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Instructables at SXSW!

Eric and I will be at SXSW Interactive from March 7-11 in Austin, TX. If you're there too, come find us for some Robot stickers! No table or booth - we're just there to schmooze and have fun. We're bringing some neat toys, like a kinetic chain sculpture and Potenco's human power generator (used with the OLPC).We'll be attending as many of the geek parties as we can; tell us which you'd recommend. Right now the tentative plan is Saturday: Bike Hugger Beer & BBQ, Dorkbot, Opening Party, and one of the afterparties TBD.Sunday: Pre-party, PopSci.com after-party, and the Etsy/Threadless/Timbuk2/Moo People Powered Party.Monday: The Plutopia EFF shindig, Next New Networks party, plus the Facebook party primarily to hear BT.(Any suggestions? We like interesting people, blinky lights, fun art, and dancing to electronic music.)Come see us at the PopSci.com awards after-party on Sunday night, and help us make LED Floaties!

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SXSW To BE covered by NPR

The South by Southwest music festival and conference is rapidly approaching (Mar. 16-20) and NPR Music will be there again this year, webcasting a bunch of full concerts, live online. This year, you'll be able to watch the shows with our live video stream from three shows: two official SXSW showcases and our annual NPR Music party... by Robin Hilton   The (not so missing) link....

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Craft Panel at SXSW

Our friend Natalie Zee from Craftzine will be moderating a panel on High-Tech Craft: Why Sewing and Knitting Still Matter, with some neat people filling out the discussion. Sounds like fun - it's already on my schedule.Nat and Phil from MAKE will have a booth - be sure to stop by for a visit!

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Alternative-future at SXSW

This event at SXSW on Monday the 12th looks pretty damn awesome.If anyone attends, please post pictures or links to pictures to the SteamPunk group.

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Alternative-future at SXSW

This event at SXSW on Monday the 12th looks pretty damn awesome.If anyone attends, please post pictures or links to pictures to the SteamPunk group.

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VOTE for Instructables! (In the SXSW People's Choice Awards)

Instructables is a finalist in the SXSW Web Awards "Classic" category, for websites over a year old. We're up a against some big sites, so wish us luck!Of course, that means we're also eligible for the People's Choice Award, so go vote for us! I just did it, and the process is dead easy - you can vote once/day until March 6th.

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South By Southwest (SXSW) 2009 Interactive Review - It's a Party Masquerading as a Conference

