iPhone Apps: Talking Carl

So this app does nothing but cause silliness.  I’m warning you now.  I’m pretty sure my husband got this app for our son but I know WE ended up playing with it a lot more than our son did.  So here’s the gist…you talk to Carl and Carl repeats back what you say to him in a funky voice.  Very simple. I can’t tell you how wide eyed my son was listening to Carl repeat back what he would say to the iPhone.  It was hysterical!

iPhone Apps: Twitter for iPhone vs Echofon

So back when the Tipsy crew started tweeting in 2007 we were all using Twitter via text.  Now that the iPhone has come into most of our lives (still trying to convert Court) we have all these Twitter apps available that make our tweeting lives so much easier!

Personally I have been using Twitter for iPhone (aka Tweetie) since I got my iPhone but still kept text alerts for the Tipsy peeps on so that I would be able to respond faster… Then I started looking into Echofon which has push notifications, but it costs $4.99.  Also the push notifications happen instantly when the other person is using Echofon, but within 15 minutes if they aren’t using Echofon.

So my question is…do any of you use these apps? Which do you prefer? Is there something better out there? Tell me!

Happy Father’s Day

To all the men in my life: If I could I would get each of you these things I have envisioned in my head…this is what they would be:

For my hubby: (1) A new knife because you love cooking me dinner every night and because this was under the “new” section at Sur la Table so I’m positive you don’t have this one yet.  And also, the latest and greatest (2) iPhone because I know you want one even though you haven’t said anything to me about it.

For my Dad: (3) This rotating water broom thing.  It just screams YOU.

For my Bro: I know you are working on your house a ton, so I figure you might need (6) something in this arena.

For my Father-in-Law: A (5) Golf Cabbie Hat, because I think they look cool and because you play golf.  I think that means you’d look cool playing golf with this on…so WIN WIN!

What I ended up getting everyone: Pictures of your son/grandson/nephew from (4) Portrait Innovations.  You know you love them!

iPhone Apps: Kindle

Due to recent events of which I only had moderate control over, I’ve been outed, so I’ve decided to let you all know how I read the Twilight Saga.

My husband has been using the Kindle app for a while now and swore by it.  It had been a while since I’d read anything really and I thought maybe I might just read the first chapter of this fluff awesomeness that I’d heard of, you know during the hours I was spending rocking my kid to sleep.  So I downloaded and was reading installment one immediately, on a whim, instant gratification–it was NICE!  Then when the addiction set in and I was on to books 2, 3, and 4 and it was 4 in the morning and I didn’t want to get dressed and run to some all night bookstore (do those exist?) looking for the next book to buy to feed my addition, I just downloaded it via the Kindle app.

It’s the awesomeness I tell you.  Yes it keeps your place even if you turn the iPhone off or whatever.  Yes you can see it, the word size can be adjusted.  And it moves nicely, just like any other app..you just swipe to go to the next page.  You can also download previews of books so that you can read a few pages and see if you like it or not.  I’ve done that quite a few times now.  All I’m going to say is TRY IT, YOU’LL LIKE IT!


sorry for that outburst.

BAM! Gifted*

I thought I would share with all of you some of the presents my little family procured on Jesus’ Birthday.  I’ll let you guess who got what.  We are all absolutely in love with our presents but only one of us (my son, Jack) goes and kisses their present (the monkey) multiple times a day.

  1. Little Tykes Smart Trike, Amazon
  2. Silly Monkey, My Pillow Pets
  3. Rick Bayless’ Mexican Everyday, Amazon
  4. Apple Gift Card, Apple.com
  5. Brother Sewing Machine, Amazon

What did yall get?

*That’s a little modified “The Office” humor for my husband because I like to make him laugh

Guy Gift Guide: Geek on the Go

Your Sig-other is always talking about Hertz, or HDMI, or H-something-something-yada-yada-yada, right? If so, here’s a list of gift ideas for the geek on the go. You can also read about my guy gift guide for chef guys.

But a secret about most geeky guys I know — we all like to envision ourselves travelers, even if the most we ever get out is to the grocery store for nonfat organic milk. Wait, I mean the liquor store for liquor, amirite??

umm, ok, so on to the gifts:

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  1. Cradlepoint Travel Router $98 – Plugin your 3G usb card into the router and it creates a wifi hotspot for you. So if your family is driving across the country, you power up your laptop and this cradlepoint into your power inverter (gives you a real power plug from your car), and then watch Hulu all the way to grandma’s house!
  2. SlingBox Solo $179 – OK, so get this. You leave the slingbox at home, hooked up to your Tivo or cablebox or satellite or whatever. You then go on a trip, get on wifi, and then either with your computer or with your iTouch/iPhone and run the slingbox app (there’s also a blackberry version). Then you watch your home tv live and control it. People, I’m talking pay $8 for hotel internet, then watch your home DVR collection of Lost or the football game from earlier that night. Magic meets the future!
  3. Survival Kit in a Can $14 – So if your guy is like me, he thinks he could survive on his own in the wilderness. I mean how hard is survivor really ? With this kit, he (and by he I of course mean I) might have a change for another 24 hours on his own. At least until the pizza arrives. I also thought this book on the US Armed Services Survival Guide was cool looking.
  4. iPod Touch $181 – If he doesn’t have an iPhone, he’ll want this just to download and install apps. I personally make due on the phone side with an old blackberry and use the iTouch (iPod Touch = iTouch) for a ton of stuff. Like the grocery shopping app, or the Amazon Kindle Reader app. Best part = no monthly fees!
  5. TheJooJoo $499 – ok, so this is a bit risky, but if you want to truly wow your techie sig’other, this is a gift to show him that you like him a lot. The “joojoo” (means magic) was originally going to be the “CrunchPad”, but it morphed into this tablet PC that I personally think is going to rock. At $499 its a bit expensive, but for couch web browsing it will be most awesome.
  6. Western Digital HardDrive $109 – I’ve had external harddrives before, but honestly they were way too “external” — this fits in your pocket or bag and lets you keep a backup of your videos and pictures. If you have a Tivo, use TivoToGo to copy over shows and movies before your trip … if you don’t have a tivo, umm why?
  7. Wilife Security System $279 – A security system that you can login into from the road and check out what’s going on at the homestead. Also, it detects motion and starts recording, so if someone does break into your house it’ll have evidence for you. How this hasn’t made CSI yet I have no idea.

Jesse is a guest author; his claim to fame is being Tipsy Society author AK’s husband. He creates websites at http://comalproductions.com.