Bricks by the Bay

Howdy all, The first-ever LEGO/brick convention for northern California will be held on April 9-11, 2010, at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley in Fremont, CA. Planning is going on right now!  Please see for more information! Thought to share Richard

Posted by ftking_83702 8 years ago

Biofuel bus-train-road

The Guided Busway Essentially, this is like a railway for buses- a narrow concrete "road" open only to modified buses, following the path of an old railway to link commuter destinations together. Supporters say it's more practical than a rail link (as buses can drive straight off the end into town roads), opponents say the concept is flawed and that building a traditional railway would be cheaper. The buses are apparently "100% biofuel powered", though I'm having a hard time finding out exactly where those biofuels come from. The future of transportation, or greenwashed white elephant? Update 30-03-2010: I thought I should update this in light of bassman's comments, and because of something I wrote last October: "the busway is due to open in a few weeks (so by our bureaucracy time, make that spring 2010)" Well, it's spring 2010 and this morning on the train to work I finally saw a bus on the busway.  It was marked "not in service" and was populated by half a dozen men in high-vis jackets, so I assume it was a test run of some sort, but at least there is life on it.  Maybe I'll be able to post more about it before 2011?

Posted by PKM 9 years ago

Best Answers Count For 2010-06-01

Best Answers Count for 2010-06-01 lemonie:375 Re-design:362 frollard:243 Steveastrouk:211 Kiteman:174 orksecurity:174 kelseymh:153 seandogue:147 GuardianFox:131 NachoMahma:108 Burf:94 ZEROGX:94 RavingMadStudios:94 AndyGadget:69 NobodyInParticular:58 jeff-o:51 jtobako:51 Grathio:47 MahavishnuMan:48 DJ Radio:47 mikeasaurus:46 alex-sharetskiy:43 Killer~SafeCracker:39 Gorfram:36 UziMonkey:34 11010010110:33 Joe Martin:32 Jayefuu:34 gmoon:29 Jack A Lopez:29 caitlinsdad:26 rickharris:25 AngryRedhead:24 killerjackalope:23 Mr. Stealth:20 Prfesser:20 siliconghost:19 cyberpageman:20 ChrysN:19 RelaxedSoup:18 karnuvap:19 randofo:17 MichelMoermans:18 CameronSS:15 fwjs28:16 iPodGuy:15 yokozuna:14 Shadowman39:13 Zengineer1618:13 ewilhelm:12 acidbass:12 canida:11 Goodhart:12 purduecer:11 Hiyadudez:10 kevinhannan:10 Lithium Rain:9 The Ideanator:9 plane phanatic:9 M4industries:8 gmjhowe:6 nickodemus:6 kcls:5 LoneWolf:3 artificialintelligence:3 wrivera6:3

Posted by NachoMahma 8 years ago

Server maintenance, 7-26-2010 20:00:00 PST

We're about to undergo some routine maintenance on one of our production servers, the one that handles our image processing and storage.  I've offloaded everything I can from it, but for a couple of hours, file uploads will be unavailable.  It's also possible that some people will see a few missing images.  I'll turn uploading back on as soon as the maintenance is complete, and I will post here again. UPDATE: unexpected problems and I have aborted the maintenance procedures.  Will try again next week after some further research. UPDATE: maintenance is running now, 2010-07-26, 20:00:00 PDT.  Image uploading is OFF.  It will run for an estimated four to six hours (there are a lot of images to go through!) after which I will turn uploading back on and post here again.  Sorry for the inconvenience to those who are trying to post things! FINAL UPDATE: maintenance is complete, we now return you to your regularly scheduled full site featureset.  Please let me know if you have any trouble uploading files or images from here out.  You can PM me or your favorite site admin, or email

Posted by rachel 8 years ago

How to "vajazzle" the vulva with crystals?

Greetings, Looking for how-to on decorating the vulva with crystals a la Jennifer Love Hewitt and Completely Bare Spa. Thanks

Posted by NeuroPulse 8 years ago

It is with GREAT sorrow that I have found out finally about Lateral Thinker....

Passeed away  (was just informed of this moments ago). Elizabeth Stiles-Dawe March 31 at 6:33pm Report Sorry you had not heard. Peter passed away June24th 2010

Posted by Goodhart 7 years ago

Nice ! Dell lawsuit

From a blog By Michael Krigsman | June 30, 2010, 4:54am PDT "According to a recently unsealed lawsuit, Dell shipped approximately 12 million computers containing faulty components and then tried to hide the problems from buyers." More here:   Dell lawsuit: Pattern of deceit  

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago

Best Answers Count For 2010-08-23

. Here's the Best Answers Count for August 23, 2010. Enjoy. Re-design 481 lemonie 425 Steveastrouk 273 frollard 267 orksecurity 229 Kiteman 184 kelseymh 172 seandogue 165 GuardianFox 132 NachoMahma 127 Burf 117 RavingMadStudio 109 AndyGadget 74 jeff-o 59 NobodyInParticular 58 DJ Radio 57 jtobako 53 MahavishnuMan 53 Grathio 51 rickharris 51 mikeasaurus 49 Gorfram 47 Jack A Lopez 47 Jayefuu 44 alex-sharetskiy 43 Killer~SafeCracker 40 Joe Martin 38 UziMonkey 34 11010010110 34 gmoon 31 yokozuna 28 caitlinsdad 26 AngryRedhead 24 ChrysN 24 killerjackalope 23 MichelMoermans 23 cyberpageman 21 siliconghost 21 acidbass 20 Mr. Stealth 20 Prfesser 20 randofo 20 karnuvap 19 RelaxedSoup 18 fwjs28 16 iPodGuy 16 CameronSS 15 Goodhart 13 Zengineer1618 13 ewilhelm 12 kevinhannan 12 Lithium Rain 12 nickodemus 12 Shadowman39 12 canida 11 Hiyadudez 11 M4industries 11 purduecer 11 Kryptonite 10 plane phanatic 10 kcls 9 Koosie 9 The Ideanator 9 Willard2.0 7 gmjhowe 6 artificialintelligence 4 wrivera6 4 LoneWolf 3 megametal8 1 ----- Best Answers Monitor v1.01.02 (2010-05-05) by NachoMahma Original Perl script by Jayefuu. Regex help provided by kelseymh. The people who wrote and helped with this script are all members of (Ibles), but Ibles did not participate in the development and is in no way associated with this project. If something screws up, blame NachoMahma, not Ibles. Script ran in 252.9629368782 seconds.

Posted by NachoMahma 7 years ago

Math Teacher and his Tech-savvy Pranks

 I know it's a little late for the April Fool's Day prank contest, but this guy would take the cake: Enjoy, and please PLEASE post if you attempt anything of this epic scale!

Posted by erosser 8 years ago

Microsoft's Vista Replacement

Apparently Microsoft has found that Vista was a bad idea and so is producing a replacement which is said to be coming out in 2009.So if we put in Microsoft's usual lateness with release it will be 2010 before anything appears.Edit: Its called Windows 7 and wikipedia has an article on it.

Posted by davidturner666 10 years ago

Art Gallery

Hi  just went down to the Steve McCurry: Retrospective show in Birmingham i was blown away with his creativity and photography. Just wondered whether any one else had gone?  If not please check out this link to see his stufff! Amazing

Posted by drctsdctn 8 years ago

fischertechnik Model Show in Munster Germany!

This is a fischertechnik model show in Munster Germany! November 14 2010. 10:00-5:00pm Handwerkskammer-Bildungszentrum Echelmeyerstraße 1-2 48163 Munster If you would like to participate as an exhibitor, please notify Mr. Brickwede at (025522544)

Posted by ftking_83702 7 years ago

Digital Holga Project Featured On Peta Pixel

I was asked a week ago to do my digital holga project for PetaPixel and they just posted the project up there check it out!

Posted by frenzy 8 years ago

Pro memberships not expiring with no way to renew

My Pro memberships expired and there is no way to renew. This is what the Pro memberships page shows: Thanks for going Pro and supporting Instructables! Membership Details Length 2 Year Pro Membership  ($39.95) Started on Jun 22, 2010 Ends on Jun 21, 2012 Auto-renewal Turned Off

Posted by eboatman 5 years ago

BUG: Small images are no longer being properly cropped square

It looks like an update was rolled out overnight.  In the Instructables browsing pages, the word "featured" has been replaced with "editor's picks".  Obviously, the underlying URL is the same (since it uses a database keyword).  This change hasn't been done in either the forum topics or Questions areas. There's also a bug in the I'bles browsing.  Instead of pictures being centered to fit in the same sized thumbnail on each image, smaller images now take up less space.  This creates problems with sideshow or video labels, as you can see below. UPDATE 10 Nov 2010:  The bug is not in the page browsing, but rather in the image library system.  The three "square" image versions, TINY, SQUARE, and SQUARE2, are no longer being cropped properly to have equal height and width.  Instead, they are simply reduced in size from the original, but keeping the full image's aspect ratio. UPDATE 14 Nov 2010:  Another user has reported noticing that their step-by-step icon images are different sizes.  This is the same bug, as the TINY version is what is used for the step icons. UPDATE 17 Nov 2010:  Well, the cropping seems to be back to square, but instead of the small images being scaled to the right size before cropping, little chunks are just being taken from the middle.  For large, high resolution images, the result is a blurry bit of abstract art.

Posted by kelseymh 7 years ago

USMC Vertical Marathon - 24th April 2010 - UPDATED - we did it

This may be of interest to some of you that climb and walk or love being outdoors. I'm a member of the University of Surrey Mountaineering Club. On April 24th we are planning to have our second ever Vertical Marathon, a charity event during which between 30-50 of us we will attempt to climb just over 26 miles.... UP! The event will be held at the newly opened Surrey Sports Park climbing wall where we will each have to climb about 80 of the 10m routes. We are raising money for the Mountain Rescue Council (MRC). In 2007 we raised £3995. This year we're aiming to hit £5000. The MRC was chosen because of the Club’s regular trips to mountainous areas and the USMC's recognition of the vital role fulfilled by the Mountain Rescue teams. It is hoped that the Vertical Marathon 2010 and similar challenges will encourage newcomers to the sport, raise awareness for the Mountain Rescue Council involved and put a smile on people’s faces. The MRC do a LOT of great work with very little funds, and not just for climbers. If you'd like to sponsor us, our just giving page is here. If you'd like to read a little more about how the money would be spent first, here is the MRC's page on how donations are spent. Thanks. Wish me/us luck!

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago

Total Views Count - 01/06/2010

Here is the run for the Total Views Group for June 1st 2010. Well done to Canida for having this run's biggest increase in views and to reukpower for having this run's biggest increase as a percentage of their previous count. Instructabler 15/05/2010 01/06/2010    Gain canida 3,196,243 3,255,943 59,700 Kiteman 1,455,778 1,477,354 21,576 Tool Using Animal 1,339,055 1,366,778 27,723 gmjhowe 743,801 753,871 10,070 killerjackalope 721,763 734,416 12,653 PKM 648,766 656,805 8,039 lemonie 591,001 601,737 10,736 ChrysN 0 379,842 0 laxap 275,235 283,047 7,812 Spl1nt3rC3ll 0 242,954 0 plane phanatic 227,946 230,853 2,907 depotdevoid 0 222,694 0 KentsOkay 207,042 209,715 2,673 Lithium Rain 195,250 198,986 3,736 Doctor What 175,023 177,233 2,210 Jayefuu 148,468 153,747 5,279 AngryRedhead 124,911 131,186 6,275 yokozuna 119,854 121,104 1,250 DJ Radio 113,960 116,022 2,062 Lynne Bruning 101,396 103,489 2,093 reukpower 61,096 74,363 13,267 Ninzerbean 70,748 73,330 2,582 thermoelectric 70,675 72,733 2,058 Hiyadudez 66,425 69,878 3,453 Goodhart 67,133 68,296 1,163 BrittLiv 0 50,922 0 kelseymh 36,354 36,950 596 Killer%7ESafeCracker 0 35,014 0 Berkin 0 32,683 0 RavingMadStudios 0 29,226 0 MichelMoermans 0 19,027 0 Shadowman39 16,442 17,524 1,082 knuckel 0 15,725 0 Derin 0 14,927 0 zascecs 13,110 13,564 454 NachoMahma 9,329 9,405 76 MotaBoi 0 9,180 0 nickodemus 0 8,378 0 masterochicken 7,764 7,941 177 kcls 0 5,144 0 acidbass 0 4,721 0 Kryptonite 3,319 3,888 569 megametal8 0 1,395 0 tbcross 0 0 0 yo man 0 0 0 NachoTest01 0 0 0 hempnecklacestore 0 0 0 Steveastrouk                                           10,535

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago

Visit the Instructables Restaurant in Amsterdam September 22, 23, 24

Join me in Amsterdam for the opening of the Instructables Restaurant! I will be at the Picnic 2010 Festival in Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands September 22-24 where I will help Arne Hendriks and Bas van Abel, Fablab Amsterdam, Waag Society open the restaurant.  They did all the hard work, I think I'm just going to cut a ribbon with a giant pair of novelty scissors!  Watch this forum topic for the latest information on when to come, and where and when we'll be having an Instructables meet-up.  In fact, you may be needed to help build furniture for the restaurant -- instructions on Instructables!  Instructables meet-up outside of PICNIC:  Thursday 2010-09-23 5:30 PM at the big field in Westerpark.  You'll know you're in the right spot if you see bamboo sculptures and a bike racing track.

