Hassle Free Airline Travel with DIY Electronics

Steve Hoefer, or Grathio on Instructables, recently published a very interesting article on his website regarding the perils of airport security faced by educators, hackers and entrepreneurs travelling with prototype or DIY electronics and the interest shown by airport security in light of concern over safety of late. Steve writes about how to the untrained eye, your mess of breadboards, PCBs and wires can look highly intimidating, regardless of how harmless YOU know it is. He goes on to give advice on how best to travel with your custom electronics and how to avoid winding up or upsetting airport security by being clear, honest and helpful. If like me you've ever had this concern while flying, it's well worth heading over to his website to have a look, it's an interesting and educational read! James

Posted by Jayefuu 6 years ago


What is your Published to Unpublished ratio?

After finishing one last week and deleting one I'm finally at 1:1. Are you an unpublished packrat, collecting ideas, or do you (unlike me) finish everything you start?

Posted by Grathio 8 years ago


The secret knock detector workshop door

Check out this great knock detector build by BFarn. It was inspired by the great secret knock detecting door lock ible by Grathio I'm extremely impressed by the design and technique's he used to make his own knock detector. I mean Grathio's detector was already awesome but this one just makes it a beautifull piece of art and also limits the area where can be knocked (which is a plus on security for me). So even when somebody accidently overhears you knock they still won't know where they should knock to get the door open! Check out the video to see it in action and for more info on the build you can visit his website here

Posted by MichelMoermans 7 years ago


Rock Paper Scissors Arduino Glove

This glove lets you play Rock Paper Scissors against an Arduino opponent. The sensors on two fingers along with an accelerometer detect when you play and it puts out its own move on the screen. Even better, this looks like it was done by Grathio who is sporting an Instructables shirt in the video. Nice one! Link via Neatorama

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Motor Clamp

I am extremely close to finishing Grathio's Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock (https://www.instructables.com/id/Secret-Knock-Detecting-Door-Lock/). I am about to mount to my door, but unfortunately the clamp (step 3) has not been working out for me, and in no way will the motor be strong enough to turn the lock. Any other suggestions on how to hook up the motor to the door? FYI: my casing is entirely different from that of his instructions. Thank you!

Posted by KGuy 4 years ago


What's In Your Fireman's Pocket?

Here's a wonderful and growing collection of stuff that Firefighters carry in their pockets and elsewhere around their person. A lot of them are nifty homemade hacks and improvements. I love the eye-bolt vice grip conversion and all the ways of keeping doors open.It's also a good insight to what's important to the people who fight fires and rescue people for a living. For some reason I never knew that they carried so many tools for breaking and entering...(Spotted over at Make:Online).

Posted by Grathio 8 years ago


Where would be a good place to find a cheap, but nicely bound book?

I'm working on a project where I I'd love to have a finely bound book, (leather, gold leaf, etc) but I don't care about what the book is about since I'll be removing all the pages. Where should I look for something like this?  I'd hate to buy an heirloom just to ruin it.  The few fine used book stores I've looked at didn't have anything like this.

Asked by Grathio 8 years ago


What glue can I use to stick silicone to plastic? Answered

Plastic is easy, lots of stuff sticks to plastic, but the only thing that seems to stick to silicone is more silicone. Hot glue, super glue, Elmer's glue, Gorilla glue, and liquid steel epoxy all fail. Any suggestions? Maybe something marine related? (Background: I used some left over silicone molding compound to make a comfy handle, but it doesn't want to stay on.)

Asked by Grathio 8 years ago


What are some good sewing Instructables? Answered

I used to sew quite a bit... 20 years ago.   Now I once again have a sewing machine (!!!) and I'm looking for a few good projects to get me back in the saddle. (Or on the treadle.)  Smaller, but not too basic projects would be best.  I'm not exactly a beginner, but I know I've forgotten a whole lot. Difficulty:  I'm a guy.  So anything with phrases like "...into a dress" or "adding ruffles to..." or anything else exclusively feminine is not going to pique my interest, though I can probably be persuaded to make a squid hat or an unusual plushie.  

Asked by Grathio 8 years ago


How to improve my public speaking and interviewing skills? Answered

Much to my surprise I've been doing a fair number of media interviews lately. (TV, radio, podcast)  I'm not really happy with the way that I sound.  I either sound a bit scatterbrained or uncertain.  I meander, give run-on sentences, finish different sentences than I start, etc.  This happens even if I get the questions in advance. Usually the interviews are taped and the editors work hard to make me sound coherent, but even then my speech is full of pauses, "um"s and "ah"s.  I'd like to break myself of the habit.  So any hints, tips, ways to practice and/or relax more?

Asked by Grathio 8 years ago


When am I helping vs doing someone's homework for them?

I try to answer all the questions that people post to my 'ibles. (At least all the ones I have a useful answer for)  I also know that some of my projects are being taught in schools and universities, which is really really great! Every once and a while I get a question that sounds like a homework question.  I'm not entirely sure it is, there might be cross-language difficulties or other reasons for the awkward phrasing and unusual specificity in the question, etc. If it's not a homework question I want to answer it.  If it is a homework question... well I don't do people's homework for them. I know there are lots of teachers (and students) here, what should I do?  Ignore it? Smartass answer? Something else?

Posted by Grathio 7 years ago


Looking to replace LEDs with solenoid driven indicators.

I'd really like to replace some LED indicators with physical on/off indicators, like they used on old NASA spacecraft. To see what I'm talking about take a look at this console from Apollo 14 at the little windows above the switches at the center left. The top row is all "barber poll" the bottom row open.My initial thought is that I could possibly replace the LEDs with a solenoid that would shove an "on" indicator into a little window when powered, and retract it when powered down.The problem: I know next to nothing about solenoids and don't know if this is feasible. They'd need at least 1/4" throw and to run at low power if they're going to simply be a drop-in replacement for LEDs. What kind of solenoid am I looking for and does it even exist?

Asked by Grathio 9 years ago


Edge Lighting Workshop, Detroit & Chicago

I'm teaching a series of workshops on edge lighting (like in this Instructable) at Hackerspaces in the upper Midwest over the next week.   It's a great, easy way to make a great effect (check out the comments section of the 'ible to see what other people have made)  The workshops will provide all the tools, materials, and information you need to make your own edge lit decorations, signs, displays or whatever! The cost is $10, and takes about an hour. Location and Times: OmniCorpDetroit Friday December 17, 7:00 pm i3Detroit Monday December 20 at 8:00 pm  (Sold out!) All Hands Active Ann Arbor: TBD Pumping Station: One, Chicago. Tuesday December 21 8:00pm Materials and tools are limited to the first 15 people, but learning without materials is free!

Posted by Grathio 7 years ago


Why do people delete their questions? Answered

More than once I've taken a lot of time to answer a question, done research, drawn a diagram, double checked my math and triple checked my spelling, etc, etc, only to have the asker later delete the question. (And all the answers.)Not a word of thanks or anything, just taking all of that work that I did for them and for everyone else who might have a similar question and delete it.I don't even get to keep a copy of it!  Which stinks because there are a few that I'd like to refer to again.  I know my answer isn't always the best so I often go back to questions that I've answered and see what good ideas other people have.  But it's impossible to do if it's deleted.*sigh*  So what's up?  Why delete your question?

Asked by Grathio 8 years ago


So... What's a robot?

This question seems to keep coming up and is worthy of some discussion.It seems there are a bunch of 'official' definitions for the thing. Here's a few, with examples.A programmable, autonomous machine with sensors that allow it to do complex stuff. So, Roomba: yes. Factory robot: yes. UAV: sometimes. Battle-bots: no. Vibrobots: no. Mechanical man sculpture: no.A machine in the shape of a person. Mechanical man sculpture: yes, Battle-bots, vibrobots: sometimes. Roomba, factory robots, UAV: no.An electronic device in a configuration without an existing name. Sculpture: No. Everything else: yes.Any chance of consensus? Thoughts?Personally I feel a word's meaning comes from its use. If you call it a robot and you can get people to agree with you, it's a robot. That's pretty much how language works and is why I called my little project a robot. I'm no where near the first person to call a pager motor+battery a robot. But I was an English major, you Engineers out there are likely to get twitchy when things aren't up to published spec.

Posted by Grathio 9 years ago


Looking for electrically conductive glass (or other clear conductive material)

It's been three years since I looked into building myself something inspired by the amazing work of Ingo Maurer. I had a chance to sit at this table (on a bench similarly illuminated!) and it's amazing. It's solid and it's completely transparent. There are no visible wires, the electricity is conducted through the glass. It's by far the most impressive t hing I've ever seen using LEDs.Three years ago when I first looked into it the only option I found was lab glass (I believe titanium oxide coated) that ran about $10 a square inch. Yikes.But materials science moves on. To make my project feasible I'm looking for something with 80% transparency and less than 20ohms/square inch resistance. (And hopfully much less than $10/square). I've read about "FTO coated" and "ITO coated" but can't find anyone who sells it to individuals.Any ideas? Names of possible suppliers, other materials to look into or random suggestions are most welcome.

Posted by Grathio 9 years ago


Best Answers Count For 2010-04-30

.  Here's the lastest counts: lemonie:355 Re-design:324 frollard:241 Steveastrouk:185 Kiteman:165 orksecurity:160 seandogue:138 GuardianFox:132 kelseymh:139 NachoMahma:95 ZEROGX:83 Burf:83 RavingMadStudios:76 AndyGadget:67 NobodyInParticular:58 jeff-o:51 jtobako:48 alex-sharetskiy:43 Grathio:44 DJ+Radio:43 MahavishnuMan:44 Killer~SafeCracker:39 Gorfram:35 UziMonkey:34 11010010110:33 mikeasaurus:33 Joe+Martin:32 Jayefuu:30 caitlinsdad:26 gmoon:27 rickharris:23 AngryRedhead:22 Jack+A+Lopez:24 killerjackalope:20 Mr.+Stealth:20 cyberpageman:18 ChrysN:18 Prfesser:18 RelaxedSoup:18 siliconghost:18 karnuvap:17 randofo:17 CameronSS:15 fwjs28:15 iPodGuy:15 Zengineer1618:13 ewilhelm:12 canida:11 Goodhart:11 purduecer:11 Hiyadudez:10 kevinhannan:10 acidbass:10 gmjhowe:6 yokozuna:4 The+Ideanator:2 LoneWolf:3

Posted by NachoMahma 8 years ago


San Francisco Public Making Meet Up #3

I'm holding another "Make Out" making in public event this Thursday, June 2nd at the Amsterdam Cafe in San Francisco. It's a casual meet up to work on projects, share ideas, brainstorm, meet people, or just drink beer and chat. (Amsterdam cafe has around 300 beers available.) (They also have really good coffee, tea, and wine if beer isn't your thing.) Bring a project or just bring yourself. In the past we've had everything from crafts to robots to baking.  Last time we looked forward to Maker Faire, so I expect we'll talk a lot about our Maker Faire expereinces. When: June 2 from 5pm to 8pm (though it may run longer.) Where: Amsterdam Cafe, 937 Geary street, San Francisco [map] [web site] I'll be the guy playing with LEDs and Arduinos. Cost: Free! (Though Kelly, the lovely owner of Amsterdam cafe would appreciate it if you bought something to drink and tipped well.) Who: Everyone is welcome. More details are here. 

Posted by Grathio 7 years ago


Time for another SF Make Out

I'm holding another "Make Out" making in public event this Thursday, April 21st at the Amsterdam Cafe in San Francisco. What is it: It's a casual meet up to work on projects, share ideas, brainstorm, meet people, or just drink beer and chat. (Amsterdam cafe has around 300 beers available.) (They also have really good coffee, tea, and wine if beer isn't your thing.)  Bring a project if you have one (and it's appropriate to have it in a public cafe.  So no flame throwers or full-sized space ships.) Or just bring yourself.  Last time we had a full range of bakers, craters, hackers, technologists, and the curious and it was a really great time. When: April 21 from 5pm to 8pm (though it may run longer.) Where: Amsterdam Cafe, 937 Geary street, San Francisco [map] [web site] I'll be the guy playing with LEDs and Arduinos. Cost: Free!  (Though Kelly, the lovely owner of Amsterdam cafe would appreciate it if you bought something to drink and tipped well.) Who: Everyone is welcome. More details are here.

Posted by Grathio 7 years ago


Best Answer Counts as of 2010-04-11

.  As of Sunday, March 11, 2010, the following ppl have received patches (Username:#BestAnswers): lemonie:334 Re-design:315 frollard:235 Steveastrouk:175 Kiteman:163 orksecurity:146 seandogue:133 GuardianFox:128 kelseymh:126 .  The other ppl on the check list are: NachoMahma:86 ZEROGX:79 Burf:78 AndyGadget:66 RavingMadStudios:60 NobodyInParticular:58 jtobako:46 alex-sharetskiy:43 KillerSafeCracker:43 Grathio:41 DJ+Radio:41 MahavishnuMan:41 jeff-o:38 Gorfram:35 UziMonkey:34 11010010110:33 Joe+Martin:33 mikeasaurus:32 Jayefuu:29 caitlinsdad:26 AngryRedhead:22 gmoon:21 rickharris:21 Mr.+Stealth:20 Jack+A+Lopez:21 killerjackalope:20 cyberpageman:20 ChrysN:18 siliconghost:18 RelaxedSoup:18 karnuvap:17 Prfesser:16 CameronSS:15 randofo:15 fwjs28:15 iPodGuy:15 Zengineer1618:13 ewilhelm:12 kevinhannan:11 purduecer:11 canida:11 gmjhowe:6 yokozuna:2

Posted by NachoMahma 8 years ago


I want to increase the amps to my laptop's external USB ports. How crazy is this plan? Answered

My laptop only has two external USB ports. I keep a mouse plugged into one constantly, but I now need to use an external USB drive that needs more amps than one port can supply.  I use a Y cable that pulls power from two ports, but I can't use my mouse at the same time. (Which is really a non-starter with the work I'm doing.) There are about 5 internal USB buses available, all of which have one port available, all drawing minimal power (fingerprint sensor, web cam, sd card reader, etc.)   My wacky idea is to tie the voltage pins from one of these 'spare' ports to one of the external ports to provide the amps needed, similar to what the Y-cable is doing but keeping it internal and keeping one more USB port available.  I've had this laptop apart and know that I can do the wiring, but I'm curious about how high the potential is to cause massive damage. Any pointers?

Asked by Grathio 8 years ago


Best Answers Count For 2010-06-01

Best Answers Count for 2010-06-01 lemonie:375 Re-design:362 frollard:243 Steveastrouk:211 Kiteman:174 orksecurity:174 kelseymh:153 seandogue:147 GuardianFox:131 NachoMahma:108 Burf:94 ZEROGX:94 RavingMadStudios:94 AndyGadget:69 NobodyInParticular:58 jeff-o:51 jtobako:51 Grathio:47 MahavishnuMan:48 DJ Radio:47 mikeasaurus:46 alex-sharetskiy:43 Killer~SafeCracker:39 Gorfram:36 UziMonkey:34 11010010110:33 Joe Martin:32 Jayefuu:34 gmoon:29 Jack A Lopez:29 caitlinsdad:26 rickharris:25 AngryRedhead:24 killerjackalope:23 Mr. Stealth:20 Prfesser:20 siliconghost:19 cyberpageman:20 ChrysN:19 RelaxedSoup:18 karnuvap:19 randofo:17 MichelMoermans:18 CameronSS:15 fwjs28:16 iPodGuy:15 yokozuna:14 Shadowman39:13 Zengineer1618:13 ewilhelm:12 acidbass:12 canida:11 Goodhart:12 purduecer:11 Hiyadudez:10 kevinhannan:10 Lithium Rain:9 The Ideanator:9 plane phanatic:9 M4industries:8 gmjhowe:6 nickodemus:6 kcls:5 LoneWolf:3 artificialintelligence:3 wrivera6:3

Posted by NachoMahma 8 years ago


Best Answers Count For 2011-02-06

11010010110 34 acidbass 34 alex-sharetskiy 45 AndyGadget 101 AngryRedhead 40 artificialintelligence 4 beckervdejazz.com 17 Burf 178 caitlinsdad 26 CameronSS 19 canida 12 ChrysN 32 cyberpageman 22 DJ+Radio 65 dombeef 1 ewilhelm 11 Flannel+UK 6 frollard 347 fwjs28 16 gmjhowe 6 gmoon 36 Goodhart 13 Gorfram 51 Grathio 52 Hiyadudez 14 iPodGuy 17 Jack+A+Lopez 96 JamesRPatrick 8 Jayefuu 52 jeff-o 97 Joe+Martin 40 jtobako 63 karnuvap 22 kcls 12 kelseymh 251 kevinhannan 12 Killer~SafeCracker 40 killerjackalope 27 Kiteman 222 Koosie 9 Kryptonite 11 lemonie 488 Lithium+Rain 13 lizzyastro 5 LoneWolf 5 M4industries 11 MahavishnuMan 54 megametal8 2 MichelMoermans 24 mikeasaurus 62 Mr.+Stealth 20 NachoMahma 163 nickodemus 19 NobodyInParticular 59 orksecurity 334 plane+phanatic 9 Prfesser 26 purduecer 11 randofo 23 RavingMadStudios 126 Re-design 596 RelaxedSoup 17 rickharris 101 seandogue 214 Shadowman39 21 siliconghost 28 Steveastrouk 438 uniqueutopia 13 UziMonkey 34 Willard2.0 9 wrivera6 11 yokozuna 59 Zengineer1618 13 zero.gx 90 drpepper1234 error: 400 member: drpepper1234 does not exist GuardianFox error: 400 member: GuardianFox does not exist knuckel error: no Best Answers data for member: knuckel

Posted by NachoMahma 7 years ago


Best Answers Count For 2010-10-27

. In alphabetical order: 11010010110 - 34 acidbass - 26 alex-sharetskiy - 43 AndyGadget - 76 AngryRedhead - 31 artificialintelligence - 4 beckervdejazz.com - 12 Burf - 145 caitlinsdad - 26 CameronSS - 16 canida - 11 ChrysN - 26 cyberpageman - 21 DJ+Radio - 58 dombeef - 1 ewilhelm - 12 frollard - 291 fwjs28 - 16 gmjhowe - 6 gmoon - 32 Goodhart - 13 Gorfram - 48 Grathio - 51 GuardianFox - 134 Hiyadudez - 13 iPodGuy - 17 Jack+A+Lopez - 74 Jayefuu - 50 jeff-o - 88 Joe+Martin - 38 jtobako - 55 karnuvap - 19 kcls - 11 kelseymh - 199 kevinhannan - 12 Killer~SafeCracker - 40 killerjackalope - 26 Kiteman - 199 Koosie - 9 Kryptonite - 11 lemonie - 446 Lithium+Rain - 12 lizzyastro - 5 LoneWolf - 3 M4industries - 11 MahavishnuMan - 54 megametal8 - 2 MichelMoermans - 23 mikeasaurus - 55 Mr.+Stealth - 20 NachoMahma - 144 nickodemus - 17 NobodyInParticular - 58 orksecurity - 280 plane+phanatic - 9 Prfesser - 23 purduecer - 11 randofo - 22 RavingMadStudios - 117 Re-design - 544 RelaxedSoup - 19 rickharris - 70 seandogue - 185 Shadowman39 - 15 siliconghost - 28 Steveastrouk - 346 The+Ideanator - 9 UziMonkey - 34 Willard2.0 - 8 wrivera6 - 10 yokozuna - 47 Zengineer1618 - 13 zero.gx - 89 .  Sorry to be so long with the update, but I've been waiting for kelseymh or Kiteman to hit 200. Finally gave up waiting. :)

Posted by NachoMahma 7 years ago


Best Answers Count For 2010-08-23

. Here's the Best Answers Count for August 23, 2010. Enjoy. Re-design 481 lemonie 425 Steveastrouk 273 frollard 267 orksecurity 229 Kiteman 184 kelseymh 172 seandogue 165 GuardianFox 132 NachoMahma 127 Burf 117 RavingMadStudio 109 AndyGadget 74 jeff-o 59 NobodyInParticular 58 DJ Radio 57 jtobako 53 MahavishnuMan 53 Grathio 51 rickharris 51 mikeasaurus 49 Gorfram 47 Jack A Lopez 47 Jayefuu 44 alex-sharetskiy 43 Killer~SafeCracker 40 Joe Martin 38 UziMonkey 34 11010010110 34 gmoon 31 yokozuna 28 caitlinsdad 26 AngryRedhead 24 ChrysN 24 killerjackalope 23 MichelMoermans 23 cyberpageman 21 siliconghost 21 acidbass 20 Mr. Stealth 20 Prfesser 20 randofo 20 karnuvap 19 RelaxedSoup 18 fwjs28 16 iPodGuy 16 CameronSS 15 Goodhart 13 Zengineer1618 13 ewilhelm 12 kevinhannan 12 Lithium Rain 12 nickodemus 12 Shadowman39 12 canida 11 Hiyadudez 11 M4industries 11 purduecer 11 Kryptonite 10 plane phanatic 10 kcls 9 Koosie 9 The Ideanator 9 Willard2.0 7 gmjhowe 6 artificialintelligence 4 wrivera6 4 LoneWolf 3 megametal8 1 ----- Best Answers Monitor v1.01.02 (2010-05-05) by NachoMahma Original Perl script by Jayefuu. Regex help provided by kelseymh. The people who wrote and helped with this script are all members of Instructables.com (Ibles), but Ibles did not participate in the development and is in no way associated with this project. If something screws up, blame NachoMahma, not Ibles. Script ran in 252.9629368782 seconds.

Posted by NachoMahma 7 years ago


Best Answers Count For 2011-05-21

11010010110 34 acidbass 35 alex-sharetskiy 44 AndyGadget 128 AngryRedhead 40 artificialintelligence 4 beckervdejazz.com 16 blkhawk 13 Burf 200 (patch sent) caitlinsdad 26 CameronSS 20 canida 12 caarntedd 38 ChrysN 39 cyberpageman 22 diyoutdoorsman 7 DJ+Radio 65 dombeef 1 Dr.+Pepper 22 ewilhelm 11 Flannel+UK 12 frollard 394 fwjs28 16 gmjhowe 6 gmoon 42 Goodhart 13 Gorfram 52 Grathio 53 Hiyadudez 15 iceng 20 iPodGuy 17 Jack+A+Lopez 119 JamesRPatrick 9 Jayefuu 54 jeff-o 98 Joe+Martin 40 jtobako 64 karnuvap 22 kcls 12 kelseymh 287 kevinhannan 13 Killer~SafeCracker 40 killerjackalope 28 Kiteman 241 Koosie 9 Kryptonite 11 lemonie 522 Lithium+Rain 13 lizzyastro 5 LoneWolf 7 M4industries 11 MahavishnuMan 54 MegaMetal8 2 MichelMoermans 24 mikeasaurus 65 Mr.+Stealth 20 NachoMahma 177 nfk11 1 nickodemus 19 NobodyInParticular 59 Nutrition+Man 12 orksecurity 397 plane+phanatic 9 Prfesser 28 purduecer 11 randofo 22 RavingMadStudios 127 Re-design 626 RelaxedSoup 17 rickharris 130 seandogue 224 Shadowman39 22 siliconghost 28 Sorunome 4 Steveastrouk 509 The+Ideanator 23 TitanTechRobotics 4 uniqueutopia 19 username252 2 UziMonkey 34 Willard2.0 9 wrivera6 13 yokozuna 77 Zengineer1618 13 zero.gx 90 -- Best Answers Monitor v1.00.04 (2011-04-25) NachoMahma (Original Perl script by Jayefuu) (Regex help provided by kelseymh) Report Date/Time: 2011/05/21 0748

Posted by NachoMahma 7 years ago


Best Answers Count For 2011-04-08

Best Answers Monitor v1.00.03 (2010-04-24) NachoMahma (Original Perl script by Jayefuu) (Regex help provided by kelseymh) Report Date: 2011-04-08 20:35 (GMT-5) 11010010110 34 acidbass 34 alex-sharetskiy 45 AndyGadget 119 AngryRedhead 40 artificialintelligence 4 beckervdejazz.com 17 blkhawk 11 Burf 189 caitlinsdad 26 CameronSS 18 canida 12 caarntedd 36 ChrysN 37 cyberpageman 22 DJ Radio 65 dombeef 1 ewilhelm 11 Flannel UK 13 frollard 372 fwjs28 16 gmjhowe 6 gmoon 39 Goodhart 13 Gorfram 51 Grathio 52 Hiyadudez 15 iPodGuy 17 Jack A Lopez 117 JamesRPatrick 9 Jayefuu 54 jeff-o 96 Joe Martin 40 jtobako 63 karnuvap 22 kcls 12 kelseymh 281 kevinhannan 13 Killer~SafeCracker 40 killerjackalope 28 Kiteman 238 Koosie 9 Kryptonite 11 lemonie 502 Lithium Rain 13 lizzyastro 5 LoneWolf 7 M4industries 11 MahavishnuMan 54 MegaMetal8 2 MichelMoermans 24 mikeasaurus 64 Mr. Stealth 20 NachoMahma 176 nfk11 1 nickodemus 19 NobodyInParticular 59 Nutrition Man 13 orksecurity 380 plane phanatic 9 Prfesser 27 purduecer 11 randofo 22 RavingMadStudios 127 Re-design 621 RelaxedSoup 17 rickharris 123 seandogue 220 Shadowman39 22 siliconghost 28 Sorunome 3 Steveastrouk 478 The Ideanator 22 TitanTechRobotics 4 uniqueutopia 18 UziMonkey 34 Willard2.0 9 wrivera6 11 yokozuna 68 Zengineer1618 13 zero.gx 89 knuckel 0 Warning: no member: drpepper1234 Warning: no member: GuardianFox

Posted by NachoMahma 7 years ago


What would help move you from Reader to Maker?

Instructable authors love getting feedback from members.  We especially love it when someone builds the project we've made an Instructable for.  If you post a picture or a slideshow or a video... wow!  It makes us very very happy! So, as a sister question to the "I Made It" Challenge Month contest I'm asking: What would it take for you to make something and share a photo/video of it with the author?* As an author I've tried to offer what meager rewards I can, offering special patches and a place on the 'Ible's own wall of fame for people who build them.  Building on that, here are some of my ideas to kick off the discussion. Per Instructable Hall-Of-Fame.  Sort of a rogues gallery for each Instructable that would let writers reward awesome people who comment on their 'Ible. To be eligible you'd have to comment on the 'ible, and you'd have the option to decline being listed.  Special 'I Made This' patches for authors to give. Each time a author publishes an 'ible they would get the ability to send a custom patch made from the 'ible thumbnail.  The "I Made This" patch would show up in their own category on  your profile page. More Visible Rewards.  Connected to one or both of the above, if you do enough "I MAde It" tasks you could get a special medal/icon on your avatar to show you've made lots of stuff. (I know you didn't like the "pro" indicators, but maybe this will be different.  Not sure if this idea has come up before.) What else is stopping you?  Is the process of posting an image or video too hard or confusing?  Are you intimidated to try to make something and share it?  Or do you have other reasons? Do you have other ideas?  Do you like or hate these?  Comment here and hopefully the development team will see something they like. *In addition to a contest.

Posted by Grathio 8 years ago


Best Answers Count For 2011-08-20

90 Iblers checked: 11010010110 34 acidbass 38 alex-sharetskiy 44 AndyGadget 149 AngryRedhead 40 artificialintelligence 4 beckervdejazz.com 15 blkhawk 13 Burf 220 caitlinsdad 26 CameronSS 20 canida 12 caarntedd 41 ChrysN 45 cyberpageman 22 diyoutdoorsman 13 DJ Radio 68 dombeef 3 Dr. Pepper 23 ewilhelm 11 Flannel UK 11 frollard 413 fwjs28 16 gmjhowe 6 gmoon 48 Goodhart 14 Gorfram 52 Grathio 53 Hiyadudez 15 iceng 67 iPodGuy 17 Jack A Lopez 137 JamesRPatrick 11 Jayefuu 60 jeff-o 103 Joe Martin 41 jtobako 64 karnuvap 22 kcls 12 kelseymh 303 -- kelseymh has passed a milestone! -- kevinhannan 16 Killer~SafeCracker 40 killerjackalope 28 Kiteman 256 Koosie 9 Kryptonite 12 lemonie 529 Lithium Rain 13 lizzyastro 5 LoneWolf 7 M4industries 11 MahavishnuMan 54 MegaMetal8 2 MichelMoermans 24 mikeasaurus 71 Mr. Stealth 20 NachoMahma 178 nfk11 2 nickodemus 19 NobodyInParticular 59 Nutrition Man 11 orksecurity 471 outofyurworld 3 patriots8888 9 plane phanatic 9 Prfesser 30 purduecer 11 randofo 26 RavingMadStudios 127 Re-design 639 RelaxedSoup 17 rickharris 180 seandogue 242 Shadowman39 22 siliconghost 29 Sorunome 5 Steveastrouk 578 The+Ideanator 23 TitanTechRobotics 4 uniqueutopia 20 username252 2 UziMonkey 34 Willard2.0 9 wrivera6 13 yokozuna 96 Zengineer1618 13 zero.gx 90 Zero BAs (soon to be deleted): ehudwill 0 GuardianFox 0 knuckel 0 Added to list recently: knexinventer vishalapar Vyger Credits: Best Answers Monitor v1.00.04 (2011-04-25) by NachoMahma (Original Perl script by Jayefuu) (Regex help provided by kelseymh) Patches and other graphics by caitlinsdad

Posted by NachoMahma 6 years ago


Halloween = Success at Instructables HQ

Welcome to Letters from the Editor, a new feature we're trying out!  This week I'd like to share some highlights from our recent Halloween Show & Tell party. It's been a busy week here at Instructables HQ.  Halloween is a favorite holiday around here, and when we do it, we do it up right.  This year we did a series of in-house projects and guides to bring you the best of Instructables Halloween, and we went all out. Our ramp-up to Halloween culminated in a community-wide Show & Tell last Friday night.  HQ was transformed into a proper party hub as we socialized, snacked, and shared our latest projects with the crowd.  The night kicked off with an impressive costume by Peter and Nick Matsakis (winners of our costume contest!) inspired by the game Plants vs. Zombies.  Peter dressed as a Threepeater with working pea shooters, and Nick was Crazy Dave.  Why?  Because he's CRAAAAAAZY! Other highlights from the Show & Tell included Grathio Labs' Secret Knock Detecting Gumball Machine (you have to know the secret knock to get the gum!), and Robert Hermes' impressive Covert Public Messages, which you can only see when looking through polarized lenses. Very cool stuff. And let's not forget the food!  Drawing from our library of creepy Halloween treats, we recreated Edible Zombie Eyeballs omitting the goo to make it vegan-friendly, Pumpkin Bread in mini muffin form, Extra Satanic Deviled Eggs with a wasabi twist, and Halloween Candy Bark in various creepy colors.  Additionally, you can look forward to new Instructables detailing the making of peanut butter and chocolate Buckeyes and my Towering Pumpkin Cheesecake! All in all, it's been a very successful Halloween season.  Next we look to all of the great contests we have running.  Did you know that Humana's giving away a Dream Vacation to one very lucky innovative user!  Enter now! And don't forget to check back next week to cast your votes for our Halloween Contest finalists.  We weren't the only ones to go all out - you impressed us with almost 400 entries already! Until next time, all the best. Sarah P.S. for even more pictures, look here and here!

Posted by scoochmaroo 7 years ago


Top 50 lists for answers in 2009

The Answers section has seen a lot of activity with loads of questions and plenty of good answers. To salute the curious and the knowledgeable, we are posting three top 50 lists. One for the best answers, one for questions, and a third for total answers. Enjoy! Top 50 members with best answers     member best answers 1 lemonie 250 2 frollard 191 3 Re-design 177 4 Kiteman 118 5 GuardianFox 107 6 seandogue 106 7 kelseymh 104 8 orksecurity 103 9 steveastrouk 102 10 ZEROGX 72 11 NachoMahma 60 12 NobodyInParticular 55 13 AndyGadget 52 14 jtobako 42 15 alex-sharetskiy 40 16 KillerSafeCracker 37 17 Burf 35 18 Gorfram 35 19 11010010110 34 20 UziMonkey 34 21 mikeasaurus 32 22 Grathio 28 23 Joe Martin 28 24 caitlinsdad 25 25 DJ Radio 24 26 MahavishnuMan 20 27 Mr. Stealth 20 28 rickharris 19 29 jeff-o 18 30 ChrysN 17 31 RelaxedSoup 17 32 cyberpageman 16 33 gmoon 15 34 CameronSS 15 35 RavingMadStudios 15 36 randofo 15 37 Jayefuu 14 38 karnuvap 14 39 killerjackalope 14 40 AngryRedhead 13 41 fwjs28 13 42 iPodGuy 13 43 Prfesser 13 44 Zengineer1618 12 45 ewilhelm 12 46 Jack A Lopez 12 47 kevinhannan 11 48 purduecer 11 49 canida 11 50 siliconghost 11 Top 50 members with questions asked   member questions asked 1 PKTraceur 50 2 knexsuperbulderfreak 49 3 XOIIO 48 4 sharlston 41 5 Berkin 39 6 ReCreate 37 7 NYPA 36 8 miiwii3 35 9 mad magoo 34 10 _Ko0LaiD_ 28 11 flanimal 28 12 cyc4015 27 13 godofal 25 14 Re-design 25 15 Zem 24 16 trf 23 17 madrasi 22 18 TOCO 22 19 LuminousObject 22 20 codongolev 22 21 albylovesscience 21 22 nepheron 21 23 The Ideanator 21 24 CrawdadMan 21 25 Zaphod Beeblebrox 18 26 DJ Radio 18 27 Gorfram 18 28 Thelonelysandwitch 18 29 led235 18 30 robots199 17 31 kevinhannan 17 32 thecookiemonster 17 33 CameronSS 17 34 Bert99 17 35 Shadow Ops 17 36 afw11 17 37 jovenhatsjr 17 38 shawnf 16 39 Yashknowsbetter 16 40 anna rox 16 41 UbuntuNinja 16 42 bowmaster 16 43 animan1 15 44 brandegor 15 45 cdubnbird 15 46 arnold54 14 47 bwpatton1 14 48 Wafflicious 14 49 KillerSafeCracker 14 50 vince 09 14 Top 50 members with answers given   member answers given 1 lemonie 4422 2 seandogue 2943 3 frollard 2573 4 Re-design 2504 5 steveastrouk 1843 6 orksecurity 1460 7 Kiteman 1451 8 NachoMahma 1095 9 kelseymh 1022 10 GuardianFox 955 11 alex-sharetskiy 889 12 NobodyInParticular 777 13 jtobako 728 14 DJ Radio 675 15 ZEROGX 665 16 11010010110 624 17 AndyGadget 517 18 Burf 494 19 RavingMadStudios 443 20 ReCreate 405 21 Gorfram 397 22 jeff-o 372 23 fwjs28 370 24 Joe Martin 344 25 kevinhannan 327 26 robotguy4 313 27 KillerSafeCracker 312 28 rickharris 278 29 Jayefuu 274 30 acidbass 267 31 mikeasaurus 263 32 sharlston 256 33 geodez 240 34 UziMonkey 239 35 Kryptonite 239 36 caitlinsdad 238 37 XOIIO 233 38 Z.. 232 39 TigerNod 218 40 drbill 210 41 Bartboy 204 42 Molten Boron 203 43 cyberpageman 200 44 I_am_Canadian 190 45 iPodGuy 189 46 MahavishnuMan 189 47 Goodhart 184 48 logic boy 181 49 Chicken2209 177 50 PKTraceur 177

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago