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Making Shoes by Hand

Shoemaking (the job of a cordwainer) is a very particular blend of artistry and science. Here are some masters at work: Emiko Matsuda at Foster & Son; artisans at Saint Crispin's; and at Paul Parkman. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Nov 24, 2015 - 11 comments

How to do it

How to make corks fit. How to adjust a door. How to extract a splinter. A surprisingly useful How to Do It series of mid-19th century cigarette trade cards, digitized by the New York Public Library.
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 5, 2015 - 26 comments

'I did it because I wanted to.'

"I used a brush to paint on Modge Podge, smoothed out the paper as I went, adding small strips to cover all the metal. When the glue dried, I covered it with three coats of Modge Podge, waiting for about 15 minutes between each coat. I let this harden completely before spraying the whole thing with Krylon triple thick glaze to seal it." Things I Make - The Decoupage Bike [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 6, 2015 - 10 comments

A Goode Soop

Cooking In The Archives: recreating recipes from the Early Modern Peroid (1600s-1800s) in a modern kitchen. Not old enough? Then try some authentically medieval recipes.
posted by The Whelk on May 27, 2015 - 41 comments

Tortoises Try Tiny Pancakes (as classical music plays)

Reviews are mixed. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on May 21, 2015 - 22 comments

Hydraulic tiles

A short video showing how hand made hydraulic tiles (i.e. encaustic cement tiles, Cuban tiles, mosaicos hydraulica, etc.) are made (with a hydraulic press as opposed to heat) [more inside]
posted by growabrain on May 11, 2015 - 30 comments

Bow ties are cool.

Men's Neckties: How-to tie necktie knots - from Mefi's own xingcat, posted from MeFi Projects. Selection: How to tie a bow tie.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 24, 2015 - 43 comments

How To Be Cool So Girls Notice You

How To Be Cool So Girls Notice You. A brief but informative guide for the gents, courtesy of WikiHow.
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 7, 2015 - 130 comments

A researcher, a data journalist, and a designer walk into a bar.

The good people at Information Is Beautiful took the data from the "75+ classic cocktail recipes from the International Bartender’s Association’s list of drinks every bartender should know" and turned into into a beautiful reference chart. As an added bonus, they converted the ingredients to proportions for easy scaling. Cheers!
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 10, 2015 - 63 comments

"how to" videos by Dave Hax

Dave Hax demonstrates how to draw a (nearly) perfect circle freehand [more inside]
posted by flex on Nov 11, 2014 - 49 comments

How to become your own Brewmaster, even in a smallish kitchen

How To Home Brew Beer in Your Kitchen, from Drink [Craft] Beer:
Brewing beer in your home can be as simple, or as complicated, as you want to make it. Here, we’re going to present the simple way. There is a lot of science you can get into, but we’re going to skip a lot of that as there are a lot of people who can tell you about it a lot better than we can. And they have books out (John Palmer’s How to Brew (online), and Charlie Papazian’s The Complete Joy of Homebrewing). We’d recommend reading these books at some point. You’ll learn a lot about why everything happens, how brewing really works and just a lot more in-depth information. If you want to make this a serious hobby, those are two can’t miss books.

In this article, though, we’re going to run through step-by-step how to brew in a small kitchen setting. We know many of you live in apartments (we do), and we’ve heard too many people say they can’t brew because of this. You can! We know this, because we do it. We’ll show you how to go about brewing your first batch. Plus, we’re including pictures to really show you how it’s done. So, let’s get brewing!
[more inside] posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 17, 2014 - 64 comments

"Eating and walking is a false economy, time-wise"

How to eat: burritos
"It may be categorised as 'street food', but eating a burrito while walking is hazardous. We've all been there: you take a bite from one side of the burrito, which leaves a quivering 'lip' of rice-loaded tortilla on the other, and, like a slow-motion shot in the world's most boring action film, it falls to the ground or down your shirt, before you can whip your head down and around to snaffle it to safety. Then there is the issue of leakage from the bottom of a too-loosely-twisted foil wrap, and also the delicate procedure of prising that, by now sopping wet, last mouthful from the final cup of foil – itself now overflowing with juices – and transferring it to your mouth without any spillage. It's a task that requires focus and concentration. You walk with a burrito once, twice maybe, before you either a) get knocked-down on a busy road or b) realise – standing outside the pub trying to wipe meat juices off your trainers with an old tissue – that eating and walking is a false economy, time-wise.
[more inside] posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 2, 2014 - 96 comments

"But really, if you can make tea, then you can make beer."

Meet craft brewers, home brewing enthusiasts, bartenders in "Craft Beer – A Hopumentary", which focuses on California. [YT] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 15, 2014 - 32 comments

"Respectfully officer, I don't have to answer that."

Infographic for the next time a cop pulls you over. (via Infographic Pics)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 14, 2014 - 125 comments

Flat and happy

"However you look at this style, truth is, it's the best cluster of masculine, feminine, chic, laid back, basic, put together & casual and does really work with everything: skirts, dresses, trousers, jeans for either work or not." Oxford shoes, "flat and happy". [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 13, 2014 - 111 comments

You'll pourover these instructions, and be hard pressed for better ones!

Coffee Science: How to Make the Best Pourover Coffee at Home
"Most of the roasted coffee bean, about two thirds of the bean's mass, is insoluble cellulose. The other third is dissolvable in water. Of that soluble third, most of it is the good stuff, particularly various organic acids and sugars. The rest are longer-chain molecules that we associate with astringent and bitter tastes. Where we find the happy balance is at the 19-20% point, that is, if you extract the first 19-20% of the mass of the coffee, we tend to find the best flavor balance. More than that and you'll find those astringent and bitter flavors start to dominate. Less than that and you'll find the resulting flavors thin and unbalanced, and with lighter roasted coffees, unusually sour. Timing really is what makes or breaks your coffee brew."
[more inside] posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 5, 2014 - 97 comments

Your wardrobe should always revolve around you, not the latest trend

Dressing your age: 20s, 30s (part 1), 30s (part 2), 40s, 50s, 60-plus. All links men's fashion. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 4, 2014 - 321 comments

It's a truth universally recognized that you have no game

How to pick up genteel women in the 18th Century according to period guides.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 2, 2014 - 17 comments

How To make a shoe, kill a bear, and mix a Widow's Tears

Mental Floss links to free How-To guides from a hundred years ago that are still helpful if you need to mesmerize someone or name a baby
posted by The Whelk on Jul 28, 2014 - 34 comments

Yeah, hail Satan!

The Pulp Zine explains how to do a stick and poke tattoo.

Pink Tapes does stick and poke tattoos of whimsical subjects such as pretzels, pizza, ghosts and treasure maps, and kitties.

Marissa Paternoster of the band Screaming Females talks about drunkenly giving DIY tattoos in comic form.

posted by Juliet Banana on Jul 15, 2014 - 29 comments


posted by josher71 on May 28, 2014 - 22 comments

How to Stop a Wedding

An illustrated guide. "Enjoy life with your bride or groom. Be aware, however, that you're never guaranteed a storybook ending. Someone who is likely to walk from a wedding may be afraid of commitment, and insecure in relationships. This could pose problems for your relationship."
posted by 912 Greens on May 7, 2014 - 89 comments

Kickin' it Old School

Each week for a year, the folks in the special collections library at the University of St. Andrews are taking a how-to book from the collection and following its instructions for a project, in order to get a clearer sense of what life was like a century or two ago. Thus far in 52 Weeks of Historical How-Tos, they've learned how to make shoe polish like an 1825 footman, bake mince pie from 10 different recipes dating from 1710-1862, perform parlour tricks to amaze your friends, and take photographs via the wet collodion process.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Mar 9, 2014 - 10 comments

6 haircuts/year x $20 per haircut x 10 years = $1200 in savings.


(Who orchistrated this downfall?)
(Battle of the Titans: FlowBee vs. RoboCut) [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Dec 18, 2013 - 42 comments

How to make iced tea in Twin Peaks

How to make iced tea in Twin Peaks
posted by Rory Marinich on Dec 17, 2013 - 23 comments

How To Win on The Price is Right

Game Theory - it's not just for economists If you find yourself going on The Price is Right, you'll need this handy cheat sheet explaining how to win The Price Is Right—not just the Contestants' Row segment, but all of its many pricing games. This guide, which conveniently fits on the front and back of an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper, does not rely on the prices of items. Also see this
posted by 2manyusernames on Nov 13, 2013 - 28 comments


Making giant bubbles and popping them in slow motion.
posted by Artw on Oct 8, 2013 - 6 comments

Shell help

Explain Shell is a nifty little website created by Idan Kamara that takes the often horrid Linux command line man pages and makes them that much easier to understand, by breaking down a command like ssh(1) -i keyfile -f -N -L 1234:www.google.com:80 host into its component steps.
posted by MartinWisse on Sep 16, 2013 - 64 comments

How to draw comics the Charlton way

Hey kid! Are you a budding young talent anxious to present your work to the world, but not quite sure how the professionals draw comics? Well, the wise guys at Charlton are ready to help you with their 1973 comic book guide for the artist-writer-letterer.
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 30, 2013 - 21 comments

"[This blog] does not endorse the use of lizard hair conditioner"

Would you like to learn how to make pink-colored pancakes? Or practice 13th-century dental care? Or garden with lobster claws? Or perhaps 12th-century hair care or choosing the right cravat is more your speed? Fortunately, Ask the Past has answers to all those questions--and more!
posted by Cash4Lead on Aug 26, 2013 - 29 comments

Carpentry for Boys

posted by Think_Long on Aug 3, 2013 - 29 comments

Where You Are Is Where This Library Goes

The folks at Mellow Pages, a community-run library/salon in Brooklyn (recently profiled in the NYT), have put together a how-to guide for building a similar kind of space in your neighborhood: short version here, long version (and Google Doc) here.
posted by Cash4Lead on May 27, 2013 - 12 comments

"a tool handle, particularly for knives."

How-To: Paper Micarta, Micarta from blue jeans, How To Make Homemade Micarta. Micarta is a genericized name for any paper or fabric, layered, soaked in resin, then dried, shaped, and polished.
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 7, 2013 - 17 comments


How to land an airplane if you are not a pilot...
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Apr 30, 2013 - 43 comments

Bind your own books at home in just 32 easy steps!

A photographic guide to bookbinding.
posted by grouse on Jan 27, 2013 - 17 comments


“During the 1920s, the British firm Parker-Holladay created a fictional character named Bill Jones. Mr. Jones’ dispensed his friendly advice to British clerical workers through colorful lithographic posters emblazoned with his get-right-to-the-point maxims." Why not enjoy this collection of can-do, yes-sir business motivational posters before you head back to work?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 1, 2013 - 40 comments

Comic Writer Services 2.0

Interested in writing comics? Here are dozens of links on how to do it.
posted by Artw on Dec 3, 2012 - 23 comments

In case you didn't know how....

How to Be a Hipster In 22 steps.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Nov 15, 2012 - 124 comments

Coronet Instructional Films

From the mid 40s to the mid 50s Coronet Instructional Films were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as dating, popularity, preparing for being drafted, and shyness, as well as to children on following the law, the value of quietness in school, and appreciating our parents. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between attitudes and health, what kind of people live in America, how to keep a job, supervising women workers, the nature of capitalism, and the plantation System in Southern life. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the Prelinger Archives as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Nov 1, 2012 - 41 comments


How to not give a fuck
posted by AElfwine Evenstar on Oct 16, 2012 - 91 comments

Creative Director Starts Drinking Heavily

How Does An Idea Become A Book? (flowchart)
posted by The Whelk on Sep 29, 2012 - 25 comments

"Jumping the rope is not good exercise, for it jars the body too much"

Obsolessons: selected passages from the self-help and guide books of the past. [via mefi projects]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 14, 2012 - 17 comments

Happy Birthday, Julia

Tomorrow would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. To celebrate, PBS Digital Studios offers: Julia Child Remixed. They also have created a celebration page, complete with an infographic, recipes, quotes, videos and more. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 14, 2012 - 52 comments

friendship bracelets

Friendship bracelets! A photo tutorial for chevrons and another photo tutorial for basic stripes, chevrons, & diamonds. More basics with simple patterns & advanced. The BeyondBracelets thorough video tutorials (& on her blog is a bracelets 101 to gradually progress your skills). For complicated patterns check out these, and also these (with alphabet patterns & instructions), and also this crowdsourced free pattern-sharing site (patterns & tutorials), and finally this dollar-a-pattern pay site. If you're not interested in bracelets you can use the same idea for tangle-free headphones or wrapping tech cords & cables. (previously: lanyards)
posted by flex on Jun 17, 2012 - 33 comments

feed with soft paint brush when very young or fussing

How to care for a baby mouse.
posted by that's how you get ants on Jun 10, 2012 - 27 comments

How to fake your way through Hegel

How to fake your way through Hegel. Favorite quote: "If you bought a volume or two of Hegel in German, never open it or take it off your shelf. No one actually pretends to read Hegel in German." (via Adam Kotsko)
posted by shenderson on Jun 10, 2012 - 53 comments

Richard Paterson: Master Blender of Whisky

How to drink whisky: "Master Blender Richard Paterson shows David Hayman how to drink blends". Paterson is the master blender who managed to replicate the lost (and then found) 114-year-old Whyte & Mackay whisky from the Shackleton South Pole expedition; also see Shackleton’s Whisky – Mackinlay’s Reborn for a review (previously on MeFi). At his blog, he's currently discussing whisky & food pairings. [more inside]
posted by flex on Jun 9, 2012 - 18 comments

the new frontier of sharing useful tips might well be Pinterest

35 Lifechanging Ways To Use Everyday Objects - such as using a banana to get the scratches out of a CD or DVD, the very popular "make a hair bun with a sock" trick, and the ever-useful how to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew. "These handy little things are all things you probably own already. I know this is a topic usually reserved for moms on Pinterest..." It's true, the denizens of Pinterest are an excellent source of useful tips: how to peel a potato in 10 seconds, how to get rid of a sunburn, making emergency ingredient substitutions when you're baking, or 20 new ways to use magic erasers; why not iron your kitchen floor to get out ground-in dirt? (previously: how to fold a fitted sheet - a big list of sites that teach you how to do stuff)
posted by flex on Jun 2, 2012 - 63 comments

Tower of Babelfish - A Language Learning Method

Tower of Babelfish - A Language Learning Method [via mefi projects]
posted by aniola on Apr 19, 2012 - 12 comments

There's even a how to for making a how to

Businessweek's 2nd annual How To issue is available online, with a bunch of great features including How to Take a Punch with Freddie Roach, How to Weaponize Office Supplies with Jörg Sprave, How to Work on No Sleep with Willie Geist, How to Win a Twitter Fight with MeFi's Own™ Anil Dash, How to Design a Logo with Sagi Haviv, How to Make Coffee at Home with Howard Schultz, and How to Give Money Away with MeFi's Own™ Holden Karnofsky.
posted by slogger on Apr 19, 2012 - 11 comments

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