Amikumu, an app to find language partners nearby!

I recently created an app to help language learners find language partners nearby! You just open the app, choose a language and see all the speakers of that language near you. We have a Kickstarter campaign and have already raised €18,739, so we have the funds to make the app. According to plan, we'll soft launch to Esperanto speakers in March 2017 and to all of the world's 7,000+ languages (including 100+ sign languages) in July 2017. So, if you like the idea, please support and spread it!

The Kickstarter:

Mi lastatempe kreis apon por helpi al esperantistoj trovi unu la alian loke! Vi simple malfermas la apon kaj povas vidi esperantistojn apud vi. Ni havas kampanjon per Kickstarter kaj jam kolektis 18.793€, do ni certe povos krei la apon. Laŭplane, ni lanĉetos ĝin por Esperanto en marto 2017 kaj al ĉiuj 7.000+ lingvoj de la mondo (inkluzive de 100+ signolingvoj) en julio 2017. Do, se vi ŝatas la ideon, bonvolu subteni kaj disvastigi ĝin!

La kampanjo:

Word Race launch today

Today I'm proud to announce the launch of Word Race, a fun party game you can play with your friends. The game is unique in that you play with a group of friends face-to-face with only one iPhone or iPad. Everyone tries to get their team to say the special word without using any of the forbidden ones. The team that explains them fastest wins. It makes a great game for small gatherings or parties. If you could get a few friends or colleagues together to give it a try, I think you’ll like it!

You can play in English, Esperanto and German. Download directly from the App Store or check out my new website Word Race app to learn more!

Greetings from Berlin - the zombie awakens :)

Hey everyone, long time no see!

For some reason this morning, I felt like getting back on LiveJournal just to see what it's like now. I see my last real post was from June 2008. Well, needless to say, a lot has changed since then. I now work as a freelance iPhone developer... mostly writing language and "game helper" apps. If you're interested, you can see the complete list of apps in my newly updated LJ profile. I'm now, however, 4 days into writing a new game that should actually sell quite well, so we'll see how that goes. I'm also writing another book and I'll let you know more about that when it's more advanced: two chapters written so far... yay!

I just got back from a week-long trip in the Netherlands, mostly visiting Rotterdam, and a day in Utrecht. Yes, I went to Holland and didn't see Amsterdam... I guess that makes me a bad tourist! ;) Oh yeah, I type in Colemak now. Most of my life updates I make simultaneously on Twitter and Facebook, so feel free to look me up on there if you want to keep in touch.

Oh yeah, I'll also be attending Macoun in Frankfurt (Oct 2-3) and the Junulara Esperanto-Semajno (Dec 27-Jan 2) in Burg (Saxony, Germany). At the end of November, I also plan to visit the Univeral Esperanto Association HQ to digitize all the videotapes in their library. I'm really afraid that if they are left unattended, their quality will keep diminishing and we'll start to lose valuable bits of Esperanto culture and history.

Just curious, how many of you just read this? Leave a comment to let me know that you're also still alive! :) Anyway, I have to admit it feels nice to write without having to feel like I have to keep everything so professional.

Random Chess (Chess960) and other iPhone news :)

Today I just released Random Chess (Chess960) for the iPhone. It will randomize the starting position of a chess game putting your bishops on different colors as well as putting the king between the two rooks. You can already buy it now from the App Store for only $0.99 or see more details on my Random Chess page.

You can also see my interviews with iPhone developers: Galcon, BloXoR and Metasquares.

Hodiaŭ mi ĵus eldonis Hazardan Ŝakon por la iPhone. Ĝi hazardigos la komencan pozicion de ŝaka ludo metante viajn du kurierojn sur malsamaj koloroj kaj vian reĝon inter viaj du turoj. Vi jam povas aĉeti ĝin nun de la App Store kontraŭ nur $0.99 aŭ vidi pli da detaloj sur mia paĝo de Hazarda Ŝako.

Vi ankaŭ povas vidi miajn intervjuojn kun iPhone-programistoj: Galcon, BloXoR and Metasquares.

professional blog

I now keep a professional blog on, but I will continue to post personal news here.

Mi nun tenas profesian blogon ĉe, sed mi daŭre afiŝos personajn aferojn ĉi tie.

learn Korean alphabet

Have you been wanting to learn Korean, but haven't quite gotten around to it? Are those pesky characters mocking you and keeping you from the high-energy thrill of Korean? Fret no more!

Just kidding, felt like giving an infomercial spiel. But really, check out a quick and interactive way to learn the Korean alphabet.

Terminologio en Vikipedio

Jen tre interesa artikolo de Miroslav Malovec pri la evoluo de terminologio en Vikipedio kaj ĝia influo al la lingva komunumo:

Verkante artikolojn por Vikipedio ĉiu kontribuanto renkontiĝas kun terminologiaj problemoj, ĉar ne ekzistas fako teknika, scienca aŭ arta, kie ne troviĝus ankaŭ terminoj. Oni verkas pri landoj, urboj, monumentoj, artistoj, sciencistoj, sportistoj, politikistoj, inventoj, eventoj, bestoj, plantoj, mineraloj - ĉie svarmas terminoj, kiujn necesas esprimi en Esperanto.

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