Kids!! What makes you want to start the day??

Instead of letting the moms of the world plot against you, why not have YOUR say? https://www.instructables.com/id/Top-10-Evil-Techniques-to-Get-your-Teen-out-of-Bed/

Posted by cburrevans 7 years ago


Light Alarm Clock Help

I want to build my own version of the the Progressive Light Alarm Clock by Phillips found here. Theres several of these products on the market, but most are $100-200. Does anyone have any ideas of how to make one yourself?

Posted by Navygreen33 10 years ago


Want to make a "BioBrite Sunrise Clock" (clock that wakes you by a gradually brightening light)

Hello, First message to this board. I have to wake up most mornings with sun still sleeping. I would like to try waking up with a gradually brightening light, rather than a jolt-inducing beeping sound from an alarm clock. I have seen http://www.foxnomad.com/2006/08/20/how-to-build-your-own-sunrise-alarm-clock, but I was wondering if we could add the "gradual-light" feature to his "instructable". PLease help. Also, please note that I am not usually one to use my hands to make stuff. I usually buy stuff  that I need and I usually don't fix stuff with my own hands. In short, I hope your instructable would be something a newbie can do.  Thank you so much. 

Posted by JcJc 8 years ago


Wake Up!

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

Posted by JamesRPatrick 7 years ago


I need people who can speak

I have a theory, that I will be able to wake up easier if someone who's voice I don't recognize tells me to. I am asking if anyone who can would record their voice saying: "It is time to wake up now" After this is recorded save it as a mp3 or wav and upload the file and post it in a comment below. Thanks!

Posted by benthekahn 9 years ago


Effective Way to Wake You Up

Getting up in the morning is not the easiest thing to do--but with the proper motivation, we all might be a little more inclined to hop out of bed. This alarm clock provides that: if you don't wake up, it will randomly dial someone from your cell phone's address book. An early morning call to your family, friends, or random person whose number you've got stored in there will guarantee that you have some awkward explaining to do.Link viaEngadget

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


Delivery Times (You wake us up)

7 AM Pacific coast time is not a good time to wake up to a signal from my iPhone that says there's a new email from instructables.com Please deliver it some other time during the regular daytime. Yes, I can turn off my cell phone, but then I'd forget to turn it on and yes, there are other methods to work around, but that would affect all my other email so I just like you to change the delivery time.

Posted by johnapeters 2 years ago


Creator of Bagpuss, Ivor, Clangers dies aged 83.

Oliver, dear Oliver,Creator of fat furry cat-pussWake up and look at this thing that we bringWake up, be brightBe golden and lightOliver, Oh hear what we singhttp://www.smallfilms.co.uk/http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7772620.stm

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


CAN SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE A REALLY EASY CLAPPER I'BLE?

I'm requesting that someone please make an easy instructable that tells you how to make a clapper. that way, when i wake up in the morning i dont have to go all the way across the room to turn on the light. and ill also hook up a radio to it so that the music freaking makes me wake up :-)

Posted by alvincredible 10 years ago


Puppy Cam

Http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shiba-inu-puppy-cam

Posted by iMac 10 years ago


Chandelier sunrise alarm integrated in wall switch

Hello guys I found some nice instructables here about making a sunrise alarm clock, like the Philips wake-up alarm. I was wondering if it is possible (and how :D) to male a circuit with an lcd (maybe by reusing some cheap alarm clock) and put it inside the wall switch which operates the lamp in the chandelier by slowly increasing the light and reaching the full bright when the time is set to wake up! That would be awesome! Thanks for helping, Sam.

Posted by samumar 6 years ago


An Alarm Clock Idea - No Lights, No Sound

I'm a pretty deep sleeper, and I don't wake up very fast in the mornings, which is bad since I ride the school bus to school. I set my alarm clock, with a high volume, but it still doesn't wake me very good. I've thought of trying to make an alarm that flashes a strobe light, something like a deaf person might use, but didn't think it would work very good. So, my idea now is to think of a way to make an alarm clock that gives pulsating shocks when it goes off. I have absolutely (well, 99%) no idea how to connect it up, nor how to produce the shocks. I'm thinking a shock with high voltage, but low current, like static electricity. I figure that should wake me. Do y'all have any ideas, or better suggestions? Also, do you think that the shocks (if usable) would cause any dangerous effects on my health? Thanks!

