Dragon Samurai Preview

Hi! I've been writing a story for about a month now and decided togive you all a sneak peak. I will be posting the whole thing once it's done. I will be trying to include some pictures as well. I hope you enjoy it! Here's the first Chapter: DRAGON SAMURAI Chapter 1 The ninja I woke with a start to the sounds of bells and shouts ringing in my ears. I jumped out of my futon and ran to the window. It was a dark and cloudy day. I saw a large crowd swarming towards the Emperor’s palace. Thousands of peasants and merchants were slowly surrounding the palace. Shouts drowned the sound of birds flapping away from the roaring crowd. I quickly changed into my kimono and ran downstairs without making my futon (my mother was going to kill me when I got back) and ran outside ignoring what my mother was saying. I followed the crowd and ran into my friend Hiroshi. “Good morning, Ryu,” he said. “Good morning Hiroshi,” I said. “Do you know what the commotion is about?” “All I know is that it has something to do with the Emperor.” “What would the Emperor do at this time in the morning?” “I have no idea.” If I remember right the Emperor is the kind of guy who stays in bed until eleven in the morning. Just try and imagine a tall puny man who only knows how to govern an empire who needs body guards at all times. If you can imagine that you probably have a good idea of what the Emperor looks like. The only time I’ve actually seen him is when he came for a walk through town but even then he was completely surrounded by guards. The reason I knew so much about the Emperor is because my uncle was one of his personal servants. Hiroshi and I continued to follow the crowd and the palace was coming into sight. Its beautiful building was surrounded by a large stone wall to keep out intruders. The roofs of the pagoda could barely be seen over the wall. Hiroshi pushed forward through the crowd. We eventually got to the front of the palace gates and Hiroshi had cleared a nice amount of room for us. I smiled. His name may mean generous but he wasn’t very generous when it came to giving space. I could hear the crowd around me mumbling to each other. Some said the palace was invaded overnight. Others said that the Emperor would declare the heir to the throne. After several minutes the doors creaked open and the Emperor’s representative slipped out the door with a very serious expression on his face. Questions exploded but the representative just stood there calmly waiting for the crowd to quiet down. Hiroshi nudged me in the ribs. “I vote we go and get noodles after the announcement,” he said. “Always thinking with your stomach aren’t you?” I said. We both giggled while the crowd settled down. The representative opened his mouth to speak. Now the next few seconds were the slowest of my entire life! The representative carefully mouthed the words “The Emperor has been kidnapped.” A gasp arose from the whole crowd. No sooner had he uttered the words than a shuriken (a ninja star) embedded itself in his chest. Everyone looked straight down at the dying man but I looked in the opposite direction. Where the Shuriken had come from stood a dark figure on the rooftop. He caught my eye and we stared at each other for what seemed like forever. Then he turned and darted off into the horizon. It was a ninja! That scary moment when our eyes met I saw something familiar in the figure’s eyes. He must have been at least fifty metres away from where I stood but I couldn’t help noticing something familiar in those eyes. I couldn’t identify what it was but I decided not to think about it at the moment. I stared at the man with blood seeping from his robes. He lay motionless while his heart slowly failed. As I stared into the eyes of the dying man, a chill ran down my spine. Hiroshi turned to me with a perplexed expression. The guards surrounded the man and pushed everyone back. The crowd slowly abandoned the palace gates and we eventually left as well. As we walked back down the road I noticed a man walking towards the palace. We locked eyes and I suddenly knew who he was. He was a Samurai.

Posted by Tornado96 7 years ago


Harware stores 80 Vs 30,000

Just out of interest... I was pondering as to whether the dimise of small chain harware stores is a world wide phenominum or is just an Australian trend... I am lucky enough to have started with my company, back when it was the type of store you could dash into and see Bob from electrical, that had that 1w LeD you were looking for, that never sells, just Bob has some stashed away just for special customers like yourself... Or Dave in plumbing that knows exactly what PSI rated pipe you need for the job..... Or even Tim in tools is still holding that $400 impact drill he ordered in just 'cause you said you wanted to check it out(even though he is not supposed to) Unfortunatley we have been taken over by a multi-million dollar company and things have changed.... Most of the old employees were sacked.... But some made it though... I have taking it apon myself to resurect the fallen company, one person at a time.... So far 5 of us remain (quality employees that LOVE our customers) I now am a manager and have trained over 15 employees. (these team members at times get VERY protective of their departments, which makes me wonder if I instilled a 'lil bit to much of myself in them) Those 15 have trained atleast 5 employees each... So far that's 80 employees... Hopefully this spontaniously continues... I might add, these employees act vastley different from the generic 16yr old kid, the new business employs, who doesn't care if a customers get's stuffed around for hours on end.... 80 vs 30,000 It's seems to be working as I have had MANY complements as to the QUALITY of service provided to customers, by these employees. In the mean time until we take control (I already have 90% of my staff converted to the dark side at my store ;p) It's off to go hide some LeD's, Switch's, Fitting's, Drill's etc down inside our racking so "other" managers don't find out and squeel to head office... Anyway's, is there any Bob's or Dave's left at your local hardware store that you can call on, for all those weird and wonderful things we needs to make all our Instructable dreams come true???

Posted by Lftndbt 11 years ago


universe expanding forever?

I saw this article on the BBC news site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11030889 which has some astronomers apparently claiming that they have now worked out the fate of the universe from measurements on distant stars magnified through a galactic cluster. The final quote is: Professor Priyamvada Natarajan of Yale University, a leading cosmologist and co-author of this study, said that the findings finally proved "exactly what the fate of the Universe will be". This seems like a pretty bold claim to me - I was thinking that even if we had a lot of such measurements then we would still only be working out the geometry of space/time in the region of our universe that we are capable of seeing. This is likely to be only a small part of the whole universe due to the galactic horizon imposed by the age of the universe against the speed of light. Also, even assuming that the whole universe of 3D space and time that we live in behaved the way they are saying, this is still only working out what would happen due to the universe's own internal dynamics - there are ideas coming out now about our universe being part of a wider multiverse outside the realm that we experience as normal space and time, so even if the universe did expand into a "cold dead wasteland", then something could possibly infringe upon it from outside space/time and make something different happen at any time in the future. Some of what's going on here is just bad journalism - there's a longer article here: http://pda.physorg.com/darkenergy-universe-magnifyinglens_news201427857.html which gives a fuller version of the same quote: "The geometry, the content and the fate of the Universe are all intricately linked," says Natarajan. "If you know two, you can deduce the third. We already have a pretty good knowledge of the Universe's mass-energy content, so if we can get a handle on its geometry then we will be able to work out exactly what the fate of the Universe will be." This is a bit more cautious but there's still this idea that by making measurements like this from just one point in space and time we can work out the fate of the whole universe, which I don't really believe. So I reckon these sort of predictions should be taken with a massive pinch of salt, rather than definite statements of what we know. Which may be obvious, but I wanted to say it and see what anyone else thinks?

Posted by ganglion 8 years ago


Review: Sharir1701's Bushmaster M17S

Sharir1701's M17S is truly a pretty gun. Even my mom said so, but it does have its draw backs. In this review, I am going to do my best to give you the pros and cons of this gun, so that you can decide weather to build it or not. Now, the gun might be somewhat outdated, but it is pretty cool all the same. First off, let us talk about the cons, as those will really be the things you will really want to see. Cons: Looks: He stated in the 'ible of his M17S that "this is my bushmaster m17s replica thats like 95% perfect as a replica..." but I quite disagree. The barrel area is not quite accurate. His is too thick, the barrel is WAY two small (though, I admit, with his setup it would be pretty hard  to edit that), his trigger guard is not quite curved enough, and the handle is curved way to far. The carrying handle is not high enough, and the attachment bar is too block like. The butt-stock area is horrid. it is not flat on top, it is WAY too big, and it does not have the right types of curves. Mechanism: The mechanism does not always block the FP, and the safety does not always work. The mag lock is also a waste, as the mag stays in fine with out it. Piece Consumption: This gun is VERY piece consuming, and took up almost all of my orange connecters, green rods, and dark grey connecters (even with my attempts at piece saving). This is not really a disadvantage to the gun its self, but just keep that in mind. I am sure there are MANY ways to fix this as a problem. Now to the pros. Pros: Looks: Looks good over all, but again, not very accurate. Comfy, and yet sturdy, this gun is not at all a wast of time! Mechanism: The mechanism on this gun is FANTASTIC. I love the way it works, and the mech is quite effective (minus the disadvantage above). All of the mechs are easy, work great, and are VERY "smartly" done. Effective overall. Range: Fantastic! With a couple rubber bands you have your self an effective gun! Overall: This gun is so much fun to build and to mess around with. It's big, sturdy, has great range, has great mechs, and is just awesome overall. I would love to see this gun's mechs thrown into a concept gun/fake gun. Hope this helps you out. And as always, rate, comment and subscribe!

Posted by The Red Book of Westmarch 5 years ago


Interactive lights with sensors and such

I am currently working of my BFA in sculpture and I have a couple of gallery shows coming up and it would seem that my ideas are bigger than my knowledge base (which is okay by me, but sometimes frustrating). My current work revolves around posthumanism and I am working to blur the lines between human and machine, working with circuitry, xrays, and prosthetics. I have one set of work that I am currently a bit stumped with. I have three copper PCB boards that I am going to etch into circuits, but the lines of the circuits will resemble human faces. Each board has a character: the introvert, the extrovert, and the antagonist. The introvert will be silent, but I want the lights that glow behind it to flicker faster, or get brighter when the viewer nears. Essentially, he is quiet, but has a LED driven anxiety attack when people approach. I did this with a dark sensitive photosensor thinking that the viewers shadows would activate the light. While it worked in my living room, I realized that the gallery lighting would not lend itself to this method. So my next thought was a theremin that had light output instead of sound output. Possible? The next two will make sound and light. The extrovert needs to seek attention. I was hoping to figure out something that would talk back when something is making noise around it. So it would need to pick up the vibrations of someone talking about my work, or possibly even their footsteps, and then begin to "talk back" (lighting up and making noise). Intstead of sensing vibrations I was thinking that proximity might be easier so maybe an IR sensor. (?) The last one hate the second one. I was thinking I might be able to do something like this with a kit I have that allows me to plug one circuit into another, , where I would have it sense the light or sound coming from the extrovert and in turn verbally assault him. However,it is not a definite go, still lots of kinks so I am up for any solutions. I hope this is somewhat coherent to you. If you could give me any leads on where to start, or any places to get good information/products, that would be immensely appreciated. Thanks for your time!

Posted by idaholaura 9 years ago


Airsoft! *Updated pictures*

I just wanted to share a bit of my Airsoft Guns, Including a ARES TAR 21 (NOT S&T;). And a KWC full auto Co2 blowback desert eagle. I love them both and these are the two guns that I'd never sell out of the collection. The TAR runs off a 9.6 volt and a 8.4 volt battery. I also have three 180RND mid caps and the 300RND high cap that it came with. (I only run the mid cap magazines in this gun). It has a full metal gearbox, gears, bushings, barrel, (Inner and out). Ive also installed a EOtech 552 sight up top. Its also flat dark earth. It shoots 380 FPS using .20gram BBS. I only run G&G; .20 gram BBS in it. It gets lubed and cleaned after every use of 1000 rounds through it (not during battles though). It also has full trade marks of the real TAR 21 on its side. It gets stored along its accessories in its Elite Force gun bag. The Desert Eagle runs off Co2 stored in its magazine, along with the BBS. It holds 21 BBS and can spray them all in less than a second. It kicks back tremendously and its also full metal internals and externals. The magazine is also metal. It can shoot 386FPS using .20 gram BBS. I only run .20 gram G&G; BBS through it. Once again it gets cleaned after every use, lubed and polished. It also has trademarks on the handle and on both sides of the slide. It also gets stored in a very nice gun bag. I also have a broken M4S-system. Which broke during battle. The lower broke off from the upper. Pieces were lost. It was a A&K; M4S-system, which I actually want the D-boys one now... The gun is hidden under my bed... :( On a side note I also have a large UTG camo bag that holds my elite force goggles, extra goggles, gear, vest, pants, shirt, neck guard. ETC. My BBS, parts, Alan wrenches, hop up tools ETC. It also has my name on it. So tell me what you think and also tell me what your guns are and how you treat them!!! :D

Posted by DELETED_Blue Mullet 2 5 years ago


Help Making a Toaster Lamp

Kats, I need some help making a toaster lamp. Now I know what you’re thinking, “ I always wanted to make a toaster lamp!”. Well now’s your chance to help. In its simplest form a toaster lamp would be a base of a toaster with the top of a table lamp. The lamp operates like a normal lamp by pulling the string or turning the switch. The electronics in the toaster would be disabled or removed for safety reasons. This would be the simplest model. But I would like to build a model where you press the toaster lever down and the lamp lights up. To turn the light off you press the cancel button or press the toaster lever up. Furthermore the light-dark setting on the toaster would act as a dimmer switch for the lamp. The toaster heating elements would be disabled for safety reasons. Now a basic toaster works like this: When you push down on the handle, a plastic bar presses against the contacts and applies power to the circuit board. 120-volt power runs directly through the contacts to the nichrome wires to start toasting the bread. A simple circuit made up of transistors, resistors and capacitors turns on and supplies power to an electromagnet. The electromagnet attracts the piece of metal on the handle, holding the bread in the toaster. The simple circuit acts as a timer. A capacitor charges through a resistor, and when it reaches a certain voltage it cuts off the power to the electromagnet. The spring immediately pulls the two slices of bread up. In the process, the plastic bar rises and cuts off power to the toaster. Some of the problems I’m facing are the voltage to the electromagnet and PC board is about 12 volts. If you bypass the nichrome wires that would send 120 volts to the PC board which would toast it. So we need a way to do that. Another problem is we don’t want the capacitor to cut off power to the electromagnet, that would shut off the light. We could not charge the capacitor by putting a larger resistor before it, I’m not sure how to do this. The ideal solution would be to gut the toasters electronics, replace it with a circuit that does what I want, and the toaster just becomes a façade. Now that I’ve outlined what I want to do are there any electronics wizards out there who can design me a circuit to do this? Thanks Paul

Posted by god1 11 years ago


new knex gun coming out acctualy it out now name: morretti SR-4

The gun that can shoot better than Gorkems sniper ,and looks much cooler. here is a linkpic 1 ,2 ,3 ,4,and 5 are all old now. 1st pic is the gun it will be ,sorry it's such a small pic they don't have any bigger ones. ) : 2nd pic is a close up of the scope kinda dark sorry. 3rd pic is it with the new butt/stock ,and for grip.4th pic is tit with a new barrel that still needs work ,and the for grip is a better color.5th pic I added a bi-pod it can fold up it's awesome its not fragile ether!6th pic it now shoots gray rods and can shoot through hardly damp shoe boxes from 15 ft away ,and normal card board at 3 ft. away. and it has a new bi-pod taking inspiration from (knex sniper rifle)s bi-pod it works great now I got my sister to shoot it and she hates knex guns.7th pic It has a newer stronger bi-pod ,and a clip flap. 11th pic just a speciall thing you can add to make it reely beastly it still shoots just as good like that wich is awesome. I now added a flap to close up the mag and changed the front sight. Breaking news I got it to shoot 50ft ,7in. without aiming up I think its the best gun ever.More breaking news I got it to shoot 64 ft. and 5 in. by aiming it up at a 40* angle ,but you won't want to do that it is allot more fun to shoot something 15-20 ft. away without aiming up.It also shot in to an apple and 2 layers of bubble rap not to big of a deal. The mag uses 4 decapitated gray connectors ,or 2 orange connectors because you get two if you use orange connectors. It can use two square plates the size of a yellow rod from corner to corner ,and 2 triangle ones the size of a yellow rod on the biggest side.

Posted by the_burrito_master 11 years ago


Get Lit: 10 Great Lamp Instructables

One of the greatest DIY projects to try out is the lamp. Everyone can use a good lamp or two and here are ten different approaches to bringing light to the darkness. Redo the ideas exactly, tweak them, or even mash them up. As long as the result lights up your life and makes you happy it'll be worth the effort. Mad Scientists Light by tim-1138 The perfect touch for that lab you've been dreaming of putting together. Japanese lamp from recycled materials by PKM Put a bit of scrap materials together in this clever way and you'll be able to add a touch of class to your den. Big lamps from Ikea lampan lamps by daan These lamps are quite plain on their own, but start putting them together and you can make something amazing. Universal lamp shade polygon building kit by dan This classic Instructable uses only one cutout shape to create and extraordinarily wide array of lamp shapes. Geometric Cut Paper Table Lamp by drips Start cutting up paper to create a lamp and you'll soon see that the possibilities are endless. Keep experimenting with shapes and sizes to get the light you want. Paper Wall Lamp by naedhi One string of rope lights and a slick use of paper to diffuse the light creates a nice modern lamp. Again, you can tweak the design however you want. RGB Color Controllable High Power LED Room + Spot Lighting by dan Want some bright lights and the power to create whatever color you want? Then take the plunge into high power LEDs and see how much fun you can have. Small eco-footprint living room light by marc_alain Instead of just saying it's green, this Instructable even provides a life cycle analysis. Either way, the lamp itself looks good enough to build even if it wasn't super efficient. Audio Visual Art....FOTC Style by scooter76 Make some art and light up the room at the same time. Don't care much for the New Zealand duo? Then put whatever you want on there. Night Stand Charging Station Lamp by drocko Function meets more function with this lamp that does double duty as a charging station for all your electronic gizmos.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


One of My Stories

I'm usually not one to write but...I don't know I guess I just had an idea for a story that might be good if I continued it. Right now the one below is still being worked on theres some parts that still don't sound right or are missing something. I also really shouldn't say "stories" because truly this is my only one. Anyway, just thought I'd share it. Any ideas for how to take the plot further would be greatly appreciated. Here it goes: My over-active imagination was running away with me again. I've woken up twice in the last hour to something...I can't explain the sound. I just want to sleep until morning and have been doing my best to ignore it, but it just keeps getting louder. Alright, thats it. I shoved off the covers and expertly dodged the piles of clothes that seem to grow bigger over night, to the door. Slowly, I turned the knob. It creaked. I breathed sharply through my teeth hoping nobody heard. Then again, who couldn't hear whatever that racket is? I nudged open the door and slipped into the hallway. It was dark but I wouldn't dare risk turning on the light. Luckily, the big bay window downstairs cast a light over the steps. Jeez, I never knew a house could have so many things that creaked. So I took the stairs two at a time to just cut down on noise. From where I stood, at the base of the stairs, It sounded like the noise was coming from the kitchen, though it was muffled. As I walked into the kitchen, I looked around. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Plates are still stacked up in the sink, waiting to be cleaned. The trash still needs taken out, but what's that sound? Wait, the trash...oops. I don't want that to still be here when Dad wakes up. I was supposed to take it out after dinner, well guess I'll take it out now... I bent down and jerked up the bag. It seemed heavier than normal but I didn't take that into mind. We did have a big dinner that night. I opened the back door to the night. The air was crisp and cool. It was the middle of fall and already it gets to be almost freezing at night. I shivered then walked quickly down the steps and down the sidewalk, careful to not let the bag scrape the ground. Heaving the heavy bag in the trash can, I looked around. It's been awhile since I've been up this late. I'm glad I'm usually not, it's eerie out here. Everything is quiet, there's not a person in sight, the road seems to just go on into the darkness. What makes it especially creepy though is that now that same sound is coming from the trash can in front of me. I just stood and stared. I have to see what it is. What if it is something alive and it needs help? Shakily I reached out and pulled off the lid. It fell to the ground with a loud clang, but I don't care. Now my curiosity was over coming the fear. Slowly, I reached up, untied the bag and looked inside. Then woke up. I reached down and unplugged my blaring alarm clock, not trying to even look for the button that would shut it up. Groggily, sitting up, I remembered the dream. I've been having weird dreams like that. Ever since we moved into our new...well new to us, but still old house. So I tried not to give it much thought. As I lumbered out of bed I could smell the aroma of breakfast come from the kitchen. I was hungry and the smell didn't help me whatsoever. I quickly pulled on a pair of jeans and the shirt I wore yesterday, then rushed out of my room, glancing at the mirror in the hall. Staring back at me was a kid who looked like he hadn't slept in years. My black hair was out in every direction and I had a looked like I was about to fall asleep right then and there. Well, good thing it's a Saturday! I was just starting to turn around to head downstairs when I saw my dad at the bottom of the steps holding a trash bag. "Crud", I said under my breath. I guess my dream was right... Silently I walked down the stairs. He didn't have to say a word. I took the bag out of his hands and headed out back. Lifting up the lid to the trash can I remembered my dream. What was in that bag? I looked around quickly. No one in sight. I undid the strings and looked inside the dark bag. Nothing but trash. Sigh. I almost wished there was something in there. Just to add some excitement to my week. With a dad being an ex-NAVY Sgt. He liked to keep everything on schedule and organized. for him everyday was nearly the same. Me? I'm anything but organized. Him being like that bugged me. I like change once in a while. Not just the same humdrum stuff everyday. But I'm used to it. "Matt?"-I nearly knocked over the trash can. "Are you OK?" My sister was standing beside me with a curious look on her face. I hadn't realized I had my head still in the trash bag for nearly five minutes. "Yeah, I'm fine." She still had that weird look, " Why did you have your head in the trash?" "I...uh...how 'bout you go inside and get some breakfast?" She didn't say anything. She just slowly turned around, still confused. For once she didn't keep asking me. Normally, If she asked something she wouldn't shut up until she got an answer. I shook my head. Why do I always do that? I get thinking about something and then sort of zone off. It's embarrassing sometimes, like just now. "Matt, get in here!" Bah, I did it again. I ran inside. It looked like I missed breakfast. All the plates were put up besides mine. I sighed, and then threw my plate in the microwave. “ Hey, Trash Sniffer!” I turned around , my younger brother Aaron was looking up at me grinning. “ What were you doing in the trash?” “ I was…um…thinking.” “In the trash?” “You won’t leave until you get an answer, will you?” He just stood there, still grinning. “ Fine, I was daydreaming again about a dream I had.” I glanced at him. He now had a more serious look. “ You said you didn’t have those dreams anymore.” Then I realized I shouldn’t have said that. Remembering how when I first told him about the weird dreams and how they about scared him to death. He would wake up every morning worrying about if I had a bad dream. I ended up lying to him that I didn’t have those dreams and that he helped make them go away. Now, I could tell he was already starting to worry. I quickly said, “ No, no, not one of those dreams. It was a nice one and I was just trying to remember it. “Really?” He said glancing up at me. I nodded. “Ok, I just didn’t want you to have bad dreams again.” And with that he turned and walked away. Crazy 6 year olds.

Posted by Rockerx 10 years ago


LED Questions

Help, I'm afflicted with inspiration in quantities that exceed my skills!So I came up with an idea for a project that would probably require the use of LEDs, which I know next to nothing about. Ah, said I, the Internet can teach me much... so I turned here and found the (nearly) perfect Instructable, "LEDs for Beginners":https://www.instructables.com/id/LEDs-for-Beginners/Having read this most helpful I'ble, I certainly came away more knowledge than I'd previously had, but still not enough to properly plan my project.Basically, I'd like to create a 2D "array" of LEDs to use as a light source, in order to backlight a roughly 8.5" x 11" translucent panel.It seems like it would be straightforward to just wire up a bunch of white LEDs in series to a power source and a resistor, and be done. I'm not afraid of a little trial-and-error, but I prefer to know at least roughly what I'm doing going in, so I'm asking for your help. Here are my lingering questions:1. Should I wire my LEDs in series, or in parallel? (Or some combination thereof)? In series, I gather that one LED failing will break the whole circuit, which could be a pain. On the other hand, I've seen several projects and sites that cryptically recommend against wiring these in parallel.2. Are there pre-built strips of LEDs I could acquire that would make this project simpler?3. If I want to vary the brightness of my light source, can I use a variable resistor (potentiometer), or does the nature of the LEDs preclude the use of this type of dimmer switch? If so, could I vary the brightness with multiple switched circuits, turning off half the LEDs for half brightness, 3/4 off for quarter-brightness, etc?4. I've got a slew of transformers from old tape decks, telephones, cell phone chargers, etc. Can I appropriate one of these as my DC power supply?5. How do I gauge how many LEDs I'll need, and what density is best to lay them out? I'm looking to create even, diffuse light, with no noticible bright/dark spots.6. Do I need to worry about heat?7. Are LEDs even the correct way to go here? Should I consider fluorescent light instead?I realize these are a lot of questions, but if you're an expert on LED projects, you could save me a lot of research time. If (I build this gadget, it will definitely show up here as its own Instructable.)Thanks!-JD

Posted by jdtwelve12 10 years ago


K'Nex Guns Need To Move On!

Alright, someone needs to say this so i will. Knex guns are stuck in this sort of, generic handguns, average assault rifles, shotguns with nothing new. We all need to rack our brains and come up with some concepts, then post them. So we can all have a crack at a what would be considered "HARD" concept. We need to be trying new ideas. We're stuck in a dark age of nothing new (only rarely something good might come out) we need to step forward . Basically, I'd much rather see some pics of a failed concept and what you were trying to acheive than, "Removable Mag Handgun" or "M8AR (MegaMetal8's Assault Rifle)" which is just a generic removable mag gun. I Say one of us with quite alot of subs needs to make a ible/forum where EVERYONE has access and can post concepts. Its just getting boring with all this, so for more fun and ideas. Together, LETS DO THIS! Thankyou for reading and together we can make this happen. -MM8

Posted by MegaMetal8 7 years ago


Book: Elelctronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius Updated - added a (COMPLETE) Table Of Contents

This book has several high voltage gadgets to build, and if you are familiar with the "evil genius" series, presents a plethora of information on each one.  There are 28 projects in all;  and the front cover also says:  * illustrated instructions & schematics * lists of materials & part suppliers * science & math behind each project The author is Bob Iannini The book cost me $24.95 (USA) new.  It will cost around $3 to ship in the USA, so if anyone feels it is worth about $15-$18 that would be grand; otherwise, make a reasonable offer. I underlined one word in the introduction, but have made no other marks in the book. My reason for selling it is that I do not see any way in the foreseeable future, of me building any of this kind of project. Contact me by way of PM  to work out the details if anyone wishes to purchase it. Thanks ahead of time.    Table of Contents: There are 28 chapters (one for each project)   Chapter One:  Anti-gravity Project   Chapter Two: Low Power Electrockenetic gun   Chapter Three: High Energy Pulser   Chapter Four: Mass Accelerator   Chapter Five: Plasma Thermal gun   Chapter Six: Wire Exploding   Chapter Seven: Magnetic Can Crushing   Chapter Eight: Hand-held Burning CO2 gas LASER   Chapter Nine: Hand-held Burning Diode LASER   Chapter Ten: Long Range Optical LASER   Chapter Eleven: Hand-held Ultrabright Green LASER   Chapter Twelve: LASER  Property protection Fence   Chapter Thirteen: LASER window Listening Device   Chapter Fourteen: 12"  Spark Tesla Coil   Chapter Fifteen: Two inch spark Tesla w/timer   Chapter Sixteen: Tesla Plasma & Ion projects     Chapter Seventeen: Sold State Tesla Coil   Chapter Eighteen: 30 "  Spark Tesla Lightning generator   Chapter Nineteen: Jacob's Ladder   Chapter Twenty: Plasma Tornado Generator   Chapter Twenty one: Plasma Light Saber   Chapter Twenty two: Ion Ray  & Charge gun   Chapter Twenty three: See in the Dark project ( IR night vision)   Chapter Twenty four: Fish stunning & Wormer (brings em to the surface of the ground) project   Chapter Twenty five: EMP Generator   Chapter Twenty six: Ultrasonic Microphone   Chapter Twenty seven: Phaser Pain field gun   Chapter Twenty eight:  Pain field Property protection guard          

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago


Lord of Aracana: quickest way to bring down monsters.

First off, this game is rated M  and contains content that is gory and violent. It may be found  offensive to some. So if there is even the slightest chance you might take offense, or there is someone with you who might be offended or should not be exsposed to such content, please do not continue and please exit now. OK, now we can start. Hey all you gamers out there! There has been alot of discussion about the fastest way to bring down master guradians in the game Lord of Arcana. This is a new game out recently this year developed by Access games inc. It is now one of my faves on the psp system, featuring full HD graphics, tons of weapon and armour choices, and also you can join parties of up to four people on a quest.  After playing and beating it myself I know most of the tricks and the litte things you can do to gain an edge in battle. First off, learn your monsters! Find out their weaknesses, Here-in lies the secret of defeating your foes quickly and efficiently. Observe how and when they like to attack, From what angle and with what speed. And most importantly, find their dead-zone. This is like their blindspot. this is the best place to attack from. Only the big monsters such as master guardians will have these. For example, the guardian Bahamut's blind spot is right beside his right leg behind his wing. Wait for him to lift his tail for a slam then attack! The best weapon to use on the master gurdians is a polearm. Use the highest level polearm you have, then equip the battle art "pile drive". Wait for the monster to attack, now evade! Quickly, charge piledrive to max, this should take about 2 seconds. Now! Spring upon the unholy beast with all the wrath of  Hyrodyn! This is also effective for reaching beasts that like to cower in the earth. Use this tactic to reach the master guardian Asjada while she is hiding below the surface of the ground. After a few hits from this she will pop out and will be past half dead. This will make quick work of any monster you will face, but be warned it can be risky when facing fast moving targets such as the Griffin, Drake shade, or Kirin. Well i hope this helps, and either way, send me a heads up if you tried this. If you couldn't get it to work don't be afraid to ask for more info. If it does work for you, great! Have fun, and remember this creed while inflicting that last blow upon thy wretched beast underfoot....Fear the dark, fear the killer, FEAR ME!

Posted by Matrix-technician 6 years ago


Ch. 3 In Which Old Science Creates New Technologies

Hey Instructastorians! I know I haven’t been keeping my Instructables Intern Blog updated, so in advance I apologize for the lateness in this update. Things have really picked up since the last time I posted anything here! As some of you might remember back, a couple of weeks ago Instructables HQ, which where herein be referred to as Instructables Laboratories (Seriously, that’s what they call the building here!), held a massive social event involving Liquid Nitrogen and fast freeze Ice Cream. It was a rising success for everyone and more than 70 people visited our lab! The Ice Cream was fantastic to, due to our delicious confectionary staff particularly Angie, and our Maker Faire ticket raffle was awesome. As for the Faire itself, I unfortunately was not able to participate in the Instructables Booth, being more than slightly preoccupied with my own DIY PIXAR stand, but I heard it was great. They managed to give away almost all of the Lab’s business cards and even managed to sell several dozens of our Robot T-Shirts! Sure beats the hell out of being stuck in a dark room, with several hundreds of people jamming into your personal space, while Tesla Coils scream Classical Music at 56 decibels… BUT, last week after the Faire, things became sadly much more subtle. Several people around The Lab were still recuperating from the hectic events of the Faire and there wasn’t much to do around the office. Being recently promoted to the job of Delivery (meaning I get to control all outward shipment of prizes and gifts), my goal was focused on trying to ship out a lot of the past closed contest prizes from a couple of months past. Thankfully Instructables had a monthly event to obliterate this post MF doldrums- INSTRUCTABLES BUILD DAY! This is held on the last Friday of every month, where most work is momentarily cast aside and everyone instead works on their own personal Building projects! SWEET! So for my project, I ended up creating something really cool involving PVC pipe connectors, a Shop Vac and several feet of clear vinyl tubing ('ible coming soon).  I'm making a note here- HUGE SUCCESS! As for myself, even though I might’ve gotten used to waking up at 6:00 AM to commute 1.5 hours to San Francisco, I’m still completely thrilled to be working here. Always something new going on and never a dull day at the office Lab. OH and I finally got my own key! Now I can enter our labs without setting off the Turret Defenses! -New Intern 2011, SHIFT!  

Posted by SHIFT! 7 years ago


Ghost riders in the sky

I know that this probably isn't the perfect site to be asking for this, but I figure I'll give it a shot. I'd like to come up with a design for a picture I intend to create, which shows the Four Horsemen, except instead of horses, they're riding motorcycles. If anyone is familiar with The Outlaws' version of the song song "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky", I'd like it to fit in with that theme: hard-charging, kind of dark... you can tell from the atmosphere that they're Hell-riders. I'm trying to come up with a layout for it: how are the Horsemen arranged, what precisely do their bikes look like, where are they, and are they chasing the Devil's Herd of cattle? And should they even be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, or just regular cowboys who were eternally damned, like the song goes? Both have different visual possibilities. So what I'm looking for is even the crudest drawings depicting one aspect of the picture that you think would be cool. Maybe you have the idea for the perfect shape and level of tattering to one Horseman's cowboy hat, and would like to suggest that. Maybe you think that if one of the guys was riding a Vincent, it'd be the most badass thing since open pipes. Chasing the cattle through a canyon, or idling at the top of a cliff looking down on the Devil's Herd? Any cool color palette you've seen? good reference photos? Stick figures are great. Here's what I have so far, although it can be changed no problem. Like I said, I'd like details of the coolest intake you can think of, the perfect instrument panels, the perfect trenchcoat for a rider. Any little detail, rendered in any level of quality. I'm considering showing them all riding along side each other, holding rifles, instead of the badly-perspectived parked scene shown here. Have the perfect design for the mountains? Toss it in! I plan on making these very huge, so don't worry about details being too small. You'll notice that I'd like to have one Indian, left-hand throttle bike, potentially a big twin, and potentially a Four, with fringed leater seat and saddlebags. I'd also like to have a stretch chopper with a king & queen seat, but I can't decide between a wide or a narrow tire. Notice how the Indian rider is holding his rifle in the second picture. I'd like to have him holding a gun, and at least one of the other guys having a pistol belt with two Colt Peacemakers. If anyone has a cool way of depicting that, please share. I am open to suggestion as to what the right rifle would be. You can also notice that in the second sketch, there is a Harley springer front end lurking in the background on the left, and I didn't draw the Indian rider's whole body, so that's actually Chopper Dude's rear wheel, not Indian Dude's head.

Posted by Rishnai 10 years ago


Nightvision, Bouncy Balls, DIY Whiteboard...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Jan. 17, 2008 Welcome back! Check out the entries in the Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge. There are some fantastic projects and designs on display! Enter your own projects, click the button to vote for your favorites, and chat with the authors in the comment section! There's nothing like good feedback to inspire even more great projects. Check out the list here! Which of our 14 great finalists should win the $15K VersaLaser? Let us know! Check out these cool instructables! How to UPGRADE from Vista to Windows XP on a Acer laptop Did your new laptop come with Vista? Is it not as fast as you'd hoped? Here's how to switch back to XP. posted by CharredPC on Jan 9, 2007 "Hide-in-plain-sight" Cat Litterbox Build a cat litterbox that can be placed anywhere in your home. With a clever cage design, the litter doesn't spread out onto your carpet.posted by Kiribub on Jan 14, 2008 Venezia Napkin Rings Knit your own wire and bead napkin rings for Christmas or any other occasion. Each set uses 30 gauge wire and about 95 beads on each. posted by evey5268 on Jan 11, 2008 Knife Making Without Tools Make a hunting knife from a butter knife by rubbing it on wet pavement and wrapping the handle with cord. It looks and feels good in the hand. posted by TimAnderson on Jan 11, 2008 Super Nightvision Headset Hack! Make a Super Bright Nightvision Headset that lets you walk around in total darkness AND record what you see! posted by Kipkay on Jan 16, 2008 Voting Booth Rate your favorites! Vote on the finalist pages! The DIY Fisheye Lens — Using Nothin' But a Pair of Old Glasses and Some Tape (Photojojo)Instructables has teamed up with Photojojo bring you some really cool photograph tutorials, like this one for a slick DIY fisheye lens. Homemade Whiteboard Do whiteboard prices seem way too high? Make your own to get the dimensions you want and save a lot of cash. posted by ausable on Jan 8, 2008 Furoshiki: Have Bed Sheet Will TravelFuroshiki is a Japanese method of tying a piece of cloth into a wrapping or in this case a kickin' bag. posted by keng on Jan 13, 2008 Make a Super Bouncy Ball Learn how to make a great little toy using a chemical reaction and easy-to-get chemicals. Great science-fun for kids! posted by pudi.dk on Jan 9, 2008 Bluetooth PSP/PS2 Headset Mod Use a Bluetooth device for PSP games and the upcoming Skype addition. Also works for chatting while playing PS2 games on the PS3. posted by N3M3515 on Jan 15, 2008 Airbrush Make a portable lung-powered airbrush with a bit of tubing and scrap materials to apply that finishing touch to your latest masterpiece. posted by msolek on Jan 10, 2008   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


My iRobot Create Idea...

My iRobot Create Challenge idea is this: Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and needed to use the restroom or get a glass of water? You don't want to turn on the lights because you don't want to deal with the brightness and waiting for your eyes to adjust. At the same time, you can't see where you're going, and you don't want to run into things, or worse, stub your toes on some harsh corner. The solution? Have a little guide robot. Built on the iCreate platform, the "NightGuide" (as I call it) will be able to record a path from your bedside to the kitchen, the bathroom, or anywhere you might like. When you wake up, you simply press a button on the robot to select a destination. the robot turns on low-level lights towards the ground and guides you quickly to your destination. Once it's reached the destination, it stops and awaits orders. When you're ready to go back to bed, you press a button and it leads you safely back to bed. What happens if it runs into something? Should the robot run into something while it's leading you, it stops, and increases the light it's providing to give you a view of what's in the way. Move it out of the way, and a sensor tells the robot it's a clear path ahead, you continue to your destination unimpeded. The distance and direction are handled by the Create's internal systems. Additionally, starting and stopping points can be defined by a device similar to the virtual walls utilized with iRobot's Roomba vacuum. IDEA #2 I just came up with this one, So I thought I would append it. My second Idea is to use the iRobot Create to make an item finder. Utilizing RFID information, you could place a tag on anything that you might use. Your Keys, your phone, the TV remotes, whatever. When you realize something is missing, you turn the Robot on and off it goes, when it comes near, it beeps to get your attention and give you a better idea of where to look for what it is you're looking for. IDEA #3 These just pop in my Head, so I hope it's okay to continue attaching. I was thinking about my 5 year old niece and ways to keep her occupied. For a 5 year old, what could be more fun than a robot that plays hide and seek with you? Either through use of an IR sensor, or a pyro-electric sensor, the robot would be able to find a person through heat detection. Or in another option, an RFID tag would be put on the person and the Robot could find using that. In order for the robot to Hide, it could use proximity sensors (Sonar or IR) and a photovoltic sensor to find a small dark space where it could hide, and off your 5 year old niece goes off to find it. If that's too difficult, a Marko Polo system could be introduced In which you could call out to the Robot, which it would respond with an audible tone. If that's too difficult, a wireless button press could make the robot respond with a tone. Upon finding the robot, you press a button to reset it, and play again!

Posted by aarone 11 years ago


How to make a replica of The Riddler's Box (Work in progress)

All right, I admit it. I liked Batman Forever, and still do. I also liked the "Box," which was the film's signature gadget. (And no, I don't count the Batarangs--they're equipment. The Box is a gadget in the purest sense of the word.) To that end, I decided to build a replica of the Box last summer. It's still not finished--I need to work out lighting, a motor, and the lower coils. (EL wire, maybe?) By the way, I'm posting it on the forum first because it's still a work in progress. I have no Monet to buy Degas to made de Van Gogh, as it were... YOU WILL NEED: One clear 28-oz. tumbler, acrylic (I got mine from Jewel for $1 last year...I don't know if they still carry 'em) One 20-oz. tumbler, acrylic (I got mine from Walgreen's last year...ditto) Two super-size cup lids from McDonald's One large bottle of Gesso One bottle of gold paint (Antique Gold works best) One bottle of green glow-in-the-dark paint A really long paintbrush, preferably made of foam A normal paintbrush The wings are made of a piece of foam I had lying around...I need to get them made specially. It's also got some Christmas-wreath lights stuck inside, just for the picture. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ SO: For the 28-oz. tumbler, first you need to thin your Gesso out with water. This will allow you, later, to add the paint in such a way that light can shine through. Then, you will want to paint the INSIDE of the tumbler with Gesso, and then with the green paint. Simple as that. For the 20-oz. tumbler, you can leave the Gesso thick if you wish. Depends on your preferences, really...Then, you'll want to paint the outside of the 20-ouncer with the gold paint. With me so far? Then, you'll want to glue the two McDonald's lids together for a bit of sturdiness. I recommend Gorilla Glue for this. When that sets, you'll want to paint the outside and the inside with Gesso. The outer lid is gold in color; the inner lid is black. This prevents light from shining through the lid, which could give the game away. WINGS: As for me, I cut a pair of 11 3/4" oblong triangles from foam for the wings. They're not stable at all, but at least you get the basic idea of what it is. I stacked the 28-oz. tumbler on top of the 28-oz. tumbler, put the lids on, and stuck the wings on with tape. It's a crude mockup, but it works for now. I put the Christmas-wreath lights inside just make it look like it's doing something. I'm thinking about adding a "Fusion" light from Windy City Novelties for the finished result. The final version of this will involve some very tricky wiring--I want to wire the light-up gadget and the motor to one switch or button. If any of you have suggestions, the mailbox is open and waiting. I've very little technical experience, and would like as much input as possible from anyone who knows something.

Posted by Sharaz Destler 7 years ago


World Maker Faire 2013 NYC

Sad pup eh? Me too. World Maker Faire 2013 in New York City. I am dissapoint. Only noteable for us is trying out the augmented reality system by Jeri Ellsworth. Instructables did not represent. Autodesk did not represent Instructables. @carlbass The assimilation is complete. #SADROBOT #NOSHIRT. We went to Maker Faire today, I took along Caitlin and her two school buddies.  I knew to input the GPS the coordinates of the offsite parking lot entrance where you get the shuttle bus to the actual Faire entrance. 10 clams at the door. Driving around the park is like GTA. They seemed to have the parking lot better organized with more people to direct cars to open spots and the efficient school bus lady who counted off groups of people to load the buses as soon as they pulled in. I suggest more speed bumps/potholes and sharper turns for the bus drivers to negotiate.  Entry was quick and simple with preprinted tickets - still that extra surcharge for getting them online though.  It was a pleasant surprise that there were some vendors giving out free food samples today.  An applesauce in a resealable space-food pouch and an iced tea drink. On the return trip, the shuttle bus driver begged you not to leave behind litter like those green applesauce pouches and kids.  Which by the way, all in good to set up recycling stations to throw out trash, but why not mark the one for trash, trash, soiled paper cups were thrown in the paper because the one I think for trash had a big list of other things and not trash.  Food vendors seem to have been spread out on the periphery of the grounds so they don't create that big logjam in the center to impede flow to the rest of the areas of the fairground. Prices were still at tourist levels considering the captive audience. Not too many posted prices and if you have to ask, you can't afford it.  They did have some vendor kids throughout hawking cold drinks.  The Beer Garden seemed to be the centerpiece of the Faire.  The play/activity area geared for the younger/toddler set seemed to be expanded and set more apart from the more advanced maker stuff.  We did the inside tour first since it was nice weather to spend the rest of the day outside.  There was the esoteric mix of individual projects. Art and game machines from mounds of electronic discards. Projects and kits looking to launch on kickstarter. And the always hidden in the back room e-textile projects. The upper floor gallery room is always the best because it contains the light up projects, usually from NYU ITP. Jeri Ellsworth had a prototype of her augmented reality glasses.  An interesting project was having cross polarized glasses to see the image on a matched LCD display which no one else can see without the special glasses. One project used the light output from the laptop display to "burn" the secret message image onto one of those glow-in-the dark phosphor sheets. I'm not sure if the pancake-bot made it to the Faire this year. The performance space was closed off. I guess they couldn't book Arc Attack which was there first two years of World Maker Faire. No real Burning Man kind of stuff or major steampunkery. Outside, 3-D printers galore, everyone has one, way too crowded. Hackerspaces showing off their stuff. Giant tent if you want to line up to learn to solder. Coke/Mentos show late in the afternoon. Giant mousetrap show and circus aerial acrobat training rig going on. Giant tent if you want to make a stomp rocket that they shoot off with a compressor.Giant line too. Didn't the Disney imagineers tell them a zigzag snaking line is better for crowd control and keep the customers happy? Didn't see any quadcopters in the air.  Maybe all flights grounded with the recent local fatal accident with an R/C helicopter.  Some kind of go-kart racetrack. Usual stalls of handmade jewelry, t-shirts, soaps, candles, someone had a more detailed ugly doll. Guy with his found object stringed instruments played them well.  Maker Shed shop was the usual. Dark and expensive.  No real discount there. But it brings us back to this.  After what seemed like miles of walking around back and forth. I had to ask information if Autodesk had a booth presence at Maker Faire.  They said yes, back by the 3-D printer village tent.  I think we missed them going through the tent and found them on the outside end. The plywood hut sponsored by Sketchup didn't seem like where the Instructables people were. I was looking for the orange Instructable banner.  Looking to see there were no Robot shirts around, I asked the Autodesk people there, any Instructables people around? No, confused, do you work for Instructables? No, they are not part of my group. Jessy and Camille are not here and will be back soon.  Well, okay, maybe they sent Jessyratfink out as part of her Autodesk peer-recognition award. that would be cool to meet her, Caitlin thought the same, they sent Jessyratfink to Maker Faire?  We wander around to check out the other stuff and come back. Still no sign of Robot shirts.  I ask again and I get sent to a guy who I think is named Jesse.  I think he just happens to be in the Consumer Group who says the other guy Andy is more familiar with Instructables.  They thought they had a box of some instructables stuff, who knows what happened to it.  He did thank us for wearing our Robot shirts though.  Gee, I was hoping there would be some Robot shirts for Caitlin and her friends, at least Robot stickers.  We came to Maker Faire this year as redemption for last year when that Autodesk henchman kicked the crate of shirts under the table when he saw us get close to the booth. Caitlin uses that as an example of "Not nice, Mr. Moustache-man." It disheartens me Instructables seems like some corporate step-child. I can feel the that vibe going on.   I don't think Robot carries brand recognition anymore. No one asked about our Robot shirts as we walked around.  Some hackerspace also uses a yellow robot as their logo. We may pass on Maker Faire next year if there is no need to see any real Instructables staff. Doesn't Randy need to go visit his mom or something?

Posted by caitlinsdad 5 years ago


Shooting at UT Austin

Wow. September 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm The university is closed. Due to the events of today, the campus is closed. Unless you are needed for essential operations, all faculty, staff and students are urged to leave campus. Students who live on campus may return to their residence halls. Because the area around the Perry Castenada Library (PCL) is an actively investigated crime scene it is urged that area be avoided. As you leave the campus, please exit the campus from north exits. Employees who ride buses to work may catch the bus at Dean Keeton or at on 23rd and San Jacinto. Please go to http://www.utexas.edu/parking/ for shuttle information. If you are in buildings near the PCL, please exit buildings from exits away from PCL. Please direct any questions to 1-866-657-9400 Announced September 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm ---------------------------------------------- Important Numbers * Emergency Information Call 512-232-9999 * University Police Call 911 or 512-471-4441 from any campus phone * Environmental Emergency 24-Hour Hotline: Call 512-471-3511 * Fire Emergency Dial 911 from any campus phone or call UTPD at 512-471-4441 * University Health Services 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line: Call 512-475-6877 * Facilities Services Emergency Call 512-471-2020 ----------------------------------------------   Text Message Alerts You can sign up for campus text alerts to get emergency text messages delivered to your mobile device. --------------------------------------------------------------------   Gunman opens fire at UT in Austin, kills himself By KELLEY SHANNON, Associated Press Writer Kelley Shannon, Associated Press Writer – 23 mins ago AUSTIN, Texas – A student wearing a dark suit and a ski mask opened fire Tuesday with an assault rifle on the University of Texas campus before fleeing into a library and fatally shooting himself. No one else was hurt. The shooting began near a fountain in front of the UT Tower — the site of one of the nation's deadliest shooting rampages more than four decades ago, when a gunman ascended the clock tower and fired down on dozens of people. Within hours of Tuesday's gunfire, the school issued an all-clear notice, but the university remained closed, and the area around the library was still considered a crime scene. "Our campus is safe," school President Bill Powers said. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo expected the school to be "completely open and back to normal" by Wednesday morning. Authorities identified the gunman as 19-year-old Colton Tooley, a sophomore math major. His parents did not immediately respond to a message left by The Associated Press. The 50,000-student university had been on lockdown while officers with bomb-sniffing dogs carried out a building-by-building manhunt. After the gunfire, authorities searched for a possible second shooter, but they eventually concluded the gunman acted alone. Confusion about the number of suspects arose because shots were fired in multiple locations, and officers received varying descriptions from witnesses, campus police Chief Robert Dahlstrom said. Before reaching the library, the gunman apparently walked for several blocks wearing a mask and dark clothing and carrying an automatic weapon, witnesses said. Construction worker Ruben Cordoba said he was installing a fence on the roof of a three-story building near the library when he looked down and made eye contact with the suspect. "I saw in his eyes he didn't care," Cordoba said. The gunman continued down the street, firing three shots toward a campus church, then changed direction and fired three more times into the air, Cordoba said. A garbage truck driver leaped out of his vehicle and ran away, as did a woman carrying two babies, the construction worker said. "I'm not scared, but I was scared for the people around me," Cordoba said. Randall Wilhite, an adjunct law professor, said he was driving to class when he saw "students start scrambling behind wastebaskets, trees and monuments," and then a young man carrying an assault rifle sprinting along the street. "He was running right in front of me ... and he shot what I thought were three more shots ... not at me. In my direction, but not at me," Wilhite said. The professor said the gunman had the opportunity to shoot several people, but he did not. Police said it was unclear whether the gunman was targeting anyone with the AK-47. Oscar Trevino, whose daughter works on campus, said she told him she was walking to work near the library when she heard two shots behind her. She started to run and fell down. She said she later heard another shot. "She's freaking out. I'm trying to calm her down. I've just been telling her I love her and relax, everything's fine," Trevino said. Acevedo said officers were able to track the gunman's movements with the help of students who "kept pointing in the right direction." The police chief said he believes the gunman ran into the library as officers closed in on him, then shot himself in the head on the sixth floor. Police did not fire any shots, Acevedo said. Powers credited the school's crisis-management plan and social networking for quickly warning students, faculty and staff. The university's text messaging system reaches more than 43,000 people, he said. Laura Leskoven, a graduate student from Waco, said she was in a media management class when she received a text message from the university saying there was an armed person near the library. For the next 3 1/2 hours, Leskoven and about 30 of her classmates sat in a locked conference room trying to keep tab on events through Twitter, blogs and text messages. "We were kind of shocked," Leskoven said. "Our professor said, 'Well, we need to get upstairs' because we were on the first floor of the building." Student Joshua Barajas said he usually is in the library in the mornings but was delayed Tuesday when he made a rare stop for coffee. "These little mundane decisions could save your life. If I hadn't stopped for coffee — and I never stop for coffee because it's $4 — I could have been in that building," Barajas said. "It's creepy. I don't even want to think about it." On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman went to the 28th floor observation deck at the UT clock tower in the middle of campus and began shooting at people below. He killed 16 people and wounded nearly three dozen before police killed him about 90 minutes after the siege began. ___ Associated Press writers April Castro and Jim Vertuno in Austin, Ramit Plushnick-Masti in Houston, and Diana Heidgerd in Dallas contributed to this report.

Posted by AngryRedhead 8 years ago


Your War Stories

Everyone who has played war simulation games probably has a story to tell, I know I have a few. I would like to hear about your past experiences. This being the internet, anybody can claim to have done anything. Please try to be honest in your stories. Paintball:I was pinned down behind a tree that was barely the width of my body. Three enemies were bunkered up behind a felled tree in front of me, all of them shooting. I could hear their bullets whizzing inches from my head, and I was getting covered in splatter from the paintballs breaking across the tree. If I moved even an inch, I would be exposed. I was completely helpless. One of my buddies ran up to help, taking cover on my right. He was gunned down in less than a minute. I was trapped behind that tree for what seemed like an eternity. Luckily, one of my teammates (we call him Rambo) flanked the bunker, ran up from behind, and shot all of them in the back. When I looked at the cover I was behind, the tree and surrounding area was completely painted. I was on a speedball course behind cover, exchanging fire with (of all people) my brother. I look up, and he is charging up the field directly at me. Panicked, I take some shots at him and nailed him in a very sensitive area. He immediately went down and stayed down for several minutes, rolling around in pain. I captured it on my Gun-cam, you can see the paintball hit it's mark.(I've got plenty of good paintball stories, but I want to keep this short.)Airsoft:We were playing Ambush: VIP, and I was the VIP (No gun. I die, we loose). The course consisted of trails in the woods which lead to an open field. I had to go through the woods and across the field to a designated endpoint. The first leg was uneventful, we saw no action through the trails. When we reached the tree line, we decided it was best to book it across the field. We ran to the tree line, my bodyguard about ten feet ahead of me. He was the first to break the tree line. As soon as he did, he was shot up the leg and chest from near point blank range by a full auto MP5 and toppled over. As soon as I saw this I tried to do three things at once (thinking Oh Spit!): come to a sudden stop from a full on sprint, change direction, and book it in the opposite direction. Let's just say I face-planted and got shot up on the ground. I was stalking a guy who was facing me, staying just inside his peripherals (at least ten feet away). I shot him and, knowing the noise would attract others, immediately went prone in my ghillie suit. I was right, his teammate showed up to investigate. I took him out easily. This attracted a third teammate. I waited a good five minutes and, thinking he had gone, stood up to flank him. Turns out I stood up right in front of him and was subsequently lit up like a Christmas tree. (All these stories may make it sound like I suck at paintball/airsoft, but the most memorable events are often your worst.)Edit.I actually ended up writing an English paper on one of these stories. The Clearing A ski mask pulled over his face, Robert steadied his AK-47. The surrounding shadows merged with his dark sweatshirt and jeans. Shifting his weight, he anxiously scanned the path ahead. Both of us were sitting ducks here, he knew it. We had come to a fork in the road, providing us with two options. We could continue down the well-worn dirt path, or divert to a small, overgrown trail. "Come on." Robert whispered, eying the smaller trail, "Let's go."The objective was simple; navigate a maze of trails through the woods, cross an open field, and reach an endpoint on the other side. There was just one small problem; I must make it to the endpoint alive. I was the designated V.I.P., forbidden to carry a firearm and it was game over if I died. It was Robert's duty to escort me to the endpoint in one piece. Robert disappeared into the overgrown trail. Waiting ten seconds, I continued after him. Pushing aside ferns and thorn bushes, Robert and I slowly advanced. We knew it would be safe, they wouldn't expect us to follow this trail. Nonetheless, we kept a wary eye on the trees and bushes ahead. It was unusually hot, and I was beginning to sweat under my stuffy ghillie suit. The surrounding woods were eerily silent, a calm before the storm. As if on cue, there was a rustle off to our right. Immediately, Robert raised and lowered his palm, swinging his rifle in the direction of the sound. Catching his signal, I crouched low to the ground, adrenaline seeping through my veins. Tense, we waited for the seemingly inevitable. More rustling, this time accompanied by flapping. Robert's finger tightened against the trigger. A form shot out of the bushes, rapidly ascending to the branches above. It is just a bird. Sighing with relief, we rose and continued down the trail.We arrived at the edge of the woods, beyond which lay a small clearing. A mere one hundred feet separated us from the awaiting endpoint on the other side. One hundred feet of open field, it might as well have been a thousand. Robert and I came to the decision that we run across as fast as possible. We would be completely exposed, our fate placed at the mercy of the clearing. Drawing a deep breath, Robert sprinted toward the tree line. I followed, maintaining a distance of ten feet. Approaching a full sprint, Robert burst into the clearing. He managed to complete five strides before a sharp rat-tat-tat shattered the silence. Time slowed, Robert cried out in pain and toppled into the tall grass. He had taken several hits up the chest and legs at point blank range. A dark figure rose from the bushes directly ahead, looming above the surrounding flora. I was sprinting, full speed, to my doom. My mind went blank, overridden by three instincts: stop, turn around, and run. I attempted to complete all of these tasks simultaneously: come to a dead stop from a full sprint, turn one hundred and eighty degrees, and run. Momentum sternly disagreed, sending me in an awkward flying flop to the ground. Stunned, I lay on the forest floor at the edge of the woods. Regaining my senses, I felt several bee stings crawl up my back. I was hit, game over.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago


The Lovebox, Laser Projector, Dirty Soap...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Dec. 20, 2007 Welcome back! Don't forget to enter the Homemade Holidays Contest! Share your homemade holiday gift ideas through an Instructable, a Slideshow, or a Video, and win great prizes from CRAFT magazine! Check out these cool instructables! LoveBox - The box of love Put your electronics knowledge to work by making a special present that delivers a random message of love when it's opened.posted by matseng on Dec 18, 2007 Rubens Tube Yule Log Make your fireplace dance along with the Christmas tunes by putting a classic physics experiment to good use.posted by bofthem on Dec 17, 2007 Cool Wave Ring Learn how to make a cool wave ring from scratch, or many other kinds, with these clear instructions and helpful videos. posted by hydemetals on Dec 13, 2007 Dirty Soap For the friends that have dirty minds and good senses of humor, this is the perfect stocking stuffer that makes soap fun again.posted by fungus amungus on Dec 15, 2007 Chocolate Peppermint Bark Dark or semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, and crushed peppermint candies. What could be easier? posted by canida on Dec 8, 2007 Win a $15,000 VersaLaser! Low cost tank-tough workbench Build a workbench that can survive being run over by a tank, or at least anything you can throw at it.posted by jmengel on Dec 16, 2007 Mysterious Lightbulb PrankHave you ever seen the Magic Lightbulbs magicians use? Here's how to make one that will drive people crazy! posted by Kipkay on Dec 13, 2007 Laser Image Projector Project a creepy green image on any surface without having to worry about any focusing problems. posted by echo_anomie on Dec 19, 2007 A Home Power Plant - Wind Power Generator Revised Plans for Building a Wind Power Generator in the form of a Savonius Rotor Windmill. No welding or casting required, posted by bhunter736 on Dec 14, 2007 Build a Greenland Kayak This instructable will teach you how to build a 17 foot long Greenland kayak that will weigh 30-40 pounds and cost less than $300. posted by nativewater on Dec 18, 2007 Gingerbread! 'Tis the season for gingerbread! Whether you see it as a food or a building material, you can probably use a few new tricks. Check out these Instructables for some fresh ideas. Gluing a gingersnap cottage (like a nerd) Here's a safe and effective way of gluing a gingersnap cottage with molten sugar. posted by all_thumbs on Dec 2, 2006 Gingerbread Cake Bars with Lemon Glaze This the combination of gingerbread and lemon is easy to make and well worth the time! posted by aliciak on Sep 8, 2007 Candy Towers Built with a Molten-Sugar Hot-Glue Gun Build Seussian candy towers with molten sugar to make your gingerbread house unique. posted by ewilhelm on Dec 20, 2007 How to create gingerbread houses If you're new to the gingerbread house scene, here's a great way to get started. posted by simonechavoor on Dec 14, 2007 Ginger Bread Houses A few of our own gingerbread houses that we made to get into the spirit of the season. Happy Holidays! posted by ewilhelm on Dec 20, 2007   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Some random guns I never displayed on ibles

Alright, so I never really worried about it before, but I figured I'd show them now. These are a bunch of old weapons that I had at KI or KA but never bothered showing here. There's nothing huge that you've missed out on, but you might see something you never knew was done before. 1. This was in a video so you guys probably saw it, but I don't think I ever put pictures here. This is one of the first (don't know how many, if any, others there were) horizontal magazine guns. It loaded dark greys with green rods. I have tried making a more compact version for a while but I could never get one to load as reliably. 2. I guess this was the precursor to the BAW. I honestly forgot about it until now. Basically, before I figured out SK's removable magazine concept but after I learned how to make a decent magazine for yellows, I tried making a shelled-round gun with removable magazines. It had a really crude way of attaching but it worked. It fired very well, actually. But the shells didn't want to eject so you had to manually eject them. It was too crude of a weapon so I never kept working with it. I have tried making other shelled-round weapons but none have quite pleased me. 3. This is probably one of the more interesting ones. With my trigger concept that I loved so much, I tried making a bullpup bolt action. It worked I guess, but it had bad range because the trigger required I made a barrel up to it. I could've vastly improved this by using the PDR trigger, but I figured out, well one I didn't have the pieces and two the stock would be uncomfortably long if I did. 4. I don't know if I showed this here. I had  thread on KI for it, though. It was my attempt at a Thompson M1A1. Bleh, it was very crude but I figured I'd show it anyways. 5. Here comes an assortment of assault pistols I worked on while at KA. I have notes written on them so apparently I brought them over here, but I don't remember where I may have displayed them, so I'll post them anyways. The first is a "revolver" using the redone concept by oompa on his revolver. 6. This one was a redo of the first one I mad a long time ago. Back before oodammo but after the TDS and all other side arms were being overdone, assault pistols were pretty much the new fad, and it became my obsession for a while to make the perfect one after seeing bitz's. This one fired blue rods. It's funny looking at it now, I could easily make one better in so many ways if I didn't care about using plain magazines. 7. This was my last one (not counting the revolver, which was done for kicks 'n' giggles) before oodammo. I tossed the blue rod magazine in favor of a removable, internal pusher darkgrey+green rod magazine. Lol, looking at this thing now...I was happy with the magazine at the time back when detachables weren't entirely common. So yeah, that's all I can find for now. You guys are welcome to dig around and see if you can't find something you've never shown before.

Posted by TheDunkis 7 years ago


First Woodworking Project as Wedding Gift - Many questions on desk making!

I know this is a long post but I would be grateful to any of you for being willing to read it. So I am going to be married soon and moving into my first real adult apartment.  As a wedding gift to my new wife I want to make us a really neat computer table setup.  We have a room laid out as an office for the two of us so I wanted to try and make a large desk that would run along three walls in a giant U.  I am planning to make it modular in the sense that it will actually be 3 straight desks plus 2 corner units and each can work independently of the others.  She is a huge steampunk fan so I want to use pipe as the structure  that I paint a brass color and then make a wood a nice dark cherry color. While there are some great plans on pipe desks I have a few questions. 1. Most of the desks I see are MDF/Ply + pipe.  Is this strong enough to use as a desk for crafts, art, and to hold several monitors all at once?  I am sure the pipe is but I am concerned about the ply or mdf bowing.  If I use normal wood planks to reinforce the bottom will that allow it to remain more sturdy? 2. How hard is it to disassemble these? We plan on moving many times in our life and I'd like to build a design that not only can break down into the 5 separate desks but can actually be disassembled.  I hear MDF/Plywood doesn't like taking screws more than once.  If I screw the table-top into the frame using screws and flanges is that a - do it once and it is done sort of thing or can I unscrew them to move the desktop without ruining the top? 3. Assuming trying to rescrew it together would ruin the table I had the idea of creating a frame with wood blocks screwed into the flanges that had been given raised pegs - probably carved out of the wood.  The desktops would then have fitted holes carved into them - assuming I use a thick frame underneath the ply like 2/4 lumber - so that I can just lay the desktop on the pegs and weight would hold it in place.  My question is whether or not this has the same strength as screwing the  desktop directly to the frame.  Assuming the holes and pegs are well-fitted and near flush would I get enough strength for a sturdy table? 4. I've been really fascinated with the planked wood tables I've seen on here.  It seems easy enough to build a solid wood underframe and then cut plywood planks and screw them to the frame.  My only question is for corner units.  Most modern corner desks are big pieces of MDF that have been shaped.  Assuming my corner piece is straightforward - just a square table with one corner loped off - how hard would it be to create a corner desk with a planked top?  Could I do it with just a jigsaw?   5. I've noticed quite a few of the plans use aluminum pipes and Kee Lite or Kee Klamp fittings.  These seem rather expensive, and if I am doing a cheap MDF top I want to know if there is a cheaper metal alternative that still has good structural capacity.  These are desk tops for computers - maybe 120-200 lb load limit maximum for the entire desk.  Could I use plumping pipe?  Are there cheaper fittings than Kee Lite that are still easy to disassemble when I want to move? Thanks in advance for any answers!

Posted by mduhamel 7 years ago


So...who is still here? Vet roll call + free concepts

Actually, I don't feel like asking for names specifically, as I don't remember everyone and some people would probably be offended if I forgot them. So, just reply to this topic if you've been here long enough that you've arguably established yourself a place in the community. I won't put any standards on that. Judge for yourself but be realistic if you wanna consider yourself a veteran. I want to know who is still here. I want to try kickstarting K'nex gunning back up again (ironic that it's me doing it) because I have plenty of ideas, fair amount of time, but little pieces. Basically I'm going to collaborate with whoever is still here and interested in my ideas. I'm hoping a decent rush of innovation will get old vets reinterested and perhaps inspire new K'nexers. If you're wanting to take on any of these projects below, let me know and I'll discuss with you them in full detail and provide whatever help I can. Otherwise, I'm leaving it to you to build them. -Improved shotgun concept. Look at Foofy's take on my concept and improve it further. I'm thinking of pump action and a large hopper. Make it bottom mounted so a higher powered weapon can be used on top -Controllable fully automatic sling gun. This would be revolutionary if we could get it to work. The potential is there, we just need to figure out how to unleash it. I've already talked enough about it, someone must be interested. -Pump action, pseudo semi auto turret. This would be somewhat complicated but still doable. Think of a gatling gun combined with the K-sayer. Each pump would cock and rotate a barrel. So you could then prepare a number of shots beforehand and then fire them all in succession. All of the above are potential war weapon candidates so I was figuring people would be more willing to give them a shot. If you're looking strictly for innovation or fun then: -Crossbow pistol. I always wanted to give it a shot but never could do it. Make it handlefed. It was going to be a candidate for my ultimate side arm back when I was still going through my TDS phase but now it would be purely for the sake of fun. -Automatic gun prop. I figured this might be interesting. Basically, make a gun that doesn't shoot but rather it ejects "shells" from the ejection port and fires either semi or fully automatically. I'm thinking you could make a rack and pinion system to drive the ejection port (which when opened would let the "shell" fly out) that's hooked up to a motor or a rubber band powered gear. It might not be as fun making something that doesn't fire but it'd be a challenge and something new. -Dual/triple stack magazine. Interestingly enough, this one is more challenging than it should be. Basically make a 3 layered magazine and then try to get it to feed into a single stack. Make it removable. The idea here is that it would have a larger capacity. It probably wouldn't be too practical, though. -Dual stockrail gun. Well, this could probably be a decent war weapon but it'd be somewhat complicated. It would combined several concepts into one gun. Make a rail gun with two rails in the stock of the weapon for extra strength with less length. Your choice of what it loads from. -Bullpup repeating sling. This has actually been made before. I know I got Jollex to make one at least. None of them seemed quite good enough, though. Add crossbow limbs and a magazine that accepts finned rounds and you've got yourself a pretty BA weapon. -Side folding stock. It's very doable, just annoying. If you could set up a hinge in a sixth layer that connects the stock and the gun, it wouldn't be much of a problem figuring out the rest. The problem is how to make that hinge. Eh, I'll come up with more. I'm regaining my memory. I kept most of my ideas in the dark and forgot about them. >_<

Posted by TheDunkis 7 years ago


Script I Wrote

This is a script i wrote for my graphic design class for a video project im doing. this is the first time me doing this. i didnt give the actors names because i wanted it to relate to people wathcing it and say "oh that sounds like me..." I was wantting to make something emotional that would motivate people to keep pushing on even when times are hard.( i will have pictures of story board up latter) hope u enjoy it :D By: Nick Melinich Female Actress *(voice spoken in her head, not out loud. More the actress talks, the more emotional she gets. By the end of her line, the actress will be sitting with her knees pressed into her chest, arms wrapped around her legs (like she is hugging for comfort), and lower part of her face buried in-between her knees, back facing the door, on the ground crying .Monolog show what the actress is experiencing, like getting bullied/ getting bad grades/ sleeping at the her desk/ and feeling alone.)* “I can’t… take this anymore… everyday just gets harder and harder… bad grades … no one to talk to…getting picked on……. Feeling alone… I can hardly sleep anymore, my new bed had become the desk im at, and my pillow is a cold hard text book… I feel like im losing control, my life is just slowly slipping through my fingers… when I attempted to stretch my hands to its full extent, deep into this dark abyss. Trying to grasp motivation/hope/happiness…no matter how much I try… I always to come out with a handful of disappointment… what’s the point anymore… in coming to school… im just set to fail anyways… no matter what…” Actor Enters the Room *shot will show the actress in the middle of the “year book” floor with her back towards the door, sitting (like in previous scene). Camera is eye leveled with her. Actress looks like she hit “rock bottom” with hair messed up on one side. Actor creeps in slowly to check on the actress. When the door clicks behind him the actress will be startled by it and jump and turn around to face the actor* ACTOR “Hey… are you all right?” Actress *turns and slowly walks away, arms folded* “just go way…” Actor “no, you seem like you need someone to talk to” Actress “(pauses, shallow breath in to chest) I can’t do this anymore…” *sobs* Actor “do what?” Actress “(quiet, monotone voice) school/ all this work/grades/ life/ just everything…(slowly raises voice) its all just to much, I question why I even come in at all, there’s nothing to look forward to, there is no one I can talk to, there is nothing for me… im alone… I give up!” *goes back onto the floor, full face into knees, crying.* Actor “You’re not alone… im here, there are teachers here that care… you have friends that care, your surrounded by people that care and are willing to help… if you give up now, you will be throwing away all of the years that you have spent learning…  you wont be able to do anything with your life… and that is when you will be truly alone… even though the hard, challenging times. You have to keep pushing through, even though there is no sign of hope.” Actress *slowly turns towards actor* “­your right…” Actor “don’t worry about it “ Actress *walks up and hugs him* “thank you so much” Actor *pulls away from hug, looks at her and smiles* “do you want some help with your work?” Actress *wipes her face dry of tears and smiles back* *Says in a sad tone, but more happily* “(pauses) yes I would.” Ending shot *actor helps actress out with her over bearing work, and cheers the actress up and gives her that motivation to work again*

Posted by Ares252 5 years ago


Blakes 7 Teleport Bracelet

This is how to make the magic blakes seven teleport bracelet!Ingredients:one cardboard roll, such as a poster or postal cylinder or the cardboard roll from inside a roll of packing tape; diameter 8.5cm, width 4cm (cut to this width if need be, using a saw or knife)cardboard, thick enough to be sturdy, thin enough to be flexiblethin cork (optional)plain paperglueblack or dark brown foam rubber (optional)silver tape width 1.5cm OR aluminuim foil cut or folded to width 1.5cmAntique Gold or metallic brown paintgrey paint OR a round grey button 2cm diameter OR grey tapered paint OR pink paint OR red paint + pearl nailpolishbrown packing tape or beige paintclear or red contact (optional)Visual Reference:Refer to the Liberator Teleport Bracelet diagram in the Horizon Technical Manual.Instructions:Cut your roll to the right width if need be. If the roll is too thin and flimsy, stick a layer of cardboard over it. Cover the rough edges with paper.Cut five strips of cardboard, one 15x3cm, one 9x3cm, one 1.3x3cm, and two 2.5x1cm (measurements will vary depending on the precise size of the cardboard roll). If the cardboard is thin, cut twice as many strips. If you are using thin cork, cut one strip each from the cork also.Stick the strips onto the roll, making sure they evenly positioned in the center. Check the diagram for where to stick them: the two long strips should be next to each other with a small gap representing where the hinge of the bracelet would go if it had a hinge. The small 1.3x3cm strip goes in the larger gap between the long strips - this is where the red button will go. If using cork, stick the cork down first, and the cardboard on top.When all the glue is dry, paint the bracelet with antique gold or metallic brown enamel paint. Do more than one coat if you think that will look better. Wait for the paint to dry.The red receive-button is made from the two smallest strips of cardboard stuck together, covered with white paper, painted red, and covered with contact to make it shiny. Another way of doing this is painting it red, and then painting it with white-pearl nailpoilish to get that glowing pink-red effect. Glue this as indicated in the diagram.The grey transmit-part is made either from cutting a circle of paper or thin card (1.5-2cm diameter) and painting it grey, or by using a grey round button and cutting off the shaft so that it will stick on flat. Stick this on as indicated in the diagram.Cut out silver tape or foil and stick on the bracelet as indicated in the diagram. Cut out (very cleverly) pieces of brown packing tape in the shapes of the alien characters that decorate the rest of the bracelet and stick them on, or else paint them on with beige paint. You may wish to paint the whole bracelet with clear enamel to protect it.Optionally add a lining with foam rubber, to aid the bracelet in not falling off when you wear it.NOTES: Cardboard rolls: the roll from inside a large roll of packing tape comes closest to the right size. A large postal cylinder is too large and a small one is too small. A Pringles packet is too small, but may be easier to obtain. A Pringles packet is easier to cut but is also flimsier; it is recommended to add bulk by sticking on more cardboard to thicken it up.Cardboard: most cardboard you can buy will probably be too thin. The backs of note-pads may provide thicker stuff. The disadvantage of thicker cardboard is that it will not bend as easily, and the cardboard used here must bend. An alternative if available could be thin cork (a few millimetres thick); this will bend fairly easily and add the bulk you need. But only bother if you happen to have some (maybe left over from someone's redecorating or the like). I used it for mine, it worked beautifully.The red button: building this up from strips of cardboard is fairly tedious, and if you can think of a better way, do that.I know Michael Keating!He Played Vila.

Posted by Bartboy 10 years ago


Top 10 LED Instructables

LEDs are an incredibly useful and versatile source of light. Use just one of them to make a simple indicator, or wire up a whole bunch and you can create a bona fide high power light source. There are tons of applications for LEDs, and there is certainly no shortage of ideas, projects and helpful feedback at instructables. To help make sense of it all, I thought I would try to pick out 10 of my favorite LED instructables that are great for the LED beginner and the expert alike. This list isn't hierarchical - I like all 10 projects. Instead, it's loosely arranged in ascending level of complexity, so newcomers to LEDs might want to start at the beginning and work their way up (or down as the case may be).Drum roll please...1. LEDs for beginners is a first time guide for anyone looking to learn a little bit about how to wire up one or more LEDs.2. How to solder is a guide that explains how to solder wires, electrical components and more and assumes no prior soldering knowledge. If you're going to work with LEDs, chances are you'll need to do some soldering, so this could be a useful place to learn some skills.3. LED Throwies is a super popular and simple instructable that shows you how to take a magnet, a battery, some tape and an LED, and make a cool light that will stick to anything magnetic.4. Fridge Lights is an instructable that shows you how to turn your refrigerator into a canvas for LED art. It has a little more involved in it than LED Throwies because you have to prepare your refrigerator surface a bit, but its still a great project to get started on working with LEDs. 5. LED Football is a simple project that embeds LEDs in a Nerf football so that you can see it in the dark. The football emerges from the process relatively unharmed, and from the pictures it looks a lot like a cool flying saucer.6. LED Bikelight V2 and How to build a 1,024,000 mcd portable light take multiple LEDs and wire them together to make high power bicycle lights. There are many bike lights on the site besides these two that are also great, but I like these two because they are really BRIGHT. 7. Blue LED Light Box is a bedroom light that helps combat Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) and the winter blues by letting you bask in 18 watts of LED power. If you like the first iteration of this project check out the Blue LED dawn simulator for Soleil Sun Alarm add on that controls the brightness of the LEDs according to a dawn simulator alarm clock.8. Spoke POV: LED Bike Wheel Images is an instructable that puts LEDs in motion and creates persistence of vision (POV) images of your choice right on your bike wheels as you're riding. If you have never seen POV images before you should definitely check this out as there are a bunch more POV instructables on the site. It's a public mobile display for your bike!9. Watch futurama on an 8x8 pixel screen shows you how to make an LED display that you can use to "watch" tv on. While the actual display doesn't have enough pixels to actually create a recognizable image, I like this instructable because even though I work with technology, I think I secretly want to live like a caveman, and it's this kind of forward thinking backwards technology that gets me going.10. Microdot - wrist watch LED pattern timepiece is an instructable that shows you how to build a unique LED watch. It's one of the more advanced LED projects on the site, but rgbphil offers good support in the comments section and should you decide to build it ever you'll end up with one heck of a watch.Instructables HQ is going to be mailing stickers to the authors of the projects on this list as a mini prize for making great things with LEDs. Anyone else who makes a list of their favorite instructables and posts about it on the forums gets stickers too!

Posted by noahw 11 years ago


Status update (Update: Barackuda soon to post)

Hey, peoples. I'm rather sad to see the community dying but I figured I'll cling on a little longer, try to spark some more activity if possible. I see people still posting instructions, so that's good. Just wish we'd keep more discussion going on the forums. Anyway, a couple things: Just to show what I have around, I tried to make something after my Barackuda but didn't end up going anywhere. I just wanted to have something around, so I remade and improved my SMRI model. This version was designed solely for looks based off my last version. I couldn't really be bothered to try making this one shoot. It still uses Red's stock because I couldn't think of a better design at the time. Anywho, this wasn't meant to be the impressive bit, just something to show while yabbering. =P With the Barackuda and the SMRI, I realized that I'm still limited in a few pieces. I desperately need more dark greys, oranges, and black hands. I also realized I feel bad destroying guns and never keeping them around so that I can build new ones. I figure I might as well build my collection up so I can keep more guns around. So I've ordered more pieces. I'll get them probably some time early next week. I'm hoping to build something right away. I'm thinking of revisiting my Barackuda to see if I can improve the trigger and feed ramp. I might redesign it entirely. I'm hoping to attempt a repeating slingshot of some form at some point too. But it's an area I've never worked in before so I might get discouraged pretty quick. I dunno, I need to try actually building these ideas I have sitting in my head for years. I'll post more in here once I get the pieces and start building something. Update 2/19/16: I'm mostly finished with my new version of the Barackuda. I filled in the empty gaps on the rods of the magazine to make it fuller looking. The trigger -should- work better now but I just noticed it struggles to set when it's still pulled back while cocking. I suspect I just need a better band setup to resolve this, otherwise it works fine when you manually push the trigger forward. Last, the stock was changed entirely to give the bolt a rail to glide inside of with a solid bolt stop right after the trigger engages, allowing for a quick and smooth action. The handle connection is also more sturdy, so the stock is surprisingly rigid. Overall I'm much more pleased with this version, as long as I can figure out the trigger bands this might be posted. I'll begin working on yet another remake of the UMP soon. Update 11/9/16: Man, the year sure flew by. I apologize for never really getting around to posting the Barackuda before. This time I think I've finally gotten over my perfectionism. I've adjusted the stock to keep the same track design but attached it differently and otherwise made the rest of the stock use less pieces. I've figured out a (I think) new pair of K'nex sights more precise than our usual chunky ones, not that it'll help much. The trigger and back of the gun has been adjusted to block the pin further back, hopefully improving range slightly. The front of the gun was made more compact and flat at the bottom to allow potential changes to the front of the magazine in the future. It also makes muzzle loading much easier in tandem with the new ramp. The ramp is also simpler, more consistent, and hopefully offers better range than my other ones. Finally, the magazine has been adjusted to be easier to load and hopefully more reliable. I'd finally say this is a practical war weapon alternative. I'll post this...hopefully sooner rather than later. This time I mean it.

Posted by TheDunkis 2 years ago


Let us assemble power distribution switches at home together.

