The Transition to Veganism

Hey Everyone! The question of the week is: "What is the easiest way to transition from a carnivorous, fast-food diet to veganism"? Be sure to check out my new enstructable, "The Hearty Vegan: From Confused Carnivore to Voracious Vegan" tomorrow!  Thanks for your answers!

Topic by murf73 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Transit of Venus

This evening was the last chance to see a transit of Venus in our lifetimes.  The next one won't be for another 100 years. It was 100 degrees (~37 celcius) and we had storm clouds, but the clouds parted and I saw it!!!!  The hastily thrown together viewers worked and we knew it was Venus instead of dirt on the lens because the little black dot moved.  I took pictures of my set-up, but the macro feature on the camera was malfunctioning so no pictures of venus crossing the sun disc. Anyone else get to see it? 

Topic by CatTrampoline 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

GCSE to A-Level transition

Hello all, I have recently moved up from GCSE level education to A-Level education and I am happy with my subject choices after one week of being back after a long holiday. I am taking: Chemistry Physics Mathematics Design and Technology: Product Design - Materials I am worried about my mathematical ability though. Despite getting an A grade at GCSE, my true ability (in general) is somewhere around a B. I excel in geometry, shape, mechanics - anything with REAL WORLD application. I do not fare so well in the 'Maths for the sake of Maths' bits, namely some algebraic sections and whatnot.  I am aware that the jump from GCSE to A-Level is a difficult one and that many students struggle with it (Maths in particular). I just thought that I would post this here to see if anybody who has been through a difficult 'step-up' in work difficulty could offer me some advice.  Also, this is a forum post so that anyone, in any education system, in any 'step-up' can discuss their issues, or offer their advice. So, don't feel left out Yanks! :-) I thank you all in advance.

Topic by DELETED_zoltzerino 8 years ago

What is the point of the DTV transition? Answered

Why Do all the Televisions need to be changed to DTV? is it for monetary gain or just to further ourselves in technology?

Question by Fizzxwizz 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Contest prize lost in transit?

I won a contest two months ago, and received two shipment notifications (suggesting the prize was split into two parcels?). One parcel arrived shortly after, the other is still missing. Who do I talk to?

Topic by xGrape 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

how to do a css transition?

I want to make a menu with background images that will devolve into another image when you hover over a category The layout of my menu looks somewhat like the one of instructables-->(food | living | outside | play | technology | workshop) but to make it look a bit nicer I want to make it fade and not just all of a sudden change the background without any transition at all. I've found a html code which does exactly what i want but I don't know how to do this in css (in a way in which it is supported by all browsers)  the html code:                                                /'\ does anyone how to do this   |  in css? thanks

Question by selujtje 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Transitional fossils -- a "walking seal"

From Science News:A fossilized skeleton of what researchers are calling a walking seal has been uncovered in the Canadian Arctic. The remains of this previously unknown mammal could shed light on the evolution of pinnipeds, the group that includes seals, sea lions and walruses, researchers report in the April 23 Nature.Read the whole article, which includes the re-articulated skeleton (about 65% complete!) as well as reconstructions of the land-dwelling pinniped's appearance.

Topic by kelseymh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Transition to a Post-Industrial World

Our friends at the CIRCUS Foundation would like your help, in the form of a few paragraphs speculating on our post-industrial future.You're obviously the perfect people to weigh in on this topic - Instructables is full of green, reusable, energy-saving, upcycling projects, so you're definitely in the headspace - so what do you think the future will look like? Share your ideas in 500 words or less.From the original post: Bridges to the Post Industrial PlanetOur future well-being requires that in twenty years' time we should be living in a manner that differs markedly from the way we've lived in the past century and a half. It seems likely we'll consume less energy, use physical resources more sparingly, moderate the waste we generate, make fewer long journeys, rely more on local produce, repair things we'd currently replace, share objects we might currently own. Other implications are less obvious but potentially significant. Will be the role of corporations change? How will our societies be governed? What civil liberties can we expect?The better we're able to imagine a post industrial world, the better we can identify the barriers to getting there and prepare bridges to get over them. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS We're inviting people to write a few paragraphs, no more than 500 words, outlining the greatest difficulty you think we face in making the transition to a post industrial world. This might be a technological issue, a cultural barrier, an economic factor or something else. If you have ideas about how the barrier could be overcome go ahead and outline them too.Send your submission to along with a couple of lines about who you are. The results will be compiled in a book that will be published free on the web and form the basis of a seminar to be held in London later in 2008.

