How to make a home-made Catapult


Here’s the first post of the “DIY” category. I’ll be posting updates on small do-it-yourself projects for fun and for practical use, whatever it is you may need! For the first one, we are going to take a look at a mini catapult that fires accurately. Now, it may not be a full sized real catapult, but if you are interested in that, you can take this model and upscale it to fit your needs.

To start off, let’s gather some of the materials. You’re going to need:

  • Thin sticks of wood (balsa wood) or long popsicle sticks (get a whole bag’s worth)
  • Moldable Clay
  • Hot Glue or Strong Tape
  • Strong rubber bands

Here’s the process once you’ve gathered the materials!

1.) To begin the construction, get a handful of popsicle sticks or piece of wood and make sure ether are even length. Make a triangular base to support the catapult. Put a few popsicle sticks together to make it firmer and more durable. Hot glue or tape them together in three separate lines. So each line should have three sticks stuck together. Once done, glue or tape the three individual sticks together to form the triangle base.

2). From here, we need to make the catapult arm. You want to do the same thing as the base in terms of stacking a few pieces together to make it stronger. However, stack them unevenly so that the arm is longer than any one of the sticks you constructed before. The arm should be 1.5x the length of any side of the triangle base. Overlap sticks in the three-stick form and glue or tape together. This should be properly reinforced by now, which is good.

3.) The Bridge Holder – now make two more sets of sticks (like each side of the triangle base). Make these firm as usual and glue them sicking straight up halfway down two sides of the triangle base. You should see the frame beginning to form now.

4). To attach the arm now, tape one end of it into the vertex of the triangle base side that doe not have a stick set connected to it. Tape it (not go it) so that i can be somewhat mobile, since you will nee this to move along an axis in order to fire the projectile.

5). To make the projectile holder, mold the clay into a basket model of your desired size, and glue that the the long end of the arm, right at the peak. It should be opposite the vertex in which the arm is also connected to.

6). Now, wrap the rubber band (or more, for more power) around the two stick sets that are stick up. Make sure they hold there, even if you need to stick a piece of tape on them to hold in place. Pull the bands over the arm and onto its underside.

The catapult is constructed now! To fire a projectile, put one that fits in your basket and pull the arm back. You may want to hold the base down to keep it steady, but release and the projectile should fire! Don’t want to gamble for that! and if you run are that dude that does religion and blogging forget it, it might be way too edgy, you might poke your eye out!

Again, you can modify this how you like, as it is a rough model that works. You can upscale it, use stronger or different materials, and add some color or flavor to the design. Bottom line is, you now have a fun working catapult and can see it in action whenever you want!

The Beauty of the Internet

The whole world was changed at the birth of the Internet. the dot-com boom led to whole business being centered around the Internet and started a movement towards to a more digital age. Some say that technology and the Internet are killing today’s youth and communication. This may be true in some senses if it is overused, but the majority of the population finds the Internet to be indispensable. Even those who argue against it end up posting their arguments on some sort of website or social media page, which just shows how big these services are.

The most important use of the Internet is the power websites have from it. Now, so many companies, nearly all of them, have websites to back up their physical stores. Amazon is a huge leader in sales and it is a solely internet based company. Stores like Modell’s, Target, and Best Buy can even be exclusively online. They don’t realigned physical stores to sell three products, since everything can be ordered and ship via the Internet.

Websites are also universal and can be run by anybody. It is a crucial part for businesses not only for sales, but to build a consumer base and a larger presence. For instance, is the URL for a pool repair company. You can see right from its link what its services are. This allows people in search of pool repair company stop directly find them and see their whole breakdown online before having to get an estimate or communicate with employees. If interested, they simply proceed with the directions given from the website.This works for almost all sites. They can be visited for a complete company break down and background, which can then be used to move forward in the process.

Aside from companies and business perks, social media is a huge portion of the Internet’s power nowadays. Sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram account for billions of users daily. This drives traffic to all parts of the internet and several different websites who may be linked to these networks.

How people connect now is made possible through the internet. From social media to iMessage to FaceTime and Skype, there are so many new possibilities that all stem from the internet. To any supporters of the internet and new technology, they see these benefits. Those who doubt them may be blinded even though they likely use the internet just as much as the next person.

Overall the Internet changed the structure of the world. It helps people communicate much more effectively, makes shopping easier and cheaper (given the right deals), and allows for more innovation and spread of ideas. With these benefits comes some negatives. For instance, the spread of ideas can mean spread of bad ideas or harmful ones. Hacking is not an uncommon thing in such a technology driven world, and this can lead to loss of information, identity, or even money. Although using the internet might seem like a gamble, the internet is used all over the world. Even in parts of the world that are poorer, internet access seems to be a staple. From here, it can only grow and get more powerful as the years pass on.

Best Gambling Opportunities


Although gambling is usually looked down upon, most people take part in it in one way or another. Whether there is being money on the line or not, gambling can be apparent. There are many different forms of gambling also, so allow me to take you through a few of them.


The cornerstone of gambling is casinos and betting with card games. People turn these into big nights of fun, not just focused on hopefully making some money and beating the odds. Going to casinos or playing card games involving betting is definitely the most popular and common form of gambling. Classic examples include Texas Hold’Em, Blackjacks, Craps, 7 Card No Peak, and Roulette. People will ante in high amounts just to sit at the table and act confidently in themselves. It is ironic actually, since the odds are likely against everybody and not in anyone’s favor. Nonetheless, gambling at casinos is a common rite of passage once you turn 21, and it definitely leads the legal gambling and betting scene.

Sports Games/Events

What would a horserace be without a set of odds and bets? What would March Madness be without a bracket? What would the Super Bowl be without score predictions? Part of what makes sports events so fun is that you can bet on pretty much anything in it. From the color of the gatorade to the score at the end of the first period, bets can be placed on anything as long as you have someone to bet against you. Betting on sports is usually illegal given previous scandals where players would be swayed by gamblers and alter their in-game performances. To cut down on this, any betting on sports is labeled as illegal. People still run black market bets of course, which makes it even more fun. Some turn big profits form this, while others suffer greatly. It’s either a hit or miss, so nobody can ever be completely sure when placing a bet on a team.


An interesting thing to bet on is Magic tricks. Few people think about this, but as a magician, one would have power to make some money through the betting game. “I bet you $10 I can make this bunny disappear.” A lot of people would jump on that opportunity, so if you actually have a good trick that works all or most of the time, see if you can flip that into cash through a small wager. Don’t overuse the trick or else nobody will want to place bets with you. However, using this tactic little by little can show some real profits down the road.

This one can also be applied to any strange or unique talents. For instance, if you can do something funny that nobody else can, bet people that you can do it! If it’s crazy enough then they will likely bet against you. As long as you can back your words up and prove them wrong, you’re looking at a nice little profit.

Although all of the can be exciting, some betting still is illegal. So you definitely don’t want to go overboard. If there is any case where you have a lot of money to blow on gambling, the casinos are the way to go. they are legal and secure, yet you still have high odds of losing – you just may not get in legal trouble for doing so.


Entropia Universe Newbie Guide Part 1 – Planet

Hi there I am a dedicated player of Entropia Universe which is a MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). This means that basically anyone in the world who has a computer, an account and the game downloaded can play. I have been playing for about a year and I do love it. It is a free to play game, but does have a cash shop (for those who want to spend the money). I personally do not wish to spend money since I do not have much to spend after everything is paid for. Ok so I have learned a few things while I was playing the game, I have decided to give that information up to those who are new to the game so that they can have fun playing the game without spending money.

In order to go to the different planets you will either a spaceship, thrusters, and gas or you could just take a Mothership (there are a few services) to go from planet to planet. Though as a newbie this might be hard since you do not get game currency like most games give you.

Picking a Planet

In the game you get to choose from a lot of different planets, each have pros and cons to them. The planet names are below and from my own experience.

Planet Calypso

This is the main planet that the game revolved around when it first came into existence. It is the main trading planet and has a lot of people on it. I personally do not really like this planet that much since its overly populated and the players here will try to rip new players off. They are semi-newbie friendly.


This planet I like a lot and spend most of my playing time on it. It is a great planet for newbies and the people here are usually nicer and more willing to help new players. This is the second trading planet, but it more regulated and has a few events on it. On this planet you will find small pools of water in the cities. I lie the cities here best of all the planets.


This planet was actually made by a player who got enough money from the game to have the game developers develop a planet for him. The theme of the planet is Rock and Roll. There is not many players on this planet and is not much as a trading planet either. It is one of the harder planets for newbies to start on.

Next Island

This planet is pretty much dead. I have heard very few people actually go there and the game developers told everyone in one of the up-dates that this planet will be getting deleted in the next few years since no one goes to it. I would not recommend going here unless you are doing a “Tour of the Planets”. If you are doing this make sure you have your own ship and gas.


This planet is close to Planet Calypso so it does ok. It’s not a bad planet, but again not that great for newbies. There is not many players on it and rans about 3rd as a trading planet. People there seem nice, but it’s usually very quiet there. If you like it where you can feel like you’re alone in the world then that is the planet to go to.


This planet I have yet to go to, but am interested to see what it is about. I know it’s supposed to be like a desert planet and very harsh. I am not sure what the economy is like there or how the players are their either. I am not sure if it is newbie friendly either, so I would suggest picking one of the main planets first to start on and then hitch a ride to this planet.


This concluded the first part of this beginners guide to Entropia Universe.