The Overly Manly Man

You are probably familiar with the Overly Manly Man, but you may not know that he is a photograph of a guy by the name of John L. Sullivan, who went 75 bare-knuckle rounds before winning. Anyway, enjoy! Feel free to leave some other Overly Manly Man memes, too.

Posted by Plo Koon 4 years ago


FINALLY got an opportunity to have a little alligator...

Well, I finally was able to visit  Chef Prudomme's Cajun restaurant  and have a taste of some alligator tail.  I wasn't expecting anything overly odd and wasn't  disappointed.  It WAS heavily soaked in andouille sausage and sauce on a bed of Jambalaya style rice; so it was rather spicy although not overly so IMHO. Although it was different, it wasn't SO different as to taste odd in any way. I enjoyed it actually, but the price is a bit beyond my reach normally.

Posted by Goodhart 7 years ago


Contest Idea

I just saw the rube goldberg dog feederand thought of a great contest for a couple months from now...rube was born on July 4, 1883....instead of a plain old 4th of july contest...how bout a rube goldberg device contest? i love overly complex contraptions that don't actually do anything

Posted by crapflinger 11 years ago


Ideas for a counter balance

I am looking at ways to replace the weight of the batteries in a cordless drill (the batteries leaked, and they are not sold to my knowledge anywhere in THIS country); after wiring in a power supply (making it corded).   Any suggestions?   I have thought of a few but nothing seems overly viable at the moment.

Posted by Goodhart 6 years ago


Photoshop Disasters

It's not pretty when a designer mangles an image in Photoshop. Most of the image may look a little cleaner, but it's those little mistakes that distort reality that make you wonder if anyone else looked at it.This new blog, Photoshop Disasters chronicles a few of these mistakes from the overly eager airbrush to the accidental deleting of heads. Link

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Master Chief meets Hello Pony meets Bizarreness

This mash-up of a macho videogame icon and an overly cute pony is so odd you just have to love it. I wouldn't pay over $150 for it on eBay as some guy has, but I do like the pictures. Link

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Overly Featured Authors

I'm happy to see the ladies on the front page and their work is fantastic, but I'm on the site every day and it seems that 75% of the time I am seeing giannyl (published in March) and 25% of the time jessyratfink (published in May).  I haven't see the April dude on the front page once.  Did you have a "Sexy Bunny vs. Guy Who Dresses Very French" focus group? How exactly it this rotation determined and why does it rotate back to one person?  Is it based on views? Regardless, perhaps it could be changed up a bit to allow other authors some front page time? And just a quick aside on the 50s era wording "much more than a pretty face"...Will you please continue to reference how authors look in future features?  I would love to see "For a handsome dude, this guy sure knows a lot of math!" or  "This moderately attractive author has created some gorgeous pieces" or even "At least his soldering iron is hot."

Posted by annahowardshaw 7 years ago


Can we not rate things any more?

Hi, i don't know if it's just me, but I can't 'rate' things any more.... I have tried on two different computers and well... it's confusing me... have i missed an update? are we not rating things any more? Am I being overly dense? I'm running an up-to-date version of fire fox if that helps toodles Jay

Posted by Biggsy 6 years ago


Wind powered battery charger

HI.. this is my first post on these forums. I want to build a small windmill that will charge ordinary rechargeable AA sized batteries. however there's a problem. I have hooked up my windmill to a motor which produces DC current. Now, the motor provides enough and MORE current to charge the batteries. My problem is how do i protect the battery from overly high voltages and currents that may be generated by the motor?

Posted by mahela007 10 years ago


More search box suggestions

I know there are a lot of these suggestions but I think this one shouldn't be overly difficult. Could the search function, when no instructables are returned for a specific keyword, automatically search for members instead and return those results if there are any? Most of the time when I want to get to a member's profile page I stick their username in the search box, search, it tells me there aren't any instructables called "gmjhowe" or whoever, I click people and search again, it gives me the search result, I click on it, get to where I was going.

Posted by PKM 9 years ago


Selected for inclusion in eBook?

I just got an email saying that one of my instructables (which one?) was selected for inclusion in an eBook. Is this legit? Can someone take our instructables, resell them, and make money off of our ideas? Or are the eBooks for free? If they are not free, then where is my cut? It appears to be an automatic opt-in deal, because is says, "If you don't want to be included for any reason, please write back and let us know by Dec. 9. " Am I being overly cautious? Has anyone seen this offer before? Or am I the last one to know?

Posted by hammer9876 7 years ago


What can you tell me about Stirling engines?

I'm interested in using a Stirling engine in a solar energy project. From reading around and doing some numbers it looks like I'll need around 1.5 kilowatts, and something in the vicinity of 30% efficiency or upwards would be nice, though I realise this may be overly optimistic. So, what's available, how much will it cost, what temperature differential is ideal, how big and heavy are these things, etc. Any info I get would enormously helpful. Cheers, Daniel.