Topic by canida 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Where can I download a bunch of effects and transitions for the Vista Movie Maker?

Thanks!-Shadow Ops

Question by Arbitror 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Need help with state transition table and diagram

I need to make a sequential circuit which output will used for my combinational circuit input. I already made my combinational circuit which gives output in 7 segment display. I need to show EC1013 in & segment.The binary to show them is given below. 000=E 001=C 010=1 011=0 100=3 You can see I need to show EC1013 where 1 is repeated again..thats why I am unable to figure out the state  transition diagram for that... I tried to simply make the state transition table according to my output  and used K-map to minimize that and build that circuit..but it stucks in the 10 loop.. after showing EC10 it keeps on showing 10101010 forever.can some one help me with that

Question by TanvirM1 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Transition between two Steppers with independently assigned cues

Hello. I am going to use two step motors, two easy-drivers, one arduino uno. Each step motors have gear to rotate, front and back. First, I'd like to assign multiple rotation cues for each steppers. such as, int step1cue1 = 329 int step1cue2 = 582 int step1cue3 = 1038 int step1 cue4 = 1790 ... int step2cue1 = 568 int step2cue2 = 1004 int step2cue3 = 1928 int step2cue4 = 3592 ... and each stepper needs minimum 0 and maximum value, such as, int step1maxcue = 8372 int step2maxcue = 8421 each rotation speed and acceleration need to be set and controllable as well. I would like to use rotation speed = 0 to make the stepper stopped at the cue. ** Operation Both steppers start from 0, First, stepper1 rotates to randomly chosen cue from its step1cues, when it almost reaches to the chosen cue, stepper2 starts to rotate to randomly chosen cue from step2cues.(stepper1 stopped at the cue with speed=0), when step2 almost reaches to its cue, stepper1 starts to rotate to another randomly chosen step1cue (not the current cue).. (stepper2 stops with speed=0).. and repeat this transition between two steppers. I would like to use the code from this, 'Example 4: Running multiple stepper motors'

Question by toshi182 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Rube Goldberg style machine powered by mass transit

This quirky machine is powered by escalators and elevators in a subway station and has a few creative movements. The message may be a little simplistic and quaint (take THAT, Mr. MAN!), but it's a fun video to watch. It's slow-paced so be sure to stick it out to see everything that happens. Untitled from mudlevel on Vimeovia Wooster Collective

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Venus Won't Pass Between Us and The Sun For Over Another 105 Years

Venus Passing between us and the Sun visible across N. America tomorrow at sunset for Reno. None of us will live to see the next transit :-( A

Topic by iceng 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Arduino LCD display contrast

My LCD display is acting up. Whenever it transitions, there is a weird afterimage. i have tried turning the contrast up and down, nothing helps. Has anybody experienced this and know how to fix it?

Question by JohnM703 4 months ago  |  last reply 4 months ago

edge space

The layout of the pages in Instructables, sometimes makes it quite difficult to read the left hand edge of the page. May I suggest that the page should not start hard against the left hand edge, but that a small space (margin) be allowed to ease the transition from one line of print to the next.

Topic by Waste Of Space 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Here is another blinking LED running from a single 1.5 AA battery. While the white and blue LEDs need over 3 volts. The white blinks in the transition moments between red to blue and to red !

Topic by iceng 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Why won't they upload?

I'm trying to upload my pictures for a new instructable but they wont uplaod! All it does is say "Could not upload file 'HPIM2302.JPG'. Please try again as it may simply have been corrupted in transit." I've tried uploading them at least 4 times but it won't work!

Topic by Sunbanks 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Anybody Iis knows how to do amood rgb lamp thermo-controlled?

I want to do a light lamp, and configure it to change color with the temperature of the room with smooth transitions. We can setup it to light in blue with 18ºC or less, orange with between 19ºC and 22ºC, and red with 25ºC and more for example. Thanks

Question by Niord 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

What do I do now?

I am learning how to play guitar. I know the chords, and can transition. I can look at tab and figure it out pretty quick. I just need to know what I do now. I tried learning barre chords, but I cannot do them yet. Help?

Question by freeza36 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

What would be the VERY BEST way for me to TRANSITION into my newly adopted off-grid, survivalist, subsistence lifestyle? Answered

A 16'x16'x16', 256-square foot, A-frame cabin on an elevated 3' concrete paver floating DekBlock foundation with a 3'x 6'8" front flush door, one rear 48"x 48"horizontal slider window, and another upper 24"x 24" horizontal slider window for the sleeping loft.I'm thinking that one of those standard U.S. Stove designs might provide just a little too much heat for my needs up in the Copper River Basin region of ALASKA's rural backcountry. Who knows? What are your suggestions for the above described "habitat"? Where can I find the best deals for my 256-square foot space? (Heating/ventilation-wise, we're speaking of subzero temperatures and heavy snowfall, so, I don't believe that "opening a window" is a practical solution for me if it gets too hot and smokey inside my A-frame.) Plus, I've done the HEATING ESTIMATE for the A-frame I'm going to build and the numbers come out to about a 620,000 btuh (heat loss) for the new dimensions I'm finally settling on: 16'x16'x16' or 256sq.ft. This calculation is for -50 degrees F with cold floor, ceiling, and glass surfaces taken into account. (Insulation isn't a factor this early in the design.) "Wow!" I thought at first. "A 620,000 btuh HEAT LOSS! I reckon you can never have too much stove even for an A-frame design." (Being that A-frame cabins retain heat so well, and that my sleeping loft may get really HOT in the Winter, this was a preliminary concern.) Foundation:(4) 8"- diameter cardboard cylindrical concrete forms for pin-point piers;(4) 84" reinforcement rods for pin-point concrete forms;(16) Bricks for base of footing;(24) Layout stakes;(8) 5' batter boards;(1) Spool of wire for joining the two 14" reinforcement rods for each footing base;(1) Spool of line for marking building layout lines;(?) Bags of cement;(?) Bags of gravel;(?) Bags of sand...*A few questions about the amount of concrete needed for the four footings and the four concrete piers: "How much concrete will be needed for four 8"-deep concrete footings poured into four 16"-diameter, 44"-deep holes with each containing four bricks and the four reinforcement rod supports? How much concrete will be needed to fill four 8"-diameter pin-point concrete pier forms to an estimated height of about 80"-inches? How many total bags of cement, gravel and sand (aggregate) will my foundation require? Most importantly, how much will it all cost?"A-Frame Structural Triangle (Theoretical Dimensions):Sides = 16'Base = 16'Angles opposite sides = 60 degreesAngle opposite base = 60 degreesArea = 110.85125168441 sq. ft.Perimeter = 48 ft.Framing:(2) 2"x 10"x 16' girders;(12) 2"x 6"x 12' rafters;(6) 2"x 6"x 8' joists;(4) 2"x 4"x 4' collar beams;(10) 4'x 4' plywood sheets for subflooring;(2) 16' framing braces for structural support against wind damage;(?) 3200-square feet of roof/wall sheathing material for exterior surface areas...*A few questions about the amount of roof/wall sheathing material needed to cover the 3200-square foot exterior surface area: "How much exterior sheathing will I need? How much will it cost? I understand that metal sheathing is preferred in the Copper River Basin region for its snow-shedding ability, so, given everything I've just said, what are my options for the A-frame I recently designed?"My total approach to this whole subsistence lifestyle (i.e. living off the land within a small, confined space) is probably all wrong. I understand that I might need to change my complete "mindset" and adopt a sort of NAUTICAL (or MARITIME) theme with my decor, furnishings and appliances.Since I'm really getting into boats anyway (my one chosen option for escaping the bitterly harsh winters of ALASKA's COPPER RIVER BASIN if all else fails), I feel that marine stoves, composting toilets, and an overall nautical aspect in the "finish work" might help me cope since sailboat cabins tend to be tiny, and I may need to transplant a lot of what I have to my seagoing vessel, "Vera Essie"

Question by Herr VOLKMAR 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

I think Florida is ruled by a mad king.

I just heard a story on the news that one of the local school districts will be ending summer vacation two weeks early. When school starts is codified by law and the only way for a school to receive an exemption to open early is to be an "academically high achieving school". Does this make sense to anyone? Schools that are doing good (as defined by a remarkably stupid standardized test) get more time to teach, whereas schools that perform poorly get less time. I can't really understand that reasoning. I've worked in public education, and I'll never understand the reasoning behind anything they do.and as an aside.Florida, come to play ball at the beach, stay because you've been imprisoned for playing ball at the beach. ~sigh~Wanted to add one more thing, The brevard county transit system is names "Space Coast Area Transit" AKA "The SCAT" and their website is If you have no idea why I'm mentioning this, consider yourself lucky.

