Instructables at Conference on World Affairs at University of Boulder April 9-13, 2012

I'm speaking at the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Boulder this week in Boulder, CO.  The conference is free and open to the public, so if you are nearby I encourage you to attend.   I'll be speaking on the following panels.  Let me know if you can make it to any of these -- I love meeting the Instructables community in person! 1116 Creativity in the Arts and Sciences 9:00-10:20 on Monday April 9, 2012 ATLAS Black Box Panelists: Henry Butler Michael Fink Vivian Siegel Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Paul Bauman 1869 Extreme Living: Taking It to the Edge 4:30-5:50 on Monday April 9, 2012 Chemistry 140 Panelists: Arlene Blum William Nack James Tanabe Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Adam Chase 2612 DIY: Hipster Economy 2:00-3:20 on Tuesday April 10, 2012 ATLAS Black Box Panelists: Mark Frauenfelder Tom Preston-Werner Kiki Sanford Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Josie Heath 2768 New Business Models Powered by Technology 3:30-4:50 on Tuesday April 10, 2012 Visual Arts Complex 1B20 Panelists: Donna Morton Yolanda "Cookie" Parker Tom Preston-Werner Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Andrew Franklin 3714 The New Masculine 3:00-4:20 on Wednesday April 11, 2012 UMC East Ballroom Panelists: Tom Edmonds William Nack Howard Schultz Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Lew Harvey 4466 The Future of 3D 12:30-1:50 on Thursday April 12, 2012 ATLAS Black Box Panelists: Jim Emerson Michael Fink Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Patti Bruck 5116 More Technology, More Isolation 9:00-10:20 on Friday April 13, 2012 UMC West Ballroom Panelists: Maggie Koerth-Baker Tom Preston-Werner Jon Sinton Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Luke Beatty

Posted by ewilhelm 6 years ago


I believe this format to promote good looks over education...

No longer is there a Best Answer, a Follow, a personal comment Delete and the old click spam to help indicate the what is inappropriate or desirable...This is a sad state of affairs...

Posted by iceng 6 months ago


LED Idea Contest

While we're having our own LED contest with the Get the LED Out! Contest there's another one happening across the ocean over in Germany that's being put on by OSRAM, called LED - Emotionalize Your Light. Top prize is 3,000 Euro.Unlike our contest you don't need to actually make anything for this one. Create an account and submit an idea along with a drawing or a render of what you have in mind and then it's off to the races. It's a multi-stage affair with voting and judging and opportunities to expand on your idea, but all you need to begin with is an idea. LED - Emotionalize Your Light

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Advance Holiday Warnings

OK, so we survived A-Maya-geddon*. Unfortunately, that means I have to visit the in-laws... Actually, that's not so bad as it sounds, but Kitefamily Christmases are complicated affairs, happening in a variety of locations, with a variety of quality of internet connection. If it looks like I'm ignoring you, check the date - if it's not yet the 30th, I probably haven't seen your post yet. So, just in case, have a happy holiday season, of whatever variety you choose to celebrate, and take the best wishes of the entire Kitefamily with you into the future. In the mean time, here are two Christmas-themed projects from the archives that could be used for last-minute gifts or diversions: ear-rings, and a flying toy. *I wish I'd thought of that a few days ago!

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago


Christmas Plans?

We know Kiteman is off doing whatever it is that the English do at Christmas. I would theorize, from reading the Daily Mail that they gather around the Christmas shrub surveilling each other while waiting for the proper health and safety training to use a ladder to place a star on top the tree, afterwards they go wassailing dressed in Burberry and commit knife crimes, but I don't know. Myself, I'm taking my wife out tonight to partake in Wigilia at a local Polish Restaurant, Christmas itself will be a low key affair, capped off with a Standing Rib Roast.I saw that joem1523 had posted some very tasty lookingSausage Rolls and I just got to wondering what your plans are for the holiday?

Posted by Tool Using Animal 9 years ago


Build something for kids or adults for hand -eye coordination

Hi,First post. I need to find out how to build a setup to help train for hand eye coordination.I was thinking a stand up type affair where the person using it had to reach out and touch a button or step on button( i say button but it would be something with a micro switch I imagine and a disk operating it,made out of a circular piece of wood or plastic.) That corresponded to a blinking colored light.When the colored light blinked the person has to react and press the corresponding colored button with their hand or foot.Something would have to keep score also. Something like a whack a mole game in an arcade except a lot less moving parts. If anyone has any ideas or has built something similar I could really use the help. Thank You

