Most Australian states get the day off today for either Labour Day or the Queen's Birthday, and Victorians don't have to wait that long for a Melbourne Cup break. Whether you want to use your time off to be productive or just chill out and relax, we've got you covered so your extended break doesn't go to waste.
Make Something Awesome
While you want to take it easy on your day off, it can be pretty boring if you're just sitting around doing nothing. Here are a few projects to liven up the day.
Bubble blowing is a fun, outdoor activity for kids and adults alike. When you super-size those bubbles it's much more exciting. Make your own enormous wand for the biggest bubbles you've ever seen. More »
Good music makes a big difference for outside entertaining or barbecuing. This Ikea hack combines a butcher block with an outdoor amp and Apple AirPort Express for easy streaming from a computer indoors to outdoor speakers. More »
Take one used wine bottle and turn it into an outdoor torch that will successfully — and stylishly — ward off mosquitos. More »
If you've got one of Canon's amazing video-capable DSLRs, you know you've got a powerful camera. What you may not know is that you can add some incredible features, for free, with an open-source firmware add-on called Magic Lantern. More »
Network-attached storage (NAS) is a perfect solution for sharing files, backing up your computers, streaming media across your home network, and even torrenting files to a central server. If you have an ageing computer lying around, you can turn it into a NAS for free with the open-source FreeNAS operating system. More »
Building a hackintosh — that is, installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware — used to require extremely restricted hardware choices and quite a bit of know-how. Now your options are vast and the installation process is fairly simple. More »
Whether you're looking to relive the past or experience the origin of gaming you missed in your youth, your Windows, Mac, or Linux PC can become the retro arcade of your dreams in just a few steps. More »
We love our games and consoles, but there's a big world that lies beyond the product you pull out of the box. Your console is capable of so much more than you may realise. Here are our top 10 video game hacks and DIY projects to prove it. More »
If you're looking for a way to mix things up for a game night, the Boardgame Remix kit takes classic games — like Monopoly and Clue — and remixes them into fun new ones. More »
Just Chill Out
You've been working hard. Take a break. Use your day off to relax a little.
We all experience stress, and we all try to come up with ways to cope, but that can be tough when we don't really understand how it works. Here's a look at what stress does to you and what you can do about it. More »
Believe it or not, you can improve your concentration and slow down your day-to-day life with meditation without ever uttering the word "chakra". Incense, yoga pants, and annoying dinner conversation are also optional. More »
Yoga offers a host of health benefits, including stress relief and mental clarity, but many people don't think it's for them. There are, however, so many approaches to yoga that you should be able to find a yoga style that fits your needs. More »
Nothing can stand in for a good night's sleep. In this post we'll help you reboot your sleeping habits so you get the sleep you need (and deserve). More »
Enjoy your day off!