Stylish birdfeeders - art and function

I came across these stylish birdfeeders via Notcot. Abstract, architecturally minimalist, functional... ... copyable. These are welded and painted steel, and presented as "affordable" (although I think it's a bit cheeky to call a bird table "Cheepie" and then charge $125...) - if you need a new bird feeder, have a look at Joe Papendick's Etsy shop.  If nothing else, you'll get inspriation...

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Stylish: How to get the picture thumbails on the same line

I've got my phase one/first cut of de-white-spacing the new instructables layout done using Stylish. See first image.I have shrunk the picture sizes. However I have been unable to get the photo thumbnails to go across the page. As-is they are below each other.The new instructables layout has one larger photo on the first line, then two smaller photos on the next lie, then three smaller again on the third line. (or something like that - I haven't worked out all permutations)Any other arrangement I tried had small images equally spaced across the page with lots of white space. See second photo.I'm, at best, a CSS hack, any tips on how to get them aligned horizontally. I've attached the first-cut Stylish code.

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how to recreate this LED bundle hanging lamp inexpensively

This isn't even yet available in teh US, but it's pretty amazing looking i think.i'm thinking of how it can be made... cheap metal tubes for each led with 2 thin leads? or thin rods with a little insulated wire wraped around leading to the LED?i think this can be done smartly, cheaply and efficiently -- totally unlike how it will be sold in the us.who has experience with these materials and wants to mock one up?http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/13/kenzan-tsutakawa-chinn-constellation-lamp/

Topic by neuralstatic 


Water Mortar, Stylish Lamps, Sugar-Waxing...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Feb. 28, 2008 Welcome back! See who won the Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge! More contest news: March is Pets Month at Instructables, we're launching the Toss It! paper airplane speed contest today, and the Share the Love: Valentine's Day Speed Contest results have been posted here. Don't miss out! We'll be at SXSW Interactive March 7-11. Make LED Floaties with us at the PopSci party on March 9th! The Weekend Builder: Water Mortar, Stylish Lamps, Sugar-Waxing, and more cool projects! Check out these cool instructables! The SkyWalker TallBike Project Ride a 12-foot bike and see the world in a whole new way! posted by KoolKat on Feb 20, 2008 Turn an IKEA Applaro into a stylish lamp Turn "ho-hum" into "beautiful" with some artsy paper and wood stain. A nice and effective intro to IKEA-hacking. posted by corinna.anni.roc on Feb 26, 2008 Build a water mortar Build a super-soaker-like toy from PVC that can launch up to a quart of water per shot! posted by m32825 on Feb 26, 2008 Sharp low-noise photography with multiple photos This is a guide to using multiple shots and photoshop to get clean and sharp pictures. posted by ELF on Feb 21, 2008 Simple ways to circuit bend a toy Unleash the glitchy and awesome noises from within electronic toys once you get tired of their normal sounds. posted by nknouf on Feb 21, 2008 See which yarn projects won! Fuzzy logic Mood light with LEDs Enjoy a random light display with 25 LEDs creating a nice sci-fi mood for any room. posted by Pwntalive on Feb 27, 2008 Zero Point Shelf Avoid putting holes in the wall by "clamping" shelves between the ceiling and the floor. posted by mada on Feb 23, 2007 How to sugar-wax your legs Get some smoother legs with a waxing technique that originated in the Middle East. It may not be painless, but it is effective. posted by TraumaComet on Feb 19, 2008 Big lamps from IKEA lampan lamps IKEA's lampan lamps are OK on their own, but use a dozen in a spherical array and you get something magical. posted by daan on Feb 23, 2008 Circuit Building 101 A beginner's guide to building circuits that talks about the "proper" way to install components and also a little bit about soldering. posted by CuriousInventor.com on Feb 25, 2008 The Yoyos keep on spinnin'! The Anti-Yo Worldwide Video Contest will close to entries on Saturday night. Over 60 videos have been submitted from yoyoers all over the world, showcasing incredible tricks in different styles. Here are a few of our favorite videos so far. Each video is only 30 seconds long so check them out and talk to the yoyoers that made them. Remember, there are plenty more jaw-droppingly amazing videos in the Anti-Yo group! Blindfolded Yoyo Corporate Yoyo C-C-Combo! Smooth Moves Sonic Boom!   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus 


Make comments easier to read

UPDATE: With the recent changes to the comment layout, this isn't needed any more. Stylish is still fun to play with though. Check it out! I find the comment threads to be a bit tough to follow. Definitely hard to scan when the threads get complicated anyway. To make this easier for myself I made a Stylish script for Firefox. You can see the before and after pictures below. Try it out and let me know how it works for you. Step 1 - Install Stylish for Firefox Step 2 - Install the Lined Comments Script

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Cheap DVD rack

Hello, I have been searching for a dvd rack storage system but all the nice wooden ones are in the range of £80 for the number of DVDs that I have (about 500). Could someone please tell me how I can make my own stylish one or where I can find something stylish buy cheap that is currently on the market? Thank you!

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What's the best unique bracelet, that's not tooo crazy?

I'd like to make a unique, stylish, bracelet out of... well, anything. I need ideas. Oh, and nothing way to crazy or wide. Male/unisex. Ideas?

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how to make a robot suit with boxes?

I want to make a robot suit with cordboard boxes. i 'm not planning to use any metal stuff. i would also prefer it to look stylish without any curf parts. i am also not sure about the colour of the robot

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Why are my instructables picture for steps different sizes?

