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DIY Metal Projects #5: Notebooks

School started the other day and I am really damn pissed. Not sad, but extremely angry and everyone and anything. :D
I hate not having enough free time for myself, and I also hate wearing ankle-lenght jeans while the sun is trying to burn the entire country alive. So yeah, I kinda despise being there.

At least, I could make this a bit more fun. Bringing metal in school can make your time there pass easier. Starting from your bag, the next thing that you can decorate are your damn notebooks.

The materials that you are going to need are:

Covering the notebook

1. Start with a notebook of your choice and grab the coloured contact paper that you like the most. The one I bought is mat black, but I also thought about getting a fluffy grey one to do the rest of my notebooks. (My life is complete now that I know that fluffy contact paper exists, bruh)
Now, cover the front part of the notebook with the paper. Unfortunately, this proccess required both of my hands and I was unable to take pictures of how I did it.

Thankfully, this video will show you the exact same way in which I did my notebooks. 

2. If you are starting with a spiral notebook like mine, you are going to have to cover the front and the back separately, with two different pieces of contact paper. Just place your notebook on the paper and cut around it, leaving a 3cm margin (around one inch) around the areas marked in the picture below. 

After doing that, peel the sticky side of the paper off and stick it on the front part of the notebook. Carefully slide a ruler across the surface to avoid any bubbles, as the person in the video did, but don’t fold the edges in, yet. 

3.  Now, let’s get rid of the sticky paper that has stuck on the spiral of the notebook. Carefully, use your exacto blade to make two slits right next to each spiral, so that there will be one spiral between two slits. (1rst picture)
Then, puncture a hole every two slits, exactly where the holes for the spiral of your notebook are. (2nd picture)
When you are done, pull the pieces of contact paper that you have cut around and free that damn spiral. Wipe the glue that could still be on the spiral with a baby wipe.

4. Now, fold the paper in, just as it is shown in the video to achieve a smooth look. Close your notebook and place a couple of heavy books on top, to flatten it, in case you have accidently bent the cover while working with the contact paper.

Decorating the notebook

5. Choose the design that you want for your notebook and cut it out.
In my case, I really wanted to have a part of Orion’s bass score on my cover. It’s the middle melodic part, right before the guitars kick in. 

6.Flip the designs upside down and stick them on the transparent contact paper (1rst picture).
Using a ruler, smoothe out the bubbles (2nd picture) and cut around the shapes with a pair of scissors (3rd picture).

7. Time to go wild with the designs! Using wood glue (preferably) or a glue stick, stick the designs that you have sealed with transparent contact paper on your notebooks. Use wrapping paper, stickers and washi tape to make everything more interesting. 
I did many different designs this years, that you can use as inspiration for youw own crafts.

(1rst picture up right) You can write lyrics on your notebook. I choose Death’s Perennial Quest for the cover, but you can do whatever lyrics suit you best. It is advisable not to have very offensive lyrics or swearing on the cover of your notebook, since it can get you in serious trouble in some strict schools.

(2nd picture) Glue random guitar and metal memes on the covers of your notebooks. Use, google “tumblr *** stickers“ and add a subject of your choice to the *** bit to find many cute pictures to add on your notebooks.

(3rd picture) Or, just grab every single scrap of material that exists on your desk and glue it on. That last book is my agenda for this school year, and it has everything on it, from pieces of fabric, to band stickers (Check out 1000mods if you love Stoner metal!) and from pieces of napkins to silly stickers. The dude in the photo is Samy Elbanna from Lost Society. I wanted to have a v-shaped guitar on my cover, but I was too bored to print out anything more and I just taped this picture of his on the cover. I have gotten the weirdest looks from this notebook, but I like it a lot :p

So, this is it! :D

Feel free to send in questions regarding the tutorial, asks and submissions.
Send in your own creations and have them all featured in my blog!

Happy School year I guess. Fuck shit up, sleep in class, whatever you do.
Or study, that’s also an option :D

the orchestra, according to a pianist
  • this is coming from someone who's never played any orchestral instruments and is based entirely upon personal experience with people who play these instruments and listening to performances with these instruments
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  • flutes: I always hear you practicing but never see you outside of class or performances. words like "embouchure" come to mind, which makes me appreciate how relaxed my posture and breathing can be. compare to: when you're performing and can't slouch
  • piccolos: screechy fucking harbingers of death. compare to: bashing on the top notes of the piano as loud as possible to annoy people
  • clarinets: you complain about reeds breaking a lot, but you sound nice until you squeak. also Brahms clarinet sonatas YES. compare to: nice melodies in the middle of the piano
  • oboes: after seeing one of you with a knife, I am eternally scared of you. compare to: prepared piano where something buzzes a bit, except much nicer
  • bassoons: have always been nice to me and I haven't seen any of you with a knife yet. compare to: see oboe, except in lower range
  • french horns: always remind me of Beethoven concerto 5, I love you so much. compare to: when your instructor asks you to "make it warmer", nice things.
  • trumpets: please stop practicing outside of practice rooms; also, you're always dressed nicely. compare to: loud
  • trombones: the slide ruler in instrument form, most of you are nice to me. compare to: glissandi
  • tubas: how do you carry your instrument it's so heavy?! compare to: left hand
  • first violins: you think you're so good but can't play more than two notes at once HA. compare to: the right hand
  • second violins: see above, but much nicer. compare to: thumb of the right hand
  • violas: always asking to play the Brahms clarinet sonatas; sometimes are violists who weren't good enough to be second violin, in which case they're usually complaining about the alto clef. compare to: middle c
  • cellos: we're always asking you to play Brahms and Beethoven sonatas but that's only because they sound so great. also we want to be you. really. compare to: when you have a melody just below middle c and it sounds so good
  • basses: you're wonderful but need to be louder. also #relatable because it's difficult to carry your instrument around. compare to: left hand
  • percussion: you have to play like fifty different instruments and might actually practice more than us. #respect. compare to: prepared piano
  • piano: if you're here then it's either a modern piece or you're playing a concerto, in which case I commend you on memorizing that many notes and urge you to shove your score in violinists' faces (and you can also laugh and say that you get to sit while playing solo pieces!). compare to: the entire orchestra minus variety of timbres

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John Napier

John Napier (1550 – 1617) of Merchiston was a Scottish scholar and mathematician, most remembered for his invention of logarithms. This innovation is one of Scotland’s most significant contribution to science. Logarithms allowed problems of multiplication and division to be converted into simpler sums based on addition and subtraction.

He lived in a world that saw the dawn of Renaissance scientific achievement and discovery, yet still clung to aspects of medieval magic. His interests ranged from philosophy, religion and politics, to astronomy, military invention and agricultural improvement. He worked for over 20 years to develop methods of simplifying calculations.

Napier gained a reputation as a wizard, his pet black cockerel was believed to show his interest in the occult.

Napier invented several other methods of calculation, including Napier’s rods which are multiplication tables written out on rods divided into squares. They were used to aid multiplication and division. Isaac Newton recommended their use for repetitive computation.

In 1620, Edmund Gunter introduced rules with logarithm scales which could be used for calculation instead of looking up the logarithms in tables of numbers.

The circles of proportion were an early form of slide ruler, a powerful logarithm-based calculating device. Slide rules stayed in common use until the 1970s.


Statues of Ramses II, The Temple of Abu Simbel, Views from Thebes at Karnak, and The Great Sphinx of Giza (A varied assortment of magic lantern slides), early 20th century [Egypt].


He won the Nobel Prize in 1970, discovered the analgesic properties of acetaminophens like Tylenol, and spurred the development of the first anti-depressants.  And Dr. Julius Axelrod used this “National” model 1767 slide rule to simplify his calculations.  Far from being a glorified ruler, this slide rule, produced by Dietzgen Co. 1955-1959, was used by Axelrod to analyze the data from his seminal experiments on neurotransmitter re-uptake.  Before electronic calculators became available in the early 1970s, scientists used slide rules to accurately calculate logarithms, square roots, and trigonometric and exponential functions.

Axelrod enjoyed a long and productive career in neurological research at NIMH.  He worked at the NIH while earning his PhD at George Washington University, studying the tissue distribution and metabolism of caffeine, amphetamines, LSD, and narcotic drugs.  After becoming a principal investigator, he discovered that the physical effects of the pineal gland are due to its production of melatonin.  His most famous breakthrough, the discovery of the regulation of brain chemistry through neurotransmitter re-uptake, won him a Nobel Prize in 1970 and paved the way for the development of modern antidepressant drugs.

There’s a hundred-thousand lines of code in this program. You don’t need to know C. You give me a slide ruler and matlab, I give you a reasonable amount of work. Any pointers used in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Finish C a minute either side of that and you’re on your own. Do you understand?