Women with Tech

We’re intrigued by women who make tech, how women use tech, whether it enriches women’s lives, or makes them want to smash things. We’re particularly curious about mobile apps. Check in here for reviews and our thoughts on a variety of apps.

Yousician now with ukulele

Yousician now with ukulele

Ever wanted to learn a musical instrument? Magically found the hours upon hours needed to do it? Well, lucky for you there is Yousician, now with ukulele!

There is a free version, so you can try it to see if it is the right fit for you. There are lessons for guitar, bass, piano, ukulele and voice. And you can use it on iphone, android and PC. So it isn’t all just on your phone.

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Barbara Wawas Instagram

Barbara WaWas Instagram

Older Son has set up an instagram account for Barbara Wawas! It’s possible he did it so I would stop asking for pictures. No matter. Follow @realbarbarawalters and enjoy! Read more

Ink Mountains and Mystery

Ink Mountains and Mystery

Ink, Mountains and Mystery is a beautiful game you can play on your phone, both iphone and android. It is a puzzle solving game with a storyline, two things I really like in a game. I attempted to play the game on my phone this week. I failed miserably. Not because the game was no good but because it has rained all week and I have been home which means my phone has spent most of its time in my purse or in the drawer of my nightstand. Read more



Just because no one reads physical books anymore (which isn’t true of me since I am a dinosaur) doesn’t mean your public library is no longer relevant. Meet Libby, the app that allows you to read ebooks and listen to audiobooks you check out from your local public library. (It just occurred to me that we should have a federal public library system that deals with all online resources.) Read more



I love Quizzitive. It is a fun little app game developed by the good people who bring you the Merriam-Webster dictionary. I will pause here to say how much I enjoy dictionary webpages. Oxford English Dictionary has a good one as well.

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The Ann Friedman Weekly

The Ann Friedman Weekly

The Ann Friedman Weekly is an email newsletter that settles gently into your inbox every Friday. Once opened, it is small. About one page, if you are looking at a 13ish inch screen. Friends and family, do not be fooled. If The Ann Friedman Weekly was physical it would look like a murder board (those images of pictures cut and pasted onto a wall with a bunch of red strings connecting all the images in a bunch of different ways.) I have spent many happy hours clicking on all the links she includes. Lots of those links lead to other links. Last week I started reading about charismatic megafauna and three hours later I was taking a quiz to see which PowerPuff Girl I most resemble.

Buttercup. No one is surprised.  

The Last Weekend

No matter your party, the final weekend before the election will be a busy one. If you are interested in being a part of the push to flip the House, The Last Weekend website will help connect you to a race research has indicated is likely to swing Democrat.

There are endless opportunities. Phone banking, donating money or supplies, and even canvassing if you are feeling up to it.

The best way to do this work is in pairs or a group. You do not have to do this alone. Find a friend, a relative, hell even a kid as long as they are tweenish or older. Older Son phone banked for Obama in 2008, we think he might have changed some dude in Kentucky’s mind. Who the hell knows, but it’s better than waking up the day after the election and thinking, “If only I had done more.” Read more

Caregiver Action Network

Caregiver Action Network

Here at Persistiny, we talk a lot about taking care of children but the truth is that nearly 90 million Americans engage in acts of caregiving above and beyond (and often in addition to) what needs to be done to keep our kids healthy. Elderly parents, children (both young and adult) with special needs and many other loved ones require the love and attention of a dedicated caregiver. And that is where Caregiver Action Network comes in.

As I said last week, all of these websites have done an excellent job describing themselves so I am not about to rephrase their work. Here is a portion of the ‘about’ page from Caregiver Action Network’s website:

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Goods Unite Us

Goods Unite Us

Goods Unite Us is an app as well as a website where you can go to gauge where corporations spend your money for their political gain. Tomorrow, I will be switching from AT&T who spend 73% of their political contributions toward Republicans to Verizon who are at least spending 52% to republicans and 48% to democrats. Not great but better than AT&T.

Let’s see who else will be losing a few of my pennies. I highly recommend this app, especially after this Supreme Court Debacle. Read more

Red chair on side of road

Loveseat Vintage

I have bought a lot of furniture from Loveseat Vintage. You have to live in Southern California to really use this service but if you do, I highly recommend it. Loveseat is an online retailer that sells second hand furniture and home accents. Right now they have a remarkable number of wicker framed mirrors. One would think they would have those mirrors for awhile. I bet in a week most of them will be sold. Read more