Monthly Archives: September 2012

Washington Post: Instagram gets new competitor

I blogged last week about BeFunky, and earlier this week the Washington Post has an article about how it’s the next competitor for Instagram:

BeFunky, a free app that can best be described as Instagram-meets-Photoshop, lets you do seriously funky stuff with your personal photos. Sunday it launched its Instagram competitor to the U.S. market: a free photo-editing tool for Android and iOs.

Tekin Tatar, the company’s founder and CEO, said that BeFunky competes with established apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram, but is unique due to its “advanced smart enhancement and photo correction algorithms.”

Read more in the article Instagram gets new competitor from The Washington Post.

I haven’t tested out the new tool, and the interface of the website looks a little different, but I’m hopeful that all of the nice things I wrote earlier still hold up.

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Free admission on Museum Day

Museum Day is Sept. 29, which means free admission to participating venues:

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free.

Check out the list of venues to see if there is a participating museum near you. Or maybe that day is a good opportunity to drive a little bit farther than usual to check out some exhibits for free.

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Octavofest 2012

Events related to this year’s Octavofest have already started, so I couldn’t let too much time pass before mentioning it.

Octavofest is a celebration of book and paper arts, and takes place annually during the month of October. Events include lectures, exhibits, hands-on activities and more. Last year during Octavofest, I had the opportunity to hear Audrey Niffenegger, the author of my favorite book, speak about creating art books and read a passage from a story that had not yet been published. After she spoke, I got to have my photo taken with her and she signed two of her books for me.

Check out the schedule of events for Octavofest 2012 to see if there’s anything you’d like to do. Though Octavofest doesn’t technically begin until next month, several pre-events are scheduled throughout September.

 

Disclosure: For my graduate studies in library and information science, in 2010 I completed my practicum in the Cleveland Public Library‘s Special Collections Department, which is involved in Octavofest. But I would recommend people get involved and attend the events regardless of my former affiliation with that institution.

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