Category Archives: Me(rcy)

Getting my name out there.

How to Make a Mini Marshmallow Shooter using 1/2″ PVC Pipe (step by step directions with pictures!)

You can make an awesome mini marshmallow blowgun in just a few minutes, and with only a couple dollars worth of supplies. Here’s how:

Step 1: Head to the closest hardware store and get the needed supplies.

You’ll need:

  • At least 24″ length of 1/2″ diameter PVC pipe
  • (1) 1/2″ diamater PVC “tee” connector
  • (1) 1/2″ diameter PVC end cap
  • (2) 1/2″ diameter PVC 90-degree elbows
  • a bag of mini mallows

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Step 2: Measure and mark your PVC pipe.

  • Lay your section of PVC on a flat surface.
  • Use a measuring tape and a Sharpie to clearly and accurately mark the pipe at 6″, 11″, 16″, 20″, and 24″.

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Step 3: Cut your PVC pipe.

  • Use a hacksaw or mitre saw to cut on the lines you made.
  • Sand or file the cut edges to remove any burs and make them nice and smooth.
  • When you’re done, you should have 5 sections of pipe:
    • (1) 6″ section
    • (2) 5″ sections
    • (2) 4″ sections

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Step 4: Assemble your mini mallow blowgun.

  • Gather your 5 sections of pipe and the 4 PVC connector parts your bought at the hardware store.
  • Assemble the 9 pieces following the pattern in the example below:

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Step 5: Take your new mini mallow blowgun for a test run.

  • Load a mini mallow in the back of the blowgun.
  • Use both hands on the two handles, bring the blowgun to your mouth, take aim, and using a forced “P” sound blow the mallow through your blowgun into your target.
  • Go find your friends and family members and use them for mallow target practice.

Be sure to use proper and safe technique while using your mini mallow blowgun. Dry mallows work best, so don’t slobber all over them or they will get stuck and gunk up the inside of your blowgun. Do not breath in on your gun once the mallow is loaded, as you could choke. Don’t run with the blowgun in your mouth. And avoid shooting people in the head and face.

Have fun!

Are You An “Individual” Abuser?

We’ve all been in that position before. We have to make a speech or write something official, and we’re tempted to make ourselves sound smarter than we really are. You know what I’m talking about. We change the word order of our sentences and replace small words with bigger words. This leads to quite a bit of thesaurus abuse, and style that no one would use in a normal conversation. Take a look at these two examples from the subbreddit /r/iamverysmart.

This one is from a cover letter on a resume. Continue reading

Apology, Poverty and the Evangelical

It’s Wednesday and I have the day off. I led a youth retreat this weekend called Fall Forward. One girl put her faith and trust in Jesus for the first time. That’s why I do what I do. It was a great weekend, but retreats always exhaust me. On Sunday afternoon, after we returned, I lay down at 4:30 to “take a nap.” The next time I woke up was 3:00 AM the next day. A long weekend, that’s why I have the day off.

I spent part of the day watching the movie Blue Like Jazz about Donald Miller, the author of a book with the same title as the movie. Continue reading

My Dog Brings a lot of Laughter to my House

My dog has been compared to a lot of things. Because she snorts a lot, she’s been called a pig. Because her thick fur makes her appear chubby, she’s been called “fat biscuit.” Because she’s short and wide, she’s been compared to the foot-stool dog in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Chewey is a black and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It’s a big name for a small breed. Cavaliers are known for their happy-go-lucky, submissive, harmless, and playful personalities. Chewey is not very smart or athletic, but she makes up for it in charm. She’s hilarious, and brings constant laughter to my family’s house.

If conversations run silent, all we have to do is whip out her laser and she’ll chase it around like a cat for hours. If she’s a little to hyped up, you can just lay her on her back to deactivate her.

One of the funniest things she does is sleep with her eyes open and snore like a banshee, such as in this video:

My dog is awesome!

The Top 10 Weirdest Old Testament Laws

Leviticus was God’s contract with Israel. Like any other contract, Leviticus is boring. But it also has its moments. Some of the Old Testament Laws are quite bizarre. Here’s a top 10 list of the strangest.

We begin with two… uh, shall we say ballsy laws.

10. Keep your hands off the goods, ladies.

According to Deuteronomy 25:11-12, if two men were engaged in fisticuffs, their wives couldn’t come to their rescue by grabbing and twisting the other man’s private parts. If she did, her hand would have to be cut off. An episode with all that action would certainly boost the ratings of Real Housewives.

9. Sacrificing animals with damaged testicles is forbidden.

In Leviticus 22:24 it says, “You must not offer to the Lord an animal whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut.” This kept the Israelites from attempting to offer animals that couldn’t reproduce, and thus were less valuable.

Next, we have a couple laws of the culinary variety.

8. Eating locusts: good. Drinking blood: bad.

Eating most bugs was forbidden, but insects with jointed legs for hopping were okay. This included locusts, crickets, katydids, and grasshoppers, Leviticus 11:21-22 says. However, drinking the blood of animals is an abomination, according to Leviticus 17:10-12. So all of you Twilight fans who were Team Edward, because he mercifully only drank the blood of animals, were wrong. I also shouldn’t have eaten all that blood sausage while I was visiting my sister in Ireland.

7. Your hamburgers must be plain.

In Exodus 23:19 it commands not to cook a goat in its mother’s milk. Some interpreters see this as a ban on mixing meat and cheese. Additionally, Leviticus 11:3 permits the eating of animals with divided hooves that chew the cud only. So you couldn’t eat horses, because even though they chewed the cud, they didn’t have a divided hoof. And even though pigs had divided hooves, they didn’t chew the cud. In that case, I guess the meaty, cheesey, bacony deliciousness that is the Baconator would have to be taken of the Wendy’s menu. Booo!

Now we move on to some simple laws that had drastic punishments.

6. Excommunication for not celebrating a national holiday.

Any Israelites who didn’t celebrate Passover were supposed to get kicked out of the camp forever in obedience to Numbers 9:13. Does this mean I was justified as a kid in egging my grumpy neighbors who didn’t hand out candy on Halloween?

5. Death for desecrating or working on a Sunday.

… Or Saturday, in the case of the Israelites, as prescribed in Exodus 31:14. Everyone needs a day off from time to time, so observing a Sabbath rest is actually an awesome law, but isn’t Sunday afternoon often the most convenient time to mow the lawn? If you got caught clipping the turf as an Israelite – BUSTED.

4. Death for rebelling against your parents.

Are you one of those teens who cussed their parents under their breath, or snuck out to a party without permission? In Exodus 21:17, a kid who cursed their parents was to be put to death, and in Deuteronomy 21:20-21, rebellious teens could be stoned by the townsfolk. As a youth pastor I’m really glad this law has passed away, or I might not have too many teens to hang out with.

Here’s a couple laws about sculpting your luscious locks.

3. Tell the barber to take it easy on the sides.

Not too many people prefer the reverse mohawk look, but apparently God does. In Leviticus 19:27 the prescribed holy haircut involved not cutting the hair on the sides of the head, or trimming the edge of the beard. This look would help the Israelites stand out from the people of the other nations.

2. Burn it with fire!

If an Israelite wanted to set themselves apart as especially holy to the LORD, he could take the vows of a Nazirite. The three vows included no eating grape products (wine, raisins, etc.), never cutting their hair, and no close contact with a dead body. But what if someone randomly died in your presence? Too bad. According to Numbers 6:9 and 18 you had to shave off your long hair and burn it in a fire, and you could never be a Nazirite again.

And now for one of the strangest passages in all of Scripture…

1. Dust bunnies: the first lie detectors.

According to Numbers 5:11-31, if a man suspected his wife was having an affair, but had no physical proof, he could take her to the priest. The priest would sweep some dust off the Tabernacle floor, and mix it into a vessel of water, and make the wife drink it. If the dusty water didn’t make the woman sick, then she was innocent, but if her belly swelled up with pain, then she was guilty. It’s even weirder if you read it straight from the Bible.

So there you have it, the ten weirdest laws in the Old Testament.

All joking aside, God gave the Israelites the Old Testament Law because he knew they wouldn’t be able to keep it. It would lead them to realize that they needed a Savior. At the perfect time, God sent his one and only beloved Son into the world, Jesus Christ, who lived perfectly according to the Law. At the end of Jesus’ life, God punished him for our sins, so that by faith in him, his perfection could be given to us, and we could be presented as blameless before God. Jesus saves us from God’s just anger for having broken God’s laws.

That’s the Good News of the New Testament.

I Spent My Vacation Making a “Funny” Video

I had a little down time, plus I like coming up with funny songs and making videos. So here it is. It’s about a male’s love for hygiene products. I was going for stupid, funny and awkward, with a little comical grossness and creepiness thrown in. Hope you enjoy!

Inspiration from Stephen King’s On Writing

On Writing

Inspiration from Stephen King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

All quotes from Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Attributed to Stephen King and Tabitha King. Center photograph by Jill Krementz.