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How To: Build an Emergency Rucksack with a Poncho & Rope (The Horseshoe Pack)

There’s a good chance that you’ll be alone in life one day, and no... I’m not talking about a couch-bound, dateless loser with a pocket pussy and a bag of potato chips. I’m talking about alone. In the wilderness. Hungry. Cold. Lost. You can’t stay in one place too long, so it would be nice to have something to carry your belongings in. Maybe it’s post-apocalyptic land where you’re the sole survivor, and all the backpacks and rucksacks in the world are but mere ash. Either way, knowing this si...

How To: Rig up a TV remote that will turn off the TV when someone sits on the couch

Now here's a prank for the more sophisticated and technologically knowledgeable among you. This video will teach you how to rig up a TV remote and a simple DIY pressure sensor to a couch in such a way that whenever someone sits on it, it will turn the TV on or off depending on what it was before. It's really not that hard, hilarious, and a great way to learn about electronics while you prank you friends.

How To: Clip your cat’s nails

Long nails are bad for both your cat and your furniture. For cats, nails that are too long make it hard to walk comfortably, and in an effort to shorten them they will scratch up your precious Pottery Barn furniture. So to save both your cat's sanity and your own, check out this video to learn how to clip your cat's nails.

How To: Create an everyday contour look

In this tutorial, we learn how to create an everyday contoured look. First, apply a full coverage foundation to your face. Mac is recommended, using a color that is a match to your skin. Blend this on the face using a foundation brush. Next, apply a loose powder over your skin with a brush to settle the foundation onto your skin. After this, you will brush a bronzer of your choice onto the cheek bones, followed by a blush brushed onto your cheekbones. After this, you can also brush the bronze...

How To: Make a 12v to 5v fan speed switch for an XBox 360

The XBox 360 does not cool itself very well. If you're going to take it apart and mod it, you probably want to increase your fan speed by connecting it to the 12v part of the motherboard so it will spin faster and cool better. But you don't need 12v all the time right? It's very loud. Maybe you want to be able to choose between the stock 5v and 12v speeds depending on what you're doing? That's the best way. This video will show you how to make a switch attached to you fan that will allow you ...

How To: Create a game character that moves using Flash CS4

So you want to make your own video game using Flash CS4 and Actionscript 3. We applaud your chutzpah. This video will walk you through what should probably be your first steps: importing a sprite character, making them move around in response to keyboard inputs, and making them animate depending on how they are moving. Once you have this established, you can move on to creating enemies to fight, environments to wander, and all the other elements that make a good game.

How To: Tie a Penborthy friction knot

Know your knots! Learn to tie a Penborthy friction knot with this free video guide. Tying a penborthy knot will vary depending on how much weight the knot will support but this video should give you a good sense of what it is you'll need to do. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful climber's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Apply eyeliner with MakeupGeek

This beauty video demonstrates how to apply eyeliner. If you are just beginning to wear makeup, you may be overwhelmed by the many types and brands of eyeliners out there. Depending on what look you want to achieve, you will want to use different eyeliners to get that desired result.

How To: Walk on non-Newtonian fluid

You may remember the recipe for a basic non-Newtonian fluid from grade school science experiments (one part water to one and one third part corn flour or cornstarch), but those trials probably stopped at squeezing the mixture in your hands. While a regular fluid's viscosity wouldn't allow you to walk on it, a little bit of technique and the magic of physics will have you walking on a non-Newtonian fluid as well as Jesus. This video science experiment shows how to use 50kg of corn flour/cornst...

How To: Make Kyle from South Park your Call of Duty: Black Ops playercard emblem

Forget the callsigns and titles from previous Call of Duty video games, Black Ops gives you something new to play with— playercards. Playercards allow you to create virtually any emblem you can possible think of because they're fully customizable, and emblem images can be colored, moved, rotated, flipped, resized and stacked on top of each other, with up to 12 emblem images layered at once. And if you're making Kyle Broflovski from South Park your playercard emblem, you'll need all 12 layers!

How To: Pull three fun computer pranks on n00bs, PC or Mac

The personal computer is a strange and powerful entity, capable of bringing great joy. Just as often, you probably want to chuck the damn thing at the wall because it doesn't work right. If you want to pull a prank on a friend that will really upset them, messing with their computer is one of the best ways to do it. This hilarious video will show you how to do three great PC pranks quickly and easily, including changing the contrast on the monitor and pretending to edit websites using Javascr...

How To: Root the Motorola Droid X smartphone with ADB

Yes, the Droid X from Motorola can be rooted, and yes, you can do it at home. Just make sure you follow the directions precisely. If you succeed, you'll have a completely rooted smartphone. eFuse doesn't matter. If you want to expand your options on Verizon Wireless's Droid X, then you just have to take a chance… use this video in conjunction with the links and description below.

How To: Create a website with external CSS and HTML

In this tutorial, we learn how to create a website with external CSS and HTML. Start off by managing your site like usual, then create a new HTML document and new CSS document. Now, name both of these to what you would like, then link them both together by linking the CSS in your HTML document. Now, make a container div, which is what will center your main document. Change your different settings so your div will be exactly how you want it to be. Next, make a banner for your page and set the ...

How To: Do a urinary catheterization procedure on a male

One of the hardest things a man can go through in life is a trip to the hospital, especially when he knows he's going to need a catheter. It's every man's worst fear. But for a nurse, it's necessary knowledge. Learning the male urinary catheterization procedure hands-on is difficult due to the urgency involved in patient care, so this video aims to prepare nurses so they can learn and stay fluent with the proper urinary catheterization technique of a male patient.

How To: Embed a YouTube video into MS Powerpoint 07

Chris Davis with the Educational Technology Center shows us a few easy steps to putting YouTube videos in our Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 presentations. To start you'll need to have an active internet connection and you should have the developer tab in PowerPoint active. To do this go to the Office menu, PowerPoint options, popular and click show developer tab. Locate the hammer looking more control option button and scroll down to Shockwave Flash Object and click it. This allows you to draw a ...

How To: Remove braces with Photoshop

Learn how to remove braces with Photoshop. First find a photo with some visible teeth; you don’t want a picture with no visible teeth because you would need to redraw an entire set of teeth. Now select the first layer and duplicate it (command control J). Grab the patch tool from the toolbar and set it to "source". Zoom in on the teeth and make sure you are working on the new layer. Select around one part of the braces and drag it to a skin area. Now grab the clone tool and begin cloning the ...

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