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Topic by NachoMahma | last reply
These guys may not have thought of everything but I can't think of anything else you could add to it right now. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2012/mar/28/science-kinetic-sculpture-video It's over 9 minutes long. From a duck to a skeleton to a robot dinosaur: scientists created this fabulous kinetic sculpture, called On the Move, to demonstrate to children the concept of energy transfer. The Launchpad team at London's Science Museum and Engineered Arts Ltd created this cause-and-effect chain of events in a warehouse in Cornwall. No soft toys were injured in the making of this film L
Topic by lemonie | last reply
So the reason i became a member of ibles was to get allsteps, only after signing up did i discover the amazing community we have here !I visited the site fairly frequently before signing up and i just clicked through the steps which was highly frustrating.Have i got this right ?No membership = NO allstepsfree membership = allsteps if you click the box on the instructablePro membership = Allways allstepsif that is right then speaking from experience, i have to disagree, i think the free-membership level should get allsteps preference, that way they can become a member, easily view the whole instructable and then when they realize how utterly awesome instructables is they can sign up for pro.If i had arrived at ibles today and signed up for a free account because i liked it, i would have seen the pro option and thought "ill see what they have to offer first" and then when i tried to look at an instructable i had to continually click allsteps or even worse click through all the steps, i fear i may have lost instructables in the depths of my bookmarks folder.Now i love instructable's i have many friends and lots of fun, and i totally agree with the pro accounts. I just worry that without allsteps preference, the free-members will be dissuaded to stick around and eventually sign up to pro..p.s. im not great at writing long things so just try to get the gist of what im saying :)p.p.s. pic unrelated..
Topic by =SMART= | last reply
SparkFun Electronics is Temporarily Closed! SparkFun Electronics has been temporarily closed while necessary upgrades are installed and configured. Please be patient and check back soon. We're working tirelessly to make this down time as brief as possible. 'nuf said.
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
Ach. Wouldn't you know it? I finally start a group that seems to be taking off, and I've come down with something nasty. I've been coughing for two weeks, but I've developed some pretty horrid symptoms that only go away when I'm lying down. I'd appreciate it if you guys livened up the group while I'm out by inviting some more furry friends to join it. Thanks, Kataze (Bleach refrencer extrordinaire!)
Topic by Kataze | last reply
I'm not K'NEX-ist, but I could really do with out so many search results ending with so much K'NEX stuff... Am I a bad person for finding this annoying? This is kind of a more general point as well, about filtering out any unwanted search results; is this possible?
Question by manuelle_override | last reply
Thought you might want to know what I and Chrome found.https://www.instructables.com/id/Building-your-own-Earth-Box/http://safebrowsing.clients.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://creatives.more-banners.com/dv/728090001.gif&client;=googlechrome&hl;=en-US
Topic by rorotofu | last reply
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Topic by bumpus | last reply
The storm that swept through Ohio last Friday (seems like an eternity ago) took out our power. It may not be restored until sometime next week (ah, life in the country). We are used to this sort of thing in the winter and are prepared for it. However, we are not prepared to deal with it when it is this hot. I have a small generator that can run a fan and a few lights and am prepared to sacrifice the contents of the fridge. My generator doesn't put out enough power to run a window AC unit much less our central AC unit. My neighbor has a gas powered generator that is big enough to do the trick but he is pouring so much money into the tank that he might as well stay at a hotel. So anyhow I looked into getting a PTO driven generator to run off my Kubota BX1500 (think diesel engined, 4wd lawn mower on steroids rather than tractor-it's a tiny little thing). It really doesn't burn all that much fuel and it offers the option of using home brewed biodiesel (damn the Tax Man-full speed ahead!). Here's the rub though: you need about 2 hp/kw to run a generator off the PTO. My Kubota has about 12.5 hp. The smallest PTO driven generator I can find (Norther Tool) is a 10 KW unit. That won't work out very well. However, they also have a 2900 watt belt driven generator head that would be large enough to do the job. I suppose I could mig together an angle iron frame that will hook to the three point hitch and mount the generator head and the driven jack shaft but I don't have any experience in building belt drive units. Soooo, anybody out there have any experience in cobbling together belt drive units from scratch? The tractor's PTO shaft turns at 540 rpm but the generator really won't work right unless it turns at least 3600 rpm (interestingly the ratio works out to be 6.66 to 1, possibly not a good omen). Grainger has a large (if over priced) selection of pulleys that will get me in the ballpark. This still leaves a lot of questions though, probably more that I can think of since I have no experience in belt drive systems. I am specifically worried about how to set up the necessary bearings to support the jack shaft that connects the PTO shaft to the drive pulley. For that matter I don't know where to get a shaft that has PTO splines on one end and a keyway on the other. In any case, one of you guys have probably already done this or something pretty close to it. So how about letting the rest of us in on all the necessary tricks? Thanks!