Would someone take a look at my instructable and tell me why the pictures are different sizes in my instructable steps?  I would greatly appreciate any help resolving this bug.  Thanks in advance.  https://www.instructables.com/id/STYLISH-INNER-TUBE-PURSE/

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(newsletter) Treadmill Desk, AA USB Charger, Sand Fire Garden

Double Capacity USB Charger Treadmill Desk Sand Fire Garden DIY USB Oscilloscope Riveted Maille DIY Lockring Pliers Rustic Hammock Chair Stylish Sofa Bed Drilling Glass Guides Instructables Robot Projects Exercise Lamps Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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Build your own Lego Skull

Waaay back in 2008, Noah Scalin published a Lego skull on his popular Skull-A-Day blog. A reader of the blog has now put together a really nice set of instructions to build you own, in a stylish PDF document. So, go, download the instructions, build your own skull, and post a picture on Skull-A-Day.

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3D Dinosaur Cake, Solar USB Charger, Office Beach Prank

3D Dinosaur Cake Solar USB Charger Office Beach Prank Pan for Gold 5-Minute Ice Cream Stolen Passport Guide 8-Bit Sculptures Sand Fire Pit Flexible Fabric Circuit Stylish Lamps Remove a Cork with String Tasty Sandwiches Starfield Ceiling Digital Picture Frames Easy Copy Stand

Topic by randofo 


Good dead Macbook Pro Instructable ideas? Answered

Look, I am just not handy and practical minded but I am looking for good ideas? I have an old Macbook Pro that I am using for spares and one thing I would like to do is to make use of the the casing, (base and broken screen) and it would be great to use it for something practical and stylish, so any ideas? I wondered about the practicality of somehow making it into a speaker system for starters, but no idea how to do it! So come on folks, get your creative minds round it and come up with some fantastic ideas.

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Remove the *entire* instructables header, NOT just graphics

As requested by  https://www.instructables.com/member/weblionx/. No, I don't know why either. But hey, who am I to judge? You need greasemonkey and, optionally for firefox, the stylish addon. Install and enable the following scripts:http://userstyles.org/styles/15029http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/59367Please note, you will need to either stay logged in all the time (so keep cookies on!) or else disable these scripts to be able to login, use the forums, and upload new instructables and the like, unless you type the urls directly - laborious!Please let me know of any bugs.

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The next generation of Refrigerator Magnets

My Mom has started her own business - an online business! Refrigerator ReferenceThis is cool, she is selling the next generation of refrigerator magnets, not the fun souvenir types, but the helpful ones...Refrigerator Reference is a new range of useful and stylish fridge magnets to inform, entertain and adorn your kitchen. Everything from oven temperature conversion charts, basic recipes, seasonal produce, ingredient substitutions, and food additives to baby basics, pet information, hangover cures, natural cleaners and much more.All of her magnets are Environmental Friendly, and she also offers 'Reduce Your Carbon Footprint' magnet FREE to every customer!

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Amazing Homes out of Repurposed Materials

"I think mobile homes are a blight on the planet... Attractive, affordable housing is possible and I'm out to prove it." - Dan PhillipsA man in Texas has started a program to build low-income housing out of trash and other found and donated materials. I know you are probably thinking to yourself "oh great, another beer can house," but these homes are actually quite artfully done. He is on a crusade to prove to the world that you can build stylish housing out of discarded materials. Completely self-taught and working with a limited crew, he makes highly-crafted and sturdy houses. He also requires that the eventual owner helps in the construction of the house so that they have a larger stake in its future.Check out the full New York Times article and don't miss the slideshow.

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High fashion functional commuter wear men, women, or unisex!?

Hi everyone, I am a fourth year design student researching a niche in the cycling market. I am researching womens males or unisex commuter wear that is both high end and functional. I am marketing for the vancouver market. Heres a questionaire I'd love to hear some answers on!! 1) Would you wear high end stylish functional cycling wear? 2) Would you wear it to and from the office? 3) What if it suit your business attire? 4) What if it didn't look like cycling wear, but it fuctioned great on a bike ( mesh areas for breathing, liners for sweat, natural fibers for breathing)? 5) What would you like to see for chic funtional commuter wear? 6) What if it was water proof... or had water proof layers?

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syfy alien style gel/liquid controller

I wonder how one could build a controller like the aliens use in district 9 and other movies/games. You know the kind im talking about? The one where you put your hands inside of a gel like substance and manipulate the controls. Now maybe were a long way from the actual thing but i would like to make or see made something similar. like maybe a clearish, strong bag that could hold some kind of thick gel. then using displacement of your hands some how be able to "press" buttons. like move index finger up, displacement of gel causes a button/sensor above to be triggered. all while being inside of a clear glowing stylish case... is this possible with todays tech? i think so, but has anyone an idea exactly how to do it? community project maybe??

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Robo-Busser

I am an bus-boy at an Italian restaurant and once monthly we have event called wine tastings, the waitress goes around and pours wine and every fifteen minutes or so a bus-boy that is brought in just for the event goes around and passes out food on a large tray. Because of labor laws and school (during the school year) the bus-boy's only job during these wine tastings is to pass out food and total the bus-boy is getting paid 6-7 hours wages for only an hours worth of work. Me being lazy and labor cost conscience think that it is just a waste of money to have a bus-boy when a robot could do the job for only the money to charge it up. My idea is to take the iRobot create and add a visual "People" sensor and a weight sensor to make a robo-bus-boy, or a bus-bot, I haven't really decided. In order to do this I will have to wire a series of LED's into a power source. One series of LED's must be blue, signaling a command to take the plates on the bot. Another series must be red signaling to place plates that are finished on there, flashing red LED's will mean that the robot is at weight capacity and will go back to a specified area to unload the trays by the normal bussers. Now the three problems I have not explained yet are as follows: Sliding plates, making a shoulder level, high-class, stylish stand, sensing when the bot is at weight capacity. To make the plates not slide I will use a clear rubber "gripping" substance that I have rolled up from when I had carpet in my computer room. To make the bot stylish and not at all an eye sore I will use an aluminum sheet metal and the waitresses trained style eye. For the weight capacity issue I will wire and electronic scale to the bot and program it to change the LED color when a certain weight is reached and in some cases when the max weight is reached will change the behavior of the bot from making laps around the dinning room to going to the wait station. When at the weight station the bot is reloaded and a reset switch is pressed and the LED change to blue; then laps are resumed and the process repeats till there are no more people left.

