Easy Raspberry Pi Media Player

Back in the days of the original Xbox. a program called XBMC was developed that could turn your game console into a capable media player. XBMC could play nearly any video or audio file known to man. Over the years XBMC has evolved to work on other platforms and has... Read more »

Lumia Lunchbox Laser

Back in the 1970s, my friend Wayne Gillis and I used to do light shows at science fiction conventions. We had the usual panoply of overhead, slide, and custom-made projectors, and a single, very expensive, helium-neon laser from Edmund Scientific. Calling ourselves Light Opera, and later, Illuminatus, we performed at... Read more »

Old Fashioned

I can’t think of a more perfect cocktail than an Old Fashioned. It’s a delicious combination of bourbon and fruit. The bourbon warms you up, while the fruit reminds you of warmer days. It’s sweet, and it’s bitter, just like life. The Old Fashioned is a great basic cocktail for... Read more »

How to Dice Onions

If you use onions as often as I do – in everything from soup and pasta sauce to tuna salad and guacamole – it helps to be able to dice one quickly, efficiently and without crying your eyes out. Here’s how the pros do it. Technique originally posted on CRAFT. Read more »

Vegan Turkey Roast

Growing up I was quite accustomed to the yearly ritual of selecting the largest turkey we could find and babying it through the roasting process. However, once I married my vegan sweetheart, my Thanksgivings would never be the same. As usual, my creative mom came to the rescue and taught... Read more »

Perfect Party Cake

For most people, the word “party” conjures up an image that is so intimidating, so overwhelming, so terrifying that they just want to skip the whole thing — it’s just too much pressure. A party doesn’t necessarily have to be a big, extravagant to-do. A party can be as simple... Read more »

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