I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but I’m back home. It’s snowing, which is slightly worrisome, as the last time it snowed in Manhattan (a little over a week ago), most of the town was out of power for a considerable amount of time (some still are). As much as I’m relieved to be home for Christmas, I’d rather not do it Little House on the Prairie style, without heat. That’s a little too much roughin’ it for me.
Anyway, so far the day has consisted of sleeping, choco-dino bites (by the way, the best Malto Meal cereal that exists. It’s the cheap variety of Cocoa Pebbles, mmmm), watching my sister play Donkey Kong, and eating rice, eggs and daal. Mmm, thank god for some good ol’ Indian comfort food. Speaking of which, my mother is going back to India for a couple of weeks, starting 12/28/07 (which is why the aforementioned photo shoot was necessary).
For those of you who might not know, you should definetly check out this website: free rice! The way it works is, they give you a word, and if you guess the correct definition, you donate 20 grains of rice through the United Nations to end world hunger. It’s made possible by the sponsors who advertise on the site. According to the website, FreeRice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. 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 50 levels in all, but they say it’s rare for people to get past level 48. It’s pretty addicting.
On the same sort of note, there’s also HungerSite, in which you click a button and donate 1.1 cups of food. However, you can only click it once a day, and it isn’t a game, so while it’s a good cause, it’s a lot less fun. Hmmm…
I suppose that’s all I have to say for now. I’m going to leave you with a very good song that I’ve been listening to, as of late.