Friday, October 25, 2013
Making Yoda was much more dificult than making Darth Vader, because I had to make him much smaller than Vader (he's still proportionally too big), and the head required much more fine sculpting. But, as Yoda said it, "Patience you must have, my young padawan".The supplies you will need, these are. Hmmm.
Craft knife Pencil Black permanent marker Brown permanent marker Black colored pencil Soldering iron Solder Paintbrush Acrylic/poster paints Ruler UHU Universal glue Krazy glue/ superglue Lighter Scissors Needle-nosed pliers Wire cutters Sandpaper File Wood glue Third hand Glossy varnish Champagne cork Green and brown sculpey (or Sugru) Scraps of brown and beige fabric Small nail Thin insulated wire Thin wire Aluminium tape Heat-shrink tubing Twig White artificial fur Positive battery contact Green 3mm LED Small button cells (not the ones in the photo) Small slide switch Small female connectors (I salvaged them from an old PCB) Also: Hotglue
If you're using Wi-Fi, you might find that your router and internet are fine, but your wireless signal is weak, causing a slowdown. In that case, you may need to reposition, tweak, and boost your router with a few tricks. There are more than we could share in one paltry paragraph—in fact, we have a whole top 10 list just for fixing Wi-Fi, so check that out if you suspect wireless signal is the problem.SIf your hardware seems to be in working order, see if any other programs are hogging the connection. For example, if you're downloading files with BitTorrent, regular web browsing is going to be slower. You should also try installing extensions like AdBlock Plus or FlashBlock, which will block some of the bandwidth-hogging ads, animations, and videos that can use up your connection. They probably won't solve all your issues, but they can at least help make a slow connection feel more usable.When you type an address into your browser—like lifehacker.com—your computers uses something called DNS to look up and translate that into a computer-friendly IP address. Sometimes, though, the servers your computer uses to look up that information can have issues, or go down entirely. Check out our guide to finding the fastest (and most secure) DNS servers for more information. If your default DNS servers aren't having problems, then you probably won't find too much of an improvement with an alternative server—but it might speed up your browsing by a few milliseconds, at least. Photo by Studio 37 (Shutterstock).Troubleshooting slow internet can take awhile, and in the meantime you still need to browse. Or maybe you're at a coffee shop or on a plane, and there's nothing you can do about your slow speeds. In that case, it's time to optimize your web for a slower connection: use mobile or HTML versions of your favorite sites, disable images, and use features like Opera Turbo. In fact, we recommend setting up a secondary browser on your laptop for just such a situation—it can really make a difference when you need to work on a slow connection.SIf you need to get work done on your slow connection, you may have to prioritize tasks differently than if your internet were super fast. So, separate your tasks into bandwith-heavy and bandwidth-light ones. Get the light ones done when you're on your slow connection, and group all the bandwidth-heavy tasks together so you can do them if and when you get faster access (and if you can't get it at home, see if you can borrow a neighbor or relative just for those tasks). Similarly, work outside your browser whenever possible—if you're doing basic writing, do it in your favorite text editor instead of in your browser. If you plan your work ahead of time, you can at least make the best of a bad situation. Photo remixed from Kirill__M (Shutterstock).SIf you've gone through all the necessary troubleshooting steps and your internet is still slow, then it's time to call your internet provider and see if the problem is on their end. Remember: don't just assume they've done something wrong, and treat your customer service representative with respect. You're much more likely to get good results. Check out our guide to getting better customer service for tips on cutting the line and getting your way. You might want to see if you can get a better deal on your internet, while you're at it—especially if they've been giving you the wrong speeds all this time. Photo by sergign (Shutterstock).
SIf your ISP can't help you (maybe they don't provide the speeds you want, or maybe you're just sick of their horrible customer service), it's time to find a new ISP. That may mean you need to switch to a different type of provider, like cable, DSL, satellite, or fiber, so you should do a little research before you pick up the phone. Check out our guide to choosing the best provider in your area, and make sure they provide the type of speeds you want. Photo remixed from Kim Scarborough and Andreas Gradin.If you're lucky, you can get your internet speeds back up to snuff quickly and stress-free. But, if not, you can at least try to put a good spin on it: As long as your work isn't too bandwidth-intensive, slow internet could actually make you more productive. After all, if Facebook takes a minute to load, you're a lot less likely to pop over for a "quick break" (that turns into an hour-long photo-fest) when you're supposed to be working on that term paper.
This is my first attempt at an Instructable. I would welcome any constructive feedback.
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Paneer is a fresh cheese made from milk. It can be purchased from Indian or Pakistani grocery stores or it can be made at home. This is a very good Instructable to make paneer. I have successfully substituted chicken for paneer with this recipe and it is just as delicious. I have also made Butter Chicken with this recipe in a crockpot. I browned the chicken first, added the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer on low for about 3 hours or more. Then I added the finishing cream, butter and cilantro at serving time.2 tablespoons butter or ghee
1 bay leaf
2 large onions, puree
1/2 tablespoon minced ginger
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tbsps cashew paste
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground fenugreek
2 tsp garam masala powder
sea salt and black pepper to taste
6 - 12 ounces paneer
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp fresh cream
fresh coriander - chopped for garnish