Like millions of people who don’t have access to a washer/dryer at their place of residence, I go to a laundromat to get my clothes cleaned and spend $$$ each year. After watching How to Clean Your Washing Machine, I was curious how well (or badly) a commercial washing machine would fare.
How to Clean Your Washing Machine - How I Pinch a Penny
I used ½ cup of bleach instead of the 1 cup specified in the lesson because I only had concentrated bleach on hand.
After selecting the hottest cycle, inserting 9 quarters (that’s $2.25!), pouring bleach into the proper compartment and firmly closing the door, I pressed the big green START button and waited to see what happened.
Soap suds appeared immediately and continued for the 3 wash cycles the machine is programmed for! The interior certainly looks cleaner and shinier when the washer finished ~30 minutes later.
Easter is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Many of us don’t have extra time or money to spend on decorating, but want to give guests and family members a festive experience.
Never fear. We’ve chosen our Top 5 Thrifty Easter Craft Lessons to help you decorate in style and on a budget.
These lessons only require a handful of supplies. You’ll most likely have the materials around the house already. Peruse the lesson list, and select the craft that excites and delights you.
Don't forget to tweet @Curious and let us know which Easter craft you worked on.
Curious.com is secure.
Like more than half of the internet, we had to move quickly to get ahead of the heartbleed vulnerability last week. We found out about it on Monday along with the rest of the engineering community, and immediately took steps to patch our servers, followed shortly after by updating our encryption keys.
How does this affect you on Curious?
We think it's highly unlikely that we were a target or that any of your data was stolen. We require very little sensitive data (first name, last name, email, and password) and we use a 3rd party for credit transactions, so our servers never see a credit card number. As a precautionary measure, you may want to change your Curious password here if you are concerned.
What steps should you take elsewhere?
For any sites that have sensitive data, we recommend changing your password, and avoid re-using passwords or password patterns. We know this is a pain, so this might be a good time to get a password manager (LastPass and 1Password are both good - see this article for comparisons). For more advice on password security, see this.
On behalf of the Internet, we'd like to apologize for the inconvenience. We also use the web, so we feel your pain.
Now get back to learning; it’s more fun than password security.
I totally enjoy dyeing eggs at Easter time, It makes me feel like a kid again. I love making a mess and showing off the gems to my peeps. But, this year, I wanted to up my game. I wanted magic…Enter Curious. The O'Neil Sisters lesson was egg-cellent.
How to Dye Easter Eggs - The O'Neil Sisters
Their infectious smiles and good humor is totally mood altering and their eggs came out so bright and saturated. I took the lesson on my iPhone in the Safeway parking lot so I could know what materials I needed for my egg-stravaganza. They used the standard issue teardrop packaged food coloring, and added quite a bit of vinegar to the water, that seemed to make all the difference.
On the way home from Safeway, I had a vision for my eggs. The world needed to have spectrum gradient eggs in it and I was the man to produce them. I devised a plan of layering the colors (see diagram) in order to create the green, purple and orange right on the egg!
I was pumped to get home and try. My egg-spectations were high. I boiled the eggs and prepared three baths of primary colors. The kit came with green, but green was for weaklings and I am a champion. I knew that blue and yellow make green and with a little careful dipping green would be mine!
I held the first egg with my fingers approximately 4/7 of the way into the yellow dye, counting off the three minutes (which turns out to be a long time to hold an egg between your fingers). I let it dry and then dipped into the red halfway up the yellow and held it for only 1 minute (I only needed a light coat of red to let the yellow show through to give me orange. I removed the egg and let it dry, then I dipped the very end in to the red again for the full 3 minutes to get a nice crimson.
Oh man, it was working, my fingers were tired but it was looking cool. After the colors dried thoroughly I turned the egg over and dipped the egg into the blue, I submerged it just a bit past the yellow and held it in place for only 30 seconds. The blue seemed dark and I really wanted to make sure to let the yellow shine through the blue so I could achieve green. BAM! I then dipped just the bottom 2/7th in blue again, and held for the full three minutes. Then, after drying, dipped just the end into the red dye for a minute making a sweet purple!
I had achieved a pretty darn good spectrum egg. The O'Neil sisters lesson and dye recipe worked egg-stremely well and I think the world is a better place now that these rainbow eggs exist in it.
My son and I had fun this morning watching Marty Brandl’s tips, tax and discounts lesson and practicing estimation. Charlie hadn’t done much estimating before because math answers in class need to be precise. He was surprised to hear about contexts where being exact isn’t important. Too bad I can’t just estimate everything on my tax return forms!
After practicing we started looking online for more information about tipping. How did the custom originate? How does the practice differ in other regions? Are you supposed to tip barbers the same percentage as restaurant wait staff? Most of those questions were answered on the extensive Wikipedia page, but an infographic on Mint’s blog was more fun. It shows tip etiquette for a variety of countries and a lot of detail on customary tip ranges for 15 different US services. And did you know that people tip $40 billion each year in the US?!
Whether you are comparing prices with various discounts or want to quickly bust out a fair or generous tip, Marty’s lesson is a great refresher.
Happy almost weekend! At Curious.com, our Monday mornings are filled with animated discussions about the projects we dug into over the weekend. We chose our Top 5 Fun Weekend Project lessons so you can also end your week with some learning fun.
Our team is just as eclectic as the lessons below. Kristen usually relaxes with some needlepoint crafting. James likes to get a little greasy repairing his car. Ron is a talented clay sculptor (he made an awesome Christmas ornament a few months ago!), and Joe often photographs concerts in San Francisco.
We have a curious and creative team!
The lessons below are a good place to start (or continue) pursuing your own hobbies. Choose whichever lessons pique your fancy, and get your learn on - there’s something for everyone.
Don’t forget to tweet us @Curious and let us know what you plan to learn this weekend.
Embellishing a Collar with Photo Corners
How to Extract Strawberry DNA
DIY Project: Vintage Vinyl Purse
Stop Motion Animation Basics
The first round of Curious 52 Challenges is due tomorrow, so I put together a binge learning guide for my fellow procrastinators. 5 lessons. 1 hour. Are you ready?
The Shopping List:
After stopping by the local store - thanks again, Willows! - I queued up the lessons, put on workout clothes, and placed the wine in the freezer to chill. Challenge accepted.
The Binge Hour:
Lesson 1. The first challenge on my list was uBloom’s flower arranging lesson. I trimmed the stems, filled my vase with water, and in about 3 minutes I had put together my first flower arrangement.
Lesson 2. Next up was the history of Saint Patrick - though it turns out Patrick wasn’t even his real name! For this challenge, I submitted a photo of the green cupcakes I baked in honor of Mr. Maewyn Succat.
Lesson 3. With only 9 minutes down, it was time for the third challenge - French Phrases for Love. My favorite new phrase is "Je vis d'amour et d'eau fraiche." Apparently "I live on love and fresh water" is a popular saying amongst French lovers.
Lesson 4. After racing through the first 3 lessons, it was time for pilates with Sean Vigue. This 8 minute beginner's routine was the perfect way to unwind after a long day.
Lesson 5. After pilates I couldn’t wait to taste the two different wines I picked out - I even got my roommates to partake in this lesson! I pressed play, relaxed, and sipped on wine for the last 30 minutes of the challenge.
Challenge complete. Good luck and happy (binge) learning! Tweet @curious to let us know which 5 lessons you chose!
P.S. For a full list of the first 13 lessons, check out the Curious 52 page here.