Why does this forum exist?

Okay, my topic is attention-getting and risks offending those that read it, however this is quite opposite of my purpose... It's long been my belief that the Instructables and Maker communities are populated by artists in their own right. There is nothing about finding the kinds of solutions that we find that says to me "this isn't art". I think that I'm biased though because I always think of my 'creations' through the lens of an artistic eye. Not necessarily that I have to make something "pretty", or value that over function, but that the function inevitably has an artistic aspect to it whether intentional or not. I'm not in a position now to make a lengthy essay to explain (or defend) my meaning, but I'm curious if there are other like-minded individuals that have something to say.

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It won't let me publish

So whenever I try to publish my project on my iPhone, it comes up with a bar that says, "Please select a Grade and Subject." What does it mean and what do I have to do? I've tried on the computer as well but whenever I click draft instructables, it takes me back to the home page. Please help!

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Instructables Ugly Sweater Party

Over the years here at Instructables, we've seen our fair share of truly inspired Holiday Sweaters get posted as folks head to their holiday office parties and family gatherings. We love the home-made handicraft and nostalgia factor holiday sweaters have, and how they can range from totally adorable to wildly over-done. We recently were reminiscing over this collection of Ugly Holiday Sweaters and it struck us that we could have a little fun with the community this holiday season, so we decided to throw an online Ugly Sweater Party this weekend!If you show off a photo of yourself in your holiday finest, or rather holiday ugliest, in this forum post, or on Instagram/Twitter, we'll send you a prize pack with some Instructables goodies. Once you've donned your festive apparel, share it below in the comments, or post a photo and tag your pic with @instructables and #iblesUglySweater so we can see it! We'll repost the best outfits and pictures in our feed. We'll be awarding prize packs to all the folks that participate before Monday 12/17 11:59 PM PST.Want a prize pack but, don't have anything in your closet to show off? Get inspired and get craftin'! Our personal favorites from the community are jessyratfink's Crazy Cat Lady sweater and this Stranger Things sweater by .F that can be programmed with cryptic messages. They both use LED lights as a material but work with different electronics skill levels for the complete beginner as well as the practiced tinkerer, and still show off the range of what is possible for a holiday wearable!Looking for even more ways to celebrate the holidays with Instructables? Check out our Ornament giveaway and Holiday Decor Contest!

Topic by audreyobscura 


Would you please define what a Paper Machine is ?

In order to submit for the Paper Contest, I would like to know if a paper machine its basically a project that has some kind of movement. made of paper, right ?

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Welcome to Instructables

On this page you can find links to some of our most frequently asked questions. What is this site? Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations. How do I post an Instructable? We offer a free and easy online class to coach you through posting your first Instructable or you can just wing it and start a new one today. How do I get help improving my Instructable?Ask the community for help in The Clinic. How does my Instructable get featured? The best way to get your projects featured is by following the Featuring Guidelines. Where can I learn more about contests? Our Contest FAQ has all of the information that you need to know about contests. What contests are launching soon? Check out our list of upcoming contests. Are you on social media? Yes! Follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. How do I contact Instructables directly? The best way to contact us is through our Contact Page.

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Recent Feed Page

We have heard your feedback loud and clear, and we will be bringing back an easy way to see all recently published instructables. This requires some dev time because we changed things under the hood and need to do a little work to re-create this page. We hope to have it back shortly.We appreciate your patience as we continue refining the site after this release.Update:The recent feed has been released and can be found at this link:https://www.instructables.com/feed/recent/You can also find a link to it on your feed page.

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Answered.

Can't delete topic. D:But someone was able to help me with some suggestions on who I could contact for what I was looking to do.

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Colossal (to me, anyway) Compost Kerfuffle

