Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming.
It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.
So a little while ago, I set out to write some tutorials that would guide the non-coding-but-computer-savvy journalist through enough programming fundamentals so that he/she could write a web scraper to collect data from public websites. [more inside]
A checklist for those making graphs
from Stephanie Evergreen
and Ann Emery
. This is a useful tool for teaching scientists and others some of the rules of data presentation in graph form.
Jim Harmer walks you step-by-step through the basics of flash photography
. [more inside]
The "2.5D" Parallax Effect: How To Animate a Photo
provides a quick tutorial of the methods used to animate still images, as seen in the documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture
(see the trailer
for some fleeting examples), and clearly employed by this video
that utilized only images from the World Wildlife Foundation's photo archives. The technique is also used in what appears to be more standard animation, as seen in this thesis animation project
from Arquis B. Silp, and this animation
by Frederic Kokott (look behind the scenes
). [more inside]
Alan makes helpful Youtube tutorials for his Youtube channel, alantutorial
. His latest is "disk tutorial
." [more inside]
Burlesque star Bunny Pistol shows off her method for applying decorative face makeup
for Día de los Muertos
(The Day of the Dead), while also providing a little history about the holiday. [via]
If you think of Git as "fun," you can play this fun Git branching tutorial game
Hullloooo, this is Scott Manely
! He likes making tutorial videos
of Kerbal Space Program
, a space flight simulator game. After more than a few design suggestions from his father, who's an engineer, Scott decided to let him 'show me how it's done' and design a spaceplane
Clever camera trickery in the form of flash stencilling
by enclosing the flash and creating a window of a specific shape to let the light through, and then ‘light painting’ for the camera. [more inside]
Oliver is 24 and he wants to teach you how to draw really good
. Draw Voltorb
! Draw Shrek
! Draw Harry Potter
! Draw the Mona Lisa
(it's harder than you think!)! He will also teach you how to music really good
if you like music, like dubstep
! His friend Neef
keeps trying to draw and music too, but no way is Neef as good at drawing and music as Oliver
Galeazzo Frudua, of Bologna, Italy, possesses an uncannily good ear for harmony, and has produced a series of videos that painstakingly and expertly analyze and demonstrate for you the vocal harmonies employed in various Beatles songs. His perceptive commentary, his very, very capable singing voice, unassuming manner, impressive video editing skills and, hey, his charming Italian accent all combine to create tutorial videos that are fun and educational viewing. Start with the first one he made, for Nowhere Man
, and then, well, just check 'em all out
. You won't be disappointed.
"That effortless look that says 'hey, the baby's sucking the life out of me, but here's a cup of blood to drink.' Pregnant Bella Swan - the perfect make-up look for office parties, bridal showers, or even the first day of school
. (NSFW language)
offers similar interactive tutorials that will teach you the basics, and hold your hand along the way. Perhaps you'd rather learn at a more even pace; CodeAcademy's CodeYear
will introduce you to one new concept every week throughout 2012. [more inside]
A hypnotic little tutorial on 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes
. Here's a behind-the-scenes look
at how it was made (filmed in her bedroom). (via Already Pretty)
Want to be a coder? Productivity-porn site Lifehacker has posted its 4.5-part "Learn to Code Nightschool Course
." [more inside]
How many ways can you shuffle? Here
to get you started (along with how to manipulate
them): the Overhand Shuffle
, the Riffle Shuffle
, the Hindu Shuffle
, the Faro Shuffle
, the Pile Shuffle
, and the Mongean Shuffle
. If you can't master one of those, I suggest the Wash Shuffle
, a shuffling machine
, or the ever-popular 52-Card Pickup
. [more inside]
Danny Gatton, 'the greatest unknown guitarist in the world' has been eulogised here previously
, but that was before someone had digitised and uploaded his instructional video and put it on You Tube. Here it is: 1
Confused in Catan? Conflicted about Carcassonne? Puzzled in Puerto Rico? You've heard about all these awesome new board games that are out these days, but don't know where to begin? Help is here! Scott Nicholson knows all about 'em, and will explain them in great detail in his video series Board Games With Scott! [more inside]
, former evangelical missionary, and “Rent-a-meanie” the Twisted Monk: "I guess is some ways, I’m finally fulfilling the calling I had when I was a kid and being that evangelist, changing the world one bedroom at a time.
[most links contain no nudity but might be NSFW anyway] [more inside]
All of the Photoshop Typography tutorials
you will ever need. And if that simply isn't good enough. Here are the 100 best Photoshop tutorials of 2009
is a photojournalist who has worked for The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and now works for The New York Times
. His work on a more sports-focused beat in Dallas
lead to his update on athletes from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
as part of the 2008 Olympics coverage
. As a photographer with The New York Times, he won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize
for feature photography
, for his first time out on the road, covering campaigns
(narrated slideshow, 3min 19sec). Currently, he is sharing his photos
and writing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
, which are included in NY Times Lens Blog
(prev. Lens Blog features: 1
). If that's a bit heavy, check his photographers journal
(narrated slide show, 2min 34sec) and his article
on creating double-exposure juxtapositions
from days or weeks of shooting large-form film. [more inside]
seems to be polarizing. People either love it, or hate it, including here on MeFi. For those who enjoy exploring the possibilities HDR presents, a good place to start is Stuck In Customs
. Trey Ratcliff
has the first HDR photo ever to hang in the Smithsonian. He offers a comprehensive, six-step HDR tutorial
if you want to try it yourself. A sampling of his HDR travel photography is here
, and throughout the site, and he is also experimenting with HDR video technology
. [more inside]
gives lessons on how to do your makeup in a wide variety of styles: Emo
are most known for their adaptation for use in the ornamentation of Christian monuments and manuscripts like the 8th century St. Teilo Gospels, the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels." [more inside]
There are times when you are asked startlingly obvious questions - here is the all-purpose response
These animated sea kayak paddling tutorials, created by a single student as a final work, just won Finnish eLearning award over national broadcasting company and other big name publishers.
for other languages.
— learn how to write cover letters
, crochet baby booties
, make a home
, how to self-medicate
, and do other stuff.
Do you desire to achive artistic perfection? Can you tell both humorous and dramatic stories in the Jackson Publick Fashion? Are you titillated by a man dressed like a butterfly?! If so, follow me... For I am... the Character Board SupervisorTM, and from my base on the moon, I can teach you to draw all things... Venture!!!* [more inside]
is a new beta service offering free online language lessons. 11 languages available (each with 100 lessons). For English speakers there are lessons in French, German, Italian, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Pig Latin. For Polish and Spanish speakers, lessons in English.
Want to teach the youngsters (or parents, or yourself) how to avoid phishing
scams? Anti-Phishing Phil
is an online-game that uses Phil the fish to teach just that. Apparently
it's more successful than a tutorial with the same information.
How to Draw a Head
. Fun tutorial. Amy is cute. Go draw a head. (For those easily confused, start with Getting Started.)
is an amazingly cool (free) service that lets you harness the wealth of RSS feeds out there for yourself (embedding them in your blog template or web page) in a very simple and highly configurable way. Style it with one of the available CSS styles
, or write your own. If you like you can also download the whole Feed2JS application/script
to run on your own server. (Step-by-step tutorial inside)
Analog by Design: Reality TV for Design Engineers (autoloads Flash with sound)
, self-proclaimed Czar of Bandgaps
, and minor hero
to many scientists and engineers Robert Pease now has an online video podcast.
How to extract DNA from any living thing.
Don't just watch the show, create a CSI lab in your own kitchen!
Webmonkey to close down
, old friend. You were a great source of new tricks for self-taught old dogs.
Comprehensive collection of photo tutorials.
There are a lot of great photo instruction sites out there, I found this one to be exceedingly helpful, with a wide range of well written tutorials and tips. Some of my favorites, meteor shower photos
, blended exposures
, color theory
, street photography
, and on location shooting
Microsoft has a pretty nice seminar site
with dozens of old presentations of powerpoint slides sync'd with audio. The topics range from the simplest things like word processing
to the most difficult ones like SQL server tuning
. One title jumps out: 'Windows 2000 Active Directory Disaster Recovery
.' Makes you want to run out and get Windows 2000, eh?