If you're sitting at your laptop right now, I want you to look down at your keyboard. Get really close. Close enough so you can take a peek under the keys. Now look at the screen. Move from side to side to get different angles. How's it looking? If your computer is like mine was before I cleaned it, then you're probably noticing a bunch of greasy fingerprints mixed with crumbs from lunches past. Real talk: When was the last time you actually cleaned your laptop? Continue Reading
Holy cow, it’s December 22nd and you don’t have a gift for that person who has everything!! First, take a deep breath; fret not. And then bust out some basic sewing skills and make them a two-toned gadget case!
You can size these to fit anything from a smartphone to an e-reader to a tablet. The supplies are readily available and the required skills are, like we said before, absolutely basic. All you need is the following:
- 2 18″ square pieces of wool felt in contrasting or coordinating colors
- cotton thread to match the exterior felt
- felt buttons (you can buy these or easily make a few yourself… or just use some fun buttons from your stash!)
I’m a firm believer in the idea that “it’s all in the details”, which for our purpose today means it’s all in the accessories! If you’re ready to rock and roll with some hip desktop doodads, read on.
Wires and cords and cables, oh my! Fixing the mess just got easier with these handy organizers, left to right: the brightly hued CableBox Mini, self-sticking CableDrops, and the Walnut and felt Juice Box charging station. Continue Reading
You spend all that time researching your new tv…then you spend all that money purchasing your new tv, and all that effort to get it hung at just the right height, to figure out the remote, etc.
This article from the New York Times helps you with that final step: calibrating your TV to get the colors, brightness, and contrast just right.
- Having the electronics store (such as Best Buy’s Geek Squad) do the work, but for a significant price
- Reducing the amount of light
- Finding a THX optimizer on a DVD (such as the Incredibles or Toy Story…I also remember the anniversary edition of Eraserhead offering a light/dark contrast set up tool)
- Use a calibration software DVD (around $30)
Photo labs have boxes of disposable cameras, waiting to be recycled. If you ask nicely, and they’ll share them by the dozens. Check out the ideas below for some clever and amazing projects for the sake of art and recycling.
- Create a Ring Flash: This Instructable shows you how to make a DIY ring flash from six disposable camera flashes and a couple metal bowls. The project requires a bit of electronics knowledge, but the results look awesome.
Need a projector to complement your DIY projection screen?
Check out the video below, which details the process of turning an old LCD monitor and an overhead projector into a cinema projector, perfect for home movies or large scale presentations.