“So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere?”—John Shimkus (R-IL), member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment (via The Baseline Scenario)
This is one of the best online language tools I’ve stumbled across in maybe ever. And it’s far and away the best site I’ve ever found for learning to write Chinese characters.
Skritter combines modern “tests you more on the bits you always forget” flashcard technology with what I can only describe as a Nintendo DS-style input method and then wraps it all up in an interface that’s fresh and sleek and even occasionally witty.
If you’re interested in learning how to read and write Chinese - or if, like me, you studied Chinese for years, promptly forgot it all, and are now looking to review - I cannot recommend this site enough.
(Particularly because it’s still in beta and therefore free.)