My Little Pony: Friendship is magic

Bronies unite! How many of you are out there on here? I know PoniesSwag is one and a few more are, so yeah. Reveal your bronyhood to me and I will follow you. Discuss all ponies on this forum post.  Anything from styling fluttershy and tips on that( I will oblige!) to on if Fluttertosh is a good shipping and everywhere inbetween!  What chaos have I been missing? Continue on!

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My Little Pony: Building is Magic

Being a HUGE ponies fan I've taken a note to all the recent and cool projects being put out by bronies on sites like EquestriaDaily.com and thought it appropriate to give bronies a place to post all these and compile them together. Here's your place to post 'ibles on ponies! :D -AdmiralCubie (theconstructionofart.blogspot.com)

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My Little pony friendship is magic toy pattern? Answered

I am a pegasister, and I NEED a pattern to make them. I have found a few, but with no tutorial to go with them. Anyone seen any good FREE  patterns? They are in high demand amongst the herd,if you know what I mean. Preferably a multi-pony pattern that can be used for more than 1 pony. If not, preferably fluttershy, rainbow dash, or applejack. PLEASE HELP!!!

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Master Chief meets Hello Pony meets Bizarreness

This mash-up of a macho videogame icon and an overly cute pony is so odd you just have to love it. I wouldn't pay over $150 for it on eBay as some guy has, but I do like the pictures. Link

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A little sketch.

Just drew a picture and thought it was neat. One of my first using my new arm. Critique my style.

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A little help

I've been looking for ways to make a little spending money. I've looked up a few things, and I was disappointed with the "generic" ideas, like garage sales and stuff.  One of my latest ideas is for a Ebay business. So my question is what should I sell? I know, I know, that's a big question.  Some of my interest are... Wood working ( Along with wood burning ) Outdoors ( Fishing, Hunting, Biking, Hiking ) Tinkering with mechanical objects Building little doohickeys off Instructables Any Ideas?

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my little 366mhz laptop

Do you think an AMD K6 366mhz laptop with 64mb of ram could run windows XP?

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A little Distractor

I tried to post this to the iRobot Create group, didn't work the first time. Hopefully 2nd time is a charm:Well, it's been a while waiting for this, and It's not quite over yet. So I had this little idea to keep us a bit busy.In the group, which do you consider to be the top 5 ideas? The ones you would vote for if you were a judge? No particular order. Only rule here is you can't vote for your own ideas.So here are my top 5.1) loubard's Plant Gardiner2) zachinme's ChumbyBot3) StepsOfTheSun's Tennis Bot4) Kira_Koenig's Security Bot5) SolamenteDoug's Lion (cat) TamerBTW, a disclusion doesn't mean I don't like your idea. There are a few ideas here that I think are really cool. There are a few ideas I think are really cool, but out-of-scope for the Create. Either way, I hope you'll post up your top 5, I'd like to see how our personal thoughts compare with each other, and eventually the winners.Again, I wish everyone good luck in the contest!

Topic by aarone 


Laugh a Little

Greetings!      Where I use to live my local paper posted some funny stories or or sayings titled "Laugh a Little" hence the name. I decide to post some of them to see what you think. None of these are ones that I made up, they're all from the paper. If you want me to post more I will. I have lots of them.      Enjoy.                                Questions that haunt me! Can you cry underwater? How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered? Why does a round pizza come in a square box? What disease did cured ham actually have? How is it that we put  man on the moon before we figured out how to put wheels on luggage? Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up every to hours? If a death person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing? Why do people pay to go up in tall buildings and pay to look through binoculars at things on the ground? If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a coconut radio, why can't he fix a hole in a boat? If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?                                 Church Bloopers  The fasting and prayer conference includes meals. The sermon this morning 'Jesus walks on water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.' Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husband. Don't let worry kill you off - let the church help. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.  A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

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The little moonshiner....

