February 14th is Valentine’s Day (hello, just in case you forgot – friendly reminder).If you are like me *hi! waving* you haven’t even started to think about the holiday.
I have blogs to write, diapers to change, kids to raise and hearts and love is the last thing on my mind. Sad, yes but it’s my chapter in life right now. Come Wednesday night I’ll be sweating on crap – what should I do for my husband. The husband who puts up with me, gives me anything I could ever want and has 4 kids with me. I mean, any man who stays with me – and has 4 kids that is LOVE people.
Valentine’s Day is when you let your cheese come out. That’s right get cheesy. Show your love and for us last minute people who love them some social media – here are some creative ideas to make the day special for your loved one. (more…)
Many years ago my husband bought me a gift – Adobe Photoshop. We’re talking a LONG time ago – 14 years. I remember there not even being a way to undo. Crazy, I tell you!
Over the years, I’ve come to LOVE and HATE Photoshop. It’s like a bad relationship. It’s so good in on aspect, but in another it just out right sucks.
My Love for Photoshop
After installing Photoshop I spent hours upon hours learning the ins and out. That knowledge landed me a job, outlining commercial real estate property lines in aerial photographs and stitching together panoramic shots of interior photos. Oh the days before there was software to create a multi-image panoramic… That was just the start of my career with Photoshop. Up until quitting corporate America, I have used it faithfully nearly everyday.
And that reason is why I love Adobe Photoshop. It’s given me a career that this high school drop out most likely would never of had.
My Hate for Photoshop
Like most women, I have this awful self image that is really hard to shake. Especially when you think you are doing good. You are in the grocery store, stocking up on kale and head to the check out to see all of the loverly magazine covers staring at you while you wait to check out. There isn’t a flaw on one of them. Even Martha Stewart is looking slimmer than ever.
If Photoshop is doing this to me, a 33 year old mom. What is it doing to our youth? Exactly.
Yuck. Photoshop, while there are other programs that can do this – you invented it.
Jessee Rosten created this fabulous laugh out loud video about Fotoshop by Adobé. Make sure your bladder is empty, it made me want to pee.
So when I set this in front of my 4 month old, I totally didn’t mean to create an app review – but he was so mesmerized – I had to video. Izaiah is 4 months in this video.
What is the Uzu App?
Uzu is…. A Kinetic Multitouch Particle Visualizer
Uhm. Okay but WHAT IS UZU. Uzu, originally an iPad app – now available for the iPhone – is an app that produces amazing color and patterns – you can control by touching various parts of the screen.
As you can see – little Iza is absolutely fascinated. When he touches the screen the colors burst like fireworks and then he let’s go and they fizzle out. This keeps his attention for more second than I can and then he screams. He’s 4 months old in this – so i’d like to think that this is a winner, considering he doesn’t hold a rattle for longer than 5 seconds.
I have to agree with a lot of people out there, this app is absolutely stunning. On our ride home from Austin a few weekends ago, I gave this app to the older kids to keep quiet. It did it’s job – so not only is it fascinating to this 31-year old mom – the 4 month old, the 5-year old, the 7-year old – and my husband all love this app.
I’m not sure if this is on the iPad demos at the Apple store – if not – this app rightfully deserves a place on them.
Uzu recently won iTunes App of the Week and held the #2 app spot for a week!
Here are the deets on purchasing the Uzu apps:
The Uzu iPad app – 99 cents
Little Uzu iPhone app or iPod Touch app – 99 cents
From the Uzu Creator –>
Description of the iPad Uzu App
Technically speaking, Uzu is a kinetic multitouch particle visualizer. Really its a sort-of math-physics-art-toy for anyone who ever loved spirographs, fireworks, planetariums, lava lamps, light sabers, pen lasers, tesla coils, christmas lights, or graphing calculators.
Points of light will shoot across the screen and fly to your command, twirling in a vortex of color and motion. Freeze and move Uzu in 3d space while contorting spirographic curves with your fingers. Uzu lets you quickly switch between 10 different modes of real-time animation by simply changing the number of touches youre using. You can spend countless hours discovering the many unique ways of playing and interacting with Uzu.
Uzu is very happy when multiple people touch it. Uzu loves parties, children, music, cats, and pubs although not necessarily in that order. Uzu has many plans for the future, but Uzu would like to hang out with you now if thats cool.
****** 10 MODES OF CONTROL *******
0 Touch: Brownian motion and boundary wrap
1 Touch: emanate and radiate
2 Touch: pinch attraction and boundary bounce
3 Touch: tri-point vortex
4 Touch: quad-point inverted vortex
5 Touch: 3d freeze and translate
6 Touch: 3d oscillating mass
7 Touch: 3d tri-arm spiral
8 Touch: 3d warp and inverted translate
9 Touch: 9 springy space ribbons
10 Touch: change color and particle size