Question by Ogg1 | last reply
Today I was bored and made a homemade yu-gi-oh duel disk out of cardboard and some other junk. So first I drew my design and cut out the base part, which held the cards. Of course, I had to measure and trace the cards to make a design that would hold the card in both atk and def position. Then, the hardest part for the base, I designed the spell and trap card zone. Then, by simply cutting out a piece of cardboard and getting one of those pins that fold at the back, I made the field zone. The hardest part of it all was making the deck/graveyard/life-points/arm connector part. The lifepoints area was made by gluing a small calculator onto the d/g/l/a(dgla). The dgla was made of 5 different layers of cardboard so as to make enough room for the graveyard. Next, I got my deck box and cut off part of it and glued it onto the side of the dgla. It worked perfectly for a deck holder with a few miner adjustments to hold the deck in place. Then, with an exacto knife, I cut out the area for the graveyard and added a small slip that pulled up and out to hold the graveyard cards in place. Finally, I cut out a piece of stretchy cloth just smaller than my wrist and glued it on. NOW, WHEN I POST INSTRUCTIONS, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN GENUINE PIECE OF CRAP! lol. Pictures coming soon.
Topic by PineapplebobTheGreat | last reply
Alright, now I feel kind of stupid. I noticed I had no patches. I really wanted to give two out, so I started inquiring how I might be able to aquire just two more.And then I noticed this on my profile: "For now, wait until next month for your next batch of patches."=O I getz MOAR?? I thought I had given allllll of mine away for the whole entire year. I thought I was destitute for many, many moons to come.So in conclusion, I:feel like a bit of a numptyam so happah I will be getting more patchesreally wish you could un-pm somebodyThat is all. :-D
Topic by Lithium Rain | last reply
Look! There's obviously something wrong, soo meh. I've restarted numerous times, deleted blob files multiple times, Then restarted, logged in and out, multiple times, but nothing seems to be helping. Ill eventually reinstall, but I just wanted to know if there was something wrong.......
Question by Soopah Steve
Umm... this was VERY WIERD! so here i am, sitting at my mother's computer, and i got bored. so, i picked up my handmade slingshot that i made from 2 pencils, rubber bands, and packaging tape. i then made a paper bullet and loaded it on my slingshot, and you will NEVER guess what i saw. My ammo's path CURVED!!! AND THERE WAS NO BREEZE WHATSOEVER! now THAT IS FREAKY!
Topic by the_TRUE_LINK_OWNZ! | last reply
Hey, what's up everyone, I'm new. Hopefully I'm not breaking any rules. So I'm sure you've gotten tons of these already, but, I have a pair of broken earphones. Two pairs actually. On both, the right side is broken (as in, no sound). I took them apart and found that on one of them the coating of the wire seems to have melted or something (there was sticky black stuff all over the inside), and on the other the diaphragm thingy is detached. So at first I thought there were frayed wires somewhere, but the electromagnets on both still work (I tested them with a piece of metal, the attraction was still really strong), so I figured that there must be something wrong with the diaphragm (what are those things called? the plastic cone thingies?). My question is: Is there a way to test the diaphragm thing, and if that's the problem, is it fixable? Thanks very much in advance.
Topic by ThatSnail | last reply
I may have a SHOT at going to the Maker Faire in Queens NY, this coming Sept 21-22. I am not sure if I will be able to scrape together enough to stay overnight or not (which would be the ONLY way I could be there both days), but I may be able to "earn" the tickets in any case. I am still at a loss however to explain to my wife why I want to go back since I have SEEN it already (*sigh* yes, I've told her repeatedly it is different each year). Any suggestions about that would be appreciated. Anyways, are ANY of you all going to be there ? One, or both days? Will the Instructables team be there? I hope I can be.....
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
Okay its podcasting timeSo we are going to get organizedFirst off, there will be a meeting on Sunday 6pm EstA link will be sent to those who are interestedSecondly, we would like to be organized into categoriesI will list them below, please state the one(s) you would wish to be inTalents - those who will be in the podcast.....Video - Those who will appear on camera.....Audio - Those who will only talkEditing - those who can edit video..........ChickenOther - Will submit randomly, stories, facts, interviews..........smart - anything..........Adrian - writing and such..........Bumpus..........RocketIf you feel like a category is missing, just say so
Topic by Chicken2209 | last reply
I couldn't fit all of this in the question box so PLEASE READ BEFORE COMMENTING. I read that acids put in water release H+ Ions and bases put in water release OH- Ions. If I put water proportionate to the amount of what I have in the cup, and added wires to connect to a circuit, would I have made a battery? P.S. The picture was made in MS Powerpoint for anyone who wanted to know.
Question by Super_Nerd | last reply
What the crap instructables???? I cant see frieking pictures on stuff! It shows the thumbnail but its blank when you click on it!!! FIX IT SOON!!!! Fellow instructable members, Reply if you have the same problem, maybe then instructables will notic somthing wrong.
Topic by gassybeans | last reply
Dark Roasted Blend is always full of fascinating shiny wonderful things. Following links there led me back to this older post collecting links to Nemo Gould's art robots, steampunk spiders, gorgeous mechanized beetles, and minature recycled hot-rods. Even if you've seen it before, it's worth revisiting, and Dark Roasted Blend does, as advertised, provide a daily dose of the weird and wonderful. Today's batch also included links to Takeshi Yamada's Museum of World Wonders exhibit, which includes "over 500 post-super-realism and neo-taxidermy artworks simulating the treasures of the cabinet of curiosities" along the lines of an old-school Coney Island sideshow. Enjoy!
Topic by reno_dakota | last reply
Heya! I come from a pretty solid CS background, so I'm trying to wrap my head around the concept of EE projects. I've got the basics of circuit design down, but I'm getting a little bogged down researching how to interface USB<-->ICs. While I know efforts like Arduino provide a significant amount of pre-built software and hardware that can accomplish most DIY projects, I would really prefer to learn/have control over the whole software stack (and as much of the hardware stack as possible) from App to Userspace Driver to Kernel Driver (I've written a few, but never actually built my own circuitry to talk to). I'm looking to learn for some resources on how to interface at a low level. I wouldn't shy away from writing my own PIC/AVR/??? bootloader if it means I have more control over the communication stack. I'm sure I'd be re-writing a lot of the Arduino/AVR software that's out there, but hey, I see it as a learning opportunity... right? :) It seems that FTDI makes some USB/UART(Serial) chips that many of the sparkfun-esque USB->Breadboard adapters are based on. From what I can tell though, most of the chips do literal USB Full/Low speed->115200 bit/s Serial connection. This seems like an awfully large downsample of the possible communication bandwidth... Is this how things like printers, external hard drives, and webcams work? So, in short, if I was going to write my own USB stack/drive/kernel module to go along with a custom IC bootloader, how would I go about it? Are there any resources out there describing how one would go about this? Thanks for your time!
Topic by skyfire360 | last reply
oh and the mask is rubber
Question by annoyingfeatures | last reply
Cheesy titles aside, this is serious buisness! i live in houston, and the hurricane is heading strait for us. i'm a little scared, of course, and the roads are all clogged. My mom has been looking around for gas stations with gas left... it's a pretty big deal. houston is 45 miles from the water, and the hurricane has been moving around towards us, and gaining speed, all overnite. i'm praying to god it doesn't strike. the mayor has had press conferences, cancled work and school... we may have to evacuate! i'm hoping this won't be another katrina... any thoughts?
Topic by AnarchistAsian | last reply
Last night I received a rush of emails due to my new iBle. Suddenly, they just stopped. I was no longer receiving emails from Instructables. This was confirmed by several un-emailed replies to me and one of my forum topics. I rely heavily on the email system to tell me when someone is contacting me, as the text box on my homepage does not always show new comments. If you think I stopped receiving the emails because the rush triggered an anti-junk system, I have no such system set up (because I don't get junk mail :) ) and I have received a much larger rush of iBle emails in the past. I tested to see if it was my email by sending a message from a separate computer/account, and I received that message. I also still receive emails from Geocaching.com. Please, fix this. I'm lost without it! Edit: Fixed! :D
Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll | last reply
I have some aluminum hydroxide and I have been trying to find a way to strip the Al(OH)3 of it's hydroxide ions to form an aluminum precipitate. It's nonsoluble so a reaction in an aqueous solution does not seem to be an option, also considering that the only other more reactive metals than it would ignite upon contact with water anyhow. Does anyone have any ideas how to accomplish this?
Question by pyrorower | last reply
No more than the question...
Question by kevinhannan | last reply
Oh No!!!! I am going to be gone for two weeks!! I am going on a camping trip with my family to the middle of no where, and that means no internet for two long weeks! AHH! I hope I will live before I come back to instructables! Well I don't know, if there is internet, I will be inactive... So, good bye everybody, I will be leaving instructables on July, 26th, 2008...
Topic by Plasmana | last reply
Does anyone here use Opera to view Instructables? I know this problem has to do with my web page settings, as viewing in fullscreen mode is fine. Anyone know how to solve this, as I would very much like to view groups etc once again.
Topic by Lftndbt | last reply
The other day I was shooting at one of the invading spawn of killerjackalope with my slingshot. The ickle bastard teleported away, and my BB struck my sidewalk instead, ricocheting into my front window...