Found an old topic that someone reactivated with a reply, so I though I do a new one to make it easier. "Moonshine" can be as tasty as any good spirit from the shops. I have done a few liters back in my days... There are a few things to consider right from the start though. What type of sugar is used, e.g. fruits, corn, wheat, potatoes or plain sugar and water. Equally important is the yeast, some prefer natural fermantation, others use baker's yeast, most prefer dedicated yeasts for wine. Even the water used plays a role in the final taste!Hygine is another thing that many people overlook or neglect. Anything that can grow in a warm and sweet enviroment will grow rapidly! That means if your yeast is not good or fast enough, other cultures can take over and sometimes totally change the outcome and quality. In some cases, like with fruits to the better but usually to the worse. Imagine you want to bake a nice cake with vanilla in it. But since your vanilla stick is already quite old and you stored it together with your garden herbs in one jar.... You get the idea of taste I hope ;) Just go from start to finnish like you would prepare chicken meat together with fish - keep it clean, keep it healthy.The still.... Now, if you trust some old blokes doing moonshine since they were kids then it all sounds so easy. But for the hobby brewer there are now tons of options available. Basic pot stills you can put on your stove, electric ones that are basically just an electric boiler with a cooling tube, tower models with several levels of control or the good old "reflux" still in copper. Why is it important to know your way around stills? Again, if you ask a cook then he will tell you why he uses a certain pot for certain dishes or why he won't work with certain materials. Sometimes it is for taste or ease of handling, often just preference. Lets check the main differences in material. We have the modern stainless steel and the classic copper. Stainless steel is easy to clean, won't affect the taste and won't cause any chemical reactions that would alter the taste of your product. That is true only if you trust the manufacturers ;) To compensate for the problems I will explain in a bit they use all sorts of gadgets. I call them brewing helpers and explain them in a bit. Copper on the other hand is now quite expensive and also deemed to be a pain to clean and sanitise. To be honest: how hard it is to clean a still only depends on the design. If you can seperate it into nice straight pieces with good access you can clean anything. But copper was and still is the prefered option for drinking vessels and cookware in a lot of cultures - and it is coming back into our kitchens now as well. Why is that then? Copper has natural sanitising abilities but also reacts with a lot of chemicals. And since copper is considered to be a "good" metal, these reactions usually happen only directly on the copper. Meaning all reaction products stay on the copper as well. Work with fruits or potatoes and a copper still can look dark black and really ugly when done. Do the same in a steel still and then compare the taste ;) Copper produces a far better taste! Especially sufur based compounds react strongly with the copper but also anything causing bad smells or tastes is reduced big time. To flux, reflux not not to flux at all!? A basic still heats the mesh to a set temperature, a cooling coil or similar lets the steam condensate and the alcohol (and everything else) drips out. More complex models have a more tower like appearance and with that allow for a better temperature control. Here the steam will cool down in the tower and at the right height you have the outlet. Brings a much more refined product. The best is still the reflux still however. Here the steam is allowed to travel further and cool down completely. Only a fraction is allowed to come out while the rest runs back down into the heated pot. From first to last model the quality, taste and purity improve. Lets take a closer look on what actually happens inside a still:Once the mix is hot enough that something can turn into a vapor or gas form it will try to escape. That is why we usually discard the first "head" coming out - it contains the most methanol for starters but also the worst of tastes. Again more on heads and tails later ;)In a simple still all steam produced is now turned back into a liquid.One reason why the alcohol concentrations is quite low, around 40%.But also the reason for the low quality taste that can happen.Even with a generous amount of head removed literally everything that is in the opt ends up in the spirit.A good temperature control is a must have and the less deviation the better.And as with all pots running low, once you are low enough all impurities left in your mesh will be concentrated.If the bottom now gets too hot they release unwanted tastes...We skip the tower models and go right to the reflux as the later is just better and includes all there is to say about the tower models anyway.At least on a hobby level a reflux still already starts with a quite tall boiling vessel.It just allows a better and more evenly heating of the mesh inside.While the bottom part is hotter than the top currents form that constantly mix what is inside.The heat is controlled so there is no real boiling, in the best option so that no part of the pot will go over 85° C.When all is hot enough so the first alcohol could run out the system is actually still closed.All vapour has to run back down the tower - which is why some towers even come with cooling fins...As a result all things with a low boiling point will stay in the tower as vapor and once the still is opened they come out first.The heads can be much smaller then too ;)Since the outlet is set at a suitable height and is naturally cooler than the steam, a lot of steam will condense above the outlet.Much more below it and only a fraction is collected to run to the outlet.That means that once the system has reached stable temps throughout that the tower is filled with ethanol vapour only.And since it is constantly re-boiled and runs back down and up all that comes out is already at quite high concentrations.With a good setup as high as 95% vol.It also means that you can have a great level of control about what exactly ends in your ethanol.Depending on how high the outlet is located a different amount of things that can either bond with ethanol or have a similar boiling temperature will be collected.Sole reason why most simple pot stills are designed to work with sugar and clean water only...When working with fruits as a