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How long with this power a led

I have an idea for a nightlight for kids or even adults in the hallway or something.  But I am running into a problem.  The main housing for this light is going to be pretty small.  I was first planing on running this off a household electrical plug and that would work best.  But I would not know quite how to step down the power from the wall to only run 2-3 led lights.  I am sure I could get some sort of small circuit board that would drop the current.  However because of the small housing I doubt I could fit that in there.  I know I am not giving a whole lot of details but I do not want to give away my idea quite yet.  What I am wondering is how long would say 1 AA battery run 3 LED lights?  I am thinking this idea is not going to work out because people are not going to want to have to replace there battery every week or even more.  So if anyone has some input on this idea then please let me know.  The housing I think I would have to work with would be something like a pipe that is maybe 1 inch across the opening by about 2 -3 inches long.  So nut much room to work with at all. I await your replies.

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battery life

Any one know about how long 4 double a's wired in series will last with a 200 milliamp load, here is what the online LED calculator said, I'm working on putting this in a small flashlight:Solution 0: 1 x 2 array uses 2 LEDs exactly +----|>|---/\/\/----+ R = 27 ohms +----|>|---/\/\/----+ R = 27 ohmsThe wizard says: In solution 0: each 27 ohm resistor dissipates 270 mW the wizard says the color code for 27 is red violet black the wizard thinks ½W resistors are needed for your application together, all resistors dissipate 540 mW together, the diodes dissipate 700 mW total power dissipated by the array is 1240 mW the array draws current of 200 mA from the source.-thanks

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I have a long distance relationship with my boyfriend. What should I do to keep him excited in our relationship? Answered

He lives in another state than I do, and we wont be able to visit eachother because of school.

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How do I prank my long distance boyfriend?

My boyfriend is at school right now and i'm at home.we live 2 hours away from each other so it's a long distance relationship & I REALLY wanna prank him when he calls me later today.Any ideas?Telling him I'm pregnant or that i'm going to break up with him has already been suggested but i want something different.btw,me & his parents get along really well if that helps.

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Short-term vs. Long-term

My tests got me thinking, since I want to go gaming on Garry's Mod so bad, but then my coalition of brainwaves composed of rational thoughts and my conscience told me that I can achieve my short-term goals (gaming) in conjunction with my long-term goals (owning my classmates in the tests then gaming afterwards) if I achieve certain short-term goals (studying) that would require focus, determination, and moral (can't study when you're depressed). The reason why I posted this here in Instructables is because I wanted to know your opinions about short-term and long-term objectives. Like, which is better, short-term or long-term missions? You would get me if you're in my situation, sitting in front of the computer, worrying about the tests, but then you wanna go gaming. Once I get enough data, I can post an I'ble about my conclusion. Here's what to post: -your thoughts about short-term vs. long-term -opinions -thoughts that pop up in your mind all of a sudden What not to post: -spam -questions not pertaining to the topic at hand -advertising your instructables -posts that only flamers and trollers post -talking about how awesome GMod is (that's the abbreviation gamers gave to it) Also: I don't care how long your post is, as long as it's in the to-post list, it's good to go.

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How Did You Meet Your Special Someone?

Title is self explanitory And how did you know that they were the one??? Also what kind of relationship is it? (Long distance, inperson, Open, etc.)

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Question on plant cell life?

Hey, As someone who wants to try micropropagation I would like to know how long plant cells can live when cut from the main tissue that they're found? And if the liquid that they're suspended in and the nutrients really make the difference can I be advised as to what solution to make up for transport? Any help would be great, Thanks, Tom

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lifes unanswered questions...

