Anne wants to know where I’ve been. I don’t know — I just don’t feel like blogging this week. I read other people’s blogs and don’t feel like making witty comments. I try to think of something to post, and nothing comes. I was going to say that it all just feels kind of trivial right now, but that isn’t really true, since I seem to find plenty of time for trivia, such as (these are all discoveries from Design Mom):
Make-a-flake. My boys think this is so much fun, and it sure beats picking up the scraps from paper snowflake-making. It’s a little addictive for adults, too. At least for this adult.
Free Rice. Some of you are already playing, but in case you aren’t, this is a vocabulary quiz, multiple choice. For every correct answer, a little rice is donated to a starving person. Get it right, and the next one is harder. The levels go up to 50, and I would love to know your top level, if you’re willing to share. I’ve gotten up to 46, but I’m mostly guessing on anything higher than about 41. You can feel good about this game as you increase your vocabulary and feed the hungry!
The Traveler IQ Challenge. I’m crap at geography, but Matt is great at it, so we thought this was pretty fun. The game gives you a world city and you click on the map as close as you can to that city, with points given for speed and accuracy. You can also play just the U.S., or just one continent. Again, if you’re playing I’d love to know how well you do. There are 12 levels, and you only advance if you get enough points. I can only get to about 6, but Matt got to 11 his first try. I’m thinking about starting a new geography unit of study for myself. After I finish re-teaching myself Calculus.
In my opinion, these all beat the heck out of minesweeper or solitaire, which I must admit I’ve been known to play in the past. If you just have a few minutes to kill, or need a mental break from whatever you’re doing on the computer, try one out. And let me know if there are other fun internet games I haven’t heard of yet.