my brother thinks that horror games have only opera and not classical music is he right? Answered

We were arguing about the music in obscure the aftermath and I think it has both classical and opera am I right#

Question by nerd7473   |  last reply

"featured" banner obscures the thumbnail image

That banner that says "featured" might as well say "obscured!". Those little thumbnails are hard enough to see already. When you put the featured banner over it it cuts it off and hides a major portion of the image. Howabout putting golden radiance around the image, or angels with garlands, or something good? You guys are already covering the screen with a parchesi-monopoly worth of stuff, why do you need to deface my nice thumbnails? You own the screen all around my tiny thumbnail. Put your signage there where it increase the contextual information value of the screen instead of overwriting that image which is supposed to be worth a thousand words. By that calculus, that word "featured" is a net loss of 200 or so words. That featured banner sucks pixels!

Topic by TimAnderson   |  last reply

Ads obscure/overlay forum comments

I'm having increasing incidents where the right hand side of comment text is covered over by the right-hand-side Advertisements. Usually this happens when there are lots of indented replies, where it is sort-of understandable, but in this example it is happening on a top-level comment: is particularly annoying that if I make my browser window widerl nothing moves to the new window margins. Surely the left part of the Instructables banner should be all the way at the left of the window, and the ads should be all the way on the right?I see this with both Firefox 3.0.4 and Safari 3.1.2 on Mac OSX 10.5.5 (although in Safari, the ads are "transparent.")

Topic by westfw   |  last reply

That one weird half laptop thing?

What was that weird thing that looked like half a laptop with parts of it chopped off, it had a full qwerty keyboard and whatnot, like this I have no idea what this thing was called, although I'm interested in them

Question by Crakur   |  last reply

Does anyone here speak or read Japanese? Is anyone interested in obscure foods? Answered

I'm trying to find information about preparing "tonburi" or "caviar of the field" from the seeds of the kochia plant (Kochia scoparia), and I can't find any English sources, and can't even parse the Japanese results and then translate them.

Question by aeray   |  last reply

What's the difference between Cupcakes and Muffins?

Is it purely subjective... or is there a hard/fast rule  hidden somewhere in an obscure food dictionary?

Topic by bajablue   |  last reply

Rendering of Instructables in Chrome

Rendering of the Header section in google chrome obscures the login button with the contests button see attached image 

Topic by m^3   |  last reply

What essential tools should I include in my dorm room toolkit?

What are the obscure, but essential tools that you can't live with out? I'm building my toolkit for my dorm room (and for the rest of life) so I need suggestions!

Question by barnes   |  last reply

The Evil Instructables!!!

"Inscrutable" means "impossible to understand". We wage a daily battle against the opposite of instructables, the ugly, evil twin, "INSCRUTABLES"! Inscrutables just demands to have all the knowledge and not explain it to anyone. Inscrutables, the world's biggest show-don't-tell, or a sink of information, which takes all information and obscures it forever!!! D-I-Nothing!!! Faker culture!!

Topic by stasterisk   |  last reply

Voter Suppression by MOEN

I'm using Chrome. When I click to Vote (upper right of page) on an instructable such as:  the MOEN ad stays in front obscuring the voting popup. Similar eclipsing issue happens, although not consistently, after I click the '+ Collection' button to add the instructable to my collection.

Topic by alcurb   |  last reply

Good Free (and Legal) Software

Over the past few years I've had a love/hate relationship with free software. Trying to find it, getting viruses from it, realising that it stinks. I wanted this forum to be a place where people can post their great software finds for PC, MAC or LINUX. No matter how strange or obscure, post it and where you got it.

Topic by blksheep   |  last reply

Free Patch Giveaway- Closed!!

It's Spring and I'm giving away flower patches.  Name a flower and I'll do my best to send you a patch with that flower on it. If you are not into flowers, I can send you a bird patch (just name the bird that you want). Limitations: One patch per person, please nothing to obscure that I can't find on Google.         Sorry I've run out of Patches :(   

Topic by ChrysN   |  last reply

Similar songs

I was wondering... I'm performing on May 9th and was told I needed a song which was a fusion of two songs. 'Something Stupid' by Frank Sinatra was my first choice but I need another song to go with it. I was thinking 'Songs of Love' by The Divine Comedy but i'm not sure. The song doesn't have to be too well known but as long as it's not obscure. Any help?

Topic by ti112   |  last reply

Soda Bottle Skylights

I love ingenuity, so I wanted to share this link to an article on a Brazilian machinist who makes skylights from water filled pop bottles. I'm not sure if these would classify as a budget solatube or a twenty first century deck prism.There's also a video, but it's in some obscure foreign language. Portuguese i think.I might add one to my shed...

Topic by Tool Using Animal   |  last reply

Motherboard replacement capacitor??

I have an Asus M3A79-T Deluxe motherboard I recovered, and one of the capacitors looks to be ripped out of place. Does anyone know where I can buy or find the correct replacement capacitor? I have identified which capacitor it is I just am lost on as to where I can get another one. It has this on the capacitor: Some obscure F in between two lines 89He 101 16

Question by XP1   |  last reply

the new "mouse over" "stats" pop-up will pop under an embedded video

To test: Find a comment with an embedded video attached. mouse over the commenter's name watch the pop-up be obscured by the video. (Ubuntu w/ Firefox 3.0.19) I saw this a few weeks ago, but have not retested since then because embedded vids in comments are rare. If I see it again, I'll try for a screen shot unless it's a known issue by the staff.

