The inventor strikes again, so here's another DIY post (now you have to go "away" and be all excited).
I don't know how you feel about knots and tangles in your earphone cable, but I, for one, dislike them. I do, in fact, dislike them so much that I stopped taking my headphones with me unless absolutely necessary. And this here is a person who loved music and recently also podcasts, so it means something that I'd go so far as to completely swear off music on the go just because of the regular frustrations of struggling with Gordian cable knots.
This is not a rant post, though, as I said at the beginning it's about a DIY project. I have found a solution and want to share it with you. Because I love you. ::whispers:: Forever... ::lightly blows on the back of your neck::
I'm not saying I'm the ultimate inventor of this thing, by no means, I'm sure this idea already exists and tons of people have made it or maybe you can even but it somewhere. But I came up with it one day at home, through no outside inspiration whatsoever. And I'm calling it the EARBUDDY.
All you need is
- a little container with a wide lid
- a sweet tooth (optional)
I'm saying you might need a sweet tooth because you're likely to find the right kind of container in the candy section of your local supermarket. And I'm mentioning the wide lid so you don't get something where you can't get the plugs and cable into or out of.
I tried two things: a Hubba Bubba roll-up gum box and a little box of Lifesavers Duo Fruit&Cool. This is not an advertisement; in fact, I find both those sweets disgusting.
The Lifesavers won, because their container opens and closes perfectly and the gum box seemed in the end like it would pop open randomly and unexpectedly. And that's not the point of this at all.
Here's the final product:
Really, this almost doesn't count as a DIY project, because you don't have to do anything yourself. All you do is take out the candy and wipe the inside of the container to get rid of the sugar dust. Then you can but don't have to take off the stickers on the outside of the box.
I then went ahead and took a sharpie to it and ruined the whole thing with my anti-talent for drawing.
But hey, it still works and I'm very happy with my new knot- and tangle-free life full of instant access to music and stories - or ways out of awkward encounters, you know, when you want to pretend you can't hear that person that's calling you from across the street because you really don't want to deal with them right now even though there's no music coming through the earplugs and they're actually not even connected to anything in your pocket... Not that I ever do that.
Anyway, happy listening!