An app teaches you typing by asking you to rewrite the classics


The Red Queen teaches typing.

The Red Queen teaches typing.
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A new project by a Canadian techie named Adam Doquiatan aims to teach you to type by asking you to copy great literature. The site, called, lets you pick from a library of public domain classics—Alice in Wonderland, 1984, and many more—and then shows you the text of each chapter. To complete the exercise you just have to type over the text, rewriting the classic at your own (hopefully improving) pace.

The process is easy, in theory, but hard in practice. Because Doquiatan is using texts from the Gutenberg Project and other open-source repositories, there might be a few weird formatting issues that make it hard to maintain flow. That said, even hipsters are catching the craze by retyping classics in smoky diners in an effort to recapture some lost cool.

“The founders are just me—a Canadian web developer who’s relatively new to the scene,” said Doquiatan. “I started as a side project after graduating from the British Columbia Institute of Technology back in April. A couple of years prior I had taught myself how to touch type by transcribing novels I had laying around (which, as it turned out, was certainly more fun than typing exercises). I figured others might find this sort of thing beneficial so I turned the idea into a website.”

The site saw about 600 users per day before public interest drove it to 19,000 per day. He expects the numbers to fall, presumably as everyone gets great at retyping Dumas.

“It’ll probably settle somewhere in the middle, but your guess is as good as mine where it ends up,” said Doquiatan.

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New Course Teaches Dental Hygienists The Science Of Holistic Dental Hygiene


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CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is celebrating by promoting its new course for dental hygienists. The IAOMT’s Biological Dental Hygiene Accreditation Program was recently launched to help dental professionals understand the science behind holistic approaches that reconnect oral health with the rest of the body.

“For many years, our dental hygienist members sought to construct a specialized training course to provide a detailed understanding about how biological dentistry treats the whole body as part of oral health care,” explains Kym Smith, Executive Director of the IAOMT. “It’s a testament to our hygienist members that they achieved their goal of putting together scientific research and hands-on resources to create this innovative new program.”

The Biological Dental Hygiene Accreditation Program covers essential components of holistic dental hygiene through an online course consisting of training articles and videos, as well as a workshop that can be attended virtually or in person. Coursework includes learning how to mitigate mercury exposure from amalgam fillings, understand patient biocompatibility with dental materials, recognize nutrition’s role in periodontal health, and identify signs of sleep-disordered breathing. Participants also receive a one-on-one mentor, access to peer-reviewed research articles about biological dentistry, and partnership in a professional network committed to continuing to investigate the oral-systemic connection.

The IAOMT is a global consortium of dentists, hygienists, physicians, other health professionals, and scientists who research the biocompatibility of dental products and practices, including the risks of mercury fillings, fluoride, root canals, and jawbone osteonecrosis. The IAOMT is a non-profit organization and has been dedicated to biological dentistry and its mission of protecting public health