Friday, November 22, 2013

Create Some Light, Make a Beautiful Oil Lamp

     When I was younger I loved lighting my Grandma's old oil lamp because it was bright and HOT. She had them all over the house and they were perfect for power outages. I never thought I'd have my own or even be able to make an oil lamp myself! If you use nice glass they can even be great gifts, and hey, Christmas is almost here so snatch up these materials and share the idea with your friends. here are the very simple steps needed to create your own bright 'n' hot lamp.This is the easiest version of all the lamps. Once you understand the basic steps you can be creative and make an infinite amount of creative lamps! Also this is a potentially dangerous creation so make sure to have supervision and work with caution.

Home made vegetable oil lamp

 Materials

  • olive oil
  • transparent glass jar or cup or holder or whatever you want that's glass and transparent
  • a wick (thread of cotton or cutting a piece of a sock works as long as it fits through the eye of the needle)
  • a cork with a flat base (wider than it is tall so it will sit nicely)
  • matches or a lighter
  • water
  • a needle with an eye
  • wax

Instructions

  1. Cut the cork so that it has a wide base, wider than it is tall so that it is stable. 
  2. Use the needle to poke a hole all the way through the center of the cork  from the top to the base. 
  3. With the needle through the hole put the cotton through the eye of the needle. 
  4. Pull the needle through the rest of the way and take the pin away so that the string of cotton goes through the hole in the cork. This is so the wick can be shortened and elongated. 
  5. Coat the top of the wick with wax. This part should be a few centimeters long, the longer the wick the bigger the fire so keep it short. Coating it with wax will make it stick up. 
  6. Fill the glass or jar about 2/3 of the way full with water. 
  7. Pour vegetable oil VERY slowly over the water to make a top layer of oil. This should be a very thin layer. 
  8. Place the cork with the wick in the oil so that it floats in the center. 
  9. Wait about half an hour to an hour for the wick to soak up the oil. 
  10. Light it up up up and enjoy! 

    Just for some ideas try making one of these in a glass soda bottle or light bulb! You can also put food coloring in the water for a very cool effect. Since this is dangerous, especially when knocked over, keep a fire extinguisher at hand. Have fun and thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

How to Make a Glowing Dry Ice Bubble

       It certainly has been a while since my last post but I hope you'll forgive me! In this science based experiment I will show you how to make a glowing bubble filled with fog. Since It does require dry ice it should be done under supervision and safety precautions should most definitely be taken. Also, the black light and tonic water are not necessary, it only adds a really cool effect. My Honors Chemistry teacher taught the class how to do this last year and I thought it would by a good thing to show you guys. Have fun!
dry ice bubbles

Materials

1. tonic water (at room temp)
2. dry ice
3. bubble solution
4. a bowl with at least a six inch diameter
5. a small hand clothe or rag that can cover the entire bowl
6. a pair of gloves
7. forceps or something to hold the dry ice with
8. black light

Doing the Deed

1. Pour the tonic water into a bowl about halfway filled up
2. Add small pieces of dry ice until you see what appears to be a plentiful amount of fog. Make sure to add this using the forceps, never touch it with your bare hands or even while wearing gloves. It is so cold that it will burn you.
3. Dip the cloth into the bubble solution and rub it around the ring of the bowl a few times. 
4. Wipe the now spread out cloth across the entire bowl, this will start to form the bubble. 
5. Now turn of the lights and turn on the blacklight and watch the bubble get bigger and eventually pop. Just keep on putting more bubble solution on, the dry ice will last a while. 
6. Have Fun!

Thanks for reading and putting up with my extremely unacceptably slow posting! Buy my song:)! Have a fantastic eventful day friends.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Write and Put a Song on iTunes (How To)

     Today I am going to talk about something I have had a lot of fun wit for the past month and will continue to have fun with most likely for the rest of my life. I'm talking about writing music and distributing it. Not only can writing music be a lot of fun, but it can bring in a few extra dollars every month. Here are the simple steps for getting a song that you have written onto iTunes and other stores. First, I would be thrilled if you all could check out my first release on iTunes and even buy it from me. That would be incredible because it would help me to afford more expensive equipment to record even more and better songs.  Click here to go to iTunes and click the play button on the soundcloud widget to hear the full thing! Thank you so much!



1. Write a song. This can be done with any sort of music editor or creator. I wrote my song using the app called "Music Studio". Other good programs are Fl Studio, Dubturbo, Logic, Garageband, and Pro Tools.

2. Make an account at tunecore. This is the website and service I recommend using for song distribution.

3. Buy a credit either for a album or for a single. You will most likely be distributing a single if you are just getting started. To do this you must buy a distribution credit which will allow you to put your song on iTunes.  This will cost about $10 per year, which is not much at all considering the fact that you keep all your royalties from the sing.

4. Set up the single with artwork, an artist name, and of course the  track (there are a few other minor details)

5. Send he track to the stores. This step will be very self explanatory if you just follow the site's instructions.

6. Wait a few days for the track to be posted and wait a few months to start seeing sales rolling in!

     If any of you guys have ever written anything or plan on it just tell me. I'd love to advertise your music on my blog! Thanks for reading and please check out my song!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Play Gameboy Advanced Games on Your Computer

     This one's for all you old timers. Miss playing Pokemon and other old GBA games? Well if you have a game boy you probably don't. I on the other hand was never allowed to have a game boy when I was younger so I had no other choice but to give in to the games of the past in a different manner. This post will educate you on the wonders of GBA emulators. Enjoy and happy gaming!

Minishcap on Windows


Downloading the Emulator
  1. Go to the site emulator zone.
  2. Download the "Visual Boy Advanced" emulator near the bottom of the page.
  3. Un-zip the files in a folder that you can set aside for emulator use. In that folder also make a new folder titled "games.
  4. Make a shortcut of the emulator to put on your desktop.

Downloading Games, Also Known as ROMs

  1. Go the website cool rom.
  2. In the search bar type the name of the ROM you would like to download. 
  3. If you search "Mario" for example, you will have a choice between games of any game system. Choose the one for game boy advanced or gameboy color. 
  4. The download is under the picture of the game and an add. Click "download now".
  5. When the game is downloaded extract it to the folder in your emulator labeled "games".

Playing the Game

  1. When the emulator is open hit ctr-o to open a browser. 
  2. Find the game you want to play  and click it. 
  3. Enjoy!
  4. To save your game click "file" and "save game"
     I hope you enjoy this great free software! Thanks for reading

Monday, August 26, 2013

How To Create a Fantastic, Beautiful, and Succesful YouTube Channel

       Starting out on YouTube can be difficult but there are many ways to ensure a successful and popular channel. Although most parents don't find this to be as good as an activity as reading or playing sports, it does have it's benefits. If done correctly, YouTube will serve as something to do, a sense of success and accomplishment, and a chance to boost confidence while having the possibility of earning a small amount of extra money. On YouTube there lies an audience for everything and everyone, just be yourself and you'll find your audience. Follow the steps and tips ahead to help endure a successful YouTube career!

1. Put Something Out There
  • You can't do anything until you have a video, so film one and upload it!
  • It's your first video, it doesn't have to be perfect or perfectly proffesional
  • You need something to starts publicizing so don't brake your back making the first video something incredible, that will come
2. Do What YOU Want to Do
  • This is vital, be yourself
  • Make videos of things that you will love to do a lot of for a long time
  • Be original, you do not want people to call you out for copying others
  • Even for popular types of videos like guitar covers, do something to spice it up and make it a little different from every other guitar cover out there. 
  • Creativity is key, people remember crazy things and names that they've never heard before
3. Make It Look Good, Be Professional
  • This is a huge factor that limits YouTuber's success who have content filled videos, but nothing to record with
  • Spend some money on a good camera, flip HD cameras are great for YouTube
  • Good quality video and audio are important
  • Have a good profile picture of YOURSELF, people will be more likely to click on your profile if you have a picture and even more likely if it's a clear picture of yourself
  • Put up a good header picture that has relevance with what you do
  • Write a descriptive yet brief bio that will entice users and make them want to subscribe
  • Don't make many mistakes, make none if possible. If you do, try again
4. Get The Word Out!
  • You may have great videos, but you won't get thousands of subscribers unless those people see them
  • Find places online and post your videos to a targeted audience for Ex. , if you do reviews on games, post your videos on a video gaming community (Google+ communities, subreddits on Reddit, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, forums, blogs)
  • Make video responses to recently popular videos, be funny, interesting, and unique
  • Utilize tags, do not use broad one's like "guitar", use tags like "finger picking acoustic" in order to get traffic from the search
  • Do collaborations with more popular YouTubers to build your own community, just ask!

       Well there you have it, good luck, and check out my first video on my new YouTube channel! It's a music oriented channel in which I will post original songs, ideas, and guitar cover. Please subscribe!


 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Make A Flying Chinese Lantern (A Hot Air Balloon)

       The Chinese produce them in massive quantities, they've been in countless movies, but not many people have tried to make them. Of course they sell them online if you want to take the easy way out, but challenge yourself to making one from scratch. Here are the instructions on how to make a flying Chinese lantern. FIRST realize that these lanterns are dangerous, and in some places illegal. There is a fire hazard, not to mention the pollution problem with the wires. Use with caution and if you decide to try this, don't be stupid.

What You'll Need
    Chinese Lantern
  • Fabric from a towel (preferably unused, I don't care but you might)
  • A normal household candle
  • A plate or a tray
  • 3 Bamboo skewers
  • Two 24" pieces of florists wire 
  • Utility Knife (a razor blade will work fine)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Non-flammable tape
  • Protective clothing
  • Pencil
  • Large piece of brown craft paper
  • 8-10 sheets of tissue paper
  • Plastic or canvas drop cloth
  • Fireproofing spray
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • White craft glue
  • Match or lighter
The Juice, The Good Stuff, The Instructions

Part 1 Making The Candle
  1. Tie the fabric into a tight knot about the size of a golf ball if not larger leaving about 1" of the fabric at the ends of your knot. The ends will become your wick. 
  2. Center the two pieces of florists wire over the knot perpendicular to each other with the midpoint over the center of the knot. 
  3. Keeping the wires perpendicular and even in length, wrap them around the fabric tightly. This can take as little as 8 total creases, 2 on each fourth of wire. Set the wire knot aside.
  4.  Melt the candle wax into a container, enough to nearly cover the entire knot. 
  5. Set the knot into the liquid wax and let it soak for 3-5 minutes. 
  6. Remove the wick from the wax and let it harden. 
  7. Cover the knot and the parts of the wire right under it with aluminum foil in a tear shape. The 1" ends of the knot should stick out slightly over the top of the tear shape (the thin side of the tear).
  8. Then cover the rest of the wire with a thin layer of aluminum foil. 
Part 2 Constructing The Bamboo Frame and Adding the Candle
  1. Cut three bamboo skewers in half lengthwise using the utility knife. Run the split bamboo through a flame while slowly and patiently bending it. This should take a little less than five minutes to bend each half in a way that they will connect in a full circle. The diameter should be the right size for the wire to fit on it
  2. Line the bamboo up on a table with each flat face on the ends overlapping by about 1". 
  3. Secure these overlapping points by using a generous amount of non-flammable tape. Make sure this is a pretty good circle.
  4. Tape the ends of the aluminum foil wrapped wires to the overlapping sections of the bamboo frame. For better support wrap the wire around the bamboo before taping it. The circle should be divided into four equal quadrants. 
Part 3 Fireproofing the Paper
  1. Hang 8-10 sheets of tissue paper on a clothesline using clothespins.
  2.  Place a canvas or bucket to catch any possible drippings under the paper.
  3. Spray both sides generously with fireproofing spray leaving the part near the clothespins dry. If they get wet the paper can tear. 
  4. Allow the pieces to dry before working on them again.
Part 4 Create a Pattern for the Balloon
  1. Draw a straight 40" line on the brown craft paper.
  2. Draw a perpendicular horizontal 12" line at the base of the first line. The end of the vertical line should be halfway between the the 12" line leaving 6" on each side. You should have a perfect upside down "T" shape.
  3. Draw a second horizontal line 22" long about 2/3 of the way up on the vertical line. This should be parallel with the first horizontal line and should also be centered on the vertical line leaving 11" on both sides of the vertical line.
  4. Draw a gently curved line to connect the horizontal lines on both sides.
  5. Draw another gently curved line on both sides to connect the top horizontal line to the tip of the vertical line. 
  6. Use scissors to cut this shape out. It will serve as the template for your balloon. 
Part 5 Finishing your Creation 
  1. Layout the tissue paper in two rows with the shorter edges of the paper touching each other. Each piece should only be touching one other piece. 
  2. Overlap the touching papers 1" over each other and glue them together with non-flammable glue. It is also important to spread the glue evenly so that it does not blot up.
  3. Lay your brown paper template on top of the two paper panels and cut out the paper to match the template exactly. Do this with every piece.
  4. Glue the tips of each piece together and make them secure.
  5. Attach the opening of the paper balloon to the bamboo frame by folding the end up on the bamboo about 1" and gluing it. 
  6. Let everything dry.
Part 6 Launching the Balloon
  1. Take the creation outside.
  2. Light the wicks which are the pieces of fabric protruding out of the aluminum foil in the candle. 
  3. Wait for the balloon to collect enough hot air before attempting to let it go, then make a wish and enjoy!
Chinese lantern

       Well that'll be it for today folks. Remember this is dangerous and potentially harmful to the environment so proceed with caution. They are extremely cool to make and very cool to watch. Be careful while making it because little mistakes can greatly influence how the balloon flies. Good Luck! If you have any questions in the comments please do ask. Don't forget to SHARE SHARE SHARE! Thanks for reading! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Learn How to Back Flip On the Diving Board

       As much fun as swimming is nothing beats learning how to and preforming tricks on the diving board like flips and dives. This will be a quick lesson, pre-caution, and motivational speech to get you to do this trick. Before learning how to do the back flip however, it is important to learn how to do a backwards dive. Guys, think of all the girls you could get if you did this at a public pool. Thanks, and enjoy!
Backflip

Safety

      As fun and harmless as this might see it is very important to only attempt this when with another person who is watching you at all times. Also make sure that the water is at least eight feet deep and that there is a big enough area to land. Make sure the sides of the pool are not too close in and the water does not get shallow fast.

Backwards Dive

      This is a great thing to try before back flipping because it helps to conquer the fear of falling backwards off of the diving board. This is still hard as well. You will most likely have your share of back flops and mess ups but don't let this discourage you! Anyone can do it. Good luck!
  1. Start off on the side of the pool and work your way up to the diving board.
  2. Balance with the balls of your feet on the diving board and the other half of your foot hanging off.
  3. With arms pointed straight arch your back backwards.
  4. Keep your eyes on the water and when you are about to fall off the board push off.
  5. Hit with your hands first and bring the rest of your body in with it.
  6. The better you get dive higher and push off faster.

The Back flip

      Here is the real challenge. After learning and successfully being able to back dive it's time to go for the gold. Again, beware of back flops, they'll happen just don't let them discourage you. Best of Luck!
  1. Put your feet halfway off the edge of the diving board, balancing on your toes as if you were getting ready to do a back dive.
  2. Bend your knees and put your arms forward as you spring up off of the diving board.
  3. Do not bend your back as far as it will go, lean back and bring your legs up to the tuck position. This will keep you moving and ensure that you will not hit your head on the diving board. 
  4. Rotate until you are turned back around and hit the water.
Motivation

      Just do it. It's all in your mind, in fact it's so physically easy to do that if you just though about doing it you could. Think of all the stupid things you've done, how hard is this compared to all of those? It looks cool, it's attractive, and it will make you the center of attention (for a short while). If it hurts the first time suck it up and do it again so you forget about the first time. Be safe too of course.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

40,000 Pageviews on the 4th of July! (update)

       Wow I never thought I'd make it this far blogging. I've been at it for a year now and I have finally hit my goal of 40,000 page views. My next huge goal is 100,000 and I hope to make this by Christmas this year which will be a huge leap but I think it's possible. I need you for this. Share this blog on facebook, twitter, google+, instagram, other websites and blogs or whatever you can find! The more viewers and the more I earn from this blog the better it will get. It has already come a long way and can go so much farther. Thanks for reading and please follow and share....for me?
4th of July 024

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Best Water Guns for The Summer

       Super Soakers, handheld pistols and many off brands make for great water guns to use during the summer. Everyone who enjoys shooting a gun goes through this stage. It all starts off with water guns, then Nerf guns, then either paintball or air soft, lastly comes the military or Call of Duty. If you're interested in getting to any of these places then here's where you start. Of course, even if you stay a water gunner the rest of your life that's fine too. Here are some ideas and water guns that will keep you wet and cold throughout the summer.
Zaragoza. flashmob. Water Gun Fight Zgz

Indoor 

       Small hand sized pistols are the best for indoor matches because they do not get water everywhere. Outside these pistols don't do much damage at all but inside with normal clothes on the water is obvious and seemingly wetter. It's also easy to tell if you hit someone because they have a water mark on their clothes. Wear dark clothes, and assign a spot that has to be shot for a kill. Like right above the heart. Face shots count too, it should be obvious when someone gets shot in the face because they will react violently. Click the picture below to check out these perfect indoor worthy water guns. 


Outdoor

       This is where it gets serious. This is where the big guns come in to wash your opponents away. The name for these babies are only heard through whispers. I'm talking about the SUPER SOAKER! There are so many to choose from. Which super soakers are the best? Well here are a few reviews for some that I either own or had the chance to use. 

1. Arctic Rush
  • This is a very classic super soaker
  • Holds plenty of water
  • Supports Max Infusion Aqua Packs
  • Has to be pumped full of air in order to fire
  • Add ice cubes to the compartment below to shock your opponent with a blast of freezing water!

2. Helix
  • Another one of the classics
  • Holds a lot of water but it does run out relatively quickly
  • Supports max infusion aqua packs
  • Does not shoot one continuous line 
  • One shot per pump, does not require air pressure
  • Spinning stream that can be adjusted for the size of the circle 


3. Arctic Shock



  • Powerful stream
  • Requires air pressure
  • Similar to arctic blast
  • option to put ice in the lower container
  • "Flood" blast through a second larger nozzle
  • This is a very strong blast making this gun very dangerous to dry folk

4. Super Soaker CPS 2500


  • This baby is a legend
  • Huge, hard to hold even for a High School athlete (me)
  • Takes a long time to build up the air pressure
  • Shoots almost the entire canister of water per filling
  • Very strong, to the point where I almost wouldn't shoot anyone with it
  • Not made anymore so the price is a bit high, my grandmother was blessed to get one of these for me while they were still being made

5. Flash Flood


  • This is a perfect classic
  • Is not made anymore (as far as I know) so it's expensive
  • Hand pumped for small stream and flood stream
  • Lets talk about the larger nozzle, it's a monster
    • It's similar to the big blast from the Arctic Shock but at least twice as big and powerful
  • This baby is a legend, I recommend it more than any other water gun this summer

       Well there are some of the best water guns you could possibly buy this summer! Enjoy these and check out this cool website with water guns made by everyday people. These modified water guns on this site are much more powerful than anything commercially available so don't try it at home unless you're an engineer or are good with this type of thing. Have fun and thanks for reading!




Thursday, June 20, 2013

Like Soccer? Play in a Sand Soccer Tournament

       I don't play on a soccer team, I haven't since eighth grade. This summer, however, my friends and I formed a small high school co-ed team to play in the Virginia Beach for the North American Sand Soccer Competition (NASSC). I don't remember the last time I had so much fun. Our team played great in our league. We won all three pool play games and made it to the semi-finals but lost by one point 4-3. The team we lost to went on to win the championship. I wasn't the only player on our team who didn't play soccer. Three of our eight players do not play soccer. Anyone can do this!

Sand Soccer 2012
   
       Although it is different depending on what league you are in, I will state the general facts about the league I played in. The field is less than half the size of a normal soccer field. The goals are twice as small. Your run around barefoot or in sand soccer socks, and the ball is softer so kicking it does not hurt. Five player are on the field at a time. In the co-ed league two of the five players on the field must be girls.


      If there are no beaches where you live there still might be a sand soccer field. Check it out, join and have some fun! It's a great way to pass time in the summer. Thanks for reading and please share!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ride the Tide, How to Skim Board!

       Some people refer to skim boarding as an easy alternative to surfing. While it is very different, it is also very difficult. Most people skim board just for fun while others compete in tournaments at a professional level. Below is a short video of some professionals at work.


       Not to worry you do not have to be as good as these guys to have tons of fun. Never have I ever landed a trick on a skim board. That may be because I only go maybe once a year so get out there more to become a great skim boarder. Unfortunately this can only be enjoyed by people who have access to the ocean. For those of you  who want to try, here are some instructions to get you started. 

skim board at Sandy Beach

Instructions

1. Buy a Skim Board, and buy some surf wax. You've gotta do this, it's necessary. To make the most effective wax use hot wax and cool wax that have been melted in the microwave. This is very effective.

2. Find an ocean and make your way to a very low populated spot. This is so when you fall off and your board is sent flying nobody gets hurt.

3. Hold one hand on the back of the board and one on the side, about halfway up the board. Wait until a large wave crashes and starts to pull back so that there is only a thin layer of water on the sand.

4. Run towards the water, drop the board on the ground and DO NOT hop on it. Step on it with your front foot first, about an inch or two past the center. The place your back foot behind it. If done correctly you will lose no speed while getting on the board.

5. Now just hold your balance, lean to move, and try your hand at some tricks. If you fall do not fall on your wrists, roll on the ground. 

6. Have fun, share, and thanks for reading! If you have any questions leave them in the comments. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Play Assassin At Your College or High School

Overview

       The game "Assassin" is a live action game in which players attempt to eliminate each other using mock weapons and captures. The game begins with a host who finds players to sign up. Once there are enough players everyone is given a target. The target must be found and marked using select weapons that the host decides. Once a player is marked they are out and the assassin must find the victim of the person they killed. The last remaining player wins. This game is often played on college campuses and at high schools. It is a continuous battle so it may be important to always be watching and paying attention to everyone around you, especially if they look suspicious. Chances are, you're not going to make it. Best of luck. Like Assassins Creed, but in real life. 


Rules

       All rules are subject to change with the hosts liking but here are some general guidelines to abide by when playing assassin. 

1. Weapons- mark with pen, water pistol, hot sauce (poison), Nerf gun, rubber band, plastic light sabers,              cardboard knives, balled up socks

2. Safe Zones- lunch rooms, classrooms, library

3. Police Force- eliminated players track down and report rule-breakers

4. Reporting- the kill must be reported to the host within an hour or the player is back in 

5. Safeties- special grants by the host to protect certain players at certain times for specific and relevant reasons. 

6. Winnings- this is very subjective to the host but some games include making a pot in which every player pays a certain amount of money to get in to the game and the winner takes it all. 


       Playing assassin can be exhilarating and time consuming. Time flies when you're on your toes and looking down every alley. A great way to conquer boredom. While some people organize games in groups of friends, some hosts take it to the next level. At the website Sassins games are hosted and kept up to date. Join games in your area and let the fun begin. Share any funny assassin stories or experiences below. I'd love to hear how this game works for you. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Getting Bored of Reality? Lucid Dreaming is the Answer

What is it?

     Lucid dreaming is a state in which the person that is dreaming realizes that they are dreaming and are able to take control of what occurs. Sounds like inception stuff to me! Although many people have never had a dream like this it is possible to "train" yourself to be able to do it. Not only is there training but there are also methods of falling asleep that make this type of dreaming easier. Once this state is achieved and the dreamer knows they are dreaming they will wake up. The shock from the realization that one is dreaming is often too much to stay awake. Clearly this will not be easy, and will in fact take a lot of time. Definitely more time than anything else on this blog. Here are some steps and methods to try out when attempting to lucid dream. 

1. Remembering Dreams

     This is the most important part of lucid dreaming because it's impossible to have a lucid dream without dreaming in the first place. Even for those who have little to almost no dreams it's possible to increase that amount. To do this one must keep a dream journal or some sort of thing that can be used to record. Keep this by the bed and every morning record any dreams. Even with the lack of a dream write down "no dreams". While writing down dreams put as much detail whether it be important or completely useless as possible for example the weather, facial expressions, colors, people, locations, and so on and so forth. Eventually the amount of dreams will pile up, get longer, and will be easier to remember. Also look for patterns that re-occur between dreams so that the next time they occur they will be recognized. 

2. Reality Checks

     Now that dreaming comes easily it's time to start recognizing the difference between dreams and reality. Doing reality checks at least three times a day when something feels out of the ordinary or "dream like" will plant that idea and during dreams those same reality checks will be performed but they will have different outcomes. For the first few times these realizations will immediately cause the dreamer to wake up but do not get discouraged. That is normal, keep trying. 
  • watch a clock, in a dream the time will not change
  • lean against a wall, in a dream you may fall right through
  • read a body of text look away and then look back, in a dream the text may change
  • look at your hands, in a dream they will look significantly different than in reality
  • look into a mirror, in a dream there will either be no reflection or a seriously distorted one (be careful with this, seeing a distorted reflection in a dream can often lead to nightmares)
  • jump, in a dream jumping can lead to flying or floating
  • poke yourself, in a dream human bodies have a different consistency 

3. Sleep Paralysis 

     Sleep paralysis is a state in which a person is aware of being awake but cannot move nor speak. This is a large stepping stone into lucid dreaming and is one of the most effective methods. To do this lay in bed and get into a comfortable position, preferably facing up with hands by the sides. Now lay there and DO NOT MOVE. There will be many urges like itches and blinking but do not fall for these. These small annoyances check to see if a person is awake. By not giving in to these disturbances the body is being tricked into a sleep that it is not really in. During this time lucid dreaming comes easily. By now dreaming should come easily, enjoy yourself and have fun in your dreams.  

4. WBTB Method

     The wake-back-to-bed method is one of the most successful techniques. To do this set an alarm clock to five hours after sleep is reached. Next fall asleep. When the alarm goes off sit there meditating about lucidity and dreams. Try to stay up for about an hour doing this. While falling back to sleep think about the fact that you will realize that you're dreaming when you dream and let it sink in. 

   
  Congratulations, you now have a great way to eat up time fast while doing something pretty cool. Don't forget to do all of the crazy things you could never do on earth in your dreams. Instead of driving to school in a car, dream about riding to school on a battle stag while firing missiles at oncoming traffic. The more creative you are the better your experience will be. Good luck and enjoy! Post any dreams in the comments, I'd love to know what your experiences are like!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Make a Paper Crossbow

       Many people have seen this video before but for those who haven't (or if you have and just didn't make anything) this is the best way to build yourself a paper crossbow. These crossbows are well powered but if they are made incorrectly they can yield almost no resistance and therefore, no power. Make sure to follow the instructions in the video unless you're willing to experiment and mess everything up. That wouldn't be too bad, after all the reason you're here is to find things to do and trust me, this project can take a long time especially if you have weak paper folding fingers. Good luck and don't point it at anybody unless they explicitly tell you to shoot them up, which probably won't happen. Thanks for Reading!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Five Minecraft Servers to Play on When You're Bored

      Millions of people play minecraft when they're bored so here are five great online minecraft servers to try out when you're bored. So I'll admit it, I love minecraft. It's creative, unique, and there are so many possibilities when it comes to multi-player online. Here are five of my favorite servers to kill time on. These are mostly mini game type servers that have a limited type of game play to set up a specific type of game. They're fun and quite addicting so try them all and tell me what you think!


Capture The Flag mcctf.com
       This classic game has been set up great for minecraft play. It is nothing more than what it sounds like only there are different classes such as the default "heavy" class, archers, soldiers (my personal favorite), and healers. Only a few classes are available to everyone. In order to unlock more powerful classes you must donate money to the server. There is no need to do this unless you really love the game because I for one have a great time using the soldier who's special ability is to wall climb as high as possible using his sword. 


The Walls mccthewalls.com
       This pvp server has a set map with four giant walls separating four different quadrants. Each zone is occupied by a team and each team has 15 minutes to prepare for unrestricted pvp battle. Once fifteen minutes is up the walls vanish and the war begins. Whichever team remains wins. This is one of my favorite games because other than the walls themselves, any block can be broken. This means that games could last for hours because people not only go out and fight but they also run for their lives, climb trees, burrow underground, or build traps. 



Kit PvP kitpvp.us
       In this pvp server you jump right into a brawl. Killing other players gives you credits that can be used to level up and increase your kill streak. Making yourself more powerful is called buffing. When you buff yourself up you get less credits for killing others and they get more credits for killing you. Debuffing is decreasing your strength which gives you more credits for killing others and less credits to other when they kill you. The key is to find that in between point that works best for you. 



Vanillacraft vanillacraft.net
       This server is not a setup server for specific game. It's a normal multi-player server with limited plugins and gives one of the best vanilla experiences. I guess you could call it my everyday server. In fact, me and a couple of friends are in charge of an organization called Valhalla which is located near one of the corners of the map. Unfortunately the server is undergoing some "drama" if you will. One of the moderators was sick of an organization known as "THP" because they had so much power that they just about ran the server. To stop this that moderator opened up their vault, the place where they stored their hundreds of diamond blocks, sets of armor and weapons, and burned everything in lava therefore rendering them almost powerless. That's what happens to the bullies of the server. One more important thing to note is that the server will undergo a complete reset sometime within the next few months so don't get to deep into building yet. My username is abeLinkn, I can't wait to see you on there!