It's no secret that SXSW is more about the parties than the conference, but when you have so many smart people who run interesting businesses together, it's a pretty significant lost opportunity that the conference isn't better. Christy and I attended the 2008 SXSW Interactive conference, and decided it wasn't worth coming back. However, Instructables was a finalist in the Web Awards "Classic" category at the 2009 SXSW Interactive conference, which netted us two free passes. So, we attended again this year. This is my review of the interactive portion of the conference.High level - I'm glad we didn't pay. If you go, admit that you're going for entertainment, not to learn something about the interactive industry. The keynotes were excellent -- even if I didn't come away from them with anything actionable to do --, while the rest of the panels and talks were terrible. Having the resources to get to Austin doesn't mean that most conference attendees will have done their homework -- otherwise interesting panels with smart people were nearly always hijacked by stupid questions, and unfortunately it was rare that a moderator would shut down the stupid questions and get back to anything engaging. For example, at How Safe is Your Domain Name? someone actually asked "What does ICANN stand for?" If you're the type of person who reads reviews, and tries to determine if a conference has value for your business, SXSW does not. It's a party masquerading as a conference. If you go, think of it as a vacation, enjoy the evening events and keynotes, and when you learn one or two interesting things by accident, you won't be disappointed. Longer Review:Plan B: Can an Ad Guy Bring Bike Sharing to America?The story of how an advertising agency exec. was able to start up a bicycle sharing venture. Worth checking out just to understand how Crispin Porter+Bogusky works, and to see how they keep their thinking fresh about advertising.Spying 2.0: Can America Compete With Web-Savvy Enemies?Quickly devolved into an I-use-Twitter-so-should-you panel. Yawn. Is Privacy Dead or Just Very Confused?Academics talking about websites they use, and privacy issues they think might apply. A discussion of "experiences"; nobody on the panel is actually doing anything real, nor do they have any insight into major players' privacy policies or how those policies affect users. How did they get a panel?Change v2Lawrence Lessig's non-keynote-scheduled keynote on how money reduces our faith in politics. Excellent. Find a video of this and watch it.Opening Remarks: Tony HsiehTony Hsieh has given this identical talk at other conferences, but the message is so good, it's worth seeing twice. Slides available here.Feed Me: Bite Size Info for a Hungry InternetThis had an interesting set of people on the panel, but it nonetheless turned into a why-Facebook's-new-homepage-sucks-because-it-copied-friendfeed fest. Then, the panelists started openly wondering why they hadn't invited anyone from Twitter to be on the panel.Collaborative Filters: The Evolution of Recommendation EnginesThis was one of the biggest disappointments. Anton Kast of Digg is clearly top notch, and has spent deep hours thinking about recommendations and the math behind them; and, the people making up the rest of the panel were no slouches either. Unfortunately, they spent more than half of the time describing in layman's terms how each of their websites work, and we never got to anything juicy. "On Digg, users rate up a story they find interesting by clicking the Digg button..."! Edupunk: Open Source EducationThe description of this panel really got me pumping: DIY teachers around the world are using open source course management systems, open access textbooks, and other open source tools to buck the chains and limitations of corporate education software. What the panel really turned out to be was a bunch of ineffectual academics having a cat fight over who was more ineffectual. They all tried to outdo one another with stories of how management at their university prevented them from having any impact, and the winner seemed to be the panelist who accomplished the least. Seriously.This was only topped by the first question from the audience, which opened with: "I've learned a new word at this conference, and I'm going to use it here: monetize..." Seriously? I now have a new rule for conferences: Stay away from all education topics. The ratio of people with opinions to people who can/are having impact is way too high. How to Create a Great Company CultureThis is a tough topic, and one in which there's no right answer or overarching theory. The only way to get data is to listen to anecdotes, and this session gave me a few more. Although to be fair, I probably could have spent the same hour reading blogs written by company founders and gotten more out of it. Sunday Keynote: Stephen Baker / Nate Silver InterviewInterviews with really passionate people are always a treat. Nate Silver fits the bill.From Flickr and Beyond: Lessons in Community ManagementI was baffled why Metafilter was invited to be on this panel. In a discussion of privacy policies, the director of operations from Metafilter said "We don't have one. We're not there yet." Despite obviously having the most to contribute, the representative from Youtube didn't share anything; his lawyer must have told him to keep his mouth shut. Overall this was let down.New Think for Old PublishersThis panel was deceptively described, and the audience was annoyed to find a group of publishers simply looking to scribble down suggestions rather than having a conversation about the industry. Fortunately, Clay Shirky was animated enough to heat things back up.Presenting Straight to the BrainRunning a panel on better ways to use slides and graphics where each panelist presents slides might seem a bit hubristic, not they pulled it off. Take home: Use your slides to tell a story.How to Protect Your Brand Without Being a Jerk!This powerhouse panel was interrupted a mere 15 minutes in by a self-described-artist-from-Europe who raised (and shook) his hand for 5 minutes until the moderator eventually gave in. His question: "Do I need to copyright my songs? No really, do I need to copyright each one?" This softball opened a pandora's box of stupid questions from audience members clearly unable to format their questions into that tricky search engine text box. Monday Keynote: Virginia Heffernan / James Powderly InterviewJames Powderly is a friend and deeply fascinating individual. I wish this interview had been longer so they could have gotten deeper into his motivations and experiences. Advertising is Entertaining - Who's Selling Out?I came out of this session thinking it was pretty good. However, on further reflection, since it was more conversation than lecture, and lots of people had the opportunity to speak their mind, I was just happy no one said anything particularly stupid. This should give you a sense of my expectations at this stage at SXSW.New Threats to New Media: Fair Use On TrialThis was an excellent panel, particularly because Jason Schultz ran a very tight ship, kept things moving, and prevented questions from derailing the session. In my opinion, all three videos shown were clear examples of fair use, and I would have appreciated one that was a little closer to the line, but the session overall was still both enjoyable and useful. Building Strong Online CommunitiesWhile too general to have any actionable items, this was still pretty good. It's also fun to hear Drew Curtis's irreverent opinion on community. Tuesday Keynote: Chris Anderson / Guy Kawasaki ConversationThis made me really look forward to Chris Anderson's coming book Free. Guy Kawasaki did a fantastic job moderating, especially with respect to mocking people who ask questions just to insert a pitch for themselves, and limiting meaningless follow-up "questions."Nom Nom Nom: The Secrets of Successful FoodbloggingGet a DSLR, all other rules of successful blogging apply.The parties and evening events were good. I enjoyed Dorkbot Austin and Plutopia, and still think often of the food at The Salt Lick. The Web Awards were surprisingly fun. We were up against some much bigger names, and Flickr won (which in my opinion, was the expected value; I use Flickr at least weekly, if not more). Baratunde Thurston emceed, and he kept it spirited and fast-paced. His interludes were funny, and when no one from Flickr showed up to claim their award, he claimed it for them. "I remember really wanting to share some photos online..." I've been to other conferences where the parties are fun, the talks are engaging, and you come away with a laundry list of actionable items that will make measurable improvements in your business (or life). The SXSW interactive conference has all the ingredients to make that happen, which is why it's so disappointing when it doesn't come together.

