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Most of us ladies love a good beauty or fashion video tutorial. And there are plenty of them out there – from how to do a fishtail braid to how to create a smokey eye. But what happens when a tutorial goes horribly wrong? Thirteen year-old Tori Locklear found out the hard way in this video, which hit the internet just a week ago and already has almost 11 million views.

It’s less of a how-to video than a how-NOT-to tutorial on curling your hair. In the vid, now coined “Burning My Hair Off”, the very sweet teenager attempts to explain how to perfectly curl your hair with a curling iron.  She wraps her hair around the iron and then removes it to reveal what she hopes will be a perfectly curled piece of hair. Sadly, that isn’t the case. Thankfully hair grows back!

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For all of you uncultured people too busy getting caught up in the Kardashian saga, NANOWRIMO, or national novel writing month, is a writing competition with yourself. Think you have the drive to stop playing Angry Birds long enough to complete a 50,000 word novel in the month of November? Then you, my friend, might very well win the whole thing. The prize? Well, having written a 50,000 word novel, of course. Enticing, right? Here are some tips to help you bring home the W.

1. Make arrangements. Buy some blank tapes, set your DVR or have a friend take notes. You’ll be able to focus on your writing knowing you can catch up on all the TV you missed in December.

2. Disconnect. No facebook, twitter, or any social media of any kind. You’ve truly succeed if you friends call concerned you may have died.

3. Keep well-fed and hydrated. This is mostly for the benefit of those around you. A tired, emotionally drained writer is one thing, but a hungry tired, emotionally drained writer is just plain dangerous.

4. Avoid moving billboards. You’re going to be seeing lots of words floating before your eyes when you’re writing–you don’t need to make it any worse.

5. 5-hour Energy. Yes, it probably contains some deadly drug that the FDA will ban in a few years, but you’re going to need enough to last you at least 720 hours.

Source: nanowrimo.org

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I can see it in their eyes. Your dog want his dignity back. He doesn’t want to be a bee, or a wizard. He certainly doesn’t want to be a hot dog.

So instead of spending $30 on the perfect doggy sized ladybug outfit, grab some props from around the house and dress him up as one of these famous fictional dogs for Halloween. Then let your pup loose to mock the next-door dachshund dressed as a roll of mentos.

1. Baxter (From Anchorman)
What You’ll Need: Dog sized silk pajamas (Yeah, you’re going to have to buy those.)

2. Porkchop (From Doug)
What You’ll Need: A dog-sized cape (aka a towel)

3. Wishbone (From Wishbone)
What You’ll Need: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (or a newspaper three-cornered hat)

4. Clifford (The Big Red Dog)
What You’ll Need: Teeny-tiny dog bones

5. Shadow (From Homeward Bound)
What You’ll Need: A phone book

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We have to give credit where it’s due, so major shout out to Sarah Wulfeck (@skwulf) who cracked the code on how to display the new Facebook timeline.

1. Go to www.facebook.com/developer
If you’re not in the “apps” section, click the Apps button in the top menu.
2. Click “+ Create new app” in the top right.
The name and namespace are junk. I named mine “I want timeline” and the namespace as “givemetimeline” or something dumb. Nobody will ever see or use this app. It’s just to make yourself a developer of an app with the Open Graph features activated.
3. Prove you’re not a computer by defeating the Captcha.
4. On the left menu section, click “open graph,” and define a verb/noun set of an action people can take in your app. Again, it’s junk, so just put whatever.
5. I clicked “Save” at the bottom of the screen.
6. Reload your Facebook profile – you should see a banner that asks if you want to activate the new Timeline.

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