Silk Interactive Art Generator

What is Silk?

Since I can’t draw anything besides stick figures, I’m always excited about tools that help me create interesting and beautiful things. Silk is a very colorful and simple click-and-create artwork generator. The resulting artwork is pleasantly geeky, with a colorful, computer-generated sort of beauty. I love it!

How to use Silk

Silk controls

Silk controls

To start using the tool, simple click and drag your cursor over the blank screen. Silk will create an interesting pattern for you, which looks something like a Spirograph pattern, but more intricate and complicated.

Click on the color palette to change your ink, or click and drag between two colors to create a custom blend.

Change the way your lines are drawn by choosing different levels of rotational symmetry, mirroring, and spiral effects.

Artwork created with Silk

I had a great time playing with Silk, and I saved a few of my colorful creations. Give it a try (weavesilk.com) and let me know what you think! I’d love to see what you make.

Silk is also available for iPhone and iPad.

Silk artwork #3

Silk artwork #3

Silk artwork #2

Silk artwork #2

Silk artwork #3

Silk artwork #3

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Memorial Day Thoughts – 7 photos

Memorial Day is an annual holiday in the USA, observed on the last Monday in May. It’s designated as the day we remember those men and women who died while serving in the military.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sometimes, we forget the original purpose of Memorial Day. I’ve put together a little collection of images from our war memorials, with thoughtful inscriptions and quotations. I found these meaningful and poignant, and wanted to share them with my kids to help them understand the value of service, the price of freedom, and to help us feel more gratitude for the good things we enjoy.

Enjoy your holiday, and take a moment to remember…

From the World War 2 Memorial:

“THEY FOUGHT TOGETHER AS
BROTHERS-IN-ARMS. THEY DIED
TOGETHER AND NOW THEY
SLEEP SIDE BY SIDE. TO THEM
WE HAVE A SOLEMN OBLIGATION.”
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

(photo by William Hartz)

from the World War 2 Memorial

“WOMEN WHO STEPPED UP
WERE MEASURED AS CITIZENS
OF THE NATION, NOT AS WOMEN…
THIS WAS A PEOPLE’S WAR,
AND EVERYONE WAS IN IT.”

Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby

"WOMEN WHO STEPPED UP WERE MEASURED AS CITIZENS OF THE NATION,  NOT AS WOMEN…THIS WAS A PEOPLE’S WAR, AND EVERYONE WAS IN IT." Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby

“WOMEN WHO STEPPED UP WERE MEASURED AS CITIZENS OF THE NATION,
NOT AS WOMEN…THIS WAS A PEOPLE’S WAR, AND EVERYONE WAS IN IT.”
Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby
(photo by William Hartz)

From the Korean War Memorial:

“OUR NATION HONORS
HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS
WHO ANSWERED THE CALL
TO DEFEND A COUNTRY
THEY NEVER KNEW
AND A PEOPLE
THEY NEVER MET.”

"OUR NATION HONORS HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS WHO ANSWERED THE CALL TO DEFEND A COUNTRY THEY NEVER KNEW AND A PEOPLE THEY NEVER MET

“OUR NATION HONORS HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS WHO ANSWERED THE CALL TO DEFEND A COUNTRY THEY NEVER KNEW AND A PEOPLE THEY NEVER MET”

“FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.”

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

“FREEDOM IS NOT FREE”
(photo by William Hartz)

From the Vietnam Memorial:

IT IS OUR DUTY TO REMEMBER…
THE GALLANT AMERICANS WHOSE NAMES
GRACE THIS MEMORIAL WALL SACRIFICED
THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF OUR
COUNTRY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR
1964-1975…

IT IS OUR DUTY TO REMEMBER... THE GALLANT AMERICANS WHOSE NAMES GRACE THIS MEMORIAL WALL SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR 1964-1975...

“IT IS OUR DUTY TO REMEMBER… THE GALLANT AMERICANS WHOSE NAMES GRACE THIS MEMORIAL WALL SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR 1964-1975…”
(photo by concep007)

From the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier:

“FREEDOM IS A LIGHT
FOR WHICH MANY MEN HAVE DIED IN DARKNESS.”

(photo by Matt McGee)

(photo by Matt McGee)

How to unsend a message in Gmail

If you’re a Gmail user, here’s a tip that could be useful. Have you ever sent an e-mail that you wish you could recall? There’s a way to do that in Gmail.

Undo Send in Gmail

Undo Send in Gmail

You can enable the feature that gives you a few seconds to unsend a message by:

  1. Clicking on the gear,
  2. then Settings
  3. then the Labs tab
  4. and scroll down to enable Undo Send.
  5. Save the changes, and you’re done!

For a 30 second how-to, watch this video.

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Free Phone Case Giveaway for Mother’s Day

Tech21 iPhone 6 case

My Tech21 iPhone 6 case

Geek Mom’s Review

Looking for an affordable accessory for Mother’s Day? I have three new Tech21 gadget cases to give away! I’ve just slipped a new Tech21 FlexShock™ case onto my iPhone 6, and here are my first impressions:

  1. It’s hard, but flexible. Easy to slip onto the phone, because it bends a little bit.
  2. Shiny and colorful. Reminds me a bit of those plastic “jelly shoes” from the 80s. Or a phone-shaped gummy candy. Very pretty!
  3. Interesting looking texture. I can see through the case to the Apple on the back, but there is a nice polka-dot texture overlay.
  4. Excellent fit on the phone. Fits like a plastic glove.
  5. Screen protector not included. The case covers the back, sides, and buttons, but leaves the screen and ports open.

So far, I’m enjoying my free phone case. I’m tempted to taste it, because it looks like candy! It’s shiny, but not slippery. It’s hard, but not rigid.

How to Win a Free Tech21 Case

Want one for yourself? Or to give to the woman who brought you into the world? Leave a comment to enter, and three people will win a free case (for any major mobile device), provided by Tech21.

Thanks to Tech21 for sponsoring this giveaway! Tech21 is the leader in impact protection for smartphones, tablets and laptops. Tech21 has a suite of protective cases featuring Tech21’s scientifically proven material, FlexShock, and are backed by a lifetime warranty. The new Tech21 EVO range featuring FlexShock delivers thinner (by nearly 30%), lighter and more stylish impact protection than ever before. Learn more at Tech21 or follow @Tech21_UK on Twitter.

Winners will be randomly selected, and will be contacted via e-mail, so be sure to use a functioning address when you submit your comment. Winner’s choice of case will be shipped directly from the sponsor.

Create Mandala Art with Your Words

Create your own mandala-style word art

I’m a big fan of words, letters, and interesting patterns, so I was excited to find this cool mandala word art generator! You can type in some letters, use the sliders to adjust the size and overlap of the characters, and view, share, or save your creation in seconds!

Mandala-style "Todd"

Mandala-style “Todd”

I tried a few different words and decided I like shorter words better, because I can still kind of see what letters are in the finished product. If you want to use a longer message and create something very mysterious, that would also be cool. You could hide a secret mantra or message in your mandala, and nobody would ever know what it means, besides you.

Go try it at Mandific and let me know what you come up with! I’d love to see your creations, whether they are big and clear, or cryptic and complicated.

Mandala-style "sunshine"

Mandala-style “sunshine”