Posted by SolarFlower_org 9 years ago


Question Re: Installation

I have a few questions regarding a scultpure I am making- To keep it simple, let's say the sculpture is simply a rectangle, ~4'x8'. What I would like to do is set up eight motion sensors (one in each corner and one in the middle of each side) that when triggered activate a corresponding tape player with a tape loop inside to play on a central speaker unit. So the goal is simplest terms is for people to walk around the installation triggering a musical note and with enough people organize a composition or a chord. Each motion sensor would have its own respective tape player, but I don't have the funds to supply eight seperate speakers. I also don't have much money to spend on PIRs, however, ebay has a bunch of PIR home security sensors for around $5. This project is most likely going to be crude, so I'm not overly worried about how sloppy it may turn out. What I imagine is to have the tape players always on, always running their loops, and a way for their respective sensors to allow the sound to play through the speaker. The gaps I need filled- 1) Is it sensible to use the PIR sensors I'm finding on ebay? (Aleph XP-40, Ademco 998) 2)short of buying eight speakers, is there a way to hook up all eight tape players to a central speaker unit? 3) If I am making this overly complicated, might you know of a better way to accomplish the task?

Posted by MatthewBuckman 7 years ago


WALL TRANSFORMER V BATTERY PACK FOR SERVOS

Hi there. While testing some code on three servos using my picaxe 18m2 project board I initially had them powered of the 4x1.5v battery pack. This was working smooth enough, but because I eventually plan to power seven servos (for a robot arm project) I thought I'd try using a 7.5v wall transformer but they didn't seem to like this as the smoothness of movement was gone as they slowed and sped up and were jittery.  Is the 7.5 a bit much, a few resistors maybe? Or prehaps capacitors would smooth things out. I'm not overly electronically gifted, robot builders guide is all I've got to go on. cheers. john. 

Posted by jonnymelon 5 years ago


Arduino Controlled LED "Aircraft Runway" lights?

Excuse me Please: I have a project with a specific need, which I "think" an Arduino and LED strips can meet. The effect I would like is to have the LEDs all dimly lit, and have a single/few run along the length of the strip with increased brightness and returning to the dim intensity once past. think: aircraft runway lights. also, which I think may overly complicate the project, I need like ten strips all running concurrently, each with singular/few brighter LEDs running the length and randomly repeating. does what I explain make sense?

Posted by Ceyarrecks 1 year ago


Help needed making a pause system for smartphone headphones

Hi guys, I'd like to take an existing pair of headphones (not a specific pair, I can buy a suitable pair if this will make things easier) and implement a switch that will automatically pause my android music when a switch is pressed. Specifically, I'd like the music to pause when a circuit is broken. Since Android will automatically pause music when the headphone jack is removed I can't imagine this would be too difficult to build. However I would also like the music to automatically start again when the circuit is closed again. I'm not overly tech savvy but I think this project is within the realm of my capabilities! Any thoughts or help would be much appreciated! Regards, Tig

Posted by tig5 5 years ago


Is there away to fill in these huge gaps in this wood frame?

I have this mirror that I like but it came with these huge overly sized lamps attached to it which I didn't particularly like and removed, which has left it with two large gaps in the frame. Is there a way to fill in these holes where I could possibly just paint over it so everything looks even or some sort of creative way to fill them in? here is what it looks like. front http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/Meghan_l_d/DIY/DSCN1239.jpg?t=1275868085 close up of gap http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/Meghan_l_d/DIY/DSCN1241.jpg?t=1275868112 back http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/Meghan_l_d/DIY/DSCN1242.jpg?t=1275868112

Posted by meghan20089 8 years ago


Tiny Programable board for 2 LEDs?

Greetings, I'm looking for advice on how to make and get and effect on a project I'm working on. Basically what I'm wanting is to have 2 LEDs (which will be a set of eyes) that will have random sequences of blinking and change at random intervals. Something that isnt constant and overly repetitive, more natural and subtle. I've never done something like this to this level quite before so I'm looking for something intuitive and simple if possible. The space I have to work in is extremely small too, like less then 2 inches squared. It also needs to be run by battery, however that part doesn't have to be within the small space if need be, although it would be preferred. Would raspberry Pi, work/be a good option? I've NEVER used it before. I've also heard about "Arduino". Would that possible work? Are their better options/suggestions? I really dont know what I'm doing here. Hhahaha Thanks -JXZ

Posted by JXZ 1 year ago


The "Truth" about Tesla?

