Boing-E-Boing is a cool trick for the yo-yo. It is fairly simple, but still looks very amazing. First, go into a split bottom mount. To do this, throw a sleeper and go into a brain twister mount, but instead of bringing you throw hand under the yo-yo, swing the yo-yo over your index finger of your throw hand and it lands on the string. That is a split bottom mount. After the split bottom mount is in place, pass the yo-yo forward once by switching your arms. Now the yo-yo is in the middle of two strings. Move your index finger at the top up and down. Watch as the yo-yo bounces between the two strings because it has nowhere else to go!

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

what lego pieces float? Answered

Hi i have a question are any of you good at making lego boats because i am planning to make a floating lego boat

Question by rosie feather 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Make Magazine / Boing Boing on Martha Stewart !

While I was paying bills in the back my wife called me out front to see a portion of the Martha Stewart Show that she said I would be interested in. Make's Editor in Chief, Mark Frauenfelder demonstrated such things as the VCR cat feeder, cigar box guitar, and Vibro-bots on the show. Make's site currently has this on their front page @

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

Did you ever buy anything from Makers Market?

Because this is your last chance. Apparently Make is shutting down the Makers Market since it failed to become self sustaining. I'll admit, i never bought anything there, I browsed there and got ideas, and I suspect that that might have been a problem. After all, a site devoted to Makers, trying to sell pre-made projects? That just doesn't jibe to me. Still, I'll miss the inspiration I gleaned from the projects for sale.

Topic by Tool Using Animal 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Digital Open: An Innovation Expo for Global Youth

IFTF, Sun, and Boing Boing just launched Digital Open, and I'm proud to share that I'm helping judge entries."What can you make with technology that will change the world, make the future -- or even just make life a little easier or more fun?"Institute for the Future, in partnership with Sun Microsystems and Boing Boing, invite youth worldwide, age 17 and under, to join us as we explore the frontiers of free and open innovation. Running from April 15 until August 15, 2009, the Digital Open: An Innovation Expo for Global Youth will accept text, photos, and videos documenting projects at from young people around the world, all licensed under one from a list of free and open software licenses.Youth can submit projects in a variety of areas, ranging from the environment, media, and community, to the more traditional open source domains of software and hardware. Additionally, the Digital Open will provide resources and links to help them learn more about free and open technology movements, from figures like Richard Stallman to organizations like Creative Commons."As a company that engages schools, teachers and students from around the world to discover the transformative power of open technology, we jumped at the opportunity to work with the Institute for the Future to conceive and create The Digital Open," said Linda Rogers, Sun Microsystems' Director of Global Communities. "From Buenos Aries to Beijing to Budapest, we know that global youth are capable of spurring remarkable creativity and innovation. The Digital Open will be a window for the world to be impressed and optimistic about what the next generation will bring."Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Future emphasized the participatory nature of the project. "The Digital Open is more than just a competition," she says. "It's about recognizing and encouraging kids to follow their passions while giving them community experiences that further encourage or challenge their best thinking."As an online, open source interpretation of the traditional high school science fair or world expo, the project's social networking-driven website encourages collaboration, communication, and sharing ideas. On, youth can converse with each other about their projects, submit entries together, and win a series of achievement badges that they can repost on their own blogs and websites.The top project in each of our eight categories will be selected by our panel of approximately 20 judges, includes David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of the Webby Awards; Lawrence Lessig, Harvard/Creative Commons; David Pescovitz, Boing Boing; and Dale Dougherty, publisher of Make.To give the talented young innovators public exposure beyond the Digital Open, Boing Boing, a culture and technology blog with millions of readers, will feature each winner in his or her own video for the site. All of us at Boing Boing Video are excited about the opportunity to cultivate youth innovation in open technology," says Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing Video Host and Executive Producer. "We hope that young makers will use the Digital Open to really show off their work--and to connect with like-minded digital explorers around the world."The winning young innovators will also receive a technology prize package including a PeeCee mini laptop running the OpenSolaris operating system, a video camera, a solar-powered flashlight, and other assorted goodies.Forty years ago, IFTF's founders imagined a world in which it would be possible to improve human lives and build better organizations by thinking systematically about the future. These were visionaries saw the power of using computers and networks to build collective intelligence. Harnessing the intelligence of large groups of experts to develop forecasts, using new open-source tools take forecasting to the next level--engaging vastly larger groups of experts and non-experts in immersive experiences that allow us to envision multitudes of future possibilities in a dynamic and continuous way. is the third open, collaborative platform that IFTF has launched this year where the public can participate in imagining and inventing the future, and the first specifically targeting youth--the true future of innovation.Find out more at Open Judges:Lawrence Lessig, Creative Commons, Stanford Law SchoolDavid-Michel Davies, Webby Awards, International Academy of Digital Arts & SciencesDale Dougherty, O'Reilly Media, MAKEBilly Bicket, TechSoup/NetSquaredSimon Dingle, Finweek MagazinePatricia Lange, USC Institute for Multimedia LiteracyEric Wilhelm, InstructablesXeni Jardin, Boing BoingDavid Pescovitz, Boing Boing/IFTFKati London, Botanicalls & Area/CodeThe Playtime Anti-Boredom SocietyNick Bilton, New York Times/NYC ResistorJane McGonigal, IFTFJessica Mah, IntershipIN.comHeather Ford, Africa CommonsIsaac Mao,, United Capital Investment, Global Voices OnlineColin Bulthaup, PotencoOona Castro, Overmundo InstituteElizabeth Stark, Yale Information Society Project, Students for Free CultureAhrash Bissel, Creative Commons, ccLearnPhoebe Ayers, Author: How Wikipedia WorksKiruba Shankar, Knowledge FoundationLinda Rogers, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Topic by ewilhelm 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

