My Favorite Servers for Minecraft

When I play Minecraft I almost always join a server for multiplayer action. I got really bored of solo Minecraft after a while. The thing is that you have to pick a good server or you’ll get annoyed. There are a lot of losers and trolls out there, so a fun Minecraft server with good people and good admins is the key.

These are my favorite servers, in order.

  1. Hypixel
  2. ExtremeCraft.net
  3. Mineplex
  4. Minecraft Central
  5. MineSaga
  6. SkyCade

You can get a longer list of public servers here.

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On Being An Amazing Writer

Starting to be a great writer translates to writing about all that occurs near you.

There are several measures that are vital while there’s no secret formula to being a great writer.

The very first step is trying to learn stand apart from folks, just how to relax and monitor carefully.

You realize the sort of individuals you detect standing in the corner in a party, observing everyone? Great writers really are a strain that is similar: they commonly choose to distance themselves in the group, discovering and take notes.

The writer’s job will be to articulate what she sees and experiences. This requires an ability to relax and focus so that nothing escapes her notice. It’s important not to rush the process, or force anything.

In other words, you have to learn to pay attention. Remember to observe everything around you: the curious gait of a stranger, the unique way the morning light catches a lover’s profile , how thinking about a childhood memory makes you feel.

There’s another reason that observing and noting your world is critical in becoming a good writer. The best writing is about conveying the truth; the observations you collect will help you to tell it.

Whether you believe that your observations will make good material isn’t important. Your main task will be to try to find the truth in what you ’ve found, and figure out the best way to use those observations in the story you want to tell. That way, the truth will naturally find its way into your writing.

Don’t be afraid to draw on past experiences as your main material. For example, take the time to reflect on and write about childhood and other memories. After all, as a writer, you’re lucky enough to look at life in any way you want to. You are able to turn like fallow ground, digging for the truth that is certainly buried deep within them over occasions in your memory.

Taking a vacation into your personal memory bank is warranted so long as you make certain to appear carefully and write from your own personal perspective as truthfully as possible. Hence you are required to analyze your self in exactly the same manner you analyze everything.

Making Yahoo Mail Better

Yahoo Mail is one of the oldest and most preferred Web-based mail applications worldwide. According to the lately obtained amounts, it has a lot more than 300 million users. Most of those users are situated in English-speaking countries. These amounts allowed Yahoo Mail to climb up to the next position after Google. For individuals who don’t know, Google offers been found to possess 236 million unique visitors.

A lot more than a hundred million subscribers around the world use Yahoo Mail each day. As the basic experience provided by the service is fairly amazing, these folks have the proper to get familiar with all of the secrets and features which have the potentials of enhancing their overall encounter with Yahoo. Therefore, to help users improve their encounter, we have come up with some Yahoo Mail ideas that they will have the ability to use without very much of a problem.

Try the Boss Mode

If you work with Yahoo Mail on a PC, you will need to look at your app screen’s lower left part. The said part includes an icon which includes a mountain in the package. Place your cursor over that mountain icon and enter the YM boss setting. There’s another (easier) approach to entering the setting; pressing the Esc (Escape) crucial once would also enable you to enter the boss setting.

What’s the advantage of residing in boss mode? Getting into the mode would instantly hide all you had been reading. This will make sure that your nosy co-workers or friends won’t become familiar with what precisely you were up to.

Have an Image as Your Screen Background

Are you sick and tired of that old history your Yahoo Mail web page is having since nearly the start of times? Yahoo includes a great solution to the issue. It includes a few themes you may use. Each of these styles contains attractive pictures for your page’s history. The said pictures have already been selected thoroughly from Flickr, which is among the affiliates Yahoo presently has.

It’s true that unlike Gmail, Yahoo isn’t allowing it’s users to choose any picture of their choice mainly because background. However, the standard of the images provided by Yahoo is sufficient to make your history look lively.

Here, it should be noted that for folks using computers, pictures won’t sync. However, people using iOS or Google android Apps can set the background with no difficulty.

Don’t Save Your Valuable Contacts

Just about everyone has the habit of keeping contacts inside our mail box’s address publication. We do therefore for remembering the titles of our close friends’ accounts. With Yahoo, you won’t require to save your valuable contacts any longer. That’s because Yahoo instantly remembers each and every account you have obtained a mail from or delivered a mail to. Once you will become typing the name of a merchant account holder you possess delivered a mail to or received a mail from, the e-mail service would begin launching auto-suggestions. Consequently, you will obtain to choose the email id you are interested in.

Try the Quick Activities (Exclusively for Portable Users)

This tip is specifically for people who log to their Yahoo Mail account from their mobile phone. These folks have access to particular quick action equipment. Swipe any message to correct or remaining and you may get to discover a number of icons. These icons would enable you to mark communications as “unread”; move communications to spam or a folder, delete communications, and perform many such other activities. In short, you’ll get to maintain your accounts more organized than previously.

Make use of Two Factor Authentication to Stay Secure

Have you heard about the term “two point authentication” or 2FA? It is becoming one of the most crucial features for just about any email services for offering optimum protection to an individual. Using 2FA would need you to indication into your Yahoo Mail accounts using an exclusive code, which will be delivered to your registered cellular quantity. Yahoo uses this feature as a preventive measure to make sure that the average person trying to indication into your accounts is actually you rather than a hacker. This feature would enable you to protect your account actually if a hacker offers effectively cracked your password. Enabling 2FA for your Yahoo accounts is easy. It really is obtainable as the 5th choice under Account Security. In the event that you decide to use 2FA, continue to keep your phone convenient when logging into your accounts.

The Mighty Lava Hound in Clash Royale

He’s big and slow, but he flies and breathes fire. If for no other reason that that, I love the Lava Hound in Clash Royale.

The Lava Hound is unlocked from the P. E. K. K. A’s Playhouse ( Market 4).

It is a building-targeting, short-ranged, soaring troop with very high hit points and low damage. Upon death, it bursts into 6 spread out Lava Pups, which have no preferred target and deal the same damage as the Lava Hound but have much lower hit points.

It only attacks buildings, has high hitpoints and splits into smaller devices, similar to the Golem. The only exclusion is that the Lava Pups assault anything while the Golemites only assault buildings.

The Lava Hound appears to be a flying, burning rock beast with an underbite, short wings, small rocky dog ears, and small limbs. A Lava Hound cards costs 7 Elixir to deploy.

The Lava Hound is a good air tank with high hitpoints, so it is most beneficial used as a shield for air troops with higher damage like Minions, Mega Minion and the Inferno Dragon. It’s ineffective to use the Lava Hound as a shield for ground troops, as the challenger can ignore the Lava Hound and counter the ground troops.

Sending the Lava Hound alone is futile unless your opponent completely ignores it.

The Lava Pups cannot deal very much damage without a tank, so a Knight or Miner or Hog Rider could tank them long enough to take a Crown Tower. The hound tanks for the Knight, Miner, or Hog Rider then they return prefer by tanking for its pups.

If timed correctly, a Zap can hit and stun all its pups. You need to zap the hound just as it dies. Arrows are a much better alternate as they have less room for error and kills all the pups.

Pairing the Lava Hound with Lightning is a good option since it will cripple an Inferno Tower and take out high-damage but low-hitpoint defensive units such as Wizards, Musketeers, and Mega Minions.

Tornado with Executioner is very effective in destroying the Lava Hound and its support troops. The Tornado brings all the troops to the same spot so the Executioner can hit all of them at once.

The LavaLoon is a popular strategy where the Lava Hound tanks for a Balloon while it wreaks havoc on towers.

However , this strategy is very easily countered if the troops have no support, as the Balloon can be damaged before the Lava Hound. For example, the Minion Horde can simply destroy the Balloon before it deals damage to the tower and proceed to destroy the Lava Hound.

It can also be easily defeated by the Wizard. Place the Wizard correctly so that he targets the Balloon. When the Balloon dies, support the Wizard with other troops to finish off the Lava Hound and its pups.

Like the Golem, the Lava Hound does little damage on its own, less than that of the Golem. Offensively, support it with high-damaging devices that can use the Lava Hound as a meat shield.

The Inferno Tower is an excellent counter to the Lava Hound, as it deals high damage to the Lava Hound while it doesn’t take much damage from the Hound in return. Back the tower up with a Musketeer or use Arrows to finish off the Lava Pups.

Despite this, the Lava Hound may not be powerless. Send Minions to distract/ ruin the Inferno Tower and the Musketeer. This will allow the Lava Hound to continue its job!

Zap may also help with working with the Inferno Tower since its stun effect will make it retarget the Minions, as well as resetting its damage. However , the Inferno Tower will not stop a Lava Hound + Balloon drive by itself if the challenger uses Zap or Snow Spirit.

If the Lava Hound is combined with another tank, the targeted Crown Tower will likely target the other tank after killing the Lava Hound. If this happens, have an area damage spell ready, as the Lava Pups will spawn and deal incredible damage .

A Lava Hound is often more useful than a Golem. The Lava Hound costs less Elixir and cannot be targeted by high-damage troops like the P. E. K. K. A. or Prince while the Lava Pups have higher damage than the Golemites. The Lava Hound also has an one second deploy time as opposed to the Golem’s three second deploy time.

However , one downside in using the Lava Hound is its difficulty to obtain and upgrade because the Lava Hound is a Legendary card. Also, it cannot be targeted by troops that cannot target air – such as Barbarians, which means it cannot distract them.

Playing with Puzzle Maps on Minecraft

I have been downloading more maps lately for Minecraft. Even though I’m spending most of my time playing Minecraft PE on my iPad, I still like to download lots of maps on my desktop version and check them out.

Puzzle Maps are currently my favorite, or at least among my favorite. They are some of the best Minecraft maps available to download and play.

Building Minecraft puzzle maps could be a wonderful activity, since you build your presets for unique framework layers and distribution. However , it could be more pleasurable to use currently made maps even, since some other person did all the ongoing do the job.

By getting a Minecraft puzzle map you can obtain usage of existing structures and customizations. Using this method, in case you are not the very best Minecraft player even, you can benefit from the work of learn Minecraft graphic designers and builders still.

As an illustration, if you spent several weeks establishing upon a higher mountain range an excellent castle, in the end that building you’ll really wish to talk about it with various other players and invite them to explore your castle or also are in it. If this is actually the full case, then you can certainly just talk about that map on Minecraft community forums or upload it to a map posting site.

There aren’t only many Minecraft-loving gamers who like sharing and building, but whole teams of Minecraft maps designers and builders also. They spend hundreds of hours in map creation activities collectively.

The wonder of custom map downloading is that you will get the formula for the property of a map when anyone shares a seed with you. You shall obtain the same caves, rivers, ravines, and villages they have. The DNA is shared by them of the map when sharing a Superflat preset with you.

Puzzle/Adventure Maps

Adventure or Puzzle maps are improved due to the Adventure Mode. If these maps were created by using in-game equipment they are such as a game-within-a-game. Experience or puzzle maps consist of obstacles that reach beyond the typical complications encountered in the standard Survival Mode and include puzzles for the participant to resolve that are more advanced than Survival Maps.

They often include a sophisticated back story also. If you are searching for a real problem, this is the ideal map type for you personally. To be able to create the illusion of advancement in the complete story, puzzle or adventure maps usually depend on redstone, command blocks, and various other in-game automations

Below are a few types of exciting puzzle maps:

Master’s Hospital Minecraft Puzzle Map

This map features custom mobs, a large number of completely unique puzzles, and a “hospital” filled with masters that are employing you as their guinea pig test subject. The map carries a clock that handles your fate also. The antagonists are continuously mocking plus they are prepared to laugh at your every misfortune. This Minecraft puzzle map is certainly made for multiple players.

Hoe-Craft Minecraft Puzzle Map

This map features just one single mission: to raise to a fresh level the humble gemstone hoe. The gemstone hoe is at the forefront of all ordinary things in this map, as nothing could possibly be achieved without it.

Clueless Minecraft Puzzle Map

This Minecraft puzzle map differs from various maps because there are no indicators. This leaves totally for you how you escape the accepted place what your location is stuck in.

Destiny Minecraft / Experience Puzzle Map

The Destiny Minecraft adventure / puzzle map is among the most enjoyable maps you can play. Destiny is certainly a map which will push you to function for a feeling of coherency. In this full era, this is often a good thing. To be able to play upon this map you are necessary a good feeling of stamina and all of your Minecraft puzzle solving abilities.

Sherlock Holmes Minecraft Experience / Puzzle Map

For the fans of the Sherlock Holmes character, a doze is added by this Minecraft puzzle map of Victorian taste. Also if don’t read the clues and you merely wander around, it will be worth indulging in nearly any experience or solving any off the puzzles. The download of the Sherlock Holmes Minecraft puzzle map could be fully justified just by the rendering of Victorian London by itself.

Chambers of JigSteve Minecraft Puzzle Map

This Minecraft puzzle map is founded on the movie “Saw”. There can be an oxygen of menace to it, even if it’s manufactured from snow mostly. At times you will discover yourself disoriented upon this map you, and you will be still left with the terrifying feeling that something poor is going to happen.

King Spoon’s Tomb Minecraft Experience / Puzzle Map

This Minecraft puzzle / adventure map brings you within an Egyptian tomb setting. For the neophyte traveler, King Spoon’s Tomb can be brimming with hazards. This is not a simple map to explore, moving away from its way to harm you in imaginative methods.

A Triumph of Minecraft PE Seeds

Today’s triumph, while a small one, was finding a really amazing Minecraft seed for Minecraft Pocket Edition. I have been playing Minecraft almost exclusively on my iPad now that it has added so many more of the features from the desktop version.

The featured screenshot is of a coastal village that you’ll find near the initial spawning point for the following Minecraft PE Seed:

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Remember, this seed is only for the Pocket Edition of Minecraft (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.) and not the full desktop version.

Here’s a close-up of the buildings that you’ll find in the village.

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There is also a nearby cave and somewhere deep down inside it you can easily find 6 blocks of Diamonds to get you going with a Diamond sword, pick axe, shovel, or anything else you’d like to craft.

