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Weekend Activity: Build your own Zen Garden

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Japanese Zen Gardens are known for their calming effects and for centuries gardeners in Japan have cultivated, groomed and maintained Zen rock gardens and their dry landscape style called Karesansui (“withered landscape”).

Scientist analyzing one of the World most famous Zen gardens, the Zen rock garden of the Ryoanji Temple (Temple of the Peaceful Dragon) in Kyoto revealed that the calming effect is due to subliminal messages created by the arrangement of rocks and gravel. If they would have also asked the gardeners maintaining the beauty of that place, they would have learned that – as known to many practicing Zen – that maintaining or arranging such a garden has a calming effect of its own.

While you might not be able to feel the gravel passing through the teeth of your rake within one of these old gardens, you could create yourself a miniature version of a Zen rock garden and enjoy peace and quietness that way.

There are ready made miniature Zen garden sets available, but we put together a few links demonstrating how to create one yourself with parts you might…

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Weekend Activity: Create an Origami Christmas tree

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With the holidays almost around the corner maybe its a good time to practice some new skills. How about creating some Origami Christmas Trees.

The Origami Resource Center has a series of example folding instruction for you to begin with.

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Augmented Reality: A monster on your desk

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If you want to try out augmented reality effects for yourself all you need is Flash and a web cam connected to your computer.

Uses the Papervision and the FLARToolkit flash components. You’ll find some more examples at the FLARToolkit web site (link below). The Boffswana page (link below) has step by step instructions and the PDF with the marker. Source code is available.

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Weekend Activity: Make some Paper Planes

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Here’s a great way to create a F-16 Falcon Paper Airplane. The Amazing Paper Airplanes web site (link below) has detailed instructions plus a video and a PDF file for the coloring.

The Amazing Paper Airplanes web site has many more plans and instructions including the F-117A Nighthawk, Space Shuttle and Concorde.

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Weekend Activity: Origami

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Here’s a great time lapsed video of how to create an origami version of Evangelion Unit 01

Might be a bit tough to start with that art but still interesting to watch.

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DIY: Melon Brains

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If you’re still looking for some last details for Halloween get out and buy some water melons.

The Melon Brains how-to guide from Instructables is one of the best new ideas we’ve seen for this year’s Halloween.

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