Tutorial: Use your DualShock 4 with a Mac

iw4vdsmdppnguodkok3eDuring a Black Friday sale, I bought a blue DualShock 4 for the rather low price of $40 even though I don’t (yet) have a PlayStation 4. This is because I’d played with it extensively at a friend’s house and really liked it. For the best compatibility with games, the better choice might’ve been the Xbox 360 controller, but that’s less compatible with the Macintosh architecture itself, and comes with it’s own set of problems. I knew it’d be a hassle now and then, but I was willing to give the DualShock 4 a shot because of how great it is as a controller (but more of that in a future article). With the right tools, you can even get the DualShock 4 to work with games that don’t natively support it. Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first though:
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Tutorial: Play Valkyria Chronicles (or any other PC Steam game) on a Mac

1832934-box_valkchrnI’m playing Valkyria Chronicles. On a Mac. With a DualShock 4 controller. I betcha no one’s ever been able to say that before! Yep, Valkyria Chronicles is on sale right now on both Steam and Humble Bundle. I’m only three hours and a couple of missions in at the moment, but if you’re a fan of turn-based RPGs, and/or story-based campaigns, and/or third-person shooting, you really owe it to yourself to try it. It’s like 7 dollars or so, and though it’s only for PC at the moment, you can actually get it to work on a Mac with the help of Wineskin and some patience.
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Tutorial: Make Cheese Curds

Although making cheese at home may sound like an extremely difficult task, making basic cheese curds is actually incredibly easy. You don’t need to use exact measurements nor do you need to any obscure instruments to make it.

You will need:

  • Milk
  • Vinegar
  • Salt (optional)
  • Stove
  • Pot
  • Colander
  • Clean cloth
  • Bowl (optional)

Instructions:

  1.  Pour milk into the pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly
  2. Gradually add vinegar until the milk separates into cheese curds and liquid whey
  3. Separate the cheese curds and whey by placing a cloth over a colander and filtering the contents of the pot through the cloth and colander and into a bowl (or the sink)
  4. Remove the cheese from on top of the cloth and add salt if desired.

Note: If you would like to use the whey you collected in your bowl (as it is quite nutritious) consider visiting this forum.

Website: Make a Font from Your Handwriting

MyScriptFont.com is a free online font generator by t-reinhardt. All you have to do is download and print the template, fill in the boxes, scan it to your computer, and upload the file to the website. Unlike YourFonts (FontCapture), Fontifier, and FontGrinder, it is 100% free and works perfectly fine. The handwriting font creator creates vector fonts in True Type Font (TTF), Open Type Font (OTF), and SVG Font formats.

Interested? Try it out and tell us what you think in the comments!

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Tutorial: Make a Balloon Shrinkie

A balloon shrinkie is a deflated balloon with textured writing and pictures.

Materials:

  • Balloon
  • Permanent marker
  • Something to seal the balloon temporarily (eg. a binder clip, a stitch marker, etc.)
Instructions:
  1. Inflate the balloon
  2. Seal the balloon
  3. Write or draw on the inflated balloon with the permanent marker
  4. Deflate the balloon
  5. Enjoy!