Archive for April, 2011

Speed Scrabble – most popular words

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

We did some analysis on our Speed Scrabble players to find out the 80 most popular words used in games:

Speed Scrabble popular words

QI is easily the number 1 word, with AI and IN second and third. I guess most people know that trick when you get stuck with a Q without a U.

2-letter words dominate the list, taking the top 11 spots, and 66% of the top 80.

3-letter words round out the list, with the first 4-letter word, RAIN, coming in at 112th.

It’s a little surprising, but understandable given that Speed Scrabble focusses on speed.

Some users have commented on the unlikely sounding 2-letter words, doubting whether they are really words, so with the help of Wordnik, we have compiled a list of definitions of some of the more obscure words:

  • qi: The fundamental life-force or energy.
  • ai: See sloth.
  • en: The letter n.
  • aa: Lava having a rough surface.
  • ae: Chiefly Scots One.
  • un: One.
  • er: Used to express hesitation or uncertainty.
  • id: In Freudian theory, the division of the psyche that is totally unconscious.
  • oi: Said to get someone’s attention.
  • qat: khat
  • ye: Archaic “The”.
  • ad: An advertisement.
  • lo: Used to attract attention or to show surprise.
  • re: Music – The second tone of the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
  • et: and
  • jo: Scots Sweetheart; dear.
  • oe: A small island.
  • el: The letter l.
  • za: Slang – Pizza.
  • ar: The letter r.
  • la: Music – The sixth tone of the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
  • ti: Music – The seventh tone in the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
  • li: A traditional Chinese measure of distance, today standardized at 500 meters (547 yards).
  • pi: The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.
  • bi: A bisexual person.
  • yo: Slang – Used as a greeting or to attract someone’s attention.
  • joe: Informal – Brewed coffee.
  • ain: Scots Own.
  • yen: A strong desire or inclination; a yearning or craving.
  • fa: Music – The fourth tone of the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
  • ne: Not.

So now you know: yes, they really are words.

If you’ve not played Speed Scrabble, try it out. It’s fun, fast and challenging. And occasionally educational.

Google App Engine, PayPal, Adaptive Payments – The Tutorial

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Google App EngineThe final part of my tutorial on using Google App Engine with PayPal’s adaptive payments to create an online market is available.

It extends the example online market application developed in part two by covering some of the practical considerations and handy features of hosting on GAE.

In summary:

Audio Tuner for Windows 1.6 released

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Supernifty is pleased to announce that version 1.6 of Audio Tuner (Windows) has been released.

Tune your musical instrument

Lots of cool new things, including:

  • New alternate bass guitar tunings (Drop D, Drop C, Low B, 5-string)
  • Proper tone generation on lower frequencies
  • Tunings for the tahitian ukulele and the 8 course renaissance lute (!!)
  • Improved accuracy on the spectrum analysis
  • Nice color coding for at-a-glance tuning
  • Price Cut on life time updates to the software!

Wow!

Audio Tuner is a free download – get it or learn more about Audio Tuner.

If you have feedback or suggestions for improving Audio Tuner, please contact Supernifty.