Fun with blur

There are all sorts of blurring effects you can create, either when you take photos (when they can be intentional or not -- but hey, sometimes they're happy accidents) or after the fact, in processing. When you press the shutter, you can create movement blur or zoom blur. Or you can take a perfectly normal [...]

My bed frame comes to life in Latvia

Armands Podoļskis, a reader from Latvia who saw my bed frame article and watched the videos where I showed how I made it, wrote to me recently: I would like to thank you very much for your videos of how to make bed frame. They were very useful. I used them to make bed myself. I’m [...]

How to watch Netflix from abroad

At the start of 2009, when I left the US to spend most of the year abroad, I was an avid Netflix subscriber, and I looked forward to being one even as I lived abroad. There was a loophole in the Netflix protocols which allowed my wife and I to watch movies from outside the [...]

Do you want to learn quilling?

In addition to Ligia's Kitchen, we've just launched a new show today called Quilling - Arta de a Rula Hartia (The Art of Paper Filigree), with my wife as the host and me as the producer (and everything else inbetween). The show is in Romanian, but we've got English subtitles for all you wonderful English [...]

Custom-built bathroom shelves

This summer, I built a few custom shelves for our bathroom, and only now got around to writing about them. There's a certain quality, a character, to objects made by hand, that you just won't find in mass-produced items. There's also the fact that if you make something yourself, to the exact measurements of the [...]