Topic by Tool Using Animal 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Do you know what this is? I think it's an old tool of sorts.

 Any idea what the tool (I think it's a tool) is below? 95% of it is rounded..towards the bottom, where the fingers are it starts becoming 2 sided (very slow transition). It's about 18" in length and 6" diameter at top. It was found on an old farm in up state NY.

Question by joseph.walsh1234 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

When do humans develop abstract reasoning?

This is a great demonstration of abstract reasoning, and the lack thereof in small children. Apparently kids will (almost) always fail this test up to age 4, and almost always pass after age 7. The magic transitional age varies, of course.Parents and siblings, this should give some great hints on how to seem "fair" while still short-changing your child. ;)

Topic by canida 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

ok. i want to try open kissing. (frenchkissing)

But me nor my girl friend have ever done it. she says shes ready whenever i am but idk how 2 start it. can some one please help me out? all i need to know is how to transition from a closed kiss to an open one. i think we can manage the rest. i would realy apreseate it

Question by Mr. Friend 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Maker Space Educator Workshops

Hey everyone,  I'm the Director of Education at Children's Museum of Illinois in Decatur, Illinois. We have hired a permanent Make Space Coordinator and are going though some transitions with our older Make Space Educators. I'm searching for Make Space inspired trainings for informal educators preferably in the Midwest and under $500.  If you host any trainings or know of any organizations that do, please contact me at Thanks! Abby Koester

Topic by Steamworks13 1 year ago

How to wire a light to an alarm clock?

Where I work during the summer I consistently have to switch between the day and night shifts. This happens every month or so and during the first week of transition I have a rather hard time waking up especially from transition from day to night shifts where I have to sleep during the day. Thus it is dark when I am supposed to wake up. Although I have not been late yet there have been quite a few "near-misses". Anyway I want to know if anyone can help me wire a light to my alarm clock to help this. My alarm clock alternates between a one second-ish noise to an equal length silence and repeats. I would like it to turn on and off in the same fashion as the alarm clock makes noise. I do not have much electrical know how, but I am adequate at soldering both wires and on boards. I have tested the output of the wires leading to the speakers and they do not have enough power to turn on the bulb. It would also be nice if can be done on a wallet friendly cost, college is eating up most of my money. Any help would be appreciated and thanks in advance!

Question by swingline 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do I record and play a series of videos in some software-controlled order?

I'd like to create an interactive artwork where people can come up to a camera and record a short video of themselves speaking. At the same time, there will be a series of such videos playing on a nearby display. I should be able to insert the new video at any point in the list of playing videos. The list should also be continuously changeable via software; any programming language will do. Bonus points if I can have basic transitions between the videos.

Question by nagutron 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Grinding Flour from Wheat? Answered

This season, I plan to plant 4 sq. meters of my garden with hard wheat, with the intention of making bread.  I have no idea how I should make the transition from berries to flour, though.  I have read online that for small quantities one can use a blender.  I have also read that that produces highly inferior flour.  I would prefer to spend no money, but I could allow $20 or so.  Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas?  I am not opposed to high-labor options.

Question by tincanz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Quantum random-walk puts single atom into observable superposition of states

Http:// atoms have been spotted doing the quantum version of the random walk by physicists in Germany. This sighting of a "quantum walk" could help in the design of quantum search algorithms, or in the understanding of the transition from the quantum, microscopic world to the classical, macroscopic world.Update 15 July 2009: The actual paper appears in this week's Science (pay-per-view, unfortunately). Here's a nice diagram from the article, contrasting (left) the quantum superposition with (right) one of the classicial random walks. The histograms below show their actual measurements in the two situations.

Topic by kelseymh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Arduino: RGB leds animation library

Hi everybody! I've developed a a CSS3 inspired, keyframe based color animation library for controlling RGB leds with Arduino. It basically allows you to program custom RGB light patterns by specifying a duration and what color to display in a specific percentage of that duration, without caring about transitions between the colors. I've put a small demo video here and the library comes with quite a lot of examples. I'd love to hear any suggestion and comments about it! Didn't actually do it for christmas... but I guess it can come in handy these days :) It's here on github Cheers!

Topic by amicoleo 5 years ago

stewart platform with firgelli linear actuator using arduino codeing help!

I am building a stewart platform as part of a larger assembly to accuratly position an object in all six degrees (transition in x,y,z) and rotation about each of these (pitch, yaw, roll). I plan to use an arduino board and 6 firgelli linear actuators. Any help on how to go about programming this would be a great help, or if anyone knows of any open source code so that I do not have to do the reverse kinematics as Im not strong enough in math to do so. ive attached a pic screenshot of my design. thanks

Topic by habbi_88 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

continuous to step rotation in legos?

I have a thing that rotates in lego, it has one revolution per 5 minutes. I want it to be connected to something else so that the other thing has one rotation per hour. But it has to rotate in steps, so after every five minutes it has to rotate 1/12 revolution at one time. Can anybody think of a good mechanism? It won't work to make only one pin on the five minute ring so it only ticks the other gear one pin per rotation, that would go too slow because with one revolution per five minutes the transition would take too long. It has to be a short moment. thanks

Topic by merijnvw 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Download PDF Broken

I tried multiple methods of downloading the PDF of this article: It didn't work here. I got some: DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" " looking thing that isn't a PDF when I tried with means other than my web browser. This is the link to the defective PDF download page: Someone else in their comment from 2011 seems to have had some difficulties too. Feel free to get in contact with me when you have resolved this issue as I would like to download that file myself here. Thank you.

Topic by pfred2 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 weeks ago

how to write a program to control switch and LED

This program is based on How to Program Switch and LED Connected with PIC16F877A.    The following code demonstrate, how to write a program that scan the switch status and turn on and off LED. The switch is connected at PORTE bit-0 and LED connected on PORTB bit-0. When switch is read as high state, the LED is turn-on and when switch state is low, LED is turn-off. The switch debouncing rate is 5msec. The code is written in “mikroC PRO for PIC v.5.6.1” IDE and simulation is done with Proteus 8.0 SP0.  PIC16F877A-I/L Datasheet Code in mikroC [code] // switch connected on porte #define SW_AT_PORT PORTE // debounce rate 5msec #define DBOUNCE_RATE 5 // direction signal sbit LED_dir at TRISB.B0; sbit SW_dir at TRISE.B0; // bit labels portb sbit LED at PORTB.B0; sbit SW at PORTE.B0; // old state save flag bit oldstate_one_to_zero; bit oldstate_zero_to_one; void main(void) { // set porta and porte as digital ADCON1 = 0x06; // set direction as output LED_dir = 0; // set direction as input SW_dir = 1; // init LED LED = 0; // init old state flag oldstate_one_to_zero = 0; oldstate_zero_to_one = 0; while(1) { // Detect logical one if(Button(&SW;_AT_PORT, 0, DBOUNCE_RATE, 1)) { // Update flag oldstate_one_to_zero = 1; } // Detect one-to-zero transition if (oldstate_one_to_zero && Button(&SW;_AT_PORT, 0, DBOUNCE_RATE, 0)) { // Update flag oldstate_one_to_zero = 0; // LED ON LED = SW; } // Detect logical zero if(Button(&SW;_AT_PORT, 0, DBOUNCE_RATE, 0)) { // Update flag oldstate_zero_to_one = 1; } // Detect zero-to-one transition if (oldstate_zero_to_one && Button(&SW;_AT_PORT, 0, DBOUNCE_RATE, 1)) { // Update flag oldstate_zero_to_one = 0; // LED OFF LED = SW; } }} [/code]

Topic by narne 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Gear Study

The last Friday of the month is a build day around Instructables HQ. I've been meaning to create some art involving gears of different pitches, so I took part of my build day to do a study in gears. These are two laser-cut acrylic gears I made on our Epilog 36EXT that are half 10 in pitch diameter and half 20 in pitch diameter. I advanced the 20 pitch side about one-half of a pitch. The gears were designed in OMAX Layout, which just happens to have a nice gear profile generator. I'm hopeful about putting together a set that gradually change pitch diameter.There's a bit of slop between the gears, and I'm taking advantage of it (at least in this set) to keep the teeth from colliding at the transition. They only rotate freely in one direction; in the other they bind.

Topic by ewilhelm 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Back to School Contest

It's that time again – summer's coming to a close and school's starting soon. Instructables wants to help you launch your back to school season in style! We're starting a contest next week for you to share all your preparations for returning to school. This contest is open to anyone who has a great idea to make the transition from long summer days to long hours of homework just a bit easier. So show us your wardrobe updates, your custom messenger bags, your slick new room decor and tips and tools for keeping on top of your work load. To say thanks, we're offering up a shiny new netbook, so get ready to show us your stuff - we can't wait to see what you make! Yes, this contest is open to International Entries

Topic by scoochmaroo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Fairground ride Light setup

Hiya Everyone, I was wondering if i could have some help, I have recently purchased an old fairground ride light using cabochons and incandescent bulbs 240v @ 10W each and have wired it up in a 3 phase series circuit. Now the light works fine as a light however me being me id like to allow for each part of each letter to be controlled individually so i have split the signs into three areas purple, green and yellow and i would like to program something to control each part individually and allow for it to either flash or dim each part moving onto another transition, ive had a look around youtube and google but cant really find anything else like this. Please see attached photo of one of the letters

Question by JamesT402 1 year ago

Making translucent, glowing cubes. Best shell material choice?

I'm making eight, seamless 15 cm3 cubes that will be translucent and have a glossy finish. They will be lit up (with LEDs, etc.) so the entire cube appears to glow, but there is a base side which will always be on the bottom (it doesn't have to be made of this material.) Sturdiness is desired (they will be in transit at some point), as well as low cost. The solutions I have in mind at this point are: Frosted acrylic/perspex glued together Some form of cloudy resin cast into a single-piece shell I imagine that the resin would have a better overall appearance if it goes well, but it sounds expensive and complicated. The perspex solution may have a less appealing end result due to the edges between each face. Please suggest alternate solutions if you can think of some! Thanks for your help. TK.

Question by T-K 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Don't Do This To Your BART EZ Rider Card

BART, Bay Area Rapid Transit, recently issued RFID-based fare cards called BART EZ Rider. If you look closely, you can see where the actual chip is embedded within the card. Like other similar cards, I assumed there was a wire antenna also embedded in a rough spiral around the chip. The card didn't fit nicely on the outside of my Jimi wallet so I decided to cut a notch to make it fit better. While I didn't see any evidence of cutting the antenna, the card quit working. So, if you plan to chop your card, at least try the opposite side as mine!Since the Jimi only fits four cards inside, and I carry five, next up, cutting apart my Discover card...

Topic by ewilhelm 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

A sight for international skywatchers - "Ring of Fire" Eclipse

From ECLIPSE: On Monday, Jan. 26th, the Moon will pass in front of the sun producing an annular "ring of fire" eclipse. This is not a total eclipse; the Moon will cover only 93% of the sun's surface. Nevertheless, the Moon's dead-center transit across the solar disk will produce a sight of rare beauty for observers along the "path of annularity." Best views are to be had from islands in Indonesia where the ring of fire will appear to sink into the ocean at sunset. Meanwhile, in Australia, southeast Asia, southern parts of India and South Africa, observers will experience an off-center partial eclipse. Crescent-shaped sunbeams will dapple the ground while high overhead the Moon takes a curved bite out of the sun. Please visit for eclipse maps, timetables and photos.If you're in the areas where the eclipse can be seen, how about taking and posting pictures?Animated map of eclipsePDF map of eclipse

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Separate Sand and Water in Glass Vase

I'd like to hear some suggestions for separating sand and water in a 4" diameter glass vase. I'm doing an arduino project that involves having a dyed deep blue mineral oil as a non-evaporating "water" atop about 4 inches of sand in a glass vase. I experimented with drizzling Loctite epoxy and it leaked about 1/4" into the sand, so it wasn't very elegant (created a layered look - dry sand, wet sand, epoxy, water). I'd like the delineation to be as clean, but easily implemented, as possible. Worst case scenario is that I wrap something around the vase to hide the transition, but I'd like to avoid that if possible.  I suppose another option is to stack 2 separate glass vessels, but im struggling with thinking of a good way to do that too... Perhaps this is also a non-issue...I should see if the deep blue mineral oil is even visible if put directly INTO the sand. Thanks in advance.

Topic by JeffF8 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Awesome modifications that would allow a person with severe electromagnetic radiation sensitivity to use a computer?

