Glee Karaoke App Is Super Fun!

Glee Karaoke iPhone app

Glee Karaoke iPhone app

I’ve been playing a lot with my new favorite iPhone app… Glee Karaoke, by smule. I’ve never done real karaoke before, but I am a huge Glee fan, and I can carry a tune. So I decided to give the app a try.

It is so much fun! I am not a great singer. I have been in school and church choirs, but never a superstar, and I’ve always been shy about singing in front of people. However, this app is so addictive, it makes me willing to share my embarrassing karaoke performances in order to progress and level up. Here’s one, if you’re curious: No Air.

The app features a growing library of downloadable tracks from Glee (most are $0.99 each). Once you choose, purchase, and download your song, you’re ready to perform! Start up the track, follow the highlighted words and pitch lines, and see how well you’re doing by watching the starbursts light up the screen. Complete achievements and share your songs (broadcast on the smule site and/or share via e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook) to earn points and level up.

To help those of us who aren’t ready for primetime, the app features auto-tune (pitch correction, if your voice is a little off-key) and auto-harmony (to make your one voice sound like trio Destiny’s Child). Of course, if you’re already a singing sensation, you can turn off those features and just go solo. The app even lets you sing along with your iTunes songs, or make up your own a cappella arrangements.

Overall, the Glee Karaoke app is very enjoyable. It’s well-executed and fun to use. The only thing I don’t like about it is the cost of the song tracks. Most die-hard Gleeks, like me, have already paid to download the songs from the TV soundtrack for $1.29 each. And the app makes us pay another $0.99 per karaoke song. This can get expensive! Come on! Give us a discount or something!

Still, if you’re a Glee fan, this app might just get you to “come out of the shower” as a singer. Take a chance and put yourself in the spotlight. Even if you’re shy, it’s too fun not to try. Break a leg! 🙂

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Geek Toys: Create Your Own Gossip Magazine Cover

customized gossip magazine cover

GeekMom's Gossip Mag Cover

I love “create your own stuff” sites, and here is a fun new online geek toy! Even if you’re the nerdiest, most square geek in the world, you can be the star of your very own gossip rag cover.

Check out My Front Page Scandal, which lets you create your own magazine cover. It’s a new site launching in connection with “Teenage Paparazzo,” a film by Adrian Grenier:

One night in Los Angeles, Adrian Grenier, star of the HBO series “Entourage,” encountered 14-year-old paparazzo Austin Visschedyk. Astounded and inspired by the fast-talking, faster-snapping teen, Grenier (HBO’s “Shot in the Dark”) decided to turn the cameras on Visschedyk in an effort to better understand this unique teenager’s world and gain insight into what motivates people to stalk the famous.
An intimate look at the complicated relationship between paparazzi and the celebrity culture they serve, TEENAGE PAPARAZZO debuts MONDAY, SEPT. 27 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

With My Front Page Scandal, you can log in with Facebook, and use your photos, or photos of your friends, to create a customized magazine cover. Choose your favorite magazine title and layout, pick your funniest photos, write your own outrageous captions, and share it with your friends.

For my own cover, I decided to poke fun at my own lack of fashion sense and my crazy Twilight obsession. And since relationships are always featured on gossip mags, I included a photo of myself and my fantastic, geek-loving hubby.

I also made a cover for an old friend with a good sense of humor, and his wife thought it was hilarious. She said she wants a poster-size print for her wall. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. 🙂 Cheers!

Martha Stewart is Crazy

Lisa Quinn

Lisa Quinn, mother of two

I admit there was a time when I admired Martha Stewart and her amazing domestic skills. I was awed by her real sugared fruit centerpieces and envious of her front porch holiday decorations.

But after a while, I gave up wishing and hoping and trying to measure up to Martha’s impossible standards. I mean, I’m a mother. Not Wonder Woman.

Turns out I’m not the only person to go from wannabe to anti-Martha. Meet Lisa Quinn, an Emmy-Award Winning ABC TV Host in San Francisco, author, mom of two, and recovering Martha-aholic. She has written a book called “Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets.”

“In this book, you’ll find an assortment of domestic shortcuts, rationalizations, cheats, compromises, inspiration, contradictions, and confessions to help manic moms everywhere get through the day….” “How to give your home the illusion of cleanliness and sensibly chic home decor, and when to just break down and hire a professional.”

Lisa Quinn shares her best tips on balancing family, work, social life, and personal hygiene, with a healthy dose of humor. Available at Amazon: Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets