I live in a city with lots of traffic and air pollution, and I cycle to work in heavy traffic. I started wearing a Totobobo face mask while cycling to reduce the amount of gross stuff I'm forced to breathe during my commute. Thing is, those damn little filters look the same as a cotton pad, but they are 10-20x more expensive. Has anyone tried making/DIYing their own Totobobo filters? [more inside]
I want to make a tent that goes over the opened lift gate (hatchback?) of my minivan. The ones I've seen are expensive, and I have an old tent, plus a couple of old tent flies and some mesh screen. The tent acts as an extension of the van and allows in air. Could also be used as privacy space for the camping potty. So, ideas and suggestions for making it as good as possible? Have you ever made your own tent? [more inside]
The dish at a faraway hole-in the wall Chinese restaurant was titled "egg fried soft noodles". [more inside]
I need help working out what cosmetics to buy for a basic make over and how to learn to apply them. Also looking for explanations about what different products are 'for'. [more inside]
Can you recommend some software that will automagically create a decent work schedule? [more inside]
I just quit my job to pursue my dream of making things…and I now have 9 months of unplanned time to use. How the hell do I not waste it? (a part of me wants to go all indiana jones, but i'm not sure that's a viable option) [more inside]
What is "get excited and make things" in Latin? [more inside]
[sushi at home] can i do it without poisoning myself? [more inside]
Apache ant build file help. What's the ant equivalent of the makefile I have in mind? [more inside]
What can I do, aside from the obvious, with fifteen gray, six-foot PC power cables? [more inside]
Need help solving a zip archive timestamp & GNU make interaction problem on Linux, MacOSX, and other systems.
We ran into the following conundrum while distributing source code for some open-source software we produce. Our code is pretty straightforward C++ stuff with makefiles designed for GNU make. We distribute the package as a zip archive. Works on most systems (Linux, Windows, MacOS, FreeBSD and others). Now, zip stores and unzip restores the file timestamps. Problem is, if someone downloads the archive in an earlier time zone than the one in which it was produced, the unarchived files have a timestamp in the future. [more inside]
Make/Carpentry Filter: I am a milliner (hat maker) and I desperately need some new wooden forms. Here's the rub... [more inside]
Choosing the right makeup and brands is really confusing for me. So many companies - so many colors and combinations. I need help choosing lipsticks, pencils and eye shadows that will look good and feel good. What are some really excellent brands to go with that are cost effective? Colors that I'm looking for golds, creamy browns, tawny pink - soft and muted. Extra points for classy and luxurious though I'm out of the Chanel, Dior and Bobbi Brown league. I'd say low to middle range in price. Thanks!
Making a Beatles DVD from YouTube videos. Looking for suggestions for clips. [more inside]
I want to make lots of neat little gifts to give friends for Christmas. I'd like these gifts to be useable, elegant, consumable, and grown-up (not decorative, artsy-fartsy crafty crap). My recipients are Pragmatic New Englanders, and would be irked receiving potpourri, eye pillows, embroidered towels, door-hangings, pine-cone-bird feeders, or anything of that ilk. Hence: consumables. In the past I've had past successes making figgy pudding with brandy butter and a collection of homemade ketchups, relishes, mustards, and chutneys, but this year I want to move out of the kitchen. Blow me away with millions of amazing little home-made gift suggestions. [more inside]
My doctor recently prescribed some Librium for awful stomach cramps. It seems that it is making all my food and drink now taste just terrible, like it's all got nutrasweet in it. I know the simple answer here is "just stop taking it", but that's really not an option. The Google is useless on this, and I really miss drinking water that tastes like water, and not water with some awful chemical in it. I guess, long question short: Is this the medication causing this or do I have a brain tumor?
