Scrabble Draw Probability

July 31st, 2018
Food for Thought The traditional way to calculate probability uses Combination. It's a bit computational but it is essentially based on the number of tiles of a certain type in a set, and the number of tiles drawn. Normally the combination is based on… more »

The Hoot Cardbox

July 10th, 2018
Hoot finally includes Cardbox quiz options. Similar to Zyzzyva's cardbox quizzes, Hoot adds the List feature where users are tested on a selected list of words, like 2 letter words or bingo stems. more »

How Do You Measure Your Life?

January 5th, 2018
Last month I celebrated my 64th birthday.  That was also my 26th, as well 43rd, and 82nd. Someone suggested it was a powerful birthday.  Besides using powers to count the years,  you could also use different number bases, in which case it was my 100th… more »

Hoot Year End

December 15th, 2017
This is a year end update on Hoot, the Scrabble™ and word game study tool I began developing in 2016. Version 2.0 of the program was released in May of this year, featuring a multiple document interface and Office style ribbon. Since I haven't really… more »

Apps for Scrabble Word Study

August 18th, 2017
Update (7/20/21): When this was first posted Hoot was only available as a PC desktop program. Since 2019 Hoot has been available as an Android app. See my post for links or search Google Play. A description has been added at the bottom.  I just posted… more »

Watch your Z's and Q's

August 12th, 2017
Since the release of Version 2 of Hoot, I have been making only minor changes to the program. Instead, I've been focusing on two other projects; the development of a new lexicon (NAWL), and organizing notes for a study guide for Hoot. I am attempting to… more »

Images in b2evolution

August 11th, 2017
Many years ago I started using b2evolution for my blog even though it was not the most popular platform. I'm still using it. Although it is complex, it gives me options that don't exist in other platforms. Now that it has expanded to include other types… more »