3 Reasons Why I Enjoy Playing Minecraft

If any gamer knows about any game, there is probably a high chance of that gamer instantly recognizing the well known and populous game known as Minecraft. With over 15,000,000 users who have bought the game, it’s undeniable that Minecraft must hold some form of essence that attracts old and new gamers alike.

So here ye, here ye! I present to you, the three reasons why I enjoy playing Minecraft.

1) The Opportunity to Expel & Explore Our Lusciously, Creative Minds!

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Minecraft is what people call a sandbox game. A sandbox game is where the environment of a game allows the player to roam freely and freely choose how to respond to the surrounding environment. This way, every player’s reaction to the environment and vice-versa is unique. Don’t worry. If you didn’t understand that, just know that in Minecraft, you’re free to cut down trees and build a house out of it without anyone telling you what to do.

By default Minecraft offers two game modes, “survival” and “creative”. Survival is where you need to survive. In the day, you go can go hunting, fishing, building, or mining. But once the sun has set and it’s nighttime, these creatures known as “creepers” will come out to hunt you and kill you. So that is where the name“survival” comes in for this gamemode.

Where creative mode is the entire opposite. In creative, you don’t need to survive. You’re free to explore, fly and create the most wondrous of creations that lie deep in the depths of your mind without any “creepers” bothering you.

So due to all this freedom, you can play the game however you want. If you’re in creative mode, you can build a house with a top of the line security system. But if you’re in survival mode, you can go on adventures into the sand dunes of the desert and encounter the most luscious greens of the forests.

Basically, where ever you set your eyes of imagination to be, you can do so in Minecraft.

2) The Diverse Amount of Games & Activities

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Another great benefit to the wondrous freedom that Minecraft offers is diversity. What I mean by this is that since you can create whatever however you want to in Minecraft, this allows to create custom adventure maps and games for you and your friends to play.

So it can be a Capture the Flag map, a battlefield, or even an arena.

But if you’re too lazy to build  and create (Like me sometimes! Open-mouthed smile) and you just want to play, there are several servers out there that allow you to do so much more. Trust me, if you’re a newb (or new) to Minecraft, you’ll be amazed by all the different kinds of servers out there. Some offer PVP games such as the hunger games or factions. While others give you the opportunity to build with your friends. Here are some websites that’ll list most available Minecraft servers:

http://www.planetminecraft.com/resources/servers/

http://minecraft-server-list.com

http://minecraftservers.org

As well as some of my personal favorites:

MC.Uberminecraft.com – This server offers a great variety of games. Including hunger games, skyblock, and many others.

hub.worldofkeralis.com If you’re looking for some inspiration in order to achieve the creation or build of your dreams, this server offers a great deal of wondrous and jaw-dropping creations. From modern mountain house to some nice cottages.

us.mineplex.com – This server offers unique games. Such as my personal favorite, ‘Super Paintball.’

Regardless, not only can you create in Minecraft. But you can bend that creation into the art and shape of whatever your will maybe.

3) Redstone Engineering

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For some, this reason may not seam reasonable. But for me, I absolutely love it. If you love to engineer, program, or think in ways of logic, Minecraft offers that. You know those strands of wires and circuits that exist in our real world? Well Minecraft offers an alternative. It’s called redstone.

Redstone is basically the Minecraft alternative to an electrical wire. With the redstone wires, repeaters or comparators, you can engineer such greats feats of engineering. Basically, you can engineer your own form of technology in Minecraft.

There is also this special block in Minecraft called a Command Block. Basically, a command Block allows you to type in a command in the console (Kind of like code). Then, you can use that block and engineer it with your Redstone contraption. Basically, the command Block offers you the opportunity to add that nice little of code for you programmers.

Conclusion

So yes, those are my three reasons of why I enjoy playing Minecraft. I have the opportunity to freely explore and adventure my environment. As well as the opportunities to create and engineer some great feats of personal achievement.

So what about you? Do you play Minecraft? What do you enjoy about Minecraft? And even if you don’t play, does Minecraft seem to pull your attention? Why or why not?

By the way, please make sure to click that like button below and share this on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus. I appreciate the support! Open-mouthed smile

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Stay Updated on the World Cup with Google Search

As I’ve said before in previous posts about Google Search, it offers some nice quick and easy ways to instantly receive your desired information. Please feel free to click on the links below to read more about what I’ve written about some Google Search tips and tricks.

5 Useful Google Search Tips

My 2 Daily Google Search Tips

For those soccer fans, staying updated with the scores, schedule, and brackets for the World Cup has been made easy thanks to Google’s unique Google Search tricks. So here it goes.

