Avoiding Unnecessary Conflict in the Workplace

I was sent this advice by a professional body that aims to provide "work life support" - basically trying to cut the amount of stress suffered by UK teachers (in any one year, around a third of serving teachers will have time off sick with work-related stress).  It's good advice for people in a lot of jobs (such as the infamous cubicles of American office life), so I thought I'd share it: Most of us spend the majority of our time at work, so when we experience conflict in the workplace it can have a huge impact on our lives. Disagreements are commonplace in a working environment, and can be helpful in challenging preconceptions and developing ideas, but this can descend into conflict when agreement cannot be reached, and neither party is prepared to compromise. This can be particularly difficult if one party feels victimised, ignored, belittled or intimidated. Often conflict is the result of miscommunication, and the best communication occurs when all parties are listening well. If we feel heard, we are more likely to want to listen in return, and to reach a better understanding of where the other person is coming from. Active listening will help you to hear and understand exactly what the other person is saying, and will encourage them to share more information. To be a good active listener:   •              Stop talking! You might be tempted to interrupt, but try to wait until the other person has finished saying what they want to say. •              Make sure you are giving good non-verbal signs that you are listening. These include maintaining eye-contact, having a good open posture (not crossing your legs or arms), looking interested and nodding. •              Use silence. If you pause for a few seconds before speaking, you may find that the other person has something more to say. •              Try to catch yourself if you're losing concentration. You might be drifting off, thinking about what you're going to say next, feeling sleepy, planning your dinner... •              Check your understanding frequently. You can do this by asking clarifying questions, repeating back in your own words what has just been said, or summarising what they've said so far. Get the other persons agreement that you've understood them correctly - if you haven't, then ask them to repeat what they've said and try again. •              Use open questions (what, where, who, why, when) if you want to get more information and encourage the other person to speak freely. Use closed questions (those resulting in a yes/no answer) to get specific information or to clarify your understanding. •              Be on the look-out for non-verbal signals - do they look tense? Are they speaking more quietly than usual?   ...we now return you to your usual programming...

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


I've got an IRQ problem, help please?

My DVD drive won't work due to an IRQ conflict, but I can't manually re-assign the IRQ. It's XP, and it occurred after replacing the mainboard. (The option is "grayed-out") L

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


Is anyone growing their own coffee, say around the 38th parallel? Answered

I read conflicting reports on the internet (imagine!). Some may actually do it outside. Anyone here know?

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


how much does air weigh? Answered

How much does 1 cubic foot of air at 1 atmosphere of pressure weigh? (and for the lmgtfy.com answerers, a google search returned conflicting answers)

Question by revelae 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Pro Psychology

Well, I spent some time writing a long persuasive post on this topic, but it was eaten somewhere between edit and preview so this is the gist. 1 Pro accounts are deemed necessary but cause conflict in the community 2 'Ibles is alienating some of its membership that could be otherwise utilised. 3 'Ibles is following good logical marketing practice, but is conflicting with illogical human nature 4 Marketing Psychology is good stuff for a variety of reasons. 5 If a specialist doesn't fit the budget, there are many easy to read and excellently written books on the subject. 6 Marketing psychology is awesome for situations like this. Get marketing psychology. Hope this helps. So, imagine that, but with more examples and evidence and you being even more convinced than you are now that it is a good idea.

Topic by 8bit 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Windows 7, is it really that bad???

DVDRW is not recognized, Samsung laser printer does not work, USB is slower than 1.0, movies cannot be played properly... Many conflicts, programs often don't work etc... It seems almost as bad as Vista. W7 32b ultimate, AMD dual core, 2 Gb, etc. Is this normal???

Question by BobS 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I delete an entry?

I posted an entry a while back and have been accused of copying someone else's design. This entry had a link to a youtube showing the project in action. This project is my own design but I did not want any conflict so I removed the youtube.  Now I would like to remove the instructable entry that has the link to the youtube. How can I remove a previous post?

Question by KenS12 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Can any straw be used as an algae control in a pond? Answered

When barley straw rots it releases hydrogen peroxide that can reputedly be used to control blanket algae in a pond , (although there are conflicting reports about this.), but what about some unidentified straw that I just happen to have at my disposal? Has anyone actually tried barley straw or any other straw ; and did it work? Thanks.

Question by FriendOfHumanity 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Search header on website not working

The search feature on the website header does not work on my computer.  The header is fragmented and shifted over.  I cannot click in the box that is supposed to be the search area in order to search for a topic.   I'm running Windows XP and IE 7 (our office won't upgrade to IE 8 because of potential conflicts....that's what I've been told).  I've attached a screen shot in a Word document, I hope it comes through.  

Topic by sjax 8 years ago


Upside Down Planters

This tutorial over on design*sponge shows you how to make some upside down planters for cheap, using supplies from around the house. I've seen some conflicting reports (mostly negative) about hanging plants upside down, but for such an easy and low-cost project it's certainly worth an experiment. Has anyone tried upside-down gardening? If so, how did it go? diy project: recycled upside down planters

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Forum topic not showing in forum

Is there a delay between posting a forum topic, and when it actually shows  up? I just posted this question: https://www.instructables.com/community/I-am-confused-Conflicting-emails/ I can see the individual topic, it exists in the breadcrumbs at the top it says it is in the  help: contests forum but if you click those breadcrumbs, the topic does not appear in the forum. It exists all by itself, if you have a direct link. but it does not exist in the category so I can't see how anyone would ever see it. Are threads screened or something before they will appear in their  category?

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


Layers V.S. Length; Electromagnets ? Answered

Ok, so I am going to be working on a project that involves electromagnets and the on thing I have never gotten straight is this: To make the most effective magnetic field possible do I make the (hypothetically) 100' of wire a long coil with only a couple of layers or 100' of wire a short coil with many layers? I have always come across conflicting views on if length improve the fields or weaken them. Any insight would be helpful and if you could also provide a good reference site for these types of questions that would also be appreciated. 

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


Higher powered speakers with lower powered amp or Low powered speakers with higher power amp?

There is a lot of conflicting information on this and I would like to know if my speakers/amp would get damaged. Using 80w speakers and a 50w amp will there be any problems with running on full volume? And if I got a 100w amp with those 80w speakers will there be damage, even if I added a heat sink to the back where the voice coil is? The speakers say 80w max but not really reliable as they are well priced Chinese speakers. Speakers: 80W Audio Sensitivity: 88dB Frequency Range (Hz): 100-20Khz 4 Ohm Amp: Efficiency: 90% Rated output power: 2*50W+100W Working voltage: DC18V to DC24V The maximum output current: 4A Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz Can drive a 3-16 ohm speakers In the condition of rated voltage 24V The sub woofer channel at rated voltage 24V state can drive 2-16 ohm sub woofer Bass cut-off frequency independent regulation 20HZ-20KHZ adjustable Very confusing conflicting info online with under rated amps causing clipping and over powered amps frying the speakers. Originally I thought it was only bad to over power the speakers. Any help about what is worse, is appreciated.

Question by bonze77 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Wood vinegar and wood alcohol.

I've recently been doing research about how to make my own charcoal and I found that as a by-product that either wood vinegar or wood alcohol is made. One of the pages I found in looking for information was https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Wood-Gas-Wood-Alcohol/ and it led me to believe that what is produced i alcohol, but more research seemed to say it was actually wood vinegar that was produced. The problem is that Everything I've found is conflicting as to which it is that is produced. My understanding is that the two substances aren't the same, but that there is some methanol in wood vinegar. What I want to know is which it is that is produced, and if it's wood vinegar, can it be converted to wood alcohol, or burned as it is. 

Topic by MadcatTLX 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


ntoskml.exe is being contacted by a remote computer?

Hello boys and girls. I got a problem, my anti virus (norton) says that ntoskml.exe is being contacted by a remote computer, and it has an ip address. The IP address is the address of my router Also this only happens when Im receiving windows updates or if im using live messenger. As far as I know, my computer and wii are the only two things on my network. (i checked it) Does anyone know how to fix this, i searched my computer and i cant find a ntoskml, even went to the directory where it was located. I also have the opportunity to install AVG antivirus but will having two antiviruses conflict with each other, (too many cooks in the kitchen)

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


pro account ???????

The idea of needing to pay to access some features of the site seems to conflict with the nature of the community on this site. After all we are all DIY'ers trying to make quality things for little money. Separating those who can afford to pay for an account from those who come to this site to learn how to be frugal ( because they don't have money to fritter away on things like pro accounts) will only devalue the community. I know the argument of "everything needs to make money some how" does not really stand here as separating the community will eventually lead to reduced following of the web site, decreasing the money available through advertising. Net effect of this is a poor online community that still is not making any real money. My thoughts are that the moderators etc should scrap this new system and protect the Instructables as we know and love it. anyone agree?

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


K'nex war log entry 2.

Here it is. 10/4/09 (continued) The SR-v2 men were ready to attack, but the KI army was still laying ammo like rain. I shot my sniper ( O.S.S.R ) at the army. I took out one guy. The leader of the group of IN ( KILLERK )shouted a FIRE and all 34 SR-v2 men pulled the trigger. It was amazing. The WHOLE frontline was severely damaged and the medics took them out. Our guys didn't have a big loss of people, just a couple of newcomers. Then a weird thing happened. The youtube guns came out. You can imagine how well they fared. The outside world laughed at our conflict. They don't even know how hard it was. Some guys took one in the eye and got blinded. To be continued...

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


anybody willing to make an instructable for this? (wireless power schematic)

So, I absolutely love the "Wireless LED Throwie" project here: http://mindtomachine.blogspot.com/search/label/wireless%20power videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0-_ZX2oMyI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieGOd2F_8MQ But there's some conflicting info (10uf capacitor in the parts list but 1uf on the pcb template, and pcb doesn't match schematic or what's shown in the video), and some info is just never given (transmitter coil diameter and number of turns). I want something like this where the transmitting coil is much larger than the receiving coils and can hold multiple, rather than the sizes being matched.  I'm hoping somebody a bit more advanced than I am would be willing to tackle this first and take notes.

Topic by aliasjanedoe 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Yellow Fever Vaccine Question

OK, big trip coming up, all the Kite Boys (including GrandfatherKite) are off to Kenya at the end of July. We'll be on safari around Samburu, Lake Naivasha, Treetops, that general area. We've had a bunch of vaccines already, and have our malaria tablets ordered, but we haven't had Yellow Fever vaccines yet. Here's the thing - should we? I've had conflicting advice from medical professionals (one said I need it, one said no need), probably down to a lack of experience in the area, so I'm wondering what you folk have to say. Yes, I know that free medical advice on the internet is frequently worth less than you pay for it, I'm just after some opinions or pointers on the risks vs benefits. Are the probable side effects worth it, given the potential risk involved?

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


Dual-Booting Windows XP and Ubuntu? Answered

I just want to make sure I have this right before I go ahead... So, right now I have two drives. One is partitioned into two, one half is Win Xp(about 60gb), the other completely blank(about 20gb). Then, my slave drive is just for backup. I'm planning on installing Ubuntu onto that blank partition. By doing so, it shouldn't affect any of the files on either of the other drives, right? And when it boots it should boot into Windows as usual unless I directed to go to that partition since the windows drive is the first in the boot order. This, I think, should work without worrying about anything getting wiped right? And this setup won't have the OS's conflicting with each other? Would I have to use GRUB and if so how? Help, is greatly appreciated.

