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: iOrnament (beautiful AND relaxing)

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 2.47.08 PMSometimes I enjoy mindless entertainment on my iPad. I like to sit down with something that requires not too much thought, and is relaxing to use. iOrnament is all that. Relaxing, fun, productive, AND creative. :)

Although iOrnament is ‘do-able’ as soon as you download it, if you want to get better at it, there are some things to learn.

There is a very handy pop-up tutorial that appears as you go, and this is quite helpful as you learn how to get the most enjoyment from this creative design delight.

I included here a picture of my very FIRST doodle with this app. I really love how you can zoom in to add detail. Then…… zoom back out. Wow. When that detail is repeated all over your pattern, you look like a design genius.

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If you like to doodle, this is a doodler’s delight.

You can save your creation as a photo, use it as wallpaper, send it to others or publish it on social media.

Enjoy! (and have a relaxing weekend :) )

iOrnament is 99¢ in the iTunes store.

(there is also a free version, but it does not include the glow feature and it does not allow you to save your creations to photos or share with others)

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Weekend Distraction: TanZen for iPad or iPhone

Screen shot 2013-09-27 at 5.23.46 PMIt’s the weekend, and you want to relax. Find your zen.

TanZen is a classic tangram game. It is so well done, that you can just lose yourself in the solving. It works smoothly and the controls are very intuitive. Just slide the pieces in place. Tap to flip, spin to rotate. There is even some soothing background music if you care to enjoy that, too.

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I have had the TanZen game on my iPhone since the day I got my first iPhone. (The iPad hadn’t been invented yet. :lol: Obviously I’ve had this game for a long time, and it has never crashed or given me grief in any way.)

There are several versions of the game available. One for the iPhone, and another HD version for the iPad. In both cases there is a free version (I’ll provide links to the free ones). If you enjoy it, and want more puzzles, you always have the option to buy more.

But the free versions give you close to 50 puzzles, so you can thoroughly enjoy TanZen without laying out any $$$$$$. :)

TanZen HD Lite for the iPad is Free in the iTunes store

TanZen Free for the iPhone is free in the iTunes store.

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Weekend Distraction: SpiroDoodle for iPhone and iPad

Screen shot 2013-09-06 at 5.57.34 PMWith SpiroDoodle you, well, you doodle lovely spirograph-type designs.

The learning curve is as I like it. Very small.

You get one screen, and you doodle within the circle. You can vary the thickness of your lines, and the number of them as well. You can choose colors for your lines, you can change the background color or fill in spots with colors. The more you fiddle with it doodle, the more variety you will add to your design.

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It’s simple and surprisingly relaxing.

SpiroDoodle is 99¢ in the iTunes store

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Weekend Distraction: Jar of Marbles for iPhone and iPad

Screen shot 2013-02-22 at 8.42.16 AMThis is a special kind of game.

You don’t have to think.

You just kind of zone-out. Seriously. I often play this on my iPad before I go to sleep. It’s downright relaxing. zzzzzzzzzzzz

Not boring. Relaxing.

The basic premise is that you are given a jar full of marbles, and presented with one marble at a time to drop into the jar. Every time you click three marbles together, they drop out of the jar. Your goal? Empty the jar. Yawn, right? Surprisingly addicting!

There are LOTS of options, of course. Difficulty level, free style or timed … and the shapes of the bowls can be altered, also, to make it a bit more challenging.

This is a Big Fish game, and those who are familiar with Big Fish know that they are known for excellent graphics and solid design.

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Jar of Marbles is a free download in the iTunes store. There is an in-app purchase (if you like it) to unlock the entire game for $1.99. This works on the iPhone or iPad.

Twitter Lights Up the World

Screen shot 2013-02-03 at 6.25.31 PMI came across this on the internet the other day and I thought it was really

interesting

cool

awesome.

A web designer, using a map of the world, displays a bright pixel for EVERY tweet, as it happens. When you open the page, the world is basically dark. But as the tweets fly, it gets brighter and brighter.

There are bunches of statistics at the bottom of the page, too, and if you are interested in learning more, you can stick around on his website to take it all in.

I just enjoyed leaving the image on my screen and watching as the tweets made the planet brighter and brighter. Remember, it’s dark at first, because the tweets are counted from the moment YOU access the page. The longer you stick around, the brighter it gets.

(When you first open the page, tap the center arrow to drop the statistics down to the bottom.)

Then prepare to be mesmerized as you watch the Tweets light up the world at:

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Weekend Distraction: Montezuma Puzzle for iPhone and iPad

Screen shot 2012-12-14 at 8.50.55 AMAt this time of year, everyone is busy doing something. Decorating, shopping, baking, visiting, partying, traveling … whew.

No time to “learn” a new game. That’s too much effort.

But how about a real distraction? You already know what to do.

NO learning curve.

Montezuma Puzzle.

Pretty, colorful, and responds nicely to your touch.

Fit the shapes on the screen. That’s it.

Gradually gets harder, but not crazy.

Go ahead .. Zone out … but don’t forget those cookies in the oven!

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Montezuma Puzzle is free in the iTunes store.

Weekend Distraction: Blockwick

This Weekend Distraction requires a bit of thinking. Not too much (you won’t strain your brain), but some thought is required.

It is a simple game, yet … not.

Highly reviewed, mostly 5 star ratings.

It looks beautiful on the iPad.

It starts off with several blue blocks. These blocks are moveable, and so are various other blocks on the screen. Your job: move the blocks around so that similar colored blocks can touch each other.

Each screen gets a tad harder. You’ll see more blue blocks, and other color blocks are added to match as well. The screens also get more complicated with obstacles that don’t move at all.

When you have done your job, and the appropriate blocks touch, they light up, they glow, and pleasantly let you know that you succeeded and it’s time to move on to the next screen.

Blockwick is designed for both the iPhone and the iPad and is FREE in the iTunes store (for the first 60 levels).

Weekend Distraction: Little Things for Your iPad

After all this commotion this week about the release of the new iPhone and all the good (and bad) of iOS6, well, I’m ready for a “little” Weekend Distraction.

I like my devices to occasionally deliver a little peace. A little down-time. A little Zen.

It’s time for “little things”.

This is a hidden pictures game that doesn’t try to hide the pictures within a scene, rather it just assembles mass quantities of “little things” into the shape of a bigger thing, and your job is to find some named little things within that big thing.

You can zoom in (my eyes thank the developers for that feature) to find those little things.

The background music is soft and soothing. Truly relaxing.

Just open the app and zone out. No thinking required. No interacting with anyone.

Find a few little things, then return to the real world if you can (it is a bit addictive!).

Little Things is $2.99 in the iTunes App store.

Weekend Distraction: Photo Hunt HD for iPad

We’ve all played this kind of game at some point in our lives. You know the type: Look at two pictures of the same thing, (except they aren’t really the same), and find the differences.

I downloaded this game a very very long time ago, and the app has been improved several times since then. It’s wonderful when developers keep after their apps and keep making them better. Applause for improvements!

This game is simple and quite beautiful. The photographs are stunning on the iPad. Many subjects in nature, scenery, cityscapes and all sorts of animals. And, there are ONE THOUSAND photos to play through. It’s pricy at $4.99, but the app is quality, and with so many photographs, it will keep you busy for a long, long time. You can also play your own music which is always an appreciated feature.

There are several modes of play, including a ‘beat the clock’ type, and the more zen-like ‘just take your time’ (which I prefer).

It’s one of those games that you can just pull up, spend a few minutes and move on.

All you do is gaze at the photos and tap a spot where you see a difference. If you are correct, a circle will appear around the spot.

As the picture is presented:

Differences found!

As the picture is presented:

Differences found!

One more……. only this time, I’ll just show you the screen shot. It’s your turn to find the differences! (there are 5 )

Photo Hunt HD for iPad is $4.99 in the iTunes store.

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