Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The velour pad mod almost always changes the sound of the headphones, particularly if another brand's pads are used. I know for a fact that swapping pads on the Audio Technica ATH-M50 (pictured in the article) changes their sound dramatically for the worse, both with the Beyerdynamic DT250 and the Shure SRH940 pads that are typically used for this mod.I haven't tried this one myself, so I can't speak to how much it affects the sound, but it's a good alternative to the velour pad mod.Stephen Blake discovers a great trick for his Nook. Just stick a pen through the hole and it stands up on its own.MsCassLopez discovers some extra shortcuts in Google Now:
A far better (and cheaper) solution is the 'sock mod'. Simply cover the leatherette pads with soft cotton or another similarly pleasant material and sew it together at the base of the pad. The resulting pads might not look as spiffy as factory-made velour pads but they are just as comfortable, while not affecting the sound of the headphones.
Mark has some trouble with a recent app update:
You may not be aware that if you're using Google Now on a cell phone, the menu at the bottom of the results page that reads "Web Images Places" is swipeable and offers a bunch more choices when swiped.
Today, Google+ updated on Android but it wasn't showing up on my phone. Droid Life posted a good tip: you can just update it from the web. However, one of their commenters had an even better tip, and that is to just go to Menu > Accounts and re-select your account to "refresh" Google Play. There are a bunch of ways to do it, supposedly, but this worked for me.
You could use an organic wheat elbow pasta and make the mac and cheese from scratch, but that's not you, is it? Besides, it's a waste of good ingredients. For this recipe, you'll want to go low culture for most of the ingredients:
1 package of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese elbow macaroni
Panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Dry spices (optional)
1/2 cup flour
1 muffin tin
Vegetable oil (preferably peanut oil)
I don't recommend the classic tube-shaped original Kraft mac and cheese. Get the creamier elbow-shaped version in the similar-looking box, or even better spring for the "deluxe" version with the pourable cheese sauce.You've undoubtedly done the first part of this process before, so get to it and cook the mac and cheese according to the box directions. Let it cool and allow the sauce to thicken. Add 1 teaspoons of nutmeg and any other spices you prefer (e.g., dijon mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, herbe de provence, all-purpose spice mix). Don't be shy with the spices as the act of deep frying will cover up subtle flavors.
Get out your muffing tin and scoop the mac and cheese into each muffin compartment, tamping it down tightly. You don't need to butter the tin. Then, toss this in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to get the mac and cheese to hold together into a hockey-puck shape.
You could try other containers or compartments to shape the mac and cheese "balls" but I found this to be the easiest way, and the hockey pucks look nice on a plate. Round balls are wonderful, but they are harder to achieve.