The Minecraft Generation – New York Times


An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which teenagers live inside a booby-­trapped labyrinth, and was inspired to concoct his own version — something he then would challenge his friends to navigate.

Raspberry Pi minecraft server: not exactly as suggested

After learning about the Mineblock project, ( the Kickstarter is here: ) I decided to make a project of making our own minecraft sever on a Raspberry Pi. The guides that I referenced in a previous post are accurate however I should warn you that there is a somewhat steep learning curve for both setting up your Raspberry Pi and installing a minecraft sever on it. There are those out there who will disagree however I would guess that most of them have previous experience with linux and the various minecraft server variations.

(What follows is a description of what we did. It is not necessarily a recommendation for any of the services, software and vendors we used.)

We purchased a Raspberry Pi kit from Canakit ( ). The kit included a B+ model Raspberry Pi with 512 MG RAM, an SD card preloaded with NOOBS (a program to chose and install the operating system you will use on your Pi), a power adapter, an HDMI cable, a network cable and a plastic case. We also purchased a WIFI adapter for greater flexibility in where we ultimately placed our Pi.


(to be continued…)



Minecraft + Microsoft = ?

It looks like you're trying to play Minecraft


I can’t be too surprised at this news. One expects that, sooner or later, a small successful company such as Mojang (the maker of Minecraft) will sell to a large company. It’s hard to say what will happen when Microsoft owns Minecraft, however I can’t imagine that it will make things easier for those of us setting up servers for our kids. We will see…


What’s “griefing”?

According to minecraft wiki:

Griefing is the act of irritating and angering people in video games through the use of destruction, construction, or social engineering. Popularized in Minecraft by teams, griefing has become a serious problem for serveradministrators who wish to foster building and protect builders. Most players tend to dislike and frown upon griefing, while others feel it adds a certain degree of drama to the game. Trolling however, is different from griefing, because afterwards players give their items back, and repair any damage they did.