Category Archives: Crafts and hobbies

Create filler or placeholder text when designing a newsletter or brochure?

Use “lorem ipsum”, which is substitute, nonsense text used by page designers. You can copy and paste the text below.

In Microsoft 2007 and 2010 beta, you can generate “lorem ipsum” by typing “=lorem(i)” or “=lorem(i, j)”  where i and j are natural numbers. The i denotes the number of paragraphs and j (default 3) denotes the number of sentences per paragraph. You can create up to 6,665 paragraphs.

Curious about the origin of “lorem ipsum”? It’s from a Latin text by Cicero with words altered, added and removed to make it nonsensical in meaning.

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Find cheap but good notebook risers?


My MacBook’s battery produces a lot of heat. I needed something to raise the bottom of the notebook to spare the surface of our dining table, where I work most of the time.

I can buy notebook stands and risers in any computer shop but why not make my own? And that’s what I did. I simply got two discarded wine corks, cut them at an angle — and, voila! — notebook risers probably as good as any you can find in a shop. Cost? Zero.Synthetic wine corks cut at an angle

I suggest using synthetic wine cork instead of real cork (synthetic corks are called “closures” to distinguish them from the organic material; they’re made from some kind of thermoplastic). Synthetic cork holds its shape even when cut, whereas real cork tends to crumble.The cork used as a MacBook riser.

I know, I know, wine corks aren’t all that easy to find. Truth is, my wife and I like to drink wine and I have this thing about keeping the corks of every bottle we’ve opened at home.

Get pottery lessons?


Km. 46.5 Aguinaldo Highway, Barangay Balubad 1st, B 1084, Silang, Cavite 4118. Yahoo! Messenger: evaespiritu. Cell numbers: 0919-238-5535 and 0906-458-4678. Email: Website:

Getting there (as described in their website):

From Tagaytay Rotonda (7-11): take Aguinaldo Highway going to Manila. Landmarks you will pass in this order:

  • McDonalds (right side of road)
  • Santi’s Deli (left side)
  • Gourmet Cafe (right side)
  • Iglesia Ni Kristo (right side)
  • Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm (right side)

After Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm, approximately 500 meters, you will see a waiting shade, turn left at that road (Balubad 1st).

Go follow the road over a bridge. You will see our sign on a Meralco post. Turn right down to the dirt road. At 200 meters we are at the top of a hill.


Dinner plates my wife and I bought from Cornerstone Pottery Farm. They're heavy and made to last.