee's on it. So, what to do if you see a huge pile of branded video? - Email or PM Randy. If it's a weekend, or you've just seen a ton of them appear at once, flag a couple of them so Randy will notice next time he's online.  He'll then unpublish and release the videos at a more measured pace.  (Don't go nuts with flagging - Randy sees all, and more flags just makes more for him to clean up.) - You could also comment to encourage them to be better Instructables citizens. "This is spam!" doesn't really help, and makes the company feel totally unwelcome.  We want to work with them, but in a way that's good for the Instructables community. Here's an example of a comment that could convince them do do something more interactive: "This is a (good/useful/interesting/informative) video, but dumping a pile of them on the site is feels spammy. Have you thought about running a (make up something fun and relevant) contest on Instructables? That would make me more excited about (your brand). Anyone on the about page can help you do something more fun."

Topic by canida   |  last reply


Batteries Are Expensive, Who is using both Solar and hydro/ wind turbines at same time?

Hello, Let us use "Solar, Wind, and Hydro" all at same time. I am working on development projects in Togo, West Africa, I have a room there by the year in two locations. The solar panels are cheap enough, but for the cost of one good size battery I could build a wind or hydro generator. I do not see many setups where solar during the day, coupled with water and / or wind at night. Obviously harnessing the water from a river is the most stable. If seems sort of short sighted to only use solar, why not do all three, Solar, Wind, and Hydro at the same time, and slow the need to store electricity, because in my opinion, the batteries are the problem, the big problem. Thank you, Andy Lee Graham hhttp://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html https://www.gofundme.com/andy-hobotraveler

Topic by hobotraveler   |  last reply


Newb questions - magnets behind mirror!

Hi! I'm incredibly new here and already in way over my head! Hope this is the best place to ask this. I wanted to create a mirror that is magnetic to hold tweezers, nail clippers, etc. -  lots of little metal cosmetic bits that get lost around my home. I can't attach magnets to the items themselves because they are too small - would it be feasible to glue some rare earth magnets behind the mirror? Or will I just get a giant chunk of mirror embedded in my face? :( I'm trying to spruce my home up on the cheap and keep the small space organized. I have a sampler pack of rare earth magnets from lee valley and some framed mirrors already. If this is feasible could anyone tell me how far apart I should be spacing the magnets?  I feel like such newb! I guess I am one. But anyway, I humbly beg at your feet! Please help! Thanks folks!

Topic by Stasiasilver   |  last reply


Cheaper method for 3D screen

Hey everyone.  I am new to instructables but you guys have really inspired me to see what I can come up with.  By taking a few ideas I have come across on the net, around here, and a quick epiphany after watching a 3d movie, I have an idea.  (sorry for post formatting, still trying to figure this out) I am trying to pull the parts together right now but if someone could build it first they could have the instructable.  Well, to the idea then.  Basically, using 2 ideas from Johnny Chung Lee(a grad from Carnegie Mellon University) that he has released to the public with software(found at johnnylee.net), any 2 digital projectors, and several polarized glasses received from movie theaters you can build your own 3d projection system with eye tracking to add perspective. The two projects of johnny Lee's we are using are Wii-mote eye tracking and Projector Stitching.  Projector stitching will be used to automatically calibrate the projectors to perfectly overlap so the offset images are accurate(absolutely critical for 3d images) so we don't have to and the eye tracking would be used by software to add perspective to any live 3d environment/game(not necessary).  The polarized glasses are used both by the projectors and the user so atleast 2 pairs would have to be acquired.  Lenses are placed in front of the projector to filter out all but the correct pole of light.  This will dim the projector slightly as light is being lossed but what you get is cheap polarized image.  I have tested this and it does work if you project light through the back of the lens(the eye side).  The only thing that presents a problem is the projection surface.  Most surfaces scatter and remove polarization from light.  The screens at movie theaters are specially made to not do this.  I am still researching a cheap material that has this property so I can use it but if any of you find it first have at it.  I just want the instructable up so we can see what we can do with it.  What you get with this setup is two overlapping images that can be filtered effectively between the two eyes.  This is what enables a 3d image to be sent.  Add in the eye tracking and you have a 3d image that adjusts based on the position of the users head.  This adds an amazing degree of interactivity to a 1 player game as now you have depth added to the experience and moving actually does something for the game.

