My Favorite Things

18 04 2012

Every once in a while I am asked about “my favorite things”.  At one point a year or so ago, I did a blog on some of “my favorite things” and I was asked to do it again…so…why not?

I received an iPad as a gift several months ago and although I have not been a MAC user, I love my iPad.  I take it everywhere.  I can write and do re-writes of manuscripts, send it through iCloud and work on the same document a few minutes later on my PC.  When thinking about “favorite things”, I thought I would share a few of my favorite apps, because right now, they are a few of my favorite things.  Here goes:

Ustream is a free app that streams events all over the world in over 10 different categories: news, pets & animals, entertainment, sports, music, gaming, education, events, 24/7, and technology.  My favorite streams to watch are the live cams (live cameras) on animals – most of them of birds with their eggs and hatchlings.  You may remember that I recently blogged about the Great Blue Herons in Ithaca, NY through Cornell University.  It is mesmerizing, you could watch the live cams all day long…  There is something awesome to think that you are sharing in the occasion of birth, life, struggles, etc. energetically, and visually.  Check out the live cames of eagles, owls, hummingbirds, falcons, heron, whales, bears, even cats and dogs.

livestream is a similar app that hosts the Cornell hawks and herons.  On livestream there is also a live cam of a hawk in NYC.  It is so amazing to see the differences in the hawks energies between the one in NYC and the one in Ithaca, NY.  Sometimes it is hard to watch, actually.  The other day the hawk in Central Park brought in two mice, live, and fed them to the hatchlings as I watched…hmmm…hard to watch, and yet reality…certainly a different perspective on life.

TED is an app or a site with “riveting talks, by remarkable people, free to the world”.  Their byline is: Ideas Worth Spreading.  I also recently shared a TED Talk featuring Billy Collins, 2-time, US Poet Laureate with his poetry brought to visual life through animation and the Sundance Channel.  There is a really neat feature about TED Talks that I want to share with you – you can fill out this quick little survey, such as category, amount of time available to watch and it will bring forth TED Talks just for you.

THF Haiku (The Haiku Foundation) – I love this app.  Throughout the day, when I have a moment, or need some inspiration I view this app.  There is a random button that allows you to view one haiku at a time…so much fun to ponder, learn from, and find stimulation through – you have to check out this app.

Pottery HD – virtual pottery, how fun is that?  In this app you are the potter with a virtual wheel, at the completion of your piece, you fire, paint, decorate, photograph, and sell it at an auction.  Virtual people place orders for your pieces giving you the challenge of specific designs.  I understand there is an entire online community with competitions, galleries, and such.

Virtual Active – is one of my favorite apps.  I ride my exercise bike and travel through northern Italy, through the mountains, along canals, on the beach, and through small towns all across the countryThis app is so cool because the video only runs when it feels the vibration of the bike, and proceeds according to my speed.  There are 10-60 minute trips for each portal.  I think there are about 6-8 other ports of regions of the US, and Switzerland.  Travelling throughout Italy certainly makes exercising fun.

…and these are a few of my favorite things…

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10 responses

19 04 2012
Print-Sense Photography & Design

I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award (http://printsensephotography.com/2012/04/19/versatile-blogger-nomination/) Feel free to participate or just simply enjoy the nomination.

19 04 2012
Kris Kennedy

Thank you so much for the nomination…that means so much to me…I don’t participate, but I certainly have been enjoying checking out all of the blogs you awarded…so many people present so many wonderful blogs…thanks…I continue to be a fan of your blog

19 04 2012
Print-Sense Photography & Design

You are most welcome for the nomination. If anything it gives us all a chance to check out some new bloggers.

19 04 2012
Kris Kennedy

you are right, exactly

20 04 2012
JKBradley

Sort of a ‘Scared Straight’ storyline. I like it.

http://thebradleychronicles.wordpress.com/

20 04 2012
Kris Kennedy

that is the concept…thanks for reading and commenting

21 04 2012
annewhitaker

Thanks for all this Kris. You are a versatile mine of information and inspiration and thoroughly deserve your Versatile Blogger nomination.

Haven’t forgotten that I’ll be re-blogging your Alphabet of Self Care – next week!

21 04 2012
Kris Kennedy

Oh Anne, what lovely words…thank you… Have been wanting to ask you, are you familiar with Dr. Christine Page? I have been studying with her for years…

21 04 2012
annewhitaker

No – do tell me more – my email is info@anne-whitaker.com

24 04 2012
annewhitaker

Reblogged this on Writing from the twelfth house and commented:
This year, via a comment left on one of my posts, I met Kris Kennedy whose blog I’ve been following ever since. She has just been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award – read this post, browse her blog, and see why!

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