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3 Years!

Well, i have used this site for nearly 3 years now. I started using it when i was 10,and now i'm 13. I say i've been using it for 3 years but only had an account for just over 2 and a half.

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2 Years!

Not that anyone cares, but I just realized that I've been a member of Instructables for 2 years now! It's been a while since I've written a completely self-serving post and I just thought this was a personal event worth noting. So.... how long have you all been members? P.S. I haven't been on here too much recently, but I'm liking the new editor. P.P.S. It's easy to do crazy formatting!

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Five Years!

Goodness me. Five years today. Has it really been that long?

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Ten Years

It's been nearly ten years since a load of people got excited about the year 2000 and the 21st century, what did we achieve? Well Fox changed (the logo if nothing else) from 20th to 21st 2001 Wikipedia and iPod launched, World Trade Centre demolished (by uncertain contractor). 2002 The discovery of Quoaoar leads to Pluto being declassified as a planet 2003 Facebook launched 2004 Those robots land on Mars, Indian Ocean earthquake / tsunami 2005 Instructables launched YouTube launched, New Orleans drowns. Chas & Dave play the Holmfirth Picturedrome (img) 2006 (for the mathematicians) the Poincare conjecture is proven (right word?) MySpace launched (subsequently bought by Murdoch at what was definately much more than it's worth) 2008 LHC starts up 2009 LHC starts up again, Moon "bombed" What events the last 10 years mean something to you? *the basis of the list came from New Scientist No2739/40/41

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A Year With Craftershock

Craftershock.com is celebrating their one year anniversary!To commemorate, they've compiled a list of their 10 top most popular posts, some of which you've seen right here on instructables! I'm in love with numbers 9 and 1, paper flower table settings and cuteness-overload: cameras inside of cameras! Plus did you see that cactus pin cushion? A-dorable.Sadly, a lot of what you'll see on craftershock isn't available in tutorial format. But the creators have been gracious enough to post at least one instructable! Check out Loco for Gocco, which made number 4 on their favorites list, and encourage them to post more!

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Ten Full Years!

It has just been pointed out to me that I have passed my tenth anniversary on Instructables - I first signed up January 6th, 2006, and have signed on almost every single day since, holidays and long-haul flights excluded. That's just... Over ten years. Gosh. The only things I've been involved with for longer are my relatives!

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


New Years Resolutions: What are they for you?

New Years is a week away! Have you decided what you need to change about yourself? Type your New Years Resolutions on this site and explain how important they are to you.And if you have other goals that you want to achieve through life see my other forum, Goals: What are they?

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Happy New y ear!!!!!

Happy new year to the tech comity. Everyone needs a break once in a while, so be honest, how many peaopls are drunk tonight??? it's wayyy past midnight here in canada, but I'm curious.. Shout out to all ya'lls.

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It was twenty years ago today...

On 24th March, 1990, Kitewife and I were married. The church has since burned down.

Topic by Kiteman  


DIY NYE Ball Drop

Hello all! I am seeking some suggestions on creating a mechanism for dropping a 20-25lb. New Year's eve ball. We used this Instructable to make our Godzilla sparkleball as an NYE ball, and it's pretty rockin' (thanks vwluvrs). We dropped the ball from my friend's attic last year, lowering it by hand. Manual lowering is SO last year, and we're looking to improve the drop by automating the process. Oh, and we'd like to keep this at $20 or lower :) Any ideas? Thanks for any input! I will be happy to post a vid of the drop, even if we end up lowering by hand.

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How old are you?

I'm amazed at the range of ages that seem to be represented here. So tell us, how old are you P.S. If you want to give a funny answer, fine just add the real answer underneath, Cheers

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New Years Ball

I don't know if you heard, but the ball that drops in Times Square every new year was energy efficient this year. It was twice as bright, but only used as much power as ten toasters. How do you think they did it? I'm thinking all LEDs. It was a neat thing for them to do, regardless.The following picture is from the Associated PressUPDATE: T3h_Muffinator looked it up on wikipedia. They switched to LEDs this year. Link

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Happy new year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Topic by daredevil499    |  last reply


New Year Moments

Happy New Year everyone on Instructables!!!!! 2010!!!!! With New year now come and gone, we are wanting to know your best and worst New Year moments. Doesn't matter what happened, just post it. Pictures are also gratefully appreciated.                                                                       HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Happy new year!

Well, over here in Britain, we've just passed midnight. Happy new year, all! What are your new years resolutions?

Topic by The Jamalam    |  last reply


Happy New Year

Happy 2008 to all from Canada

Topic by chaoscampbell    |  last reply


Charged for Year Membership

I was charged for a full year of pro membership when I only signed up for a month of pro. I did not even select the year. So I want to know what I can do to get a refund for the year when all I wanted was a month.

Topic by Mythotical    |  last reply


Happy New Year!

Seems I am the only one who find something is missing here.... Let's change that.... Happy New Year!

Topic by Downunder35m    |  last reply


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Happy New Year everyone. Hope 2008 was amazing. Let's hope '09 brings cool projects, and good health. My resolution is to get good grades, post lots of i'bles, and help as many people as I can. What's your New Year's Resolution?

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Happy New Year!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year, have fun and I hope that you all prosper in this new decade :) Maybe we can share some of our resolutions? I'm going to start to concentrate more on work than playing video games. I hope 2010 will be a great year for you :D

Topic by FrozenStar    |  last reply


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A little early for most readers, especially our hosts, but the Antipodeans started hours ago, and I'm going out in a few minutes to see the New Year in with pizza and beer at a friend's house. Hope you all have a crackin' 2011, and keep posting the cool stuff. And, on the 7th Jan, I'll be celebrating my fifth anniversary as a member of Instructables!

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


It's the Shed of the Year!

To celebrate National Shed Week in the UK, a custom shed has been determined to be the Shed of the Year. It's a pub in a shed that was built by a man who had never built anything before. Pretty sweet to see that anyone can truly make something cool and worthy of some "of the Year" award.The article also showcases another cool shed that was made up primarily of shipping pallets for 40 pounds. The only drawback is the lack of windows. OK, it's a huge drawback. Link

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Will there be a Valentine's contest this year? Answered

I have a kick-awesome Valentine's instructable to post. I'd like to post it soon in case anyone wants to make it in time for the holiday, but I want to wait if there is going to be a contest.

Question by Bindlestiff    |  last reply


Happy Old Year!

2007 is fine and dandy, but what about all the cool stuff that happened here in the past year? A couple thousand projects have gone up on the site in 2006. So which ones still stand out as your favorites? Or who are some of your favorite people? Here are a few that still rock my socks:Universal Nut Sheller is a great effort at open-sourcing help to the rest of the world.The LED Throwie Rat is vile and gross and I could never make one myself, but damn if it doesn't still make me laugh whenever I see it or read the comments.I have one cat and can use another so maybe learning to deliver kittens would be a good idea.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


New Years' Resolutions

Well, with my New Years' resolutions plastered on the Makeblog it looks like I'll have to work twice as hard to make sure I keep them. Here they are:Create more order. I find that once you have order, maintaining it isn't that hard. Apply this in practice to my garage.Learn a new language. Probably will be Ruby; Spanish will come next if I can reach a comfortable level with Ruby.Respond to or otherwise deal with every piece of email sent to me within 1 week or as soon as possible. Maintain an inbox that fits comfortably on one screen without scrolling.Say "good morning" with a smile, and mean it -- start each of my personal interactions out on a positive note every day.Try to have either a lower mass or lower volume of possessions by the end of the year. Get rid of things I don't use and probably will never use; don't buy anything that might fit this description. Check out the full post here:http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2007/01/new_years_resol_1.html

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply


The Community Over the Years

In the seven years I've been on Instructables, one thing I know to be true is that the community has changed. A lot. It is amusing to look over the "How to Steal An Instructable" post made years ago, which satirized the theft of projects. Looking back on things as old as this proves funny but also depressing though; the community has changed so dramatically in the years that have transpired that copied projects are now no longer the objects of satire or chiding but the recipients of praise and prizes. A few months ago, when I again broached the topic of copies on Instructables and the problems they cause, I was met with responses indicating that to overcome copycats all one needed to do was work a little harder. That is, those who have already put forward the effort of actually developing something new and of their own design should now work even harder to succeed. Curiously absent was any suggestion that copycats exert themselves and actually do something say--original. By chance, I ran into a thread I had not seen in years while writing this: the thread on the "Instructables laws," guiding principles users ought to observe. There are four, with some accompanying notes to all. The first entry, the Zeroth Law, is the one relevant to projects and their content. It states that: "if an Instructable exactly like yours has not already been posted, then you shall post your Instructable." An addendum is made to it, stating: "If your Instructable has an identical goal to a pre-existing Instructable, but achieves that goal by a different or improved route, or in a different style, then you shall also post your Instructable." The legitimacy of simplicity is also noted in an accompanying corollary. None of the above ideas are wrong. On the contrary, it is people ignoring this thinking which has caused serious issues. Nowadays, people know other projects have been published with identical instructions (and even superior quality), yet they proceed on and repost it themselves anyway. Furthermore, their copying usually violates the copyright restrictions laid out by the original creator. When the Instructables laws were written down, it is clear that original content was valued highly and respected. Nowadays, the dedication of the community toward these ideals is questionable to say the least. Today the community displays a disconcerting apathy toward makers and what they do. Just a few weeks ago, I was told the community is not interested in anything but the results--that the makers and their efforts are completely irrelevant. I'd rather not believe that is how the community at large believes things ought to be (especially given that it's a particularly unimpressive pitch to attract new makers and new ideas), but it seems like it may in fact be just that. With that in mind, things have obviously changed--for better or for worse is in the eyes of the beholder; I have already reached my own personal conclusion.

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Happy Birthday to the first Domain Name!

 Today, March the 15th, is the 25th anniversary of Symbolics.com, the first EVER domain name! Happy Birthday Symbolics.com! Link

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Merry Christmas

Hey, very merry Christmas to all you folk. I'd just like to share one of my favorite quotes from "A Charlie Brown Christmas". And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the lord shone round about them, and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men. ~Linus Thanks for an awesome year, and I will be looking forward to more great experiences with all you folks in the coming time. Go in peace, IaC

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Light Years aka Gandahar man of metal costume

I've bin wanting to do this project for awhile but I don't have the skills to do it. There is a movie called "Light Years or Gandahar". In this movie I want to make light weight costume of the "Men Of Metal". I'd like if someone would give me tips on costume making, like in, foam armor. I would even except commissions if someone would like to take the task. I will supply screencap's of the Men Of Metal.

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Why are some questions saying they were posted many years ago?

Some are saying they were posted many years ago, some even say they were 1900+ years ago. Just a hunch, but I think that the internet didn't exist then.

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What will happen in the year 2012

Here is the best thing I found about what will happen in the year 2012.http://www.helium.com/items/460316-the-significance-of-the-year-2012-explained?page=2This page explains what will or could happen on that date. read the rest for a full explanation.

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138 Years of Quirky Inventions

Amusing. www.popsci.com/gadgets/gallery/2010-05/archive-gallery-138-years-great-inventions

Topic by lemonie    |  last reply


Happy Chinese New Year!

It's that time of year again: Chinese New Year! In Asian households all over the world (well at least mine), preparations are starting for the holiday. This year Chinese New Year is on February 3rd. Time to celebrate the year of the rabbit! I know w we've been baking, cooking, and buying all sorts of things for the new year. I found some great recipes to make for it and you'll be sure to see some of them from me on instructables (hopefully if things don't get too hectic). Here's some recipe and happy Chinese New Year! Pineapple Tarts Fried Pot Stickers Kek Lapis Braised Peanuts Sesame Balls Almond Butter Cookies Vinasse Eggs Tofu Dessert Chester Cake Tomato Soup with Vermicelli Stir Fried Beef (images from google)

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Happy new year =D

Have a gooden!

Topic by Danny    |  last reply


billed the entire year at once.

  I signed up for the pro membership that was supposed to bill me 1.95 a month and instead was billed 23.40 for an entire year. What gives? 

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It's that time of year again...

Well, here we go again, school's starting up again and summer is coming to a close. I've modified my binder to show my tastes. What's the rest of the young Instructables community (and Kiteman) doing to get ready for school?

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One Year on Instructables FTW!

Hey guys, just letting you know that today is the day I jioned this site one year ago, Ive come along way, just look at the first thing I posted (I should really take it down, but I can't for nostalgia reasons) and now things like the war collab, the logic bow and PP19 well I can't think of anything else so BIYEEEEEEEE 

Topic by Fred the Penguin    |  last reply


1 Year membership trade of!

I am willing to trade my 1 Year Pro of instructables.com for a 15$ ebay gift certificate/card. You don't need to ship me the card or anything but all you need to do is just send me the code for the 15$ ebay gift card by messaging me right here on instructables, and after you have sent me the code I will immidietly send you the 1 Year Pro by messaging you the code as well! And yes this 1 Year Pro is for www.instructables.com If you have some other amount of an ebay gift card and not 15$, then just message me telling me how much amount worth code you have and if I think yeah then I ask you to send me the code and then I send you the code!

Topic by vishalapr    |  last reply


It's that time of year again!

It's time to get ready for the breeding season, folks! If you enjoyed the bird-surveying Instructable I wrote this time last year, now is the time to start taking action. The regional officers are now contacting people who have taken part in the past, and looking for more people to take part this year. Register here to take part, because for British birders, this is one of the few legitimate chances to go birding off-piste, plus you are contributing to an important piece of long-term science.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


1 year pro membership

Hey guys, I just created my account and paid for pro membership. i wanted to get 1 month pro account, but I accidentally purchased it for 1 year. Is there a way to switch to 1 month and get a refund? Also, I just checked my bank account and it seems that I got charged twice.

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Twenty years after Voyager

As discussed in Physics World today, it was twenty years ago (25 Aug 1989) that Voyager 2 completed its Grand Tour of the Solar System and headed off toward interstellar space. The two spacecraft are still active and collecting data as they approach the boundary (the heliopause) between our Solar System and the rest of the Galaxy.27 Aug 2009 minor update: Fixed name of Web site

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My Project For The New Year

I think I've found a nice big project to undertake for 2009. I want to build a homebrew X-ray machine. I've done a little bit of research and found that United Nuclear sells X-ray tubes along with radiation safety equipment. I think I could make the other components needed (high voltage supply) by myself. Does anyone have any ideas or thoughts on this project?

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Electronics for five year olds?!

Hi everyone, I joined the forum and became a member because I'm getting rather starved for ideas... A community centre (or center as you spell it south of the boarder) asked me to design/ come up with some drop in classes for children and their care givers. Some kids could be as young as five, and they want the class to have an electronics, hackery, tech based focus. I've done this with 12-17 year old, but this 5 year old thing is throwing me for a loop. I'm thinking about joule thieves and home made robots, but does anyone else know of a project that's gone over really well with young kids they can share at all? I'm not sure if this is in the right category, apologies if it isn't.

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It's that time of year again...

...and my computer is sounding like a friggin' jet engine. This happens every year, whenever it gets hot out. It starts up normal, then it eventually gets up to RRRRRRRRRRRR and then goes down for a bit and then gets really loud again. I just put my headphones on and I'm actually getting noise in them, coming from the noise in my computer. Holy crap. I just tried recording the sound using a microphone, but it doesn't really work. How can I get it to be quieter (NO HARDWARE MODS PLZKTHX)?

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Knex Creations of the Year Awards

Alright sorry I didn't quite start this earlier as it's already New Year Eve but better late than never. You have tonight and tomorrow to vote for your favorite knex creation in each category. I'll tally it all up and announce the winners the day after new year. You may vote for your creation in only five categories. Please only vote for things made this year. You may vote for things that were made but never posted as long as you provide a picture of it and the creator provided enough information about it.~Categories~-Best Sniper/ Power Weapon-Best Mid-Sized Assault Weapon-Best Assault Pistol-Best Automatic Weapon-Best Melee Weapon-Best Side Arm-Best Explosive-Best Non Weapon Object-Best Large Caliber Weapon-Best Shotgun-Best Replica-Most Innovative Build-Greatest Builder-Best Feature in a Knex Weapon (no people as in who made a feature and in what gun? Don't just list a feature like magazine) Any other ideas? Post them quick as I need at least 3 votes for a nominee for it to win.

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Knex Gunner Of the Year Award

Ever wonder who is the best builderthe one with the best ideaS and the best knex gun instructables out?Well here it is The Knex Gunner Of the Year AwardThere are 10 NomineesYou guys will vote on who is the best So to vote what you do is in your post you firest put the date then put the nominee's name and the you add +1 so eg: Zero0928 +1 NOMINEES1.Mepain2.PerfectDuck3.Loosewire:SOE Operative4.Trainman 20005.IpodKiller6.Bunduk7.Oodalumps8.Danny9.Knex Hater Hater10.KillerK Rules1. YOU CAN ONLY VOTE ONCE if you vote tWIce your vote will not count.By 6:00 everyday (canada time) i will add up the votes.VOTING CAN BE DONE UNTIL JULY 20th

