How to Dress Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk is a kind of cultural statement that can be at least partially defined as a mix of industrial, dystopia, rebel, techno, and science fiction. The term came about from fiction writers, who created protagonists that anti utopia and that embraced a kind of devil-may-care attitude about the status quo. The popularity of cyberpunk is an interesting reflection on social attitudes where people feel they can no longer rely on traditional social order, and where there are no guarantees in life. Cyberpunk enthusiasts often enjoy dressing the part for comic conventions, or even as part of daily life. Dressing up and role playing can be a fun way to express one’s personality or interests, even when it’s not Halloween.

Start With the Top

Hair is perhaps the easiest thing to change to start to get the look of cyberpunk. A different hairstyle or color has transformative power. Experiment with different hairstyles to find one that can be readily managed for the occasion, or for everyday wear. Temporary hair colors are available in a wide range of vivid, shocking colors that will turn heads in public. These hair colors wash out easily with regular shampoo and water, so if the look turns out less than desirable, it’s easy to undo. A haircut or trim is another option. One option, made popular by the actress Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road, is to shave the head. For a female, especially, this look communicates a rebel attitude that defies social mores. To shave the head, use an electric razor with fresh or newly sharpened blades. Dull blades will create abrasions that will be unattractive and unhygienic on anyone, cyberpunk or not. Use a mirror or enlist a friend’s help to shave the back of the head in a uniform manner. Remember that shaved heads are vulnerable to sunburn, so wear sunblock or a hat when in the sun for an extended time.

 

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How to Put on Crampons

Crampons are walking accessories worn on the bottom of regular footwear, such as boots or shoes, that make it easier to traverse icy or slippery terrain without the wearer falling or incurring injury. Crampons are used primarily by explorers, spelunkers, mountain hikers, and such. They are constructed of a metal plate, with strapping that attaches to the footwear. Crampons have sharp, hard metal teeth that grip the ice or ground as the wearer walks. Because crampons are so sharp, they should only be worn outdoors. They are typically donned only when it becomes necessary to use them. When not in use, they can be stored inside a backpack with other hiking gear. Crampons are increasingly being made for specialized use, so when purchasing crampons it can be helpful to keep in mind where and for what activity they will be used.

Prepare the Crampon

The crampon should be put on one foot at a time. In other words, fully and completely don the first crampon before starting to put on the second crampon. Lay the crampon down on the ground, with the spikes toward the ground. Crampons are made to be right and left foot specific, just like a pair of shoes. The strapping should be always be on the outside of the foot, so the crampon with the straps on the right is to be worn on the right foot. The crampon is extendable, so make sure it’s fully extended before donning. Do this by pulling gently on either end of the crampon so the slider moves.

 

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How to Use a Crucible

A crucible is a vessel, usually made of ceramic, graphite, or metal, that is used to heat or even melt, metals. Crucibles are constructed to withstand extremely high temperatures, like those required to liquefy certain metals like silver or copper. Crucibles are used by many people, for a variety of purposes. Scientists use crucibles in their daily work to conduct experiments. Manufacturers use crucibles to make products. Machine shop and foundry workers use crucibles to fabricate tools and machine parts. The general public uses crucibles to make craft items as a hobby or for selling, such as jewelry and art. The proper use of a crucible is elemental to the final outcome of the experiment or the piece being made.

Choose the Right Kind of Crucible

First, the user must use the right kind of crucible. The crucible must be able to be heated to a high enough temperature to make the material inside malleable, so it can be formed or altered sufficiently to complete the project. If the wrong kind of crucible is used, the material inside could be contaminated with the crucible material, or the crucible could crack and leak.

Use Appropriate Protection

When using a crucible, the user should wear protective gear such as gloves, goggles, and possibly a mask to protect the respiratory system. When certain types of metal are being molten, splatters and pops can occur. These piping hot miniature pieces of metal will burn skin on contact.

 

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How to Make Wedding Columns

Wedding columns are vertical posts that can transform an ordinary space into something extraordinary and special. No matter where the wedding venue is, the addition of at least two wedding columns will make the occasion even more memorable. Wedding columns don’t need to be made of centuries-old stone. With the plethora of craft materials available on eBay, it’s possible to create realistic-looking wedding columns simply and inexpensively.

Choose a Size

Homemade wedding columns can be constructed in several different diameters and heights. For this project, which makes use of sonotubes, the diameter and height choices will be limited to what is available in pre-manufactured sonotubes. Sonotubes are sturdy cardboard concrete forms that are used in construction. They are lightweight, and they come in the perfect shape and thickness to make homemade wedding columns, even without the use of concrete. Choose a sonotube length that is longer than the tallest guest. A 4-foot long sonotube won’t make a very impressive column display, but a 6-foot long sonotube may work if no guests are over 6 feet tall. Otherwise, a 7-foot long sonotube will work better.

Apply Weather Stripping

Weather stripping has a pull away sticky backing that will adhere very well to the sonotube. Choose weather stripping in a variety of widths. Lay the sonotube on the ground and, about two thirds of the way down from one end, wrap a wide piece of weather stripping around the column. One inch or so from that, apply a second strip of narrower weather stripping. Repeat the same process on the opposite end of the tube.

Attach the Base and the Top

Next, gather six pieces of 3-inch Styrofoam squares. Two squares should be 16 x 16, two should be 14 x 14, and two should be 12 x 12. Stack three of the squares so the largest one is on the bottom, the next smallest one is in the middle, and the smallest one is on top. Do the same with the other three squares of Styrofoam. Use a hot glue gun to secure the squares to one another. All each stack to dry thoroughly. Glue one stack to one end of the sonotube, with the smallest square attached to the sonotube. Do the same with the second stack of squares on the other end of the tube. Allow the glue to set overnight.

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How to Wear Croakies

Croakies are essentially a sunglass tether. They consist of a piece of cord with plugs on either end that attach to the arms of sunglasses. Croakies were originally invented with boaters and fishermen in mind. The high sun glare off the sea necessitated that those who made their living on the water wear sunglasses. But sunglasses were frequently lost due to the repetitive bending over while working on the boat. Soon boaters and fishers alike were sporting Croakies in droves. It wasn’t long before golfers, construction contractors and roadside crew workers started availing themselves of these useful sunglass savers. It was only a short time after that when college students and the rest of the general public realized that wearing sunglass or eyeglasses without securing them to Croakies was just plain foolhardy.

Match Styles

There is such a wide selection of Croakies to choose from now that it only makes good sense to match the style of the Croakie to the outfit being worn, as well as the occasion. Cougar women types may like a Croakie with an animal print. Those enjoying a sea cruise might like Croakies in colors such as coral or turquoise. Sportsters like bicyclists and runners may appreciate brightly colored fluorescent Croakies that are easy to spot when dusk approaches. Still others may like to make a lifestyle or political statement with rainbow-colored Croakies or ones with flag colors imprinted on the band.

Fit the Size

If a child is going to be using the Croakies, a shorter band length should be used. Special, micro-sized Croakies are available for children. An adult can wear any of the regular Croakies with ease, since the band is long enough for an average person to wear comfortably. The size of the eyeglass or sunglass frames usually impacts the size of the arms of the eyewear. For a secure and snug fit, choose a Croakies size that is compatible with the frames being worn.

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How to Set Up Chromecast

Chromecast is Google’s answer to the public’s demand for enjoying video and audio on their high definition televisions. With Chromecast, users can enjoy offerings from apps such as Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, WatchESPN, Pandora and Google Play, and more are promised to come. In addition, users can mirror their tablets, laptops and phones onto their television screens. Google proudly claims that there is no learning curve with Chromecast, but there are some helpful things to know about how to set up this device to get up and running as soon as possible.

  1. Your TV Must Be Compatible

The video output that Chromecast enables is high-definition, to appeal to even the most sophisticated television viewers. Older televisions simply aren’t hardwired to deliver high resolution images. If you have been hanging on to your older television set, you’ll need to upgrade before you can take advantage of the Chromecast device. Your television must have an HDMI port, which is how Chromecast plugs in to your TV. HDMI is an acronym that stands for High Definition Media Interface. Unlike DVI ports, which only transmit video, HDMI transmits audio and video, simultaneously.

Even some newer large screen televisions may not have an HDMI port, so be sure to inspect your TV before you buy the Chromecast unit. Only HDTVs have HDMI ports. HDTV stands for High Definition TV. Depending on your set, the HDMI port may be located at the back of the TV, or it may be behind a hidden panel on the front of the television. Consult your owner’s manual to locate the HDMI port.

  1. You Need to Have Wifi

Chromecast communicates with your phone, laptop or tablet with WiFi, so you have to have a working WiFi set up where you want to use it. You also need to know the name of your WiFi network, and the password to access it, because you’ll be asked these things during your Chromecast set up process.

  1. What You Get in The Box

When you open your Chromecast box, you will see the Chromecast dongle first. If you lift the cardboard, you will find all the necessary accessories you’ll need to start enjoying your new Chromecast system. Here’s a list of everything you get in the box:

  • Chromecast dongle
  • USB cable
  • HDMI extender cable
  • USB charger

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How To Propagate Clematis

Clematis is a showy flowering vine that is beloved by fervent gardeners everywhere. Many clematis enthusiasts enjoy propagating clematis from vines they already own. They sometimes propagate clematis for use as gifts, but more often it’s because they may have a particularly beautiful specimen that they want to multiply and place elsewhere in the garden or along the bottom of a trellis. Whatever the purpose, propagating clematis requires some expertise to get right, but will a little practice and patience, anyone can do it.

  1. Start With a Healthy Plant

The parent plant, or the one that is to be propagated, should be in a healthy condition to start with. Trying to propagate an unhealthy plant is a futile endeavor; whatever is ailing the parent plant may simply get passed down to the child plant. Just as humans have gene, there is a gene makeup to all living things, including plants. Even if the sickly parent plant is suffering from something that isn’t genetic, any insect infestations may also cause the child plant to succumb. Start with a parent plant that displays healthy traits, such as a deep green, sturdy stem and rich green leaves.

  1. Choose the Best Time

The best time to propagate clematis is during the early warmer months, after the last day of frost, but before the hottest days of summer arrive. This is the time of year when clematis are in what could be called a growth spurt. They are out of winter hibernation, and are not yet subjected to the withering heat of high summer.

  1. Use Disinfected Tools

Since the propagation process necessitates cutting into the meat of the stem, it’s crucial to use clean, disinfected tools. Otherwise, bacteria could be introduced into the parent plant and the cutting, causing both plants to perish from the infection.

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How To Build A Trellis For Clematis

Clematis are impressive flowering vines that can be trained to grow onto a trellis. A clematis trellis can be a freestanding unit, or it can be something that leans against a structure, such as a house, or it can be attached to a building structure. Finding the right-sized trellis at the right price can be tricky, so here are instructions for building a customizable trellis on which clematis vines can thrive.

Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials

To build this trellis, specific tools and materials are needed. They are:

  • Staple gun, compressor and staples
  • (3) 2×4 posts, pressure-treated (any desired length)
  • lattice (any desired width)
  • wood slat, measuring the diagonal length of the lattice
  • post digger (can be rented from equipment supplier)
  • 2-pound bag of gravel

Dig the first hole.

Decide where the trellis will be located, and dig the first post hole to a depth of about 30 inches deep. Try not to make the hole too wide. Insert the first post. Fill the surrounding area with a mix of gravel and soil. Tamp down after each shovelful.

Measure.

Measure the width of the lattice, and find the middle. The next post will support the middle of the lattice. Make allowance for the lattice to overlap on top of the end posts.

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How to Make a Clipboard

Clipboards are an often underappreciated office supply. They are versatile, lightweight, and convenient. In a pinch, a clipboard can even stand in when a desktop is not available. Clipboards fit easily into suitcases, and come in handy while traveling on buses, trains and airplanes. They make interesting and functional gifts for teachers, writers, or anyone who travels frequently for their job. A clipboard is, at its essence, a board with a clip attached, and the best clipboards can accommodate a pen or pencil. A handmade clipboard can be customized and decorated in a variety of ways to express the personality of the owner. Here’s one way to make a long lasting and useful clipboard.

Assemble the Supplies

For this project, assemble the following supplies:

  • 1/8 inch thick plexiglass, cut to dimension of 9” x 12”
  • (This dimension will ensure that the clipboard is large enough to back a standard 8-1/2” x 11” piece of paper.)
  • 1 binder clip, size large
  • Contact paper in any pleasing design
  • Rubber band, colored, size large

Cut the Contact Paper to Size

Cut plexiglass will have sharp edges, which isn’t desirable for a clipboard. To protect against accidental injury, the edges of the plexiglass need to be covered. Lay out the contact paper roll on a flat work surface. Use a ruler and pen to mark out a sheet of contact paper measuring 10” x 23.” Using the pen marks and the pre-printed gridlines on the back of the contact paper, carefully cut out the sheet of contact paper. Set the rest of the roll aside for another project. Lay the cut contact paper in the middle of the work surface. If the paper wants to roll up, secure the four corners with heavy objects, such as paper weights.

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Most Popular Paint Colors for Bathrooms

It can be tricky to choose a color for a bathroom that is both pleasing and functional. Luckily, there are popular bathroom paint colors trending now that will fit any home’s décor. Remember, when painting bathrooms, use moisture resistant paint formulations. Grab a paint brush and supplies and get ready to transform the look and feel of your bathroom with one of these ideas.

Crisp White

The popularity of crisp white as a bathroom paint color is tried and true. Many people enjoy the look of a white bathroom because it symbolizes purity and cleanliness. Another, more practical, benefit to painting bathroom walls crisp white is that dirt and grime show up easily. After a thorough cleaning, any missed spots can be easily located and taken care of. All bathroom sink, toilet, and tub and shower manufacturers offer crisp white appliances, which makes it easy to match the wall color of the bathroom. For a dramatically stark effect, try painting the bathroom cabinets in the same crisp white color. The reflective properties of white paint are unsurpassed by any other color, as a crisp white bathroom will be bright and clean looking.

Black and White

Black and white bathrooms remain a popular choice among those remodeling bathrooms. Using both pure black and pure white paint will create an eye dazzling effect that will make the bathroom look trendy and chic. Try painting a checkerboard pattern on the top half of the bathroom wall, with a solid black or white coat on the bottom half. Black and white paint in a small room like a bathroom will give an art deco feel that lends itself to any modern bathroom accessories that you can find. Silver cabinet hardware and faucets would complete the look.

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