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Online Highlights 7

It’s time for another round of Online Highlights. Since all things on the internet are found out through links or references by others (like I do in this post), thanks to those who, passively and actively, helped me out this time.

Race for the Galaxy AI – This AI for the card game Race for the Galaxy was released many months ago, so it’s hardly new, but it’s still good. I still prefer to play on Genie against human players, but the AI supports Rebel vs. Imperium, which Genie so far lacks.

Linkou, Taiwan – This is where I live. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but my house is under the cloud in the centre of this map!

Partly Cloudy – A very nice short film from Pixar, recommended by Martin in his review.

Foreigners’ Chinese names – I’ve long been an advocate for choosing names in Chinese which are Chinese rather than transliterations of foreign names. This clip perfectly illustrates, if not the whole truth, then at least part of it. It’s also quite funny.

Coach Geoff’s YouTube Channel – An old favourite, who seems to have updated a lot recently. He has provided a lot of inspiration over the years and still do. In fact, I think I’m going to do some workout as soon as I’ve published this post.

Laowai Chinese – Albert Wolfe’s blog about learning Chinese (and lots, lots more). I’ve seen quite a number of blogs like this one, but none has been so interesting. I read almost everything he writes, even though I haven’t had time to excavate the archive yet.

Mandarin tones with Praat – Praat is a program for visually analysing sound, in this case taking a look at what the tones in mandarin Chinese actually look like. How close are they to the tone curves we’ve all been taught? Very, very interesting.

Ministry of Education Chinese-Chinese Dictionary – Another Chinese dictionary, this time a Chinese-Chinese one, probably the most comprehensive I’ve found online. Mostly useful for students in Taiwan, but still.

NCIKU Dictionary – For some reason, I have missed this dictionary. It seems to be very, very good, even though it’s mainland Chinese and thus simplified characters. It still accepts searches for traditional characters, and Ive begun to use this site a lot recently. The many examples are probably the biggest advantage.

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