Saturday, September 21, 2013

5 books you need in your hack life now

“I swiftly discovered that there are few things in DIY (and possibly life) that can't be solved with a large mallet, a bag of ten-centimetre nails and some swearing.”
― Monty Halls

I heart Their site gives me many happy feels for two of the most basic of reasons ever: it's somewhat geeky, and it's all about people making things and sharing the result/how to instructions. Such as homemade oatmeal cream pies, a Pusheen cat cake (that you will never find in the Nailed It meme of gallery horrors), Connor's tomahawk from Assassin's Creed 3, and even DIY cat trees. Yes. Cat trees. In my book, that means everybody wins. And if you don't like a particular project, skip it and move on to the next one. That's probably the other half of the beauty of, there's always more to this chili recipe, or this LEGO USB flashdrive bracelet and, well, almost anything, really. So imagine my SQUEE when I accidentally saw that we had some of their books in our community libraries. HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS? What kind of catalogue stalker am I? A really bad one, apparently. If DIY is your kinda thing, you've gotta check out these books, and their site.

1. Unusual uses for ordinary things / ; edited and introduced by Wade Wilgus
Most people use nail polish remover to remove nail polish. They use coffee grounds to make coffee and hair dryers to dry their hair. The majority of people may also think that the use of eggs, lemons, mustard, butter, and mayonnaise should be restricted to making delicious food in the kitchen. The community would disagree with this logic-they have discovered hundreds of inventive and surprising ways to use these and other common household materials to improve day-to-day life. Did you know that tennis balls can protect your floors, fluff your laundry, and keep you from backing too far into (and thus destroying) your garage? How much do you know about aspirin? Sure, it may alleviate pain, but it can also be used to remove sweat stains, treat bug bites and stings, and prolong the life of your sputtering car battery. These are just a few of the quirky ideas that appear in Unusual Uses for Ordinary Things. Readers of Unusual Uses for Ordinary Things will learn how to: Remove odors from clothes using vodka Shine leather belts, wallets, purses, and jackets using butter Remove scuffs from sneakers using toothpaste Locate small objects once thought to be gone forever using pantyhose And much more!

2. Awesome projects from unexpected places : bottle cap tables, tree branch coat racks, cigar box guitars, and other cool ideas for you and your home / ; edited and introduced by Noah Weinstein
Instructables.Com is a bona fide Internet sensation, a web-based community of motivated do-it-yourselfers who contribute invaluable how-to guides to the site on a wide range of topics, from gardening and home repair to recipes and gadgets that defy categorization. The site hosts more than 100,000 projects. More than fifteen million people visit the site each month, leaving comments and suggestions on the ever-growing list of do-it-yourself projects.

3. Projects to get you off the grid : rain barrels, chicken coops, and solar panels / selected by ; edited by Noah Weinstein is a bona fide online sensation, a web-based community of motivated do-it-yourselfers who contribute invaluable how-to guides to the site on a wide range of topics, from gardening and home repair to recipes and gadgets that defy categorization.

4. The best of Instructables. [Volume 1] / by the editors of MAKE magazine and Instructables
In just three years, has become one of the hottest destinations for makers and DIY enthusiasts of all stripes. Known as "the world's biggest show & tell," makers from around the globe post how-to articles on a staggering variety of topics -- from collecting rainwater for lawn care to hacking toy robots to extracting squid ink. Now, with more than 10,000 articles, the Instructables staff and editors of MAKE: magazine -- with help from the Instructables community -- have put together a collection of solid, time- and user-tested technology and craft projects from the site. The Best of Instructables Volume 1 includes plenty of clear, full-color photographs, complete step-by-step instructions, as well as tips, tricks, and new build techniques you won't find anywhere else -- even material never seen before on Instructables.Some of the more popular how-to articles include: The LED Throwie -- magnetized electronic graffiti that's become a phenomenon How to craft beautiful Japanese bento box lunches Innovative gaming hacks, such as how to add LED lights and custom-molded buttons to a video game controller New twists on personal items, such as the Keyboard Wallet, the Electric Umbrella, and stuffed animal headphones While the book focuses on technology, it also includes such projects as creating cool furniture from cheap components, ways of making your own toys, and killer sci-fi and fantasy costumes and props. Anything but a reference book, The Best of Instructables Volume I embodies the inspirational fun, creativity, and sense of community that has attracted more than 200,000 registered members in just three years. Many of the articles include sidebars that show how other builders have realized or improved upon the same project.Making things is cool again: everyone wants to be a creator, not just a consumer. This is the spirit of the "new handy heyday", fostered by, MAKE: magazine, and others, and celebrated by this incredible book -- The Best of Instructables Volume 1.

5. Office weapons : catapults, darts, shooters, tripwires, and other do-it-yourself projects to fortify your cubicle / [] ; edited by Mike Warren
Bored in your office? Did your coworker just prank you, and you're wondering how to get him back? Is your boss constantly stealing your paperclips, and you don't know how to keep his mitts away from your desk? This book gives you step-by-step instructions for thirty different daring office pranks.

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