Great questions to ponder over (great conversation starters!)Can you cry under water?why does a round pizza come in a square box?What's the difference between a novel and a book?How old are you before it can be said you died of old age?If nobody buys a ticket to a movie do they still show it?if a person owns a piece of land, do they own it to the center of the earth?if you have a cold hot pocket, is it just a pocket?Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?Do penguins have knees?Why is it said that an alarm clock is going off when really its coming on?How come people tell you not to stand in front of an emergency exit when if there was an emergency surely you would run through it?Why did Sally sell seashells on the seashore when you can just pick them up anyway?Why are both of Spongebob's parents round like sea sponges while he is square like a kitchen sponge?(isn't this one great?)Does a two-humped camel store more fat than a one-humped camel?If you pamper a cow, do you get spoiled milk?Why is it that if someone yells "duck" they are helping you, but if they yell "chicken" they are insulting you?why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway?If the FBI breaks your door down do they have to pay for it?If they have angel food cake on earth, do they have people food cake in heaven?(don't start a war over that, its just a joke!)If you fart and burp at the same time, would it make a vacuum in your tummy?Why do you put two cents in when its only a penny for your thoughts?You know the signs on restaurant doors? No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service? what if someone goes in with No Pants? Would the restaurant still have to serve them?If a doctor suddenly died while doing surgery, would the other doctors work on the doctor or the patient?Why do we sing "Rock a bye baby" to lull our little ones to sleep when the song is about putting your baby in a tree and letting the wind crash the cradle to the ground?Why do we say we're head over heels when we're happy? Isn't that the way we normally are?If the Wicked Witch of the West melts in water... how did she ever bathe?If bald people work as chefs in a restaurant,do they have to wear hairnets?Why do sleeping pills have warning labels that state :'Caution: May Cause Drowsiness?How can Darth Vader breathe and talk at the same time?If there's a wheelchair-bound comedian, is it still called "stand-up"?When the French swear do they say pardon my English?Do people who use sign language see little hands in their head when they think about what somebody said, or do they hear the words in their head?How did Walt Disney figure out how to make people pay to stand in lines all day?Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?Why do they call someone "late" if they died early?If the serving size on a can of soda is one can, then why is the serving size on the little can one can, too? Wouldn't the little cans be 2 cans?If a king is gay and marries another guy what is that guy to the royal family?Why are red buttons always the most important?How is chess considered a sport?Why is it when your sleeping it`s called drool but when your awake its called spit?If a teacher were to teach a younger grade than they were teaching before, would they be "degraded"?Why does every Abraham Lincoln impersonator sound the same, even though there are no known audio recordings of the man?How's come people tell you to stay a kid for as long as you can. Yet the moment you do anything childish or immature they tell you to grow up.Why does the Easter bunny carry eggs? Rabbits don't lay eggs.If marbles are not made of marble, why are they called marbles?If you dig a hole through the center of the earth, come out on the other side, and then let go, would you be falling down or floating up?Could you be a closet claustrophobic?Could someone be addicted to counseling? If so, how would you treat them?If ketchup is good on french fries, how come it isn't good on mashed potatoes?Where do all the daylight savings hours go?Why doesn't the hair on your arms grow as fast as the hair on your head?What happens if a black cat walks under a ladder and breaks a mirror?Why when people ask you "what three things would you bring with you on a desert island?" no one ever replies, "A BOAT"Why are elderly people often called "old people" but children are never called "new people"?Why doesn't broccoli come in a can?Can you slam a revolving door?What would happen if you found a four-leaf-clover under a ladder?Can a cross-eyed teacher control his pupils?If Winnie the pooh was civilized enough to keep his honey in jars, why did he eat it off his hands? Surely he had spoons?What happens if you get a paper cut from a Get Well card?Can you read a picture book?Why does it say "shake well" on ketchup bottles, but not ketchup packets?Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?Is eating a mermaid considered cannibalism?If mirrors need light to work, what happens if you put night vision goggles on in the dark and look at a mirror?if you're on an American airline, and you land in Canada and stay on the plane, is the drinking age still 21 or does it change to 19?What happens if every team in the NFL goes 8-8?What shape is the sky?If a Jewish person goes to court and is asked to put their right hand on the Bible, do they use a Torah instead? (again, don't start a war over that)Why is it written "May contain traces of peanuts or other kind of nuts" on peanut butter jars. Are people stupid enough not to realize it themselves?If you only have one eye...are you blinking or winking?If you have a gun and you ask, "can I ask you a question?" and they say "fire away" should you shoot them?What is a chickpea if it is neither a chick nor a pea?Why is it called the People's Republic Of China when China's not a republic?Why are dandelions considered weeds when daisies are considered flowers?Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?Whenever an adult is kidnapped why isn't it called adultnapped?Why do black lights look purple?Did Yankee Doodle name the feather, hat, town, or his pony Macaroni?Why is it that people duck in the rain, do they really think the rain won't hit them?Why isn't the caps lock capitalized?If someone with a nostril ring takes it out, then blows their nose, do they have to cover that hole as well as their nostril holes so that snot doesn't blow out everywhere?Isn't it weird that if you rearrange the word "teacher" you get "cheater"?How come whenever you start to sing, you automatically sing in a higher voice than you talk?How come people say they ate the last piece of gum, when they really just chew it?You know the saying "throw ya hands in the air like ya don't care"? why bother doing that if you don't care?Why is there no pine or apple in pineapple?Why do water bottles have a "best if used by" date?\If you called the police station to talk to an officer and he was not there, would that be considered a cop out?Why do they put holes in crackers?How come on TV the bell always rings and then the kids go to class, but in real life you need to be in class before the bell rings?Why can the saying "it's all downhill from here." mean both that it will be easy and that it is going to get worse?If all of ACME's products backfire, why does Wile E. Coyote keep buying them?Why do "cool" and "hot" mean the same thing?If you sneeze and fart at the same time, does a vacuum form in your stomach?Why does triangularly cut bread taste better than square bread?Does a baby feel the umbilical cord being cut off?Is it legal to name your kid "Anonymous"?If you have a pet with 2 heads do you have to name both heads?Why can't liquor freeze?If you dig a hole in the south pole are you digging up or down?How come they don't add the time that we are in our mom's to our age?Why do people squint their eyes when they can't see? Wouldn't that just make it less space to see out of?What is a hacky, and why is it in a sack?Who was in the kitchen with Dina?Why do we have to pay a toll on "freeways"?Why do they call them pepperoni if there is no pepper in it?How old does something have to be to become an antique?Can a school teacher give a homeless child homework?Do babies produce more spit than adults?How come French fries are not considered a vegetable, they are just deep fried potatoes?Do cows have calf muscles?Why is shampoo clear but conditioner not?If conjoined twins participate in sports, do they count as one or two players?If a singer sings their own song during a karaoke party, is it considered karaoke?Why do mattresses have designs on them when they're always covered with sheets?If you died with braces on would they take them off?If a person suffered from amnesia and then was cured would they remember that they forgot?Can someone have their head in the clouds and be down-to-earth at the same time?Why is Joey short for Joe, when Joey has more letters?If you were a pastor, and you were getting married, would you hire a pastor, or would you do the wedding yourself?Is there a certain temperature at which it stops being qualified as cold? At what temperature does it qualify as hot?if someone tells you not to be your self, who should you be?Why is most lunchmeat bigger than the bread?Why is it that whenever you sing to the radio, your voice is higher? Even when you have a low voice?How come toy hippos are always blue, or purple, when real hippos are brown?Have ex-mathematicians become dysfunctional?Have ex-locomotive engineers been derailed?Have ex-civil lawyers been distorted?Have ex-bankers become disinterested?Are there seeing eye humans for blind dogs?You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes, why can't they make the whole plane out of the same substance?After eating, do amphibians have to wait an hour before getting out of the water?Can fat people go skinny-dipping?You know how most packages say "Open here". What is the protocol if the package says, "Open somewhere else"?Would a fly without wings be called a walk?Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?Why isn't "palindrome" spelled the same way backwards?Why is there an expiration date on SOUR cream?Why is the word "abbreviate" so long?do the ABC's and twinkle twinkle little star have the same tune?Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?Why is Mickey Mouse bigger than his dog Pluto?why does Goofy live in a house and Pluto in and dog house if there both dogs?Why is it, whether you sit up or sit down, the result is the same?Why is it when two planes almost hit each other it is called a "near miss"?Why is it called 'after dark', when it is really after light?Why is it called a TV "set" when you only get one?why is a pair of underwear one item?Why is it called a "building" when it is already built?Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?Why do women wear evening gowns to go out at night? Shouldn't they be wearing night gowns?Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?olive oil is made out of olives, and peanut oil is made out of peanuts. What is baby oil made out of?!If drinking and driving is illegal, why do bars have parking lots?If someone leads but no one follows... are they just out for a walk?After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?Are part-time band leaders semi-conductors?Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?.............the list goes on and on, maybe i will make a sequel.i can not take credit for all of these, most of them were from this website

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Ever saved a guys life??

Well have you? I did write a big long thing about the four times I have, but me computer crashed so I can't be arsed to type it out again. Anyway the other day at work, I'm a bin man(garbage man)by the way, me and another crewmen were working on the back of the dust cart when my bin came back down so I turned to put it back on the curb, as I did my mate still had his back to the traffic, I saw a big nasty van screeching towards us, so I grabbed him by his neck/face and dived on the grass verge, narrowly missing getting squashed to death by two pieces of machinery, which smashed together quite horrifically. Theirs no doubt that if I was stood were I was I wouldn't be typing this now. Anyone else had something like this? I had a load of pyro stories but as I said I can't be arsed to type um out again.

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how much time will it last ,a throwie of 10mm with a battery of 3v?

How many hours or days will the led be "ON"? using a 10mm led with a 3v battery

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How long will 2 aaa batteries last when connected to a 5mm 25ma 3.3v led?

The batteries are connected to a simple switch, then to the LED. Just wondering - hours? Days? Is there a better option for power supply? I need them to last around 150 hours.

Question by lentze    |  last reply


Emotional Whipsaw Just a personal Blog type post.