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T-Shirt Hacks Speed Contest Winners Announced!

Instructables is happy to announce the prizewinners from the T-Shirt Hacks Speed Contest!The call for some funky t-shirt modifications was answered in a variety of ways. There was cutting, sewing, bleaching, ironing, and much more. stinkymum went above and beyond with five cool Instructables and also grabbed the top spot for votes. A great job was done all around.Now, on with the winners! Top Votes and PageviewsThe authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot t-shirt. Top Votes Pageviews Transforming a boring old blackt-shirt using bleach! by stinkymum 15-Minute Halter Top by Smexy Dead Runners-Up The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. How to Make an Instructables T-Shirt Buit-in T-Shirt Belt T-shirt to sexy top Stylish Ways to cut your T-shirt Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of a t-shirt, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...this totally rad entry.

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Halloween Decoration Contest Winners - 2012

With a whooping 365 Halloween Decorations entered, the competition for this year's contest was a tough one. The editors had a hard time narrowing down the finalists. However, with the help of 13 spooky judges, winners were chosen. I would like to congratulate the winners, and thank everyone who put in the time and effort to throw their hat into the cauldron. Anyhow… on with it… I am pleased to announce that this year's winning decoration is flaming_pele!'s build of a Giant Tentacle Monster. This project was selected by the judges because it was original, fun, well-documented and approachable. With easy-to-find materials, they demonstrated that anyone can menace their neighborhood with a giant cartoonish tentacle monster. Their technique was clever, and the results were great. I foresee this inspiring more large creations next year. Speaking of which, all of our second place winners put new spins on old classics. Noelportugal made a traditional Magic Mirror, but gave it a new spin with built-in candy dispenser. HaHaBird mashed Tetris and jack-o-lanterns together to make Pumpktris, which is unlike anything we have seen before. And of course, there is kcli's the Hearse-Style Carriage which resurrects old-fashioned horse carriage as a creepy and stylish hearse. The runner-ups show how eclectic this years entries were. From traditional grim reaper decorations, to stat-of-the-art glow-in-the-dark 3D-printed ghost mobiles, we ended up with some pretty interesting decorations this year. Be sure to not only check out all of the awesome finalists, but the rest of this year's entries. Now that Halloween is over, it means that you have a full year to think about what to do next year. I now that I already am. While installing the foam spewing pumpkin, I already figured out what my decoration is going to be for next year. Let's just say that it is going to be a blast. -Randy

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Share Office Space with Instructables at Squid Labs in San Francisco

2010-04-05 Update: We've moved, and all our shared space is occupied!  Do you have a cool small company and are looking for some shared office and/or lab space in a really great environment? Share space at Squid Labs! Squid Labs recently opened a new office in San Francisco and we're looking to fill spaces in our shared work environment. The current tenants are Instructables (community project sharing) and HumCycles (electric motorcycles). Features of the space: - Tons of natural light. Windows on all 4 sides and skylights. - Landlord is awesome and tech/green savvy. - Space is clean/professional yet also stylish/zany. - Cool intra-space neighbors working on hot technologies. Lots of idea/resource sharing. - Close to BART, MUNI, and freeways for your commuting needs. - Parking lot with space for 9 cars. Shared resources: - Large conference room with table/chairs/projector. - Smaller meeting room for phone calls. - Two kitchens with fridges, microwaves, plates, etc. - 75 watt laser cutter - Lounge space for eating, hanging out, brainstorming. - Shop space in the garage with a mill, lathe, welding, and other power tools. - 4 unisex bathrooms. - Internet, wireless, firewall. Static IPs available. - Pizza parties, build nights, and meet-ups. What's available: - A mix of cubicles and large and small private offices. - Month-to-month cubicles, or longer-term larger-area leases are possible. - In the layout below, the blue and pink areas are available, and the green areas will be available in the future. White is open common space, and dark gray is bathrooms, closets, and the elevator. This represents single cubicles to 5000 sqft of the 7500 sqft total. Location: 489 Clementina St. San Francisco, CA (Right next to 6th and Folsom) Contact me if interested! Click on my username in the right-side column for contact info.

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Steampunk Goggles, Wood-Burning Pen, Water Recycling...

Function clickclear(thisfield, defaulttext) {if (thisfield.value == defaulttext) {thisfield.value = "";}}Sign-up for our newsletter subscribe Oct. 4, 2007 Welcome back!It's October and we're less than four weeks away from Halloween! So be sure to get working on some awesome projects for our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! Until then, check out these cool projects. Mad Scientist Steampunk Goggles Complete your mad scientist outfit with these easy-to-make goggles.posted by pleasedontspamme on Sep 30, 2007 How to Make Your Own Scratchtable Learn to scratch the virtual vinyl with just a pizza box and a mouse.posted by dbond on Oct 2, 2007 Cool Cloud Lamp! Create an ethereal light source with soap, water, and a light source. Can be easily modded for a nice Halloween effect.posted by babblin5 on Oct 1, 2007 Laser wood-burning pen Combine a High Power Laser diode and a mechanical pencil and learn to "write" on wood. Don't forget the goggles.posted by ramanff on Sep 27, 2007 How to Build a Remote Control Deadbolt Build a remote-controlled door lock with 110V solenoids, solid steel dowel, and an X10 remote control for $30.posted by stuffman on Oct 4, 2007 Halloween Contest 2007! Get a free shirt! Mouse Cam Use an optical mouse for low resolution imaging. The picture is that of an "e" under the mouse.posted by neelandan on Sep 27, 2007 Cool Little Miniature Stove! How to make a great portable pressure-based alcohol stove from stuff you probably have laying around your house!posted by NK5 on Sep 27, 2007 How to bring that store-bought VenusFlyTrap Back to life! A little help for all those people who have a dying VFT on their hands. posted by Spedy on Sep 27, 2007 Water Recycler (Grey Water) Reuse the water from your washing machine in the garden and grow some vegetables during a drought.posted by slemke on Sep 28, 2007 How to open a coconut Learn how to open a coconut with just a hammer, the stylish way.posted by uwe on Oct 3, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by lebowski 


