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Sticky Note Glider

posted Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 2:13pm

This is a fun one.  It's a 3x5 note made into a sort of hovercraft glider.  Previously, I had been blowing underneath the glider, thinking that would push it across the table.  I finally discovered that you should blow into the curved part at the front.  This is your classic rear-wheel drive scenario.  If the power comes from the back, there is a tendancy to for the rear to get ahead of the front.  If the power comes from the front, it will pull the rear along with it.  It's all physics that I barely understand.

Blow Top

posted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 4:16pm

This top is inspired by my love of spintops and an antique top I got for my Birthday.  The top was a metal disc that looked a little like a propeller.  When you put it on the table and blew straight down, it spun.  I then reverse engineered this to work with stickey notes.  These specific notes are a little harder to find.  I found some on Amazon . . . 1-3/8 Inches x 1-7/8 Inches, Canary Yellow.  Fortunately, a few thousand of these should be more than enough to play with.

Pencil Trick

posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:54pm

Here is a pencil trick.  It's not very impressive.  When I was a kid I went to a wedding and was seated next to this old dude who tried to entertain me all evening.  He did a few magic tricks with rubber bands, napkins, and other junk from my mother's purse.  This was one of his tricks.  Usually with this sort of thing there is a setup: I will now weave a pencil through my fingers, or make this dove vanish.  This is not like that.  There is nothing even "tricky" about this pencil trick.  It is not a magic trick or a skill trick.  Do it, and the audience will think, "Well, that was sort-of interesting?” At that time though, I thought it was very cool.  He made quite an impression on me.  In short, I am rapidly becoming that old dude.

Rolla Bowling Ball

posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:16pm

I've been going back and fourth about how dangerous I should go with this blog.  If standing on a board while balanced on a bowling ball seems unreasonable . . . then please . . . listen to reason.  I personally believe that most things can be done safely.  If you take a disciplined approach, you will be safe.  Just remember, if you spend twenty minutes practicing, it is 20 minutes more that most people you will ever meet.  The person who falls off a bowling ball while balanced on a board, is likely going to be the person who just watched you do it.  They will jump up and fall right down.  Don't be that person.  Of course that video will likely get more hits.

Bowling Ball Balancing Tricks

posted Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 5:50pm

Here are a few bowling ball balancing tricks.  Do not attempt these until you watch the earlier video . . . or do.  I'm no balancing expert.  I've just spent a few dozen hours more than most practicing this stuff.  I also realized that the closer I film to 5:00 pm, the more Figgy wants to get involved.  He really just wants to get fed.  That is all.  He has no real interest in idiots standing on bowling balls.

Balance on a Bowling Ball

posted Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 5:49pm

This video teaches you how to balance on a bowling ball. There is the potential for hurting yourself, so please be careful and use a chair for stability.  You can do this same balance on a basketball, but you need to play a bit with the inflation.  Also, do it on thick carpet.  The way my living room is set up, I can't really get a full head to toe shot while still being on the "good" carpet.  I am on carpet, but it's not really the right kind of carpet.  Along those lines, it's really easy to get caught up in the gear . . . finding the right ball, the right carpet, the right shoes.  Eventually, these things should not matter.  Performaners need to adapt to any variables . . . except mud . . . if someone asks you to perfom this stunt in mud . . . just say "no". 

Paper Whistle

posted Monday, March 12, 2012 - 7:40pm

This is a paper whistle.  It is very loud, louder than you might imagine.  Be careful around tender ears.  I have friends with tender ears, so I have learned to be careful.  If you are said friend, do not watch this video.  In this video, Figgy just sort of sits in the background and licks himself.  That cat loves to be on video.

Scarf Trick

posted Monday, March 12, 2012 - 7:38pm

This is a fancy way of putting on a scarf.  Combine this with the coat trick and you will be unstoppable.  By "unstoppable", I mean that people will think you are a bit strange.  Try it at 2:00am near the coat check at a grundgy concert downtown.  Slap a few hipsters in the face with your giant Dr. Who scarf.  You will be unstoppable . . . you'll know because people will definitely ask you to stop.

Coat Trick

posted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 6:02pm

Here is a fancy way to put on your coat.  I feel that cats must hate this trick.  It's like I'm saying, "hey cat . . . my coat is better than yours.  What it lacks in soft and shininess, it makes up for in kinetic artistry."  Seriously though, Figgy has a really nice coat.  The Vet said something clever like, "He must be part rabbit."  He is not.  That's just vet flattery talk to disguise the real message: bring him in any time and we'll charge you $70 to say, "yeah, cats puke."

Photo Corner

posted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 5:57pm

Here is a way to fold a 3x3 sticky note into a photo corner.  Jazz up any vertical surface with your great photos!  Pretend it's a facebook wall, even though it is a real wall.

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