Archive for the ‘Words’ Category

Favorite iPhone word games: Word Warp

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Word Warp on iPhoneWord Warp is another of my favorite iPhone word games. (I currently just have the free version, which shows ads between rounds.)  It is a simple word scramble where you attempt to form all the words you can from a set of 6 letters.

In each round you are presented with a sequence of letter tiles. You tap them to form words. If you can find the word that uses all 6 tiles, you advance to the next round.  If not, Game Over. Your score for each round is based on the number of words you create.

If you are just not seeing the word, you can hit the WARP button to resequence the tiles, which may or may not help.

The game is simple but addictive.  Some of the sounds are a bit annoying, so you might prefer playing it with the sound turned off.

Favorite iPhone word games: Wurdle

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

WurdleI like word games, and the iPhone is a great place to play them.  You might have just a couple of minutes while you wait for the bus, or for a meeting, and a quick word game can fill the time with an activity that keeps your mind active without immersing you too deeply in anything.

Wurdle is one of my favorites.  It is a Boggle-type game, where you form words by tracing your finger over adjacent tiles.  After the timer runs out, it shows you all the words you could have gotten.  It scores you based on number of words and word length.  My own personal scoring method is:  if you get more than 50% of the possible words, you win.  I have won once.

AC remote interpretation

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

My hotel room in Japan had a ceiling heat/AC unit with a remote control on the wall to operate it.  I got by until I had to switch it from heating to cooling one day.  So I asked for help from one of my Japanese colleagues, who interpreted the controls for me.  I didn’t get around to experimenting with them all, but I labeled the buttons.  The Up/Down, Left/Right, and Wide buttons control the baffles that aim the air.  The buttons in the green box at the lower left are some kind of timer that I didn’t mess with:  maybe associated with the Sleep Timer?  The one that solved my problems was the Change Mode button.

Japanese AC Remote with Labels

Sorry that I forgot to write down the name of the manufacturer of the unit.


Edit:  A helpful reader says the brand name is Daikin.

Ramen remorse

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I’ve been spending a little time working in Japan.  I love the food, but after a lunch of ramen noodles, I looked at the remaining stub of my order ticket.  Maybe I shouldn’t have eaten that?

(Actually, it was very good.)

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Friday, April 16th, 2010

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