This is more of a challenge than a question: ! My friend cannot be in the same room as anything emitting electromagnetic radiation -- no computer or phone -- but she longs to be in touch with people. She's now limited in contact to her husband and people who come to visit, but is about to move away from the city where we live to a small town with cleaner air (she's also struggling with multiple chemical sensitivity), so will be moving 2.5 hours away from most of her friends. I can imagine some awesome solution that would transition from mechanical technology to digital signals (ie. typewriter keyboard connected to computer in the other room), but I'm not the hacker to do it. Is there anything existing out there? This seems like it would be right up the steampunk folks' alley. Any good ideas? Sources for solutions? Any thoughts that you might offer will be greatly appreciated, and probably put to use. Figuring this out will add significantly to my friend's quality of life...!

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Difficulty leaving comments and responses to comments

Lately it has become increasingly more difficult to respond to someone's comment on one of my Instructables. It has also become more difficult to leave a comment on someone else's Instructable. I click on the appropriate button ("Comment," "Reply"), but there is no response. Sometimes I can comment or respond during some very strange hour of the night when Internet traffic is very low. I have checked this on different computers, but the same problem persists.  Today I also noticed the yellow text boxes have disappeared from one of my earlier Instructables. If I go to "Edit" I can see ghost images of the yellow text boxes, but cannot read or edit them. For some time I have not been able to edit or add text boxes in the Edit mode, only when I am viewing steps of the Instructable.  Are transitions underway on the Instructables page that make these temporary problems? Also, the words "Instructable" and "Instructables" always show up as misspelled. It seems strange the site name is identified by the spell checker as a misspelling.

Topic by Phil B 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Awesome modifications that would allow a person with severe electromagnetic radiation sensitivity to use a computer?

Here's a challenge: My friend cannot be in the same room as anything emitting electromagnetic radiation, so no computer or phone, but she longs to be in touch with people. She's now limited in contact to her husband and people who come to visit, but is about to move away from the city where we live to a small town with cleaner air (she's also struggling with multiple chemical sensitivity), so will be moving 2.5 hours away from most of her friends. I can imagine some awesome solution that would transition from mechanical technology to digital signals (ie. typewriter keyboard connected to computer in the other room), but I'm not the hacker to do it. Is there anything existing out there? This seems like it would be right up the steampunk folks' alley. Any good ideas? Sources for solutions? Any thoughts that anybody has would be greatly appreciated, and probably put to use. Figuring this out will add significantly to my friend's quality of life...!

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Voyager 2 probe leaves the neighborhood

Http:// 30 August, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft -- which has been sailing through space since 1977 -- crossed the "termination shock", the boundary between the bubble in space dominated by the solar wind coming from the Sun and the transition region beyond that lies between Earth and interstellar space.Voyager 2's twin, Voyager 1, crossed this same boundary in December 2004. But Voyager 2 did it while almost 1 billion miles closer to the Sun, suggesting that something -- such as an interstellar magnetic field -- is compressing the bubble of the solar wind on that side. The twin Voyagers headed out of the solar system in different directions, with Voyager 1 taking a northern path and Voyager 2 a southern one."Now both spacecraft are in the final frontier of the solar system," says project scientist Edward Stone, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. "We've reached another major milestone in our 30 years of discovery." He and other Voyager scientists presented their findings on Monday at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Shipping Container Workshop To Kenya

Howdy, My friends and I are building a workshop out of a shipping container, and we want Makers' suggestions on equipment. We'll be sending a 20' shipping container from Austin, Texas to Bungoma, a city in Western Kenya. The primary goal will be constructing chambers in which we can create biochar ( ), and we want to make the shop as versatile as possible. Thus far, we've definitively spent ~$8,000 of our $20,000 budget, mainly on a used plasmacam 4'x4' CNC with 2 plasma cutters, and allocated <20% of our space. Here's our list of some proposed equipment:;=en_US What are we missing that we just shouldn't be without? We'll have access to (dirty) grid power, standard industrial building materials, and (slow, expensive) shipping from the West. Please add your ideas to the spreadsheet and your broader comments below. We'll read everything, incorporate the best suggestions, and let you know what our final inventory becomes. We need to have our container in transit by the end of the month, so don't delay! Thanks, Luke  

Topic by liseman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Help with repairing a Microsoft Sidewinder X4?

