The Weekly Download – July 15, 2016, Eden Spodek in a garden using her iPhone
Okay, so I slipped up a bit. I hope you don’t mind the delay. I had this whole post planned out and then I took off to New York City for a few days and didn’t get fingers to the keyboard. Manhattan in the summertime has somehow become an annual thing for my husband and I. We went a bit earlier this year and it was unbelievably hot and humid. So, we did the sensible thing and spent three out of four days enjoying the phenomenal performances of some of the most talented entertainers on Broadway. Danielle Brooks (aka Tastee) was off filming season 5 of Orange is the New Black. Her wonderful understudy and the incredible pipes of Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, along with the stellar cast in The Color Purple made up for her absence. The energy Alex Brightman and his young co-stars brought to School of Rock gave new meaning to Stick it to the Man. And as Canadians, we were fortunate to see rising star, Benjamin (Ben) Wheelright, playing Christopher in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a few short hours before we left for our flight home and met him at the airport heading back to Toronto for the weekend. He’s originally from Edmonton and starring in his first Broadway show. So, while many of you spent time playing Pokemon Go and testing out Prisma – see below – I spent some time away from the screen.

In the meantime, here’s what filled up the Weekly Download for last week. It includes some of the stories that came across my feed and the highlights of the week. As always, I want to hear your comments about these topics too and please let me know if there are specific topics you’d like covered here.

Pokémon Go

I’m ashamed to admit after investing a small fortune in Pokémon cards and toys when my kids were growing up, and sitting through the first insufferable Pokémon movie, I had no idea Pokémon stood for pocket monster. Now that my sons are grown, I thought I’d heard the last of Pokémon. NOT! Over the last 10 days or so, the new augmented reality (AR) adventure mobile app, Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. Like the original Pokémon Gameboy games helped teach my then five-year-old how to read, Pokémon Go is getting couch potatoes outside and reintroducing them to physical activity. Just be sure to look up and look both ways before crossing the street. Don’t forget to check your privacy settings either. Yikes!

Prisma App

And for those of us who prefer to stretch our artistic muscles, a new app from Prisma has given us a whole bunch of incredible filters to liven up our photos on Instragram. “More filters?” you say? These aren’t like any other photo filters you’ve seen before. They’ve add a whole new saturated colourful richness inspired by artists, to our photos. What do you think of the Weekly Download graphic? It’s Prisma-fied and took me almost an hour to choose which one I liked best. I don’t know about you but I could play with Prisma all day. The only downside is the app has become so popular it’s often overloaded. Hopefully that issue will be sorted out before it includes video capabilities. What do you think? Have you tried it yet?

Calling all Toronto Foodies

Last Monday, after our weekly Weight Watchers (WW) weigh-in, my partners in WW crime and I went for our celebratory dinner at fresh and spotted a Sweet Jesus sign. No, it’s not a church but rather an incredibly decadent soft ice cream experience. Religious experience? You’ll have to decide for yourself. After I posted a pic on Instagram, Lindsey Coulter quickly pointed out that La Carnita is opening up next door. What’s next, The Burger’s Priest? Okay, so what does this have to do with social media you ask? Very little except for great Instagram photo fodder and a major challenge to our WW accomplishments. 😉

Ada’s Sisters – Episode 41: Zencastr, Ledbetter, Ulysses and BabyPod

We love all these accounts and apps set up to track diversity – for example, the LedBetter, a web based database that shows you the representation of women in positions of power. Then we tell you about this new Spector tool – a Shazam for fonts.
We’re eager to try out Zencastr for Ada’s Sisters. It’s a new way to record an audio file and perfect for recording podcast episodes with more than one contributor or guest. Eden had the pleasure of testing it out as a guest on For Immediate Release earlier this month. Even if our baby-making days weren’t over, neither of us would be eager to try out the BabyPod – the intravaginal speaker. Yuck! And our friend, Wayne MacPhail is back with another tooltip for an iPad app called Ulysses. Listen up!