a thought.

I was wondering if you could change a red light laser pointer to a green light laser pointer.

Topic by foxtrot4697 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What Is Thought ? Answered

Thought isn't a white donkey against a blue sky. Thought isn't a young girl singing an old song. Thought isn't a windmill in a tunnel. Thought isn't a saffron robed monk pissing in the snow What is thought ?

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


Thought experiments

A short video from the Open University.  Enjoy.

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


Thoughts on the Makibox?

For those who don't know what I'm talking about: Makibox Has anyone used this? Is it too good to be true (pricewise)? Opinions?

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


Just a Thought

Hello everyone, I'd like to share a thought that occurred to me. It appears to me that there are really only 3 main qualities of a knex gun: -Range -Fire rate -Ease of use Now out of these three we have already maxed out range with slingshots and the NAR. Now we need to work on maxing out the other two through semi autos and such and we will have truly revolutionary weapons. Then we can start combining multiple elements and creating easy to use semi-auto slingshots and such. I just wanted to share these thoughts with the community.

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


Looking for thoughts.

My PC wnt a bit wonky this morning.  Mouse pointer moved around just fine but the system wouldn't recognize any clicks. Well at first i could click on the web browser and open a new tab but that was it. I restarted the system and had the same problem. So i wasn't able to lick to log in. So i tried another mouse and got the same result. Then i tried both mice on different USB connection both on the front and rear of the system. No change. Out of frustration i slammed the mouse down on the keyboard tray a couple of time and then everything started working fine again. Any thoughts on what happened? I suspect it's an issue with the keyboard. Being a wireless keyboard that came with a wireless mouse i think the keyboard had something to do with it. I've had an occasion where the keys stopped working on the keyboard till i moved the receiver around a bit. oh well.

Topic by mpilchfamily 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


some thoughts

A couple quick observations from a web dev which i hope can be of use to you as i love your site: considering the state of the world economy, actually the general state of the world, and the recent interest in gardening, i think that agriculture, or gardening, or growing food, or whatever you want to call it should be one of the main topics in the top nav. right now it sits uncomfortably between 'food' & 'life'. the help-> feedback was difficult for me to find because i did not equate feedback with help, i think 'feedback' should be in the left pulldown along with forums, marketplace, and help, and then you could even break it down into different feedback categories. the google ads are styled exactly like the rest and are right up the top before everything else. they got me the first time, and that's all well and good, as you deserve the $$. maybe it's too aggressive though, and may annoy people, even if subconsciously over the long term. maybe just reducing their font-size and arranging them horizontally would strike a good balance? best, _c

Topic by polypus 9 years ago


What type of energy are our thoughts?

After reading lemonies instructable on frequently asked questions ( i really enjoyed the chapter on energy ) ive been thinking about what our thoughts are.The brain works in a bio chemical manner but what exactly are the actual thoughts? Are they energy at all?

Question by afridave 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


New homepage thoughts and bug problems

Come here and say what you think about the new home page. I think it's beautiful and simple but there are some small bugs. I'm having trouble posting replies on different threads. I love the new home page but if you could add text to the pictures that would be cool. I do want to thank people who created and designed the homepage for putting it here, I know it was a lot of hard work. (P.s. I'm running firefox 4.0 on Mac)

Topic by young skipper 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Any thoughts on aerogels? Answered

I want to make some aerogel, but I need it to be relatively cheap.

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


Any thoughts on this CB? Answered

Any thoughts on this handheld CB? I'd like to get a CB radio, but I don't really want to mount one. I have been looking at this handheld. Thoughts/comments are appreciated! http://www.amazon.com/Midland-75-785-40-Channel-CB-Radio/dp/B00005Q4ZV/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Question by dkop1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Penny for your thought

For the past several weeks, I have been debating what to do about this penny. It has become a point of hallway conversations and old adages. Find a penny and you will have luck all day. I'm not so sure about that? What are your thoughts about this penny...