How to Receive Instantaneous Statistics, Scheduling, & Brackets for the World Cup

Type In: world cup

OR

Type In: futbol

You will instantly see today’s game schedule for the World Cup. You can also see the schedule for yesterday and tomorrow’s game.

A small snippet out of the 8 groups for the World Cup.

A look at the bracket for the second stage for the World Cup.

As you would get with any other Google Search trick, you would instantly receive a tile of information giving you quick access and information to some of the statistics and scheduling for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

How to Receive Instantaneous Information About a Particular Soccer Team & Their Statistics & Scheduling

For some, only a particular soccer team serves them interest. Maybe you’d like to know when their next game is or what’s their current standings in the World Cup tournament.

Type In: [country name] soccer

Example: united states soccer

OR

Type In: [country name] <– For some countries, typing the name alone won’t display the team information. So you may have to use the first example. 

Example: mexico

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This is the result of your search.

Conclusion

So I sure hoped this information helped you guys out. Especially for those soccer fans looking for some instantaneous information about upcoming games or their favorite teams! 😉

My 2 Daily Google Search Tips

The Google search!

If you’ve ever used the Internet, I’m pretty sure you’ve used the Google search engine. You know? That nice little box where you type whatever you’re looking for? Yeah that!

Anyways, as I’ve adventured through the realms and wonders of our vast Internet, I’ve come to gain some great insight on how to make use of the Google search box. Due to Google’s witty and innovative thinking, there are some great tips that I will instantly recommend you to use on a daily basis.

Of course, there are indeed other tips and tricks you can check out. So make sure to click this link right here (After you read this of course! :D) –> 5 Useful Google Search Tips

Tip 1: Finding out today’s weather

The weather tile that’ll appear as one of the results.

Type In: forecast [your city]

Example 01: forecast new york city

Example 02: forecast

Everyday, I go on with the daily routine of turning on my laptop and all the programs that I plan to use for the day. Including my web browser. But when I’m on the run to go to school, I find it absolutely time-consuming to go to a weather website, enter my zip code, and click on multiple links to find the information of my desire. Even if all this takes just a couple minutes, the time spent to just find out today’s weather can feel really time-consuming. All in all, this is just annoying.

But thanks to Google, I can now quickly determine the weather for the day and city of my choice by typing in forecast [city name] in the Google search bar. So let’s say I wanted to find the weather in New York City, well then I’d type in forecast new york city.

Also take note that if you’ve already signed into Google and its services, you can just type in forecast and it’ll display the weather information for your predetermined location.

With this quick Google search, I find no need to go through the several steps I’d naturally have to do on most weather sites. Google will instantly provide me with a tile of today’s weather information. Such information can include wind speeds, temperatures, humidity, and chances of precipitation. What’s also really neat is that it provides a graph of the rising and falling for temperature or precipitation. Cool huh?

Tip 2: Understanding new words

Defining google.

Type In: define [word]

Example 01: define hasty

For some, the old-fashioned dictionary will work just fine. While others may rely on some dictionary websites to give them the accurate definition of the word. Bust just as I said about looking up todays weather, it can be a real hassle to look up words also.

When looking up a word, all you have to type in is define [your word]. So for example, if I were to trying to figure out what the word “fabulous” meant. I’d then type in define fabulous. And thus forth, Google will give me a wondrous tile of information providing me with a bundle of information. Such information includes multiple definitions, word origins, the option to translate it, and the word’s usage throughout history. Basically, it’s the sort of to-go pocket dictionary of the Internet.

Conclusion

After learning these nice tricks, I’ve come to find it very difficult to revert back to what I did before. Which was to manually go to certain websites to find the weather or definition of a word. But thanks to Google, all of this information can be given to you in a matter of seconds.

You don’t need to search or figure out where to find the information. It’s all given to you in an instant tile of information. So before I check off on this post, I just want to say, thank you Google.

How to Activate Mesh in Scratch 1.4

What is Mesh?

Mesh is a hidden feature within the Scratch program that allows your Scratch project to communicate with other Scratch projects on the internet. It is commonly used to create multiplayer Scratch games which can be played over a LAN network.

How to setup Mesh? 

As of the time this post is published, Mesh in only available in Scratch 1.4. Therefore, this entire tutorial will be based off the Scratch 1.4 program.

1) Hold down Shift on your keyboard, and Left-Click on the “R” in the Scratch logo in the top left area of the Scratch interface.

Left-Click on the R right there while holding down Shift.

