Experiment

This is just a test. I plan on coming back when I have more time to test out this site.

Posted by chris clementi 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Art Experiment

Klara.be (belgium art radio/channel) did an experiment with Belgian painter Luc Tuymans (who's paintings go for million usd). What if you take art out of its usual context and expose it in the street? Would people even notice it?

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


The collaboration experiment

For my, or should I say our next Instructable I want to do a little experiment. The goal is to make a colaborated Instructable with the following rules in place: We each do a single step in the Instructable (excluding the materials step). Materials needed for each single step cost less then € 10 / $ 10. Tools needed for each step should be in most peoples shed (or their neighbours shed), you get the point: no big cnc'ing, lasercutting, wood milling, ...  Quality of step description, photo-work, ... should be feature worthy.  You get 1 week for each step, allowing for some trial and error, time for personal life, ... If technical constraints require more time, exceptions are possible after clear communication.  The concept is to do both the build, and collaborate further on the previous step, back and forth. No communication about the end goal. The project can go in all directions. Iterations continue until we both think that the end point is reached. At that point the Ible will be finished, an introduction and conclusions written and published.   I'm open for suggestions on improving the rules of the collaboration experiment, but I'm very keen on trying out this kind of experiment. I am only able to do one experiment at a time in this point in time. So if multiple people are interested, I suggest we make multiple couples and see where we go from there.  Who is willing to commit to this kind of experiment across time-zones, boundaries, crafts and expertises? It will be a challenge to get out of your comfort zone, explore new techniques and who knows what else? On spot left to join the experiment, please fill in this registration form. 5 of us already started the discussion on the rules and timing. The general concept is to start November 1th and finish by December 20th, in time for winter holidays.

Posted by thijsv 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Sweaty Experiment

I am currently doing an experiment to survey human sweat paterns, for purely timewasting reasons, and becuase I am curious of the results. What I would like you to do is put on a fresh pair of socks, then a pair of wellies, and then time (roughly) how long it takes for your ocks to start getting blotches of sweat. Once you have done that, post on this forum: your age, your gender, and your name if you wish, to give you credit. Please help with my little experiment. :)

Posted by sboy365 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Philosophy experiment

I came across an experiment in a text on the Philosophy of Science, and I would like to test the results, if I may. Consider this scenario:Linda is is 31 years old, single, outspoken and very bright. She majored in philosophy (it's an American text). As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and also participated in anti-war demonstrations. Given this background, which of these statements do you consider to be the most probable? You do not have to justify your statement (though you may if you wish), simply post the letter of the most probable statement: a) Linda is a teacher in a primary school. b) Linda works in a bookshop, and takes Yoga classes. c) Linda is active in the feminist movement d) Linda is a psychiatric social worker. e) Linda is a member of the League of Women Voters f) Linda is a bank clerk g) Linda is an insurance salesperson h) Linda is a bank clerk, and active in the feminist movement. If you are feeling particularly helpful, you could rank the statements in order of probability (most likely to least likely). Thank you in advance. >K< Update: The answers: There isn't a "right" answer. The point is that (h) was consistently given a higher average probability than either (c) or (f).  There was no statistical difference between the results of a group of undergrads with no training in statistics, students who had taken basic courses in probability as part of their main subject (eg medicine) or even graduates of Stanford Business School who had taken courses in advanced probability and statistics.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Thought experiments

A short video from the Open University.  Enjoy.

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


Collaboration experiment

Does anyone want to try the collaboration experiment again? I forget why it stopped the first time but I thought it was fun. It would essentially be the same except for a few things that I think would improve it

Posted by bravoechonovember1 5 months ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


Illuminating Experience

Thanks to Andy-b and Joe for the 12 volt light ideas. I wanted to illuminate dug bottle shards embedded in home-made cigar box guitars. They have given me the means. Companies are selling similar lights for $29.95. Crazy!

Posted by trampart 11 years ago


Peep Experiments

Peeps. The fun, delicious little marshmallow chick, bunny, snowman, pumpkin, etc. that we get on Easter (or near Easter for the people who don't celebrate it.) But after Easter, when you have so many of them, what do you do with them? I know you can eat them or explode them in the microwave, but I need is a better idea. Have any?

Posted by carpfluff 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Experiment For A Science Assignment? Answered

For my school assignment i need to design and carry out an experiment such as testing diferent ferlilisers on plants. I need some thing like that but it needs to be more complex. Any ideas?

Asked by signposts 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Experiment : Double Slit

Hi !I tried to reproduce the Double-Slit experiment with a cheap red laser-diode (<1mW).Below are various results obtained from some variations of the experiment ... (with a double slit, with a pinhole, with a thin wire, and with a hair (and also with a single slit who gave almost the same result than with a hair))I also tried to reproduce it with an other source of light (and got electrocuted). But so far, I'm not satisfied by the results I obtained with the light bulb, and I failed with the sun.Do you have some experience to share about this experiment ?Do you have successfully reproduced it with an other source of light than a cheap laser diode ?

Posted by chooseausername 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


HELP WITH PIEZOELECTRIC EXPERIMENTS?

Hi, I am a researcher and I am interested in the piezoelectric qualities of certain materials, specifically quartz or bone and wondered whether anyone had experience of passing sound through quartz/crystals/animal bones? Is it possible to use one of those material to carry sound? I know that glass windows can be used as large bone conducting speakers, just wondering if anyone has any experience of this? I haven't done any hands on experiments myself as I am still at the research stage. Any advice would be appreciated and a big help! Thanks

Asked by Maudiema 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Cold fusion experiment

I have reproduced some experiments on Cold Fusion. not as a source of energy but how to blend a wire of iron from 2mm with less than 2 ampere or obtain gas fuel from the water and graphite (coh4) without using dozens of amps.Do you think may be is interesting to do an instructabels to the matter? are not my nventions!I have same video of this experiment on my youtube channe http://www.youtube.com/user/alessiof76 Almost all in Italian language.. but with a little explanation also in EnglishThe power supply that i use and the experiments can be dangerous.. I would not like someone to dye !

Posted by alessiof76 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Experience Other Dimensions

Has anyone ever experienced the fourth dimension. Sure this is a topic for science fiction novels, new age conspiracy theories and the new Indiana Jones movie. But dimensions past our own experience are having a big impact in theoretical physics. Flat Land and it's unofficial sequel Flatterland are good books to get a mathematical yet whimsical look into alternative dimensions. The Tesseract from A Wrinkle in Time was a hyper cube as well.So we go from 0D (a point) to 1D (a line) to 2D (planes) to 3D (solid objects) and then what happens when you pull that plane into an unseen dimension? Well, use your imagination and watch this video: 6d-Hypercube from Tobby Lang on Vimeo.Why Bother With 4D?Yours_BG*(Corrected, thanks n8mansays)

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


worst customer experience

Has anybody had a real bad experience with a customer? or a customer with an employee? So i was once worked at an ice cream parlor.A woman says to me in Spanish and the only word i recognized was chocolate (there's actually two chocolate flavors, regular and chocolate pecan ) so i gave her the pecan one ...she tastes it and she threw it at me, (lucky for me i had to do the long shift). On that same day another woman showed up and asked for chocolate pecan in broken English and i asked waffle or cone (people never specify waffle or cone) she gave me a dirty look and i gave her the cone,she throws it down on the ground, Being the only one there and I had to mop it up, some customers are yelling at me in spanish (later i figured out it was bad words). So by the end of that day i had about 5 people throw ice cream at me 2 were adults and 3 were kids. But i didnt quit because of that it was because the manager keep making me work on days i had school

Posted by CyrusII 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


EGG-siting Experiment

I dont know how mutch people know this but i was making some boiled eggs this morning and i didnt know when ittl be half boiled so i asked my mom and she said "well if you take a raw egg" she went to the fridge and grabbed one "and spin it onits large tip " she spun it and it didnt even spin for a second "that means its raw" she cooled the boiled egg and spun it it spun for about 5 seconds "but if it spins its cooked" TRY IT!

Posted by zero0928 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


My experience as an AIR

Wow! What an experience. Probably the most enjoyable, action packed, creativity-loaded 2 months of my life.  I have been tinkering in what I used to call shops; building, hacking, creating, for as long as I can remember but this... this was more than I had ever dreamed. The residency program at Instructables is a dream come true. Access to a state of the art shop, surrounded by creative, inspiring, fun people. What more could you ask for. Take one of the most creative, forward thinking, cutting edge areas of the United States (the Bay); the coolest city in that area (San Francisco); the prettiest/most unique part of that city (the Embarcadero) and slap the worlds best creative work shop on it, right over the water (Pier 9). Walking in the doors for the first time was surreal. From the swinging meeting table to the coolest kitchen I have ever seen; water jet to brand new Bridgeport; 3-D printers to industrial sewing machines, Instructables has done it. Within hours of being assigned a desk I was signing up for workshop classes and using Autodesk software to mock up some design ideas for the bicycle frame jig I spent most of my residency building. I later used this jig to build a bicycle frame.  Not only was I having a blast building what I wanted to build, I was building skills I hope to use professionally. I am hoping to start my own business building custom bicycle frames. The time to tinker and build at Instructables gave me a tremendous jump start. I wish it hadn't ended.