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


The Thought Bunker #5

I am hosting a Forum Topic train. This one involves some thinking. But it's not math! It's the fun thinking. The kind you can talk and laugh about. So, what do you say? This week's Thought Bunker: If Pinocchio said, “My nose is about to grow”, what would happen? Well, what do you think? Tell us! This week's Best-Thought: cj81499 says: it would grow because he lied but ungrow because he told the truth after it grew  

Topic by chopstx 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


The Thought Bunker #3

Hello! I am hosting a Forum Topic train. This one involves some thinking. But it's not math! It's the fun thinking. The kind you can talk and laugh about. So, what do you say? This week's Thought Bunker: If insects are so obsessed with bright lights, why don’t they fly off to the sun? Well, what do you think? Tell us! This week's Best-Thought: logic boy says: Because its just moths and mozzies that like light, when do they come out? Nightime. Is the sun out at nightime. NO. Also the sun is a source of natural light, as far as bugs are concerned it has always been there and always will be

Topic by chopstx 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


The Thought Bunker #6

Huzzah! I would like to thank the poeple who viewed and commented on this forum for the first 5! I was gone for a while but now I'm back!Thanks! Hello, I am hosting a forum topic train. This one includes some thinking. But it's not math! It's the kind of thinking that you can laugh and talk about. So, what do you say? This week's Thought Bunker: What did the designer of the drawing board go back to when his original design was a failure? What do you think? Tell us!

Topic by chopstx 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What are you thoughts on this? Answered

A new Forum Category called The FLOPHOUSE... or? I'd love to see a place for members to relax, share photos and generally commiserate and laugh over Intsructables-gone-wrong. It could be a whole lotta fun! My most recent flop (pictured) involved Grilled Pork Tenderloin marinated in a Pineapple chipotle sauce. It looked SO good and tasted SO WRONG! lol... I'm still tweaking a different grilling recipe so the Grillmaster won't catch his or herself on fire. 8-/  What are your thoughts on this?

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


The Thought Bunker #1

Hello! I am doing a new Forum Topic train. This one involves some thinking. But it's not math! It's the fun thinking. The kind you can talk and laugh(and in this case, maybe yawn) about. So, what do you say? This week's Thought Bunker: If everyone in the world were to yawn at the same exact time, would Earth have enough oxygen to sustain all of us? Well, what do you think? Tell us! And now for this weeks best-thought:   Nov 4, 2009. 4:33 PMSeleziona says:  yes, everybody breathes normally, no oxygen shortages, and yawning takes a little more air, but not too much. So earth would have enough oxygen, and half of the world is asleep when we are awake, so it would be highly improbable  

Topic by chopstx 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


The Thought Bunker #2

Hello! I am hosting a Forum Topic train. This one involves some thinking. But it's not math! It's the fun thinking. The kind you can talk and laugh about. So, what do you say? This week's Thought Bunker: If ghosts go through walls, why don’t they fall through the floor? I think it's because they can choose to. Kinda like how we can choose to follow the rules or not............. Well, what do you think? Tell us! This weeks best thought:   Nov 17, 2009. 12:57 PMKiteman says: Not that they exist, but my favourite hypothesis was that it was force of habit - they walk through walls that weren't there when they died, at the level the floor was at when they died. There are several stories in the UK of ghost Roman patrols walking down roads knee-deep in tarmac, stepping on the original road-surface.  

Topic by chopstx 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Thoughts on the new update?

There is a new update as all of you will have probably noticed by now. I've got my own views on the update.  [I miss the orange colour...] But, I wanted to now what the large community at Instuctables thinks about the updated home page. So... Please comment about what you think!

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


The Thought Bunker #4

Huzzah! I would like to thank the poeple who viewed and commented on this forum for the first 4! Thanks! Anyway, I am hosting a Forum Topic train. This one involves some thinking. But it's not math! It's the fun thinking. The kind you can talk and laugh about. So, what do you say? This week's Thought Bunker: If you sneezed on a computer, would it get a virus? Well, what do you think? Tell us! This weeks Best-Thought: Nov 28, 2009. 8:39 PMstarwing123 says: Depends. If the computer was biological, like they may be in the future, yes. With current computers, it depends on your definition of "getting a virus" If getting a virus means infected and damaged by it, than no. If it means carrying that virus, yes. This is of course, assuming "you" is a human  or other biological organism. If the "you" in questions is a sentient computer or AI, than the computer would get the virus because the "you" sneezed a virtual virus. Then of course, you can go into the combination of the above examples, like a biological, sentient computer or robot that looks like a human. Wait, wouldn't that be a human?

Topic by chopstx 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Thoughts on a prototyping device

Hey I'm a college student trying to create a specialty extruder to aid in prototyping, possibly to be used along side a 3D printer.  Attached is a CAD mockup but we're in the process of building this.  The applcations are fairly broad at the moment and if you think of a cool way to use long pieces of plastic for modelling, crafts, art, whatever, please let me know. This is my kickstarter and I'm trying to get any feedback you have, thanks! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...?ref=discovery

Topic by saudade-pigeon 3 years ago


K'nex Sniper thoughts?

I'm drawing up some mental plans for a Sniper rifle. I posted some non-gun k'nex projects but they were never as popular as weaponry. I know there's a tonne of K'nex snipers out there already, but most of them underneath the body are just a basic gun with a blue rod mag, and a lot of the time the mag isn't actually removable. Of course there's nothing wrong with this, I myself have made guns with this setup. However, for my new Sniper, I want a removable mag with lesser-used ammo. I was thinking either orange-connector+grey connector ammo or yellow rods. Basically I wanted to see what the community wants the most, aside from Oodammo, because that's a tad awkward!  Also any suggestions as to what else I should add to my Sniper? I was thinking: Removable Mag, breach loading single shot chamber, rails (like ironman's), detachable scope and Bipod, rear monopod, true trigger (of course), pin guides and maybe a section where a small pistol can fit, probably TheDunkis' flat pistol or r3con's (spelling?) mod for it. Oh and maybe a heartbeat sensor for all the MW2 fans out there XD -Lowney

Topic by Lowney 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


This is harder than i thought.

This will be hard, oh yes, this will be hard, yet, i have to do it, to have the chance at least to win a macbook, i've wanted one for a while.

Topic by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Any thoughts of mechatronics project?

I want to make a  project in the summer to have more skills so i would like to have some other thoughts from anyone about mechatronics study ex: robotic arm , robots , balancing table ..... etc . i appreciate any help 

Question by mohamed.elseify 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


just a thought... (ds projector)

Just a thought i had when i saw all of these led projectors on here. and then i saw a ds sitting on the table then i though, what if there was a such a thing as a ndsl projector?! how i believe it would be contructed, at  least the case anyways, would be to detach the top screen from the bottom. then to use the screen as you would any other in a diy projector, keeping in mind that it has to stay connected to the ds. then build half a ds arcade stand for the ds, and build the rest of the projector. would this be plausible? or would it be impossible?

Topic by zack247 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Needs thoughts on a marxism book? Answered

Id like a book that provides a healthy, educating, and comprehensive overview of Marxism. A book void of too much opinion and lots of refrenses. I'de also like a million dollars, and to live forever. Now, I realize that not a single one of these things is possible, but we can do SOMETHING about my "Marxism book" problem right?

Question by Jumpin Jehosaphat 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Thoughts on modifying a mower to a dethatcher?

Briefly, my lawn is a mess and I cannot afford either an electric rake or dethatcher. I have tried using a spring-tined rake to dethatch the lawn but it is too labour-intensive - and I have around 250m2 to cover - not for the faint-hearted! However, I do have a petrol rotary lawn mower and a spare blade. I have thought of combining the spring-tined rake to the blade to dethatch that way. I don't mind the thatch not being collected - as I expect it will leave the mess on the floor - I can simply dethatch at a higher blade height and then cut/pick up the mess on a lower blade setting. I don't have a welding machine, nor access to one. So I wondered if the good people here might lend me their brain cells to consider (a) what I might use as a rake on the blade and (b) how to secure it on to the blade. I have seen one of those rakes which can be spread at will and I thought to size it and secure it with a metal band and rivets - and then rivet the whole thing to the blade. What do you think? I had also thought that I could fix the rake on the opposite side of the blade. The blade is not reversable/obversable - there is a one-way key that oreints the blade to one position only. Please do not trouble yourselves with warnings about safety etc as I think I am aware enough to consider this for myself - unless it is to say "don't do it". I also know about having to balance the blade weight. As ever, thanks for reading me and thanks for your time to reply.

Question by kevinhannan 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Thoughts on painting a toilet seat?

Hey folks! I wanted to tap the collective mind of the Instructables community on this one: We recently did a radical redecoration of our bathroom. One of the only things that wasn't touched so far was the toilet. Rather than getting a new (probably boring) toilet seat- I'd like to try painting the old one (I'm talking about the SEAT here, not the cover). Is it feasible for a long-term part of the bathroom, do you think? I've never really painted anything like this before- what paints / techniques would folks recommend? I was thinking of sanding down the surface, applying a rust-colored enamel (with some black patterns), and then a goodly amount of clear coating. Appreciate any thoughts (even if they are "Hey, that won't work- suck it up and sit on a boring seat like the rest of us"). Obviously any work will be documented and submitted to the site : ).

Topic by a grain of alt. 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What are the thoughts on multiple instructables?

I plan on building a wooden loft bed for a very small room in my house I like to call an office. I live about 45 minutes from the nearest town in a small house on the lake so I want to make one for my small office so I can still have the space of an office as well as a spare bedroom for visitors. Anyways, there are a few instructables on loft beds and I plan on making one that will be much more functional and better (not that the ones on here are bad) my question is, should I make it an instructable? it will have more features to it, like a shelving unit built in and a built in loft night table. but basically it will be very similar to others. what do you think?

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


Your thoughts on an inkjet hack

I've been mulling around a cheap (as in free) way to make a 3d printer, or laser engraver. I'm looking for flaws in this plan: 1)Find an inkjet printer thrown away because new ink would cost almost as much as a new printer. 2)Mod the paper feed motor assembly so that the it moves the top half of the printer along a rail instead of moving paper. 3)Short out the pins to ink colors other than black to give a false "full ink" value. 4)Attach a power transistor to a cutting laser circuit, and the black ink pins. The idea is that if I sent a black and white image to the printer, this could perforate or even cut a suitable material. I already have a few areas I'm concerned with, but I'd like a second or third opinion on possible trouble areas.

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


An idle thought on career diversification.

As you may know, I teach Science.You may have noticed that I occasionally venture an opinion on science-related topics.You may also have noticed that bad science, and the acceptance of anti-science tend to get on my nerves.Part of the problem, of course, is the meeja - the majority of journalists have little or no science training, so they focus on the dramatic sound-bites when reporting stuff. Heck, these days the majority of journalists aren't even journalists - they're bloggers.After the massive fuss I had to put up with at school over the LHC (destroying the world by sucking it into an exploding black hole then turning time backwards), I tried to find out where the kids got their panicky ideas from, and it turned out to be the tabloid press (the Star and the Sun, for UK readers).Now, I could wait until the papers publish their bad headlines and write an annoyed letter, or I could be pro-active.Do any of you guys think there is any mileage in setting myself up as a consulting service to the scientifically-illiterate news media?I thought, maybe, offering "expert opinions" on scientific events to newspapers that don't have scientists on staff, or maybe a translation service, turning scientific papers and press-releases into something journalists can cope with.Comments?EDITI have emailed the main local newspapers, plus the BBC.Let's see...

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


Laser Sonic Screwdriver - Thoughts?

So, my sister is currently a senior in college, planning on being a high school English teacher next year. She's also a Doctor Who fan. She wants me to make her a laser pointer in a sonic screwdriver case, for pointing at the projector screen, white/chalkboard, loud students, Daleks, etc. The case itself I plan to buy, probably this, and then mount a blue laser diode in. Two three questions: 1) Does anyone have one of these screwdrivers, and are they big enough to put a couple AAAs in? I'd rather not have to replace button cells every week. 2) What's the best way to get a blue or violet laser diode? Blu-Ray assembly? You can get a blue-violet laser pointer for $20 off DealExtreme, but my experience with cheap laser pointers is they burn out quickly. 3) Would I need to come up with an actual driver, or would an appropriate resistor be enough? And can a blue diode be powered off two AAAs?

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


Who has a laser engraver?

Who here has a laser engraver?  What make and model is it?  How much did it cost? Do you like it. Feel free to not answer questions you prefer not to.  I am just trying to group souce a little info that seems difficult to find in forums and blog posts. Thanks in advance.

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


I thought this lego build was awesome

My husband saw this video on u tube about a Lego contraption I thought was so cool.   

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


Man's greatest accomplishment? Any thoughts?

I've always wondered what people think the best thing ever done is.  Maybe now ill know.

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


I never thought I'd post this...

"Please look at my Instructable"Some bug is preventing it showing up on the "recent" search, but RedneckOreo could see it via my page, so you should be able to as well. It's called How to be a Great White Hunter in the privacy of your own home.

Topic by Kiteman 11 years ago


Anyone got thoughts on this instructable idea?

I own a foodsaver with those airtight containers. The rubber piece came off the other day and got me to thinking. Almost any container could be used by drilling a hole in it. Maybe someone could come up with a DIY to make containers that work with foodsaver or those Zip pumps that take the air out of containers. Those pint containers that come with Chinese food might work. Or Tupperware or Ziploc containers would do also. I just have the idea but not the talent to do it. I'll leave that to others. ha ha.

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


More thoughts on Video-Only Instructables

Hello, not that I am unable to view videos on instructables, but more and more instructables are simply a video, sometimes with two sentences, sometimes not even that. Not that I dislike video tutorials and such, but many people still have low bandwith, or (like me) can not turn on the sound all the time since it would bug other people. Also sometimes it is more usefull to read instructions, steps and technical data. Plus there might be deaf people interested in some project but unable to understand all steps due to the fact some videos will depend on audio explanation only. My two cents: Include a minimum text length check for instructables. Video only should be youtube or such, not Instructables.

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


thoughts on a project i am toying with

Hey guys...little project I am working on, very very beta. But I have an led sign displaying my Instructables stats (instructable coming soon) and while building it, I realized that Instructables didn't have an API of any kind to see our stats all together. So I rolled my own...check it out http://irssistible.appspot.com/ click the pie chart on the result page to get the url for a xml output...very, very beta, but you can fetch the data via python or processing via the xml url data, or parse the results page. It's buggy, but it is sorta working.

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


Staying motivated to complete a projects . . thoughts?

We've all been there, and I'm right there currently with a specific project:I was excited at first and started making this thing, and about midway through I've lost complete interest in the project and am struggling with motivation to finish it!For me, the contests here on Instructables were a great motivator with specific deadlines that always kept me motivated . . . but I work here now and cannot participate in them ; )When I lose interest in a project, it's often because the intriguing creative challenges have all been solved, but the project isn't yet completed. However I'm ready to move on to the next thing . . so the half-finished projects keep piling up. I've found that I'm far more interested in the active problem-solving process that "making" provides, than in actually producing completed things. It's an odd dilemma, and maybe I'm not alone in this. Do you experience this same mid-project disinterest? Aside from deadlines, what do you do to stay motivated to complete projects once the interest begins to dissipate?I'd love to hear my fellow Instructables authors' thoughts. Let's have a conversation!

