Weekend Distraction: How Smart is your Smartphone?

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 7.11.55 PM

Thank you to the Laughing Housewife for sending this to me. Linda is my humor “muse”. She shares laughter on her blog, and I’m so glad that she also shares it directly with me (to share with you). :)

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.01.13 PM

Weekend Distraction: Peggle

Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 6.46.24 AMI can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for several years now, and have never mentioned Peggle!

Peggle is a wonderful mix of “fun” plus “addictive-enjoyment” plus “challenging-but-not-too-challenging” plus (again) “fun”.

Not much of a learning curve. The basic premise: you release a ball and it bounces around on the screen, bumping into dots of various colors. Your job is to aim that ball as it is released in a way that will maximize its collision with orange dots. Your main goal is to clear the screen of orange dots before you run out of balls.

There will be a few obstacles tossed your way (of course). But you’ll learn as you go.

When you start, you have a choice of several different “modes” of play. I recommend “Adventure” as this will move you along gradually, screen to screen, learning as you go.

It really is addictive fun. There is something rather hypnotic watching that ball bounce around on the screen.

Here are two random screen shots. The arrangement of dots will change with each screen, and sometimes some of them are moving targets.

IMG_0222

IMG_0223

Peggle is 99¢ in the iTunes store

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.01.13 PM

Weekend Distraction: My New iPhone 6

Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 8.25.08 AM

Thanks, Linda, for this great cartoon!! :)

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.01.13 PM

Weekend Distraction: Spooky Box

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 7.33.17 AM Halloween is fast approaching and if you participate in all the spookiness, you might find this app to be very helpful.

It is FREE and full of creepy scary noises.

There are lots of haunting favorites, including cackling witches, deep ghostly laughs, spooky forests, roaring monsters and creepy organ music.

You get three pages of … eeeek! (and advertisements at the top to ignore)

And you can play with these sounds, a bit, too. You can press a single button for a brief scary-something, or you can choose to LOOP the noise and keep it going. By doing this you can customize the creepiness. :shock:

For instance, I played a little of the “horror organ” and added a “female scream”. A recipe for: GASP!

Hooked up to a speaker, these noises could be a lot of fun for a party or just plain fun. You never know when you might need a ghostly wail. :) This brings back memories of setting up a spooky house for tricker-treaters oh-so-long-ago and getting scolded for being “too scary” (remember that, Trudi?)

Spooky Box is FREE in the iTunes store.

From Skitch-2

From Skitch-3

From Skitch-4

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.01.13 PM

Weekend Distraction: Jimmy Kimmel tests Siri on iOS8

I do believe this will cause a giggle or two …. :)

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.01.13 PM

Your Weekend Distraction: Age-Activated ADD

Those of us of a certain age will understand this completely.

Others will recognize the symptoms in their elderly loved ones.

(my daughter-in-law sent this to me. Is she trying to tell me something?)

I use my iPhone as a tool to cope with this. The reminders, lists and calendar alerts are helpful to those of us who suffer with this problem. :)

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.01.13 PM

Weekend Distraction: Awwwwwwww

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 7.13.07 PMYou know those adorable videos that you get in your inbox?

The ones of puppies prancing, cats riding roombas, dogs cuddling with babies or a kitten in a teacup?

Well, this weekend, if you need a “distraction”, a fine, relaxing distraction, you can spend a few minutes with “Cute Roulette“.

Just tap “next” for each dose of cuteness.

Go ahead, click on it. I know you want to! —-> Cute Roulette

And if you’re very lucky, you’ll get to see the Pugs tilting their precious little heads. :) Awwwwwwwwwwwww

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 7.07.02 PM

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.01.13 PM

Weekend Distraction: Word Solitaire

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.53.12 AM

Do you have a favorite chair? A favorite spot to curl up with a good book? I have an enclosed porch with lots and lots of windows, plants, and breezes, and a great big old comfy chair. In the summer I find myself spending probably too much a lot of time in that chair, curled up with a good book. And sometimes I put the Kindle down, and fire up the iPad for a leisurely game of ….. whatever strikes my fancy.

Recently I found a new goodie. A word game that is relaxing and fun. And free. Relaxing, fun and free. A trifecta! :)

Word Solitaire is a klondike-type solitaire game. Each card has a letter, and it’s your job to move them under each other to form words-in-columns.

There is a delightfully clear tutorial for you to use when you first open the app, and I would suggest that you use it. Don’t skip it. Once you complete the tutorial, you’ll be good to go.

Here you can see one of my earliest (winning!) attempts. You turn over cards, just like in Klondike, and put them under other letters to make words.

photo.PNG-7

There are some expansion packs available to purchase if you want more more more.

It’s just challenging enough to keep you interested….

but relaxing enough for a lazy afternoon in that favorite chair of yours. :) Enjoy!

Word Solitaire is free in the iTunes store for iPhone and iPad

also

Word Solitaire HD is free in the iTunes store for iPad, only

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.01.13 PM

Weekend Distraction: Google Maps Trivia

First of all….. I’d like to apologize (in advance) for this week’s Weekend Distraction. It’s so much fun, that you may find yourself returning to it a little too often.

Just saying’ :)

Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 8.29.18 AM The folks at Google have recently released this delightful time-eater-upper. Google Maps Trivia.

And you don’t have to go and get it from the app store. You already have it (if you have Google Maps).

(Even if you don’t have a smart phone, or an iPad, you can also play this on your computer. I’ll provide that link at the end of this post.)

It’s called Google Maps Trivia. Simple and appealing. Google will give you a random clue, and your job is to drop a pin on the correct location.

You start with 1000 miles. Miles are subtracted for any distance “off” the correct mark. When you run out of miles, you’re done. You can choose categories if you would like, or let Google throw them at you randomly.

To find this gem on your device, just open your Google Maps app.

Click on those three lines up in the upper left hand corner. Now look down the menu on the left side, and select “Google Maps Trivia.”

From Skitch-10

The game begins!

Let them give you questions, or select your own category.

Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 8.34.47 AM

Answer the question, and drop your pin. If you’re wrong, Google will show you how far off you are, and subtract those miles from your 1000. When you run out of miles, you’re done.

Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 8.32.38 AM

Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 8.34.03 AM

And when you get your answer RIGHT … Google cheers you on!

photo.PNG-6

You can also play this game directly on your computer. I actually prefer to use it with a larger screen, and I find that I can be more accurate with my pin drops on my Macbook rather than on the smaller devices.

Follow this link to play Google Maps Trivia on your computer:

Google Maps Trivia

Have fun!

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.01.13 PM

Weekend Distraction: Barney Fife and the Preamble to the Constitution

Classic Comedy for this 4th of July weekend.

Anyone remember Barney Fife? What a great comic character! :)

Enjoy!

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.01.13 PM

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 798 other followers