How To: Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

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 Byron Schmidt, Jonas Stare, Physics Anonymous, Patrick Maguire, Matthew Herman, Carl Cox, JT Newsome, and Cory Poole. If you want to see your name listed here, then stop lurking and start contributing.

Below are this week's highlights, including an upcoming solar eclipse, the art of persuasion, the world's gentlest alarm clock, hypar origami, lock picking, a mad scientist contest, and more!

Community Activities, Challenges and Workshops

  • Minecraft World's Workshop — Tired of using clunky levers in your builds? Upgrade to smart "T flip-flop" buttons made of blocks, redstone, and pistons. Austin (aka Dr_Moustache) will show everyone how this is achieved during Minecraft World's workshop on Saturday, May 19th at 1 PM (PST). More details here. Haven't joined the server yet? Here's more information on joining.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

  • Minecraft World's Weekly Challenge — If you can't make the workshop, at least participate in the weekly server challenge! This is the first challenge run by the new admin, Austin, and it's sure to be a deadly one. The theme? Weapons. Post your most imaginative weapon to Minecraft World's community corkboard for a chance to snag some server perks. More info here.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

Recent How-To Projects from the Community

  • How exactly do you get someone to do your bidding? In fast-paced action movies, there's usually a little kidnapping involved, but for us normal folks, some simple, subtle persuasion will suffice. Yumi of Secret Tips from the Yumiverse gives you nine ways to get people to do what you want. Click to enlarge or click through to view.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

  • Okay, so you've just survived an all-nighter... now how to do you survive today? Staying awake on little or no sleep is nearly impossible during daylight hours, but Yumi's got 16 helpful tips for curbing that tiredness. Click to enlarge or click through to view.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

  • Like folding cute ducks and penguins out of paper? Expand your folding skills with something a bit more complex... Check out this how-to by newcomer Byron Schmidt on the origami hypar, a beautiful section of a hyperbolic paraboloid. As you can see, the results are quite astonishing. All from a square piece of paper! Byron also wrote another great how-to last week on activating emoticons in iOS 5, so be sure to check that out if you have an iPhone.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

  • Keeping your precious belongings safe in Minecraft is tricky business on a survival server. That's why Jonas Stare (aka Yownas) adapted the simple TNT pressure plate trap to work for his home. And unlike the pressure plate trap in the middle of a desert, this one actually works.

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

  • Lost the key to your Master Lock? If you've got skills, you just might be able to get that thing open without the key! JT Newsome of Invisible Computer shared a quick guide to how tumbler locks work and how easy they are to pick. Check it out.


  • Gearing up for this weekend's annular solar eclipse, Cory Poole showed us a photo of the Sun that he snapped with his trusty Panasonic GH2 camera through his brand new solar telescope! Luckily, Cory lives right along the path of the annular solar eclipse, and he promises to share a time-lapse video of the ring of fire for all of us to see, so stay tuned to Astronomy World!

Things to Do on WonderHowTo (05/16 - 05/22)

(1) Pescimonster's winning tree house build!, (2) LTAR1's honorable mention build or the tree house challenge. (3) Sarah, James, and Nicholas reviewing some builds on the server. (4) Simon Laflamme's first "boss" in Minecraft. (5) Physics Anonymous shared a gameplay video he found for the new Xbox 360 version. (6) Freakje 111118's Parthenon build.

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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