I am an electronic engineer in the field of power distribution switches. In recent days, I am prepared to make a project for power distribution switches at home together.  The project begins now: Home decoration, the concern of hydropower indispensable. The laying of the home circuit is a crucial link, the home distribution box installation involves the safety of home appliances. Therefore, I specifically summarise the home distribution box installation knowledge, as well as home distribution box wiring diagram to make the relevant finishing, for everyone to take precautions, the home distribution box has a clear understanding. Home distribution switch installation points 1, Household distribution switch sub-metal shell and plastic shell two, there are two kinds of mounted and concealed, the box must be intact. 2, The household distribution switch of the cabinet wiring assembly should be set up to zero line, to protect the ground wire, phase line, and to be intact, with good insulation. 3, The installation of air switch seat should be clean and there is enough space, should be installed in the dry, ventilated parts, and no obstruction, easy to use. Never install the distribution box in the box to prevent fire. 4, The household distribution switch should not be installed too high, the general installation of the elevation of 1.8 meters, in order to operate; into the distribution switch of the electric tube must be fixed with a lock nut. 5, If the household distribution switch to be open, the edge of the hole to be smooth, smooth, distribution box buried in the wall should be vertical, horizontal, edge left 5 to 6 mm gap, distribution box wiring Should be rules, neat, the terminal screws must be tightened. 6, The loop into the line must be sufficient length, no joints, after installation marked the name of the use of the circuit, the installation of household distribution box to be completed after the removal of the distribution box residue. How to assemble power distribution switches at home ? 1, The installation of electrical box, distribution box installed on the wall, should be used bolts (expansion bolts) fixed, bolt length is generally buried depth (75 ~ 150mm), the thickness of the box floor, nuts and washers Of the sum of the thickness, plus about 5mm of the "margin". For smaller distribution boxes, it is also possible to embed a good brick at the installation site (in the form of a distribution box or a panel mounting hole) and then use wood screws to secure the distribution box or power distribution board. 2, Dark assembly distribution box, distribution box embedded in the wall installation, in the wall when the hole should be reserved than the length and width of the distribution box about 20mm, the depth of the distribution of the thickness of the distribution box with the wall Plaster thickness. In the masonry distribution box, the box and the wall filled with concrete can be fixed to the box live 3, The distribution box should be installed firmly, horizontal and vertical, vertical deviation should not be greater than 3mm; concealed, the distribution box should be around the gap, the edge of the panel should be close to the wall, the box and the building, Part should be coated with anti-corrosion paint. 4, The distribution box installed in the spiral fuse, the power cord should be connected to the middle of the terminal contact, the load line should be connected to the threaded terminal. In this way, in the loading and unloading fuse will not be electric shock. Porcelain plug-in fuses should be mounted vertically. 5, The distribution box of AC, DC or different voltage levels of power, should have a clear sign. Lighting line, should be set to zero line (N line) and protect the zero line (PE line) bus, zero line and protection of the zero line should be connected to the bus, not twisted, should be numbered. 6, The wire leads to the panel, the panel line hole should be smooth without burrs, metal panels should be installed insulation protective cover. Metal shell distribution box shell must be reliable grounding (then zero). Ps: Excuse me if I was wrong in words or expressions as I am a green hand in the field of power distribution switches. I need continual learnings. What is your idea ? Do you agree with my ideas ? Any of your ideas would be highly appreciated. May someone would like to help ? thanks in advance.

Posted by maryzhu 1 year ago


TEDxBaghdad - Iraq - violence, dust storms and open sourced manufacturing

Baghdad Iraq. It was once the jewel of the Muslim empire and epicenter of knowledge in the Eastern world. Now it is best known for corrupt governance, bombings, and dust storms. It was also my parents’ home. After visiting once in 1991 as a child the few memories I have of Iraq seemed to be shouting matches as my parents yelled over the phone making overseas calls. Names of Uncles I had never met were mentioned and a phone was handed to me and I was left to nervously fend for myself with my weak Iraqi slang and an Uncle who apparently knew all about me while I knew nothing of him. The country was an impenetrable black box to me that would spit out another refugee somewhere in the world every few years or so. Sixteen years later the first wall between Iraq and me was broken. In 2007 my nuclear family had traveled to Syria and for the first time I met family members who still lived in Baghdad. I knew them now. My uncles and cousins grew flesh and blood. I could feel their prickly faces as we greeted with the traditional Iraqi 4 sided cheek kiss. They could graciously give me their dishdashas as gifts. Names finally had faces, but those faces were deep, sunken and afraid. 2007 was a bad year of sectarian war in Iraq, which is why the Damascas district of Harasta was flooded with Iraqis. The sound of construction continued through the night to keep up with the massive (ab)use of the "tourist" visas. I saw something in the Iraqis in Syria that I hadn't seen before; something that scared me. I saw hopelessness. It was then I settled on a long-term project to return to the country and share something that I had just discovered around the same time: the future doesn’t come prepared -- we make the future. The do-it-yourself attitude that was growing in America was being combined with the culture of sharing that you find in hackerspaces, at instructables.com and in open source technology. This atmosphere made anything possible. You want to build a vertical generator without any spinning parts? Sure! How about a walking quadraped robot with a sofa? Do you want to quit your job, write zines and sell them in the crafting circle? Sure! Start a business! Write a novel! Organize a benefit concert! Sure - sure - sure! “Make your own future” was the message. It was a message of hope - it was the message that I wanted to share in the Middle East, and especially in Iraq. In 2011 the opportunity to work on sharing this beautiful message in the Middle East presented itself to me, so I quit my robotics job and took it (sorry Andrew). A few friends and I started a tiny organization called GEMSI - The Global Entrepreneurship and Maker Space Initiative. We funded ourselves through Kickstarter and our first project was a Three-Day Maker Space hosted at Makerfaire Africa. We were hoping to let people experience the feeling of the Maker Movement first-hand. We collaborated with Emeka and the team from MFA, Cairo Hackerspace, along with many amazing egyptians from all over the country. We had a successful first attempt at sharing the message of "Yes you can!” It was a great start, but Iraq was still an impenetrable fortress to me. It took till 2012 and a chance encounter with friends in Cambridge, MA for me to find my first avenue back into Iraq. Via my friends, I met someone who’s friend was affiliated with TEDxBaghdad. A few steps removed, sure, but when I heard about TEDxBaghdad I knew I had found my way in. I knew TEDx and the types of programs they hosted; I knew they were hopeful, inspired, and shared a vision for a brighter tomorrow. I started communicating with Emeka from MFA, who also works with TED, and he put me in touch with Yahay. After my first skype call with Yahay I knew I was going. Someone else had done it - someone broke that barrier, did amazing work in the country, and survived. It wasn't the death trap my family was telling me it was. There was a new narrative being woven and I knew what I needed to do. I booked my flights before I even finalized any workshops. I needed to meet the TEDxBaghdad team. Later, I called my parents and told them I was going to Baghdad and they said, "Shinu?! Inta Makhabal?!" That probably means exactly what you think it does. Needless to say, they had their concerns, but I was going regardless. Now that the tickets were bought, we started planning. Yahay put me in touch with Abdal Ghany, one of the Iraqi organizers living in Baghdad. He coordinated everything. It was amazing. These guys kick some serious planning butt! Ghany basically told me, “Show up and give your workshop. We'll take care of the rest.” This was a welcome change from the hours of facebooking, planning, and coordination I usually have to go through to schedule events. It really seemed like this was possible. I was going to give an Arduino and 3D printing workshop in Baghdad and I was really excited! I sent an email to Sparkfun and Makezine asking them for open source electronics donations since I knew bringing my electronics box through the airport wouldn't be a good idea. They sent me a nice goodie-bag of beautifully packaged Maker products. These two organizations have given me a tremendous amount of help throughout the years, for which I am extremely thankful. I packed a suitcase filled with 2 3D printers, 25 Arduinos, an assortment of other open source hardware and sensors and headed out looking a bit like a bomb development lab. Yeesh! Somehow I made it through China, Saudi, and Turkey without any serious interrogation. Mostly just really quizzical looks from my unzipped bag up back to me... "You're a teacher?" they ask. "Yes," I say, "yes I am." Turkey was the stop before Iraq. Turkey was brilliant, sunny, lush, and seemed to be comprised of mostly happy smiling people walking by the sea. Coming from the deserts of Mecca, this was a welcome sight. I let the green of Turkey wash away the dust of Saudi Arabia. The mishmash of cultures, sounds, foods, religions gave me a great feeling of liberation. This was a lively place and the two hackerspaces I met up with there, Base Istanbul and Istanbul Hackerspace were fantastic hosts. Furkan and I spent a lovely day together chatting about Maker culture as it spreads through the Middle East and then in the end we had a potluck BBQ with members from both hackerspaces by the rocks of the sea. It was great to see these two Turkish hackerspaces and to be reminded that this movement is truly global. My dream of hackerspaces empowering people globally is really possible – and it’s great to know that it is a dream that is shared by others. I left them full of enthusiasm and flew directly to Baghdad. Landing in Baghdad was strange and a bit concerning. Looking out of the window all I could see was a brown cloud. We were landing in a dust storm. I had heard about the turab (dust) of Iraq, but this was the first time I saw it in person, and it would be one of the things most often on my mind. Getting a visa for me was surprisingly easy, except for the fact I forgot my passport on the plane and two guards had to escort me one to each side back to the airplane to retrieve it. But once I had my passport, I told them my laqab, which is the full name that includes ancestry. Showed them a copy of my dad’s passport and my Iraqi birth certificate and I was in. I was hoping for a nice stamp, perhaps with some Iraqi relic on it. But they took my passport and wrote in it: "Originally Iraqi", so there it goes, it's official. Ahmed, my cousin, was not at the airport when I took my paper work and headed out to the lobby. The airport was sparsely populated and heavily regulated. I barely managed to snap a picture before a guard came up to me and had me delete them from my phone. In the lobby I met a man just released from a Swiss prison. The Swiss had given him the option to be sent back home to Iraq, or be jailed. He chose to leave and come back to Iraq. This becomes a theme later as I see more and more people, all of whom desire to leave the country to become refugees elsewhere. It seems that when hope runs out for the country you live in, the only option is to find a new one. This story is one of a million various stories of struggling to find a new life. Each varies in its details, but all have survival at their core. Ahmed arrives 30 minutes late, apologizing. He's wearing jeans and a polo. His hair seemed freshly cut and his face was serious. We had never met before. The only thing I knew of him was that he thought I was reckless for coming. He had been spending hours on Skype with me attempting to convince me that coming would be a bad idea: "You have no idea how bad the bugs are. Just wait till you see the dust storms. The heat will kill you... etc" But once I saw him in person it all changed. I didn't think I'd grow to like Ahmed, but I grew to appreciate his ways and he became like a brother to me before I left. He took me to Mansour, a neighborhood in Baghdad, telling me stories about Iraq as we travelled. This is the neighborhood where the house my dad designed and family built stands. On the ride home we had our car checked for bombs at least 4 times by what Iraqi's call Saytarat, which is the equivalent of a checkpoint and, to me, seemed a total nuciance. They were the reason he was late. What would normally be a 20 minute drive can become three hours long because every car is checked for bombs. They are everywhere; throughout the city, on every road. We passed the guard who watches over my family’s neighborhood, and he takes his hand off his machine gun to wave at Ahmed, and I begin to recognize that weapons, car inspections and burned out cars are normal here, so they don't think to comment on it - like an empty lot in Detroit, or the homeless in San Francisco. We got to my family home with no time to rest. I had to leave to meet up with Abdul Ghany and the crew at a Cafe in an hour and then conduct the workshop in two. Ahmed comes with me - he doesn't trust people we'd never met before and won’t let me out of his sight. I trust first till proven otherwise, he has learned to do the opposite. It’s a telling sign of how different our lives are on a day-to-day basis. As soon as I met the TEDxBaghdad crew, I felt at ease. MNA, Abdul Ghany and the entire crew were thoughtful, hardworking, and inspiring people. I was really happy to have intersected with them and they helped me in more ways than I could count. We first met up at Everyday, a local Mansour café. Everyday cafe was hyper airconditioned and everyone seemed to think it was hotter than it was. The crew was awesome, they were really a great first introduction to the excited young people of Baghdad and they certainly have the famed Iraqi hospitality. But here's a tip: do not order a fajita in Baghdad ;D. Mohammed Al-Samarraie pulled out their iPads and started showing me video production work he was doing for TEDx. Abdul Ghany comes a little late and we have head out to the workshop. The workshop was held in a two story office building surrounded by palm trees. Looking out the the tinted back window we could see the muddy river run past, winding and dark. Slowly the TEDx people started trickling in. Then I started to get nervous. The checkpoints didn't bother me, the tanks in the streets were not an issue, but here were these people coming to learn something from me. What could I share that would really matter to them when they had so much to deal with daily? What could I share that could be relevant to people who see bombings as I experience lightning storms? I have been to other places in the world to share this kind of information, and some of those places have had political problems and ongoing revolutions. But Iraq was the first country I had been to that really seemed like a war zone. I decided that first I needed to learn from them! What were their projects? What did they hope for? I hoped they would learn from each other and get excited about their projects and I wanted to be able to share things that were relevant to them. Thus, everyone was encouraged to talk about who they are, how they learned about TEDxBaghdad and to share their project, share with us their mission, or share an inspiring story. I was amazed to hear about all the incredible initiatives the crew was doing. From intercultural exchange programs, to street clean ups, to historical artifact preservation, each of them shared and I started realizing something. They were not as interested in new technology as they were interested in arts and culture and after hearing about a few of their projects I started realizing why. Learning about culture and paying attention to the arts gives people the ability to pay attention to details. They can look at another human being and see all the subtleties that make us who we are. We each fall in love, we struggle, we question, and have doubts. Arts give depth to a black and white world. Sectarianism is difficult when we pay attention to the commonalities that tie us all together. What would the world be like if anyone who wanted a weapons license was required to have visited India, could pass an art history exam and could play stairway to heaven on the guitar? We were in a sort of office building near the river which ran by dark and muddy looking through the tinted windows. One by one, they stood up in front and gave their short presentations. There were doctors, engineers, and designers in the crew. They each stood up and told the story of how they found out about TEDxBaghdad and it was incredible. Each of them had a friend recommend it to them, and it was mostly done through Facebook. Some people's projects were related to health, culture, antiquity preservation, and connecting Iraqis with the rest of the world. While they spoke I made a graph of the things that connected all of their ideas together. It was a beautiful thing to see. The common themes were to help Iraq as a country through the integration of new ideas and how to bring a new face of Iraq and present it to the world. To have the news about Iraq be about amazing things, inspiring things, rather than explosions. Being in that room with that energy made me feel like we were already on our way. I pulled out the boxes of donations given to us by Sparkfun and The Make Shed and now it was my turn. I told them about my story coming into contact with my friend Alex through instructables.com, how being in San Francisco and Cambridge opened my eyes to a new way of entrepreneurship using communities and open source technology. And how they could make anything they could imagine if they got together to do it. We discussed how sharing and collaboration was a common value that held the entire system together. I used the concept of the LED throwie, which is a simple idea by Graffiti Research Labs to connect an LED to a coin battery and a magnet. They used it to throw at ferrous buildings as a form of electronic graffiti but once they uploaded it to instructables the idea was out there and people were inspired to take it and derive many other projects. You can never know what will happen when you share something or when you create a tool and share it. People created outlined throwies, LED floaties in balloons and finally we start seeing LED floaties which are sequenced to act like a light show at a phish concert. Hahaha! We then talked about the Arduino an easy to use microcontroller designed for artists. It's a bit of technology that is a simple and easy to use platform to build interactive projects. We talked about how the open nature of the project people can use the Arduino and then use shields to add features like being able to connect to the internet or play MP3s. Open source tools make building new products a lot like using legos. We were in the middle of using some of the sensors The Maker Shed had sent us to make a DIY heart rate monitor when the power went out and all went dark except for the LED throwies we had made. It suddenly felt very intimate. We put all the LED throwies in the center of the room and huddled around it for story time. The feeling of connection was palpable for me. Sure the lack of power meant that we were not going to be able to 3D print, but being in the dark with TEDxBaghdad was one of my favorite memories of this trip. The lights went on and we had a long question and answer session / photo shoot. Some of the doctors were interested to use the Arduino based heart rate monitors to replace the broken ones in the hospital. I heard about this and was flabbergast that the most basic and cheap tools I had brought with me might have a direct impact and may even save lives. Technology might not solve the political problems of the country but it seems that there was a lot of room for development and that the crew I was with was creative and excited to make use of it. I passed out 20 Arduino kits that day, including the Lillypad which is a version of the Arduino intended to be sewn into clothing. Although there were very few engineers in the audience, everyone seemed to be buzzing with ideas and ways to use the Arduinos. What a great workshop! I was super excited because not only had they understood the message, they seem to have been infected with the feeling of capability! Now to seal the deal, we were all going to go out and eat a classic Iraqi dish Simach Masguf. Ahmed has been calling me hourly making sure that I was OK, but I felt safe enough with my new friends so we all headed out to a fish spot by the river. Hours go by, lots of fish is eaten, and lots of juice is drunk. Some of the crew smoke some sheesha. It was like I was with new old friends. My Iraqi slang was improving hourly and although we had just met I knew me and TEDxBaghdad we're going to be working together again very soon. I would have stayed all night eating and chatting about future projects and the problems to solve in Iraq, but the cerfew was about to set in and we had to jet. Yeah, there is still a curfew. On the ride home my head is filled with contradictions. Hope and confusion mix in my head as my family rings 4 more times. I get home safe and decide that the only way to deal with the complicated situation in Iraq was to act with irrational hope and optimism. That's the way TEDxBaghdad seemed to work. And that's going to be mine as well. The next day there were five explosions in Baghdad so TEDxBaghdad and I decided against going out to the Iraqi National Museum even though we had to request permission to go. We meet instead back at Everyday and there we solidify our commitment to working for a more beautiful Baghdad and a country which will become a producing nation once again. Sharing with the world it's art, science and literature like it once did years ago. +BG

Posted by lamedust 6 years ago


My Current 100 Favourite Songs

Inspired by Viccie's topic, I made my own. It took about an hour. 1. Riff Raff - AC/DC 2. Paradise City - Guns 'n' Roses 3. It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) - AC/DC 4. November Rain - Guns 'n' Roses 5. Sweet Child 'o' Mine - Guns 'n' Roses 5.5. American Idiot - Green Day 6. Let's Get Rocked - Def Leppard 7. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC 8. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC 9. Dream On - Aerosmith 10. T.N.T - AC/DC 11. ELMO'S SONG! 12. Back In Black - AC/DC 13. Rocker - AC/DC 14. Thunderstruck - AC/DC 15. Shot Down In Flames - AC/DC 15.5 The Wall (Pt II) - Pink Floyd 16. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin 17. Fallen Leaves - Billy Tlent 18. Red Flag - Billy Talent 19. Surfing With The Alien - Joe Satriani 20. Devil Gate Drive - Suzi Quattro 20.5 My Apocolypse - Metallica 21. Beatin' Around The Bush - AC/DC 22. Welcome To The Jungle - Guns 'n' Roses 23. Moonshine - Savage ft Akon 24. I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness 24.5. One - Metallica 25. The Furor - AC/DC 26. Love At First Feel - AC/DC 27. Let There Be Rock - AC/DC 27.5. Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC 28. Layla - Eric Clapton 29. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin 30. Hard As A Rock - AC/DC 31. Sunshine Of Your Love - Eric Clapton 32. Always With Me, Always With You - Joe Satriani' 32.5 Nothing Else Matters - Metallic 33. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen 34. When I'm Gone - Eminem 35. Chinese Democracy - Guns 'n' Roses 36. Verona - Elemeno P 37. Black Night - Deep Purple 38. Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen 39. Paranoid - Black Sabbath 40. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi 40.5. Battery - Metallica 41. Who Made Who - AC/DC 42. Hot For Teacher - Van Halen 43. Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix 44. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin 45. (Moved Up To Number 5.5) 46. Lonely - Akon 46.5. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard 47. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd 48. Sink The Pink - AC/DC 48.5. Photograph - Def Leppard 49. Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet 50. Make Love Like A Man - Def Leppard 51. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC 52. Shake Your Foundations - AC/DC 53. Devil On My Shoulder - Billy Talent 54. Worker Bees - Billy Talent 55. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple 56. Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chilli Peppers 57. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana 58. Walkie Talkie Man - Stereogram 59. Don't Cry - Guns 'n' Roses 60. High Voltage - AC/DC 61. Khe Sahn - Cold Chisel 62. Highway To Hell - AC/DC 63. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin 64. In and Out Of Love - Bon Jovi 65. Ramble On - Led Zeppelin 66. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix 67. Teenagers - My Chemical Romance 68. Give It Away - Red Hot Chilli Peppers 69. Stop Drop And Roll - Mareko 70. One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater 71. Walk All Over You - AC/DC 72. Cut The Curtains - Billy Talent 73. Live And Let Die - Guns 'n' Roses 74. I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll All Nite - Kiss 75. Message In A Bottle - The Police 76. Iron Man - Black Sabbath 77. There's Gonna Be Some Rocking - AC/DC 78. Ride On - AC/DC 79. Lights and Sounds - Yellow Card 80. Holidae Inn - Chingy 81. Rock 'n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC 82. Have You Ever Needed Someone - Def Leppard 83. Not Many - Scribe 84. Holiday - Greenday 85. Hotel California - Eagles 86. Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana 87. Heaven Is - Def Leppard 88. Over The Hills And Far Away - Led Zeppelin 89. Hells Bells - AC/DC 90. Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton 91. DT - AC/DC 92. Moneytalks - AC/DC 93. Alberta - Eric Clapton 94. Killer Queen - Queen 95. Rock This Town - Stray Cats 96. Stiff Upper Lip - AC/DC 96.5. I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett 97. The Jack - AC/DC 98. Angie - Rolling Stones 99. Black Ice - AC/DC 100. Invisible Man - Queen I'll be always updating this list with song that i've forgotten to put in!

Posted by ajleece 9 years ago


10 Pranks from Instructables HQ

It’s not yet the middle of March, which means plenty of time for planning and executing the perfect April Fools Day prank. (Also, there’s a contest you should enter if you’ve got a great prank to share.) HQ has been batting around prank ideas for a solid month, and Mikeasaurus is about to ruin a lifetime of polite Canadian good karma with an expanding list of prank ideas. We’ll be attempting to wire my brake lights to a hidden car horn later this month, and Mikeasaurus has been surreptitiously stealing trash from around the office to gently prank the trash collectors at his house. (Making Ghandi look scary was just the tip of the iceberg.) Most of our office pranks are harmless, and harmlessness is one of the goals in our prank contest. A quick surprise, easy cleanup, and no bodily harm are the guiding principles for sustaining a prank war. Rapid escalation leads to eventual hurt feelings or a hospital trip, neither of which are useful for next year’s April Fools shenanigans. As of March 12th, the prank war is still cold at Instructables headquarters. Randofo (a man who knows his way around a prank or two) and Mikeasaurus (who is no stranger to pranks himself) are taunting one another with various super-secret pranks that will be deployed on April 1st. Pranking Mr. Saurus from afar was an office pastime while he was relegated to the frozen tundra of urban Vancouver last year. Skirting the fine line between hilarious electronics-based pranks and the very real possibility of an eagle-eyed x-ray operator reporting us to the authorities prevented anything too terrible from happening to him in Canada. But now he’s within arm’s reach of his prank nemesis. Here's a quick rundown of past pranks perpetrated by Instructables staff at HQ: The Prank Box - randofo "It is very funny to watch people ponder the implications of the device, reluctantly turn it on, and then stress out when they cannot turn it off. It is even funnier to get panicked emails from your friend in Canada after you mail it to him without any explanation, and he decides to ignore the directions on the box and turn it on." Watch the video Car Horn Prank Box - randofo "A beloved coworker is returning from Canada soon and in his honor I have created the car horn prank box. Basically, when the red button is pressed, and an LED blinks indicating that there is thirty seconds in which to hide the box somewhere dark. Once the thirty seconds expire, the next time that the box sense light, the car horn honks very loudly. The amount of potential mischief that this device can produce makes it a perfect welcome back gift." Watch the video Mystery Beeping Prank - randofo The Mystery Beeping Prank is a device hidden in a hollowed out book that beeps intermittently at different frequencies. I made this because I am surrounded by a lot of incredibly creative people who have a penchant for pranking one another, and this seemed like the most subtly annoying thing that I could think of. Watch the video LieDar - FAT lab Sometimes you just want to pretend to be driving around in a driverless car. You're just a rented Fiat, a few hours of 3D printing, and a pair of big brass ball bearings from pranking an entire city with technological delight, then confusion, then concern. Watch the video Air Horn Office Chair Prank - mikeasaurus The office is a great place to prank your coworkers. Interrupt the white noise of typing keyboards and the hum of the photocopier with a blaring klaxon hidden under someone's office chair. Watch the video Magnetic Axe Prank - mikeasaurus Good with metal? Try hacking an axe in half, adding some powerful magnets, and pretending to put an axe through the hood of a car, into someone's nice stainless fridge, or anything else ferrous and nefarious. Phony Fliers with Rip-Off Tabs - mikeasaurus Surprise and delight the local nerd community with these phony fliers. References to Star Trek, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Half-Life abound. Make your own, set up a dummy email address, and watch the weird responses roll in. WC White Box of Doom - MC Langer Not technically from HQ, but MC Langer spent enough time at HQ to feel like part of the family. His "Water Closet White Box of Doom" is hilarious, ingenious, and unlikely to cause permanent harm. He also tests it on himself, which is awesome. (It's a jar of water in a first aid kit that tips the water onto someone if they trigger the toilet seat switch. It also includes a Bazinga scroll that pops out to let the victim know that they've been the victim of a classic jape.) Watch the video How To Put A Stapler In Jello - kazmataz Because Jim shouldn't have all the fun. (And Dwight shouldn't get all the jello.) Screaming Trash Bin Prank - Jayefuu Electronic trash cans seemed like such a good idea. At first. Then they stopped working reliably. Then they started screaming bloody murder thanks to Jayefuu. Watch the video