Topic by KentsOkay | last reply
Oh! Oh!The NASA contest has entered a new phase - you can vote directly for the entries!There's voter registration to go through, but then you can vote, vote, vote for the Kiteman!The Current Leaders.Cuttlefish Drive - swimming robot driveThor's Shotgun - mine-clearance proposalSee, I told you it was spam.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
I have made one t-shirt for myself (I will have to display it later), but I found the perfect Aspie tee: It can be found at THINK GEEK and looks like this: AND the shirt I made for myself....and in case it is not readable, it says: You have NO idea what it means to be gifted with Asperger's syndrome
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
This article from New Scientist raises the question posted in the title. Which response is more appropriate?
Topic by kelseymh | last reply
Women in the UK are wanted to eat chocolate for a year to test whether it reduces the risk of heart problemsKitewife? Oh, Kitewife?...you live in the UK, right?Edit:Oh, wait...I just read it again...you have to be postmenopausal and have type 2 diabetes...oh well...
Topic by Lithium Rain | last reply
Congrats to all, i never win anything, but i contributed and was a finalist. Congrats to all! Great ideas. Green Ideas BTW don't forget to drink your Ovaltine!
Topic by theburn7 | last reply
After showing off something that I've worked on or made there will be someone, usually anonymous on the internet, who will say, "This guy clearly has too much time on his hands."Yet these same people will gladly spend hours on blogs or on digg making comments. If there was ever a worthless way to throw away your voice online, commenting on digg is one of the best. Or maybe youtube. There's no point to that for anyone.For me it's a matter of priorities. I don't watch TV and only occasionally watch movies. I think that for many people it's possible to get free time. The hard part is deciding which way to use it. People are clearly willing to spend it on distractions. It was recently announced that the average WoW player spends 17 hours a week online. And according to the A.C. Nielsen Co. the average TV viewer watches 28 hours a week. That's a lot of building time.So when someone says that I have a lot of time on my hands I can just laugh and know that I'm putting my time where I want to. It helps that I don't have kids, I know, but there are many others in the same situation as myself who work hard on keeping up on their cultural knowledge and that's about it.Time to make something new.
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
The Columbus Idea Foundry, Central Ohio's own community workshop, DIY educational center and creative space, is hosting the 2nd annual Ohio Tool Racing Championship, Saturday, August 21st, from ~2pm~7pm. Quick link to YouTube video of last year's race, as well as registration and event details: http://www.eepurl.com/PlSz Visit the official site at: http://www.ToolRaces.com and visit our hackerspace at: http://www.ColumbusIdeaFoundry.com Email ToolRaces@ColumbusIdeaFoundry.com for more information about the race, our shop, or our other upcoming events! Follow us on Twitter @ColumbusiF, or on FaceBook - search for "Columbus Idea Foundry".
Topic by AlexBandar | last reply
Hey guys, first post here, so be kind, I suppose. :PI'm building a set of speakers, loosely based off of the super loud, super long lasting speakers instructable (found here https://www.instructables.com/id/super-portable-super-loud-long-lasting-battery-/ ) I wanted to take these, and make them significantly better.First of all, I was going to substitute in car speakers. The upside of that is that I also get bass without having to go out and buy woofers and wire up a crossover. I've been looking around on partsexpress, and it seems like most have an impedence of 4 ohms, and range from 75 to 150 RMS. I'm aware that the general rule of thumb is that you double the RMS for the amplifier. However, I'm not sure about soe of the other parts. Should the speakers be wired in series or parallel? If they're wired in parallel, should I be looking for an amp with 2 ohms of resistance, since it's two speakers at 4 ohms? If not, can speakers be easily wired in series?Next question, batteries. Where in the hell do I get some good LiPo batteries? I know this thing is going to go through electricity like candy, so I want high wattage and high capacity.The wattage brings me to my last question. These speakers are rated for a maximum input of 70 watts or more. I can't get a battery to go anywhere near that capacity. Will the speakers be harmed by a lower wattage supply? Significantly lower, I might add, most probably not more than twelve, even if I array the batteries into my own pack. How will that affect the speakers?EDIT: I could realistically reach more than that, although it'll start getting really expensive really fast.Sorry, one last; concerning the rule of thumb in which you should double the voltage of the speakers RMS for your amp, if I can't find an amp that does that exactly, should I have my amp be slightly overpowered, or slightly underpowered?Thanks for all the help on this one :)
Question by headinmysights | last reply
I have 2 CD ROM drives, and 2 floppy drives. They are kind of old, but should work fine. I noticed the idea of Floppy Disk Racing, and was wondering if any one else had ideas for what to do with them?I also was curious if the diode of the CD player would work as a burning tool, like the on here: Laser Flashlight Hack!!Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!Oh yeah, and I have a zip drive with no disks!
Topic by lukethebook333 | last reply