Confused about why there are electoral votes in US presidential elections? Learn about the Electoral College and the part it plays in choosing the president. In this lesson, HipHughes will explain how electoral votes work, how they are allocated, and why the media pays such close attention to the election map.
So you want to create a mixed media video, combining raw film footage with animated characters (think Angry Birds in real life). It might take a lot of time and work, but it is worth the effort to do it the right way. Take the time, and you can create a compelling, realistic yet fantastical effect. In this lesson Tom Antos, provides a basic overview of what it takes (time, skill, commitment, and more) to integrate a cartoon style animation with video footage.
Do you dream of building robots, or at least digitally controlling your home’s appliances? The applications of microcontrollers are limitless! In this lesson, Jeremy Blum introduces you to Arduino—an open source platform microcontroller that is programmed with its own language (which is easier to learn than C). Learn what you’ll need to begin a project with Arduino (Jeremy uses Arduino Uno), how to install the software and update drivers, and how to create your first program.
Want to look and feel better? Strengthen your core and expand your horizons by exploring this introductory Pilates workout! The exercises in this lesson from Sean Vigue of Motley Fitness can be performed anywhere, and include: the Pilates 100 warm-up; back and spine stretches; on-the-back movements; the sphinx pose, dart pose, and child's pose; and side bends and stretches. This lesson also shows how to improve your form and breathing - perfect for the Pilates beginner.
Raphael’s painting, “The School of Athens” depicts two of the founding fathers of western philosophy, Plato and Aristotle, surrounded by other famed intellectuals from various years and countries, all in a very Roman space. It’s a visually pleasing painting, but what does it mean? What was Raphael’s purpose for creating it? In this art history lesson, learn the meaning behind “The School of Athens,” as well as the physics behind the hallmark of Roman architecture: the arch.
Whether you are starting from seed or seedling, Sunset Magazine shows you how to choose, grow, and harvest edible plants. Pick the right container, sow seeds, and transplant your crops without damaging the roots; before you know it, you’ll be feeding your family healthy veggies straight from the garden. This lesson features chard, beet greens, and lettuce.
Painted in 1533, Hans Holbein’s “The Ambassadors” is a double portrait of two French Ambassadors, who were apparently successful in all aspects of life, evidenced by the items they are painted with. But an anamorphic skull in the bottom half of the portrait requires an entirely different perspective to view it, and not the men and their accomplishments. How and why did Holbein incorporate this skull into the painting? Amor Sciendi is here to help explain this metaphorical image.
Besides masculinity, the beard has long denoted wisdom and a philosophical soul. However, despite the distinguished air a beard can lend to its wearer, a poorly groomed beard may also make the wearer appear slovenly and unkempt. Never fear though—instead, take the guesswork out of your grooming! Learn the most classic and popular styles of beard; Sciascia’s Salon’s Donna Gillis demonstrates how to achieve each beard style (the natural, classic, and urban beards and the Van Dyke).
With just a cooking grate, sand, aluminum foil, and bricks, you can build your own barbecue pit in minutes. Margo True, food editor at Sunset magazine, shares the blueprint (courtesy of celebrity chef Michael Fiorello). Gather some fire-building materials and invite your friends over to test out your DIY creation.
Stir-frying is one of the simplest and most versatile methods of cooking. The technique does require planning and preparation, but each successive stir-fry you create will increase your confidence and improve your timing when it comes to cooking ingredients. In this lesson, learn what the five main components of a stir-fry are, and how they can be used to create infinite flavor combinations. Heavy on vegetables, stir-fries are some of the healthiest, quickest, and most delicious meals to make.
Amaze your friends and confound your foes with this mystifying card trick! In this lesson from TAGS Magic, Tom demonstrates and then explains the "Slap the Cards" trick. Make a few wrong guesses, then smack the stack of cards in a spectator's hand to reveal their chosen card. The moves you need to pull off this trick (like the false cut) are useful to practice for any number of card tricks, so it's a great place to start.