Posted by ewilhelm 7 years ago

POLL: Bluetooth headsets make you look...

We've all seen them, those people walking down the street with those bluetooth headsets, thinking  they're from the future... What do we really think of them though. I've made a poll on my website:

Posted by munchman 8 years ago

Hackers "fix" XP BSoD rootkit February 16th, 2010

An update released by Microsoft this month (MS10-015) broke XP machines that were infected with the TDL3 rootkit (also known as TDSS and Tidserv and many other names - more info here). Full story  (Adrian Kingsley-Hughes) Blog

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago

Portable Camping Stove

I'm in the market for a portable camping stove and I came across this 2 burner WITH a STOVE! This thing looks awesome, assuming you have the space to tote it around with. I have declared 2010 the year of camping for our family. I'm in the process of gathering camping lists and preparing for my buying spree. Any suggestions welcome!

Posted by lebowski 8 years ago

profile images

(sunday june 13, 2010. 23:46 pst) just happened to notice that if you update your profile picture it removes all previous viewable pictures (shown as thumbnails under your main profile pic) and replaces it with the most current selected. not sure if this is intended. I kind of liked seeing older pictures, but can see how this way is cleaner too.

Posted by mikeasaurus 8 years ago

Tips for exercising?

Since I'm entering a new school for the 2010-2011 school year, ( which means 3 schools will combine into one) I thought I might lose weight. Me, a bit tubby at 92.5 pounds, (As of August 17, 2010) So I decided to run. Everyday, I do half a mile running, and half a mile walking. I started 3 days ago, and I've already seen improvement. I was 93.5 lbs after 1 run. After a bit of cool down, I do sit ups. I've got my MP3 player going (The Rocky Theme-ULTIMATE MOTIVATOR) as I run. Any tips? I don't do sports, and I try not to eat after 8:00. I've got running shoes and a appropriate outfit. I'd like to see what everybody can say to me. -NYPA

Posted by NYPA 8 years ago

Package 囧 face really red, purple, was launched in 2010

Package 囧 face really red, purple, was launched in 2010 by Celine design director Phoebe Philo, the designer of this package is named the Boston Bag for Luggage. Formed the outline of a face to the position of the handles and zippers 囧 face pack, also known as the smiling faces of the package, due to its innovative and humorous style and practical outline of a square, once launched will be subject to the enthusiastic pursuit Maybe Celine's fans love him too bag for each package shall have played a nickname. "Bat Pack" series package shall Celine launched in the autumn of 2011, Trapeze, Trapeze, Chinese translated as "swing" seems to imply that the bag like swing to give you free, and the feeling of freedom. This bat package together several packages section of the classic elements: the Classic series of elegant square buckle, Luggage series of two wings folding design, and Cabas series of envelope structure.

Posted by soul1006 6 years ago

20385 LEDs in Olympic rings

They're 14 metres in height, have 20,385 individual LED lights and weigh 9,100 lbs. As part of the 2010 Winter Games' sustainability priorities, the lights in the display use energy efficient bulbs that consume 8.8 per cent of the electricity of equivalent incandescent bulbs.Here is the full article: which includes a video.

Posted by ChrysN 9 years ago

FIXED: New solar panel icon doesn't align with new SOLAR category tab

The new solar-panel icon, advertising the sponsored Solar pseudo-category, does not properly line up with the tab with which it's supposed to be associated. UPDATE 17 Nov 2010:  The positioning has been fixed, by replacing the image-only link to "Gifts" with something shorter.

Posted by kelseymh 7 years ago

Barcode in Word after upgrading

I'm used to make 2D barcode in Word 2003, it was simple to use and worked very well. Now, I upgrade ma word to 2007, I'm wondering can I use the same add-in in Word 2007? Or should I get a new one? If I upgrade to 2010 later, is there any possibility that the same add-in will work well without any upgrading?

Posted by bessbutler376 6 years ago

Do You Want an Instructables Halloween Postcard?

We're sending out Halloween Postcards again this year!  If you'd like to get one, leave a comment here by Monday October 18th 11:59 PM Pacific Time, Thursday October 21st 2010 and we'll send you an address request through our normal prize claiming system.  Happy Halloween!

Posted by ewilhelm 7 years ago

Searching for CAN-BUS overview for VW vehicles

Hello, I want to start hacking my VW CAN-Bus. In detail, i want to sniff some vehicle data (RPM, Indicator status, gear status etc.) For that I want to use an Arduino or RPI with a MCP2515 module. Is there an overview which shows all available identifier for vw vehicles  build <2010? Best regards

Posted by julianpe 2 years ago

Eric Wilhelm "What will users pay for" on O'Reilly Webcast Thursday, April 15, 2010

On Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 10 AM PT, I'll be doing a live webcast on O'Reilly's Meet Experts Online titled "What will users pay for?"  This is a lead-up to my Web 2.0 Expo panel discussion, What Our Users Will Pay For.  I'll be talking about Instructables' business model, and some of the things I've learned along the way about running a small company.  You can join for free, and send questions into the interviewer via chat.  I'll post a video for anyone who can't make the live event. Here's the description of the event: If advertising alone won't pay the bills and paywalls are tough to get right, how can web-based businesses make money? This is a question CEO Eric Wilhelm has already confronted. We'll dig into the Instructables model and consider potential solutions in this video Q&A.; Hopefully see you there!

Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago

What is the best thrash metal band of all time?

This is a voting poll, it ends on new years day 2010. You are allowed to choose from: a)Megadeth b)Metallica c)Slayer d)Anthrax e)Trivium f)Lamb of God To make collecting votes easier for me, reply to one of my comments, don't make a new one.

Posted by The Jamalam 9 years ago

Best Notebooks of the Month Patch Contest

A netbook is a small portable laptop computer designed for wireless communication and access to the Internet.Netbooks are much cheaper than usual laptops and are generally running low-end operation systems specifically designed for netbooks. Have you got a new netbook? Does it look good? Does it run well? Even If you don't have one, do you have a notebook?? If so, enter your picture now!!! Now is your chance to win a patch for YOUR netbook or notebook! Just post a picture of yourself with your netbook (or notebook) and the instructables website running on the screen. The winners gets the patch at the end of the post. There are only 20 patches so get going and photograph yourself with the most coolest,wackiest and the best netbook or notebook of the month. At the end of the month, I will choose the Top 10 netbooks of the month and top 10 notebooks of the month and award the 20 patches. The Contest is open from 4 Jan 2010 to 30 Jan 2010 1200 hours PST Kabir 

Posted by mhkabir 8 years ago

Best Answers Count For 2010-04-30

.  Here's the lastest counts: lemonie:355 Re-design:324 frollard:241 Steveastrouk:185 Kiteman:165 orksecurity:160 seandogue:138 GuardianFox:132 kelseymh:139 NachoMahma:95 ZEROGX:83 Burf:83 RavingMadStudios:76 AndyGadget:67 NobodyInParticular:58 jeff-o:51 jtobako:48 alex-sharetskiy:43 Grathio:44 DJ+Radio:43 MahavishnuMan:44 Killer~SafeCracker:39 Gorfram:35 UziMonkey:34 11010010110:33 mikeasaurus:33 Joe+Martin:32 Jayefuu:30 caitlinsdad:26 gmoon:27 rickharris:23 AngryRedhead:22 Jack+A+Lopez:24 killerjackalope:20 Mr.+Stealth:20 cyberpageman:18 ChrysN:18 Prfesser:18 RelaxedSoup:18 siliconghost:18 karnuvap:17 randofo:17 CameronSS:15 fwjs28:15 iPodGuy:15 Zengineer1618:13 ewilhelm:12 canida:11 Goodhart:11 purduecer:11 Hiyadudez:10 kevinhannan:10 acidbass:10 gmjhowe:6 yokozuna:4 The+Ideanator:2 LoneWolf:3

Posted by NachoMahma 8 years ago

Adafruit's Open Kinect Project

Adafruit has posted a $2,000 bounty for open-source drivers and/or an application for the Kinect X-Box 360 controller. The first person or team to post their succesful open-source documentation to Github can claim the glory and loot. For full details, check out this link:

Posted by randofo 7 years ago

Information page not accurate?

