Time Fountain

Wouldn't be cool if someone made one of these for the LED competition? I definitely do not have the LED knowledge to do this.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago


What Can I Do With A Chocolate Fountain

I have a chocolate fountain, but I haven't used it in a long time (two years). It's really hard to wash, which is the main reason I haven't used it. Is there anything I can do with it? Maby make it easyer to clean somehow?

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago


wall water fountain

I would like to make a fountain that about 2 ft wide and would be almost ceiling height. I saw one on a web site for over 36,0000. which I could never afford in my lifetime if I want to continue to eat. It looks like it is raining behind a glass or clear plastic wall. I have seen them with glass bead inbeded into something and then water washes over them. How would I do something like this ? Thank you Karen

Posted by farmerfarmer 10 years ago


Gossamer Falls Copper Works

Any body know how to make a Gossamer Falls Copper Works Will sombody of a How to...?

Posted by kjvman 9 years ago


searching for a pump that can handle pudding

I dug through a few forums, trying to decide which this was best suited for. I settled on tech since its a physical computing project. I'm looking for a resource for a water pump that can handle something like pudding. the initial thought was use an air pump and a bag or maybe have the bag be squeezed closed but i need it to cycle through.  Like a water fountain of pudding! The pudding spurts out, then there is also an intake which is recycling the goop. Does anyone have a resource on pumps which could handle something so thick?  (and since its a small scale project, cheaply and small!)

Posted by gjclimer 5 years ago


Homemade Water Fountain Help

Homemade Water Fountain Help So I am doing a project for my fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, here at Ohio University. I have $150 and an awesome idea, but I am not sure how to approach it. I received this picture my dad found on the internet and I want to replicate it because it'll be cheap and fairly easy: As you can see in the pic, it is a 3 tier water fountain made of kitty pools and I would like to say laundry baskets. I love the idea of the water draining into the bottom pools and that is pretty starightforward - drill holes in the top pools. However, like any other fountain, you need a pump to bring the cold water back to the top. Again, my entire budget is $150. So the pools will be like $10-20 each, and same with two baskets. I'm pretty good with tools, so if construction of any sort needs to be done, by all means. Again, I'm not familiar with pumps, but I don't need anything extravagant. Also, our fraternity colors are gold, purple, and green. It would be sick to paint the water fountain with some cheap, waterproof paint. I can go over $150 a little if need be, but my budget is very limited - which is half the fun with this! Final thing, this needs to be able to be taken down and stored away when we're not using it. So nothing can be permanently attached. I assume then we'd have to cut holes in the middle of the pools and laundry baskets for the pump to go to the top. But then we would need some sort of sealant on the insides of the pool to keep the water in. Thanks for any and all help. I'm new to the website, and I look forward to using it more often as I see some other cool things on here!!

Posted by Ozman94 4 years ago


Outdoor water fountain...how to silence homemade pump

Hi Guys, I love this website. I've been living in Egypt and can't really do all the hobbies that I love. We recently moved and I have a little patio area. So I wanted to build a waterfall. It's 10 feet high and I didn't realize it would be such a futile task trying to find a water pump that will pump that high. So I decided to make one. I attached some images showing the centrifugal pump made from two plastic containers, a water bottle, plastic coat hanger, and construction adhesive that is driven by a drill. It works really well. It gets up to the twelve feet I currently have the hose running up to. But in order to do this, the drill has to be almost full speed which is obnoxiously loud.  I'm looking for some ideas on either how to silence the drill motor, or go a different route. I have to rebuild the shaft as I snapped the plastic rod (hanger) I was using, so I'm open to some rebuild ideas. Thanks so much for the input! I'll post a tutorial once I get a fully functional, stable, and practical prototype.

Posted by senica 5 years ago


time /magic fountain

Could anyone help me with that time /magic fountain https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Time-Fountain-Also-know-as-Magic-Fountain/ What do i have to do with this information "The transistor (2N1711) can handle a maximum current of 500 mA"? could you also tell me wich potentiometer i should use and how i have to control the leds with them?

Posted by itge13 6 years ago


A fountain that does NOT run on electricity

I know it is possible to build a fountain that runs on gravity and water pressure, but I'm not sure how to go about making one. I understand that you can't get something from nothing, and I'm not looking for a fountain that would run endlessly. If someone could show me the basics of how such a font might work, I would greatly appreciate it. 

Posted by Trigonography 7 years ago


Mist Fountain

I would love to see an instructable to make a Mist Fountain.  I am unsure how they even work and what would be used, component-wise, though I see Ceramic replacement disks on ebay. Thanks!

Posted by dargenhara 8 years ago


Water dancing in a Speaker

At 6 volts,* the speaker cone filled with water produces standing waves. at 10 v,  maxing out the speaker, water droplets splash up.  i coated the paper cone of 1 speaker with liquid electrical tape to waterproof it.   an identical speaker went unmodified.  water doesnt seem to harm the paper cone. both speakers work with water. when directed down into a bucket of water,  sound stirs the water. * chopped dc voltage from an ordinary ac to dc transformer

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago


Flexible EL Display, Recirculating Gravy Fountain, USB Nintendo Gamepad

Flexible Electroluminescent Display Recirculating Gravy Fountain USB NES Gamepad Easy Backpacking Stove Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake Letter from the Editor Glowing LED Tube DIY Thanksgiving Enter the RM 100 Contest Inner Tube Skull Purse Around the Room Marble Track Electronic Beehive Scale Xbox Kinect TV Mount DIY CMOS RAM Memory Guitar Neck Repair Blender Fish Tank Bottle Cap Antenna Protector Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Would this work?

Is it possible to use capillary action to create a fountain that doesn't use a pump (or any outside power) using capillary action? Thanks!

Posted by LinuxH4x0r 10 years ago


AA Battery Emulating Transformer?

One of my many hobbies is collecting tabletop water fountains. I have about 6 fountains, two independently powered and 4 that run on 2 AA batteries. Since I have these fountains on all the time, as you can imagine they are costly to power. One day I finally got sick of putting new batteries in these things and rewired their battery wires in a parallel circuit for running on DC power from a wall. Now the only thing I need is a power supply. Now, motors aren't too picky about voltage. They'll operate on different voltages but if it isn't just right the motor will be too loud or too weak to pump the water correctly. This rules out and transformers I have in my bin. Upon measuring the current from the 4 fountains, I found that it uses about 440mA. I have kept my eyes open for a good power supply but have not yet seen one. I've also toyed around with the idea of using the closest one I have (Nokia 3.7v 500~?mA) and applying a voltage regulator on it, but I don't want to buy one yet as I am still a novice at some of the mechanics of most electrical components. Would that be an effective plan? If not, any other ideas? My fountains haven't turned on in a few weeks and there are starting to urge for the sweet trickle of water down their dry, dusty flumes.

Posted by Cabanaman 9 years ago


Ninjabread Men Cutters, Bent Plywood Bicycle, Six-Cheese Nacho Fountain

Ninjabread Men Cutters Bent Plywood Bicycle Six-Cheese Nacho Fountain Caramel Dumplings Armored Messenger Bag 10 Uses for Old Toothbrushes Arduino to Nokia LCD Build a Stylophone DIY Portable Photo Booth The Magic Propeller Plant Cell Cake High-Gain Parabolic Mic Camcorder Shoulder Rig Air Freshener Sensor Hack Long Cargo Bike

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Gas (CO2) Operated Pump

So I was given a set of 6 of these pump, they are from a soda fountain system. Still has pressure gauges and lines attached. My question is, what can I do with these? Any ideas? I know that they are good for something, I'm just not sure what yet.

Posted by gollihughj 6 years ago


Posters/Slogan Ideas

I'm running for class president =] Any ideas on slogans/posters?I'm going to make a "Free Drinks on Me" poster with an arrow pointing down for over the water fountain. And a "If you won't do it for me, at least do it for the puppy" one with a a picture of a cute puppy.What else should I do?

Posted by Weissensteinburg 10 years ago


I want to make my own change sorter/counter.....

I'd like to make a change sorter/counter that I can use with my PC to figure out how much money I have in some 5 gallon buckets of change that we gathered while cleaning some old fountains. (Yes, they said we could have what we found under all the gunk as long as we got the fountains clean and back to working order.) I want to be able to dump some coins in a sorter/counter and have my PC tell me how much there is in a given bucket of change. I don;t want to use estimating techniques like calculating the approximate number of coins of a given type by average known weight of the coins. I want an actual tally - a count - of all coins of each type and unknown coins (slugs). Any ideas?

