Speaking of Chemistry: A New Science Podcast

Screen Shot 2014-04-20 at 12.06.23 PMI am a podcast listener. I subscribe to many (too many!!) but I enjoy them all. So far on this blog I have suggested a few, such as my all-time favorite, A Way with Words, the Moth, and a few others.

Today I am linking you to a new podcast that just launched last week.

Actually, the very first episode was posted on YouTube last month, but a production decision was made to try out episode number 2 as a podcast, instead.

Now this brings up an interesting question:

Video or Podcast?

Obviously there are pros and cons, and personal habits enter in as well…. Many folks prefer podcasts because they can listen as they work out, do chores, or commute to work. The YouTube version, however, provides the consumer with marvelous videos to complement the stories.

Would you prefer to receive such content as a video or a podcast?

Personally, I am more likely to listen to podcasts for the very reason that you can be doing other things at the same time. I am less likely to sit in front of the computer screen to watch something and dedicate my time to that, and that, alone. (However, full disclosure here, since my daughter-in-law (Carmen Drahl) is one of the co-hosts, I really do enjoy watching her host this episode! :) )

If you like science, I’m sure you will enjoy these programs. Speaking of Chemistry (the podcast) is now available through iTunes, free to subscribe. Learn about spider silk, e-cigarettes, and more.

And please ……… spread the word!!

Episode 1: Speaking of Chemistry

and now….

The NEW PODCAST:

Episode 2: Speaking of Chemistry: Latest podcast covers spider silk, e-cigarettes, and much more.
FREE in the iTunes store

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Easter Eggs. Find them. Not in the grass, but on your iPhone, iPad, and computer.

Screen shot 2013-03-30 at 7.48.59 AMIt is Easter weekend, and the perfect time to send YOU on an Easter Egg hunt.

This is a repeat post …. but timely for new readers and for those (like me) who forgot about these cool tricks!)

An “Easter Egg” is a hidden joke or message that a computer programmer has embedded in their work. The very first Easter Egg was hidden in an Atari Game, Adventure, back in 1979. The programmer had secretly stashed his name and it was up to the players to find it.

And these days those Easter Eggs are not just hidden in games, they exist in all kinds of programs. Even those YOU use every day.

So let’s look at two popular Easter Eggs that are ‘hidden’ in Google.

Try this:

Bring up the Google search engine page on your computer or iPhone.

Type in the query: zerg rush

Tap your search button and sit back.

Yikes! I won’t say here what happens … it’s up to you to try it. It won’t hurt anything. It is just a silly Easter Egg reference to a fondly remembered video game for all those wacky programmer folks at Google.

Here is another:

Go to the Google Screen on your iPhone.

Query the word: tilt

When your search results for ’tilt’ show up, they should be ……. tilted. :)

Enjoy your Easter Eggs!

And have a lovely weekend. :)

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Oy Vey! My Eyes Failed Me

Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 12.39.29 PMSeveral days ago I posted a gushy happy recommendation for the app RetailMeNot.

If you read the post, you saw me ramble on about not being able to turn off the noisy cash-register-like notifications.

Love the app, hate the startling “ka-ching!”.

In a conversation with my dear daughter-in-law, Carmen, she shared her love of RetailMeNot on it’s website. She doesn’t have the app, but expressed her surprise that you couldn’t turn off the sound.

I assured her that you could not, and I thought that was surprising.

So I went and looked again (even though I had looked many times before)…..

Oh my. Oy vey.

It was there all along.

It is CLEARLY marked “mall notifications”.

But what did I see? I saw “MAIL notifications”. Not mall. I saw mail.

Can you say “old eyes”, boys and girls? :roll:

Thanks, Carmen, for making me look, again.

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Watch Colbert and Stewart for Free on your iPhone or iPad

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 6.52.59 AMWith more and more people dropping their cable subscriptions, it is great to be able to turn to your iPad or iPhone and catch the programming you miss.

Even better when it’s FREE.

Just yesterday, Comedy Central released their new app. Now you can watch full episodes of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report on your iPad or iPhone.

The app does include other programming as well, however, in order to see those, you must sign in with a cable subscription. BUT…. for Stewart and Colbert, no cable subscription required. Just download the free app, and enjoy. :)

Comedy Central for iPhone or iPad is FREE in the iTunes store.

Note: iOS7 is required

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Get Great Deals Wherever-you-are with RetailMeNot Coupons

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 6.15.16 AMI almost deleted this app. Why? It scared me.

But now, the very thing that scared me I think is pretty darn awesome.

Let me back up a bit……

RetailMeNot is a coupon app. Deals deals deals. I have another coupon app that I used often (Sherpa) but gradually RetailMeNot has become my one-and-only.

No sign in or sign up required. Just use your phone to show the coupon in a brick and mortar store and get your discount.

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What makes this app different (and a tad scary to me) is that it will alert you to the deals nearby wherever-you-are! Every time I arrive in a shopping area my iPhone makes a cash-register sound, letting me know that coupons are available to save $ in the stores nearby.

Now … honestly …. that cash register sound is startling. I don’t like it. I almost deleted the app because of it.

However, I have had two experiences where money-saving coupons were discovered and used because of the alert. In addition to that, I found myself in need of a restaurant coupon and after checking several other sources from my phone to no avail, RetailMeNot gave me a coupon that saved 50% off of one of the meals. Hurray for this app!

So I’ve made my peace with this app and it’s noisy noise. It has saved me $ several times. I find that I really like being alerted when there are deals nearby (you could turn this off), however ….. I do wish I could CHANGE the sound to something less startling (that cash register sound is loud and jarring).

****NOTE: You CAN change the annoying sound. Read about it, here.

RetailMeNot Coupons is FREE in the iTunes store

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Weekend Distraction: Bookworm

Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 7.22.00 AMI hesitated highlighting this game. Why? Because it is so great that I have to imagine that everyone has it already. :)

But, this blog attracts lots of NEW users of the iPhone and/or iPad, and for those newbies …. you are in for a treat!!

Bookworm is an award winning game. Letters drop, and you tap them to make words. As you create words, your score grows. You’re happy and doing fine. Suddenly you see a new block, and notice that it is (gulp) on fire! Now comes the tricky part: You must use that letter before it hits the bottom, or your game is done. One burning tile isn’t too bad. But the longer you play, the more burning tiles appear. Quite a challenge! On this screen shot I waited too long to tap the burning tiles and they are starting to add up. Best to zap them as soon as you see them.

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Bookworm is $1.99 in the iTunes store.

BEWARE!! If you’ve never played this before, you will find it incredibly addicting.

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How to Find the Umlauts, Accents, etc. on your iPhone or iPad keyboard

Over the last several years, “throwback Thursday” has become quite popular.

Although it is really supposed to be about nostalgia (like old photos), I thought I’d stretch the point, and occasionally post an old “how to” on Thursdays, for the benefit of the many new-device-users who have joined our blog.

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It might not happen often, but when you need to find an umlaut (or a similar something), you want it NOW. But where is it on your keyboard?

Here is how you find umlauts and accents on your iPad or iPhone keyboard:

Let’s say you want an “e” with a little accent mark above it. Simply hold your finger on the “e” key, and you will see that several “e” choices appear. Want an umlaut? Touch and hold the “u” and it will be right there. Need an “n” with a tilde? Touch and hold the “n” to see your choices.

Try it. Just stroll through the keyboard, touching each key in turn so you can browse the options. Not every letter has options, of course, but I’m sure you’ll find some surprising ones. Some symbols also have options (try the $ sign for example :) )
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I am one of the 4%

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 7.50.56 PMEarlier this year Pew research released the results of several studies regarding the habits of the reading public.

As someone who reads “e-books only” I was curious to see how common (or not) this has become. According to the research, this puts me in a small group of just 4%. Most people who read e-books also read print books.

But me? I stand firmly in that 4%. My eyes prefer the adjustable fonts, the adjustable light, the ease of getting, saving and carrying books. I’ve always been a big reader, but the e-reader (Kindle) simply makes reading even better.

However, when it comes to e-reading in general, once you take away the “exclusive”, the numbers climb. 28% of adults have read an e-book in the past year, and this number continues to rise.

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Half of all the adults in America own either a tablet or an e-reader, and coupled with the stats below, this makes me wonder:
…. if 32% of people own an e-reader, but only 28% have read an e-book, can we assume that about 4% own e-readers that are just collecting dust? (not to be confused with the 4% of us who are e-readers-only!)

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The full article: E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps
Three in ten adults read an e-book last year; half own a tablet or e-reader

Where do you fit? E-reader only? E-reader + print books? or do you (gasp) have an e-reader just languishing at the bottom of a drawer?

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Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel and an iPad App = Wonderful-ness

Take Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon and an iPad App, and what do you get? Happiness!

I guarantee that watching this will make you smile, bounce around in your seat and generally make you feel good all over. :)

(In case you are interested, the app they used to form their very own Doo-Wop group is LoopyHD)

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March Madness Begins! Here are some Apps to help you follow the action

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 6.35.25 AMMarch Madness is about to consume the US for the next few weeks.

For those people all caught up in the, uh, Madness, there are quite a few FREE apps to help you follow the excitement from your iPhone or iPad.

Since I have not tried any of these myself, I thought it would be best if I linked to a post that thoroughly covers the best of these apps.

Let the Madness begin!

Best March Madness apps for iPhone: NCAA Sports, CBS Sports, ESPN Tournament Challenge, and more!

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