Friday, August 22, 2008

FreeRice

FreeRice is a great vocabulary game, and for every word you get right, 20 grains of rice are donated through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. Everybody wins.

"FreeRice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. There are words appropriate for people just learning English and words that will challenge the most scholarly professors. In between are thousands of words for students of all ages, business people, homemakers, doctors, truck drivers, retired people… everyone!

FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.

There are 60 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 50."

So far, I've made it to level 48. What about you?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Bathroom Diaries

"The Bathroom Diaries has scoured the globe to rate the world’s toilets. Few would visit a country without some advanced information, yet our tender bits—our very “heart and soul,” as it were, are exposed to uncharted territories with no help or assistance. At our most vulnerable, we are blind. Well, no more."

Search bathrooms around the world.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

National Archives Experience

When you're tired of looking at your own old documents... National Archives Experience