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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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Positively Not Going To Be Negative

by Richard

I don’t know where she got this idea, but my wife, known to me as She Who Must Be Working, thinks that I, of all people, am a negative person. That is, she thinks I always come down, not on the glass-half-empty side, but on the who-st0le-my-glass-and-polluted-half-of-it-now-I’ve-got-to-thr0w-it-all-out side. Or something like that.

I swear I have no idea why she thinks this. Oh, all right. Maybe it’s from the previous couple of decades we’ve known each other and all the times I’ve focused on the negative. Still, I noticed myself noticing that negative stuff and decided about seven years ago (right after my heart attack, oddly enough) that I was going to be a more positive dude.

Not that I’ve been successful 100 percent of the time, but I’m getting better.

Which brings me to this: I got a marketing e-mail from Sherri Riley, founder and Chief Partnership Strategist of GLUE, Inc. and creator of the Exponential Living program (www.exponentialliving.com) – a ground-breaking initiative that helps individuals create balance among life’s key areas in ways that promote a higher standard of excellence (to quote from her e-mail). Normally I wouldn’t bother you dudes with this, but she was talking about how to remain positive and she had some pretty good points. So I thought I’d share.

1.  Reflect on Positive Past Events — Not a bad idea. When we focus on things that we have already experienced in a positive fashion, we’re more likely to look for those kinds of things in the future. As you think about positive things, you train your brain to more easily spot the positive.

2.  Have a Giving Heart and Spirit — This pretty much speaks for itself, but I’ll go ahead and butt in anyway. Doing the right thing, helping out the helpless. . . That sort of positive action will make us feel good about ourselves and more likely to do something positive again. Remind me to tell you about an amazing action performed by my brother-in-law, the Flying Dutchman.

3.  Happy is a Choice; Contentment and Joy are Lifestyles — She is 100 percent right here, dudes. Seriously. We can’t choose what happens to us in life, but we certainly can choose how we react to it. If we react with panic and fear, our lives will be full of negativity. If we react with calm and thoughtfulness, we can have a positive life. Happiness can be up to you.

4.  Tap Your Inner Courage — Not really sure what she’s going on about here in relation to positivity, but it’s still good advice. I think it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said people should do one thing every day that scares them. She wanted folks to break out of their comfort zone and learn to dare, to find strength in overcoming your fears. That’s good advice for just about anything.

I’m going to skip the fifth one because that’s basically just her going on about her own particular program that she’s pushing. I figure I’ve given her enough publicity for the day.

Although, considering how thoughtful and full of insight I found her e-mail blast, maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss her whole exponential living thing. Still, I think I’ll leave that up to you dudes.

See? That was positive. Sort of. Well, at least it wasn’t completely negative. I’m getting better.



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Like Unto A God

by Richard

A couple of days ago, I would up talking about how my older two little dudes, Sarcasmo and Zippy the Monkey Boy, are convinced their parents are barely smart enough to continue breathing, let alone be capable of coherent thought. Also? According to them, we’re too old to know what it’s like to be teenagers. Sure, we’re olde, but not that olde.

All of which makes it that much more fun and refreshing to hang around with Speed Racer. He’s still 10 years old and so thinks that we parents can do anything. Of course, that doesn’t mean he likes us all the time. For instance, he was all frowns and moans when I told him last night that it was immediately time for bed and, no, he couldn’t finish that level. Ah well. God-like power can be used for good or evil.


*ahem* sorry about that. Couldn’t be helped.

To little dudes and dudettes, parents really can do anything. We can tie a tight shoe lace, fix the chain on a bike, glue arms back on Nightcrawler action figures and make a boo boo pain go away.

I like that. I would think every parent does.

And I’m trying to prolong it as far as possible. So far I haven’t stooped to forging reference books that show that it turns out I was right all along. I have however said I couldn’t find anything to contradict me when, in fact, I *um* ah might have.

With a little judicious use of misdirection, I’m thinking I stay close to omniscient for another couple of years. At least. Of course, I could be wrong about that.

But you’ll never know.

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