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

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Weekend Distraction: Word Solitaire

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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.

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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

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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.”

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The game begins!

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

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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Weekend Distraction: Can You Find the Animals in these Pictures?

These are wonderful photographs of nature at its best.

Here is a sample:

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So sit back, relax, (it’s the weekend!), and see if you can find the animals in all of the photos of this wonderful slideshow. (I found all but two….. love the giraffe!)

Enjoy!!!!

http://www.weather.com/news/science/vanishing-act-can-you-find-animals-hidden-these-photos-20140626

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Weekend Distraction: 7 Sevens for your iPhone and iPad

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I enjoy gentle games. Just at the distraction level. Something I can do without giving it my entire focus.

I am delighted to have found 7 Sevens.

This is one of those games that you can do while you are waiting in a doctor’s office, or you can do while you are sitting in front of the TV. In other words, it doesn’t need ALL of your attention. Just a bit. As far as I’m concerned …. just the perfect amount.

It’s easy to learn, and as you play, you will discover that there is a bit of strategy involved. You’ll get better as you play.

7 Sevens opens with a grid that is 7 squares wide and 7 squares tall.

Dropping from the top will be numbers, from 1 to 7. And an occasional gray, solid square.

Your job is to decide the column where you want the square to drop. If two 2’s touch, they disappear. Or three 3’s, or four 4’s, and so on. Your goal is to group those numbers so that they disappear, freeing up room on the board.

On the screenshot of my game, below, you can see that I must have recently cleared a group of 6’s because there are none on the board. I’m about to drop a new 6, so I have to decide where I want it to go. I will probably NOT put it in that empty column, because I want to leave that alone to add 4’s.

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The gray squares get in the way. You won’t want to see those. But happily, when a group of numbers disappears, any adjacent gray squares will disappear, also.

Your goal is to try to keep the board as clear as possible so that you can continue on. As you move up in levels, a random few numbers (and gray squares) will drop, messing up your perfectly planned strategy. Argh! The challenge is to work around those new obstacles.

There are a few bells and whistles (modes, etc), but the basic game is a pick-up-and-play.

7 Sevens is 99¢ in the iTunes store and is designed for both your iPhone and iPad

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Off Topic Post Number 2: Weekend Distraction: Let it Go (Frozen) in 25 Languages

Yesterday I put an off-topic post on this blog …. and within it I ranted and raved about the ridiculous-ness of pushing Christmas in June.

It made me grumpy.

And crabby.

So I’m following that post with an antidote for all that negativity.

This video simply makes me feel GOOD. It is delightful.

It highlights to me what a small world this really is. We bloggers know this, as we have ‘connected’ with new friends all across the globe.

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful song “Let It Go” from Frozen ….. recorded in TWENTY-FIVE LANGUAGES

Delightful! Watch a group of very talented ladies “behind the mic” add their voices to this uplifting song.

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Weekend Distraction: Test your Ability to Recognize the Music of 60’s TV Shows

From Millan.Net Attention Boomers:

By clicking the link below, you’ll be taken to a page on CNN’s website, where they have put together a short video featuring 10 theme songs of TV shows from the 60’s.

It’s a little quiz, giving you just a few seconds to identify the show.

I got all but one. It surprised me that I did that well, because I didn’t really watch all that much TV back then. So why do I know all these? Perhaps because they were on for so many years via syndication? Or are they simply iconic?

Whatever the reason, it’s fun to see how many of these are etched in your memory …..

Turn up your sound, and Enjoy! (and be sure to tell me how you do!)

Click here —–> 60’s television TV shows Quiz

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Weekend Distraction: Vexed (an old old old game revisited)

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 8.57.03 PMAnyone remember the old Palm Pilot? Back in the 90’s? As a lover of gadgets, I had one of those. (No surprise, there, right?) :) Amazing for the time.

I only had one game on my Palm Pilot but I used it often. Obviously back in those days, the graphics were quite plain, and if I remember correctly, my Palm screen wasn’t even in color. But that all mattered not…. I just loved this game.

Recently I was reminiscing, and although I remembered this game in detail, I could not remember it’s name.

I thought to myself that buried among the thousands of apps available for the iPhone and iPad, someone must have recreated this game for the devices of today. I had to do some pretty creative googling …. but …. yay! I found it!!

And for me, it is just as enjoyable as I remember. It’s not flashy. You will not gasp with oohs and ahhhs for stunning graphics or clever moves.

But if you enjoy a challenging-yet-possible puzzle, you’ll love Vexed.

The premise for Vexed is really incredibly simple. You’ll be presented with blocks, set about the screen. Your goal is to match up blocks with matching shapes. When you do, they disappear. When you clear the board, you move to the next level.

But oh…. it can get tricky!!

There are many many many levels, and many many “packs”.

Here is a screen shot of the first board for the classic series.

Notice there are THREE checks and THREE O’s. You can’t move the check over the other check, because they will disappear and you’ll still have one check left. But if you move the top “O” and let it drop, you can move it over to the left and all three O’s will disappear. Then drop the check and all three checks will disappear. Ta da!!! You just completed screen number one.

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I’m stuck on this board below right now:

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I’m sure I’ll figure it out …. eventually. :)

Vexed DLX Old School Puzzler is FREE in the iTunes store and works on both your iPad and iPhone

Let me know how you do!

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Weekend Distraction: Star Mania! (this is a misleading title)

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 7.49.50 PM When I hear the word “MANIA!” attached to an app, I’m prepared to turn away. I don’t want bells and whistles, excitement and frantic action. If I turn to a game on my iPad, I want to relax, and just kind of zone out for a bit.

And so, for this Weekend Distraction, I give you …. Star Mania, which, in my opinion, is NOT at all manic. It’s quite relaxing, and pleasing, and pleasant, and delightful, and enjoyable (and mis-named :) )

Star Mania presents you with a screen of colorful stars. Your job is to tap groups of the same color and watch them disappear. Tap groups again and again, in an attempt to clear the screen. It takes some thought (but not much) to plan your strategy. Your goal is simply to clear as many stars as you can.

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When you get near the end of the screen, there is a bit of a twist. See these non-star squares? Tap them, and the stars nearby change color. Just a bit of a mix-up to keep it interesting.

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There are some levels to proceed through, but the basic premise is group and pop. Group and pop. And relax. And have fun.

You can try Star Mania for FREE with a limited screen version in the iTunes store

The Full version of Star Mania is $2.99 in the iTunes store.

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