Posted by Bran 11 years ago


Happy Father's Day to me!

A perfect Father's Day - left to have a sleep in, then when I do wake up, greeted with a rather nice bottle of whiskey and an Instructable! Thank you, Roger-X & Conker-X!

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


Dreams

Do you think dreams are anything more than the subconscious working through stuff? I used to think that's all it was, but sometimes I wake up thinking "why the hell did I just dream that? (Of all things I could have dreamt about)?

Posted by Rojo68 5 years ago


Waking up on Father's Day

Good morning, world!The boys woke me up around 9:30 this morning, gave me cards (#2 had made his at school) and a big Fruit-and-Nut Toblerone.When I came downstairs, they worked together to grill some waffles for my breakfast (their first time using the grill without supervision, and they didn't set fire to any of the waffles!)Now they've sat me in front of the PC to "play on your Instructables" while they go and get dressed so they can take me to the DVD shop to hire a disc for us to watch together. Apparently it's going to be something called Dragon Wars.So, what are you doing for your fathers, or what did your sproglets do for you?

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Sleep problems

Ok well I have a trerrible time getting to sleep at night. Last night I went to sleep at around 2 a.m. and had to wake up at 7 a.m. for school. I had a hard time getting through the day. Any suggestions for getting to sleep easier/quicker?

Posted by Sunbanks 10 years ago


To my dear friends

You know who you are. What? You don"t? Well, assume I'm talking to you. Happy New Year. May it bring you all the pain, joy, dread, happiness, fear, and courage that make life worth waking up for. Should bald acquiescent be for not and never bought a mime........

Posted by Tool Using Animal 10 years ago


Rewire the laptop power button.

Hi, I have a desk and I've put  shelf on it that is 4 inches high from desk. On this shelf lie two 23 inch monitors. Below the shelf, tucked away, is my laptop (with the lid closed). The problem is that I need to be able to turn the laptop on without opening the lid. (The power button is right above the keyboard). My motherboard does not support Wake on LAN but it does support USB Wake. This is a bit useless to me, however, because it doesn't allow me to fully shut down the computer, but rather put in stand-by. So i wanted to know if there is a way to attach an external button (maybe a push switch) that can power the laptop? If so, can anybody help me out how to do it? I'd assume it would be in parallel to the regular switch.  I have an Dell Inspiron 1521 (which I think is a fail to being with :P ) Thanks! AK

Posted by gpatton69 8 years ago


Spring is Coming!

Spring is the time now!  Everyone mourn for a death... that of winter!  A new season is rising out of the ashes: Spring!  All of the beautiful flowers will be waking up after a long slumber, and poking their heads out of the earth.  Fruit trees will flower, and soon, there will be an abundance of wonderful fruits to share with one's fellows.  May everyone rejoice at the new time of peace that is arriving!

Posted by tincanz 7 years ago


Vibrating alarm clock help

 Hey guys,  I'm a soon-to-be college freshman and a very heavy sleeper. I contacted my soon-to-be roommate, and it turns out he's a very light sleeper and is frightened by waking up to loud noises. Of course, coming from a house where I used a phone hooked to a guitar amplifier as an alarm clock, I figured I'd have to change my waking habits. I heard from my father about an alarm clock system that utilizes pillow-mounted vibrators, but that costs waaaay too much, and I'm already going to have to balance a job or two just to get by paying tuition. Besides, I don't like buying things I can build at home. So here's my situation: I have a five-volt vibrating massager that plugs into USB ports that I wanna use as a pillow-mounted vibrator in college, so I don't wake my roomie up with a fright. My phone has a 3.5mm plug that I use to connect it to the guitar amplifier. My question is: How can I build an amplifying circuit that'll power the vibrating motor enough to work with the signal from the phone (or any alarm clock signal, for that matter)? I need 5 volts to power the motor. That much I know. I haven't measured the signal from the phone, since I haven't access to a volt-meter, at the time. HELP ME PLEASE!! Thanks.

Posted by Usf 8 years ago


Will pseudo-surgery hurt if I'm asleep? Will I wake up in the process? *UPDATE* The surgery was a success! I added pics, come take a look!

So, tonight my parents are gonna remove a piece of glass that's been lodged in my foot for four years. How I got that piece of glass stuck in there was because I kicked open a glass bookshelf four years ago, when I'm still at the age of ten. I managed to live with it, but just now the piece of glass suddenly emerged from my skin. I tried removing it, but dang that was painful. So my parents decided to remove it when I'm asleep. Now, the question is, will it hurt at all? Will I wake up from the shock? Thanks in advance for answering.*UPDATE* The operation was a success! I added pics, come take a look! Thanks again for those who have helped me out by commenting and giving me advice!

Posted by Camisado 9 years ago


Xbox remote power ON

I have a softmodded original xbox, and it is located in my basement. It is a huge pain to go downstairs just to turn it on. I am looking for a solution. Originally I had planned to do WOL (wake on lan), but the nic doesn't support it. All I have to do it have something that acts like the front button: bridges two wires momentarily. Any suggestions

Posted by dwj300 10 years ago


nightlife

I was wondering if anyone else was like me in the sense that they stay up late and do everything that night. Most nights im up past 1 or 2 am, and wake up around 7 or 7 30, I also do all my homework or work on projects at late night early morning too. And the best part is staying out until dawn which I also love... Is anyone else like that?

Posted by astrozombies138 11 years ago


Replacing alarm speaker with vibrating motor (for sleeping with earplugs)

I just started college and have found sleeping with earplugs to be indespensible in a dorm room. I have a radio alarm that is pretty loud. I was thinking of ripping out the speaker and attaching a vibrating motor to it. Then I would mount the vibrating motor to my bed post or something, and hopefully it would be annoying enough to wake me up. Does the alarm send enough power to the speaker to power an electric motor? Thanks! -Cedric

Posted by polar8 10 years ago


2 Minute Meals -- Your favorite breakfast?

2 Minute meals are fun, but in the morning, if you wake up too late, they can become necessity. I've made "oatmeal" in the past, just a little water and some instant oatmeal, in the 'wave for 30 seconds, and its warm. I call it "oatmeal" because its just instant oatmeal suspended in lukewarm water, it doesn't get gelatinous or anything :P What do you do in a hurry?

Posted by zachninme 11 years ago


Smart Alarm Clock - wake me early or wake me late because of something

Hello, I came up with this idea the other day as I am new to long distance commuting on public transport and the winter season is upon us in the UK.  I hope this is posted in the right section.  I've loitered on instructables for a number of years but have never ventured into the forums. Basically I get up in the morning with enough time for my normal morning routine and then leave the house by car to catch a train that runs every hour from my local train station.  The three main factors that effect me getting on the train to work.  1) Waking up on time, 2) the train actually running (it has been cancelled twice in the past 3 weeks) and 3) getting to the station on time.   As I see it there are three variables to the situation.  The time to get up in order to catch the train if it is running - 1) more or less fixed but this could vary day by day, i.e. some days need to put bins out or perhaps take something extra which requires preparation.  2) The extra time taken in clearing ice from the car and driving more slowly to the station because of ice and snow - perhaps this needs to be variable too.  i.e. frost does not have an impact on driving conditions as much as deep snow.  3) Is the train running or late? If it's not running then get an extra hour in bed - for me I commute up to 5 hours a day so extra rack time is a bonus. Basic Requirements I think the clock should monitor outside temperature at least or get that information from the internet, in which case get more detailed data   The clock should be relatively accurate, again we could use the internet for NTP or use a radio synced signal The clock needs to be aware which train I take The clock needs to know I don't go to work some days The clock should need minimal user intervention to complete it's tasks The clock should be mains powered with battery backup The clock should be able to dim it's display at night but be viewable in bright interior room conditions - i.e. we don't need it readable in bright sunshine. The clock shouldn't be too expensive to make.   Specifically I have been thinking of using a spark.io and 4 8x8 displays as I happen to have these.  Thinking about this for only a short time I guess the clock would be more easily programmed via the web and in fact probably pull it's data from the internet.  Cycling power could be the basis to fetch new configuration so not user buttons should be required. We would need to find services to get train information and very local weather information. A service or server would need to be setup where the unit could check in.  Perhaps it would be simpler if this was the proxy for the train and weather information. That's it for now.  I wanted to get my ideas in writing whilst throwing it out there for someone else to think about.  My thoughts are if you want to keep an idea to yourself then don't tell anyone - please feel free to do what you may with the information in this post. Cheers, Al

