Thursday, March 31, 2016

DIY Noise Maker

Helloooo all! I have reappeared, life has been busy lately and you know, I actually have to do life sometimes unfortunately.

One thing about me you probably don't know (And if you do, you probably know me in real life and if you don't and still know...i'm going to quickly walk away now) is that I really, REALLY like noise. I love noisemakers, cheering noises, yelling, chaos and cacophonies in general.

This is probably because I grew up in a fairly loud household, lots of kids often lends itself to lots of noise,  you know, like, children noise. So I guess my survival tactic was learning to love the noise, hooray for me!

I was wondering how to make a special kind of noisemaker for commercial reasons, business plans ect, the usual when I wondered how I could make a noise maker by myself from household items.

A few minutes of googling brought me to a really simple tutorial that I was actually doubtful it would work but turned out surprisingly satisfying!

It is literally all over the internet and I don't know whose idea it was originally to give credit but here is one blog that made it quite nicely.

I'm going to stop rambling now, behold the wonder which is the steps below!
(I'm sure that last sentence is a dreadful breaking of all parallelism rules but I shall do as I please!)

First you just find a normal old Plain Jane disposable straw like this one

Now flatten one end with your hands, or mouth, or jackhammer, actually don't use the jackhammer, too much evidence...
Aw rats, my paw got in the picture, darn my secret is out!

Next cut a notch-ish thing in both sides of the flattened end to make a point. The end should look kind of like a pair of tweezers.

Put the pointy end in your mouth, cover it completely with your mouth, squeeze your lips together slightly and, blow! Don't stab yourself with it though, sharp ya know?

It takes some playing around with and adjusting to get the sound to work, but keep playing with it. If you can't get any air to blow your lips are pressed too tightly. And you seriously have to blow as hard as you can into it, once you get the hang of it it's jolly good fun!

Once you do get it to work it is literally so loud it is marvelous! When you make the straw different lengths it makes different sounds.

Now go, annoy all your relations, I know my mom was extremely annoyed by it, haha!
Impress your friends with your amazing marvelous skills!

And most importantly, MAKE NOISE!!!

Hopefully i'll be able to post again before like, two months later, if you have any posts you'd like me or Elle to do, leave a comment and let us know :)

 ♥ Crystal

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Power of the Media

Greetings Earthlings, please enter and close the door behind you, no no, there's no need to worry, what's that? No, this isn't a particle accelerator in the background, aha, hm, anyways.

Anywho, I was here for a reason, ah yes, I was thinking again, yes, again don't  look at me like that!

I was minding my own business, writing an article for the school paper, when I realized that I was choosing my words a lot more carefully and making sure my facts true a lot more than I do when i'm just writing a paper for school or a note for myself.

And I realized that I was being so cautious because in the back of my brain I had realized that whatever I wrote would shape the views of whoever read the paper. If a person hadn't heard of the story before-hand, whatever they thought about it would be shaped by the words I put on the page.
And then I realized that this is the truth of the media, how heavily it shapes our perspectives of the world around us.

Our views on a topic are so often reliant on what we read online, or see on tv, and for many things, whether they be far away from us in a foreign country or about a certain person, the only way we can see things is from someone else's words.

And that means that with a twist of a word, that whole perspective can be warped, with no one the wiser.

It's something interesting to mull over, how objective our perspectives are, and how heavily the media changes our view of things.

I'm planning on making my posts a tad bit longer from now on, and doing a few more topics *coughdiycough*
If you have any post type suggestions please let me know, leave a comment down below.
HAHA! I Rhyme! ha,hm,mmm


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