Drilling through ceramic is a useful skill, whether you’re hanging decorative plates on a wall, creating a fountain from terra cotta flowerpots, making wind chimes, or creating your own project. All it takes is a drill, some diamond drill bits, and a container of water. In this video from Supergokue1, learn how to safely operate your drill to avoid injury while quickly drilling through whatever ceramic material you’re working with.
Why wile away your days when you can tile them away? Part 1 of 3, this lesson from Tommy's Trade Secrets teaches you how to tile a bathroom or kitchen floor. Learn how to plan your tile arrangement and mark your room accordingly - and the best practices for sealing your floor with PVA glue, spacing your tiles, and laying tile on an uneven surface. Continue with the series to learn how to cut tile for corners, edges, and doorways - and how to grout and finish your tiling project.
Are you training for a half marathon or marathon? Want to increase your running distance but not sure how? Whether you want to improve your time or to simply finish the race, learn to build endurance and run faster! In this lesson Coach Tief offers 2 different ways to increase running endurance: “long slow distance” running, which slowly increases your miles each week, or “hill runs,” in which you cover less distance, but build endurance from the added resistance and difficulty of the terrain.
Wish you had more shade in your backyard? Put the finishing touches on your home and garden by building a freestanding pergola with Ron Hazelton. For this DIY project, learn to build a trellis and canopy to cover an outdoor patio or accent your landscaping - perfect for providing a bit of shade on sunny days.
Lost in the woods? No need to resort to trails of bread crumbs! This lesson from Roadside Nature shows you the correct way to hold, use, and read a compass to scout your way home. Point the compass forward, keeping it level with the ground. Ensure that there are no metallic objects or electricity sources nearby, as these can interfere with your compass. Learn about the Quadrant and Azimuth methods of finding a specific direction.
Indulge your inner mad scientist by experimenting with and creating shapes out of magnets and ferrofluid, a black liquid present in the earth's crust. Discover the science behind this magnetic rare earth, hear how to make your own ferrofluid at home (including a portable version encased in water), learn how to alter and complicate your ferrofluid designs, and get tips on how to tidy up after your project (as every good mad scientist should).
Learn to take beautiful abstract photos of smoke. This lesson explains how to light smoke and set the correct exposure settings for great pictures - all without the use of a tripod. Phillip also teaches you how to process photos of smoke using Adobe Photoshop to create beautiful frameable photographs.
A unique take on a holiday classic, this 1966 recipe for Italian chard stuffing remains the most popular ever published by Sunset Magazine. Mix sweet crumbles of Italian sausage with wilted Swiss chard and milky bread to form the perfect texture for stuffing. Learn how to make this perennial favorite just in time for your Thanksgiving feast.
Perhaps you’ve taken a year of Spanish, and you feel comfortable enough in your language skills to finally take that vacation to a Spanish speaking country. While you may be intimidated, if you have the basics down, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Spanish is Your Amigo is here to teach you ten key phrases that are great to begin a conversation, or to interject when you don’t know what else to say. Master these, and no one will guess that Spanish isn’t your native language.
Curious about the vast world of wine? Start by learning the fundamentals. Sunset Magazine walks you through the basics of processed Vitis vinifera, from choosing the best corkscrews and wine glasses to determining tasting notes. You’ll also learn how to aerate vintages and save a half-empty bottle of wine for another day.
Taking your dog for a walk is a great way for both of you to get some exercise, but walking your dog can be a challenge if it does not heel at your side, and instead insists on pulling you in the direction tit want to go. However, according to Nigel Reed, London Dog Listener, a dog will only exhibit this behavior if it believes that it are the leader. Learn how to correct this behavior with Nigel’s ten-step tutorial. Soon you’ll have the best-behaved dog in the neighborhood!
Now that your granite countertop has been cut and polished, learn how to score and cut out the circular sink and faucet holes. In this third and final installment of the series from Paul’s Toolbox, learn how to finish creating your own custom granite countertop, as well as how to avoid costly and unsightly errors frequently made while cutting curved lines. Once your holes are cut and resealed, simply drop in in your sink and faucet, and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.