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Arm Yourselves With Home-Made Mini Crossbows

So this is what it feels like to rule the world through massively overwhelming force.

Or just the battlefield that is my home.

Yes, dudes, when you can weaponize hair clips, you know you’re on This screen grab is from the video posted by TheKingOfRandom.com and showing you how to create a mini crossbow from hair clips, popsicle sticks, hot glue and twine.the top of the family heap. Luckily for you out there in reader land, I’m feeling in a benevolent mood and I’m going to show you how I learned a method of creating a mini crossbow that can fire wooden matches, either lit or unlit, a distance of several yards.

This, dudes, is how you protect your cube.

Or just annoy the little dudes until they get angry enough to actually build one of their own and start firing back.


A big tip of the hat to my writing pal, The Dragon, for sending me the link that showed me how to create the massive crossbow gap that currently exists in the not-so-friendly-anymore confines of Casa de Dude.

Here’s the clip.

Pretty neat, no?

Pretty neat, yes indeedey oh!

If you’re like me and do better with written instructions, you can go here to download a .pdf listing all the gear you’ll need and the steps necessary to weaponize hair-care products.

I’d love to see whatever you dudes come up with after watching the video and checking out the instructions. Mine didn’t look quite as good as the ones here, but not bad and, even better, it worked.

Thanks to the mini crossbow, I now possess an almost insurmountable advantage in desktop weaponry. I shall rule with my iron fist, velvet glove optional.

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Thank A Veteran

by Richard

Today, in America, we celebrate Veteran’s Day. This is the day we set aside to honor those of our fellow countrymen and women who have served time as part of our armed forces.

What with the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq, as well as in various hotspots around the globe, we’ve owe more than ever to those past and present members of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard.

While we’re celebrating all of those who served today, I’d like to set aside a couple of minutes to talk about those who gave even more. Thanks to advances in battlefield medical technology, we’re seeing more soldiers returning alive but seriously wounded from service abroad.

Which gives us the opportunity to help them. Just quickly google assistance and veteran and you’ll find plenty of organizations dedicated to helping our troops. I’d like to highlight a couple here to which you might want to donate.

Fisher House is an organization dedicated to providing “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

The Wounded Warrior Project provides a number of services to the returning wounded and their families, including benefits counseling, caregiver retreats, family support and peer mentoring.

The USO is a nonprofit, congressionally chartered private organization that provides innumerable services to our troops, either on active duty or on leave. In addition to the well-known entertainments the organization puts on overseas, the USO does things as simple and powerful as welcoming home troops who arrive in airports all over the country, something my father-in-law (himself a veteran of the Marines) does almost every week.

Take some time and provide some support, dudes. If you can’t get out and do the work yourself, you can easily donate some money to help out these and other worthy organizations.

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Going Out On Top

by Richard

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a parent, it’s that there are a number of different ways to cheat. And the good thing is, provided you have enough advance warning, you can actually argue a coherent case that you weren’t cheating.

It’s tough trying to stay one step ahead of your little dudes as they grow into not-so-little dudes.

Now, I’m not advocating that you go out there and start whupping up on your little dudes just to prove what a big man you are. That would be stupid. However, if you get challenged, you do want to provide a good showing for yourself.

Or at least make it look like a good showing and, really, appearance is half the battle.

Take for instance, say (pulling something out of my hat here) skeet shooting.

See, my two oldest little dudes, George of the Jungle and Zippy the Monkey Boy, are (I’m guessing rightly) proud of their prowess in the whole first-person shooter genre of video games. I did try to hang with them once or twice and got laughed off the battlefield. By my own team. It was not a pretty sight. Even in war time.


I was in Dallas visiting one side of my family and the little dudes and I were invited out to do some skeet shooting. Skeet shooting with actual shotguns, with actual shells and suchlike. The little dudes, as is their wont, made the whole thing a contest. Of course, they were confident in their ability to shoot the little orange clay thingy out of the sky. And, based on my previous experience with first-person shooters, contemptuous of my own chances.

The first couple of rounds, we were all basically the same — horrible. The third round, though, the little dudes started hitting the clay. George of the Jungle even hit two out of four. Not bad.

Then, it was my turn. I stepped up and blasted three out of four. And that’s where I decided to do a little cheating. Basically, I reordered the goals of the contest my little dudes had started. I decided that I was done and would not compete any more, letting the little dudes continue on their own.

I sat on the sidelines, ignoring their pleas for me to get back into the game. Nope. I figured I’d get out while the getting was good. I knew I wasn’t going to do any better and I was betting the little dudes couldn’t either. Turns out I was right.

Thanks to a little judicial massaging of the time of the contest, I came out looking pretty darn good. And I’ll take that every chance I get. Because there aren’t going to be too many more chances for that.

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