I noticed on another author's information page (accessed when you double click on stat card) that he had an achievement patch for being in the newsletter. I also noticed that his featured articles were marked with a banner. I had an instructible shown in the 9/30/2010 newsletter and have had one instructible featured (at least at the technology level). How do you get the achievement patch and featured instructibles marked?

Posted by Doug Paradis 7 years ago

New immigration law of Arizona

So lately there have been many reports on the news about the new immigration law in Arizona. I do not agree with the new law, and I would like to know what the Instructables community thinks about this new law.  Here are a few links to what it says-

Posted by Glad(to-meet-ya)ys 8 years ago

Craftland Show

Celebrate the 9th annual Craftland Show in Providence, Rhode Island.  At this holiday sale you will find all sorts of eclectic crafts and handmade items.  It is a month-long event in downtown Providence.  Over 170 artists will be featured. Times and Dates: November 26 – December 31, 2010 and is open even days a week 10am - 6pm Providence is my hometown so I look forward to attending this sale when I go home for the holidays!

Posted by Carleyy 7 years ago

Punching Puppet

hi im new to posting but i have been checking this site out for years now ... i searched the site for intructions on how Punching Puppet or boxing puppets work but cant find any thing ... please if anyone can help me out with any information on the mechanics of  Punching Puppet i would appreciate it a lot thank you and love this site;=500 somthing like this

Posted by eltacoman 8 years ago

What kind of capacitor is that?

So I've been trying to make a simple radio circuit based off of this schematic ( , but I don't know the type of capacitor that's labeled "C4, 220uF/ 25V" and looks like ---l]--- I tried searching for the types of capacitors on Google, but I cant get anything more specific than "polarized". Could anyone please drop some knowledge on what that is?

Posted by Actan 3 years ago

Make It Yourself... Call For Existing Works

Cybersonica with Openlab Workshops and Manchester Art Gallery present: Make It Yourself CALL FOR EXISTING WORKS Make It Yourself is an exhibition of inventive Arduino and DIY electronic-circuitry projects to accompany the major solo exhibition Recorders by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at Manchester Art Gallery between 18 September 2010 to 30 January 2011. See for more information. A rapidly expanding community of people worldwide is taking advantage of new, cheaper technology and a growing pool of shared knowledge to make things for themselves – useful things, clever things, silly things, unique things. Make It Yourself is a ‘small but perfectly formed’ show of a handpicked half-dozen of these hand-made devices. We are now accepting submissions of existing Arduino and DIY electronic-circuitry projects from artists, hobbyists, hackers, DIY musicians and anyone interested in making things for themselves wishing to exhibit their work as part of Make It Yourself. We are looking for pieces that reveal and demonstrate: unique devices born out of imagination or happy accident how everyday artefacts actually work custom-made tools born out of a frustration that nothing else quite does the job modified consumer products that now do something their manufacturers never conceived of Overall we are looking for inventive projects that demonstrate a wide range of function and form, simplicity and complexity, humour and intent. We expect creators of selected works to provide a project ‘info pack’ of design schematics, component lists, code and step-by-step assembly instructions. Deadline: Monday, 13 September 2010 Notification: Friday 17 September 2010 Download: application PDF available for download from

Posted by Prodical 7 years ago

Instructables Halloween Postcards

Some people send Christmas greeting cards.  Since Halloween is our favorite holiday, we decided to send Halloween greeting cards.  About 1100 of them.  Check out the pictures of signing, stuffing, applying postage, and mailing them. We sent them to top authors by number of Instructables, by pageviews, top commentors, people who have previously won contests, and others.  Since we did all this by hand (and had a couple of snafus along the way!), if you didn't get one, that doesn't mean you're not awesome; it means we screwed up and forgot to ask for your address.  But, we'd still like to send you one!  So, if you'd like a Halloween card, and you haven't already entered your address, leave a comment here by Friday October 23 and I'll send you the link to submit your information.  If you have entered your address but haven't received your card, it's probably still on its way. Happy Halloween! This is the forum topic for Halloween 2009.  If you'd like a card for 2010, please see here: 2010 Halloween Postcards.

Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago

Would you like to win a farm? (UK contest, but non-Brits could give it a try)

Source of Story Are you sick of the rat race? Wish your life was more "Good Life" than "This Life"? Is a day on the allotment your idea of heaven? Think you can run your own business? (Photo: Dave Dunford) BBC is looking for ten couples to take part in a new series that will really put your aptitude for farming to the test. Over six weeks you'll learn how to run and manage your own farm, from animal husbandry and harvesting to coping with the unpredictable British weather. The series will culminate in the winning pair getting the opportunity to live and work on their own small farm. Whatever your background or relationship — friends, married, siblings — as long as you both share that yearning for a life on the farm we want to hear from you. To apply, please email your name to and an application form will be emailed to you. Successful candidates may spend up to six weeks away from home in summer 2010. Closing date for applications is 28th April 2010.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago

America's Got Talent Judging Table Replica

Hi, I'm new here to Instructables. I'm wondering how you would go about creating a judging table similar to that of America's Got Talent, with X's at the front, and buttons that make a loud buzz noise (similar to the show itself), and makes the X's go red. Below is an image that may help you understand what I'm talking about. Thanks!

Posted by magnusson 8 years ago

The EPIC Adventures of Nate and Dog contest!!!!

Now as you know I have a cool slideshow called The EPIC Adventures of Nate and Dog! And you can earn a chance to be in it!!!!! I'm so happy!!!! And you can have Mplinnc Subscribe to you!!!! How sweet is that and Plus an Account in my TEAONAD club!!!!! All you have to do is draw a picture in paint of any of the chars the photo bust be 500X500 and be very creative!!!! ends 11/20/2010!!!! Get drawing!!!!

Posted by Mplinnc 7 years ago

NASA snowflake and garland contest - ends December 22nd

Just wanted to share a contest that a NASA blog is doing for papercraft - they're looking for space-themed paper snowflakes and garlands, and the winners will get a prize pack of NASA goodies. The full details and rules are here: The contest ends on December 22nd at 11:59PM EST, so there are a few days left to enter!

Posted by saramwrap 7 years ago

Newsletter Mistake?

I don't know if something's wrong with the newsletter or if my computer has just gone crazy. In an Instructables Newsletter that I got today (September 12, 2010) The instructable in the top right corner of it seems to be messed up. It shows a picture of a ring and says "Optimus Prime Costume." When clicked, it takes me here: Is this just a goof or am I missing some kind of joke here?

Posted by dark sponge 7 years ago

Total Views Count - 15/06/2010

So! It's time for another run of the Perl script to calculate the total views of members of this group. 60 members this time, up from 47. This time we have a new member with top views, scoochmaroo. Canida retains the highest gain, chased by killerjackalope. Congrats to BrittLiv for the highest percentage gain, she increased her total by over 35%! Took you a while to find this post? Get an email from Robot next time by subscribing to me :) Instructabler 15/05/2010 01/06/2010 15/06/2010 Gain scoochmaroo - - 4,009,488 - canida 3,196,243 3,255,943 3,296,740 40,797 Kiteman 1,455,778 1,477,354 1,495,148 17,794 Tool Using Animal 1,339,055 1,366,778 1,382,570 15,792 killerjackalope 721,763 734,416 763,652 29,236 gmjhowe 743,801 753,871 763,151 9,280 PKM 648,766 656,805 663,391 6,586 SaskView - - 655,899 - lemonie 591,001 601,737 614,045 12,308 ChrysN - 379,842 388,125 8,283 laxap 275,235 283,047 305,706 22,659 Spl1nt3rC3ll - 242,954 246,237 3,283 plane phanatic 227,946 230,853 233,167 2,314 depotdevoid - 222,694 229,477 6,783 KentsOkay 207,042 209,715 212,097 2,382 Lithium Rain 195,250 198,986 203,001 4,015 ModMischief - - 179,266 - Doctor What 175,023 177,233 179,116 1,883 Jayefuu 148,468 153,747 157,237 3,490 AngryRedhead 124,911 131,186 134,771 3,585 yokozuna 119,854 121,104 122,166 1,062 DJ Radio 113,960 116,022 117,654 1,632 Lynne Bruning 101,396 103,489 104,773 1,284 reukpower 61,096 74,363 85,426 11,063 Ninzerbean 70,748 73,330 78,394 5,064 bertus52x11 - - 75,894 - thermoelectric 70,675 72,733 74,462 1,729 Hiyadudez 66,425 69,878 73,804 3,926 Goodhart 67,133 68,296 69,342 1,046 BrittLiv - 50,922 68,817 17,895 janw - - 52,517 - TNEN - - 37,578 - kelseymh 36,354 36,950 37,559 609 Killer%7ESafeCracker - 35,014 36,196 1,182 Berkin - 32,683 33,520 837 RavingMadStudios - 29,226 30,355 1,129 MichelMoermans - 19,027 19,679 652 Shadowman39 16,442 17,524 18,292 768 knuckel - 15,725 16,927 1,202 artificialintelligence - - 15,821 - Derin - 14,927 15,203 276 zascecs 13,110 13,564 13,857 293 tombuckey - - 12,350 - steveastrouk - 10,535   11,793 - knexsuperbulderfreak - - 11,039 - MotaBoi - 9,180 9,990 810 nickodemus - 8,378 9,812 1,434 NachoMahma 9,329 9,405 9,472 67 masterochicken 7,764 7,941 8,085 144 kcls - 5,144 5,709 565 acidbass - 4,721 5,076 355 Kryptonite 3,319 3,888 4,099 211 qazwsx755 - - 2,155 - megametal8 - 1,395 1,597 202 lizzyastro - - 1,464 - RNB - - 345 - tbcross 0 0 0 0 yo man 0 0 0 0 NachoTest01 0 0 0 0 hempnecklacestore 0 0 0 0