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


Do integrated resistors in a LED make you work with an specific power source?

Hello, everyone! Totally new here.Well, I'm going to buy a pair of 12 volt "eagle eye" LED for a medicine experiment, and I planned to connect them to either a rectangular 9 volt battery or 3 cylindrical 3.7 volt batteries. But now, these LEDs are meant to be connected to a 12 volt car battery. Does the difference of the amperes between each power source (car battery, rectangular and cylindrical) conflict with the LED's functionality, or does the integrated resistor allow me to use any power source without trouble?Here's a picture of said PCB with the integrated resistor, for example (found on the internet), it just reads "300" and I don't know what that means. Sorry if all these questions and doubts are really silly, but again I'm a medicine student trying to make this work and electricity is a really complex world. Thanks in advance, wise people!!!

Question by povlova 8 months ago  |  last reply 8 months ago


DC Barrel Power Jacks and Barrel Size

Recently I was browsing instructables and noticed that there aren't any 'ables on how to figure out what size of DC powerjack one has or even for that matter how those barrel power jacks are measured. One of the major things the DIY Laptop Repair guides overlook is how to identify which DC Jack you have so you can replace it. Most laptop DC jacks don't have part numbers unless they are from a main distributor like DELL. I've been reading a lot of conflicting information as to what really matters when your trying to find a replacement connector component. Some mention barrel length as being important whereas others focus on the inner and outer diameter. It sure would be nice if someone could write up an instructable on how to correctly identify these and what is important when looking for replacement parts like these.

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


bogged down with to many safety programs please help it is driving me crazy both pc xp and vista laptop run okay but ? Answered

I have spybot - superanti spy ware (free one) as will as ccleaner and system mechanic as well as corporate edition of symetec and revno uninstaller is this good or bad they do not seem to conflict at all. the only ones that run at the same time is system mechanic guard dog and spybot oh and systemic full time protection,would you say this is to much of an over kill I am running xp ???? on the vista laptop I have I am running much the same now on vista I keep getting this thing that logs onto the computer from iyogi no one can stop it not even the tecs at Iyogi as I stopped the service if I put it back to factory settings will this get rid of Iyogi this thing is bugging me what should I do about the vista and the xp I have it seems like it is  to many thing running any advice ?????

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


I need capacitor help? Answered

I have an issue with some bad capacitors and I have read conflicting information on the matter and hope someone can help me. I have 2 different caps that have to be replaced one is 10v 1500 microfarad and the other is 6.3v 1500 microfarad. First can I use the capacitors that are all silver in color with no plastic sheating (not sure of the name; pics included) because I have a bunch that are 6.3v 1500 microfarad? As for the other capacitor I do not have that exact value, I have 10v in 1000 microfarad, 1200 microfarad, and 2200 microfarad, but I have one that is 16v 1500 microfarad, what I'm mostly wondering is what can be changed the voltage or the capacitance? And would one of those work for the 10v 1500 microfarad capacitor I need or should I just ebay it? Due to a postal strike I may not get it for a while and like most I needed it fixed yesterday. I am fairly new to trying to learn electronics and hope someone can shed some light on my problem.

Question by DavezDesignz 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to rig a capacitive touch to a usb keyboard (or gamepad)?

I need to make a touch sensitive (capacitive) button that triggers a key. I got a capacitive demo board from qprox that should be fine...I touch it and I can hook it up to an LED that gets lit. But if I try to put the wires from a button on a gamepad to the out of the demo board, the button is constantly in the "Down" state. I think I remember reading somewhere about a polarity reverser or something so that it reverses the On and Off state, but not sure what I need. Also, the demo board is powered via a small watch battery which is perhaps conflicting with the power from the USB? I'm not quite sure the best way to do this. I think I can power the demo board using the USB power rather than the battery. I also would like some advice on creating the Capacitor to a 3" button surface are that goes through 1/4" glass. I've got a resistor that upped the Qs so that it works through glass, but not sure how to make it fit to a desired "button" shape.

Question by superjames 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Heating Help!

So my new  major has me in a machine shop that is at my disposal. I have made a few shift knobs but with living in the Northeast it can get cold in the winter months.   I want to heat the knobs, which means finding something that is... - Small enough to fit inside a roughly 1" dia cylinder, depth minimal. - Quickly heat the knob - But not over heat it - Run on a 12v standard supply - Minimal cost I have considered trying to find a "Heating Element" but am unable to find such in a size I need and within a price I want. Maybe a soldering Iron element? I tried "Peltier" but they all are over-sized and debate the conflicting effects of hot and cold. However if figured out I could flip it for summer. I debated running a resistor/other electronic component with just enough power to cause it to heat up, but am worried about it breaking. I wanted to do a high power light bulb, but don't see that working as well as I plan. So I am kinda at a loss...if you have a specific item you can link me to let me see it, or just let me know of an item I can use.

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


Open-Source Warfare

Open-Source Warfare is an IEEE Spectrum article discussing how information technology and the internet play a pivotal role in accelerating the adaptation of individuals against organizations through asymmetric warfare.Robb calls this new type of conflict "open-source warfare," because the manner in which insurgent groups are organizing themselves, sharing information, and adapting their strategies bears a strong resemblance to the open-source movement in software development. Insurgent groups, like open-source software hackers, tend to form loose and nonhierarchical networks to pursue a common vision, Robb says. United by that vision, they exchange information and work collaboratively on tasks of mutual interest. The reliance on IT also enables open-source groups to identify and respond to problems much more rapidly than a more structured, top-down entity can--be it the Pentagon or a large software company such as Microsoft. According to some estimates, it now takes Iraqi insurgents less than a month to adapt their methods of attack, much faster than coalition troops can respond. "For every move we make, the enemy makes three," U.S. Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez Jr. told attendees at a May conference on IEDs. "The enemy changes techniques, tactics, and procedures every two to three weeks. Our biggest task is staying current and relevant."

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


Wood varnish questions

I want to varnish this birch plywood platform to keep it as waterproof and UV resistant as possible but also keep it as close to it's original pale birch colour as possible. i've never varnished anything before so i've been googling for answers and i'm getting some conflicting information, i've been looking at different clear outdoor varnishes and most claim to protect against UV light and not leave a yellow tint but most reviews say otherwise and some general varnishing info articles claim that clear varnish can't protect against UV at all and i'd need a dark stain which i really don't want. so what can i do to protect the wood against the elements and maintain the colour as much as possible? can i combine varnish with other stuff? i found some clear 'marine varnish' is this heavier duty than normal wood varnish or something?is there an alternative to varnish that will have a similar effect?if i need to modify the platform later, cutting bits out or drilling new holes is it ok to just apply another layer of varnish to reseal it or will it need preparing in some way or some additional step?

Topic by ambientvoid 8 months ago  |  last reply 8 months ago


Does use of a sponsor's products affect contest judging/winner selection?

Hi, My understanding of contests (from the few that I've entered) is that how exactly judging occurs and winners are selected can vary a bit. The judging panel can be make up of Instructables staff, respected members of the community, and/or staff from the sponsor - with the ultimate decision about winners being up to either Instructables or the Sponsor (please correct me if that understanding is misguided). My question, then, is whether use of a sponsor's products in the Instructable being entered in the contest affects any stage of the judging process (selection of finalist, judges' scoring criteria, selection of winners). To give a concrete example - I have a current entry in the Microcontroller Contest, which is sponsored by Radio Shack; but my entry almost exclusively uses parts from SparkFun. It seems like this would create a conflict of interest and make it difficult for a Radio Shack employee to be an objective judge - ideally they'd want to promote their own products and not a competitor's. I tried to dig through the rules and small print for the contest but couldn't find anything definitive either way - nothing saying that this is included as a judging criteria, but also nothing saying that it isn't. Any and all straightforward answers would be appreciated - not speculating about conspiracy theories here or accusing the site of selling out - just curious how this process works!

Topic by Ben Finio 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


XP pro hardware drivers: library, cache for system when detecting new hardware

Where in the XP Pro OS (operating system) can place all the drivers needed when plug and play starts detecting new hardware? Background: I am currently overseas and the home computer my wife normally uses has crapped out on her. She sent me the HDD (hard disk drive) and I will install XP Pro along with all the applications, but this time will create an image onto the hard drive so she can recover if she needs to (Acronis Image). I was lucky enough to run a driver program that picked up all my drivers (Ghostdriver? program) before I left home and have the drivers the system will need once I send it back to my wife and she installs it. I believe that some of the hardware drivers are located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers but am not sure if this is the only place or if I can just "drop" my copy of drivers into this and have the system pick them up as it "discovers" it's new hardware. I do realize that she may have to reactivate the Microsoft XP Pro license and she can handle that (we also do have a legit copy of WXPPro). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, TJ I am glad I asked, I did not think about the the possible driver conflicts. I will try both the CD and Driver Magician. Thanks!

Topic by wil75son 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


DC Charger Voltage Drop?

Hey all! Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I don't have any instructables up on the site, but I have used many and I do have a biting question....currently, I am trying to create a USB car charger for my MP3 player out of an old CD Car Power Adapter. The MP3 player is a Creative Zen V, so it, of course, usually just charges on my computers with a USB to Mini-USB cable. In the next few months, I am picking up a new stereo for my car with an Aux. input and as I like recycling anything I can, I figured I could just make a charger myself so I could keep my player charged when I'm driving. The old CD Car Power Adapter in question has an output of 6V DC at 500ma. From my research, USB operates on 5V DC at a maximum current of 500ma, so the adapter I have seems almost perfect...? My question is this, how would I lower the voltage of the adapter from 6V to 5V? My second question is, I've read conflicting information on a number of sites....so, IS my information that USB 2,0 operates at a maximum of 500ma correct? If any of you folks would happen to know, and be so kind as to answer, I would be very grateful! I don't want to end up accidentally frying my player!

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


Flash player being blocked? Answered

OK, so I've been working on computers for years and have never seen anything like this... neither have any of my colleagues.  I am trying to help someone out who has some issues with flash player.  Basically flash player is installed on the computer, but whenever I visit youtube or another site with flash, it just shows a black square.  I have run every virus scan I can think of (MBAM, Spybot, SAS, McAfee Stinger, HiJack This!, Norton Power Eraser, Kaspersky TDSS killer, Combofix, Avira) and all of them come up with nothing.  I have tried reinstalling flash at least 5 times, removing every program that has even a remote possibly of conflicting (using Revo to be sure they are completely removed).  I have disabled every startup program on the computer, updated every driver, rolled back, (then updated) every driver, and verified that all hardware is functional.  I have also disabled their AV and firewall. Nothing works; except for when the computer is in safe mode.  Then everything works fine. Can anyone think of anything I am missing? Thanks! Edit: I did try clearing cache and cookies as well.  I also used multiple browsers (including Chrome; which has flash built right into it).  I used Firefox portable as well... which should be running separately from any settings in the system. Also; I did Google the heck out of this one before posting, so no lmgtfy links please... ;)

Question by thegeeke 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Pre-purchase questions of a petrol-driven electrical generator - cos you guys know best! Thanks!

I have a caravan in a remote location and I've got round to thinking of buying a petrol-driven electrical generator. I'm figuring on using this with an ethanol (E85) fuel. I'd really appreciate some help if you can to any parts of my queries. I have looked around on Google for advice but there's a lot of conflicting stuff as usual and I know you guys are good. My normal max load is around 4,500watts but I have security HID lights which have a huge inductive start for a few millseconds - how will a suitably rated generator cope? Do I always add a 20% margin to the generator capacity so for a 4.5kW load I should get a 6kW machine? Or is it not 20%? Given that the machine will be outside, I don't want to annoy the other caravanners, so if I build a sound-proofing box with just an outlet for the exhaust, could I expect the noise to be reduced signifcantly, given a lot of noise will be coming from the exhaust itself? The machine has a tank of 15litres but I want to increase this safely - how could this be done, if at all? Safety is paramount (naturally) but then so is convenience. Do you have a generator? If so, what do you wish you knew beforehand or any regrets? What kind of maintenance schedule is there and is there a performace improvement for modding the air-intake to a larger filter like for cars and bikes? Many thanks for reading my question and thanks for your time to reply.

Question by kevinhannan 8 years ago


Issue with line spacing in lists

I'm having a really annoying issue with formatting while writing Instructables. I'm sure someone else has complained before, but there's little else for me to do besides bringing attention to the issue. When writing instructables on a PC (Chrome, Windows 10), I'm having very annoying issues with line spacing when copying paste from another window. Most of the time it is simply copying text from some prior instructable I've wrote. It is especially problematic in lists. The issue is that sometimes the spacing between lines doubles after copying text, and even in subsequent lines the issue persists. This makes consistent formatting impossible. It seems to be due to copying the text from other formatted sources, but there are still conflicts when I try to copy and paste unformatted text. I'm not exactly sure what the trigger for the issue is. I have posted an image where no space between lines exists for the first 3 bullets of the list, but for the following lines (after pasting the third bullet point), all the spacing is double spaced. It does appear that it shows correctly (consistent formatting) when the instructable is posted and viewed online from a PC, but when viewed on a mobile device, the formatting gets messed up again and shows inconsistently. The issue also seems to sometimes involve different font sizing. Anyway, I just wanted to mention this since I'm finding it very annoying. I'd want to be able to have more control on the formatting, and also being able to copy formatted text (bold, underline...) from other prior instructables. But for the moment with just not having to deal with the line spacing option I'd be satisfied.

Topic by MillennialDIYer 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Chemistry equipment list?

Hello Fellow Instructablers!       Its been a while since I have made a post but I am back with a burning question!  I have a great interest in science and chemistry and always wanted to preform experiments seen on page of authors like Nurdrage for example. But I have never had the required equipment or chemicals to do these. I have taken a high school chemistry class and gotten my stuff down and now am prepared to take on the challenge of the lab. I have a birthday coming on on the 24th and my parents said if I wanted to get into chemistry I should ask for equipment and chemicals or what I need for my birthday.      So I will, but I need help. From an experienced chemist or someone who has done this before. Can anyone give me a list of basic-intermediate lab equipment that is needed for most experiments? I don't want to get one of those chemistry kits for kids since those are so restricted and only let you do the experiments given to you, not very fun So I want to get free use equipment and chemicals for any procedure. But I have no idea what is needed most or least and would really appreciate it if someone were able to do this for me. Just in the comments or PM, have a list of stuff I should ask for if I wanted to kick start my chemistry, what that item is used for, the price and its frequency of use to determine what I should decide on if there were to be a conflict. I would really appreciate any help I can get from you guys cause my birthday is coming up soon! Thanks everyone! ~Ostomesto

Topic by ostomesto 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Making a mega multi-port usb rapid charger?

I'd like to build a usb rapid charger with a minimum of 8 ports (but the more the merrier, 16 would be ideal) that can provide a minimum of 1A per port (2A preferred for rapid charging).  I'm thinking, for a smaller foot print, that I could use a 250W mini ITX power supply, but I don't know how much I can get away with putting on the 5v rail alone.  I'm willing to build circuits to use the other voltage outputs if necessary, but I know very little about circuit design and would need to be able to find appropriate schematics at the least, if not actual pcb kits.  Each usb needs to provide stable power, regardless of how many other devices are plugged in, for picky devices.  The devices to be charged are all Samsung.  If I'm not mistaken, I should be able to put them in rapid charge mode by connecting the two data lines on each port, but I'm open to suggestions, in case the charger is later used for Apple products.  I plan to have a fuse for each port, perhaps 3A.  Would I need a bigger fuse further upstream for the whole charging circuit?  Say, 24A?  Also, if any other outputs will be used besides the built in 5v, I'd like to find the most efficient means of using these, the less waste-heat produced, the better.  I feel like there is probably enough information on the webs to put this together, but I'm finding conflicting info, and since the device will not always be under my direct supervision, it needs to be fool-proof and safe. Thanks, in advance, tinkerist

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


Shooting Games For Kids

Online is a browser-based multi-player fantasy role-playing game with significant economic, diplomatic weapons that have magical components to help defeat your team mates!! Shooting Games present a world in which the character must shoot their way out of dangerous situations. They provide the player with an array of weapons tailored to specific tasks. This unavoidably involves a combination of fisticuffs and gun based fighting that dictates the violent nature of these experiences. Beneath this harsh exterior though is often an intricate tactile game - and this is usually what drives the player. Aim your weapon, and shoot all enemies, terrorists, aliens and strange creatures with the Best gun shot games here for free. Use a variety of guns to destroy the targets in this campaign based on Gun Games, sets you loose in the Wild West, where you can shoot your way through a very brief but entertaining storyline and undertake some decent side missions while you're at it. Free First Person Shooter Games that requires finesse and nerves of steel. Lives are at stake here, people! Along with it There Will Be Blood, But many targets lay between you and your final victim. An atmospheric sniper hitman game with lots of missions to complete, where your job is to assassinate the bad-guy stickmen .Carry out missions such as eliminating targets, destroying the enemies, and standing your ground in the best Sniper Assassin available. Assassin Games includes games which takes place in 1945, at the close of the war. The game focuses on the conflict between Russia and Germany for control of Berlin. The Russian secret service, known as NKVD, is in town to steal the atomic-bomb technology from the German Army. You have to put a stop to that posthaste, because nuclear weapon technology in the hands of Stalin's forces would surely spell big trouble for just about the entire world. You are an American sniper, trained by the OSS to be the best of the best when it comes to covert operations.

Topic by sonyaiagord 7 years ago


Scarf of Hope to remember Peru's missing

This story is lifted wholesale from the BBC. There is something warmly familiar and comforting about the quiet chatter of women and the clickety-clack of knitting needles. Standing or sitting huddled together in small groups, the knitters dressed in traditional Andean hats, big "pollera" skirts and draped with a "manta" or shawl, form a multi-coloured feast for the eyes. But they have more in common than crochet. These women are some of thousands in Peru who lost husbands, brothers and sons in the country's bitter internal conflict between the Mao-inspired rebels of the Shining Path rebels and state forces in the 1980s and 90s. Each one is knitting a message or epitaph to their loved one the size of an A4 sheet of page which will form part of an enormous scarf which, it is hoped, will reach a kilometre in length. It is being called the Scarf of Hope and it aims to be more than just a symbol of Peru's estimated 15,000 "disappeared" but a physical reminder that in the majority of cases their relatives live on without ever knowing how they died nor where to find their remains. "It's like a piece of memory," says Marina Garcia Burgos, a Lima-based photographer who was inspired to initiate the project with two colleagues while working in Ayacucho. "Each woman chooses the colour and the knit of her panel. As well as embroidering the loved one's name, some also sew on a piece of their clothing or a photograph." But its significance goes beyond that. In the remoter corners of the Andes, textiles have been the clues used to identify exhumed human remains where ID documents are a rarity. For the women fortunate enough to have positively identified and laid to rest the body of an exhumed loved one, in so many cases it was by recognising the colour and feeling the knit or weave of the fabric wrapped around the remains. More often than not - as was the case in Peru's biggest mass grave exhumation and human remains restitution in Putis, Ayacucho - they themselves remember knitting the jumper or turning up the trousers worn by the victim. Read more on the BBC site.

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


Need your input on the acceptability of posting a medical device ible

 I am a new member but an old reader.  If websites were worlds Instructables would be my home planet. I have plans for ibles that center around stuff I make for my small farm and old house; my kid calls it The Things My Mother Finds In Other's People's Trash.  No problem there.  My editor (I do a little no-big-deal writing) told me I should make an ible about ostomy care as it's something I deal with daily since I underwent a total colectomy and nephrectomy from cancer.  By the way, if anybody happens to post an ible for a replacement kidney...  I wanted to post some ibles about different ways to cut the wafers, the part the pouch attaches to, to accomodate different body types, how to make the process so simple you can take care of it in a few seconds with a bit of privacy, how to easily and thoroughly empty the pouch, which for ileostomy patients is a 12 or more times a day;  modify underwear instead of buying special $55 a pair "ostomy wear" and most important, how to CLEAN AND REUSE those pouches that come twenty to a box (that's a MONTHS supply), cost over $100 after insurance, and are supposed to be worn DIRTY and then thrown away in the vast sea of plastic, a biohazard and a weight on the earth. I realized that although my ideas are kind of no-brainer simple, the subject might attract really brilliant people who could offer better ideas and designs.  Before I went forward with my postings though I wanted to check with you all and ensure that the subject matter would not be so gross or offensive to the community that it caused a problem.  I'm so conflicted about it myself except when I get mad about it that I didn't feel I could trust my judgement. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my long ramble here and any advice you would like to render. Thank you so much!

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


Controlling six servos + two motors with Raspberry Pi?

I am currently working on a school project that involves building a vehicle (Must move forward, backward, left and right. Two DC motors are used for this), having a robotic arm placed  on the vehicle (Six servos will be used here), and all controlled by a DualShock 3 Sixaxis Remote. My plan/idea is to use a Raspberry Pi for this. I have only a small amount of knowledge on working with PWM (I do however know what it is), Raspberry Pi programming (All i have used it for was wifi/network related, not to actually control something), and most of what i am about to ask. My question, is can a Pi control six servos, along with two motors? I have seen this, which is suppose to be able to drive up to sixteen servos. I have also seen an Instructable on driving a vehicle remotely. Also, there are guides on connecting DualShock Controllers to Pi's. My question, is it possible to combine the above three? What hardware would i need (I need to build my shopping list fast, and it needs to be on the cheaper end, as the servos, arm, and vehicle wasn't very cheap.)? I already have the two motors for the car, along with the vehicle itself. I need help finding servos (I have never really worked with them to the extent of shopping for them. They need to have decent torque, decent speed, and most importantly, be able to turn 180 degrees), I have the Pi, with a Bluetooth Dongle (And the controller). What else would i need? I did see the IC in the 'able, and i assume i will have to get that as well, along with the 16 channel PWM driver? Will it work? Do any of the Pins overlap to such a point where it is not possible/are conflicting? Currently, i would need a yes/no answer, along with a parts list. Programming comes a wee bit later, but i will also need help with that.

