Jack Daniel's "The Independence Project" Eligibility

I was excited to pull together a video for the Jack Daniel's challenge, but then I noticed the small text at the end of the contest description: "...Void in CA and where prohibited."  Why the heck are residents of California exempt from participating in this contest?

Posted by ridiculously.awesome 6 years ago


Californians excluded from Jack Daniel's contest

I noticed that residents of California are excluded from the Jack Daniels contest - bummer! Does anyone know why? Thanks :)

Posted by LanceMakes 6 years ago


I'll be at Instructables HQ in less than a week. :D

The countdown begins! It snuck (or sneaked, if you prefer) up on me. :P And now the race is on to finish the plushie so that we can travel across the country together. I'm going to need a travel companion. The trips there and back will be pretty long. And I need to figure out how much sewing stuff I can bring with me without sacrificing room for clothes, hahaha. 6 days!! (5 more days of work, even less! YES!)

Posted by jessyratfink 10 years ago


HELP! PROP NEEDED: Hollywood tourist maps x2

Hello all, i have been asked for two Hollywood tourist maps for my show this year (i need by Feb 10th) would one of you wonderful Californians be able to send me two ( i am willing to pay for the maps AND the postage via paypal) Please PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE please please I would just use a normal map and just print something to stick on part of it... but ...well it just wouldn't look right Can anyone help me??

Posted by Biggsy 5 years ago


living- Animatronics - California

Hello,     So I have two things to talk about, one I have a few questions and two i have a story. -Story time !     So all my life I have wanted to do Animatronics, and live in California. Well last Tuesday I left my CEMS job (continual emissions                      monitoring), for many reasons. I have had this thought for a while to just pick up and leave. I did really enjoy my job but it was not what i had wanted to do, I was also tired of being lied to and disrespected. So my best friend was packing up the stuff out of his house and moving to another friends house. I told him "let's go to California" and he said "ok, sure" So we left, I had nothing but some friends and family tying me down anyways. So I packed up my Buick and his VW and we set off from Pennsylvania to California with no real plan what so ever. It was great, and still is, mostly ....  -Questions ?     So does anybody do any work with Animatronics, or live in California ? What is the best way to get in ? Wheres the best place to live in CA with access to good tech jobs ? -My experience is 3 Years of electronics, I am ETA certified, I have done FIRST robotics for 5 years and now mentor it, I also have tons of experience with computers/servers, also a good bit of CEMS experience. I am currently in Sacramento California, and just looking for some good advice Thanks Robert 

Posted by bobyo134 5 years ago


Colorful Characters at the Maker Faire -- Instructables on NPR's California Report

Instructables and Tim Anderson both were mentioned on NPR's California Report episode: Colorful Characters at the Maker Faire.If you've ever met someone who likes to tinker around in their basement or garage, you know they can be a little eccentric. But the art of tinkering is being taken to a new level by the do-it-yourself movement. We preview this weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo, where some of the DIY movement's most colorful practitioners are setting up shop. Reporter: Jon Kalish

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale

This year's White Elephant Sale to raise funds for the Oakland Museum of California is coming up!  The 2010 event runs March 6-7, 10am-4pm, at 333 Lancaster Street in Oakland near the Fruitvale BART. It's billed as "the biggest, the best, and certainly the most enjoyable rummage sale in Northern CA," and while I haven't attended too many other rummage sales, this doesn't sound far fetched.  The (carefully vetted) pile of goods absolutely stuffs the 96,000 square foot warehouse, which is sorted into themed departments.  It's insane, and an excellent place to find weird and wonderful items for your next project.  Pro Tip: If you go near the end of the day on Sunday, you'll find discounts on the remaining stuff - some departments will charge a flat fee for everything you can fit into a paper grocery bag. Bonus:  all proceeds go to help the Oakland Museum, which is currently undergoing renovation.  I'm a huge fan of their natural sciences exhibit, which features some excellent dioramas showing California birds, reptiles, and mammals in their native environments.  Truly good stuff.

Posted by canida 8 years ago


Political Ads

Must we be given ads 2 days after the election? Ads are from by e-researchcouncil.com in Southern California (LA).