Topic by kill-a-watt   |  last reply

High Resolution view of Victoria Crater on Mars

NASA has released a beautiful high resolution picture of Victoria Crater (below) taken from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. If you zoom in on the full resolution image, you can see the Opportunity rover's tracks and stopping points (faint lines with bright dots) around the left part of the rim.The photo was taken in July 2009, so many of Opportunity's tracks have already been obscured by wind and sand.

Topic by kelseymh   |  last reply

Clarifying recipes by showing our country

Hello, I've noticed after perusing just a few candy Instructables that some confusion comes from the fact that Instructables is an awesomely international site. It seems like lots of comments come from all over the world with questions when brands and particularly obscure ingredients are mentioned. I wondered if showing what country people who comment live in, that those in the same country can especially help, and that it might make for interesting discussion to learn about our different food cultures and available ingredients. What do y'all think?

Topic by susie   |  last reply

Temporary Log Off?

Hello, It seems that every time I try to view this (and ONLY this) instructable, my account is temporarily logged off, leaving me unable to comment, rate, or even favorite the post. (and it's a great share too, just what I was looking for!) I've notified the author of this as well, who also seems to be having trouble with their image tags. Could anybody please look into this? I'd hate for such a useful post to die in obscurity. Thank you... -rhoddity [link]

Topic by rhoddity   |  last reply

Why are car windshields laminated? Answered

Side and rear windows are tempered so that they shatter into relatively harmless chunks on impact. But windshields are laminated, so that even though they shatter, all of the pieces are kept in place. Why is this? It seems that if a laminated windshield shatters/spiderwebs and remains in place, it would completely obscure the driver's vision while he is trying to control the car. Additionally, if someone is thrown from the car, through the windshield, they would be cut by the glass shards that are stuck to the laminate. So why are windshields laminated, or more importantly, why aren't all windows in a car made of the same type of glass?

Question by JamesRPatrick   |  last reply

Creating a spark gap using assorted ceramic capacitors Answered

I have a load of assorted ceramic capacitors. Can I create a capacitor bank to power a spark gap, and if so, how? Since it is voltage that matters for spark gaps, most of these capacitors have obscure codes on them, which I cannot find any information about on the internet, but some have voltages marked on then. I have 4 blue 2kV capacitors, 9 brown 1kV capacitors and 2 large, flat 1000V capacitors. Thanks in advance for any help!

Question by callummance   |  last reply

HELP making a 5.2v in car charger for my GPS cradle

Can any one help me make this item? The actual in car charger unit has broken (smashed) but i still have the wire. Could anyone help me make a new one or make one which could be USB'able. It needs to be input: 12V-0.85A 24v-0.45A output: 5.2V - 1.5A. Can anyone help me?the part is very very difficult to obtain as it is some obscure part.the cradle is a KIRRIO cradle for the tungsten e2. Some kind of wire which will connect to a USB would be great. keith

Topic by cheesie   |  last reply

How to add a right angle gear to a bicycle

Hi, Sorry for the obscure title -- I want to add onto the stardard chain cog on a bike that drives the wheel, but it has to be converted with some sort of right angle bevel gear or similar, so the new cog/gear is facing left/right as opposed to front/back. I need to have a gear spinning left/right to power a linkage that has to in turn power a  setup similar to a wiper motor in a car - this has to sweep from side to side, left to right behind the bike. Any ideas? :( Thanks

Question by rev0lt   |  last reply

Please help my YouTube channel!!!

WARNING : This thread could be considered "spam". I am trying to get more attention towards my videos. I'm back from a short break! Okay, so here's the thing, I've tried everything to try to get more video views. Facebook, spamming subscibers and random people on Youtube. I was hoping you guys could help me! And just so you know, this isn't the only reason I'm coming back First video of my with my new drumset:   This is my BEST drum solo video (with my old set) Enter Sandman drum cover with my old Set Obscure Alliance Drum Cover with my old set.

Topic by Flumpkins   |  last reply

Obama gives props to "the makers of things"

This isn't a political post - just an observation. I took note of the phrase "makers of things" during Obama's inauguration speech. Go Makers!"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom."

Topic by zieak   |  last reply

How to Upholster a Box

In my quest for weeding out my less than professional looking projects, I am in need to learning a new skill.Does anyone have recommendations for a resource on how to upholster a box? Key points including the box material is a thin plywood which probably won't hold up to staples (thicker woods are heavier and I have a weight restriction for this project: lighter = better). My material will be a marine vinyl (for weather protection) which does have some stretch to it - I'm also going to put a thin foam backer for that extra supple feeling.Recommendations for obscure compound curves would be nice too.I'm armed with a sewing machine, limited sewing skills, bandages and some scrap material. <-- that on top of the typical measuring instruments.

Topic by trebuchet03   |  last reply

Weird junk characters in Firefox?

So, I have this annoying problem with Firefox... As I browse the web, opening and closing tabs, I get an accumulation of (Japanese?) characters all over the tabs at the top of the screen.  It starts with one or two, but soon builds up to obscure the tabs, so that I can't find the Xs to close tabs, or even switch between them (see the screenshot). The characters occur no matter what websites I do or do not visit. It eventually gets to the point where I have to close the software to get rid of the mess. The problem has persisted through uninstall/reinstall of the browser, and the only add-ons I have running are a dictionary and McAfee site advisor. Yes, I know I could just switch to Chrome, but FF is my favourite browser. Anybody know a cure?

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

Help create a new art-form.