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D3CRYPT3D won SXSW Interactive Innovation Award for Privacy & Security

Hey everyone! For a long time, being a modeler and working in the industry, I have always felt that Modelers get the short end of the stick.  Things get re textured, models get hijacked and studios just kind of store models and stock pile them up. Some people will even resell models that don't belong to them. I used to see it all the time. Well, my crew and I came out with a software that enables you to share and collaborate on your 3D files securely. We won the SXSW Innovation Award for Privacy & Security last month and just released our beta this week.  We would love for you all to try it out and give us your feedback so that we can make the best product possible.  If you are interested, here is the link to download -   www.d3crypt3d.net/downloadnow/ Thank you!

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Be on the cutting edge

Yes, you can be on the cutting edge, come see my new instructable while it's still caught in the filters. Sure, we all know the Instructables staff is busy at SXSW (*), so while they're busy hobnobbing with the likes of Drew Curtis and Perez Hilton, check out my latest. * Don't actually know that.

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US Distributor of HB Electronic's LEDs - www.Buy-LEDs-Online.com

I just completed an order for a couple hundred LEDs and batteries that Instructables will be using at SXSW next week to make LED Floaties at PopSci's SXSW afterparty. I ordered them from Buy-LEDs-Online, a US distributor for the well written about HB Electronics. HB Electronics is the recommended vendor of LEDs for LED Throwies and LED Floaties. They ship direct from China, but unfortunately they were out of stock on their throwie packs. Buy-LEDs-Online helped me out by providing everything we needed with great phone and email support and super fast shipping. Robert from Buy-LEDs-Online was not only very helpful, but said that he knew of Instructables and that he uses the site to determine what products he should carry. So, if you're looking for LEDs for your next project, I highly recommend getting them from Buy-LEDs-Online.This is not an advertisement and my opinions are unsolicited. These are the words of [www.instructables.com/member/noahw noahw], LED purchaser, Instructables Content Producer, and debutante extraordinair.

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Mouse Mouse is Missing!

Mouse Mouse was last seen on tour with us at Austin's SXSW earlier this week. He made lots of friends at Dorkbot on Saturday, but someone walked off with him while we were setting up at Sunday's PopSci party! Did he go on walkabout, join a punk band, or leave with a cute female Mouse Mouse? We hope so, but suspect he was simply abducted and can't contact us for help. If you have any information, please let us know! No kidding, I only made one1 and would really like to have him back. Drop me a note if you've got any news on his whereabouts. We'll take him back, no questions asked.1Yes, I can and will make another, but it's my art project, and therefore unique. (You may know how to make more children, but still want to keep the ones you've made.)

