Telekinetic Pen Kit - Discount for Instructables Community

We've worked out a special deal for the Instructables community to get the Telekinetic Pen Kit from the Maker Shed for 20% off until Dec. 19. We'll be sharing this deal in the upcoming Dec. 11 newsletter, but you can get it now. After ordering, use this coupon code: TELEPENSee the Instructable here: Telekinetic Pen.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 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 10 years ago


(newsletter) Build a Solar Panel, Wearable Electronics, NYC Origami...

Sep 18, 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 Hungry Scientist Contest has launched! Hack your food or kitchen tools to win your choice of some sweet prizes. The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest needs your eggs! Take an egg (real or fake) and decorate it inside and out in homage to the classic Faberge style. You can win a Sonos music system, and get your egg featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City! The Craft Skills Contest is well underway - learn a new skill, and submit your own! Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something cool in our office! Tonight: Mouse mouse; October 2: Intro to Chainmail. RSVP required - just PM Canida.Upcoming... Get ready for the biggest and best Halloween contest ever! October will be here soon, so start working on an elaborate costume and creepy decorations! Don't forget, anything posted since the close of last year's contest is eligible. Build a 60 Watt Solar Panel by mdavis19 How to make a Portal Gun by chiok Make Single-serving ice cream by otterhopdotcom Origami Cube NYC Style by scopevisions Share your best food hacks!Unleash your decorating skills Heavy Duty Porch Swing by dragonvpm Replace the battery in a Sonicare Elite by AaronX2621 Instant Wearable Electronics with LEDs by stasterisk No Mess Yogurt Making by Poe-tate-o Hydoponic garden - Gravity feed by agatornz DIY Illuminated Design Desk by skyburner Jalapeno Poppers. Fire In the Hole! by Forkable Make your own iPod/iPhone speaker by shteef A list of great costumeInstructables to inspire you Spread the knowledge! TV-B-Gone Hoodie by bekathwia Make A Water Leyden Jar by Plasmana DIY: Mock Tufting by modhomeecteacher Crochet a Mustache Hat Costume by momwithahook Get crafty! There's still time to enter your crafty Instructables in the Craft Skills Contest! Here are some of the Instructables already entered- check them out and then teach us something new! Grocery Bags Journal Decoration Felting Tea Cozies 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 10 years ago


Magnet Sculpture Kit - 20% Discount for Instructables Community

We've worked out a deal with the fine people at the Maker Shed for you to receive a 20% discount on the Magnet Sculpture Kit until December 19. We'll be sharing this deal in the upcoming newsletter, but you can get it now. After ordering, use this coupon code: MAGNETICSee the Instructable here: Make a Magnet SculptureMagnetic Sculpture kit from Collin Cunningham on Vimeo.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Banner ads showing in Pro upon link from email

When I click a featured article on the newsletter I am immediately logged in and I get the ads EVERYWHERE. I don't get them if I close the tab in my browser (Safari 9.1) and then open instructables from my tool bar, but then I can't find the featured 'ible I was looking for in the first place. Help?

Posted by pedalmonkey 2 years ago


I'm No Longer Being Notified When Someone PMs Me, Comments My Work, Publishes Or Follows Me

I used to get 20 to 40 emails a day regarding activity on answers that I elected to follow. In  fact I did not receive the notice for my 35th Best Answer. I only discover PMessages by going to my profile page. My email is working, I get newsletters, friends etc etc. Alex

Posted by iceng 7 years ago


What happened to the Play with Clay Challenge?

So, awhile ago I got the instructables authors newsletter, and they showed a schedule of upcoming contests. I started making an 'ible for one of them, and now the contest isn't showing up, even though it was supposed to open a week ago. This is the "Polyform Play with Clay Challenge"... I haven't seen anything about it. I just got home from vacation, so I'm still catching up on everything. I might be a little fuzzy still..

Posted by pie popper 7 years ago


A Few Questions

Hello, I am 50ish, diagnosed Aspergers living in Norfolk and I am of mixed race, so not interested in far right (or far left, no homophobes either). Just making it clear from the start so anyone replying won’t waste their time or mine, especially about (3) forming a group/newsletter etc. Please no replies from, or promoting, organisations, firms, corporations or any funded/voluntary groups. I want advice from actual individuals, preferably with AS, or their spouses/family/carers etc. I have made artworks, sculptures etc which have no market value which hopefully I would like to go to a good home if anything happens to me (not that I am planning anything to). Could they be stored anywhere? I don’t want them to end up in a skip/landfill in case anyone ever likes them. Are there any AS's in Norfolk, especially in their late 40s who would like to contact me about forming a group/printed newsletter/website/anything similar which is run by, and for, AS people and their families, friends, spouses, carers etc. Is there such a group/newsletter/website already in Norfolk/Cambridgeshire/Suffolk/ East Anglia? What are the contact details? Any AS’s, preferably in Norfolk (I don’t have transport) who are in to digital video/film/art/photo/music etc and associated programs and software. Wouldn’t mind using an old video camera as well. Need a lot of advice and help as it is a long while since I have made videos. Can anyone recommend (from personal experience) an advocate for adult autistics and anyone anywhere who can teach social skills and interaction to adult AS’s of 49 onwards? Has anyone any experience or advice on self-employment by/for autistics especially those of us who can’t do maths therefore can’t manage accounts/tax/VAT etc. Is there anywhere a service which is run by/aware of AS issues and which is affordable if you aren’t making millions a year. Many Thanks Ephemerol9

Posted by Ephemerol9 7 years ago


"Featured On Homepage" - I Have Several Questions...

First of all, I want to thank the staff member that clicked on that awesome button! Who doesn't love having their 'Ible get featured in the Homepage? But I have a couple questions: When my SpectrumLED Instructable got featured in the Newsletter, I got a 3-Month free PRO, And another 1 full year PRO. Now, When my LED Workshop Lighting 'Ible got featured, I got a free 1 full year PRO, But without the 3-Months. Why is this? Before you think I'm just greedy, I don't need these. I like giving away a free 3-Month PRO Membership to members that make my project and share pictures. I already have enough years of free PRO... ;) My second question is: Do all Instructables that get featured on the Homepage get featured in the Newsletter? And... My third: My Instructable was at the top right of the homepage, Meaning that it was the most recent one that got featured on the Homepage. It stayed like that for several hours, But then it got "covered" with 'Ibles that were featured before that on the Homepage. Aren't they supposed to move down to the bottom? About an hour after that, I refreshed it again, And it moved to a different place again. Are they supposed to be organized randomly like that?