A recent recall to an old BBC thread (which has been running for six years!) reminded me that some people here like Haiku.You don't know haiku?A simple form of poemOf ancient Japan.First, five syllables,Then seven, then five againIn only three lines.There are variations on the theme (a personal favourite is the SciFaiku ), so I thought, why not start a new form - the Mak-u.Try and stick to the three lines/17 syllable format, but with allowances for creativity (as per SciFaiku), and each one to include a reference, however obscure or vague, to the making process (tools, ways of making things...).Birth of an art-form,Copyleft and open-source,On Instructables.Have a go, see what you can do.The old and the young,Together, fixing the worldWith a hot-glue gun

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

Halloween costume ideas? (easy, simple, cheap) Answered

I'll be going to a Halloween party at a housing complex for elderly and disabled people, and everyone's been asked to dress up somehow. My problem is that these are ordinary, normal sort of people, but I tend to think like a way-too-well-read egghead. All my costume ideas (a Fruity Oaty Bar? ....Lady MacBeth? ...Marvin, the Paranoid Android? ...a Brownie from British folk mythology, to tie in with the chocolate brownies from the oven I'll be bringing for the treats table?) are overly intellectual and/or obscure, and would torpedo all the efforts I make not to come off too much like a stuck-up know-it-all. So I need ordinary, normal costume ideas: the easier and cheaper, the better: A witch? A bat? A ghost (no, Gorfie, not Of Christmas Past, or Hamlet's Father, or Banquo either - just an ordinary, normal, plain vanilla, garden variety ghost)?

Question by Gorfram   |  last reply

Is there a listing of the top instructable authors? (just curious if it's reasonable to shoot for first place...)

I've long intended to write instructables on many diverse topics. Considering my extensive building background and ability to teach coherently, I feel I could be a great resource to many people. However, I am a numbers oriented person, and I think it would be a fun challenge to see if I could match the output of some of the more prolific instructors on the site. Is there a list of 'the top ten most prolific instructable authors' or something similar? Or even a 'top ten best instructable authors by popular vote'. I would just like to make sure I am putting out comparably awesome content, not just making 'ables for mere quantity...Heaven knows how I hate opening an instructable to find one lousy sentence and an obscure picture....Thanks!

Question by xanthoman   |  last reply

Where can I find instructions for the K'nex Stepper Lift from Knex set 32049? Answered

I know this has been asked before, but the link to the instructions for the K'nex Stepper Lift in Shadowman39's guide doesn't work on my computer. I really need a more complete picture of how it works. I remember that I built it once from an obscure instructable, but I can't remember which one it was (besides, that instructable was incomplete, anyway). If someone knows where to find the instructions aside from, PLEASE let me know (or mail the file to my instructables inbox...or something!) P.S.: If the instructions are not available, I'll just have to do my best at recreating it from the few pictures I have seen...and then maybe make a proper instructable to document it!

Question by MechanicalCreationMaster   |  last reply

Any ideas for lightweight chainlink?

I'm building a project where two stepper motors control the exact position of a pointer (over a map). I need the pointer to be hanging from the two stepper motors, with the extra chain (or string, if that'd be better) hanging down the other side, so the entire contraption will look like a big 'M' (where the tops are the motors and the middle is the pointer) Because I need to control exact positions I think the best plan will be to have the two stepper motors fitted with spur gears and use thin bike chain over them to move the pointer. Bike chain would be good, except that it's too thick (it'd obscure the map too much in my opinion) and might be too heavy (there'll be ~3m of the stuff on either side). So, my question is: does anyone have any good ideas for reasonably lightweight chainlink (or some other non-slip linkage) and where I could by it (preferably here in the UK)?

Question by jphastings   |  last reply


My wife and I are moving to a new house that has a hidden driveway on a bend of a busy road that obscures our visibility as we exit. We are avid cyclists and ride around town on scooters, too. Does someone have a suggestion on a remote activated light system that could call drivers' attention to the driveway as we pull out? We have multiple lights on our bikes, but nevertheless, I'd like to enhance the safety of exiting. My only thought was to hook up some sort of lights to a darkroom timer and activate it for two minutes as we leave, but that would require burying a cable in pvc as far as I could tell, and the driveway is long. In short, it would be super inconvenient. What would be ideal is a remote activated flashing light set on one or both sides of the driveway, powered by battery that activated by the remote and turned off after a short period of time. Any suggestions on products or designs would be appreciated.

Topic by johnson.drj   |  last reply

Instructables Website Improvement Idea

We post many instructables utilizing recycled content and in fact we first started using instructables for ideas using found materials.  This sort of works with the search function and/or using a google search. But it also seems like this could be an area of improvement.  Often times recycled design comes from finding a resource first (lumber, plastic,glass bottles) and then thinking creatively about how to re-purpose it into something useful or beautiful. For example, lets say you find a big batch of glass jars and you want to find projects that utilize glass jars.  You can do a search within instructables for 'glass jars' and find some projects.  But depending on how people titled their project or what key words they used you probably will not find all of the relevant projects.  This is especially frustrating when you are working with more obscure materials. Personally we end up running across projects serendipitously that work great, but should be easier to find. edit-moved to feedback upon suggestion

Topic by Two Paddles Design   |  last reply

You asked for it!

Don't blame me, blame whatsisface, Nacho and zach. Really. Blame them. Hunt them down if you have to, and blame them with hot pointy things! Zeroth Law If an Instructable exactly like yours has not already been posted, then you shall post your Instructable. Addendum to the Zeroth Law If your Instructable has an identical goal to a pre-existing Instructable, but achieves that goal by a different or improved route, or in a different style, then you shall also post your Instructable. First Law On the Instructables website, the use of correct English shall be a constant criterion. Second Law An unsuitable thread isolated from replies will descend the list into obscurity. Addendum to the second law Spam advertisers may be chastised through the Private Message system to prevent their thread's longevity. Third Law As the level of civility approaches absolute zero, the uselessness of an exchange of posts approaches infinity. Knock yourselves out, chaps. Please. Addenda, following public request: Notes on the Zeroth Law. Notes on the First Law. Notes on the Second Law. Notes on the Third Law.

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

GBC (Game Boy Color) -- How can I go about replacing the screen with a larger LCD screen?

Here is the quandary: I picked up my Game Boy Color again and I'm finding it difficult to see. That made me curious, I took it apart and I'm wondering now if I could replace the screen? It connects into a simple ribbon connector port on the back of the circuit board. Fairly generic, no? The two issues here are: 1. I cannot seem to find any information on the LCD screen other than the size and type. I can find Nintendo authorized replacements but I am looking for a larger screen. What is compatible? 2. If I do find a larger screen that I can use (I'm looking for something the size my palm, roughly, perhaps a bit smaller) will the GBC's battery be able to sustain powering the larger screen? How does that work out? I know this is a bit obscure. Thanks for any advice/help/tips/ideas that can be given. Cheers!

Question by icelemmings   |  last reply

Warning to all Safari users.....

Pwn2Own hacker: Apple Safari is 'easy pickings'Charlie Miller, the security researcher who won last year's Pwn2Own hacker contest, is predicting that Apple's Safari browser will be the easiest target this year.In a note posted on the popular Daily Dave mailing list, Miller describes Safari as "easy pickin's" and forecasts that at least four zero-day Safari flaws will be used during the contest at CanSecWest later this month...Safari: hacked by 4 different people. Easy pickin's as usual.Android: hacked by 1 person. Not too tough but no one owns one.IE8, Firefox: Survive unscathed. The bugs to exploit equation is too hard for $5k.iPhone, Symbian: Survive due to non-executable heap.Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Chrome: I don't know enough to say anything intelligent. That said, they're probably hard/obscure and so survive.Last year, Miller exploited a Safari flaw to hijack a fully patched MacBook Pro machine. He is also known for launching successful attacks against Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platform.Safari predicted to be the easiest target this year...

Topic by Goodhart   |  last reply

Notes on Specific Laws - the second Law

Second LawAn unsuitable thread isolated from replies will descend the list into obscurity.This is an "anti-spam" law. We have all seen threads appear that advertise odd things - trainers, dating sites, Chinese plastic-moulding factories - and we all agree they should no be here. It is tempting to reply to the threads to express our chagrin, but that makes the thread bob to the surface again, pushing more useful threads down.Far better to flag the thread and let it slide down the list until it disappears.In addition, this law can also be applied to trolls - if somebody starts a thread specifically to start an argument (as opposed to a discussion), or just to put another user or group of users down, then they are trolling. Those threads should also be allowed to slide.Addendum to the second lawSpam advertisers may be chastised through the Private Message system to prevent their thread's longevity.If you cannot resist giving a spammer a piece of your mind, the PM system is very useful - the spammer gets an email alert to your comment, they are aware of your feelings, but the thread is undisturbed.Similarly a troll may be gently reminded of the site's Be Nice policy via a PM. Should the troll decide to respond with vitriol, they are deprived of the audience they crave.Finally, you can help the site financially - using a PM to casually point out the correct route for advertising could, perhaps, result in a new fee-paying advertiser for the site.

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

The Laws - a rebranding for newer members.

Some of the regulars will remember that, nearly two years ago, I accidentally formulated a set of rules (which some people called "Laws") about posting on Instructables. I have seen a few threads and posts recently that suggest some people need to be reminded about those Laws. I also think they need rebranding, so I present for members who have been around for only a year or so... The Instructable Laws: Zeroth Law If an Instructable exactly like yours has not already been posted, then you shall post your Instructable. Addendum to the Zeroth Law If your Instructable has an identical goal to a pre-existing Instructable, but achieves that goal by a different or improved route, or in a different style, then you shall also post your Instructable. Kelsey's Corollary; It doesn't have to be hard to be worth making an Instructable. First Law On the Instructables website, the use of correct grammar and spelling (no matter what the language) shall be a constant criterion. Second Law An unsuitable thread, when isolated from replies, will descend the list into obscurity. Addendum to the second law Spam advertisers may be chastised through the Private Message system to prevent their thread's longevity. Third Law As the level of civility approaches absolute zero, the uselessness of an exchange of posts approaches infinity. The original "Law" The original formulation of the full set Zeroth Law and notes. First Law and notes. Second Law and notes. Third Law and notes.

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply

Please suggest components for a water spray/vacuum system for cooling and dust collection while grinding. Answered

The grinding is being done in a tight area. A long handled grinding disc (please see picture) is being used. Only the grinding disk rotates, not the long handle.  It would be best if the water lines and vacuum lines could be attached along the handle, welded? cable ties?  The system needs to be portable but electricity will be available. The smaller the components, such as water reservoir, peristaltic pump, vacuum pump, vacuum holding tank, spray nozzle, tubing, the better. The material to be ground is heat sensitive so the water spray is needed for cooling.The water pump needs to be a peristaltic type pump so that the fluid is only in contact with the tubing.  I will also need a way to connect the flexible tubing of the pump to a more rigid, perhaps metal fluid line along the handle..  Due to the small grinding surface, water flow does not need to be great, perhaps 20 ml per minute.  The dust produced from grinding can obscure the view so a vacuum source is necessary.  I welcome any suggestions on:  how the system could be designed, what components I would need,  where components could be purchased,  how to keep costs down, etc.  I greatly appreciate any guidance you can give me.

Question by jadeway   |  last reply

Help making a USB trigger, VB.NET coding, and interfacing the two in a wonderful harmony of code and circuits. Answered

Hey fellas, got some questions for you about making a USB trigger and interfacing it with a VB.NET program. Alright, so what I've got to do here is detect when a door is opened via a sensor (I've figured out that as far as practicality goes an ultrasonic or motion sensor would be the best, but I'm also considering a simple magnetic switch for the sake of simplicity and cost), and then play an audio file. I'd REALLY REALLY REALLY like to keep as much of the coding as possible done in VB.NET, and I don't want the end result to require the user to open five different programs, I want them to open the one .exe file, and that's it. My problem here is actually getting the trigger to talk to VB.NET, I've never done any peripherals with VB.NET, so I'm pretty clueless. I don't need the trigger to respond with any data other than some sort of ping that VB.NET can pick up. I've also been thinking about using the ultrasonic/motion sensor to interface with a USB keyboard encoder, to output some obscure character, and then have VB.NET watch for that character, and react when it's pressed. The problem here is that I don't want the program to have to be the main window, I want the user to be able to have it open and not worry about it. Any help that anyone can give me with either the coding side or with the trigger side is really appreciated, thank you all in advance :)

Question by iBurn   |  last reply

help writing a story?

I know that this type of question has been absolutely done to death (where did that expression come from anyway?) but I have a premise for a science fantasy story. I have a skeleton of an Idea of what the story will be, but here's what I have so far. Time: unspecified. Disaster: sometime in the distant past, a disaster the likes of which hadn't been seen since the biblical day's of old was swiftly falling upon the land. Somewhere in in the middle of the pacific ocean, a poisonous green fog begins to seep off of an unremarkable island, volcanic in origin, about a square mile in size. This wouldn't have been a problem, since such a small amount of fog would have eventually lost itself in the vastness of the planets atmosphere, and the stuff it was made of was largely biodegradable through a variety of ways found in nature. So it was sensationalized for a while, with the usual kerfluffle, and then it was quietly forgotten as some new crisis arose, banished to the shady corners of science, with only the ocassional visit from some obscure science foundation sponsored trip. And that was that. That is, until, somebody noticed it was growing. And  sure enough, it seemed that, contrary to what the specialists said, it was slowly, steadily, patiently growing, getting thicker and thicker. Eventually, (about four years) an expedition was chartered to go into the now opaque cloud. Here is one adventurers account of what it was like. " After a looong and boring flight, we neared the destination. Looking out, all I could see was what looked like a big greenish-brown mound. the truly weird thing about it was that it's edges weren't very well defined and looked like what you would expect something like a giant cloud of steam would look like that was left to dissipate, but there was a definite edge to it that billowed like a great sheet of canvas in the wind" Note: this is not the end of the story and setting, just my present atention span. I promise to include more of the setting and premise in the comments, but for now i'm completely fried. 

Question by RGoI   |  last reply

Looking for simple Halloween costume ideas

(this was a Question over in "Answers," but Frollard brilliantly suggested that it would be better as a discussion here)There's a Halloween party next month for residents of my housing complex, which is for elderly and disabled people (I have disabling health problems (although not life-threatening or anything, in case you were going to worry)), and we've all been asked to dress up somehow. My problem is that I don't really fit in all that well here, and so neither do my costume ideas. Most of the residents are very normal, ordinary sort of people, except for those whose disabilities affect their cognitive or emotional functions; and those who were normal and ordinary back in Korea or Ukraine, but are still struggling with US language and culture.Most of my costume ideas (a Fruity Oaty Bar? ....Lady MacBeth? ...Marvin, the Paranoid Android? ...a Brownie from British folk mythology, to tie in with chocolate brownies from the oven to bring for the treats table?) are based on one semi-obscure cultural reference or another. I try hard (if not always successfully :) not to come off to my neighbors as some self-styled superior know-it-all, and I don't want to torpedo myself by showing up to the party dressed as The Solar System, complete with Halley's Comet in a holster on my Kuiper Belt.*(*although if I could figure out how to pull it off (for some other party), wouldn't that be just absolutely cooler than cool??? :)So I need an ordinary, normal, as-generic-as-possible costume idea. Cheap, easy, not so cumbersome as being a ghost with an old white sheet with eye-holes cut out, and not so close to unpleasant realities as The Grim Reaper (any number of our 80- & 90-year-olds already might as well avoid buying green bananas.) Right now I'm thinking about a bat with wings made from an old black umbrella, or else a scarecrow-cum-gardener (since lots of people know me through my working in our Community Garden).

Topic by Gorfram   |  last reply

"It Will Be Awesome if They Don't Screw it Up"

Public Knowledge recently published a white paper on 3d printing (see link for downloadable PDF version). It compares low-cost home 3d printing technology with home computing and digital publishing, with specific reference to the possibility of DMCA-style legislation preventing the technology reaching its full potential. In many ways, today’s 3D printing community resembles the personal computing community of the early 1990s. They are a relatively small, technically proficient group, all intrigued by the potential of a great new technology. They tinker with their machines, share their discoveries and creations, and are more focused on what is possible than on what happens after they achieve it. They also benefit from following the personal computer revolution: the connective power of the Internet lets them share, innovate, and communicate much faster than the Homebrew Computer Club could have ever imagined. The personal computer revolution also casts light on some potential pitfalls that may be in store for the growth of 3D printing. When entrenched interests began to understand just how disruptive personal computing could be (especially massively networked personal computing) they organized in Washington, D.C. to protect their incumbent power. Rallying under the banner of combating piracy and theft, these interests pushed through laws like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that made it harder to use computers in new and innovative ways. In response, the general public learned once-obscure terms like “fair use” and worked hard to defend their ability to discuss, create, and innovate. Unfortunately, this great public awakening came after Congress had already passed its restrictive laws. Of course, computers were not the first time that incumbents welcomed new technologies by attempting to restrict them. The arrival of the printing press resulted in new censorship and licensing laws designed to slow the spread of information. The music industry claimed that home taping would destroy it. And, perhaps most memorably, the movie industry compared the VCR to the Boston Strangler preying on a woman home alone. One of the goals of this whitepaper is to prepare the 3D printing community, and the public at large, before incumbents try to cripple 3D printing with restrictive intellectual property laws. By understanding how intellectual property law relates to 3D printing, and how changes might impact 3D printing’s future, this time we will be ready when incumbents come calling to Congress.   Podcasts and videos on 3d printing. Gothic Cathedral play set. BBC reportage. Freedom of Creation (3d printing designers)

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AC Wall Unit Timer/Thermostat

I have an older AC wall unit in my apartment. It has 3 dials – one for temperature (1-8 where 8 is coldest), one for fan speeds (low cold, high cold, low fan, high fan), and a manual lever that opens the vent in the back. I’m reciting this by memory as I haven’t actually looked at it closely, but it has one of the larger 3 pronged cables that plugs into a dedicated outlet in my wall (perhaps used for a higher voltage). In any case, my intentions are as follows:    • Have a timer for the AC unit to plug into to turn off on programmable intervals           o Monday – Friday it will be on after 6:00pm until 7:00am the following morning.    • One nice feature would be to give it a thermostat capability.           o If the temperature is below 70 degrees during these time intervals, for instance, then the AC unit will shut off, otherwise it will power back on.    • Another obscure (and I’m sure complex) feature would be to allow remote access to the timer. I know that this requires some unique hardware, but I’m familiar with programming and can visualize the methodology in telling the timer/thermostat unit a different set of commands (let’s say I know that I’m coming home early – I send information to the device via the internet to have it turn on a few minutes before I get home). I understand the last part is quite complex, but it’s not a priority at all, rather, a neat little feature that would make this all the more worthwhile (and in my eyes more interesting). I know that there is a similar device out there (can’t remember the brand name) that has a lot of these features, but I’m not willing to drop $300+ on something like that. For now, my priorities are listed in order per the bullets. First and foremost is being able to program a timer for a wall AC unit. Second is to have it detect the temperature of the room and set it accordingly. And third is the availability to ‘talk’ to the device remotely. My question for you is: how can I get through the logistics on this sort of project? What components (hardware) am I looking at (general price range), and what degree of difficulty will this entail? I have my computer practically right next to my AC unit, so communication with the device won’t be difficult in those regards. Otherwise, I’m just looking for tips and pointers. If someone happens to know of a (cheap) unit that does most everything that I’m looking for, then great. I’m all ears and really appreciate any feedback.

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A Maker's Musician!

I'm not hugely into music, but I have just come across Seasick Steve (after an appearance on Top Gear!). The CD of I started Out With Nothing and I Still Got Most of it Left arrived in the mail this morning, and is now playing on my Zen, filed next to Walter Trout. I am gobsmacked. This man has been playing this stuff all my life, and I only just find out?  That's forty years of enjoyment I have missed out on! Not only is he, frankly, amazing, but he'd fit right in here, because he makes and modifies his own instruments : From wikipedia: As well as an electric guitar and self electrified acoustic guitar, Wold owns (and plays) several obscure and personalised instruments, including: The Three-String Trance Wonder - This is a normal guitar that resembles a Fender Coronado, but with only three strings. It has an old Harmony pickup added (with duct tape) and is tuned to G, G and B using an E string in the A position, a D in the G position and a G in the B position. At his gigs, he often tells the story that he bought it for $75 in this condition in Como, Mississippi from a man named Sherman, who later told him he only paid $25 for it the day before. Wold vowed never to add another string, and that he would tour the world telling his story of how Sherman ripped him off. All in good fun as Sherman Cooper is a good buddy, who gave him the guitar having had it nailed to the wall as a decoration. A lot of the time he also adds (while picking up or putting away the guitar) that it is the "...biggest piece of [poo] in the world, I swear". The One-Stringed Diddley Bow - This is a one stringed string instrument played with a slide (He uses an old screwdriver for this purpose). It consists of a 2 foot long 2x4, with a semi-loose piece of broom wire nailed to it at both ends. It was made especially for him by James 'Super Chikan' Johnson. The 'MDM' (Mississippi Drum Machine) - A small wooden box that is stomped upon, providing percussion. It is decorated with a Mississippi motorcycle license plate ("MC33583"), and a small piece of carpet. Roland Cube Amplifier - Placed on a chair to his left and set to the 'tweed' setting. The Morris Minor Guitar - When on the TV show Top Gear, presenter Jeremy Clarkson commented that Steve's car history of over 100 cars included a Morris Minor. Steve then produced a 4-string guitar that his friend had made out of two old hub caps from the Minor joined back-to-back, playing it a little in the episode. Why are still reading this?  Go, listen to it.  Now.

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Submission, terminology changes

UPDATE 1-14-11: After an initial attempt that we had to roll back, I now believe that this update has been successfully released.  We'll be watching very carefully for the next few days to be sure of that! --- We have made some visible changes this time around. We are always trying to simplify the content submission process, to make it as easy as possible to share what you've made. To that end, we've relabeled the Instructable types.  Slideshow is now "Photos" and full Instructables are now "Step by Step", while videos are still videos. You'll also notice that in many places, Photos are listed first now. Here's our thinking. Everyone has cool stuff that they don't have time to create full blown step-by-step instructions for, something they've already done that could be shown off. We're trying to encourage them to do so. As Christy put it the other day, "Next thing they know, they'll wake up in a bathtub of ice next to a computer displaying 25 step-by-step Instructables... it's a slippery slope." (We'll be greasing that slope by including Photos prizes in all of our new contests.) Hopefully most of our users will agree that people sharing what they make is a great thing, even if there aren't complete step-by-step instructions to go along with the photos. It's also now another member of the community who can help you with your project or question. Along with this, the display for the various places that Instructables are listed is changing slightly. There's no more banner covering up a big chunk of your image. We'd gotten lots of complaints about how that obscured part of a featured author's gorgeous intro image. Guides are still labeled with a note at the bottom of the image, but for Video/Photos/Step by Step as well as featured Instructables, you need to look at the gray icons below the project's title. A star = featured, a play button = Video. Photos are indicated by an icon representing a couple of pictures, while Step By Step Instructables are represented by a set of rectangles like index cards. A trophy cup means a contest winner. Let us know if you have ideas how these could be improved; this is a first pass for the design, and we'll surely tweak it as we figure out what will work better. On your page, the featured star wlll show up if your project has been featured at any level. Ditto when browsing - no matter what level you're browsing, anything with any kind of feature will have a star. But if you click "editors' picks" you'll still only see the items featured at that level - same as before. We also are getting a lot of members who sign up with their real name, not realizing how much it's used on the site, and then would prefer to have an alias like most of the other members. So we've added a facility for letting you change your screen name, on your You page. But we're only going to let you do it once - for the problem we're fixing, once is plenty.

Topic by rachel 

Broken Scope Update: Transistor testing? Replace blown ones with commonly available equivalents? or BER?

So in a previous question, I have stated that my oscilloscope died, and listed the symptoms. Since then, I have popped the cover off, had a look inside, and was I found inside what certainly appears like a "mod," it goes off to the 3 by 3 connector I have mentioned also. I forgot to mention a small blueish purplish wire was next to it, similarly just sticking out the scope. I figure it is a MOD because it is: A) precariously mounted to the transformer with only one small nut on the transformer B) Has so many bodge wires crawling around on it, that it looks more like a cobweb (and w/o silastic or hot glue for vibrations/stress) C) Sloppy soldering and flux residue left behind indicating hand soldering D) The PCB has a very different appearance than the rest of the boards inside; No solder mask, greyish white, and no silkscreened values, parts, or numbers. I traced both the wire and the connector and ribbon cable to the same mod board, which clearly got toasted. There was a small orange wire tangling off that board, it it broke off before I even realised it. Luckily the pictures show roughly where it was connected. Tracing the blue wire back to the board, I discovered it is connected directly to one of the cooked resistors, and I think the other cooked one was in series with it. The only connection found to the main board is the orange wire, and there are ceramic capacitors in series on that crappy looking PCB, indicating it is capacitively coupled. I was Hoping that what had happened was the blue wire came into contact something it was not supposed to, and shorted the output of that chip causing it to catastrophically fail, knocking out power to some of the boards. Unfortunately did not appear to the the case, and the supply voltages seem OK. Nothing appears obviously burned out on any of the other boards from what I can tell. However, just today I have discovered that some driver transistors, which are mounted to heat sinks, are getting unconfortably hot to touch. I suspect they may be blown, by the blackening and discoloration around them on the PCB.They themselfs do not appear to have any physical damage. I will desolder them and connect them to a transistor tester I have to see if they register as operational. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As for some additional questions, can I replace those weird looking obscure transistors with standard ones? I am not sure of their exact specs, the only datasheets I can find for "2SA818" and "2SC1628" are some scanned PDF datasheets that are not in english, and I certainly could not find replacements online for them. I have the gut feeling radioshack is not going to carry them either. :P I hope this is not Beyond Economical Repair (BER), but used analog scopes can be bought used for around $30-$70, and of course I am on the verge of getting something better than that.

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Electron Club Open Day Show and Tell, Glasgow 13 June

