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The Design Student’s Daily Bag

Students have to lug around their stuff to classes all day, so their bags tend to be packed with just the essentials and nothing more. Case in point, reader DgnKoopa’s backpack has everything they need for school (and a little bit of wasted time) and nothing else. The bag’s an Eastpak. Here’s what’s inside: MacBook […]

Know When You Shouldn’t Drive Your Car

I’ve got one kid who drives and one who’s about to and I noticed something important about driver’s ed classes (and other kids’ parents, to be honest). They never teach when you shouldn’t drive your car. Sometimes, it’s obvious. If smoke is billowing out from under your hood or you actually see flames, it’s time […]

Make Your Walkway More Visible with Glow Paint and Rocks

Rocks are cool enough on their own, but with just a little help you can make them even more useful. Add a little glow-in-the-dark paint, for example, and you can create a glowing guided walkway. Yumi Sakugawa always comes through with some interesting ideas. Glow-in-the-dark rocks could be very useful planted alongside a dark driveway […]

Make a DIY Custom Branding Iron

Who wouldn’t want a custom branding iron? Whether you’re embossing leather, branding woodworking projects, or even searing your sign into baked goods, this little gem helps you give your creations that little extra bit of personalization. Instructables user earz_cd brings us this easy-to-make project. The iron itself is made from a brass cabinet knob. You’ll […]

Why Cramming for Exams Doesn’t Work

Cramming for an exam is a time-honored practice. It’s stressful, sure, but it’s also a technique you’ve come to rely on working. Except that research shows it doesn’t. Surveys and studies have shown us some interesting things. Almost all (99%) students admit to cramming for exams. Yet even when shown evidence that spaced learning works […]

Dry Your Swimsuit Quickly with a Salad Spinner

Wet swimsuits can be bothersome. Perhaps you don’t want it dripping or leaving a wet spot in your car. Or maybe you need to put a cold, wet swimsuit back on for another swim. If you need a quick way to dry your swimsuit, try a salad spinner. File this under things I can’t believe […]

Favorites Widget Adds Favorite Contacts to iOS 8 Today Screen

iOS: As you’ve no doubt heard, iOS 8 finally gave us the ability to add widgets to our Today screens. This Favorites Widget shows your favorite contacts right on your Today screen for easy dialing. All the New Stuff in iOS 8All the New Stuff in iOS 8All the New Stuff in iOS 8 iOS […]

Scratchjr Teaches Young Kids to Code

iPad: We’ve talked before about the value of teaching kids to code and about Scratch, the MIT project designed to teach kids ages 8 to 16 to code. Using Scratch as the groundwork, Scratchjr is designed to teach even younger kids (ages 5 to 7) some coding basics. How and Why to Teach Your Kids […]

Carry a Sheet of Plywood By Yourself with a Loop of Rope

A standard sheet of plywood is 4’x8′ and weighs anywhere from 25 to 85 pounds, depending on the thickness. The dimensions make a sheet awkward to carry by yourself, even if you can handle the weight. Make it a bit easier on yourself with a length of rope. All you need to make carrying sheets […]

Make an Eyeglass Screwdriver Multitool with Sugru

If you have a few different jeweler’s screwdrivers for making adjustments to eyeglasses, why not put them together to form your own multitool? It’s a simple build and it might help you use up some of that off-color Sugru you bought but never used. Instructables user Tater Zoid shows us that all you need for […]

Breakup Splits Walls of Text into Paragraphs

Chrome: It’s frustrating when you run across pages of text written by someone who never learned the virtues of the paragraph. The dreaded wall of text can even dissuade us from reading an otherwise enjoyable piece. Fortunately, Breakup is here to help. Created by Logan Booker, an author with our Australian site, the Breakup Chrome […]

The Financial Moves You Should Make in October

It’s T-29 till Halloween, but all the cackling witches and evil goblins in the world couldn’t scare us more than the thought of falling behind on our financial to-do list. You too? Then don’t worry—we’re here to help. This month is all about planning—for everything from holiday travel to your golden years. Consider tackling these […]

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