More Minetest Tips for Beginners

Minetest is a game similar to Minecraft except that it’s free and open source. This is Part 2 in the Learning Minetest series. If you missed Part 1 you can read it at Minetest for the Absolute Beginner Finding your way home. One of the first things you need to do when playing Minetest is build a home base. As you go exploring and mining, your inventory will fill up and you need a place to store your excess items.

Minetest for the Absolute Beginner

Minetest is a game similar to Minecraft except that it’s free and open source. My grandson loves playing Minecraft but I’ve never played the game. When I came across Minetest, I decided to check it out and then get my Grandson to tell me what it was like compared to Minecraft. I am an advocate of open source programs and use them almost exclusively. My computer runs on Linux (MX Linux) and I like to promote open source software whenever I can.

Are You Caught in a Filter Bubble?

What is a Filter Bubble? From Google’s privacy policy: “We also use this information to offer you tailored content – like giving you more relevant search results and ads.” And again: “Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection.” And that, my friend, is a Filter Bubble.

The Cure for Boredom

5 Activities to Stir Your Curiosity The cure for boredom is curiosity. ~ Ellen Parr Without curiosity life becomes very boring. Curiosity drives us to explore new things. It urges us to ask questions and to seek answers. Below are five activities that I encourage you be a little bit curious about. As you read through them, ask questions such as: Why do people do this? Who does this?

Free Sewing Patterns

Update (October, 2017) This article was posted about 12 months ago. Joost now has his new site ( up and running and is shutting down the MakeMyPattern site. Not wanting to leave broken links on the page, I have edited out any links to the old site. There are many improvements on the new site and I suggest you check it out. ~Richard. Back to the article … When my eldest son was about three years old, he wanted a pair of jeans.

The Secret to Making a Decent Cup of Tea

Not so very long ago, there was an old fashioned farm supplies business in my town. A place where you could buy anything from a pair of socks to a windmill. But one day the bully boys in hardware moved into town with their big new store. And it wasn’t long before the owner of the old fashioned business decided it was time to retire. So he closed the door, put on his Akubra and rode off into the sunset.

Create a personal postcard

Sometimes it’s nice to put in a little bit of effort and make your holiday postcards more personal. In this article I’ll show you a super easy way to do this in 3 simple steps: Upload your photo Add a fancy border or other effects Add some text And that’s it! Save your image to your computer and it’s ready to print. Too easy. Let’s look at each step in a bit more detail.