base you often want quite a lot of the flavours and tastes preserved.Only experience and trying will get you tot he sweet spot where the alcohol content is just right and all wanted flavours are included.Go too high with your quality and the alcohol is too pure, go too low and the taste is bad...Which of course brings us back to why you should take your time before the cooking starts!I know far too many people who have no patience when it comes to the end of fermantation.Some yeast might be still active, far too much sugar left over in the mesh or just not enough care in general...You want most if not all of the sugar gone and used.What is not dead in terms of yeast needs to be dormant due to the alcohol concentration.And that can be the tricky part already!You see, once yeast dies off quickly due to the alcohol only the strong survive.In some cases, especially if you re-use your leftovers often, these few can still be active at over 20% of alcohol volume in the mix.The best option is to have a spare fridge and to put the entire container or drum in there.Let it sit cold for a few days, the yeast goes dormant, all sediments settly down to the bottom as no CO2 is produced anymore.Once all is really nice and clear use a hose or similar to remove the clear content only!Be careful here and once the levels are low use a seperate container to drain off!Take out what you can and if in doubt let what you take settle again for a day or two.Doing this time consuming step will make sure you only boil up what brings you the good stuff.On the other hand, when using potatoes, fruits or such you might have to press the liquid out and and add that to what you drained off already.I prefer to do this first and just put it back into the big drum again to let it all settle together.Ok, you only use sugar anyway but what comes out just does not taste or smell right...Would also mean you only use a basic still...As mentioned before the heads are what contains all the nasties.There are ways to actually measure if there is methanol present but for what we do now this is not so important.When the dripping start use shot glasses or such to catch it.Preferably while watching it ;)Smell what it is the glass when you put the next one under.The first glass should smell quite bad anyways.Quickly the smell in the glasses will change to something more "pure" and alcohol like - now start collecting for use.With a simple but good controlled still you will see the flow increases and levels out at some point.When the volume starts to go down your tails start.It is good practise to now use a seperate collecting vessel for the rest until what comes to fully discard.At some point you will notice the difference between just enough and really good temperature control.In a really good system the flow will go down to a slow drip or even stop.While in a dirt simple one the flow will just slow down for a while and then suddenly start running again.This running happens when the remainig water starts boiling...Keep smelling what comes out and once the taste or smell changes noticably again use a different container to collet what comes out. - This is you first tail collection.What comes out until the smell and taste go bad is your second tail collection - now you can turn your still off for a while.Let all what you collected cool down to room temperature is not already.Check what you collected from the heads, helps to have small jars for this ;)From start to last the smell should get better.If the last two or three collections smeel somehow interesting then add them to your main collection.Smell the first tail collection again - it should not be that bad anymore, especially if you let it cool down slightly open.Especially when working with fruits you might to add quite a bit of this to your main collection.If only sugar was used just move on to the last tail collection.In case you still don't like the smell mix the tail collection together and keep in a seperate and sealed vessel.Those tail collections can then later be used to destill them again (with more tails from other runs) to get a decent cleaning alcohol or something that might still be worth adding in small amounts for a better overall taste.However for sugar only mixes it can be considered to be for cleaning purposes only.What you have now is little waste and a lot of almost good alcohol.It still contains more or less amounts of unwanted things that mainly come from the yeast and their by-products.To "clean" you alcohol the best option is to destill it again - it will also increase the concentration quite a bit.Best option here is to use properly filtered and prefeably demineralised water to get back to a full fill of the still.If your still is quite small and what you collected would make for one or two full fills then go for it.Be warned though that you should not fill it up to the full mark, a bit under is better as the mix now will boil far quicker and more violent.Personally I prefer to have the alcohol conectration in the still at around 205% only.As we already discarded the worst of the worst in the heads during our first run only a tiny amount, like half a shot glass should be too bad in terms of taste and smell.Whatever comes after shall be fine.Again, once the tails start try to be carefull and if you can slow things down a notch.You will see a quite destinct reduction in the flow rate once the tails start - use a new container right away.The alcohol concentration should now drop quickly too as another indicator.If you want just pure tasting alcohol add what you comes out from this point to your tails container for later use as you don't want to drink it.Again, for fruits and potatoes you might want to keep the first bit of the collected tails.You alcohol concentration should now be already over 75% even if a basic still was used.The overall volume you collected will be lower accordingly of course - so don't be too disappointed by the liters you got from the second run.In a perfect world you now would use some nice barrel and let your creation age...But since we do moonshine...There is a chance that even after two runs you still taste and smell things you don't want or like.So if in doubt do it all again and get to 90 or more percent...Either way the final stuff should be now either watered down (filtered and clean of course) to the desired level.How to further improve on the outcome....There are little helpers along the way to get far bette results than without using them.If you check ready to go kits then they often contain specialised yest strains, a carbon mix and some "clearing aids".The yeast part is obvious, although I do prefer life prt wine yeast anyway.Carbon or activated charcoal is used to bind some of the bad odors and tastes the yeast produces.Keep in mind they are designed to work together, unlike using proper wine making cultures.Using power yeasts without carbon always results in a low quality.The clearing aids actually change the acidity levels and cause some things to mineralise or otherwise change so they settle to the ground.But they mainly make sure the yeast is dead.If you only use sugar then these kits are your easiest option and just follow their instructions.For fruits or anything else however you might want to try the slow route and use actual wine making yeasts for a change ;)And of course here we do not use carbon at all as we actually want to keep the taste of waht we use.We already had the proper way of getting the mesh to settle down, so that bit is clear.For sugar only you can now try to run your creation through activated charcaol or just add it and mix it.Let it sit and mix again for a few days.You do not need to filter the black stuff out, just drain it carefully and run the last bit through a coffee filter.Nothing will end in your destilled product.Inside the still you can use ceramic bioling thingies of all sorts.They provide a surface for water or mix to boil on instead of just the bottom.If you can't them for a good price then just use the stuff for aquarium filters ;)As said earlier too, copper is good but most modern stills are made from steel.If you can't find any copper wool pot cleaners you can cut some plumbing pipe into small sections.Inside the boiling vessel they will quickly turn brownish black while collecting bad things.Cleaning is easy with some cirtic acid/delimer/coffee machine cleaner...For a tower or reflux still it really helps to have these copper pads or wool inside for a far greater surface area to aid condensation and slow down the run off.I know how hard it is to get the stuff these days so if no other option use stainless steel ones and only loose the benefit of more cleaning through chemical reactions.Tools that come in handy....Monitoring the sugar and alcohol level to know when the mesh is right is quite obvious.What might not be is that you can correct bad level towards the end of fermentation.Yeast already dying slowly but far too much sugar left? Just add luke warm water to lover the alcohol conectration...Yeast going dormant with low alcohol levels? The sugar might be out so chack and if in doubt add some more.A good stir will help the remaining yeast to get more active in a day or two.So these little glass measuring tools should be put to good use from the start.During the destillation a purpose made overflow pipe to hold your alcohol tester is extremly helpful!The destilled liquid goes in through a pipe or hose at the bottom of the pipe.The bottom is closed, the top open to allow to drop the alcohol tester inside.Overflow or outlet should be just under the rim.During your run you can now see directly how the alcohol content changes.It will stabilse once the heads are finnished and get a slight rise just before it drops during the tails section.Improving basic desing of a basic still...Once you are done with a dead simple pot still and buy a reflux or tower model you might wonder why you did not build one yourself.What looked good on the pics and in the shop turns out to be still a bit away from perfect.The outlet might not have any flow control or is located to low/high.The vital overpressure protection might be missing and the thing sometimes runs out like a garden hose...For the later you can slavage some old pressure cooker and use the weight with the screw in counterpart in the lid ;)A simple hole in the top with flat weight on it works too, I used an old rubber plug from my bathtub one (could not find the purpose made one in time).For the outlet you can cheat a bit ;)Wrapping the tower with some insulating material improves on the heat loss - this helps if the still struggles to heat enough to provide a proper flow rate.Cooling the tower with wet towels, running water or similar well help on hot days or if the outlet is located reall high with little chance to provide decent condensation in the lower parts.How to cheat with the barrel....No matter if you just run with sugar or if you prefern corn, wheat, fruits....For some spirits good taste means good age.And well, good age for commercial spirits usually happens by resting in wooden drums.Oak, white oak, red gum and several other types of wood are used.Some small destilleries even use only locally available wood and won't even tell you which tree it was...Means we have a few chocices if we don't want to stick to the well known classics.But how do we make a barrel ?A good one is not just made from any old wood - the wood needs to be of the right age and moisture.To keep it simple just treat it like your firewood and let it rest for the same time.A good barrel is often "charred" - burnt with a flame or by rolling it with burning charcoal inside.This does two imortant things:1: It provides charcoal to bind remaining bad stuff.2: It releases some sugars from the wood plus resins and othe stuff.Both are an essential part of the final product and aging process!Now it becomes clear why a good sprit cost more than vodka...Using a neutral vessel like glass to age your spirit is one thing, preparing the wood the right way another...You see, size matters here in several ways.Big chunks provide a decent surface are without causing too much debris.The also provide more tannins for the color and more resins and sugar.Smaller chunks provide more charcaol for a higher level or binding impurities.But both will soak up far more alcohol than the correspong barrel size would!Obviously, if you are on a small scale on only got about 5 liters of alcohol to deal with loosing much is bad.The best way to char the wood IMHO is inside a clsed can or steel box.Just a small vent hole and a lot of turning with the right eye for when the wood is charred enough to be black and sealed.Opinions vary here but I use about a cup full of wood per 5 liters of alcohol at around 93% vol.Some goes for the storage, apart from dark some can't really agree here.Tossing and turning is as much prefered as undisturbed resting - take your own pick.The thig I do differently after the filtering off is to re-use the wood that is soaked.It goes into a freezer bag until the next run of the still and then the frozen wood is just added to the second still run to get back the alcohol in it, plus some nice taste and smell :)