Posted by Tanner W 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Combat Arms experiances

Hi guys. as some of you may know, there is this amazing online FPS called Combat Arms, and since i know that a lot of people like this game, i created this forum in which we can all share our experiances and other cool things that happened to them while playing the game.If you are interested in Knex, you may also submit cool ideas for guns or other things from Combat Arms that you would like others to build.I would like this forum to be as friendly as possible, so please no calling eachother nerds, n00bs, addict, or anything else ok?if you would like, leave your player user name so that others can add you to their Combat Arms accouts and make buddies with each other. Also, to make this more interesting, you can also put screen shots here for others to view.I have provided a link to the combat arms website for those of you who would like to know a little more about the game and those who would like to download it.http://combatarms.nexon.net/Intro.aspxRemeber! I am not a hacker! Many people have reported me for hacking just because I play good! My kdr is 1.42! If you would like to challenge me on combat arms, please notify me on my forum. If you win, then I will subscribe you, 5 up all your 'ibles, and choose 2 of them as my favorites. If you have nx, please share some with me. You don't have too if you don't want too, but it would be much appreciated! :)Below is a list of the usernames on this site, to their names on Combat Arms. also, those of you who play this game, please leave behind your kdr so that others may know more about your online player, as well as your clan if you are in one.1. knexsniper1 -- combatguru -- 1.42 -- NeVabaKdown4life2. Jared1234 -- SUPERFREAK12 3. Logicboy -- logicboy4. lioneatr -- knexmaster5. bighead5454 -- bighead5454 News: i am now offering training sessions for anyone who would like to further develope their skillz at this game! :P i you would like a training session from me, then i will be more than willing to teach you, but it has to be at a time that works for me! also, as payment for the lessons, i will accept five ups on my ibls or subscriptions! :P Have fun! :)

Posted by knexsniper1 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What is a good student research experiment?

What is a good experiment i can perform for a school assignment, it can be on anything except plants, it also needs to be fairly cheap

Asked by lordhazzard 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



Your Experience with a Car Dealer

I am looking to hear about people experiences with auto dealerships,both good and bad.

Posted by carbuyersplan 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Xbox 360 &quot;New Experience&quot;

The New Xbox 360 experience came out on Wednesday. What do you guys think of it? I am still ajusting to where everything is, but it looks really cool. Post your replys. Thanks, N-Striker

Posted by SeMi_AuToMaTic 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Any DIY Smartphone Experience?

I recently stumbled upon this interesting piece of hardware: http://www.compulab.co.il/x270em/html/x270-em-datasheet.htm And I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it, and whether or not any of you were able to build a functional smartphone. Thanks a ton!

Asked by Michael.JosephII 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Live Experience

Walking with Dinosaurs is no longer presented or produced by Immersion Edutainment or Bruce Mactaggart Please see my entry under Forums to update your entry on the show. DB David Barber 213-718-7100

Posted by David BPR 10 years ago


Any experience here with Edisonnation.com?

I found another invention/product idea submission site call Edisonnation.com, which seems pretty cool. Anyone here tried that? This is related to another forum topic I posted a few days ago about Quirky.com

Posted by robbtoberfest 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


feedback: my first experience

Great after an hour since my last save of typing, i get some error about not being able to parse ">" and I loose all my work, you might give a nice BIG warning you should author your document locally and copy and paste it into the form when its finished.... even gmail transparently saves drafts every minute or so... Given how crude the editor form is, I'll think twice before wasting my time again...

Posted by DELETED_codifies 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Piezoelectricity Experiments. Help Needed!

I'm currently experimenting with piezoelectricity.And at the moment my experiment is limited to just a few piezo sparkers extracted from cigarette lighters.The sparker works with observable voltage spike on my multimeter. No voltage spike however when I use the tiny crystal (the size of a zippo flint) taken out from the sparker.I was trying to replicate this experiment (without the oscilloscope):Piezoelectric Rochelle SaltAnother thing, Would continuous vibration produce continuous voltage?It is known that piezo crystals produce high voltage, yet very low current. What are the options to increase the current? Would winding un-insulated copper wire around it (or any kind of contact with conductive metal) increase the current? Apart from lighter, what other surplus sources of piezoelectric crystals (i.e. quartz, PZT, Rochelle)? Can the crystal in RC toys, radios be used to generate electricity? Although there is the option to grow my own Rochelle salt, I'm not looking into it at the moment since it's going to take quite a while to grow.Thanks in advance!

Posted by gyromild 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Global Warming Experiment #1

(I slightly changed the instructable into a forum topic and an instructable)The Instructable Half"Global Warming" Experiment #1:As you can tell by my quotes around "Global Warming", I personally don't believe that this theory is happening. Theres facts I can use to prove this. However, even I believe that no matter how you put it, there's going to be some bias. Also facts are boring :PSo, what I have planned, is to do a series of experiments on what global warming might cause if it were real.I'm doing this because I've heard people claim some extraordinary things, which based on data won't happen.I could post an instructable with a bunch of facts, and I might. But for now, I want to set up a couple collaborative experiments. One reason I want collaboration is I'm biased. The other, is so you can't complain about my methods.I haven't done the experiment yet, I really don't know if this will help, or hurt, my case.The experiment is to determine if "global warming" could melt glaciers, thus cooling the ocean. Notice here I'm assuming global warming is happening. It isn't. But when people make claims on the news and stuff, they are assuming that too.Please comment if you would like to change my methodology, OR you want to do the experiment.I'm going to describe how the Instructable (and hopefully the rest in the series) will work.1) I, or anyone, proposes a framework for an experiments and writes up an Instructable. (Will be referred to as "I" in the following steps)2) I monitor the suggestions, editing and fixing as needed. After about a week or so, I go onto step 3.3) I preform the experiment to the best of my ability, and write up an additional 2 steps.3a) The first outlines my changes. This could mean I didn't have a 4x8 loaf pan, and I had to use a 3x8. Or it was plastic. Whatever. These small details are important3b) The second outlines the data and conclusion. This may have images of the experiment, graphs, tables, sensor data, Whatever. I also make a note of my previous bias.4) Wait for more people to run through the experiment, adding them as collaborators.5) Write up a conclusion to everything, OR do some more investigating.Its not that bad, however the whole process might take a few weeks. (I don't know)Scientific MethodThere are seven steps to the Scientific Method, which we will follow:1. Define the question2. Gather information and resources3. Form hypothesis4. Perform experiment and collect data5. Analyze data6. Interpret data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypotheses7. Publish results(Thanks Wikipedia!)#1 was done in the introduction.#2 I've already done, however you only have to look into data you'll need during the procedure.#3 I've done it, but I'm not telling you (I don't want a bias, even though I've hinted towards my guess)#4 - We're going to expand this out. More later!#5 and #6 sort of come together in this format, will be done as we go along.#7 is done as we go!Okay, #4. Remember back to High School, remember Lab Reports? Well basically there will be a step for each segments (leaving some out). We sort of do this already in most instructables "What will happen", "What you need", "How you do it"; this time more formally. Due to Lab Reports being unstandardized, I'm breaking it down into:IntroductionMaterialsProcedureDataIts shorter than your average one, due to the fact in Data, you have hypothesis and stuff I don't want to reveal yet ;-)The following is the framework, you can also see my instructable:(This is a framework, remember. Its not supposed to be "done" and perfect)Materials*Large basin of some sorts.*Water*Ice*Lamp + Light bulbs (100W & 40W)*ThermometerProcedure1) Fill large basin/pan with water.2) Take and record standing temperature of water.3) Add ice off to one side of the pan.4) Take temp. of water every five minutes until it starts to level out, at least 4 readings.5) Replace water, and repeat steps 2&36) Shine lamp w/ 40W bulb off to the non-ice side of the pan, but allowing some light & warmth to reach the ice. (Roughly 20-35%)7) Repeat steps 4&58) Repeat step 6 with a 100W bulbTake pictures throughout!What now?Okay, I'll be updating this with your comments over the next week or so. If somethings wrong with it, POINT IT OUT!!! I'm going to add my thoughts in as well. (I still feel its missing some things, I can't put my fingers on them, though!)

Posted by zachninme 11 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Recycling Soda Bottles Experiments

Test 1: heat gun, "high setting"  Plastic Coke bottle SOFTENS + shrinks                                                                  -  at about 250F * Test 2: Heat gun " low setting** " Plastic coke bottle MELTS enough to  make gooey threads , and bubbles   -   at 450 to 500 F *according to a cheapy harborfreight laser thermometer. Not sure just how accurate it is in the 250  to 500F range. This device seems to read 5 degrees high at the 100F range. ** ironically, the temp is higher on the "low" setting. When the fan is moving less air, that air is hotter. One of the tricks, I imagine, might be to fully melt the plastic without burning it.   Suggestions welcome. Further results will follow.

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Fozzy13's AiR Experience!

Being an Artist in Residence at Instructables was an amazing experience.  It's difficult to put into words but I'll give it my best shot. Let's start at the beginning!  Because where else would you start?  I'm a college student, but I wasn't when I started to love building things.  A knee injury years ago took me out of wrestling for a summer and I used my ample free time during that time period quickly filled up as I was excited by the idea of breaking water into hydrogen and oxygen.  Over the past five years, I've grown to love making all sorts of things.  Instructables has always been a fantastic community to get ideas for projects and share what I've made.  After being part of the community for so long I wanted a chance to be a bigger part of Instructables and have the opportunity to meet some of the people who I've been following on this website for years!  Hopefully that only sounds mildly creepy.  The Artist in Residence program allowed me to have just that opportunity. I had the honor of being one of the very first Artists to make use of Instructables/Autodesk's brand new facility.  It's incredible.  If you're on a tour, it will be referred to as the greatest workshop and creative space in the world, and after working in it for a month,  that's an easy statement for me to believe.  The metal shop is where I loved spending most of my time as I worked on my main project: a jet engine.  However, I barely scratched the surface of what's possible even when I dabbled in playing around with 3D printing and laser cutting.  I'll post links to the projects I did when I'm done at the bottom of this post! I could go on and on about how exciting it was to learn how to TIG weld, or pull my first 3D printed object out of the printer for cleaning.  That's not what I loved most about being an Artist in Residence.  Don't get me wrong, that's why I was there, and I loved every minute of it!  But what I loved most was just being in the office at Instructables.  It was an amazing feeling to get to interact with lots of different people who all in some way loved to make things.  Being around people who know what Maker Faire is meant a lot to me!  Usually mentioning it only yields confused faces in my city.  It was great getting to talk about different projects people had done or were working on, which made me love "Build Day"s more than anything.  Being at the headquarters of Maker Culture made me feel at home. I've been away from the Pier where Instructables HQ is for a few weeks now.  I miss everyone I got to meet there, and I miss having the resources to make anything I could imagine.  Being and Artist in Residence will always be one of my best memories ever, and I can only hope that at some point I'll end up back at Instructables to see the awesome people I met and build some more cool stuff. Thank you to everyone at Instructables who made my short stay a great experience!  I can't thank you enough. - Projects! https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Mini-Compressed-Air-Turbine/ https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Modular-Ball-and-Socket-Joints/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-Instructables-Robot-Keychain Jet Engine Instructable coming later!

Posted by fozzy13 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Cheap/ easy way to make cloroform/ buy cloroform?

Don't ask why, I want to experiment with it, an a few other thins. I would also like measurements of clooform and their effects. ( eg. unconsiosness, dissynes... )

Asked by XOIIO 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


is there more easy way to make sodium acetate?

Is there a 3 easy steps to make a sodium acetate than 6 steps??

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Will it centrifuge?

I have recently obtained a desk-top centrifuge which has yet to be used. It takes tubes with a volume of 1.5ml, and subjects them to accelerations of up to 8500 gravities (by comparison, most theme park rides top out at 5 gravities).So - what should I put in it?I plan to collect ideas and then spend an evening or a weekend in the shed...Edit:First results are in.Blood!The Club Edition

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Dried bean experiment need help or ideas

Greetings,  My experiment, I heard that taco bell makes their re-fried beans out of a bag of dry mix. Im am not sure how true this is but wanted to see if I can make my own mix. My first experiment is to see what happens if one grinds up dried beans and try to cook them. The problem is I don't know of anything that can grind up a dried bean. I did find some grain grinders but I don't know if they are up for the task and the cheaper ones seem to break easily based on the reviews.   I suppose I could bash them between a couple of rocks, but experience has taught me that the part I want to keep will most likely go flying.  Any ideas will be appreciated 

Posted by Bard 5 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How do I grind up demagnetized neodymium magnets? Answered

I need to know so I can do a project oh and I cant think of a way aside from using a blender

Asked by nerd7473 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Is there a relatively safe alternative to vinegar and baking soda for chemical reaction volcanoes? Answered

My brother is working on a paper mache volcano experiment for school, and I figured that the instructables community has come up with something a little more creative than just vinegar and baking soda. When I say relatively safe I mean something that doesn't emit poisonous gasses or toxic waste.  Thanks for any help. Update: I'm not worried about the safety of vinegar and baking soda, I added a safety request because I was almost very stupid mixing chemicals without checking about results. I almost created a gas used to exterminate people. There is no need to lecture me on how stupid this was, I already know.

Asked by travisttt 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Transformational experience for Instructables Artist-in-Residence

Instructables' Artist-in-Residence Mario Caicedo-Langer is pretty hands-on. He can make a robot out of anything, but was intrigued by the 123D suite of apps. I asked him to document his experience here... http://blog.123dapp.com/2013/04/transformational-experience-for-instructables-artist-in-residence It's pretty cool - the next step is printing the robot in one print, while still having moveable joints.

Posted by andrewt 5 years ago


anybody experiment with zero point energy?

I have alwats thought there was usable energy in magnets but have been assured that there isn't. Still can't accept it.

Asked by boogiemann 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


My Experiment with a leather handle binding

So the other day i was bored, i got to thinking about dagorhir, it looked so fun, i just needed an awesome suit of armor and a sword. so i tried this, i took 2 strips of leather and tacked them into place, then i wrapped the leather around this dowel. after i got to the end of the stick i made a pommel out of more leather. then i took out the butane torch, i singed the leather so that it curled up at the edges causing a nice grippy feel. so, is this thing full of fail or full of win?

Posted by Crakur 9 years ago


UPDATE on Radio Interview on Craftsman Experience

The Down and Dirty radio show hosted by Frank Fontana from HGTV has asked me talk for a short piece on their  Down and Dirty radio show hosted by Frank Fontana from HGTV.  If all goes accordingly, the interview  will happen around  12:40pm ET on Wed 8/10 and will be a 5 minute segment.  They stream live at blogtalkradio.com/diy and livestream.com/craftsmanexperience at 11am CT every Wednesday and Sunday,  in the event anyone wants to tune in to it.  These same folks interviewed Randofo (Randy) awhile back, so I am pretty excited about this. *sigh*  Figures this would occur in the middle of Verizon's STIKE !   They dropped my call, twice....I finally got back to them and apologized.....thankfully most of the "story" got told, so I am told.   I wonder if they record it for later listening ?   MINE is here,  around the 44 minute mark (if you care to hear me for a few minutes and then listen as my phone dies.....

Posted by Goodhart 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Long term experiment - Transplanting lichen.

  Lichens are fascinating things.  They are a symbiotic association between a fungus and an algae and can be found growing just about anywhere if you look.  However the varieties which will thrive in a specific area are determined by the air quality as certain pollutants will kill certain lichens.  You will find the cleaner the air, the more species of lichen you will find. I picked up the lichen-rich rock in the picture from the lower slopes of Pen-Y-Ghent in Yorkshire (UK) and took it back to where I live in the Cotswolds - A rural area in Gloucestershire and around 200 miles south of the rock's 'home'.  It now resides at the top of a dry-stone wall bordering our drive. I intend to photograph this rock every six months to see which lichens thrive and which decline and whether any transfer across to the surrounding limestone of the wall.  The first photos were taken in early August.  One photo shows the lichens already established on our wall which has been there 16 years.  I'll update this topic with new pics in Feb 2012.

Posted by AndyGadget 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Crazy, Amazing and Delicious AIR Experience

What a wild ride... So here's the recipe.  Take one computer illiterate lady who's got a lot of random skills she's learned along the way and throw her into a room with 12 other people who's second  language is CAD or 0110001 or some other variation of looking into the eye of a screen and typing sweet nothings into its curvacious keyboard. Man did I feel like a fish in the desert.  I left orientation completely overwhelmed, flattened, and having no idea what I was doing there amongst all these obviously tech savvy folks. Once again odd man out. Now let me be clear, this has nothing to do with the people. Everyone was super sweet and willing to help. I was out of my element, which is exactly what I needed. For as long as I can remember, I've always thought in art. From the clothing and accoutrements I make for myself  to the images I capture. From the food that I create to the materials I bind together, or the mood i can set in an empty space if given a couple days to have my way with it.  Creation and art are an integral part of my existence as an external expression of my internal voice. So having three paid months to spend on my own work was a dream come true. For the first time in my life I was able to really focus on my work with 100 %  of my attention and not juggle how I was going to pay rent    and which piece goes where or how am I going to afford that thing I need for it.  It was fantastic to have that kind of creative freedom and I feel incredibly lucky to have had that opportunity.   I was able to finally create my stained fruit windows, something I've been imagining and working on in my head for many many years. I was able to experiment with different coatings and textures, slice thickness and transparency  to best preserve the beauty of the sliced fruit.  I spent day after day in the kitchen testing gluten free meal-worm flour bread amongst other insect delights. This was really an important experience for me due to my issues with factory farms and its effects on the environment but still feeling my bodies need for animal protein to perform. Once I felt comfortable with my results in the kitchen, I decided to explore the rest of the workshop at Autodesk / Instructables. Let me start by saying Holy $hit is that shop incredible. There are classes that are required to be able to use any one piece of equipment from the 3D printers to the drill. There were tools in the metal shop that I knew how to use but was unable to because I didn't take the class or get signed off. I recommend that any new AIR be realistic in what they want to use and take those classes right away. If you need a hole drilled and you aren't signed off on the drill, just ask someone who is signed off, they'll drill that hole for you because it's that kind of place. Time goes fast and if there is something you want to learn, go for it because when are you going to have that opportunity again? All the instructors are great and willing to answer all your crazy questions. A special thanks to Gabe for helping me so many times with all my computer questions and when the laser cutter doesn't feel like cooperating. (I did mention I'm computer Illiterate right?) On that note, I have learned soooooo much here and though I still feel that computers are generally going to shut down when I touch them, I have learned how to create an image and laser cut that image. I started with leather and made a few water bottle sheaths, dog collars, a leather necklace and a beautiful bag.  Now I'm working with wood and the detail is pretty incredible. I dabbled in the 3D software world and learned a little with Fusion 360 but I wasn't willing to take my precious residency time to learn it. But I do plan on pursuing that education. It's interesting to me and important for the way the world is going which I'm still trying to wrap my head around being a very old school DIY hand made kind of gal. I really cherished my time as an Artist in Residence at Instructables. Honestly, when I was there, I never wanted to leave and would stay into the wee hours. The people are very kind and its like a large quirky family. I've never worked anywhere where employees voluntarily and enjoyably come in on the weekend to work. By the time my residency was over, I think there were forty-five Airs. So many interesting and creative people.  What an amazing idea this is. What an amazing opportunity for growth this program has given so many people. A truly beautiful gift that I am forever grateful for. Thank you to all the people in the foreground who help us on a daily basis and form this place and for those behind the scenes that make it possible. Thank you, you are so appreciated. Sincerely, Rima Khalek

Posted by rimamonsta 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Does anyone know how to make a wifi antenna continusly emmit a signal for a science experiment?

I need it to emmit for about a month non stop at full/ almost full power. Hopefully non expensive and energy efficient. I have a wifi thing from a laptop that I can use, or I can buy a wifi router from a store.

Asked by ANDY! 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Is it feasible to use plastic as the material casing for a miniature fan driven jet engine?

I would like to use an old cpu fan and some old 2 liter soda bottles to experiment jet engine designs. Using lighter fluid for the fuel and probably running the engine in short bursts just to measure thrust output, it should be strong enough to survive at least several runs without dramatic failure right?

Asked by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Which chemical have I made? Answered

After my experiment which turned out to be lead oxide, I did something else. I bought a lump of Calcite, and found out it dissolves in acid. Therefore, I couldn't resist breaking off some lumps and putting those in vinegar. For at least a week, there was no significant change in the container, but after another week, all of the vinegar was gone, and no sign of the calcite lumps either. only a white and a pink residue. What I want to know is, is this Calcium? Or something else?

Asked by necropolian 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How far is safe to video a microwave with the door removed?

Hello, I soon wish to start making some videos of microwaving stuff like CD's  , eggs and xboxes. For these videos, ideally, ide like to not have the microwave door in, i fully know how to get the microwave to run without it, but since m videoing it, what would be a safe distance? Also, would power efficiency be cut with the removal of the door? Otherwise, if i cant microwave as usual without the door, if i was to remove half of the mesh in the microwave door (like every second row ect, not one half side) would that have any negative implications? and then, what would be a safe videoing distance from which to video the microwave? i want to make this as visible as possible, while keeping maximum power, also while not wrecking my video camera.

Asked by oldmanbeefjerky 7 years ago


I made a nifty invention that generates light...what do I do with it? Answered

 Ok, I was tinkering around with some  interesting materials today and I invented a strange thing. It's a chunk of greenish resin (impregnated with certain chemicals) about the size of a soda bottle cap. I was shaping it with an electric sander (it had sharp edges), and I noticed it gave off dim green light wherever it was touching the sander. I decide that the friction/heat generated by the sander somehow made it give off light... So I went to a dark room and dropped it in a beaker filled with water I boiled in the microwave. AND IT LIGHTS UP It gives off a pretty bright green light. Not bright enough to read by (unless it's big text), but easily bright enough to navigate a cluttered room. I dunked it in cold water...and the light practically turns off. It seems to get brighter the hotter it gets. I hit it with my torch, and it lit up REAL bright, and then "turned off" (that particular sample doesn't work now :S) What should I do with it? Anyone have ideas for possible applications?

Asked by nepheron 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Experiments with large capacitors, what can be done with those big &quot;car audio&quot; capacitors? (1.2 Farad size.)

If you were a "mad" science teacher, what experiments would you show your classroom of students? We're looking for a WOW! factor here, something memorable. Parameters for this experiment include (1) large capacitor such as a 1.2 Farad capacitor, and cheap or easily found parts to demonstrate experiments. Trying to avoid items that cost much or require lots of time and effort. (Building a Tesla coil would be an example of something that takes too much time or work.) Thanks Instructables community!

Asked by DIY-Guy 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Fun and experiments with water - what is your favourite?

We all know that a fight with water bombs or building a water rocket with your kids can be tons of fun. But what about the things that other people might not even know about? A water drop generator for example can produce thausands of volts in electricity! Water can travel up through capilary actions! Water is even used to break massive rocks in cold climates clean and without the need for explosives! Even the simple task of freezing water for ice cubes is now a science of its own for most serious bartenders... One of my old time favourites involving the often weird proerties involved a very small BW TV and a fishtank. After a lot of cleaning and rinsing I placed a TV into a spare fish tank filled with destilled water. Some other tiny tanks were filled for comparison with tap water and other household liquids. Switching a LED on by placing some electrodes in water without a battery was easy to explain as a battery was just created. Showing that copper can tavel from a wire onto a coin was fun too. But most people got really stunned seeing a movie or the new play on a TV under water - after all we just learned water and electricity is a big no no... What is your biggest "trick" or experiment involving water that noone knows about?? I am working on ultrasonic HF/HV experiements trying to figure out why it seems that under certain conditions the water "produces" more energy in the form of gas, steam and light than what is put into the system from the electrical side of things. Once I can replicate some experiments and understand them I will post my results, so give a few decades please ;)

Posted by Downunder35m 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Killerjackalope's social experiment results

Well I've been conducting a secret social experiment using shopping bags and the environmental topics everywhere as a media for this to happen. Basically my plan was to see if I could affect the decision of whether or not to take a bag when it's not completely necessary, to change the course of decision I used different phrases and tried to get a more accurate measure by choosing the same people that come in for milk or bread each day.The phrases are:'Would you like a bag?''Do you want a bag''Do you need a bag?''Wee bag there, mate?'Bag?'The results were really quite interesting, the one putting emphasis on need (very subtlety) reduced bag takings by over half in a day, whereas 'Wee bag there, mate?' produced a very high bag taking day because it detracts from the bags impact as an object. The other things I found was that it's actually possible to control some customers bag taking completely, there's a customer that comes in every day to get milk and I have managed to control his bag taking with about a 95% success rate, so shopkeepers unite and we can eradicate unnecessary bag taking, thereby reducing the majority of plastic bags that end up in the street and ocean, landfills are another story, thankfully my stores bags are fully biodegradable...What do you make of all this, and is it possibly a bit much power to give to a shop worker...On another note I have curtailed the efforts of one customer I know as the bag thief, he used to take five or six for various uses, through gentle shame jibing he's now down to one.

Posted by killerjackalope 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago