DIY Christmas Stocking Stuffers | Money Ball (yarn ball)

DIY Christmas Stocking Stuffer Idea MONEY BALL Yarn ball

Growing up, Christmas was always a fun time. If your family is like mine, us kids were allowed to go through our stocking in the morning but we had to wait for the grown-ups to get up before we could open presents. Stockings were fair game designed to hold us for another hour or two. In actuality, it was good for maybe 30 minutes or so.

Credit goes to my dad for coming up with this idea for us kids way back.

This is great for any budget.

Choose from an assortment of change and bills. Penies, nickels, dimes, quarters…

It’s a great way to help fill up those ever bigger stockings people seem to have nowadays.

Good time killer as it takes a little time to unravel the yarn ball and collect all of the money.

To start, you need to unravel the ball of yarn.

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Here you have a few options. Originally, my dad would take two quarters and squeeze the end of the yarn between them and wind it up until it forms a small ball. Optionally, you can take a folded up bill and wrap that until you get a small yarn ball started.

As you wind the ball add coins and folded bills as you go until all of the money has been hidden.  If you’ve never done this for your kids, definitely make sure that there is enough yarn left after the last coin or bill so that it is all covered completely by the yarn so they don’t know there’s money rolled up in there.

I remember the first time my dad did this for us kids and we were like, “what the hell did they give us a ball of yarn for?”

At the end of the string, be sure to cinch it under itself so that it doesn’t start to unravel and then place it in the stocking.

Tip* Be sure to count out equal amounts of money for each kid so they don’t have a cow – unless you are in to playing favorites and like drama and yelling and screaming… Trust me, we kids definitely compared to see if we got the same amount of money.

For older kids or grown-ups, you could mix it up and put a ring (or maybe even engagement ring>?) in the center as a nice unexpected gift – especially if this isn’t their first money ball since they won’t be expecting that.

I also have a variation idea on the money ball for your four legged furry kids – specifically cats. You could do this ANY time of the year, but since it’s Christmas time…

DIY Christmas Catnip Treat Ball for Cats

You will need the following items:

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Air Raid Siren Sounds

Lately in the news thanks to north korea’s fat boy kim’s (aka rocket boy) unrelenting pursuit to get his own nukes to play with, we are hearing of the long unused air raid siren come back. Latest news is the state of Hawaii has re-introduced the siren warning system since they think they are a possible target of little fat boy kimmie.

Here is a playlist of seven videos created of seven different air raid sirens from around the world. How many of you are old enough to remember listening to these obnoxious sirens? Maybe more likely just hearing them on a movie or tv show.

Want to be a dirty rotten prankster to a friend or ‘frenemy’?  You could try blasting one of these videos to get them up early or drive by their house with it blaring from your car’s speakers.

It’s funny, I haven’t posted very much recently, and as i type i watch the word counter not even approach 300 words. I recall that 300 words was the minimum for a blog post to gain some relevance in a search or seo optimization.

I haven’t posted in a while because, #1 – there’s only so much of me to go around. #2- I haven’t been able to clone myself. Even if I could, I’m always concerned about the strong possibility that one or more of my clones would decide to pull a Multiplicity and ‘make a copy of a copy’. And if that classic movie told us anything, that making a copy of a copy isn’t really a good idea. Sure, you might get a marginally functioning adorable retard out of it, but in reality, that’s just a major pain in the butt and NOT funny to the ones relegated to being its caretaker. I would nominate the clones responsible for that. Finally, #3 – i think too much time has passed since I learned about how good and cheap phillipino virtual assistants were supposed to be… By now I am sure the market is saturated, they probably aren’t so cheap, and if they are, it’s because those are the ones that nobody wanted before – the leftover dregs.

Oh, and thanks to LavaPirate for use of the ‘oh shit’ art piece for the visual in the videos.

My K-Pop Playlist

OK, so K-pop aka Korean pop music has been a thing for a while. I recall seeing a Family Guy episode where King of the Pervs Quagmire? and the gang end up going to South Korea where Q used to live for a stint. He apparently was a very popular actor on a Korean soap or some such. Everyone there remembers him and the celebrity pull starts afresh. He reconnects with his old flame and her cat and extended family. At some point they make a joke about how everyone dreams of at least once being in a kpop music video and then they’ll die happy – just like Q’s former love interest’s grandmother does.

I was actually doing a google search for some unrelated thing when a video link to aPink’s My My song came up. Intrigued I ended up clicking on it and the rest is history.

I’ve watched/listened to other kpop bands on youtube but I still find something awesome about aPink that I don’t quite see in the others I’ve watched.  The darn videos are so hypnotic – they suck you in and you can’t take your eyes off it. There must be some serious science behind the catchy tunes and the careful editing and whole video production that belies the complexity and sophistication that comes across so naturally and seemingly straight forward… which reminds me of an OLD Simpsons episode where the gang goes to Japan and all get messed up and hypnotized by the kids commercials on the hotel TV.

 

I figured it’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything here and I thought I’d share my newfound love of Kpop. Specifically, the all girl band aPink. I haven’t been thrilled at the state of things on the internet for a while now. Annoyed that I like so many others were duped into thinking Net Neutrality was actually FOR the people, for neutrality, for freedom, etc. But instead, like most good cons, it was in name only and named for the opposite of what it truly was in order to get support and trick the public. If you REALLY want to support freedom and equality of the internet, start by going to FreeOurInternet.org and get educated 😀

After you do, go ahead and immerse yourself into the exciting, happy, colorful world of aPink.

Grand Opening of Etsy Shop Unlimited Imagination

Grand Opening of Etsy Shop Unlimited Imagination January 2017

I finally opened an etsy shop this month to sell my art work which can be seen at LavaPirate.com

I currently have a few of my collage pieces available as prints available including my first piece Debbie Harry/Blondie and a 16×16 print of my 5×5 2015 submission for the tampa bay five by five art show.

As I finish more pieces I may consider selling some of the originals as well but I am not sure if etsy is the best marketplace for high end original art  what I mean by that is most of my original pieces will be priced in the 1000s on the low end. They take a lot of planning and time to assemble. As an example I estimated that my Blondie piece took a minimum of 50 hours. I didn’t keep track accurately so that is only a rough guess

I also have my custom designed american flag vinyl bumper stickers for $3.50 for two stickers plus shipping ($.50) they are approximately 5″x2.66″ in size.

The words American flag in blue text are not on the actual stickers.

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Mockingbird Night Serenade March 2015

Mockingbird Night Serenade March 2015

 

Mockingbird Singing at Night March 5th, 2015. Clearwater Florida.

This mockingbird was singing for hours through the night and several nights afterward. He was in the middle of the parking lot in some palm trees. Because of the surrounding highrise condos, there was a nice echo going on along with the crickets serenading in the background. Took several samples from about 10:00pm till about 11:30pm on March 5th. Had to edit out cars and people noises. Edited it all in REASON 8. Ended up with about 35 minutes of audio here.

Have a separate audio of songs on first day of spring, march 21, 2015, but those have a lot of traffic sound from construction going on in Clearwater on US19 and didn’t fit with the this more quiet and peaceful night. Sort of an interesting dichotomy of pleasant and irritating sounds. If I could, I’d separate them into left and right channels and make it into some sort of Dr Evil horrible binaural beat brainwashing bit.

This is another ‘Audio Catnip’ soundscape that people and other animals like too. I plan on combining the daytime one together as 2 tracks running consecutively for an hour or so of music or should I say sound.

528 Hz Solfeggio Love Tuner DNA Repair Brain Entrainment Phantom Tone

528 Hz Solfeggio Love Tuner DNA Repair Brain Entrainment Phantom Tone

Here is my first published experiment into solfeggio tone generation as well as phantom tone generation.

I’m not sure about the effectiveness or validity of the entire solfeggio concept as I haven’t personally done enough experimenting with them.

Musically, the common specific tones are quite limited in their ability to ‘knock out a wide variety of appealing tunes.’

As far as effects on water, or the body, such as what Dr Emoto has apparently done, well, that remains to be tested.

You could say I am optimistically skeptical. Would like to prove there’s something beneficial to this stuff.

It was kind of funny that I was able to find a screen capture off the visualizer that had HEARTS in the design. Hmm, maybe there is some truth to it 😀

Soundscapes like this are ideally listened to with headphones. Especially in this case where we are going for the phantom tone effect. I explain in detail below…

 

This piece consists of 3 tracks:

Track one is a left channel frequency of 523Hz and right channelfrequency of 533Hz

This causes the brain to hear a phantom frequency halfway between the two, which in this case is 528Hz

After 2:30 minutes, Track 1 stops and Track 2 starts with the tones reversed to 533 left, 523 right.

Throughout the track, a 528 Hz center tone (both left and right channels) fades in and out throughout the track and then finally by itself for the last minute fading out completely.

Both tracks one and two run for two minutes 30 seconds. Track one starts first then track two begins when track one ends.

The entire musical part of the video is 6 minutes long although the last 10 to 15 seconds are probably too faint to hear on most systems as I faded out all the way to infinity on the mixer, even though by -20db, it’s pretty close to silent.

Programs I utilized to create this:

REASON 8 and a tone generator that I since can’t recall which one for the tones and mixing/tweaking of said tones.

iTunes for the visual effect, in this case the jelly? selection.

iShowU to record the video of the Visualizer. Great little desktop program designed by a Kiwi will quite a few new features since the original.

Mockingbird Singing Soundscape Audio Catnip

October 16, 2014

 

I recorded this Mockingbird at my parent’s backyard back in April 2014. It hung around for a few weeks singing off and on all day long till dusk. Even then some nights it belted out a few tunes for good measure.  

The first video is a 30 minute soundscape of the bird singing over a period of about an hour. It consists of 7 tracks one after the other all recorded with the iphone 4s standard recording app.  It’s amazing the things the mic will pick up that you DON’T want. Like a distant motorcycle racing down a street.  Added to the song is the waterfalls around the pool area.

So far, feedback on cat owners have witnessed an assortment of reactions. Some kitties zen out, while others look far and wide for the mysterious bird.

30 Minute Mockingbird Waterfall Soundscape

 

The second video I titled MockingBird 7 as I took all 7 tracks and played them over each other simultaneously. Since they are all different lengths, they cut off one by one till the last one plays out.

I played around with the still images utilizing various visual effects on iMovie as I didn’t get footage of the actual bird.

At first it sounds like a bunch of mockingbirds all singing at once. Something I don’t believe happens in nature as they seem to be a competitive bird when it comes to singing a song.  Duets or group songs don’t seem to be their thing.

MOCKINGBIRD 7

 

 

F-N-F | Friday Night Film | SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE in HD

FRIDAY NIGHT FILM | F N F | Eff-En-Eff

SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

August 15, 2014

Ok, posted this a while back in it’s regular version by one Jeremy Stride (code144.com). He pulled that one and posted an updated HD version of his engaging video on the secrets of Coral Castle.

F-N-F | Genetic Roullette | Friday Night Film

March 28 2013

FRIDAY NIGHT FILM | F N F | Eff-En-Eff

Genetic Roullette – The Gamble Of Our Lives

Some day soon I hope to be able to say. GMO crops in the USA was a dark chapter in our food history that thankfully is no more a reality, but something that we need to remember so as not to repeat these mistakes again.

This documentary is really a great watch and the best thing I’ve seen come down the pipeline since Food Inc.  I am not sure when this was made, but I believe it was some time in 2012. By the time you see this post, Obama, if he did the right thing, will have vetoed the HR 933 that had a completely unrelated ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ slipped in there.

And now, Genetic Roullette:
UPDATE August16,__Nobember 3rd, 2013…..January 5th, 2014January 12, 2014
Here we go again
Link:
www.youtube.com/v/9NWyQKGnYes 

UPDATE JULY 22, 2013

OK, it’s become a shell game of sorts trying to keep a copy of this up on youtube.

Here’s the latest:
https://youtube.com/watch?v=taLw2LhPoTU%3F

 

UPDATE JUNE 2ND, 2013 – sorry, just found out the original link I had has been pulled from youtube. Here is another full version: http://www.youtube.com/v/voT_Mj5GDKQ?hl

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http://www.youtube.com/v/GrWRzxMUfDE – deleted from youtube.

When man thinks he can play God, the result is a major drag. Just because we have the scientific knowledge and ability to do something doesn’t mean we SHOULD do that thing.

 

**UPDATE**

I regret to inform you that late Tuesday night, March 27, 2013 President Barack Obama signed H.R. 933, which contained the Monsanto Protection Act into law. President NObama knowingly signed the Monsanto Protection Act over the urgent pleas of more than 250,000 Americans who asked that he use his executive authority to veto it. President Obama failed to live up to his oath to protect the American people and our constitution. I am so not surprised, just disappointed.

Happy St Patrick’s Day 2013 | New Irish Green Drink

Happy St Paddy’s Day

New Irish Green Energy Drink From the City Idiot

SUPER GREEN POWER FUEL GOGO JUICE

He’s back again this year with another quick and easy recipe for a clover inspired drink. This time he’s left the alcohol on the shelf (or so he said) and has decided to offer something more healthy and energizing for those of us looking for a natural long lasting energy boost.

 

Super Green Power Fuel Gogo Juice

 

Super Green Power Fuel Gogo Juice (inventor – terry p carter)

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 16oz bottle water
  • 1 scoop (3 TBPS) of Shaklee lemon-lime Performance drink mix
  • 18 drops Chloroxygen (mint flavored or regular)
  • 1 packet of Shaklee 180 Matcha Energizing Tea
  • Serving: 1
  • Calories: ~100
  • Remember to put the cap on tight and Shake well.

Personally I think it tastes better chilled. If you like a much stronger flavor and need more fuel (calories) you can add a second scoop of Performance. This ups it to ~200 calories and is more in line with the suggested use of the product as normally you would only use 8oz of water per scoop, not 16oz, which is why the way I make it tends to make it watered down.

Also remember when using my favorite high altitude remedy/oxygen booster product, Chloroxygen, that you go slow with this if you haven’t used it before.  If you don’t, don’t say I didn’t warn you when your poop looks like a cow used your toilet.

Chloroxygen is USA grown and manufactured by Herbs Etc.  It is organic, GMO-free, pesticide-free and BSE safe.

Consider this: over 60% of the dietary supplement ingredients currently come from China. Herbs Etc. is American, family run organic business.

 

YOUTUBE’s auto transcriber is hilarious – it didn’t do such a good job on my video. I feel bad for the hearing impaired… Oh wait, I mean deaf people.:

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