Happy Minecrafting, everyone. Today’s find was definitely a triumph for me!

 

 

 

Learning New Skills with Code Academy

I’ve been using Code Academy for a while now and figured maybe I should post about it. I’ve been taking several of the courses to learn to programming languages and skills. I sometimes use it to brush up on things I haven’t done in a while.

The courses are divided into a few main categories, such as Web Development, Languages, Tools, APIs, and Data Analytics. I spend most of my time in the Languages section where you can learn HTML, Javascript, Python, Ruby, SQL and PHP. It would be nice if they would add support for mobile development languages and tools, but it’s still a really good selection.

This is a kind-of cheesy video about how one guy used Code Academy to transform his career. Like I said, kind of cheesy but still pretty good example of why programming skills are so important.

Planking for Fun

I don’t usually post about fitness and other exercise topics because, well, I hate exercise. For me the act of exercise is usually getting up out of my chair and grabbing another Mountain Dew.

But lately I’ve been trying out planking. I think I love it because it’s so simple in concept but so very, very hard to do for a long time. I’m pushing myself to see how long I can maintain a decent plank posture.

So far I am only at 3 minutes. But I’m aiming for 5 minutes and then maybe 10 if I get really good.

These guys totally have it down. Daily Scrum updates where you have to be in plank position the whole time. Lol.

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A Few WinRAR Tips

WinRAR is among the most popular compressing software packages out there. It is used to reduce the size of files allowing you to send big file over e-mail or file sharing service that is popular. WinRAR is similar to WinZip but with added functionality. In this place I’m putting my hands down on expertise which can help you to understand the best way to use WinRAR in a way that is productive.

I’ve written about WinRAR before and I love this tool!

Get More Compression

Need to squeeze even more compression than standard out of WinRAR? To compress your files and folders follow below steps:

  • Right click in your file and choose “Add to archive…” from context menu. A dialog box will appear.
  • In General tab and in “Compression Approach” dropdown menu, select “Greatest”.
  • Click on Advanced tab then click on “Compression” button. Innovative Compression Parameters dialog box will appear.
  • In Prediction Sequence sort 63 and in and In Text Compression section select Force Memory to use sort 128. Click Ok.

Using this approach will get you almost 10% more compression for your archive files.

Empower Explorer-like View

Single pane view is the default view, using you will need to keep shifting folders one by one to reach your file. But there’s a simple method. On the winrar interface, goto Options “>> Folder Tree >> Show Disc Folder”. This will give you an explorer-like window and choosing the file is not difficult now.

Empower Detail View

We should see the details from time to time although by default, you’ll get to see list. Goto Options “>> File List >> Details”

Preview the Time and the Compression It Is Going To Choose

This an extremely unique characteristic of Winrar. In case you’ve got a folder construction that is huge to zip, how do you understand much Winrar will take it to compress and how much it can be compressed. Winrar has an in-built functionality which can enable you to locate that.

  • Choose one or multiple file which you need to compress on the winrar look for an “Info” Tab.
  • That Clicks and you’ll get another window with 4 tabs.
  • The first tab features an “Estimate Button”. The tool will let you know how long will it take to compress and how much your information can be compressed in percent.

This is incredibly useful as it’ll save lots of time of yours instead of waiting it to end and sitting.

Split Files into Smaller Bits

What would you do if the compaction measurement lets you know that more than 90% Can’t be compressed and size is too large either to meet on cd or email. Winrar acts more than a compression tool. Here is the way you can use it to divide.

  • Select a file or folder you need to divide.
  • Right files to archive files”
  • a tab opens you should locate “Divide to file, bytes” drop down menu that’s present at the lower part.
  • Either you can input tha value in bytes or choose a predefined format like, 1.44 Mb floppy, CD Rom, DVD or even auto discover. The auto detect feature can assess split files and the destination space according to that.
  • Archive it. You’ll see a list of files created which are according to your demand.

Make a Self Extracting Archive File

The worst or its a general issue that if I send you a winrar you mightn’t have the exact same applications have any compression program.

What can you do? Easy, You can create a self extracting archive file that’ll behave like the softwares which get installed in one measure.

  • Click on Existing file make and you need to compress the usual archive file.
  • Now choose the archive file you just made, “Go to Tools “>> Convert archive to SFX”
    While you can simply request it to make an SFX One more way is.

 

Is Thiel Serious?

I don’t usually post about politics, but how can Peter Thiel be for real?

According to the New York Times, he is going to donate $1.25 million in support of Donald Trump.

Giving this much money to Donald Trump at this point is just stupid. Although it’s a drop in the bucket for a mega-wealthy guy like Peter Thiel (he’s worth $2.7 Billion), it’s crazy.

That money could be a lot better spent. You know, on me.