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Storm 223

Hi guys, i want to build a storm 223, having finally posted my 222. However, i can't think what mode of fire/type of gun/trigger/ammo to use. So i thought i'd let you guys help me :) I am holding a vote; anyone can vote for one of the categories below. everyone only gets one vote, but votes for one of each of the classes. The closing date is Finishedso stop votingClass 1: mode of firingsingle shotsemi auto with (specific) shotsbolt actionmachine gunother (please state)Class 2: type of gunstandard riflesniperassault rifleshotgunpistolpump shotgunslide pistolsawed off shotgunother (please state)Class 3: type of triggerstandard (eg. desert buzzard's trigger)sear systemnew inventionother (please state)none (eg. pull/release or mg)==Class 4: type of ammorodsconnectorscapped rodsrubberbandsother (please state)Class 5: range aspirationlongshortmediumWhen voting, consider the following;i have done a semi auto assault rifle, a sniper rifle, and a semi auto chain driven.this is number 4 for me, the one before the legendary storm 224, so make it good.this is real guys, so make it possibleHappy voting!EDIT: The storm 223 is nearly finished, and i have posted up some pictures below!

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Storm Drains Anyone?

I think that Storm Drains make some pretty awesome bunkers, anyone else agree?

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The storm 221 V1.0

This is my knex rifle, fires about 100ft! Only single shot, but what he hey?

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The storm 222 V1.0

I have a new mechanism for a knex gun, and hopefully a new storm 220. It can switch between semi auto and full auto and is chain driven. I won't give away the mechanism in case anyone beats me to it, but is there anything you guys could suggest I could add to it? edit: It is now posted with full instructions

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Tropical Storm Fay

This is a video of the flooding that we had at our house in Tallahassee, Fl.

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Snowpocalypse! Share your stories and pictures!

Have you been buried by the American snowpocalypse? (Or is it snowmageddon?) We Brits thought we had it tough recently, but thirty-eight inches?  That's almost a metre! There are quite a few pictures (more pictures) and stories on the BBC, even another Washington snowball fight (no guns, this time). What about iblers, though?  Can you get to your workshops?

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Storm 22_ V2 vote!

Hi guys! I am holding a vote to say which one of my four so far storm rifles or storm 22 pistol I should upgrade to a revised V2! Just vote, closing date is November 1st!Vote countStorm 220Storm 221Storm 222Storm 223Storm 22

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Strike Anywhere Storm Matches

Where can i buy some strike anywhere storm matches? how much do they cost?

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Hi dog barking at storm

Hi i have an australian terrier , he is 12 years old when ever there is a storm he runs around the yard chasing and barking at the thunder , the only way we can stop him is by drugging him . Has anyone got any idear's how to stop him.

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Bizarre weather clouds!

I just came across this article  that I had to share.  I thought it was interesting.  We are supposed to have severe weather conditions here.  We had a thunder storm in December last night.  Weird. http://news.yahoo.com/giant-tsunami-shape-clouds-roll-across-alabama-sky-192102289.html . Sunshiine

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Creativity Wall

Has anyone else hit a block in their creativity? It seems all the projects I think to do lately are just a rehash of something I've already done. Any tips for how to get through this (besides drugs)?

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What I've been up to lately.

1-3 H&K; MP5A5. Got the mag, and barrel done. The mag is removable, and holds 18 dark grey connectors. 4 Organizing my K'nex! (that's merely half of it, sadly) 5-8 K'nex coaster with tube supports, I'm guessing it'll be done in about a month. 9-10 K'nex fan, it goes super fast. (The blades are temporary) 11-22 Noreastern (super big storm, google it) came! About 2-3 feet of water in the back road, fuddled basements, fallen trees, and more! I had a video, but Ilost it. If I find it, I'll put it on Youtubw.

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We're all gonna die!!!

If you've seen the news you might have seen that the state of Florida is in the path of a tropical storm. However if you are in the state, seeing local coverage, you'll know that we're in the path of a Class 12 DeathStorm!!! In reality, the situation is even more dire than even the local news reports, I'm down to my last beer. One plus, it only took an imminent natural disaster to get our governor to visit the state, he's been too busy campaigning for mccain. I just want you to know, that is I don't make it out this time, the gold is buried under a big W!

