BY NICK YINGLING

MBTN last week was a straight up embarrassment. Bill called in to Instructify headquarters and handed down two options: I should commit seppuku immediately OR I should make certain that MTBN for 8/24/09 is a slam dunk. Did I choose the razor-sharp samurai sword or rapier-like witticisms? Find out after the jump.

Ten ways to break your laptop
Don’t try to turn your laptop into a boomerang. Don’t spill your chai wheatgrass latte on it. Don’t—look, just don’t do anything ever. Trust your common sense with your laptop. If your school is just starting out on a 1:1 computing initiative or you just got a new batch of students this year, these tips could bear repeating.

20 Ways to Change the World in Only 15 Minutes a Day
If you’re like me, you spent your idealistic youthful days driving down the Pacific Coast Highway screaming about Jah and you just wanted to make the world a better place. All of the tips in this list give some advice readers might wish to consider, though items 6 through 10 are particularly interesting. Each one links to different ways you can help out several scientific initiatives during your computer’s idle processing cycles. These distributed computing initiatives are set up to run during your computer’s downtime, so your effort is almost completely minimal.

Top 10 Tricks MacGyver Would Be Proud Of

This posting is MacGyver-themed, so science teachers might want to take note. At first, I just thought this list looked like a kitschy cool posting. Then I saw the CD spindle lunch container tip and I was sold. The tip about binding papers without using clips or staples is going to win the day at your next budget meeting.

Photo credit: artnoose on Flickr.