Posted by squishyalt 10 years ago


help america go green

The following is a known fact _________________________________________________________________________ If all Americans used one third less ice in their drinks the United States would become a net exporter instead of an importer of energy. _________________________________________________________________________ c'mon America do you really need ice in that fountain drink you got from a machine that already cools your drink? As a bonus all who do this will earn at least twice(5 times at sonic) the amount of drink they would normally have.

Posted by corey_caffeine 9 years ago


Trash-Burning Car, Giant Bristlebot, 25 Cent Ring

Trash-Burning Car Giant Bristlebot 25 Cent Ring Magnetic Rubik's Dice Cube Paper Wallet Weld a Barbecue Easy Rain Barrel Build an Artificial Reef How to Freeze Blueberries Beach Towel for Two Terra Cotta Fountain iMac Desk Clone a Tomato Plant Crocheted Fairy Wings Stainless Steel Patio Heater

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Rice Cooker Burger, Robot Zombie Figurine, Cup Sphere Lamp

  Rice Cooker Burger Robot Zombie Figurine Cup Sphere Lamp Resurrect a Motorcycle Make Bath Bombs Cheap Masquerade Masks Hybrid Solar Panel Arduino on a Perfboard Rope Bridge Bookshelf Upgrade Your Promo Camera Iron Man Make a Talking Clock Coffee-Stained Coffee Table Simple Microscope Webcam Make a Garden Fountain  

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Bicycle Flower Box, Vertical Planters, Raising Chickens

  Bicycle Flower Box Vertical Vegetable Planter Raising Chickens Japanese Torii Gate Make a Koi Pond Home Gardening Sustainable Raised Bed Garden Garden Rain Barrels Temperature Controlled Composter Birdhouses and Bird Feeders Three-Tiered Garden Fountain Build Your Own Earth-Filled Box Grow Organic Food on the Cheap Garden Hose Repair Tomatoes Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Need some ideas

Ok...at my other "home" www.geekstogo.com someone came up with a question about methods of making a "sherlock Holmes type chess board" where you could place one (or multiple) chess pieces in a specific location and have it open up a secret compartmentlinkage....and it got me really interested in attempting to build such a nifty contraption...we through out a bunch of ideas on how to get the chess board made and wired up....had some good ideas for using reed switches and either a push solenoid or even a linear actuator (to open and close a drawer depending on switch positioning)...i think i could work the wiring and stuff up...but what i need is some ideas for what to do instead of a chess board (i'm wanting to make this for my brother and his wife and i already got him a shot glass chess set...so he doesn't need another one of those)i though maybe i could make a water fountain where it would have a removable piece (or pieces) that when you put it in one location it will turn the fountain on and off...and if you put it somewhere else it would open up a drawer or something...i've got these faces from CPR dummies (don't ask) that i was going to use to make the fountain (like the water dripping from the open mouth) and either make some of my metal hands or buy some of those wooden art model hands or something...and make it that way...but i'm not sure if that's what i want to do (also not sure if the reed switches i'm planning on using are capable of switching 110v AC for long periods of time so suggestions on materials would be nice)another idea would be a big wall art piece like the Magnetic Multi Panel Mural...but i'm not sure how to integrate a drawer setup in something like that without getting inside of his wall at his house (would be fun though....wire it up in the wall...and have like a drawer open across the house when you move a panel or something like that)also...i guess it doesn't have to open up anything...it could do anything when the switch is on or off or whatever....any ideas are welcome

Posted by crapflinger 10 years ago


I've been at it again, in washington.

Well after my trip to linuxhaxors house and wrecking his fence I went to washington on my way back to put shampoo in sunbank's coffee but didn't stop there, I got a little randy and have started a new plague in washington university, my spawn have run wild all over the campus attacking students and bicycles, apparently the cause of the attacks are because my young uns are so damn cute that people try and get close to them, causing them to charge.You can't even get near the fountain... Bent bikes, slashed tyres and broken shins are the order of the day.link

Posted by killerjackalope 10 years ago


Sydney Opera House on wheels!

I live in a semi-rural area.  We are hours from a decent motorway, but hip-deep in caravan parks. Given the UK law that limits trailers to 50mph, I am generally disapproving of anything towed. However, this trailer tent designed by Axel Enthoven is a thing of beauty and luxury. The Opera trailer tent has features including central heating, teak flooring (and a veranda!), ceramic toilet, electrically adjustable twin beds (which can be joined into a double), kitchen sink (of course), onboard water boiler (which supplies a fountain?), fridge and low-energy LED lighting “from awning to floor” (yes there are uplights!). Unfortunately, beauty has a price - €24,000 puts it in the price-range of campers with engines and no restriction to 50mph... Your Suite in Nature via Notcot.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Instructables on NPR's Here & Now 11/24/2008!