Question by RocketPenguin 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


War Forum, Settle Disputes.

I think we should have a Forum topic dedicated to settling disputes, to prevent them from spilling over into neutral topics. If a squabble breaks out, it can be moved here (in the created topic) so that it does not disrupt other territories. Interventions or reparations could be made in the topic.What do you think, any ideas?I don't really want to be the creator of this topic, but I will if I have too. EDIT: The War Zone has been terminated.This is what The War Zone looked like:Welcome to the Hidden War Zone. Here you can settle disputes with other members privately, without disrupting the rest of the community. This Idea was thought up in the wake of the Skate/ Coolz War. Every once and a while, two or more members feud with each other. As this site retains a friendly image, other members detest the violence that ensues. Eventually these feuds move from each other's orangeboards into the public forums, dragging other members into the conflict. In order to avoid this, I have created a war zone that is sheltered from the public eye. Think of it as fighting in a barren field as opposed to a populated city. If you're going to fight, at least try to limit the number of civilian casualties. When the dust settles, truces, reparations, and atonements can take place. When you are done, please visit the Peace Forum.You must war either two ways:Chaotically battle in the comments.orKeep differing disputes separated by steps. (ie. Step one: Goodhart vs. Kiteman. Step two, Adrian Monk vs KK, Skate. et al.)If you do add a step, please hit "save and finish later" or "finish later". This will keep the War Zone hidden.If you must fight, do it here.I truly hope this will never be used, but I've made it as a precaution. Send me a PM if you wish to be a collaborator.~Spl1nt3rC3llShall we play a game? Goodhart, nachomama, or kiteman should get this.

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


"It's not like everyone who does DIY is a communist!" - Instructables in the Financial Times

I get attributed my favorite quote so far in DIY fanatics find a cyber showcase: "It's not like everyone who does DIY is a communist."Eric Wilhelm was studying for his PhD in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000 when he decided that he needed an athletic pursuit. So he took up kite surfing, a sport that was then in its infancy.Because kite surfing was so new, there were no established manufacturers producing reliable equipment. So Mr Wilhelm decided to make his own. He began sewing kites from rip-stop nylon and crafting boards from plywood. "It's a perfect sport for an engineer," he says. "You can build all your own gear."Mr Wilhelm posted instructions and pictures of his craftsmanship on his personal web page. It soon gained a following, and readers e-mailed to ask where they could find documentation of similar projects.The website evolved into Instructables, a San Francisco-based portal, and Mr Wilhelm is its chief executive. The business employs 10 and registers 5m unique visitors a month. The site, Mr Wilhelm explains, serves as a sort of collective repository for creative types who want to show off their wares.More broadly, Instructables is a symbol of the latest evolution of a do-it-yourself culture of invention that has been the lifeblood of California's Silicon Valley high-technology industry. Apple, Google and Hewlett-Packard are just three global companies that began with a couple of creative tinkerers experimenting in a garage. ...But isn't there something incongruous in a profit-seeking marketplace for specialised goods that are supposed to be the antidote to big box shopping? Herein lies the paradox of the DIY tech ethos: much as it would like to escape the confines of the throwaway economy, it cannot exist too far outside consumer culture.Mr Wilhelm of Instructables does not see a conflict. The DIY movement, he says, "is not anti-capitalist...It's a backlash against mass market. It's not like everyone who does DIY is a communist."More news and press about Instructables here.

Topic by ewilhelm 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Your Opinions Needed

As you know (or don't know), a while ago I came up with an idea for a place to keep arguments hidden. Some of you agreed, while others did not. I terminated the War Zone after asking Eric about the idea. He said it was best if people just told him who was fighting so he could temporarily ban the offender's account. As of late, I've noticed some fighting around Instructables and I am beginning to have second thoughts about it's termination. Not to go against Eric's wishes, but I feel that banning is only a temporary solution. I think banning could work, but it might also backfire. The offenders could feel that the other got him/her banned, and worsen the grudge. If the War Zone works as planed, I believe the offenders can come to terms without being banned and hopefully stop fighting.I just want your honest opinions on this matter. It would be arrogant of me to believe the rest of the community feels this way. This is the original idea:Welcome to the Hidden War Zone. Here you can settle disputes with other members privately, without disrupting the rest of the community. Every once and a while, two or more members feud with each other. As this site retains a friendly image, other members detest the violence that ensues. Eventually these feuds move from each other's orangeboards into the public forums, dragging other members into the conflict. In order to avoid this, I have created a war zone that is sheltered from the public eye. Think of it as fighting in a barren field as opposed to a populated city. If you're going to fight, at least try to limit the number of civilian casualties. When the dust settles, truces, reparations, and atonements can take place. When you are done, please visit the Peace Forum.You must war either two ways:Chaotically battle in the comments.orKeep differing disputes separated by steps. (ie. Step one: Goodhart vs. Kiteman. Step two, Adrian Monk vs KK, Skate. et al.)If you do add a step, please hit "save and finish later" or "finish later". This will keep the War Zone hidden.If you must fight, do it here.I truly hope this will never be used, but I've made it as a precaution. Send me a PM if you wish to be a collaborator.~Spl1nt3rC3ll

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How can I wire a recorder cut-in box?

So, a little background: I'm a reporter, and I do a lot of telephone interviewing. There's currently not an app that works reliably for my phone to record both sides of a call, and given that I already have a very nice standalone voice recorder (sony ICD820) that has line in/line out functionality, I'd like to have a way to run the signal from my phone into the recorder, record it, and then pass it on to a headset with a mic on it. The problem is that the recorder only has 3.5 mm stereo in/out (TRS), with no separate mic channel, so if I connect the (TRRS - mic/l/r/ground) cable from my phone directly into the recorder, then connect my headset to the 'line out' port, it ends up distorting badly, and not recording the mic channel. As a temporary solution I A) use two "Y" cables (one connected to the phone, and one to my headset) to split the mic from the audio channels, then B) feed the audio channels into and back out of the line in/out ports on the recorder, and then C) use a coupler to mate the two mic channels. This puts the recorder in-line on the audio channel(s) only, and routes the mic channel directly from my phone to my headset (picture attached). This works great, but it's bulky and delicate, and obviously only records the incoming side of the conversation.  THE QUESTION: How can I wire a box that will give me the ability to "cut in" a recorder on a TRRS source, which is delivering (potentially) stereo audio channels along with a mic channel - ie, up to three channels - so that the recorder is recording all three channells? (note: it does not matter if some/all of the channels are merged). WOULD IT WORK TO wire a box that A) summed the Left and Right channels from the phone using resistors on each channel (see the picture in the link), and B) fed the summed audio and the mic lines into the Left and Right pins of a TRS plug, respectively, to give the recorder a stereo source? I have put together a crude diagram of what I think this could look like (note that the diagram includes a DPDT switch to 'cut in' the recorder, but I would likely omit this in the final design for simplicity). Additional question: I have seen wildly varying info on what size resistors to use on the summing circuit, and also conflicting information as to whether I need a third on the ground (???). The simplest I have seen is just using a 1K resistor on each of the incoming channels. Given that these are just standard headphone/passive mic voltages, what size resistors would I need, and where in the circuit? Link to the simplest 'summing box' diagram I hve found for this type of application (top image): http://techtalk.parts-express.com/forum/tech-talk-forum/60443-stereo-to-mono-summing-circuit

Question by ThomasJ126 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Sulfur-free black powder equation and burning temperature? Answered

I am trying to calculate the pressure that builds up in a closed vessel containing deflagrating gunpowder.  The web gave me several conflicting equations for 70% KNO3 : 30% charcoal gunpowder: 1.  6 KNO3 + C8H4O --> 3 K2CO3 + 8 CO + 4 H2O + 3 N2 Oxygen is unbalanced. 2.  6 KNO3 + C7H8O --> 3 K2CO3 + 4 CO2 + 2 H2O + 3 N2 Hydrogen is unbalanced. 3.  6 KNO3 + C7H4O --> 3 K2CO3 + CO2 + 6 CO + 2 H2O + 3 N2 Carbon is unbalanced. None of these equations have 70:30 by weight saltpeter to charcoal, and none is balanced.  To fix the weight: it is possible that the charcoal is not to be completely dry, and that there are a few water molecules hiding out, but there would have to be 8:1 water to charcoal molecules for equations 1 and 2, and 9:1 for equation 3.  To maybe fix the balance and masses: if the charcoals had a coefficient of 2, equation 1 would need 1:2 water to charcoal, equation 2 would need 2:2, and 3 would need 3:2.  This is assuming that the saltpeter is carrying no water. Potential equations with 2 moles charcoal and carrying water to achieve the right weight ratios and balances are following: (I offer two potential equations each because I lack a reactivity series table and know not how extra atoms would come together.  Please alert me if the following equations are just B.S.) 4. a.  6 KNO3 + 2 C8H4O . H2O --> 3 K2CO3 + 3 N2 + 11 CO + 4 H2 + H2O + 2 C ? 4. b.  6 KNO3 + 2 C8H4O . H2O --> 3 K2CO3 + 3 N2 + 7 CO + 5 H2O + 6 C ? Excess carbon would take oxygen from water, or stay carbon, or would the charcoal not be all used up?  I assume that the reactant water molecules will remain unchanged. 5. a.  6 KNO3 + 2 C7H8O . 2H2O --> 3 K2CO3 + 3 N2 + 11 CO + 8 H2 + 2 H2O ? 5. b.  6 KNO3 + 2 C7H8O . 2H2O --> 3 K2CO3 + 3 N2 + 10 H2O + 3 CO + 8 C ? Same problem as #4 6. a.  6 KNO3 + 2 C7H4O . 3H2O --> 3 K2CO3 + 3 N2 + 11 CO + 4 H2 + 3 H2O ? 6. b.  6 KNO3 + 2 C7H4O . 3H2O --> 3 K2CO3 + 3 N2 + 3 CO + 7 H2O + 8 C ? Same problem as #4 If anyone can confirm any of these equations or provide a more accurate one, please do.  Also, anyone who can tell me the burning temperature of the correct equation, please do.

