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Sep 12, 2018

Do You Love Space? You Need These 15 Free Apps on Your Phone

Photo: Arpan Das

Guys—I love space.

Growing up, I was always the kid with my head in the clouds (I'll admit I've been called a "space cadet" more than once) but my actual interest in the objects outside of our atmosphere didn't launch until I fulfilled my college science credits with two semesters of astronomy. It was one of my favorite classes of all time: learning about different planets and galaxies, observing the moon through powerful telescopes, and—shockingly for an artist—working the calculus of space physics. These days, I dip my toes into the pool of astronomy with a set of apps. 

Read on for our top picks of best free apps for space fans!

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Dec 12, 2016

Tackling a New Project Doesn't Have to Be Intimidating

This post is sponsored by DIYZ 

The story goes like this: I'll wake up early...usually on a Saturday, or perhaps the Monday of a three day weekend. I'll pull on my work jeans — not the trashed, paint-splattered ones; just the wornout pair with the ever growing hole in the right knee I need to patch. I'll tie my workboots, and grab a few quick measurements before I head out the door. I always remember to put the tape measure in my pocket to take it with me. Today is project day. 

And I'll get to the home improvement store, and I'll wander the aisles, and I'll realize: I have no idea what I'm doing. I need more information, more measurements, more details. So, I'll desperately look up something on my phone, but the reception in the back of this huge concrete box isn't good enough. Plus, all those content farms have tricked the search engines so that the quality of information that comes up is poor, and so generic that I struggle to trust it. 

Plus, maybe I have the basic materials figured out, but what tools do I need? Do I have the right screws, or are all mine too short or have the wrong head type? And - for goodness sakes - do I need another pack of #2 Phillips driver bits? (Thankfully, that one is easy. Yes. The answer is always yes. )   

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Jan 12, 2015

This Is Your New Favorite Beer App

created at: 01/11/2015I don't know about you guys, but it took me years to get a sense of what kinds of beers I liked and disliked...and why. Now, with some experience, I have a fairly good idea, but I was pretty impressed with this new app, Next Glass, which keeps track of which beers you enjoy and recommends others based on similar tastes.   

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Feb 13, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: February 13, 2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

WTF, Evolution? is a new educational humor blog that shares some of nature's most unlikely creations, like this guy, the 

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Apr 06, 2012

The 1-Bit Camera iPhone App

1-Bit Camera is a new 99¢ iPhone app that captures wonderful black and white 1-bit images. Photos taken with the app will have the same look as the original Apple OS form 1984, as well as the Gameboy Camera, a highly sought-after collectors item.

"In an age of ever-increasing megapixels and bit depth it is now painfully clear;
It is not the number of pixels that matters, but the quality of those individual pixels!"  

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Jan 05, 2012

The Little Printer by BERG

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With all the lists, calendars, articles and games that live on my iPhone, I sometimes long for the days of paper. There's just something so enjoyable about a tactile piece of paper that you can stash in your pocket or stick to the refrigerator. Well the Little Printer from BERG is going to fill that niche very soon. 

The Little Printer is, as you might guess, a little printer…but it connects wirelessly to your iPhone and allows you to print out variety of different types of content. Everything from news articles to your to-do lists to Foursquare updates.  

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Jun 22, 2011

The Arty Bollocks Generator

created at: 06/22/2011

You know when you go to an artist's website or museum, and they have their artist statement or exhibit explaination, and it's full of nice fancy language? Those are hard to write. One, because you're in a museum, and you have to sound smart; and two, it's hard to write about a visceral, sensory experience. I'm not gonna break out the old "it's like dancing about architecture..." trope, but it's, well, kinda like...hopscotching for social justice? Napping for typography? Riding bikes for cancer? (Actually, they do that... Speaking of which, I gotta get into shape.)

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Apr 12, 2011

I Can't Explain This, But It's Awesome and You Want to Play with It

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I just discovered this little rebloggable gem: someone built in a visual/musical step sequencer into Tumblr's CSS, allowing readers to click the boxes and create some seriously cool and catchy beats and melodies.

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Dec 22, 2010

Top Ten Must Have iPhone and iPad Apps for Food Lovers

created at: 12/22/2010

Perhaps you'll be unwrapping a new iPad or iPod touch on Christmas morning. Maybe your gift to yourself was cutting the ties with your old carrier and nabbed a shiny new iPhone. Or, maybe your like me and just really like food.

Whatever the scenario, the App store is full of cool stuff to make your cooking more successful.    

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Nov 05, 2010

I Can't Find My Phone

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I'd seen this make the blog rounds last week, and I wasn't gonna post about it. But, wouldn't you know it...this morning, on my way out to a meeting, I couldn't find my phone, which contained a text message of the address where I was supposed to be.

So - take it from first person experience. It's simple, it works, and the site looks pretty cool as well. Provided you can hear the vibrations of your phone.

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Nov 04, 2010

Chalk: A Free Browser-Based App for Your iPad

created at: 11/04/2010

The clever team at 37Signals came up with a cool, free browser-based productivity and art app called Chalk. Rather than messing with the App store, you can just go to the webpage, draw stuff on a virtual chalkboard, pass it around, do what you will, then save it into your photos library.

It even works without internet access. Check out the video below to learn more.  

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Jul 01, 2010

Cool Site: Ransom Note Generator

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I've been meaning to create one of those photo signage fontsets from scratch, but, at this point, it'll be pretty tough, having found The Ransom Note Generator.

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Jun 24, 2010

How To: Turn Your Own Handwriting into a Digital Font, Easily and For Free

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There have been several make-your-own-handwriting-into-a-font apps that have popped up over the last few years, but none have actually convinced me to try it until this new solution from Pilot. See, I actually like my handwriting...when I take the time to do it well. Most of the time, if I find myself actually needing to use pencil and paper,  I just end up getting whatever down as quickly as I can. So, it's pretty inconsistent, and I always figured it'd take me twenty-five tries and lots of white-out to come up with a complete alphabet worthy of digitizing.created at: 06/24/2010

But, Pilot Handwriting's approach is a bit different. The template looks easy to use, and then you can capture it with your built in webcam, and then edit each letter digitally, within the software itself, so no need for the whole scanner and photoshop song-and-dance.  

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Mar 17, 2010

BeardMe...Cause Everyone Should Have Access to Facial Hair

created at: 03/17/2010

No one, regardless of class, age, or gender, should be excluded from the opportunity or access to thick, radiant, and formidable facial hair. And with BeardMe, you can give it to them.

"Icons of wealth and class, beards and mustaches are status symbols of a bygone era. Establish yourself as your generation’s Abraham Lincoln by adding an urbane and elegant beard or mustache to your mug with BeardMe, the premier facial hair application for the iPhone and iPod Touch."  

You can select from a variety of styles, shapes, colors, and orientations, then save your results, and easily publish to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or send via email.

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