[warning: contains some rant-like content]I am so angry that I can't see straight. My apartment building has a Community Garden, which is good. Our rules and guidelines which are especially emphatic about keeping the gardens all natural and organic, and chemical and pesticide-free. To this end, there is an "Approved Garden Products" list specifying the chemicals and fertilizers that may be used in the gardens. The list includes "Walt's" brand organic fertilizer, "Cedar Grove" compost, and six product made by Miracle-Gro.I had two 4' x 5' plots in the Community Gardens last year, which I heavily amended with the compost from my worm bins. I submitted a request to have an organic fertilizer mix that I have on hand added to the approved list, but the only response I received was another employee telling me: "I emailed Jane (not her real name) about it, and she emailed back to tell to you that Walt's is the best one to use." I should have followed up on this, but was too angry and aghast to speak to Jane about it immediately, and later never did get around to grasping that particular nettle.This year I'm doing just one 4' x 5' plot. I dug in some compost on Sunday, and on Tuesday I received the following letter (all names have been changed for internet purposes):Dear Ms. Gorfram,I wanted to follow up with you regarding an email I received about "homemade" compost that you may be using in your garden.The garden agreement has specific items that can be used in the garden, unless you are using a combination of those ingredients, your "homemade" compost hasn't been approved yet. If you would like to submit the ingredients of your compost for review we can take a look at it and try to get it on the list as well. In the mean time please use only the Cedar Grove compost or any other product on the approved list.We appreciate you help in this matter.Sincerely,Jane Doe,Property Manager(Spelling and punctuation very much hers, very much verbatim)She insulted my compost. She accused me of violating the gardening agreement. She is demanding that I list every last darned thing that I ever put into my compost and submit it to her for approval. She appears to be confusing my compost with the fertilizer that I asked to have added to the approved list. She either does not necessarily believe that I do make my own compost, or she is misusing quotation marks to indicate emphasis. ...She insulted my compost!Not wanting to alienate the manager of my apartment building by telling her that she is a slavering ignoramus who does not know the difference between compost and fertilizer, I responded with the following:In re: your letter of June 9, 2009Dear Ms. Doe,Perhaps there is some misunderstanding about my use of soil amendments in my Community Garden plot.The compost that I use in my garden plot contains no chemicals or pesticides. It is made entirely from vegetable waste from my kitchen and garden, to which I add water and locally native earthworms. It is my understanding that this sort of bulk organic matter does not need to be reviewed for the Approved Garden Products list. In answer to a related question asked at the July 15, 2008, Community Gardener's Meeting, John Galt (n.b. Jane Doe's boss) said, "As long as it doesn't contain pesticides or chemicals, you don't need to tell us about it."The email your letter refers to may have been in regard to my August, 2008 request to have "Dr. Earth Organic 7" fertilizer added to the Approved Gardening Products list. For your convenience, I have attached a new copy of the information about "Dr. Earth Organic 7" and its ingredients that I submitted with my request. I look forward to receiving approval of "Dr. Earth Organic 7" for use in the Community Gardens, or a statement of your reasons for denying this request, soon.Thank you,Evelyn Q. GorframAm I nuts? Should I be this mad? Should I tell her to take her 20 square feet of soil and suggest where she might put them? Should I demand that we duel at dawn unless she publicly retracts her dread insults to my compost?

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Greywater reusing

Hello everyone some time ago I started some research about greywater reuse because I understood that it can be very helpful for everybody after some research Icame up with a concept wich is like this:1-the water enters a container after going through a filter wich gets larg particles2-it goes through a ceramic filter for smaller particle for smaller particles 3-A RO filter gets the chemicals and super-small-particles4-A container with a UV lamp wich kills the bacteria But there are some problems1-I cant be sure about the water quality2-I am concerned about the chemicals in detergents

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Interactive Sound Fence Project

I am working on a community based arts project in New Zealand. I am designing a fence which will go around a park area and I wanted to include some motion activated sounds. The sounds will be recordings of wildlife in the park area and will be triggered by people walking passed specific parts of the fence. Any suggestions as to the best way to tackle this? Thank you in advance Simon

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Tree Trunks - Sap - Lichen - Help!

Hey folks, I would really appreciate advice on my first wood project! I have acquired chopped tree trunks in various sizes, ranging diameter 20-30cm, height up to 50cm. I dont really know the history of the wood but i think it was left out in the rain after being cut. I have stored in my garage now. They are dry to the touch. All trunks are seeping with Sap and the bark is starting to discolour by some form of lichen. My aim was to use trunks as part of a shop window display. The plan was to sand the surfaces of the tops and bottoms, whilst retaining the bark. Treat the trunks with a wood preserver and primer then possibly gloss the whole trunk.  Is it at all possible the sap will stop if i do what im planning? And can the lichen be removed in order for the bark to look more attractive?  I have attached a link to a similar question from a few years ago, unfortunately it doesnt answer my query. Any help and direction is greatly appreciated  Sheena https://www.instructables.com/topics/How-to-deal-with-sap-in-christmas-tree-trunks-you-/

Question by SheenaM16 


How would you make this costume?