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How do I disguise my voice as another voice, like a character from a series (Specifically Twilight Sparkle)?

I want to disguise my voice on Skype as a character from My Little Pony, specifically Twilight Sparkle. Is there a specific voice changer I could use so that I can disguise my voice as Twilight Sparkle on Skype? Please help ASAP.

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my brother is turning 10 soon..

Hes turning ten soon and i told him that i would make him a sweet instructable... any ideas? for more info. just ask.

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Any ideas on making a My Little Pony Costume that was in the World's biggest Tea Party Live onstage presentation?

What materials would be best to use to form the head?  I have already made the body and covered it with foam and pink fleece.  It seems that the arms of the child are inside the head. My grand daughter is patiently waiting for me to get this project finished.  Would be grateful for any help available.

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my idea

So ive been thinking about an idea. the idea are these little robots that connect together by magnets and then build other robots also when there are two or more connected it can walk and build more. the only problem is, i have no idea how to do this. so if anyone can help me with this please contact me. also if this already exist please tell me. dont take my idea

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A little help please?

Just me again looking for more advice.... *sigh... i must be pathetic...* I have been having problems talking with people. Not talking as in messing up my words but talking as in saying something softly and uninterestingly. it seems i can type with personality but i can't show it worth a crap... I just don't feel happy and i feel empty inside one of my friends said it was not believing in myself but i don't think that's the case. It's not a confidence problem. (3 years in Tae Kwon Do fixed that). It seems like a personality problem. I don't feel like myself... i don't do much but keep to myself. I play online games with a headset and i can talk just how i want to unless i am at school. I just feel numb inside. It is really hard to explain and i feel like i look like the kid that just sits and goes through the motions and doesn't have any fun. It feels like i have the personality of a rock. Im not the best looking, not the funniest, but i am nice to everybody. ( for the most part). I am just not getting noticed as much as i want. when somebody talks to me i just kind of respond in as few words as possible and it doesn't feel natural to talk for a long time. Can anybody tell me what this problem is and how to fix it. (if possible?) ----------------extra info-------------------- --I don't get out much --Most of my time is taken up by COD my computer and hunting --I have a small group of loyal, good friends --have never had a girlfriend --do not normally get in trouble please help me with this... i just don't feel interesting...

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Present for Little Sister Answered

I need to make a present for my little sister(11).  I've checked the gifts section, but nothing seemed suitable for her. She doesn't really have any interests, so I've given you all the info I can. Thanks in advance

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maybe a little help?

Was wondering if anyone her would take a look at my instructable and give me a little advice or thoughts on how I did. I don't really know much about woodworking and just kind of did whatever seemed right. I really have no idea if there is easier ways to do the same thing, or maybe even a tip or trick would be really appreciated.Thanks in advance!

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Little Windmill Project

Hey everyone a while ago I was cleaning out my closet and found a little micano car, it had a motor on it I was wondering is it possible to use that to generate a little bit of wind energy, if so can someone who knows alot in this field explain how to I intend to have it as a show thing and is it possible to have different colored LED's and if it is windy it will light the all 3 and if its not it will light like 1 or 2 sort of like a wind gage. Anyway thanks for reading sorry if this is a stupid idea.

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My Little Trees' Leaves Have Dried... Answered

I have cups with little trees growing in them, and they recently got mold on the soil and their leaves are dry (but are still green).  I got rid of as much of the mold as I could and have given them more water, but...  Will they survive?

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Say Hello to my not-so-little Friend!

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

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WHO STOLE MY LITTLE GIRLS TENT?

I HAVE TWO WEB CAMS AND I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SET THEM IN A WINDOW SO I CAN CATCH WHOEVER THIS IDIOT IS WHO WILL STEEL A PUP TENT FROM AN 8 YEAR OLD GIRL IN BROAD DAYLIGHT.

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I need help with my little idea? Answered

I am totaly useless with electronics but I had this brainwave witch involves accelerometer, some led diodes. I just need some drawing or blueprint. I need to know what does it goes with them. Basic idea is to make the led go flashing when accelerometer stops moving and it does stop flashing when it is in complete stop or moves forward. And do I need a board for it or I can weld all of it together?