Where, oh where, can I make money online? I have a great computer expertise! [more inside]
Real life hobby for someone who enjoys building structures in computer games? [more inside]
How do you make friends in a small town? [more inside]
How can i get rid of my white panda eyes after a skiing holiday? [more inside]
What sorts of vibrating reminder devices are out there? [more inside]
I'm a 35 yr old single male with no ties to anyone, totally alone and miserable. I need friends but I'm too untalkative and I can't change..
I'm a 35 yr old single male with no ties to anyone, totally alone and miserable. I need friends but I'm too untalkative and I can't change.. [more inside]
Six reasonably talented and experienced makers-of-things, lots of tools, a few hundred dollars in supplies, lots of space, and four days. What can we build? [more inside]
I've made a new fabric product that I hope would sell 5000+ units. For viable efficiency I need to buy manufacturing of the product or its parts. I don't want to reveal my product idea, but let's use a SLR camera bag made in sturdy fabric as an example. My product has similar materials, size and complexity. How do I go from there? [more inside]
What can I do with two pounds of Xanthan Gum? [more inside]
How should I prepare to eventually build a computer from parts? [more inside]
I have found someone who can build me a mobile phone out of a rotary dial telephone. But Sparkfun doesn't really have a one-stop shopping list. Help me decipher exactly what parts from this article i will need and also please recommend a good antenna I can use that will give me the best reception but also be cell-phone-tiny. [more inside]
Where can I find a water gun in the Boston area today? (Or, how can I make my own?) [more inside]
Where around socal can I meet other aspiring electronic do-it-yourselfers? [backyard imagineering] [more inside]
Would you go crazy if you were living in the boonies and every couple of minutes some dude comes careening around your corner on an ATV or motorcycle revving up slowly and maliciously? [more inside]
An old rusty bike: Opportunity for cheap travel, or just junk? [more inside]
Help me build a simple intervalometer! [more inside]
I am trying to decide which to (learn) to use, The Arduino or The Make Controller Kit. Which should I choose as a first buy / entry level controller? [more inside]
Why did drinking tea + coffee make me feel very drained today? [more inside]
What can I make with 2 7'x5' sheets of rubber? [more inside]
I'm using the 'make' utility on a Linux system. Is there a way in a Makefile to set all the intermediate files as PRECIOUS without having to list them individually?
DIY blogs that don't require you to be a goddamn logic board-soldering wizard? [more inside]
25 and No Friends, Cliques Everywhere. What Am I Supposed to Do? [more inside]
Dear GOD what is making that racket in the tree outside my house? [more inside]
Configured Readline with the prefix 'ur/local' on OSX. Then installed Ruby in /usr/local, but with Readline. Would like to put everything in the proper place without damaging anything, so what do I do now? [more inside]
toronto make up school? [more inside]
I've invented a complete imaginary world. Am I insane? [more inside]
Yet another ‘how to make friends’ post [more inside]
What can I do with 10 pounds of white flour? Besides making a boatload of cookies, of course. As usual, there's [more inside]
Are there truly no free plans for a DIY portable disc golf basket on the Internet? How do the fold-up portables hold up over time if you actually fold them up and transport them? [more inside]
Cycle Computer to Computer conversion. I would like to run the wire from the magnetic sensor to my laptop and then handle the data programmatically. What is the best and cheapest way to do this so I can read from the port using established methods? Parallel port, USB? Cannibalize a cycle computer or build from scratch?
I just got a new MacBook Pro 15.4 (1.83 GHz). Everything's great, except for a hissing from the right-hand internal speaker anytime a sound plays through it. When just idle, in Word for example, there is no noise. But anytime a sound-using program is booted, iTunes or GarageBand for example, there is a continual hissing and popping noise, similar to fuzz on a television screen, that is very loud. Anytime a system sounds plays, such as the Trash sound, hissing accompanies it. The only way to make the noise stop is to plug in headphones, or external computer speakers. This hissing only occurs through the internal speakers. Does anyone know how to stop this annoying sound?
[DIY-filter] Need creative ways to protect an iPod in a far away land. [more inside]
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