I dropped my daughter at the airport early today for a flight to San Francisco, where she hopes to secure both an apartment and a job in the next week. She has her heart set on moving there and envisions herself joining the start-up technology universe that draws young people to the area.
“There’s lots of jobs in games, her friend told her, referring not to traditional board and card games but to “apps,” the nickname for computer application software that once downloaded, usually to a smart phone, performs specific tasks. There are apps for everything from airlines to zoos.
I’m a latecomer to the app party; and use my phone, mostly as a phone and to check email. I’m not a texter and have only recently started using my phone’s camera. (One less item to stuff into my cycling jersey pocket.)
One of my daughter-in-laws sent me the link to a kosher foods app that tells what symbols or heckshers are acceptable. When I’m in the grocery store, I can open my phone, find the app, and compare the symbol on a package to the icon on the screen. I appreciated her concern but told her that I’d most likely still find it a lot easier (and more fun) to simply call her and ask.
I was reminded about apps and games as I spread the newspaper (non-app, old-fashioned newsprint), coffee in hand, and read the obituary of of Chuck Foley, 82, the co-creator of the game Twister.
Foley and colleague Neil Rabens developed the game that was introduced and manufactured by Milton Bradley in 1966. Players stand around a polka-dotted vinyl map and follow instructions called out by another player who whirls the spinner. Right foot, green, Left hand yellow. Right hand blue, left foot red. And so on. The aim is to remain standing as you become tied up in knots with the other players. It’s simple; it’s fun; it’s low-tech.
Or at least how I played it. An Internet search brought up a several links for apps for Twister. It’s an App World, it seems. I wonder what new games will be invented.
At our lake house in Pennsylvania, we play Scrabble, Monopoly, checkers, chess, and cards. We observe nature. Hawks and eagles, deer and bears, geese and ducks. We watch fishermen and admire their catches. As yet, there isn’t an app for that.
Do you have a favorite app?