Lucian Constantin's Motherboard guide to protecting your home router is full of excellent, nearly impossible-to-follow advice that you should follow, but probably won't. Read the rest
Core 77's year-end roundup of "Best How-To's, Fabrication Techniques and Tool Hacks" is a fantastic grab-bag of fascinating, esoteric and useful hacks, tricks and techniques for making things better, running the gamut from building a silencer for your air compressor to weaving a Danish seating surface to fixing a Dremel tool to hacking a drill-press. Read the rest
"So um.. yeah.. I attempted to turn myself into Betty Boop, if she was a brown girl!" Ellarie's daughter recognized her immediately, so it definitely worked.
Here's a "before" shot for comparison. Ellarie does super-cute videos with her daughter Yoshido, too.
"A guy pulling a car with no-one in it. No-one's in the car. Now they lost their tailgate. Ha."
I tried this once with an office chair that wouldn't fit in the car. It went well. Read the rest
Maybe it's been awhile since that merit badge, or maybe you haven't been out on a boat of late. In any case, here's Andy Tran's great refresher course on 7 essential knots. The knots covered in this video are:
Square Knot (Reef Knot) Clove Hitch (Builder's Hitch, Tied in a bight, and at an end) Sheet Bend (And Double Sheet Bend) Bowline (Tied two ways) Figure 8 loop (Tied 3 ways) Round Turn + Two 1/2 Hitches Taut-Line Hitch
If you are wondering, the difference between a square knot and a granny knot (or lubber's knot) is that in a square knot, both parts of the line go over or under their respective loop. Here's a comparison from the terrific site ShoeKnots.com
When we speak, sing or shout, what we perceive gets a mighty bass boost from our own head matter. But what the lister (and the microphone) hears — the reedy, whiny, nasal true self! — is their reality. In this video, vocal coach Chris Beatty shows off a neat trick to cutting out the frequencies that only you hear, allowing you to train and temper your tone of speech as others hear it. All you need do it put two thick boards, magazines or notebooks either side of your face — but it's nicer listening to him explain. Read the rest