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Ur­ban bee­keep, GarageBand, ham­mer stuff

1 lay down a track us­ing Garageband Sound desk tips from your dig­i­tal roadie, tu­to­rial school Lynda.com’s Gar­rick Chow

1/ Spec­ify the key – Do this from the off, so any loops you use will match. You’ll also have an eas­ier time ap­ply­ing pitch cor­rec­tion if GarageBand knows what you’re aim­ing for. 2/ Keep the beat – GarageBand’s metronome is hard to hear, so add a drum loop in­stead. 3/ Record mul­ti­ple tracks at once – Se­lect the Track Header menu, then tap the Record En­able but­ton for each track, set­ting each in­put in the Smart Con­trols pane in the Info sec­tion. It will then let you cap­ture ev­ery in­stru­ment’s out­put simultaneously. 4/ Cut out lag – Lock tracks that you aren’t record­ing or edit­ing and GarageBand will save a “frozen” ver­sion to your hard drive, free­ing up some needed pro­cess­ing power.

2 stop but­ton mash­ing Pro gamer Ryan Ahn teaches you to ditch your pad and master ar­cade fight­ing sticks

1/ Get a grip – Joy­stick han­dles come in two shapes: bat tops and ball tops. Most play­ers pre­fer to hold a ball top like cup­ping a wine glass and bat tops with a pen­cil grip. But that’s a guide, you should do what­ever feel right.

2/ Prac­tice hard – Mo­tions and com­bos should be­come mus­cle mem­ory, as then you won’t need to think and your hands will re­act by in­stinct. It’s repet­i­tive but it works, and it’ll stop you pan­ick­ing and mash­ing but­tons.

3/ Dou­ble-tap but­tons – This dou­bles your chances of tim­ing moves cor­rectly. Just walk your mid­dle and in­dex fin­ger across but­tons quickly – you can even triple tap for luck.

4/ Play “Foot­sies” – This is fight­ing game lingo for the art of hit­ting your op­po­nent with­out get­ting hit your­self. Read up on this vir­tual mar­tial art at Sonichur­ri­cane.com.

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be an ur­ban bee­keeper You’ve heard the buzz: bee num­bers are fall­ing. Do your bit by build­ing your own hive

1/ Get the kit – A hive needs to keep bees warm, dry and in the dark. Try to find a lo­cal man­u­fac­turer who uses sus­tain­able tim­ber if you can. You will also need pro­tec­tive cloth­ing to avoid a Macau­ley Culkin in My Girl- like end. A veil will give some safety, but a full suit and gloves is ad­vis­able for be­gin­ners.

2/ Find some friends – The eas­i­est way to start is with a small be­gin­ner colony, called a nu­cleus. Bees are im­ported from around the world, but you want healthy, lo­cally bred bees if you can find them. Char­ity be­gins at home, you see?

3/ Crown your queen – That one mas­sive bee is the queen. A nu­cleus will also in­clude up to 50,000 worker bees, all daugh­ters of the queen, and a few male drones. The drones will be­gin build­ing comb, which the queen lays eggs into. It’s the work­ers’ task to tend the young and make the honey.

4/ Be­gin hus­band­ing – You will need to visit the hive ev­ery week dur­ing spring and sum­mer, check­ing for dis­ease and mak­ing sure there is enough room for the honey.

5/ Har­vest honey – But not too much. Re­mem­ber to leave plenty for the bees to feed on through the win­ter.

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THE techquation

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A wet (but not wild) time No more ex­tor­tion­ate wa­ter bills and feel­ings of guilt when the wa­ter re­stric­tions hit.

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