Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Improving Vocabulary, Wordcount

I wanted to improve my reading vocabulary, so I went through a small dictionary and underlined all the words I didn't know the meaning of. I then marked all these words in my larger "breeze block" dictionary and memorized the definitions using various memory systems. There were about 1500 words and I'm continuing to learn more.

I think there would be an easier way to do this exercise using Wordcount. Wordcount presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonness. With this listing of words in order of commonness, it is thus easier to decide which words you need to learn as a priority.

To aid this process, Wordcount could introduce a feature where a brief definition of a word is given whenever you hover the cursor over a word. To get a more in-depth definition (or perhaps a link to an online dictionary definition) there could also be an option to click on the word.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

How to generate names for new businesses?

Challenges asking for names for new businesses are very popular on BrainReactions and I'd like to create a systematic way to approach such a problem. If a person is trying to create a name for a new business, what are the best, creative ways to go about it? What strategies - new or existing - can be used? What sources online may provide inspiration? How can they be systematic in their search and the generation of names?

BrainReactions challenge: How to generate names for new businesses

Monday, March 09, 2009

Google Idea For The Lazy, Reclining Surfer

I like to get comfortable in my big chair, sit back, and do lots of reading online. Occasionally I'll see something I'd like to search for on Google. I copy and paste the search item, but the oh-so-annoying problem is I have to lean forward to the keyboard to add quotation marks to my search. So, in addition to the to the "Google Search" and "I'm Feeling Lucky" searches I'd like to see a "Add Quotation Marks" option on the Google search page. You may well already be able to do this in some way, but I'm too lazy to find out ;)

Measuring "dumbing down"

What does "dumbing down" mean to you? How could it be measured