Posted by wilgubeast 4 years ago


Yellow Roses a fairy tale and horror story

I awaken in a place I'm not familiar with. Seems I am in some sort of hospital, the white walls, they look padded, could it be I am here because of something mental? I really haven't a clue. The only thing I really remember is the man, I recently met, what I would call the man of my dreams. I just don't understand why I am here. I guess I will figure it out eventually. In the mean time I will think about my new suitor, this will calm my nerves. We met inocenntly enough, by bumping into each other literally. He was coming out of the dime store as I was going in and we just collided. He was so good looking, with his dark hair, beard, and blue eyes. He looked so good, he actually took my breathe away. After bumping ino him I say," Oh my goodness, I am such a klutz. I am so sorry" He replies," No harm done. I should have been watching where I was going. But it's not every day I bump into some one as beautiful as you. Let's start over, hi, my name is Dillion." Blushing, I answer back, " Strange way to meet some one. I am so sorry. Thank you for the compliment. I guess I at least owe you my name. My name is Laura. Again I am so sorry for bumpimg into you." " No need to apologize, maybe us bumping into each other was destiny. Maybe it meant for this to happen, so we could meet each other. Anyway, I would be honered if I could take you to dinner. How about tonight? We could meet right here, if you like, at least until you get to know me a little better. I want you to be at ease with me, not to think I am Jack the Ripper", then he laughs. " You aren't shy are you? O.K., we will meet here say at seven? I guess the least I can do is give you a chance, so I will see you here at seven." Dillion agreeing, the we part ways and I go back to shopping, but I can't get Dillion off my mind. I am just so excited about our date tonight, I literally can't be still. Soon it is almost six, so I rush back to my apartment to freshen up before I go to meet Dillion. Almost being seven, I rush back to the dime store, I surely don't want to be late for our first date. Arriving I see Dillion is already there, nevously pacing back and forth like an expectant father. I notice he is carrying a bunch of yellow roses, my favorite color. I make sure Dillion sees me so I don't startle him, walking up to him I say," Hi, have you been waiting long?" Dillion says," I been here for a few minutes. May I say you look beautiful. Also, I got you these. I hope you like them. " I am very flattered by the roses. Thank you so much. How did you know I liked yellow?" " Remember when I first met you, you were dressed in all yellow, just like you are now and may I say the yellow looks great on you because of your dark hair. Anyway I figured you like the color because of how you were dressed and it appears I was right. I thought maybe we go out to dinner, then we catch a movie, how does that sound to you?" " Dinner and a movie sound really good. You lead and I will follow." Here in Lake Charles, Loisiana not that many things to do like you would in a big town. We are just Cajun folk. We choose the movie 2012, because I have been dying to see it. But first we settle on great Cajun food at a restaurant known as Hebert's. Before that we make a quick trip to my apartment so I can put my roses in water. We arrive at the restaurant and lead to a table by the hostess. Then we are greeted by the waiter. I order catfish and Dillion orders gumbo. Waiting on the food, we have a couple of beers as we talk. Dillion says," Have you thought since we meet that maybe it was pre-ordained? I think you are one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen, since we bumped into each other you have been the only thing on my mind. I feel privileged just to be in your presence." I look at Dillion feeling my face blush I say," Thank you for your kind words, you so flatter me. You could be right because since I met you I can't think of any thing else but you. There is definitely some kind of chemistry here wouldn't you say? I am always on guard because I have been hurt before, but with you I haven't even thought of this and don't really care. I just couldn't wait to see you again." " I must say I feel exactly the same way. I want to get to know you, do things with you and I hope this won't be our only date. You just leave me breathless." " I want to see you again also. You know I have lived in Louisiana a couple of years now and I have never been sight seeing. I have always had an interest in the supernatural and two places I wanted to see here is Magnolia Plantation and the Myrtles Plantation. The stories behind these places just fascinate me." " Well, we have something in common, an interest in the supernatural. I visited Magnolia Plantation once, all the voodoo practiced there, to think of it just gives me goose bumps. So if we agree to see each other this is something you would like to do? Soon our food arrives and we continue talking through out the meal, I love getting to know someone on this level. After we finish our meal we go to see 2012, after that Dillion drives me to my apartment, after arriving Dillion says," I was having such a good time, I hate for the night to end. Do you want me to walk you to your door?" " No, I will be fine but thank you for asking. I hate for the night to end also, so would you like to come in for a while?" " Are you sure it will be alright? I would love to come in." After we both reach the door, we walk in, the first thing I do is put on some music, then go to the kitchen to get a couple of beers. Dillion walks around the living room looking at pictures and things. Arriving back in the I hand Dillion his beer, but he puts it on the table, lightly grabbing me around the waist and starts dancing with me. This totally surprise me. I am totally swept off my feet. Then before I realize it we are sharing a very passionate kiss. Then he picks me up in his arms, us staring each other romantically in the eyes, and he heads toward the bedroom. I usually don't sleep with some one on the first date, but this I just couldn't help myself. We end up making wild passionate love all night. The next morning we wake up and after breakfast we decide to drive to and tour Magnolia Plantation, the plantation steeped in voodoo. After arriving here the feeling one gets , well there are no words for the depressive feeling one has. Dillion walks around like he is in a trance like he notices everything here. After that first date we become quite the the item. We are always together and do everything together. Dillion sends me yellow roses every week, to show his feelings for me and he knows these are my favorite flowers. After a couple of weeks things start to change as Dillion starts spending more time with himself and then claiming him not remembering where he was or what he was doing. But I love him and I trust him. One night we stayed together we get up the next morning and in the local paper is a story about a horrific murder. " It says here they think this murder was some how connected to voodoo because they found a mojo bag. The murder they think was some sort of sacrifice to the Gods. The mojo bag was made of red flannel which signifies love. They say the victim was a young male around the age of twenty. Now that will send chills up your spine. Now we have a killer that worships voodoo Gods. How appropriate." Dillion says, " It is probably just some nut after their fifteen minutes of fame. I don't think you have anything to worry about. Why worry? You will be safe as long as you are with me." Two weeks pass with no more incidents, until one day another murder reported in the paper with the same M.O. Dillion says," Are you still worried about this psycho? I can tell from the look on your face after reading the paper. No need to worry my darling. " I guess you are right but I would think any woman that lives alone would be sort of alarmed, don't you?" " I tell you what to ease your nerves why don't you come stay with me until they apprehend this nut. I promise you will be safe." " Perhaps you are right. I will stay with you for a while." Time passes about three months now and I am still staying with Dillion. This thing really scares me. We both go to work, go out sometime together, but there are times Dillion just disappears for hours and he has no explanation. One day I'm cleaning the apartment and there is a knock at the door. Upon answering it, it is the police wanting to speak with Dillion. I ask," Why do you want to see him? Has he done something?" The police say," We want to speak with Dilllion because we think he is involved in something." "Involved in what? He is with me most of the time." " All we can tell you is that we think he may be involved with the voodoo murders, I'm sure you have heard of. The mojo bags being red flannel, doesn't Dillion's work have something to do with red flannel?" It all starts to make sense now, the red flannel, the times he disappears with no memory, Then this thought just overwhelms my mind and my next moment I am aware of, I wake up here in this mental ward. According to the doctors here, Dillion was made up, just something in my mind. I was lonely so Dillion was a fabrication. The murders were real enough though and they bothered me so much I fit them in to my illustration. So they say I can't distinguish between reality and imagination. I see it is almost time for me to see the doctor again but first I hear a knock on my room door. I say," Come in." In comes an orderly carrying a bunch of yellow roses.

Posted by lanaia74 4 years ago


Oil Spill Water Cleanups As Fast As They Happen

We live and survive on oil today. That dependence won’t go away for at least a few more generations. Today’s technology allows us to drill oil just about anywhere in the world, and then move it to anywhere we want using behemoth water vessels. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to all this and it happens when our technology fails us, as periodically demonstrated by mankind’s great oil spill disasters. The most recent being the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. The amount of oil actually dumped upon our ecosphere and contaminating the environment was mind boggling. The numbing numbers are so large that we can’t even get our minds around it. And we all know that the responsible drilling company won’t fess up to how much was really spilled because even they don’t know, don’t want to know and furthermore want to forget about it. Is there some way to tackle this oil spill problem through the use of the very culprit that created it, namely technology? Of course there is, but it will cost the billions they used to clean up the mess they created in the first place.  We want to develop a technological process to be used worldwide that borrows from what we currently know, and clean up these oil spills almost as quickly as they happen upon our seascape. Did we finally clean up the Gulf oil spill?  Yes, maybe? But it took too long and we either didn’t use the right equipment or not enough prepared and available equipment to check the problem. Time is probably the most critical factor involved in mitigating oil spill disasters. While Nature obviously works to clean up ecological disasters, she takes perhaps a decade or more to make a region whole again. We need to help nature accelerate her time schedule to a few weeks not decades! Oil cleanup equipment exists that is too painstakingly slow and inefficient to get the job done quickly and effectively, and to recapture ~99% of the oil spilled. Today’s processes are makeshift, disjointed, and not organized nor designed to tackle today’s mega-proportion oil spill problems.  We need a cohesive mega-solution to handle mega-problem oil spills. A virtual army of specialists with proper equipment to attack, gather up and capture, then deliver the spilled oil to vessel staging platforms. These huge platforms will separate 99.9% of the captured oil/water, dumping the water back.  Oil tankers on standby then take this recaptured crude oil to refineries. This process must be set up with the proper equipment to dynamically proceed in real time. Only high sea states should be capable of halting its operation. The process of oil/water cleanup requires the serial use of various sequential operations where each performs a key stage of the operatic procedure. The orchestration starts with techniques that initially yield the biggest volumetric punch first, then refines this processing by using less volumetric cleaning ability but greater oil separation capability. All the while we have deployed an improved form of today’s containment apron, capable of hundreds of miles of coverage to prevent spreading the spilled oil slick to shore. Having researched today’s available oil spill removal systems, their usefulness has been categorized according to volumetric processing capability per time. Fast surface skimming techniques plus “huge”, constant flowing centrifugal separators clearly win, but are not 100% effective. Sponge-type, oil absorbent techniques then come to play as they are useful in nearly recapturing the remaining 0.1% oil from the water, but are slow and will be used solely on the remaining 99.99% pure water expelled from our centrifugal oil separators. Today we literally use these absorbers like sponges, dunking them into the oil slick, waiting awhile and pulling them out after they’ve absorbed some oil. Such prolonged processing times are unacceptable. Absorbers are to be used differently than today, their performance is vastly accelerated as they now act as 0.1% oil filters to process the pressurized water expelled from the centrifugal separators. The final residuals of perhaps 0.01% that the high pressure absorber filtration misses will require oil break down chemistry whose end products are environmentally friendly and allows Nature to restore balance. So the actual water dumped back will be better than 99.99% pure. Now let’s break this process down a bit and address the pieces of equipment involved. Our attack vessels are special, high speed catamarans that ferry cars between different ports today. They use water-jet propulsion, are extremely fast, maneuverable, and will be equipped with a special front-end water scoop to pick up the oil/water slick in real time while propelled forward. Their scoop or nozzle articulates, performing real time adjustments responding to oil slick depths thereby avoiding too much water pickup. Once their holding tanks are full, they reconnoiter with waiting intermediate-sized tankers to quickly dump their oil/water cargo. When these tankers are full, they deposit their load to one of the huge vessel platforms. These staging platforms use centrifugal systems to quickly and efficiently separate huge quantities of the oil and water, and dump the 99.9% cleaned water overboard (Nature effectively handles the remaining 0.1% of oil). When their tanks are full of oil, they start emptying themselves into the large standby oil tankers for delivery to refineries. QED. For you science fiction/fact fans, this concept requires enormous equipment, is on a huge scale and if viewed as one harmonious system may be the first Oil-Terra-Forming machine to be used on our planet.  

Posted by RT-101 6 years ago


Total Views Count - 10/02/2011

Here's this week's total views count! This forum topic is a printout of the results of a Perl script I run weekly. To be included in it, join this group. The Perl script visits the profile page of each member of the group and extracts their Total Views then saves them to a file that can be opened by me in Excel. I then post the last 3 columns so everyone can compare their weekly gain with their friends. While you can easily see this data for you on the  page, this script allows people to compare their success/gain with their friends. I hand out patches as achievements when members of the group reach 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k and 1m views. Member Last Week This Week Gain canida 4,244,718 4,273,075 28,357 fungus amungus 3,893,961 3,913,602 19,641 scoochmaroo 3,836,562 3,910,812 74,250 randofo 2,914,898 2,932,532 17,634 Honus 2,549,002 2,560,467 11,465 jessyratfink 1,799,864 1,812,711 12,847 Kiteman 1,796,646 1,804,173 7,527 Plasmana 1,667,510 1,676,359 8,849 Tool Using Animal 1,614,935 1,622,190 7,255 T3h_Muffinator 1,101,292 1,105,743 4,451 zieak 1,055,813 1,060,166 4,353 killerjackalope 1,024,069 1,031,158 7,089 gmjhowe 1,003,426 1,008,176 4,750 drinkmorecoffee 949,090 958,809 9,719 Creativeman 878,033 887,168 9,135 Weissensteinburg 881,076 886,859 5,783 SaskView 856,229 859,598 3,369 lemonie 817,336 829,101 11,765 chr 753,245 768,953 15,708 seamster 715,523 720,446 4,923 Brennn10 692,277 695,513 3,236 ChrysN 644,940 650,320 5,380 mikey77 607,363 611,636 4,273 CameronSS 592,886 594,879 1,993 jeff-o 559,275 563,895 4,620 PKM 538,192 540,690 2,498 laxap 493,125 497,873 4,748 mikeasaurus 453,831 456,091 2,260 belsey 431,004 434,557 3,553 aeray 427,322 432,690 5,368 ModMischief 384,514 396,413 11,899 depotdevoid 390,197 392,581 2,384 Jayefuu 361,025 362,951 1,926 scraptopower 347,273 354,711 7,438 Spl1nt3rC3ll 284,132 284,974 842 scooter76 259,601 261,181 1,580 AngryRedhead 253,718 257,152 3,434 KentsOkay 249,483 250,343 860 nmcclana 247,380 249,865 2,485 starshipminivan 225,212 228,605 3,393 Doctor What 224,319 225,551 1,232 BrittLiv 204,972 208,465 3,493 rimar2000 205,521 208,173 2,652 dark sponge 184,094 185,042 948 Ninzerbean 175,070 176,561 1,491 bongodrummer 163,542 166,751 3,209 comodore 159,923 160,578 655 Lithium Rain 157,506 158,774 1,268 yokozuna 151,384 152,449 1,065 Kaelessin 151,141 152,404 1,263 Hiyadudez 141,882 143,342 1,460 bertus52x11 134,102 140,557 6,455 Technochicken 137,711 138,910 1,199 Lynne Bruning 137,020 137,882 862 Dr.Paj 136,956 137,726 770 The Jamalam 123,503 123,902 399 RavingMadStudios 111,781 113,384 1,603 thermoelectric 109,579 110,959 1,380 I_am_Canadian 109,469 109,933 464 uniqueutopia 104,659 105,751 1,092 JamesRPatrick 98,058 98,699 641 Goodhart 97,306 98,245 939 DJ Radio 93,635 94,311 676 janw 90,546 91,249 703 jen7714 81,403 83,264 1,861 jen7714 81,403 83,264 1,861 nelson8815 65,738 67,554 1,816 MichelMoermans 66,488 67,144 656 Killer%7ESafeCracker 63,322 63,820 498 wizgirl 57,948 63,187 5,239 iminthebathroom 57,811 59,973 2,162 ajleece 56,577 56,935 358 Re-design 56,247 56,624 377 ynze 48,297 55,838 7,541 Shadowman39 52,352 53,135 783 TNEN 47,985 48,242 257 kelseymh 47,239 47,459 220 Sunkicked 45,926 46,230 304 beckervdejazz.com 43,575 43,878 303 Biggsy 38,649 42,477 3,828 The Ideanator 41,879 42,463 584 Berkin 40,310 40,661 351 mman1506 37,959 39,153 1,194 EmmettO 37,796 38,270 474 knuckel 35,795 36,137 342 TitanTechRobotics 33,347 34,212 865 Jimmy Proton 30,801 32,622 1,821 nickodemus 30,152 30,422 270 TSC 29,340 30,074 734 KoffeeKommando 28,710 29,460 750 jwystup 28,249 28,816 567 MotaBoi 26,877 27,187 310 cbm104 26,158 26,450 292 lilyfrancis 25,506 26,116 610 kcls 25,224 25,670 446 peguiono 25,012 25,190 178 m6233555m 24,320 24,379 59 possum888 23,301 24,333 1,032 shadowninja31 23,626 23,972 346 Mr.Sanchez 23,281 23,716 435 Knex_Gun_Builder 22,595 22,728 133 plane phanatic 21,848 22,041 193 Derin 21,560 21,735 175 CrayfishYAY 21,240 21,512 272 steveastrouk 20,941 21,187 246 Tom Buckey 18,330 18,463 133 Tornado96 17,915 18,189 274 zascecs 17,177 17,246 69 floris2burn 14,578 14,739 161 knexsuperbuilderfreak 14,364 14,411 47 Legofanatic 14,134 14,348 214 TabbyDeAnne 13,812 14,339 527 qazwsx755 13,565 13,867 302 uberdum05 13,121 13,267 146 cdawisconsin 12,586 13,223 637 nutsandbolts_64 12,156 12,399 243 zurichko 11,796 12,145 349 Blue Mullet 10,693 11,875 1,182 FrozenStar 11,157 11,285 128 masterochicken 11,027 11,101 74 lizzyastro 10,280 11,082 802 NachoMahma 10,970 11,018 48 acidbass 10,002 10,148 146 Dr Pepper 6,220 9,893 3,673 Sorunome 7,733 7,933 200 beanieostrich 6,857 7,376 519 Kryptonite 7,041 7,109 68 cherishcherub 6,309 6,385 76 LoneWolf   5,680 - moocowdog 5,561 5,675 114 zero.gx 5,188 5,227 39 jamesdude 4,234 4,273 39 slithien 4,123 4,193 70 RNB 3,943 4,043 100 MegaMetal8 3,587 3,643 56 Nutrition Man 2,974 3,413 439 wareneutron 3,145 3,225 80 tbcross 3,091 3,160 69 mg0930mg 2,892 2,918 26 solarblade90 2,598 2,652 54 cj81499 2,546 2,557 11 Jag56 2,163 2,208 45 shadon 1,391 1,434 43 Randomguy65 1,280 1,333 53 dombeef 874 1,091 217 AwesomeSwordGuy 928 978 50 LivStoleYourPie 535 571 36 cyanyears 427 493 66 FastLearner   263 - Jeff Kallaus   249 - Fr-Pa-Co 215 220 5 %28YOUR N 93 96 3 heratio 61 65 4

Posted by Jayefuu 7 years ago


Total Views Count - 20/01/2011 - UPDATED!

Here's this week's total views count. As requested by a few members, all of the names of members are now links to their profiles so you can compare and subscribe to your favourite members more easily. Yay! This forum topic is a printout of the results of a Perl script I run weekly. To be included in it, join this group. The Perl script visits the profile page of each member of the group and extracts their Total Views then saves them to a file that can be opened by me in Excel. I then post the last 3 columns so everyone can compare their weekly gain with their friends. While you can easily see this data for you on the You page, this script allows people to compare their success/gain with their friends. I hand out patches as achievements when members of the group reach 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k and 1m views. Member Last Week This Week Gain canida 4,161,996 4,188,378 26,382 fungus amungus 3,834,653 3,857,320 22,667 scoochmaroo 3,615,447 3,679,131 63,684 randofo 2,773,785 2,814,522 40,737 Honus 2,513,524 2,526,145 12,621 Kiteman 1,770,772 1,779,675 8,903 Plasmana 1,641,765 1,650,423 8,658 Tool Using Animal 1,594,537 1,601,446 6,909 T3h_Muffinator 1,086,285 1,091,134 4,849 zieak 1,042,266 1,047,210 4,944 killerjackalope 998,201 1,005,393 7,192 gmjhowe 982,225 988,621 6,396 drinkmorecoffee 919,482 929,476 9,994 Weissensteinburg 860,080 868,522 8,442 Creativeman 851,365 857,364 5,999 SaskView 845,603 849,275 3,672 lemonie 799,282 806,958 7,676 seamster 701,378 706,014 4,636 Brennn10 682,737 685,394 2,657 chr 622,118 651,945 29,827 mikey77 588,893 596,831 7,938 CameronSS   588,290 - jeff-o 546,106 550,142 4,036 PKM 530,654 533,132 2,478 laxap 483,278 486,422 3,144 mikeasaurus 442,923 445,215 2,292 belsey 411,442 418,129 6,687 aeray 408,894 414,403 5,509 depotdevoid 380,966 383,931 2,965 ModMischief 343,813 361,678 17,865 Jayefuu 354,518 356,596 2,078 scraptopower 324,968 332,816 7,848 Spl1nt3rC3ll 281,312 282,254 942 scooter76   256,935 - KentsOkay 246,842 247,620 778 AngryRedhead 239,391 245,302 5,911 nmcclana 239,135 241,366 2,231 Doctor What 220,867 222,001 1,134 starshipminivan 216,040 218,530 2,490 rimar2000 196,206 199,966 3,760 BrittLiv 176,371 197,698 21,327 dark sponge 180,981 182,108 1,127 Ninzerbean 169,824 171,415 1,591 comodore 157,584 158,331 747 bongodrummer   158,171 - Lithium Rain 153,355 154,810 1,455 yokozuna 147,602 149,158 1,556 Kaelessin 146,698 148,402 1,704 Hiyadudez 136,759 138,826 2,067 Lynne Bruning 134,699 135,457 758 Dr.Paj 134,359 135,348 989 Technochicken   135,143 - bertus52x11 128,890 130,186 1,296 The Jamalam 122,145 122,551 406 RavingMadStudios 107,171 108,599 1,428 I_am_Canadian   108,567 - thermoelectric 105,660 107,111 1,451 uniqueutopia 101,649 102,759 1,110 JamesRPatrick 95,640 96,547 907 Goodhart 92,918 93,533 615 DJ Radio 91,220 92,192 972 janw 88,480 89,229 749 jen7714 71,279 73,137 1,858 jen7714 71,279 73,137 1,858 MichelMoermans 64,427 65,151 724 Killer%7ESafeCracker 61,535 62,169 634 nelson8815 58,953 61,796 2,843 Re-design 54,553 54,908 355 iminthebathroom   53,997 - wizgirl 49,204 51,450 2,246 Shadowman39 49,472 50,427 955 TNEN 47,144 47,446 302 kelseymh 46,458 46,729 271 ynze 44,679 46,175 1,496 Sunkicked 45,079 45,359 280 beckervdejazz.com 42,586 42,849 263 The Ideanator 40,032 40,654 622 Berkin 39,195 39,581 386 mman1506 37,320 37,523 203 EmmettO 35,967 36,576 609 Biggsy 35,704 36,466 762 knuckel 34,444 34,939 495 artificialintelligence 31,235 31,988 753 nickodemus 29,150 29,513 363 TSC 27,545 28,112 567 Jimmy Proton 25,682 27,433 1,751 jwystup 26,326 27,041 715 KoffeeKommando 25,900 26,722 822 MotaBoi 25,940 26,224 284 cbm104 25,275 25,593 318 peguiono 24,510 24,697 187 kcls 23,523 24,179 656 m6233555m 24,082 24,168 86 lilyfrancis 23,386 24,086 700 Mr.Sanchez   22,375 - Knex_Gun_Builder 22,175 22,274 99 plane phanatic 21,201 21,428 227 Derin 20,918 21,134 216 CrayfishYAY 20,881 20,983 102 steveastrouk 20,270 20,502 232 possum888 19,449 19,690 241 Tom Buckey   17,999 - Tornado96 17,025 17,359 334 zascecs 16,964 17,027 63 floris2burn 13,990 14,214 224 knexsuperbuilderfreak   14,212 - Legofanatic 13,424 13,642 218 uberdum05 12,747 12,858 111 TabbyDeAnne   12,511 - qazwsx755 12,193 12,396 203 nutsandbolts_64 11,497 11,754 257 cdawisconsin 10,285 11,324 1,039 masterochicken 10,845 10,897 52 FrozenStar 10,703 10,891 188 NachoMahma 10,827 10,873 46 zurichko 8,976 9,928 952 acidbass 9,613 9,754 141 lizzyastro 8,528 8,743 215 Blue Mullet   8,166 - Sorunome 6,929 7,210 281 Kryptonite 6,849 6,918 69 cherishcherub 6,021 6,124 103 Dr Pepper 4,842 5,508 666 moocowdog 5,226 5,329 103 zero.gx 5,040 5,090 50 jamesdude 4,091 4,120 29 slithien 3,838 3,925 87 RNB 3,527 3,679 152 MegaMetal8 3,382 3,439 57 wareneutron 2,903 2,998 95 tbcross 2,824 2,924 100 mg0930mg 2,800 2,828 28 cj81499 2,515 2,529 14 solarblade90 2,396 2,474 78 Jag56 2,029 2,075 46 Nutrition Man   2,030 - shadon 1,246 1,291 45 Randomguy65 1,153 1,203 50 AwesomeSwordGuy 783 842 59 dombeef 803 823 20 LivStoleYourPie 365 427 62 Fr-Pa-Co 196 203 7 i like cheese 74 79 5

Posted by Jayefuu 7 years ago


Total Views Tracker - 13/01/2011

Here's this week's tally! The group's now got over 150 members, 50 of which joined since mid December! I didn't get around to making the changes to the script I promised last week, I hope to add links to the list and automatic patch giving soon; I just haven't had time recently! This forum topic is a printout of the results of a Perl script I run weekly. To be included in it, join this  group. The Perl script visits the profile page of each member of the group and extracts their Total Views then saves them to a file that can be opened by me in Excel. I then post the last 3 columns so everyone can compare their weekly gain with their friends. While you can easily see this data for you on the You page, this script allows people to compare their success/gain with their friends. I hand out patches as achievements when members of the group reach 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k and 1m views. Member Last Week This Week Gain canida 4,133,770 4,161,996 28,226 fungus amungus 3,810,955 3,834,653 23,698 scoochmaroo 3,566,430 3,615,447 49,017 randofo 2,737,169 2,773,785 36,616 Honus 2,503,181 2,513,524 10,343 Kiteman 1,760,269 1,770,772 10,503 Plasmana 1,631,315 1,641,765 10,450 Tool Using Animal 1,586,400 1,594,537 8,137 T3h_Muffinator 1,080,291 1,086,285 5,994 zieak 1,036,709 1,042,266 5,557 killerjackalope 989,201 998,201 9,000 gmjhowe 975,903 982,225 6,322 drinkmorecoffee 909,894 919,482 9,588 Weissensteinburg 851,790 860,080 8,290 Creativeman   851,365 - SaskView 840,127 845,603 5,476 lemonie 793,879 799,282 5,403 seamster   701,378 - Brennn10 679,755 682,737 2,982 chr   622,118 - ChrysN 593,019 607,855 14,836 mikey77 582,631 588,893 6,262 jeff-o 540,726 546,106 5,380 PKM 527,697 530,654 2,957 laxap 478,370 483,278 4,908 mikeasaurus 440,136 442,923 2,787 belsey 400,703 411,442 10,739 aeray 402,540 408,894 6,354 depotdevoid 377,391 380,966 3,575 Jayefuu 351,698 354,518 2,820 ModMischief 330,818 343,813 12,995 scraptopower 317,326 324,968 7,642 Spl1nt3rC3ll 280,333 281,312 979 KentsOkay 245,855 246,842 987 AngryRedhead 219,817 239,391 19,574 nmcclana 236,457 239,135 2,678 Doctor What 219,715 220,867 1,152 starshipminivan   216,040 - rimar2000 182,030 196,206 14,176 dark sponge   180,981 - BrittLiv 170,049 176,371 6,322 Ninzerbean 168,016 169,824 1,808 comodore 156,851 157,584 733 Lithium Rain 151,967 153,355 1,388 yokozuna 145,008 147,602 2,594 Kaelessin 144,778 146,698 1,920 Hiyadudez 134,884 136,759 1,875 Lynne Bruning 133,761 134,699 938 Dr.Paj   134,359 - bertus52x11 127,354 128,890 1,536 The Jamalam 121,719 122,145 426 RavingMadStudios 105,709 107,171 1,462 thermoelectric 104,441 105,660 1,219 uniqueutopia 100,581 101,649 1,068 JamesRPatrick 94,541 95,640 1,099 Goodhart 92,295 92,918 623 DJ Radio 90,497 91,220 723 janw 87,283 88,480 1,197 jen7714 64,459 71,279 6,820 jen7714 64,459 71,279 6,820 MichelMoermans 63,651 64,427 776 Killer%7ESafeCracker 61,050 61,535 485 nelson8815 55,564 58,953 3,389 Re-design 54,114 54,553 439 Shadowman39 48,570 49,472 902 wizgirl 38,030 49,204 11,174 TNEN 46,832 47,144 312 kelseymh 46,203 46,458 255 Sunkicked 44,695 45,079 384 ynze 41,336 44,679 3,343 beckervdejazz.com 42,220 42,586 366 The Ideanator 39,299 40,032 733 Berkin 38,822 39,195 373 mman1506 37,123 37,320 197 EmmettO 35,441 35,967 526 Biggsy 34,344 35,704 1,360 knuckel 33,935 34,444 509 artificialintelligence 30,363 31,235 872 nickodemus 28,827 29,150 323 TSC 26,906 27,545 639 jwystup 25,524 26,326 802 MotaBoi 25,633 25,940 307 KoffeeKommando 25,191 25,900 709 Jimmy Proton 23,398 25,682 2,284 cbm104 24,882 25,275 393 peguiono 24,316 24,510 194 m6233555m 23,965 24,082 117 kcls 22,929 23,523 594 lilyfrancis 22,689 23,386 697 Knex_Gun_Builder 22,063 22,175 112 WARLOCK76 21,330 21,860 530 plane phanatic 20,945 21,201 256 Derin 20,698 20,918 220 CrayfishYAY 20,756 20,881 125 steveastrouk 19,998 20,270 272 possum888 19,233 19,449 216 tombuckey 17,723 17,873 150 Tornado96 16,755 17,025 270 zascecs 16,888 16,964 76 knexsuperbulderfreak 14,010 14,088 78 floris2burn 13,799 13,990 191 Legofanatic 13,127 13,424 297 uberdum05 12,626 12,747 121 qazwsx755 11,926 12,193 267 wtmi.podbean.com 10,949 11,746 797 nutsandbolts_64   11,497 - masterochicken 10,758 10,845 87 NachoMahma 10,771 10,827 56 FrozenStar 10,474 10,703 229 cdawisconsin 9,295 10,285 990 acidbass 9,478 9,613 135 zurichko 8,744 8,976 232 lizzyastro 8,309 8,528 219 Sorunome 6,596 6,929 333 Kryptonite 6,769 6,849 80 cherishcherub 5,942 6,021 79 moocowdog 5,115 5,226 111 zero.gx 4,991 5,040 49 Dr Pepper   4,842 - jamesdude 4,070 4,091 21 slithien 3,789 3,838 49 RNB 3,369 3,527 158 MegaMetal8 3,319 3,382 63 wareneutron 2,802 2,903 101 tbcross 2,748 2,824 76 mg0930mg   2,800 - cj81499 2,508 2,515 7 solarblade90 2,310 2,396 86 Jag56 1,988 2,029 41 Flannel UK 1,311 1,430 119 shadon 1,210 1,246 36 Randomguy65 1,099 1,153 54 dombeef 788 803 15 AwesomeSwordGuy 727 783 56 LivStoleYourPie 56 365 309 Fr-Pa-Co 191 196 5 i like cheese 66 74 8

Posted by Jayefuu 7 years ago


Total Views Count - 10/03/2011

Here's this week's total views count, I ran it after much nagging from a few members! Sorry I forgot last week. The time before there was a forum bug which meant I couldn't post, so it was posted here by AngryRedHead. Member Last Week This Week Gain canida 4,329,769 4,394,768 64,999 scoochmaroo 4,034,069 4,249,766 215,697 fungus amungus 3,962,081 4,045,399 83,318 randofo 3,103,317 3,174,010 70,693 Honus 2,582,477 2,606,865 24,388 jessyratfink 1,842,183 1,873,089 30,906 Kiteman 1,825,115 1,841,239 16,124 Plasmana 1,694,444 1,711,656 17,212 Tool Using Animal 1,634,892 1,647,818 12,926 T3h_Muffinator 1,114,018 1,123,399 9,381 zieak 1,068,344 1,076,548 8,204 killerjackalope 1,042,414 1,052,667 10,253 gmjhowe 1,017,771 1,027,150 9,379 drinkmorecoffee 975,673 1,000,634 24,961 Creativeman 904,289 919,747 15,458 Weissensteinburg 898,500 910,014 11,514 SaskView 866,316 880,924 14,608 lemonie 853,424 869,576 16,152 chr 795,727 816,815 21,088 seamster 732,700 744,546 11,846 Brennn10 701,909 708,414 6,505 ChrysN 668,744 692,190 23,446 mikey77 624,610 633,477 8,867 CameronSS 599,152 604,073 4,921 jeff-o 573,258 579,449 6,191 PKM 547,070 575,184 28,114 laxap 506,631 512,930 6,299 mikeasaurus 462,742 467,997 5,255 aeray 443,651 455,680 12,029 belsey 442,106 449,055 6,949 scraptopower 366,991 432,666 65,675 ModMischief 403,817 414,208 10,391 depotdevoid 401,547 408,461 6,914 Jayefuu 366,881 371,436 4,555 Spl1nt3rC3ll 286,771 288,577 1,806 starshipminivan 236,897 278,857 41,960 AngryRedhead 263,342 268,541 5,199 scooter76 262,680 264,334 1,654 nmcclana 254,527 259,469 4,942 KentsOkay 252,058 253,956 1,898 Vyger   249,182 - Doctor What 228,087 230,274 2,187 BrittLiv 215,130 222,019 6,889 rimar2000 213,504 218,301 4,797 rickharris   214,078 - dark sponge 186,528 188,038 1,510 Ninzerbean 179,068 181,858 2,790 bongodrummer 174,923 177,754 2,831 Lithium Rain 161,296 164,245 2,949 comodore 162,259 163,987 1,728 Kaelessin 154,995 157,605 2,610 yokozuna 154,056 155,141 1,085 Hiyadudez 147,017 150,380 3,363 bertus52x11 144,759 148,045 3,286 Lynne Bruning 139,498 145,664 6,166 Technochicken 141,542 143,625 2,083 Dr.Paj 139,499 141,128 1,629 The Jamalam 124,713 125,573 860 uniqueutopia 114,164 121,624 7,460 RavingMadStudios 116,579 119,027 2,448 thermoelectric 113,334 115,943 2,609 I_am_Canadian 110,904 111,741 837 JamesRPatrick 100,132 102,061 1,929 Goodhart 99,722 100,921 1,199 janw 95,630 97,977 2,347 DJ Radio 95,695 97,087 1,392 jen7714 86,555 90,127 3,572 jen7714 86,555 90,127 3,572 iminthebathroom 62,900 74,889 11,989 nelson8815 71,011 73,925 2,914 wizgirl 68,146 70,437 2,291 MichelMoermans 68,462 69,787 1,325 Killer%7ESafeCracker 64,648 65,299 651 ynze 59,237 61,858 2,621 ajleece 57,620 58,252 632 Re-design 57,175 57,869 694 Shadowman39 54,430 55,480 1,050 TNEN 48,774 49,360 586 kelseymh 47,899 48,373 474 Biggsy 45,124 47,570 2,446 Sunkicked 46,746 47,251 505 beckervdejazz.com 44,525 45,107 582 The Ideanator 43,852 44,958 1,106 Berkin 41,359 42,063 704 EmmettO 39,217 40,275 1,058 Jimmy Proton 35,739 38,928 3,189 knuckel 36,849 37,467 618 TitanTechRobotics 35,574 36,838 1,264 KoffeeKommando 31,096 32,689 1,593 TSC 31,250 32,614 1,364 nickodemus 30,914 31,400 486 jwystup 29,785 30,864 1,079 mman1506 40,588 29,427 - lilyfrancis 27,108 28,976 1,868 MotaBoi 27,750 28,607 857 cbm104 26,840 27,280 440 kcls 26,323 26,788 465 peguiono 25,504 25,804 300 possum888 25,129 25,790 661 Mr.Sanchez 24,642 25,540 898 shadowninja31 24,611 25,411 800 m6233555m 24,541 24,711 170 Knex_Gun_Builder 22,956 23,181 225 plane phanatic 22,443 22,808 365 steveastrouk 21,905 22,566 661 Derin 22,145 22,513 368 CrayfishYAY 21,913 22,291 378 Tornado96 18,763 19,164 401 Tom Buckey 18,707 18,944 237 annahowardshaw   18,193 - zascecs 17,413 17,554 141 lizzyastro 12,036 17,369 5,333 TabbyDeAnne 15,406 16,401 995 cdawisconsin 14,413 16,198 1,785 Blue Mullet 13,808 15,608 1,800 qazwsx755 14,727 15,377 650 floris2burn 15,054 15,350 296 Legofanatic 14,746 15,155 409 knexsuperbuilderfreak 14,564 14,696 132 uberdum05 13,615 13,924 309 nutsandbolts_64 12,746 13,093 347 zurichko 12,582 13,076 494 Dr. Pepper   13,007 - krysteanuh   12,990 - FrozenStar 11,519 11,778 259 masterochicken 11,217 11,322 105 NachoMahma 11,108 11,187 79 splazem 10,635 11,084 449 beanieostrich 9,095 10,926 1,831 acidbass 10,445 10,764 319 Sorunome 8,348 8,706 358 Kryptonite 7,223 7,367 144 cherishcherub 6,821 7,050 229 LoneWolf 6,069 6,407 338 moocowdog 5,923 6,148 225 zero.gx 5,338 5,451 113 slithien 4,345 4,484 139 jamesdude 4,341 4,419 78 RNB 4,244 4,329 85 Nutrition Man 3,952 4,285 333 patriots8888   3,986 - MegaMetal8 3,745 3,871 126 tbcross 3,328 3,543 215 wareneutron 3,373 3,537 164 mg0930mg 2,965 3,023 58 solarblade90 2,736 2,845 109 cj81499 2,580 2,598 18 Jag56 2,312 2,404 92 lil larry   1,893 - dombeef 1,495 1,735 240 shadon 1,508 1,580 72 Randomguy65 1,420 1,507 87 nfk11   1,267 - AwesomeSwordGuy 1,066 1,154 88 LivStoleYourPie 637 689 52 cyanyears 558 648 90 Jeff Kallaus 309 458 149 FastLearner 279 315 36 Fr-Pa-Co 235 245 10 %28YOUR N 105 111 6 heratio 70 72 2

Posted by Jayefuu 7 years ago


Total Views Count 24/02/2011

This just in from Jayefuu! Here's this week's total views run. Sorry, but I missed last week's run, no one reminded me :( This forum topic is a printout of the results of a Perl script I run weekly. To be included in it, join this  group. The Perl script visits the profile page of each member of the group and extracts their Total Views then saves them to a file that can be opened by me in Excel. I then post the last 3 columns so everyone can compare their weekly gain with their friends. While you can easily see this data for you on the You page, this script allows people to compare their success/gain with their friends. I hand out patches as achievements when members of the group reach 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k and 1m views. Member Last Week This Week Gain canida 4,273,075 4,329,769 56,694 scoochmaroo 3,910,812 4,034,069 123,257 fungus amungus 3,913,602 3,962,081 48,479 randofo 2,932,532 3,103,317 170,785 Honus 2,560,467 2,582,477 22,010 jessyratfink 1,812,711 1,842,183 29,472 Kiteman 1,804,173 1,825,115 20,942 Plasmana 1,676,359 1,694,444 18,085 Tool Using Animal 1,622,190 1,634,892 12,702 T3h_Muffinator 1,105,743 1,114,018 8,275 zieak 1,060,166 1,068,344 8,178 killerjackalope 1,031,158 1,042,414 11,256 gmjhowe 1,008,176 1,017,771 9,595 drinkmorecoffee 958,809 975,673 16,864 Creativeman 887,168 904,289 17,121 Weissensteinburg 886,859 898,500 11,641 SaskView 859,598 866,316 6,718 lemonie 829,101 853,424 24,323 chr 768,953 795,727 26,774 seamster 720,446 732,700 12,254 Brennn10 695,513 701,909 6,396 ChrysN 650,320 668,744 18,424 mikey77 611,636 624,610 12,974 CameronSS 594,879 599,152 4,273 jeff-o 563,895 573,258 9,363 PKM 540,690 547,070 6,380 laxap 497,873 506,631 8,758 mikeasaurus 456,091 462,742 6,651 aeray 432,690 443,651 10,961 belsey 434,557 442,106 7,549 ModMischief 396,413 403,817 7,404 depotdevoid 392,581 401,547 8,966 scraptopower 354,711 366,991 12,280 Jayefuu 362,951 366,881 3,930 Spl1nt3rC3ll 284,974 286,771 1,797 AngryRedhead 257,152 263,342 6,190 scooter76 261,181 262,680 1,499 nmcclana 249,865 254,527 4,662 KentsOkay 250,343 252,058 1,715 starshipminivan 228,605 236,897 8,292 Doctor What 225,551 228,087 2,536 BrittLiv 208,465 215,130 6,665 rimar2000 208,173 213,504 5,331 dark sponge 185,042 186,528 1,486 Ninzerbean 176,561 179,068 2,507 bongodrummer 166,751 174,923 8,172 comodore 160,578 162,259 1,681 Lithium Rain 158,774 161,296 2,522 Kaelessin 152,404 154,995 2,591 yokozuna 152,449 154,056 1,607 Hiyadudez 143,342 147,017 3,675 bertus52x11 140,557 144,759 4,202 Technochicken 138,910 141,542 2,632 Dr.Paj 137,726 139,499 1,773 Lynne Bruning 137,882 139,498 1,616 The Jamalam 123,902 124,713 811 RavingMadStudios 113,384 116,579 3,195 uniqueutopia 105,751 114,164 8,413 thermoelectric 110,959 113,334 2,375 I_am_Canadian 109,933 110,904 971 JamesRPatrick 98,699 100,132 1,433 Goodhart 98,245 99,722 1,477 DJ Radio 94,311 95,695 1,384 janw 91,249 95,630 4,381 jen7714 83,264 86,555 3,291 jen7714 83,264 86,555 3,291 nelson8815 67,554 71,011 3,457 MichelMoermans 67,144 68,462 1,318 wizgirl 63,187 68,146 4,959 Killer%7ESafeCracker 63,820 64,648 828 iminthebathroom 59,973 62,900 2,927 ynze 55,838 59,237 3,399 ajleece 56,935 57,620 685 Re-design 56,624 57,175 551 Shadowman39 53,135 54,430 1,295 TNEN 48,242 48,774 532 kelseymh 47,459 47,899 440 Sunkicked 46,230 46,746 516 Biggsy 42,477 45,124 2,647 beckervdejazz.com 43,878 44,525 647 The Ideanator 42,463 43,852 1,389 Berkin 40,661 41,359 698 mman1506 39,153 40,588 1,435 EmmettO 38,270 39,217 947 knuckel 36,137 36,849 712 Jimmy Proton 32,622 35,739 3,117 TitanTechRobotics 34,212 35,574 1,362 TSC 30,074 31,250 1,176 KoffeeKommando 29,460 31,096 1,636 nickodemus 30,422 30,914 492 jwystup 28,816 29,785 969 MotaBoi 27,187 27,750 563 lilyfrancis 26,116 27,108 992 cbm104 26,450 26,840 390 kcls 25,670 26,323 653 peguiono 25,190 25,504 314 possum888 24,333 25,129 796 Mr.Sanchez 23,716 24,642 926 shadowninja31 23,972 24,611 639 m6233555m 24,379 24,541 162 Knex_Gun_Builder 22,728 22,956 228 plane phanatic 22,041 22,443 402 Derin 21,735 22,145 410 CrayfishYAY 21,512 21,913 401 steveastrouk 21,187 21,905 718 Tornado96 18,189 18,763 574 Tom Buckey 18,463 18,707 244 zascecs 17,246 17,413 167 TabbyDeAnne 14,339 15,406 1,067 floris2burn 14,739 15,054 315 Legofanatic 14,348 14,746 398 qazwsx755 13,867 14,727 860 knexsuperbuilderfreak 14,411 14,564 153 cdawisconsin 13,223 14,413 1,190 Blue Mullet 11,875 13,808 1,933 uberdum05 13,267 13,615 348 nutsandbolts_64 12,399 12,746 347 zurichko 12,145 12,582 437 lizzyastro 11,082 12,036 954 Dr Pepper 9,893 11,971 2,078 FrozenStar 11,285 11,519 234 masterochicken 11,101 11,217 116 NachoMahma 11,018 11,108 90 splazem   10,635 - acidbass 10,148 10,445 297 beanieostrich 7,376 9,095 1,719 Sorunome 7,933 8,348 415 Kryptonite 7,109 7,223 114 cherishcherub 6,385 6,821 436 LoneWolf 5,680 6,069 389 moocowdog 5,675 5,923 248 zero.gx 5,227 5,338 111 slithien 4,193 4,345 152 jamesdude 4,273 4,341 68 RNB 4,043 4,244 201 Nutrition Man 3,413 3,952 539 MegaMetal8 3,643 3,745 102 wareneutron 3,225 3,373 148 tbcross 3,160 3,328 168 mg0930mg 2,918 2,965 47 solarblade90 2,652 2,736 84 cj81499 2,557 2,580 23 Jag56 2,208 2,312 104 shadon 1,434 1,508 74 dombeef 1,091 1,495 404 Randomguy65 1,333 1,420 87 AwesomeSwordGuy 978 1,066 88 LivStoleYourPie 571 637 66 cyanyears 493 558 65 Jeff Kallaus 249 309 60 FastLearner 263 279 16 Fr-Pa-Co 220 235 15 %28YOUR N 96 105 9 heratio 65 70 5

Posted by AngryRedhead 7 years ago


A complete roleplaying game in one post

I can't post this as an Instructable, because it's not my game at all.  It surfaced in the sorting out of my lab as my school closed. My original copy of the game was a page in Games and Puzzles magazine, but this is my own re-type of it, which I had to re-type again because the first digital copy was lost during one PC upgrade or another. The document gives me permission to pass it on (even though it pre-dates the Creative Commons movement), but I have emailed the author to let him know I'm posting it anyway.  I've not had a reply, but the page I found his address on had not been updated since 2009. UPDATE: Frank has been in touch, is happy for the game to be published like this, and is even going to send me copies of v2 if he ever finds them. FURTHER UPDATE: Frank has sent me a scan of the v2 rules, which I have added as the first image below. I thought older members might like to be reminded of their youth, and younger members sometimes need reminding that roleplaying games didn't always need a computer with a high-speed internet connection Here is the text, and I have attached a tidier-looking PDF of the same text: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- S.I.M.P.L.E. by Frank Carver Shared Imagination Multi Player Leisure Experience Have you ever been sitting around with a few friends and wanted to play a game – but hadn’t brought the rule books, supplements, charts & tables, character sheets, funny dice, metal figures etc? Here is the answer: a game simple enough to fit on one sheet of paper, and easy enough to remember & explain, even if you haven’t got that! ABOUT SIMPLE SIMPLE is a roleplaying game (RPG), in which each player controls the actions of a single character in an adventure. An adventure takes place in an imaginary world, which may be very different from the real world. Sometimes it’s outer space, the far future, wild west or fantasy. The background from any book, film, TV show may be used, or one from your own imagination. The adventure is usually organised by one player acting as Game Master (GM), who knows about the setting and provides things for the characters to do – problems to solve, enemies to defeat, victims to be rescued, riches to be gained ... anything the other players might enjoy. Problems are solved by thinking them through, talking to the other players and the GM, and rolling dice to see if your plan works. Details of each character are recorded on a character sheet, which develops from game to game. Travel the Universe without ever leaving your chair! TO PLAY You need at least two players (more than 5 or 6 is hard work), a copy of this sheet, at least one normal 6-sided die, a pen or pencil (an eraser is handy), some paper to write on and your imagination. THE SIMPLE CHARACTER Each SIMPLE character is described by three things – Body, Mind and Abilities. Body is a single number showing how strong and tough the character is. Mind is also a number, showing how clever and aware the character is. Abilities are things the character is good at. Each Ability has a description, and a number which shows how much better than average the character is. If your character is just average at something, it doesn’t go on their Ability list. Each character starts with 10 character points, which may be put into Body, Mind and Ability. For each point put into Body or Mind, the number goes up by one. For each half point put into Ability, the number goes up by one. Abilities may be anything that suits the setting. The GM and other players must agree with them. For example: running, science, driving, casting spells, seeing in the dark... EXAMPLE CHARACTER SHEET Name: Gus Goodguy Player: Frank Body: 5 Mind: 3 Abilities: Gunfight 2, ride horse 1, drink whisky 1 Description: A gunfighter in the Old West. Rides tall in the saddle, tips his white 10-gallon hat to ladies, calls men “Pardner”, travels the dusty plains looking for bandits to catch or farmers to rescue. Likes his whisky, and wil never resist a call to a shoot-out. USING THE NUMBERS IN AN ADVENTURE To see if a character succeeds at a task, the GM decides on the difficulty (5=easy, 8=average, 11=hard, 14=very hard and so on) and whether it is a physical (Body) task or a mental (Mind) task. The player then rolls a die and adds the character’s Body or Mind and any matching Abilities. A 6 means roll again and add the result. If the player’s total is better than the GM’s target, then the character has succeeded. The difference between the two numbers gives how well it was done. Gus Goodguy has Body 5 and Gunfight 2. To shoot Bill Badguy is an average (8) Body task. Gus rolls a 3, plus his body of 5, plus his gunfighting 2, making a total of 10 – succeeded by 2! Bill has been shot, and until his wound is treated his body is reduced by 1 point. If his Body falls to 1 he is unconscious, if it reaches 0 he is dead! At the end of a game, the GM may award up to one point to good players to spend on their characters. DOING EVERYTHING ELSE Most problems should be decided by the GM and common sense. Some useful hints, though: when time is important, like in a fight, do things in one-second rounds, with the character with the highest Body going first. A character can run Body (plus running Ability) metres per second. An “average” person has 4 Body and 4 MNind with no extra Abilities. If you need some enemies in a hurry, roll some dice onto the table – use the numbers on top as their Body score, and turn the die down one when they are injured. If you like this game, please copy it, give it to your friends, take it to conventions etc If you like it a lot, why not write to Frank Carver at: The Albion Guard Games Club, 62 Tomline Road, Ipswich, IP3 8DB, United Kingdom. This document is copyright Frank K Carver, 1992. Permission granted to copy and distribute this document, provided that only the complete document (including this provision) is copied and/or distributed. Enjoy!

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Total Views Count 31/03/2011

This forum topic is a printout of the results of a Perl script I run weekly. To be included in it, join this  group. The Perl script visits the profile page of each member of the group and extracts their Total Views then saves them to a file that can be opened by me in Excel. I then post the last 3 columns so everyone can compare their weekly gain with their friends. While you can easily see this data for you on the You page, this script allows people to compare their success/gain with their friends. I hand out patches as achievements when members of the group reach 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k and 1m views. Member Last Week This Week Gain canida 4,453,267 4,489,202 35,935 scoochmaroo 4,353,273 4,424,495 71,222 fungus amungus 4,103,484 4,127,716 24,232 randofo 3,214,151 3,238,724 24,573 Honus 2,627,417 2,637,771 10,354 jessyratfink 1,900,513 1,915,869 15,356 Kiteman 1,855,631 1,863,480 7,849 Plasmana 1,728,481 1,737,194 8,713 Tool Using Animal 1,659,705 1,665,971 6,266 T3h_Muffinator 1,131,190 1,135,035 3,845 killerjackalope 1,088,497 1,096,026 7,529 zieak 1,084,948 1,088,763 3,815 gmjhowe 1,035,897 1,040,497 4,600 drinkmorecoffee 1,031,465 1,040,195 8,730 Creativeman 935,250 943,459 8,209 Weissensteinburg 921,979 927,967 5,988 lemonie 881,822 896,022 14,200 SaskView 888,663 892,273 3,610 chr 838,343 848,648 10,305 seamster 754,047 758,325 4,278 frenzy 711,346 721,359 10,013 Brennn10 713,898 717,077 3,179 ChrysN 708,862 714,873 6,011 mikey77 642,067 647,898 5,831 CameronSS 609,251 611,785 2,534 jeff-o 585,749 590,219 4,470 PKM 585,068 589,848 4,780 laxap 517,977 520,686 2,709 mikeasaurus 482,224 485,682 3,458 scraptopower 461,857 472,512 10,655 aeray 466,268 471,515 5,247 belsey 454,969 458,078 3,109 ModMischief 416,756 418,088 1,332 depotdevoid 414,118 416,803 2,685 Jayefuu 375,740 378,409 2,669 starshipminivan 292,801 296,785 3,984 Spl1nt3rC3ll 290,539 291,607 1,068 AngryRedhead 275,671 279,162 3,491 scooter76 265,689 266,424 735 nmcclana 263,844 266,244 2,400 BrittLiv 256,709 263,190 6,481 KentsOkay 255,803 256,916 1,113 Vyger 251,374 252,486 1,112 Doctor What 232,284 233,261 977 rimar2000 223,491 225,879 2,388 rickharris 215,408 216,133 725 dark sponge 189,403 190,317 914 Ninzerbean 184,395 185,681 1,286 bongodrummer 180,200 181,228 1,028 Lithium Rain 166,995 168,497 1,502 comodore 165,573 166,336 763 Kaelessin 159,837 161,249 1,412 yokozuna 156,146 156,723 577 Hiyadudez 153,150 154,511 1,361 bertus52x11 150,843 152,142 1,299 Lynne Bruning 147,592 148,431 839 Technochicken 145,835 147,441 1,606 Dr.Paj 142,813 143,677 864 uniqueutopia 125,510 127,115 1,605 The Jamalam 126,314 126,727 413 janw 105,669 125,726 20,057 RavingMadStudios 121,047 121,696 649 thermoelectric 118,319 119,754 1,435 I_am_Canadian 112,447 112,891 444 JamesRPatrick 106,749 108,347 1,598 Goodhart 102,141 102,821 680 nelson8815 99,074 102,022 2,948 DJ Radio 98,309 98,967 658 jen7714 93,240 94,615 1,375 jen7714 93,240 94,615 1,375 iminthebathroom 78,530 79,721 1,191 ynze 66,936 76,781 9,845 wizgirl 72,752 74,603 1,851 MichelMoermans 71,099 72,019 920 Killer%7ESafeCracker 65,861 66,201 340 ajleece 58,715 58,931 216 Re-design 58,487 58,896 409 Shadowman39 56,391 56,802 411 TNEN 49,925 50,224 299 Biggsy 49,092 49,817 725 kelseymh 48,791 49,031 240 mman1506 30,658 48,712 18,054 Sunkicked 47,738 47,971 233 Jimmy Proton 44,222 46,844 2,622 The Ideanator 45,919 46,397 478 beckervdejazz.com 45,651 45,990 339 Berkin 42,675 42,954 279 EmmettO 41,204 41,684 480 TitanTechRobotics 37,888 38,480 592 knuckel 38,002 38,368 366 KoffeeKommando 34,040 34,650 610 annahowardshaw 31,299 34,317 3,018 TSC 33,655 34,249 594 jwystup 31,709 32,698 989 nickodemus 31,938 32,193 255 lilyfrancis 29,938 30,407 469 MotaBoi 29,231 29,620 389 cbm104 27,621 27,763 142 kcls 27,212 27,463 251 Mr.Sanchez 26,395 26,947 552 possum888 26,403 26,680 277 peguiono 26,098 26,253 155 shadowninja31 25,854 26,051 197 m6233555m 24,884 25,010 126 lizzyastro 23,032 23,754 722 plane phanatic 23,215 23,443 228 Knex_Gun_Builder 23,355 23,440 85 steveastrouk 23,049 23,257 208 Derin 22,878 23,075 197 CrayfishYAY 22,575 22,732 157 dombeef 6,455 22,495 16,040 Tornado96 19,460 20,230 770 Tom Buckey 19,116 19,212 96 Blue Mullet 17,180 17,917 737 cdawisconsin 17,272 17,779 507 zascecs 17,678 17,749 71 TabbyDeAnne 17,199 17,642 443 qazwsx755 16,003 16,306 303 floris2burn 15,713 15,877 164 Legofanatic 15,514 15,688 174 krysteanuh 14,864 15,617 753 knexsuperbuilderfreak 14,831 14,887 56 uberdum05 14,221 14,369 148 Dr. Pepper 13,730 14,307 577 nutsandbolts_64 13,473 13,665 192 zurichko 13,433 13,614 181 beanieostrich 12,480 13,288 808 FrozenStar 12,002 12,180 178 splazem 11,530 11,712 182 masterochicken 11,468 11,547 79 NachoMahma 11,264 11,301 37 acidbass 11,085 11,256 171 Sorunome 9,002 9,174 172 mJusticz   8,199 - Kryptonite 7,517 7,564 47 cherishcherub 7,203 7,286 83 LoneWolf 6,685 6,811 126 moocowdog 6,345 6,463 118 zero.gx 5,531 5,580 49 slithien 4,896 5,359 463 Nutrition Man 4,670 4,873 203 RNB 4,464 4,509 45 jamesdude 4,475 4,508 33 patriots8888 4,337 4,482 145 MegaMetal8 3,978 4,015 37 tbcross 3,761 3,874 113 wareneutron 3,684 3,747 63 lil larry 2,996 3,573 577 mg0930mg 3,074 3,123 49 solarblade90 2,929 2,978 49 cj81499 2,616 2,622 6 Jag56 2,481 2,530 49 shadon 1,619 1,641 22 Randomguy65 1,585 1,626 41 nfk11 1,424 1,502 78 AwesomeSwordGuy 1,251 1,304 53 LivStoleYourPie 743 772 29 cyanyears 696 729 33 Jeff Kallaus 556 569 13 FastLearner 355 370 15 Fr-Pa-Co 253 259 6 %28YOUR N 113 117 4 heratio 74 80 6

Posted by Jayefuu 7 years ago


Total Views Count - 24/03/2011

This forum topic is a printout of the results of a Perl script I run weekly. To be included in it, join this  group. The Perl script visits the profile page of each member of the group and extracts their Total Views then saves them to a file that can be opened by me in Excel. I then post the last 3 columns so everyone can compare their weekly gain with their friends. While you can easily see this data for you on the You page, this script allows people to compare their success/gain with their friends. Is anyone interested in taking over the running of this group, running the Perl script each week and maintaining the code? Member Last Week This Week Gain canida 4,426,251 4,453,267 27,016 scoochmaroo 4,302,608 4,353,273 50,665 fungus amungus 4,065,705 4,103,484 37,779 randofo 3,196,759 3,214,151 17,392 Honus 2,617,925 2,627,417 9,492 jessyratfink 1,887,047 1,900,513 13,466 Kiteman 1,848,452 1,855,631 7,179 Plasmana 1,720,542 1,728,481 7,939 Tool Using Animal 1,653,675 1,659,705 6,030 T3h_Muffinator 1,127,156 1,131,190 4,034 killerjackalope 1,065,915 1,088,497 22,582 zieak 1,080,949 1,084,948 3,999 gmjhowe 1,031,715 1,035,897 4,182 drinkmorecoffee 1,022,720 1,031,465 8,745 Creativeman 928,198 935,250 7,052 Weissensteinburg 915,987 921,979 5,992 SaskView 884,879 888,663 3,784 lemonie 875,203 881,822 6,619 chr 827,793 838,343 10,550 seamster 749,038 754,047 5,009 Brennn10 710,944 713,898 2,954 frenzy 703,220 711,346 8,126 ChrysN 697,911 708,862 10,951 mikey77 637,781 642,067 4,286 CameronSS 606,704 609,251 2,547 jeff-o 582,322 585,749 3,427 PKM 580,244 585,068 4,824 laxap 515,622 517,977 2,355 mikeasaurus 471,013 482,224 11,211 aeray 461,128 466,268 5,140 scraptopower 449,543 461,857 12,314 belsey 452,043 454,969 2,926 ModMischief 415,508 416,756 1,248 depotdevoid 411,323 414,118 2,795 Jayefuu 373,460 375,740 2,280 starshipminivan 288,435 292,801 4,366 Spl1nt3rC3ll 289,448 290,539 1,091 AngryRedhead 271,746 275,671 3,925 scooter76 265,052 265,689 637 nmcclana 261,623 263,844 2,221 BrittLiv 237,379 256,709 19,330 KentsOkay 254,794 255,803 1,009 Vyger 250,244 251,374 1,130 Doctor What 231,242 232,284 1,042 rimar2000 220,723 223,491 2,768 rickharris 214,739 215,408 669 dark sponge 188,739 189,403 664 Ninzerbean 183,083 184,395 1,312 bongodrummer 178,989 180,200 1,211 Lithium Rain 165,559 166,995 1,436 comodore 164,831 165,573 742 Kaelessin 158,841 159,837 996 yokozuna 155,602 156,146 544 Hiyadudez 151,860 153,150 1,290 bertus52x11 149,600 150,843 1,243 Lynne Bruning 146,696 147,592 896 Technochicken 144,752 145,835 1,083 Dr.Paj 141,936 142,813 877 The Jamalam 125,946 126,314 368 uniqueutopia 123,721 125,510 1,789 RavingMadStudios 119,844 121,047 1,203 thermoelectric 117,104 118,319 1,215 I_am_Canadian 112,089 112,447 358 JamesRPatrick 102,747 106,749 4,002 janw 100,006 105,669 5,663 Goodhart 101,429 102,141 712 nelson8815 84,015 99,074 15,059 DJ Radio 97,750 98,309 559 jen7714 91,696 93,240 1,544 jen7714 91,696 93,240 1,544 iminthebathroom 76,908 78,530 1,622 wizgirl 71,425 72,752 1,327 MichelMoermans 70,474 71,099 625 ynze 62,714 66,936 4,222 Killer%7ESafeCracker 65,592 65,861 269 ajleece 58,505 58,715 210 Re-design 58,185 58,487 302 Shadowman39 55,956 56,391 435 TNEN 49,640 49,925 285 Biggsy 48,297 49,092 795 kelseymh 48,564 48,791 227 Sunkicked 47,492 47,738 246 The Ideanator 45,452 45,919 467 beckervdejazz.com 45,364 45,651 287 Jimmy Proton 40,432 44,222 3,790 Berkin 42,406 42,675 269 EmmettO 40,755 41,204 449 knuckel 37,713 38,002 289 TitanTechRobotics 37,429 37,888 459 KoffeeKommando 33,369 34,040 671 TSC 33,125 33,655 530 nickodemus 31,671 31,938 267 jwystup 31,323 31,709 386 annahowardshaw 23,514 31,299 7,785 mman1506 29,996 30,658 662 lilyfrancis 29,436 29,938 502 MotaBoi 28,916 29,231 315 cbm104 27,460 27,621 161 kcls 27,000 27,212 212 possum888 26,078 26,403 325 Mr.Sanchez 25,944 26,395 451 peguiono 25,939 26,098 159 shadowninja31 25,634 25,854 220 m6233555m 24,807 24,884 77 Knex_Gun_Builder 23,272 23,355 83 plane phanatic 23,003 23,215 212 steveastrouk 22,824 23,049 225 lizzyastro 21,746 23,032 1,286 Derin 22,694 22,878 184 CrayfishYAY 22,430 22,575 145 Tornado96 19,307 19,460 153 Tom Buckey 19,034 19,116 82 zascecs 17,608 17,678 70 cdawisconsin 16,752 17,272 520 TabbyDeAnne 16,794 17,199 405 Blue Mullet 16,423 17,180 757 qazwsx755 15,715 16,003 288 floris2burn 15,554 15,713 159 Legofanatic 15,346 15,514 168 krysteanuh 13,939 14,864 925 knexsuperbuilderfreak 14,763 14,831 68 uberdum05 14,102 14,221 119 Dr. Pepper 13,384 13,730 346 nutsandbolts_64 13,281 13,473 192 zurichko 13,258 13,433 175 beanieostrich 11,660 12,480 820 FrozenStar 11,888 12,002 114 splazem 11,310 11,530 220 masterochicken 11,392 11,468 76 NachoMahma 11,225 11,264 39 acidbass 10,898 11,085 187 Sorunome 8,832 9,002 170 Kryptonite 7,433 7,517 84 cherishcherub 7,135 7,203 68 LoneWolf 6,540 6,685 145 dombeef 1,930 6,455 4,525 moocowdog 6,254 6,345 91 zero.gx 5,489 5,531 42 slithien 4,540 4,896 356 Nutrition Man REF(0x3837c40) 4,670 - jamesdude 4,456 4,475 19 RNB 4,423 4,464 41 patriots8888 4,185 4,337 152 MegaMetal8 3,933 3,978 45 tbcross 3,640 3,761 121 wareneutron 3,610 3,684 74 mg0930mg 3,050 3,074 24 lil larry 2,190 2,996 806 solarblade90 2,897 2,929 32 cj81499 2,608 2,616 8 Jag56 2,440 2,481 41 shadon 1,597 1,619 22 Randomguy65 1,536 1,585 49 nfk11 1,323 1,424 101 AwesomeSwordGuy 1,196 1,251 55 LivStoleYourPie 713 743 30 cyanyears 670 696 26 Jeff Kallaus 538 556 18 FastLearner 344 355 11 Fr-Pa-Co 250 253 3 %28YOUR N 111 113 2 heratio 74 74 0

Posted by Jayefuu 7 years ago


Total Views Count 03/02/2011

Here's this week's total views count! Sorry I forgot last week, I was really busy. Thanks to LizzyAstro for reminding me this week. Congrats gmjhowe who reached 1M views this week, and welcome to Jessyratfink, ajleece and shadowninja. This forum topic is a printout of the results of a Perl script I run weekly. To be included in it, join the group. The Perl script visits the profile page of each member of the group and extracts their Total Views then saves them to a file that can be opened by me in Excel. I then post the last 3 columns so everyone can compare their weekly gain with their friends. While you can easily see this data for you on the You page, this script allows people to compare their success/gain with their friends. I hand out patches as achievements when members of the group reach 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k and 1m views. Member Two Weeks ago This Week Gain canida 4,188,378 4,244,718 56,340 fungus amungus 3,857,320 3,893,961 36,641 scoochmaroo 3,679,131 3,836,562 157,431 randofo 2,814,522 2,914,898 100,376 Honus 2,526,145 2,549,002 22,857 jessyratfink   1,799,864 - Kiteman 1,779,675 1,796,646 16,971 Plasmana 1,650,423 1,667,510 17,087 Tool Using Animal 1,601,446 1,614,935 13,489 T3h_Muffinator 1,091,134 1,101,292 10,158 zieak 1,047,210 1,055,813 8,603 killerjackalope 1,005,393 1,024,069 18,676 gmjhowe 988,621 1,003,426 14,805 drinkmorecoffee 929,476 949,090 19,614 Weissensteinburg 868,522 881,076 12,554 Creativeman 857,364 878,033 20,669 SaskView 849,275 856,229 6,954 lemonie 806,958 817,336 10,378 chr 651,945 753,245 101,300 seamster 706,014 715,523 9,509 Brennn10 685,394 692,277 6,883 ChrysN REF(0x37c7c40) 644,940 - mikey77 596,831 607,363 10,532 CameronSS 588,290 592,886 4,596 jeff-o 550,142 559,275 9,133 PKM 533,132 538,192 5,060 laxap 486,422 493,125 6,703 mikeasaurus 445,215 453,831 8,616 belsey 418,129 431,004 12,875 aeray 414,403 427,322 12,919 depotdevoid 383,931 390,197 6,266 ModMischief 361,678 384,514 22,836 Jayefuu 356,596 361,025 4,429 scraptopower 332,816 347,273 14,457 Spl1nt3rC3ll 282,254 284,132 1,878 scooter76 256,935 259,601 2,666 AngryRedhead 245,302 253,718 8,416 KentsOkay 247,620 249,483 1,863 nmcclana 241,366 247,380 6,014 starshipminivan 218,530 225,212 6,682 Doctor What 222,001 224,319 2,318 rimar2000 199,966 205,521 5,555 BrittLiv 197,698 204,972 7,274 dark sponge 182,108 184,094 1,986 Ninzerbean 171,415 175,070 3,655 bongodrummer 158,171 163,542 5,371 comodore 158,331 159,923 1,592 Lithium Rain 154,810 157,506 2,696 yokozuna 149,158 151,384 2,226 Kaelessin 148,402 151,141 2,739 Hiyadudez 138,826 141,882 3,056 Technochicken 135,143 137,711 2,568 Lynne Bruning 135,457 137,020 1,563 Dr.Paj 135,348 136,956 1,608 bertus52x11 130,186 134,102 3,916 The Jamalam 122,551 123,503 952 RavingMadStudios 108,599 111,781 3,182 thermoelectric 107,111 109,579 2,468 I_am_Canadian 108,567 109,469 902 uniqueutopia 102,759 104,659 1,900 JamesRPatrick 96,547 98,058 1,511 Goodhart 93,533 97,306 3,773 DJ Radio 92,192 93,635 1,443 janw 89,229 90,546 1,317 jen7714 73,137 81,403 8,266 jen7714 73,137 81,403 8,266 MichelMoermans 65,151 66,488 1,337 nelson8815 61,796 65,738 3,942 Killer%7ESafeCracker 62,169 63,322 1,153 wizgirl 51,450 57,948 6,498 iminthebathroom 53,997 57,811 3,814 ajleece   56,577 - Re-design 54,908 56,247 1,339 Shadowman39 50,427 52,352 1,925 ynze 46,175 48,297 2,122 TNEN 47,446 47,985 539 kelseymh 46,729 47,239 510 Sunkicked 45,359 45,926 567 beckervdejazz.com 42,849 43,575 726 The Ideanator 40,654 41,879 1,225 Berkin 39,581 40,310 729 Biggsy 36,466 38,649 2,183 mman1506 37,523 37,959 436 EmmettO 36,576 37,796 1,220 knuckel 34,939 35,795 856 TitanTechRobotics   33,347 - Jimmy Proton 27,433 30,801 3,368 nickodemus 29,513 30,152 639 TSC 28,112 29,340 1,228 KoffeeKommando 26,722 28,710 1,988 jwystup 27,041 28,249 1,208 MotaBoi 26,224 26,877 653 cbm104 25,593 26,158 565 lilyfrancis 24,086 25,506 1,420 kcls 24,179 25,224 1,045 peguiono 24,697 25,012 315 m6233555m 24,168 24,320 152 shadowninja31   23,626 - possum888 19,690 23,301 3,611 Mr.Sanchez 22,375 23,281 906 Knex_Gun_Builder 22,274 22,595 321 plane phanatic 21,428 21,848 420 Derin 21,134 21,560 426 CrayfishYAY 20,983 21,240 257 steveastrouk 20,502 20,941 439 Tom Buckey 17,999 18,330 331 Tornado96 17,359 17,915 556 zascecs 17,027 17,177 150 floris2burn 14,214 14,578 364 knexsuperbuilderfreak 14,212 14,364 152 Legofanatic 13,642 14,134 492 TabbyDeAnne 12,511 13,812 1,301 qazwsx755 12,396 13,565 1,169 uberdum05 12,858 13,121 263 cdawisconsin 11,324 12,586 1,262 nutsandbolts_64 11,754 12,156 402 zurichko 9,928 11,796 1,868 FrozenStar 10,891 11,157 266 masterochicken 10,897 11,027 130 NachoMahma 10,873 10,970 97 Blue Mullet 8,166 10,693 2,527 lizzyastro 8,743 10,280 1,537 acidbass 9,754 10,002 248 Sorunome 7,210 7,733 523 Kryptonite 6,918 7,041 123 beanieostrich   6,857 - cherishcherub 6,124 6,309 185 Dr Pepper 5,508 6,220 712 moocowdog 5,329 5,561 232 zero.gx 5,090 5,188 98 jamesdude 4,120 4,234 114 slithien 3,925 4,123 198 RNB 3,679 3,943 264 MegaMetal8 3,439 3,587 148 wareneutron 2,998 3,145 147 tbcross 2,924 3,091 167 Nutrition Man 2,030 2,974 944 mg0930mg 2,828 2,892 64 solarblade90 2,474 2,598 124 cj81499 2,529 2,546 17 Jag56 2,075 2,163 88 shadon 1,291 1,391 100 Randomguy65 1,203 1,280 77 AwesomeSwordGuy 842 928 86 dombeef 823 874 51 LivStoleYourPie 427 535 108 cyanyears   427 - Fr-Pa-Co 203 215 12 %28YOUR N   93 - heratio   61 -

Posted by Jayefuu 7 years ago


Bio-Char Pellets

I didn't see a speel on this topic yet so now we have one. I wrote this to a forum for bio-pellet maker's and thought that I would pass it along to you to read. Enjoy. ______________________________________________________ Hello, I am new to the forum and to pellet making altogether really. I am an open researcher of the net at the present time have become interested in many topics I come across. The downfall of the net, for some, is that there so much information, it can boggle the mind. I ran across the videos put out by the web site on YouTube and decided to pose a question to the site administrator. They still have not gotten back to me, but I think from the posts on the forum you are a pretty busy group - he is likely looking into it. The newest thing on the 'Save the World' front is Bio-char. I asked if the pellet machine would be able to convert bio-char into a pellet form. I do know that the bio-char can be hand pressed, or screw extruded into briquettes. This is done in many countries around the world. What I think would work the best is the small pellets that your group are making. I will give a little bit of back ground for my idea. Researchers who have explored the rain forests of the Amazon have come across a soil type which is man-made. They call it 'Terra-Preta' or 'Dark Earth'. I have found out that the soil of the rain forest is not particularly suited to growing vegetation (this surprised me) and the ancient civilizations in the area would treat the soils. These plots of land they are finding today are estimated to be 100's of years old (in terms of last use) and are amazingly fertile as compared to other soils in the immediate area. They only run 4-5 feet in depth and cover the known growing plot area of the period. Today’s natives actually hunt out these plots and sell the fertile soil as an income. The keys to this fertile soil is a high carbon content and pottery chards. Both materials are very porous in nature. What happens is the nutrients that come to the treated soil gets trapped in the pores of the material and are held there, rather than being washed straight through the soil. These nutrients are then extracted from the material be the root systems of the plants as they grow. As the spaces in the material open up again they are refilled with newly arrived nutrients. This material has proven that it can remain in the soil for 100's of years - as is found in the 'Terra-Preta' plots. By the way these plots are not isolated to the Amazon they are found around the World in different areas. The thing is that the way they are made - the technique was lost. These plots around the World are being used up and the farmers are running out of nutrient rich natural (organic) soil. Some feel that the burning of the fields in the way to go as it has been done that way for ages. Well, the soil is dying and it working. The soils are being depleted. Plant matter which is made of carbon, takes its building blocks from the soil and therefore the soil is lacking carbon after centuries of use. But, because we had one lazy, or work saving generation, who knows how long ago, we have lost the technique of how to care for the soils. Tests run in Africa are showing an amazing 500+% increase in crop yields in the first year. They are still using un-organic fertilizers as that is what they thought they needed, but that can change now. Their soil is so bad in some areas that nothing would grow. If any farmer could get a 20% increase in annual yields they would be happy. The reason that the use of chemicals came into large use was because of the depleted soils. If the chemicals did not wash away (trapped in the carbon for future use) there would be less need in the future. Ideally there would be none needed in the future. So what are we doing? At present we grow plant material, burn it, and release the carbon into the atmosphere. I don't go for the global warming thing, but do feel it is not a good thing happening. The dirt on my car every day tells me that things are changing for the worse - I didn't see that as a child. What we can do is grow the plant material, burn a portion of it to covert another portion of the material back into carbon, and put that carbon back into the soil. This cuts emissions to the air (from that aspect of society) to 50% of what it was. Pellets can play a big part in this. My idea was to convert plant matter to char and the char to pellets. The pellets would be good as they are finding in test fields that the microbes in the soils like to grow in the larger pieces. 'It makes the soil happy' - they have a community of their own. You do not want too large of chunks as that makes the soil difficult to work with. Too small of piece (on surface soil) will be blown away on windy days. The windblown soil may not seem like a big thing, but the carbon has the nutrients now remember. Keep all you can on the fields instead of the forest. If you wish to recarbonize the forest soil, spread it through the forest in your spare time. It should be said here that the carbon upon introduction to the soil will deplete the soil of nutrients at first. This is the carbon 'charging' itself. The pores of the carbon are filling and will have the nutrients there; it just looks like the nutrients are gone. This is why it is a good idea to pre-charge the carbon before introduction to the soil. Mix it with compost or manure for a couple of weeks and let the pores fill. The nutrients will then be added to the soil with the carbon. This where the pottery chars they find in 'Terra-Preta' come from. They are the holding vessels from the indoor urinals and toilets - charged and stinky they were broken in the fields. This may not work as far as making pellets from bio-char goes. What about bio-char from pellets. This would be easy to test for you people. You have the machines and the wits to do it. The market is there if you want to sell the end material. Every back-yard composter, in every city will want this stuff. I hope I wasn't too long winded on this. It is an important topic, especially if you are a rural resident. City dwellers with a green thumb can help, but the rural residents hold a majority of the bio-matter. For more information Google 'bio-char' also 'making charcoal from wood' you can get into the worm castings and all that, but once the nutrients are in your soil the rest of the good things will come and live there without help.

Posted by strmrnnr 9 years ago


lifes unanswered questions...

Great questions to ponder over (great conversation starters!)Can you cry under water?why does a round pizza come in a square box?What's the difference between a novel and a book?How old are you before it can be said you died of old age?If nobody buys a ticket to a movie do they still show it?if a person owns a piece of land, do they own it to the center of the earth?if you have a cold hot pocket, is it just a pocket?Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?Do penguins have knees?Why is it said that an alarm clock is going off when really its coming on?How come people tell you not to stand in front of an emergency exit when if there was an emergency surely you would run through it?Why did Sally sell seashells on the seashore when you can just pick them up anyway?Why are both of Spongebob's parents round like sea sponges while he is square like a kitchen sponge?(isn't this one great?)Does a two-humped camel store more fat than a one-humped camel?If you pamper a cow, do you get spoiled milk?Why is it that if someone yells "duck" they are helping you, but if they yell "chicken" they are insulting you?why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway?If the FBI breaks your door down do they have to pay for it?If they have angel food cake on earth, do they have people food cake in heaven?(don't start a war over that, its just a joke!)If you fart and burp at the same time, would it make a vacuum in your tummy?Why do you put two cents in when its only a penny for your thoughts?You know the signs on restaurant doors? No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service? what if someone goes in with No Pants? Would the restaurant still have to serve them?If a doctor suddenly died while doing surgery, would the other doctors work on the doctor or the patient?Why do we sing "Rock a bye baby" to lull our little ones to sleep when the song is about putting your baby in a tree and letting the wind crash the cradle to the ground?Why do we say we're head over heels when we're happy? Isn't that the way we normally are?If the Wicked Witch of the West melts in water... how did she ever bathe?If bald people work as chefs in a restaurant,do they have to wear hairnets?Why do sleeping pills have warning labels that state :'Caution: May Cause Drowsiness?How can Darth Vader breathe and talk at the same time?If there's a wheelchair-bound comedian, is it still called "stand-up"?When the French swear do they say pardon my English?Do people who use sign language see little hands in their head when they think about what somebody said, or do they hear the words in their head?How did Walt Disney figure out how to make people pay to stand in lines all day?Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?Why do they call someone "late" if they died early?If the serving size on a can of soda is one can, then why is the serving size on the little can one can, too? Wouldn't the little cans be 2 cans?If a king is gay and marries another guy what is that guy to the royal family?Why are red buttons always the most important?How is chess considered a sport?Why is it when your sleeping it`s called drool but when your awake its called spit?If a teacher were to teach a younger grade than they were teaching before, would they be "degraded"?Why does every Abraham Lincoln impersonator sound the same, even though there are no known audio recordings of the man?How's come people tell you to stay a kid for as long as you can. Yet the moment you do anything childish or immature they tell you to grow up.Why does the Easter bunny carry eggs? Rabbits don't lay eggs.If marbles are not made of marble, why are they called marbles?If you dig a hole through the center of the earth, come out on the other side, and then let go, would you be falling down or floating up?Could you be a closet claustrophobic?Could someone be addicted to counseling? If so, how would you treat them?If ketchup is good on french fries, how come it isn't good on mashed potatoes?Where do all the daylight savings hours go?Why doesn't the hair on your arms grow as fast as the hair on your head?What happens if a black cat walks under a ladder and breaks a mirror?Why when people ask you "what three things would you bring with you on a desert island?" no one ever replies, "A BOAT"Why are elderly people often called "old people" but children are never called "new people"?Why doesn't broccoli come in a can?Can you slam a revolving door?What would happen if you found a four-leaf-clover under a ladder?Can a cross-eyed teacher control his pupils?If Winnie the pooh was civilized enough to keep his honey in jars, why did he eat it off his hands? Surely he had spoons?What happens if you get a paper cut from a Get Well card?Can you read a picture book?Why does it say "shake well" on ketchup bottles, but not ketchup packets?Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?Is eating a mermaid considered cannibalism?If mirrors need light to work, what happens if you put night vision goggles on in the dark and look at a mirror?if you're on an American airline, and you land in Canada and stay on the plane, is the drinking age still 21 or does it change to 19?What happens if every team in the NFL goes 8-8?What shape is the sky?If a Jewish person goes to court and is asked to put their right hand on the Bible, do they use a Torah instead? (again, don't start a war over that)Why is it written "May contain traces of peanuts or other kind of nuts" on peanut butter jars. Are people stupid enough not to realize it themselves?If you only have one eye...are you blinking or winking?If you have a gun and you ask, "can I ask you a question?" and they say "fire away" should you shoot them?What is a chickpea if it is neither a chick nor a pea?Why is it called the People's Republic Of China when China's not a republic?Why are dandelions considered weeds when daisies are considered flowers?Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?Whenever an adult is kidnapped why isn't it called adultnapped?Why do black lights look purple?Did Yankee Doodle name the feather, hat, town, or his pony Macaroni?Why is it that people duck in the rain, do they really think the rain won't hit them?Why isn't the caps lock capitalized?If someone with a nostril ring takes it out, then blows their nose, do they have to cover that hole as well as their nostril holes so that snot doesn't blow out everywhere?Isn't it weird that if you rearrange the word "teacher" you get "cheater"?How come whenever you start to sing, you automatically sing in a higher voice than you talk?How come people say they ate the last piece of gum, when they really just chew it?You know the saying "throw ya hands in the air like ya don't care"? why bother doing that if you don't care?Why is there no pine or apple in pineapple?Why do water bottles have a "best if used by" date?\If you called the police station to talk to an officer and he was not there, would that be considered a cop out?Why do they put holes in crackers?How come on TV the bell always rings and then the kids go to class, but in real life you need to be in class before the bell rings?Why can the saying "it's all downhill from here." mean both that it will be easy and that it is going to get worse?If all of ACME's products backfire, why does Wile E. Coyote keep buying them?Why do "cool" and "hot" mean the same thing?If you sneeze and fart at the same time, does a vacuum form in your stomach?Why does triangularly cut bread taste better than square bread?Does a baby feel the umbilical cord being cut off?Is it legal to name your kid "Anonymous"?If you have a pet with 2 heads do you have to name both heads?Why can't liquor freeze?If you dig a hole in the south pole are you digging up or down?How come they don't add the time that we are in our mom's to our age?Why do people squint their eyes when they can't see? Wouldn't that just make it less space to see out of?What is a hacky, and why is it in a sack?Who was in the kitchen with Dina?Why do we have to pay a toll on "freeways"?Why do they call them pepperoni if there is no pepper in it?How old does something have to be to become an antique?Can a school teacher give a homeless child homework?Do babies produce more spit than adults?How come French fries are not considered a vegetable, they are just deep fried potatoes?Do cows have calf muscles?Why is shampoo clear but conditioner not?If conjoined twins participate in sports, do they count as one or two players?If a singer sings their own song during a karaoke party, is it considered karaoke?Why do mattresses have designs on them when they're always covered with sheets?If you died with braces on would they take them off?If a person suffered from amnesia and then was cured would they remember that they forgot?Can someone have their head in the clouds and be down-to-earth at the same time?Why is Joey short for Joe, when Joey has more letters?If you were a pastor, and you were getting married, would you hire a pastor, or would you do the wedding yourself?Is there a certain temperature at which it stops being qualified as cold? At what temperature does it qualify as hot?if someone tells you not to be your self, who should you be?Why is most lunchmeat bigger than the bread?Why is it that whenever you sing to the radio, your voice is higher? Even when you have a low voice?How come toy hippos are always blue, or purple, when real hippos are brown?Have ex-mathematicians become dysfunctional?Have ex-locomotive engineers been derailed?Have ex-civil lawyers been distorted?Have ex-bankers become disinterested?Are there seeing eye humans for blind dogs?You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes, why can't they make the whole plane out of the same substance?After eating, do amphibians have to wait an hour before getting out of the water?Can fat people go skinny-dipping?You know how most packages say "Open here". What is the protocol if the package says, "Open somewhere else"?Would a fly without wings be called a walk?Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?Why isn't "palindrome" spelled the same way backwards?Why is there an expiration date on SOUR cream?Why is the word "abbreviate" so long?do the ABC's and twinkle twinkle little star have the same tune?Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?Why is Mickey Mouse bigger than his dog Pluto?why does Goofy live in a house and Pluto in and dog house if there both dogs?Why is it, whether you sit up or sit down, the result is the same?Why is it when two planes almost hit each other it is called a "near miss"?Why is it called 'after dark', when it is really after light?Why is it called a TV "set" when you only get one?why is a pair of underwear one item?Why is it called a "building" when it is already built?Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?Why do women wear evening gowns to go out at night? Shouldn't they be wearing night gowns?Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?olive oil is made out of olives, and peanut oil is made out of peanuts. What is baby oil made out of?!If drinking and driving is illegal, why do bars have parking lots?If someone leads but no one follows... are they just out for a walk?After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?Are part-time band leaders semi-conductors?Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?.............the list goes on and on, maybe i will make a sequel.i can not take credit for all of these, most of them were from this website

Posted by dsman195276 10 years ago


Total Views Count - 30/06/2011

Here's this week's run. This forum topic is a printout of the results of a Perl script I run weekly. To be included in it, join this  group. The Perl script visits the profile page of each member of the group and extracts their Total Views then saves them to a file that can be opened by me in Excel. I then post the last 3 columns so everyone can compare their weekly gain with their friends. While you can easily see this data for you on the You page, this script allows people to compare their success/gain with their friends. I hand out patches as achievements when members of the group reach 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k and 1m views. Member Last Week This Week Gain scoochmaroo 5,199,478 5,251,463 51,985 canida 4,832,489 4,859,882 27,393 fungus amungus 4,372,029 4,405,085 33,056 randofo 3,466,751 3,482,848 16,097 Honus 2,787,225 2,798,946 11,721 jessyratfink 2,120,781 2,135,680 14,899 Plasmana 1,966,547 1,983,955 17,408 Kiteman 1,975,409 1,983,278 7,869 Tool Using Animal 1,754,692 1,762,393 7,701 T3h_Muffinator 1,183,078 1,187,865 4,787 killerjackalope 1,162,264 1,167,101 4,837 zieak 1,145,888 1,149,603 3,715 drinkmorecoffee 1,133,178 1,139,053 5,875 gmjhowe 1,084,974 1,088,045 3,071 Creativeman 1,060,404 1,069,629 9,225 Weissensteinburg 990,035 995,125 5,090 SaskView 967,255 970,401 3,146 lemonie 962,127 967,359 5,232 chr 945,374 951,773 6,399 ChrysN 914,424 937,361 22,937 seamster 841,235 848,181 6,946 frenzy 830,220 838,337 8,117 Brennn10 751,480 754,497 3,017 mikey77 691,703 695,107 3,404 CameronSS 659,713 665,923 6,210 jeff-o 633,492 636,053 2,561 mikeasaurus 620,962 631,121 10,159 PKM 623,232 625,813 2,581 laxap 573,218 575,372 2,154 scraptopower 542,745 548,278 5,533 aeray 536,124 542,633 6,509 depotdevoid 503,914 506,592 2,678 belsey 494,381 497,189 2,808 ModMischief 468,720 471,272 2,552 Jayefuu 403,520 405,063 1,543 starshipminivan 365,484 370,778 5,294 AngryRedhead 317,804 320,956 3,152 Spl1nt3rC3ll 306,874 308,146 1,272 nmcclana 295,131 298,105 2,974 BrittLiv 289,016 290,318 1,302 scooter76 276,317 276,957 640 Vyger 274,668 276,347 1,679 rimar2000 271,254 273,285 2,031 KentsOkay 271,346 272,755 1,409 Doctor What 247,440 249,144 1,704 rickharris 228,385 229,532 1,147 Ninzerbean 203,617 204,839 1,222 dark sponge 197,677 198,218 541 Lithium Rain 189,152 191,093 1,941 Greasetattoo 177,024 185,837 8,813 bongodrummer 184,737 185,455 718 Technochicken 179,831 181,457 1,626 comodore 174,988 175,501 513 bertus52x11 171,347 172,737 1,390 Hiyadudez 169,617 170,828 1,211 yokozuna 165,519 166,161 642 Kaelessin 164,766 165,668 902 Lynne Bruning 160,074 160,681 607 Dr.Paj 154,210 155,231 1,021 janw 149,973 152,061 2,088 uniqueutopia 148,819 151,248 2,429 thermoelectric 133,611 134,711 1,100 Nelson_Yepez 131,859 133,095 1,236 The Jamalam 131,078 131,452 374 RavingMadStudios 129,551 130,108 557 iminthebathroom 125,080 126,343 1,263 JamesRPatrick 118,860 119,575 715 I_am_Canadian 118,061 118,468 407 jen7714 111,403 112,281 878 Goodhart 109,676 110,113 437 DJ Radio 106,984 107,630 646 ynze 92,200 92,977 777 wizgirl 86,910 88,220 1,310 MichelMoermans 79,013 79,526 513 Killer%7ESafeCracker 75,440 76,490 1,050 Jimmy Proton 66,547 67,859 1,312 mman1506 65,215 65,661 446 Shadowman39 62,701 63,177 476 Re-design 62,314 62,562 248 ajleece 62,005 62,266 261 Biggsy 58,869 59,589 720 annahowardshaw 52,214 57,434 5,220 TNEN 53,607 53,818 211 The Ideanator 52,920 53,310 390 Mr.Sanchez 51,764 52,977 1,213 kelseymh 51,784 51,962 178 arthurb 51,042 51,396 354 Sunkicked 50,976 51,362 386 beckervdejazz.com 49,217 49,445 228 EmmettO 46,896 47,212 316 Berkin 46,847 47,192 345 TitanTechRobotics 44,568 44,965 397 knuckel 42,132 42,373 241 KoffeeKommando 41,331 41,832 501 dombeef 39,820 40,314 494 TSC 38,490 38,897 407 jwystup 37,668 38,052 384 nickodemus 36,941 37,262 321 lilyfrancis 35,914 36,199 285 MotaBoi 33,655 34,008 353 Z.Backas 32,948 33,203 255 cbm104 31,064 31,270 206 kcls 29,663 29,830 167 possum888 29,504 29,692 188 steveastrouk 28,885 29,249 364 lizzyastro 28,464 28,745 281 peguiono 28,617 28,705 88 shadowninja31 28,374 28,600 226 Data643   28,592 - beanieostrich 26,270 27,517 1,247 m6233555m 25,833 25,890 57 plane phanatic 25,369 25,508 139 cdawisconsin 24,755 25,214 459 Derin 24,985 25,123 138 CrayfishYAY 24,654 24,791 137 Knex_Gun_Builder 24,396 24,487 91 krysteanuh 23,771 24,343 572 Tornado96 23,310 23,628 318 TabbyDeAnne 21,885 22,114 229 Win Guy 21,126 21,529 403 Tom Buckey 20,592 20,708 116 qazwsx755 19,461 19,717 256 lil larry 18,616 18,982 366 zascecs 18,763 18,846 83 Dr. Pepper 18,533 18,768 235 Legofanatic 17,827 18,027 200 zack247 17,477 17,875 398 floris2burn 17,585 17,725 140 fdmjh 17,155 17,372 217 zurichko 16,051 16,194 143 nutsandbolts_64 16,016 16,164 148 uberdum05 15,809 15,891 82 knexsuperbuilderfreak 15,647 15,702 55 splazem 15,110 15,391 281 LargeMouthBass 14,221 14,499 278 mJusticz 14,061 14,327 266 FrozenStar 13,526 13,611 85 acidbass 13,282 13,467 185 masterochicken 12,424 12,484 60 Sorunome 12,068 12,302 234 NachoMahma 11,642 11,671 29 A-Nony-Mus 10,125 10,230 105 Kryptonite 8,356 8,420 64 cherishcherub 8,135 8,200 65 LoneWolf 7,942 8,006 64 iceng 7,670 7,844 174 moocowdog 7,556 7,653 97 slithien 7,092 7,142 50 patriots8888 6,831 7,021 190 Nutrition Man 6,596 6,728 132 username252 6,357 6,644 287 Nostalgic Guy 5,341 5,432 91 RNB 5,321 5,414 93 jamesdude 4,851 4,896 45 tbcross 4,681 4,753 72 wareneutron 4,613 4,687 74 MegaMetal8%28Left Ibles%29 4,516 4,588 72 mg0930mg 3,545 3,566 21 solarblade90 3,524 3,557 33 Jag56 2,964 2,988 24 happyjo 2,859 2,926 67 cj81499 2,741 2,753 12 Kaptain Kool 2,509 2,751 242 diyoutdoorsman 2,418 2,606 188 razvan_iycdi   2,427 - nfk11 2,301 2,413 112 zero.gx 2,180 2,189 9 Twinmum 1,872 2,178 306 AwesomeSwordGuy 1,940 1,996 56 shadon 1,973 1,994 21 Randomguy65 1,939 1,988 49 neuropol 1,032 1,493 461 ElvenChild 1,326 1,381 55 LivStoleYourPie 1,161 1,182 21 cyanyears 1,141 1,169 28 RollerScrapper 997 1,157 160 FastLearner 719 734 15 TheAwesomestDude 648 727 79 Jeff Kallaus 700 706 6 Black Panther Knex 493 526 33 Fr-Pa-Co 315 319 4 heratio 182 183 1 %28YOUR N 144 145 1

Posted by Jayefuu 7 years ago


From the Editor: Greetings and Salutations

Hello! Many of you already know me, so please bear with me as I introduce myself to all of those who don't. My name is Randy Sarafan and I am the Technology Editor here at Instructables. What led me to this point is not necessarily a straight trajectory, and I hope the tale I am about to tell may prove useful to someone. Contrary to popular belief, I did not wake up one morning as a child and say, "I want to be the Technology Editor at a user-submitted how-to website." In fact, as a child, I would normally tell anyone who was curious enough to inquire that I wanted to be a duck. I persisted telling people that I wanted to grow up into a duck until an alarmingly mature age. Anyhow… understanding that not everyone can grow up to be a duck, I developed a backup plan to become a 3D computer animator, and make special effects for movies. I fell in love with special effects after seeing Jurassic Park as a child. While my peers were playing sports, chasing girls, and doing recreational drugs, I spent my teenage years developing an animation portfolio. This largely translated into learning gestural figure drawing by sketching nude models with artistically inclined retirees at the local community art center. So, I got good at drawing naked people. As a teenage boy I thought this was a very useful skill to have. Unfortunately, when I finally went off to college to do 3D computer animation, I learned that 3D modeling is nothing like drawing naked people. At the dawn of this millennium, it turned out that creating a 3D animation was very unpleasant - a bit like getting a root canal. I spent many long hours in a dark, sweltering computer animation lab, literally sleeping on the keyboard. The rule was that if you left your computer for more than five minutes, anyone could stop your rendering job and lay claim to the workstation. This experience - like any professionally executed root canal - gave me a lot of time to sit still and think. I concluded that I was wasting my time creating and animating virtual worlds when there was already a perfectly good world to animate all around me - I wanted to animate real things. This sentiment may not sound very silly right now, but expressing these feelings in 2001 was pretty much crazy-talk. By that point, all of the things we now take for granted, like, smart devices, open-source technology, hackerspaces, the maker movement, online sharing, and personal fabrication were not even blips on the collective radar. In fact, I did not even begin to know where to take my desire to "animate the real world." It was only by accident that I chanced upon the Parsons Design and Technology program at a college portfolio day while attempting to transfer colleges. The admissions representative asked me what I wanted to study. I told him animation. He told me they didn't exactly have that as a major. I - in turn - asked what they did have. He responded with Design and Technology. I asked him what that was. He mumbled something about building websites and robots. "Robots?" "Yes. Robots." I was sold. When I enrolled, the Parsons Design and Technology program was in its infancy as an undergraduate major, but existed for about six years prior as a graduate major. What made my educational experience unique was that albeit I was an undergrad, I was largely taking graduate classes with some really phenomenal professors and graduate students. I cannot emphasize enough how influential and formative it was for me to work side-by-side with brilliant, and highly motivated graduate students for three years. I went into the experience with the vague goal of "animating the real world" and left with the conceptual education, technical foundation, and confidence to do it. This rightfully panicked my mother. It was now 2005, and there still was not a clear career path for someone with a degree and talent for "animating the real world." She thought I was doomed. To be honest, I too was a little fuzzy on the big "what next?" question. Albeit, I was a little less concerned. I could not articulate what I intended to do with my education, but I began to sense there were opportunities available. By this time Make Magazine had come into existence, Instructables blipped onto the radar screen, and the Eyebeam OpenLab was churning away as an idea incubator. I sensed we were on the cusp of some fundamental change, but it was still looming a little too far off on the horizon to see it clearly. Having no real path yet laid out before me, I followed my girlfriend to the west coast. I figured that perhaps a change of scenery would be nice. I ended up living in her parent's basement in the middle of the coldest and foggiest part of San Francisco. While doing a series of odd jobs, I began posting projects on Instructables primarily to keep myself sane. There is something powerful about going from a lone weirdo making things in your girlfriend's parent's basement, to be amongst a community of weirdos all making things in their basements and garages. Suddenly, what I had been doing on my own did not seem quite as strange. I may have just been some guy in a basement, but I felt like I was part of something larger. Instructables became a website that I visited religiously. One day while lurking on the site, I noticed that they were not only local, but hiring interns. I immediately applied, and almost as quickly was invited in for an interview. When I went for the interview, I was foremost surprised by the unconventional nature of the work environment (to say the least), that everyone I met knew me as "USB Apple Guy," and everyone seemed genuinely interested to meet the "USB Apple Guy." It turned out this was less of an interview than an informal screening process. Before I knew it, I was part of the Instructables team, with a vague job, and loose instructions. Over the six years that followed, I held a number of positions within the company before landing squarely upon Technology Editor. Of all of the different jobs that I have done for Instructables, I would be lying if I were to say that Technology Editor is not my favorite. I now make a living "animating the real world," sharing this knowledge with the Instructables community, and inspiring others to do the same. Even though I would have never guessed life would bring me here, I am very glad that is has. I look forward to helping this community grow and prosper.

Posted by randofo 6 years ago


Total Views Count - 17/03/2011

Here's this week's total views count, and guess what! I remembered to run it all by myself, no prompting from the usual suspects this week :D A couple of people may be missing, I think Instructables was responding slowly at the time and I saw one or two time out :( I posted a different picture this week because I've used the same one by Caitlinsdad for the last 23 runs, no offence intended C'dad, it is a brilliant cartoon. Extra points to anyone who can tell everyone a little about the photo I took :) This forum topic is a printout of the results of a Perl script I run weekly. To be included in it, join this  group. The Perl script visits the profile page of each member of the group and extracts their Total Views then saves them to a file that can be opened by me in Excel. I then post the last 3 columns so everyone can compare their weekly gain with their friends. While you can easily see this data for you on the You page, this script allows people to compare their success/gain with their friends. I hand out patches as achievements when members of the group reach 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k and 1m views. Member Last Week This Week Gain canida 4,394,768 4,426,251 31,483 scoochmaroo 4,249,766 4,302,608 52,842 fungus amungus 4,045,399 4,065,705 20,306 randofo 3,174,010 3,196,759 22,749 Honus 2,606,865 2,617,925 11,060 jessyratfink 1,873,089 1,887,047 13,958 Kiteman 1,841,239 1,848,452 7,213 Plasmana 1,711,656 1,720,542 8,886 Tool Using Animal 1,647,818 1,653,675 5,857 T3h_Muffinator 1,123,399 1,127,156 3,757 zieak 1,076,548 1,080,949 4,401 killerjackalope 1,052,667 1,065,915 13,248 gmjhowe 1,027,150 1,031,715 4,565 drinkmorecoffee 1,000,634 1,022,720 22,086 Creativeman 919,747 928,198 8,451 Weissensteinburg 910,014 915,987 5,973 SaskView 880,924 884,879 3,955 lemonie 869,576 875,203 5,627 chr 816,815 827,793 10,978 seamster 744,546 749,038 4,492 Brennn10 708,414 710,944 2,530 frenzy   703,220 - ChrysN 692,190 697,911 5,721 mikey77 633,477 637,781 4,304 CameronSS 604,073 606,704 2,631 jeff-o 579,449 582,322 2,873 PKM 575,184 580,244 5,060 laxap 512,930 515,622 2,692 mikeasaurus 467,997 471,013 3,016 aeray 455,680 461,128 5,448 belsey 449,055 452,043 2,988 scraptopower 432,666 449,543 16,877 ModMischief 414,208 415,508 1,300 depotdevoid 408,461 411,323 2,862 Jayefuu 371,436 373,460 2,024 Spl1nt3rC3ll 288,577 289,448 871 starshipminivan 278,857 288,435 9,578 AngryRedhead 268,541 271,746 3,205 scooter76 264,334 265,052 718 nmcclana 259,469 261,623 2,154 KentsOkay 253,956 254,794 838 Vyger 249,182 250,244 1,062 BrittLiv 222,019 237,379 15,360 Doctor What 230,274 231,242 968 rimar2000 218,301 220,723 2,422 rickharris 214,078 214,739 661 dark sponge 188,038 188,739 701 Ninzerbean 181,858 183,083 1,225 bongodrummer 177,754 178,989 1,235 Lithium Rain 164,245 165,559 1,314 comodore 163,987 164,831 844 Kaelessin 157,605 158,841 1,236 yokozuna 155,141 155,602 461 Hiyadudez 150,380 151,860 1,480 bertus52x11 148,045 149,600 1,555 Lynne Bruning 145,664 146,696 1,032 Technochicken 143,625 144,752 1,127 Dr.Paj 141,128 141,936 808 The Jamalam 125,573 125,946 373 uniqueutopia 121,624 123,721 2,097 RavingMadStudios 119,027 119,844 817 thermoelectric 115,943 117,104 1,161 I_am_Canadian 111,741 112,089 348 JamesRPatrick 102,061 102,747 686 Goodhart 100,921 101,429 508 janw 97,977 100,006 2,029 DJ Radio 97,087 97,750 663 jen7714 90,127 91,696 1,569 jen7714 90,127 91,696 1,569 nelson8815 73,925 84,015 10,090 iminthebathroom 74,889 76,908 2,019 wizgirl 70,437 71,425 988 MichelMoermans 69,787 70,474 687 Killer%7ESafeCracker 65,299 65,592 293 ynze 61,858 62,714 856 ajleece 58,252 58,505 253 Re-design 57,869 58,185 316 Shadowman39 55,480 55,956 476 TNEN 49,360 49,640 280 kelseymh 48,373 48,564 191 Biggsy 47,570 48,297 727 Sunkicked 47,251 47,492 241 The Ideanator 44,958 45,452 494 beckervdejazz.com 45,107 45,364 257 Berkin 42,063 42,406 343 EmmettO 40,275 40,755 480 Jimmy Proton 38,928 40,432 1,504 knuckel 37,467 37,713 246 TitanTechRobotics 36,838 37,429 591 KoffeeKommando 32,689 33,369 680 TSC 32,614 33,125 511 nickodemus 31,400 31,671 271 jwystup 30,864 31,323 459 mman1506 29,427 29,996 569 lilyfrancis 28,976 29,436 460 MotaBoi 28,607 28,916 309 cbm104 27,280 27,460 180 kcls 26,788 27,000 212 possum888 25,790 26,078 288 Mr.Sanchez 25,540 25,944 404 peguiono 25,804 25,939 135 shadowninja31 25,411 25,634 223 m6233555m 24,711 24,807 96 annahowardshaw 18,193 23,514 5,321 Knex_Gun_Builder 23,181 23,272 91 plane phanatic 22,808 23,003 195 steveastrouk 22,566 22,824 258 Derin 22,513 22,694 181 CrayfishYAY 22,291 22,430 139 lizzyastro 17,369 21,746 4,377 Tornado96 19,164 19,307 143 Tom Buckey 18,944 19,034 90 zascecs 17,554 17,608 54 TabbyDeAnne 16,401 16,794 393 cdawisconsin 16,198 16,752 554 Blue Mullet 15,608 16,423 815 qazwsx755 15,377 15,715 338 floris2burn 15,350 15,554 204 Legofanatic 15,155 15,346 191 knexsuperbuilderfreak 14,696 14,763 67 uberdum05 13,924 14,102 178 krysteanuh 12,990 13,939 949 Dr. Pepper 13,007 13,384 377 nutsandbolts_64 13,093 13,281 188 zurichko 13,076 13,258 182 FrozenStar 11,778 11,888 110 beanieostrich 10,926 11,660 734 masterochicken 11,322 11,392 70 splazem 11,084 11,310 226 NachoMahma 11,187 11,225 38 acidbass 10,764 10,898 134 Sorunome 8,706 8,832 126 Kryptonite 7,367 7,433 66 cherishcherub 7,050 7,135 85 LoneWolf 6,407 6,540 133 moocowdog 6,148 6,254 106 zero.gx 5,451 5,489 38 slithien 4,484 4,540 56 jamesdude 4,419 4,456 37 RNB 4,329 4,423 94 patriots8888 3,986 4,185 199 MegaMetal8 3,871 3,933 62 tbcross 3,543 3,640 97 wareneutron 3,537 3,610 73 mg0930mg 3,023 3,050 27 solarblade90 2,845 2,897 52 cj81499 2,598 2,608 10 Jag56 2,404 2,440 36 lil larry 1,893 2,190 297 dombeef 1,735 1,930 195 shadon 1,580 1,597 17 Randomguy65 1,507 1,536 29 nfk11 1,267 1,323 56 AwesomeSwordGuy 1,154 1,196 42 LivStoleYourPie 689 713 24 cyanyears 648 670 22 Jeff Kallaus 458 538 80 FastLearner 315 344 29 Fr-Pa-Co 245 250 5 %28YOUR N 111 111 0 heratio 72 74 2

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