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The 'try something new' thread
« on: March 26, 2010, 08:14:21 AM »

In this thread post something you think someone on the box might enjoy trying
either a how-to written by yourself on whatever the thing is or a link to something
good you tried out yourself.
it could be something artistic, something culinary, something musical, something silly, you get the idea.
then once you've tried one of the suggested things post an image of what you tried as a reply?
is that clear enough or am I talking crap again :P going for shadowbox boredom killing thread here.



ok I will start.
origami envelopes - I made 100each of these to store small stickers/stars/poems for Amanda's Union Chapel
and last Edinburgh show and I think they're a useful thing to know

how to do them

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Re: The 'try something new' thread
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2010, 03:09:26 PM »

Those envelopes are awesome! I completely forgot how to make them so thank you for posting the instructions, Hatman!
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Re: The 'try something new' thread
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2010, 04:39:14 PM »

This came up the last time I worked a Saturday in the library - a woman wanted to make invisible ink with her grandkids, and I remembered this!

Write on the paper with either a brush or whatever, in lemon juice.
Hold the paper up to a heat source, like over a radiator or up to a light.
The lemon juice weakens the paper so the bit you've written on burns more easily that the rest of it - the heat burns the lemon juice-d bit brown, and then you can read what you've written. It works with white wine, apple juice and, um, some other stuff that I don't remember.

I also told them about making a little explosion with vinegar and baking powder, which is, of course, awesome.


And I just realised that I have a whole stack of things to do with bored children but nothing for the over 10s...
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Re: The 'try something new' thread
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2010, 04:41:30 PM »

Want the funnest stuff ever? teach them about "Dual-state matter"

Corn starch and water. It makes a thick liquid that when you smack it suddenly turns solid, then reverts right back to liquid. It is some amazingly fun stuff.

BTW, You can write with milk and a heat source will turn it brown, too.
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Re: The 'try something new' thread
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2010, 04:44:25 PM »

^ Omg I was just about to say the corn starch thing (I don't know if it is actually the same thing, but corn flour works aaace).
 As for telling them dual-state matter, I haven't gone that far yet, but I was playing a game the last time I was babysitting where I was a demon and the little girl was an a.ngel and the little boy was a human and they were dragging me to hell, and the a.ngel went to get some juice and the boy asked me where hell even was. I replied, "Sammy, hell's a state of mind. That's why it's so horrible. Because it's always with you, wherever you are." We ended up chatting for a while about hell, damnation, demons, Doctor Faustus and sin. He's nine. 'Twas awesome.
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Re: The 'try something new' thread
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2010, 01:50:23 AM »

This came up the last time I worked a Saturday in the library - a woman wanted to make invisible ink with her grandkids, and I remembered this!

Write on the paper with either a brush or whatever, in lemon juice.
Hold the paper up to a heat source, like over a radiator or up to a light.
The lemon juice weakens the paper so the bit you've written on burns more easily that the rest of it - the heat burns the lemon juice-d bit brown, and then you can read what you've written. It works with white wine, apple juice and, um, some other stuff that I don't remember.

I also told them about making a little explosion with vinegar and baking powder, which is, of course, awesome.


And I just realised that I have a whole stack of things to do with bored children but nothing for the over 10s...
You can actually buy reprints of a book the British government printed of activities for
families to occupy themselves whilst taking shelter from The Blitz...  Maybe your fine
library even has a copy...  I shall have to try to find it online...
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Re: The 'try something new' thread
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2010, 01:52:16 AM »

on topic: use your other hand.

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Re: The 'try something new' thread
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2010, 01:53:54 AM »

Tried it. Found it extremely weird.
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Re: The 'try something new' thread
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Re: The 'try something new' thread
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Re: The 'try something new' thread
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2010, 05:34:27 PM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amigurumi

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I really hope that crocheted isn't a euphemism.....  >:D
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Re: The 'try something new' thread
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2010, 06:00:06 PM »

http://www.appropedia.org/Umbrella_solar_cooker#Design_and_Construction

Build a solar cooker out of an umbrella and tin/aluminum foil.

1)Get a fairly large umbrella and remove most of the handle.

2)glue reflective foil onto the open interior.

3) On a Sunny day put a dark, heat retaining pot (containing food/water) into the umbrella and leave in the sun. Some foods might require additional heat insulation.

note: check that I haven't missed anything important in steps 1,2,3.

I've seen video clips of simpler cardboard versions being used by very poor people in very hot climates with great success. This slightly more sophisticated version should work well in certain summer climates and possibly for a patch of UK summer time too.

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Re: The 'try something new' thread
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2010, 06:31:24 PM »

http://www.appropedia.org/Umbrella_solar_cooker#Design_and_Construction

Build a solar cooker out of an umbrella and tin/aluminum foil.

1)Get a fairly large umbrella and remove most of the handle.

2)glue reflective foil onto the open interior.

3) On a Sunny day put a dark, heat retaining pot (containing food/water) into the umbrella and leave in the sun. Some foods might require additional heat insulation.

note: check that I haven't missed anything important in steps 1,2,3.

I've seen video clips of simpler cardboard versions being used by very poor people in very hot climates with great success. This slightly more sophisticated version should work well in certain summer climates and possibly for a patch of UK summer time too.
3a) Check that the entirety of the contraption is aligned such that reflected sunlight
     is concentrated on the cooking-pot.
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