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Open German

I made an open source quiz/flashcard application for learning German vocabulary. You can see it here on the Play Store, or download it from F-Droid.

The word list is decent, but could use improvement. You can get a read-only version of it from this Google Sheet. If you want to change one or two words, it is probably easiest to email me those changes. If you want to do more, great! The app could use more useful sections and groupings of words, either using the existing word-set or adding more of your own. You may want to email me so I know what you are doing, just to coordinate if more than one person is working on it at once.

Other sources for the app:

The source code for the app is on GitHub.

The word list was created by Neil at and is based on Jörg Tiedemann, 2012, Parallel Data, Tools and Interfaces in OPUS. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012).

The photograph of the Berlin TV Tower is licensed CC-BY-NC from Michael, user juseranotherhuman, on Flickr.

Why I’m Glad I Went To Eckerd College

This is my answer to the Quora question “What Are The Best Reasons To Attend Eckerd College“.

If you are a strong student and want to attend a liberal arts school, Eckerd has some amazing scholarships and really offers about the same academic experience as more prestigious schools. Check out the Academic Achievement Scholarships[1]. I got the equivalent of one of those in 1994-1999 (they let me stay on for one more semester to round out a double major), and graduated essentially debt-free. I also had a lot of fun, tried a bunch of stuff, and got a cool job right afterward (and eventually went to a top 10 law school).

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