Posted by albal21 4 years ago


Alarm clock mod

I took apart my alarm clock and took out the speaker and put in a headphone jack. Now it can wake me up and i was wondering if someone could help me figure out what the specific alarm electric thing looks like. I want it to be able to set off a motor that pulls off my sheets. I know absolutely nothing about circuit boards and things like that. any info would help. thanks

Posted by pizzadeliverykid 8 years ago


Make socks which pause your TV show if you fall asleep

Sometimes I fall asleep when I'm watching TV and don't realize it, because I dream the rest of the story. Then of course when I wake up I'm thoroughly confused: why are the bad guys still alive? They had transformed into evil giant ants then I saved the day by feeding them peanut butter laced with boric acid! When I finally realize I'm not the hero in the story, I have to either go to bed and abandon all hope of finding out what really happened, or watch the story backwards, sped up and silent till I see a scene I recognize. No fun! These socks will protect the integrity of your show's story line: build them by following this tutorial, wear them while watching TV and they will pause the show when you fall asleep. Of course they won't keep you from dreaming up an alternate ending, but at least when you wake up you can start where you dosed off and find out who the murderer really is. This is a Netflix tutorial, and it's supposed to pause Netflix shows... but I'm sure it can be adapted to turn off Amazon Prime or other streaming services...

Posted by belsey 2 years ago


Protecting You From the Boogyman

Both my girlfriend and my sister are afraid of the dark. I've heard so many stories and them waking up in the middle of the night, hearts racing, and then checking under the bed before they run to the bathroom. Afterwards, they run back and literally jump into the bed and hide under the covers. While this is infinitely amusing for me, I'm sure it's not as fun for them. What could actually be really cool is if the iCreate could sleep near the bed and the wake up when motion is detected, turn on a light and then follow the person to the bathroom shining a beacon of safety/boogyman death ray. ;) It's actually not as innocuous as it sounds. To pull this off some of the classic problems in robotics would have to be solved including object tracking (probably using infrared), collision avoidance and coordinated movement all using the iCreate. If you think about it, the possible extensions are many... perhaps on command the iCreate could play a chosen melody to soothe you back to sleep; perhaps each person using the iCreate could have a different colored light to shine the way; and if you could do that, perhaps you could also mod it into party mode where it would shine a bunch of lights in a pattern while it played songs. Groovy. I'm really excited by the possibilities and ideas floating around as a result of this contest, so thank you iRobot for the opportunity, we're slowly getting there!

Posted by althalinelife 11 years ago


Protecting Your Loved Ones from the Boogyman

Both my girlfriend and my sister are afraid of the dark. I've heard so many stories and them waking up in the middle of the night, hearts racing, and then checking under the bed before they run to the bathroom. Afterwards, they run back and literally jump into the bed and hide under the covers. While this is infinitely amusing for me, I'm sure it's not as fun for them. What could actually be really cool is if the iCreate could sleep near the bed and the wake up when motion is detected, turn on a light and then follow the person to the bathroom shining a beacon of safety/boogyman death ray. ;) It's actually not as innocuous as it sounds. To pull this off some of the classic problems in robotics would have to be solved including object tracking (probably using infrared), collision avoidance and coordinated movement all using the iCreate. If you think about it, the possible extensions are many... perhaps on command the iCreate could play a chosen melody to soothe you back to sleep; perhaps each person using the iCreate could have a different colored light to shine the way; and if you could do that, perhaps you could also mod it into party mode where it would shine a bunch of lights in a pattern while it played songs. Groovy. I'm really excited by the possibilities and ideas floating around as a result of this contest, so thank you iRobot for the opportunity, we're slowly getting there!

Posted by althalinelife 11 years ago


Protecting You From the Boogyman

Both my girlfriend and my sister are afraid of the dark. I've heard so many stories and them waking up in the middle of the night, hearts racing, and then checking under the bed before they run to the bathroom. Afterwards, they run back and literally jump into the bed and hide under the covers. While this is infinitely amusing for me, I'm sure it's not as fun for them. What could actually be really cool is if the iCreate could sleep near the bed and the wake up when motion is detected, turn on a light and then follow the person to the bathroom shining a beacon of safety/boogyman death ray. ;) It's actually not as innocuous as it sounds. To pull this off some of the classic problems in robotics would have to be solved including object tracking (probably using infrared), collision avoidance and coordinated movement all using the iCreate. If you think about it, the possible extensions are many... perhaps on command the iCreate could play a chosen melody to soothe you back to sleep; perhaps each person using the iCreate could have a different colored light to shine the way; and if you could do that, perhaps you could also mod it into party mode where it would shine a bunch of lights in a pattern while it played songs. Groovy. I'm really excited by the possibilities and ideas floating around as a result of this contest, so thank you iRobot for the opportunity, we're slowly getting there!

Posted by althalinelife 11 years ago


Protecting Your Loved Ones from the Boogyman

Both my girlfriend and my sister are afraid of the dark. I've heard so many stories and them waking up in the middle of the night, hearts racing, and then checking under the bed before they run to the bathroom. Afterwards, they run back and literally jump into the bed and hide under the covers. While this is infinitely amusing for me, I'm sure it's not as fun for them. What could actually be really cool is if the iCreate could sleep near the bed and the wake up when motion is detected, turn on a light and then follow the person to the bathroom shining a beacon of safety/boogyman death ray. ;) It's actually not as innocuous as it sounds. To pull this off some of the classic problems in robotics would have to be solved including object tracking (probably using infrared), collision avoidance and coordinated movement all using the iCreate. If you think about it, the possible extensions are many... perhaps on command the iCreate could play a chosen melody to soothe you back to sleep; perhaps each person using the iCreate could have a different colored light to shine the way; and if you could do that, perhaps you could also mod it into party mode where it would shine a bunch of lights in a pattern while it played songs. Groovy. I'm really excited by the possibilities and ideas floating around as a result of this contest, so thank you iRobot for the opportunity, we're slowly getting there!

Posted by althalinelife 11 years ago


Health Update

A few sundays ago, I fell asleep at the wheel of my car mid-day (thankfully Ellen my wife was with me and I swerved and unnerved her enough to wake me).  Of course I scheduled a follow up sleep study to be done (amazing how booked up they are) and that is taking place this coming Monday - Tuesday.   It will probably result in my "pressure" being upped to around 15-18 on the machine; which is getting high.  Just wanted those of you that know me why I wouldn't be posting Monday afternoon in case anyone noticed :-)   

Posted by Goodhart 6 years ago


Separation Anxiety

My wife and I just got a dog that we found wandering the neighborhood. He's a Japanese Chin and very sweet, already housebroken, very well-behaved except he's obsessed with my wife. Typically she works from home and I'm at the warehouse but on certain mornings, she has to be up and out the door hours before I even wake up. In those cases, the dog goes nuts - howling and whining and I can't sleep through it. Does anyone have any suggestions of how I could break the little fellow from this habit that is slowly zombifying me? 