2) Left-Click on “turn fill screen off.” A white area shall appear on the right and bottom sides of the Scratch interface.

Left-Click on “turn fill screen off.”

3) Left-Click anywhere in the newly appeared white area. A menu shall appear. Click on open –> browser. A green window should pop-up.

Left-Click on the white area right there. You’ll get a menu like this. Click on “open.” Then click on “browser.”

4) Click through Scratch-UI-Panes –> ScratchFrameMorph –> menu/button actions –> addServerCommandsTo: 

Navigate through the green browser as shown.

5) A bunch of code should appear below. One the second line of code, change the code from t2 <- true. to t2 <- false.

6) Right-Click anywhere in the green window and select accept (s). Enter whatever initials you’d like and click on Accept.

7) Hold down Shift on your keyboard, and Left-Click on the “R” in the Scratch logo in the top left area of the Scratch interface.

8) Left-Click on “turn fill screen on.” The white area shall now disappear.

Mesh is now currently enabled in your current Scratch project and session.

Thoughts on the New Mozilla Firefox 29.0

Notice: This article is in no means a “total review” of the famed web browser. That is not my purpose for this article. Instead, I intend to write and speak my general opinion of the web browser. My first impressions and thoughts of the web browser. This article is mainly opinionated from the standpoint of someone who has used Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and back to Firefox. Again, this is just the thoughts of my own which may of course, change from time to time.

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On April 29, 2014, Mozilla Corporation has released a new version of Firefox that has totally revamped itself from its previous versions. This new version of Firefox brings itself a new look and a rearrangement of the location of the menu tab.

The new look of Mozilla Firefox 29.0

Immediate Impressions

Once I’ve opened up Firefox, I was immediately amazed by the new look. The new look for the tabs definitely remind me a bit of Google Chrome. Especially with a beautiful blue, frosted, and blurred backdrop behind the tabs. As much as it did remind me of Google Chrome’s main “blue” theme, I definitely didn’t mind looking at it. It wasn’t distracting but it wasn’t disgusting either. It was just, perfect.

As I skimmed around the interface of Firefox, I noticed that the orange tab that was located in the top left corner of previous versions of Firefox was gone. That tab has now completely disappeared and has been moved to a little icon on the far right of the Firefox interface. I’ll explain more of this later.

But one thing that I was definitely disappointed about was that Firefox has not yet switched over to the nice unibar that other browsers such as Google Chrome and Opera have used. If you don’t know what a unibar is, it’s basically the address and search bar combined. After using Google Chrome and Opera, I see no reason for keeping the address and search bar apart anymore. It just seems so much more functional to combine it together.

Another feature that seems to be missing is the bookmarks bar. Now by default, there is a bookmarks icon right next to the right of the search bar. However, I would still like to have my bookmarks bar there by default. Though this is a simple issue to fix (I’ll explain later), I still find it a bit odd that I have to go through the trouble of enabling this simple feature just so I can improve the functionality of my own experience.

After Some Exploration

The menu icon on the far right of the Firefox toolbar.

After noticing that the orange tab was gotten rid of, I was able to locate the new menu icon that would provide options to customize, install add-ons, and so forth. It’s located on the far right of the toolbar. You click on that, you’ll get a nice Google-looking style of options and add-ons in a grid format.

It provides some of the basic features of course. Such as zoom and copy & paste. While the rest of the options are placed as tiles in a grid format. These tiles include the print option, save page, and new window.

The customization “dashboard” in Mozilla Firefox 29.0

At the bottom of the menu pane, I found the option to customize my browser. Yay! When you click on that, your browser basically turns into a dashboard. You can drag additional tiles into the menu pane. But you can also drag the Google search bar out of the way. So now, you can finally have that unibar you’ve always wanted! Well… I wanted…

By the way, I was also able to bring back the bookmarks bar by clicking on the “Customize” button. Then, I selected the “Bookmarks Toolbar” by clicking on the “Show/Hide Toolbar” option at the bottom. You can of course, show the menu bar if you want.

But realistically, the former orange tab that was at the top-left corner of your web browser, is now an icon of stripes on the far right of the toolbar. When clicked upon, you’re presented with a grid of tiles giving you options and functionality. And of course, you have the option to customize the layout of the tiles and the toolbar with that nice “Customize” button at the bottom.

One interesting feature about the new menu pane that I must mention is the power button. All that it does is that it closes your web browser. That’s it. Honestly, I’ll just be quiet about this feature. It’s interesting, but why go through the trouble to put a power button to close the web browser when a close button is already available?