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How to cool my little workshop? Will this work

I have my workshop building i am trying to cool without spending a 1000.00 bucks. I havea small chest freezer forget the cubic feet but it is around 2 ft. by 3ft. in size. I was wondering if i fill 75 5 full of water and instal a coil of 100 feet of 3/8 copper tubing in a coil on the inside running to a 36 inch fan with 75 ft of 3/8 coil on the front and set it to pump 32 degree water to the fan . Do you think this woudl bring a 10ft by 16 ft building down from 100 to 80 degrees ? This would probably be cheaper on electricity over all than a a/c if i could afford one. Can anyone share there thoughts? Thanks alot Andy

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Rainbow Dash, the pony you asked for!

I don't take any credit for these pictures I am just adding part of my collection. Thanks for the views and anti-bronies.......stay calm and flutter on! /)^3^(\ Awesome!

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My Knex Safe

having a little break from guns and decided to make a knex safe comment rate and subscribe enjoy =)

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My plastic extrusion

Hi I've made this little extrusion as a prototype: http://www.preciousplastic.com/little-extrusion/ It's for my graduation project at my school...(still in progress) However, This is small..I want to make it big! Does any of you guys have an idea where I can get a serious screw for inside the plastic extrusion? Are where to get them second hand? New price is around $2500...way to much for me...

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little red wagon ideas

I got a rusty old radio flyer wagon. My mind keeps jumping to go-kart, but I'm curious if anyone else has ideas

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i am trying to save up for a horse, but am not old enough to get a REAL job but am trying to make a lot of money, ideas?

I am a teenage girl, i am trying to earn more money to get my horse:)  i hove horses and have been saving ever since i was 9... but i still would like to have a few hundred $ in savings before i get my horse, any ideas howto earn money? i love working outside or inside it doesent matter. i am a hard worker and dont care if my hands get a little dirty.. Please help!

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how do keep my room clean im 28 year old and i still have a mess room please help?

my room alway been mess sense i was little

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my monitor doesn't show my desktop

When i turn on my computer, all the fans disk drives, everything runs but i can't hear the little beep when it boots up and the monitor doesn't show anything, the power light just flashes meaning no signal. HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Birds! a little challenge/contest

Can I do it?      Thank you! I will give away some of my backlog of pro memberships as prizes Here is the contest:  birds Some bird music to get you motivated

Topic by foobear   |  last reply


needing a little advice on Microcontrollers Answered

Ok i am hoping someone can help me with this, i am not real new to electronics but i am to Microcontroller's i have done a lot with 555 and 4017s and transistors and so on the basic stuff. but my wife's letting me pick out what i want for my b'day and i am thinking about getting the picaxe from Sparkfun ( http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10803 ). and i am not sure what all i need i know i need the programing cable ( http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8313 ), but do i need this stuff the Ceramic Resonator ( http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9993 ) the PICAXE Bread Board Adapter ( http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8331 ) Breadboard Power Supply 5V/3.3V ( http://www.sparkfun.com/products/114 ). also i do have a decent homemade breadboard pic included to make sure its ok for gettin started in microcontroller's provided links to make my question easyer to answer (i hope), also i dont know any programing but i am wanting to learn i am just wondering if this would be the way to get started and what i would need. Thanks in advanced for any help? William

Question by World of warcraft junkie   |  last reply


My latest project

My presence has been a little lighter on the site lately. Not so many cookie patches or links to things on the internet that catch my eye as I'd like. The reason for all this is that a couple weeks ago, my son was born. At 42 minutes into 09/09/09 we welcomed Orion Nikola Lewis into the world. Everyone's been doing just fine. Life has changed and all for the better.

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


Verify my account? Answered

A little box keeps popping up saying "Hey DCA, you still need to verify your account".  I do as it says and a box pops up with an old but still active email address, I send it but it never shows in my mailbox. Nothing wrong with the address, I still get other mails.  What's up? Also, I don't see anyplace to ask a question of the Instructable staff. Thanks,  Dave

Question by DCA   |  last reply


Can i put this little bottle in my aquarium?

I'm asking this because on the bottle there is a sticker, i dont know if it's harmfull for my fish (in a cold-water aquarium). I want this bottle in my aquarium for decoration, I'm going to fill it with red fluid (foodcouloring i think). Unless the sticker will do harm to my fish. Does anybody know?

Question by lukeD   |  last reply


My Capacitor Bank

This is a little project I've been working on for some time now, playing with capacitors to see what kind of sparks I can get. I finally decided to build a mounting board for them and glue them all together. You'll see before I glued them in, as I was counter-sinking holes for them to sit in. So far I have MOST of them wired together, in parallel, but I only hooked up the larger ones until I get all the "bugs" wrinkled out. I'm also using a relay circuit to switch the output from the capacitors (so I don't fry myself while they're charging). I have it set up with a 2-way toggle switch, so when I hold the switch to the right, it charges my capacitors, and when I flip it to the left, it triggers the solenoid, and I can then discharge the capacitors however I want. Right now I'm in the process of finding the right power supply, as I have both the relay, and the capacitors charging off the same 12V (1A) wallwart, but it's not enough juice for what I want. Enough to burn little holes in tin foil with the sparks, but It's just simply not dangerous enough for me! Me and nachomahma are working out something so an update will ensue! 

Topic by Punkguyta   |  last reply


Little Gem Amp Problem

Hi all I am quite new to electronics but I am very interested in it. I have built a couple circuits before but nothing with an IC chip. So now I have decided to move onto slightly more complex projects,  and I found the Little Gem Guitar Amp: http://www.runoffgroove.com/littlegem.html I have built it on a veroboard from these diagrams but I changed the layout slightly. Obviously everything is connected the same way I just moved the 100uF cap a little up. I have also added a 10Ohm resistor to the output and used headphones instead of the speaker. When I connect the 9V battery, without an audio source, I can hear is a soft buzz, quite a high frequency. The gain pot makes the noise louder and softer so I assume the LM386N-1 chip is fine. If I put my finger on the ground part of the 1/4 inch jack, the noise become much loader and lower frequency. The same thing happens if I connect an audio source. Is there an obvious cause for this problem that I don't know about? I have connected the jack to the board with shielded twin core wire. I have used the shield as ground and the core as signal. Is this correct? Any help would be appreciated, I would like to get this working.

Topic by geniass   |  last reply


A Small but useful little suggestion...

Quite often, while browsing sites, I read, then discover: "Oh my! The author has included a link! What a delight!" Then I click the middle mouse button on that link to open it in another tab, to check out. Well the problem is, when I middle click links on Instructables, it opens in the same tab, so I have to press the back button, reload the page I was on, go to that link, then right click "Open In New Tab". Well this isn't really a major problem, I admit, but it's sure a little bit irritating when I forget to right-click "New Tab". I tested this with other browsers, and it's only Google Chrome with the problem. (As far as I know) By the way, great site, keep it up!

Topic by DELETED_lxnt   |  last reply


My school project

Just thought i'd let the instructables community know why I haven't been around foe a fair while. Well, mainly because it's getting near exam time, so I'm being a good little student and studying hard. Also, another reason is my best school project EVER!!!!!See, i'm involved in an extended program at my school, called open doors. We get to choose something that interests us, research it, and build it!!!We are building a HHO generator, running a lawnmower off it, then hopefully a small car!!!You can follow our progress here:http://terminator8000rpm.blogspot.com/

Topic by Da_Fudge   |  last reply


Where can I get bulk synthetic hair?

I want to make a plushie My Little Pony and I'm going to need a good amount of hair to do it. The only thing I've found so far is buying hair extensions, which would get very expensive very quickly, and most places don't have the colors I need. I want the colors to match the Friendship is Magical cartoon as closely as possible. The first one I do will be Fluttershy, so I'm looking for a light pink. I would prefer to spend less than $20 on the hair since I still have to get all the other materials as well. Is that possible?

Question by Wolf Seril   |  last reply


My first arduino robot

This is a short video of my first arduino robot (he doesn't move yet he needs a little more coding :)

Topic by iman   |  last reply


my life is crap help!

Ok this is a better version of ahhhhhhhhhh! but im getting yelled at for every little thing i do and i missed 1 day on 09-14-09 i was sick and i would of gone today(15) but i needed books for school and the libary was open till 8:00 and my dads like oh well ill just take you to the f***ing libray and not karate and i felt bad a little and i asked him if he wanted me to get my gear on and then go i would of been a few mins late but who cares and now he will yell at me later "why did ya mis that day" and i would tell him and he would get mad at me i do like karate but i go every day hes there and i dont wanna go every day so in the end how can i tell my dad with out getting him mad i wanna lay back on the karate a little?

