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I want to connect this to that

Take this and connect it to that
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A web site devoted to connecting things. I need to connect my generator head to my 40 HP engine. I need to connect these two pvc pipes. I need to connect this pet bottle to a garden hose. I need to connect these two solid aluminum bars end-to-end without heat. I need to connect two straps, ropes, strings, ends of yarn, hair. I need to connect something with that ugly ass concrete floor on my closed-in porch. I need to connect a rope with a limb that is way, way, way the fuck up there.
nomocrow, Jan 06 2012

Connect http://uk.ask.com/wiki/Cross-stitch
Enjoy the joy of Cross stiching. [skinflaps, Jan 06 2012]

Audio Connectors http://www.google.c...oAQ&biw=991&bih=653
and adapters [csea, Jan 07 2012]

Sounds like a job for these guys. http://www.youtube....watch?v=1f-kfRREA8M
[doctorremulac3, Jan 08 2012]

Elmer's glue http://www.google.c...oAQ&biw=991&bih=653
The logo [csea, Jan 09 2012]

Adhesion Science Overview http://www.adhesive...cienceOverview.aspx
Sticky stuff. [csea, Jan 10 2012]


       If you have a bow and arrow and some lightweight string, I can help you connect your rope with the limb that is way, way ...up there.
jurist, Jan 06 2012

       predicts that this would quickly turn into a fetish dating site...
RayfordSteele, Jan 06 2012

       Ha! I kept thing that as I was writing it.
nomocrow, Jan 06 2012

       @ [jurist] if you haul the rope up and over, how do you disconnect it?
nomocrow, Jan 06 2012

       I think this would be a very good website. You could call it "Only connect".   

MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 06 2012

daseva, Jan 06 2012

       I could see many Red Green types coming out of the woodwork.   

       Damn, he saw me!
Alterother, Jan 06 2012

       [nomocrow], the arrow with the lightweight string attached goes up and over the limb. An end of the string is attached to the midpoint of the rope, and the doubled rope is hauled over the limb and back to ground level. The two loose ends of the rope are fed through the midpoint loop of the rope, where the lightweight string is still attached. The loose rope ends of the rope are then pulled taut to create a hitch over the tree limb. If you want to disconnect the hitch at a future time you merely pull on the still-attached lightweight string, which will loosen the hitch and pull the midpoint loop back to ground. Easy-peasy, unless you had an entirely different sort of connection in mind. [And, it might be pointed out, disconnection was never a featured element nor specification in the original idea in any case.]
jurist, Jan 07 2012

       Ok, so some string and bow and arrow covers one problem, and lots of duct tape would seem to cover all of the others.   

       (Stupid question, why not do a woodwork type joint on the aluminium bars?)
not_morrison_rm, Jan 07 2012

       Error: Can't connect to server...
phundug, Jan 07 2012

       This is brilliant! (Somewhere, Rube Goldberg is salivating) [+]
Grogster, Jan 07 2012

       Maybe a portfolio project for a designer of content management systems -- seems like a limiting case of a wicki: a publicly editable ontology.   

       Once it grew to reasonable size, you could use it for competitions. What's the shortest number of edges that will allow you to connect your 40 HP engine with a limb that is way, way the f*ck up there?
mouseposture, Jan 07 2012

       That depends; do you want the limb to turn, or just support the engine?
Alterother, Jan 07 2012

       The limb should remain stationary, and the tree rotate.   

       That sort of question does, though, illustrate an interesting problem for the implementation of this idea.
mouseposture, Jan 07 2012

       Torque generation and firm anchoring will be the primary concerns if the entire tree is to rotate. I reccomend a hardpoint-adjacent tree and drastic gear reduction, to begin with. Of course, this all depends on the type of tree involved; are we talking bonsai or redwood?
Alterother, Jan 07 2012

       //bonsai or redwood?// Is [nomocrow] a human being? They said the limb was \\way the f*ck up there\\ so, unlikely to be bonsai, under that assumption.   

       //an interesting problem for the implementation// This does seem like a web ontology -- one in which the "connects" relationship is extensively developed and refined.
mouseposture, Jan 07 2012

       There's a civilisation in a far off galaxy who got into a lot of trouble because they unfortunately listened to one self styled philosopher who said:   

       "Listen guys, it's simple: if you want to know how to connect things together, all you need to do is work out how to disconnect them and then do the opposite."   

       After some very unsuccessful attempts at cryogenic welding they finally pulled his tentacle off and said "Get out of that, smarty pants".
Ling, Jan 07 2012

       // unlikely to be bonsai //   

       We disagree. It could be bonsai, but placed on a high window ledge.   

       // they finally pulled his tentacle off //   

       Oh, HIM. He tells everyone in the Cantina that it's a war wound, you know.
8th of 7, Jan 07 2012

       //high window ledge// True, true. Or [nomocrow] could be standing at the bottom of a deep hole*.   

       *in which case, the solution is to strap large boxes to their feet.
mouseposture, Jan 07 2012

       All kidding aside, I think this idea has serious merit. It would be nice to have somewhere to turn when I need to mate a Porsche flat-6 to an AW4 transmission, or connect the tower regulator from my 75/25 tank to my father's anaesthesia machine (not that I would ever, ever do such a thing, even in an emergency, because that would be irresponsible and negligent and a huge insurance no-no). In the second example, which is completely theoretical, this website and/or app might theoretically have saved someone fifteen frantic theoretical minutes spent trying to find the right theoretical fitting while a theoretical dog was theoretically dying on the surgery table.   

       In theory, the right fitting was found, the O2 restored, and the dog lived.
Alterother, Jan 07 2012

       Would be nice to include software. "I need to connect my webcam to a Flash face-recognition app and interface it somehow with a database".   

       Ok - you'll need an XYZ and an ABC.
wagster, Jan 07 2012

       Make it a forum. Implement synonym-finding technology* and a simple form:   

       I want to connect _____ to _____. It looks for synonyms in case your question's already answered somewhere. Then it has a box for additional comments (all I have is a blowtorch and a pack of chewing gum; the connection needs to be strong enough to support a pony), then you open it up for discussion.   

       After the original poster has found a connection, they can mark what they did down for the archives.   

       *probably found somewhere in deep space, or encrypted in the crystal structures of a particular small vault of diamonds in a cave in the Amazon rainforest.
BC, Jan 08 2012

       I am frequently asked "how do I connect this (microphone, DVD player, preamp, XLR, SCARF, etc, etc) to this (power amp, terminal block, wall wart, etc, etc.)"   

       So I have developed a fairly large collection of audio /video adapters. The longest set I can remember involved HI>LO Z impedance transformers, preamp, XLR>RCA phono connectors, 1/4" stereo male plug to 1/8" stereo female, BNC M/F "T"s and banana plugs / sockets.   

       I also carry a soldering iron and solder, various connectors and wire / cable.   

       I dream of the ultimate adapter kit to connect any signal to any other. [link]
csea, Jan 08 2012

       This reminds me of the time my Charge Nurse commanded me to figure out a way to connect an IMed IV Pump, to a rectal tube. The trick was to make it work, and be leak- proof. Two, totally different creatures, being required to interact. I would compare this, to connecting a fire hose to a watering can. They both carry fluids, but vastly different jobs to do.   

Klaatu, Jan 08 2012

       // my Charge Nurse commanded me to figure out a way to connect an IMed IV Pump, to a rectal tube //   

       Was this for a legitimate medical reason, or was it for some sort of consenting-adults-in-private "entertainment" ? If the latter, no further explanation is needed or desired.
8th of 7, Jan 08 2012

       I'd like this site if it had a long list of material properties you had to check, surface textures you needed to specify, estimated ambient temperature, humidity, time to dry etc and it just popped up a picture of Elmer's glue no matter what you put in.   

       "Mazonite to lungfish in a 30% boron atmosphere: Elmer's Glue"   

       "Dog cheese to cat leather at 30 fathoms: Elmer's Glue"   

       Do they still have that cow on the glue bottle all happy that it's bones were used to make the product inside?
doctorremulac3, Jan 08 2012

       Glue legos to each side.
RayfordSteele, Jan 09 2012

       //Do they still have that cow on the glue bottle//   

       Yup. Except it's a bull. [link]
csea, Jan 09 2012

       That's a bull? I think the Elmer's glue bull is into broadway show tunes and taking accessorizing to exiting new levels. Or at least it was until it's bones were ground up to make Elmer's glue.
doctorremulac3, Jan 09 2012

       Good idea, this. I wanna connect steel and aluminum bike frame components together to build my recumbent trike.
Airplay, Jan 10 2012

       There already is a website devoted to gluing this to that. It's called www.thistothat.com/ But it's worth extending it.
gingerbaker, Jan 10 2012

       My fairly extensive imperical experience in attaching physical things to other thinks stems from a youthful proclivity towards breaking things apart.   

       It's always important to consider the environment in which (re) attached objects are expected to remain together (humidity, temperature, stress, etc.)   

       See [link] for an overview of adhesive science.
csea, Jan 10 2012


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