Top 10 Instructables For the Home

Shelving, tables, lighting, and more: what better way to outfit your house with what it needs than to make the accessories yourself? Check out this list of some of the best Instructables to help improve your home.As always, they're in no particular order. Invisible Book Shelf by dorxincandeland Have an old book you're never going to read or use again? Free up some storage space and utilize that book to create a bookshelf that makes your books look like they're floating around. .   Concrete Kitchen Countertop by doubleabattery Combine the fun of DIY with the finished look of a professional product with these concrete countertops made from concrete. .   Simple Platform Bed by aeray Pick up your mattress from the floor: with only a few materials and easy steps, you can efficiently make a platform bed. For another option, try the Pipe Dream Bed.   Aquarium Coffee Table by x86Daddy You can give your living room a fishy feel with this sure-to-impress aquarium coffee table. .   Literary Clock by mdhaworth If (after the Invisible Bookshelf) you've got another book to spare, you can turn it into a timepiece perfect for any room . .   Laptop Stand by jumpfroggy Need to check the latest Instructables after you've already called it a night? This laptop stand will help you comfortably compute in bed or wherever you need a solid surface. .   Tennis Ball Chair by wholman Revamp an old chair into a stylish, comfortable work of art featuring tennis balls. .   Knife Block by engineerable A high-quality, wall-mounted knife block safely stores and organizes up to 30 knives of varying shapes and sizes. .   Minimalist Desk by arte.sano Create a functional workspace with your own very simple desk using workhorses and a door panel. .   Paper Lamp by drips Light up your house in style with this geometric table lamp made out paper, or opt for the classic Lampshade Polygon Building Kit .   Now there's no excuse for putting off those renovations. Add your other favorites below!

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Electronic Workshop Material Layout Drawers?

I am using my room as a workshop as a very electronics still has some problems, but brings the room to be small. You know, at the same time the electronics archivist, a lot of people on the way :) hurdacıdır sees things would take a kick would be valuable for us in the future Benimde he saved up a lot of useful material use, have the device. I made an arrangement for sığabilmek pretty even threw a sofa bed in the room for years, sleeping in bed in the lounge :) I'm doing this way, but if you have components at one component is not regularly work more and confused, lost a lot of time searching for materials. I recently cleaned out my drawers almost all of the material that I had to actually put the order to buy the materials I got in my hand, look for a material with the lost time, etc. .. read labeling is very important especially in the business of editing, eye-catching symbols to be used for this circuit elements when you get out of the printer at one color was very stylish :) I'm looking for easy to find ingredients. Symbols, color labels photoshop etc. can be used as graphics programs. I already used the circuit diagram is easy to use drawing program for the SPLA program for the symbols that have already. If you want to find your way around this type of material karmaşaşası not want to live, use a labeling system or writing paper, according to the material used for the label color to color did not use the for example, the resistance to black text on yellow paper for a variety of open, transistors, such as the black text on light blue paper .. In the meantime, much of the same type of material containers for the blank CD in the drawer it just works great stuff evaluates them also very expensive .. I am using this as storage boxes usually take a little time pulling pushing continue to work .. The SPLAN schema label files created using the drawing program and added a short video on how to use the program ". Spl7" SPLAN 7 program and edit files with the extension or "http://www.abacom-online.de/updates/ sPlan70_Viewer.exe "program, you can open and print output

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Why Corsets and Basques are a Must have Fashion Accessory

Many ladies desire the kind of garments that would make them feel good about their body sizes and shapes. They will spend a lot of money on the accessories that would also enhance their appearance by making them have that different, unique look. The answer to such desires lies in corsets and basques. These are women’s elegant garments that have been worn over dresses or skirts for a long time. A Basque is a tight fitting piece of clothing, although it may not fit tightly as corsets. Various Designs These accessories are presented in a variety of designs, which make them highly unique and fashionable. They tightly fit the upper part of the body as they go down beyond the waistline and closely over the hips. They can fit any body type or size due to their flexible materials, which are also durable. Feel Satisfied You may have wanted to look beautiful and have that exquisite feeling of satisfaction on your weeding day. A unique but simple accessory will make your dreams come true. You may look no further than an online shop with stylish basques way before your wedding day. There are exact measurements for different body types as well as appropriate colours and designs that suit different women. Design in Wide Ranging Fabrics These accessories come in a wide collection of fabrics such as cotton, silk, satin and velvet and have the capacity to offer you the exact shape that will be an envy of your friends at the wedding reception. These accessories may also be worn on any other occasion. If it is a night out that you want to attend, a dinner party with your spouse or merely, an after bath dress to show off to your husband, these are the right accessories for you. Let Your Man Feel Good Once you purchase the appropriate accessories and put them on, you are surely going to have your man feel good with a beautiful, unique, sexy and elegant look. And, whether you prefer a plain accessory or a full colour accessory, the quality is just as good. Any of these will fit just appropriately whether it is worn on top of a skirt of if you prefer to dress it plainly. Availability These accessories are available in online stores and be shipped to your location after payment of the requisite purchase and shipping costs that are affordable. There are also options for refunds in case the accessories are not just the type for you. The items must however be unworn, and should be in their original packaging.

Topic by cindi003 


Project Collaboration?

I'm REALLY bored at work at the moment and need a personal project to distract me. The problem with past projects is I often run into problems or lose interest and they fall by the wayside. I was thinking that if the project was a collaboration I'd be more motivated and could call on people with better skills than me. Anyways I'll propose a few projects, and let me know if you are interested. Or if you've got an idea, post it up. I'd love to do something robotics related, but m programming skills aren't great. I can use "wrapper" environments, like Matlab and Arduino, but raw C++ isn't a strong point. I've got access to all the CAD stuff that would ever be needed, Pro/E, Solidworks, AutoCAD, ANSYS, Strand7. I've got some skills in and access to composite manufacturing, like carbon fibre and glass but no vacuum baggin facilities anymore. My first project idea is a bargraph type watch - kind of like the awesome binary watches here, but the time increments on a bargraph. I think only one bargraph to show the minutes would be necessary - you pretty much know the hour most of the time, and you could work it out using the minutes if it's around the hour. A ten segment display would give resolution of 6 minutes - good enough for most purposes. I could do the hardware layout and manufacturing for this project, but I don't think I could do the programming. how about a homemade SMS device? not the most practical when mobile phones are so small and cheap and would be WAY more fully featured, but I think it would be cool to have a homemade device that could at least send SMSs. Open source, single sided PCB, would be awesome. obviosuly as small as possible but maybe aim for something the size of a blackberry of treo? Not stylish maybe but maximum hacker cred thumb keyboard ---> microcontroller ---> cellular module&LCD GPS based car locator - I know this functionality exists in modern cars but certainly not my 1994 feroza - a box that sits in your car that SMSs you GPS coordinates if your car alarm is activated. I've been looking for this for ages in a commercial product but the prices are outrageous. Other more outlandish projects are a CNC machine and single sided, through-hole, no (or very little) programming MP3 player Any ideas?

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Change instructables header from orange! Update 4

(Made new topic because old one was getting crowded and ugly)Yes, folks, the moment we've all been waiting for...you can customize the header at long last!For years the instructables header has been full of orangey goodness. Maybe a little too much orangey goodness. When I first saw the site, I thought, "Huh. It's February. A little early for halloween...". No lie. When I realized it's like this all the time, I realized something had to be done. I finally got around to sitting down and once and for all giving full control of the header to the user. Now, don't get me wrong. I love orange. I think the admins did a great job picking colors, I'm not trying to hate on them. But let's face it, sometimes change is good.With these handy-dandy styles, you simply install stylish, load them, and presto! No more header screaming ORANGE ORANGE ORANGE and pounding you over the head with shocking vibrant hues until you die. No more co-workers saying "are you on instructables again?! " Yes folks, the header is in your control! Yellow! Green! Invisible! Lots more! Links are all black, to avoid conflict with buttons and such. Link colors (and header color) are easily edited. To install, Firefox users can just install this addon and load the ClearHeader style. However, that's not the only way to install. Firefox users can use greasemonkey if you want. Opera users, IE 7 (ptooie!) can load the style as a userscript. It's cross browser!Many thanks to Gmjhowe for his generous contribution of mad photoshop skillz. New! Red: http://userstyles.org/styles/21622Blue: http://userstyles.org/styles/14765 Invisible: http://userstyles.org/styles/15029Yellow: http://userstyles.org/styles/15107Green: http://userstyles.org/styles/14804Eric's shoes Purple taken from his famous shoes instructable!: http://userstyles.org/styles/15032Gray: http://userstyles.org/styles/15030New! Black: http://userstyles.org/styles/21620Kiteman: http://userstyles.org/styles/15039Ewilhelm: http://userstyles.org/styles/15099Edit, tweak and post these to your heart's content. If you want THE WHOLE ENTIRE HEADER gone, not just graphics - you want EVERYTHING GONE from that bad boy, see here: https://www.instructables.com/community/Remove-the-entire-instructables-header-NOT-just/If you have questions, problems, etc, please post them here or PM me and we'll get it worked out.Many, many thanks to Yokozuna for providing me a handlogo file so I didn't have to color them in pixel by pixel like I was earlier, or mooch off gmjhowe like I did after that. :-DUPDATE: I have made substantial changes to all scripts. Please update your old versions. Due to name changes, some of them may not even update properly. If this happens, please uninstall any previously installed versions and install the new ones.Changelog:* Fixed bug in Blue header causing header to appear in all websites, not just instructables* Added the hand logo to Blue header * Marked obsolete versions of scripts* Changed all titles to reflect the application to instructables* Changed all descriptions to reflect the application to instructables* Made Black header* Made Red header* Gave all headers (except black) hand with proper white outlineFAQ:Q: I installed one header, then another one. Now I see the first one that I installed flash briefly before it goes to the current one. Now what?A: Make sure you disable all header scripts except for the one you are currently using.Q: Why are there CSS color codes at the top? That's extraneous code! You're dumb!A: Actually, I left it there on purpose, to make it nice and easy to refer to should you wish to change the link colors. Q: It's not working! Ahh!A: Make sure you have greasemonkey/stylish and the script itself enabled. If you continue to have issues, uninstall and reinstall.Q: I want to make my own. How do I do this?A: How to change the scripts:To change link colors, open the script and go to the sectionlinks */a {color: #000 !important; and change from #000 to whatever color you wish. To make custom-color scripts, download this file: . Edit it to whatever color you wish. Upload the file to an image hosting site such as tinypic or picoodle. Next, go to the first place where you see a url like (www.foo.jpg) and replace the url with the url of your uploaded picture.To make avatar headers, upload the appropriate file to an image hosting site and change as above. Then, go to the second url location and delete the url. Please upload any cool new scripts you make so others can enjoy them! If I like them I'll link them up here, too. ;)As always, please post bug reports and color requests in the comments.

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Help with adding LED's and mini fan to existing circuit.

Hello, and thank you in advanced for taking the time to read through this and give me feed back. I greatly appreciate it. So I have a working circuit that is running off a 3 prong 120 V AC 10 amp power supply. I thought i would pretty it up by adding a led lit power switch and another plane led in a different spot, and make it a bit more reliable by adding a fan on the inside of the enclosure. I downloaded and app that calculated how much Resistance I need from the power supply to each led and fan (all in parallel). After i hooked everything up to what i thought would be an easy mod. to my surprise I smoked the resistors in under 60 seconds.   I talked to a friend who gave me some basic direction but couldn't give me technical stats. He said i needed to start with a transformer (i believe is the term he used) to drop the voltage, then to go to a bridge rectifier to turn the AC current into DC, then after that i would need a current regulating switch to give the proper supply for the LED's and Fan. Then from there he said i would be able to calculate the Resistance needed for each Led and fan and would be able to hook up the resistors needed with out damaging them. If this is the correct steps to take I can understand that; however, he was not able to give me any technical info on any of these components and what i would require. If these steps are correct, what i need help with is to determine what specs i would need for each piece, Including the resistors after the current regulating switch. (Technical Info) The 1st LED im using is a Switch that lights up when on and has leads just for the LED (the switch is already being used and works). I could only find the style i wanted from an automotive shop so it says for the led 12V only(unfortunately i couldn't find specs on the amperage the LED takes, but the switch itself is rated at 5amps). The second Led is a basic Green Led that i Purchased from radio shack, It is 2.1 V and runs on 30 MA, The fan im using is from an old game console and is 5V and runs on 80MA. Thank you for any and all help you give, this went from what i thought was an easy stylish mod to me ripping my hair out and scouring the internet for info, i finally gave up and decided to join this great community to ask for help with my specif conditions. Thanks Instructable Fam.!

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Homemade Holidays Winners Announced

Instructables and CRAFT Magazine are happy to announce the winners of the Homemade Holidays Contest!While most people are out there trying to buy the perfect item, many of you were working to make the perfect gift and we love you for it. The personal touch of a handmade gift shows your creativity, and how much you care.Once again we were delighted by the variety of Instructables that were submitted. The entries just keep getting better and better -- just one look at the winners here shows that! Even though there are first, second, and third prizes, all of these Instructables deserve a look. Be sure to leave comments and pictures so the authors know how much you appreciate their hard work! First Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win a CRAFT Boxed Gift Set, an Instructables robot T-shirt, a CRAFT T-shirt, and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) Flat Zipper Bag and Wallet How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf Make DIY Vanilla Extract! Second Prize WinnersThe authors of these Instructables win a one-year subscription to CRAFT Magazine, an Instructables robot T-shirt, a CRAFT T-shirt, and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) Crochet a Baby Penguin Amigurumi Fiber Optic and LED Minature Garden Light How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to make a unique tile picture for less than $3! Make a Custom Lift-the-Flap Book for a Toddler Third Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win CRAFT: Volume 5 and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. Due to a tie, there are 11 winners instead of 10. (in alphabetical order) Bat-Mobile hanging toy Chinese Dragon Pull Toy Give a real "fallen star" Grow your own Magic Crystal Tree How to make Candles! How to make Pixel Cookies! LoveBox - The box of love make your own cookie cutters Metal Embossing Stylish Santa Hoodie Venezia Napkin Rings Slideshow/Video Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win CRAFT: Volume 5 and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) french market bag Homemade Apple Jelly How to crochet a DS case My Shadow Knit Piano Scarf Jackobs Ladder Optical Illusion Toy The Pirate's Secret Scarf Portable CD Pouch PVC Cello Unisex Neckwarmer Wooden rings Thank you to all the judges: arwen, natalie, ewilhelm, randofo, canida, rachel, reno_dakota, noahw, fungus amungus , and nagutron.

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Viking Catapult, Engagement Ring, Collapsible Utensils...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Mar. 20, 2008 Welcome back! Enter the new T-shirt Hacks speed contest! Show us an awesome way to reuse a t-shirt, and win some sweet prizes. The winners for theToss It! paper airplane speed contest are up. See which planes won the Air Instructables Pilot's License. Check out these cool instructables! How to Make a Desktop Viking Catapult Get ready for some serious cubicle warfare with this small-scale adaptation of the classic Viking Catapult. Wargame included. posted by Kiteman on Mar 19, 2008 Create embroidered patches from digital images Follow these simple steps and reproduce digital art in embroidery. posted by bekathwia on Mar 16, 2007 Make a Platinum Diamond engagement ring A professional jeweler provides tips on making your own custom engagement ring using the lost wax technique. posted by chrisparry on Mar 18, 2008 DIY Vintage Jeans... Coffee Style Add a nice light brown vintage look to your jeans with some coffee grounds and just a little bit of time. posted by threadbanger on May 7, 2007 Get Over a Barbed Wire Fence If you ever need to get over a barbed wire fence, these tips will help you from shredding yourself in the process. posted by Tetranitrate on Mar 14, 2008 Twin jet paper airplane Stuck with just a couple pieces of paper and want something to do? This stylish plane is easy to put together and flies fast. posted by neelandan on Mar 9, 2008 Give your old shirt a new life! Pocket-Sized Speed Contest What do you do for your pet? Simple Metallic Laptop Stand The laptop stands keep on coming! This one keeps your laptop cool for under $10 and even matches the look of a MacBook Pro. posted by chris99 on Mar 17, 2008 Pocket sized collapsible eating utensils. Put these mini-utensils in your pocket and simply pull them out to regular size (or super size!) when you need them. posted by Gunk on Floor on Mar 19, 2008 8x4=2 (2 Tables from 1 sheet of plywood) With a simple template you can get two tables from a single sheet of plywood. Use a jigsaw or a waterjet if you have access to one. posted by barnabygunning on Mar 18, 2008 Self watering recycled plant pot for growing herbs and flowers Reuse plastic bottles and enjoy a laid-back way of growing your plants. posted by iPodGuy on Mar 18, 2008 Steampunk Finger Stylus Make a funky stylus for your finger and navigate those touchpads like a pro. posted by robbtoberfest on Mar 16, 2008 Digital 3D Picture Viewer - "The DigiStereopticon" Update an old-timey gimmick with a new one to make photos fun again. posted by JayDub on Mar 17, 2008 Get Your Eggs Ready! Easter is just a few days away so check out these colorful egg Instructables! Hard Boiled Dragon Eggs Dyed Inside! Rattlesnake Onion Skinned   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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Change instructables from orange! - Update 3 2/18

Yes, folks, the moment we've all been waiting for...you can customize the header at long last!(For real this time. See, I actually PUBLISHED the topic! Note to self: do not save forum topics with intent to publish later. Stalkers will find them first and leak it. :-P )For years the instructables header has been full of orangey goodness. Maybe a little too much orangey goodness. When I first saw the site, I thought, "Huh. It's February. A little early for halloween...". No lie. When I realized it's like this all the time, I realized something had to be done. I finally got around to sitting down and once and for all giving full control of the header to the user. Now, don't get me wrong. I love orange. I think the admins did a great job picking colors, I'm not trying to hate on them. But let's face it, sometimes change is good.With this handy-dandy style, you simply install stylish, load it, and presto! No more header screaming ORANGE ORANGE ORANGE and pounding you over the head with shocking vibrant hues until you die. No more co-workers saying "are you on instructables again?! " Yes folks, the header is invisible! Links are all black, to avoid conflict with buttons and such. Link colors (and header color) are easily edited. To change link colors, open the script and go to the sectionlinks */a {color: #000 !important; and change from #000 to whatever color you wish. Instructions for making your own styles coming soon.To install, Firefox users can just install this addon and load the ClearHeader style. However, opera users and those whose browser supports greasemonkey can load the style as a userscript. It's cross browser!So for headers that are different colors, install the scripts/styles below. Many thanks to Gmjhowe for his generous contribution of mad photoshop skillz. More are coming soon. Check back with this forum topic for updates and more colors - I'll mark it each time with the date updated. The headers might be a little bit rough - if you don't like them, go to the second image entry and clear out the URL in parenthesis to get a colored header with no hand.Red: (Coming soon)Blue: http://userstyles.org/styles/14765 Invisible: http://userstyles.org/styles/15029NEW! Yellow: http://userstyles.org/styles/15107Green: http://userstyles.org/styles/14804Eric's shoes Purple taken from his famous shoes instructable!: http://userstyles.org/styles/15032Gray: http://userstyles.org/styles/15030Black: (Coming soon)Silver: (Coming soon)NEW! Kiteman: http://userstyles.org/styles/15039NEW! Ewilhelm: http://userstyles.org/styles/15099Edit, tweak and post these to your heart's content. If you have questions, problems, etc, please post them here or PM me and we'll get it worked out.Many, many thanks to Yokozuna for providing me a handlogo file so I didn't have to color them in pixel by pixel like I was earlier, or mooch off gmjhowe like I did after that. :-D

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Refill your Brita Filter, Fireball Shooter, Beer Can Roof...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Mar. 27, 2008 Welcome back! Enter the new April Fools' Day speed contest! Show us a clever prank and win some cool prizes. Burning Questions is back with Round 4. Answer a question from our list to win our eternal thanks and an Instructables patch! Both the Pocket-Sized speed contest and Pets Month will be ending in a few days. This is your last weekend to enter! Check out these cool instructables! How to refill a "disposable" Brita brand water pitcher filter with activated carbon. Why buy a replacement filter for $6 to $10 (or more) when you can refill your old filter cartridge housing for about 50 cents?! posted by IAMSatisfied on Mar 24, 2008 Shopping Bag Wallet Make a virtually indestructible wallet with a very surprising design by reusing one of those strong shopping bags. posted by rollin on Mar 24, 2008 Make a Vibrating Dog Collar for a Deaf Dog Hack a remote control car with a dog collar to give yourself a way to call your deaf dog. All for about $5. posted by arcticpenguin on Mar 26, 2008 Make Shingles and Siding Out of Aluminum Cans (Beer Can Roof) This chicken coop is protected by the power of hard work and a lot of beer. posted by robbtoberfest on Mar 24, 2008 15-Minute Halter Top Need a halter top RIGHT NOW? Here's how to make a stylish, no-sew top in just 15 minutes with an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors. posted by Smexy Dead on Mar 24, 2007 Making a PostSecret in Photoshop PostSecret is an online art project that allows people to anonymously mail in postcards with their secrets on them. Try making one of your own. posted by AmandaRose on Mar 23, 2008 What tricks are up your sleeve? Pocket-Sized Speed Contest Give your old shirta new life! Portable speaker in a CD case Now that you only listen to MP3s, try making your own portable speaker in your old CD case. Here's how you do it. posted by fatrickuk on Mar 21, 2008 Fireball Shooter! Make a flaming fireball shooter just like magicians use. Save your cash and make your own! posted by Kipkay on Mar 22, 2008 Transform a boring old black t-shirt with bleach! Here's a way to transform boring old black t-shirts into "something else." It's like tie-dying, but uses bleach to remove the color, instead of adding it. posted by stinkymum on Mar 1823 2008 Pocket Graffiti Pen Crack open a permanent marker to make an impromptu device for getting a funky sprayed-on look. posted by PocketSized on Mar 21, 2008 Green Rainwater Use this simple but beautiful way to collect rainwater for use in your yard so that it need not go to waste. The best part: you can create it yourself. posted by Michelle Kaufmann on Mar 24, 2008 Pink Eraser USB Flash Drive Use an analog icon to hide your flash drive in this digital age. posted by fungus amungus on Mar 26, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus 


Restore an old steam trunk

This is a quick CALL FOR HELP regarding the restoration of an old steam trunk. The idea is to convert it into a stylish coffee table and storage space and I could really use your suggestions on how to strengthen it's construction and embellish it's exterior. With your help I'll go forward with the plans and publish my progress here. The timeline is also important since the trunk occupies considerable space in our little apartment, so ideally I would like to finish all the woodwork within the next couple of weeks (until beginning of May 2012). The exterior and small touches could wait. HOW I FOUND THE TRUNK I found the trunk next to our dumpster 2 days ago and I just couldn't believe it - Who would throw away such a beautiful thing? - Was I such a good boy that Garbage Santa gave me this gift for Passover/Easter? I hauled it to our flat - my wife asking me what did the cat drag in this time.. (she just loves it that pack our home/car with stuff I find) she couldn't believe her eyes when she saw it. Since we live in a flat with almost no storage space it's very difficult to put together all the needed materials for this project, plus, I insist on doing it with recycled wood (what I find lying around) so to minimize costs. Requirements: @ The trunk should be sturdy (kids might climb on it at some point, ~20kg on the lid). @ It will probably hold a big pile of magazines (10 - 40 kg on the bottom), pillows/blankets. @ I want to add 4 or 6 casters to the bottom so it'll be more mobile. @ I think there should be additional internal support where the leather handles are so when they're pulled I won't be standing with one side of the trunk in my hand. Materials: - Wood - I currently have a solid pine wood dresser in my car, ready to be disassembled for it's beams (?) - OSB - there is some around where I work, 10mm thick. I'll try to find any more materials you'll suggest. Tools: - Drill (and screws) - Glue gun - Staple gun - Carpenter's glue - Hammer - Oxalic acid - Will need to finally buy a Gigsaw.... Trunk internal measurements: Length - 980mm Height - Box - 485mm, Lid - 105mm Depth - 559mm The trunk's side thickness is about 7-8mm made of ply wood covered with black leather. I has seen better days, but it's in relatively good condition. We were thinking of gluing the black surfaces with some sort of bright colored wallpaper (leaving the black leather lining with pins visible) so it would give it some sort of lightness - less bulky. I was also thinking of maybe gluing some sort of fabric with a cool vintage design, but it seems like a lot of work making it look good, stretched with no wrinkles, excess glue... plus it'll probably gather a lot more dust than a wallpaper (I'm allergic). There are two issues that concern me: 1. A fear that this current design isn't strong enough for a clumsy family. 2. I want to attach the corner supports and lid OSB without needing to drill the exterior (too much). I thought of using a lot of glue, but I'm not sure it's the best way to go. What do you think? I'm also attaching this design in Google SketchUp.

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[newsletter] Light Bulb Lamp, Predicting the Weather, Chocolate Speed of Light...

June 19, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Want to put some insanely cool, lights on your bike? Then enter our Let It Glow! Contest. The prizes are super sweet and blinky, so enter before the contest closes this weekend! RoboGames 2008 is over for this year, but you can still enter our Robot Contest to win a trip to RoboGames 2009! Air fare, hotel, and entry fee are included!Winners have been announced for the Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest. See who won, and bookmark some Earth-friendly summer projects! Check out these cool Instructables! DIY Vinyl Wall Art Liven up your apartment, without risking your deposit, by putting up some slick-looking ConTact paper designs to decorate your walls. posted by britsteiner on Jun 17, 2008 How To Measure the Speed of Light... Using Chocolate! Enjoy some gooey warm chocolate and learn some science at the same time! posted by bradpowers on Jun 13, 2008 Building Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smaller With only cubic inch, you'll learn to be efficient in your robotic design. posted by mikey77 on Jun 12, 2008 How to make a piano keyboard Build piano keys from raw materials and make a piano you can truly call your own. posted by threesixesinarow on Jun 19, 2008 Steampunk Style Fan Cool off in neo-Victorian style with a custom built fan. posted by reluctant_paladin on Jun 13, 2008 Steel Centipede Turn that scrap metal and chain into a unique sculpture with nothing more than a welder and a bit of creativity. posted by Mikey D on Jun 15, 2008 LED matrix using shift registers Play with patterns of light and display messages on a custom LED matrix. posted by barney_1 on Jun 15, 2008 Predicting the Weather with Clouds Learn to understand what the sky is trying to tell you. posted by randofo on Jun 12, 2008 Instructables Robot -- Paper Model Print and cut out this template to make a papercraft robot of your very own! posted by =SMART= on Jun 13, 2008 Central Vacuum Retrofit Install a central vacuum system in an existing house to have quieter vacuuming and an external exhaust. posted by a.doovz on Jun 13, 2008 Rock Band Guitar Stand/Drum Support Tidy up your virtual rock star gear and keep your drums steady with this PVC setup. posted by evilbunnee on Jun 12, 2008 Win great books for your travel tips! Closes on June 29! Winners are up! Animating Multi Layered Engravings Take glowing etched acrylic to the next level with animated frames. posted by japala on Jun 18, 2008 10-minute electronic leather band Enhance a leather bracelet with a flashing light that can record and play back patterns. posted by craft-tech on Jun 14, 2008 The Lucid Dream Machine Control of your dreams with the power of flashing lights. posted by guyfrom7up on Jun 18, 2008 SketchUp, Inkscape, and Ponoko Laser Cutting Install this plugin and you'll have a free way to design in 3D and export your files to be laser cut! posted by flightsofideas on Jun 19, 2008 Light Bulb Lamp Put your dead bulbs to use by turning them into stylish oil lamps. Just be sure to put them in a safe place. posted by CYNICALifornia on Jun 14, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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