How would you make this costume?

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Idea for Social Electronic Art

Hi everyone, I have been working on an idea for a new type of electronic creative art form. Social media has increasingly become cloud and computer-based, enabling people to network and share ideas and concepts online with others from around the world; this community is an excellent example of the power of electronics in fostering shared creativity. Art has always been an important aspect of society, bringing people together through the power of self-expression. In recent years, graffiti parks have become a popular method for communities to express themselves in a constructive way. In the area of electronics, circuitry and robotics have become increasingly accessible through open-source programs such as Arduino, enabling anyone to build complex and beautiful projects in their own garages (or anywhere!). This idea focuses on blending the social aspect of conventional art mediums with the untapped potential of electronic technology. One new technology in particular that has taken the first step towards merging the different fields of creativity is conductive ink and paint, created by Bare Conductive. This graphene-based material enables users to paint circuits and electrical systems onto most surfaces, opening up the entire world as a building area. Essentially, this is the focus of the idea- creative communities making the world their canvas through the power of conductive ink and open-source electronics tools. Imagine the possibilites! Walls covered with lights that can be activated by touching a drawn image, buildings covered with playable arcade games and interactive media, and childrens' parks with community-sourced learning tools on the play area! Of course, there's another aspect here; the social possibilities. See a circuit that someone didn't ever finish, or a piece of electronic art that you wanted to expand? Whip out your Arduino kit and ink bottle, and draw it in! Every wall would tell a story, and it would never stop growing. Our imaginations would be the only limit... What does everyone think of this idea? Let me know any thoughts or input you might have!

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Quilt-in for charity

Want to make beautiful quilts for charity? Host a quilt-in event! Author auntwrenny tells us how the Crafting for Charity Club holds a quilt-in every year, getting a bunch of crafters together to make quilts for groups in need.  This past year, they made an incredible 15 quilts in 12 hours, then distributed the quilts to homeless people in the Des Moines area. See the Instructable for suggestions on publicizing, organizing, and running your own quilt-in!  Auntwrenny covers everything from soliciting donations, setting up different quilt-making stations, great jobs for kids, and the importance of keeping your volunteers well-fed! Inspired?  Want to run your own event?  Have other great ideas for charitable crafting? Be sure to leave a question or comment on the Quilt-In Instructable! This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

Topic by canida   |  last reply


How do I start a community origami club? Answered

After this summer I am going to be teaching an origami class to the public at my local library, but first I would like to create a community club for origami. Anyone know how to start a group?

Question by CrafteroftheArts   |  last reply


Could dogs and cats communicate with people using this eye tracking method?

http://hackaday.com/2010/12/11/kids-type-with-their-eyes-robot-arm-prints-their-words/ This post is a few days old.   I posted a comment asking the same question on HAD, but I thought it may get more exposure here. If you've ever noticed, dogs pupils really reflect light, even visible light like from a cars headlights. I would think this system would be able to track a dog's eye movement as well. This would need to start out much simpler, to teach the animal to use the system.   Perhaps give him 2 choices, in the form of recognizable icons.   I am imagining a picture of a steak and a picture of a dog going for a walk.   Eventually the dog might learn to recognize the symbols.   Once this happens, the interface could be expanded to more choices.   I dont know if it would be possible to teach english ( or any other spoken/written language) but maybe.

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What to do with a cell phone....

I have a pretty good camera flip phone that will be useless in a few months, any ideas or instructables you could suggest on what to do with it? Any input would be greatly appreciated! I also have an old candy phone, with a really good flashlight built in. ideas? (No, this is not my phone) Lukethebook333

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How can I solidify a papercraft?

I want to make some props, and I've stumbled upon the idea of papercraft. Now I'm thinking of making it solid, only using paper as the substrate. I think I should simply cover it in clay, but I figure the Instructables community probably has some tricks up their sleeves. So. Anybody have some nifty tricks, or better materials to use to make a papercraft real sturdy? Maybe even making some costume armor :D Hope I can get into the prop-making/cosplay community!

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I am looking for non cooking recipies to use with Seniors.?

I am an Activity Director with an Assisted Living Community and am looking for things to cook with out using a stove per say.

