Bloggerhood Etc. 4/28/14

Redskins and Dolphins in SB VII

The Redskins of my childhood (Photo: Getty Images)

Happy Monday! Wait … is there such a thing?

Here’s the best of week …

Best Article.A Decade Without a First-Round Pick” by Mike Tanier on Sports on Earth.

Most Honest.Infertility Awareness Week: A Catholic Perspective” by Aimee Murphy (and numerous contributors from a Facebook infertility support group, some of whom chose to remain anonymous) at Ramblings of an Interested Party.

Most Poetic.The Popular Poet” by John Blase, guesting on Addie Zierman’s How to Talk Evangelical blog.

Best Reflection.Shared Sacrifice” by Msgr. Micheal Heintz at America.

Best Photoblog.Pattern” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Biggest Blowout (in any sport, ever).NBA Y2K: OutKast’s quest for 404 points in one game” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Special Needs Post.3D Printers: The Future is Now” by Jolene Philo at Not Alone.

Best Guest Post.In which we’re telling a new narrative about gender roles and racial reconciliation” by Osheta Moore at Sarah Bessy’s blog.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Day the Place Cards Were Burned” by Natalie Trust.

Most Nostalgic.Traveling the Oregon Trail” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best List.Top Ten Ways to Misuse the Bible {from an ex-fundamentalist guilty of ALL ten}” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Video.Play House” by Alex Allmont on Vimeo.

If only LEGO did that when I was a kid!

Bloggerhood Etc. 3/10/14

Lenten Facebook cover art (via Google Image Search)

Lenten Facebook cover art (via Google Image Search)

The beginning of Lent, the first year of a beloved Pope, a week of great writing, and a song you can’t get out of your head—here’s the best of the week.

Best List.40 Ideas for Lent 2014” by Rachel Held Evans.

Best Advice.Getting Dirty on Ash Wednesday” by Gregory Houck at the Order of Carmelites Blog.

Best Retrospective.How to Really Measure the ‘Pope Francis Effect’” by Daniel Burke at CNN.com.

Best Commentary.Undressing Misogyny” by Natalie Trust.

Best Invention.Local Musician Invents Music Technology” by Stacey Kafka at KEZI 9 News.

Best Guest Post.Staying Silent No More: I Am a Christian Ally” by Evelyn Shoop at Believe Out Loud.

Best Brew.Pilot Batch Release: Stay at Home Dad by Stephen Weber” at The Bruery.

Best Parenting Post.Minimalist Parenting: Another Trend I Don’t Have the Time For” by Elissa Strauss at Raising Kvell.

Best (and Worst) Earworm.Why You Can’t Get That Song From ‘Frozen’ Out Of Your Head” by Laura Shocker at Huff Post Healthy Living.

Best Parody (of Said Earworm).A Frozen Father (‘Let it Go’ Dad Parody)” by Scott S. Kramer via YouTube and HuffPost Parents.

Anna’s Favorite Apps, Part Four

Anna and I check out her new iPad Air

Photo: Julia Ozab

We bought Anna an iPad for her birthday, and what’s an iPad without apps? I took a  look at an iPad at Anna’s elementary school while Julia searched online, and together we found a wide variety of educational games along with some just for fun. Now that a few weeks have passed, I asked Anna what some of her favorites were? She likes a lot of them, so I’ll be featuring them here each Tuesday over the next few weeks.

Check out Part One: Spelling, Grammar, and Reading, Part Two: Math and Science, and Part Three: Geography and Foreign Language.

(Note: specs and screenshots via the App Store)

Part Four: Just for Fun

3 Games in 1 App

Monsters University

  • $0.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2013
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Size: 60.5 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
  • Seller: Walt Disney
  • © Disney 2013

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation), and iPod touch (5th generation). This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Free version: Catch Archie.

Become the ultimate scarer!

Description: Catch Archie the Scare Pig, run the Toxicity Challenge, and Avoid the Parent (aka the 50 foot librarian) in three fun games based on the film Monsters University. Each game features thirty stages of increasing difficulty. Play as Mike, then unlock Sully, Squishy, and Don Carlton, as you move up in levels. Earn coins and buy boosts and second chances.

Anna’s favorite part: Spending coins in the store.

Julia and I are both hooked on this app. She’s played all thirty stages of Toxicity Challenge and Avoid the Parent, and I’m on Stage 28 of Catch Archie.

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Anna’s Favorite Apps, Part Three

Anna and I check out her new iPad Air

Photo: Julia Ozab

We bought Anna an iPad for her birthday, and what’s an iPad without apps? I took a  look at an iPad at Anna’s elementary school while Julia searched online, and together we found a wide variety of educational games along with some just for fun. Now that a few weeks have passed, I asked Anna what some of her favorites were? She likes a lot of them, so I’ll be featuring them here each Tuesday over the next few weeks.

Check out Part One: Spelling, Grammar, and Reading, and Part Two: Math and Science.

(Note: specs and screenshots via the App Store)

Part Three: Geography and Foreign Language

50 States with Flat Stanley

Learn the States With Flat Stanley

  • $0.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Nov 02, 2013
  • Version: 1.9
  • Size: 48.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Flatter World, Inc.
  • © Flatter World Inc

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Send Stanley to Oregon.

Description:  Help Flat Stanley re-deliver lost mail while learning the names and locations of all fifty states. Grab a slingshot, take aim, and send him flying.

Anna’s Favorite Part: Flinging Stanley with the slingshot.

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Anna’s Favorite Apps, Part Two

Anna and I check out her new iPad Air

Photo: Julia Ozab

We bought Anna an iPad for her birthday, and what’s an iPad without apps? I took a  look at an iPad at Anna’s elementary school while Julia searched online, and together we found a wide variety of educational games along with some just for fun. Now that a few weeks have passed, I asked Anna what some of her favorites were? She likes a lot of them, so I’ll be featuring them here each Tuesday over the next few weeks.

Check out Part One: Spelling, Grammar, and Reading.

(Note: specs and screenshots via the App Store)

Part Two: Math and Science

Equation screen

Mathmateer™

  • $0.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Sep 18, 2013
  • Version: 2.2
  • Size: 20.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Freecloud Design, Inc.
  • © 2010-2013 Freecloud Design, Inc.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Rocket launch screen

Description: Solve math problems, earn money, and build a rocket. Then launch the rocket on a math mission. All levels of elementary mathematics will keep a child engaged and learning into middle school.

Anna’s favorite part: Launching the rocket, of course.

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Anna’s Favorite Apps, Part One

Anna and I check out her new iPad Air

Photo: Julia Ozab

We bought Anna an iPad for her birthday, and what’s an iPad without apps? I took a  look at an iPad at Anna’s elementary school while Julia searched online, and together we found a wide variety of educational games along with some just for fun. Now that a few weeks have passed, I asked Anna what some of her favorites were? She likes a lot of them, so I’ll be featuring them here each Tuesday over the next few weeks.

(Note: specs and screenshots via the App Store)

Part One: Spelling, Grammar, and Reading

scramble mode

FreeFall Spelling

  • $1.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2012
  • Version: 2.4
  • Size: 65.0 MB
  • Languages: English, German, Spanish
  • Seller: Merge Mobile, Inc.
  • © Merge Mobile, Inc

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Fish Tank

Description: Practice spelling in three different modes—scramble, drag—and typwriter fun—and win fish and aquarium supplies to fill a virtual fish tank.

Anna’s favorite part: Feeding the fish.

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