building-apps

anonymous asked:

Uber scandal??

Thanks, Anon. Is this a reference to this post? If so, you can read about a string of Uber scandals in this article from Uproxx. A few highlights:

1) deliberately breaking up the NYC taxi drivers’ strike in protest of Trump’s Muslim travel ban

2) ex-employee’s expose about rampant sexual harassment issues at Uber that get routinely swept under the rug

3) self-driving car unit allegedly stole its code and key talent from a competitor

4) NYT’s article on Uber’s use of software to illegally evade law enforcement agencies

And mentioned but not elaborated on in this article:

5) Uber illegally fingerprinting and tracking iPhones whose owners have deleted the app, and building special software to hide this fact from Apple (upon discovery of which, Apple said in no uncertain terms that if they keep this up, Apple will remove the Uber app from iTunes)

And most recently, I just read today that:

6) Uber bought data from email organization app Unroll.me, including Lyft user receipts. Lyft is a direct competitor of Uber, and the receipt emails contain: your pick and dropoff locations (private data), your total (competitive info), your route (competitive info), your driver’s name and photo (private and competitive), etc. (Engadget article) Not a good thing given Uber’s record of illegal analysis of private data and illegal tracking of users.

There are various other not-so-flattering threads on the Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, but honestly I’ve heard enough.

You bored, or feeling artsy but don’t have any inspiration...!?

Do you need to distract yourself? Or are you simply bored? 

Well, let’s fix that shit right now~

Here are some great websites to make the time pass.


First off, here are some 100% free art programs!; 

  • Photoshop CS2 - (Windows, not sure about Mac.)
  • FireAlpaca - (Windows and Mac)
  • Medibang Paint Pro- (windows and Mac)
  • Sketchbook Copic Edition - (Windows and Mac)
  • GIMP - (Windows) (Mac)
  • Paint tool SAI [cracked]  - (Windows) (Mac)
  • Paint tool SAI 2 beta - (tumblr post on said program)
  • iPaint - (Mac)
  • Paintbrush - (Mac)
  • Pencil - (Windows, Mac)
  • Paint.NET - (Windows)
  • Seashore [still in development, ver 0.5] - (Mac)
  • ChocoFlop - (Mac)
  • Inkscape - (Mac and Windows)
  • ArtRage [Demo] - (Mac and Windows)
  • OpenCanvas 1.1[must pay for 2.0] - (Windows, not sure about Mac.)
  • MyPaint - (Windows)
  • Krita - (Windows)
  • Vectorian [Supports Animation] - (Windows)
  • Pixia[Japanese, some English versions] - (Windows)
  • Asperite - (Windows)
  • Chasys Draw IES - (Windows)
  • SmoothDraw - (Windows)
  • TwistedBrush Open Studio - (Windows)
  • BOUNS - CTRL+Paint [Great for teaching all kinds of stuff, like how to use digital programs.]


Alrighty, but maybe you don’t want to download software to draw, free or not. That’s just too much time, and let’s face it, you’re already bored. Well, I’ve got you covered peoples, here are some free browser paint/drawing programs!;

  • Pixlr.com-a browser photoeditor, and can be used for drawing!
  • Psykopaint
  • QueekyPaint
  • PaintOnline- ((also has some random free browser games on site too!))


Sooo, maybe You just don’t feel like drawing…understandable, you beasts-here’s a BUNCH of other websites to calm and/or stretch those brain muscles!;

  • create pixel art
  • Awesome photo editor and art program, all free…!
  • Totally free transparent textures
  • make a cute chibi
  • draw some cool generative art
  • be a graffiti creator
  • create a picassohead (you don’t need to be a picasso to do so)
  • paint online
  • another awsome site to create pixel art on
  • and another one
  • create your own mandala
  • or color one
  • create an avatar
  • or you can try creating your own superhero
  • here you can interact with organisms in different environments to see how to music changes
  • here’s a website that translates the time into hexidecimal colours,
  • Here is a website where you can travel along a 3D line into the infinite unkown
  • here is a website where you can listen to rain with or without music
  • Need a model in a certain pose for drawing? here
  • Want to build your own planet
  • here is a website where you can create your own galaxies
  • make your own pattern (very useful if you need a new background)
  • create next hit comic
  • make a city which looks like something from 90′s games
  • draw a mandala like design
  • jig saw puzzles
  • more jig saw puzzles to solve
  • create a stunning HTML5 animation - no coding!
  • make a movie
  • create and dress up dolls
  • play a piano
  • you can also play a guitar
  • create sounds
  • another sound creator
  • create a logo
  • design your dream home
  • sketch rooms
  • explore fashion trends and create your own sets
  • build a website
  • try this app for building a website
  • Or maybe start learning how to code!
  • design your own t-shirt or a beanie or sweatpants and order them
  • design your own phone case
  • pretend to be a graphic designer with this cool online tool
  • Make your own Glitch art
  • Here’s another glitch art maker
  • And another!
  • Holy hell, here’s a third!
  • make an image look like it was created by a commodore 64
  • freaking cool text generator!
  • Easy to use word processor
  • Make up really cool patterns or run your photos through it :)
  • Write an essay on anything with no hassle
  • Wanna see how something you write would look like if it was on JacksFilms YGS((Your Grammar Sucks videos on YouTube))?
  • Make pictures out of text
  • ASCII word generator
  • Need an idea for some fanart-here :D
  • mario
  • cubefield
  • sleep calculator
    essay typer
  • rice questions
  • maths 
  • artsy-fartsy pretty thing
  • quotes
  • survive nature
  • rain
  • tumblr music
  • calming rain
  • themes
  • backgrounds [x] 
  • loads of references


Still haven’t found something that would float your  proverbial boat? 

Then try these out!:

  • watch a documentary
  • learn to code
  • do something yourself
  • workout with the help of this great youtube channels
  • learn things
  • play pokemon or zelda or other awesome old school games
  • waste your time on miniclip
  • play games at additing games
  • or try games at agame
  • calm your thoughts
  • the quiet place
  • it will be okay
  • vent or listen to someone
  • pour out your soul
  • explore the sky
  • look at art from around the world
  • virtually visit museum of iraq
  • explore world with arounder
  • create a music playlist
  • list through rare books
  • scroll useful science website
  • create sand art
  • brain games
  • try out tastekid and discover new favorite band or movie or book
  • interactive 3D anatomy
  • random street view
  • post a secret
  • create a family tree
  • find our what’s the difference between x and y
  • help scientists and become volunteer researcher
  • create your own font
  • read a classic short story
  • In the mood to read, but not sure exactly what book to go for?
  • scribble on maps
  • listen to letters
  • play with acrobots
  • listen to podcasts
  • make a bucket list
  • Ever want to see the most truly useless websites in creation?
  • Prank a friend with this blue screen of death!
  • Zone out watching the colors drip down
  • Sprite generator!
  • Face Generator/Creator!


Even More stuffs;

  • Wanna make a custom minecraft skin?
  • Well then these’ll work!
  • This one too~
  • Wanna make a custom error pop up?
  • Or a custom blue screen? 
  • WELP, what about making some ASCII art?
  • Here ya go!
  • And another one~
  • WAIT-last one…
  • OH, and here’s a HTML to image converter!..You’re gonna need that!
  • How about a pixel text bubble generator
  • Here’s a photoediting website that’s free and pretty awesome to mess with!

Ok, maybe none of these peeked your interest. 

Maybe you’ve been wanting to create an o.c, but never really knew how to start, or you just enjoy making O.C’s.

This  part of this list is specifically for OCs and Oc building. It can also apply to developing RP characters~


Gemsona stuffs;

  • Just a straight up character gemsona creator
  • Here’s another
  • Not sure what gem to go with, or where? 
  • OR maybe your unsure about more than just that?

Credit to http://spacetravels.tumblr.com/post/78602010683/so-you-want-to-make-an-oc-a-masterpost-of-ways For the majority of links here!

 ((I added a couple of links! In the appearance, details, and the whole of item names section, and the Gemsona area-((above))! 

As well as the couple of Transformers/Southpark character builder links, and Undertale/TMNT below..

Basically every link I made bold I added, because I am complete fandom trash…

..Seriously, Go check her wonderful blog out~!!!

How to Write Better OCs:

  • basic tips on how to make your oc even better
  • tragic backstory? learn how to write one/make yours great
  • writing specific characters
  • a wordier, great guide on how to develop your character
  • kick out those vague descriptions and make them AWESOME

Character Development:

  • how to actually make an OC
  • Q&A (to develop characters)
  • more Q&As
  • giving your character a backstory
  • how to write an attractive character

Need an Appearance idea?

  • Humanoid generator? check
  • Here’s another one
  • and maybe if you didn’t like those this’ll work
  • Need Monsterpeople?
  • Well, then here ya’ go
  • Maybe you need Cats?

Diversity;

  • adding more racial diversity
  • avoiding tokenism, AKA, how to add diversity to your cast not just because you “need” it
  • writing sexuality and gender expression(doesnt include non binary, if you have a good ref to that, please add on!)
  • masterpost on writing more diversity into your story
  • cultures of the world
  • guides to drawing different ethnicities(not just a great art reference, but also really helpful in appearance descriptions!)


Mary Sue/Gary Stu;

  • Test to see if your character is a Sue
  • Explains subdivisions of Sues/Stus
  • Powerful Characters Don’t Have to Be Sues


Villains;

  • villain generator
  • need an evil sounding name for your evil character? bam
  • villain archetypes
  • what’s your villain’s motive for being a villain?


Relationships;

  • character perceptions(What your character thinks of themselves and what others think of them)
  • how to write strong relationships between two characters
  • 8 ways to write better characters and develop their relationships with others
  • OCxLove Interest Handbook
  • develop your couple with good ol’ Q&A!
  • how to write realistic relationships
  • how to write relatives for your characters(this is more OC related to a canon character, but will help in writing family members in general)


ARCHETYPES;

  • 12 common archetypes
  • 8 archetypes for male/female characters
  • female archetypes (goes pretty indepth from two main categories)
  • a list of archetypes


NAMES;

  • how to name your character
  • random name generator
  • most common surnames
  • surnames by ethnicity


APPEARANCE;

  • tips for better design
  • basic appearance generator
  • pinterest board for character design (includes NSFW and images of skeletons/exposed muscle (?) so tread carefully!)
  • clothing ref masterpost
  • Clothing generator
  • Another clothing generator
  • More clothing generator
  • Aaaand even more
  • Steam punk clothing
  • Char Style preference
  • Dress Generator


OTHER DETAILS;

  • give your character better powers
  • a list of professions
  • proactive vs reactive characters
  • positive and negative traits
  • interest generator
  • skills generator
  • motivation generator
  • 123 ideas for character flaws
  • list of phobias
  • Oh shit someone died
  • Backgrounds and stuff? yep
  • Quirks
  • Personality. you need that shit
  • Need something fandom related?
  • City generator hell yeah
  • location? got ya
  • World-building?
  • make your own god damn laws
  • Landscape.


Need Item names?;

  • Fantasy/sci-fi/etc. medicine names
  • Stuff to make things more interesting.Weapons, clothes, treasures… whatever your characters need.
  • Item & Artifact Generators



Other story stuffs!

  • Genre, Plot, & Story Prompt Generators
  • How did your characters meet?
  • Fanfic plots. you bet your ass!



WAIT!…if none of that worked, then maybe you want to make a SouthPark style character?

  • Here!
  • Well, this one’s nice too~
  • And another..
  • Aaaand another!


What about Transformers Characters?;

  • Here’s a Transformers name generator~
  • And a Character builder!


UNDERTALE STUFFS GUYS;

  • Undertale character speech box creator!
  • Want inspiration for an Undertale Oc?
  • OR a super Edgy Undertale Theory generator?
  • Maybe you just want to read some funny Sans Puns!


TMNT STUFFS;

  • How about a TMNT creator?
  • Or a TMNT meme generator..


If any of the links have any issues for whatever reason, HERE’S THE LINK TO THE SAME LIST I COPIED TO MY DA ACCOUNT JUST IN CASE;

http://ladyevel.deviantart.com/journal/Mega-List-for-Boredom-and-Inspiration-577571203

Tumblr,

Hey. I know, I’ve been inactive. I stopped particpating and you stopped caring. I’m back though, hoping there’s still a little community here left.

I need help. 

Tumblr is where I first connected with strangers on the internet, where I first experienced the support of an online community, where I first faced challenges to my beliefs and where I first started my creative journey. 

You shaped me as a creative, and it’s because of my experience here that I believe creatives thrive together, not alone. I think we’re all meant to be in community, sharing our knowledge, encouraging each other, and creating together.

For the last 9 months, I’ve been building an app entirely fueled by that belief. It’s called Overlap, and it’s an iPhone app that gives creators the tools to meet each other, collaborate on new projects, and learn from each other. 

Together with my cousin and roommate, I went full-time on this project in January and have lived off savings ever since. We work out of our living room, haha.

There are 1,000 people on Overlap right now, but this week we set a goal to grow the community to 2,000 before launching. We want to do it in a week.

So, I need help. Would you help me spread the word with a reblog? And, if you’re a creative, would you download Overlap and give it a try? 

To new beginnings, Tumblr.

Cheers,
Davy

Why do no gender neutral pregnancy apps exist? I’m sick of being called a pregnant woman or a ‘mom to be!’. Fuck that. I’m a transgender man there needs to be more options for queer people who are pregnant. I also really hate that they all assume your partner is male (sure, mine is, but for others it’s not!) Or that you have one at all!

I wish I knew enough about app building to kick-start my own.

Watermelon Stevens (live in a video game world)

Is it just me, or does the entire way of life of the Watermelon Stevens, look like they live in a city builder app/video game?

The first thing they teach you in the game tutorial, is how to grow your own crops for resources.

And then they tell you to build buildings in which your followers can live. (And as a paid feature, you can buy the mystic statue that doubles the speed of  all your crops’ growing.)

You have to get really strong and accumulate people and resources. Because at one point, you’ll have to fight some other village/city.

Upgrade your weapons–

And go compete to have the best city/village/farm/town/kingdom!

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How to Preserve Language in the Digital Age — ThoughtWorks Featured Insights
by Nathan Jones
By ThoughtWorks

So, my fella & I went to language class last night, for the first time since culture camp this summer. It is only offered once a month at the local area office. It was really good to practice, and listen to the elders. Bud, who is on tribal council and heads the language program, showed us a language app developed for another tribe on his iphone. It was only offered on ithings, so we couldn’t mess around with it on anything we own. 

We asked about one for our tribe, and he said they couldn’t get funding. But the idea stuck with us. After we got home, we brainstormed and searched for ideas on how to build one. Then we found this! An app developed for the Yawuru, an Indigenous Australian community. It is open-source, so other people can use the framework to build their own! My fella is a web developer at a local company, so has experience tinkering with code. We’re gonna try to get a letter of the dictionary uploaded with some simple sound and pictures, so maybe it will just be like digital flashcards at first, but it’s something.

Bud also was mentioning that a kid was starting college this year, who speaks Athabaskan well, and is going to study linguistics, and Bud is hoping will eventually take over the language program. I hope that we can have something to show next month at class & get his contact info to invite him on the project. The more people we get involved, the more likely it will be completed.

Anyway, I wanted to share this, in case any of you guys are interested in building an app for your language. It seems like this framework gives a good backbone to the project!

This week I decided to try something new in my study technique so I created a account on Habitica.com and I absolutely love it so far!  

Habitica is a free habit building and productivity app (you can have it both on computer and cellphone). 

You can create your own habits, dailies and to-dos. After doing your “dalies” and “to dos” you get to do the most satisfying thing ever, tick them off and get health points and gold for your little “tamagotchi”! Be aware though, I have been told they can die if you don’t do your assignments properly… 

Habits could be both good stuff but also bad habits like procrastinate. By being honest with yourself of your own good and bad habits, you clearly see how it affect your “life” aka your own tamagotchi.  

You can also buy yourself your own rewards with the gold you earned and go to quests and a lot of other fun and creative stuff that I haven’t had time to explore yet!

 I really really think you should give habitica a try  (✿◠‿◠)

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turn your investment portfolio into a modeling portfolio

Update on the app project…

I know it’s been a while since I mentioned anything about the app project I’ve been working on. However, within the last 2-3 weeks I really feel that I’ve made some real progress.

The logo of the app which is supposed to show on the actual iPhone as well as the start-up screen is ready. The same goes for the sign-up and log-in sections of the app – including the setup of the Parse server.

Now, I’m at a bit of cross road… I’m about to start one of the two main areas of my app and although I have the framework or “storyboard” settled, there’s obviously a long way to go… Let’s say that I’m building an app where users can 1) Rate movie theaters across the world; and 2) Browse through ratings of movie theaters in a specific area – e.g. their neighborhood. This leaves me with a couple of questions:

How do I get a database of “all” the movie theaters in the world? I know I might be able to use APIs provided by Google, but I need to look into how they’re used.

As for the review of the actual movie theaters, users are supposed to take pictures as well as answer a couple of basic YES/NO/NOT SURE questions. However, what’s the easiest way in which users can upload more than one picture – and how do I actually set up the questions as well as the answers?

Once a movie theater has been rated, how do other users access this information? If one movie theater gets more than one review, how do I secure that the existing review is not over-written?

As stated, there’s a long way to go, but recent progress has reinforced me that I’m on the right track.

I’d love to hear from anyone who can steer me in the right directions regarding the questions above. The actual app development is still done in Xcode 8 and through Swift 3.

Thanks in advance for any feedback!

Question for those of my followers who play D&D…

As I’ve been getting into playing the game a few times (actually gonna be starting a long-term campaign with some people soon, yay!), I’ve been thinking about the character creation process and how keeping everything straight for what each character can do at each level is kind of a pain and requires a lot of looking things up in the book…

I’ve been thinking about building a small app that’s basically a wizard (or sorcerer, hurhur) for stepping through the character creation process and then the leveling up process for a character of a giving race, class, background, and level.

Not sure if I’ll actually manage it but I’m gonna give it a go and am wondering if other people who play think this would be useful or if I’m just overthinking the whole thing. :P

Dedicated Practice Tip for the Disorganized Practitioner

Serious about practice?
Here’s a hack for the disorganized dedicated practitioner:

- Make a list of what you currently want to practice. Do not make it too big, that will overwhelm you. Pick 3 to 6 different things you want to practice on a regular basis.
- Decide how many times a week you want to practice each of those skills/techniques.
- Download a Habit building app. On Android there is a great one called “Loop - Habit Tracker”, and on iOS there is a great one called “Habit List”.
- Program your list from step 1 into the habit building app, it will remind you throughout the week to do your practice and keep track of how often you have successfully done so.
- Do not procrastinate with the app.. If it says to do something today then do it. Making even one excuse will leave the unconscious thinking it can weasel its way out of doing any real work.

GET EXCITED FOR EAT JIN!!

It’s almost time for Eat Jin live on the VAPP! In order to help us all get (even more) excited here’s a brief example of the goodness to come:

FINGERLICKIN’ GOOD TIMES AHEAD!!

I wouldn’t even be mad if the girls talk boys music video was just calum walking around some haunted building with his ghost app open for a few minutes with gtb looped quietly in the background 

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

Medium writes:

These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free. There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career. You can learn interactively at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. It’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. Honestly, what are you waiting for?

Keep Reading.

Moaning about moaning.

It kind of amazes me that with Age of Sigmar, GW have finally given the haters everything they’ve been asking for for years, and they still hate GW!

  • Free game rules
  • Free army rules 
  • Community engagement (FW Roadshow)
  • Skirmish gaming 
  • All current minis (and a few oop ones too!) migrated with new rules 
  • No need to re-base armies
  • New factions
  • Updated all current factions with new rules
  • Storyline progression
  • Free FW army rules - coming soon
  • Mass battle gaming - coming soon
  • Free army building app - coming soon

I could go on, but my point is pretty clear.

How entitled are these ‘fans’?! GW could literally give away ‘free sex with a supermodel’ with every starter set and their customers would moan.  Every forum I’ve seen over the last week has been filled with people whinging and moaning about AoS and the changes to Warhammer.

Sales have been dropping for years, and WHFB has been struggling. GW had to do something radical, and AoS is the outcome. Personally I’m glad that the behemoth that was WHFB is dead. It was too expensive to start, the rules were overly complex for new starters and it was long overdue being put to pasture.

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