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Instructables Show & Tell- in our town, and yours

Come to the first Instructables Show & Tell this March! We've scheduled a few to get you started, but need volunteers to host Show & Tells in your town! Check out the Forum post for more details, then get in touch with me.LOCATIONS: Bay Area Instructables, Friday 9 March, 7pm2175 Monarch St, Alameda, CA directionsRSVP: canida(*at*) instructables.com Boston Area MITERS, Saturday 10 March, 7pm265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA directionsMost of the Instructables & Squid Labs founders built things at MITERS when they were in school; it's a neat clubhouse full of people who love to make fun things. They've got an Instructables group to show some of them off. NOTE: Please don't bring beer or wine as this event is on the MIT campus. Austin dorkbot Saturday, 10 March, 6-8pmBrush Square Park at 5th and Neches map(electronic art) Come to a special dorkbot during the SXSW Interactive Festival! We'll have a carnival style presentation of mad science fun spread across stations around the tent. Between scheduled presentations, show off your own project and get 30 seconds on the mike to tell the crowd about your demented electronic pursuits before being unceremoniously buzzed off the stage by 20,000 volts of raw power! Enormously raw POWER! Brush Square Park is adjacent to the Austin Convention Center, host of SXSW.Mandatory RSVP here or email rsvp@dorkbotaustin.org New York Etsy Labs Thursday, 22 March, 7pm325 Gold St., 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY mapHosted by Etsy, MAKE, & Create Digital Music Atlanta Taco Mac Perimeter Friday, 30 March 8pm1211 Ashford Crossing, Atlanta, GA mapRSVP: jenny (*at*) hackaddict.net Orlando Panera Friday, 23 March 6pm11472 University Blvd., Orlando, FL mapRSVP: PM trebuchet03 or or send him email @gmail.com Savannah Thursday, 22 March, 7pmLocation TBARSVP: PM royalestelYour City Here?Volunteer to host now! Libraries, schools, and other community venues will often let you reserve space. Just send me a personal message or an email and we'll coordinate.

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The Lost Ring ARG

We just sat in on our friend Jane McGonigal's SXSW talk on how life could be far more awesome and rewarding were it organized more like alternate reality games, and were lucky enough to get a peek into her new game, The Lost Ring.The concept is pretty neat: Ariadne woke up blindfolded in a corn maze outside of Johannesburg with no memory, Olympic-calibur athletic skills, and a tattoo bearing the words "trovu la ringon perditan" -- Esperanto for "find the lost ring." She sets out to find what is happening to her, and discovers others with similar stories.There's already a wiki, and the game will almost certainly spawn offshoot projects all over the net and physical world.Background info:The Lost Ring is a global alternate reality adventure created in partnership between McDonald's, AKQA and Jane McGonigal. Designed in collaboration with the IOC, The Lost Ring invites players from across the globe to join forces online and in the real world, as they investigate forgotten mysteries and urban legends of the ancient games. The Lost Ring recognizes McDonald's historic sponsorship of the Olympic Games, and brings the spirit of the Games to people around the world.It started a week ago and should run for around 6 months. Go check it out, and join up!

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Instructables Show & Tell- in our town, and yours

