Life Life Hacks

Life Hack #4 of 90, Cell Phone Light


Use your cellphone light underneath a water bottle to make a lantern that distributes light better than the direct beam. Coloured liquids make the light look cool.

As a side note this reminded me of an article about low cost housing in the Philippines, that they use clear bottles filled with bleach and water anchored in the ceiling to provide light within the homes. The plastic water bottles provide free light with an output of about 55W. It takes five minutes to make, and using a hammer, rivet, metal sheets, sandpaper and epoxy, it costs $1 to produce.

Stuff required to make this work:

1 – Cellphone with camera light

1 – Coloured bottle of water

I give this device an overall score of 2/5


Funny Life

100 Wise Sayings (Part 1 of 5)

This is not my list nor do I take credit for any of these. As far as I can tell they are pretty anonymous, and pretty close to a poster I once saw in my doctors office about 100 ways to live longer.

Here are the first 20 in a five part series.

100. If you have to fight, punch first and punch hard.

99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.

98. Make Goals.

97. Smile at strangers.

96.Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun tahn sitting alone on the bench.

95. Know the words to your national anthem.

94. Ladies, if you make the decision to wear heels on the first date commit to keeping them on and keeping your mouth shut about how much your feet kill.

93. You are never too old to need your mother.


The Power of Your Mind at its Best, Can you Read this?

This text in the image below is somewhat jumbled, but if you let your mind work on it, you can almost read this at normal speed and will probably make you smile when you figure out how your mind can decipher. Below is the translation of what is in the image.

A paragraph that has its letters jumbled slightly

Life Taxes

“Fiscal Cliff”; The Federal Budget simplfied to a Household Budget

Obviously simplifying the federal budget down to household terms doesn’t make a lot of sense since both have very different needs, however one common need between the two is to create a fiscally responsible budget. I found this sign posted and even though it simplifies things down to numbers that are far easier to read, I am posting this without any seriousness, and purely as it made me laugh.

Lesson #1

  • U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
  • Federal Budget: $3, 820,000,000,000
  • New Debt: $1,650,000,000,000
  • National Debt: $14,271,000,000,000
  • Recent Budget Cuts: $ 38,500,000,000


Funny Life

7 Reasons Why Studying is Better Than Sex…

Funny little page posted at Carleton University listing 7 Reasons that studying is better than sex, got a bit of a chuckle out of it when I read it, thought it was worth reposting. Content is PG.

  1. You can usually find someone to do it with.
  2. If you get tired, you can stop, save your place, and pick up where you left off.
  3. You can finish early without feelings of guilt and shame.
  4. When you open a book, you don’t have to worry about who got there first.
  5. If you don’t finish a chapter, you won’t get a reputation for being a “book tease”.
  6. You won’t be embarrassed if your parents catch you in the act.
  7. If you aren’t sure of what you are doing, you can always ask your roommate for help!




Rules on Being a Gentleman

Now again these are not ones that I came up with, but I do agree with the list. Most of these items are free and easy to do.  Currently I am trying to instill some of these into my kids and know the frustration of trying to explain what these mean to a 10 year old because it has nothing to do with MineCraft or some other video game they have no interest in learning.

I know that I will be printing this poster out and putting it on my fridge as a constant reminder, for everyone including myself, as I am sure I can work on the “Don’t Curse” rule.


Words to Live By

I have a terrible feeling that before I ever get to show my two boys this list of words to live by, that I will somehow lose it in the piles and piles of documents stored on various machines in my office. Possibly archived and accidentally deleted by some off chance. So to spare myself the horror, I have decided to make the list infamous and post it to this blog. My hope is that some of these which I myself have tested, will save my guys a little of the headache that I endured. Highly doubtful, but worth a try.

Nevertheless here is my list for my two wonderful boys with the hope that some day you read this:

  • Keep your eye on the ball.
  • Turn a loss into a win by learning something from it.
  • Do thing the hard way sometimes – it’s good practice.
  • It is better to ask for forgiveness than beg for permission.