As the comic XKCD put it, I’m in the “control group” for Wordle, having never given the game a try, and I must admit to continuing confusion as to just what all of those green and yellow boxes mean as colleagues post their achievements in my Twitter feed. The folks at Squirrel Monkey have come to my rescue, not only explaining what the game is, but translating it back in time as it would have existed as a computer game in the 1980s. Fans of the game will particularly appreciated the integrated feature allowing you to publicly share your score in a pre-social media world. Trigger warning: the sound of a disc drive grinding and a dot-matrix printer may induce strong feelings of nostalgia in viewers.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


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