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Let's Play a Word Game 2

Started this discussion. Last reply by Annie Zheng May 29, 2014. 87 Replies

From the mind that brought you "Let's Play a Word Game," a new interactive experience has been created. Introducing, Let's Play a Word Game... 2!In this word game, the rules are as follows:1. You may…Continue

Tags: sequel, vocabulary, game, word

Let's Play a Word Game

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vignesh Karthikeyan Oct 27, 2014. 214 Replies

The rules of the game are as follows:1. Post a word that begins with the last letter of the previous word. It does not have to be related to the previous word. It should be the first word that comes…Continue

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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

 Before you say anything, this is fanfiction. It is a retelling of the Harry Potter series, more specifically the first book, but with a few changes. The biggest change is that Harry has been raised as a rationalist and so he applies logic and science to magic. Hilarity ensues. For example... ~"Now, just to be clear," Harry said, "if the professor does levitate you, Dad, when you know you haven't been…See More
Jun 1, 2015
Ellen Ni posted a blog post

H.I.V.E. Higher Institute for Villainous Education

 H.I.V.E. The Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden H.I.V.E. was a book/series that I decided to read because of its Goodreads summary: Otto Malpense may only be thirteen years old, but so far he has managed to run the orphanage where he lives, and he has come up with a plan clever enough to trick the most powerful man in the country. He is the perfect candidate to become the world's next…See More
Jan 12, 2015
Ellen Ni posted a blog post

Ellen's Top Five Books of 2014

If you know me then you know that I read a lot of books. According to my Goodreads I have read 53 books so far (or at least 53 of the ones I bothered to keep track of, not including rereads, and not including reading manga online). Since it’s around the end of the year (and Randerson said so) I’m going to make a list of the best (I’m going to define best as “my favorite”) books I read this year, let’s say the top five. I’ll give a quick summary, what I liked about each book, and who I will…See More
Nov 30, 2014
Ellen Ni commented on Maddie Stoms's blog post The Power of Introverts
"I would say that I am strongly introverted. I much prefer to spend time alone or with one to three friends. But introvert or extrovert, I think both are great and necessary for society. Without introverts we wouldn't have many of the brilliant…"
Oct 28, 2014
Ellen Ni commented on Taylor Origer's blog post Is AP English worth taking?
"I don't think I could take a regular English class to be honest. I would be bored out of my mind. But I also think AP English classes are really challenging. The work load is immense and you really have to think critically. But I think taking…"
Oct 28, 2014
Ellen Ni commented on Alex Wang's blog post Slang in the Dictionary
"I have this feeling of dread and a profound feeling of loss and wrongness about having slang in the dictionary. To me, the dictionary has always been a way of improving my vocabulary (mostly to use in my writing). I (and probably almost everyone…"
Oct 28, 2014
Ellen Ni commented on Timothy Chin's blog post All Homework, No Play
"Oh time management... I used to be really bad at it (not that I'm good at it right now) until I put myself through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month; you write 50000 words in the 30 days of November). I learned quickly how to manage…"
Oct 28, 2014
Ellen Ni commented on Ben Jeon's blog post Classic Literature Just Keeps Surprising Us.
"I liked when you talked about how our society is so fast-paced and how we're being taught to accept views without thinking about them ourselves. I think this is very true and that classics are one way to reverse/cure this trend. You have to…"
Oct 28, 2014
Ellen Ni posted a blog post

SuperFreakonomics - a book review

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance In the introduction alone, Levitt and Dubner cover “The perils of walking drunk*…The unlikely savior of Indian women…Drowning in horse manure…What is ‘freakonomics,’ anyway?...Toothless sharks and bloodthirsty elephants…Things you thought you knew but didn’t.” *Levitt and Dubner explain how walking home…See More
Oct 28, 2014
Vignesh Karthikeyan replied to Ellen Ni's discussion Let's Play a Word Game
"Gyroscope.  Oooh, a word that starts with 'e.' I find these to be a little hard to think of for some reason."
Oct 27, 2014
Ellen Ni replied to Ellen Ni's discussion Let's Play a Word Game
"Surviving [Wow, people are still playing this game :) ]"
Oct 27, 2014
Ellen Ni commented on Spencer Holbrook's blog post Enjoying an Expansion of Knowledge
"My favorite video games are usually ones with a well-written story or a unique style of gameplay. I really like JRPGs because they tend to focus on characters and/or plot, rather than just a mindless hack and slash. Video games as a medium can…"
Oct 27, 2014
Ellen Ni commented on Katherine Benson's blog post A Physics Book You Might Actually Understand
"A book about physics? What? And it's interesting? That's something I have got to see. Physics isn't exactly boring to me, but it's not something that really interests me either. It's kind of a thing I have to do. But there…"
Oct 27, 2014
Ellen Ni commented on Soumyaa Mazumder's blog post Tell the Wolves I'm Home
"Wow Sumi, what an in-depth book review! Multiple pictures and even a playlist combined with a review that goes (far) beyond surface level. I'm inspired to try harder with mine now.  I agree with you when you talked about how there are…"
Oct 27, 2014
Ellen Ni commented on Kayla H's blog post Harmful Effects of Fast Food
"I rarely if ever eat fast food these days. When I was younger I ate it maybe every week until my parents stopped taking me because "it's bad for you." At the time I was furious but now I'm glad that they stopped. Maybe because I…"
Oct 27, 2014
Ellen Ni commented on Courtney Balogh's blog post Never was Shakespeare More Wrong: The Fault in Our Stars
"I like how you narrowed in your focus to metaphors, especially the one with Augustus and the cigarettes and connected that to Julius Caesar. It changes this from another review of TFIOS to something more thought-provoking. If I had to choose…"
Oct 27, 2014

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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 7:01pm 0 Comments

 

Before you say anything, this is fanfiction. It is a retelling of the Harry Potter series, more specifically the first book, but with a few changes. The biggest change is that Harry has been raised as a rationalist and so he applies logic and science to magic. Hilarity ensues. For example...

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"Now, just to be clear," Harry said, "if…

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H.I.V.E. Higher Institute for Villainous Education

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 11:32pm 0 Comments

 

H.I.V.E. The Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden

 

H.I.V.E. was a book/series that I decided to read because of its Goodreads summary:

 

Otto Malpense may only be thirteen years old, but so far he has managed to run the orphanage where he lives, and he has come up with a plan clever enough to trick the most powerful…

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Ellen's Top Five Books of 2014

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

If you know me then you know that I read a lot of books. According to my Goodreads I have read 53 books so far (or at least 53 of the ones I bothered to keep track of, not including rereads, and not including reading manga online). Since it’s around the end of the year (and Randerson said so) I’m going to make a list of the best (I’m going to define best as “my favorite”) books I read this year, let’s say the top five. I’ll give a quick summary, what I liked about each book, and who I will…

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SuperFreakonomics - a book review

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

 

In the introduction alone, Levitt and Dubner cover “The perils of walking drunk*…The unlikely savior of Indian women…Drowning in horse manure…What is ‘freakonomics,’ anyway?...Toothless sharks and bloodthirsty…

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