The Cool House: iphone
Showing posts with label iphone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label iphone. Show all posts

Friday, October 08, 2010


The message I received from The Guy this morning. Is it a subtle reference to a fiscal program? An invitation to join a secret society in Quebec or the equivalent of making a phone call with your butt?

Friday, August 28, 2009

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Another Evening, Another Sunset

Suffice to say every one is different and every one a winner.

This is from Saturday. I had let the battery on the Canon rebel run out and I didn't think it was going to be a stellar sunset so I only had my iphone. It turned out pretty good regardless - a little Turner, a little Rubens - pinks, orange, purple and grey-blue. Click, as always, to embiggen.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ben: Capturing Color

I've been having some difficulty pinpointing the exact shade, tint and hue of paint I need to decorate The Cool House but come June 1st my problems will be solved by Ben.

Ben, or more properly, ben® Color Capture™ is a free iphone app developed by paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore that digitally matches photos to to any one of the 3,300 or so colors in Benjamin Moore’s system. I'll tap the app and let ben do the rest.

Using the iphone camera, I'll snap my inspiration image and zoom in on any part of it.  A strip of colors will appear on the screen under the image, with the closest match highlighted, I can then save my preferred shade to my favorites. Shaking the phone will give me four co-ordinating colors or I can use the app to access the BM full spectrum color wheel. 

Then all I need to do is go to the nearest paint store (using the iphone's GPS system to locate it) and say "I want it this color". Ben should making choosing paint easy and fun, and I'll be downloading it from iTunes first thing Monday morning.

Monday, February 23, 2009

It's a long way to Stamford

Connecticut. That's the faint strip on the horizon way over the other side of Long Island Sound. And that's where the taxi will be coming from if I book it with the Taxi! app I have on the iphone. That's the problem with living in the Incorporated Village - our wireless signals are clearest right across the water. The best radio signal is Connecticut's Kool 96.7 FM, so we know which Chevy dealer to use should we find ourselves in need of a bargain car; if you dial 911 you're likely to get an operator in the Nutmeg State who has no clue where to send the emergency services, and using our GPS location the taxi will have to make a 60 mile trip to pick me up. Technology, still not perfect, then.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I'm using the iphone as a portable, pictorial list-making device so next time I go to the liquor store I can remember the name of the delightfully smooth yet smokey single malt we are adding to hot water, lemon and a cane sugar cube to ward off the evil effects of the damned cold virus that's plagued as for the past 10 days. Yes, I know that's no way to treat a malt from the Islands but we're too sick to go get any Famous Grouse. It's called making do.........

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

iphone+modernemama=a steep learning curve

I'm still getting to grips with the iphone. Mostly it's my own stupidity. Example #1: It was an unseasonal 65F when I got my phone and I checked the weather with it to see what the rest of the week would be like. 58-64 all week long, how nice! So I was a little surprised when I went outside without a coat and found I was freezing. Why would the iphone lie? Because idiot me still had the weather on the default page, Cupertino, California, that's why. Then there was the time I emailed a gazillion people unwittingly including my phone number as part of the message. Luckily it won't be a problem because a) I don't contact many psychos b) no one reads my messages anyway and c) because, although I downloaded the truphone app and I can make calls from the dead zone that is our house using VoIP, I still can't receive calls that way. Plus ├ža change, plus c'est (presque) la meme chose.
On the positive side I triple heart the apps store. I'm famously cheap so I've only downloaded the free apps but did you know there's a Cocktails App? Happy times. I no longer need GPS because the in-built map is so awesome (it knows where the dead zone is: right over my house) and the quality of the screen for youtube viewing has to be seen to be believed. And the ipod part? The biggest reason I got this phone was because my old 2nd generation ipod could no longer hold a charge and I can't be without music. Well, to be truthful I've been so busy playing with the rest of it I haven't actually listened to the selection of tunes I downloaded from the imac but if the sound quality if this song is anything to go by I think it'll be just fine.
The biggest challenge for me (and, incidentally, The Guy) isn't anything to do with the iphone itself. It's actually remembering to TAKE THE IPHONE WHEN WE LEAVE THE HOUSE!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Shout outs

We caught the Young Rebel Goombas - or a portion of them anyway - at Black and Blue on Boxing Day the day after Xmas. And we got a shout out for letting them use our house as a location for their video. Their yet-to-be-finished video. (No pressure, Jake!) I also got complemented by a random person in the ladies room on the bright red silk shirt I was wearing. That, despite the stain on the flounce (oops, must learn not to drop sauce down me) and the sleeve (thanks to our server Caitlin who dropped the apple garnish on me). And thank you Caitlin for mentioning in a voice loud enough that the entire restaurant could hear, that we were such a cute couple. Apparently we were holding hands while simultaneously attempting to set up our iPhones (mutual xmas presents) in a zone with cell service. I know. We failed at so many levels of etiquette. But it's the holiday season, and there were cocktails involved so we feel no guilt.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Schmap for iPhone

I got an email this morning from the folks at Schmap to let me know their guides are now available for iPhone and iPod touch and my photos are included. I played around a lot with the online version and I'm totally in love with it. Schmap and iPhone - perfect synergy.
I'm glad I could play with it online because that's the nearest I'll get to actually possessing my own iPhone. After all what is the point of having a state of the art, intuitive, beautifully designed, expensive phone if you live in a VILLAGE WITH NO CELLPHONE SERVICE?