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Homemade Gorilla Suit Costumes

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Gorilla suit costumes are a classic, and it doesn’t matter what you’re dressing up for. A gorilla suit costume is just as appropriate at a science fiction convention as it is at a Halloween party. And new versions of the classic gorilla costume look more realistic than ever.

Making your own gorilla suit costume can be a challenge, but it can be a fun way to spend some time with one of your kids, and it can save you a little bit of money. If you’re handy and like doing craft type stuff, give making your own gorilla suit for Halloween a try.

Your gorilla suit will need arms and a torso, as well as pants. I recommend sweatshirts and sweatpants, in black or gray. You can then attach the fur to the appropriate places on the costume. Get yourself a cool gorilla mask to top it off with, and you’ve got a homemade gorilla costume that can’t be beat.

If you really want to have some fun with a gorilla suit, try emulating some of the early Planet of the Apes movies to see if anyone is nostalgic enough to remember the films and make the connection. If you’ve got some buddies who are also science fiction geeks, you could even have someone dress as Charlton Heston from the movie. If someone is creative and artistic, you could set up your own Statue of Liberty prop so that you can re-enact the end of the original movie. That will really drive the crowd wild.

Online Poker News

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On April 15th, when 3 of the biggest online poker websites were shut down, online poker players were left without a whole lot of options when it came to finding large-scale online enterprises where they could meet with thousands of online poker players around the world. The Department of Justice shut down three of the largest sites – Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker.

However, things are changing with one presidential candidate supporting online poker sites. Gary Johnson, a presidential contender in the Republican party has officially supported online poker by putting a message on his website that says, “Support me for President, and I’ll support your freedom.” This same presidential candidate has gone on record to state that the government should not be restricting lawful commerce that is not harmful to anyone. Gary Johnson was the former governor of New Mexico. The presidential candidate suggests that online poker players should participate in their freedom by donating small sums of money to his presidential campaign. It is certainly a good boost to online poker players’ dreams that they have someone of the caliber of presidential candidate supporting their efforts even if they can’t get enough support for him to elect him to president. Gary Johnson supports prostitution, gambling rights, abortion rights, marijuana, and not going to church, so he is not likely to get enough support for the Republican nomination.

Even though Barack Obama is a keen poker player, that didn’t stop his Department of Justice from shutting down the poker sites.

John Pappas, the executive director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) – believes that Jonnson genuinely cares about securing online poker players’ rights, and Johnson realizes that there’s a large voting block out there that believes in his stance on not just poker but other personal issues as well.

Pappas also said that he’s a genuine and down-to-earth guy that talks the talk and walks the walk. This was at a lunch in Washington, D.C. that Johnson had with Pappas and other supporters of online poker. Johnson is serious about taking this issue to Washington, and he is not merely tepidly saying that he likes poker while not supporting it in its online forum as well. Of course, this is a sensitive issue for most Americans as gambling is considered inappropriate for some and a source of valuable entertainment and taxable income for others. Gary Johnson supports the latter view.

Written by randy

June 15th, 2011 at 7:13 am

1950s Halloween Costume Ideas

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As many rebels and rock and roll icons as there were in the 50s, there were plenty of stuffed-shirt nerds and geeks as well. The “nerdy 50s guy” costume is a classic, and is easy to reproduce at home.

For a nerdy 50s guy, you’ll need to pick up the thickest, ugliest pair of glasses you can find. The stronger the “coke bottle lens” effect on your eyes, the better, and you should put a piece of tape on the bridge of the glasses. His hair would be slicked down rather than back, with a piece of hair sticking up on top or a cowlick on the side. Throw on an ugly bow tie, a pair of plaid pants belted way above the waist, and a too-tight button-down shirt and your 50s nerd costume is complete.

For a nerdy 50s girl, take the Poodle Skirt look to its most innocent extreme. Wear a plain Poodle Skirt hemmed well below the knee, a plain white top, nerdy girl glasses, hair in big ugly braids, and the clunkiest saddle shoes you can find.

Not everybody was cool in the 50s. Dressing up as a 50s nerd is much less predictable than the cool 50s leather guy. You can find more information about 50s costumes here and also here: 1950s costumes.

Written by randy

June 14th, 2011 at 11:51 am

Recommended Games to Try

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One of the best expenditures you can make in your entertainment budget is a high quality board game or card game. For the cost of a single trip to the movies, you can purchase a game that can provide dozens or even hundreds of hours of enjoyment. In this post, I’m going to suggest five board games that will please even the most finicky of game players.