Posted by rrm 9 years ago


California Government tries to prevent reuse; issues ACCRC a violation

Just the other day while I was cleaning out old computers I thought to myself how wonderful it was that the Alameda County Computer Recycling Center was nearby. The ACCRC is a not-for-profit organization that accepts old electronic parts to build working computers that they give away to people in need. Anything they can't use gets properly recycled, and they do this all without charging any fees. The Department of Toxic Substance Control of the California Environmental Protection Agency is causing trouble for the ACCRC, and this may ultimately lead to the ACCRC's demise. In short, the government is using the letter of the law to do totally bone-headed things, and has slapped the ACCRC with a violation. It's our government, and it should work for us to encourage smart ways, like the ACCRC, to lessen our impact on the environment. Even if you don't live in California, this is important because California typically leads the nation on these types of issues.There's a couple of things you can do, including contacting people at the government agency and donating directly to the ACCRC. Check ACCRC's founder James Burgett's blog for details on both. More coverage here at Boingboing.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


New Horizon

New horizon is a  huge airsoft event in santa clarita, california... i just wanted to see if anyone on instructables was going.                 -M 

Posted by GianniMora 8 years ago


looking for free pvc pipes

Im looking for anyone willing to give away free pvc pipes for something im build. location is preferably the palmdale california area.

Posted by anatin1 9 years ago


where to shop in southern California / Irvine (HELP??)

Hi folks I'm from europe and residing/studying in Irvine/CA for half a year, until June. Do you have any tips about where I have to go / should go / can go to SHOP for cool maker relevant stuff? I only took a minimum amount of equipment (my Arduino, my EEG and some ICs, LED, Sensors n stuff ) with me and hardly any tools. I thought there must be some place around town to shop, but I didn't find anything...

Posted by Maniacy 9 years ago


College

So, what is your plan, what plan are you executing, or what was your plan? (not yet in college, in college, graduated) Just curious. I want to go to The Art Institutes or University of Florida for a bachelors in fine arts or business, and then go to Brooks in California for my masters in photography.

Posted by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago


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 http://www.bricksbythebay.com for more information! Thought to share Richard

Posted by ftking_83702 8 years ago


Life Boats 30 Ft For Sale

   2 30 Ft Lifeboats with cradles, Lying Wilmington, California (Los Angeles)   One has Lister Diesel. One is hand propelled. As described in my Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sell-Lifeboats/  Please E-mail me if interested.

Posted by sodiumcanine 7 years ago


Entire Safari Library of 8,000 Technical Books on line !for free! for California Residents - free scanner too

I just found out the San Francisco Public Library sfpl.org has the entire Safari Library on line for free, for anyone with a San Francisco Library card. That's 8,000!!!! technical books. They have the entire O'Reilly library. Anyone living in California can get a library card. (Since The Best of Instructables is an O'Reilly book it's also in the Safari Library, but you know you want your own copy!)If you don't live in California, check your local library's website, and see what they offer online. SF also has many eBooks, and books on tape on line for free.I also discovered they have a scanner by the Microfiche in the Main/Civic Center branch (I don't know about other branches), that will eMail microfiche/microfilm pages to you for free. It has a regular scanner also, so you can scan a book, or magazine page, and email it to yourself - for free - no need to pay for copies. The scanner has a USB slot, so you can just save the scans to a USB stick instead of emailing them. It's on the same floor as the Magazines.I don't know what other libraries are doing but SF has a huge amount of stuff available online.

Posted by SFHandyman 9 years ago


Instructables T-Shirt

"These shirts are hand-made art silkscreened in Northern California on high-quality American Apparel t-shirts." how about an instructable on how these t-shirts are made? I'd love to learn how to screen print shirts that look as professional. btw - what's with the search function on this site? it doesn't exactly...function... very well, does it?

Posted by theagent 10 years ago


Arduino Solar Capabilities

So I went and bought a 1.5 Watt 9v solar panel from radioshack today. It gets ~10.5v and ~80mA in full California sun, and ~10.2v and ~75mA in afternoon light. Does anyone have any experience with running an arduino only on solar power? If so how much load can it take at this power level?

Posted by martzsam 5 years ago


I am off, for a week.

Hey guys, I shall be leaving again, for a week. I am headed to a camp down in Southern California on Catalina Island so I will not be on here, at all, for a week. But I am planning on making something pretty big when I get back, hopefully I will make an ible for it. -n8man

Posted by n8man 9 years ago


68 Camaro Help

So my Dad's Birthday is coming up and I want to get him his high school 68 Camaro Z-28. He was selling it (or so he thought) to a Mark T Reese, wife Janet living in Mobile, Alabama. My dad lived in California. Mark said he didn't want to buy it. He offered to sell it for my dad and since he already bought plane tickets, rented a trailer for the Camaro and was in Arizona on his way, so he accepted. So he went and dropped it off and came back to California and never heard from him again. I asked my dad the VIN but because it was a race car so it didn't need to be street legal so carfax is useless. He bought it in 1979. If anyone happens to know how to find it please let me know. Thanks.

Posted by alecgates15 10 years ago


LDRS (Large Dangerous Rocket Ships) Rocket Competition hosted by Kari Byron

I just finished watching Kari Bryon hosting a Rocket competition on the Science Channel in Lucerne Valley California I Missed the initial showing on July 5th.   But they seem to be replaying it now and then (I saw it on July 10th, at 10 PM EST

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago


Flame broiler Magic sauce

I go to a place in Southern California called flame broiler,they have the best teriyaki sauce(they call it magic sauce).Im very picky when it comes teriyaki sauce,i dont like the alcohol in it and it needs to be sweet and viscous like maple syrup.Im trying to make a copycat recipe of the magic sauce if any one can help.

Posted by cyzco 5 years ago


Gadget Graveyard

Ever wonder where your recycled electronics go? From Wired:"Pictured here is the "demanufacturing" center of the company's [Sims Recycling Solutions] Roseville, California facility, where workers disassemble everything from printers, cameras and computers to Jumbotrons for their reusable materials. The facility receives roughly 150,000 pounds of used electronics a day."Wired Article.How to recycle old electronics.

Posted by drinkmorecoffee 9 years ago


$ to build and ship a project

Greetings, everyone! I am in a bit of a bind. I love the idea behind the "Awesomest Jelly Bean Dispenser" project, but lack the tools and time to craft it myself. Would anyone be willing to build one and ship it? I am located in Modesto, California. Pride in your work is a must. I am willing to pay the (reasonable) price you name. Thank you.

Posted by andrewrivera314 5 years ago


Biofuel Solar Power Plant

PG&E; has a signed a deal with a Portuguese firm that is building a hybrid biofuel solar power plant in the Central Valley area of California. The plant will combine solar power with agricultural waste to produce energy--a very enterprising solution to get energy from an abundant, eco-friendly source.Link

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


Podcast: CA Rule casts Shade on Solar Panels

Day to Day, October 27, 2008 Solar panels are this season's must-have construction accessory in Southern California. But there's a regulatory roadblock. Green boosters say one more state rule needs to change if solar is going to be anything bigger than a flash in the pan....Link to Podcast download

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


Fashion from trash!

On August 27 and 28, in Nevada City, California, Haute Trash is holding the latest of what appears to have been a long history of fashion shows featuring creations made from discarded ... anything. Amazing clothing made out of garbage!  That's about as DIY as it's possible to get. I've got to go see this.  I'll take a camera and report back.

Posted by rachel 7 years ago


Erector sets seemed to be played out?

When I'm surfing the instructables of past times, i come across a plentiful bounty of k-nex and wonder, hmm, does anyone play with erector sets anymore, or is it because the surgeon general warns us of anything and everything, that might give you cancer in the state of california... erector sets are still one of the coolest building materials evar!

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago


Mad Max your ride + ROAD TRIP!! = Wasteland Weekend

Hey guys! This September I plan to drive from the Austin Texas area to California City, California for Wasteland Weekend, a big old Mad Max / Fallout / PAW styled bash in the desert. I'm currently going for a Lone Ranger meets Zorro in a Mad Max car look to my costume, but now my attention turns to my car, and my chariot of carnage: 1990 Chevrolet Corvette. What's some cool non permanent stuff I can do to my car? It is fiberglass, so unfortunately magnets won't stick. The car already has faded, shoddy grey paint, so that is a plus. Also, any general road tripping advice? it's about 3k miles round trip. at highway cruise I average 27 mpg, but I'm making my fuel consumption estimates on 20 mpg.

Posted by KentsOkay 4 years ago


Making a hatchet.

I am going to make a hatchet for a school project. It only has to be functional for a couple of uses, maybe 10, but I don't have access to a block of iron or steel. What I'm wondering is if I can make an aluminum head with a steel tip. My dad says that it would bend, but I'm not so sure. Also, if you know of any links to instructions or metal suppliers in California/USA please post them.  Thank You!!!

Posted by Xthinker 6 years ago


DOSE any1 want to buy Knex??????

Hey well i have bin into knex since forever but now i think its time to get rid of them . there are about 10,000 to 13,000 . I would say about 80 to about 90 pounds worth of knex so if you want more info inbox me . about the price we wil discuss it in the message . im in los angeles california

Posted by golongboard310 6 years ago


My dog died...

(sob) (cry) (sob) My dog died. My mom ran him over. He survived the accident but the surgery and other stuff would of been $4000. And there was a chance he wouldn't make it through. So me my mom and sister and dad (my dads away in California for my uncles wedding) decided to put him down. So it was a hard good by to my dog Sandy.Sorry no pictures.

Posted by Easy Button 10 years ago


The Future of Invisibility

It is reported that a team of researches at the University of California, Berkeley claim to be on the doorstep of invisibility. Using a special type of metamaterial they are bending electromagnetic waves and negatively refracting visible light. Their ultimate goal is to render entire objects invisible to the naked eye. After reading this, I conducted some invisibility experiments of my own. Based on my initial experiments with invisibility cloaking, I must concede that we are not quite there yet, but are getting close (see image).For more information, read the full news report

Posted by randofo 10 years ago


Solar Panel Sun Tracker, Kite Boat, Homemade Wind Turbine

Solar Panel Sun Tracker Kite Boat Homemade Wind Turbine Solar Lawn Mower Breath-Powered USB Charger The California Cooler   DIY Solar Setup Solar Thermal Water Heater Truly Insulate Your Home 440 Watt Bicycle Generator Vertical Wind Turbine USB Bike Charger Solar Heater Algae Bioreactor Air Duct Turbine  

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Instructaturn

Hello everybody. I've been quiet for a bit, busily building a computer program that can understand curse words, a ski game that takes in your head location for its tilt, and an alternative sense pathway through the back. But I have bigger news: In a month I'll be in California helping the good people at instructables, and hopefully building a few things that you will find interesting. This is a great community and I'm sure you'll be hearing a good deal from me in the near future. Yours in awesome. The instructaturn -lamedust (BG) This is me in disguise:

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


Recommendations for good "watch the election" Web sites?

I currently have a browser tab open to CNN's election Web site, just because it was convenient. Do you all have recommendations for good Web sites to keep track of the U.S. election results (both Presidential and California in particular)? Update 4 Nov 2008 23:39 PSTThanks to y'all for the recommendations! I stuck with CCN for dynamical updating, and I'm going to check the CA State Web site tomorrow morning for the props.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


Home Energy Monitor, Reduce Your Impact, Earth Day

  Home Energy Monitor Reduce Your Impact Earth Day The California Cooler Build a 60 Watt Solar Panel Start a Community Garden Composting Energy Efficient Home Design Ride Your Bike in Style Solar Water Heater Geodesic Dome Greenhouse Energy Saving Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Pallet Compost Bin Rain Water Collector

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Nanotube Radio

Nanotube Radio: Supplementary materialsK. Jensen, J. Weldon, H. Garcia, and A. ZettlDepartment of Physics, University of California at BerkeleyCenter of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems, University of California at BerkeleyMaterials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeley, CA 94720, U.S.A.We have constructed a fully functional, fully integrated radio receiver, orders-of-magnitude smaller than any previous radio, from a single carbon nanotube. The single nanotube serves, at once, as all major components of a radio: antenna, tuner, amplifier, and demodulator. Moreover, the antenna and tuner are implemented in a radically different manner than traditional radios, receiving signals via high frequency mechanical vibrations of the nanotube rather than through traditional electrical means. We have already used the nanotube radio to receive and play music from FM radio transmissions such as Layla by Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominos) and the Beach Boy's Good Vibrations. The nanotube radio's extremely small size could enable radical new applications such as radio controlled devices small enough to exist in the human bloodstream, or simply smaller, cheaper, and more efficient wireless devices such as cellular phones....This is the site of the original article

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


I really like...

Hello everyone, I'm not very active here and I think this is my first post on the forums... I just wanted to say how I really like the fact that there are No on Prop 8 banner ads on Instructables. :) But since we're on this topic now: How do you feel about Proposition 8? (If you don't know what Prop 8 is, it's the "Marriage Protection Act", it would amend the California constitution to say that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and would make same-sex marriages unconstitutional.)

Posted by teh darkcloud 9 years ago


Has anyone seen the Pleo Robot yet? I got this link in my email today... Or Project NAO ?

Pleo is a robot toy modeled after a dinosaur believed to have lived during the late Jurassic period. The toy is manufactured by Ugobe Labs, a company based in Emeryville, California that specializes in the design and manufacture of lifelike robots. Pleo is intended for use by adults and children nine years of age or older. ...Pleo is equipped with numerous sensors and servos. This is from a techtarget report: Pleo - robot

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago


FYIs for the DIYers - Instructables in the Sacramento Bee

Instructables and cuteaznprincesss got a nice write-up in the Sacramento Bee's story FYIs for the DIYers. Deborah Lee was a senior at the University of California, Davis, when she sewed a little monster doll and took photos to show friends how she did it.She was going to use her brother-in-law's online photo album Web site --Mixbook.com -- when he asked whether she'd heard of Instructables.She became hooked.More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago


Texas Windpower = Big Money

Texas is now far ahead of California, and the rest of the country, in production of wind power.From the NYTimes:Texas, once the oil capital of North America, is rapidly turning into the capital of wind power. After breakneck growth the last three years, Texas has reached the point that more than 3 percent of its electricity, enough to supply power to one million homes, comes from wind turbines.Texans are even turning tapped-out oil fields into wind farms.

Posted by canida 10 years ago


Lead Free Solder Recommendations

Hello, I am going to be working on some electronics projects soon and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for lead-free solder. Some completed projects are going to be shipped to the EU, California and New York so I need to start paying attention to RoHS standards. I was hoping to get pointed in some sort of direction to avoid buying a dozen different kinds and figuring it out myself. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Knowledge regarding previous experience with lead-free solder and electronics would be awesome. Thanks in advance.

Posted by cunnane 10 years ago


Ok, here we go.....

I have one more piece of info to get yet, before I wipe and restore my OS. Wish me luck, I have never done this before....I don't know what might be involved, and what might hinder my getting back to the place I was before; and, hopefully unlike a stay at Hotel California, I will be able to return to the place I was before (I would also like to get some projects out this weekend....what are the chances, do you think? LOL).

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


7 Layer Cake

My baking skills are not good enough for me to do this on my own, but I'd love to see an Instructable on making a traditional 7 Layer Cake. I was surprised to find it in the supermarket freezer the other day and wished I knew how to make it (at least in theory). It is usually only found somewhere where there is a large Jewish or Eastern European influence and there seems to be fewer and fewer bakeries making it so I'd love to have a recipe for posterity should I ever be inclined to give it a try. It was the first time I've seen it in California (and it was shipped from a bakery in Brooklyn no less!).

Posted by randofo 10 years ago


Are Spammers following me via Instructables.com ?

I am an Instructables Pro member and I have never posted an instructable. So, I'm always curious when another Instructables members decides to "follow" me. Why are they following me when I never submit anything? I recently received e-mail from Instructables that I am being followed by The California Business Directory. I love Instructables but the possibility that my membership information is being exploited for business purposes or used to send me unsolicited advertising is very disturbing. Please advise. deadairman@gmail.com

Posted by deadairman 5 years ago


Cool Vibraphone Project - selling partially completed project and parts

I've gotten halfway through this project and my son has lost interest http://www.buildavibraphone.com/get_vibraphone_plans.html#faq Would like to find a good home with someone interested in completing it. Frame is built, PVC tubes cut and tunes, metal bars cut (but not tuned). Have all remaining parts. High quality project, over $1000 in parts cost. Make me an offer - I need to get this stuff out of my garage. In San Francisco Bay area, California

Posted by Beevis2 3 years ago


Babbage Difference Engine No. 2 On Display

"Charles Babbage (1791-1871), computer pioneer, designed the first automatic computing engines. He invented computers but failed to build them. The first complete Babbage Engine was completed in London in 2002, 153 years after it was designed. Difference Engine No. 2, built faithfully to the original drawings, consists of 8,000 parts, weighs five tons, and measures 11 feet long....An identical Engine completed in March 2008 is on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California until May 2009." - http://www.computerhistory.org/babbage/

Posted by NachoMahma 10 years ago


Magazines

I apologize in advance if this is spam. If it is I will remove it at once.OK so my school is having the annual "Magazine Sale" to raise money for our school. Now this year, a previous student, lit the ASB (Associated Student Body) shed on fire, so now the school has to sell even more magazines this year. The most a single person has ever sold is 40 magazines. I plan on beating that record. So if you are interested please forward me the reciept at alecgates25@gmail.com.EDIT: Whoops forgot the link gafundraising.comThe information to fill out is School: Ladera Ranch MSCity: Ladera RanchState: CaliforniaPostal Code 92694

Posted by alecgates15 10 years ago


Southern cali Lights & Sound

What's Up,   I'm looking for a Hip-Hop fan that are also tech nerds.  I have a few ideas for some stage sets that I want to include in my performances.  They will include syncing lights with sound and apply some other creative effects.  I'm looking for someone in the Southern California area that can help me with the wiring and logistic.  I already know what I want, and I will pay for all the supplies.  I will also pay who ever helps me, but i dont have much.  I would like to meet over the course of the next couple of weeks and get everything organized.  Then spend a month or 2 getting all the supplies and then a month or 2 building

Posted by Esko 7 years ago