Painting multiple rooms or even a single accent wall in your home can feel like an overwhelming project: There’s picking colours, taping trim, sanding, priming and, oh yeah, doing the actual painting.
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Along with the beloved pool noodle, the tension rod is one of those highly versatile items that make you feel like a true MacGyver every time you discover a new off-brand use for it. Parents can hack it to make their lives easier, more organised, and more fun. Here are five ways to do just that.
Have you ever come across a street entertainer who starts blowing a spectacle bubbles at the park or a festival, and all the kids immediately jump and squeal and lose their minds? And then you try to recreate the same scene at home for your children ... and fall short. Don’t worry — all is not doomed. You just need to get science on your side.
Christmas is over, and it's time to start buying for yourself again. Consider treating yourself with a gift that will keep giving for years to come: upgraded computer components. These are minor upgrades you can install yourself (no repair shop required) and will save you so much time over when writing, shopping, or just waiting for your ageing PC to boot up, you'll wonder why you spent so long with a spinning disk in your computer.
So you're humming along on your Windows desktop, chatting with your friends on your social media service of choice or filling Chaos demons full of holes in Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor — Martyr (one of the most epic names for a game I've seen in a while). And then, your system zoots off. Yes, zoots.
We all have our favourite frozen convenience food. Some pick pizza pockets. Others roll with burritos. I have always had a soft spot for French bread pizzas. With the exception of pizza pockets — which were for sure created in a laboratory — you can make and freeze most of these conveniences yourself.
Coca-Cola was originally marketed as a nerve tonic and substitute for morphine. No, really. Over the past 130-odd years, consumers have used the beverage as a DIY solution for almost every problem you can imagine. This infographic looks at 50 alternate uses for Coke; from neutralising jellyfish stings to cleaning your toilet.
So maybe your workspace isn't a cluttered mess, but maybe it just isn't the haven of productivity you wish it was. If you're looking to upgrade from your modest laptop on a desk to something more impressive, here are 10 cheap DIY upgrades to make it a battle station worthy of your time.
Maker Faires around the world attract over a million visitors each year. When Maker-in-chief Sherry Huss co-created the first Maker Faire in 2005, she’d already been organising tech and media events for nine years. Now she’s run 12 years of Maker Faires, managing a worldwide team while carrying on several side projects. She gave us an extensive look at her work habits, her management techniques, and the process of launching and running each Faire.
US Build-A-Bear stores recently put on a Pay Your Age event, promising customers they could pay their age for just about any stuffed animal in the store. That meant if your kid is three, she could have snagged a furry friend for three bucks. What could go wrong, right? It’s only every child’s dream to bring home their very own snuggle buddy from the famed toy chain. (As a parent of a five year old, I’ve at times wondered if I should find an alternate route at the mall when I’m in a hurry so that my child won’t stop in front of the store and beg, “Pleeeeeeeease, Mum, can we go in?”)
Laptop battery life has improved massively over the last few years, thanks to increasingly more power-efficient CPUs and GPUs. But when you're away from an outlet, it doesn't hurt to take extra steps to preserve the electrons in your lithium-ion, like tweaking the settings of your antivirus software.
"Making your own" is a big part of home cook culture. One's reasons for wanting to DIY every food thing may vary, but it usually has something to do with taste, health, or cost.
Cost-wise, some things are obvious; cooking dinner at home is almost always cheaper than takeout, but things aren't as straightforward when it comes to making your own staples.
What can you make with your own body, using no tools? Designer Nikolas Bentel made a four-legged stool. He felled a tree without an axe or saw, whittled the wood with his teeth and let his woodworker father use Nikolas's bare fists like hammers. Bentel's video series All Purpose Nik explores the human body's potential through a few projects, starting with the one above.