Sabotage a1.mc-sabotage.com
     I've saved my favorite server for last and this is it, sabotage. In this game you start off in a room with instructions and a parkour course. Vote for a map (sooner or later you'll figure out which maps you like best) and wait for the game to start. When you get in you have about 30 seconds to run around and explore and collect chests, this is vital. During these thirty seconds you cannot take damage of any kind so get to the chests using any means necessary. When the thirty seconds are up you will get a little notification telling you what you are. You will either be an innocent, a detective, or a sabotager. Innocents cannot tell who anyone is but the detective, detectives cannot tell who anyone is, and sabotagers can tell who everyone is. Sabotagers have to kill innocents and detectives, innocents have to kill sabotagers, and detectives can run autopsies on deceased bodies and tell everyone what that person was. Along with  detective there is also a chamber that detects what class players are when they stand inside of it. This is the most important place for innocents to team up and try to hunt down the hunters. This game is extremely nerve racking and exciting and can take any amount of time. Good luck!
  
     Thanks for reading and if you know of any great servers or you want to advertise your own server just leave the link in the comments below! I will probably make another post that has even more servers, ones that I have not discovered yet so stay tuned. Again I'd like to thank everyone for their patience due to the fact that I don't have much time to write posts with school and everything so thanks for the support! 





Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Make A Fire Vortex (A Simple Tornado)

       Most of us go through a weather phase sometime in our lives where we can't get enough of hurricanes, tornados, and lightning storms. If I had known about this cool little piece of work when I was going through my weather phase I would have been ecstatic so this is for all of you weather nuts. Unfortunately your fire vortex will not be as big as the one in the picture but it will be pretty cool if you ask me.

Fire Vortex

Materials
  • A small cup about the size of your fist. Preferably something fireproof. 
  • A sponge
  • Lighter fluid like Zippo
  • A Lazy Susan (this is one of those small spinning tables)
  • A wired wastebasket (Has to be wired because of the holes)
  • Tin Foil
Procedure
1. First take the tin foil and put it around the inside of the cup.

2. Next cut up the sponge into small 1x1 centimeter pieces, this does not have to be incredibly accurate, and put them into the cup. 

3. Place the wastebasket directly in the center of the Lazy Susan so that it is spinning correctly.

4. Then place the bowl in the center of the wastebasket. For this to work the cup must be spinning completely vertical.

5. Pour the lighter fluid into the cup.

6. Set fire to the sponges and spin the lazy susan and watch as the vortex appears!


       As always be careful with the fire and stay tuned for even more (more than four ways?!) to play with fire! Thanks for reading and don't forget to share and follow this blog for more things to do when you're bored! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Make Break Away Glass (Like In the Movies)

     Ever wonder about the special effect of breaking a bottle over someones head in a movie? I know I didn't but this made me realize how many times it actually happens. So here are some instructions on how to make this cool glass. Lucky for you, most of the ingredients are house held items that are cheap and easy to find. Here's what you'll need...


Ingredients

  • A large pot
  • Metal spoon (metal NOT wood)
  • Candy Thermometer (Don't have one? Check these out)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups of distilled water (has to be distilled)
  • 1 cup of light corn syrup 
  • 3 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tarter 
  • Optional: experiment with food coloring 

Now for the instructions...
  1. Pour the water, corn syrup, sugar, and cream of tarter in the pot.
  2. Heat the mixture on the stove to 300 degrees (as read on the thermometer) while stirring it. 
  3. While this is heating, spray the cooking spray on the cookie sheet.
  4. When the mixture reaches 300 degrees pour it onto the cookie sheet which will act as the mold for the pane of glass. Leave to cool for at least one hour. 
  5. Now carefully take the glass out of the cookie sheet.
  6. If it doesn't turn out great, do it again! It may take a few tries to get the hold of it. 

     Now that it's done feel free to throw it, smash it, or wack it over someones head. Use caution while smacking someone with it because it could come out harder than usual so make sure it's somewhat thin. If you don't want to risk hurting anyone just hit yourself or set it down and jump through it as if you were in an action movie. I'm sure you can buy or make other molds to get different shaped glass like a bottle or vase so make sure to look into that! Have fun with this, go crazy  make some cool movies. If you do, leave a link in the comments. If you need help, ask in the comments. Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow for more things to do when you're bored!