Posted by PlasticPanama 3 years ago


Anyone own a pair of these?

I just stumbled across some old pictures I took a long time ago of my bookshelf speakers that I use in my room at night, so I can still listen to my music, but not wake my parents with my tower speakers. For small bookshelf speakers, they can actually pack a punch, at only 80 watts a piece. They're also the heaviest speaker for their size I have ever picked up, you couldn't find a speaker this sized in any electronics store that didn't feel like a box of cardboard or a plastic cube. Anybody ever owned a pair of these?? The model is SW-7II

Posted by Punkguyta 9 years ago


A bed with pockets

So I was thinking about making a shred bed or some other shred furniture. The office has a ton (probably literally) of finely shredded paper that would make excellent stuffing. I was thinking, hey, I've got some old pants I could slice up and make a patchwork shred thing out of. Then I got to thinking, wouldn't it be cool to have a bed with pockets in the sides? You could stick your cell phone in there and charge it and it would be close enough to be loud enough to wake you up but not so easily accessible as to defeat the purpose of an alarm. It would look darn silly made out of pants, though.

Posted by stephen20x6 11 years ago


Part of iPad Screen Not Working after Replacement

Hi! I replaced the digitizer on my iPad 2. It was damaged in 2 separate drops and the screen was completely shattered. It was working fine before I replaced it. Took me 2-1/2 hours to get it off and clean up the glass and I had to grind flat two of the corners with my Dremel Tool so the replacement trim and the digitizer would lay flush with the frame. After I installed it, the iPad fired up just fine and was working, just there is a 2-1/2 inch section of the screen (about 4" up from the home button) that wasn't responding to touch. The top 1 inches of the screen worked fine, and the bottom 4" worked fine. I tried reseating the digitizer cable numerous times with no effect. I heard it's supposed to fit into the connector with the white dots flush with the connector, but it won't go in any further, even when I pushed it with my plastic pick. I was very careful in removing it and didn't damage any cables (WiFi, power, volume) or connectors. However, I did rub the sleep/wake sensor with my spudger and roughed it up a bit. It's not completely destroyed, but you can tell it was molested 8( Is it possible that in damaging the sleep/wake sensor that it would make the screen behave that way? Could it be the digitizer being faulty? I got it off Amazon for cheap. I am doing an RMA on it soon. If the replacement digitizer doesn't work, then I don't know what to do. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks. Nick

Posted by NickB6 3 years ago


Soundproof Sleeping Closure

Hello fellow instructables :) Right I need some help and advice on a design brief to help fix my problem. Problem - I live in a ground floor flat and there is 1 flat above me, 2 scum bags occupy it, a couple of 22 year olds and they have obviously never been taught consideration for others and they bang and thrash around all through the early hours of the morning. When they bang on their bare wooden floor it sounds like a heavy metal dumbbell coming through my ceiling and it wakes me abruptly and its ruining my life :( I've complained to the council the past 18 months but there not interested. They have not put any carpet down in their flat in the last 18 months and it looks like they have no intention of doing so (they can afford fags n booze tho), plus they have a baby due any day now, great.. so now there making their problems, my problem. Solution - The only thing I can think of is making a soundproof sleeping closure, a large box like a 4 poster bed but all sides solid made out of a layer of MDF then insulation then more mdf, but I have some questions before I start. How would I get adequate air in and out ? Would this even stop the banging on my ceiling waking me up ? or would it still penetrate the box ? How would I control the temperature, would it be too hot in there ? Something like the image below but more solid with a door. If anyone has any experience with this or input or any good ideas I'd be ever so grateful. Cheers in advance. Matt

Posted by mattdiy 4 years ago


Premonition?

Last night I dreamed of massive Earthly destruction by huge flaming rocks from the sky. It was really, really cool, but rather scary. Black sky, massive and multiple flaming rocks from above impacting with devastating effect (some distance away, but close enough to feel shock-waves). Not like the image, more real and hot-burning coals like (but that's the best I could manage to get for 2 mins of searching)If it happens soon it's a premonition?(I also dreamed that some landlord-bast's had been in while I was out and cleaned my place out of all the junk and important stuff like my furniture, PC etc and moved the stuff out of the shed into my lounge, but that was a completely separate scene and in daylight...)I was glad to wake up!

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago


timer-control of PC?

I'm trying to find a simple way to turn on my PC multiple times each day. I use the BIOS to turn it on now to record radio streams. I'd like something external to the PC, and something I could use to set several On Times each day. I don't know where to start. Should I attempt adding a relay to parallel the PC's power switch and then activate the relay? Should I attempt to build Rube Goldberg mechanism to mechanically activate PC's power switch? Wake-On-Lan doesn't seem to be the answer as how would I reliably send signal while I sleep? Even if you don't know of something specific, I'd be interested in where to look or approaches to investigate. Thanks, Scott

Posted by tscottme 11 years ago


Arduino based Alarm Clock that uses 5-Senses!

Hi.   We want to make an alarm clock that uses all five senses to help wake you up.  However, at the moment we are just focusing on three of the five for our prototype; sight, smell, & sound.   Does anyone know of similar project that use an time-activated scent release system?  This is the part of the alarm clock that is giving us the most trouble.  Or even better--has anyone heard of a project similar to this where all five senses were used?   We really need some advice on the process and the technical portion of the prototype.  Any ideas, links, tutorials, pictures, diagram, blogs, articles--they could really help!   Thanks.

Posted by hthnc-student 6 years ago


Weird-o Dream-o

Wow! I've been experiencing a chain of weird, almost scary dreams lately involving instructables...... It was a normal Sunday afternoon, I go to I'bles, and I read my comment tracker. I can actually read the comments I will get later on in the real world. I kept having these dreams for about a week. Meh, Strange stuff..... Do you have weird dreams of your own? if so, post it here! UPDATE!!!! Another very weird dream! It was a normal afternoon. I read comics. Then, suddenly, strangers started saying gibberish. This was repeated for about 6 times, then I wake up. The first thing I realized is now my penis is " modded " by my parents... I screamed because of the intense pain......

Posted by Camisado 10 years ago


turning a pc on via mobile phone

Would it possible to wire the speaker of a mobile phone to the on/off of a standard pc so you could turn it on with a simple phone call? Not exactly a burning question but the idea has been floating around in my head for a while now, but i'm no closer to investigating.. Being completely devoid of network attached storage, that would be the next best way to access my files or store stuff when not at home without leaving the pc on all the time.. when finished it can be turned off via VNC or logmein. I've tried all ways to get wake on lan working of course, but can't stop the fans from running even when in standby/hibernation, and lately i can't even get it to stay in that mode without booting straight back into xp.. cheers in advance! ade

Posted by uchujin 9 years ago


Cell Phone Killer & Now Texting Problems

I need help! The ditsy blonds , brunets, and red heads are trying to crash into me. They are on their cell phones, everywhere. Need someone to invent a signal blocker (killer) that cuts the signal when a cell phone is brought near a persons head in a vehicle! Cops are not enforcing the law. People are crashing. Wait till the statistics come out. One in four ? or more! Help, can anyone invent this dearly needed device? Maybe get them installed in all new cars? Now its young people TEXTING and crashing and dying! 3,000 this year from Texting Auto Accidents, they were not accidents, they were stupid texting idiots. lLife is more important than stupid messaging! Wake up, stop TEXTING, and live!

Posted by triumphman 10 years ago


Electronic sleep timer for my car stereo

I live in my campervan and often listen to music before I go to sleep. I have a Sony CDX-GT470US carstereo and Sony RM-X4S wired remote for it. here is a schematic for the remote www.panuworld.net/minidisc/fordsony/rm-x2s.gif It has also a wireless remote so when I am in bed I can turn it off with it unless I have fallen asleep. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with the radio still on. This wastes power and might flatten the battery. So I need some device which attaches into the wired remote parallel to the off switch. Then some type of timer circuit which gives a 2 second pulse to short the contacts to turn off the stereo. Any ideas appreciated.

Posted by pellepeloton 8 years ago


Saving energy on my wireless router

OK, so I've lagged my loft, put switches on all my chargers, installed intelligent thermostats. I've even put our cordless phone chargers on timeswitches so they charge at night (cheap leccy!). But I have a wireless router: it's always on, 24/7. I'd love to be able to put it to sleep and wake it up only when I'm using it. Notes: i) I access the web at all times of day (and sometimes night!) from the second floor; the router is on the ground floor. And I'm NOT going to go up and down two flights of stairs to switch it on/off. ii) I'm not buying a new router. It took me FOREVER to set the darn thing up the first time (yes, I know I'm a dunce, but what would you?). Any ideas?

Posted by LDW 9 years ago


The geek daily Scheduel. <--- i hope i spelt that right, otherwise i'de be a geek castaway.

What Geeks do every day.7:00 AM= Wake up and brush teeth, then polish braces. (LOL)8:00 AM= After hour long brace polishing we eat a healthy fiber filled breakfast.8:30 AM= Leave for school. We like to be early.12:00PM= Talk to friends about Conquer.3:00 PM= After school, run away from bullies, all the way home.3:45 PM= At home, play Conquer.3:46 PM= Live Conquer.4:00 PM= Start doing homework.7:00 PM= Finish homework and study8:00 PM= Eat dinner then sleep instantly. Repeat every day, any day.

Posted by kingghaffari 10 years ago


Yes Men talk at MIT - 10/26/09

The Yes Men are speaking at MIT next Monday, October 26th, in the Bartos Theater in the Media Lab (E15, on Ames St).  Wish I could pop over, but it's a long trip - if you get to go, share your thoughts. Why do you want to see this talk?  From the posting: The Yes Men have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives of corporations they hate. Armed with nothing but thriftstore suits, The Yes Men lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate targets in ever more extreme ways – basically doing everything that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world. The Yes Men were featured in the documentary, The Yes Men Fix the World, which won the Panorama Audience Award at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. 

Posted by canida 9 years ago


Whale hunting season, begins again...

Just interested in how "ible" members felt, about Japanese whaler's entering protected zones for the purpose of research.. This is also the first year they will be escorted by an Australia research vessel to gather documentation to use against this process. The fleet has recently set sail for our southern water's with the intention of harvesting humbacks for the first time in decade's. The Australia Anti whaling vessel's, as usual should provide for an interesting event... So what I'd like to know is, since the rest of the world say's NO to whaling why do we not as global power's tell the Japanese to cease... I'm not talking everthing, but atleast during migratory season when they are in sanctuary's and sitting duck's... STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND STOP WHALING NOW!! Whale can't taste that good, make a synthetic version like fake crab.... fake whale... they need to wake up and deal with it... they are not theirs to take. They are our's, so leave them alone...!!

Posted by Lftndbt 10 years ago


Choosing the right white LEDs for my dawn simulator

Hi all!I'm playing around with a simple DIY dawn simulator alarm clock. I've got a prototype thing working on a breadboard; an ATMEGA88 sends a PWM signal, which fades in a white LED. Adding more LEDs, I thought I'd better send the PWM signal through a mosfet, rather than drive the LEDs directly.Now I have 5 LEDs, which I grabbed in a pack at the local gadget store. However, looking at LED dawn simulators, it seems I'll need an 6x12 array of LEDs to actually wake someone up. Before I buy bulk online, I was hoping someone might help me choose the right components :)What I want is,white LEDsI guess large is better? what I have now is 10mmshould they be ultra-bright?Please comment :)

Posted by joakimk 9 years ago