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The evolution of music from 1680 to 2017

I enjoyed the piano stylings of Lord Vinheteiro in this "Evolution of Music" video**. He plays a little music from each year, starting with 1680 and …

Piano

How to fold World Record-setting paper airplanes

John "The Paper Airplane Guy" Collins shows us how to fold "Suzanne," the aircraft that set a 2012 world record for flying 69.14 meters.<p>"I bring …

Demonstration

Ever wonder how land surveying devices work? Watch and learn

A theodolite is that gizmo on a tripod used by land surveyors. This explainer shows how they work, and discusses how they shifted from analog devices …

Biologist Gets a Fake Star Trek Paper Accepted by 4 Dodgy Science Journals

Warning: Warp 10 is *really* bad for your health.<p>Obviously travelling at warp speed isn't a natural state of existence for most terrestrial …

Six lateral thinking puzzles

Here are six new lateral thinking puzzles to test your wits and stump your friends -- play along with us as we try to untangle some perplexing …

Puzzles

100 Documentaries Every Guy Must See

Documentaries are created to open the viewers’ eyes to certain issues, most of the time controversial. Sometimes, they are filmed to preserve …

The Post

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Climbing

"Holypager", an artwork that eavedrops on unecrypted pager messages

Old-school pagers are still in use today -- even though they're wildly insecure. The messages aren't encrypted, so each pager receives every message …

Encryption

Watch the Best News Bloopers of 2017

Keep fucking that chicken, everyone.

What to say to your kids after “The Last Jedi”

Families can talk about everything from strong female characters to the impact of media violence in “Star Wars”<p>Star Wars fans who are eager to catch up with Rey, Finn, Poe, and the other characters from <i>The Force Awakens</i> are sure to love <i>Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi,</i> which picks up right …

Star Wars

How does money laundering actually work?

Educator Delena D. Spann digs into the concept of money laundering a.k.a. “any process that ‘cleans’ illegally obtained funds of their ‘dirty’ …

Corruption

Interactive website teaches music fundamentals

I've been playing with Ableton Live's Learning Music website. It starts by showing you how to use an electronic drum kit, then moves to notes, …

Control devices wirelessly up to 2 kilometers away with this DIY project

My friend, John Edgar Park, has a video about low-bandwidth, long-range packet radio signals, which he uses to make a remote effects trigger box. …

Gear & Gadgets

20 Genius Secret Hiding Places for Your Valuables

Got some cash or valuables to hide? Try one of these clever, simple ways to hide those items from all but the smartest, most determined crooks.<p>We've …

Woodworking

The web’s best hidden gems

I asked Kottke.org readers to tell me what were the best web sites that they knew about that most people have never heard of. Normally, each of these …

Pat Metheny

17 Cheat Sheets Every Home Cook Should Know About

From baking hacks, to perfect pastas, to slow cooker shortcuts.

The Poisoned Wine Problem

You are a king and have invited 1,000 guests to a party. Each guest has brought one bottle of wine. But before any of the wine has been opened, your …

Alcohol

29 Pressure Cooker Recipes for Quicker, Easier Dinners

Life is a little crazy right now, and I don't have quite as much time to spend in the kitchen as I might like. Fortunately, I have a secret weapon that I can turn to when I want to make awesome food with minimal effort: a pressure cooker. There's a reason that these things have become an object of …

Cooking

This is How You Fold a Record-Breaking Paper Airplane

In 2012, designer John Collins constructed a paper airplane that flew an astonishing 226 feet, establishing a distance record that still stands. A …

Why Do Cooks Love the Instant Pot? I Bought One to Find Out

People have fallen in love with their Instant Pots.<p>They may like their blenders, cherish their slow cookers and need their food processors.<p>But the Instant Pot — a device that combines an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and yogurt maker in one handy unit — sends even mild-mannered …

Slow Cookers

23 Whiskey Cocktails to Get You Through Winter

<b>Ingredients</b><p>1 double shot espresso (about 2 oz.), room temperature<p>1 oz bourbon or rye whiskey<p>1/4 oz simple syrup<p>A dash of Peychaud's bitters<p>1 1-inch …

Learn how to play piano chords in under 8 minutes

Even if you've taken a lesson or two, this brisk run through the basics of musical chords probably will remind you of something you've long forgotten.<p>…

8 Kid-Friendly Slow-Cooker Meals

Brian Kennedy, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved<p>When it comes to family meals, I’m always looking for three things: wholesome …

How to become a minimalist in 30 days

Jenny Mustard has a wonderful channel on minimalism. To help her viewers make the leap themselves, she created a a video on how to get there in 30 …

Minimalism

40 Craft Ideas Especially for Boys

40 Craft Ideas Especially for Boys<p>Updated on February 14, 2018<p>Finding crafts for boys was a bigger job than I thought it would be when I started my …

Harry Potter

The real story of Sea Monkeys

Harold von Braunhut (1926-2003) was the inventor/marketer behind X-Ray Specs and Amazing Sea-Monkeys. (Apparently von Braunhut was also a nasty …

Ku Klux Klan

Just in time for Hanukkah: Maccabees and Menorahs, a dreidel powered RPG

Randy sez, "Maccabees and Menorahs is a one page RPG played with a dreidel and gelt. Designed to run over 8 short sessions, one for each night of …

Jason Schreier's Top 10 Games Of 2016

From puzzlers to JRPGs to, uh, more puzzlers, this was a good year for video games. And my top 10 list will probably not surprise any of you.<p>In no …

Top 10

Oriental Garlic Noodles Recipe

IMAGE Toto Labrador<p>Stir-fried Asian noodle dishes are good to have in your repertoire. They make for easy meals on busy days! This easy …