RIP Sir Patrick Moore

The greatest British populariser of astronomy and space science, Sir Patrick Moore died today at 89. I would suggest that nearly 100% of British astronomers were influenced by Moore and his TV programme, The Sky at Night - of which, Sir Patrick was the longest serving presenter of any TV series anywhere. It is hard to imagine any more iconic figure in science media than Patrick Moore. A great loss.

Topic by steveastrouk 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How do i keep my pretty polished pennies pristine from precipitation?

Heya, experts! Short version: freshly polished pennies need to be able to remain bright and shiny after being left out in the rain for one night. Explanation:  We celebrate virtually every holiday in our family, and tomorrow is St Patricks's Day.  It's become a tradition for the kids to "discover" a trail of brightly shined pennies that lead out to some freshly planted shamrocks and other new plants, with a few brightly polished gold dollars underneath.  It's nothing grand, but it's fun to sneak out to plant a little evidence in the garden. This year will see heavy rain and general unpleasantness (SF Bay Area), and every year the pennies that get some water exposure will have dark spots where the water sat.  Lately it seems that i've made some bad calls on impromptu fixes, so i'm putting my question out to the more knowledgeable community here.  Would a little WD40 likely keep tonight's heavy rains from spotting the coins?  Does anyone have any suggestions that would probably work better? Any thoughts our ideas would be appreciated, if just to keep silly little traditions going.  ;-) Cheers!  - A Dad Who's About To Get His Yearly Thumb Blister From Polishing Pennies With A Jewelry Cloth

Topic by Spunk-Monkey 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What is the best drink for St. Patrick's Day? Answered

Im having a little get toghter with family and a few friends and my parents put me in charge in the "drinks" for everybody that has an "irish theme"

Question by Amanda101 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Wake Up!

<br> Just a quick video I threw together today.

Topic by JamesRPatrick 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Chips [video]

Topic by JamesRPatrick 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


morror how to make one

How do you make a mirror using a glass pain or a sheet of clear sheet of plaset arilick

Topic by Patrick L Durbin 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Awesome New Group!

Hey everyone, I think that Nerf Fanatics is an awesome new Nerf group! Please join! If enough people join maybe we'll be featured!

Topic by Sir Patrick 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



Question about Sugru.

For anyone that has used Sugru in the past, how much grip does it have once completely cured and dry? I was wondering if I could use it on the outside of a 3D printed wheel to get good grip like a rubber tire. If not any suggestions for other materials I could use? Thanks!

Topic by Patrick S 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


i have a large copper cylinder with copper pipes and fittings any ideas for a piece of sculpture?

Its two foot tall, it has already built inlets and outlets, also a copper screw top to allow heating element to be placed inside, i also have copper fittings

Question by patrick murray 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Help on attaching threaded rod to motor

Hello all quick question for you: what is the best way to attach a threaded rod to a motor shaft. This would be similar to a CNC setup. I know you could use a dual shaft collar but I was wondering if there's perhaps a simpler solution?

Topic by Patrick S 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Arduino + Timing Device used in Profession Rugby

Hi, Patrick here. I am building a scrum sled training device and hope to use an Arduino MEGA to do the thinking! Basically the idea is simple enough. I want the Processor to start a timing sequence once a start button is pushed. I want the processor to then activate a voice saying, 'Touch, Pause....Engage' Much like you hear the ref saying in professtional rugby. Once the word 'engage is said by the processor through a speaker or buzzer, a timing sequence would start, and ending when the player makes contact with the pads on the scrum sled. This conact will bge made by limit switches feediong back into the processor ending the sequence. I have attached a PDF of the sled design. Can Anyone help me with the programming!? ANY HELP at all, is very much appreciated. Thanks again, Patrick

Topic by Pabyrnes24 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Laser burn to the eyes

On Saturday morning my eyelids will be pulled back by retractors and held open, ethanol will be poured into my eyes, a flap of epithelial (outer layer of the eye) will be peeled back to reveal the cornea, then an Eximer laser will burn the surface of the cornea. Apparently, the burning smell can be quite unpleasant :-/ Has anyone else had laser eye surgery? Cheers, Pat. Pending

Topic by Patrick Pending 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I want a seqence to start, a recorded voice to sound, timing sequence to start at the end of the voice..Can it be done?

