Why restaurant burritos are better

In this video, Internet Shaquille explains why even downmarket restaurant burritos beat your homemade ones. In brief:

• Supermarket-brand tortillas are too small and thick.

• You fail to warm your tortilla first, or you overcook it.

• Your fold is wrong or insufficiently tight.

• You fail to sear the seam to seal it shut.

• You fail to wrap the finished burrito in thin foil. Read the rest

30 minutes of whetstone sharpening tips

I have a whetstone, faucet and a knife, but never quite get the results I want. So Cook with E's guide to using them ("the only time I've ever seriously hurt myself in the kitchen was using a dull knife") has sent me right back to the kitchen.

Ethan recommends a fancy japanese model, but I have a less expensive Whetstone-brand stone [Amazon, but I got it from Williams-Sonoma] with both 400 and 1000 grit sides. Read the rest

How to get through these trying times

The legendary Mavis Staples. Read the rest

How to rhyme "oranges"

Not a good way to steal a magic flute from a lost child, however. Read the rest

Unhealthy coping mechanisms

My life is missing a quasi-sarcastic robot to follow me around and point out the shit I've carelessly missed.

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Make: a solar hot-dog oven (then learn the science)

Making a solar hot-dog oven is a science fair standby, but JohnW539's CNC-milled Sundogger Instructable really digs into the classroom portion, drawing on the creator's experience as a physics/astronomy/computer science prof at Middle Tennessee State University. Read the rest

Old plumbing trick: stuff dripping pipes with bread to keep solder dry

You can't solder a leak! "Take freash bread, take out the core, roll it into a tight ball, stuff it into the pipe, and it'll stop the leak long enough to let you solder the pipe."

"I'm going to post this on a site called Reddit."

"Oh my God." Read the rest

How to remove a common Amazon-bought car boot

The Lockpicking Lawyer saw a report about an illegal car-booting outfit in Chicago (embedded below), and decided to see how hard it is to remove the Amazon-bought car boots that scammers use.

It is easily defeated in a few seconds... so long as you have a screwdriver and a lock impressioning tool.

Looks like an angle grinder would make short work of it, too! Read the rest

How to: make a hackintosh

Ernie Smith has produced a spectacularly complete guide to making a "hackintosh" -- that is, a Mac OS computer running on PC hardware, giving users the option of more RAM, different screens and keyboards, and many other axes of freedom otherwise denied to Mac OS users. Apple doesn't make it easy, but the community's extensive work has put the seemingly impossible within your grasp. Read the rest

Quick how-to on making great scrambled eggs

As a graduate of the "rubbery mutilated omelet" school of scrambled egg preparation, I am mocked by this chef's obvious yet perfectly successful method. The secret ingredient: staying with the eggs from pour to presentation so they never congeal. Read the rest

How to open a walnut with your bare hands

The key appears to be having something other than bare hands to crunch it against, such as concrete. But commenters insist this can be accomplished with just the palms of the hands by pushing against the shell's seam. Read the rest

How to draw a cowboy in 10 numbers

This is as thrilling as when I learned to draw a dog face in third grade! (via r/intereatingasfuck)

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Parolee arrested after making and posting video on how to remove ankle monitor with butterknife

Dustin W. Burns, 33, of Springfield, Missouri, on probation after violating a restraining order, was arrested again after he allegedly made an instructional video on how to remove an ankle monitor with a butterknife and posted the clip on Facebook.

"This is how you take an ankle bracelet off," says the voice in the video, "without breaking the circuit." From Springfield News-Leader:

In August, the Facebook account posted a video of a man who looks like Burns walking through what appears to be a large marijuana farm with the caption: "Dream come true."

Court records show several probation violations were filed this summer against Burns and a warrant for his arrest was issued...

Burns was charged this week with tampering with electronic monitoring equipment, a felony, court records say.

Post by dustin.burns770. Read the rest

How to modify your Nintendo Switch game case to hold up to 24 games (cheap gamer tricks)

“I modified a standard Nintendo Switch game case to hold up to 24 games,” says IMGURian MrJspeed, who provides a killer step-by-step HOWTO for gamers who'd like to try this instead of buying a multi-game carrying case. Read the rest

How to get all your stuff out of Facebook before deleting it

Ronald Langeveld has had enough, but realized you have to do more than simply quit: you gotta get years of your stuff out, too. He posted instructions on exfiltrating all your photos, comments and posts before ridding yourself of Facebook.

1) Log into Facebook. Don't look at any of the cancerous content on your feed and go directly into settings.

2) Click on "Your Facebook Information"

3) Click on "download your information".

4) Now you've got a whole lot of options

It's heartening to see people scrambling out of the dopamine trough, but the truth is we mostly fall back in. Drug-addiction metaphors are strained; gambling seems the better analogy. Read the rest

These Pixel Art Animation tutorials are fun (and free) to watch

Luke aka Sadface is a pixel artist who also creates these fun and informative videos that show you how to make pixel art animations. Read the rest

A next-gen, multi-switch Useless Machine that unswitches your switches in order

Coffeeman 500's Useless Box - Multi Switch project is an open-source hardware project that's an ambitious variant on the beloved "Useless Machine" -- 2010, 2010 (Lego)), 2010 Political edition), 2011 (HOWTO), 2012 (politics), 2013 (fancy), 2013 (advanced) (vs human), 2016 (most useless), 2017 (vs twisty vase). Read the rest

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