TWIT.TV: Make Mag, Maker Faire, Boing Boing, etc discussed.

The first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. Winner of "People's Choice Podcast" and "Best Technology Podcast" in the 2005 People's Choice Podcast Awards. Released every Sunday at midnight Pacific.The pod cast is at TWIT.TV - link - And the "death of.....(newspapers, radio, etc.)

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

Steampunk wrist-mounted scrolling map

Found this at Boing BoingOver on Boing Boing Gadgets, our John spotted this vintage wrist-mounted scrolling map from 1927, an antediluvian wrist-mounted GPS: At first glance, this 1927 map watch is pretty nifty: an antediluvian GPS, don't you know. It was called the Plus Four Wristlet Route Indicator, a name so clunky, unmemorable and artless that it even sounds like the name of a modern GPS device. The idea was simple: the Wooster-esque motorist would putter around England, scrolling a tiny paper map loaded in his wrist as he went with two black knobs. If you took a turn, you simple slid out one map and inserted another one and continued on your way. What ho! Ingenious! Except a complete road map only cost a few pence back in 1927, where as this device would have set you back around 5 quid. And just like modern GPS map providers, the real business model was in selling you additional maps. Which leaves the design. I quite like it: it's cheap, but whimsical and adventurous, like something you might strap on your wrist to traverse Oz. LinkLooks pretty cool and steampunkish. I would love to have one.

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

A swell trick with a nail in wood.

Originally via Boing Boing, original video by Stevin Marin:

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


The fictional version of Linux from Cory Doctorow's new book "Little Brother" shall soon be fiction no longer.I kid you not. ParanoidLinux is coming soon to a computer near you. Perhaps even an iPhone.Thanks Boing Boing!

Topic by randofo 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Prepare for Launch!

NASA is making preparing for launch seem far too easy with this series of how-to images. I've been trying to launch a shuttle all morning, but I can't help feel that they are leaving something out. Link via Boing Boing

Topic by randofo 11 years ago

Brennn10 Wins Digital Open

Congratulations to Brennn10 for winning the Digital Open with his Super Awesome Altoids MINI Flashlight! Read the full announcement on Boing Boing and in Institute for the Future's press release.

