Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Flip Cups Of Water Upside Down

      Here is a great trick that anyone, yes anyone, should easily be able to pull off. It only requires a glass of water and a sheet of paper. Basically all you have to do is fill up the glass, cover the top with paper, flip it over on to a counter top, and then remove the paper. Sounds easy? It should be! Just in case here's a quick video explaining this cool phenomenon. 

Weight of The World
       Now doesn't that look fun? If not then take it a step further. For instance put twenty cups like this on the counter and waiting to see the person who makes the mistake of trying to pick them up. Just imagine coming home after a long day of work or school only to see tons of upside down cups all over the place. That'd be a drag right? Sure would; so it's good you know how to do this and none of your friends. Another great time to perform this trick is at a restaurant when you have a friend or someone who can take a joke waiting you at a restaurant. Right as you leave quickly flip your cups upside down and give person a surprise! Oh the places to go with this. Enjoy ticking someone off and thanks for reading!  

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cleverbot, Talk to an Intelligent Online Robot

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       Have you ever wanted to talk to a robot? Well of course not, it probably hasn't ever crossed your mind has it? Nevertheless this intelligent online talking robot can be a lot of fun. A great boredom killing activity especially in school or at a library. This robot, named Cleverbot, is an online application that allows anyone to converse freely about anything they want and get replies from a non-human source. Although it's quite intelligent, it isn't perfect, in fact far from it. This causes some funny answers and conversations to arise that can amuse you for hours on end. Of course it is important to use carefully due to the robots tendency to learn from humans. As we all know humans can say some pretty inappropriate stuff and like a little kid, Cleverbot picks it up just like that. One other major flaw I have found is that it thinks it is Jesus Christ. After hours of persuasion it still would not believe me but hey, I tried and you could too. Have fun talking to your new best friend and thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Make Beats, Synths and Music on the Computer and iPhone

FL Studio Mobile Review for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad     Making beats and trance songs ranging from dubstep to the typical rap background can be exciting as well as addicting! This can be done by anyone, you don't need to be a pro or even have any experience with these programs. Plus, there are plenty of tutorials on how to use the most popular software like FL Studio! It is a great program and they even have a mobile app so you can create on the go. Whenever your're sitting around bored with nothing to do, just whip out the old iDevice and let your imagination do the rest! There are other mobile apps too like Music Studio, Rhythm Studio and Dubstep Studio. All of these do cost money with the exception of the lite version of Music Studio but keep in mind that they are all worth the price and it's a small price to pay because you have tons of fun using this especially when you're bored out of your mind. While at home I do recommend the computer software only because it has more features. Especially a software called Dubturbo. This isn't a well known program yet but it won't take long for more people to realize how well it works. Best of luck with your creations and if you make anything cool just send me a link in the comments. Thanks for reading!

     Here is a song that I wrote using the mobile app "Music Studio". Tell me how you like it, It took me awhile to make! Thanks!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Learn How to Play the Guitar

“I went to my friend’s house one day, and he had an electric guitar he had just bought with a tiny little amp. I turned the volume up to 10 and I hit one chord, and I said, I’m in love."
- Ace Frehley

     Playing guitar can be a great hobby to pick up, it's impressive, fun and challenging all at the same time. Not to mention the fact that acts as a great thing to do when you're bored. Learning to play the guitar is a difficult task but it can be done with some assistance. I picked up guitar over the boring summer of 2011 and have been hooked ever since. It isn't the cheapest of hobbies but it doesn't have to be overly expensive either. There are some great beginning guitar packages for around one hundred dollars which include an amp and other necessities.

Getting Started
     To begin to play you need a guitar and preferably lessons. Do not try to teach yourself, it can be a very frustrating, slow and will probably end up turning you off of the hobby. Many professionals highly recommend that you get lessons from a good instructor. It can be hard, however, to find the right teacher but it is important to find the kind of teacher that can teach you the music you want to learn. There are many articles explaining in great detail how to find the perfect teacher.
soni 49     There is also another method of learning that works well too. That's right, the internet. First off, it isn't nearly as effective as a teacher but it is good for anyone who has been playing for a few months and isn't a complete beginner. If you are a beginner you can check out some online courses that you can start off learning from and become a better player in no time. YouTube is also a great place for lessons because many are very well explained and not to mention they're free. Some great channels to check out are martyzongs, fastfingerfreddy, and nailguitar. I wish you all good luck and for those of you who play or learn to play, please put some videos up on YouTube and put a link in the comments. Thanks for Reading!



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wrap Your Head Around These Sentences

Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Sounds like nothing? It sure does but it's a grammatically valid sentence! In fact, there is a whole Wikipedia page dedicated to explain this sentence. Let me break it down for you. The first "buffalo" describes a place, in this case it is the city of Buffalo. The second "buffalo" is the plural subject of the sentence, it is an animal, a buffalo. The third is an uncommonly used verb meaning to bully or intimidate. This is what the first Buffalo buffalo does. The fourth "buffalo" is again referring to the city of Buffalo. To finish off the sentence the last word is referring to the animal again. So the buffalo from Buffalo, buffalo the other buffalo from Buffalo. If you still don't understand just keep thin king about it. It can take some time to fully understand the sentence. Once you do, test your English teacher with it. Below are some more great sentences to read when you're bored, if anyone has one to add please leave it in the comments. Thanks for reading!

  • Will Will will the will to Will?
  • Rose rose to put rose roes on her rows of roses. 
  • James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher. (personal favorite)
  • Can can can can can can can can can can.
  • If the police police police police, who polices the police police? Police police police police police police!
  • "Wouldn't the sentence 'I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign' have been clearer if quotation marks had been placed before Fish, and between Fish and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips, as well as after Chips?"

Friday, October 5, 2012

Make A Homemade Lava Lamp

Making a homemade lava lamp is a very cool "science experiment" based activity that can be done with easily accessible items found around the house. All that you need is a one liter clear bottle, water, cooking oil, food coloring and Alka-Seltzer. Cheap and easy, two great words you love to hear when you're bored! Below are the steps to make this great little contraption.

1. Pour 3/4 of a cup of water into the one liter bottle (it helps to use a funnel).

2. Pour the oil in until it reaches the plastic ring at the tip of the cup. When pouring in the oil make sure to tilt the bottle sideways so that the water and oil do not mix and the water rests at the bottom.

3. Wait until the oil and water settle out so that the oil doesn't have any bubbles in it.

4. Add eight drops of food coloring, I do not suggest using yellow due to the fact that the oil is yellow.

5. Drop two tablets of the Alka-Seltzer into the bottle.

Homemade lava lampsThe reaction should begin immediately. After the Alka-Seltzer passes the oil and hits the water it will start dissolving which will carry bubbles of oil and food coloring with it thus making a reaction similar to that of a lava lamp. To make it even more impressive put the bottle on top of a flashlight and you will get the light effect too. Keep in mind that you do not have to use the exact amounts of ingredients I named here, they were just something to get you started. Feel free to experiment with it however you like and if you have any questions ask them in the comments, thanks for reading!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Make a Putt-Putt Golf Course In Your Yard

Golf ballHave you ever been bored on a beautiful day and not been able to think of something to do outside? Try making a putt-putt golf course around your house! No matter how ridiculous it sounds it can still be a great activity, especially for kids. Not only is it fun to play, but it is fun to make, not to mention the fact that all you need is a putter, a golf ball, and a small shovel. If you wanted to get creative try using other materials such as small kiddy slides, plastic tubes and and ramps. The bigger it is the better. Here is another idea, everyone knows how young kids like to sell lemonade at a stand (or in some cases water, I have bought a Dixie cup of water for a buck fifty before) so setting up a golf course business could be a constructive way to have fun. It sure beats sitting inside, bored, on that beautiful day. Doing this can also spark an interest in golf which really is a great sport no matter what people say about it. Besides, the people who speak badly of it have never tried it or have tried and quit because it was too hard for them.

So there you go, a simple activity that can be as complicated as you make it. Just cut your grass short and dig some small holes and you're good to go. Have fun outside! If you end up trying this out comment with a link to a picture of yours, I swear no matter what it looks like it is better than mine.

 For Those of you who are in need of some equipment, here is a set of balls, holes (if you do not want to dig any in your yard), and clubs. Enjoy!