Question by tincanz 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Change instructables from orange! - Update 3 2/18

Yes, folks, the moment we've all been waiting for...you can customize the header at long last!(For real this time. See, I actually PUBLISHED the topic! Note to self: do not save forum topics with intent to publish later. Stalkers will find them first and leak it. :-P )For years the instructables header has been full of orangey goodness. Maybe a little too much orangey goodness. When I first saw the site, I thought, "Huh. It's February. A little early for halloween...". No lie. When I realized it's like this all the time, I realized something had to be done. I finally got around to sitting down and once and for all giving full control of the header to the user. Now, don't get me wrong. I love orange. I think the admins did a great job picking colors, I'm not trying to hate on them. But let's face it, sometimes change is good.With this handy-dandy style, you simply install stylish, load it, and presto! No more header screaming ORANGE ORANGE ORANGE and pounding you over the head with shocking vibrant hues until you die. No more co-workers saying "are you on instructables again?! " Yes folks, the header is invisible! Links are all black, to avoid conflict with buttons and such. Link colors (and header color) are easily edited. To change link colors, open the script and go to the sectionlinks */a {color: #000 !important; and change from #000 to whatever color you wish. Instructions for making your own styles coming soon.To install, Firefox users can just install this addon and load the ClearHeader style. However, opera users and those whose browser supports greasemonkey can load the style as a userscript. It's cross browser!So for headers that are different colors, install the scripts/styles below. Many thanks to Gmjhowe for his generous contribution of mad photoshop skillz. More are coming soon. Check back with this forum topic for updates and more colors - I'll mark it each time with the date updated. The headers might be a little bit rough - if you don't like them, go to the second image entry and clear out the URL in parenthesis to get a colored header with no hand.Red: (Coming soon)Blue: http://userstyles.org/styles/14765 Invisible: http://userstyles.org/styles/15029NEW! Yellow: http://userstyles.org/styles/15107Green: http://userstyles.org/styles/14804Eric's shoes Purple taken from his famous shoes instructable!: http://userstyles.org/styles/15032Gray: http://userstyles.org/styles/15030Black: (Coming soon)Silver: (Coming soon)NEW! Kiteman: http://userstyles.org/styles/15039NEW! Ewilhelm: http://userstyles.org/styles/15099Edit, tweak and post these to your heart's content. If you have questions, problems, etc, please post them here or PM me and we'll get it worked out.Many, many thanks to Yokozuna for providing me a handlogo file so I didn't have to color them in pixel by pixel like I was earlier, or mooch off gmjhowe like I did after that. :-D

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Davison and being an inventor

Last week a company called Davison was running targeted ads on Instructables through Google Adsense. Google Adsense typically places contextual-based ads on sites making connections between advertisers and publishers based on their search technology. However, advertisers can also work with Google to directly placed ads on specific sites. At first, we were flattered that Davison chose to target us, and further flattered that they were actually using our terminology in their ads. You may have seen "Cool Instructable?" or "Have an Instructable?" text ads running in our right sidebar.After checking out what Davison does, I decided they weren't a good fit with us and removed the ads. Normally, this would be no big deal, but because of the business Davison is in and the specifics of this case, I wanted to share my thinking.Davison solicits ideas from independent inventors, creates prototypes, markets potential products to manufacturers and distributors, and collects royalties. This is not worlds different from what we did at Squid Labs, except I would characterize Squid's activities as more technical and with the aim of creating sustainable businesses rather than exclusively creating products to be licensed.The rub comes in that Davison is not forthcoming with how they actually make money: high fees paid by the independent inventors. Here's a Forbes article that goes into greater depth, but for me, the important statistic is this: 37,000 or so people have contracted Davison Design's services in the last five years; but only eight of those who have signed up have realized royalties exceeding their fees to Davison.A 0.02% success rate is just awful, and clearly shows that they are preying upon people who don't know any better.The thing that personally put me over the edge was a section from their Questions and Myths:9. Can I tell people about my idea? We recommend that you do not publicly disclose your invention/idea to anyone (not even a friend or a family member), unless you have confidential documents in place to verify that you are the originator of the invention.Obviously, I have a conflict of interest, because I want you to share your initial ideas here in the forums and how you built your ideas into prototypes as Instructables to help me grow the site; however, the concept of absolute secrecy is anathema to me. Here at Squid Labs, we know of no one that has had their invention stolen by some big corporation (more on this at Saul's column in Makezine Vol. 9; full text available as an attached PDF, kindly permitted by Make). My experience has uniformly been that sharing yields stronger results than hiding. The person you share your ideas with might turn into a business partner and be instrumental in your shared success.Clearly there's demand for services to help inventors. Davison seems to have a nice facility at Invention Land; instead, why don't they invite the almost 8000 people per year that contact them to attend an "invention boot camp?" Attendees could learn some basic design, CAD, and machining skills, give mock presentations, and learn how to do a preliminary patent search. If Davison was doing a good job, they would start to see some success from their graduates, and companies looking for innovation would seek out the graduates or ask to attend the camp's final design reviews.Teaching people all these skills might sound impossible - like a full undergraduate and graduate series of degrees compressed into an 80-hour crash course. No course can cover everything- instead, it should give motivated people the basic skills and confidence to start doing it themselves, and teach them how to seek out the additional knowledge they need. It's surprising what motivated people can accomplish if you just get them started.In 2002 Saul and I taught a one-week class called Cyclomerisation where we taught a group of 12 people just enough bicycle design, CAD, and manufacturing to make them dangerous. Each person then designed their own custom bicycle using 8020 extruded aluminum and jet-machined connectors. We had telescoping unicycles, recumbent tricycles, and plenty of standard bikes; for example, check out Saul's 8020 Chopper. Half the participants were MIT students, half were not, and it made no difference -- everyone was motivated to learn something new and to put it into practice.If this idea isn't Davison's thing, then maybe I've found a project to work on after Instructables can run itself. In the meantime, I'm sharing the idea with all of you, because that's the best way to vet it, see if it has legs, and make it stronger.More pictures from Cyclomerisation here and here.

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Change instructables header from orange! Update 4

(Made new topic because old one was getting crowded and ugly)Yes, folks, the moment we've all been waiting for...you can customize the header at long last!For years the instructables header has been full of orangey goodness. Maybe a little too much orangey goodness. When I first saw the site, I thought, "Huh. It's February. A little early for halloween...". No lie. When I realized it's like this all the time, I realized something had to be done. I finally got around to sitting down and once and for all giving full control of the header to the user. Now, don't get me wrong. I love orange. I think the admins did a great job picking colors, I'm not trying to hate on them. But let's face it, sometimes change is good.With these handy-dandy styles, you simply install stylish, load them, and presto! No more header screaming ORANGE ORANGE ORANGE and pounding you over the head with shocking vibrant hues until you die. No more co-workers saying "are you on instructables again?! " Yes folks, the header is in your control! Yellow! Green! Invisible! Lots more! Links are all black, to avoid conflict with buttons and such. Link colors (and header color) are easily edited. To install, Firefox users can just install this addon and load the ClearHeader style. However, that's not the only way to install. Firefox users can use greasemonkey if you want. Opera users, IE 7 (ptooie!) can load the style as a userscript. It's cross browser!Many thanks to Gmjhowe for his generous contribution of mad photoshop skillz. New! Red: http://userstyles.org/styles/21622Blue: http://userstyles.org/styles/14765 Invisible: http://userstyles.org/styles/15029Yellow: http://userstyles.org/styles/15107Green: http://userstyles.org/styles/14804Eric's shoes Purple taken from his famous shoes instructable!: http://userstyles.org/styles/15032Gray: http://userstyles.org/styles/15030New! Black: http://userstyles.org/styles/21620Kiteman: http://userstyles.org/styles/15039Ewilhelm: http://userstyles.org/styles/15099Edit, tweak and post these to your heart's content. If you want THE WHOLE ENTIRE HEADER gone, not just graphics - you want EVERYTHING GONE from that bad boy, see here: https://www.instructables.com/community/Remove-the-entire-instructables-header-NOT-just/If you have questions, problems, etc, please post them here or PM me and we'll get it worked out.Many, many thanks to Yokozuna for providing me a handlogo file so I didn't have to color them in pixel by pixel like I was earlier, or mooch off gmjhowe like I did after that. :-DUPDATE: I have made substantial changes to all scripts. Please update your old versions. Due to name changes, some of them may not even update properly. If this happens, please uninstall any previously installed versions and install the new ones.Changelog:* Fixed bug in Blue header causing header to appear in all websites, not just instructables* Added the hand logo to Blue header * Marked obsolete versions of scripts* Changed all titles to reflect the application to instructables* Changed all descriptions to reflect the application to instructables* Made Black header* Made Red header* Gave all headers (except black) hand with proper white outlineFAQ:Q: I installed one header, then another one. Now I see the first one that I installed flash briefly before it goes to the current one. Now what?A: Make sure you disable all header scripts except for the one you are currently using.Q: Why are there CSS color codes at the top? That's extraneous code! You're dumb!A: Actually, I left it there on purpose, to make it nice and easy to refer to should you wish to change the link colors. Q: It's not working! Ahh!A: Make sure you have greasemonkey/stylish and the script itself enabled. If you continue to have issues, uninstall and reinstall.Q: I want to make my own. How do I do this?A: How to change the scripts:To change link colors, open the script and go to the sectionlinks */a {color: #000 !important; and change from #000 to whatever color you wish. To make custom-color scripts, download this file: . Edit it to whatever color you wish. Upload the file to an image hosting site such as tinypic or picoodle. Next, go to the first place where you see a url like (www.foo.jpg) and replace the url with the url of your uploaded picture.To make avatar headers, upload the appropriate file to an image hosting site and change as above. Then, go to the second url location and delete the url. Please upload any cool new scripts you make so others can enjoy them! If I like them I'll link them up here, too. ;)As always, please post bug reports and color requests in the comments.

Topic by Lithium Rain 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


The Weekly Challenge: Official Rules

OFFICIAL RULES PLEASE REVIEW THESE OFFICIAL RULES BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRANTS WHO ARE MINORS: YOU MUST OBTAIN THE CONSENT OF YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. NO PAYMENT OR PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PAYMENT OR PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. SECTION A – SPECIFIC TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST   Sponsor. The Instructables Weekly Challenge (the “Contest”) is a skill-based contest sponsored by Instructables, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Sponsor”), in connection with the Instructables.com website (the “Sponsor Site”). The Contest is governed by these Official Rules (these “Rules”). Overview. The object of the Contest is to share an Instructable using the item, tool, or theme as outlined in the Weekly Challenge. Eligibility. The Contest is open only to natural persons who, at the time of entry, are registered members of the Sponsor Site, are at least thirteen (13) years old, and are legal residents of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia but excluding Puerto Rico), and Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec, Canada). If you are a minor, meaning that you are under the age of majority in your jurisdiction (usually 18 or 19 in most U.S. states and Canadian provinces), you must obtain permission from your parent or legal guardian, and your parent or legal guardian must consent to these Rules as if he or she were an entrant, before you submit an entry. Sponsor reserves the right to require minors to submit proof of parental/guardian permission and consent to these Rules at any time. Certain individuals are excluded from eligibility to enter or win, as described in Section B below. Deadline. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on a Monday, (the “Start Date”). Entries for the Contest must be received by Sponsor by 11:59 p.m. PT the following Sunday. (the “Deadline”). How to Enter. There are two ways to enter the Contest, as described below. Either way, all entries must comply with the entry requirements identified in these Rules (including in this Section and in Section B below), as well as with any specific formatting or content requirements identified in Section A.2 above or on the “How to Enter” page for the Contest on the Sponsor Site. It is each entrant’s responsibility to ensure compliance with those requirements. Entry with New Instructable. To enter a new project in the Contest, follow these steps: First document your project in the Instructables format as a step-by-step or photo Instructable. Photo Instructables must include at least 5 images and a written explanation, step-by-step Instructables must include at least 3 steps with suitable images and explanation. When your project is ready to be published to the Sponsor Site, visit the Sponsor Site and follow the instructions for publishing your project to the Sponsor Site. You must be a registered user of the Sponsor Site in order to publish a project to the Sponsor Site. If you are not already a registered user of the Sponsor Site, you will be prompted to create an account on the Sponsor Site during the publication process. When you published your project to the Sponsor Site, if you have reviewed the entry requirements for the Contest, believe your project qualifies for entry, and want to enter it in the Contest, leave a comment on the Contest page, and include a link to your published Instructable. Instructable must be published during the Contest period. Further information about entry can be found in Section B below. Winner Selection. There will be between 1 and 11 total winner(s), the number awarded to depend on the number of entries. The winner(s) will be selected on or around Monday after the contest closes, and Sponsor will announce the winner(s) on or around Monday after the contest closes. Each winner will be awarded only the prize(s) for which that winner was selected, as described below. Prize(s). The prize(s) to be awarded in the Contest is/are as follows: If 5-9 entries, 1 winner will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, and a Sugru sample pack, ARV $50. If 10-24 entries, 1 winner will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt, ARV $65. If 25-49 entries, 1 winner will be awarded a prize package including prize package including a general-interest tool (see Contest Page for details), a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt, ARV $105, and 3 winners will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt, ARV $65. If 50-99 entries, 1 winner will be awarded a prize package including a gift card (see Contest Page for details), a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt, ARV $145. 5 winners will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt, ARV $65. If 100 or greater entries, 1 winner will be awarded a prize package including a general-interest tool (see Contest Page for details), a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt, ARV $356-565. 10 winners will be awarded a prize package including a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, a Sugru sample pack, and an Instructables robot t-shirt, ARV $65. The total estimated retail value of all prizes to be awarded in the Contest ranges from $50 to $1,215. Judging. Entries will be judged on the basis of the following criteria (the “Criteria”): relevance, originality, usefulness, simplicity, and clarity of instructions, each of which will be given equal weight. Entrants will be judged by the contest manager or relevant category editor. Further information on the steps and process of voting and judging can be found in Section B below. Odds of Winning. The odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received between the Start Date and the Deadline and the quality of each entry as evaluated by Sponsor and the Judges in the manner described above. The number of entries received, and the number of winners chosen, in prior contests of Sponsor, including the three (3) most recently completed contests, can be found here. The number of eligible entries for Sponsor’s recently completed contests generally has ranged from approximately twenty-four (24) to approximately eighty-three (83), and generally has averaged approximately forty-five (45), but Sponsor cannot predict or guarantee any specific number of eligible entries for the Contest. SECTION B – ADDITIONAL TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST General Conditions. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to abide by the terms of these Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor and the Judges, which shall be made in all cases in their sole and absolute discretion and are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. The Contest is governed by the laws of the State of California and applicable United States federal law, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. The Contest is void where prohibited by law. The Contest is also governed by Sponsor's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and other policies (collectively, the “Policies”) pertaining to the Sponsor Site, although the Rules will govern any conflict between the Privacy Policy and the Rules. Exclusions from Eligibility. Employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, or their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, suppliers, or advertising or promotional agencies (including without limitation any Judges who are employees of Sponsor or any of its parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates), as well as members of their households or their immediate families, may submit entries in the Contest, but any such entries are for information and entertainment purposes only and are not eligible to be selected as finalists or to win. Judges who are not employees of Sponsor or any of its parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates, are not eligible to enter or win, nor are members of their households or their immediate families. Entry. Multiple entries are permitted, but only one entry per entrant can win a prize in the Contest. Entrants must be registered users of the Sponsor Site to enter the Contest. Registering for an account with the Sponsor Site may require each entrant to submit entrant’s name, e-mail address, age or date of birth, and other details, and in the case of a minor, contact details for a parent or legal guardian for purposes of obtaining proof of parental consent, if Sponsor elects to do so. Entries can be the work of more than one person, but for purposes of the Contest, each entry will belong to the “Primary Author” named in the entry, regardless of the number of contributors to that entry. For winning entries, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to the named entrant only, and will not be responsible or liable for apportioning any prize among contributors to a winning entry. Upon submission, all entries become subject to the Policies (including without limitation the provisions regarding ownership and use of user submissions as stated in the Terms of Use). Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Entrant are permitted to modify or update an entry after submission, but are not permitted to do so after the Deadline. Entries may remain posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site indefinitely following the Deadline, but Sponsor reserves the right to delete entries from the Contest page after the Contest ends, in its discretion. Entries may not be created or submitted through any software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro, or other automated method. Sponsor and Co-Sponsor will have no responsibility for, and will have the right to refuse in its discretion, any entries that have been tampered with, or entries that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible, whether due to Internet or e-mail server failure or otherwise. Proof of transmission of an entry shall not constitute proof of receipt. It is each entrant’s responsibility to keep Sponsor informed of any changes to entrant’s contact or other information during the Contest. Additional Entry Requirements. Each entry must comply in all respects with the Policies, including without limitation all requirements for user submissions, as stated in the Terms of Use for the Sponsor Site. Without limiting that requirement, each entry also must comply with the following: Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry; If persons other than the entrant have contributed to an entry, the entrant must have the permission from each contributor prior to submitting the entry; Entries must not have been published prior to the Start Date; Entries must not have been entered in more than two other previous contests of Sponsor; Entries must not contain anything that is or may be: (i) threatening, harassing, degrading or hateful; (ii) defamatory; (iii) fraudulent or tortious; (iv) obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable; or (v) protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express prior consent of the owner of such right; and Entries must not contain any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability or that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense. Judging Process. The winner(s) will be determined by the judge as described below: The Judge will apply the Criteria to evaluate the entrants, sorting them in rank order. The highest ranked project(s) will be selected as the winner(s), and the number and type of winners will be as identified in Section A above. The Judges have the right to disqualify any entry that is not in compliance with these Rules, in the Judges’ discretion. In the event that a winning entry is disqualified, the next-highest scoring entry will be selected as the alternate winner. In the event that one or more of the identified Judges is unavailable, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute Judges of comparable qualification, to be determined by Sponsor in its discretion. Prize Terms. All values are stated in United States dollars. If a stated prize is unavailable, Sponsor has the right to substitute one or more items of equal or greater value, in its discretion. No prize is exchangeable, transferable, or redeemable for cash. The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable federal, state, provincial, local, or other statutes, regulations, and other laws and for bearing any personal income, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to any prize. THE PRIZE(S) WILL BE GIVEN AWAY BY SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSOR(S) “AS IS.” SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSORS DO NOT MAKE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM, ANY WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, IN WHICH CASE SUCH EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. Announcement; Award of Prize(s). The winner(s) will be notified by e-mail within seven (7) days of selection. The winner(s) (and, if a winner is a minor, the winner’s parent or legal guardian) may be required to sign a declaration of eligibility and/or publicity and/or liability release form, to the extent not prohibited by law, prior to receipt of a prize. The winner(s) must take possession of the prize(s) as directed by Sponsor. The winner(s) may be required to provide Sponsor with a social security or taxpayer identification number for tax purposes. The winner(s) also may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he or she is the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. An “Authorized Account Holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses to the domain associated with an e-mail address. In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. Failure to respond to a winner announcement, or return any required declarations or releases within seven (7) days (or any longer time specified by Sponsor) or to comply with any of the foregoing may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner. It is Sponsor’s policy to assist government employees in meeting their obligations under their Standards of Ethical Conduct; any prize(s) won in violation of those Standards should not be accepted and should be returned at Sponsor’s expense or destroyed. Representations. By entering the Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that: (a) the entrant meets all eligibility requirements of the Contest; (b) in entering and participating in the Contest, the entrant has complied and will comply in all respects with these Rules and all applicable statutes, regulations, and other laws; and (c) the information provided in the entrant’s entry, including without limitation all contact information, is true, accurate, and complete in all respects. Assumption of Risk. By taking any action to create an entry for the Contest, each entrant, on his or her own behalf and on behalf of his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns, acknowledges and agrees that: (a) there may be danger and risk of bodily injury, death, or property damage involved in creating an entry; (b) these risks and dangers may arise from foreseeable or unforeseeable causes; (c) such entrant and his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns assume all risks and responsibility for any personal injury, death, property damage, or other loss arising out of the creation of any entry, whether caused by negligence or any other cause; and (d) such entrant and his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns are relinquishing any and all rights he, she, or they now have or may have in the future to sue or take any other action against Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, the prize manufacturers, any other entities involved in the administration of the Contest, each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (the “Sponsor Parties”) on the basis of any injury, death, damage, or other loss that may be suffered arising from any action taken in the creation of any entry, including but not limited to claims based on allegations of negligence by any of the Sponsor Parties. Release. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, each entrant releases and holds harmless the Sponsor Parties from any and all responsibility, liability, damages (including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, statutory, and other damages), losses, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to: (a) entry or participation in the Contest, including but not limited to disputes among individuals claiming to have contributed to any winning entry; (b) any violation by the entrant of these Rules, the Policies, or applicable laws; (c) misappropriation, infringement, or other violation of any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, or other legal or contractual right of any person attributable to entrant or any entry submitted by entrant; (d) the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use of any prize or any item purchased with any prize (e.g., if the prize includes a gift card); (e) any entries or votes that have been tampered with or that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible; (f) any problems or technical malfunctions (including but not limited to errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operation or transmission) of any computer, telephone, modem, cable, satellite, network, hardware, online system, server, software, or other equipment or provider, including any incorrect, incomplete, garbled or jumbled information resulting therefrom; (g) any Internet traffic congestion or website accessibility or delays; (h) printing or typographical errors in any Contest-related materials; or (i) any other technical or human error that may occur in connection with the Contest (the “Causes”). If anyone makes any claim against any of the Sponsor Parties arising out of or relating to any of the Causes attributable to the entrant, the entrant will pay for any damages, losses, liabilities, costs, penalties, and expenses, including without limitation attorneys’ and experts’ fees and costs, incurred in connection with such claim. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE SPONSOR PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST, HOWSOEVER CAUSED, WHETHER ARISING IN STATUTE, TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND ALL SUCH DAMAGES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, IN WHICH CASE SUCH LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. Misconduct. Sponsor reserves the right, in its discretion, to disqualify any entrant who: (a) tampers with the entry or voting process, the operation of the Contest, the Sponsor Site, or affiliated websites; (b) acts in an unsporting or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy or harass another person; (c) is otherwise in violation of these Rules, the Policies, or any applicable laws; or (d) attempts to subvert the letter and/or spirit of these Rules. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Termination. Sponsor reserves the right to suspend, modify, or terminate the Contest at any time for any reason, in its discretion, including without limitation in the event of fraud, abuse, tampering, technical, administrative, financial, or other difficulties. In such cases, Sponsor will post a notice on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site. Should the Contest terminate prior to selection of the winner, Sponsor will announce an alternate means of awarding the prize on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site. Advertising. By entering the Contest, each entrant grants to Sponsor the rights to use his or her entry as provided in the Policies, including without limitation the provisions of the Terms of Use regarding ownership and use of user submissions. Without limiting the foregoing, to the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, each entrant consents to the use by Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, or any third party chosen by Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor, of any and all information, drawings, text, photos, videos, or other material contained in an entry or otherwise provided by such entrant related to the Contest, including any personal information obtained through the Contest, for advertising, marketing or any other purposes not prohibited by law. Otherwise, each entrant retains whatever rights it may have in each entry to the extent provided in the Policies. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by accepting a prize, a winner consents to the print and online publication of the winner’s user name, first and last name, address, and winning entry as part of the official winner’s list and also to the use of his or her winning entry, first and last name, user name, voice, photograph, biographical material, and likeness by Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, or any third party chosen by Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor, for advertising, marketing, and other purposes without additional compensation. Other than as set forth herein, Sponsor will treat any personal information supplied by entrants in connection with the Contest in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Miscellaneous. Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, and each entrant agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of an appropriate state court in Marin County, California, or an appropriate federal court located in San Francisco, California, for any action or proceeding arising out of or related to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize. By entering the Contest, each entrant submits to the jurisdiction of those courts and waives any objection to those courts, whether on the basis of jurisdiction, venue, inconvenience of the forum, or otherwise. If any part of these Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be modified by such court to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable while preserving to the maximum extent possible the original intent of Sponsor, and the remaining parts of these Rules will remain in full force and effect. Nothing contained herein or in any of the Contest related materials should be construed as an endorsement by Sponsor of any Co-Sponsor, or of Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor of any third party, product, or service. Winner’s List; Mailing List. The user name(s) and entries of the Contest winner(s) will be posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site, within thirty (30) days of awarding of all prizes. In addition, the names of the winner(s) may be obtained by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the below address (requests must include the words “WINNER’S LIST” and the full name of the Contest prominently in the first line of the address): 82 2nd St. San Francisco, California 94105 USA   All such requests must be received within six (6) months of the Deadline. Sponsor’s telephone number for Contest purposes is (510) 473-7626. Entrants who opt to join Sponsor’s electronic mailing list agree to be contacted by email by Sponsor. Requests for removal from Sponsor’s mailing list may be made as instructed in any such email, or by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Instructables Mailing List” at the above address, by calling the above telephone number, or as otherwise indicated on the Sponsor Site. Residents of Vermont may omit return postage on winner’s list and mailing list requests.   © 2011 Instructables, Inc. All rights reserved. INSTRUCTABLES is a registered trademark of Instructables, Inc. Other brands may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Topic by randofo 7 years ago


Scoochmaroo Challenge: Reuse

OFFICIAL RULES PLEASE REVIEW THESE OFFICIAL RULES BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRANTS WHO ARE MINORS: YOU MUST OBTAIN THE CONSENT OF YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST. ENTRY TO THE CONTEST IS FREE AND NO PAYMENT OR PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PAYMENT OR PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. PLEASE SEE THE INSTRUCTABLES TERMS OF SERVICE AND PRIVACY POLICY SECTION A - SPECIFIC TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST Sponsor. The Instructables Scoochmaroo Challenge: Reuse (the "Contest") is a skill-based contest sponsored by Instructables, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Sponsor"), in connection with the Instructables.com website (the "Sponsor Site"). The Contest is co-sponsored by the company or companies listed here, if any (each, a "Co-Sponsor"): none. The Contest is governed by these Official Rules (these "Rules"). Overview. The object of the Contest is to create an Instructable that reuses something. Eligibility. 1.THE CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO NATURAL PERSONS WHO, AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, ARE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE SPONSOR SITE, WHO ARE AT LEAST THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OLD, AND ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUT EXCLUDING PUERTO RICO),  CANADA (EXCLUDING THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA), UNITED KINGDOM, OR AUSTRALIA. 1.If you are a minor, meaning that you are under the age of majority in your jurisdiction (currently 18 or 19 in most U.S. states and provinces of Canada and Australia, and, for the UK, 16 in Scotland and 18 in most other parts of the United Kingdom), you must obtain permission from your parent or legal guardian, and your parent or legal guardian must consent to these Rules as if he or she were an entrant, before you submit an entry.  Sponsor reserves the right to require minors to submit proof of parental/guardian permission and consent to these Rules at any time, without which they may be immediately disqualified from the Contest. Certain individuals are excluded from eligibility to enter or win, as described in Section B below.  No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. Deadline. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT)/8AM GMT on April 16, 2012 (the "Start Date"). Entries for the Contest must be received by Sponsor by 11:59 p.m. PT on April 23, 2012 /7:59am GMT on April 24, 2012 (the "Deadline"). How to Enter. All entries must comply with the entry requirements identified in these Rules (including in this Section and in Section B below), as well as with any specific formatting or content requirements identified in Section A.2 above or on the "How to Enter" page https://www.instructables.com/id/Scoochmaroo-Challenge-Reuse/ for the Contest on the Sponsor Site. It is each entrant's responsibility to ensure compliance with those requirements. To enter a new project in the Contest, follow these steps: First document your project in the step-by-step or photo,Instructables format. When your project is ready to be published to the Sponsor Site, visit the Sponsor Site and follow the instructions for publishing your project to the Sponsor Site.  You must be a registered user of the Sponsor Site in order to publish a project to the Sponsor Site. If you are not already a registered user of the Sponsor Site, you will be prompted to create an account on the Sponsor Site during the publication process. Please note: in some jurisdictions, the publication of your project on the Sponsor Site could materially affect rights (e.g., adversely affect patent rights), you may own in the project.  You should make your own inquiries and seek your own advice on this issue. When you have published your project to the Sponsor Site, if you have reviewed the entry requirements for the Contest, believe your project qualifies for entry, and want to enter it in the Contest, leave a comment on the Contest page, and include a link to your published Instructable. Instructable must be published during the Contest period. You may not enter the same Instructables project in more than three (3) Instructables contests in total. Projects published prior to the Start Date are not eligible for entry.  You may not register the same Instructables project in more than three (3) Instructables contests in total. Further information about entry can be found in Section B below. Winner Selection. There can be up to 10 possible winning entries, depending on the number of eligible entries. The winning entries will be selected on or around April 25, 2012, and Sponsor will announce the winner(s) on or around April 25, 2012. There must be a minimum of the number of eligible entrants described for each tier listed below for it to be awarded.  Each winner will be awarded only the applicable prize according to the following: Prize(s). Tier #1: If there are at least 5 but no more than 9 eligible entries, there will be 2 winners and each winner will be awarded a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, an Instructables T-Shirt, and a Makedo FreePlay Kit for three.  Approximate retail value of each prize pack: $91, £ 57.29; or Tier #2: If there are at least 10 but no more than 19 eligible entries, there will be 4 winners and each winner will be awarded a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, an Instructables T-Shirt, and a Makedo FreePlay Kit for three.  Approximate retail value of each prize pack: $91, £ 57.29; or Tier #3: If there are at least 20 but no more than 29 entries, there will be 6 winners and each winner will be awarded a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, an Instructables T-Shirt, and a Makedo FreePlay Kit for three.  Approximate retail value of each prize pack: $91, £ 57.29; or Tier #4: If there are at least 30 but no more than 39 entries, there will be 8 winners and each winner will be awarded a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, an Instructables T-Shirt, and a Makedo FreePlay Kit for three.  Approximate retail value of each prize pack: $91, £ 57.29; or Tier #5: If there are 40 or more eligible entries, there will be 10 winners and each winner will be awarded a 1-year Instructables Pro membership, an Instructables T-Shirt, and a Makedo FreePlay Kit for three.  Approximate retail value of each prize pack: $91, £ 57.29. With respect to any prizes that include any gift cards, pre-paid debit cards,  similar cards, or any other items or services that are subject to third party terms and conditions or restrictions, acceptance and use of the prizes are subject to all eligibility criteria, expiration dates, service or dormancy fees, and all other terms and conditions (if any) imposed by the issuer of such cards, items or services. Neither Sponsor, nor any Co-Sponsor, nor any of their affiliates is the issuer of any such cards, items or services, and none of them are responsible for establishing those terms and conditions, for disclosing or explaining any of those terms and conditions to entrants, or for any winner's failure to comply with any of them.  If a winner does not comply with all of those terms and conditions, the winner may not be able to obtain the maximum value, or any value, from his or her prize. The estimated retail value of all prizes to be awarded in the Contest depends on the number of eligible entries and equals approximately: $910, £ 572.94. Judging. 1.Entries will be judged on the basis of the following criteria (the "Criteria"):  relevance, originality, usefulness, simplicity, and clarity of instructions, each of which will be given equal weight.  Entrants will be judged by the contest manager. Further information on the steps and process of voting and judging can be found in Section B below. Odds of Winning. The odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received between the Start Date and the Deadline and the quality of each entry as evaluated by the Judge in the manner described above.  The number of entries received, and the number of winners chosen, in prior contests of Sponsor, including the three (3) most recently completed contests, can be found through the "Contests" page of the Sponsor Site, which can be found here instructables.com/contest.  The number of eligible entries for Sponsor's recently completed contests generally has ranged from approximately two (2) to approximately eighty-three (83), and generally has averaged approximately forty (40), but Sponsor cannot predict or guarantee any specific number of eligible entries for the Contest.   SECTION B - ADDITIONAL TERMS FOR THIS CONTEST General Conditions. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to abide by the terms of these Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor and the Judges, which shall be made in all cases in their sole and absolute discretion and are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. The Contest is governed by the laws of the State of California and applicable United States federal law, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. The Contest is void where prohibited by law. The Contest is also governed by Sponsor's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and other policies (collectively, the "Policies") pertaining to the Sponsor Site, although the Rules will govern any conflict between the Privacy Policy and the Rules. Exclusions from Eligibility. Employees of Sponsor, any  Co-Sponsor, or their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, suppliers, or advertising or promotional agencies (including without limitation any Judges who are employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor or any of their respective parents,     subsidiaries, or affiliates), as well as members of their households or their immediate families, may submit entries in the Contest, but any such entries are for information and entertainment purposes only and are not eligible to be considered for the purpose of selecting finalists or winners.  Judges who are not employees of Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates, are not eligible to enter or win, nor are members of their households or their immediate families.   Entry. 1.Multiple entries are permitted, but only one entry per entrant can win a prize in the Contest.  Entrants must be registered users of the Sponsor Site to enter the Contest.  Registering for an account with the Sponsor Site may require each entrant to submit entrant's name, e-mail address, age or date of birth, and other details, and in the case of a minor, contact details for a parent or legal guardian for purposes of obtaining proof of parental consent, if Sponsor elects to do so.  Entries can be the work of more than one person, but for purposes of the Contest, each entry will belong to the "Primary Author" named in the entry, regardless of the number of contributors to that entry.  For winning entries, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to the named entrant only, and will not be responsible or liable for apportioning any prize among contributors to a winning entry.  Upon submission, all entries become subject to the Policies (including without limitation the provisions regarding ownership and use of user submissions as stated in the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html).  Entries will not be acknowledged or returned.  Entrants are permitted to modify or update an entry after submission, but are not permitted to do so after the Deadline.  Entries may remain posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site indefinitely following the Deadline, but Sponsor reserves the right to delete entries from the Contest page after the Contest ends, in its discretion.  Entries may not be created or submitted through any software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro, or other automated method.  Sponsor and Co-Sponsor will have no responsibility for, and will have the right to refuse in its discretion, any entries that have been tampered with, or entries that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible, whether due to Internet or e-mail server failure or otherwise.  Proof of transmission of an entry shall not constitute proof of receipt.  It is each entrant's responsibility to keep Sponsor informed of any changes to entrant's contact or other information during the Contest. Additional Entry Requirements. Each entry must comply in all respects with the Policies, including without limitation all requirements for user submissions, as stated in the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html for the Sponsor Site. Without limiting that requirement, each entry also must comply with the following: Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry; If persons other than the entrant have contributed to an entry, the entrant must have the permission from each contributor prior to submitting the entry; Entries must not have been published prior to the Start Date; Entries must not have been entered in more than two other previous contests of Sponsor; Entries must not contain anything that is or may be: (i) threatening, harassing, degrading or hateful; (ii) defamatory; (iii) fraudulent or tortious; (iv) obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable; or (v) protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express prior consent of the owner of such right; and Entries must not contain any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability or that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense. Judging Process. The winner(s) will be determined by the Judges, who will apply the Criteria to evaluate entries. The entries with the highest score(s) will be selected as the winner(s), and the number and type of winners will be as identified in Section A above. The Judges have the right to disqualify any entry that is not in compliance with these Rules, in the Judges' discretion. In the event that a winning entry is disqualified, the next-highest scoring entry will be selected as the alternate winner.  In the event that one or more of the identified Judges is unavailable, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute Judges of comparable qualification, to be determined by Sponsor in its discretion. Prize Terms All values are stated in United States dollars or British Pound Sterling as indicated.  If a stated  prize is unavailable, Sponsor has the right to substitute one or more items of equal or greater value, in its discretion.  No prize is exchangeable, transferable, or redeemable for cash.  The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all     applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees,     insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to any prize. THE PRIZE(S) WILL BE GIVEN AWAY BY SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSOR(S) "AS IS."  SPONSOR AND ANY CO-SPONSORS DO NOT MAKE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM, ANY WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.  SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, CONSUMER GUARANTEES AND SIMILAR RIGHTS, IN WHICH CASE SUCH EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS, IN RELATION TO THE PRIZES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED BY STATUTE, LAW (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMMON LAW), RULE, REGULATION OR OTHERWISE, ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED.   Announcement; Award of Prize(s). 1. The winner(s) will be notified by e-mail within seven (7) days of selection.  The winner(s) (and, if a winner is a minor, the winner's parent or legal guardian) may be required to sign a declaration of eligibility and/or publicity and/or liability release form, to the extent not prohibited by law, prior to receipt of a prize.  The winner(s) must take possession of the prize(s) as directed by Sponsor.  The winner(s) may be required to provide Sponsor with a social security or taxpayer identification number for tax purposes.  The winner(s) also may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he or she is the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry.  An "Authorized Account Holder" is the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses to the domain associated with an e-mail address.  In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry.  Failure to respond to a winner announcement, or return any required declarations or releases within seven (7) days (or any longer time specified by Sponsor) or to comply with any of the foregoing may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner.  It is Sponsor's policy to assist government employees in meeting their obligations under their Standards of Ethical Conduct; any prize(s) won in violation of those Standards should not be accepted and should be returned at Sponsor's expense or destroyed. Representations. 1.By entering the Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that: (a) the entrant meets all eligibility requirements of the Contest; (b) in entering and participating in the Contest, the entrant has complied and will comply in all respects with these Rules and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law), rules and regulations; and (c) the information provided in the entrant's entry, including without limitation all contact information, is true, accurate, and complete in all respects.   Assumption of Risk.  By taking any action to create an entry for the Contest, each entrant, on his or her own behalf and on behalf of his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns, acknowledges and agrees that: (a) THERE MAY BE DANGER     AND RISK OF BODILY INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE INVOLVED IN CREATING AN ENTRY; (b) THESE RISKS AND DANGERS MAY ARISE FROM FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE CAUSES; (c) SUCH ENTRANT AND HIS OR HER PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES, HEIRS, EXECUTORS, AND ASSIGNS ASSUME ALL RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER LOSS ARISING OUT OF THE CREATION OF ANY ENTRY, WHETHER CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER CAUSE; and (d) such entrant and his or her personal representatives, heirs, executors, and assigns are relinquishing any and all rights he, she, or they now have or may have in the future to sue or take any other action against Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, the prize manufacturers, any other entities involved in the administration of the Contest, each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (the “Sponsor Parties”) on the basis of any injury, death, damage, or other loss that may be suffered arising from any action taken in the creation of any entry,     including but not limited to claims based on allegations of negligence by any of the Sponsor Parties.   Release. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, each entrant releases and holds harmless the Sponsor Parties from any and all responsibility,     liability, damages  (including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, statutory, and other damages), losses, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or     relating to: (a) entry or participation in the Contest, including but not limited to disputes among individuals claiming to have contributed to any winning entry; (b) any violation by the entrant     of these Rules, the Policies, or applicable laws; (c) misappropriation, infringement, or other violation of any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, or other legal or contractual right of any person attributable to entrant or any entry submitted by entrant; (d) the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use of any prize or any item purchased with any prize (e.g., if the prize includes a gift card); (e) any entries or votes that have been tampered with or that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible; (f)     any problems or technical malfunctions (including but not limited to errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operation or transmission) of any computer, telephone, modem, cable, satellite, network, hardware, online system, server, software, or     other equipment or provider, including any incorrect, incomplete, garbled or jumbled information resulting therefrom; (g) any Internet traffic congestion or website accessibility or delays; (h) printing or typographical errors in any Contest-related materials; or (i) any other technical or human error that may occur in connection with the Contest (the “Causes”).  If anyone makes any claim against any of the Sponsor Parties arising out of or relating to any of the Causes attributable to the entrant, the entrant will pay for any damages, losses, liabilities, costs, penalties, and expenses, including without limitation attorneys’ and experts’ fees and costs, incurred in connection with such claim. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE SPONSOR PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST, HOWSOEVER CAUSED, WHETHER ARISING IN STATUTE, TORT, CONTRACT, OTHER LEGAL THEORY OR OTHERWISE, AND ALL SUCH DAMAGES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED.  SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES AND OTHER     LIABILITY (INCLUDING INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES) IN WHICH CASE SUCH LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE  FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, RULE, STATUTE OR REGULATION IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. NOTHING IN THESE TERMS EXCLUDE LIABILITY FOR FRAUD, OR FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE TO THE EXTENT SUCH EXCLUSION IS PROHIBITED BY     APPLICABLE LAW.   Misconduct. Sponsor reserves the right, in its discretion, to disqualify any entrant who: (a) tampers with the entry or voting process, the operation of the Contest, the Sponsor     Site, or affiliated websites; (b) acts in an unsporting or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy or harass another person; (c) is otherwise in violation of these Rules, the Policies, or any     applicable laws; or (d) attempts to subvert the letter and/or spirit of these Rules. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.   Termination. 1.Sponsor reserves the right to suspend, modify, or terminate the Contest at any time for any reason, in its discretion, including without limitation in the event of fraud, abuse, tampering, technical, administrative, financial, or other difficulties.  In such cases, Sponsor will post a notice on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site.  Should the Contest terminate prior to selection of the winner, Sponsor will announce an alternate means of awarding the prize on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site.   Advertising. By entering the Contest, each entrant grants to Sponsor the rights to use his or her entry as provided in the Policies, including without limitation the provisions of the Terms of Use https://www.instructables.com/tos.html regarding ownership and use of user submissions.WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT CONSENTS, AND WARRANTS THAT IT HAS OBTAINED THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF EVERY CONTRIBUTOR TO THE ENTRY,  TO THE USE BY SPONSOR, ANY CO-SPONSOR, OR ANY THIRD PARTY CHOSEN BY SPONSOR OR ANY CO-SPONSOR, OF ANY AND ALL INFORMATION, DRAWINGS, TEXT, PHOTOS, VIDEOS, OR OTHER MATERIAL CONTAINED IN AN ENTRY OR OTHERWISE  PROVIDED BY SUCH ENTRANT RELATED TO THE CONTEST, INCLUDING ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE CONTEST, FOR ADVERTISING, MARKETING OR ANY OTHER PURPOSES NOT PROHIBITED BY LAW. Otherwise, each entrant retains whatever rights it may have in each entry to the extent provided in the Policies.  To the maximum extent permitted by law, by accepting a prize, a winner consents on his or her own behalf and on behalf of any contributor to the entry, to the print and online publication of the winner’s user name, first and last name, address, and winning entry as part of the official winner's list and also to the use of his or her winning entry, first and last name, user name, voice, photograph, biographical material, and likeness by Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, or any third party chosen by Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor, for advertising,     marketing, and other purposes without additional compensation. Other than as set forth herein, Sponsor will treat any personal     information supplied by entrants in connection with the Contest in     accordance with Sponsor's Privacy Policy   https://www.instructables.com/about/privacy.jsp. Miscellaneous. 1.Other than for entrants who are U.K. residents, Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, and each entrant agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of an appropriate state court in Marin County, California, or an appropriate federal court located in San Francisco, for any action or proceeding arising out of or related to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize.  For U.K. residents: these Rules are governed by the Laws of England and Wales, and Sponsor, any Co-Sponsor, and each entrant agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in England in connection with any action or proceeding arising out of or related to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize.  By entering the Contest, each entrant submits to the jurisdiction of those courts and waives any objection to those courts, whether on the basis of jurisdiction, venue, inconvenience of the forum, or otherwise.  If any part of these Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be modified by such court to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable while preserving to the maximum extent possible the original intent of Sponsor, and the remaining parts of these Rules will remain in full force and effect.  Nothing contained herein or in any of the Contest related materials should be construed as an endorsement by Sponsor of any Co-Sponsor, or of Sponsor or any Co-Sponsor of any third party, product, or service. Winner's List; Mailing List. The user name(s) and entries of the Contest winner(s) will be posted on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site, within thirty (30) days of awarding of all prizes.  In addition, the names of the winner(s) may be obtained by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the below address (requests must include the words "WINNER'S LIST" and the full name of the Contest prominently in the first line of the address): Instructables 82 2nd St.   San Francisco, California 94105 USA All such requests must be received within six (6) months of the Deadline.  Sponsor's telephone number for Contest purposes is (01-510-473-7626).  Entrants who opt to join Sponsor's electronic mailing list agree to be contacted by email by Sponsor.  Requests for removal from Sponsor's mailing list may be made as instructed in any such email, or by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to "Instructables Mailing List" at the above address, by calling the above telephone number, or as otherwise indicated on the Sponsor Site.  Residents of Vermont may omit return postage on winner's list and mailing list requests.    © 2011 Instructables, Inc. All rights reserved. INSTRUCTABLES is a registered trademark of Instructables, Inc. Other brands may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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