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How To: Create a Miniature Fireworks Show by Burning Steel Wool & Potassium Chlorate

We've all seen some the awesome fireworks that steel wool can produce, either in person or on video— and as simple as it is, we just can't get enough of it! It's really basic chemistry, but sometimes simplicity can amaze more than complexity. And in this video, our favorite web scientist, NurdRage, battles the burning flame of one of the world's most common household item, i.e. the Brillo Pad. Plus, there's an even bigger reaction towards the end with an added chemical compound).

How To: Make & cook fresh homemade pumpkin puree

This video is about making homemade pumpkin puree. You will want to make sure to use a sugar pie pumpkin. One sugar pie pumpkin will produce around 16 oz of pumpkin puree. Begin by carefully sawing your pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Place the pumpkin halves face down on a piece of well oiled parchment paper. Bake at 425 degrees for an hour, or until the flesh is very soft. When the pumpkin has cooled remove the flesh with a spoon. Place the flesh in a bowl and mash it up with a fork o...

How To: Add a watermark to your videos using Camtasia Studio 6

In this tutorial, we learn how to add watermark using Camtasia Studio 6. First, go to the "add" tab and then click "import media". Now, click "add in timeline" and edit it to how you like it. Next, go to the produce tab and click "produce video as". Click "add/edit reset" and choose which one you like, then click "edit" and "next" until you see the watermark tab. Now click "add watermark" and click "options" when you are done. Click the folder to find your watermark and choose how you want it...

How To: Use ReDrum to load a .wav sample into Reason 4

So, you've got a copy of Reason 4 now huh? Congratulations, you own one of the most powerful music-making tools on Earth. It is infinitely complicated though, and getting started can be tough. Watch this video to learn how to load a .wav sample into Reason 4 using ReDrum, something you're going to be doing a lot of as you produce your tracks.

How To: Make a spring flower pop-up card

Paper is good for more than just scribbling your crush's name in hearts during a boring history class lecture. Watch this video to revitalize your understanding of paper power and to make a spring craft that will scream hugs and kisses to anyone whom you give it to.

How To: Draw a strip for a comic book

Ever daydream about making your own comic strip? Well, what's stopping you? With this lesson from television cartoonist Bruce Blitz, you'll learn everything you need to know to produce your very own comic strip suitable for publication in a newspaper or on the web. For more information, and to get started making your very own funny strips, watch this free video guide.

How To: Talk to your child about sex

The producers of this film should be applauded for their sensible approach in teaching parents how to talk to kids about sex. The awkward reading of cue cards and embarrassing situations will produce nervous giggles among even the most jaded audiences. This film was produced by some of the pioneers of sex education whose ideas are still being challenged by school boards today.

How To: Create a page turning effect in Flash

If you'd like to create a cool presentation with Flash, check out this video and the Flash plug-in flipdoo. Flipdoo allows you to build stunning flash flip books for both online and offline use in minutes. You don't need any additional software. Import your PDFs, configure book look & feel and publish. This is the best way to create digital ( electronic ) editions such as any type of publications, magazines, brochures and catalogues. Flipdoo Publisher is a Windows desktop application that hel...

How To: Make a harsh lead synth track with dissonance for hard techno in Reason 4

Nowadays digital and analog synthesizers can produce a nearly infinite number of sounds, and many of them sound terrible to most people. If you find yourself more in the Trent Reznor music camp though and love making dystopian, harsh sounds in your music, watch this video. It will teach you how to make a really harsh, dissonance filled lead synth track in Reason 4. Great for glitch, industrial, and other abrasive electronic styles.

How To: Symmetrically wing your eyeliner

Red Bull isn't the only thing that gives you wings. In fact, you can don a pair of wings yourself by painting on winged cat liner on your eyelids. Winged liner is a coveted makeup look because it helps to lengthen and enlarge small eyes, make close set eyes appear farther apart, creates the illusion of more eyelashes, and gives you a sultry siren look. For such a simple tool it produces amazing, face-changing results.

How To: Identify problems with vegetable plants

Curtis Smith, Extension Horticulturist with Southwest Yard and Garden, and Rick Daniell, Bernalillo County Horticultural Agent, discuss how to identify problems with vegetable plants in your garden. Gray or white spots on a squash leaf are natural if they do not rub off. Blossom end rot can afflict tomatoes, squash, chilies and melons. Blossom end rot indicates a calcium deficiency during times of vigorous growing during uneven watering. Fertilize when the plants are young. Sun scald can affl...

How To: Clean laminate floors safely

The basic idea of cleaning laminate floors is to use a dry or damp mop or cleaner for cleaning spills and as little moisture as possible. Laminate floors are resistant products and are made to last, but they also are sensible to moisture and thus it can produce damage. Also very important for defending against stains like tomato sauce and red wine is to be vigilant and clean them immediately. The longer a stain like that sits, the longer it is the probability of being permanent, so the best a...

How To: Make a beaded bracelet on a cardboard box loom

You can make beautiful beaded bracelets without much monetary investment at all; in fact, all you need are pretty beads, string, and a cardboard box. You don't even need to tweak the cardboard box at all - just take off the lid and start using it as a makeshift loom! So cheap, so easy, and with such great results.

How To: Bake a traditional peach cobbler dessert

First of all you shall need ingredients that are one 28-oz can sliced peaches, 1/2 cup brown sugar, dash of salt, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 1/4 tsp mace, 1-1/2 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 cup flour, 2 tbsp sugar, 1-1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup milk, butter & brown sugar. Start by draining out the juice from the peaches and collecting in a large cup. Now cut these peaches into half inches and then transfer into a casserole dish. To make the syrup you have to tak...

How To: Make nitric acid

Watch this science video tutorial from Nurd Rage on how to make nitric acid. They show three ways to make nitric acid based on two different chemical approaches, both of which can be done using easily accessible materials.

How To: Rig a garfish for fishing swimming bait

So, you've mastered the knot tying process for fishing, and you already know how to catch bait, so now what? You need to put that live bait to good use... this animated tutorial from Marinews will show you how to rig a garfish for fishing swimming bait. Catching bait might just be as hard as baiting fish, but it's all in good fun when you kick back with a brewsky in your hands. You can learn by simply watching the bait rigging animation at a moderate speed, or if need be, click on "learn by s...