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Inside the mind of Randy Sarafan

Ever wondered what makes HQ staffers tick? Now we know! Get Satisfaction blog (via NOTCOT) have revealed the inner workings of the mind of a Community Manager. Fascinating.  All those pastel shades...

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Visit randofo's website

Hey guys, check out randofo's website! I just discovered it.As if his "about" paragraph weren't just hilarious, his website is even better-especially the letters he writes. It's so funny, go look for yourself! This is why we should look at each other's user lookups, you can find some cool things...

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Randofo subscription bug/mistake?

I've got a funny bug: I logged in into Windows Live and: 25 subscription updates! From: randofo. It were all newsletter things, like: BP Costume, Tweeting Snuggie, Tusken Raider you know? If i opened the link, 9 of 10 times there was a screen that i only could see the forum topic if i was pro member. i was getting all pro member ad's and all that things. Somebody help? I don't know if i missed some newsletters? It was weird, please help? (by the way, how can i find my printscreens on my computer?) here's a pic:  (all those black things are subscriptions updates)  

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What user on instructables.com has the most ever Instructables? Answered

It should be easily found by looking at their icon, right? The most I've seen is like 160 from randofo, but if you have seen more, please please please leave a post!

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Instructables goes Trapezing! (Updated with Videos!)

On the 16th of October, team instructables decided to head over to Trapeze Arts for a day of fun and adventure! As a reward for our one millionth registered user, I was given the option to choose how we got to celebrate the occasion.  After researching for a little while, a friend mentioned that she'd recently gone to a one day trapeze class.  I looked into it, and it seemed like a fun idea.  Several people brought cameras and a bunch of videos were taken. You can see photo's of the event below, sadly the video's haven't been cut together yet.  Hopefully I'll be able to add that soon! ----- Well, I finally managed to get the videos all put together, I hope you enjoy! You can find them on our youtube channel. However, I'll just embed them here for ease of browsing! I figured it'd be nice to show off one complete run by everyone. Sadly we didn't get video of everyone getting caught, so I had to make do with what I had. Now a video of everyone's practice runs. We had to just practice swinging and getting our legs up and over the bar, then jumping back into the net. The guy who does the double flip out of the net at the end of the video is the instructor who's catching us in the following video. Then we all got a chance to get caught. this is another mashed up video of all of us on our runs to get caught by one of the instructors. Finally, after we finished the trapezing, we went to the equipment room to have some more fun. There were trampolines, tight rope (that was a couple feet of the ground), plate spinning, super yo-yo's, and a whole ton more. Again, we were all having fun, so video didn't get taken of everything, but I think this mash-up kind of shows off some of what we got to do. ...And that was our trip to Trapeze Arts! Everyone who worked there was great, and we had a blast! Thanks!

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Oh my, another apology needed: Randofo

Randy, I apologize for misspelling your moniker in my last forum. My typing has become very erratic lately, but that was no excuse for my not double checking it. (I corrected it, now).

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Please join the Climbing Club.

Alone. So alone.

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To Randofo or Noahw or / and whomever else helped me along with this....

Whomever it was that last pointed out that I was on the forums "so much, it is no wonder I have no time to build/make anything"; and a few others that pointed this out before, I want to apologize for my evading the obviously accurate critique, first off. Secondly, because you(all) have been correct, and I am able to finally get my head straight and admit it (I have made SO many excuses up to this point), I am definitely going to try to split my time up better, and maybe be a little more productive (which means I may not be around the forums quite as often). I also wish to thank all that have pointed this out to me, and finally got it beaten into the near-dead and old piece of meat on the top of my spine. I wish I could find the places I am making reference to, but after 1/2 hour of searching I can not. Thanks again....PS: no, I am not leaving....

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Chroma bandpass transformer substitute

Does anyone know of a transformer (or filter) that can be substituted for the one pictured below?

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Sarah Palin Resignation in Song

I wish all of her speeches were put to song like this.

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How to rid the world of all diseases and play the flute!

A very informative video from the archive.

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Computer Reuse in Minneapolis

Anyone in the Minneapolis area doing cool things with computer reuse or know of anyone who does? Any leads would be appreciate.

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Shortcomings of International Trade Agreements

Ever have the fealing you've been cheated? And to think, I spent all that money thinking I was getting a Cadbury bar.

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favorite electronic kits?

I was wondering if anyone had some favorite electronic kits? There just seem to be a lot out there these days and a lot of places selling them. I'm just curious.

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Make:SF Tonight!

Make:SF is having their monthly downtown meeting tonight at Instructables World HQ. All are welcome to attend. The festivities start at 6:30PM. 489 Clementina St. 3rd Floor

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Sidewalk Chalk in the 4th Dimension

A group of artists have made an animated sidewalk chalk drawing. Apparently, rumor has it, they made this in about 3 hours time. Pretty sweet.