The “shutdown” icon in Mozilla Firefox 29.0

The Conclusion

After using the web browser for a while, there really is nothing for me to complain about that is that big of a deal. It’s a browser that works and serves well for its purposes. The only possible fallback for this web browser is the setup of no default bookmarks toolbar. As well as the interestingly odd power button to close the web browser.

But like I said earlier, it serves my purposes. I can surf the web with ease and enjoy my experience with great add-ons. If somebody were to ask me if they should give this browser a go, go for it! This web browser is definitely worth your time!

 

 

My Growing Sensation for OneNote 2013

I never thought having a note-taking program would ever be necessary for me. In all honesty, I preferred to keep my notes in a physical notebook and do research that way. But after experiencing OneNote 2013 and using it for my school work, it was just gold to me. The capabilities and organization I had in OneNote was unlike anything I’ve ever thought of before. It was just so useful in ways I’ve always doubted.

Upon first impression of the program, it was very clean. Unlike other Office programs, OneNote doesn’t take you to a grid of different templates that are available. Instead, it takes you straight to a fresh new notebook. (Then again I’ve been using this program for weeks and I probably don’t remember how OneNote really starts for new users.) But whatever it may be, once you’ve created a new notebook, you’re stuck with emptiness. You may not know what to use this program for or how to make it useful.

For me, the usefulness of this program started with school. I was assigned an essay to complete and research had to be done. I wondered in my head, “Where can I be efficient with my research and keep it all organized all at the same time?” Then… Light bulb! I have OneNote!

When starting out with my research, I realized that I can use a certain tool in my notebook to make my research very efficient. This feature being known as the “Snipping Tool.” The purpose of this feature is very simple and easy to comprehend from reading the title, it’s meant to snip some pictures on your computer screen that you can place in your notebook. This snipping feature has proved to be very useful for me. I can easily grab facts from the internet, and easily place it in whatever page, section, or notebook I desire. There is absolutely no hassle when I use this wondrous feature.

I should also note that you can install a Clip to OneNote plugin for your web browser. This allows you to save your pages to your notebook without the hassle to snip a certain area. It’ll be sent to your default personal notebook with the picture of the web pages and its link. Again, another wondrous feature that has proven well of its capability!

Another great accomplishment of OneNote that I really do enjoy is the way the program is formatted. It’s basically setup like how you would have your notes in your notebook. You’d have different notebooks for different purposes. Then within that, there are sections to sort out all the different pages that go within those sections. You can also make pages as sub-pages for other pages. If this doesn’t make sense to you, all you really need to know is that this program uses a hierarchal form of organization. Starting from Notebooks –> Sections –> Pages –> Sub-Pages –> Sub-Pages. This hierarchal form of organization makes the program really useful to keep a research project nice and organized rather than stacked and cluttered.

Without a doubt, OneNote 2013 has served me a purpose that I never thought I needed. One of which I’ve always ignored and found pointless. But after finally opening up my mind about OneNote and giving it a chance, I eventually fell in love with it. OneNote has now filled an unknown void in my list of necessities making it impossible to take notes on the internet without it. Or at least, inefficient…

My Thoughts on the WordPress Plugin

How To Install the WordPress Plugin

During the past couple days, I chose to install a WordPress plugin so I may immediately view notifications from my blog. Here are links for the plugin for each browser.

Mozilla FireFox |Google Chrome | Opera

For Opera users like myself, please install the Opera add-on link above first. Afterwards, you’ll be capable to install any Google Chrome plugin such as the WordPress plugin linked above.

Once installed, click on the WordPress plugin icon and click sign in. Sign in with your WordPress account and navigate to the dashboard of the blog of your choice. Now you’re all setup. This plugin will basically show the notifications from the last blog(Your own of course) you’ve worked on or visited. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

My Thoughts

It’s pretty basic for a plugin. It showcases notifications from your blog’s dashboards. Such as new comments, followers, or likes. You also have the option to follow other WordPress blogs and can create new posts about the current website your on by clicking on the “Blog This” icon. A new window will pop up asking you for the format of the post. Again, all of these are great features.

The notifications panel.

Choosing the format of my post…

The only downfall I have about this plugin is the “Blog This” option. I like how you can create a new post about the website you’re currently on and you can edit all of this from the pop up window shown. However, I wish all of the features were shown in the pop up window. I really miss the ability where I can set categories for my posts so they don’t become “uncategorized.”

Missing: Categories, HTML, Polls, Forms, Other Media

But all in all, this is a really great plugin. Making it really useful for quick posts and updates. However, even so, I still feel like it doesn’t give me the same functionality of creating my post as if I were doing it right from the dashboard.