duolingo makes you have to earn next lessons
playing learning French with the duolingo app. It’s absolutely gamification of learning language, complete with a limited number of “lives” on a lesson, bonus points for getting everything right.
If you are awesome, you earn in-game currency to do important things like buy outfits for their mascot (try to resist, I dare you). You can also use the in-game currency to buy special lessons, like how to hit on someone in French.
Duolingo has great UX, design, and a lot of playfulness. I really have to hand it to them - killer app.
PS please do not test my French. I suck.
larstheyeti: March 9th is Panic Day!
pretty much the perfect weekend
So, this was an amazing weekend. In no particular order I:
Went X-country skiing
Actually went to that class I like going to
Saw two Loose Moose shows
Am going to a play tonight
Had an *amazing* dinner with wine pairing
Had two naps (non-concurrently)
Slept in 1 day
Enjoyed a green drink
Had two baths (also non-concurrent)
Did enough chores around the house to feel like a non-slob
Hung out with a pal
Finished reading a book
Made breakfast that featured guacamole
Got my haircut
Had just the right amount of wine
Practiced the tiniest amount of French
Was warmed by the sun
This is the happiest picture I’ve ever seen
hiddenlex, via raineblade)
good-bye tunlr. good-bye easy to use tool for viewing American TV content on the American TV networks, so that at least my views could be counted (vs. plain old downloading it from torrent sites).
I honestly did not see that coming - I signed up just as they were getting ready to switch it over to a paid service. I guess they just weren’t that into it.
a trailer for “shit rough drafts” (via you guessed it…
The book is for sale
balance your own goddamn budget (city of calgary)
I love that the city of Calgary does this - I think it’s the second year in a row.
They’ve created a tool that allows people to play with different priorities for the city and see how that impact budgets and ultimately, property taxes.
Try the City of Calgary’s budget simulator yourself
I found this little list from the UK with some engaging email/newsletters.
Emails, from one to the next you either love them or hate them. Bad ones are deleted and I even enter the bin and ‘delete forever’ if I think a particular example is karmically altering my inbox.