Posted by Hitlist 9 years ago


Artist 3D prints sculptures with human ashes

Dutch artist Wieke Somers has created a series of sculptures that are made with human ashes. She uses a 3D printer to assemble them, although there's no detail about the construction process in this article. Much more attention is given to the reasoning why in a classic artist statement: dutch design studio wieke somers does not want to discard the many benefits of technological innovation and its inherent mentality and the joy and will to create. instead she wants to make a statement about the current state of affairs in design and our conviction that we need a new view on what is necessary in the 21st century. her project 'consumer or conserve' evaluates this notion of a second-life. she considers, how human ashes can be reused by means of rapid prototyping or 3D printing, so that we may afford someone a 'second life' as a rocking chair, vacuum cleaner, perhaps even a toaster? would we become more attached to these objects if this was the case? would our willingness to pay more for a product increase if it is made from human tissue or ashes? I'd guess the answer is "no." Little bit creepy. Then again, Ed Headrick from Frisbee had his remains mixed in with a bunch of discs after he passed on so who knows? wieki somers: consume or conserve via inhabitat

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


New Group : Scooter Trash - For all of you Bikers, Bikies, Motorcyclists, 1%ers, Citizens and Independants

I've started a new group dedicated to motorcycles and the lifestyle that goes with them. Scooters, Mopeds, Trikes, Sportbikes, Choppers, Bobbers, Cruisers, Tourers: They all count. Feel free to join if you have something to add, or if you're interested in bikes. To me, motorcycles represent freedom. Freedom to go. Freedom to be. Freedom from convention. Freedom to live. Freedom to ride. When you're on a bike with the breeze in your face, bugs in your teeth, and wind in your hair, nothing else matters. Bills, ills, drought, loss, death, strain, stress: all gone while that engine is pounding, and those wheels are rolling. My parents treated them as if they were evil, and I agreed, FOR A WHILE. When I was 17, while they were out of town on vacation, I bought my first bike. It was a beat up 20 year old Harley. It almost never ran, (so Mom and Dad calmed down) but it started a permanent love-affair with cycles. I've owned nearly 50 bikes over the last 20 years, and still own 11 of them. Note: I just went over the list, and I've owned 41 complete bikes, and 17 parts/project bikes, not to mention a barn full of miscellaneous spare parts. So tell me, What do you ride? What do you want to ride? Why do you ride? How long have you been riding? Good/Bad experiences?

Posted by skunkbait 10 years ago


Nous avons été à la recherche de cette industrie

Seule percée 6000, pour devenir l'un de la mocassins tod's la plus grande plate-forme de chaussures B2C. Plus remarquable, il a fondé deux ans seulement après la fabrication de chaussures, a commencé à entrer sur les marchés de capitaux, et en Mars de cette année, le succès une ronde de financement par Goldman. Sachs Group et Heiner Asie fonds de capital risque cuir tod's homme conjointement inject.This pour que les gens Shishi une fois de plus choqué l'œil de la communauté des affaires domestiques, les gens savent que familier avec les fournisseurs d'électricité Minnan, local n'est pas le pays. secteurs les plus dynamiques de la ville. cuir tod's femme, Zhejiang, Beijing, Guangzhou et d'autres villes, voire même deux ans behind.Once atterri avec succès sur les marchés financiers, la fabrication de chaussures pour le développement industriel peut être décrit comme signification révolutionnaire. Réclame depuis venture Goldman Sachs a déclaré: «Nous avons été à la recherche de cette industrie, la société dispose d'un bon modèle d'entreprise, de nombreux e-commerce, nous avons constaté que le fait de chaussures modèle de réseau et de développement, en rendant les utilisateurs autorisés chaussures.

Posted by jimasda 5 years ago


House passes bill that will let the RIAA take away your home

From BoingBoingI was just alerted that the House of Reps has passed HR 4279, with the lovely name, PRO-IP (Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008). Like the doublespeak PATRIOT Act and Peacekeeper missiles, PRO-IP puts local law enforcement in a position to demand the forfeiture in criminal proceedings of stuff used to violate copyright. Which means that instead of the RIAA simply trying to collect fines, they can also incite local authorities to collect all the computers and related gear that was used to pirate.This isn't a judgment on my part as to whether piracy is good or bad (I think copyright deserves to be protected through reasonable methods), but I am always horrified when civil enforcement morphs into criminal enforcement. Conservatives and liberals should be up in arms alike that local prosecutors and/or police could intervene as they desire in essentially a private affair arranged by the RIAA, and permanently seize thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in private property in addition to any civil penalties.If this bill is passed in its present form by the Senate and signed, that means there's no more pro forma RIAA lawsuit payoffs, because if you wind up settling with the RIAA, you could still lose all your stuff in addition to any fee you paid them.This is particularly irksome in light of the MSN Music shutdown, about which the EFF has written a strong and powerful letter. It is increasingly likely a normal person could have purchased music legally from an online site, burned it to an ordinary audio CD, and in the right set of circumstances be branded a pirate because the original "granting" authority no longer exists to prove that the consumer was a legitimate purchasers.The more the law is constructed to sweep in folks who are absolutely observant of it, the more we need broader protections.PDF Link

Posted by laminterious 10 years ago


Chibitronics + Instructables Build Nights at TechShop Chandler

Have you seen chibitronics???  They're amazing! I swear I'd just read about these wonderful little sticky circuits, not a month before the invitation to this Instructables Build Night showed up in my inbox.  I spread the news and the whole shop was elated.  What ideas could be come up with for these little guys? I decided to structure this build night a little differently, as an experiment.  In the past our Build Nights have a been a one day affair, usually lasting for about 2-4 hours.  This time, I wanted to give participants plenty of time to think through and execute their concept.  I set up three separate days to meet. Our first meeting was to learn about the Chibitronics products we'd been sent.  We spent about three hours playing with them, and learning about them by using the provided templates online.  Folks around the shop thought they were the coolest thing since slice bread - they got a great response. After this meeting, I gave my particpants two weeks before the next meeting.  They were allowed to take one full Chibitronics kit home, to create their project. During our second meeting, I could tell that my friends were struggling to execute their ideas - so we brainstormed with each other about how to best move forward.  It was a great meeting, with a lot of neat ideas floating around.  So after about two hours - we set out to finish our projects. The last meeting didn't happen unfortunately, due to scheduling issues.  However, we continued to talk through the projects with each other via email.  Then it came time for our due date - and lo and behold, no one had an Instructable to submit.  I was surprised and not just a little disappointed about this.  Finally, two of the original five sent me their submissions... while a third sent me a few photos and the beginnings of what was to be their Instructable.  I cobbled together what I had of his idea, which as it turns out - didn't go as planned... but has the makings of a great final product!  If we can just figure out the programming... :/ So, I got a couple of cool ideas out of this Build Night - however I learned a lesson as the organizer, that perhaps this type of ongoing Build Night doesn't work nearly as well as those of the past.  So I think I will revisit my older model for future Build Nights!

Posted by coercionette 3 years ago


Daft Punk Table Replica driver board reverse reconstruction.

I'm in love with the daft punk table: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-Daft-Punk-Table-Replica/?ALLSTEPSI'm actually making a wall hanging rather than a table because theres no room in my studio for another table.The author of that instructable didn't include the microcontroller program or a circuit for the driver board. From the description (and looking at another site) we can tell that it uses a a couple I2C port expanders connected to a transistor array. I have both the PFC port expander and the ULN2803A in my parts box, but I think it can be made cheaper, faster, and expandable.I want to ditch the I2C bus. Why? 1. Its slow (100 or 400 khz), not that more is needed, but what about bigger boards?2. Its bit intensive: each chip update requires a)start signal, b) address byte, c)port setting byte, d)stop signal. That's more than 8 bytes of bits per table update.3. Its expensive: the i2c bus needs 2 pullup resistors, and you have to route Vcc to them on the PCB. I2C peripherals are a bit pricey ($1+ for the PFC i2c port expander). You need a UC with hardware I2C, or write a I2C software routine, etc. 4. Its not expandable beyond the assigned number of I2C addresses. The PFC chips have a limited number of address selections (determined by the state of 3 pins). If all addresses have been used then a second I2C bus would have to be added.These goals can all be accomplished with a handy chip I learned about in lady ada's bike POV instructable, the 74HC(T)595. The 595 is a serial to parallel port expander with 8 output bits. The interface is a simple 3 line affair with serial data/clock lines and a latch that puts the data on the pins. Now the cool part: several can be connected end-to-end so that you can create a chain with hundreds of extra outputs. Bits can be clocked in at up to 20Mhz, so large or multiplexed grids are possible.Why its good:1. Its fast, up to 20 Mhz2. Simple interface - clock in only the bits needed then set the latch. 26 bits, <4 bytes per refresh.3. Its cheap: 0.33 per chip, easy 3 wire interface can be operated with microcontroller, PC parallel port, or even buttons.4. Massively expansion potential, multiple chips can be chained for a disgusting number of outputs.The circuit is pretty basic. It only includes those things needed for the graphics card : I/O expanders, transistor array, connection headers. Power supply and control unit are separate components. The 595 has a 'blank' pin, it seems to reset all the chips to a known state when pulled low. I wanted to make it available for a 'more complete' design, but I also included a jumper so that it can be manually disabled for use in simpler implementations.The 3d is just for fun: the PCB is mostly unrouted.Any comments or suggestions? Has anyone used the 595 before? I've ordered a few to play with, but have not yet used them.

Posted by ian 10 years ago


The golden age between the first terror attack and the last.

Two nights ago at the MOMA I got the chance to catch Weimar NY (A Golden Gate Affair). I had my reservations at first, but my girlfriend kept insisting it would be absolutely marvelous darling and, in fact, it was. For those of you like myself who probably had never heard of this before, Weimar NY is a cabaret, burlesque, gender-bending, performance art, radical left-wing, extravaganza celebrating "the golden age between the first terror attack and the last."Having been part of post-9/11 New York I can honestly say that this is something that could have only developed as a response to that time-period. It's a document, celebration of and response to a certain amount of uncertainty, fear, depression and general hopelessness that descended upon New York after the fall of the towers and to that effect is still somewhat relevant today even if and especially because the face of the city changed after that morning. Something became different when all of a sudden the rest of America became New Yorkers.I think Penny Arcade (an infamous and outspoken ex-Warhol Superstar) summarized it best when she pointed out the difference between New York City and San Francisco. As she saw it, both places were filled with annoying disgusting tourists, but in San Francisco they leave. I think what she means by that is after 9/11, when all of a sudden everyone thought they were a New Yorker, there was a sudden influx of new migrants to New York different from all previous migrations. Again, as she also states, it used to be that people went to New York to reinvent themselves and now they were coming to reinvent New York and turn it into a suburb no different from any other. And it's out of this feeling that Weimar NY grew. It grew out of the alienation of the freaks, geeks, criminals, anarchists, drag queens and general delinquents that used to flood to Manhattan to be at home that were being pushed out by the influx of chain stores, Chase Banks, Gucci wielding bleach-blonds, meatheaded corporate-types and every other boring sort of mediocrity that usually just stayed home in its suburb. Personally this hits home because I grew up north of the city in the suburbs and the first chance I got to escape the suburbs I fled to New York City to be amongst the socially delinquent part of society. I was fortunate enough to get there just before anyone outside of the city knew who, what or where Brooklyn was, when the Moldy Peaches were still playing house parties and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs hadn't accidentally formed one evening in some bar on the LES (and for that matter no one referred to the Lower East Side as "LES" and you could still get stabbed there for pocket change). This was back when the city was dangerous and full of possibility. After the towers fell things changed. At first it was quiet and sad. But New Yorkers aren't the type to sit home and feel sorry for themselves. Shortly after the city burst with life and this sudden vibrant outburst of life, creativity and happiness drew incredible people from all over the world who once again shifted everyone's attention to New York. And these incredible people... incredible happenings... incredible everything! for that matter, then started gaining lots of people's attention and drawing people increasingly not-so-incredible. Once this started happening, almost overnight, it got to the point where Penny Arcade could refer to Manhattan as "suburbanized."Personally, it was the night I discovered that the Second Ave. Deli (an infamous New York institution) had been shut down and was going to be replaced with a Chase Bank that I resolved I had enough and needed to leave New York. It was almost officially no longer home or a refuge for the marginalized, unwanted and magnificent. This left an even bigger question, "where does one go from here?" I still have not resolved this issue (but am happily in San Francisco for the time being). And I don't think anyone has. I forget where I heard, but someone said recently that every period of time has its city. For instance, at the end of the 19th century it was Paris and the end of the 20th it was New York. The keyword there is "was." I personally think Weimar NY has picked up on this feeling and have encapsulated the "golden age between the first terror attack and the last" and will continue to carry on the torch of the grand society of wonderful weirdos and infamous outcasts so long as someone else is willing to listen.Any which way, I doubt if they will perform outside of New York City ever again, but should you happen to in the NYC, I recommend checking it out.(end rant)

Posted by randofo 10 years ago


Profile Page Updates

Hello Everyone! Many of you have noticed and commented on the site updates that went live on Thursday, October 20, which included substantial design changes to the member profile page. The profile page is near to many of your hearts as the front door to your substantial investments in Instructables, and while some have found these changes disturbing, we believe that they're very much in the community's best interests. I wanted to reach out just to let you know that we have given the new design a great deal of thought and attention, and to share with you some of the reasons behind the changes. First, to clear up some ambiguity about the current state of affairs: The public member profile is stage one of two major changes to the site that will work together. Stage two, which is well underway but not released yet, involves the private profile page (currently the "you" page) and will make access to aspects of your presence on the site much more accessible. Full lists of your own content will soon be available on a full-featured (and much more beautiful) private view of the member page; meanwhile, this content is all available in the "you" section. So the sense that your own content has gone missing is temporary. Second, the High-Level Goals: Clearer, more accessible design. Our old member page, say what you will, had a lot of buttons and options. On the whole, we know that most people don't take the trouble to drill down into the various categories. We want to help you all build large audiences of new appreciators, and while an infinitely detailed catalog of an author's content is appropriate for some, the breadth of activity on Instructables can make it difficult for new users encountering the site for the first time to understand what Instructables is about. Fundamentally this is what the new design is for: to help people understand, at a glance, what a given author is up to on Instructables. Highlighting Engagement vs Cataloguing Activity. Different people interact with Instructables in different ways, but our member page has never reflected this subtlety. It has always presented the most recent Instructables and comments, even for authors who contribute exclusively to the forums, or through favoriting and following other users. We felt that your activity on Instructables should be presented front and center, because it more evenly describes the way in which you participate in the community. Many members participating in this very discussion have benefitted from this choice, even as they challenge it. Forum posts used to live buried under a tab on the left; now, the contribution of a forum topic can appear right at the top if that's how the author participates in the community. We wanted to see how authors engage, and we felt it was ultimately more important than being able to drill through every piece of historical content hierarchically. Audience vs Self. The old profile page served "my view of me" and "my audience's view of me" somewhat evenly. With the changes we've made, and the changes in the pipeline, we're taking a stance. The public page is for my audience, the private page is for me. We're confident the new design better serves authors' audiences, even if it has some weaknesses for the author's own view. The author-centric side is coming, please hang in there! Surfacing Older Content. At HQ, we have frequent discussions about the "evergreen-ness" of the Instructables authors post. A great project from 2009 is still a great project, even though the wider internet has a strong preference for "new" over "good". But it's a struggle for us: we can't put every good project on the homepage forever, or new projects wouldn't have a chance. So we have to strike a balance. The new member page helps in this regard: if your old-but-awesome project still gets some attention and activity, it'll show up in your timeline as people favoriting the old project. So your profile becomes a place of discovery, where I can see "whoa, look at that cool thing that this person made 3 years ago!". Previously, the old project would have been buried under several clicks from the landing page, generating almost zero traffic. Add to that the new ability to select "top projects", and you can see that we're trying to help you keep your best projects in the limelight. See new features below. Third, New Features to Help Authors: Top-Five Projects. DIY Projects are at the core of the Instructables experience, and we listened to authors who make different kinds of things, but want to treat their Instructables Profile like a Portfolio. Randofo is one of the community's best-known and prolific Arduino Gurus, but it's a fact that an Arduino Project of his is a much bigger time investment than some of his smaller food projects. In fact, did you know that he's authored 38 food projects? Now, randofo has the opportunity to present his most-relevant work first, rather than leaving it to his audience to figure out. Right now, he seems to be all about Halloween. Activity Feed. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay. We felt that having an activity feed on the member page was the most effective way to answer the most important question for a member page to answer: How does this member participate in the community? While that information was certainly available in the old layout, divining it required an audience member to click through all the tabs, reading every piece of content to completion. There was nothing "glanceable" about the information architecture, except perhaps the achievements (which we've kept). We believe that the activity feed, with the "top Instructables" feature in particular, makes it much easier to determine at a glance how a member participates. Fourth, It's a Living Document: We're watching your comments and feedback closely, and I expect that you'll see some pieces that you're missing return. I can't comment on specifics right now, but I know there are some statistics and counters that may have value. We agree, and we'll respond. But there was a whole lot of "extra" information on the page to begin with, and we wanted to start over as cleanly as possible. UX & Bugs. With a big feature like this, there are bound to be growing pains. Hopefully, you've already seen some improvement with regard to the delay in setting your "top Instructables" and having those reflected on your page. There's still a little blip, but it's down to about 10 seconds now, vs the 20 minutes when we first released it. Sorry about that! We'll also be looking carefully at how the page looks, making sure that we aggregate activity events such that no one event type (ahem, favorites!) takes over, etc. That's all for now. Hope having a little context helps put the changes in context. If it can't bring everyone onto the same page, we at least hope that it'll make them a little less out-of-the-blue. Thank you to you all who have written your comments, and who care so deeply for the community of Instructables!

Posted by pseaton 1 year ago