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CAD for Circuit Boards

What software do you use for designing circuit boards? Do you like it? I've been using Eagle, but have been entertaining the idea of switching it up.

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Instructables transmogrified

Instructables spelled: I - N - S - T - R - U - C - T - A - B - L - E - S transmogrifies to: Bus Scent Lair Think you can do better?

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Jeep Waterfall

If you haven't already seen the Jeep Waterfall, I advise that you check it out since it is exceedingly awesome. While you're at it, you may as well check out Autobiography of a Jeep. It's a classic.

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Inventor of Pringles Can Buried in Pringles Can

The inventor of the Pringles can, Frederic J Baur, passed away recently and was partially buried in a pringles can, his most prized invention.

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Instructables Build Night Live Video Feed

As promised, here is the Instructables Build Night Live Video Feed. If you cannot make it to the event, come watch the internet in real life!

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ParanoidLinux

The fictional version of Linux from Cory Doctorow's new book "Little Brother" shall soon be fiction no longer.I kid you not. ParanoidLinux is coming soon to a computer near you. Perhaps even an iPhone.Thanks Boing Boing!

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Transformer Apartment

This guy's 330 sq. ft. apartment transforms into about 24 different rooms thanks to a custom designed track system. I wish I had something like this when I lived in New York City.

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iRobot Destroy!

IRobot has a dark side... a very very dark side. Who knew cute little robots that sucked gunk out of your floor would turn into this:http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/10/roomba-maker-un.html

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Update on Team Instructables in the Red Bull Creation Contest

Team Instructables participated in the Red Bull Creation Contest this past weekend: a harrowing 72 hours of intense building. We had an amazing and exhausting time, and are still recovering from lost sleep and too many energy drinks. See the original post about the build here. The build is over, but the contest is not! Voting starts July 25th. The contest hosts are collecting some media from every team, which will go on their website. But we thought you deserved the first look at what we made: Psycho Scooter Scramble the blind-driving electric wheelchair game Psycho Scooter Scramble is a game for four: two riders and two pilots. The trusting rider is strapped into an electric wheelchair, placing their life in the hands of a blindfolded pilot. The pilot controls the rider's careening wheelchair from the sidelines based on shouted headset commands from the rider. The basic mechanic is simple: players must drive across the court to get a ball from a stand, then drive back across to put the ball in a hoop. This action is repeated until all four balls have been scored or the timer runs out. However, since there is an inevitable disconnect between the pilots’ steering and their teammates’ intentions, wheelchairs zigzag across the court at high speeds, colliding with each other, ball stands, the scoreboard, and everything else, making full use of the custom steel bumpers and creating hilarious mayhem for the benefit of onlookers and players alike. It's kind of like this: (wonderful descriptive graphic by fjordcarver) I've uploaded our best gameplay (and a few build) photographs to this post. Here is a video of how it works:   More videos can be found on Instructables TV. Big thanks from the Instructables Build Team! Thanks also to our last-minute build helpers: Eric, Jessy, Matt, and Jake. We couldn't have done it without you. We really can't thank you enough for supporting us in this contest and in our build. Particularly on the last day, is our state of sleep deprivation and occasional desperation, we needed the emotional support of everybody in our Instructables community. (Special shout-out to fjordcarver for exceptional support over the LiveStream.) Final thought: This game is awesome. Win or lose, we're glad we did it, because there is truly no game in the world that is quite like Psycho Scooter Scramble. Also, we learned that you can get a sweet electric wheelchair on Craigslist for under $200, and have some idea how to hack it. And that knowledge is priceless. Look for an Instructable, coming soon, on how to make Psycho Scooter Scramble yourself! Starting July 25th, this project and those of the other 11 teams can be found here. Laugh, cry, enjoy, and remember to vote! If we win, we get to show this off at World Maker Fair in New York. (And yes, if you're there, you can play too.)

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FM transmission in Canada

Anyone know what Canadian FM transmission laws are like? How powerful of a transmitter can one use? On what stations can one broadcast? Are there any other things that are important to keep in mind up there?

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Instructables User Survey

Hey Everybody, Some friends of ours over at MIT have some questions about your participation on Instructables. Help them out by taking this short survey: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGdiOGdvZldTSjNzZk9VZGVNNVlpbGc6MA#gid=0 Thanks!

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piezos

What is a good place to find piezos? I know I can find them in some old computers and cheap toys with "sirens" in them. What other devices readily have piezos installed? (....and please spare me the sarcastic answers about finding them at Radioshack)

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Web Repair - Low Rates

Back in 1998 Nina Katchadourian spent a number of weeks repairing broken spiderwebs with red thread. Interestingly, the spiders would reject the thread over the course of the night and repair it themselves by morning. Definitely check out her work.

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What gauge wire should I use for 8 light bulbs? Answered

I am wiring eight 25W light bulbs in parallel. What is the thinnest gauge wire I can safely use?

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Prepare for Launch!

NASA is making preparing for launch seem far too easy with this series of how-to images. I've been trying to launch a shuttle all morning, but I can't help feel that they are leaving something out. Link via Boing Boing

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What is up with the Audio hacks challenge?????????

I entered this instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Alarm-Clock-Modification/ But it hasn't been entered other peoples who posted after me also haven't been entered. Is Randofo out of town or what? Thanks.

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Frozen Soap Bubbles

Some clever person figured out that if you give soap bubbles enough time to fall to ground on a very cold night, by the time they reach it they will be frozen. Of course, pictures have ensued. Check them out as they are quite beautifulThanks Boing Boing!

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Knex Gun Triggers

It has come to my attention that there is some controversy surrounding Knex gun triggers. I know very little about Knex guns and have become extremely curious as to why this was. What is a block trigger and why is it inferior to other forms of triggers?

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Diddy Did It

Mark Your Calendar because Instructables and the Electro-Graf will be making a brief cameo on the VH1 hit show I Want to Work for Diddy. The show is scheduled to air on September 15th at 10:00 pm EST on VH1. It is sure to leave you shocked and awed.

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More Yuri's Night Pics

Eric and Noah are internet famous once more having just been featured on the Laughing Squid blog. You should go check out all of the pictures. They are a quite nice overview of the event.Picture courtesy of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

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Fortune Telling Robots of India

Apparently, in India, there are robots that will tell you your fortune for a small fee.And, even stranger, there is a Flickr group dedicated to Fortune Telling Robots of IndiaIf you know anything more about this, please fill me in.(photo courtesy of Matt Logelin)

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power hack

Aside from it being an ugly hack, is there any reason I can't strip the wire back from the end of a printer power cable and solder it to the plug terminals of a 5v wall wart transformer? This shouldn't be a fire hazard since the power cord should be rated correctly, correct?

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Kinetic Grand Championship 2008

I don't know how I managed to overlook this one, but last Memorial Day weekend was the Kinetic Grand Championship 2008. Competitors braved land, sea and.... errr.... hils, to battle it out to the finish line.To see it, is to believe it.

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NY Times Innovation Contest

The NY Times is currently having an Innovation Contest in which they are asking people to share some of their personal innovations. The winners are going to have their project featured in a special issue of the NY Times. I suspect there may be some people around here with innovations to share.

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My dad doesn't like some instructables.

He says that i shouldn't trust the recipes and some of the stuff on here because most of the recipes i make from here aren't that good like randofo's apple pie. :-(

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Brendan Walker - Professional Thriller

The Howtoons Blog has linked to a really fascinating interview with Brendan Walker, a man that makes thrill rides for a living. He apparently got his start by discussing home-made fireworks on a job interview with British Aerospace. So, there is hope for some of you yet still!

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Games for Change

Everyone loves video games. And most everyone loves social change. So, video games for social change.... a sure winner!If you're in New York City next week, be sure to check out the Games for Change Conference.It's hosted by Parsons School of Design, the greatest school on the planet (I might be biased).

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So what are you working on?

What upcoming projects are you working on? I'm busy making more instruments/recording-related equipment. My next three upcoming Instructables are an audio converter, something called an "Electric Kickamastick" and a guitar effects pedal (and have been amassing supplies for a few more projects).

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Comment of the Week! 10/27/2014

If you looked at the most recent newsletters, you may have seen randofo's newest project.  The comment of the week is this hilarious sentiment from jodyja.  It's her first (and only) comment and I hope to keep seeing her wit around the site!

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The Grass Scanner

Now you can know for certain if the grass is really greener on the other side thanks to Alice Wang's fantastic new grass scanner. It takes 3 seperate readings using Pantone color detecting devices and then averages them to determine a the true green-ness of the grass.via We Make Money Not Art

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eMachineShop prototyping? Wudja know?

Hello Citizens of Instructables Land, Has anyone had any experience in dealing with eMachineShop? How does it compare to other forms of prototyping services? How easy is their custom CAD application to learn? How much do the parts tend to cost? Is it worth the effort to get involved?thanks,Randy

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Oldest Computer Music Surfaces

The oldest known computer music has recently surfaced on the magical entitiy sometimes referred to by village elders as " the internet." Prepare yourself for an ancient digitally generated version of "Baa Baa Black Sheep" and a short sampling of "In the Mood." (image courtesy, UT News and Information Archive, the Center for American History)

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Rice Paddy Art

In a bid to reinvigorate their town, the Japanese town of Inakadate has started creating elaborate images in their rice paddies by growing different colored varieties of rice. The only thing more impressive than the fact that their scheme has thus far paid off are that images that they have created.Check out more pics on Tofugu

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How to get something out of your eye

I'd like an Instructable on how to get some small object (like a peice of sand) out of your eye (especially if you can't find it, but you know its there). Someone please make this soon. Perhaps within the next 20 minutes :-)

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