This post serves no purpose but to allow me to verbalize my last week, read at your own peril. Man what a strange 10 days it's been. Ten days ago I was going into final with a statistical fail in both my classes. If you're not familiar with grading practices in grad school, a C is a fail. If your GPA drops below 3.0 you lose your eligibility for financial aid, if you get more than two C's you're out of the program. Finals didn't feel like they went well. You can imagine how I felt waiting for grades, here I was, no job, looking like I was going to flunk out. Well, grades came out Thursday, I got B's, not brilliant, but it keeps me in school. That felt pretty good. Friday, I took my wife and her coworker lunch, something I do once a month just for fun.  At least this time I could deflect questions about the eternal job hunt with talk about grades. Got home from lunch and the phone rings......... " Mr.Animal, after a review of the applicants, we consider you the best candidate for the position of..... at....... and you like to extend an offer of employment." Woot! I'm on top of the world, nothing could bring me down.... Except... Except, My wife's dog looks funny, she's all hunched up and whimpering.  I've had enough animals to know that means a back injury.  It's 5, I call the vet, we discuss the maximum I can dope her up and make an appointment for the morning. Except, it's pretty clear by 8pm that she's in so much pain, that she can't even sit or lay down. Have you ever spent 12 hours trying to support the weight of a 60 lb dog? It's a novel experience, by 4 am I was near delirious. After an eternity, morning came. Doc diagnoses a slipped disk. Shoots her full of morphine and gives us a prescription for valium.  She can actually lay down when we get home.  36 hour she's much improved, but has a long way to go. TL;DR Passed classes got job dog sick

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"The meaning of life and reasons of living. "

They are just four letters L-I-F-E...Based on just these letters,is life that short indeed? No...it is just a short word ,but the meaning of it is not that short,moreover it's quite long. Can someone tell me what does life mean? I think i know,or at least i will try to explain as i see it and as far as  i have experienced it till now. Everyone says that life is short...but do you know anything else that lasts longer than this? Actually,life is the longest experience full of most unknown surprises that  we find ourselves in while we are breathing. Its the longest experience we are part of without having the chance of taking or leaving it.  Life is the hardest exam and the only one in which you can not cheat even if you try.  It is the theater we all are actors of,where everything happens in front of our eyes,around us and most of times suddenly it takes our breath away. Breathing does not mean we are leaving a life. Breathing helps us understand and realize that we all have reasons that keep us alive day by day. Do i have reasons?! Of course, i do! I do have my own reasons for still breathing. It is maybe only one,maybe one hundred,maybe more or less than this. I  do not  really know how many reasons i have,but it does not matter. I may not see these reasons,but sometimes i do feel what i am still breathing for. I can feel why i am looking up at the stars every night. I can feel the reason i am walking on the streets every day. Everything that happens has a specific reason. My most important one is love. That is the love i have for my life i am living and for everyone who is part of my world. I see it as the stongest feeling that makes you live in Earth touching the sky. Another reason of living my life is hope. The hope for a better day,and for a successful future makes me breath deeply. The belief of having a power to  make  a difference even if someone do not and will not  understand me keeps me alive. The beauty of life makes me wake up happily every morning and enjoy the new day that comes. My stubbornness makes  me fight for everything i want each day. I am enjoying every moment of my life. I am still breathing because i do not feel lonely,but that does not mean my life is depended on anyone's . Nobody's perfect,we all make mistakes,but not everyone regrets. That happens just because some people still think about how much fun they had while  making  the mistake. I am open to anyone that gives me advice,but as i do not judge anyone for anything they have done ,i do not want to be judged also. It is me and that is my life and i have my own reasons for everything i do. While most of people will be commenting on my desicions about my life,i will be waving them from the stars.....

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My Video never appears in the game life challenge it still has no views

I posted my video in hope of winning the game.life challenge. It took an abnormally long time to publish, and even when it published, I still can't watch the video and my instructable only appears on my page. I need help fast! 

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Instructables Saved My Life

First things first, I've been a member of Instructables for 4 years. I made a separate account to post this for a number of reasons, including the fact that people I know in real life who don't know much about this part of my life could end up seeing this, and I really just don't want to deal with that. So. When you see this title you probably think "Oh, this chick learned how to do some sort of life saving thing on here and applied it to a real life situation." No, not quite. Lets start with the background story. I was 14, and had gotten in trouble for something stupid. I was quite upset about it and had recently learned about something called self harm. Seeing as I had heard that self harm can help people release emotions and generally feel better about things, I tried it. It eventually became a habit. I'm not sure if the self harm played a part in my spiral into depression or not,  but it sure didn't help it. Along with the depression came, unfortunately, suicidal thoughts. I thought about it a lot. How I would do it, when I would do it. All that. I believed that I'd probably end up going through with it by the time I was 18 or so. Now fast forward a bit. To when I was about 15. I was browsing Ibles one day and discovered this Instructable. It's a good Instructable, but nothing really stood out to me. Until I got to step 8. Where I saw this: "Never ever think that you're not worth it or life's not worth, read the next step on all the crap I've learnt from without ever having had a suicidal thought, you're much better off being alive than dead, it's disturbing to think that people would do something so stupid, wasteful and futile." Now, Killerjackalope was one of the members I looked up to on here, and this quote struck very close to home for me. I couldn't help but remember it. I made a promise to myself that no matter how bad things looked, I wouldn't attempt suicide. Promises to oneself are easily broken, as many of you may know. But this one for some reason wasn't. Every time I considered suicide, that quote came to my mind and made me think "What about the promise you made to yourself? You can't break it." I'm 18 now, and I've come a long way from where I was then. There's been many rough patches, but through it all, I haven't broken that promise. Not only did that single Instructable help me, but the site as a whole did too. The projects, the community, that sort of stuff, all helped me. Making things made me happy, and posting projects on here was rather therapeutic.

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uhhhhh....... HOLY footballstoner(?)!!!!!

Okay. i just got back from a vacation yesterday, and u will NEVER beleive what happened to me. so, here i am, hiking, minding my own business. when suddenly, a gray wolf, TACKLED ME! but, it never attacked me!!! instead, it stared into my eyes, and after what seemed like forever, but was only 1 minute, it got off me, gestured to me with its head. it led me to an odd cave. in it, i saw a large patch of light... and i figured "eh, what the hell's the worst that can happen?", so i stepped into it, with the wolf beside me. then, well even though u guys aremt gonna believe me, i saw something. i saw me, a long time from now, living with pet wolves. and i was actually happy. then after that i was back home. odd, idnit??

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I Still Exist (And am here to say hello again!)

Hello, everybody.  I've gotta keep this message brief for now, but suffice it to say: I am very much alive and well.  I have sort of dropped K'nex as a hobby but this will not be one of those 'I'm done with K'nexing forever' posts, because nobody ever really is.  If you'd like me to help and collaborate, I am totally open to busting out the K'nex again.  I'll probably message some of you guys to say hello again pretty shortly, but right now, I've got a few things to do before I can do so.  Sorry about that long bout of inactivity... I'm currently working on digital art (animation, stills, and everything abstract) and you can find my most recent work at the following sites (If anyone's interested): darkowlartifice.tumblr.com (the final products) and ondrewstuffpreview.tumblr.com (works in progress; the password is 'egg.') Hope all of you guys are doing well! (Also, to Mods questioning why this is in K'nex: this is an address to old friends who primarily exist in the K'nex community.)

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How long have you waited for your wife?

Has anybody ever calculated how much of their life (to the nearest year) they have spent waiting for their wife to finish shopping, get off the phone, get ready to go out etc.?

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The worst time of my life

If three years ago somebody had told me that I would be at Maker Faire, using my cyborg arms, watching Arc Attack playing the “Doctor Who” theme, and meeting Adam Savage from “Mythbusters”, I would have said that person is crazy or is mocking me. But I was there. With Instructables. It was awesome when Adam Savage, in the middle of his conference, yelled to me “Hey man! Nice borg!!”. “OH MY GOD!” I thought, “ADAM SAVAGE FROM THE MYTHBUSTERS TOLD ME I MADE A NICE BORG!!” But, beyond Adam Savage, the giant robots, the fire and electricity shows, the beautiful steampunk women, the good energy, the delicious food and the pictures with Daleks; the most beautiful, shocking, awesome and magical moment of the Maker Faire 2013 was when I had just arrived at the Autodesk booth. I saw the giant map of DIYers from around the world, and I realized my picture and profile were representing Colombia and I was one of the three leading makers of South America. I was paralyzed remembering all this journey, from being a complete loser without a future to that point in time and space when I felt absolutely happy, calm, and at peace with myself. It was worth it to keep fighting, just for that sublime moment. I felt like a Rock Star. Not because I was, but because Instructables and Autodesk made me feel like one. ……………………………………… When people ask me “Why do you love Instructables?” my answers are always the same: because the site is awesome, has amazing projects and great contests with cool prizes; because Instructables is the only one who has supported my DIY activities, especially in my country (Colombia) where science and technology aren’t priorities, and so on. But I never gave the complete answer. And now, after these fantastic five months as Artist in Residence, I want to tell the truth: I love Instructables because they were with me in the worst time of my life. ……………………………………… In 2009, I lost my job as Security Analyst in an important Colombian company. I thought I could subsist thanks to my junk projects and creating my own business, but almost nobody was interested on buying recycled crafts (besides, I wasn’t as good then as I am today.) And the only interested people wanted my works for free. It was not enough for a living, so after a few months I started looking for a job. Due to its economic situation, Colombia has high rates of unemployment and it’s very hard to find a job, and there’s no government subsidy for unemployed workers (sorry Colombia! One day, I will talk about all your beautiful and fantastic things, because you have a lot. But not today). Besides, when you are a former military officer the only civilian jobs you can apply for are in security because nobody thinks you can be creative; and if you are, nobody takes you seriously. Every two weeks I had an interview. Every interview ended with just another “we will call you.” It’s time to confess something to the world: at the same time, I was diagnosed with mild Borderline Personality Disorder and depression. It’s not something that “SHAZAM! You are nuts!”. No. I knew from years ago there was something wrong about me, but just in that moment I found out what I have. Just in case you ask: no, this condition doesn’t make me a bad employee, and I’m very competent in my work. No, I’m not some kind of evil psycho. Just a little bit creepy sometimes, but I always try my best to be a good person. And no, I’m not trying to look like a “dark and bizarre, Tim Burton style” character just because I want to look interesting. It may work for an artist or a teenager, but not for somebody trying to get a job in the security business or a stable relationship. I didn’t have any health insurance; I didn’t have money for any treatment and, in case I could afford it, there is a social stigma about persons with some kind of mental disorder, and no company would be interested in hiring a security manager with that kind of problem. So, I had to keep it to myself. I didn’t even tell it to my family. And my girlfriend broke up with me. So, my life was “complete.” I was without a job, love and almost without my sanity. Almost all of my “friends” were gone. I was drowning in debts. I didn’t have money even for basic things. I had to return to my mother’s house. I lost every goal, every dream, and every hope. The situation was so desperate that I seriously thought about giving up. But only two things stopped me from doing that. One was Carolina, the only friend I had in that moment. The other thing was Instructables. ……………………………………… I found the site several months after because I was looking for simple robots ideas. Then, I saw Instructables has contests, and I entered my first project (the “SPD Exoskeleton”) for the 2009 Halloween Contest. A lot of people made awesome comments about my project, and I received my first prize: the “Photojojo!” book and a Robot T-Shirt. “What? I just post pictures of my project on an internet site and they give me free stuff? Interesting!” Then, I made another project, the “Valentine’s RoboGrinch”. I was a finalist in the 2010 Valentine’s Day Contest. People around the world commented about my ideas, and my projects started to become popular being featured in other sites and blogs around the planet. When I got the First Prize on the Dead Computer Contest, I gave to my mother the netbook I won. It was the only present I could afford to give her in a long time. In my darkest moments, when I thought about giving up, I remembered I had some project on Instructables I didn’t finish or publish, and then I keep fighting just one or two days more, because I didn’t want to leave it uncompleted. When I finished it, I endured one week more, just for knowing if it was successful in a contest. Sometimes I won. Sometimes I lost. When I could get some money, I used it for buying tools or materials for the projects, instead of food or paying debts. Because I started to think that every project, every idea I was making, every instructable I was writing, was my little legacy to humanity. Probably one day I will die, but at least in some part of the Internet, it would be a proof that I made something good, something that could be appreciated by anybody, and my life was not in vain. And I started to win more contests. It felt good, because I thought “I’m a loser, but this loser is kicking butts!” With so many fantastic authors, the competition got tougher, so I had to improve my skills (and my English. Instructables was the only opportunity I had to improve and practice this language.) I became very good at making stuff with plastic trash and limited resources! Besides, without knowing anything about me and my personal situation, even without being on the same country, the Instructables staff and community were (and are) very special and kind with me. They always made me feel respected and loved. Instructables was the only escape I had from my reality. This site has thousands of users and still they had the time to talk to me, to care for me, to make me feel like part of a bunch of friends! They were the only people that didn’t see me or treat me like a loser or somebody who needed to be pitied. They were the only ones that made me feel I wasn’t completely alone on this planet. All of this situation lasted one year and two months. Instructables kept me fighting almost all of that time. ……………………………………… Finally, in September of 2010, I got a job. It wasn’t the best (honestly, it was horrible!), but at least I was working. Four months later, I got a better job as security manager of a business center, enough to start paying debts. On October 2010, I went to the Colombian equivalent of Comic-Con, using the Cyborg suit I built for the Instructables’ Dead Computer Contest. Thanks to this, a beautiful woman found me out of the crowd, because she loves robots. She became my biggest fan and we shared a big love. I never thought I could find a love like that. She was the girlfriend I got thanks to Instructables! She was the inspiration of my “Cyborg Heart in a Can”. And I gave it to her. And then Instructables interviewed me as Featured Author. I would be the first Colombian to be a Featured Author! That was awesome! In total, I have won twelve Instructables contests and two challenges. Thanks to Instructables, people of all the world know about my cyborgs and my Roboplanters. (The funny thing is I’m still feeling like the black sheep of the family!) ……………………………………… It was 2012. After one and a half year of relationship, my girlfriend and I broke up, for good (our respective problems were stronger than our love.) Besides, I was stuck at work and I couldn’t study something art or robotics related because the restrictive schedule of my job. So, the depression was returning… I was lying on the couch watching “Doctor Who” when a phrase get stuck in my mind: “All of time and space. Everywhere and anywhere. Every star that ever was. Where do you want to start?” And then I realized that nothing was tying me to Colombia and I could apply to the Instructables Artist in Residence Program. I wanted to know, at least for a few months, how it was to be in the most awesome company in this world. So I quit my job, I sold most of my belongings, I packed my Dremel, my trench coat and my sonic screwdriver, I said goodbye to my family and I traveled to San Francisco on February 27th of 2013. I didn’t come for the “American Dream”. I came for the “Instructables Dream”! ……………………………………… What can I say? How can I describe the most fantastic experience of my life, using just a few words? How can I summarize five months of happiness, learnings, DIY and good energy, when every day was an amazing adventure? I felt, after 35 years of life, I finally arrived in the place I belong. I met the faces behind the site I love and admire. You know who they are (sorry for breaking the magic but, please! Update the Instructables Team page! A lot of awesome people are not there!) I’m trying to not mention specific persons, because I shared awesome experiences with each one of you. Every one of you taught me something, every one of you made me feel appreciated, every one of you does a fantastic job keeping this site working. And I want nobody feels excluded of this post (Sherry always fights for sending out prizes on time, silently. Why nobody says “Thanks Sherry?”) Because Instructables is more than servers and computers and projects and internet. Instructables is the people. From the beginning, Instructables and the Autodesk Consumer Group made me feel like one of the team, like part of something bigger than myself. The Pizza Thursdays, the Marvelous Mondays, the Build Days, the Design Nights, became magical events for me. But it wasn’t only Instructables and Autodesk. This beautiful city of San Francisco taught me real lessons about tolerance, respect and being yourself. It doesn’t matter if you are radically different to the other people. Just be a nice person, do your job and respect the others, and everyone will respect you. I had never touched a CAD software, because I didn’t see any possible use for it in my life. And I thought it was something so complicated that only engineers and designers could use that kind of program. But then I went from 0 to 123D Design! I learned the basics in just two days and I fell in love with this awesome program, and it’s free! (But, seriously guys, try to fix that problem with the crashes. Everyone in the lab knew that when I screamed, it was because the program had a crash and I hadn’t saved the progress). And later, I learned how to use a 3D printer, a machine beyond my wildest dreams! I remember the infinite sadness the first time I went to the amazing Pier 9 (new installations of Instructables and the Autodesk Consumer Group) and thought I could never try that fantastic technology; and the happiness when Noah told me I could stay two months more! You have all the best freaking hi-tech tools in this freaking world, and you don’t need to be a NASA scientist or a millionaire to use them! This place is waiting for people of all the world, to come with their ideas! (It doesn’t matter how crazy they are). 3D printers, laser cutters, a water jet, a bunch of expensive machines I still don’t know the names of, an awesome test kitchen, metal and wood shops, even a sewing area! And all available for the DIY community! But, more than being on Pier 9 because the fantastic machines, I loved to stay here because Instructables.  My life has good things and bad things, successes and failures. But being part of Instructables and sharing moments with all of you has been the most memorable experience of my whole existence! ……………………………………… I want to say something to my dear friends of Instructables and Autodesk: if one day, for some inexplicable reason, you feel like your work is meaningless, you don’t like it’s Monday or simply you forgot what this is all about, just remember something: you will never know exactly how many lives Instructables has touched: how many persons found their true calling thanks to the projects, and how many persons found a hobby that makes their life happier. How many couples fell in love thanks to the delicious recipes and romantic crafts, and how many parents shared precious moments with their sons building something. But now you will always know, at least, Instructables and Autodesk saved one life. My life! ……………………………………… I wish to finish my post with some “Doctor Who” quote. I love “Doctor Who”, because is all about being awesome and optimistic and keep smiling even in the worst situations or despite you are feeling absolutely sad and alone. And the series has a lot of badass and beautiful quotes! But now, when I have to start packing my bags, when I have to return to my hometown where I have to pretend I’m a “normal” person and try to get a “normal” job again, when I have to say goodbye to my coworkers (that are at the same time most of the only real friends I have had in my life), and to the greatest organization I have had the honor of being part (where for first time in life I felt truly appreciated, respected and loved, and happy because it was Monday and I could go to work in a company that is making of this world a better place); there’s one, and only one phrase that I got stuck on my head; the last words of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor when, standing alone after saying goodbye to his loved ones (and to the most awesome time of his life), his final moment comes: “I don’t want to go.” Mario Caicedo Langer Former Artist in Residence. Instructables