These guys at www.lindsaybks.com/gallery/teslamyth/ttesla1.html say that Tesla didn't invent the Tesla Coil, radio, or AC power. Now, I'll admit that I didn't read all of the arguments completely. I did, however, read the Tesla Coil page in its entirety. One claim is that the Tesla Coil was predated by one Elihu Thomson's patent  "Method of and means for producing electric current" (number 500,630). This patent was filed in 1893 - while Tesla's earliest patent on the Tesla Coil, "System of Electric Lighting" (number 454,622) was filed in 1891. Nice try. They are definitely correct, however, in saying that many parts of Tesla's history has been overly-dramatized. For instance, there is a claim that Tesla's remote controlled boat used a primitive form of voice recognition to take spoken commands from his audience. Obviously, it didn't, and the patents show nothing of the like. Do the other claims on their website have any merit?

Posted by ElectricUmbrella 8 years ago


Brain Storming: What can I do with this tract ?

I have, available to me, tracts of plastic that resemble lighting tracks that hold those lights you can move from area to area, hung from the ceiling. Their are, however; made of a fairly thin plastic, with a recycle 6 on them (our locals do not take #6's). They are a little flexible, but not overly so. They have a notch/tab at each end, faced in the same direction (allowing what is on the tract, to come off one end but not the other). Another description of them might be that they look similar to those metal tracks used to hold sockets in a row (for those that have seen them), only made from translucent plastic. I now have Pictures posted below,. What can these be used for? They throw away about 6-20 of them A DAY. The tracts once held little packets of tea or coffee pouches that have a plastic T top in them (like the packets pictured)

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


War-Worthy K'nex Semi-Auto?

This is an idea I have had for a while now, but only now do I have the pieces to bring it to life.   This mechanism was developed 2 years ago by Luis XIV.  Only until about a week ago had I seen anything done with this amazing concept, even though it was simply the same thing with an uzi body around it.  However it was still a step forward.   The horizontal magazine is really whats makes putting a trigger on this possible.  I can see it done using a vertical mag but it would be overly complex involving a series of ratchets and several cut parts.  Its even cooler that it is a removable horizontal magazine. My overall goal it to make this a gun that would exceed in CQB scenarios.  It is small, compact, with a high rate of fire and a removable magazine.  It does get about 25-30ft but that was only with one #64, however adding any more would make for an uncomfortable trigger pull. So do you guys like it?  Should I post it? -Kinetic 

Posted by Kinetic 7 years ago


Need an 8 foot super rigid tube that needs to beak down into 2 foot sections

Hi -- I need to create a tube that is as small diameter as reasonable, relatively lightweight, and very stiff. It will be supported only on the extreme ends (thus the need for stiffness). There will be a comparatively light load, equally distributed over the entire length of the tube when in use.  The thing needs to build up to 8' overall, HOWEVER, no single section can be longer than ~2' when broken down. My first thought was 1" PVC - it's NEARLY stiff enough, but a trifle bulky, and it does droop in the center by about 1.5". 3/4 EMT tube is great, and stiff over a 10' span (when in one piece). Problem is how to connect the sections together. Typical off-the-shelf EMT junctions tend sag just trying to support the tube with no load. I have a number of ideas that are likely overly complex and stupid, but was wondering if y'all might have a something that I have not thought about. Thanks! Ted

Posted by morgan834 1 year ago


"I Knew You Were Trouble": The Joseph Ducreux Translation

Here is another Joseph Ducreux translation! This one is a parody of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." You can find the original lyrics here. If you haven't already seen it, check out my Joseph Ducreux version of "Call Me Maybe." I Recognized You As Problematic At a distant point in history, A trio of oversights previous, I was framed within the boundaries of your crosshairs. You orchestrated a situation in which, save yourself, I was isolated from others. You discovered my location. You discovered my location. You discovered my location. I suppose our relationship lacked meaningfulness to you, And I suppose this attracted me, And when it happened that I became lovestruck, You removed yourself from our current arrangement, Abandoning me, Abandoning me, Abandoning me. And he has long since disappeared, Even when we were first acquainted. And I have come to the conclusion that I bear the blame for this. For I recognized you as problematic upon your ambulation into the chamber. Thus, may disgrace be bestowed upon me at this time. Our relationship transported me to territories previously undiscovered, Until you discarded me. I recognized you as problematic upon your ambulation into the chamber. Thus, may disgrace be bestowed upon me at this time. Our relationship transported me to territories previously undiscovered, Now I am reclining uncomfortably upon the frigid, overly firm earth. True, True, Discord, discord, discord. True, True, Discord, discord, discord. No amends will be made. He will never witness your weeping. Delude yourself by imagining That he is unaware that he is the catalyst For your subaqueous asphyxiation. Your subaqueous asphyxiation. Your subaqueous asphyxiation. And I discovered that you have abandoned our relationship entirely. I have acquired this knowledge from rumors murmured about the thoroughfare, A new tally upon your breeches strap Is the whole of what I will ever amount to from your point of view. And it is at last obvious to me. And it is at last obvious to me. And it is at last obvious to me. And he had long since disappeared, Even when when we were first acquainted. And I have come to the conclusion that I am the victim of the prank. I recognized you as problematic upon your ambulation into the chamber. Thus, may disgrace be bestowed upon me at this time. Our relationship transported me to territories previously undiscovered, Until you discarded me. I recognized you as problematic upon your ambulation into the chamber. Thus, may disgrace be bestowed upon me at this time. Our relationship transported me to territories previously undiscovered, Now I am reclining uncomfortably upon the frigid, overly firm earth. True, True, Discord, discord, discord. True, True, Discord, discord, discord. At the time when your most melancholy trepidation Insidiously invades your mind That you never felt true affection towards myself, her, or anything. Quite. I recognized you as problematic upon your ambulation into the chamber. Thus, may disgrace be bestowed upon me at this time. Our relationship transported me to territories previously undiscovered, Until you discarded me. I recognized you as problematic upon your ambulation into the chamber. Thus, may disgrace be bestowed upon me at this time. Our relationship transported me to territories previously undiscovered, Now I am reclining uncomfortably upon the frigid, overly firm earth. True, True, Discord, discord, discord. True, True, Discord, discord, discord. I recognized you as problematic upon your ambulation into the chamber. Discord, discord, discord. I recognized you as problematic upon your ambulation into the chamber. Discord, discord, discord!

Posted by Plo Koon 4 years ago


Led light & switch

Hi, I've purchased a wooden toy kitchen, for my daughter. I want to add a couple of special effects to it, for realism. There's one part I don't know exactly how to do and I don't know the correct terminology for the parts I need. So any advice would be greatly appreciated. basically, the pretend oven part of the kitchen, I'd like to add a push to make, illuminated switch to the panel that houses the pretend dials. I want this switch to be connected to a battery, hidden inside the play oven & upon pressing it, not only does the switch itself light up, it powers some red led lights. This is so when my daughter presses the button, it'll light up red inside, to give the impression it's hot, the oven has a Perspex panel, so the red light will be noticeable. I'm unsure how many led lights I'd need, it's probably 1 cubic foot in volume & doesn't need to be overly bright. So what type of push button switch, what types of LED & how many, what batteries and what other components would I need?   Sorry for the lack of knowledge & thanks for any advice.

Posted by dlee60 4 years ago


Copyright question (again...)

Hi everyone, I’ve been searching Instructables for a while now and found similar questions to mine, but none putting my (overly paranoid?) mind at ease. So, first off apologies if this question has been asked before. Q: Is it copyright infringement to use artwork from a video game for a project and post it to Instructables? I’m in the process of finishing a few projects (and subsequent instructables) but I’m hesitant to post them here. I’ve seen many projects using essentially unaltered video game art, for example: https://www.instructables.com/id/Coin-block/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Companion-Sitting-Cube/ https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Video-Game-Character-Mosaic-Bubble-Bobble-w/ https://www.instructables.com/id/video-game-inspired-homemade-stuff-/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-Portal-Turret/ They’re all probably passing through as fair use, but I understand that fair use is a “legal mine field”. In all these cases, the final product is not similar to the product from which the art originated, but the art used is essentially direct copies. One of my projects comprise putting pixelated images on a table (the sprites used are not altered and certainly copyrighted). Is it sufficient to just mention in the instructable that the sprites are copyrighted to e.g. Nintendo? This article on sprites and copyright (http://flashrights.com/sprites.htm) give a very definite maybe as the final conclusion. But what is Instructables’ view on this? Thanks André

Posted by CR34M3 6 years ago


Favorite Linux distros?

OK guys- time for your inner Linux zealot to come out!My PC now has two hard disks. One has working installations of XP x64 (with all my games) and Ubuntu 8.04 (with all my media stuff) which I want to leave alone. The other is a blank canvas now I've taken all my files off it, and given I have one disk with my primary OSs on it I'm thinking of chopping the empty one into a number of smaller partitions so I can have a multitude of OSs to choose from. I already know XP (32 bit) and Puppy Linux are going on to it, but I probably don't need another Ubuntu so the rest are up for grabs. Which other distros do people recommend?Criteria: they must:- be free (as in beer, not overly bothered about as in speech)- fit into a roughly 20GB partition (with an external /share for big files)- not mess with my GRUB. I'm primarily thinking of the non-Debian family major distros, but relative unknowns are welcome.Related question- I've got used to installing dual boot XP/Linux, you just install Linux second and GRUB plays nicely with XP, but does anyone have experience dual-booting the Windows 7 Beta? Does its fancy-pants new bootloader have issues that preclude easy dual-boot installs?

Posted by PKM 9 years ago


catcha required to reply to comments, and won't take

I use Win 7 Professional IE9 when trying to Reply to a comment: A. The captcha script is not near the editor/Post button B. I type the two words and they are not taken. To duplicate: 1. Reply to a comment that's not near the top of the instructable comments. Enter your text/pictures: 2. Since the captcha isnt near the text box or Post Button I dont know the two words need entering, and I get the message 'Please type the two words as seen on the image' (what words? What image). 3. After finally finding where the captcha is right at the top of the comments, I enter the two words including caps and spaces. I go back down to my text box and click on post 4.  Again I get the message 'Please type the two words as seen on the image' I have also tried the refresh button on the captcha item, to 'get a new challenge' without success. I have tried about 5 two-word pairs. I also tried changing to visually imparied mode, and listened to a sound which was not useful, as there was too much distortion. I have glasses to correct a -4.25 astigmatism, but in general I can read. I also have full capacity of my hearing. However, the two words in the shown in captcha item or the digits played in the auditory method seem overly illegible. I think I can read them, but the words arent taking.

Posted by ohsosandy 5 years ago


So Excited!

Hey Instructabrarians!  Guess what?  After literally asking and asking and asking for so long now, they've finally agreed and I've finally got my summer dream job.  That's right, starting tomorrow  I get to work as an intern at Instructables, the #1 most awesome show and tell on the net!  This is so cool, and if it wasn't that I need to pace myself for DIY PIXAR at Maker Faire 2011, I might spontaneously combust at any second!  I've been a gigantic fan of this website for more than 4 years now and this is quite literally a dream come true for me.  Not only do I get to work at Instructables but I also get to meet the amazing founders of this awesome website!  Not to mention being able to commute to San Francisco on a daily basis!  This is Awesome and I'm so excited! Anyway, I will be keeping a photo diary for anyone who's interested (as well as updating my personal Flickr page) with weekly activities with the company on my new Nintendo 3DS.  So if anyone's got an .mpo viewer you might be able to see what Instructables is like in more than two dimensions! Well, got to go to bed, lots of commuting to be done tomorrow.  Just thank you to all of the great Instructables employees and to anyone who was nice enough to enjoy the random builds I've created on Instructables. -M.E. PS sorry if it sounds like I'm being overly arrongant about this.  It's just that for people who know me know that this sort of thing never happens for me, so I'm just going to enjoy it while I can.

Posted by SHIFT! 7 years ago


A Moral Quandry About Posting - Advice Sought

Hi all, I'm having a bit of a dilemma regarding an Instructable for April Fool's Day. I was considering posting an idea I had for pulling the classic schoolboy Flaming-Bag-Of-Poo-On-The-Doorstep prank, only at great distances. It's a thought I had several years ago when a colleague was irritating me, and I thought "I'd really like to leave a flaming bag of poo on his porch. Too bad he lives 2000 miles away." Obviously, this is not something that I would actually do. It's intended as an amusing article about the theory of the thing, not something to make in real life and use. Mailing combustible materials is illegal and dangerous, potentially lethal, prosecutable under terror laws, and just generally a bad idea all 'round. Also, the mechanism of the thing could be easily repurposed to initiate a much more dangerous payload than a paper bag full of poo. Honestly, the device is pretty much a mail bomb with a joke payload. My major concerns are 1) there are people out there who would be dumb enough to build it and prank someone, thinking they could do it safely; 2) there are people out there who are malicious enough to build it and use it for intentionally destructive purposes; 3) The mere presence of the article on the site could potentially attract government scrutiny, and if someone actually were to get injured by such a device built from plans found on this site.... On the other hand, Kiteman's 0th. I have considered redesigning it so that the payload involves something innocuous, like a spring-loaded confetti launcher or a recorded message, but the humor of the thing really depends upon the absurdity of mailing someone a flaming bag of poo. Mailing someone a sound bite that says "YOU SUCK" just doesn't have the same impact. Plus, it costs more to make. Poo is free. Anyway, what do my esteemed colleagues think? Am I being overly cautious, or am I right in just shelving the whole thing?

Posted by RavingMadStudios 8 years ago


Not Liable name change

When we released categories in April my intention was to help people find more Instructables that fit their interests. We carefully chose eight categories that broadly represented the site, and encouraged cross-over by allowing Instructables to be in two categories. I imagined that the categories would change and grow with time: If we saw an influx of Instructables of a certain type that couldn't be accommodated by the sub-category keywords, we'd create a new category.Not Liable was intended for all things that required a safety warning, and it was us thumbing our nose at our overly litigious society. I love the Not Liable category; many of the projects are inspiring, ridiculous, hilarious, and completely irreverent. However, over the past few months it seems that the specific name Not Liable isn't a great fit for the Instructables that show up there. Also, the focus on caution, safety, and "I am not liable for your actions..." attracts two types (at least two, maybe more) of Instructables that aren't a great fit, and just shouldn't be there at all. First, there are the Instructables that require some discussion of safety, but safety isn't a defining characteristic. For example, if a project involves making a book shelf with a table saw, the author should mention that table saws require care, but this doesn't make it a Not Liable Instructable. On the other hand, safety is at the very core of an Instructable on breathing fire. Second, many people misunderstand the meaning of the name, and assume it's a category only for things that might be illegal or immoral. I firmly believe that information should never be illegal, but there are projects that will never make good Instructables, and some people interpret Not Liable as a call for those projects. Also, Not Liable has always rubbed my aesthetic sense the wrong way: It's our only two-word category! So, I propose to change the name of the category to better reflect the Instructables already there, and as a way to encourage more Instructables of the type we want. When we transition, we'll add a "Not Liable" keyword to various Instructables to seed a proper Not Liable sub-category.So, give us a hand coming up with a new name, and tell us your thoughts.Brainstorm of potential ideas:AudaciousBizarreBrazenDeviantEccentricEdgeFreakyFunkyImprudentIrreverentOffbeatOutrePerverseShenanigansWarped

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Patterned materials..

Trying to get  a jump on my costume this year for halloween and I want to a) plan ahead better, and b) base it on my character in Second Life. Problem is I have been looking at everything from shower curtains to upholstery materials, trying to find a solution, without much luck. Mainly due to the "best" match for what I want to try being an upholstery category material (and even that isn't.. quite right), but I have a lot of yardage involved, and it costs like $27 a yard or something... :p Basically, what I am looking for is something rubber like, so flexible, not overly "glossy", with enough thickness it can be layered, but with fairly fine detailed patterning on it. The original "suit" this is supposed to mimic looks a bit like layers of flexible armor, layered over each other, but both due to the design not being mine, and the prospect of, once done, photoing the result, doing a bit of Photoshopping on it, and "replacing" the in-world version I currently have, I want to make it slightly different. The problem, of course is that I am running into a problem of finding any material, never mind what fits the bill, save for, maybe, buying just smooth, rubber sheeting, similar to inner-tube material, then trying to do something with it. But, how, if I had PVC rubber, do I add texture to the thing (other than, for example, trying to airbursh a pattern over it, which I have zero skill at)? Nearly everything is the wrong material, too big a texture, or just.. not one that will work. Mind, best possible texture would be something like: http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b194/Dakra/Tech256.jpg But, that ain't happening, so.. something like: http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/75178/75178,1310971434,2/stock-photo-hi-tech-background-blue-metal-texture-81298300.jpg or even a very small pattern or honeycomb, like: http://images.colourbox.com/thumb_COLOURBOX2412500.jpg Would work. Heck even if I had to decal the stuff on, somehow.. But I am at a loss here as to what material to use (mainly do to finding a place to get it cheap, and not in some insane amount), and if I can get it, how to make the result not look something like the attached image, or better, add the texture to it I would like to see. Any ideas at all?

Posted by Kagehi 5 years ago


Serious Notice guys n gals concerning me.......

Hey, just wanted to let you all know (so, maybe I put this in the wrong forum) that I am up this early in the morning ( 6:30 am ) because I have to go to the hospital for a complete cardiac / pulmonary workup and battery of tests. Yeah, getting older stinks, especially if you let you physically self atrophy. Anyway, just wanted you all to know, in case you don't see me for a few days or longer (the tests only last about 4 hours or so, but they could potentially bring on cardiac arrest, or trigger a severe asthma attack, depending on the kind of shape I am in ( it is kind of a pregnant pear shape actually ). See you all when I am back from the hospital....Addendum: I have a lowered amount of blood flow to my heart. What this means is that I am a borderline heart attack candidate if it gets any worse. Cholesterol was a little high, triglycerides way high. I will find out details on Friday I suppose when we discuss options...Addendum 2: The pulmonary tests ( 05/21/2008 ) were horrible, but there doesn't seem to be anything overly wrong that is obvious to the tech, with my lungs.....will have to wait for the doc's report thoughAddendum 3: Well, I am afraid things have progressed to the next step... I have to have a heart cauterization to see what may be blocking the lower artery, and how bad the blockage is. If not too bad, they will simply do a quick angioplasty and open it up, but if bad, I will then be scheduled for a bypass. *sigh* as we age the fun just never ends, eh ? Addendum 4: It will not be THIS coming week, but most likely next week, they will do the double bypass. Because of the location of the blockage at a major branch which would end up cutting off flow to the other artery, they have decided I best have the bypass done. PS: there was hardly ANY pain in the cath procedure.....I am going to give the person that told me that a hard time next time I see them :-) But I have experienced broken bones already, so I know the next step is not going go be a picnic. Addendum 5:I may be able to get the bypass done as early as Monday the 9th Yay ! Addendum 6:I am now into my second week of recovery, and things are progressing so well, my wife is afraid I will want to go back to work early and she will be alone again.

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago


Lumbar Laminectomy Spinal Surgery. (final update)

It looks like, after my visit today with the Surgeon, that the Lumbar Laminectomy is probably the best route for me to go at this point. Tomorrow, if I can get my wife to agree with me, I will be making the appointment, hopefully for next week (Tues, or Thurs). I don't believe in luck, so; here's hoping the surgeon is awake, skillful, and hasn't had so many coffees that his hands shake the morning of that surgery :-) UPDATE #1: I am having doubts about the process. I may go for now with only therapy, and if matters become worse rather then better, then have the surgery. But things have already taken a turn for the better.....I have felt the best today, then I have felt in the last 3 weeks. . . we shall see when I start. UPDATE #2: Until tomorrow, I will not know for sure, but at this point, my back is feeling a bit better. I have been able to go a little longer without pain meds then before, so I do think therapy will work.    I still have to get that second opinion however.   UPDATE #2.19375 supplemental: I have my appointment @2:00 PM today for the second opinion. I hope we can come to an agreeable conclusion as to how to proceed with the treatment.   I will update again, when I know more.   UPDATE #3: The Second opinion appt has been attended to, and we came to an agreement that 3 weeks of therapy should proceed any consideration of surgery.   So, if this works, I will be off work for only 3 more weeks.  If not, I will have to have surgery done, and will be off for at least 3-4 more.    UPDATE #3.21978 supplemental: I start therapy on Thursday, and will be finished November 5th if all goes as planned. UPDATE #3.714155 supplemental: Tuesday starts my official treatments as Thursday was just the initiation and measurement phase.  I will report on how well the first day of stretching, exercise, and time on the RACK went.     UPDATE #4: Newest estimate for my return to work is currently Nov. 5th or 6th (possibly the 9th, if they don't want me to start until Monday....we will see.   Things are slowly improving.  I am sitting up for a bit longer now, although I am not able to stay put (sitting, standing, walking) for overly long periods yet; there is improvement. UPDATE #5: Finished with today's therapy session,  and started Traction for the first time.  I am feeling much better now.  Thursday, they will use the machine for an even longer period of time, and I should start to get further relief. UPDATE #5.6297 supplemental: Just got off the Traction machine an hour ago.  I am starting to feel even better then before. I hope this lasts, with the strengthening of my core muscles....below is exactly what RACK looks like :-)  UPDATE #6: Friday's work went well, and I feel pretty good this morning about going back to work this evening.   Thanks again for all your support ! You all have been great, bearing with me in all this.....          

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago


Light-activated lamp, cries out "Me too!" when other lights are turned on

Disclaimer: I have little-to-no electrical experience, but want to use this rather involved project as a starting point to hone my abilities and technical know-how. Any non-basic terms I use are based purely on assumed naming schemes. I only have fuzzy notions of what things like photovoltaic cells or flux capacitors are, but I'll write as if I know them perfectly, just in case I'm actually using the terms properly. If this post starts a thread that can answer all aspects of how to get this done, I'll update it as an instructable for others to learn.IntroI'm looking for some guidance. I have a plan to modify one of my lamps to brighten and dim based on the amount of light hitting it: Essentially, if I turn on a larger light, this lamp will turn on as well. As this is still simply an idea in my head, though, I plan to make it rather complicated and feature-rich.FeaturesTwo main settings for the light: Absolute and Relative. When in Absolute mode, the lamp will turn on and off based whether or not the amount of light hitting its photosensor surpasses the necessary threshold energy level (TEL). The TEL will be adjustable by the use of a small dial, so that as the TEL approaches 0, the lamp turns on regardless of any additional light, and as the TEL approaches Infinity (or, at least, the maximum amount of light the photosensor can detect), the lamp turns off. Of course, I'd plan on primarily keeping the TEL at the level at which the lamp only turns on when I've turned on another light in the room, but there are times when I'd want the lamp to be independent of other lighting.When in Relative mode, the light would brighten and dim based on the relative amount of light hitting its photosensor, so that the more lights I have on around it, the brighter it gets. I'd like to be able to use the same dial from Absolute mode to calibrate the relative brightness of the lamp, but that may be overly complicated for the amount of benefit it provides. Additionally, it would be interesting to invert this relationship, so that as less light hits the photosensor, the brighter the lamp gets. A next step could be to layer the exterior of the lamp with solar cells so that it can not only activate based on its environment, but actually power itself (at least partially) based on its environment. This is not as important as any other features.IssuesI plan on developing this post with a diagramed model of how this would work, but first I'd like to iron out a few issues:-How does a photosensor detecting light export information? -Assuming the photosensor exports electricity, what does the sensor need to be hooked up to in order to become meaningful? -How would I set TELs, and how could I set TELs with a controllable dial?-How would I swap between Relative and Absolute modes? How could I add a switch in to do this easily?-How would the lamp's own light effect the photosensor if the photosensor was positioned on an opaque lampshade?-Has anyone else done this, or something similar, so that I could look to those projects as a model?-What else do I need to know?I'm not specifically asking for someone to answer every question for me, but I would greatly appreciate it if I could be pointed in the right direction towards resources that would help me figure out the technical aspects of this project. With the small amount of experience I have, I'd expect to have to do a lot of reading.Thanks for any responses!

Posted by nckswt 9 years ago


CAR WAVE-CONGESTION AVOIDED BY WATCHING YOUR "SIX"

Historians traditionally tell us that to ignore history is to repeat its pitfalls. So how can history help us improve the flow of car traffic? Did you know that many aspects of the world’s legal systems come from biblical origins using tried and true fundamental laws originating from the Ten Commandments? The concept of “watching your six” borrows from these universally accepted laws, whose credo stipulates guidelines for human interaction as well as interaction with god. Your "six" refers to the driver behind you whom you should treat as you would yourself. With this in mind, we have a new credo for today’s need to interact with each other by driving your car responsibly through high density traffic to avoid “wave congestion". This term is used to describe isolated packs of cars suddenly causing a local slow-down in traffic flow, while both upstream and downstream traffic continues to still move well, and so our rule states:   “Drivers are responsible for the immediate driver behind them, keeping him safe and avoiding unnecessary braking”    How This Rule Works In traffic: 1)            The Rule is Expansive, All Inclusive and Saves Us Money If we followed this general rule, we would become responsible for leaving the proper space/time ahead of the car in front of us. Space clearly gives us reasonable reaction time to perhaps "brake by simply coasting" and not force the driver behind us to suddenly brake hard. It will help us to recognize that the proper spacing between cars is not an open invitation to dart between lanes just to get ahead by one car length. This causes “wave congestion” and the possibility of accidents during heavy traffic situations. It assures that braking is something one does as a "last resort" and only when no other circumstance for safety and/or avoiding a collision is available. It holds the “rubber-necker” responsible for maintaining good traffic flow or get ticketed. The rule encourages a driver to adapt the techniques of defensive driving so as to avoid accidents, and to embrace the proper social skills of driver etiquette to mitigate road rage and its associated erratic driving behavior. Ultimately, the rule will financially help us to reduce our car insurance costs by promoting fewer negligence accidents. 2)            Eliminate Reactive Braking … Trust the Driver In Front of You Keep in mind what normally happens in heavy traffic when the first driver uses their brakes either in idle thoughtlessness or in protective response to traffic congestion ahead. Under these circumstances, we reactively use our brakes for two reasons:  a)   Reduced Reaction Time  - The first car’s brake lights go on, giving us less time to react so we over compensate by braking harder than him. This affect gets compounded, causing each subsequent upstream driver to brake still harder, until the reactive braking time becomes impossible to respond to and a collision or multiple collisions occur.  b)   We Don’t Trust Other Drivers  -  We are conditioned not to trust our fellow drivers because they haven’t yet been educated to abide by our Rule. This lack of trust causes us to drive "overly" cautious and results in the over use of our brakes to defend ourselves. Our driving habits have created a psychological situation just waiting for an accident. 3)            Implies Driving Etiquette that Must Become Required Driver’s Education The rule and its derivatives must be taught as part of our driver’s education program, and their concepts definitely reviewed during the licensing exam. The Rule also includes adherence to a driver’s code of etiquette which goes beyond just obeying our basic traffic laws of vehicle safety as is currently done. Highways are becoming too congested to allow rouge drivers to ignore their “social” driving responsibilities and the etiquette of the road.  Traffic tickets for abusing social driving etiquette should be as prolific and costly as our traffic laws for speeding and/or not stopping at a stop sign, etc. 4)            Compliments Our Near Term Use of Self-Controlled Vehicles Our Rule intrinsically implies the responsibility for social driving etiquette and takes us forward with steps that avoid future traffic congestion.  Improvements will come from technological automation which will eventually take the erratic human factor out of our equation to produce the smooth flow of traffic even during congested periods. Something as simple as today’s cruise control helps us to avoid “wave congestion” by maintaining a constant highway speed plus reducing inadvertent “brake riding” which sends the wrong message to the driver behind us.  Our ultimate step towards smooth traffic flow involves using near-term technology that completely eliminates drivers and relies on self-controlled vehicles taking over within regions of high density traffic. Ideally this will eliminate traffic accidents due to the unpredictability of driver shortcomings, making technological glitches our only possible area of concern in the near future. Google, in cooperation with the state of California, is currently in the process of introducing such vehicles onto the state’s roadways.

Posted by RT-101 5 years ago