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When I was a kid, Hangman games were one of the ways we got through road trips. It's simple enough for anyone to play. You guess some letters, knowing that a correct choice gets you closer to an answer, while an incorrect one ... well, that gets you closer to something worse than a dangling participle.
This week's web tour includes an updated version of Hangman, one that even plays to your particular interests and hobbies. We'll also tap a well-known magazine's audience for expert advice, get some Kiwi gardening advice and learn about the value of those CFL lightbulbs.
This Norwegian twist on Hangman has a key appeal: you get to select a category before you start playing. Just a few of the categories include countries, Al Pacino movies and frequently misspelled words ... many of which, in the last category, didn't strike me as being commonly misspelled. Then again, this game comes to us from Norway! The categories add a little sparkle, but they also do help make it easier to guess correctly.
Wired How-To Wiki
Wired magazine is a must-read for technofiles of varying degrees of skill and geekitude. It's not surprising, though, that its audience would have the chops to make a go of expert-guidance articles on all manner of topics, from converting a DVD so it can play on an iPad to making your own yogurt. Registration is required, if you want to write or edit. If you just want to read or browse, you can click your way straight through.
Moosey's Country Garden
From New Zealand comes this gardening site, which one of my friends heartily recommends. That may be because she enjoys reading about someone's bounty during the cold winter months here - which is perfect, because when we're snowbound here, they're right in the height of summer. That also means the latest posts are about their less-lush season, but gardening buffs will relish tracking back through the last few months.
Perhaps it's a little on the grim side, but Executed Today looks at history in an unorthodox way. It's a blog that each day documents an execution. The range of subject matter is surprisingly wide. The tone aims to be fair and neutral, which is impressive, given how loaded some of the specific subjects can be.
Pictorial History of Dentistry
Humans have been figuring out how to fix dental problems for a long time - much longer than I ever imagined. I have no problem with reading up about dentistry, tooth decay, surgery and such, but I found myself strangely fascinated by the materials here. If you're nervous about the modern dentist's chair, you may want to stay away.
CFL bulb savings calculator
I started using compact fluorescent lights a few years ago, gradually replacing my incandescent bulbs. (Well, most of them.) The bulbs have certainly taken off in public acceptance, with the Canadian Football League now competing for top-of-mind awareness for the CFL acronym. While I'm wary of the mercury in these bulbs, and wonder how well we're disposing of them, I've gotten used to the light they provide. Here's a handy resource on the financial reasons to switch.
John Gushue is an online editor with CBC News in St. John's. Twitter: @johngushue. Blog: johngushue.typepad.com.