racing games, Uncategorized

How to Create a Racing Game from Scratch

This is my guide to creating a racing game in Scratch. Scratch is a good piece of software because you can create good, fun games as soon as you know the basics.

Steps

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    Open Scratch.

    • When you open Scratch it should look like this.
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    Get rid of the cat. When it has opened, you will notice that it has a cat in the middle of the white part of the screen. We do not want that there, so what we do is look below the white part, and it should have another picture of the cat with the writing “Sprite1” underneath it. Right-click on this, and then click delete.

    • This will clear your screen of all sprites. Now it should be a blank Scratch document.
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    Start creating your game!
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    Create a new ‘Sprite’. Sprites are like characters, they are the thing that you will be controlling in your game. However, you can also use sprites for different things, e.g. displaying how many lives you have etc.
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    To make a new sprite, click on the button that the arrow is pointing to in this picture:

    • When you left click on that it will open up a designing window.
    • You should be familiar with these tools that they offer to design your sprite. You can make it look like what ever you want BUT it has to be a race car.
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    When you have created your sprite, click ‘OK’ and this will import your created sprite into the game.
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    After you have created the sprite, create the background or the “Stage”.
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    To do this, click on the stage option, that is marked by the arrow in this picture.
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    When you left click on here, it will open the stage section. From here, you will see 3 tabs at the top of the middle section called; ‘Scripts’, ‘Backgrounds’ and ‘Sounds’. Left click on ‘Backgrounds’. Then click ‘Edit’ on the plain background that is already there.
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    Clicking on ‘Edit’ and it will open up the designing window again, from here, create a racetrack.
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    This is my completed sprite version:
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    Now that you have created the racetrack and the race car all you need to do now is be able to move it around.
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    To move the race car around, enter this in the middle section:
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    When you have finished all of the sprites and the stage you want you can now make your game more realistic. For example, I am going to add laps.
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    To do this, you must add a new sprite. If you are unsure how to do this, look back at steps 7, 8, 9 and 10.
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    This sprite we are going to create now is the start/finish line. (WARNING: Make sure that it is a different colour to a colour that you are not using for other sprites)
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    Mine looks like this:
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    Another thing that you will have too add now is where to make your cars appear when the green flag is clicked.
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    To find the place where you have to make them appear, you have to put your mouse over a position where your sprites (Car) isn’t touching the the finish line. Then you have to enter them into a code, the code should look like this:
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    Where it says ‘Point in direction -90’ that is telling me which way my car will point when I click the green flag, because mine is -90, it means it will appear facing left.
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    All you have to do now is enter the coding! Make sure that it is the same as this:
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    Now that you have entered the way to move around the track, you can now play it!
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    You can add some extra things if you wish to make your game look and feel a bit more realistic or challenging! Things like; Timers, collectibles, shortcuts, and many more things!

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How to Start an ECommerce

With the online retail sales steadily growing, Forrester Research predicts that e-commerce sales in the US will continue to grow at a 10% compound annual growth rate through 2014. For those of you interested in another statistical tidbit : Forrester is also forecasting that online retail sales will hit $250 billion this year, that’s up from $155 billion in 2009. As a budding online entrepreneur, even capturing a small piece of that pie, would be a huge success.
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Steps

