Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Supa-Hula (a very big hula-hoop made from plastic electrical conduit)

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Solder Safely with this USB-Powered Fume Extractor

Soldering creates some nasty fumes that smell bad at best, and cause chronic asthma over time. If you do it often, you can keep yourself safe though with this portable, USB-powered fume extractor.

X2jiggy shares the elegant design on his personal site. The box incorporates a PC fan, carbon filter pad, and a small USB power supply dialed up to 12v with a cheap converter. The fan sucks in the fumes from your soldering station, and ejects them through the carbon pad, trapping toxins on the inside. The project requires a degree of electronics experience and a little bit of woodworking, but the finished product will be a great companion for your future projects. Check out the source link for a complete walkthrough.

USB Fume Extractor | X2jiggy via Hack A Day

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Service Pages for Google Chrome Brings Quick Access to Chrome Settings

Service Pages for Google Chrome Brings Quick Access to Chrome Settings

Chrome: Most of us know about internal Chrome settings pages like Chrome://flags, but it can be hard to remember the names for each of them. Service Pages for Google Chrome saves you from looking them up by storing them in your extensions menu.

Once you install the extension, just click the gearbox icon to call up a dropdown menu of every Chrome service page. The basics like Settings, Experiments, and Extensions are all there, but there are dozens more that you probably never knew existed. For example, chrome://memory-redirect/ shows you how much RAM each of your tabs are using, and chrome://sync-internals/ lets you view and manage fine grained details of Chrome's sync.

Some of the pages are either deprecated or not necessary for your Chrome configuration, so not all of the links will actually work, but you can disable bookmarks that you don't care about in the extension's settings. It might not be an app you use often, but it's great to have when you want to dig through the underbelly of your browser.

Service Pages for Google Chrome (Free) | Chrome Web Store via Ghacks


23.jpgHi everybody. Today I will show you how to make easy, quick and tasty droplets. This is a simple way of making delicious treats for guests out of three ingredients and in under 25 minutes. Read through the instructable before starting so you can understand what is needed. I hope the instructions are simple to understand and that you enjoy making them.3.jpgAll you need for the recipe is:
- 400g puff pastry
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more depending on how strong you want it)
- 100g sugar 

The tools used are:
- knife
- baking tray (glass/metal)
- baking paper

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Glowing Sugru pendant (for Burning Man 2013)

DSC_4596.jpgIn this Instructable I'll explain how create a glowing pendant made out of simple components. No engineering/programming skills are requires, though you will need to know how to do some basic soldering.

I've spent a lot of time trying out different variations for this pendant, and this one is my favorite so far. I already made several of those and I am planning to gift them on the next burn :)

DSC_4256.jpgYou will need the following: 1 x 5g Sugru pack (or get two, just in case). Any color will do, but if you use white the entire pendant should glow 1 x 5mm slow flash LED. Alternatively, you can get fast flashing LEDs, or just a fixed color LED. Get them on EBay, they are pretty cheap 1 x CR2032 SMD Battery Holder. I used this one 1 x CR2032 battery Plastic diffuser. The size should be about the same as the size of the battery holder. Mine are 2.5 x 1.8cm. I cut my diffusers from an Ikea 701.362.03 plastic box cover, which is ~2mm thick Sand paper (optional) Tin Foil (to use as a surface when working with Sugru) Hot glue gun Solder iron A cutter (to shorten the "legs" of the LED) Various tools to cut and shape the Sugru. I don't know the names, but you can look at the photo and see what I used. I also use a scalpel (not shown in this photo)

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Plug Your Ears and Speak Normally to Have Conversations at Concerts

Plug Your Ears and Speak Normally to Have Conversations at Concerts

Loud environments like concerts, clubs, and sporting events aren't well suited for conversations with your friends, but if you need to exchange a few words, try plugging your ears and speaking in a normal voice.

Osas Obaiza at WonderHowTo suggests sticking your fingers (gently) in your ears to help filter out the background music, and make it easier to focus what your friend is saying nearby. He also suggests having your conversation in a normal tone of voice, though you may need to speak directly into each others' ears. When you yell, your vocal frequency more closely matches the music in the background, and begins to blend into it, but speaking normally helps your voice stand out among the noise. You might not be able to have a detailed discussion about last week's Game of Thrones, but these tricks should let you get a few ideas across in just about any environment.

The Trick to Hearing Your Friends Better at Loud Clubs and Concerts (And Having Them Hear You) | WonderHowTo

Photo by Uroc Zunic (Shutterstock).

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