1. Twilight Struggle – This one is a war game/power struggle game set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The game takes about three hours to play, and it only supports two players. So if you’re looking for a game that the whole family can enjoy, look at one of the other suggestions. This one’s not good for younger kids either, but teenagers will love it.

2. Puerto Rico – This is my favorite game on the list. When I first heard about it, I thought it would be lame. You play a plantation owner in historical Puerto Rico, and you grow crops like coffee and sugar. But it’s incredibly engaging and fun. You can play this one with as many as five players, but it’s complex enough that it’s probably better for teens and adults than for young children.

3. Agricola – I haven’t tried this one yet, but the box and name remind me a little bit of Puerto Rico, so I’m considering investing in this game next. You play a farmer who has a shack and a wife and not much else. The actions that you can take on your turn are similar to the actions you would take if you owned a farm: building fences and things like that. You can play with up to five players, and like the other games on the list, it’s not for little kids.

4. Through the Ages: The Story of Civilization – This one is a civilization building game, and it’s pretty involved. It takes four hours to finish a game, and it’s best for teens and adults.

5. Power Grid – This one’s a strategy game for up to six players, each of whom is trying to run power plants and supply cities with power using a variety of means to generate electricity. Again, not a good one for little kids, but a fun and exciting game for older kids.

For more suggestions, see this list of popular card games and this list of popular board games.

Written by randy

March 1st, 2011 at 8:51 am

What Track Frames Should Be Made of

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Since the track frame is basically what holds a bike up and gives it definition. Thus said, it is a given that track frames have to be made of material that is strong, durable, and hard wearing. Good materials for track frames include stainless steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium. Frills such as pads on the widest part of the track frame and extra reinforcements are big advantages as well.

The Differences Among Track Frames

Some people might think that the difference when it comes to track frames is with regard to the materials that they were made of. But actually, there is more to the track frame than just its make up. One major defining factor for a track frame is what its intended purpose is. Is it for simple, leisurely biking around the neighborhood streets and valleys? Or should it be for high endurance sports such as mountain biking or dirt bike racing? Some track frames are heavy, while some are light in weight. But it doesn’t necessarily follow that if a track frame is heavier in weight, then it is more durable. There are lots in the market that are light weight and yet can be even more hard wearing than the heavy weight bike models.

Written by kim

December 2nd, 2010 at 8:48 am

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Kids’ Play in Snow: on Buying Kid’s Skis

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Acquiring the proper ski for a young individual takes meeting the accurate ski to the child’s skill and ability. Regulated skis make an outstanding option for youngsters. Select the exact length of ski by getting into account the kid’s height, weight and skiing capability.

Shorter skis are much better for a beginner to contain; nevertheless, a low-density modest skier will as well be well-situated on shorter skis. Select a forged ski that is an all-mountain ski. Additional side cut and narrowed skis, while accessible, are not obligatory for skiing well.

Search for a ski that folds slightly when force is utilized to the center while holding the tip. A super-stiff ski is not perfect for a minor. Ensure to find that the skis have camber.

The skis should bend out in a umbel-like form when an individual points the ski bases together, making a distance between every other, while the points and rears are meeting.

Refer to the sales representative, since there are various variables particular to a child. Counting on how much the child skis, a pair of skis should to last at least two seasons. The ski resort’s rental shops commonly have great deals on skis during peak seasons.

Written by kim

November 2nd, 2010 at 12:02 am

How to Properly Put on an Athletic Tape

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Putting on athletic tape basically has two purposes for the full on athlete. One is to secure injured parts, and another is to give support during an athletic game or even during training. Before putting on the tape, it is important to prep the area first by washing it and then drying it thoroughly. If the area is prone to blistering or irritation, it might be wise to apply some lubricant such as petroleum jelly first to the area.

If the area is hairy, then the player might want to shave off the hair as well. After putting on the tape, one could spray on an adherent that quickly dries so that the tape could adhere better on the skin.

Some Important Considerations When Athletic Taping

When putting on athletic tape, make sure all creases are smoothed out. This is because creases will not make one comfortable and can even lead to skin irritations. Make sure, too, to not wound the athletic tape around too tightly, or else, blood flow to the area just might be constricted.

It is important, too, to be able to know how to remove the athletic tape. Taking it off basically just involves tearing off the athletic tape from the area. But don’t think this is easy – it just might be hard to do at first, but as long as the act is quickly done, then everything will be fine.

Written by kim

October 23rd, 2010 at 11:27 pm