Topic by seamster 5 months ago  |  last reply 5 months ago


Thoughts on Arduino/Raspberry Pi Idea?

Hi everyone, I am part of a research group at UC Berkeley working on a product involving the Arduino/Raspberry Pi. We are conducting market tests, and would really appreciate your help answering these questions. Thank you for your time! If you use Arduino/Raspberry Pi, how often do you use it? How do you use it? Would you consider it mostly a hobby or do you use it for school/industry as well? How were you first introduced to it? What are your general thoughts on the Arduino/Raspberry Pi? Did you learn to program by using the Arduino/Raspberry Pi or did you have some prior experience? If you had prior experience, how much? What languages are you well-versed in? Would you be interested in a model-based approach to programming Arduino/Raspberry Pi functions? This would be something akin to Matlab’s Simulink or Labview’s visual programming (flowcharts). The basic idea would be to remove the need to code in C. If you are not interested, why not? If you are interested, what specific features would you enjoy? Do you believe such a tool would be an efficient way to teach/introduce students to programming? In addition, here is a 1-minute survey (on a similar subject) if you are interested: Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dkwyhC59I7h8IOuNFyL_tbjo7AFucTP0KQS0mYH1qy4/viewform

Topic by RobertB3 4 years ago


peculiar issue with arduino clones; thoughts?

So a little while back, I bought about 10 arduino nano clones. I'd used the nanos before, and really like the form factor, so i got some off of ebay. they worked great, and you'd know no difference in performance compared to other boards, these new ones seemed to boot faster even. unlike most, the ones i got dont use an FTDI chip, but rather a chip labeled as "CH340G". these boards were working perfectly until i was trying to test some code that was very close to the maximum size you can fit in an atmega328. it was 30,000 bytes, and mostly because of the included libraries. when i hit upload, it compiled fine, but once it got to the "uploading" phase nothing happened on the arduino board and after a while it threw an error claiming a response of 0x00, if memory serves. it didnt seem like the atmega was resetting, so i probed it with my oscilloscope, but it certainly was resetting. i thought maybe the capacitor on the reset line had issues, so i replaced it to no avail. everything seems fine in windows and i can still talk to the program previously on the chip via the serial terminal. the only way i can seem to upload code now is via the icsp header. so im wondering if anyone knows what is going on here, or how i can fix the issue?

Question by zack247 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Any thoughts on a Good Video Editor?? Answered

I need to do some Editing with MP-4 Videos. I've been using Cyber link power director (Came free with my laptop) and I've been having some quality / Storage space issues. Seems like every time I edit a video it will take an extra %30 more space and turn out a bit blurry :( I'm fairly sure it's because I am using a format it wasn't designed for. Seems it's doubling the Bit rate and halving the Screen Resolution. ( I have No Control of either)  Eventually I want a HD version for me and streaming version for YouTube, to host the Vid for my I'ble So I'm looking for a (Preferably Free) Alternative. I'm not looking for Editing Options so much as Functional Quality. I'm using a Galaxy S3. Starts are in the Pic I included

Question by Wired_Mist 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Thoughts on this method to heat my pool? Answered

So, I have an intex easy-set 12' pool. We have finally leveled the ground and re-filled it and it works great. I live in Texas the swim season is pretty long already. I have this all rigged up with a bungee cord tether so I can swim in place for exercise. I dug out the center to give me another foot depth where I needed it. I also have a solar cover and the entire thing is covered by an elevated parachute tent for shade/wind block. (Also modesty). For now the water warms up significantly enough by about 10 am without much heat loss at night. I have thought long an hard and this is what I have come up with to heat it during the colder months. I can build a typical solar collector with hoses and hook it to either my saltwater sand pool pump or the cheapy pool pump it came with (which would be better?) then put it on top of a metal roof piece in the yard slightly elevated from rain water, then attach radiant floor heating mats underneath it. I am hoping this would provide a boost of heat on less sunny days or when it is significantly cold, like December. With a much cheaper energy bill. I am guessing I will need to insulate the heating things a bit or something. Feel free to suggest anything. I am just kinda in plan mode atm.

Question by HidiousTak 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


A few thoughts about copyright and Instructables

I have had some excellent exposure from some of my projects on this site. My Nintendo card reader was published in Popular Photography magazine. My geek wallet went pretty viral. Even my shopping cart bike was picked up on Wired and may be published in an Italian magazine. These have been great because they have had my permission to publish my work. But there have been some negatives.Many splogs (spam blogs that just scrape content from valid blogs) have essentially stolen my photography. Thanks to a tip from someone near Boulder i was able to pick up a copy of a newspaper that had published one of my photos "courtesy Instructables." I'm happy to have other people take my ideas and tweak them. That's why i post my projects here. That's why the license i have chosen for all of my projects is Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike. This specifically states "This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms."So when a newspaper publishes my photo without my authorization and credits Instructables that gets me a little hot. When someone takes one of my projects and then makes a video of it and submits it to the MetaCafe rewards program that seems like a violation of my license. And when dozens of splogs pick up a popular project and i have to go around trying to get photographer credit it makes me really reconsider if sharing projects on here is actually beneficial to me at all. I'm sure others have had their great projects ripped off (if they want to retain any rights) in the effort to contribute to the community too. Admittedly, i do have a Leatherman and a few t-shirts and magazine subscriptions to show for my efforts. I do want this site to work - i truly believe in it. I guess i'd like to see image protection for projects that have specified that they need to be attributed. I'd like the license more visible on the project pages. Perhaps a "if you write about this project provide a link to Instructables.com as well as the author's website at xyz.com" type footer to projects. I suppose i can watermark all of my photos and put copyright notices all over my pages and it would be moot.

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


scary thought: could you be sued for an instructable?

What if some well meaning individual created an instructable that somehow was misinterpreted by a well meaning individual who then subsequently injured himself or worse spilled very hot coffee on himself and then decided to sue you into oblivion? thanks for any thoughts

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


Thoughts on this Tablet case I made please

Greetings all! I just put together the instructions on the custom case that I made, I would love your feedback on this.  I made a couple of notes at the end of the 'ible. https://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Sumsung-Galaxy-Tab-89-Case/

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


I saw this yesterday and thought it was pretty COOL...

I went out to the car yesterday at around mid-day and saw what I THOUGHT was the light of the sun refracting off the trunk lid of my car......I WAS WRONG.     I looked up into the nearly cloudless (except in one area) sunny sky, and saw two large clouds "near" each other; with a HUGE bright rainbow in between them. This is the first time I have EVER seen a rainbow in a sunny, rainless, snowless day. Below is a Close up and a normal sized picture of the bow.     In the second picture, there is a speck up there,  that is a crow, IIRC.  

Topic by Goodhart 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Any thoughts on this method to power a car stereo?

OK, I've seen several posts of using computer power supplies and 12V wall adapters to power car stereos.  I was about to recycle an old portable cd player when I noticed that the power rating was 12V.  I haven't cracked it open yet to see how the power supply is wired, but could the power supply from this stereo be used to power a car stereo? 

Topic by RicoSPD 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Laser Harp - a more simpler thought. Help?

Hey Guys  :) ... Need your advice on this idea of mine  :) > Maybe you've seen (and i think you have) the LASER HARP project on the net, well i wanted to build something similar to that but using more simpler and i hope more cheaper components and parts. > I plan on using ARDUINO for this project. About the Laser part of the project, i plan on using a simple laser pointer placed to point upward then aligned on top of it would be a photo-diode. > the Laser pointer and the photo-diode will act as the "Strings" to the Harp, and there will be 8 of this for the 8 notes. > So what do you think? oh and some advice on what speaker or speakers i can use for this, but i'm hoping to use only one speaker to produce all of the eight note. > Hope you guys can give your thoughts about this... tnx  XD

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