How To: Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)

WonderHowTo is a how-to website made up of niche communities called Worlds, with topics ranging from Minecraft to science experiments to Scrabble and everything in-between. Check in every Wednesday evening for a roundup of user-run activities and how-to projects from the most popular communities. Users can join and participate in any World they're interested in, as well as start their own community.

Thanks to all of the active World moderators and contributing members from this past week, including, but not limited to, Silverbug12, iDwarf, Cerek Tunca, occupytheweb otw, K. Met, Henry Reinders, Matthew Herman, Aaron Bieber, and Physics Anonymous. If you want to see your name listed here, then stop lurking and start contributing!

Below are this week's highlights, including a magnetic DIY alarm system for your bicycle, ten unusual uses for your microwave oven, a history of the Internet, photography tips, potassium nitrate crystals, and more!

Community Activities, Challenges and Workshops

  • Minecraft World's Weekly Workshop — Give your Minecraft kitchen a complete makeover this weekend. Hop on the official WonderHowTo server this weekend with Kendra to create a completely functional kitchen. Be there Saturday, April 14th at 12 PM (PST). More details here. If you still haven't joined the server, see how to get whitelisted.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)

  • Minecraft World's Weekly Challenge — Try your hands at replicating one (or two) of the many Wonders of the World in this week's challenge, including the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Stonehenge, Panama Canal, Mayan ruins, Grand Canyon, and more. Join the server and show us what you've got! Post your "Wonder" builds to Minecraft World's community corkboard for a chance to snag some server perks. More info here.
(1) Petra, Jordan, (2) SS Great Eastern, (3) Brooklyn Bridge, New York, (4) Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt, (5) Hagia Sophia, Turkey, (6) Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq
  • Minecraft World's Redstone CompetitionsiDwarf is hosting the third official redstone competition, this time focusing on building games within the game. Can you build Tetris, Snake, or Castlevania in Minecraft? Come show us your working games on the server and post your game builds to the corkboard. More details here.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)

Recent How-To Projects from the Community

  • How long will your laptop battery last? If you're not taking care of it properly, that rechargeable life-force might just kick the bucket soon. Yumi of Secret Tips from the Yumiverse shares nine basic steps to keeping your notebook's battery happy and running smoothly. Click to enlarge, or click through to view.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)

  • The microwave oven is possibly your kitchen's most valuable gadget. It holds secrets far beyond nuking leftovers. Check out these ten unusual uses. Click to enlarge, or click through to view.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)

The expansion of ARPANET in the 1980s, the beginnings of the Web.
  • Occupytheweb otw, newbie moderator in Null Byte, published his very first article in a series of upcoming posts about the best free, open source hacking and penetration tools available. What's this first one on? Getting ready to hack like a pro by starting with Metasploit.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)

  • You may be thirty years old here on Earth, but what happens to your age when you visit other planets? On Mars, you'd still be enjoying adolescence, embarking on your sixteenth birthday. But on Mercury, you'd of kicked the bucket a long time ago. Head on over to the Astronomy World and learn how to covert Earth years across our solar system.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)

(1) A small tower design by Leinad0716 using upside-down stairs, soul sand, etc. (2) Another cool design by Leinad0716. (3) Very cool lighting technique by small-drum and DucksTheName. (4) Intense lighting in the ceiling. (5) A corner wall accent by Slayer19. (6) Perhaps one of the coolest carpets ever made in Minecraft!
  • Still using a cheap point-and-shoot camera to capture your memories with? Don't let the cheap part get you down, because with a few quick pointers from K. Met, you'll be taking better photos without a better camera in no time!

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)

  • Heading out for an adventure on the sea? See what's underwater without going underwater! Even if you're just up creek or in your swimming pool, you can still get some cool views on the submerged surface with a DIY underwater viewer from Henry Reinders. You can use it to find gold, enjoy the aquatic life, and even take some cool pictures. All you need is ABS and some Lexan.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (04/11 - 04/17)


  • I tried out another one of Will's mad science experiments last week, recreating his "spice rack gunpowder" mix. Creating the potassium nitrate at home was probably the coolest part, aside from actually igniting the potassium nitrate and sugar smoke mixture. You can check out my process here. Or better yet... try it yourself and show us yours on the Mad Science corkboard.
  • With weekly challenges, redstone competitions and weekly staff awards, there's a lot happening on the Minecraft server. Here's just a little bit of what's been shown off on Minecraft World's community corkboard.
(1) John Gwyn's amazing recreation of the Highwind from Final Fantasy VII. (2) The redstone wiring of the Rock, Paper, Scissors game by Jonas at /warp rockpaper. (3) Slayer19's home in Minecraft. Visit it at /home House. (4) Wakafanykai123 and company's amazing airship over at /warp treasure_hunt. (5) Inside the hot air balloon of Wakafanykai123's airship. (6) xXSHADOWxKILZXx's cozy little ship.

Want to get in on the action? Join the server. Also, don't forget to start building the Wonders of the World for the Minecraft challenge this week.

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.

Remember: WonderHowTo is a community effort, and the site belongs to all of you. So, the more knowledge we can pool together, the more we can learn from each other.

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