STUFF YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT COLLEGES

Back in the dark days before Google, our favorite search engine was Vivisimo. The founder sold it to IBM and now has a new site, OnlyBoth.com

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BRAIN TRAINING

Joy and a couple of her lady friends are hooked on the Lumosity brain training games; she plays them on her computer every day for 15-30 minutes. Bob prefers playing bridge and trying to figure out why politicians never answer a question directly.

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GEOGRAPHY QUIZZES

LizardPoint.com has free geography quizzes. For example it was easy to find continents on the map and we did well at state capitols, but finding the regions of the Ukraine was much tougher.

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FREE COURSES FROM YALE AND OXFORD

AcademicEarth.org has free video lectures on a huge range of topics, everything from literature to video game design and systems engineering, from colleges such as Yale and Oxford.

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PARENTS GET SUPER VISION

PBS Kids Super Vision, free for iPhone and iPod Touch, tells parents what PBS games their children are playing and what they’re learning at PBSkids.org.

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BASIC TURNS 50

One of the first and most popular programming languages, “BASIC,” turned 50 this month. The acronym stands for “Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code,” it started as a student math project at Dartmouth College and from this small town in New Hampshire it conquered the world. Even Bill Gates used it.

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TALK TO ME

You know those science fiction movies where the Earth crew lands on a planet populated by green furry creatures? They start talking to each other.

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BOOK: IPAD AND IPHONE KUNG FU

A new book, “iPad and iPhone Kung Fu,” by Keir Thomas, $19 from the Pragmatic Bookshelf, promises to turn you into an Apple ninja.

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CITIZEN SCIENCE

We recently watched a NOVA science show about a guy who created a game that lets people from all over the world help find solutions to cancerous growths and viral infections. The solutions were tested in the lab, and when they didn’t work, people went back to their computers and found others that did work.

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CHINESE CUBES

“Chinese Cubes Starter Pack” is $149 from ChineseCubes.com or free in a limited version for iPad/iPhone. It’s a system of learning Chinese by moving blocks, each of which has a Chinese character, a meaning in English and a simplified way of writing the word or phrase. Using the blocks in various combinations can produce 2500 phrases.

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