Friday, February 04, 2011

Joining the dark side.

I have relented and purchased an Apple product. It's the cheapest possible iPod touch, bought at Very Big Warehouse Club Chain. And there's only one reason why I bought it, and that's because of two "apps."

I guess that's two reasons. You get the idea.

The first is Beachbum Berry's Tiki+ app. which puts almost all of his recipes into a package smaller than his four books. So that's pretty cool. Even though I already had those, I still felt compelled to drain $4.99 from my coffers. BBB is worth his own post at a later date.

The second app -- and a freebie at that -- is Alan Flusser's "Bespeak" which is really, really cool if you are a civilized gentleman who takes some measure of pride in dressing well.There are a few niggles* with the app, but given that IT'S FREE, these are really not material concerns. The way it works is like this:

You set up a profile for yourself, whereby you enter your hair color, skin tone, eye color, facial and bodily shape.

The app then suggests possible outfits. If you're one of those averse to the sophisticated matching of patterns, this will take some getting used to. You've been warned.

You can scroll through the near infinite assortment of outfits, or you can pick one (or more) elements of a given outfit and modify it at will and the app will tell you how well it works with your profile and with the rest of the ensemble. Pretty neat.

* Every once in a while it gets "stuck" and it winds up suggesting the same, say, necktie over and over and over and over again... Also, it doesn't provide options for sports jackets, blazers, bow ties, etc.; and the resolution could be a little bit higher, but did I mention IT'S FREE?


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