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago

Pan Tilt Face Detection

HI I'M GETTING THESE ERRORS IN VC++ 2010, HOW DO I RESOLVE THIS? 1>facedetect.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: void __thiscall Tserial::disconnect(void)" (?disconnect@Tserial@@QAEXXZ) referenced in function _main 1>facedetect.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: int __thiscall Tserial::connect(char *,int,enum serial_parity)" (?connect@Tserial@@QAEHPADHW4serial_parity@@@Z) referenced in function _main 1>facedetect.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: __thiscall Tserial::Tserial(void)" (??0Tserial@@QAE@XZ) referenced in function _main 1>facedetect.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: __thiscall Tserial::~Tserial(void)" (??1Tserial@@QAE@XZ) referenced in function "public: void * __thiscall Tserial::`scalar deleting destructor'(unsigned int)" (??_GTserial@@QAEPAXI@Z) 1>facedetect.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: void __thiscall Tserial::sendChar(char)" (?sendChar@Tserial@@QAEXD@Z) referenced in function "void __cdecl detectAndDisplay(class cv::Mat)" (?detectAndDisplay@@YAXVMat@cv@@@Z) 1>c:\users\auvsi2014\documents\visual studio 2010\Projects\facedetect\Debug\facedetect.exe : fatal error LNK1120: 5 unresolved externals

Posted by dnarayanan93 4 years ago

instructables sticker contest

*edit July 20, 2010. Contest is now closed Congratulations to ...Dr.Paj You've been randomly selected as the winner of a 3-month Pro membership for instructables. Thanks to everyone who entered, digital patches all around! Big, yellowy-orange, friendly: it's the Instructables Robot! The diligent machine helping keep the instructables community ticking. Such a tireless robot, I wish we could shower you with D-cells to show appreciation for your efforts. Hmmm....maybe you can help... Show your love for the instructables robot In the comments below, post a picture showing where you've stuck an instructables robot sticker and you could win a 3-month pro membership for instructables! Contest is open until 6:00pm (PST) Monday July 19, 2010 at which time a comment with a picture showing the instructables robot sticker will be randomly selected and awarded a 3-month pro  membership for instructables and a digital patch. All comments with a photo of instructable sticker stuck to something will receive a digital patch. Get out there and find a surface to stick the instructables robot on, and help spread the love. *limit of one digital patch per user; digital patches will awarded after winner is announced.

Posted by mikeasaurus 8 years ago

Games4Girls Competition

This is an awesome competition for any girls interested in computer games. The computer science department at the University of Illinois has a annual contest called Games4Girls (G4G). Teams of up to 5 college women collaborate to build a computer games designed for girls in middle school and high school.  Cash prizes are offered along with donations to your schools department. The best part  is you don't need to have any programming experience.  Teams are required to use the Game Maker development platform to put their games together.  Game Maker has an easy to learn drag and drop interface that has a built in programming language for customization. I actually formed a team at my school, Union College.  We had registered and everything, but we started collaborating on the project in January near the registration deadline and we found we didn't have enough time to build a full game by the deadline (April 5th).  If this sounds like a fun event, contact a professor at your school this summer or the beginning of the academic year and form a team ASAP.  Registration Deadline for Competition - 1/22/2010 Game Submission - 4/5/2010 website:

Posted by Carleyy 8 years ago