We’re quickly coming upon Valentine’s Day, and whether you think it’s just dandy or a poor excuse for filling the coffers of greeting card companies, it’s hard to escape, especially if you have a special lady (or a special crush) who needs impressing. But dinner and candy and flowers are so cliché, as is hosting a V-Day horror fest with Ben and Jerry and four of your best (single) friends.
If you’re looking for alternatives, I’ve gathered a couple of tech-y project ideas, apps and websites that should help you get the results you’re looking for on this Saturday.
If you’re looking to celebrate: Make her a music video. There’s nothing more adorkable than a cheesy, cute music video of couple-y clips set to your girl’s favorite song. If you have a video camera (or a few good phone camera clips), a computer, and a tiny bit of know-how, you can produce a video that’s sure to bring a smile to her face.
If you’re short on resources, don’t fret — you can easily use still pictures and a free video editing program (like iMovie on Macs or the free “lite” version of Loiloscope for PCs). You can also use the superb JayCut for online editing/storage. Just grab a song (Indigo Girls, anyone?), a few cute pictures (take 100 or so if you’ve got them) and start dragging and dropping. Burn to a DVD and voilà! You have an ultra personal, super cute Valentine’s Day gift that she’ll love.
If you’re not so happily single: Try iFlirt, a new, .99 iPhone App for romantic advice. With everything from slick pick-up lines to quick advice for dating snafus, you can be armed and ready for your next outing at ladies’ night. Just be sure to use a little lesbian common sense with the advice — it’s (lamely) segregated into “his and hers” sections.
If you’d rather see this particular holiday drop off the face of the earth: You can always amuse yourself with Anti-Valentine’s Day E-cards, courtesy of singer Jamey Johnson. There’s nothing like sending a like-minded friend a sepia-toned card that reads: “It’s Valentines Day and love is in the air. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.”
You can personalize the cards, which come with all sorts of hilarious/grotesque images and a sample of “Mowin’ Down The Roses”, but one word of advice — stay clear of the ex’s inbox. One mean E-card equals about seven pathetic drunk dials.
What are your plans for V-Day?