Tumblr is great and all, and I love seeing those cute little critters that the Oatmeal drew, but if I have to deal with one more Tumblr shutdown I’ll shoot myself in the head…….with a gun sound effect app. Seriously though, you’ve failed me Tumblr. You failed all of us. Who would have though the genius behind LipDub and Pummelvision would ever let us down.
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Apps for Sluts
Before we get started, did you know that AppWhore is actually a defined term on Urban Dictionary? Now you do.
I’ll forgive the gendered name of this app because I enjoy its utility, but PartyBoy is a surprisingly useful app that helps to sort out all those mystery numbers you pick up when you start getting slizzard and flirty. All this app really does is sequentially orders all the phone numbers you have put in your contacts in an effort to help you jog your memory when you’re wondering “Who the hell is Hans and when the hell did I get his number and is this the Hans I met on Friday or the Hans I met on Monday?” Of course this app doesn’t really help my most common problem, which is actually hearing people’s names and functionally typing them into my phone…so Polo Shirt, French Guy, Hottie, Darko or Douche, if you’re reading this, shoot me an email.
I have no tolerance for working out, I just can’t stand it and I’ll find any way I can around it. Right now these are my main outlets for physical activity: dancing, screwing and walking. I can at least use a pedometer to measure just how much of my margarita I burned off walking to the bar instead of ordering from the waitress, but how am I supposed to measure how much of those aphrodisiac oysters I’m burning off in the resulting sex. Enter eEmotion! Think of it like a sex pedometer. Just turn the app on, place it on the bed and it measures the number of thrusts, the vigorousness of said thrusts and approximately how many calories you burned in a session. I’ve yet to actually put this app into action but expect a full report when I do. Oh, and great companion app, Lose It, also counts sex as exercises and measures it by intensity and hours. You ladies keep your Zumba, I’ve got a whole new routine planned.
I’m the type of nasty girl who likes to Qrank in public with multiple people all at once.
No really, it isn’t as nasty as it sounds. If you haven’t yet started Qranking, it’s time to get to it. This Austin-based app has become a local favorite and the daily and live trivia app game is slowly being adopted by local businesses and news organizations as a way to bring audiences together.
Last week I got my Qrank on in public for the first time in a game hosted by the Austin American Statesman.
I noticed a row of 5 S’s accidentally formed on my screen one day and decided to see how many lettered apps I had. This scarcely scratches the surface. I’m in need of some more vowels though before I can start spelling anything.
Has anyone actually created a font for this, by the way?
A few weeks ago I saw this Making Future Magic video out of London and about wet myself with excitement. It took me a good couple minutes to even wrap my head around what exactly was happening in these amazing ghostly images, and even longer to understand exactly how it was pulled off. In short they used long exposure photos, 3D typography sectioned out and projected from iPhones and iPads and stop motion animation to make a video that is all at once high tech and low tech.
I’m not much of a maker so I put the idea in the back of my head but nearly wet myself all over again last week when I came across Holographium, an app that directly replicates the process and allows you to make your own 3D animated words. I’ve done a few brief tests so far, and I’ll be honest that as of yet I’ve not actually successfully produced a nice looking image but it’s a delicate balance of getting timing right to produce a quality frame. Since I don’t have a camera to execute this with, I’ve actually been using a good companion app called Light Graffiti, which has a built in camera capable of the long exposure.
I’ve been chatting with the developer behind Holographium and hope to be producing some instructional videos soon.
I’ve just started using the app Daily Mugshot to document my daily face, for better or worse. This app makes what Noah K. did seem slightly less impressive, and the accompanying website makes management of your images almost too easy. I’m really amassing a large collection of apps that require a daily task of me and have not yet taken the time to quantify how long I’m investing in them all. I have a feeling I don’t want to know.
Facebook Deals is a dealbreaker for me
This week the newest kid on the LBSN block, Facebook, introduced a game-changing new element with their Deals feature. I’ve been skeptical of Places, I’ve raged against using it, I’ve clung tight to my old familiar networks… but now I’m ready to get some payback
I’m not a dum dum, I learned the meaning of TNSTAAFL in elementary school. I fully realize that when I join a social network I am not the customer, I am the product with which they will be luring customers. This exchange is fine with me when the payoff is there. For example, I open Facebook to my life and in exchange I get an unparalleled connection with friends and I actually don’t even mind the hyper-targeted advertising.
But I’ve been using multiple location based social networks for more than a year now, primarily Gowalla and Foursquare, and the novelty of virtual gifts and badges have worn off and I’m looking for the real payoff. Participating in a LBSN isn’t any small feat; the effort it takes to have my device, remember to open it up, find the app, find the location or even create a NEW location, check into it, write a message, take a photo, leave tips…it’s a lot that’s being asked of me. Regardless of where the chips fall in all this, I’ll continue to use some form of LBSN just because I enjoy the element of diarizing, but the rest of America won’t unless some tangible rewards start showing up.
This is why Facebook’s newly announced Deals has thrown a wild card into my LBSN decision. The ease and targeting associated with Facebook ads has made creating focused online ad campaigns both cheaper and easier. If they bring this same sort of ease of use to Places and give local business a cheap easy way to participate in LBSN, I’m sold. And it will be a huge stumbling block for Foursquare and Gowalla.
So I’m a bit late on the Halloween posting, I was too busy stuffing my face full of tiny packs of nerds and figuring out how to de-slutify my slutoween costume for work, but I did want to catch up and thank one of my favorite apps, Miso, for their costume award. I’ve talked about Miso a lot in the past, it’s where I document all the TV shows and movies I watch, and the app held a Halloween contest for the best movie or TV themed costume. Now I took third behind far and away the WORST Joan Holloway I’ve ever seen (seriously sting bean, you were an insult to my Mad Men premiere Joan outfit) but I still stuck out as a foxy curvaciosu redhead. Look familiar anyone?
Halloween has become a big deal in the app store with apps like Doodle Jump and Angry Birds putting on spooky themes to draw in seasonally motivated players. But it appears the rest of the world actually responded by dressing as their favorite app characters. Naturally, it appears that the game more infectious than the common cold, Angry Birds, took the most number of fans:
But Halloween didn’t go to the birds entirely. There were also a few Plants vs. Zombies and Cooking Mamas.
As though his cute kids, gorgeous wife, fluffy dog, hip musical tastes and tolerant policies weren’t enough to make me love him, Barack H. Obama lovingly signed an iPad for a fan, using the (Adobe Ideas) app. I think this is almost a better endorsement than becoming one of Apple’s featured apps.
Now if only there was an app to get lazy 20-somethings asses to the polls.