Talking Tom Cat app hits Android

The iPhone has long had a bunch of cool 3D animated cartoon character apps that you could speak to, and then the character will speak back (repeating your words) in their own voice.

Now Android has some too. I recently tested out the Talking Tom Cat app from Outfit7 (available for free on the Android Market) and made a couple of videos for my wife Tera and my mom-in-law Kim. Check em out below.

Talking Tom Cat does impressions for Tera

Talking Tom Cat wishes Kim a Happy Birthday!

Unfortunately, the options to “Share to YouTube” and “Share to Facebook” were broken when I tested it on my Motorola Droid running Android 2.2. Thankfully, the “Share via email” still worked, so I emailed them to myself and then manually uploaded the videos to YouTube. I’ve reported the issues to the Devs and hopefully they’ll be able to fix them soon.

Do you know of another cartoon character app for Android that you like better? If so, let me know what it is!

The Grobal Challenge

Grobal, a company who produces and sells self-watering pots for plants, recently made a call for participants in what they have dubbed “The Grobal Challenge“. The call to action stated that 25 people would be selected to participate in a contest that they were sponsoring.

To apply to be a part of the challenge, fans were required to “Like” the Grobal Facebook page and then post something on the wall stating that they wanted to enter the challenge and why.

I don’t know all the specific details of the challenge quite yet, but the premise is that Grobal is sending one Grobal self-watering pot to each of the 25 participants, who are asked to grow an indoor plant in their pot. Participants must then post weekly updates to the Grobal Facebook page wall over a period of 9 weeks to show their progress. One person will be selected to win an Apple iPad at the end of the challenge.

Grobal also indicated that users who posted photos or video would have an increased chance of being selected. I believe that I was the only person to post a video to the Grobal wall, which I have embedded below.

Since I was the lone applicant to actually submit a video, I figured my chances of being selected to be a participant were pretty high. I was right!

I’m happy to announce that I have been selected as 1 of the 25 Grobal Challenge participants. I’ll be receiving my Grobal pot in the mail next week and I look forward to getting my new indoor plant growing! I’ve got my eye on that iPad prize too. 🙂

Married in St Thomas!

We did it!

Tera and I were married on Saturday, May 8th on clip point at Sapphire Beach resort on St Thomas island.

Everything was perfect! Tera was absolutely gorgeous (as usual). The weather was phenomenal. Our minister was totally awesome. Our photographer and videographer were excellent. The setup, the scenery, the ceremony, the celebrating… we loved it all.


More photos of our wedding day and vacation are available in our St Thomas photo set on Flickr. We also hired a professional photographer and videographer (with 1080p HD recording of course), so we’ll have some really good photos and videos in the future.

Rain, rain, go away

The night before our wedding day, it was a torrential down pour. It was raining HARD. We were very worried that our wedding would be rained out. Thankfully, as the sun rose early in the morning, the clouds behaved and we had ourselves a fantastic, sunny day.

No reservo?

2 nights before our wedding, Tera’s parents were at a bar having some drinks when they heard another group of people talking about a wedding. This other group said that they were going to a wedding on Saturday morning, at 9AM, on clip point. The exact same time that we were planning to do our wedding!

Unfortunately for them, they had not reserved the point and we did. We notified our wedding coordinator who double checked on our reservation, confirming that it was valid. Our minister was then instructed to get to the point early to ward off any other parties.

When we got out to the point at 9AM, our minister was there notifying the other party that they would have to move their wedding to 10AM. It was freakin sweet! They had like 30 people at their wedding, we only had 2 guests. Some of the guests for the other wedding looked pissed and we found that to be slightly amusing.

We made the reservation, so it worked out for us. We couldn’t have asked for a better result.

We’re now enjoying the married life!

Thank you to everyone who has or will send us congratulations!

Twitter in Phoenix Arizona

Hello, I’m Wes Novack. I’m on Twitter and I tweet A LOT.


Follow me, talk to me, let’s have a conversation.

How I use Twitter

I use Twitter to stay connected with the community in Phoenix Arizona, to read about breaking news, for entertainment, to broadcast interesting links, to talk to others and for many other purposes. I also follow and converse with others outside of the Phoenix area, but the majority of the tweeps that I follow are in AZ.

My follow back policy

My follow back policy is simple: interact with me & I will follow you back, regardless of your location. What does “interact” mean? Reply to one of my questions, ask me a question, retweet something I post, etc. I will notice any of these and if I’m not following you, I will. I have found other follow back policies to be too time consuming or inefficient.

Thanks for reading and I hope we can interact on Twitter!

1/3/2015 Update: I moved to Utah in 2013, and I don’t particularly adhere to a ‘follow back’ policy these days…