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Play Speed Scrabble in Spanish

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Spain¡Juego de velocidad scrabble en espanol!

Supernifty se complace en anunciar que ahora es compatible con la velocidad de Scrabble en español.

Si tu eres un nativo hablante de español, o si quiere practicar el idioma español, juega con velocidad Scrabble en españole!

Guessing words on the Spanish Speed Scrabble

To play Speed Scrabble using the Spanish dictionary:

  • Visit Speed Scrabble
  • Login
  • Click “Play”
  • Click the pencil next to “English”, to change it to “Spanish”
  • Click “Start game”
  • Make words in Spanish! ¡Excelente!

This is a new feature so if you encounter any problems, please
contact us.

Thanks Brunina for the Spanish translation 🙂

How to track your daily goals and form new habits

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

For some time I have been trying to develop useful daily habits in a quest for self-improvement.

Things like:

  • exercising daily,
  • learning a new language and
  • finishing my masterpiece.

A bad way to learn a new skill or form a new habit is to have a short-lived exuberance of enthusiasm before returning to the old you. This has been my usual strategy.

This boom-bust cycle is deflating and makes the next effort even harder.

The solution!

Doing a little each day and tracking progress appears to be quite successful at maintaining motivation.

Supernifty’s habit-forming tool can help out with this.

Daily goals

Set your goals, then click in the appropriate day when you complete a goal. Simple.

If you’re like me, or Jerry Seinfeld, then you are well on your way to cementing some valuable habits.

Stars and Streaks and Jerry Seinfeld

The story goes that Jerry Seinfeld needed a way to keep himself motivated when writing, so came up with the “Don’t break the chain” method. Each day he would draw a line on his calendar to indicate that he had done a little comedy writing that day.

After a short time, the motivation became to keep the chain going.
Soon after, Jerry Seinfeld had created one of the most popular sitcoms of all time.

Supernifty’s goal tracking tool shows a “streak” statistic to emulate this idea. Keep the streak going! Be like Jerry!

Long Term Progress

One motivating factor in the habit-forming game is to try to maintain or improve my performance compared to previous weeks.

Click on “All weeks” to see how your habit-forming is progressing. It’s also easy to filter on a specific habit.

Goals analysis

Finally…

If you’ve had trouble forming new habits in the past, then this goal tracking tool could be the ticket.

This same web page includes a tool to track how you spend your time – just hide this if you are only interested in the goal tracker.

Feedback is always welcome. If you have ideas or thoughts, or it has helped you out, let us know!

Making a decision – flowchart

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

If you’re having trouble deciding whether or not you should do something, Supernifty’s new “Should I do it?” flowchart can help you out with many of life’s conundrums.

First, think of something that you are wondering whether or not you should do. For instance, accepting a new job offer. Then, follow the flowchart below.

Should I do it? Decision flowchart

Of course, sometimes making the decision is the easy part – especially now that you have this simple to follow flowchart.

Often it’s actually following through on your decision that is the challenge.

Unchained Melody – the best song of all time?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The radio station Magic recently announced the top 500 songs of all time, as voted by its listeners.

Supernifty has generated a handy visualization so you can easily see the entire list, along with the movers and shakers compared to the last time the survey was held in 2010.

There are unsurprising movers – e.g. Whitney Houston.

There are songs that should have been there all along e.g. Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley and Hotel California by The Eagles.

Finally, there are the inexplicables – e.g. Mascara, by John Stephan (?!)

Check out which singer has the most entries, and which decade has produced the most hits.

Although the results are very much a reflection of who listens to Magic, it’s pretty fun and interesting to play with – check out Magic’s top 500 songs of all time.

Late Night Creativity – Comic #5

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Late night creativity - Supernifty Comic #5

Click to see the comic full size

Speed Scrabble Notifier for Firefox

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Firefox
If you’re a Speed Scrabble player and running Firefox, then you might be interested in trying the new Speed Scrabble Extension.

The add-on helps you keep track of who is currently online so you can easily drop in for a game. Try it out!.

Speed Scrabble is a fast, fun and free online multiplayer word game. If you’ve not played it before then check it out!

If you aren’t a Firefoxer, there are similar extensions for Safari and Chrome.

If you’re a software developer interested in seeing how the extension works, the source code is freely available and can be used for any purpose.

If you have any thoughts on the new extension, feel free to get in touch!

Helping the world through microlending

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Supernifty likes helping others out, especially those who really need it. Microlending is one way to do this.

Microlending involves lending a small amount – sometimes just a few dollars – to someone just to help get their business off the ground.

In developing countries, often this is all that is needed to get a viable business up and running. The recipient starts earning money, can pay back the loan, and can help bring their whole family out of poverty. Children can afford to go to school, get proper jobs, and the cycle of poverty is broken.

Kiva is a well-known microlender. One of Kiva’s founders gave a good explanation of how this works.

Interested? Well then, try it out.

You can lend as little as $25, and since the loan is (typically) repaid, you get to help someone out and improve our world a little – for next to nothing. Brilliant!

Visit Kiva to learn more.

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.

Crossword Solver 0.5 released

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Crossword Puzzle Solver
Supernifty is pleased to announce version 0.5 of Crossword Puzzle Solver.

We’ve added some requested new functionality.

Custom Word Lists
It is now possible to add your own word lists to the crossword solver. Useful if you want to

  • add a new language,
  • have a particular niche set of words, or
  • just want to add something that you think is missing.

To add a word list, you just need to create a file, where each line is in the format “word,definition”.

Then click Definitions->Add… to add your definitions. It’s then easy to enable and disable the word lists you wish to include in your search.

If you happen to create a word list that you think might be useful to others, please let Supernifty know and we can publish your word list.

Ignore Spaces
Sometimes you might want to search for words and ignore any spaces. There’s now an option to do this.

Crossword Solver and all updates are free. Next time you run the software you should be prompted to update. If not, click Help->Check for Updates.

Feedback is always welcome.

Play Speed Scrabble on your iPad

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Exciting news! Speed Scrabble is now compatible with the iPad. Yeeha!

Speed Scrabble iPad

To play Speed Scrabble on the iPad, just drag the letters around with your fingers to form words. Too easy!

Your iPad might just give you the competitive advantage over your mouse-based opponents… or simply a more enjoyable way to brush up on your word skills.

If you have an iPad, please try out the updated Speed Scrabble game.

As always, feedback is welcome… we are aware that the background grid can get a little messed up during play on the iPad, this shouldn’t interfere with the game play.

We hope to tweak the iPad experience in future releases – and potentially release an iPad app.

Now, go try it out! Happiness is word games