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?
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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!