Posts Tagged ‘Scrabble’

Happy Birthday TOTD

October 8, 2008

We’re a year old today.  Trust you’ve been enjoying the last 245 postings.

Here are some highlights(?) from the past year:

October 2007 and a blog from Stephen Fry:
http://stephenfry.com/blog/

November saw our posting which has received the largest number of hits (over 4000):
https://reden.wordpress.com/2007/11/29/rich-pictures/

December and a site that’s still really useful:
http://www.lifehack.org/

January had us delving into a scary world of Scrabble with the ‘short story’ _Craziest_:
http://www.vidlit.com/craziest/

February saw the still quite moving video about world creation in Second Life:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxVDVggLqsA

March and an Information Literacy favourite still going strong:
http://www.dhmo.org/

April saw the limited range of movement the Apollo 11 crew made after travelling so far:
http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/A11vsFootball.gif

No round up of the year would be complete with a mention of the biggest item in our tag cloud: Lego.  May saw three entries:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/7386537.stm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pufe1tHHwks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFGVzt7c5bY

June had some retro computing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBuJqUfO4-w  

July quite wore us out following Rob Piatt (you can now download his whole blog in chronological order as a PDF file if you want to revisit his quest for an anecdote).
http://www.shinetheatretrust.org/ridetothetop/

August had us bookmooching:
http://bookmooch.com/

 

Finally, there’d be trouble at t’mill if this wasn’t picked from September:
https://reden.wordpress.com/2008/09/15/david-tennant/

Here’s to another year of TOTD – recently okayed by the powers that be to continue – we hope you all have a great year as well.

 

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For all those Scrabble / Scrabulous fans

July 9, 2008

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4293202.ece

Changes could be afoot.

Words with no vowels

July 2, 2008

TOTD has been exploring words which have no vowels and here are few findings:

English can supply some:

http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Park/1840/novows.html

but it depends on your definition of a word as this tired explorer found:

http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.com/articles/article/1029289/8966.htm

And an ever useful list of words usable in Scrabble:

http://boardgames.about.com/od/scrabble/a/no_vowels.htm

Other languages though seem to manage quite handily with such words (though they do include ‘semi-vowels’).  Czech for example:

http://home.unilang.org/main/wiki2/index.php/Czech_pronunciation

Note the delightful: Strč prst skrz krk. (Stick your finger through your throat.)

Going further afield, Hebrew and Arabic are of course well known for only adding vowels more recently, but there are entire languages still with very few vowels:

http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ubykh.htm

If anyone is holidaying in regions like this, do pack extra vowels.  You can always get them from the Finns who seem to have an overabundance.

Craziest: a short story by Liz Dubelman

January 16, 2008

There’s been a lot of excitement in the last few weeks as a particularly addictive Facebook application, Scrabulous, has become all the craze.  But here’s a warning:

http://www.vidlit.com/craziest/