How to flip someone off with THREE middle-fingers


When your scorn cannot be contained in the anatomy of a bilaterally symmetrical life-form. Baffle your enemies! Win the admiration of your friends! Improve your manual dexterity! (via Super Punch) Read the rest

Kurt Vonnegut's 8 rules for writing with style

In the anthology "How To Use The Power of the Printed Word," brilliant author shares eight tips on how to write with style:

Find a Subject You Care About

Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.

I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do. Do Not Ramble, Though

I won’t ramble on about that.

Keep It Simple

As for your use of language: Remember that two great masters of language, William Shakespeare and James Joyce, wrote sentences which were almost childlike when their subjects were most profound. ‘To be or not to be?’ asks Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The longest word is three letters long. Joyce, when he was frisky, could put together a sentence as intricate and as glittering as a necklace for Cleopatra, but my favorite sentence in his short story ‘Eveline’ is just this one: ‘She was tired.’ At that point in the story, no other words could break the heart of a reader as those three words do.

Simplicity of language is not only reputable, but perhaps even sacred.

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Video: Makeup artist transforms herself into her husky


Ilana is an Israeli makeup artist who loves her Siberian Husky so much she decided to make herself look like her beloved animal companion. Read the rest

HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

AKA, how to win parenting forever. Read the rest

Using magician's thread to make a dancing cane


I wanted to make my own dancing cane. All you need is a drill, some magicians thread, and a far lighter cane than mine.

Making a dancing cane is pretty simple. As the video above says, just drill a tiny hole about 1/2" above the balance point of your cane and tie on a piece of high strength, nearly invisible magician's thread. Make a loop on the other end of the thread for your thumb, and let the fun begin.

I tried this on a regular walking cane. It is far too heavy to manipulate without lots of practice, and will bruise or break things when mistakes are made. I suggest making your own from doweling, as suggested in the video.

Making the loop slightly over-sized makes changing hands easier.

The wax that comes with this magician's thread is useful for making other, very light objects dance. Like a dollar bill!

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How to make a beautiful MoMA-inspired necklace out of paracord

Brooke Mackin of Signs & Marvels provides a slightly more affordable alternative to the Museum of Modern Art's golden mesh necklace.

WATCH: turn smartphones into 3D hologram projectors

Mrwhosetheboss made a down-and-dirty holographic projector for a smartphone using a plastic jewel case and special video files. Try it yourself! Read the rest

WATCH: 8 great DIY smartphone photography tips

Cooperative of Photography released a great video with 8 DIY tips to improve your smartphone shots, ranging from super-simple and cheap to fairly simple and maybe cheap. Read the rest

Tortilla laser-etched into a record that actually plays!


Enjoy the edible lo-fi sounds of "Jarabe Tapatío," aka "The Mexican Hat Dance." Over at Instructables, learn how to make your own tortilla record! Read the rest

Video: HOWTO put a Rubik's Cube in a bottle

YouTuber Mathologer shares his technique for reassembling a Rubik's Cube inside a glass container. The secret? Magnets! Read the rest

Glow-in-the-dark patterns burned into electrocuted wood


Imgur user PapJ06 created these interesting Lichtenberg figures by electrocuting wood blocks with a modified microwave transformer, then applying glowing powder and resin. Read the rest

Encrypting your laptop demystified

On The Intercept, Micah Lee follows up on his great primer on NSA-proof passwords with a soup-to-nuts tutorial on encrypting your laptop. Read the rest

WATCH: make light cubes and other cool stuff with tiny LED filaments


Mike Harrison has been experimenting with tiny flexible LED filaments found in LED bulbs that mimic incandescent bulbs. He came up with this cool light cube and a very bright clock display. Read the rest

WATCH: Matchstick rockets in super slo-mo


The Slow Mo Guys did a King of Random crossover episode, launching Grant's matchstick rockets recorded on their Phantom. Read the rest

HOWTO: Make glue-gun sticks out of sugar for building gingerbread houses

All Thumbs has devised a method for molding your own sugar-based hot-glue-gun sticks that you can feed into an unused and uncontaminated gun to produce perfect gingerbread-house-building molten sugar adhesive. Read the rest

Headboard made from books

Kassandra bought the books at thrift shops and nailed them in place, double-sided taping the top pages to keep them in place. Read the rest

Mosaic Photography

John Maushammer shares his tricks for making gorgeous 100 megapixel mosaics of tiny objects.

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