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LIfe, it ends so we can learn to live. . .

It is with a VERY sad heart that I am passing along that our most beloved, and outgoing and adventurous cavy (guinea pig), Snuggles, had what appears to be a stroke, last night.   She passed this morning on the way to the vet, in my wife, Ellen's arms. She was unlike ANY piggie we've ever taken care of,  BLUE eyes (rather then the normal ruby red) and a personality that could win over the grouchiest person. Friendly, outgoing, and curiuos, she will always be remembered.  She was a bit over 5 years old and so was very old, but was very active for one so old also. We are very glad she did not suffer long howevver.

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Real-Life X-Wing Set to Fly

No, really.Andy Woerner and his crazy rocketeer friends have built a 21-foot long X-Wing model that can actually fly. Yes, this is a real X-Wing powered by four solid-fuel rocket engines complete with radio-controlled moving wings. It blasts off in California next week, and we talked with Andy about the project, and how they expect it will do. The X-Wing model is huge. At 21 feet long and with a wingspan of over 19 feet it is, in fact, big enough to fly a kid in. However, knowing that it will be powered by solid-fuel rockets, they wouldn't put a kid, dog, monkey or Gizmodo editor inside, even if it uses three full parachutes to land.After drawing the plans using CAD software, Andy's team and his friends at Polecat Aerospace (with the help of RMS Laser and Aerotech Consumer Aerospace) used laser cutting to make the pieces out of Baltic Birch wood. They also used solid aluminum for some parts, like the rods which are the pivot point for the wings. full story with more pics

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need to design a low-cost SMS-based alarm with a very long life battery.

Extremely low-cost SMS-based alarm, that will send a message to a number when the alarm is activated. must be small (10x50x40 cm) and have a long life battery and is to be deployed over a wide geographical area, all within GSM reception

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So long and thanks for all the arduinos

Adios, everyone! Tomorrow is my last day here at Instructables and even that will mostly be clearing out my desk and distributing materials for future projects. First and foremost, I love you all. If you're here reading this then you're someone who has chosen to dig into the world and learn much more than most of the people out there. That's a cool thing. An amazing thing. Cherish it and make that grow within everyone else you know. More is more here. Also thank you to everyone for sharing your ideas. One of the biggest things I've learned is that you should share your ideas with others. There will always be more ideas and it's more fun this way. I wish I had a couple more lifetimes for the ideas that I'd like to work on. It is way worse to live a life keeping an idea secret for fear of someone else stealing it and never seeing it develop. OK, going into debt to patent it would probably be worse. Is this a graduation speech? No? Fine, here's some unsolicited advice anyway: run into new areas. Don't give yourself a chance to think about it and go back to doing what you've already been doing. Mental ruts are comforting, but oh so boring. Listen to music you don't know, watch movies you know nothing about, just shake it up once in a while. No, shake it up all the time. The world is full of new ideas you've been depriving yourself of enjoying. Then when your brain is thoroughly jumbled, start mashing up all the ideas. Combine all the things! One idea I want to work on is to make a UAV candy bomber. Attach candy to parachutes and drop them from quadcopters as they fly around in the sky. It would be a modern version of the candy bombers from WWII. It's not about anyone getting the reference, that's for wikipedia. It's about moving faster. Worrying about originality is for people who don't do stuff. And that's the long version of saying that I'll be gone from here, but you should all keep the party going. Then again, you were going to do that anyway and that's why I love you. For me the future is a little uncertain. There are a couple of VERY COOL THINGS that might happen, but it's not definite yet. In the meantime, I'm wrapping up my kickstarter calendar project. If you haven't looked at it yet, please do. The calendar is awesome and I want more of them out there in the world. Other than that you can find me on twitter as @edabot.  Now stretch your arms out wide and then give yourself a hug. Pat yourself on the back if you want. You're the future if you want to be. Take it, it's right there. Love you all. Ed

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I need a simulator simpler than OpenSim. Read the details. Do you have suggestions? Answered

When writing, it sometimes helps to build a diorama of a setting. You can then place characters and examine key points from different perspectives. You can even act out the entire scene. Yes, it sounds like playing with dolls, and it certainly is... but it is a huge help to visualize an event so that you can really describe it in your writing. The problem is, a diorama can be time-consuming and sometimes even expensive to set up... and I certainly don't have much space in my home for one. What I need is a virtual diorama. For the current project, I wish for a house with several rooms, a back yard, a small section of street, and a small piece of forested wilderness(all can be separate)... so I need a program that's fairly flexible. First thought was to set up a local OpenSim server, but I ran into a lot of difficulty getting it running and getting content (i.e. props and houses) is a nightmare. Worse, bugs and quirks made it difficult to use in practice. After two weeks of setting up a virtual environment, I crashed the server during a backup and corrupted the whole installation. So OpenSim is not suitable for me. I tried Second Life too, because I figured I'd rent a small piece of land and build on it. Second Life has the advantage of having a lot of content available, but getting a chunk of land big enough to do what I need is too expensive for me, and all the areas I checked out were too laggy. Other things I tried or examined were FPS video games (with map editors) and the Sims... both presented their own problems. I'm open to suggestions on either. Anyway, this is long-winded enough so I'm going to get right to requirements. Here's what I need: -3d simulation with an easily configurable environment. -Simple to use. Need "duh duh" simple" -No distractions. -Little loading or lag time. -A reasonably good selection of objects and props such as houses, furniture, streetlights, asphalt and plants. -The ability to place characters where I want them. Here's what isn't necessary: -Characters don't have to have any animation and can be as simple as cardboard cutouts. -Doesn't have to be free. -Doesn't have to be specific to any OS or hardware.

Question by DELETED_GuardianFox    |  last reply


How to set a long lasting single LED unit?

Hey guys! I need help to extend the battery life to power a single 5mm red LED that will be left on 24/7. My set up is very simple. Just a battery holder with 2 AAA and the LED attached to the terminals. It is supposed to be visible inside the ceiling fixture for Feng Shui purposes (don't ask, I just follow). So far it hasn't lasted for more than three days tops. Its supposed to be able to fit in a tight space just enough to fit the battery holder. I need to make 3 of these for 3 locations so I don't think rechargeable batteries can be practical. Can you guys give me advise on this? I hope you guys can help. Thanks in advance!

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Life changes, New Boots! Not to mention a suit...

Well I finally went clothes shopping, a rare occurrence for me. Mainly I was looking for new boots, my old ones have holes worn right through them in the soles, which are detaching from the rest of them slowly, the metal spines fell out long ago via the holes... My new boots are 14 eyelet NPS, they're great, though breaking them in is a little rough on it, along with that they're the most expensive boots I've ever had, £105! the last ones were around £30 and so were most of my previous ones, though I did once make a pair of £10 boots last two years, by stapling the soles back on with a high power staple gun eventually. The suit's a good thing too! we were in TK Maxx, a cheapish store full of loads of stuff, I've gotten some interesting shoes from their random buckets before, so they were first port of call while returning jeans I'd been given that wouldn't fit me... I came off with a two piece suit instead, despite owning many vintage jackets and a couple of pairs of trousers I've never owned a suit, or a new suit jacket for that matter, which is cool... Last one, on sale perfect fit on me, well the jacket's only a 38" chest so it makes it a tight fit but not uncomfortable since it has a little play in it. The boots are good and very solid but I'm having to get used to the big soles on them since most of mine have been smaller than that, they look taller than they are on the outside though so it's not too bad. I'm proud of myself for making a decision on things in a day, it's not likely me to buy clothes unless they're impractical or over the top, well the boots may be a little... Also I've decided to quit smoking, went to doctors office on friday having set that date and the fool told me to go on through the weekend and wait until monday, saying that can be my date... I wasn't amused, however I have one left and it shall be my last... Along with this I've got a few job interviews lined up, it's hard getting a chance at jobs in these times but it's a start... My quitting smoking is directly related to 'ibles - I want money to fund projects, and I want money to socialize etc. Next week I shall have a project that's been long awaited by many if I get the metal working done in tech... Speaking of tech all is well there too, course is brilliant and I've been doing loads of interesting stuff. It's seems a bit odd to be posting all this stuff but many an 'ibler has given me abuse about smoking, though it was far beyond their rights to criticize me personally or make irrelevant comments I do think it's about time I quit, 5 years wasting money. Anybody else any life changes?Notable lack of lovelife rubbish, it's too topsy turvy to get in to without a ten thousand word essay...

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Life size ED 209 from robocop 1987

Hi all, so I have decided to build a life sized ED 209, the killer robot from the film Robocop (1987),  for a long time I have been toying with the Idea of making a life sized ED 209 and recently Make had an article on Shaun Thornson who made a life sized ED which has inspired me to go for it, so far I am about 50% done on making the first set of master moulds. if you can help at all, even by sharing this on facebook it would help, here is the facebook page for progress https://www.facebook.com/lifesizeded209

Topic by n1cod3mus    |  last reply


the distance of others planets measure with tausends of years of light speeds. Answered

How come a ufo creator on board reach to earht.are thair life too long to do it?

Question by tayyareci    |  last reply


How long could you survive chained to a bunk bed with a Velociraptor?

I know this question comes up a lot in life but someone has been nice enough to help people answer it, only problem is last time I woke up cradled in the arms of a Raptor it survived about 35 seconds before I butchered and fried it... There's a club of such people, Chuck Norris is still working on the T-shirt.Anyway the quiz thinks 1 minute, 41 seconds... Link via Neatorama

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Did you notice how the internet and mobile phones totally changed our culture?

Go back just 20 years and on a busy shopping street you saw the poeple walking around as they do today - or did they?I remember poeple talking to each other, standing in front of the shop windows and checking the offers.People greeting each other or stopping for a chat.Now all you see it zombies staring at their phone screen or texting.Even the dreaded "self talker" with a BT earpiece seems to die out.You like fast food don't you? ;)But did you ever bother to waste some time watching people going through the drive through?Back in the days they mostly tried to keep their cigarette going or the girls were busy with the make up.Today it is almost impossibe to spot someone making it through a drive through without playing on his or her phone.The shopping is finnished and all you want is to pay once your trolley was emptied onto the conveyor going to the register.If it were not for the person in front of you...On hand holds the phone to the ear, you hear the latest gossip you don't want to know anything about...And then painfully slow one hand tries to load the trolley again and then finally tries to find a credit with still some money left on it.My favourite are however all those people who are fully addicted to their phone and go mental if you try to tell them.You are having a cold beer with your mate and just want to reflect about the great day fishing.Hold on a second....Oh, did you see this today? ....Ok, just quickly checking FB...Your beer is already number three while your mates beer went warm and stale.Fair enough, was a long day...Then you knock at his door at 3AM to take the boat or or go on a trip.Still half asleep but the phone and all social media must be checked before even making it to the toilet...You get the picture, hopefully not by looking in a mirror now ;)When the "internet" started to be a thing I was already long on the wagon of "online".And back then some big players in the game said "One day we will all be connected in real time!".Of course everyone had a good laugh and moved on.No chance "everyone" could afford a computer, let alone get the skills to go "online".But look at today:You call your provider, tell them you need internet at home and you just plug a box in and have it.Oh, moible is prefered?No problem, just pick the phone you fancy, add a sim card and off you go minutes later.I remember libraries not just as a place to read books but also as a place to learn new things.Explore the world, see other cultures...If you could afford it you might have seen it all for yourself and in real.Today all this is replaced by a single term:"Google it!"What we have today is a simple money scheme created through the totally useless "need" to be connected.So how do you know that you are already addicted to you electronic friend and failed to realise it?Quite simple actually and in the same way as maybe your grandparents did with your parents - if they are old enough ;)Yes I mean the goggle box, the good old TV.Back in the day we said that 4 hours of TV time for a teen is already quite much.We can't escape screens for work or school needs anymore.What we can though is ask:How many hours per day do you spend on yo phone? The time that is not work or school related...How much of your daily life do you organise through your phone by texting, social media or just notes, reminders and so on?Do you complain that even the newest phone newer has enough charge for your "needs"? ;)Do you get cramps in your hands or fingers? ;)Or just plain simple: How long could you really be totally without mobile phone, computer and internet?The answers you give yourself might shock you ;)What are your thoughts on the mobile phone zombies of today?

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Batteries and LED light modules - correctly powering for maximum life

Hiya, I need to power a LED strip of 3 LED lights with batteries. The LED box says it is a 12VDC light module, and on the back of the box it says the Input Power is 0.0453A. My limited understanding is that I should use a 9V battery plus 2x AA battery (I have limited space - a 8 AA pack wont fit inside my project)...is that correct? I need to know how long these batteries will last - if it is less than 10 hours can you suggest another way of powering it? I'm incredibly lost and very new to understanding all of this! Thanks in advance. 

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Need an alternative to "long-term food storage in plastic buckets".

Hello, I'm in Mumbai, India. I spoke to a few people from the U.S. who do survival things and one had spent his life in long-term food storage. I wanted to this too. He explained me very clearly how to store food-grains long-term. What I was told is to get some big food-grade plastic buckets with air-tight lids and put the grains and a calculated amount of dry ice on top of the grains using newspaper. Then, put the lid on and after sometime, check if there is any expansion or change in the bucket and if the dry ice is evaporated. Then seal the lid tightly. But, my main problem is getting plastic sealed buckets here in India. I have tried a few malls, bakeries, shops and even online but can't find air-tight buckets or big containers larger than one liter capacity. I was able to find dry ice, though. Can anyone tell me an alternative to air-tight buckets that I can use? Much appreciated, Regards. RS

Question by rseni    |  last reply


Battery provides a constant potential difference all along its life time? Answered

Will a 12 Volt battery provide the same potential difference of 12 Volt even after using it for long time? Or it will decrease from 12 v to 11.5 and then 11.1v  and then to 10 v ...................5v.............3v.................0.5v,0.1v and then at last 0v with usage? Give reason if it works as constant source of potential difference supplying agent.

Question by deepakmurali    |  last reply


Christmas Outdoor Lights

Trying to avoid electricity as much as possible.  Haven't found a phosphorous type solution with a long enough life to make it practical.  Have I missed a paint or light that last?  Other ideas?

Question by Rambler    |  last reply


Electronics

I want to cover a stairway.  The motion detection camera that is in the library here is a very good start.   I want to add the following functions. 1. long battery life 30 days min. 2.. Rotating photo storage.  i.e. when the memory is filled up, the camera will overwrite the oldest photo. 3.  Date and time stamp A unit like this could be left in place for a long period and only accessed if something has happened that need to be checked.   

Topic by jscanlan    |  last reply


How do you turn on a circuit at night

Can anyone tell me how to incorporate a "dusk to dawn" photocell to this circuithttp://www.satcure-focus.com/tutor/page11.htmIts a simple long life flashing LED circuit.I need to build a circuit that will blink 4 red led'sand use very low power so that the batteries can last a long time.I want it to come on at dark and off at light.I appreciate the help.John

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Single Blinking LED Battery longevity. Which is best, (2) AA or 9 volt?

Want to know what is the best method to power a single Blinking White 5mm LED and get the most battery life. How long and what type battery could keep it going continuously the longest?

Question by keydogstony    |  last reply


can anyone tell me how i can make a progress bar that measures my battery life?

I'm tired of leaving m laptop plugged in too long, since i am usually using it, or its open, i wanted to know if anyone could tell me how i can add a progress bar to a program that shows my battery life and can tell me when its done charging. thank you in advance

Question by coldpsyco91    |  last reply


Temporary Tent life - Where in Hesperia/Apple Valley Ca can this be done?

Hi folks, I came across a similar question on this site, but the answers were for a different state so I hope this is ok. Me, my mom and a couple others (and pets) have been in a motel for nearly a month and it's way too expensive (running over the $5000 a month mark and this is as cheap as it comes for all of us). 3 rooms. Contemplating on living in a tent, preferably in the wilds somewhere here in the high desert (Hesperia or Apple Valley CA). Some of us may go to the camp grounds (narrows), but those of us with the kitty cats prefer to go out into the desert if possible. Mind you, this is only temporary (as long as we can hold out). If you guys out there know of a good spot that's unclaimed (and legal?? is there such a thing?) please let me know :)  Wilds would be free, however we still have access to toiletry/shower through friends. Long story short, the family was scammed by a realty company and now we're out of our house. To stay afloat, we tried AmericanHomes4Rent to get a temporary rental, but that didn't work out, so we're in the hotel. In fact, a house was readily available for us to rent, application OKd, but at the last second the above company said that there was a glitch in their system and the house was not available for rent.  (BS.. we went to see the place, rental sign, lock box etc.. RENTLY has a let yourself in service which we used to check it out). This has to be voodoo or something... I dunno... bad luck one thing after another. The plan is to save enough money to convince one of these rental companies to let us in  (3 or 4 months rent in advance). That worked for several folks I know, so hope to try the same :) PS - A shelter is out of the question. Not only are they full (went to inquire at the one up here), some of the folks there were wielding pocket knives and someone got into a fight.  Yikes. No way!  Tent it is!!!

Question by GarySpatzScam.    |  last reply


Sunday mentoring session was the best time I've had in a LONG time.....

I had wanted to post this yesterday,  and I had it ALL written out but just before I wanted to hit enter, I had to back space to fix a misspelling and the whole browser backed up and wiped it ALL out. *sigh* Anyways, this past Sunday, after meeting, my wife and I were invited to stay and do some things with the children and the parents of that particular household. This is the family with the Asperger's child of 8 that built the Scorpion model/puzzle with me (see instructable for details on that build). I had sooo much planned, but we didn't get to half of it.  Which is ok, more to do another day.  I fixed her robot (last time the ground wire had broken off the motor, this time it was the red wire) by soldering the loose wire back on.  The battery compartment was broken too, so the one end of the "box" that joined the positive and negative terminals of the two batteries, was completely off. Thankfully, I had brought my hot glue gun. A more permanant fix would need to be done later if this didn't hold.  Anyway, I demonstrated the Magus effect to her, first showing her a ball rolling off a flat piece of cardboard, then asked her what she expected the paper tube to do when I rolled IT off the plane. She wasn't sure but after a bit of prodding she said it would act like the ball, only slower.  When she saw the tube roll of and reverse direction she had to see it again (to make sure I hadn't done something TO the tube :-)   THEN she just HAD to show the rest of the family   :-) The hardest part was explaing the effect to an 8 year old.  She is smart, but not very advanced language-wise. So I had to keep it fairly simple. STILL the experience was great. When I made a "voice box" out of a drinking straw and a balloon, though, she was tickled pink. She just HAD to have one, despite the great difficulty in operating it. I promised to think more on how to make it easier to use by the next session.  All in all, my head was spinning, and I was giddy all the way through Monday from the encounter.  I do think I missed my calling in life....

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply


What can we learn from those Amazing old Sharks ?

Currently a Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) is good for 400 year lifetime. I would do an annual harbor swim of port Nuuk and consume Hákarl  (cured shark)  followed by a jigger of Brennivín known as (Black_Death) for just another 100 years added to my life. Any ideas of a better method will be worthy of support and consideration. "Cold can also activate antiaging genes that help an animal better fold proteins, get rid of DNA-damaging molecules, and even fight off infections more effectively, extending life span. The cold-activated molecules “are evolutionarily conserved” across the animal kingdom, and thus these pathways very likely exist in us and these sharks too"

Question by iceng    |  last reply


Latest contender for "World's Smallest Car" built from kiddy ride.

The official "world's smallest car" is only 52.8 inches long, but a UK Maker has built one only 51 inches long.Even better, the new car started life as one of those ride-on toys you see beside the tills in supermarkets - Postman Pat, if you're interested.He built a quad-bike style chassis to carry the body-shell, gave it a new paint-job, and away he went!Newsround slideshow"Grown up" BBC news clipTabloid take on the story

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Would you like to win a farm? (UK contest, but non-Brits could give it a try)

Source of Story Are you sick of the rat race? Wish your life was more "Good Life" than "This Life"? Is a day on the allotment your idea of heaven? Think you can run your own business? (Photo: Dave Dunford) BBC is looking for ten couples to take part in a new series that will really put your aptitude for farming to the test. Over six weeks you'll learn how to run and manage your own farm, from animal husbandry and harvesting to coping with the unpredictable British weather. The series will culminate in the winning pair getting the opportunity to live and work on their own small farm. Whatever your background or relationship — friends, married, siblings — as long as you both share that yearning for a life on the farm we want to hear from you. To apply, please email your name to farm@splashmediatv.co.uk and an application form will be emailed to you. Successful candidates may spend up to six weeks away from home in summer 2010. Closing date for applications is 28th April 2010.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Contest Entry

Uh, Hello. I tried to enter my instructable into the game life contest and it has been pending moderator approval for about 2 weeks now. I also entered it into Make It Real contest and it was entered the next day. Why is it taking so long?  P.S. The first time I tried to enter, it didn't work for some reason. I tried re-entering and it had been under approval for 2 weeks.

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Hello, I'm New

Hi, just wanted to introduce myself. I've been looking at this site for a long time but never posted anything or wrote an instructable, but my last email from them had the 1929 contest in it, so I thought that sounded fun. I wrote my first instructable a couple of days ago for that contest, it's published in 'home' and 'life'. 20 Easy Ways to Save; I hope you like it. diygirl

Topic by diygirl    |  last reply


favorite nerf guns

My favorite nerf guns are the nerf guns that don't have to be cocked back and reloaded. I like th ones that are like revolvers or have magazines.my favorite revolving nerf gun is the nerf maverick followed by the nerf dart tag revolver. My favorite magazine loading guns are the nerf long shot and the buzzsaw. And in an un related topic, i love half-life what are your favorite nerf guns?

Topic by buterSBob29    |  last reply


Heli

I want an rc helicopter that is reasonably priced, easy to manever (the type that you can go forward and backward, up and down, not too touchy, etc.) tough (i am a beginner, so i crash alot) has a long battery life (unless it's a gas) weather proof (will not get blown so easily by the wind) and if it's outdoors a reasonable size (i want to make a bombay door or something so i can drop stuff

Topic by TheInventor1997    |  last reply


MEMBERSHIP FEE IS MONEY VERY WELL SPENT!

My goodness!  My membership fee is the best money that I've spent in a long time. Its now 4 a.m. and I can't turn the computer off.  Where have you been my whole life?  My wife stumbled upon the site, and now she's going to regret it!!!!   Maybe not.  I'll make something for her every few weeks!!!!!  Retirement is five weeks away!!! Mike

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