Topic by critterfluffy   |  last reply


Wiimote Head Tracking -- Nintendo: Please do this!

Johnny Lee did it again! Head tracking with the Wiimote!From his blog:"Using the infrared camera in the Wii remote and a head mounted sensor bar (two IR LEDs), you can accurately track the location of your head and render view dependent images on the screen. This effectively transforms your display into a portal to a virtual environment. The display properly reacts to head and body movement as if it were a real window creating a realistic illusion of depth and space. "I really hope Nintendo looks into this -- even though it only works for 1 person. After all, most games are 1-player, and those games are the ones that would best use this feature.If I had a bluetooth adaptor, I'd play around with this some, but, alas, I do not. However, this and his other projects would work the same with a video camera that has an IR filter.Funny, Sony really didn't take enough advantage of thier EyeToy, if it was IR-only, they would have been able to do more...

Topic by zachninme   |  last reply


Is it possible to operate an integrated home network from a laptop?

A couple days ago I was walking around my house with my laptop in hand, catching up on some American financial news via Russia Today. Needless to say I made it to the kitchen without any mishaps and brought everything into the dining room. As I was eating breakfast, I was staring out the window at my bird feeder, with the news going, when the idea hit me. I'd seen other instructibles on digital picture frames which use computers and essentially integrate them in the house in a unobtrusive manner. Why should I have to walk around with my laptop when, theoretically, I could have a network of computer stepping stones integrated throughout my house. Is it possible to program a thin network where all the clients mirror one laptop? Is is also possible to use Johnny Lee's infrared fingers to turn on/ control a digital picture frame thin client in places where you don't want to use a touch screen? ie. the kitchen, workshop, or even in a hospital?... Could all this be done economically by re-purposing used school/uni computers, and freeware like Linux and Ubuntu and Cloud One?

Question by Skeleton Network   |  last reply


Abraham Lincoln Assassination vs John F. Kennedy Assassination

I am going to go straight to the point - Abraham Lincoln was elected to congress in 1846John F. Kennedy was elected to congress in 1946Lincoln was elected president in 1860Kennedy was elected president in 1960Lincoln was shot on a FridayKennedy was shot on a FridayLincoln's Assassain had a 3 word 15 letter name (John Wilkes Booth)Kennedy's Assassain had a 3 word 15 letter name (Lee Harvey Oswald)Booth ran from a theater and was caught in a warehouseOswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theaterBooth was assassinated before his trialOslwald was assassinated before his trialLincoln was shot in the head from behindKennedy was shot in the head from behindLincoln was shot in a theater named FordKennedy was shot in a car made by FordLincoln's wife was present when he was shotKennedy's wife was present when he was shotLincoln was succeeded by a Vice President JohnsonKennedy was succeeded by a Vice President JonhsonI got all this info from a book. But I noticed something... Lincoln's last name has 7 lettersKennedy's last name has 7 letters SUPER WEIRD =

Topic by Flumpkins   |  last reply


I'm back! And I've got a challenge for you!

Hello Instructablonians! I'm back (at least for the next few weeks) since it's winter break!  MIT is fantastic, and I've learned so many incredible skills that I think I'll be able to participate in my new challenge. The Challenge:    * Your job is to produce about one (quality) instructable per day for the next 11 days.  Instructables are allowed to be backlogged (ie. do the project in one day, take the pictures, but wait to write the instructable), so long as they are posted by January 17th.  I'll also give you 1 day of lee-way, so you only have to make 10 ibles total to qualify.  Make sure that you tag your instructables with the keyword 'muffinchallenge09'. The Reward:    * Ever want pseudo random components that can fit in an envelope?  If you're in the US, I'll send you a letter with a card and some components you can pick from a list that I'll post when the contest is over.  (Mostly stuff like LEDs, old logic components, maybe some FETs or BJTs, crystals, etc.)    * A Muffin Challenge Digital Patch of Approval!    * The satisfaction of being incredibly productive this season. So get to it!  Happy Snowydays for everyone in the Northern Hemisphere! -muffin p.s. How to catch a bird at the top of a mountain?  :-P

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