I'm back in California, after spending the earlier half of this week visiting colleges in Boston. I fortuitously arrived in Boston only several hours before the Red Sox won Game 7 and clinched their spot in the World Series, so my MIT hosts had plenty to be happy about.
The best way to celebrate the Game 7 victory was inside an elevator.
I had a great time in Boston and it feels like a great place to be a college student. My visit confirmed my suspicions that MIT seems like a great fit for me.
So anyways, I flew back on Wednesday, the first day of the World Series. The tension ran extra high on my flight between Boston and Denver (ergo Colorado) - there was lots of talk of "fleeing Boston." United was cool enough to patch in a live but crackly transmission of the game through the in-flight radio.
With all this flying time, I had some downtime to work on Quizlet (for some reason, I can never do actual work on planes). I've got a complete copy of Quizlet running on my laptop, so I can work on it compulsively whenever and wherever I please. What did I do this time? A lot of really good small stuff:
- Navigation amelioration: I've gotten rid of those easy-to-miss links added to the main navigation bar on certain pages, and replaced them with a sweet second row of navigation below the title of each page. The Familiarize, Learn, Test, Export, My Groups, Dashboard, and Group pages all got the treatment. Hopefully this will make it easier to navigate Quizlet.
- I replaced the Answers.com lookup links with inside-Quizlet lookup links on the Set page. Activate the links by clicking on the little icon next to each term. Just like the Create Set page and the Quizmarklet, a box will pop onto with a list of definitions. So if you see a word you like on someone else's set, you can click on the icon and save it into one of your own sets. Notice the linked vocabulary words in this post - they're set up with this feature as well. Très cool! 8)
- You can now delete your account if you need to. There's a link in your dashboard. The delete page gives you the option of leaving your old sets for other people to use, or deleting everything. For security, you'll need to type in your password before permanently deleting your account.
- I upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.3.1 and moved the RSS feeds to Feedburner (the old feed URLs will automatically redirect). You can now subscribe to this blog by email if you like. I guess you could consider this blog the official Quizlet newsletter...
- A few speed improvements here and there. I'm aware of intermittent speed problems, and they are being addressed.
Quizlet Queries for Quid has had a few interesting twists in the past few days. First, two of Quizlet's projects are now fully funded and complete! Mississippi's Bay-Waveland Middle School will be getting a LCD new projector and a fifth grade class in the Bronx will be getting six Scrabble games. These proposals were brought to life in part by Quizlet users! (other people not from Quizlet contributed too.) To date, we've raised $550. Impressive...But there's still $1,962 to go!
I've added another proposal to the list to keep us on track for our goal of $2512. This time, we're helping another hurricane-impacted school (this time in Louisiana) get seven Scrabble sets. I'm working on finding more projects I'd like to support - if you browse through the site and find one you like, post it in the comments. Donate now by clicking on the thermometer and clicking Fund Now on one the proposals in the list. And teachers, submit a proposal to the site and I'll be happy to post it under the Quizlet Queries for Quid challenge. Man, this DonorsChoose thing is addictive - even Stephen Colbert is doing it now!
Now, my first college application is due Thursday, so I'm going to go finish that...