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Storm Trooper From Trash Cans

There was a set of videos in YouTube that showed how to make an awesome storm trooper out of trash cans... Unfortunatly I don't have access to YouTube at work or at the local library... and have a convention I want to wear it to this friday... If someone would watch through it and post an instructable that would be great... or at least post the item list here and I can figure it out from there... I just really want to have it done by this weekend. Also, TO COME -> GONK COSTUME (I made this one myself, and it turned out great)

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Parts List for Shark run & Storm mountain please?

As above. I only really want the number of cross ties, feet of track and flexis.

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do you know any instructions for mind-storms? Answered

Do you know any web

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Names for K'nex guns

Hey, I've decided to name my weapons, like the heavy does in TF2. They are as follows (and they will NOT work without the Russian accent):Storm 220 V1 = SaschaStorm 221 V1 = GertieStorm 222 V1 = UrsulaStorm 223 V1 = BerthaStorm 220 V2 = NataschaStorm 221 V2 = RosmertaStorm 222 V2 = Nikita(postage after we've moved house) TJ-ASTR V1 = LucyJamassault pistol = HannahTJ-SR-V4 = BarberaStorm 22 Pistol = NathaliaI'll be referring to them by name from now on, so you better learn these!

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Giant Knit Animals Storm CHA

Our friends at Lion Brand Yarns recently suffered a collective wave of gigantism when they set about designing this Winter's offering for the Craft and Hobby Association.  What may have started as a collection of delicately detailed stuffed animals has grown to monstrous proportions.  (Monstrously adorable that is!) Scroll through their flickr stream so you can get a fair idea of the full scale of these creatures.  And if that's not enough, come see them in person at this year's Maker Faire! While you're checking out these amazing creations, get your inspiration on for our upcoming Critters Contest with Lion Brand.   Ladies and gentlemen, start your needles!

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what started the storm series(knex guns)? Answered

What started the storm series(knex guns)? the guns are made by the jamalam and i have made 1 and makind more but id like to know where or what started knexsbf

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My dog is extremely scared of the storms here in Florida. Any way to calm her down? Answered

It is a female beagle and if a burglar broke in to our house the only thing she would do is lick them to death. We have taken her out side during the storms to let her out side. Any ways to calm her down?

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Parts List for Shark run & Storm mountain

As above. I only really want the number of cross ties, feet of track and flexis.

Topic by The_Lost_Carrot  


Instructables HQ flooded!

The San Francisco Bay area is being hammered by a series of winter storms right now. There are gusts to 75 MPH and a torrent of rain. All that wind-swept rain has flooded our server room and created a foot-deep lake on the runways outside the control tower! If things aren't working right on the site, it's the rain's fault, really...This storm is actually pretty tame by East Cost standards, and I'm proud to report I got a little bit of kitesurfing in yesterday morning on the front of it before the wind and rain truly picked up. It's just that we have perfect weather 90% of the year here, so it's really the relative difference, not the absolute magnitude, that makes people talk about how bad it is.

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Mammatus Clouds Observed in Aurora Colorado

A thunderstorm rolled in at about 3:00 p.m. near my house in Aurora Colorado. I was amazed by the clouds that were present, and recognized some of them as "Mammatus Clouds." These clouds are fairly rare, I've only ever seen then twice. They are named "Mammatus Clouds" because they resemble a mammals breast. These clouds were not as distinctly mammatus as the previous ones that I had observed, but they are still mammatus clouds nontheless. I thought that these are really cool, and that someone might enjoy seeing them. Enjoy! 3:00-3:55 6-15-2012 Aurora, Colorado

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Why are your k'nex guns named as they are?

Why did you name your guns like they are? Was it random? Does it stand for something? Or is there some long or complicated reason involving foreign translation or coke or some film? eg. my storm guns are all good for fast fights with their quick reloads times. They are assault weapons, the german translation "Sturmgewehr", which can also be translated to mean storm rifle. the 22_ bit comes from the fact that it took me precisely 2 months and 20 days to perfect my rifle, and the number has gone up to help with chronology, not to do with hours. And you?

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Glowy Umbrella

I had an idea today I thought would be interesting after reading about this - http://www.richardbox.com/ - how about integrating a fluorescent tube into the handle of an umbrella. If the tube was supported inside an acrylic clear (or coloured) tube and had some kind of connection to the handle and to the tip of the umbrella, then when walking under pylons, in a storm (eek?!), or in any situation where there would be a big potential difference between something above the user and earth. This could be interesting near tram/train lines.What do people think?

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OK to post?

I made a suppressor/ recoil compensator for a Umarex Steel Storm bb repeater pistol and would like to post the how to. Is that OK? It is relatively esy to build, and being made from household and hardware store parts, it is very inexpensive as well.

Topic by gtfoxy  


What is the best way to photograph lightning storms using an EOS400D SLR?

I want to get some good lightning shots but cant seem to get camera setting right?

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will it effect your laptop in a storm if your using internet????

If you are on your laptop and it is not pluged in but you have wifi and it is pluged in, apart from not being able to use the internet, will it effect your laptop???? 

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My 2 dogs are afraid of thunder and lightning. They always get under your feet and trip you during storms. Any Ideas? Answered

I have 2 dogs. One is a toy poodle (my sisters), and the other is a mutt. (Hound, German Shepard, and a couple of other breeds) My problem is, they are afraid of storms, particularly thunder storms, and I love them to death but they get under your feet, trip you, jump on you (it hurts when the mutt jumps on you (75lbs.) ), and they whine. I just wanted to see if anyone had an idea that would cure them if this.

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will my four rabbit sbe ok out side during storms?

We live in nebraska wether changes suddenly a lot we have just orderd a hutch for them out side, they have been outside all day before but all come inside at night. it has been storming latly with a lot of thunder. i have read that they can die of being to scared. will they be ok being outside during thunder? they do will have shelter from the rain. also they are inside bunnies they sleep and are inside, will they be ok suddenly being outside all the time 24/7?

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Brain Storming: What can I do with this tract ?

I have, available to me, tracts of plastic that resemble lighting tracks that hold those lights you can move from area to area, hung from the ceiling. Their are, however; made of a fairly thin plastic, with a recycle 6 on them (our locals do not take #6's). They are a little flexible, but not overly so. They have a notch/tab at each end, faced in the same direction (allowing what is on the tract, to come off one end but not the other). Another description of them might be that they look similar to those metal tracks used to hold sockets in a row (for those that have seen them), only made from translucent plastic. I now have Pictures posted below,. What can these be used for? They throw away about 6-20 of them A DAY. The tracts once held little packets of tea or coffee pouches that have a plastic T top in them (like the packets pictured)

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Battery over ride for electric start on Propane Furnace

I would like to create a battery override for the starter on my propane furnace. We've lost power a few times during some of the major storms. If I could backup the electric starter on the furnace with a battery backup, I could still have heat during any loss of power.

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TEDxBaghdad - Iraq - violence, dust storms and open sourced manufacturing

Baghdad Iraq. It was once the jewel of the Muslim empire and epicenter of knowledge in the Eastern world. Now it is best known for corrupt governance, bombings, and dust storms. It was also my parents’ home. After visiting once in 1991 as a child the few memories I have of Iraq seemed to be shouting matches as my parents yelled over the phone making overseas calls. Names of Uncles I had never met were mentioned and a phone was handed to me and I was left to nervously fend for myself with my weak Iraqi slang and an Uncle who apparently knew all about me while I knew nothing of him. The country was an impenetrable black box to me that would spit out another refugee somewhere in the world every few years or so. Sixteen years later the first wall between Iraq and me was broken. In 2007 my nuclear family had traveled to Syria and for the first time I met family members who still lived in Baghdad. I knew them now. My uncles and cousins grew flesh and blood. I could feel their prickly faces as we greeted with the traditional Iraqi 4 sided cheek kiss. They could graciously give me their dishdashas as gifts. Names finally had faces, but those faces were deep, sunken and afraid. 2007 was a bad year of sectarian war in Iraq, which is why the Damascas district of Harasta was flooded with Iraqis. The sound of construction continued through the night to keep up with the massive (ab)use of the "tourist" visas. I saw something in the Iraqis in Syria that I hadn't seen before; something that scared me. I saw hopelessness. It was then I settled on a long-term project to return to the country and share something that I had just discovered around the same time: the future doesn’t come prepared -- we make the future. The do-it-yourself attitude that was growing in America was being combined with the culture of sharing that you find in hackerspaces, at instructables.com and in open source technology. This atmosphere made anything possible. You want to build a vertical generator without any spinning parts? Sure! How about a walking quadraped robot with a sofa? Do you want to quit your job, write zines and sell them in the crafting circle? Sure! Start a business! Write a novel! Organize a benefit concert! Sure - sure - sure! “Make your own future” was the message. It was a message of hope - it was the message that I wanted to share in the Middle East, and especially in Iraq. In 2011 the opportunity to work on sharing this beautiful message in the Middle East presented itself to me, so I quit my robotics job and took it (sorry Andrew). A few friends and I started a tiny organization called GEMSI - The Global Entrepreneurship and Maker Space Initiative. We funded ourselves through Kickstarter and our first project was a Three-Day Maker Space hosted at Makerfaire Africa. We were hoping to let people experience the feeling of the Maker Movement first-hand. We collaborated with Emeka and the team from MFA, Cairo Hackerspace, along with many amazing egyptians from all over the country. We had a successful first attempt at sharing the message of "Yes you can!” It was a great start, but Iraq was still an impenetrable fortress to me. It took till 2012 and a chance encounter with friends in Cambridge, MA for me to find my first avenue back into Iraq. Via my friends, I met someone who’s friend was affiliated with TEDxBaghdad. A few steps removed, sure, but when I heard about TEDxBaghdad I knew I had found my way in. I knew TEDx and the types of programs they hosted; I knew they were hopeful, inspired, and shared a vision for a brighter tomorrow. I started communicating with Emeka from MFA, who also works with TED, and he put me in touch with Yahay. After my first skype call with Yahay I knew I was going. Someone else had done it - someone broke that barrier, did amazing work in the country, and survived. It wasn't the death trap my family was telling me it was. There was a new narrative being woven and I knew what I needed to do. I booked my flights before I even finalized any workshops. I needed to meet the TEDxBaghdad team. Later, I called my parents and told them I was going to Baghdad and they said, "Shinu?! Inta Makhabal?!" That probably means exactly what you think it does. Needless to say, they had their concerns, but I was going regardless. Now that the tickets were bought, we started planning. Yahay put me in touch with Abdal Ghany, one of the Iraqi organizers living in Baghdad. He coordinated everything. It was amazing. These guys kick some serious planning butt! Ghany basically told me, “Show up and give your workshop. We'll take care of the rest.” This was a welcome change from the hours of facebooking, planning, and coordination I usually have to go through to schedule events. It really seemed like this was possible. I was going to give an Arduino and 3D printing workshop in Baghdad and I was really excited! I sent an email to Sparkfun and Makezine asking them for open source electronics donations since I knew bringing my electronics box through the airport wouldn't be a good idea. They sent me a nice goodie-bag of beautifully packaged Maker products. These two organizations have given me a tremendous amount of help throughout the years, for which I am extremely thankful. I packed a suitcase filled with 2 3D printers, 25 Arduinos, an assortment of other open source hardware and sensors and headed out looking a bit like a bomb development lab. Yeesh! Somehow I made it through China, Saudi, and Turkey without any serious interrogation. Mostly just really quizzical looks from my unzipped bag up back to me... "You're a teacher?" they ask. "Yes," I say, "yes I am." Turkey was the stop before Iraq. Turkey was brilliant, sunny, lush, and seemed to be comprised of mostly happy smiling people walking by the sea. Coming from the deserts of Mecca, this was a welcome sight. I let the green of Turkey wash away the dust of Saudi Arabia. The mishmash of cultures, sounds, foods, religions gave me a great feeling of liberation. This was a lively place and the two hackerspaces I met up with there, Base Istanbul and Istanbul Hackerspace were fantastic hosts. Furkan and I spent a lovely day together chatting about Maker culture as it spreads through the Middle East and then in