Come to the first Instructables Show & Tell near you this March! Held in the Bay Area (Friday 3/9, 7pm at Instructables HQ), the Boston area (Saturday 3/10, 7pm, hosted by MITERS), Austin (Saturday 3/10 at SXSW, hosted by dorkbot ), NYC (Thursday 3/22, hosted by Etsy, Make, PopSci, and Create Digital Music) , Atlanta (Friday 3/30, 8pm), Savannah (Thursday, 3/22), and Orlando (Friday 3/23, 6pm). Contact me by private message if you'd like to host an Instructables Show & Tell in your area, and we'll add it to the list. Locations and times will be posted at the bottom of the page. We'll be doing this again, so plan ahead.The TheoryHow to Host an Instructables Show and TellBring your friends & family, drinks or a snack for the table, and something you've made (or are thinking about or working on) to share with the group. You'll meet a diverse group of smart, excited art and technology geeks who want to talk to you about your projects and ideas. Please RSVP so we'll have a decent guess how many people to expect.Examples: your new LED, LEGO, or K'nex project, a cool screen-printed T-shirt, neat origami, a cool bike mod, home-made kimchee, alternate uses for your ipod, a fire-breathing Godzilla, a neat example of vintage technology, or just a cool idea you'd like to explore with other like-minded people. Anything you'd put up as an Instructable is definitely fair game- bring it by and show it off. Email or message me if you've got specific questions.Note: NO PowerPoint. You've got 2-4 minutes to talk about your project; words and models are best way to do a quick demo.SCHEDULE:7pm Doors open for mingling and snacks. If you've got something to talk about, put your name on the whiteboard. If not, you'd best have brought extra snacks.~8-9:30 Show & Tell. We run through the list, giving everyone a couple of minutes to talk about their project/idea and answer a few questions. In-depth discussion is saved for later so everyone gets a chance to demo their project; there will be a gong.~9:30-10:30 Check out what you liked, ask the questions we didn't get to during Show & Tell, talk to the cute nerd you've been eyeing across the room, and help clean out the rest of the snacks.Now you can join your geographic group!LOCATIONS: Bay Area Instructables, Friday 9 March, 7pm2175 Monarch St, Alameda, CA directionsRSVP: canida(*at*) instructables.com Boston Area MITERS, Saturday 10 March, 7pm265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA directionsMost of the Instructables & Squid Labs founders built things at MITERS when they were in school; it's a neat clubhouse full of people who love to make fun things. They've got an Instructables group to show some of them off. NOTE: Please don't bring beer or wine as this event is on the MIT campus. Austin dorkbot Saturday, 10 March, 6-8pmBrush Square Park at 5th and Neches map(electronic art) Come to a special dorkbot during the SXSW Interactive Festival! We'll have a carnival style presentation of mad science fun spread across stations around the tent. Between scheduled presentations, show off your own project and get 30 seconds on the mike to tell the crowd about your demented electronic pursuits before being unceremoniously buzzed off the stage by 20,000 volts of raw power! Enormously raw POWER! Brush Square Park is adjacent to the Austin Convention Center, host of SXSW.Mandatory RSVP here or email rsvp@dorkbotaustin.org New York Etsy Labs Thursday, 22 March, 7pm325 Gold St., 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY mapHosted by Etsy, MAKE, PopSci, & Create Digital Music Atlanta Taco Mac Perimeter Friday, 30 March 8pm1211 Ashford Crossing, Atlanta, GA mapRSVP: PM irollmyown or email jenny (*at*) hackaddict.net Orlando Panera Friday, 23 March 6pm11472 University Blvd., Orlando, FL mapRSVP: PM trebuchet03 or or send him email @gmail.com Savannah Thursday, 22 March, 6:30pmCafe at Books-A-Million, 8108 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA mapRSVP: PM royalestelYour City Here?Volunteer to host now! Libraries, schools, and other community venues will often let you reserve space. Just send me a personal message or an email and we'll coordinate.

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(newsletter) Confetti Cannon, Medieval Gauntlets, Cardboard Furniture...

Mar 5, 2009 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! Enjoy modifying the things you buy? Then check out the new ThinkGeek Hacks Contest. Hack or modify any ThinkGeek item and win a $250 gift certificate to ThinkGeek! Want to win a laser cutter?Enter any awesome project with a green twist in the Epilog Challenge and win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko!The Valentine's Day: Sweet Treats Contest winners have been announced. See who won!We're in the running for best Classic website in the SXSW People's Choice Awards! Vote for us!New contest next week:The Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest will be open to any rubber band-powered contraption! Start tinkering now for the chance to win cool books from Klutz! Use Your Cell Phone on a Land Line Build a Medieval Gauntlet Pin Clock Exploding Confetti Cannon Win a laser cutter! Let your geekiness shine! Homemade Ranch Dressing Cheap Office or Room Divider Duct Tape Corsage and Flowers How to Propose - (Time Travel Edition) Featured question from the new Answers section: Does anyone know how to make a 3-phase wind power generator interface with a home's electric system? One-Touch Keypad Key Homemade Lox at 1/4 the Cost Cheap, Easy and Recycled Jewelry! Build Working Gears from Junkmail Coming Soon! See who won! Variable Soldering Iron Controller Chocolate Bowl Offline Mechanical Steampunkers' Blog Design Your Own Cardboard Furniture Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ 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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(newsletter) Improve your WiFi, Ultimate Breakfast Sausage, Chocolate Enchilada...

