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All the world's a stage, And all the men and women NOM NOM NOM!

Kyaraben (or charaben) is a style of elaborately arranged bento which features food decorated to look like people, characters from popular media, animals, and plants. Mari Miyazowa (previously) creates stop-action animated shorts featuring her bento box creations. Waking Up is the latest from the lunchbox auteur. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 1, 2013 - 10 comments

Whitney Hess: "design is problem solving"

What's your problem? Putting purpose back into your projects: "Design is both problem and solution. In order to know we are creating the right solution, we have to make sure we’re solving the right problem... I do this by relying on three principles of problem solving..." Whitney Hess is a user experience design consultant. IgniteNYC video presentation she did on good user design principles (5 min.). [more inside]
posted by flex on Oct 20, 2012 - 23 comments

the Tactical Adventure Medical Preparedness Outdoors Necessity (T.A.M.P.O.N.)

The Swiss Army Tampon - a life-saving wilderness survival tool
posted by flex on Oct 17, 2012 - 49 comments

aggregating an aggregator: Peggy Wang (all killer no filler!)

Peggy Wang, a senior editor at Buzzfeed, has recently displayed a pronounced knack for aggregating what feels like some of the best of Pinterest in tips/lifehacks, home decor ideas, and DIY projects shared around the web. Exhibit A: 52 Totally Feasible Ways To Organize Your Entire Home; Exhibit B: 22 Things You're Doing Wrong; Exhibit C: 33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks [more inside]
posted by flex on Oct 1, 2012 - 69 comments

The Internet's Gift to Cooking: Recipe Aggregators

Ice Cubes - A Recipe. The comments offer many helpful tips.
posted by Miko on Aug 22, 2012 - 61 comments

First iPad car installation

First iPad in dash. [SLYT]
posted by fixedgear on Apr 5, 2010 - 50 comments

Capturing Fireworks

How to Photograph Fireworks [more inside]
posted by Del Far on Jul 4, 2008 - 38 comments

The hard shake, on the balls, and edible cocktails

"In the U.S., they're mixing drinks with herbs and other weird ingredients, but in Ginza the best guys just polish their cocktails like jewels." And perhaps no Japanese mixology master has contributed more than Kauzo Ueda, who has perfected the art of the hard shake, a refinement over more traditional shake styles. He has a disciple in NYC's Eben Freeman, who now imparts the secrets of the hard shake via a video tutorial. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Feb 1, 2008 - 49 comments

Music to (both) your ears.

What do you call capturing sound the way the human head hears it, that is, three-dimensionally? Nope, not stereo. Binaural recording. Holophonics. Dummy head (no, not you) recording. [more inside]
posted by artifarce on Jan 29, 2008 - 14 comments

Lower, lower, lower, no - that's too low!

Is my penis too small? Am I gay? What does ______ mean? Sensible, snark-free* sex advice and information from the practical to the spiritual. Plus, links galore and, sex advice for teens. *Although in that particular link, no longer updated and near-impossible to search by topic
posted by serazin on Apr 30, 2007 - 30 comments

autogestion

When the fascists embargo, when the boss pollutes, when the economy collapses, when the club plans to close, heck, when you're too high-tech for hierarchy, perhaps it's time you considered launching a worker-owned cooperative (pdfs). Or at least getting to know one near you.
posted by ioesf on Mar 26, 2007 - 20 comments

Carson's Cartooning Curriculum

Comic Strip Artist's Kit Carson Van Osten's tips for cartoonists and animators, scanned huge for easy printout.
posted by klangklangston on Jan 11, 2007 - 13 comments

Coffee nerds!

Is it possible to make truly excellent coffee or even espresso at home? Are fancy machines necessary? Dethroner is doing a theme week about coffee with a guestblogging pro coffee nerd dispensing some dense yet practical advice about beans and brewing. Don't miss the latte art video which makes it look so easy.
posted by the_ill_gino on Dec 14, 2006 - 29 comments

Photo tips in your inbox or RSS

"Photojojo scours the internets, rips pages out of magazines, ransacks their friends' closets, and goes through dumpsters to find the very best Photo tips, DIY projects, and Gear." Subscribe and get it by email or RSS. Some archives here.
posted by dobbs on Aug 17, 2006 - 10 comments

The Hut of Life

LifeHut How to do everything from mowing the lawn to being a cool parent.
posted by oissubke on Aug 4, 2005 - 18 comments

Make your own annotated multimedia Google map

If you liked the Craigslist/Google Maps combo, you'll be happy to hear that the boys and girls over at Engadget have a tutorial on how to make your own annotated multimedia Google map. Pretty sweet!
posted by JPowers on Apr 10, 2005 - 3 comments

How to mail a brain

How to mail a fresh brain
posted by ColdChef on Feb 26, 2005 - 25 comments

Fun with DNA! (SFW mehtod)

How to extract DNA from any living thing. Don't just watch the show, create a CSI lab in your own kitchen!
posted by numlok on Feb 11, 2005 - 12 comments

Helpful Screencaps

Very descriptive screen caps This how-to section features some of the most hilariously notated screen caps I've ever seen. I'm...well, I'm speechless.
posted by glenwood on Oct 1, 2004 - 25 comments

Mmmm curves

I'd like to find the area under these curves... Boobies are good for just about everything. Why not teach calculus with them?
posted by qDot on Jul 31, 2004 - 14 comments

Sit on it.

Pen spinning is very cool. Have a look at Pentrix, with guides to help you learn, videos of some very nice looking variations, basic tricks and combinations. A word of warning though, trying these things in an open environment may well annoy your fellow humans; but this may be the only distraction for the bored and restricted office worker.
posted by ed\26h on Jul 2, 2004 - 16 comments

chainmail how-to

It's in the mail. Dylon Whyte's Art of Chainmail site features beautiful, clear renderings showing, step-by-step, how to join chain links to form different mail patterns, including European, Japanese, and (probably-not-)Persian designs. This is actually fascinating stuff even if you're not a medievalist or a Renaissance-faire type. Also, from the same source, a brief history of armour and the the secret behind the chain bra!
posted by taz on Apr 14, 2003 - 13 comments

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