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Meet EverLapse, a new photo sharing app with a community twist. It is quite fun!


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A week ago I started playing around with Everlapse, a photo sharing app (for the iPhone) from Seesaw Decisions Corp, an app development company co-founded by Aaron GotwaltKyle Sollenberger and Jesse Engle. That’s the trio that co-founded the Twitter-focused service, CoTweet, which was acquired by ExactTarget (which is in the process of being gobbled by Salesforce itself.) EverLapse is actually a side project for the company, but if I was them, I would shut down whatever else they are doing and instead focus on this new photo app.

Why? Because instead of trying to mimic, say, Instagram, the new app has taken a very communal approach to photo sharing. Engle said it is doing so by bridging the gap between photos and videos. SeeSaw has raised about a million dollars in funding from FreeStyle Capital, Betaworks, First Round Capital and Baseline Ventures (also an early investor…

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Kevin’s Wilderness Journeys (YouTube Channel)


OK, time for a bit of shameless self-promotion. Today’s link is to my YouTube channel, ‘Kevin’s Wilderness Journeys.’ I have only recently given the channel a bit of an overhaul and have plans to add a lot more content in coming days.

For more visit:
http://www.youtube.com/user/particularkev

Using Lift


If you ever wonder about the various apps I post about on this Blog – generally Sundays – they are usually apps I use already or have begun to use. The one I posted about today is called Lift, which is a relatively new app for the iPhone. I have just started to use it today and it looks a fairly easy one to use and it could be quite useful. 

To start with I am tracking my multivitamin taking. I decided to start taking these as an added preventative for the flu and cold sores (which as you know I seem to have a lot of lately), as well as a general top up for my dietary intake. Each day I simply check off on the app that I have taken the multi and the app continues to track my progress on developing this habit and keeps statistics. 

If I like what it does with the multivitamin tracking I’ll probably start to use the app for other purposes also.

New Computer


Finally I have the new computer up and running – every so often I find I don’t have a program installed that I did on the other computer and set out to get it installed. It is fantastic though to have a very reliable computer again. All of the system updates, software updates, etc, are eating up my monthly bandwidth allowance though and I expect some Internet connectivity issues when I get shaped prior to the end of this bandwidth month. It’s going to be a very close thing and will probably impact on my posts yet again. Still, from the start of the next cycle all should be fairly regular again, which will be good.

Blackbutt Reserve


Since I was unable to visit Gap Creek Falls the other day, I decided I might pop in to have a look at the new animal enclosures at Blackbutt Reserve near Newcastle. I will say straight off the bat that I do have something of a prejudice against Blackbutt Reserve, as I see the place as nothing like a natural bush setting, it being far too ‘corrupted’ by human activity, weeds and the like. Having said that it is a good place for a family or group outing/event. It certainly has its place, but it is not a true nature reserve (in my opinion).

Visitor Centre

ABOVE: Visitor Centre

I do think that some well designed animal and bird enclosures at Blackbutt could lift the value of the reserve dramatically and make it a really great place for families, especially young families. There are opportunities for educational visits for kids, possible environmental activities and the like there. So the potential is certainly there for Blackbutt.

The enclosures of my youth are giving way to those that are much better and up to a more modern standard, which is great to see. Certainly the improvements I saw are great and some of them are outstanding. The Quoll enclosure, with nocturnal habitat viewing was brilliant. Some of the other enclosures are getting there also, though I was disappointed with the size of some of the aviaries and poor vegetation choices they appeared to have. They didn’t look to great for the birds, which I think is not a good look. Still, they are a major improvement on what had been there before.

Some of the other enclosures for snakes and amphibians were really good also I have to say and overall the place is going ahead and improving all of the time. So I think it has a place into the future, if it can continue to improve along the way. Just some thoughts…

Modern Enclosures Koala

ABOVE LEFT: Modern Enclosures  ABOVE RIGHT: Koala BELOW: Nocturnal Quoll Enclosure

Nocturnal Quoll Enclosure

Capsule


I have been having some problems with Internet connectivity over the last few days, so my attempts to return to daily posts are suffering a few setbacks at the moment. Hopefully this will all be sorted soon.

Today’s post is a link to a new social network called ‘Capsule.’ It is a place for setting up a private place for event planning and groups. I have started to use the site and will see how it goes over the longer term, but at the outset it seems to be a very useful private social network type site for small groups and the like. It is in beta development and you need to request an invite to be able to join.

Have a look for yourself at:
http://trycapsule.com/

Lagoonia


Today, after ending my 6 month break, I’m posting a link to a new game that I have come across called Lagoonia. Lagoonia is the new browser game from InnoGames. The game is set on a South Pacific Island following a plane crash. The player has control of up to 15 individuals in the game, with the focus being on survival and social interaction with other players. Various tasks are performed, such as building a fire, shelters and gathering food, etc.

Lagoonia is still in beta, so there are still bugs being sorted and it continues to be developed. There is an introductory video for the game, which follows, as well as a link to the game site.

http://en.lagoonia.com

Glitch


Today I am posting a YouTube video concerning the game Glitch. This is a game that is still in beta (entered beta recently) and is being developed. However, there are growing periods of time when the game is open to new users to join and play the game. I have been playing Glitch for some time and I find the game to be quite addictive. It is a complex game, yet quite simple to play – and it is a very social experience as you interact with other Glitchers. I’ll leave you with the video.