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23

Apr

Web Based Kitestring App is Designed to Make Sure You Get Home Safely

I just found out about this web based safety app for smartphones called Kitestring.

What Kitestring does is make sure people get from point A to point B safely, notifying their emergency contacts if they don’t. It’s not the first of its kind, but the advantage of Kitestring is that it relies not on action by you to alert people that you’re in distress, but inaction.

It works like this: You tell Kitestring that you’re walking home alone, or in a dangerous place or situation, and you give it a time frame of when to check in on you. If you don’t reply back when it checks your status, it’ll alert your emergency contacts with a custom message you set up.

You can easily push back the check-in time if you’re taking longer in transit by texting it “10m” for ten more minutes, or turn it off entirely by telling it “ok,” once you get where you were going safely.

It’s a web-based service, so it works on any type of phone that has web browser: Android, iPhone, or BlackBerry. The easiest way to get it is to set up an account with your number and emergency contact information and then open the kitestring.io in your phone’s web browser and save the site to your home screen. That way you can access it when you need with the touch of a button.

The real advantage here is that Kitestring does the alerting for you without you having to punch anything in. I don’t know what it’s like to be in a compromising situation where you would need to alert people that your life is in danger, but I would imagine that when you’re in that kind of a situation you don’t have the time or the reflexes to enter a passcode into your iPhone and text or hit a special button to tell someone about it.

20

Apr

My Thoughts on The Mentalist 6x18

SPOILERS!!!

Wylie & Cho’s scene was brilliant and by far my favourite. “Is this about something shady for Jane?” Just gets right to the point and is Totally into it!

Lisbon was totally Badass. I loved the scenes of her at the club. Ah the take charge feministesque Lisbon we know and love.

I liked Jane’s multiple not at all subtle comments to Lisbon throughout the episode. I think he’s trying to be both supportive as her friend, but also showing her what he could offer her as a romantic partner. 

As painful as the end part of this episode was to watch I really like the way that the Jane - Lisbon - Pike story line is playing out. I really hope it gets the fantastic, well thought out conclusion it, the show, and the fans deserve. 

16

Apr

The Missing Persons Pre-Roll

The Missing Persons Pre-roll is a genius idea. This definitely needs to be expanded to other countries. Canada in particular could really benefit considering the number of indigenous women who go missing every year. 

Think about it, we all have to watch 5 seconds of something we really don’t care about the YouTube video we’re trying to view can play. Why not turn those 5 seconds into something meaningful?

14

Apr

My Thoughts on The Mentalist Episode 6x17

SPOILERS!!!

I loved tonight’s episode of The Mentalist! I wasn’t sure if I would like the post-CBI reboot, but ever since they finished doing the set up they have been turning out consistently good episodes. I really like where things are going and how they are having each of the characters’ story lines play out.

This episode gave us a lot more depth from Abbott which I thought was great. We get to see that there’s more to him than just being the tough FBI guy and that he does have a heart and is big on intuition in a similar way to how Jane is.

 This one had another example of a long con kind of situation which was a refreshing take on the typical Mentalist case set up.

 I both liked and hated Fisher during this episode, but I think I’m supposed to. For me she’s neither totally likeable nor totally awful. She’s somewhere in the middle.

Cho was classic Cho as always. His, “Because my head would explode” comment was one of my favourites for this episode.

Wylie was entertaining and I like that he’s slowly getting to play bigger parts in each case in his own unique geekish and lovable way.

 Last, but certainly not least: Jane and Lisbon. Their scenes together in Silver Wings of Time were perfect and heartbreaking all at the same time. It’s clear that Jane loves her and wishes she was going out on dates with him instead and it’s also clear that Lisbon desperately wants him to say something, but he won’t at least not yet. This episode also added on to a theory I’ve held for a while about the way Lisbon talks about and to Jane and the phrases she uses.

I’ve always thought that Lisbon saying “He closes cases” was her way of saying “I love you” sometimes subconsciously and sometimes not. But I think Lisbon saying “Goodnight Jane” this last few episodes, the way she’s said it, what’s been talked about directly before, is her way of saying to Jane, “Stop me” and “Say something”. They both want the same thing, but after all the times he’s hurt her and run out on her she’s too scared to make the first move because she’s worried he’ll reject her, or pull away, or run off. All of which will continue to come out over the following episodes before finally coming to the perfect conclusion we’ve all waited so long for. At least that’s what I hope will happen. 

07

Apr

8bitrevolver:

This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.

A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!

Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.

All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.

Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!

06

Apr

USA TODAY's 17th Save Our Shows surveys the TV 'bubble'

You can vote for what shows you want to be renewed, which you want to be cancelled, and which you just don’t care about. The Mentalist is on there so get voting! 

03

Apr

Walking Around In An Elephant Costume Is All Fun And Games Until You Realize Why This Guy Did It

02

Apr

10,000 likes! Oh Yeah!!!

10,000 likes! Oh Yeah!!!

(Source: assets)

01

Apr

That just about sums it up.

That just about sums it up.

(Source: tehhermannator)

31

Mar

Me This Morning

Me walking out of the house this morning: “I am three layers of fabulous!” Dramatic hair flip. Struts out of the house to fully embrace spring.