Feb 26, 2009 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 win a laser cutter?Enter any awesome project with a green twist in the Epilog Challenge and win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko!The Valentine's Day: Sweet Treats Contest has closed for entries, but is open for voting through Sunday. Who should win the chocolate, or a date with Noah? Vote for your favorites!We're in the running for the best Classic website in the SXSW People's Choice Awards! Vote for us!Coming soonEnjoy modifying the things you buy? Then check out the upcoming ThinkGeek Hacks Contest. Hack or modify any ThinkGeek item and win a $250 gift certificate to ThinkGeek! World's Greenest Water Pump by eltigre Get Smart Style Shoe Phone by gardners How to Make Anything by Stuart.Mcfarlan Learn Needle Tatting With Flower Pendant by TotusMel Win a laser cutter! Make Artificial Fishing Bait for Little to No $ by unexplained_3 The Portal Door by ddi7i4d Ear Bud Case from a Contact Lens Case by mowdish Simple Algae Home CO2 Scrubber by egbertfitzwilly Featured question from the new Answers section: Can I make a micro Tesla coil powered by a 9 volt battery? Asked in Offbeat by LaxLuvr Chocolate Tortilla Ice Cream Enchilada by sansoy What to do with an Old Computer by prodlad Steampunk Bluetooth Headset by Absconditus The Ultimate Breakfast Sausage by noahw Vote for your favorites! Do so much more with less! Make a WiFi Antenna by huang.wencong Optical Illusion - Falling Buildings by DoubleVision Power LEDs with AC by qs The Emergency Flash Drive by graphicsman 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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(newsletter) VHS Toaster, Fuzzy Math, Solar-Powered DS Lite...

Feb 19, 2009 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Want to win a laser cutter? The Epilog Challenge is now open: enter any awesome project with a green twist, and win an Epilog Zing laser cutter or gift certificates from Ponoko! The Valentine's Day: Sweet Treats Contest closes for entries this Sunday! Enter your best recipe for a sweet treat and win some fabulous handmade gourmet chocolate-covered cocoa beans from Cocoa Puro, or a date with our own noahw!The winners of the Stay Warm Contest have been announced! See who won! We're in the running for the best Classic site in the SXSW People's Choice Awards!Vote for us! Make a VHS Video Toaster by lemonie Make a Solar-Powered DS Lite by dark sponge Lemon Pound Cake by bigwhitebear18 Breadboard Basics for Absolute Beginners by Cew27 Win a laser cutter! Closes for entries on Sunday! Laptop Bag for Your Netbook by kathleenhenri Key Bottle Opener by menteral Water Rocket Parachute System by air.command Indoor DWC Hydroponics System by LancePenney Featured question from the new Answers section: How do you get a shipping container certified to legally live in? Asked in Offbeat by sensoryhouse Body Casting and Chocolate Molding by MissChiff Fuzzy Math by j_l_larson Repair Plastic Eyeglass Frames by Dmitri Monk Steampunk Flying Helmet by greensteam See who won! Roast it, brew it, ice it, and much more! Super Simple Beginners Robot! by BIGBUG Optical Illusion - Two Lines by DoubleVision Make Heart Shaped Cupcakes Easily by starshipminivan Handyman's Valentine Screw-Nut Rings by Taotaoba Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ 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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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

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Laser Beam Security, Amuse a Toddler, Aesthetic Life...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Mar. 6, 2008 Welcome back! See who won the prizes for Tool Tips Month! Enter your sweet paper airplane design to win a shirt in the Toss It! paper airplane speed contest! Coming Soon... We'll be in Austin on March 7-11 for SXSW Interactive. We'll be making LED Floaties at the PopSci party on March 9th and be checking out many other events. See our full schedule to see where we'll be and say hello! The winners for the Anti-Yo Worldwide Video Yoyo Contest will be announced tomorrow morning. Check out these cool instructables! Digital Camera Spectroscope This sweet and simple mod allows a slide to be mounted to most cell phones, turning them into digital spectrometers. posted by dorejc on Mar 3, 2008 Automatically remove songs from your iPod This handy trick only takes a minute to set up and lets you choose which songs you want to remove from your iPod while you're out and about. posted by getgreg on Mar 2, 2008 How to Amuse Toddlers Use these tips from a childcare provider to keep your toddler occupied in over 20 ways. posted by SteveGerber on Mar 5, 2008 How to peen a rivet Learn to peen a rivet and get one step closer to making that perfect suit of armor you've been dreaming about. posted by armourkris on Mar 2, 2008 How to Live an Aesthetic Life by Wearing, Eating, Traveling By, and Listening to Specific Colors Match a color to every day of the week! A guide to working at Instructables. posted by ewilhelm on Mar 3, 2008 Apple Floppy Amp Get back to the future when you install a powerful amp into an old, 5.25" old, floppy disk drive. posted by jeffkobi on Mar 1, 2008 Protect Your Home with Laser Beams! Here is an easy to make and powerful laser alarm system that can protect your entire home, indoors or out! posted by Kipkay on Mar 2, 2008 Add Color Effects to a B&W; Photo Use the free GIMP software to make parts of a photo pop out in color while the rest is black & white. posted by summit on Feb 20, 2008 Drill Press Lathe Turn a drill press into a lathe and get an intro to woodturning before shelling out the cash for a lathe. posted by Tool Using Animal on Feb 26, 2008 Improved Paper Wallet, Vinyl Style Has your paper wallet fallen apart or gotten soggy? Then maybe it's time to upgrade to this vinyl version for more durability and stability. posted by Demokr on Feb 27, 2008 Companion Cube Tissue box Make your own useful companion cube. This one won't protect you from explosions, but it will help your sniffles! posted by theslaminj on Mar 3, 2008 Make an iPod Video Projector Project video and pictures on a screen using your iPod, a mirror, a lens, and some scrap cardboard! posted by tanntraad on Feb 28, 2007   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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Build a Catapult, Mario Wii, Make a Knife...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Mar. 13, 2008 Mouse Mouse is missing! While we were at SXSW someone walked off with our dear little mouse mouse from our display table. If you have any information, please let us know! No kidding, only one was made and we'd like to get him back. OK, back to the regular Instructables news... Today we are launching the Pocket-Sized speed contest. Make something cool that fits into a regular pocket, then enter it to win some sweet prizes! This is the last weekend for the Toss It! paper airplane speed contest. Enter your favorite paper airplane design and win an Air Instructables Pilot's License. The winners for the Anti-Yo Worldwide Video Yoyo Contest have been announced. See the video that won the $350 yoyo! Check out these cool instructables! How to build your first robot Use this walkthrough to make an autonomous, self-exploring, "own-mind" robot in a few hours! posted by fritsl on Mar 12, 2007 How To Make Delicious Scrambled Eggs A simple and quick recipe for great tasting scrambled eggs! posted by Brennn10 on Mar 9, 2008 Industrial Picture Frame Make industrial-style metal picture frames without spending loads of cash. posted by mada on Mar 6, 2008 Super Mario Bros Inspired Wii with USB base Decorate your Wii with some old-school graphics, and give it a couple of cool add-ons in the process. posted by BeerBellyJoe on Mar 9, 2008 How To Build A Catapult Launch stuff 100 yards with your very own siege weapon. posted by T3h_Muffinator on Mar 12, 2008 How to pill a cat, the easy way. When you need to give your cat some medicine you might need to be a little creative to get her to take it. posted by sunitgir on Mar 7, 2008 Pocket-Sized Speed Contest One trick ruledthem all What do you do for your pet? How To Teach Your Dog Some Important Tricks (And Some Not So Important Ones) Learn some basics of teaching your dog a couple new tricks. posted by Gjdj3 on Mar 10, 2008 How To Make an Applique! Jazz up an old piece of clothing with a funky bit of fabric to give it a whole new life, and live in style! posted by threadbanger on Mar 6, 2008 The 10 Minute Laptop Stand A quick trip to the hardware store + a little bit of work = your own laptop stand. posted by johnbot on Mar 9, 2008 How to Build a Knife Making a knife isn't easy, but this guide will get you started on the skills you'll need to make one yourself. posted by Basta on Feb 26, 2008 AC White LED Circular Magnifier Work Lamp Use bright LEDs to replace fluorescent circular light in magnifier work lamp.Let there be light! posted by arcticpenguin on Mar 11, 2008 How to "Salt Out" Salting out is a process that can be used to dehydrate Isopropyl alcohol, i.e., separate it from water in an azeotropic solution. posted by thinkahead on Mar 3, 2008   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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