A Smile for Today –

Posted on April 5th, 2009 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Health, Human, Life, Video, YouTube.

Just saw this video and had to share this – It brought a smile to me and wanted to share a smile with everyone here on Merlin’s Tower today – I would love to see one of these flash mobs in person but this really works as well.


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Sumo Bean Bag Omni :I Want One!

Posted on April 3rd, 2008 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Communication, Craft, Drawing, Health, Human, Journaling, Movies, TV, Video, XBOX.

Sumo Bean Bag Omni Urban LoungeWell – everyone here knows I like the simple things in life and I happened to see a photo of one of these Sumo Bean Bags -  Omni the Urban Lounge – To Quote the Sumo Website:

This super-sized pillow by Sumo is the ultimate solution for all your relaxing needs. We’ve come up with 10 ways to use it, but some people say we lack imagination!

It’s a crash mat, lounge chair, loveseat or floor pillow to name a few, but the possibilities really do go on.

Sumo Beanbags are made from space age rip-proof nylon and come filled with top quality Sumo Beads. Omni is 4.5′ x 5.5′ and it only weighs 18 lbs!

This looks like something I want to try out and use. I can see using this sitting in front of the TV and watching my favorite TV Shows (CSI, Big Bang Theory or Monk) or Playing the xbox! But really I can see this as a comfortable place to Lounge listening to some good music (like the New NIN – Ghost Album)  and Pulling out the good old jounral and putting the pen to paper and writing my thoughts away. possibly drawing some Zentangles. Someday If I ever get one of these ingenious bean bags I will have to write a review of it. In the mean time – Check out their site and decide for your self.


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Happy New Year – Welcome 2008

Posted on January 1st, 2008 by Merlin.
Categories: Announcement, Health, Human, Life.

Thanks & Happy New Year!

As 2007 comes to a close and 2008 on its way in. I wanted to sincerely thank you all for reading Merlin’s Tower and making it one of your stops on the information superhighway. With so many viewers and readers here the blog keep growing each and every week. Don’t forget please keep telling your friends and family we are here in this little portion of the internet. I could not do it with out all of you. Plus if there is something you want me to look at or review – Please let me know (Send me an Email or Leave me a comment here) I love hearing all your suggestions and want to make 2008 an even better year then 2007.

Anyway, Thanks Again and have a Safe, Happy New Year.


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DIY Lip balm – Similar to Burt’s Bees – All Natural Hack

Posted on August 21st, 2007 by Merlin.
Categories: DIY, Hack, Health.

Well, a friend of mine who makes various soaps and what not gave me a small container of some homemade lip balm. All I can say is wow – this stuff is really nice and helped out on the chapped lips. She got her recipe in an email from a soap making group she belongs to. There was no attribution as to who first made this or any sort of copyright on this so I am going to share with you what in my humble opinion is one of the best lip balms I have used. And Hey I have tried quite a few such as chapstick, blistex carmex, and burt’s bees. Burt’s Bee’s has been my favorite up until this.

First Gather the following items up to prepare for this lip delight.

  1. 1/2 oz of Almond or Olive Oil
  2. 1/2 Tablespoon of fine grated beeswax – Found in Health Store or Some Drug Stores
  3. 1 Tablespoon of Honey – The Better the Honey the Better it will be
  4. 5 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil or Peppermint or Other Food Grade Essential Oils to make it smell nice
  5. Set of Lips to test it on. :-)

To Prepare:

  1. Put Oil and Bees Wax in a heat proof glass measuring cup.
  2. Set Cup in pan of simmering water.
  3. Heat until both items are melted
  4. Slowly blend in Honey
  5. Blend in the 5 drops of Essential Oil
  6. Pour mixture into small container
  7. Let mixture set – Can be placed in refrigerator.

The Container my friend used was to recycle a small mint tin with a secure lid.

To Use – use finger to smooth onto lips. Smack Lips Around. To Test give your love one a nice kiss on the lips (Hint: if you are sick don’t try this at home)

Other Idea is to use Peppermint Essential Oil or similar food grade flavoring to add aroma to the DIY Lip Balm.

Some Mint Tins Waiting to be filled

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Survival Kit in Sardine Can – at Gaiam – with Coupon Code

Posted on August 11th, 2007 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Communication, Food, Gadgets, Hack, Health, Life.

Sardine Can Survival Kit EDC


Survival Kit in a Sardine Can

This lightweight waterproof tin puts an entire survival kit in your pocket.We still can’t believe all it holds: a compass, whistle, matches, first aid instructions, razor blade, pencil, non-aspirin pain reliever, fire starter cube, adhesive bandage, energy nugget, reflective signal surface, fish hook & line, duct tape, wire clip, note paper, tea, sugar, salt, gum, watertight bag, safety pin, antibiotic ointment and alcohol prep pad. With all this gear stashed in the smallest possible space to keep bikers, hikers, campers, boaters and adventurers of all kinds prepared, it even floats. 3″ x 41/4″ x 7/8″. USA.

Now this normally would cost $14

But Put this code in that I found from Dealspl.us site and take $10 off any order over $10

That Code is ——> CSAS


Merlin –+–_=



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My Interest in NLP and Video to watch

Posted on June 20th, 2007 by Merlin.
Categories: Communication, Health, Human, Video, Weird Stuff.

I have always been interested in NLP and it use. NLP is Neural Linglistics Programming – But instead of me trying to explain what this is here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on the concept of NLP:

NLP is based on the idea that with our senses we are able to perceive only a small part of the world. Our view of the world is filtered by our biology, experience, beliefs, values and assumptions. We act and feel based on our perception of the world rather than the real world. NLP calls each individual’s perception of the world their ‘map’. NLP teaches that our mind-body (neuro) and what we say (linguistic), interact together to form our perceptions of the world, or maps (programming). Each person’s map of the world determines feelings and behavior. Therefore, impoverished – and unrealistic – maps can restrict choices and result in problems.

Now I am going to say I am not sure if this is true or not but many people believe this and use it to its fullest. I first hear about NLP from the CD/Tapes offered by Tony Robbins. A friend of mine bought the tapes and he said they helped him. Well I was interested and did some reading and research on NLP and its uses. I will not go into my personal believe right now. But I do find it fascinating and I just love learning new things. Another person using NLP is Derren Brown. Derren using NLP for performing Mind Tricks on stage and using his way of wording and touching to force people to think of objects and things. Below you will see a sample of Derren using NLP on his TV show to get Simon Peg to change his mind on what gift he wanted. See the YouTube Clip below to see this in action and how it was performed. Pretty interesting and entertaining. Let me know if you wanted the same gift as Simon? while watching listen and see if you want the same item. Some people I have shown this to also wanted the same item. Hmm interesting. So does NLP work or not. You have to decide that on your own. Just something to think about. And let me know your comments here – Thanks

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