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Solar charger solution for a rural village

As a nonprofit we are looking to adopt a solar technology to provide power for a rural community in Africa for: 1. charging cells phones It should be able to charge at least 5 cell phones at a time 2. charging small electronic cameras batteries It should be able to provide enough power for charging the batteries. 3. Durable and water proof We are looking for a solution that will last longer and provide service to the community If you know a solution we can buy, implement ourselves , or can provide us with solid suggestions for choosing a solar charging system, please let me know. thanks

Topic by dcasmr   |  last reply


Environmentaly Friendly Home.

I picked up my first copy of Mother Earth News. ( Absolutely loved it) It made me think what can we do in our homes and in our community to help the planet.

Topic by CrawdadMan 


Redefining Dumpster Diving

Creatively using dumpsters in neighborhoods for different utilities and sports - a swimming pool, garden box, skate half-pipe, and ping-pong table.Check out the great pictures at Scene 360 and Trixiny.What will you add to your community?

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3D stickers, holographic sticker ¿How to make one?

Hello community, I would like to know if someone knows how to make one of this, they look amazing. Thank you in advance! http://www.holograma-fabricacion.es/images/vas/medved_3d_small.gif

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Big mural painter - arduino

I have a dream of being able to paint big space buildings like facades and factory buildings. My dream is to collaborate with city governments to create murals in abandoned former industrial areas. My idea is to create a device with spray cans, electro motors and a software that can communicate a picture into pixels for the spraying device to detect and print on to the wall. See drawing for description. If somebody is interested in designing this I will buy the material for testing and so on... I am completely new to arduino and if someone to start with would tell me if the idea is to far away from reality, that could also be a good start... :-) This was a quick shout out to begin with. Reply if there is any interest or comments. Lets do this together!!

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Micro-Hydro System

I will post all my updates on builing a full microhydro system here.I am NOT posting on my previous thread: https://www.instructables.com/community/Help-Hydro-power/For more info, you may post here, But check the old thread first, because there is a lot of background information there.Kabir

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Share Your Animations

I've been using Corel R.A.V.E for simple animations. I am an amateur at it, but I got simple creations out of it. But I wonder if there are other types of animation creators out there. I would like to see from the Instructables community some animations they made too. Post them here for everyone to see!

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How do you sell stuff door-to-door? Answered

I got this job selling lawncare, but I've never had a sales position before. So I was hoping you, the instructables community, could share some tips from your own experience. Thank you in advance, November

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The Forevertron

Wow, just wow. Big, right? Personally being a huge fan of everything steampunk, this is truly an awesome sculpture. The artist goes by the name of Dr.Evermor, and he calls his creation the Forevertron. I wish somebody could get him to join the community, I think he could make some great 'ibles (or at the very least, slideshows). Link at Boingboing

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Happenings 1/10/08

There are some cool events happening in the Bay Area right now. Today we are highlighting hot dogs and re-purposed trash, but there is always plenty to go out do.Frankenart Drop-in Arterrarium Tonight there is a drop-in arterrarium at Frankenart Mart. What's an arterrarium? Well, as best as we can tell, it's an event where you make art with real live people and then add it to the show in the Frankenart gallery right before your very eyes! And what ties this whole operation together you may ask? Hot dogs of course.Thursday, January 10th, 2008 6 - 9pm515 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA415.221.2394Finders Keepers Gallery Opening Reception Creativity Explored artists turn trash into treasure in a new exhibition of sculptural works made from cast-off wood, metal, wire, and other found objects.Thursday, January 10, 2008, 7 - 9 pm3245 16th Street, San Francisco CAWe need your help!If there is an event that you think the Instructables community would be interested in your area let us know about it so we can put it on our Community Blog! First, create a forum post about it that let's people know what and where the event is, like the one I just made above, and then, once you've gotten in published in the forums, send me a PM letting me know it's up and that you want to add it to the Community Blog and I'll make it happen.

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Can anyone help me identify this plant, please? Answered

Found in my new Community Garden plot, among the weeds that had sprung up over the winter. I was going to pull it, but then it starting looking to me like it might be a desirable garden plant. A few clues:garden is in Seattle, WA; in a Temperate Rainforest climate.raised bed garden, filled with a none-too-rich commercial compost, built on top of native soil composed of equal parts clay & glacial till.this plant or its seed survived an unusually long hard freeze (for this area) this last winter, 12 days of temps ranging from 10-20 F.discoloration on leaves is probably Leaf Miner damage, of which our community gardens have a minor plague.just before deciding that it might not be a weed, I discovered that it has a thick white taproot that extends well below the 4 inches or so that I'd dug out.Thanks for any help you can offer.

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First Amendment Rights? Answered

Hello, this is the only site I really ever use, and I like the community so I will just do this here.  I have to do a poll on the first amendment rights but, I have to work tonight so I am asking you.  If you reside in America please answer the following question, it is not right or wrong, just what you know.  What are the rights given to you by the first amendment?

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My Appleseed Processor (for making biodiesel)

I just built my first appleseed prototype. What d'you guys think?So, for the sake of discussion... What's the general attitude in the instructables community towards biofuels in general? Who here's boycotting ethanol? If so, are you boycotting all ethanol, or just ethanol made from food-crops? Who else on i'Bles makes biodiesel? -DMC

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A forum for what didn't work? Answered

I'm assuming most of the community goes about life rather scientifically.... we have an idea that maybe should work - and we try it.  Sometimes things go well and become ibles. Sometimes they fail, and we learn something. After using a few power words and cleaning up the mess, we can (hopefully) laugh at ourselves or at least provide a word to the wise for others. So Is there a forum here in which to share these educational moments?

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Ice Art Alaska: San Francisco Art Institute Team

INTRODUCTION:In March 2008, a team of five graduate students from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) are determined to participate in the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska. Four sculptors will compete in the Multi-Block Classic event, which involves carving over 700 cubic feet of ice in under 132 hours. Additionally, we are bringing one archivist who will record and write about our experience. We seriously consider Ice Art as an opportunity to enhance our artistic knowledge and ingenuity, as well as to positively impact the communities involved.TEAM:Jesse Hensel, Team CaptainEric ReyesStephanie InagakiJesse WaltonLaura Rogers, ArchivistCONTEXTIce Art brings together communities from various countries -consistently from Canada, Norway, Russia, Japan, and China - and at all career levels including professional artists, students, and local residents. Each team has a different approach. Some will celebrate traditional craft while others will pursue edgy artistic expressions. Some will produce monumental forms while others will carve small-scale objects. For six long days, the SFAI team will work intensely together in the harsh Alaskan environment. During morning and evening meals they will reenergize and discuss different carving techniques and landscape traditions with other participants. This experience will undoubtedly benefit those in the competition in addition to educating and entertaining audiences worldwide.For general information about the competition visit: http://www.icealaska.com/COMMUNITY PARTNERS1. San Francisco Art Institute2. Make Magazine3. Morrow and Hensel Consulting4. Instructables

Topic by jesse.hensel 


Arduino Sms

Hello,  I'm completely new to Arduino and wondering if anyone could help me.  i'm doing an art piece on communications and interactions around the world.  Each person will have there own led light.  Whenever people contact me from around the world eva text or call (preferably through wifi), I want they're light to flash for a few seconds.  No idea what parts I need and how to achieve this.  Hope this makes sense to anyone and have any advice for me? 

Topic by CiaranM8 


How to flush out a groundhog

Alright I have a real problem.A whole community of groundhogs has just made its home in my dams retaining wall. I have counted around five separate holes in the wall and have tried to smoke them out with around 5 separate smoke grenades, but apparently the tunnel system is much like the Viet Cong and are just to vast. I need to nail these rodents ASAP before they break through. Any help would be great thanks.

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what's the gel made of inside a pressure activated cooling pad? Answered

I'd like to know what the GEL is made of inside those clever cooling pads sold as mattress cooling pads and pet cooling pads. And, can I make my own version for my dog at a considerably reduced price from the on-line stores? I don't want the freezer gel recipe,(water and rubbing alcohol), I need the pressure activated type gel recipe. THANK YOU INSTRUCTABLES COMMUNITY

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WANTED-Pattern Testers for Thesis Project: Knit Lamp Post

Hi everyone, My name is Kim and I’m a senior at MIT.  This semester, I will be working toward completing my thesis project, and I could really use some help to do so.  I’m an avid knitter who has spent the last four years studying architecture, and I plan to bring my two passions together in the thesis which I am preparing.  In a nutshell, I will be designing lamp posts which will be completely self-sufficient.  They can exist off of the electrical grid of a city or town and will be constructed from knit fabric.  Thus, they can be constructed by a few members of a community, allowing them to take action to solve problems in their own neighborhoods rather than waiting for the government fix them.   My project is about community empowerment and giving the power of construction and repair to those who need it most.  If you’re at all interested in learning more about my project, you can message me or read more of my thesis proposal at the link which follows this post (I promise, it makes more sense than what I just typed out here).  I could really use some help in completing this project, though.  I need to find a few willing people or groups of people who would like to knit a lamp post for themselves or their communities.  I need people to test my pattern to see if it actually works.  If you’re interested, please e-mail me at kimennel [at] gmail [dot] com, or message me here.  If you want to help, I’ll be sending out a package to you with materials, knitting needles, and instructions in a couple of months.  It’ll be free of charge for you, and all I ask in return is a bit of feedback about the pattern and some photos of the construction process and final product.  So, if you want a free lamp post, please please please, let me know.  Thanks guys :) The link to my proposal is here: http://www.mennels.com/kimennel/Thesis%20Proposal.pdf

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The Largest Parsons CDT Thesis Show Ever!

If you're in New York be sure to check out the BFA thesis exhibition for Parson's graduating Communication, Design and Technology class. There is sure to be some amazing computer-based art (and other strangeness that defies explanation). This is not to be missed!Opening:Wednesday, May 14, 2008: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Chelsea Art Museum556 West 22nd StreetHours:Tuesday through Saturday,11:00 AM-6:00 PMThursday,11:00 AM-8:00 PM

Topic by randofo   |  last reply


Why can't I download an instructable ?

Hi: Why  can't I download an instructable ? I am on a mac, have firefox, have cookies enabled and cannot log in. All I want to do is download an instructable that i like. Could you please explain what I need to do in easy to follow steps?  I have searched your community forum but have found nothing that works. Maybe this is  PC friendly  not friendly to Mac issue? Thanks for your help. It is very frustrating as i enjoy this site but this problem could be a deal breaker. :-) Eileen

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It had to happen: Real SnailMail

In hindsight, it's inevitable that somebody would create genuine snail mail, and recruit actual snails to carry actual messages.The gastropods have been fitted with equipment to allow them to send e-mails on behalf of visitors to a website.Instead of instantaneous communication, sent messages will travel at 0.03mph (0.05km/h) and could take days, weeks or even months to arrive.It is part of a "slow art" project called Real Snail Mail at Bournemouth University in the UK which will be showcased in Los Angeles in August.Each snail is fitted with a tiny capsule which holds a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip. RFID allows objects to communicate over short distances.Users of the service send a message via the Real Snail Mail website which is routed to the tank at the speed of light to await collection by a snail "agent".As the three snails slowly amble around the tank, they occasionally come into range of an electronic reader, which attaches the e-mail message to the RFID chip.The electronic messages are then physically carried around the tank by the snails until one of the gastropods passes close to a second reader.It is then forwarded over the net in the usual way. So far, the three snails have managed to deliver 14 messages.Users of the service will hope that Austin is on hand to collect their messages. The Snail has made 10 of the deliveries so far with an average delivery time of 1.96 days. SnailMail siteBBC story

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Design Ideas Needed!

I have tons of scrape paper laying around on a shelf, all having some story of a project of before. I used to come up with lots of ideas for many thing, but eventually my imagination has ran dry! I'm requesting from the Instructable community to give me any ideas for a project for me to do. An 'ible would help, but I want to make something that is made from the basis of ideas. Any ideas for anything using paper is what I am looking for. This would help for me to make a cool 'ible one day. Thanks!

Topic by username252   |  last reply


Denizens of San Francisco - Coolest Art-Space Ever

Heya,My girlfriend just told me about The Frankenart Mart. It's a communal art-space/store with a really unique business model. I don't know about you, but I think this is really a great and interesting idea. I hate to say this, but it's so... like... ::GASP:: .... Art Gallery 2.0Any which way, they're changing up the theme of the store next weekend and they are inviting people to drop off work (in case anyone is interested). I think I might drop something off.

Topic by randofo 


My instructable did not post to the Valentine's contest, what can I do to change that? Answered

I recently joined your great community with the intention of posting a Valentine's theme for your Valentine's contest.  My part one showing the theme and part 2 showing how the theme, posted to my account however it did not post to the Valentine's contest.  I went to the contest to try and upload it and it says I have no Valentine's instructable.  I posted my theme with in the guidelines of dates.   I did have one part waiting for approval and then I posted it.  Any suggestions anyone? Thanks in advance and Happy Valentine's Day!

Question by sunshiine   |  last reply


Paper plane street art mixes 2D with 3D

Really enjoying this street art that looks like paper airplanes that are flying on the side of a building pop off and land in the ground in front. This was done by Said Dorkins in Mexico City. According to the artist: "This intervention is a way to make a satirical reflection on the mechanisms of threat and power in which we are engaged, the political farces and scenarios created at the expense of the suffering and disruption of others. You may be asked for some within spheres of power, to destroy people, buildings, communities, as if it were a game, the movement of a chess piece or throw a dart on a cork." Street Art At Its Best: Said Dokins' Avionazo en la Plazuela

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I feel like making some avatars

I feel like i have been less involved in the instructables community lately and i am bored so if someone wants an avatar of something or other that can be made in paint just tell me please because i have nothing to do right now, seriously , you'd be doing me a favour. The first picture is my own avatar and the other two are ones i made for kiteman when he was looking for a variation on his current avatar, if you want them feel free too take if u want, otherwise just send me a pm or leave a comment. -Cheers, Duck

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Poison Oak Treatment?

I contracted a case of poison oak about a week ago and it's really got me itching today. I need some relief and I was wondering if the community had any ideas for home remedies and or effective treatments. I've been through the whole course of oral steroids (prednisone), and topical creams (hydrocortisone) with previous outbreaks, but they never seem to work all that well. I'm open to any and all of your suggestions, so let's hear them. Look at the pictures. Feel my itch. Answer my question, and help me return my skin back to its normal, smooth state.

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Best adhesive to attach used wine corks to wood and/or plastic? Answered

I'm making a door mat of old natural corks, so the adhesive needs to be heat resistant and waterproof.  The corks will be spaced, to allow dirt & water to pass through; so, the adhesive should be strong enough to withstand the daily treading, without the benefit of the support of other corks packed closely together. My first thought was to hot glue, but that has no flexibility and the corks would probably pop loose very quickly. I've seen wine cork instructables using wood glue, Gorilla (R) glue and rubber cement. I haven't worked with the first two.  Any experience with these materials? Your input is appreciated; thanks, Community!

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Too much scrap from salvaging! Recycling ideas needed

Hello fellow instructabilians, I love the site and the community here! I have been salvaging and collecting a lot of items from dumpster diving, hard waste / rubbish collections etc that I have used to extract components like motors, electronics, glass etc. But as always, after extracting what I need, I end up with a mass of plastic, wood, metals, and some other random materials that have no use. I would love to find a way to crush the bigger plastics, melt the metal ( if alloy ), shred the wood, and melt down the glass. Of course, you are able to make some big crushing machine, but this is why it is under the green section. I am trying to find a sensible way to rid of all this excess junk, with a means of being able to teach others to do the same thing. Our bins are very small, the tip is very costly now to even take junk, rates are going up, please, someone throw some ideas of any sort to help me find a system / make some green 'machines' etc. I hope you understand, and just a quick mention, I am dealing with at least 6m square of this useless junk that needs to, and can be sorted if there was a way. I may even need to get my local community involved, like a pre-recycle event.. I dont know. Help. :( I guess a crusher, or something to deal with the largest of materials ( like CRT screen plastic outer shells ) would be a first step.

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SF Clothing Swap at CELLspace

This Saturday, January 19th, there's a clothing swap at CELLspace in San Francisco.From the swapsf website:What: Sweet! The first clothing swap of 2008!When: Saturday, January 19th, noon-3pmWhere: CELLspace (2050 Bryant St. between 18th & 19th) map How Much: $5 ($10 without clothes)Featuring: Mountains of well-organized clothing swappage! $2 wine & Trumer Pils! On-site screenprinting & tailoring! Tasty beats by poolboy & d (4handed)! Free Meth Coffee (BYOC, otherwise $2)! Absinthe candy by Lit Lollipops! Other stuff as it comes up! Leftover clothing will be donated to local charities, including Dolores Street Community Services, A Safe Place for Women, and The Stop AIDS Project.

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