I know I said I wouldn’t do any more Tukti posts, but their appearance is [mostly] co-incidental this time. I just wanted to show you how easy it is to create your own jigsaw puzzle. This is the one I literally just uploaded:
You can find, and play, my puzzle here. Or you can go to the main screen of the jigsawplanet.com website – here – and play one of a thousand different puzzles uploaded by others.
You do NOT need to login or sign up to solve the jigsaw puzzles, so it’s a great site to spend a few minutes [or hours!]. If you do sign up, you have the option of uploading your own graphics to the website.
Creating a puzzle from your graphic is ridiculously easy. Just upload the image, select the type of ‘cut’ you want – i.e. the shape of the puzzle pieces – use the slider to choose the degree of difficulty and…that’s it.
I know a lot of you take great photos so why not turn them into jigsaw puzzles?
It’s been a stressful time in Australia lately, and I feel as if I’ve been either horrified, or scared or angry or all three since well before Christmas. To say I needed some time out would be a gross understatement, so the last couple of days I’ve retreated to books. Or should I say, one book in particular : The Quiche and the Dead.
I gave The Quiche and the Dead 5/5 stars on Amazon and left this review:
I read lighthearted mysteries when I’m feeling down and need a pick-me-up. Well, The Quiche and the Dead did more than just lift my mood, it left me in awe of the author’s imagination, writing skills, sense of humour and…cooking ability!
I mean, really! A murder mystery that actually makes some [subtle] social commentary? has realistic dialogue? has main characters who are instantly recognizable and come across as real people? has secondary characters who aren’t 2 dimensional plot devices? is well written and edited? and does all this whilst making you want to try one, or all, of the pies featured in the story? Oh, and has a tight plot and excellent pacing?
Frankly, I was going to give The Quiche and the Dead 5 stars even before I reached the final page, but then I finished the story and discovered that the author really did know how to cook and had provided recipes for all the pies in the story!
Apologies if that was a spoiler, but I’m a foodie and intend to try those recipes in my own kitchen. In fact, I intend to buy more of the Pie Town series in case there are more goodies at the end. And for the story, of course. 🙂
Would I recommend The Quiche and the Dead…you bet, with bells on!
Drat, just realised I forgot to mention the cat! Seriously, buy this book and read it!
As an antidote to all the marketing I did over the last few days, here’s something that’s just for fun:
Yes, it’s a bright, red teapot on wheels and it sells Mulled wine, Eggnog and something called a Maple Warmer. At those prices I doubt you’d want more than one, but the concept is so lovely I think I’d splash out on an Eggnog just for the fun of being able to say that I ‘bought it from a teapot’. 😀
I don’t have much information about the photo, but you can find it on http://www.jigsawplanet.com, under the category of ‘Christmas’. The puzzle creator is known as ‘puzzleaddict2’ and the photographer is on Instagram under the moniker of @nellcavallo.
The example you see there was created by Dancingpalmtrees, and she kindly gave me permission to use it to show you what the app does. 😀
To give it a try yourselves, just scroll down a little until you reach a big green button that says ‘Write a horror plot like this’.
That button will take you to a kind of form where you simply fill in the blanks with whatever takes your fancy. When you’re finished, the app. will scramble it all up and create a ‘story’ out of the elements you’ve provided.
Alternatively, you can scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen to a button that says ‘Create New’. Clicking this button takes you to a screen where you can choose to create something in sci-fi, romance, like the Bronte sisters etc, etc. Select whichever options appeals to you, click it and you’ll get the same form. Just fill it in and sit back to have a good giggle.
I haven’t played this addictive little game on a smartphone yet, but I have played an early beta version of it on my pc – and even then it was a lot of fun!
It sort of reminded me of the old Nintendo game called Snake Rattle n Roll. Not in any similarity of graphics or gameplay, but rather in the adrenaline pumping need to get to that next level….-cough-
The game was developed – from scratch – by my friend George Panayiotou. Some of you may remember George from comments.Not only is he a brilliant game designer, he also taught himself Maya [Maya is the computer graphics program used to create most of the best CG in movies], and he’s a very talented graphic designer.
George and I go way back to an online forum called guru3D. It was a fun forum in which to hang out, but more importantly, it was a great place to learn from a bunch of very clever geeks. 😀
Aaaanyway…if you play games on your mobile phone, why not give The Adventures of a RubberBall a go?
This post by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and the comment by The Passive Guy, are like a ‘Get Out of Jail’ card for my guilty conscience. I have fun on my blog, but I don’t have fun on Twitter or Facebook, so I don’t go to those ‘parties’. Now I don’t have to feel bad about being so anti-social.
The truth is, I love having meaningful conversations with people, and I’d walk over hot coals for my friends, but I’m more hermit than social butterfly. And to mix my metaphors even more, this leopard can’t change her spots. Now I can just be me, guilt free. 😀