  1. 1
    Plan your dream. Before you start thinking about all the tactical stuff you’re going to need to accomplish over the next little while (getting a website, finding products, getting your name out there etc.). Slow down and think strategy for a moment or two. What do you want to sell – you literally have millions of options, and you can’t sell all of them, so narrow your field and look for your own little niche. A good starting point: think about your interests and brainstorm if there’s a target market that can spin out of that. Watches, Baby Clothes, Sports Memorabilia. What strikes your fancy?
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    Create a business plan. Next, sit down and write a serious business plan for yourself. It doesn’t need to be a behemoth of an undertaking. Simply set a few realistic goals, reasonable budget, time frame and take a good hard look at what you’re trying to accomplish. Is it feasible and is it a viable money-making opportunity? Consider your target market – is it too much for a small start up to tackle? If so, focus your efforts on a smaller and more manageable niche and then work on growing it out once you’ve reached profitability. Is it too small to reach and sustain adequate levels of profitability over time? If the answer is yes, look to expand your product offering so it meets the needs of a larger market. Or look to sell something else. Then create a road map of all the tasks you need to accomplish and the due dates and milestones you’re going to attach to each one.
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    Find suppliers. Most online sellers, don’t create their own products from scratch, they locate and resell those products for a profit. A significant advantage to selling on line? You can locate a wholesale supplier who rather than shipping inventory to you, will ship straight to your end customer once an order is placed. This is called a drop ship supplier.
  4. 4
    Look for an online storefront provider. As an entrepreneur, you have many skills, you’re resourceful, you’re creative, you’ve got a good business sense, and a whole lot of other strengths and abilities that will help you succeed. Website design however, might not make this list, and frankly, it doesn’t need to. There are a number of reputable solutions out there. Depending on your particular needs, you can use do any thing from using their simple tools to set up your own website to hiring one of their professional designers to build a custom site for you. And these services won’t break the bank either. A good professionally designed premium template can cost as little as $1000. Often these services also offer integrated shopping carts and order management systems so you’re not just getting a website, you’re getting a full business solution, which is a huge time and money saver (especially if you don’t have a lot of spare start-up capital). A select number of online storefronts will have even built relationships with a host so you can use them to source products too.
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    Market your new store. Once you’ve got your inventory built out and have your e-commerce up and running, you’ll need to spread the word, and get your name out there. This can include submitting your site to search engines, sending out press releases, pay-per-click advertising campaigns, and a number of other options. Whatever strategies you tackle ensure you can track the performance of each one. This allows you to assess which strategies resonate with your target market and which are a drain on your precious capital.
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    Provide good customer service. Providing great customer support will set you apart from the competition and encourage repeat business, which in turn will make you money and keep you in business.
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    Keep it fresh. Keep updating your product lines, your website, stay in contact with your customer base so they keep coming back and you keep making sales.

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Health and Beauty, Uncategorized

How to Use Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has become a popular alternative to regular shampoo in recent years. It absorbs the oil that makes your hair look greasy without drying your scalp out, like washing your hair with water every day can do. Learn how to apply dry shampoo, tips for using it to look your best, and how to make your own dry shampoo using the contents of your kitchen cabinets.

 

Method 1

Apply Dry Shampoo

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    Get your hair ready. Remove hair bands, hair pins, and clips. Comb it to make sure there are no tangles.
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    Apply the dry shampoo. Sprinkle the powder you chose over the top of your head, especially in the areas that tend to get oily, like your bangs and part. Use your fingers to distribute it.

    • If you use a spray bottle of dry shampoo, hold it 6 inches (15.2 cm) from your head and spray. Hold it far enough away so that the shampoo settles evenly over your head.
    • If you wish,brush your hair so the dry shampoo is distributed down the length of the hair shafts. Focus mostly on the roots, but if the rest of your hair needs freshening up, add a little more to the tips.
    • This might get messy, so do it over the sink or be ready to sweep or vacuum when you’re done.
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    Let it settle in. Wait 5 to 10 minutes for the dry shampoo to absorb the oil from your hair. If you have particularly oily hair, it may take a little longer.
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    Comb the excess shampoo out of your hair. Turn your head upside down and brush out all of the powder. You can use a hair dryer to help the process along.

 

Method 2

Make Dry Shampoo Work for You

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    Know when to use dry shampoo. Dry shampoo gives your hair the appearance of being clean, since it absorbs the oil that can make hair look dirty. Find the washing routine that works for you, whether it’s three times a week or less, and use dry shampoo every day in between.

    • Use dry shampoo after a trip to the gym. Dry shampoo can also come in handy when you’ve exercised and don’t have time to take a shower before returning to work or school.
    • Use dry shampoo after a long airplane flight or a travel day. It’s convenient to carry a small bottle for times when you don’t have access to a shower.
    • Don’t use dry shampoo more than a few times in a row before washing your hair with regular shampoo and water. Since dry shampoo doesn’t clean skin flakes and other debris from your hair, it’s necessary to use water regularly.
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    Use dry shampoo on dry hair. If you try to put powder on wet hair, it will get clumpy and look a mess. Don’t use dry shampoo until your hair is totally dry. It works on grease, but not water.
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    Don’t rub dry shampoo into your scalp. Dry shampoo can accumulate on your scalp and make it itch. If you’re using spray-on shampoo, hold it several inches away from your head so you don’t spray it directly on your scalp. Sprinkle homemade dry shampoo over your head from a height of several inches.
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    Add a few drops of essential oil. If you want your hair to smell fresh and clean, like it does after washing it in the shower, try smoothing a few drops of essential oil into the middle and tips of your hair after you’ve given yourself a dry shampoo treatment.

    • Lemon and other citrus oils work well for this purpose. Make sure you concentrate them at the ends, so the roots of your hair don’t look oily again.
    • Try eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil or rose oil if you don’t like citrus scents.

Method 3

Create Dry Shampoo from Scratch

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    Look in your cabinets. You probably already have the ingredients you need for dry shampoo. A mix of powders and starches works well to absorb the oil from your hair. Choose from the following options:

    • Baking soda. This also helps to minimize odors.
    • Cornmeal
    • Corn starch
    • Ground oatmeal (if you use this, grind it to a fine powder in your food processor)
    • Talcum powder or baby powder
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    Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Depending on what you have in your cabinet, mix equal parts of as many of the above ingredients as possible. The mix of course ingredients and powders helps absorb as much oil as possible.

    • If you’re missing an ingredient, substitute a like ingredient. For example, if you don’t have baby powder, double the baking soda. If you don’t have ground oatmeal, double the Cornmeal.
    • Make sure the ingredients are well mixed. If you want to make sure they’re ground even finer, you can run them through your food processor together. (Be sure to clean it well if you use baby powder.)
    • To make scented dry shampoo, mix it with dried flowers or herbs (e.g. roses, lavender, hibiscus, violets, mint) in a jar, close the lid, and set it in a dark cupboard for 2-4 weeks. The scent will mix with the dry shampoo so that when you use it, your hair will smell good.
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    Pour the mixture into a spice shaker. An old, clean salt or pepper shaker, or any shaker that was used for a spice, is the perfect dispenser for dry shampoo.

 

 

Tips

  • Carry a small jar of dry shampoo with you in your purse. It comes in handy in situations you may not anticipate.

Warnings

  • Don’t mix essential oils with your dry shampoo. They may smell good, but the powder needs to absorb the oil in your hair, not the essential oils.
  • If your hair gets frizzy, be prepared with a few drops of oil (jojoba, Vitamin E, even vegetable) to tame it down after using dry shampoo.
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How to Start a Marketing Business For Free

There are not many businesses you can start for free, but marketing start-ups are the exception. If you have the right skills and are willing to do some hard work up front, a marketing business takes little or no start-up costs.

Steps

  1. 1
    Organize your basic business administration functions. You need a bank account, business address, service rate card and business name. Starting a marketing business for free usually means you initially need to use your home address, personal bank account and your own name for payment purposes.
  2. 2
    Determine your niche. What are you selling and to whom? Start by using skills that you already have, such as writing, web design and graphic arts. Seek out familiar industries.
  3. 3
    Make a marketing plan. Take advantage of free marketing plan templates online, or simply use a calendar to write down your objectives. Include the 4 P’s in your business marketing plan: Product, Price, Promotion, and Placement.
  4. 4
    Make a list of your potential market. Reach out to friends, local groups and places where you do business. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, start with bikers’ groups, bike shops or associated businesses. If you have doctors, lawyers or entrepreneurs in the family, ask them for a chance to bid on their next web project, brochure, or event.
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    Advertise your marketing business online. Seek out web sites that offer free trials or free services to help you get started. Eventually, you need a web site with your own domain name. However, you can get started by using use free sites provides a nice business template.
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    Link all of your personal social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to your new blog, web page, or online information. Ask your friends to “share” or forward the news about your new marketing business. Your new business must show clients that you know how to use the latest resources effectively.
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    Market your business constantly. Every email you send should have information about your new marketing business in the form of a web address, slogan, or similar at the bottom. Holidays are opportunities to share a greeting from your business Facebook page. Social gatherings present an opportunity to mention your new business.
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    Get referrals. Once you have a client or a lead, ask them to tell others about you. Consider offering a discount on their next project when they bring you new clients. A
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Tips

  • Many computers come with basic business software. Check to see what you have, as you may have everything you need to get started on simple marketing projects.
  • Sign up for free marketing newsletters or blogs. There are many online, so be choosy. Pick ones that have value for you. Emulate ideas you like, but be sure to make your own blog original.
  • The SBA (Small Business Association) is a good place to start any small business and get free business marketing tips.
  • Don’t sell yourself short. Market your new business every day in some way for a minimum of one year, then keep marketing.

Warnings

  • Be careful of Internet scams. There are many sites online that claim you can earn money with Internet marketing. Be sure to do thorough research before involving your new business.
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