“Homeless” — Games & Apps

When I was homeless, Smart Phones weren’t around. While looking for a game, I came across a game titled, “Homeless“. I was amazed at how or why anyone would want to play at being homeless, but here are a few.
[Note: game links are to Google Play Store. Game description from Play Store description.]

* Homeless: a simulation of a man on the street.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=home.game2

* My Pocket Hobo: now you can have your very own hobo! Just don’t let him die.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.octahedron.pockethobo

* The Homeless: experience life homeless. Will you succeeded honestly or as a thief?
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.agoryachev.bomjara

* Santa is Ho-Ho-Homeless: ages 13+. St. Nick has fallen on hard times. There’s even a soundboard for his “ranting”.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.horoscopenights.santahomeless

For real help for homeless people, I found quite a few apps. Which made me wonder how a homeless person would or could have a Smart Phone to download these helpful apps. I know they can use computers at the library — I’ve seen that. But downloading an app?
These focus mainly on the NYC area, as that’s where I live. Type, ” homeless” into your Store search engine to find one for your area.

* Homeless Helper NYC: helping the homeless locate shelter, food banks, etc.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.rasmi.homelessnyc

* Find Homeless Shelter: helps locate homeless shelters.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rathipriya.findhomeshelter

* Homeless Shelter For Veterans: a group that make up a large part of the homeless community, and really deserve better for their service for our country. This app offers link to Veterans Affairs, Benefits, and other help specific to those who put themselves between us and the bad guys only to return home to find very few care.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.a5688439450439987d2fe55a.a65055972a

And, finally, for those homeless animals:

* Homeless Pet Clubs: helping nonprofits adopt more pets.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_homelesspet.layout

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Check out Animal Linguistics on Learnist

http://learni.st/users/deconditioned/boards/6704-animal-linguistics

One thing I’ve always found frustrating about humans is… Well, there are many things. For example, humans seem to forget that we are — gasp — animals who lucked out with the thumbs.
Another annoyance is that, when studying different species of animals, we base it on the accepted standard of human intelligence. I’m not an environmentalist by any means, but how can we claim to be so very smart if this plant has been here, what, millions of years? Humans a few thousand years, yet we’ve almost completely destroyed this planet! (Most of the damage having been done over the past two hundred years.)
That said (grumbled, complained, etc), the above link leads to some interesting articles on nonhuman animals and their speech.
Enjoy.

Saturday Blog: I’m reading. So Should You.

It’s been two weeks of Monday, Wednesday, Saturday blog publishing (if they haven’t all been here, I have another blog at http://www.writersgroup1.WordPress.com which was originally intended as a writer’s group for those of us who can’t find time in “real life” for a regular meeting. It is also a good way for others to promote their blogs / sites. *hint, hint*).

Tonight? Well, tonight I’m reading. And you should be too.
Some suggestions:

* Anything and everything by Neil Gaiman. You can start with Sandman Seasons of Mist (graphic novel). Never where and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett) are also good starting places.

* Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Penguin edition, translated by David Margashak) and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy are good Russian novels.

* If you like Spanish, Like Water For Chocolate is similar enough to the movie that after watching the movie numerous times, I was able to read it in Spanish! And, of course, there’s One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

* You can always reread books you loved growing up. I used to read Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind (all 1034 pages) yearly. I just reread Stranger in a Strange Landย  (“grok” is even in dictionary.com! Tho I guess you have to have read the book to grok the significance of that!)ย  and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

I’m going back to my book. It’s about the Tarot, as I have a deck I’ve created, although the work is on and off (more off than on, but I just found my notes. Now I need an artist to draw the cards from some basic visual images and descriptions I’ve come up with!).
Good night.
Blessed Be.
Enjoy your book.

Dating Site Advice from a Newbie

(5 minute free write)

My introduction to internet dating sites came from my “baby daddy”, as he wishes to be called.
He had asked me to live with him — and his younger sister at his mom’s — and I came ” home” one day to find him looking at prospects. When I asked if he’d mentioned that he was living with someone, he said he was doing it “for us”.
No, not for a threesome.
This site had been advertising a questionnaire that could, supposedly, find your soulmate in 29 questions. He’d filled it out, and wanted me to do the same to see if we’d be matched up.
“There’s just one problem, ” I said. “In the age category. I would say I want to date some my age or older — and you’re two and a half years younger.”
And, no, I did not believe his story, but as I was already looking to escape him, I wasn’t all that upset…

However, after yet another friend became engaged to someone she met thru an online dating service, I decided to try it. As an experiment. Sort of.

After a few weeks, I’ve come up with some Do’s and Don’t’s. Well, mostly Don’t’s.
(Note: I was only allowed to choose male OR female, not both. I chose male because I can be with a male and not get emotionally involved. With females, it’s rare for me not to have some sort of emotional feelings. Yes, it confuses most people, not just you.)

Here we go:

* When going on a dating site, do NOT give yourself a name like, “SmoothLover”, ” HotNSexy”, or, “Your#1Man”. On the other hand, I was not impressed by, “MamasBoy” (tho I do like Mama’s boys), and “GreenPiss” (I swear this one is real!).

* When posting photos, there are quite a few things that won’t work. Posting all group photos but not saying which one you are; including your mom or dad or your kids; including an ex or strippers (Sorry, they were, “dancers at a show in Atlantic City”, responded the guy in question when I asked.); and only posting sayings and pictures of cartoon characters.

* Before you respond, you should read ALL of what the other person wrote. For example, I wrote that I wasn’t getting the upgrade, so clicking that you want to “meet me” will get you nothing, but a message will be more likely to get a response. (The ratio of “meet” to a message is about 2:1.)

What does work? With me, nothing, so far.

Next: I switch over to the lesbian dating site and get my heart broken.

iKeyboard

(I use an Android, but you can probably get this on an isuckPhone.)

There’s a keyboard called iKeyboard. I originally downloaded it for the emojis, but when the theme I chose (Halloween, of course) changed the font to one that was hard for me to read, I found an interesting theme I didn’t know existed: create your own.
You can choose a picture from your gallery or use a new one. You then choose the color the keys will be. And, voilร , you can have a keyboard with your kid’s face! Or your exes face, depending on how you look at pressing / hitting the keys on your keyboard.
Enjoy!