– “A Novel Idea” (free for iPad) helps you write a book by breaking it down into scenes, creating characters, and finding a premise. Writing the actual book is up to you. – A similarly titled app — “Novel Idea” (free for iPhone/Android) – lets you write a story with another person, one sentence at a time. Sometimes the first sentence is provided, other times a theme is provided, and sometimes you have to use key words.
“Marco Polo,” an app named after the children’s game, lets you send your location to one or more friends instead of broadcasting it to everyone. Tap the “Marco” button and friends you select get a pin on a map showing where you are. Next, your friends will have a chance to tap their location back to you.
A lot of newspapers and magazines maintain public photo archives and nearly all of them are free. Recently, the Chicago Tribune” released its crime photo archive of “Gangsters and Grifters:” Al Capone and friends on the street and in the lineup. (They also spent a lot of time in Hot Springs, Ark.)
Healthline.com/health/online-medical-fundraising allows patients to solicit funds to help with their medical expenses. The site is operated by Healthline Networks, a website featured in Yahoo Health, the Huffington Post and some newspapers. One of the families featured on the site raised $16,000 for their young child’s leukemia treatment.
Ideogram.nl/boxmaker has a neat free template maker for making gift bags, boxes, cones, envelopes, and other things out of card stock. Select any size or geometric shape and it will create a template that shows you how to cut out what you need and where to fold and glue it. (How about a dodecahedron? Twelve sides.) Paint it, color it or use fancy paper and you’ve got an unusual gift box.
Type the subject into your browser’s search box and the sites come up: – “Twenty Cool Abandoned Places” has pictures of some very eerie looking places, including medieval villages, decaying hotels, water slides, diamond mines and more, all abandoned, from many places around the world. There’s no explanation for any of the places, but if you Google them, they are usually identified with s short history. (Gulliver’s Travels, an abandoned theme park in Japan, has a view of Mt.Fuji.) – “30 Hilarious GIFs from People experiencing instant karma.” These are videos showing people getting immediate payback for their actions, like the bike racer who pushes a rival off his bike, only to be attacked by a spectator, who throws him […]