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Things to Do on WonderHowTo (02/08 - 02/14)

WonderHowTo is made up of niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects.

Thanks to all of our active moderators and contributors from this past week: Christopher Voute, Mr. Unknown, Cerek Tunca, Rex Gordon, and Adrian Rossiter.

As always, we would like to remind lurkers on site: WonderHowTo is a community effort, and the site belongs to all of you. The more knowledge we can pool together, the more we can learn from each other. With that said, join in. Write a tutorial. Post to a World. We are a curious bunch, and we want to see what you've got to share!

Below, this week's highlights: Making electron spirographs with an old CRT television, relieving a painful jellyfish sting, picking deadbolt locks, chatting anonymously online, and more!

Challenges and Workshops

  • Minecraft World's Weekly Workshop — Have some in-game goodies to hide? Join our official Minecraft server this weekend for a step-by-step tutorial on building hidden passageways using piston doors and redstone. Make sure you're there on Saturday, February 11th at 2 PM (PST) / 5 PM (EST). More details here. If you still haven't joined the server, see how to get whitelisted.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (02/08 - 02/14)

  • Minecraft World's Weekly Challenge — If you can't make the workshop, at least participate in the weekly server challenge! This week's theme is a continuation of "Buildings Throughout Time", focusing on Ancient Greece. Post your very best crafted Greek antiquities to Minecraft World's community corkboard for a chance to snag some server perks. More info here.

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  • Astronomical Observing News — Stay current on what's going on in the skies above with Cerek Tunca's weekly Astronomy World feature, AON. This week, make sure to snag a look at the comet Garradd while it's peaking. Click here for a full rundown of the stargazing events for February 7th through February 13th. And join the World to share your astrophilic knowledge.

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  • Community Byte — Both newbie and veteran programmers are welcome to join Null Byte's weekly community coding projects. Coding sessions instructed by Sol Gates take place every Monday and Wednesday at 5 PM (PST) / 8 PM (EST). HackThisSite missions instructed by Alex Long take place every Friday at the same time. This week's mission—hacking for animal rights activists. Meet up in the Null Byte IRC at the appropriate time! More details here.

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  • Weekend Homework — Looking for another way to get involved with Null Byte? Then check in every Friday for Alex Long's Weekend Homework. Know how to make moldable explosives? Can you hot-wire a car? Got the secret to hacking voicemail passwords? Then share your knowledge! Simply message Alex or post your article directly to Null Byte's community corkboard.

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  • Null Byte's Community Contest — Want to get your hands dirty with a custom-built program? Try out Null Byte's newest activity—a contest to see who can code the best hacking tool. Winner gets bragging rights. Program choices include a spider, email bomber, silent port scanner, and more. Winner will be announced next Wednesday, February 15th, so get coding! Details here.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (02/08 - 02/14)

How-To Projects

  • The beauty of jellyfish is unmistakable. So is their poisonous sting. If you've just brushed up against a jellyfish, Yumi of Secret Tips from the Yumiverse shows you the best way to relieve that irritation. And no… it does not include urine. Click to enlarge, or click through to view.

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  • Never have a secret communication intercepted by the enemy again! Below are three super easy recipes for making invisible ink to encode your messages, along with the decoding instructions. Click to enlarge, or click through to view.

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  • And that's not all Christopher's been up to. He also gave all of us Null Byters the code for a handy IP change notifier program. Made with Python, it can send you text messages whenever your IP address has changed. Check it out.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (02/08 - 02/14)

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (02/08 - 02/14)

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Things to Do on WonderHowTo (02/08 - 02/14)

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (02/08 - 02/14)

I Made It

  • Adrian Rossiter of antiprism.com posted a great link to Mario Marín's incredible polyhedra models and sculptures, which are constructed out of everyday items like compact discs, straws, egg cartons, etc. See more here.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (02/08 - 02/14)

Got Something to Share?

If you've got a relevant How-To, a source of inspiration, or a finished project, post it to the corkboard in one of the applicable Worlds above. If your project is unrelated to these areas, you can publish a How-To article directly on WonderHowTo, or you can start your own World if you've got the passion—or just post directly to the WonderHowTo company corkboard.

Got a question? Comment below or email jmeyers@wonderhowto.com.

Photos by M Jaeger, wired, Emma Hack, ITN, bdsecurity, Marín, MJ/TR, QuinnDombrowski

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