Internet roundup: how do I...

I've been noticing a number of how-to sites lately. Especially within the last few weeks, how-to sites have been spotlighted in various blogs and resource lists. Given that this blog is about all that common knowledge that people seem to have collected, I thought that how-to sites fit the scope of Oranges and Peaches.

WonderHowTo claims to have collected every how-to video that exists on the internet today. Anyone can submit a video's URL, but membership is required to create playlists and leave comments and grades for the videos. Didn't dig around too much, but today I learned how to escape from handcuffs and watched a new recipe for stuffed mushrooms.

World Hum is all about "exploring travel in all its facets: how it changes us, how it changes the way we see the world, and finally, how travel itself is changing the world." To them, travel is a state of mind. I love it. Two editors and several contributors have written various articles about different aspects of travel -- much more than where to go and what to see. They also maintain a blog -- I stumbled across this entry on how to use a squat toilet. It is a very humorous how-to, but given that this is the third day in a row that this taboo subject has presented itself to me, I had an extra laugh.

Rules of Thumb, which strives to collect all rules of thumb in one place, employs a user-rating system to determine the accuracy of the vignettes of wisdom that are submitted. "When planting seed, don't cover it deeper than three times its diameter," and "your thumb and index finger will encircle four modest servings of uncooked spaghetti" are just a few of the rules of thumb you can find here.

And, finally, ReadWriteWeb pulled many sites that teach you how to do stuff. The sites include some techie how-tos (it's a tech blog, after all) and some general all-purpose sites from amateurs and professionals.

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