Topic by knexsuperbuilderfreak   |  last reply


Need a little help with a survey

Hi Folks, I'm putting together a concept paper as part of starting a business, and I could use a little help with a market survey. If you have an interest in electronics and have a couple of minutes to spare, please check it out below. I am an electronics hobbyist myself and I know what I would want in a parts store, but if you could help me find out what you would want, the I can make it better for everyone. Thank you in advance, Tim 1) Where do you normally buy electronics parts? a - online retailer b - online wholesaler c - local store 2) Is electronics your main hobby, or part of your main hobby such as: a - Scale model R/C b - Scale model trains c - Electronics d - Kinetic art (or similar) e - Other __________________________________ 3) How often do you buy parts: a - Weekly b - Monthly c - Every few months d - As needed 4) Do you normally buy parts... a - all at once for a particular project. b - for the component, and then chose a project that uses it. c - as you come across a need for it. 5) Do you normally buy: a - Finished products (ready to use) b - Parts kits (needing assembly) c - Individual parts (your own design or other) d - Sub-assemblies (ie: radio links, motor controllers, etc) 6) What level would you say your ability is: a - Beginner (I know what a capacitor is) b - Intermediate (I know what a microcontroller is) c - Advanced (I could build my own time machine if I could just get a flux capacitor) 7) Please rank the following in order of importance, with 1 as most important: a - Customer service b - Price of components c - Ease of use of website d - Projects and tutorials e - Other ________________________________ 8) Would you purchase products from a website in Canada? Y__ N__ 9) What is your location: a - Canada b - USA c - Europe d - UK e - South America f - Other _____________________ 10) What age range are you a part of: a - Under 20 b - 20 to 30 c - 30 to 40 d - 40 to 50 e - Over 50 11) Which option below best describes you: a - Student b - College/University student c - Working hobbyist d - Retired 12) Are you: Male __ or Female __? And finally...What would you like to see in an online electronics store?

Topic by mrbill33   |  last reply


My photo files . Where?

At one point, I think it was possible to view photos I had uploaded, whether I'd used em in an ible, draft, or topic.But I can't seem to locate those at the moment. A little help?

Topic by Toga_Dan   |  last reply


Help with my brainstorm

Hi everyone, I have an idea for a new gizmo that I'm trying to make a working model of. It will use a 12volt electric motor and want to spend as little as possible on it until I'm pretty sure it will work, so I'm going to scavenge for parts when I can. The most expensive parts that will go into it is the electric motor and the battery and I have a few questions: 1- Does an electric motor draw whatever power it needs or is the power forced into it? 2- If it draws what it needs, can I take a 12volt motor and use an 18v battery with it without problems? So if I scavenge an electric motor from a 12v battery powered drill can I run it with an 18v lithium battery? 3- What about the amps? If I use a 12v motor that normally runs off a 12v car battery, can I run it with an 18v lithium battery that has less amps? 4- Any other specs I need to focus on? 5- When I find the right electric motor, which I think will be a small 12v gearmotor, where should I go to find a low cost supplier? I'll have more questions later but if you could help me with this I can get started. Thank you! Bretina

Topic by Bretina   |  last reply


what is wrong with my psp?

The orange power light(not the little green one the charge one) flashes while charging and it will only turn on if it is still plugged in? it was working fine until today when it wouldn't charge.

Question by jarrod12345   |  last reply


My favourite button, GONE!!!!

The usual button for viewing all comments that was right above the little window with comments in it is gone! Now you have to click on the comments button to do that! Why?

Topic by Bartboy   |  last reply


Hack my homepage?

Software security issues are often obvious to a second pair of eyes. I just posted the PHP scripts for my personal contact homepage as an instructable:Simple PHP personal contact homepage (web3.0!)Can you hack it? Preferably a copy on your local machine and not on my actual server... I deleted all my administration files and classes prior to making this post, just in case.I have two primary concerns:1. General PHP injection attacks. Proper handling and escaping of form data.2. The admin interface has a sessions based authentication mechanism. Login is compared to a MD5 hash of the password, then a session is created with an MD5 hash of the user's IP address. Each subsequent page load compares the authenticated session IP with the user's IP address (again, an MD5 of both). The goal is to prevent remote session stealing related flaws by tying the session to an (unknown...) IP address. Obviously if you have access to the local machine this is all moot, but there is little I can do about that. If an intruder were to get around the session authentication, they would be able to upload files just about anywhere on my server using the admin upload interface. This is a bit of a concern...I think in light of this, I'm going to add an option to limit the web admin interface to one IP address. My IP is fairly static, and if it changes, simply upload a new config file by ftp.

Topic by ian   |  last reply


Need a little help with Arduino code Answered

Hello, I'm in need of a little help with my Arduino code. I'm still an amateur with Arduino so I'm still learning. I know there is some function that makes the loop only happen for a certain amount of times,  but I forgot what it was. If someone knows what I'm talking about, thanks a lot for your assistance.

Question by Orange robot   |  last reply


Little Gem MkII may have fried my ipod?

I`ve built and was testing a Little Gem Mk II amp on a breadboard and for audio signal input i used my ipod shuffle 2nd generation. What happened was that the output sounded very distorted ( probably too large of pin 1-8 bypass capacitors) before the ipod stoped working. For the first two times i pluged it to the pc the orange light came on steady, not blinking as expected. From the third time on i got no response at all. So, is the amp - and me - guilt of killing the ipod? (considering that it was 4~5 years old and may have died of natural causes)

Question by vinacarv   |  last reply