Saturday, June 29, 2013

Textdown is a Powerful Markdown Text Editor that Runs in a Browser Tab

Textdown is a Powerful Markdown Text Editor that Runs in a Browser Tab

Chrome: If you love keeping your workflow within the browser, Textdown is a surprisingly powerful text editor that runs completely inside a Chrome tab.

Textdown is a plain text editor by trade, but it supports the Markdown markup language to create links, lists, and rich text. If you aren't up to speed on Markdown, we have a great guide to get you started. Just open a new tab in Chrome, and click the Textdown icon to open a new document. You can name it what you want, then start typing immediately.

You can write out your Markdown syntax by hand, but the app also includes a lot of standard keyboard shortcuts to speed up your workflow, or help you along if you can't remember how to format something correctly. CMD (Mac) or CTRL (Windows) + D will open up a handy cheat sheet of keyboard shortcuts, and CMD/CTRL + > lets you configure a ton of settings like the font, or even custom text expander macros.

The concept is similar to previously-mentioned Hashify, but with a lot more options, including the ability to use the app offline and save files locally to your desktop, either as plain text or as HTML. Unfortunately, Textdown doesn't autosave, and doesn't have any cloud storage, so be sure you save locally before closing the tab (if you screw up, File > Reopen Closed Tab will reload your work). If you want to start working on the same document later, Textdown can import any text file from your hard drive with ease. For a webapp, Textdown holds its own against native Mac and Windows Markdown editors, and it's definitely worth a look if you like to live inside the browser.

Textdown (Free) | Chrome Web Store via MakeUseOf

cheater thin mints

for cookies:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 stick softened butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup semi or bitter sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

You can use white sugar for these, but they won't taste as amazing. The brown sugar really gives them extra oomph. :D

You'll also need an oven preheated to 350 F and a baking sheet with parchment paper lining it.

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Keep Track of Delicate Laundry Items with a Dry Erase Marker

Keep Track of Delicate Laundry Items with a Dry Erase MarkerNot all laundry is created equal: some needs to get hung to dry, or go in a separate cycle. Keep track of which "special" items are in the wash with a dry erase marker.

Just mark which items are in that load on top of the washer, and you'll never throw them in the dryer by accident with the rest of the load.

Dry Erase Marker on the Washer | My Home Lookbook via BuzzFeed

Desktop Printing Press

now_epic_picture.jpg      In my history class, I recently learned about Johannes Gutenberg and the role he played in the foundations for the Renaissance. I found myself captivated by his invention of the printing press, a revolutionary technology utilizing movable, inked type that could produce hundreds of Identical prints. I found myself asking "What would a modern re-imagining of this classic invention look like?" Before long, I had developed the idea for a desktop-based, "mini" printing press that used flash cards. Combine this with the abilities of 3D printing and laser-cutting technology, and its boundaries are expanded with the introduction of type with different fonts, sizes, and effects, as well as possible decals. Alas, I lack either a 3D-printer or a laser-cutter, forcing me to make improvisations. However, after seeing the Epilog V challenge, I decided to submit this instructible, and hopefully acquire a laser-printer to make this project what it was truly meant to be. DSC_0047.jpgFor this project, you will need:


-Masking tape
-Strips of adhesive velcro (more than is pictured)
-Ink pad (used in stamping)
-foam letters (if you have a laser cutter or 3D printer, these are not necessary)
-1/2 inch bolt (approx. 5 inches)
-1/2 inch nut 

-5/8 inch
-1/4 inch

-12 wood screws approx. 1/2 inch long


-Wood saw (unnecessary if you have a laser-cutter)
-Handheld drill
-Hot glue gun

-1/2 inch
-1 inch

-Drill bit for 1/2 inch long wood screws

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Learn a Little Beer Lingo For Easier Ordering

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homemade pork won ton - 2 different ways of preparing

for the won ton:

- 1 package of frozen won ton leaves (you could also make them yourself, but the frozen ones are nice and so much less work)
- 200 g of ground pork
- 1 garlic clove
- slice of ginger, about 2 cm long
- chives
- 1 teasponn sesame oil (forgot it on the picture)
- 1 teaspoon rice wine / sake
- 1 egg
- salt & pepper

if you'll going to make the fried won ton you will also need:

- neutral oil for frying

  for the chilli dip sauce:
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon chilli oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or neutral wine vinegar if you have no rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground sichuan pepper
- 1 small peeled and chopped garlic clove
- some chopped chives

if you'll going to make the won ton noodle soup you will also need:

- chicken or vegetable broth (instant or homemade)
- thin chinese noodles
- 1 carrot
- a handfull of fresh spinach leaves
- sesame oil
- some chopped chives

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Realistic Chocolate Heads from 3D Prints

u,gui.jpegThis instructable describes the workflow used to create chocolate faces. The workflow uses 3D scanning, data manipulation, 3D printing, vacuum forming and chocolate. If your interested in using this workflow or would like some more information send use an email.  IMG_5969.JPGThe 3D scanning was done using a Mephisto scanning system. The systems very accurate. All the data was aligned and re-meshed in meshlab.

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