As the Northeastern US has been pummeled by snow, the roads have become treacherous day after day after day.
Just look at the mess on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last Friday. 5 miles of accidents. Over 100 cars involved. Good grief. (can you say “demolition derby”, boys and girls?)
Although this string of accidents is still under investigation, it is likely that icy roads, sun glare and drivers who were moving too fast for the conditions are all to blame.
As I watched the coverage of this on TV, I was interested in the “Sun Glare” discussion. I learned that there is a website that will calculate sun direction.
On SunCalc you can enter ANY address and apply ANY date to that address, and see the angle of the sun for sunrise, midday and sunset.
While it’s not something that would be everyday handy, I can imagine situations where this would be great information to have. Campers and hikers, for sure. Any other ideas?
I looked at the sun direction aimed at my own home, and confirmed that maybe it wasn’t a good idea to take down the tree that protected my picture window from a full blast of direct sun in July. uh oh
Posted by sharechair on February 16, 2014
I don’t have a terribly long attention span for games.
But yet I enjoy pulling up an app and playing with it for a bit of challenging fun.
Threes! is the perfect go-to when you have a few minutes to kill.
(and… before I go any further, this app has NO ads, and NO in-app purchases! Yay!)
It is a lovely game. It is deceptively simple, works flawlessly and is surprisingly challenging.
You can choose to be taken through a bit of tutoring to get you started, and then away you go.
The challenge is to get the highest score you can (and then next time….beat your score.)
What to do? Combine 2′s and 1′s to make 3′s. Combine 3′s to make 6′s. Combine 6′s to make 12′s. Combine 12′s to make 24′s. Combine 24′s ….. you get the picture.
Once you try it a few times, you’ll be drawn back again and again.
I’m not alone in my enjoyment. The reviews are all quite positive:
Threes is a puzzle game with absurd amounts of charm
Threes App Review: A cute, casual and challenging puzzler
Threes! is what every indie App Store game should be!
Threes! for the iPhone or iPad is $1.99 in the iTunes store.
p.s…. my best score (so far) is 2,397
Posted by sharechair on February 14, 2014
Can he win her over with a mouse?
Posted by sharechair on February 13, 2014
Our local headline summed up the impending storm: “Midweek storm? The chances just went from slim to Doomsday”
Doomsday? Here we snow again. Of course, with piles of snow lining the streets already, there is no place to even put this snow. Oh, well. Nothing to do but join the masses at the grocery stores, help them strip the shelves and then settle in for some binge-watching.
The term “binge-watching” exploded in 2013. According to Wikipedia: Binge-watching, also called binge-viewing, is the practice of watching television for longer time spans than usual, usually of a single television show. Binge-watching as an observed cultural phenomenon has become popular with the rise of online media services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime with which the viewer can watch television shows and movies on-demand
With ‘doomsday’ snow in the forecast, we’ll be binge-watching for sure. But what to choose?
Since this has become such a popular phenomenon, it has gotten much attention on the internet.
Newsday recently made a list of the 45 best shows to binge watch.
Huffington Post supplies 8 Binge-worthy TV Shows You’ve (Probably) Never Heard of to Get You Through the Blizzard. (this list includes Absolutely Fabulous. One of my all time favorite guilty pleasures. )
The New York Post offers Your definitive guide to binge-watching TV
I just noticed that Amazon Prime Instant Video is offering the entire first season of “The Americans”. I heard that this series is worth watching, so that is my personal binge watching plan.
That is …as long as the power stays on.
Do you have any favorites to share? Have you binge-watched? All suggestions welcome!!!
Posted by sharechair on February 11, 2014
If there is a sports fan in your house, your iPhone makes it much easier to spend time away from TV.
You can always check on a score, even while the game is underway.
Start by pressing and holding the home button to activate Siri.
Then… just ask!
You can ask for a final score.
Today I asked, “What was the result of today’s Manchester United game?” Within seconds, I got my answer.
You can ask about a game in progress.
“What is the score for Cincinnati vs Temple?
You can ask about a future game.
“When is the next Cincinnati basketball game?”
I find that I am gradually using Siri more and more. At first it was a novelty, but it has evolved into a very useful tool. (Especially if you want to drag your sports enthusiast out of the house )
Posted by sharechair on February 9, 2014
Walter Cronkite was the host of a show called “The 21st Century” back in the sixties.
In 1967, he hosted a program that looked at the home of the future, and how technology would be integrated into all aspects of the house.
It’s fun to see as he takes you through the home office, the kitchen and the living room. The tech is all big and clunky with lots of buttons and knobs. But some predictions are quite accurate.
Remember …. this is 1967 looking ahead to 2001.
The Home Office of the Future (2001).
The Kitchen of the Future (2001) … not quite as accurate. Although the plates idea might still be coming as those 3D printers evolve!
The Living Room of the Future (2001). He was right. Big TV, big sound. But NOT the big ‘console’. Not all those buttons and knobs. They didn’t imagine controlling these things with a gadget that fits in the palm of your hand.
And then there are those windows! Do they exist? Were they ever invented? I kind of like those.
Posted by sharechair on February 7, 2014
I wish someone would develop an app that would shovel the snow, melt the ice and clean the salt off the car …..
Posted by sharechair on February 4, 2014
Occasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series. Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.
Recently one of the readers of this blog asked me about this, and I realized that there are probably other new users who also are unaware of how to switch the perspective for your camera. After all, when you FIRST get a new device, everything is new to you, even the most basic. And THAT is the purpose of this VERY Beginner series…..
How to switch the perspective of your camera, so that you can take a picture of yourself (a selfie) :
Open your Camera app
Look to the TOP of the screen. You will see an icon that looks like the outline of a camera with two whirly arrows in it.
Tap that icon, and the camera will switch it’s direction, and take a picture of you. Just tap the same icon to switch it back.
Posted by sharechair on February 3, 2014
Word games are always fun, and this one is no exception.
It is easy to play ….. just an itsy bitsy tiny learning curve. You’ll start playing immediately.
Simple premise. Letters will fall onto your screen. Your job is to find words within a given category, such as “fruit” or “animals”.
When you find a word that exists within your assigned theme, just swipe it. You might find words positioned either horizontally or vertically. The word you swipe disappears, and the letters on the screen collapse to form new words.
Now it gets a little tricky. You must CLEAR the screen. So, as you find the words, you must remove them in the proper order, otherwise there will be letters left over.
If you get stuck, you can shake your device to start again.
Word Collapse is free and you are given 70 levels to play. (There are in-app purchases available, (more levels and hints) but you will be busy for a long time with all the puzzles they provide for you for free.)
The only thing that is mildly annoying are the ads that pop up. But, hey …. the game is free. I can tolerate a few ads that close out simply with a tap.
Word Collapse (for your iPhone and iPad) is FREE in the iTunes store.
Posted by sharechair on January 31, 2014
Now that iPads have been around for a few years, it is easy to forget which model you have. And if you are thinking of upgrading, you will need to know YOUR model so that you can trade it or sell it and get $$$$ that you can use toward your new goodie.
(many options are available for selling your iPad. My experience selling an iPhone was easy and gave me a good stash of cash to use for upgrading my phone. I will certainly do it again when I decide to upgrade my iPad. I used both Gazelle and Amazon, and you can read about my experience both here and here.)
Once you have gathered all your information, you can check with Gazelle and/or Amazon to see what your iPad is worth.
To find out what model of iPad YOU have, you must flip it over (and for many of us, grab a magnifying glass!).
The model number is there, on the bottom-back, with an “A” in front of a 4-digit number.
Once you have the number, just look through these charts to find your model. (Before selling it, you’ll also need to know if you are WiFi only or WiFi + Cellular, and of course, capacity.)
Posted by sharechair on January 30, 2014