Hello all! I recently moved in my recently made desk, only mu keyboard sustained some damage in transit, from a lamp falling upon it. Neither a re-plug in nor a reboot would et it working again. It wasn't being detected by the computer at all. I opened it up, (off warranty anyway) to check for anything obvious. I checked all the connections, and re-seated them. Then examined all the wiring for any defects. I reassembled everything, and checked it to see if it would work. Alas, ir did not. I swapped back in my old keyboard, but after some jostling, the Sidewinder was re-detected. It remained functional for only around five minutes, after which the space-bar seemed to be repeatedly being pressed multiple times a second, then it stopped cold. I redid all my software fixes, including a reboot, but it did not regain any functionality. Any help would be appreciated, and I'm hopeful. Reference pics can be borrowed from here: Personal thanks to electron_plumber

Question by FullMJacket 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

I need help with my Ubuntu 11.0.4!!!!

I need help with Ubuntu!!! Whenever I boot into ubuntu, the pc makes strange clicking noises and gives me an error screen that contains things such as "FAT32 PREFIX NOT SET" and then "(hd0,0)". Afterwards it quickly transitions into :"GNU GRUB Version 1.99~rcl-13ubuntu3" with a command line under starting with "grub>_". It then has a paragraph consisting of "Minimal BASH-like editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists possible device or file completions." The first time it happened, I re-installed Ubuntu, and it worked for a while. It then happened again, so I re-installed hoping this would be the last time. Now it has happened again and I really don't want to re-install everything again.I am new to Ubuntu, and not as computer-experienced as the true "techies", so I was wondering if anybody could help! Thanks for your time! I tried opening BIOS and restoring the factory defaults, but it had absolutely no effect at all. The computer is an HP Media Center PC m495C (several years old). Again, thank you so much for taking the time to read this! ï

Topic by steven1324 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Suggestions requested on attaching Creative Travelsound to bicycle

Hello. As someone who's moved to a bike friendly city, sold his car, learned the intricacies of mass transit... the thing that I miss most about my car is the sound system. Mind you, it was stock, but it was still good enough for me. Well that, and not getting wet when it rains and when the road is still wet. I'm not interested in being the obnoxious jerk at the stop light forcing a 1/4 block to listen all the bass I can afford, I'd like to put together a non-headphone sound system for my bike. I have pictures below of the the three components I have at hand. Jamis coda sport, creative travelsound battery powered speakers (which eats batteries like they are going out of style), and Zen V touch mp3 player. my goal is to have a personal stereo that is quickly detachable, yet secure, and potentially offering improved FM reception by 'hardwiring' an antenna to the frame. upon initial inspection, i suspect the easiest way would be to have a granny basket off the handlebars and just throw it into there. So that's my fallback plan. But there are some geniuses that peruse this site and I'm interested in how they'd attack this. two things to note- while my handlebars are flat, i've rotated the bar that holds them to a 45 degree angle. Also, the travelsound speakers are attached at the base that hinges with the battery pack. It's not that obvious in the picture. Thanks for the help with this.

Topic by flove101 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Farewell my robot army

Dear Everyone (and you know who you are), The time we've spent together has been unforgettable and I think you're really swell, but I'm afraid it's time for me to move on now.  You've always been there for me, supporting my every effort, from cheeseburger salads and microwave cakes to turning Care Bears into a coat.  I love you for that. While in your tender, sometimes tempestuous, embrace, I've grown and blossomed from a green intern to the editor of your food and living channels, and you've rewarded me with your support, comments, and continuous inspiration.  But now it is time for me to spread my wings and move on to new territories.  I will always appreciate everything you've done for me.  I will still be here, lurking in the forums, popping up in your recent feed, featuring your awesome projects, and occasionally feeding you a new recipe of epically unhealthy proportions or gratuitously kitten-themed craft project.  So this is cheerio, but not goodbye. I hold all of you in my heart, and I am not going far.  You will find me just across the internet at, turning a new group of people's ridiculous concepts into ridiculously popular products and trends, just as we always have here. So be prepared for a stream of disco-fabric and other related Instructables as I transition into my new role managing the Thinktank division and test out new product ideas.  I promise not to stop making cupcakes, or putting bacon where it doesn't belong.  Be well, do good, and keep making awesome projects. All the best, Sarah

Topic by scoochmaroo 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago