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FreeRice.com and Keating!
In happier news, I've discovered www.freerice.com. For every word you get right, they donate 20 grains of rice to the UN World Food Program. It's just challenging enough to keep things interesting - every time it starts getting too easy they throw in a little curveball that makes you stop and think back through every Penguin Classic you ever read.

'Sebaceous' is a word that everyone should come across first thing in the morning. It's also a great character name. Fatty fat fat!

Me, Joe, Hammond, Kelly and Diz are going to see "Keating! The Musical" on Wednesday the 27th of April. Rapping politicians, it's going to be AWESOME. Hmm, that's ranks up at about #18 on the Geekiest Things I've Ever Said list. I'm told that #1, which I still get mocked about today, is "We should make codewords like Sam and Dean!"

You know what would be totally sweet? Going dressed as various politicians. I'd get a suit and a white wig and a yardglass and rock up as Bob Hawke. Come to think of it, I'm going to ask Lachlan if he wants to come, partially because he's awesome, but also because I feel he could pull off a pretty good Keating in a pinch.

...aaand this entry is gradually trailing into pointlessness.

...D'you like bread? I've got a french loaf! BYYEEEE!
6 have fought ~ fight the power!
freetuningfork From: freetuningfork Date: February 22nd, 2008 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I was looking a freerice the other day, and tried to work out how it's being paid for (it just seems so scammy, but they weren't asking us for money). Apparently it's paid for by banner advertisers. Funny, cos I had to go back and look for the banner ads -- even when I was looking at it trying to work it out I hadn't seen them.

Moral of the story: don't pay for banner ads. No one looks at them.

Also: do they really give away the rice? How can we check?

Also: I think some of their definitions are dodgy.
crssafox From: crssafox Date: February 22nd, 2008 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I had all the same thoughts you did about the web site. But, it was passed on to all my company's employees by our HR department because it's some "humanitarian" something-or-other thingummy and so it's something that's "definitely okay" to fiddle with while at work. So I play on that site sometimes when I need a break from the numbers swimming in my head.... :P
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: February 22nd, 2008 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I've seen a few at the bottom of each definition thingo. Meh, I think this is something they're advocating in schools as well.
tania From: tania Date: February 22nd, 2008 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Your icon is very ninja!

I had some of the same questions, but I'll be honest: I'm mostly doing it for the time-killing factor, not so much the charity factor. I figure if the charity part is for real, that's a nice bonus, but if my goal is to actually help a charity I'll donate some cold hard cash. And that leads on to a whole new set of doubts about how many cents in the dollar given to charities actually make it to the people who really need it, but that's a topic that I'll freely admit is out of the reach of my limited social-political grasp.
niaid From: niaid Date: February 22nd, 2008 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Keating! the musical... i am SO jealous.
i can drink in old parliament house... but that is so no consolation, because apparently, the place is a meat-market of young, up and coming public servants trying to get laid. *shudder*...

ask lachlan! yes! he is totes awesome, and would love it.
tania From: tania Date: February 22nd, 2008 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
the place is a meat-market of young, up and coming public servants trying to get laid. *shudder*...

Run away! Run awaayyy!

I would like nothing better than to take you to Keating. D: BUT, when Wicked comes to Melbum, I'm going to fly down to see it and you should come too, it's, well... wicked! When I know dates and stuff I'll let you know. :)
6 have fought ~ fight the power!