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Aug 25, 2010

How To: DIY a Lego DJ Booth

created at: 08/25/2010

Who DOESN'T need a bed of interlocking plastic bricks in which to rest their turntables?

This build from German site Spy Style features a plywood box attached to the wall, covered with Legos, with flush-mounted Technics 1200s and inside. It uses around 1,400 new bricks in fun cool colors on the outside.created at: 08/25/2010

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Aug 25, 2010

How To: Sew an iPad Case

created at: 08/25/2010

The availability of the iPad has brought on lots of clever carrying and nesting options: those that make it look like an iMac, an old arcade console, or a composition notebook. But this tutorial from Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business is the kind we like best: a custom, fabric option, along the thousands we've seen for iPods and mobile phones, that simply stores and protects.

"This case has really served me well. I carry the iPad with me everywhere I go and throw it in my purse, which is always filled with randomness. Since it's just two folds and really just about 3 lines of stitching - this is really easy."

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Aug 24, 2010

How To: Make the Ultimate Ginger Beer

created at: 08/24/2010

Pip from Meet Me at Mike's spent weeks perfecting the ultimate ginger beer recipe. Hers is a three-week process that involves just a little daily upkeep, and the results sound unbelievable.   … read more

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Aug 23, 2010

How To: Bottle Cap Cycling Mirror

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Brilliant! A handmade rearview mirror for bicycling. For whenever you need to see what's happening behind you, or just need a constant reminder of what brand of sunglasses you're wearing.

While Bikes and the City doesn't give complete step-by-step instructions, a quick look at the photos intimates the process:

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Aug 23, 2010

Playing with Fire: How to Make Gourmet Hot Sauces at Home

Head to any local gourmet shop and check out the independent hot sauce section, and you'll discover two things: there are tens of thousands recipes available, and they all have to do with either 1) the devil and/0r 2) butts. Usually both. Just check out this photo from Jungle Jim's near Cincinnati, Ohio. That's four full rows, plus endcaps and features.

created at: 08/23/2010

All this guesswork and annoying imagery/titles is likely to make one stick to the classics: Frank's, Texas Pete, El Yucateco, Cholula, Tabasco, Valencia, and the like. But, in the height of produce season, with those bold grass green, red, and orange chiles punctuating your garden, there's every reason to try to make your own.   … read more

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Aug 20, 2010

How To: Make a Frabjous, a 3D Sculpture Puzzle

created at: 08/20/2010

There's no magic behind the frabjous, just math. But oh, what beautiful math it is!   … read more

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Aug 20, 2010

The 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time

created at: 08/20/2010

The London Observer has taken on a mighty big project: selecting the fifty best cookbooks, ever. So far, they've published the first forty, and are relying on readers to help them select the top ten.

The selections range from classic international books from Madhur Jaffrey and Diana Kennedy, to contemporary works from Momofuku's David Chang and vegetarian master Yotam Ottolenghi.   … read more

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Aug 18, 2010

Flavor 101: Dry and Wet Rubs for the Grill

If you simply don't over- or undercook you food, and you do your best to keep things from catching on fire, you can make some perfectly acceptable grilled food (it is really amazing how far char, salt, and pepper can go).

But, acceptable is just that; we want amazing food on the grill. And that, my friends, means embracing the world of dry and wet rubs.

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Aug 17, 2010

How To: Make Beer Popsicles, Easily and At Home

It was only a matter of time, really...somebody was bound to think of this sooner or later.

Mexican-style lager pair with fresh lime and sweetened just a bit with natural agave syrup. We especially like this one cause you get to cut through the beer can with a knife or a hacksaw, late-night infomercial style.       … read more

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Aug 17, 2010

How To: Make a BLFGT, the Sandwich of the Summer

created at: 08/17/2010

Nearly every local restaurant I've hit up over the summer has featured fried green tomatoes as a special or as a seasonal appetizer. And for good reason - they're pretty fantastic. And, for my money, they're even more fantastic with the counterparts of their - brethren - bread, lettuce, and bacon. This take on the BLT works in a few ways - the acid still comes from the tomatoes, but their greenness allows the bacon to provide most of the sweetness. And their crunchy exterior provides every reason to leave the bread untoasted, which now gives the sandwich its toothsomeness once provide by the firm, red tomato.

In short: it works.… read more

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Aug 16, 2010

How To: Turn Old Paperbacks into Custom Hardback Books

The best books are those that aren't in display condition - cause they've actually been read, loved, and well-worn. But, of course, showing off the books you don't like is, just, well...weird.

So, get hip to this cool trick from OhDeeOh - recovering your favorite paperbacks with custom-designed artwork, which is, as we see it, brilliant.

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Aug 12, 2010

How To: DIY Rearview Mirror Spy Sunglasses

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EVERY year, in the fall, my elementary school held fundraisers; with promises of mountain bikes and Gameboys and squirtguns. My goals were always less lofty: a simple $100 could knab you a pair of rearview mirror spy glasses, allowing the wearer to secretly observe all the confidential, super secret espionage happening on the playground. I never quite made it to $100 worth of wrapping paper and crappy chocolate.

So, these DIY spy glasses have a special place in my heart, and I'm totally making some...like, tonight. " These are super quick and easy to make, you’ll need a glue gun and cut-able plastic mirror sheets which you can pick up at the craft store or on-line. The most important part of this project is finding the right glasses to modify. First, you want something hip and fun, no sense leaving the house looking like a meff. Look for glasses with lenses and frames which are as flat as possible."

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Aug 11, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Corn Cob Pipe

First things first: ManMade does not condone, support, or encourage smoking of any kind. In fact, we find it entirely irrational in 2010, and encourages everyone to take good care of themselves. Still, these are pretty cool, and a fun skill to learn. Cause we do get it; we just think sucking some corn-scented air is plenty enough fun.

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Aug 10, 2010

How to: Turn Carrots into Bacon!

Herbivores rejoice!

Carrots which have grown way beyond edible-ness as a raw veggie become a whole 'nother thing with a little help. And that thing?

Bacon.   … read more

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Aug 09, 2010

IKEA Hack: Beautiful Spherical, Wooden Wireless Speakers

Upon completing this project, Charles couldn't sleep...and for good reason. Birch salad bowls from IKEA house hacked wireless speakers to create amazing modern and moveable music blasters for outdoors or in.

"On Friday I had the idea. I was thinking about the christmas in July party and how it was such a pain to not only wire up the lights but also the speakers.  So, I went about searching for wireless speakers and I found these ones made by Rocketfish.  Suddenly the idea hit me.  I can’t remember where I first saw it, perhaps the MAKE blog, but on the internet I came across an image of this speaker sphere.  Somebody had taken two red salad bowls and installed numerous speakers around it.  I always thought it was a great idea for a party.  I decided it was time for me to do something similar."   … read more

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