Hi, Patrick here. I am building a scrum sled training device and hope to use an Arduino MEGA to do the thinking! Basically the idea is simple enough. I want the Processor to start a timing sequence once a start button is pushed. I want the processor to then activate a voice saying, 'Touch, Pause....Engage' Much like you hear the ref saying in professtional rugby. Once the word 'engage is said by the processor through a speaker or buzzer, a timing sequence would start, and ending when the player makes contact with the pads on the scrum sled. This conact will bge made by limit switches feediong back into the processor ending the sequence. I have attached a PDF of the sled design. Can Anyone help me with the programming!? ANY HELP at all, is very much appreciated. Thanks again, Patrick

Question by Pabyrnes24 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


If I were a bug on the website, where would I post myself?

I noticed earlier that on the newly posted coffee contest prize page the photos for the third prize and grand prize are switched.  I PM'ed Randolfo about because I'm pretty sure he works for instructables but then I saw the post on the homepage about bugs.  So here I am posting about a bug (or a snafu...). Cheers -Patrick

Topic by phish814 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Biotechnology

I have to right a paragraph on biotechnology for school so I wanted to know if some of you could help me because I am having a hard time. - What is biotechnology? - What are the duties of the person in this career? - What education background does a person need? - What is the possible salary a person could earn? - Who employs a biotechnology person? -What is interesting about this career? Help is very much appreciated. Thank you Patrick Sowers

Topic by Pat Sowers 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Has anyone else seen Joss Whedon's newest creation, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog? Joss has a letter on the site explaining how and why it was created, but the gist of it is that Whedon was bored during the writer's strike, so he got some siblings and buddies together to create Dr. Horrible for the Internet. It stars Neil Patrick Harris as the horrible doctor (The Super Villain protaganist), Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer (The Super Hero antagonist), and Felicia Day as Penny (The Love Interest). The Story is about Dr. Horrible's attempt to join The Evil League of Evil and win the heart of Penny while Captain Hammer constantly foils his plans. His story is told through his video blog. It's an amazing movie, and the music (yes, it's a musical, and yes, Nathan can sing!) is great. I highly recommend you check it out!

Topic by musicalbee2003 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Instructables T-shirt swap!

Hello! I have gotten a few instructables shirts from some recent contests and have 4 of the same burnt orange color. They are quite lovely but I was hoping to diversify my color collection. So if anyone has ones they would be willing to trade feel free to post of send a message! Mine are all mediums and I would really like to trade for other mediums. Thanks!

Topic by Patrick S 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


TWIT.TV: Make Mag, Maker Faire, Boing Boing, etc discussed.

The first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. Winner of "People's Choice Podcast" and "Best Technology Podcast" in the 2005 People's Choice Podcast Awards. Released every Sunday at midnight Pacific.The pod cast is at TWIT.TV - link - And the "death of.....(newspapers, radio, etc.)

Topic by Goodhart 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Lower Comment Box not working

1. Windows 8 2. Firefox 22.0 3. URL = any Instructable with many comments. 4. Screen shot below. 5. For 'ibles with many comments there are two comment boxes, one at the top of the comments that works, and one at the bottom of the comments that doesn't work. You can't see my mouse in this picture, but I tried to click on the Post button, but nothing happened. No page loading, no error message, no popup tip or flag. (Note: for 'ibles with few comments, there is only one upper comment box.) V/r, Patrick (espdp2)

Topic by espdp2 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Cautionary Tales - How not to do it!

We were discussing electric shocks in one of the threads and I thought it might be interesting to share some cautionary tales. I have had quite a few accidents, made (to many) stupid mistakes, and had some pretty near-misses in my life. I have also heard about and witnessed many happening to other people. Have you experienced any near-misses (or hits for that matter)? How about sharing your cautionary tale with the rest of us - it might just save someone from making the same mistake.

Topic by Patrick Pending 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


$600 Shapeways Printing Credit for $300

Hello all, I have acquired $600 in printing vouchers to Shapeways from a couple contests, they are actually divided into three separate vouchers of $100, $250, and $250. I'm sure I can find something awesome to use the money to print but as I'm in college now I could better spend this towards something else (books!!). I'd be willing to do %40 percent off for an individual voucher (so 60 for 100 or 150 for 250) or %50 percent off for all 3 together. Feel free to message me if interested. Thanks!

Topic by Patrick S 5 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How Do You Remove Radiator or Heater Hoses That Are Vucanized (Stuck) to Their Mounting Pipe?

I have a 30+ year old motorhome which has several hoses that I need to remove from engine cooling and heater connections.  They are stuck to the "pipe" they are mounted to and the pipe is fairly fragile brass.  I can certainly try to cut them off but I don't want to scratch or damage the pipes.  It would even be nice to just be able to remove and reuse the hoses but I can't see how that is possible. Thanks in advance for any help! Patrick

Question by Baytonian 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


The winners for the Steal Public Art challenge have been announced!

The winners of 123D's Steal Public Art challenge have been chosen! Check out the winners - lots of great catches. :D (psssst - are you a winner? check your messages on the 123D Gallery to find out how to claim your prize!) Grand prize winner - they win a Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D Digital Camera and a 3D print! Newport Dragon by RTegelbeckers Runner up winners, listed in alphabetical order - they win a free 3D print! Frogner Park Oslo Norway by Wayne Trout Hercules 3 by Patrick Leschinski Hon Non Bo in San Diego by Jonathan Brady Love_Indiana by Aleksei Sebastiani marble bust by Boris Gunalli Pair Of Buddhist Monks by Liz neely Resting Lion by rushiraj parikh Statue of liberty by Andr Vellwock The Shaking Man by Daniel Moos Wood man with road by Jason Eaton (photos in the same order) And don't forget to check out everyone that entered! You can view the full gallery here.

Topic by jessyratfink 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can I use arduino to control my high-powered bicycle headlight?

I'm in the midst of building a new high-power led headlight for my bicycle (i.e. Ive ordered a new battery and a bunch of hardware, led's and a driver).  My question for the community is whether or not an arduino unit could be used to control functions or modes of the light.  I have built alot of lights and know a decent amount about electronics but I have zero experience with arduino and programing.  I am using this buck driver (http://www.ledsupply.com/0a009-d-v-1400.php) with a triple cree xp-g led and a 14.4v lithium battery.  Ideally I would like a single button to cycle through 5 modes: off, low, high, F-U idiot driver, and strobe.  If anyone knows what kind of stuff I would need to buy(i.e. controller, switch,etc...), if the stuff would interface with this driver, and how I would go about programming the thing I would much appreciate it. Thank you, Patrick

Question by phish814 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Advice for a simple bluetooth and tilt sensor device.

Hi! I'm new to electronics and want to create my own simple Bluetooth device. Basically I want to create a device with a screen that I can control using an app on a phone.  I'm planning on using a 3-axis accelerometer too, just to learn more about how those work and play around with some tilt options.  I'm working with a friend that is an EE student, but we still need some advice to get started. Basically I want to use a phone app to update photos or videos displayed on the device.  Also, I'd like to create a small program where I can tilt the device and move a ball on the screen.  Right now I know I need a Bluetooth module, a screen, and a 3-axis accelerometer but I have no clue which kind (there are so many choices! especially for the Bluetooth modules!).  We have somebody that will do the programming for us, so we just need some direction as far as the electronics go. Also, should I use something like adruino, or should we look for more experienced engineers to design it for us.  We'd rather learn how to do it ourselves though, and we don't have enough money to pay for a professional. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!  I'm starting to get very interested in electronics as a hobby, and would love to learn how to start doing these things! Regards, Patrick

Topic by pjoy 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Top 50 Instructables Commenters of 2007 Ranked by Number of Forum Comments

This is the sixth in a series of data-analysis posts. Check out the first here. I love statistics, analysis, and raw data and so thought I'd share some of the really cool stuff with you. Thanks to trebuchet03 for helping with this and actually crafting the queries. Here are the authors who have made the greatest number of forum comments during 2007. Author - Number of forum comments1. Goodhart - 4168 2. Weissensteinburg - 2209 3. Kiteman - 2107 4. NachoMahma - 2086 5. zachninme - 1190 6. Loosewire; SOE Operative - 1187 7. LasVegas - 1070 8. lemonie - 1011 9. Mykhailo - 974 10. Brennn10 - 885 11. Punkguyta - 878 12. trebuchet03 - 823 13. whatsisface - 801 14. royalestel - 797 15. RocketScientist2015 - 766 16. Metal4God - 737 17. Easy Button - 702 18. westfw - 670 19. oogitsmelol - 646 20. Bran - 639 21. Danny - 632 22. fungus amungus - 581 23. Mepain - 543 24. CameronSS - 520 25. chooseausername - 513 26. jtobako - 495 27. guyfrom7up - 486 28. T3h_Muffinator - 485 29. John Smith - 457 30. Pat Sowers - 453 31. Spl1nt3rC3ll - 437 32. canida - 409 33. jessyratfink - 400 34. gmoon - 395 35. Aeshir - 380 36. nerfer192 - 352 37. TheCheese9921 - 338 38. Tool Using Animal - 337 39. ewilhelm - 329 40. VIRON - 327 41. Sunbanks - 325 42. gyromild - 324 43. ll.13 - 316 44. Baron A - 312 45. kruser495 - 307 46. acer73 - 283 47. EthanGibson - 276 48. the_burrito_master - 269 49. Patrick Pending - 264 50. smidge146 - 263

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago