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10 Cool Message and Sign Generators

Every now and then, I indulge myself in some fun time suckers online. One of the things that recently caught my fancy are message/sign generators. Since I haven't shared a Web Wednesday feature for a while now, I thought this might make up for it... All you need to do is visit the site, type in your message, then save your customised image with your message. Enjoy!

1) Chalkboard Message - Back-to-School Sign Generator - One of my favourites from these message generators, probably because it's school-themed. ๐Ÿ™‚


2) Spell with Flickr - I <3 typography. So, this sign generator that enables me to create a customised sign using Flickr images just blew me away. Love it.

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3) Street Sign Generator - This cool sign generator tool from Easy Street is simple and fun. You can even choose from small, medium, or large.


4) iPhone Message Generator - No iPhone? Well, you can still send an iPhone message through this generator... Er... Kinda. ๐Ÿ˜€


5) Word Mosaic - This message/sign generator is fun. Just type in your text, choose symbols, and you can also customise colours and background.


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5 Kick-Ass Brain Dumping Apps { Web Wednesday #28 }

Web Wednesday with Shai CogginsI can't help it. I'm a geeky app-loving girl. Tell me about a new app or gadget, and I'd be stupidly excited about it. Only time and/or finances will keep me from trying a new app or gadget.

And, as I've already confessed, I'm also a nerdy idea-loving girl. I need all the assistance that I can get when it comes to working out and playing with all the ideas that come to me.

So, if you show me apps or gadgets that will aid my idea brain dumps, then I'm easily sold.

But, what do I mean by brain dumping apps? For me, it's a multi-purpose, catch-all app that enable me to brainstorm, collect and expand ideas, make lists, add images, audio, and/or video, plus more, if possible. Of course, good ol' pen and paper still work very well for me. But, I'm certainly a fan of the fancy electronic versions too.

Now let me share with you some of my favourite brain dumping apps so far...

> Curio (Mac Only) - In my experience, this is probably THE brain dumping app to beat for me. I've only started using it, but I'm already completely addicted. You can do mind maps, make to do lists (or any other kind of lists), create sketches, organise files, manage a project, fill out a dossier, record video and audio, create presentations, and much more. If you have an Evernote account, it works with Curio too! So far, I'm using it to re-plot and re-organise my current novel, plan my projects, create unit or lesson plans, collect notes on courses/workshops I'm taking, and brainstorm ideas. I love it. It does have a few bugs (e.g., it can get quite slow at times, cross-linking pages is not the best, mindmap is okay for simpler stuff, etc). But, regardless of the down parts, I'm still taken with it. In fact, I think it's the first app that made me stop missing MS OneNote. Currently, Curio 6 Standard costs $99, while the Professional version costs $149 (to me, the pro is so worth it). Students and teachers get a discounted version (I think the Pro is $80). There's a 15-day trial available (may be extended upon request).

> Microsoft OneNote (Windows Only) - When I switched to Mac, there were only two apps that I missed the most: MS OneNote and Picasa. Thankfully, Picasa eventually became available to Mac users. And, no matter how many other similar Mac apps I've tried, nothing came quite close to OneNote. Well, until I found Curio. But, yes, if you're a Windows user and you're not using OneNote (and you love brainstorming/brain dumping, then I think you're missing out. MS OneNote is available to try for 60 days. It's available at either $79/$99.

> Evernote (Mac, Windows, iPhone, Web) - It was love-at-first sight... this thing I have with Evernote. Ever since I learned about it, I knew it was a keeper app. It's a wonderful brain dumping app as you can pretty capture everything - images, audio, text, web links, screen shots... You can even make it work online, via email, your iPhone, and on your desktop. I love that it can also recognise text within images (e.g., capture a business card information via your phone, send to your Evernote account, and you can search it later on). You can even organise your notes, files, and records in notebooks or by tags. It's really great! I know I don't use it often enough, but I'm hoping to learn how to incorporate its use much better. One of the best things about it is that it's FREE! But, for more space and versatility, you can upgrade to a Premium account for $5/month or $45/year.

> VoodooPad Pro (Mac Only) - Compared to the first three apps I mentioned, this one seems pretty basic. What I like about VoodooPad, though, is the power in its simplicity. It's a great little electronic notebook that you can transform in to a mini-Wiki in your computer. You can start a document and link pages within that document fairly easily. You can add all sorts of things to it - like PDF files and images. You can even draw/sketch in to it. And, while they used to charge for VoodooPad Pro, it's now available for free. However, they still have an upgraded version (VoodooPad 4.2.3) for $39.95 (or $19.95 if upgrading from a previous paid version).

> Google Notes / Google Docs (Web) - This isn't quite as high-tech or versatile or pretty like the others I've mentioned earlier. But, one great thing about Google Notes / Docs is the ability to use these brain dumping apps as collaborative tools. Yes, with the help of Google Notes/Docs, we can brain dump together! ๐Ÿ™‚

How about you? Do you have any favourite brain dumping apps that you'd like to recommend or share with us? Do you use any of these apps that I've shared? If so, how do you use them?

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Web Wednesday #27: First Random Finds of the Year

Web Wednesday with Shai CogginsHey, hey, hey! As promised, I'm bringing you another Web Wednesday installment. My first webby finds in 2010. Yay!


Family & Home

  • Childhood 101 - Voted as "Best Parenting Blog" in the 1st Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards, this is one interesting site filled with tips and ideas for parents.
  • Bloomin' Brilliant Brownies - A chocolate brownie recipe by Jamie Oliver, as recommended by Karen Cheng. 'Gotta try this one of these days, as I'm still not satisfied with most brownie recipes I've checked out so far.
  • Global Garden for Kids - Activities and ideas on gardening with kids.
  • Planning with Kids - More ideas and activities. Best bit: a free menu planner!

Personal Development

  • Audio Meditations Collection - Some interesting audio recordings on meditation/mindfulness from Oprah's site.
  • Meditation Room - Some ideas on how to learn to meditate. There are also suggested resources and other tips.


  • Top 50 Careers for 2010 - An interesting report from US News. Thrilled to find Special Education in the list. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you enjoyed this installment! 'til next time... Happy web surfing!

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Web Wednesday #25: A Bit of Home Comfort…

Web Wednesday with Shai CogginsI must confess. I didn't realise how many of you really enjoy Web Wednesday until recently. This is partly thanks to our current poll here at the Studio. So, to all of you who already voted and shared your thoughts - a BIG THANK YOU.

In any case, I will try to keep your feedback in mind and give you all more WWs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bread recipes - As some of you might know, I've been possessed by the baking spirits. I have this serious need to bake stuff. In any case, I found this site with lots and lots of interesting bread recipes. I hope to try some of the recipes that interest me. Like this English Muffin recipe. Mmm...
  • Corn muffin recipe - Writing of baking and recipes, I've recently tried making these corn bread muffins (a'la Kenny Rogers) recently. And wowsers. They are soooo yum. They didn't last very long at home. Will definitely make them again. And again.
  • Top Secret Recipes - And since we're on the subject of food and hacked recipes, there's this site that shares all sorts of hacked recipes - from a McDonald's Big Mac burger to a Wendy's Frosty. So now, you can create some popular fast food meals right in your own kitchen. Apparently, this site has been around for a while now but I've only just discovered it.
  • On self-appreciation - Whether you're an Oprah/Martha Beck fan or not, you might find some nuggets of inspiration that will help you to make you feel right at home with yourself in this article.
  • The Longest Way Home - One guy's search for a home becomes the subject of this interesting travel blog. It particularly caught my interest because he's currently sharing his experiences whilst travelling in the Philippines.
  • Web Colour Chart - Another nifty tool if you need some guidelines on web colours for your home on the web.
  • The Selby - Here's a site/blog dedicated to sharing pictures of creative and different living spaces. Gorgeous stuff.
  • Awkward Family Photos - I shared this via my social networks a few weeks ago. But, I don't think I've put it here just yet. So, here you go. Lots of strange and weird family photos to look at. Just be warned: It's hilariously addictive.

And, even though I am not really a massive Chaser fan, this video definitely gave me a case of the giggles when I watched it -

Note: For those who're not familiar with the guy featured in this song/gag - it's our very own Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

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Web Wednesday #23: Colour Your World!

Web Wednesday with Shai CogginsTime for another Web Wednesday. And this time, I thought I'd share some of my colourful web finds...

  • Colour Lovers - This site is seriously addictive. You can create colours, palettes, and patterns galore. You can also view and rate others' creations. So very cool.
  • Interactive Colour Wall Guide - Here's one to help you come up with a colour scheme for your walls. This is a section of Bunnings Warehouse, sponsored by Dulux.
  • Color Quiz - This is the online version of a popular projective test called... well, the Color Test. I've been using this for many years and I still think it's great.
  • Anais Gallery - View the colourful world of this French artist who primarily creates cute artworks that are designed primarily for kids.
  • Color Schemer - If you're thinking of different colour schemes for your blog or site, this online colour schemer is a good tool to try.
  • Car Colors and Psyche - An article on what your car's colour reveals about your psyche. Hmmm... I think I missed pink there. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • List of Colors - A Wikipedia List.
  • Colors and their meanings in branding - An interesting read on the topic.
  • Color Psychology - All about colours and their meanings.

By the way, just a quick reminder: I'll be closing 52WoC#40 in the next few days. So, last chance to join in and be counted. ๐Ÿ™‚

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