Archive for December, 2007

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This was originally posted on the Abunga Blog @

Jennifer over at Brains on Fire posted on a site today called FreeRice which for every word you get right they donate 20 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger.

It’s essentially a multiple choice question, where they show a word, and four possible definitions.  If you pick the right word they donate 20 grains of rice and you confirm that you know the right definition.

I checked out today for about 5 minutes and I donated 320 grains of rice and I learned that digressive = tangential, a great way to spend a couple minutes online.

FreeRice is the sister site of and they combine two things I enjoy and that we at Abunga equally agree with, helping people and improving literacy.  As of the posting of this blog 9,123,269,430 grains of rice had been donated.

From the FreeRice About page

 FreeRice has two goals:

1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.

2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.

Go to and spend a few minutes, I bet you’ll learn a few new words and you’ll certainly donate some grains of rice to deserving people.


i can feel it

I was checking out the top 5 viral videos of 2007 which I got from a WOMMA email and as I watched them (multiple times in some cases) I realized what makes them viral isn’t that they are funny the first time around. They are viral because they are fun to share

I was sharing the Cadbury’s Gorilla one with my boss and as it was playing – even at the very beginning where it is just focused on the gorilla I was just laughing, because I knew what was going to happen which I just thought was hilarious.  Now you could say maybe I like the video because I’m a drummer and I can emphasize, but my guess is that since it’s the number one video there is something much more universal then that in it’s content.

It reminds me vaguely of watching Zoolander the first time and thinking “I can’t believe people like this movie…it’s so stupid” and as people quoted the movie it grew in it’s hilariousness.

All that said, watch one, share one, and laugh.

Have a good day

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