Posted by Yonatan24 2 years ago


Those video/audio advertisements that start automatically

I usually click through when I get one of your update newsletters, but that's going to have to stop. Recently, when I open almost any Instructables page, a video/audio clip starts automatically. This is problematic when I'm at work and the sound blasts through the whole office. Let me know when you've repented the error of your ways; until then, I can't read Instructables from the computer I spend the most time in front of. Joe

Posted by jdrocci 7 years ago


email images not displaying

I'm not getting images in my Instructables newsletter emails. Almost all of them are broken except for the We're Hiring graphic. The links in the image placeholders work. But without the images I'm not inspired, so I don't bother to click and follow the link. I have no problem with any other emails from other websites. I'm using Outlook 2007 on Windows Vista. (Please don't suggest using a different email program.) I've added Instructables to my "Safe Sender" list and "Safe Domain" list. What's going on?

Posted by PaulyG10657. 2 years ago


instant start virus alert programme

I have recently had 2 newsletters from instructables where upon opening an instructable of interest I get a virus warning and the device seems to start searching my C drive. The warning is nothing to do with AVG and upon running a scan nothing is found. I am alarmed by such things getting into my computer without my permission, what is going on? I have AVG, a firewall and windows defender all updated daily. Why does instructables allow this sort of intrusion? dougoutcanoe

Posted by dougoutcanoe 8 years ago


Paracord Instructables

Ok, let me preface what I am about to say by letting you know that I am not trying to be rude in any way. I think there are way to many Instructables coming out about paracord bracelets. I frequently get Instructable newsletters in my inbox with a paracord bracelet Instructable. Paracord bracelets is a very dead horse at this point. I am not trying to be mean or rude, I am just suggesting that people should think of a different Instructable before they consider making one about paracord bracelets. Cheers! Darman12

Posted by darman12 6 years ago


Malware warnings from Google Chrome

Sirs, I'm using Chrome & was checking aol mail. Clicked on Instructables newsletter and Chrome pops up with a warning of Instructables being infected by Malware & would not be a good idea to continue. They stated they had contacted Instructables concerning the problem but advised staying away for a few day's. I went to Gmail account & signed in with no trouble (I Hope!). Do y'all have any info on this problem? Have y'all actually been contacted by Google? Thanks for any clarification, Zappenfusen

Posted by zappenfusen 6 years ago


Looking for a particular Instructable!

Hiya, I've been sending myself nuts looking for an Instructable that I happened across earlier today.  I can't seem to find it now but I can give a description of the front page. It is a fold down (or up) surf shack table... the image is a chap in a white room with lots of compartments and he is putting the table back up. I'm sure it was featured in the newsletter but I'm not sure as I can't find it in my inbox. I hope someone can help, I wanna get crackin! Thank you Georgina :) 

Posted by juddlin 7 years ago


I have not received any email notifications from Instructables

Ever since I made an account on Instructables I have never gotten any email alerts from Instructables. For the email alerts I chose "as they are made" for all of them and never got a single email. Then I changed it to "once a day" and still did not get any emails. I signed up for the Instructables newsletter and have not gotten it yet Also, I did not receive a PM to tell me I was a finalist in the Necklace Challenge.

Posted by starforest 3 years ago


Burda Costume Contest

While you're working up your Halloween costume Instructable, don't forget to enter it in BurdaStyle's costume contest too!  Send your best photo and a link to your project in your BurdaStyle studio to: submissions [at] burdastyle [dot] com, by October 31st at 11:59pm EST. Don't forget to put “Halloween 2010” in the subject line! Then get ready to vote for your favorite!  Voting goes live on November 2nd and ends November 8th at 4pm EST and the winner will be announced November 9th via the BurdaStyle newsletter and blog. We can't wait to see what you make!

Posted by scoochmaroo 7 years ago


Extend logged in time to at least a week

If at all feasible, could you please extend the logged in timeout to be at least a week? I get the newsletter once a week and I click on links to the articles I'd like to read more. I then go back and read them only to find I have to log in and then refresh every article I want to read. I'm sure the refreshing takes up more bandwidth and memory than keeping my session in place for seven days or so. I have checked the 'keep me logged in' option but it only works for a couple of days. Thanks!

Posted by tchansen 10 years ago


I get logged off when trying to view a new Instructable

Hello. I just got a newsletter and tried to look at a post from it (The universal multicolour torch (flashlight) ). The page said I wasn't logged in. When I tried to log in, it did not recognize my Username or password, so I reset my password and tried again. I was already logged in, but when I went to the project page, I was no longer logged in. Most frustrating! Thank you for a wonderful site and I look forward to being able to download this project soon. Sebastian Andrew

Posted by SebastianHyde 8 years ago


[newsletter] Solar Trike, Wikipedia in Your Pocket, Ramen,...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. May 15, 2008 Welcome back! The Flower Contest is over and the winners have been announced. See who won! Check out these cool Instructables! What to do if the police stop you Being stopped by the cops is scary. This Instructable gives you everything you need to know to safeguard your rights when dealing with the police. posted by w1n5t0n on Mar 19, 2008 Wikipedia in your pocket AKA. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, v1.0 :) posted by PKM on May 12, 2008 Crush All Those Who Stand Before You, The Environmentally Friendly Way. This makes even the hardiest mountain bike look like puny by comparison. posted by FriendOfHumanity on May 13, 2008 Mechanical Dry Erase Board Build a mechanical/computerized dry erase board that works like a massive etch a sketch. posted by Romado12187 on May 8, 2008 How to make REAL Japanese ramen from scratch This recipe will teach you how to make true ramen from scratch, with little more cost than a instant ramen packet. posted by Neryam on May 5, 2008 See who won! Share your best bike tips Enter the Green Science Fair! How to Make a Naruto Style Headband Want to get a little closer to the world of Naruto? An aluminum can is all you need to get started. posted by laminterious on May 9, 2008 How to Design Your Own Cardboard Furniture If you need a quick way to create new spaces that weren't there before - here's the secret of making your own cardboard furniture. posted by Scriptone on May 1, 2008 Soap Shoes!(make your own) Make your own version of Soap shoes and grind on rails, ledges, and anywhere else a skateboarder or aggressive inliner can. posted by MKohen on May 10, 2008 Eat Good Food: Make your own tortillas Make these "authentic Texan tortillas" and avoid the bland, rubbery, and thin types of tortilla that are out there. posted by christydeering on May 14, 2008 Solar Powered Trike Travel for free with the power of the sun! posted by dpearce1 on May 10, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Virtual Patch List

We've recently started to give out virtual patches to reward users for the cool things you all do. The list is short for now, but it will grow. Check out the patches that exist so far and feel free to give us suggestions for new ones! Holiday Treats Contest Winner DIY Halloween Contest Winner Light Up your Ride Contest Winner Caption Contest Winner Newsletter - Authors whose Instructables have been featured in the newsletter. Hungry Scientist Contest Winner Party Like It's 1929! Contest Winner Instructables Book - Instructables users who have bought or won a copy of The Best of Instructables, Vol. 1. To get this patch, post a picture of yourself with the book here. Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest Winner Craft Skills Contest Winner Pie Contest Winner Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest Winner BBQ PDQ Contest Winner Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest Winner RoboGames Robot Contest Winner Park Tool Bike Month Contest Winner Toss It! Contest Winner Tool Tips Month Contest Winner T-Shirt Hacks Contest Winner Pocket_Sized Contest Winner Photojojo Photo Month Contest Winner Pets Month Contest Winner Share the Love Contest Winner Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest Winner Get the LED Out! Contest Winner Flower Contest Winner Cake Contest Winner

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Tin Cloth

I am concerned Instructables could be hurt by the Prudometer being ratched too high on comments.  That's bad for the company. Here's a post just sent to Tin Cloth that was automatically rejected for either being irrelevant or abusive: "I recall 60 years ago when my parents bought me an oil cloth slicker in Istanbul, Turkey.  It was kinda smelly, but it worked until I outgrew it.  That was just plain cloth, not canvas. I use that mix of bee's wax, turpentine and linseed oil as a preservative for old tools.  I got a paint can of it in the garage.  Much more durable than WD-40." How "plain Jane" can you get?  I came back to visit because of the newsletter.

Posted by Tim Temple 5 years ago


Scoreboard popover survey is obnoxious

Title says it all:  I am a proud pro member of ibles because I want to support the community, and I genuinely hate obtrusive ads.  I can understand that ibles wants site feedback, but popovers (flash or javascript animated boxes that pop into a webpage over its content) are just annoying when the same could be accomplished with an inline tasteful banner. Whenever I'm just surfing/stumbling a site, I INSTANTLY move on to greener pastures when these obnoxious intrusions pop over the content, regardless of what they ask or tell:  confirm your age, would you like to participate in a survey, subscribe to our newsletter, etc...  I don't know about others, but popups are the downfall of a quality content site.

Posted by frollard 7 years ago


Pro Suggestion: Points

Ok, so I thought this was a pretty good idea that could make people want to buy more Pro Memberships, and publish more Instructables. What if for getting different levels of featured, you could get points to trade in for different things. For example: Channel features could get 10 points, category features could get 25 points, and homepage features could get 50 points. Then, you could get points for being in the newsletter, and for getting featured on the flash box on the front page. You could trade the points in for more pro memberships, digital patches, stickers, or maybe if you saved up enough, a laser etched Leatherman. What do you think?

Posted by kcls 8 years ago


What Ads Go Away If I Upgrade to a Pro Membership?

All of the content on Instructables is freely available. An Instructables Pro Membership gives you more convenient access to that content, with fewer advertisements. Here are the types of ads that appear on each of our membership levels: No Instructables Membership (free) There are fours ads on each step of an Instructable: a 728x90 ad, a 300x250 ad in the upper right, and two 300x250 ads between the step's image and the links to the other steps. We call these our leaderboard, medium rectangle, and inline medium rectangle ads.  Occasionally, we'll show a 970x250 ad in the leaderboard position or a 300x600 ad in the medium rectangle position, or test other types of ad units with video or other effects.  If you find these intrusive, considering signing up for our free basic membership. Basic Instructables Membership (free) If you sign up for a basic membership, we eliminate all ad units except for the leaderboard and upper right medium rectangle ads.  For example, when viewing the step of an Instructable, the inline medium rectangle ads will not appear. Pro Instructables Membership (paid) If you upgrade to a pro membership, we eliminate indirectly-sold advertising networks, like Google Adsense, from our mix of ads. You will primarily see ads for Instructables projects and any contests we're currently running -- we call these house ads -- and a very limited number of ads from sponsors we think are a really good fit for the site. In addition, you can choose to view all the steps of an Instructable on one page, so the total number of ads drops to two for the entire Instructable. Finally, you can download a PDF version of an Instructable, which has no ads. Why we're willing to remove some of the ads if you sign up for free Most people who sign up for our free basic membership opt to join our twice-weekly newsletter.  Giving us your permission to email you with the best Instructables of the week, reminding you to come back to our site, is more valuable than showing you extra ads.  Maybe you'll even be inspired to post your own Instructable!  We respect your privacy, and do not sell or rent our newsletter email list.  Occasionally we'll include a message from a sponsor in the newsletter, but all emails come from us, and you can completely remove your email address at any time.  Click here to sign up for an Instructables membership and remove ads!

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Unwanted pop-ups and downloads

Last December 24, 2009, I clicked a link in the Instructables newletter.  An alert message box popped up that my computer had malware on it and needed an immediate check for viruses.  It offered a free scan of my computer.  I clicked OK, the scan detected trojans, and offered to sell me trojan removal software, which I declined to purchase.   I spent a lot of time and effort running scans downloading malware removal programs, uninstalling/reinstalling my security program and finally got the trojans removed.  I also learned about pop-ups that install the malware on pc's when the pop-up is clicked on. I decided to unsubscibe from the Instructables newsletter, but later relented unwilling to put the blame for the trojans on Instructables. Two days ago, I was copying a recipe from Instructables website.  When I clicked on Step 7, a pop-up message from the website appeared that my computer had signs of malware and offered to do a free scan.  Being now cautious,  I ran a scan from my securtiy that dectected no malware.  I clicked "Cancel" on the pop-up to get rid of the message, then did another scan with Malwarebytes.  Bam! Infected!  I got the security disablers off my computer and then unsubscribed from Instructables newsletter. During the time I was on Instructables website, websites came up without me clicking (while I was trying to copy the recipe.  Maybe my cursor randomly passed over an ad, then it came up.  I'm thinking the pop-up message came up the same way.  I read on McAfee SiteAdvisor comments that this happened to others:  a malicious download. Instructables could examine the ads submitted and the instructions submitted for malware.  Why aren't they doing that?  Why is Instructables website dangerous for malicious downloads?

Posted by lightellen 8 years ago


Instructables Robot Major Malfunction

A couple of days ago, the Instructables Robot had a major malfunction! It had dutifully sent a couple hundred thousand welcome notices, but at the 222,222th message, just starting smoking and foaming at the mouth. It crashed all the servers (on a newsletter day no less!) and just started going berserk. Fortunately, its power supply overheated, slowing it down, and we were able to toss a net over it stopping the carnage.For the time being we hacked together a replacement robot and linked the original Instructables Robot's profile to Robot 2.0. So don't be surprised if you see the new robot around. Our plans were pretty good, but there must be a spark of sentience as the new robot has slightly different tastes.Anyone have ideas as to what happened? We're still not certain where the robot actually came from, but maybe that would help provide some clues?

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Achiev'ibles - 26/08/2012

Hi, here is a list of the patches that were awarded this week for our members. Achiev'ibles is a community run achievment project. The stats of members of the group are automatically recorded every day and patches are awarded at key milestones. For a full list of the patches you can earn, see here. Want to join Achiev'ibles? Leave a comment below and I'll add you. By next week I hope to have a few pages available on my website so that you can check to see if your stats are being recorded. I also want to start awarding patches to authors who are included in one of the biweekly newsletters. I think it'd be good to add each of these authors to the list whose stats are scraped so that they are automatically in the group. Good or bad idea? James Total Views: neuropol iApple+guy RollerScrapper A-Nony-Mus annahowardshaw Comments: Tomdf Best Answers: jessyratfink

Posted by Jayefuu 6 years ago


[newsletter] Best Shoe Knot, Tank Cake, Comfy Chair Recumbent...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. May 1, 2008 Welcome back! New contest! The days are longer and the weather is warmer so we're celebrating with Bike Month! Share your bike mods, upkeep tips, riding advice, and any other bike-themed Instructable to inspire others and win some cool prizes! The Cake Contest is over and the winners have been announced. See who won here! Check out these cool Instructables! Moving Tank Birthday Cake Not only is it really a tasty cake, but the turret rotates and the barrel moves up and down. Get ready for cake warfare! posted by dave spencer on Apr 25, 2008 How to Start A Flash Mob Do you and a few hundred friends have some time on your hands? Then follow these simple guidelines for creating a Flash Mob and have some fun! posted by w1n5t0n on Apr 28, 2008 Add a third LCD to your portable screen DVD player Need more LCD screens to entertain the family on road trips? Then hook up new AV outs to your DVD player and you're good to go. posted by okieinAZ on Apr 28, 2008 Make Your Own Biodiesel Processor Get a source of waste vegetable oil and put together this biodiesel processor and you'll be able to skip the regular pump. posted by drinkmorecoffee on Apr 26, 2008 How to make a Moleskine Notebook Want a Moleskine, but don't feel like paying the high price? Follow these simple instructions and you'll be turning out custom sketch pads in no time. posted by laminterious on Apr 24, 2008 Tesla turbine from old hard drives and minimal tools Those old hard drives can't handle your music collection any more, but they're perfect for creating a Tesla turbine with the help of some simple tools! posted by gerrit_hoekstra on Apr 25, 2008 Show us your flowers! May is Bike Month! Green Science Fair! The Comfy Chair Recumbent Add a recumbent bike to your comfy chair and you'll be riding in style. Bike riding has never been so plush! posted by oxania on Apr 29, 2008 Animated GPS Batmobile Icon Holy satellite triangulation, Batman! A little scanning of the Batmobile and now it's on the virtual map! posted by aarrgghh on Apr 30, 2008 DY-NO-MITE!!! birthday cake There's only one way to defuse this bomb -- it must be eaten. Start with the licorice "wires" and move on to the cake dynamite sticks. posted by mmmicha on Apr 28, 2008 Film Canister LED Flashlight Get comfy with basic wiring and LEDs with this great beginner project, and build a sweet $4 flashlight. posted by comodore on Apr 21, 2008 World's Best Shoe Knot Get loopy with it and tie the world's best shoe knot. Disagree? Then leave a comment and share your favorite knot. posted by shoemaker on Apr 28, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


New DLP Printer with the LARGEST build volume on the market

Hey Guys, We are now kindly inviting everyone to finish a survey for us. We are now developing the next generation of our DLP 3D printer, and we really need to gather some opinions before it hits Kickstarter. It will be a DLP printer with the largest build volume on the market, and it will provide the best solution to SME, MakerSpace and personal users. There will be only 8 questions, and every member will be notified before we launched to make sure that every one gets the Early Bird reward if you are interested(remember to submit to our newsletter). You can find detailed information including tech specs and test prints by visiting our demo website(which is free, and will be reconstructed later): http://futuremake3d.wix.com/rocko3d Demo videos are coming soon, please stay tuned. The survey is on the "More" page, so help us get some feedback. Thanks!

Posted by Waterrobertie 2 years ago


Monday Sept 8: Forbes Faberge Egg Contest Starts

Next week Monday, September 8, we'll be starting up the long-awaited Forbes Faberge Egg Contest. You may have seen the teasers in the newsletter and it is most definitely coming soon.We want to see what amazing decorated eggs you can make. The egg can be real or it can be plastic. The decorations can be traditional or it can be very modern. The materials are up to you and can include high-tech touches. Just don't be subtle about it as the original eggs were completely over the top. You can read more about them here and here.We'll announce the prizes next week along with the rest of the details of the contest.Edit: The traditional way is to blow out a real egg to cut open and decorate. Check out Steps 1 and 2 in this Instructable from KaptinScarlet for a quick tutorial.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Audio playing on page load due to ads????

So I just opened a few instructables from the latest email newsletter, which is always fun.  I have about 8 tabs open.  And then... some random audio ad starts playing at full volume. Something about oxygen network.  Of course I have no idea which instructable page is playing the ad, so I can 1) wait it out while the audio ad plays, or 2) close tabs one by one to see which is the offending page. Why in the world would instructables.com allow audio ads on their website?  I understand if they require user interaction (explicitly clicking to start audio).  But instant audio as soon as the page loads is an awful web faux pas.  If this were more common place, I'd either block all instructable ads (which would be detrimental to the site, I'm guessing), or just stop visiting (which would be detrimental to me :(  ) I really hope this is just a mistake and gets fixed.

Posted by jumpfroggy 8 years ago


Instructables Homepage!!

Well, here's my Instructables Homepage idea, I just want people to see it.Some might not know how this will work, so let me explain. -Pop ups go where is says "Pop up Ad", etc.-Contests go where it says "Contest Listings go in here"-Community blog goes where it says blog.TOP-Instructables Robot goes to the help page. (the bubble thing too)-Click on "Instructables" or the hand, and it goes to the homepage.-Mouse Mouse! That's the special Instructables that's always on the home page.-Popular/ Most Rated/ Most Viewed/ RANDOM. These buttons will direct you to the desired button thing..-"Check out these cool Instructables." Not able to click.MIDDLE AND ETC.-Featured. Instructables will be going down that isle thing, and at the bottom, click the button to see more featured Instructables.-Popular. Same as Featured.-Zeitgiest. Same as featured/ popular.-Same thing with blog, click the "see more blogs" to obviously see more blogs..RIGHT SIDE-Forums. Well, it can be in any order, but it's going to be like how it is now. When you hover over any of those buttons, it will come out, like how you hover over forums now, and it comes out. All the same stuff will be in there as normal.-Groups. Same as forums.-Instructables. Same as Groups.-SlideShows. Same as Instructables.-Videos. Same as you know what.-Newsletter. Takes you to newsletter.-Submit. The stuff that comes out when it says "submit" will come out.-YOU. Takes you to your YOU page. www.Instructables.com/you-SEARCH. Obviously the search bar.-ART/CRAFT/FOOD/GAMES/HOME/LIFE/OFFBEAT/RIDE/TECH. Click on one. It takes you to the desired one.-Robot on the side of tabs stuff. Just a decoration.-About/ contact/ news/ blah blah. Takes you to whichever one you click.-MAKER STORE. Maker Store.-Instructables Store. <--- "Repeat".THIS WILL BE A BIT DIFFERENT IF PUBLISHED, BECAUSE THE HOMEPAGE IS BIGGER. THIS IS JUST A PIECE OF GRAPH PAPER, DRAWN BY A THIRTEEN YEAR OLD.....and a few months.Here's the link to the image.The image is below if you don't want to move your mouse to the link.Click the link though, it's full size on the link I gave you.Thanks for looking, tell me what you think! (Even if you hate it.)If you have any questions about anything I did not mention, ask me in a comment!Thanks!

Posted by GorillazMiko 10 years ago


Clean Your Sinuses, Homemade Lathe, Disco Coaster...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Sept. 27, 2007 Welcome back!October is right around the corner so get started for our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! If you want some inspiration for what you want to make for the best holiday of the year, check out these cool projects. How to Clean Your Sinuses You can clean your sinuses really effectively just using warm water, salt, and something called a Neti Pot. posted by noahw on Sep 25, 2007 IKEA Power Charging Box with individual switches Charge up select devices without wasting power on other chargers.posted by PROD on Sep 24, 2007 Trekking Pole Tripod Get steady shots in the outback without lugging any extra gear. posted by jeffkobi on Sep 24, 2007 This week's newsletter is sponsored byToyota 100% Homemade Lathe Put together your own lathe for around $100. posted by catwood on Sep 21, 2007 Disco Drinks Coaster Bring the feeling of Las Vegas into your living room with a colorful array of 100 LEDs.posted by ebenupton on Sep 22, 2007 PLAY AND RECHARGE IPOD USING OLD BOOMBOX - Hints and tips A guide to help you through some of the common problems with boombox modding.posted by unknownuser2007 on Sep 21, 2007 How to Install Standard-and-Bracket Book Shelves Why use PVC pipe for plumbing when you can glue it together to form a sniper rifle with a scope that can shoot at over 300 fps?posted by ewilhelm on Sep 22, 2007 Puri - similar to chapati but fried Normally prepared on festival days, delicate and delectable puris means pure pleasure guaranteed.posted by avinash on Sep 21, 2007 Wearable Disco Ball Visor Become a moving lightshow with this generous use of flexible mirror. posted by BIGDaddy504 on Sep 25, 2007 Rope into backpack Commonly known as the "butterfly coil," this is a very handy and quick way to carry any long rope. posted by sam noyoun on Sep 25, 2007 See who won! Halloween Contest 2007! Get a free shirt! Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Posted by lebowski 11 years ago


Daft Punk Table, DIY Hot Air Soldering Iron, The Best Mop in the World...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Sept. 20, 2007 Welcome back!We love Halloween so much that we just announced our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! We're looking forward to seeing all the gruesome entries, but until then, check out these cool projects. How to Create a Lightfish Install LEDs in plastic fish and set them free in water to see some magic happen. Fishing poles included.posted by karlklar on Sep 18, 2007 How to build a Daft Punk Table Replica Bring the disco action to your coffee table with this reproduction of a table that has disappeared from stores.posted by mrgalleta on Sep 5, 2007 How to Make "The Best Mop in the World" Build a mop to last forever with things found around the house. posted by brendanconnal on Sep 16, 2007 This week's newsletter is sponsored byToyota Color Picking 101: It's easier than you think Learn to confidently choose colors for fabric, paint, tile, or any other material. posted by antelucandaisy on Sep 18, 2007 How to make a round thing without a lathe (plus model making tips) Get round and lovely compound curves into your model with simple tools.posted by KaptinScarlet on Sep 13, 2007 Building an Electric Racing Car A small team of school kids built and raced an electric racing car. This is how they did it. posted by rickharris on Sep 16, 2007 25MM Pneumatic Sniper Rifle Why use PVC pipe for plumbing when you can glue it together to form a sniper rifle with a scope that can shoot at over 300 fps?posted by irwinner on Sep 9, 2007 Insanely Hot DIY Hot Air Soldering Iron @ 15 Volts DC and 3.5 amps From the pieces of many electronics a new super soldering tool emerges.posted by OzzyRoo on Sep 18, 2007 Retro DVD Player Transform a beautiful old vintage radio into a slot-loading DVD player. posted by alinke on Sep 20, 2007 How to make a vertical, ergonomic (tie-fighter) keyboard Prevent soreness by keeping your hands in a neutral position while typing.posted by ewilhelm on Sep 14, 2007 Check out all the entries! Halloween Contest 2007! Get a free shirt! Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Posted by lebowski 11 years ago


Look what I found in my junkmail (of interest to South UK iblers)

(I don't actually visit the dorkbot site, but they have a fitful newsletter)DORKBOT DORKBOT DORKBOT dorkbotlondon will be at area10, Peckham, SE15 5JTthis wednesday 18th June from 7pm map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=SE15+5JT Area10 is the white warehouse type building behind Peckham Library. Join us and enjoy the Julie Freeman talking more about her perversionfor dog's ears (now realised as the ICA commissioned http://www.dogsears.net), The People Speak presenting Peckham TV( http://www.peckhamspace.com/projects/peckhamtv ) a live envisioning ofPeckham's future, Moritz Waldemeyer talking about a recent project( http://www.waldemeyer.com/ ) and Mike Blow talking about his musical park benches ( http://www.evolutionaryart.co.uk/ ). Plus! News about the burningdork dorkbot camp, and opendorks (if youhave a ~ 7 minute presentation about something dorky, let us know on thenight). See you there! So

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Kiteman recommends... birding websites.

Just thought I'd share some websites I use as part of my hobby.  They are mainly UK-specific, but could be of interest to overseas birders: Birdguides It costs to get the detailed content, but they have a free sightings list and weekly newsletter.  Plenty of links to other sites as well. RSPB "The" birding website.  Plenty of identification help, including recordings of calls and videos of birds in motion.  Not very interactive, though. BTO More specialist website, home of the UK bird surveys.  Site seems broken at the moment - homepage is blank, as are several others.  Link given is to BBS, you can explore from there. iSpot New to me, aimed at a mix of amateurs and pros - forums and advice, but the biggie is uploading photos of your sightings with a facility for members to agree with your identification or discuss it.  Also has sections to cover all other aspects of wildlife, even fungi and lichens.  I've just joined - care to guess my user name? Collins Birds. Update: SITE IS NOW LIVE!  Go see. Hope these are of interest - maybe you'd like to share sites that are as useful in your area or country?

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Steampunk Raygun, TV Remote Jammer, Ghoul Grabber...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Oct. 25, 2007 Welcome back! There is just a little over a week left for our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! We know that you're working on your costumes, food, jack-o-lanterns, and scare gadgets now so don't forget to take pictures and write up a fantastic Instructable! Tomorrow we will have a special Halloween newsletter so don't be surprised when you get two e-mails from us this week. For now, check out these great Instructables! Matchsticks Cube (no glue) Make a sweet flammable box out of a few dozen matches. It's the coolest looking fire starter ever.posted by msolek on Oct 23, 2007 The Best Way to Start BBQ Coals If you have trouble starting coals for a BBQ, just grab a hair dryer, point it at the grill, and pull the trigger. No lighter fluid needed.posted by noahw on Oct 23, 2007 Raygun - Steampunk Defense When the air pirates are coming at you it's time to give pacifism a rest and get your weapons ready.posted by aintMichael on Oct 19, 2007 Win a free trip to Maker Faire 2008! DIY CD/DVD 5.25" Bay PC computer cooler Don't let your computer overheat. Use this handy case mod to keep things cool under pressure.posted by DIYSlacker on Oct 19, 2007 Nomad Furniture: A Folding Desk How to build a desk that can hide away when you don't need it.posted by Wade Tarzia on Oct 18, 2007 Ghoul Grabber Build a crawling ghoul that's activated by stepping on a mat. All for just a few dollars of parts.posted by guyfrom7up on Oct 20, 2007 TV Remote Jammer! Keep your roommates from changing the channel by jamming the infrared sensor.posted by Kipkay on Oct 22, 2007 The Laser Cutter Contest is Back! Portrait Gourds Grown in Molds Grow a gourd with your face on it, using this ancient technique from China.posted by TimAnderson on Oct 23, 2007 How to Make Edible Glowing UV Reactive JELLO Make the experience of eating JELLO even creepier with this glowing modification. posted by hairyconiption on Oct 22, 2007 Control real world devices with your PC Learn how to interface a PC and microcontroller. Sense the value of an analog input and control some servos. posted by Dr_Acula on Oct 22, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by lebowski 10 years ago


Biodiesel

It's crazy that there isn't a "How to make Biodiesel" Instructable on the site, yet. I just created this group, but I'm inviting people to share info and links, here.Luckily, there are plenty resources online on how to brew your own biodiesel. The stub for the Make article on the subject doesn't include the full text, but it does include a number of great links:The Energy Self-Sufficiency Newsletter - This article is partly based on a series of articles by Maria "Mark" Alovert that first appeared here.Gly-Tek - To test for the presence of glycerin, you can use the Gly-Teck test kit, which detects leaked anti-freeze in motor oil. Recycling Sciences - High-volume operations can buy a $31,000 glycerin-purification distiller here, which will convert dirty biodiesel glycerin into nice, clear, commercially valuable glycerin. Mark Alovert's siteveggieavenger.com - Homebrewing forum.biodiesel.infopop.cc - Another homebrewing forum.biodieselnow.com - Biodiesel policy and activism forum.journeytoforever.org - Biodiesel processor designs and other info.nbb.org - Biodiesel stations and industry info.tdiclub.com - VW diesel forum.propelfuels.com - Setting up a commercial biodiesel pump in your town.Alternative Energy Videos - Videos about alternative energy, including biodiesel, available for rent from technicalvideorental.com

Posted by nagutron 11 years ago


[newsletter] Electric Motorcycle, Make Wine, LED Umbrella...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Apr. 10, 2008 Welcome back! We have lots of news for you today. New contests! Discover Magazine has partnered up for a Green Science Fair For a Better Planet for you eco-makers, and for the bakers we're having a Cake Contest. Enter something awesome! Instructables and RoboGames will be hosting a Robot Contest! If you build robots this is your chance to share your knowledge and show off your bot. Get ready - contest launches April 15! Contest winners announced! See who won the Pocket-Sized Speed Contest, Pets Month, and the T-Shirt Hacks Speed Contest. We will be hosting a Show & Tell at the SF Bay Area Yuri's Night 2008 this Saturday! If you want to show your projects off, let us know!! Check out these cool instructables! Double-Decker Drum Composter Make a spinning double drum composter to make soil for your garden. posted by iPodGuy on Mar 16, 2008 Recycle Plastic Shopping Bags into 'Yarn' Recycle your plastic bags without melting them or releasing noxious fumes into the air. posted by tlmacnolan on Apr 1, 2008 LED Frosties Light up your party's cooler with some waterproofed LED lights. They're simple to make and easy to reuse. posted by fungus amungus on Apr 1, 2008 T-shirt to sexy top Transform a boring old t-shirt into something that makes you the star of the party. posted by diana.cristea on Apr 5, 2008 Take a Picture of the Steam from your Meals Learn a few tricks for capturing that freshly-cooked look in your photos by reading this Instructable and the helpful comments. posted by Brennn10 on Apr 2, 2008 Cool prizes from Discover Magazine! April is Photo Month! Bake and decorate! Electric Umbrella Turn an ordinary umbrella into something whimsical and magical. posted by sockmaster on Apr 8, 2008 How to Make Wine Making wine is easy to do with the right stuff, equipment, and proper sanitization. posted by Seakip18 on Apr 8, 2008 Turn broken speakers into a snappy media cabinet Broken speakers are pretty but useless while media cabinets are ugly but useful. A melding of the two objects was all but inevitable. posted by GoodRubbish on Apr 7, 2008 $5 Macro Lens - for land or sea use Make a cheap macro lens for a camera with no built-in macro feature. Fit for use above or below the waves. posted by Warthaug on Apr 2, 2007 How to build a 72 Volt electric motorcycle No gas, no oil and almost silent. 72 Volts, 70mph, pure fun. posted by Stryker on Apr 8, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


The New Update

This forum topic is in the bugs section. I don't know... It's just my opinion... I wasn't online yesterday, but today, I came back, and (we) had a wonderful surprise... I like changes. I just like them, when they're the other way around... I've already written my thoughts here: https://www.instructables.com/community/Have-you-seen-the-update-to-your-profile-page/ I'm sure the staff has worked very hard on the new update, but why? What will Instructables earn from the new update? Why is it better than before? Am I confused and this is an April Fool's prank? There are many members that don't know what the forums are, and don't have a way of expressing their feelings about the new bug. It would be great if this was explained in an email. I know that Autodesk acquired Instructables a few years ago. The newsletter has changed and has become a bit more Autodesk-y. Does this has anything to do with that? This update might be better for viewers, I don't know. However, if it isn't comfortable for us, content producers, Instructables will just have to re-use old Instructables, because we will leave... Please take into account what we have written. Thank you. Maybe this is a Part oe for the update. I might be wrong. Thanks in advance for the replies?

Posted by Yonatan24 1 year ago


Best time to publish an Instructable

Call me vain, but it sure does feel good to receive a few thousand views for a newly published Instructable. So I got to thinking about which day of the week would result in the best exposure for a new Instructable. Being featured is important of course - without that little banner the Instructable will never reach the editors' picks section, the front page, or the newsletter. So assuming you can create an Instructable which will be featured, when's a good time to post it? I find that publishing an Instructable on Thursday or Friday morning-midday is a good idea - this gives the editors time to review and feature your Instructable before the weekend. If you're lucky enough to have your 'ible featured on the frontpage on Saturday, I think it pretty much sits there for the whole weekend since the editors are not in the office to approve new homepage 'ibles. Even if you don't make the front page, it'll stay at the top of the editors' picks section for awhile. Publishing from Friday afternoon to Sunday might be a bad idea since that's when a lot of people have the time to publish, so come Monday the front page is backed up with newly featured Instructables. Yes, I am a little obsessed preoccupied with this whole idea, but I don't think I'm insane, which means that someone else out there must be wondering the same thing. What do you think?

Posted by LanceMakes 6 years ago


Penolopy Bulnick Leaving Instructables Staff

That's right.  It is time for Penolopy Bulnick to move on.  Who is this Penolopy Bulnick fella? Well, even if you don't know who I am, I have been around for the past few years, lurking in the shadows.  I chit chat with all of you through comments, I help those of you who have trouble posting (even if you don't want the help), I release your awesome projects when they get caught in the filters, I post to our Tumblr, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest pages, I create the newsletter you get 3 times a week, I help assemble and edit the print books we have done through Skyhorse Publishing, and I create crazy sugary projects in my spare time :) What are you going to do now?  Do you think you could actually get another job as awesome as Instructables? No :)  Nothing can replace the awesomeness that is Instructables and its community, but I'm sure going to try.  I don't have any finalized plans yet, but you may yet still see me around! I just wanted to let everyone know that even though I want to help you on the site forever, I will not be able to from now on :( I love you all. Goodbye :)  (after Friday, I'm still around till Friday) (I copied Scoochmaroo's use of a bye bye gif)

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago


Community sections not displaying accurate info

I noticed that several community sections and topic lists are not displaying correct data. I don't want to sound like I'm nit-picking (because I really do like this site), so I hope staff takes this as an effort to improve things and not just as criticism. :) The following sections display incorrect data: (https://www.instructables.com/community) Community > Forums > Newsletter Archive (shows last post= 1 year ago, but last post was yesterday). Community > Help > Contests (shows 0) Community > Marketplace > Jobs & Internships (shows last post= 6 months ago, but last post was 4 days ago) The following sections do not display topics in the correct order based on most recent; Community > Marketplace > For Sale, Free Stuff, Jobs & Internships, Services and Wanted (only "Kits" is displaying correctly). Community > Help > Bugs and FAQ's Finally, if I may make a suggestion... I have noticed that when a new topic is posted, it does not show up as the "last post" as indicated on the root "community" page. Instead the "last post" is always based on comments. Too often, I think members are missing new topics because they are unaware that they exist if they are basing the activity of a section on the "last post". I think its worth considering that a change be made to reflect the "last post" by activity instead of by comment alone. Thank you for your efforts to make this community a great place to be. As I said, I hope my comments are taken as constructive and not just as criticism. 

Posted by canucksgirl 6 years ago


Instructables in SmartComputing

Instructables got a nice write-up in SmartComputing here:http://www.smartcomputing.com/email.asp?emid=168188Plugged InJanuary 2008 Vol.19 Issue 1Page(s) 46-48 in print issueDIY Web SitesThink It, Learn It, Do It Instructables are step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by pictures and sometimes even video on anything and everything, from how to trigger green traffic lights to how to clean your sinuses to how to make a crossbow out of a pencil. This site is definitely all about having a good -- and sometimes mischievous -- time with all sorts of fun ideas. DIY projects from other sites can also be found here on occasion.Some of the most interesting categories are Art, Life, Offbeat, and Ride, although that by no means is the complete list. The Offbeat section is aptly named, so consider this fair warning: Some of the content there definitely meanders off the usual path.Members submit their ideas with visual aids and step-by-step instructions, and others can comment on their creations, ask questions, or make suggestions for improvements. It is free to sign up for an account; in addition to the aforementioned privileges, members can print instructions, post a question on the forum, message other members privately, and receive the weekly newsletter.Instructables also features contests, such as Launch It!, wherein contestants offer their best projectile creation. There is a new contest theme every so often, sometimes reflecting the current holiday season. Contests such as these bring out some of the wildest, most interesting designs you can find on the site.More news articles about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


INSTRUCTABLE COMMUNITY! see if one of your instructables can help someone in a developing nation. Building for a good cause!

I saw this website called honeybee, Anyone who likes to solve problems using everyday things or inventing new things. Check this out This is a list of problems people have in developing nations they need help building constructing and recycling tools and machines to help them in there everyday lives, I have read them and i think the inscrutable community could really help there cause. take a look see if you made something that they need. http://www.sristi.org/hbnew/seeking_solution.php video about it http://www.ted.com/talks/anil_gupta_india_s_hidden_hotbeds_of_invention.html here's there about us   WHO ARE WE? Honey Bee Network is a crucible of like-minded individuals, innovators, farmers, scholars, academicians, policy makers, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). A Network having presence in more than seventy five countries, what has made Honey Bee Network tight knit and efficiently functional is its philosophy. Honey Bee signifies a philosophy of discourse, which is authentic, accountable and fair. The Network has been woven around three basic ideals. The Network believes that a knowledge system in order to become sustainable has to be both just and fair. Hence, while collecting knowledge from the knowledge holder, the Network has made it a norm to acknowledge the knowledge provider with name and reference, if otherwise not desired by the knowledge provider. This particular practice has come handy in protecting the IPR of the knowledge provider. In the second place, the source of knowledge i.e. in the case of Honey Bee Network, the traditional knowledge holders and grassroots innovators must be acknowledged, if otherwise desired so by the knowledge holders themselves. Finally, any proceed that accrues from the value addition of local traditional knowledge and innovation; a fair and reasonable share must go back to the knowledge holders. These have been the guiding principles of the Network, which are fundamental to the functioning of the network and constitute the major non-negotiable for the Network. WHAT ARE WE DOING? Over the last sixteen years or so, the Honey Bee Network has lived the very spirit of the philosophy that it holds so dearly. Moreover, the actions that have followed the philosophy have grown and matured over a period of time and their trajectory of maturation has been based upon the strong realization of the essence of the philosophy. ‘Honey Bee’ Newsletter, the creative mouthpiece of the network, is published in seven Indian languages (Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Oriya) other than English. The very logic tells that any documentation and dissemination of local and traditional knowledge and innovations in English, certainly connects us globally but alienates locally. Living out the concern, the regional language versions reach out to the thousands grassroots knowledge holders, who otherwise would have been alienated from the benefits of knowledge, they themselves contribute in the first place. Acknowledging the very source of the traditional knowledge, the Honey Bee Newsletter and its regional versions carry stories of the local ingenuity with the consent of the knowledge holder. Another source of acknowledging the local genius has been preparing the database of the traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations and Honey Bee Network, over the last twenty years has documented more than 1,00,000 ideas, innovations and traditional knowledge practices. Honey Bee, true to its metaphor, has been the source of pollination and cross-pollination of ideas, creativity and grassroots genius, without taking away the nectar from the flower for ever.

Posted by LoganMackey 8 years ago


Using TEC chips and heatsinks for personal cooling - heating collars or pads

I've been toying with using TEC chips (facinating devices that are cheap - applying voltage make one side hot - the other cold, Inversely, appling any existing temprature differential to the sinks PRODUCES POWER). They are used most commonly by consumers in auto beverage coolers and heaters. It  started when a car ran me down on my bike, and I was wearing a neck brace for months. I thought about how misserable I'd be if it were summertime. I also thought of those poor people that always wore them... Anyway, there's a thousand different easy ways to do this - I took fluid-filled plastic sections of a beverage cooler and attached them to a belt, which hangs around my neck. applied the heat  sink of the TEC and there you go - just wrap it in something. Now if I were on a motorcycle in summer and stopped in traffic, the cool collar would be a lifesaver, as well as a myriad of other apps. I cannot figure out the best (inexpensive) way to control this. It's easy enough to turn on and off - you can hardly forget it! But if I allow the chip to get too much wattage it will get too hot and self-destruct. Also, if I limit the wattage correctly, it would just need adjusting, and could be left on most of the time. The idea here is there are many ways to do this but they are too expensive... I want everyone to be able to afford it. If you use a Pot or resistor, the excess goes to heat and ruins battery life, and other controllers of DC current are expensive. Any help? I am almost 60 and have earned the nickname Misc. Expert among my family and friends, and I must say I'm very impressed with what y'all do here in this newsletter - Congrats!

Posted by miscexpert 6 years ago


Giant Match, Laser Flashlight Hack, Wooden Bike, Water Recycling...

Function clickclear(thisfield, defaulttext) {if (thisfield.value == defaulttext) {thisfield.value = "";}}Sign-up for our newsletter subscribe August 9, 2007 Welcome back! With the Go Green Contest going on we've been seeing some cool new Instructables. The hacker spirit is alive and well. Check them out below. Biotour.org Waste Vegetable Oil Conversion Diesel Bus Get a look at how this bus runs on a diet of nothing but vegetable oil.posted by TimAnderson on Aug 7, 2007 Laser Flashlight Hack!! Turn a MiniMag flashlight into a powerful DVD laser pointer! posted by Kipkay on Aug 7, 2007 Iron body - part II. Breaking stones and concrete Learn the secret behind this strongman classic.posted by sam noyoun on Aug 8, 2007 Giant Match Harness the power of 15,000 matches for an 8-foot strike-anywhere match.posted by Tetranitrate on Aug 2, 2007 Hydroponic Bog Garden (Water Recycling) Treat your waste water and grow a nice little garden in the process.posted by Biotank on Aug 8, 2007 Win a hybrid bike! Over $3,000 in prizes from amazon.com! $5,000 top prize! Growing Mushrooms: PF Tek Learn to grow a wide variety of mushrooms with the PF Tek growing technique.posted by nak on Aug 9, 2007 Earbud cord wrapper in 5 minutes or less! Put any old plastic card to use with just a few simple cuts.posted by spacematters on Aug 6, 2007 Recreate a Vanishing Ecosystem: The Eastern Vernal Pool Create your local breeding ground and help the local critters survive.posted by Tool Using Animal on Aug 6, 2007 Wooden Wedge Bike Build a simple bike that fits many sizes of rider. No welding required.posted by Woodenbikes on Aug 5, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Posted by lebowski 11 years ago


Free Air Conditioning, Free Water, Cheap CNC...

Function clickclear(thisfield, defaulttext) {if (thisfield.value == defaulttext) {thisfield.value = "";}}Sign-up for our newsletter subscribe August 23, 2007 Welcome back! Why just relax this weekend when there are tons of cool new projects to try out? Check them out below. How to make Evil Childproof caps easy to open With no kids in the house, why deal with childproof caps?posted by SFHandyman on Aug 22, 2007 How to Harvest Squid Ink Clean your own squid, and collect ink for printing or cooking! posted by canida  on Aug 23, 2007 Life-size Skeleton Pumpkin Carving! Get ready for Halloween early with this advanced bit of pumpkin carving.posted by mcraghead on Aug 21, 2007 FeatureIn-line headphone amplifier Use a single AAA battery to amplify the sound from your PC.posted by neelandan on Aug 20, 2007 Cart Bike Shopping cart + bicycle = a DIY system for moving lots of groceries.posted by zieak on Aug 20, 2007 $1,500 top prize! Share your quick and delicious recipe and get published in Real Simple! Propel yourself to greatness. Hack a Toilet for free water Add a sink to your toilet and wash your hands without wasting any water.posted by nak on Aug 20, 2007 Drinking Glasses from Wine Bottles Put those colorful bottles to use by making them into attractive water glasses.posted by fstedie on Aug 20, 2007 Easy to Build Desk Top 3 Axis CNC Milling Machine Make your own CNC for well under $200.posted by Tom McWire on Aug 17, 2007 How to make a $20 ice pack for $2 Make your own gel pack and soothe those sore muscles.posted by royalestel on Aug 17, 2007 Free Air Conditioning Technically it's a heat exchanger, but it's still a free way to get cool air.posted by Vyger on Aug 16, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Posted by lebowski 11 years ago


Play with fire, sleep less, launch a rocket, slice bottles...

Function clickclear(thisfield, defaulttext) {if (thisfield.value == defaulttext) {thisfield.value = "";}}Sign-up for our newsletter subscribe August 30, 2007 Welcome back!With a three-day weekend ahead you have more time than ever to try out some new projects. Check out some great ideas below. Make your own Embossed Business Cards using Acid Etching Etch, press, and print your way to some unique cards.posted by bofthem on Aug 30, 2007 How to bind your own Hardback Book The art of book binding is an ancient craft, but actually it is not very difficult to do.posted by KaptinScarlet on Aug 29, 2007 Build an antique style crystal radio Enoy your radio the truly old-fashioned way.posted by Ohm on Aug 29, 2007 Wiimote Rubens Tube: Control Fire With Sound! (And a Nintendo Wiimote!) Fire + music + Wiimote? What could go wrong with that?posted by ScaryBunnyMan on Aug 28, 2007 Quick Banana Nut Bread You can't argue with a dessert that takes just five minutes to make.posted by RealSimple.com on Aug 24, 2007 Get published in Real Simple magazine! $1,500 top prize!Ends this weekend! Soar to great heights. Launch It: Patriot Model Rocket Make your own rocket. No kit required!posted by kruser495 on Aug 27, 2007 Rebuild a bicycle rear hub Become a bike whiz and learn to fix most freewheel hubs on the market today.posted by Prometheus on Aug 27, 2007 How to use a wet tile saw to cut glass bottles Discover the joys of using a wet tile saw to cut glass.posted by WUVIE on Aug 27, 2007 Gas Grill Renovation Bring your grill back from the dead for Labor Day weekend.posted by digrat on Aug 26, 2007 Polyphasic Sleep Live your life on just 2-3 hours of sleep a day.posted by rachel on Aug 24, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Posted by lebowski 11 years ago