Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How to get free bonus boosts in Bejeweled on Facebook.

How to cheat in Bejeweled on Facebook.

1) Earn enough coins to buy what you want, but not any more. If you have extra coins, this trick will cause them to be spent.

2) Open up a bunch of tabs, all to the facebook Bejeweled page. You will need about 20 tabs for an endless supply of boosts. If your computer is old or low on ram, try a few less tabs. Make sure the flash loads on each tab.

3) Buy your bonus boosts on each tab.

4) Enjoy! After you have played the first tab three times, Bejewled is smart enough to realize that you are out of coins, but not smart enough to prevent you from playing on each of the other tabs. Thus the number of games you get to play is equal to the number of tabs plus 2. If you open 20 tabs, you will get to play 22 games.

This trick also works on more than one browser and more than one computer.

Friday, February 26, 2010

How to Build a Wooden Tree Swing - Illustrated.

Here is an illustrated guide on how to build a wooden tree swing.

Tree and branch: What kind of tree branch? You want a branch that is strong enough to hold the weight of an adult. You want a branch that is far from the trunk so that the swing will not hit the trunk. You want a branch that is not close to any other branches so the rope won't hit anything. Prune if necessary. You want a branch that is high enough for a swing. I picked an evergreen tree in our back yard. The branch has about about an 8 inch diameter, and is about 15 feet from the ground.

Nylon rope is good because it holds up in weather. Pictured is 100ft of 3/8 inch nylon rope (240 pound test). Since the swing will have two ropes, that gives you 480 pounds of strength. About $10.

A piece of 2x6 wood for the bench. I had a scrap piece that was about 20 inches long. Drill holes in the four corners with a 3/8 drill bit. Drill close to the edge, but not so close that the wood is weakened. The holes should be wide enough for the rope to go through, but no wider. Sand the wood so your kid doesn't get a sliver in the behind. And apply wood finish to help minimize weathering.

Eye bolt:
Get two heavy duty eye bolts with washers and nuts. Drill holes through tree branch (you will need a 3/8 foot long drill bit). Run bolts through the branch. The ropes will attach to these. DO NOT loop the rope over the branches. The rope loops can fray and weaken the rope, and the wear on the bark can kill the branch. Buy strong bolts that will support the weight. About $8 per bolt.

Bench Rope:
Cut two 4 foot lengths of rope, put them through the bench drill holes, tie simple knots and burn the ends so they don't fray. My lovely thirteen year old demonstrates.

Swing Ropes:
Cut two long pieces of rope for the swing. Tie loop knots on one end, and run the rope through the eye bolt and loop. Burn the ends so that they do not fray. You can see this step in the first picture with me on the ladder.

Attach the swing
: Attach the swing and you're done! You can do a fishing version of the loop knot called the "Palomar Knot" (description here) to attach the wood. The four foot loop of rope from the swing will be your fish hook. My 5 year old and 9 year old demonstrate.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Where have you been in the "I've Been Everywhere" Song?

Where have you been to in the I've been Everywhere song (As sung by Hank Snow, Johnny Cash and others)?

Here's where I've been. I gave myself the benefit of the doubt for locations that could refer to more than one place (like Springfield and Washington) if I had been to one of them.

18 out of 92 places

[x] Winnemucca
[x] Reno
[x] Chicago
[ ] Fargo
[ ] Minnesota
[ ] Buffalo
[ ] Toronto
[ ] Winslow
[ ] Sarasota
[ ] Wichita
[ ] Tulsa
[ ] Ottawa
[x] Oklahoma
[x] Tampa
[ ] Panama
[x] Mattawa
[ ] La Paloma
[ ] Bangor
[ ] Baltimore
[ ] Salvador
[ ] Amarillo
[ ] Tocopilla
[ ] Barranquilla
[ ] Padilla
[ ] Boston
[ ] Charleston
[ ] Dayton
[ ] Louisiana
[x] Washington
[ ] Houston
[ ] Kingston
[ ] Texarkana
[ ] Monterey
[ ] Ferriday
[ ] Santa Fe
[ ] Tallapoosa
[ ] Glen Rock
[ ] Black Rock
[ ] Little Rock
[ ] Oskaloosa
[ ] Tennessee
[ ] Hennessey
[ ] Chicopee
[x] Spirit Lake
[ ] Grand Lake
[ ] Devils Lake
[x] Crater Lake
[ ] Louisville
[ ] Nashville
[ ] Knoxville
[ ] Ombabika
[ ] Schefferville
[x] Jacksonville
[ ] Waterville
[ ] Costa Rica
[ ] Pittsfield
[ ] Springfield
[x] Bakersfield
[ ] Shreveport
[ ] Hackensack
[ ] Cadillac
[ ] Fond du Lac
[ ] Davenport
[x] Idaho
[ ] Jellico
[ ] Argentina
[ ] Diamantina
[x] Pasadena
[x] Catalina
[x] Pittsburgh
[ ] Parkersburg
[ ] Gravelbourg
[x] Colorado
[x] Ellensburg
[x] Rexburg
[ ] Vicksburg
[ ] El Dorado
[ ] Larimore
[ ] Atmore
[ ] Haverstraw
[ ] Chatanika
[ ] Chaska
[ ] Nebraska
[ ] Alaska
[ ] Opelika
[ ] Baraboo
[ ] Waterloo
[ ] Kalamazoo
[ ] Kansas City
[ ] Sioux City
[ ] Cedar City
[ ] Dodge City