Electron Club Open Day2pm-8pm Saturday 13th June 2009Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JDThe Electron Club is a voluntary run space where people interested in things like free open source software, circuit bending, hardware hacking, computer recycling, streaming, audio and video editing, green technologies, and amateur radio can meet, use equipment, and share anddisseminate their skills and ideas. The space supports both individuals developing their own projects and a number of group projects, all of which are not-for-profit initiatives with a community, educational or environmental aspect to them.Now in our third year, the Electron Club Open Days are an opportunity to see and try out a range of things that people do, as well as having the opportunity to meet others with similar interests, make, chat, discuss and enjoy.TESLA SOUL - Electron Club Makers Fair and homebaking - Bajery in the Makery!Stalls and demos by electronic makers, designers and artists. An opportunity to see and play with some of the projects created by Electron Club members and related groups - a theremin menagerie and mini synthesizer kits, 3D paper engineering, circuit bending, micro FM radio,DIY wind power technology, creative computer trash recycling, 101 things to do with a dead keyboard and much more. Plus some of the excellent home-baking that has been hallmark of all our Open Days. Come and do a bit of soldering or have a cup of tea and chat with the people who make things.TAPE-WIRE-HEAD-SCREEN - music, film and sound artsThe Electron Club includes many people working in music, film and experimental arts. For the Open Day we will be showing a preview of films from Document, the UK's leading human rights film festival, with works ranging from front-line reportage to cinematic explorations of what it is to be human, along with films made at the Electron Club by the Digital Desperados, a film-group for young black and Asian women. We'll have a live performance of Alvin Lucier's legendary "Music on A Long Thin Wire" by members of 'Obscure Desire of the Bourgeoisie' and BuffalobuffalobuffaloBuffalobuffalo'. Outdoors, artist Lucie Potter will invite people on a specially planned sound walk around the Garnethill area.THE LIFE OF SOCIAL THINGS - socially-engaged technology forumA series of discussions about different ways in which society and technology come together.Glasgow FabLabsFabLabs are small scale fabrication and construction workshops that provide computerised production technologies on an artisanal scale making them available to communities and independent makers and designers. From inner-city Boston to remote Indian villages, FabLabshave become a worldwide network of community technology centres. Glasgow FabLabs is a project aiming to bring such a centre to Glasgow. This forum will present the ideas behind the Glasgow FabLabs project and explore the benefits of community-access technology.Community Media and Citizens JournalismThe internet has offered a platform for communities and groups outside of the mainstream media to have a voice and share knowledge. Whilst there are many notable examples of such activity, the tools to create such a democratized media space are still often out of people's reach.This forum will look at some practical examples of community media coming from Glasgow, present some current projects looking to make ordinary people's voices more prominent and explore the relationships between the grass-roots and mainstream media.Technology, Social Justice and the EnvironmentHow can we use technology for the greater common good? Whilst the advance of technology promotes the promise of a better world, that promise has often been compromised or undermined in how we make use of such advances. Certain technological developments have contributed to environmental and social problems on a scale arguably never seen before.Technology, however, has also been used to tackle such issues as climate change and social injustice. This forum will share and explore some practical examples being used in Scotland today, from noise monitoring devices to participatory video and community mapping projects.RAFFLE - broadband fundraiserThis year we are raising funds to improve our network facilities at the Electron Club and we will be doing a raffle with prizes including a group voucher to go paintballing. Contact:

Topic by greensteam 

What do humans *need* to know? (Edited OP)

Without a core set of really basic skills, civilisation is impossible.What do we really, as human beings, need to know in order to maintain a healthy, happy, stable society?I don't mean "how to solder" or "how to change a tyre", but really basic, grass-roots skills.You may be wondering where this question came from, but I was inspired by the Long Now Foundation's concept of future deep-time storage and its Digital Dark-Age Blog.So, let's have your ideas - list skills we need to preserve, in any area of expertise.If you can, provide a reference as well - a link or the name of a book....and maybe we'll inspire a few Instructables as well.Another thing to think about as well - how could we store this information in an enduring, millenia-stable way?I recently voiced my fears to the team involved in The Clock of the Long Now, and they agreed:...I cannot help but think, though, that something is missing.What is missing is hard copy.The Long Viewer and Long Server will only work as long as we are able to maintain power to the computer network that supports them.If humanity loses the ability to generate electricity, these projects will be lost.Even if the loss is short-term, a few years following some global disaster, then there will be a huge loss of information - knowledge and skills will die with those that know them.Those skills - even things as basic as farming and obtaining metals from the raw materials - need to be preserved in a way that will outlast any traditional or foreseeable computer network.It needs to be recorded in a form as unmistakeably monumental as the Pyramids or Stonehenge, but even more durable, and in ways less obscure.Indeed, I picture "the ultimate hard copy" to be henge-like in nature - strong, metres-high slabs of a material such as titanium or a durable glass. Arranged in a spiral or labyrinth pathway, the first slabs will have the most basic skills explained in pictographic forms, images of farming and metalwork, carpentry and building, hunting and weaving, with times of year shown with icons of Sun and Moon.More and more detailed information would be encountered in a variety of languages as people find the need to venture deeper and deeper into the monument.Glassmaking, pottery, medicines, animal husbandry, generating electricity, navigation, brewing and distilling, no skill should be considered too basic to be included, and it would be impossible for a single individual such as myself to even begin to list all the subject areas that would need to be covered, or even to decide what order they should be recorded.What is clear to me, though, is the need for this permanent archive, something that would enable humanity to bring itself back from some unknowable future disaster, at least to the level of being able to preserve and extend life through surgical and chemical techniques, to feed significant populations and to travel and communicate long distances with relative ease and efficiency.It is also clear that there should be more than one of these archives - humans, being only human, could easily go to war to control a single archive, and fate, being fickle, could also ensure that a single archive could be destroyed by whatever catastrophe also reduced humanity to the point of needing its help.RegardsIn reply, they pointed me towards their Digital Dark Age blog, but that is not what I meant - they are talking about saving files. Skills are different, especially the kind of ground-up skills I'm talking about.If I google for "How to Make Iron", what I get are lots of references to "How to make Iron Oxide" and "How to make Iron-on transfers".What I do not get is a clear link to the knowledge I need to be able to turn a pile of brown rocks into metallic iron using only what I can find or make from what I find. Come the comet, though, that's the skill-set I'll need.Amazon is no better at coming up with paper books on the subject.Heretical though it sounds, even this website is not what is needed, simply because it is digital in nature. Come the comet, off goes the power and this entire, wonderful edifice vanishes with the dot on the CRT.Somewhere, somehow, we need to gather these skills into a huge and durable text book. With copies.The questions are, of course, what is stored, where, how, and who pays for it?

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