Tag Archives: app

A bird in the hand

I can accept the fact that The Angry Birds Movie won this weekend’s box office.

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Animated films have broader appeal and a wider audience. Plus, last week’s number one film and very close runner-up Captain America has been out for three weeks.

My beef with the Birds?

What took them so long?  This app used to be all the rage,  but Candy Crush and other games occupy the top spots now.  This movie is so late to the party,  there is no party anymore.

Obviously kids will still watch it,  but they — and their long-suffering parents — shouldn’t have to.

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One hour or less

Amazon one-hour delivery lives in Manhattan!

Amazon NowI learned that my neighborhood qualified for Amazon Prime Now a few months ago, and downloaded the app on my phone.

But today I took it out for a test drive.

I placed my order at 3:35pm, with guaranteed delivery by 4:35pm. At 4:11pm, the items arrived at my door.

It is as fast as my local pizzeria!

There is a minimum order of $15, and a $7.99 delivery charge for Amazon Prime customers…but for things you need right this minute —

It’s a deal!

A little birdie told me…

Referencing tweets in term papers?

Apparently, it’s a thing.

The Modern Language Association (MLA), the guide for academic paper etiquette, now includes a tweet citation format in its handbook.  But anyone who uses tweets as foundation for a scholarly work probably doesn’t want to manually type  the info…

Right — there’s an app for that.

tweet citeTweet2Cite is a web-based tweet citation generator.

Paste your tweet into the field provided, and it spits out an MLA-approved citation!

I for one can’t wait to see if any students cite tweets this fall in my university class.

If they don’t, that may mean they aren’t reading my blog.

Bummer.

Beery, beery creative

I have more than one friend and/or family member who records their beer consumption on Twitter.

Why yes, I am very proud.

beer namesThe app shows the beer name, where they were when they swigged it, and how long they breathed — if indeed they did — between frosty brews.

Now, I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I find myself looking forward to this digital diary…and wanting to participate even though I don’t like it!

Luckily I found the perfect way:

The Random Beer Name Generator.

Just click the button, and it generates a way cool beer name.  For example, it just gave me “Irish Elvis Dubble”…

So let’s pretend that’s what I drank this round.

 

Cook it yourself

Hosting Thanksgiving this year?

There’s an app for that.

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Butterball, who has long provided a telephone hotline on Turkey Day to help panicked poultry purveyors, is entering the social media realm this holiday season with an app for Apple users.

That’s right, fellow Androidites. We’ll just have to muddle along old-school. No Butterball specialness for us.

We could chose to be offended, I suppose. Or take it as a sign from the turkey gods that we should be a guest at dinner instead.

Oh yes. I am likin’ the taste of that stuffing.

Nine months

Women, can you hear your clock ticking?

Don’t worry. There’s an app for that.

The Wonder Clock app allows you to countdown your days of fertility on your iPhone or iPad. So if having a baby is a goal, you can literally watch time tick away in your ability to give birth.

What sick bastard came up with this one?

I don’t know how it works. I don’t really care. It is a sadistic exercise for anyone who is trying to have a baby, especially if it is not going well. Talk about pressure. That can’t be good for anyone involved.

And who has time for that?

Audience first

A former colleague announced today on Facebook this he has created a book of his tweets.

He uses the app that posts the identical status update to Facebook and Twitter.  They are usually sentence fragments with hashtags and links to related content — very Twitter-friendly, but I’m not sure how they will translate to the printed page.  Will they be as rich in meaning outside of their original Internet home?

I find those tweets jarring even on Facebook, where hashtags have no relevance, since they are meant to help Twitter users find related content easily.

It all goes back to putting your audience first when you write….and I would argue that posting the same status update to Facebook and Twitter doesn’t.  I know everyone who follows me on Facebook; I certainly can’t say that about Twitter, so I treat the two audiences differently.

And if I were going to write a book based on my Facebook status updates or Twitter posts, I would use them simply as inspiration.  The medium is different, so I think you should use different language.

Let’s face it — my reader can’t click a link or follow a hashtag in a book.  And if they are nice enough to read my stuff, I certainly won’t bother them with ’em.