I had an interview on Tuesday with Robin Young of NPR's Here & Now, a daily newsmagazine show from WBUR in Boston. It should air on Monday or Tuesday next week just before Thanksgiving - I'll post an update when they send me the exact date.The theme was Thanksgiving, so we talked about Thanksgiving calculators, spreadsheets and Gantt charts, and turkey tek's awesome pies, desserts, and gravy fountain. The book got a mention, too! Now we'll see what makes the cut from a 30-minute interview to a 5-minute clip for the show.The show is carried on these stations, and of course you can always listen to the podcast on the web.Update: the segment aired Monday, November 24. Listen on-line here!More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by canida 9 years ago


ceiling fan wind turbine

I am in the middle of building a ceiling fan generator/wind turbine.  I know that the electric current produced is AC (I think it's 3 phase...it has 3 wires coming out of the fan). I do not know electricity that well, and am learning as I go... I would like to use the wind turbine to drive a small garden water fountain pump that is 120 volts.  What do I need electrically to complete building this wind turbine? Does anybody have any suggestions on resources on how to connect such a device electrically?  (Do i need a diode, rectifier, ???)  Does the voltage produced by spinning the generator have to equal the volts required by the device ( small water pump)?  Thank you for any and all help as I'm trying to learn and hopefully complete this wind turbine by summer.

Posted by Jesusistheway 3 years ago


Waterspout!

On my way to work this morning I passed an amazing sight: a fountain of water shooting 50 feet into the air. A fire hydrant had come off (I wish I'd seen that bit) and the water from the main was spouting to the sky. I've often been vaguely impressed with the concept of water pressure in cities - it just comes out the faucet! What is pushing it? You used to have to pump water to get it Up to where you want it. This sight really brings that home, the massive pressures running underneath the streets in modern cities. It's highly impressive. When I first arrived there was simply the waterspout, but fire trucks and firemen arrived very shortly and started playing around in the water. One almost had his hat knocked off by it. It wasn't clear what they were doing in there, and I don't know how they were planning to get it under control again. The grocery store on the corner lost its awnings from the weight of water falling on them.

Posted by rachel 10 years ago


A Visit to Simon Field's Farm

Last Thursday my friends Quinn and Xander invited me along on a visit to Simon Field, a chemist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He lives on a small farm in the mountains south of San Jose, with his wife, a couple of alpacas, some goats, and a great many chickens, parakeets, and other parrot-like birds. And a tree house with a rope bridge going out to it, where he occasionally hosts parties. And a solar cell array from which they get most or all of their electricity. And a huge redwood tree, which someone in the '60's rented out to live in! And a hillside spring which under the right circumstances can shoot a fountain 30 feet into the air. And an art studio, and many artworks of various sorts just set here and there for one to stumble across. And a lot of salamanders... Check the image notes for details. Inside, his house is filled with science toys, spilling out from his workshop.  I had to make a separate forum topic on those to treat them properly!

Posted by rachel 7 years ago


Hologram Skull, How to Date Out of Your League, Farting Boss Detector...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Oct. 18, 2007 Welcome back! The big news this week is that our Laser Cutter Contest is back! We will be giving away a 40-watt VersaLaser worth over $15,000! This is one of our favorite tools and we want to give it to the best Instructable that gets entered in the next couple months. So check out this batch of cool projects and get started on your project! Steampunk Airship Goggles Often times after piloting my steam dirigible, I arrive at my destination only to find my eyebrows have collected a mass of gnats, fleas, and small birds. What to do?posted by aintMichael on Oct 16, 2007 Free iPod Touch Dock All the parts you need come with the iPod and it is very easy to construct. posted by ari6126 on Oct 14, 2007 How to date a girl who is way out of your league. Learn how to date girls even if you're not the life of the party.posted by Gamer6460 on Oct 15, 2007 The Laser Cutter Contest is Back! Improve your digital camera extremely With this simple modification you will be able to take extreme macro images with your simple amateur digital camera! posted by isr_Raviv on Oct 13, 2007 Make a cool hologram illusion! How to easily make a convincing floating head hologram. It's a great addition to your Halloween decorations! posted by NK5 on Oct 11, 2007 Look Like Your Enemy: Create signs that confuse, astound and parody! Using these methods to temporarily borrow the legitimacy of a company or organization tin order to deliver a different message.posted by slambert on Oct 16, 2007 Super Cheap and Easy Fog Chiller A fog chiller cools down fog from a fog machine so that it stays low to the ground. This one costs around $5-$10.posted by admanrocks on Oct 12, 2007 Win a free trip to Maker Faire 2008! Flatulant Boss Detector Use the power of embarassment to keep your boss from walking in on your cubicle undetectedposted by el_roboto_loco on Oct 16, 2007 Solar powered fountain/herb garden Here is a simple garden fountain utilizing a $20 solar panel/pump combo, some sewer pipe, bamboo, and a strawberry pot. posted by sleighbedguy on Oct 15, 2007 Lost Your Charger? How to Charge any Battery Survival-Style Charge any battery enough to keep doing the important stuff. posted by TimAnderson on Oct 17, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by lebowski 10 years ago


Apexstone Amoy Marble & Granite

Pexstone Amoy Marble & Granitehttp://www.apexstone.net6th floor, Guangxing Building, 466 Nanshan Road, Xiamen 361006, China厦门市湖里区南山路466号广兴大厦6楼 Tel:+86 592 3761099Fax: +86 592 3761099Email: apex1@apexstone.net 公司类型:生产主营业务:Stone Slabs,marble&granite; slabs , granite tiles, countertops, vanity—tops企业行业:建筑、装饰、房地产 >> 建筑材料Apexstone Amoy Marble & Granite,a Xiamen,China based manufacturer and exporter of worldwide marble , worldwide granite , china granite, china marble , sand stone, travertine, limestone, Our range covers slab, tile, countertop, vanity top, tub surround, soap dish, sink, fireplace mantel, stone molding, mosaic, medallion, drawer knob, for interior designers; fountain, sculpture, statuary, stone carving, urns and vases, for decoration specialists; lite panel wall cladding, column, baluster, railing, step, garden furniture, paving stone, for architects; on commercial projects or industrial constructions.

Posted by apexstone 9 years ago


Homemade submersible pump - white smoke

Hi, I posted this topic: https://www.instructables.com/community/Outdoor-water-fountainhow-to-silence-homemade-p/ and both repliers suggested that I get a submersible pump. Being in Egypt, I can't find one unless I pay ridiculous amounts of money. So, I made one using a handhelp air blower.  It works, it gets the water up to the 10-12 feet easily. It is waterproof. No leaks. (There was a small leak before revising, but now none) I've only had it on for a max of 30 seconds for testing. At about 30 seconds, when I pull it out, the box is filled with white smoke. Smells almost like electrical burn but not quite. What would be the causes of this? Is the water too much strain on the motor to turn? Is there maybe some water droplets that were just burning off? Is my pvc pipe enough ventilation for the motor as it does get hot, but I don't know how hot is too hot? Could I use a dimmer switch to turn the motor down some, would that not put so much strain on the motor instead of having it at full speed? Sorry for so many questions. Thanks!

Posted by senica 5 years ago


semi-steampunk garden?

HeyCan any of you think of a way you can replace (electrical)machines in a garden with its mechanical equivalence, while at the same time making its replacement low maintainance?It can also be decorations. Basically create mechanical stuff that looks good in a garden.Some devices that may be workable:+ A water timer that uses a mechanical clock that powers a mechanical valve, and its mainspring is recharged every time the water rushes though it.+ A passive water pump that is made of a black plastic water bottle and two valves. When hot, the air inside pushes water out. When cool, new water is pulled in by the cooling air. It can be used to pump water slowly to a 'not' so high location.+ A sterling engine can be used as a more active solar pump to pump water to a higher location, however its use of moving parts means it more likely to break down than the 'passive pump'. If it requires a kick start to run, then place a mini turbine to provide the starting force.+ Use the above pump to create a fountain+ Perhaps as a replacement of solar powered markers, get some crystal that emits light when shaken("which quartz i forgot..."), and get it to shake around automatically.+ Mechanical garden music box would be a nice addition(wind powered music box). Double points if its either reprogrammable, or plays a different instrument such as drums.

Posted by akimbo m 9 years ago


(newsletter) Vertical Garden, Cryptex, Bubble Lamp...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Check out some bright blinky projects - see who won the Get the LED Out! Contest! We've still got three fantastic contests this week, so start thinking, get to work, and enter! Pocket-Sized Contest - Think small, and win a custom laser-etched Leatherman! Get in the Garden Contest - Enter any Instructable with a gardening theme and win an awesome computer-controlled indoor composting machine from NatureMill! Art of Sound Contest - Share any music or sound-related Instructable, and win an incredible custom hi-fi tower set with subwoofer, monster speakers, and more!! Make a Cryptex Vertical Vegetable Garden Refill Disposable Propane Tanks Cheap and Simple Bottle Cap Magnets! See who won! Win these custom hi-fi speakers! Build a D-Ring Bit Driver How to Break Up Repair Cigarette Burns on Carpet Bubble Lamp Bowling Ball Fountain Steampunk Garter Pistol Prop Crystallised Ginger Painted Mattress Survival Boat Win a cool computer-controlled indoor composter! Win a custom laser-etched Leatherman! World's Smallest Gripper Robot Pocket Scrolls Nerf Mods: A Beginner's Guide Pocket Sized Camp Stove Sign-up for this newsletter:

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


ReadyMade Garden Challenge

Our friends at ReadyMade are holding their second annual Garden Challenge. If you're into gardening, reuse, or reclaiming space on a small budget (sound like anyone here?), this should be right up your alley.Here's the info:ReadyMade is looking for contenders for its Second Annual Garden Challenge. Winners will have their outdoor space published next spring and will vie for yet-to-be-determined-but-amazing prizes.Here are the parameters:1. ReadyMade gives you $3002. You take that loot and transform your outdoor space (whether it be an actual garden, a stoop, a rooftop, or even a window box) in an innovative way. The transformation can include any of the following: creative landscaping, outdoor furniture/firepits/fountains, edible gardens, and so forth.Bonus points go to those who incorporate:-native plants-water catchments or grey water systems-food farming-salvage/reused objects3. You send in photos of your work by Sept 1. Our panel of judges selects winners, then we send out a photographer to shoot the garden by end of September.To submit ideas, take a "before" shot of the garden/stoop/roof/sill you plan to redo, and draw up a sketch or list of projects/plantings you plan to implement and email the lot by August 1st, 2008 to: shana (at) readymademag.com. You'll then have one month to perform your magic.Attached is an example of a winning entry from our first garden challenge. Derek's submission of backyard camping projects was so good, we hired him.Many thanks,The ReadyMakers

Posted by canida 10 years ago


(newsletter) Cobweb Shooter, Lightsabers, Isolating Splenda...

Oct 16, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Party Like It's 1929! Contest has begun! With the economy in the toilet we need to find clever ways to save money, live with less, and reuse what we've got. Remember the Great Depression? We can definitely do better this time around. Share your cash-stretching tips and tricks, and win something useful! The DIY Halloween Contest is underway! We've partnered with some of your favorite websites to bring you the biggest and best Halloween contest ever -- and we've got tons of great prizes to give away. Show us your best costumes, treats, gadgets, jack-o-lanterns, and more! Check out the entries and get inspired for the best Maker holiday ever. Enter your food or kitchen-gadget hack into the Hungry Scientist Contest and win your choice of a Kitchen Aid mixer, a super nice knife set, or a Le Creuset Enamel Cast Iron Cook Set. Help us with your answers for our Burning Questions and win a cool prize pack! The winners for the Craft Skills Contest have been announced. See who won!Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something awesome in our office! October 23: Halloween open build night. Mirrored Disco Ball Halloween Costume by atozfriendly DIY R-STRAP for DSLRs by amyles World Egg by pixelinabitmap Papermate Boom for Bluetooth Headset by CobyHoff Tons and tons of spooky and amazing prizes!Win some sweet tools for your kitchen with a food hack! Creepy Cobweb Shooter! by Kipkay Camera mount for a motorcycle by kaptaink_cg Low Cost Jacob's Ladder by bloomautomatic The $1 Waterbrush / Ink Brushpen by El Rey Make your own lightsaber! by nagle Make a House Goblin Peeker by cudubh Canning Tomatoes: Roasted Salsa by Forkable Hellboy Good Samaritan replica by peter.p.scherr 10 Instructables for aradical new look Share your best money-saving tips! Halloween Bloodbath Fountain by DIYDragon Add rapid-fire to a mouse with a 555 by mothflavour2 Carve patterns on an emu egg by bbstudio How To Isolate Splenda by Mongpoovian Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Dragon Samurai Chapter 3

Here's the third Chapter. The plot is thickening! :-) PLease tell me if there's anything that could be improved! Chapter 3 The dojo It took another few hours before we actually reached the dojo. The girl with the golden hair had come in and out of consciousness during the day. Clouds were starting to surround us and we weren’t far away from the entrance. I was about to ask my dad a question when a kunai shot past my ear and stuck into the ground. I turned my head around to meet a rain of kunai and shuriken. “Father,” I cried. He barely turned his head an inch before catching sight of the ninja weapons. We broke into a gallop and barely escaped the deadly blades of the kunai and shuriken. One shuriken was aimed straight at the girl. I took my bokken and deflected the ninja star. I had practised sword defence several times with my father. Not a second past when a second wave of weapons was launched form the trees. My father drew his katana and deflected several shurikens and I did my best with my bokken. A kunai embedded itself in my bokken and a shuriken grazed my cheek. I winced and held my cheek feeling the warm blood seep out of my veins. We were now metres away from the dojo’s entrance. No ninja would dare enter it. My dad called to the guards to open the gate and they obeyed. The gate creaked open and we rushed in. The gate closed and several kunai and shuriken clanged against the metal gate. Inside the dojo we were safe from any attack. I breathed heavily as I got off the horse. I got the girl down from the horse while clutching my cheek which was still bleeding. My father ordered me to take the girl to the healers. I walked through the dojo admiring the amazing buildings and statues. There was a beautiful fountain in the garden full of birds bathing themselves. I continued walking until I was walking past the training halls. Curious heads popped out of the halls and gasped at the girl with golden hair. The pupils soon returned to their training when the sensei hit one student’s shins with his walking stick. The young boy winced and held his legs. I had a feeling that the sensei’s hit was harder than it looked. We soon arrived at the healing quarters. I laid the girl in one of the beds and a lady carrying medicine rushed into the healing quarters. She quickly opened a door and placed the medicine on one of the benches inside the room. She came out of the room and noticed that I was standing next to the bed here I had laid the girl. “Oh, I am truly sorry for my rushing,” she said. “Now what do we have here.” “My father and I found her unconscious in a forest near here,” I started. “She’s been coming in and out of consciousness during our journey.” She observed the girl and felt the pulse of her blood. “Her blood circulation is running normally. She doesn’t seem to have a fever.” She performed several other medical procedures before she looked at me and said, “She just needs to rest. You on the other hand need to clean your cheek to prevent infection. Run along now.” I bowed and went to the bathrooms to clean my cheek. Inside I found someone I really didn’t expect to see. “Ryu!” cried Hiroshi. “What are you doing here, Hiroshi?” I asked amazed by his presence. “I’m here to train just like you. What happened to your cheek?” “We were attacked on our way here. A shuriken grazed my cheek.” “You also got a kunai in your bokken.” I looked down at my wooden sword. I took out the kunai which had put a hole straight through the bokken. I sighed. I’ll need a new one. I washed my face and told Hiroshi about our journey here. I explained how we found the girl and were attacked by ninjas. Every now and then he would gasp or gulp but I didn’t mind. Once you’ve lived with Hiroshi for over five years you get used to what he does. He always interrupted sentences with a mumble or yawn or any other type of noise including noise that didn’t come out of his mouth. A bell rang in the distance. It was time for dinner. I could smell the cooked rice and the chicken and my mouth started watering. We walked to the dining hall and sat down about halfway down the left side of the table. The teachers sat up on a raised table and my father was sitting on the far right. He was staring straight to the forest. His expression was hard to decipher but he seemed worried and I had a feeling that it had something to do with the ninjas that attacked us. The man in the centre of the raised table stood up and the hall went completely quiet. “Today we welcome several new students to our dojo,” he shouted in a superior tone. “For those of you who are new, I am Sensei Masako. Some of you may already have heard that the Emperor has been kidnapped by the ninjas. The dojo will be doing its best to help in any way possible. Be aware that this will NOT interrupt your training. Without further ado, let us begin to eat our meal.” Within ten seconds everyone was eating their food and talking to friends. My father ate and conversed with some of the sensei’s at the table but every now and then he would stare out into the forest. Something sinister is going on and I had a feeling that the kidnapped emperor was the least of our problems.

Posted by Tornado96 7 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 7 years ago