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

$wag Tournament

Who is the biggest Bo$$? Disqualified members: bigdylan91

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

Melting Steel with the Sun

Now I'd like to see an 'ible on that! A very neat contraption indeed! The only thing that was weird, was when he described a hot-dog. "Traditional, American, lunch-time, hot-dog, snack."  Very strange.      Link via Boing Boing

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

Frozen Soap Bubbles

Some clever person figured out that if you give soap bubbles enough time to fall to ground on a very cold night, by the time they reach it they will be frozen. Of course, pictures have ensued. Check them out as they are quite beautifulThanks Boing Boing!

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


Hello, I have been trying to do the trick Boing-E-Boing for a while now, but I just can't get the split-bottom mount right. Whenever I swing it around my finger, it just bounces off the string instead of staying on it. Could someone help me?

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

Techno-Wearables - Steampunk Handmade Reconstructed Mechanisms

Http://edmdesigns.etsy.comMy creations have been recently featured on with an interview on Wired (gadget lab and Geek dad sections) and notably featured on Boing Boing.Super fantastic for Father's Day and Grads without lining the pockets of corporate mkfgrs- paying homage to the Handmade Arts - People eat this stuff up and always so excited when someone (blogger, editor, reviewer) with an esteemed reputation guides them to cool, sincere places to get these style of items. http://edmdesigns.etsy.comWired Article: Boing Article:

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

Bacon Plasma-torch!

Wasn't sure where to put this one. It uses food but it's not exactly a food use. It's just awesome on so many levels. The creator, Theo Gray, is a writer for Popular Science. He calls this a "bacon lance".   Check out the awesome video via Boing Boing

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

Dog Intelligence Test

If you are willing to shell out 5 pounds, you can prove, once and for all, that your dog really is smarter than other dogs. Stanley Coren's new book, a Klutz-look-alike, comes with a custom stop watch to test your dog's intelligence. In due time, I expect that we'll see review books to help your dog achieve that perfect score.Link via Boing Boing Gadgets

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

The Rocket Office Chair for Your Emergency Getaways

If you think that you might need the option to blast through the roof to safety, this chair can do it for you. With enough thrust to keep you up in the air for 45 seconds you'll have plenty of time to escape and plan for what you're going to do when you come back down again without a parachute. Linkvia Boing Boing Gadgets

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

Logo Carved onto human hair

Thought I'd share thisBoing Boing Gadgets' Joel Johnson was at McMaster University yesterday where he met a researcher who used a focus ion beam microscope to carve his school's logo on a human hairI find it amazing how well it came out. If we can do this now, just Imagine what well be able to do in the future! Advertisement spaces in hair?!!!

Topic by Keith-Kid 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

anyone know a site to read all the harry potter books online? Answered


Question by NatureBoom21 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Which is the best place on the web, or the best book i can refer to for everything on microcontrollers?

I am an amateur robot like to know about microcontrollers from scratch!

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

how do I print a large image on many small sheets (may have overlap) and could the sheets all have random orientation?

Well I know there is either an istructable or a boing boing post that explains this in some detail but now that I have a huge beutifull printer full of ink I can not find it. I have a big pickture and I want to make a murial to glue on a wall but I need to do it fast before the printer is returned to the store for recycling (its still full of ink and paper).

Question by agust 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Behind the Scenes of a How-To Machine: Youth Radio Brains & Beakers Interview with Eric Wilhelm

I was interviewed by Youth Radio, an Oakland-based organization that helps underserved young people learn how to make their own media, and David Pescovitz of Boing Boing about starting Instructables and running the business like a scientist. They took video and audio, and did a fantastic job of editing it together with cool music into the embedded video and audio tracks here: From their post, B&BII;: Behind the Scenes of a How-To Machine:Eric is an MIT-educated engineer and avid kite-surfer. He started making his own surfing equipment and then writing about it online. Soon, he picked up a following. Other people wanted to share their own projects and create a Do-It-Yourself community. And so instructables was born. Now, Eric's running a business, but he still thinks like a scientist--isolating variables, making interventions, assessing data, and then starting that cycle again--to grow his enterprise.In the first segment, Wilhelm elaborates on how he started the site and describes how it works. In the second segment, you'll learn about some of Wilhelm's favorite projects on the site. Finally, check our David's post on Boing Boing about Brains & Beakers: Youth Radio "Brains and Beakers": Eric "Instructables" Wilhelm and Pesco

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

do you need a gun licence of something to own a bow

Hi all im wondering if someone could tell me if a gun licence is needed to buy a bow not a crossbow thanks lukerambo

Topic by lukeRAMBO 12 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

is there any way to compress some liquid into a bottle or a tank??