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21 Years Old Today

Would you believe it fellow K'nexers I have finally really reached that age of 21. I've been a member of this website for many years and it has become a new chapter in my life and it has grown on me very much since I have been using what time I have to bring you my reviews and instructions. Ever since I joined instructables, you may have thought why I do all this and the reason is because it is something that I do as a hobby and although it take some time to create new instructables, it is always worth the time and effort whether it it's a review or instructions. Now I can be 100% honest and say that I ain't the most popular Instructabler for K'nex but for those that do build my creations and support me, thank you I really do appreciate it. I will be continuing on with my instructables even at my age but then again you are never to old to do anything.     

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Year-to-Data, March 2014

Tl;dr: Check out this pie chart that shows the distribution of projects published in 2014 by category. The outer ring shows the channel within the category that had the highest volume of entries, along with the year to date project count. Do you ever wonder how the projects on Instructables are distributed across categories? I did, too. In a tenuous-at-best connection to the Pi Day Pie Contest, we made a pie chart showing where all the newly-published projects have been categorized since the start of 2014. That outside ring shows the most popular channels within the category, along with a project count for each. Some quick observations: (1) There isn’t as much food as I would have thought. It seems like people are posting food ALL THE TIME, but apparently the overall project volume is coming in via other channels. I guess we’re just getting a lot of good food entries that are being featured more often. The quality of authors’ food photography is getting very good, and the featuring team may be featuring projects under the influence of hunger. (2) Contests drive some (but not all) project builds. Since the start of the year, we’ve run paracord, organization, electronics, and crafting contests. And, wouldn’t you know it, those are the channels receiving the bulk of new projects. Even without a special contest, the Toys channel received an outsized number of projects, so we’ll see what happens later this year when we run a few contests around toys. (Pro-tip: Start stockpiling LEGO and KNEX pieces.) (3) Technology and Living make up just over half of the site’s new content. Sure, the robot has a strong preference for electronics projects, but we’re seeing a lot of great craft projects coming in as well. Either way, an army of hot-tool wielding* makers are creating some really cool stuff. (4) This community may be a little paranoid, but we’re prepared. Paracord and survival projects account for almost all of the outdoor projects we’ve seen so far this year. If I’m stuck in a rural farmhouse surrounded by zombies, I want some of you all right there with me. If you’re worried about the imminent collapse of civilization and are concerned that Instructables won't be around to help with the power out, you can buy a book of some of our best homesteading projects. You’ll be sitting pretty with a chicken coop and some rain barrels while everyone else gets punched over a can of soup. (Don't get punched over a can of soup.) (5) Did you notice anything interesting? Sound off in the comments. I've got some 3 month pro memberships to give away to insightful commenters. :D *or hot, tool-wielding authors.

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For Instructables, 2009 is a Green Year

Part of Instructables' mission is to inspire our community to create and share great projects. We do this though contests, theme months, and challenges that are seasonally appropriate, part of a bigger cultural trend, or simply areas where we want to see more great Instructables. This year we've decided that our overarching theme will be "Green."Our Green category focuses on the environment, reuse and recycling, and saving energy or making it in new ways. However, there's more to it. Green projects cut across all of our categories, and DIY is deeply and inherently green. When you make something yourself you often save materials, time, or money, while simultaneously generating less waste and creating a relationship with your project. Because of that relationship, you are more likely to cherish the final product, upgrade it, repair it, or even pass it along to someone else who will also cherish it. All of these actions involve making more with less, and that is fundamentally green. From my perspective as a life-long DIYer, I feel that it's time our culture took an active interest in all things green. I want to make sure the things we do are meaningful. We may have passed peak oil, but we can all work to ensure we pass "peak waste." So, to help inspire you, we'll be running a number of Instructables project contests all with a green theme. Some will be large, and some will be small -- we've even arranged sponsorship to give away Voltaic solar laptop bags and an Epilog laser cutter! To help you plan and get your projects started early and finished on time, we'll be publishing the timing of several of the contests scheduled during the first half of the year. Obviously, I think the best time to do a project is when you're most passionate about it, but I recognize everyone can benefit from a little extra motivation. Things are, of course, subject to change, but if you have even the slightest inkling of a green project, start now; especially since the real prize will be inspiring everyone that sees your work make their own lives a little bit greener.

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