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Getting Back on Track with a Good Cause | December 19, 2007

Come January 2, I’ll be full-time at Geode Editorial and will likely have a lot more time to keep up this little site. In the meantime, I’ve become addicted to the perfect computer game: Free Rice. It has everything–crazy vocabulary, maddening setbacks, obsessional simplicity AND it generates food for starving people around the world. It presents you with multiple-choice vocabulary questions; for every correct answer, they donate 20 grains of rice to hunger relief organizations. For every three correct answers, they bump you up a level (highest is 50); for every incorrect answer, they bump you down a level. If you think a mere 20 grains doesn’t make a difference, consider this: I’ve only been playing for 20 minutes and I’m up to 7,760 grains (and have been as high as level 49). That has to be at least enough to make dinner for a family of four, right? Anyhow, play and learn–I’ve never seen a lot of these words.

Update: It took me nearly 12,000 grains of rice, but I made it to level 50. This is really honing my root-word skills.


Posted in Word Use


  1. Damn it. I’ve hit 48, but that’s it. I’m going back to it. Mmm, rice.

    Comment by Hillary — January 3, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

  2. Finally hit it, thanks to “yare” and The Philadelphia Story.

    Comment by Hillary — January 15, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

  3. Took you long enough!

    Comment by redsquirrel — January 18, 2008 @ 8:13 pm

  4. Yeah, on and off. I hovered at 48 or 49 pretty constantly, with some bad luck. Sometimes I click too fast.

    Comment by Hillary — January 22, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

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