the end we had a potluck BBQ with members from both hackerspaces by the rocks of the sea. It was great to see these two Turkish hackerspaces and to be reminded that this movement is truly global. My dream of hackerspaces empowering people globally is really possible – and it’s great to know that it is a dream that is shared by others. I left them full of enthusiasm and flew directly to Baghdad. Landing in Baghdad was strange and a bit concerning. Looking out of the window all I could see was a brown cloud. We were landing in a dust storm. I had heard about the turab (dust) of Iraq, but this was the first time I saw it in person, and it would be one of the things most often on my mind. Getting a visa for me was surprisingly easy, except for the fact I forgot my passport on the plane and two guards had to escort me one to each side back to the airplane to retrieve it. But once I had my passport, I told them my laqab, which is the full name that includes ancestry. Showed them a copy of my dad’s passport and my Iraqi birth certificate and I was in. I was hoping for a nice stamp, perhaps with some Iraqi relic on it. But they took my passport and wrote in it: "Originally Iraqi", so there it goes, it's official. Ahmed, my cousin, was not at the airport when I took my paper work and headed out to the lobby. The airport was sparsely populated and heavily regulated. I barely managed to snap a picture before a guard came up to me and had me delete them from my phone. In the lobby I met a man just released from a Swiss prison. The Swiss had given him the option to be sent back home to Iraq, or be jailed. He chose to leave and come back to Iraq. This becomes a theme later as I see more and more people, all of whom desire to leave the country to become refugees elsewhere. It seems that when hope runs out for the country you live in, the only option is to find a new one. This story is one of a million various stories of struggling to find a new life. Each varies in its details, but all have survival at their core. Ahmed arrives 30 minutes late, apologizing. He's wearing jeans and a polo. His hair seemed freshly cut and his face was serious. We had never met before. The only thing I knew of him was that he thought I was reckless for coming. He had been spending hours on Skype with me attempting to convince me that coming would be a bad idea: "You have no idea how bad the bugs are. Just wait till you see the dust storms. The heat will kill you... etc" But once I saw him in person it all changed. I didn't think I'd grow to like Ahmed, but I grew to appreciate his ways and he became like a brother to me before I left. He took me to Mansour, a neighborhood in Baghdad, telling me stories about Iraq as we travelled. This is the neighborhood where the house my dad designed and family built stands. On the ride home we had our car checked for bombs at least 4 times by what Iraqi's call Saytarat, which is the equivalent of a checkpoint and, to me, seemed a total nuciance. They were the reason he was late. What would normally be a 20 minute drive can become three hours long because every car is checked for bombs. They are everywhere; throughout the city, on every road. We passed the guard who watches over my family’s neighborhood, and he takes his hand off his machine gun to wave at Ahmed, and I begin to recognize that weapons, car inspections and burned out cars are normal here, so they don't think to comment on it - like an empty lot in Detroit, or the homeless in San Francisco. We got to my family home with no time to rest. I had to leave to meet up with Abdul Ghany and the crew at a Cafe in an hour and then conduct the workshop in two. Ahmed comes with me - he doesn't trust people we'd never met before and won’t let me out of his sight. I trust first till proven otherwise, he has learned to do the opposite. It’s a telling sign of how different our lives are on a day-to-day basis. As soon as I met the TEDxBaghdad crew, I felt at ease. MNA, Abdul Ghany and the entire crew were thoughtful, hardworking, and inspiring people. I was really happy to have intersected with them and they helped me in more ways than I could count. We first met up at Everyday, a local Mansour café. Everyday cafe was hyper airconditioned and everyone seemed to think it was hotter than it was. The crew was awesome, they were really a great first introduction to the excited young people of Baghdad and they certainly have the famed Iraqi hospitality. But here's a tip: do not order a fajita in Baghdad ;D. Mohammed Al-Samarraie pulled out their iPads and started showing me video production work he was doing for TEDx. Abdul Ghany comes a little late and we have head out to the workshop. The workshop was held in a two story office building surrounded by palm trees. Looking out the the tinted back window we could see the muddy river run past, winding and dark. Slowly the TEDx people started trickling in. Then I started to get nervous. The checkpoints didn't bother me, the tanks in the streets were not an issue, but here were these people coming to learn something from me. What could I share that would really matter to them when they had so much to deal with daily? What could I share that could be relevant to people who see bombings as I experience lightning storms? I have been to other places in the world to share this kind of information, and some of those places have had political problems and ongoing revolutions. But Iraq was the first country I had been to that really seemed like a war zone. I decided that first I needed to learn from them! What were their projects? What did they hope for? I hoped they would learn from each other and get excited about their projects and I wanted to be able to share things that were relevant to them. Thus, everyone was encouraged to talk about who they are, how they learned about TEDxBaghdad and to share their project, share with us their mission, or share an inspiring story. I was amazed to hear about all the incredible initiatives the crew was doing. From intercultural exchange programs, to street clean ups, to historical artifact preservation, each of them shared and I started realizing something. They were not as interested in new technology as they were interested in arts and culture and after hearing about a few of their projects I started realizing why. Learning about culture and paying attention to the arts gives people the ability to pay attention to details. They can look at another human being and see all the subtleties that make us who we are. We each fall in love, we struggle, we question, and have doubts. Arts give depth to a black and white world. Sectarianism is difficult when we pay attention to the commonalities that tie us all together. What would the world be like if anyone who wanted a weapons license was required to have visited India, could pass an art history exam and could play stairway to heaven on the guitar? We were in a sort of office building near the river which ran by dark and muddy looking through the tinted windows. One by one, they stood up in front and gave their short presentations. There were doctors, engineers, and designers in the crew. They each stood up and told the story of how they found out about TEDxBaghdad and it was incredible. Each of them had a friend recommend it to them, and it was mostly done through Facebook. Some people's projects were related to health, culture, antiquity preservation, and connecting Iraqis with the rest of the world. While they spoke I made a graph of the things that connected all of their ideas together. It was a beautiful thing to see. The common themes were to help Iraq as a country through the integration of new ideas and how to bring a new face of Iraq and present it to the world. To have the news about Iraq be about amazing things, inspiring things, rather than explosions. Being in that room with that energy made me feel like we were already on our way. I pulled out the boxes of donations given to us by Sparkfun and The Make Shed and now it was my turn. I told them about my story coming into contact with my friend Alex through instructables.com, how being in San Francisco and Cambridge opened my eyes to a new way of entrepreneurship using communities and open source technology. And how they could make anything they could imagine if they got together to do it. We discussed how sharing and collaboration was a common value that held the entire system together. I used the concept of the LED throwie, which is a simple idea by Graffiti Research Labs to connect an LED to a coin battery and a magnet. They used it to throw at ferrous buildings as a form of electronic graffiti but once they uploaded it to instructables the idea was out there and people were inspired to take it and derive many other projects. You can never know what will happen when you share something or when you create a tool and share it. People created outlined throwies, LED floaties in balloons and finally we start seeing LED floaties which are sequenced to act like a light show at a phish concert. Hahaha! We then talked about the Arduino an easy to use microcontroller designed for artists. It's a bit of technology that is a simple and easy to use platform to build interactive projects. We talked about how the open nature of the project people can use the Arduino and then use shields to add features like being able to connect to the internet or play MP3s. Open source tools make building new products a lot like using legos. We were in the middle of using some of the sensors The Maker Shed had sent us to make a DIY heart rate monitor when the power went out and all went dark except for the LED throwies we had made. It suddenly felt very intimate. We put all the LED throwies in the center of the room and huddled around it for story time. The feeling of connection was palpable for me. Sure the lack of power meant that we were not going to be able to 3D print, but being in the dark with TEDxBaghdad was one of my favorite memories of this trip. The lights went on and we had a long question and answer session / photo shoot. Some of the doctors were interested to use the Arduino based heart rate monitors to replace the broken ones in the hospital. I heard about this and was flabbergast that the most basic and cheap tools I had brought with me might have a direct impact and may even save lives. Technology might not solve the political problems of the country but it seems that there was a lot of room for development and that the crew I was with was creative and excited to make use of it. I passed out 20 Arduino kits that day, including the Lillypad which is a version of the Arduino intended to be sewn into clothing. Although there were very few engineers in the audience, everyone seemed to be buzzing with ideas and ways to use the Arduinos. What a great workshop! I was super excited because not only had they understood the message, they seem to have been infected with the feeling of capability! Now to seal the deal, we were all going to go out and eat a classic Iraqi dish Simach Masguf. Ahmed has been calling me hourly making sure that I was OK, but I felt safe enough with my new friends so we all headed out to a fish spot by the river. Hours go by, lots of fish is eaten, and lots of juice is drunk. Some of the crew smoke some sheesha. It was like I was with new old friends. My Iraqi slang was improving hourly and although we had just met I knew me and TEDxBaghdad we're going to be working together again very soon. I would have stayed all night eating and chatting about future projects and the problems to solve in Iraq, but the cerfew was about to set in and we had to jet. Yeah, there is still a curfew. On the ride home my head is filled with contradictions. Hope and confusion mix in my head as my family rings 4 more times. I get home safe and decide that the only way to deal with the complicated situation in Iraq was to act with irrational hope and optimism. That's the way TEDxBaghdad seemed to work. And that's going to be mine as well. The next day there were five explosions in Baghdad so TEDxBaghdad and I decided against going out to the Iraqi National Museum even though we had to request permission to go. We meet instead back at Everyday and there we solidify our commitment to working for a more beautiful Baghdad and a country which will become a producing nation once again. Sharing with the world it's art, science and literature like it once did years ago. +BG

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how do u make truly semi automatic( just tap trigger) gun made out of knex shoot farther? Answered

Im tired of semi autos shoot 2 feet help me make them go farther

Question by dillon27    |  last reply


Vintage Projects

I found this cool project website today that has everything from a Uranium detector to a bicycle powered boat. I'm brewing a storm of ideas after seeing these projects.Vintage Projects

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line of knex star wars vehicles should i post?

So far only a y-wing and a halfway built clone jauggernaut but i will have more im already designing an att and mtt.

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What brings big waves to lake michigan?

Well I'm going to lake Michigan in 3 weeks and their are sometimes huge waves that are 6-7 feet. What brings them in, storms? wind?

Topic by thejrb    |  last reply


knex coaster sets?

 any one willing to see cross ties and tubing for the following sets: screamin serpent,storm moutian,rippin rocket,shark run,etc(no new coasters)

Question by knexsuperbuilderfreak    |  last reply


why is my ipod doing this? Answered

I have an ipod with version 4.3 on it.. after i got an app and played it (app is called metal storm) it had a visible line at the right side and the screen faded a bit. why is this happening?

Question by mberg    |  last reply


!!! RAGE LEVEL OVERLOAD !!!!

Ok 1st - this is like the best contest instructabes has ever done.. 2nd - ...only...people...from...usa...can...friggin...win... 3rd - refer to topic title.... Anyone from UK want to storm America with bear cavalry?

Topic by =SMART=    |  last reply


Zamboni

The other day I was driving along the side of a lake after a snow storm and saw two kids shoveling off a skating area. The ideas for a home-brew zamboni were tested and retested. My final design would be an adult tricycle toeing a piece of sheet metal on the ice with a camp fire on top.

Topic by noraajagger  


What is the best all purpose knex assault rifle?

I know that a lot of you will suggest the storm 223, however I really dislike the instructions. Any other suggestions will be appreciated! Thank you.

Question by travw    |  last reply


Ahhh, the sun is rising!

I'm in New York, writing up my research log book because it's due tomorrow... The sun's beginning to rise after that terrible storm we've had today, it's looking quite nice other than the occasional hard wind. Anyone else on the east coast?

Topic by T3h_Muffinator    |  last reply


Knex Rifles

I am looking for great ideas on knex rifles. Barrels, triggers, mags, you name it.You will all get proper credit if I use your designs on Instructables. Please build. Look at The Jamalms Storm 223 rifle

Topic by Koolman2009    |  last reply


Death of the small portable TV?

I realized last night when the power went out during a  bad storm, that the move to digital TV has elimintaed my ability to watch the incoming weather on my portable TV.  I felt blind!  Is there a way to get receprtion on that small TV anymore? 

Topic by Ladywyngs    |  last reply


Blizzmageddon!!

How is everyone who lives in the path of the snow storm doing?  I hope everyone's okay.  We're in Oklahoma and the worst is over.  We've been having jammies/movie marathons laughing ourselves silly.  I think tomorrow might be warm enough for some snowman building.   Make soup, stay warm, be safe!

Topic by zurichko    |  last reply


Your Ideal K'Nex war weapon set?

What would your ideal knex war set be? For: a)1 weapon b)2 weapons c)3 weapons d)4 weapons e)5 weapons f)6 weapons g)7 weapons h)8 weapons It should be shown as below, say you have a 4 weapon war, you would have the weapons from a-d. So, sort of a ranking system of what guns you would use. Mine would be: a)BR18 b)Storm 220 V2 c)Storm 221 V2 d)Jamassault pistol e)TJSG Shotgun (Slideshow soon) f)TJMT - My secret project ;) g)Zak's Assault rifle h)Knexsayer Thanks, hope you join in!

Topic by The Jamalam    |  last reply


Irene....she has arrived !

Irene is now raining on our parade..... Short clip.... UPDATE:   Will the damage here and else where continue long after the storms have left us? Further UPDATE: http://www.wgal.com/slideshow/weather/29118681/detail.html also see added pictures, this is what Lee is doing to us....

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply