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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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There's nothing quite like playing classic video games on their original systems. Unfortunately, this can cause serious space issues beneath your TV; especially if you're a hardcore collector. Here's a simple solution from IKEA Hackers that will allow you to proudly keep your consoles on display -- as it should be.

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The IKEA Expedit shelving unit looks pretty dull on its own, which is why the company sells colourful high-gloss inserts to spruce the fixture up. By mixing-and-matching the inserts, you can turn the unit into a Tetris-themed showpiece that is sure to impress any gamer. But is it art?

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Figuring out the smartest places to store your stuff is time well spent—mostly because it results in time you don't spend cleaning. Here's are 10 smart storage solutions for your excess cords, shoes, spices and all kinds of computer stuff.

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There are a lot of nice bookcases out there, but many of them don't fit your exact walls, and most can't be installed in an apartment. That can be worked around in crafty style with plumbing pipes and some weekend time.

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If you're looking for some budget-friendly shelving, this DIY solution will definitely look more elegant in your living space than some shop shelves from the hardware store. Unlike a similar design we highlighted a few weeks ago, the Hungarian Shelves, this particular mortise style shelving unit requires less wedging but a finer use of a saw blade—assuming, of course, you want the really cool wave in your vertical braces. The entire project requires nothing more than a boards, long nails for screwing the braces into the studs, a drill, and a jigsaw. Paint or varnish is optional, depending on the cut and quality of wood you use a simple clear coat might suffice.

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If you're looking for sturdy wall-hugging shelving that doesn't require fancy custom braces or brackets, check out the industrious design of these Hungarian shelves.What makes them "Hungarian"? Instructables user Juliofo ran across the design while visiting a friend in Budapest and was told they'd had been designed by a local professor—but if you know another name for this innovative style, by all means, share it in the comments.The design itself is simple but sturdy: one set of boards attached vertically against the studs of the walls, another set of boards serves as the shelves. The two segments are held together by series of mortise joints, shimmed with wooden wedges. Save for screwing the vertical support pieces into the wall studs, the entire affair is held together without any screws or glue—and this is all explained in a bit more detail at the Instructables post. While the example Juliofo uses for his tutorial is rather plain, another Instructables user mtemple was inspired by his design and created a more polished version, complete with detailing on the vertical supports as seen in the photos above right. If you have your own elegant DIY wall storage solution, we've love to hear about it in the comments below.

How to Make and Install Hungarian Shelves

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People get pretty attached to their favourite books, but an over-abundance of just-can't-toss tomes can overwhelm your shelves and leave you with useless, seriously heavy boxes. The Unclutterer blog offers some tough love for book lovers, but this tip in particular stands out for college grads:

Get rid of any book you've read, don't plan on reading or referencing again, is in the public domain, and can be found in its entirety online. That's right, I'm talking about ditching your Dover copy of The Scarlet Letter.

Looking at my own shelves, I can see more than a handful of candidates that meet that criteria. The idea is, presumably, that if I really want to yank a copy down and reference it, it's actually easier to do with an online copy. While you're de-booking, read a few suggestions on re-organising your bookshelf.Photo by Stewart.

Bringing your bookshelves back to order

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Video web site Videojug details how to install "invisible" bookshelves that make your books appear to be floating on nothing. The tutorial requires one large book you're willing to sacrifice, an L-bracket, and a few other common supplies. We've covered the invisible bookshelf once before, but the video provides a much more detailed account of the process (despite the unnaturally loud narration). Like the original, it's just as good and a lot cheaper than the commercial version. Looking for other inventive ways to sacrifice books? Try the iPod carrier or secret hollow book.