I have an ethanol and i wanna compress it somehow in a bottle or something like that

Question by kijac gang 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How did this happen? How is mine not better? Answered

This is my idea: This is the other idea: The second idea was a finalist in a contest on Instructables. I was also in the contest with the first idea. I was wondering exactly how this was a finalist over mine? My idea was the same thing, but improved. It was even entered before his! My idea featured some of the things that people commented as an improvement in his instructable. The only thing I can think of is maybe the simplicity of design? Mine has more to it than just a secret box though, and it was far more concealed.

Question by metalshiflet 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

What is the actual chemical used for plastic to bond when melting it back down? Answered

  I have seen the instructable where cooking oil was used.  I was wondering what the actual chemical is that makes it bond together again.   Thanks

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

single sided board in eagle into a double sided board? Answered

I have a one sided board in eagle and i need to know how into a double sided board so i can etch it

Question by madrobot3600 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how do you fix a hole in a ram-x (polyurethane) boat?

Its hard to find something that will "stick". any suggestions? hole is about the size of a half dollar?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 months ago

Can you refill a HP ink cartridge?

I'm using a lot of ink and I would like to be able to refill my cartridges. Has anyone done this? I'm afraid I'll really screw up my printer. Thank you.

Question by ms bo 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

How can I cut a wine bottle in half from top to botton?

I'm looking to find ways to cut a bottle lengthwise.  How would I go about doing this?

Question by sexymom04 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

I want to put a Led on my laptop's cooler/fan. How do i go about it? Answered

I want to spruce up my cooler with an LED. I have a cooler with two fans it's made by Targus Model # PA248U

Question by Christopher bo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

will this HDMI to VGA converter work out of the box with the raspberry pi? Answered


Question by nerd7473 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Anyone know how to make a Nintendo Ds Lite wifi booster? Answered

something like a parabolic reflector would work, tinfoil solutions are OK.

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

Save unpacking after a long trip with the suitcase wardrobe

This suitcase wardrobe makes for an excellent piece of furniture, i think it would be a great project, especially for anyone with alot of old suitcases! I think it would be great to make one that slots apart, so you don't even have to pack!The designer Maarten De Ceulaer says "I try to base my designs on a strong, simple and pure concept... to question what I see around me, and translate that in an object. I think poetry, humour and communication of ideas are very important aspects of my designs, but at the same time I want to make useful and functional objects with that way of thinking."A Pile of Suitcases via Cribcandy viaBoing Boing

Topic by gmjhowe 10 years ago

Check out the new Makers Market by Make:!

Make: has created the Makers Market which is basically an online farmers market for makers!  There are some awesome products that people are selling, so check it out!  It is sort of Etsy-esque, but Make chooses who is allowed to sell.  They call is a "curated marketplace."  As Make: describes it: A collaboration between MAKE and Boing Boing, Makers Market brings together our favorite entrepreneurial makers and artists selling products and services directly to DIY enthusiasts.  The products are "Maker-Made," either made by, rebuilt by, or substantially produced by the maker selling them. The market is currently in beta, but it is fully functional and ready for you to start shopping.  If you are interested in selling in the market, submit your And while you are at it, check out my personal storefront:

Topic by Brennn10 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

New image layout sometimes doesn't display text box

Hi Instructables Debuggers, I noticed that the new image layout sometimes doesn't display the text boxes. This only appears to occur if there are 3 or more images on one step. I'm using Chrome on OSX 10.7 Thanks for looking into this!

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

Tidbits of Olympic Proportions

Tetranitrate's Japanese adventures are not the only exciting happenings in the region: on Friday (08/08/08), the 2008 Summer Olympics began in Beijing, China.Despite concerns about air quality for the games and preparations, these games showcase some very cool designs, cultural aspects, and other miscellany that we would otherwise not have seen. The two featured buildings to check out are the National Aquatics Center and the National Stadium, more commonly referred to as the Water Cube and the Bird's Nest. They are very interesting buildings, and architecturally stunning as well.For the bike enthusiasts out there, Make Magazine posted this album of bicycles in Beijing.And some digital enhancement: China apparently wasn't happy with the fireworks display, so they added some CGI fireworks for television viewers. Link via Boing Boing Gadgets.If you find more cool things related to the Olympics, please share!

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


There is most likely a reward in my science class for the fastest mouse trap car........ any advice.

Question by 1123016 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

anyone tried making a rosary like the ones from boondock saints :) there like 80 dollars on ze web =\

I know you need like leather cord , a thick metal ring, beads, and wood :) and the decoration metal bits might have ago at it myself just wondering if anyone has tried and not posted

Question by jamie396 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Merit Badges for the Proudly Nerdy

Yes, I was a girl scout.And NO ONE in my troupe had more merit badges than me.I miss those beautifully embroidered circles of majesty, medallions of my skills and talents, proudly decorating my bright green sash for the world to interpret. Well honey, those days are not over.Thanks to BOING BOING for turning me on to the "ORDER OF THE SCIENCE SCOUTS OF EXEMPLARY REPUTE AND ABOVE AVERAGE PHYSIQUE" and Nerd Merit Badges, with their specialty-themed badges. There's something in there for everyone, from the "I've touched human internal organs with my own hands" badge to the "I may look like a scientist, but I'm actually also a pirate" badge.I'm hoping to pass my "I've set fire to stuff" (LEVEL II) test and get that badge any day now.

Topic by scoochmaroo 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How to connect a GSM shield with an Arduino uno board?

I connected the GSM shield and typed down a code of receiving an SMS, and it keeps showing an error about the serial port type.. I am not a professional person, I am working on my graduation project and can't go further due to this error..any one can help, please?

Question by Huda103 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Need help designing actuator system for display bottles in a table

Need help designing actuator system for display bottles in a table.I will need 12 VDC actuators with limit switches, power supply etc.Ultimately i would like it to be activated from a click on a iPad image but not a must.Any help would be compensated for.I am in Toronto Canada

Question by dnicol1 2 months ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


I put Science just because I don't know were to post this. I would like to thank instructables . I think this is the greatest website that I have ever found. I have never seen anything so informative . I have done lots of the projects on here and I will be boing many more . This site is truly amazing Thank you so very much. Bryan Benson

Topic by BryanB7 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

I need a good material to level the bottom of a bottle.

I'm using old beer bottles to make lanterns. The main problem I encounter is that the bottom of the bottles are kind of domed. When I put the tealight candles in them, they want to slide to one side and sit at an angle. I thought about hot glue, but I was hoping for something less susceptible to heat and a little more classy. Any suggestions?

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

When Do We Start Calling Years 'Twenty-Somethings'?

Dan Gillmor of has posed a somewhat controversial question; "When do we start calling years 'Twenty-Somethings'?"21st century hotel dg09.jpgOn an NPR newscast the other day, a reporter pronounced the year 2012 as "two-thousand-twelve" while someone he interviewed called it "twenty-twelve." I'd have gone for the latter, but the different choices made me wonder when we're going to give up what we've been doing this entire decade, clumsily calling everything "two thousand something," and move to the style we used during most if not all of the last century.Wait, it gets more complicated. We have to think about the names we use for centuries, too. The 20th Century was also the nineteen-hundreds. But in the 21st Century, are we in the two-thousands? That sounds off, but the twenty-hundreds sounds totally wrong.Via Boing Boing.Its a great post, and I wonder your thoughts?

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