Fall 2004 - The Fool, K. M. Lawson, begins a PhD program in modern East Asian History. Active development of Fool's Workshop projects ends for the time being. No major updates to the software since. I hope to return to my tinkering with coding for the Mac and online at some point in the future. Since 2004, however, I have been working on a few other online projects such as managing Frog in a Well and digitizing the Sino-Japanese Studies journal now hosted at ChinaJapan.org.
March 29th, 2003 -
Jii-chan's Kanji Flashcards
are online. A version of JSFlash which works with images instead
of text is planned and will precede the release of Hangul Helper
for Korean and Katakana Quizer for Japanese.
February 19th, 2003- The new JSFlash script
is available for download. This
script, which allows review of flashcards through a fast client-side
browser script will be integrated into future releases of OWLS and
form the core of a web version of Flashcard Wizard, being developed
concurrently with Flashcard Wizard 2.0 for Mac OS X.
November 11th- OWLS - The OWLS scripts are
available for download. I have
been reluctant to release them because my lack of daily internet
access in Japan prevents me from being able to provide quick support.
However, after many inquiries about the releast date, they are now
only seem to display themselves (without any apparent negative effect)
in Internet Explorer in Windows. More bugs may be found as others
try to use the scripts. Help files are included in the download
September 17th- OWLS - Sutaitai.com is live
and being used in two classes by Chih-Ping Sobelman at Columbia
University. The scripts themselves continue to be debugged and are
being stripped down and documentation being added for use in any
language course. The scripts should be available for download later
this month or at the beginning of October.
July 24th, 2002 - Pinyin to Unicode Converter
- I added the Pinyin to Unicode Converter today and added more
information on current and upcoming projects. I have been busy with
Sutaitai.com which will eventually result in the release of the
The Language Workshop (the name might change). Other projects in
the wings include The Katakana Quizer and The Hangul Helper.
March 13th, 2002 - Adding Fun Scripts - I
will begin posting small scripts and programs I have written which
might conceivably be useful to others. Further development on Flashcard
Wizard and Fool's Lexicon is on hold until this summer, following
April 15th, 2001 - Fool's Lexicon Released. This
new application is a client for two popular dictionaries (available
with the download of Fool's Lexicon). The program has special copy
and export features, multiple searches, and autopaste. Copied or
exported entries can be easily imported or pasted into Flashcard
Wizard. I added two features (word and term searches) and fixed
two bugs after initial tests on 1.0 brought immediately useful comments,
thus the 1.1 release so early.
January 14th, 2001 - Flashcard
Wizard is now Freeware. All features have been unlocked and
shareware payments are no longer required. The program is now completely
Freeware! You can still register the program but any payments made
will be posted as donations to the educational
charity described here. Furthermore,
the new version of Flaschard Wizard currently under development
(2.0) is being completely redesigned and will be released under
the GPL Open Source
license upon completion.
January 14th, 2001 - Flashcard Wizard 1.2
has been released. New export features, bug fixes, and a few other
tweaks are among the changes. See the version history for more information.
October 22nd, 2000 -
The Set Library is growing.
There are now 29 Spanish language vocabulary sets available for
download thanks to Stacy Boyle. These are available with other sets
for download either as Flashcard Wizard files or as text files for
use in other applications and databases.
September 8th, 2000 - Flashcard Wizard has
had over 3,000 downloads! Please register your copy to promote further
development. Quiz and multiple-entry flashcard features are the
aim for the next Mac version of the application.
August 28th, 2000 - Flashcard Wizard 1.0
August 28th, 2000 -
Welcome to the new Fool's Workshop website. I have replaced the
older design for two reasons. First, mouse rollovers and decorative
graphics slowed access considerably for some (connecting from China
was terrible). Secondly, the way the page encapsulated the text
in an oval area placed very annoying restrictions on the amount
of content I could provide on each page. This new look is designed
to be simple, clean, fast to load, and flexible in its display of
content. If you dislike what you see, send me an