Tears of Joy is a pretty cool shop on Sixth Street in Austin. I visited with a friend this afternoon, and we selected the “Evil Cowboy” hot sauce for another friend of ours who loves to taste very hot sauces. Now we just need to get some tacos for our taste test. Check out the shop if you find yourself in Austin.
Has anyone tried the Prisma App yet? It is a bit different than using filters. It uses artificial intelligence to turn photos into art. It is pretty impressive and you can check out lots of user submitted results on their Facebook Page. The only thing that I find odd is that the photo outputs are a square shape. Here are a few of my sunset pictures from yesterday so you can get an idea of the power of this application. Enjoy!
If you are a fan of Snapchat Stories, then you will probably like Instagram Stories just as much (or maybe more). The concept has been recently launched, and it pretty much mimics how things work on Snapchat. You can post 10 second videos or post photos, the content is gone after 24 hours, you can add text, you can add filters, you can draw with a colored marker, and you can see who viewed your stories – but not who took a screenshot of them. Unlike Snapchat, there are no geofilters or facial-mapping. I don’t know how many Instagram Stories I will be posting, but you can follow me (@earthrobert on Instagram). I totally enjoy the stories that are being posted daily by the accounts that I follow. I am addicted to Instagram, and I may need to seek professional help at some point. 🙂
Twitter has added Stickers for your tweets! How fun is this? Begin tweeting a photo like you normally would. Then tap on the smiley icon to begin adding stickers to your photo. Add as many as you like, and then tweet it for the world to enjoy. And for the best part, you can tap on any Sticker in a tweet to see who else has been using that same Sticker. If you want to see all of the Smiley Sun Stickers that have been tweeted by the universe, you can do it. I might get lost in this search capability for a while…
I am beginning my experimentation with WordPress themes. I want a simple, one column theme that will allow for WordAds if I want to add that feature someday. I am going to try a very basic one called “Quintus” for a bit. Along with this new theme, I will try a new blogging philosophy of less frequent blogs. I will keep working on this until I am happy with the results and we will see where this takes us. 🙂
I just started exploring Snapchat this weekend. If all those people are using it, there must be something there. Pretty simple, right? Just send a photo or video to your friend, and they can see it and then it goes away. But that is not the cool part – more instructions here. The “Story” is where it’s at for me. You broadcast a snap to all of your followers, and it can be viewed multiple times for 24 hours. Add more snaps, and soon you have a running story on how your day went. Take for example the story from “EverestNoFilter”. Two mountain climbers who are snapping their way to the summit of Everest. How awesome! If you hustle over there you can view their snaps from the last 24 hours. Enjoy!
If you follow my blog, then by now you know that I am a fan of the Periscope App. And it keeps getting more interesting. The latest edition provides for Periscoping directly from certain drone models, and the views are fantastic (sample screenshot above). There is also a new search feature that allows you to search for topics of interest, including a topic for “GoPro & Drones”. How cool is that for a relatively new App that just recently celebrated their one year anniversary? You can find more information on the Periscope Blog, and keep your eyes there for the next new feature that comes along. Oh, and can someone give me about one thousand dollars so I can buy my own DJI Drone starter kit for Periscoping? 🙂
May the 4th be with you. To celebrate Star Wars Day, I give you a few screenshots of my Star Wars Uprising character in action.