Lex Friedman blogs here.

Lex is the Chief Revenue Oficer for ART19, the world's biggest podcasting company.

He was previously Chief Business Development Officer at Midroll, Macworld's senior writer, and the co-founder of a diet tracking website in the pre-iPhone era. Not all at the same time.

He is the cohost of the Not Playing podcast, a cohost of the Turning This Car Around podcast, a cohost of the The Rebound podcast, and the sole host of the Your Daily Lex podcast.

Lex's first book, The Snuggie Sutra, is exactly what it sounds like. His most recent book is a Dr. Seuss parody for adults; it's called The Kid in the Crib.

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Salad Bowl

I enjoy the game Salad Bowl. 

I felt like it should be playable via video chat during these times of social distancing, like other games, but I couldn't find a good version online. So I made one. 

There are many variants of the game. It's sometimes called Celebrity. There are store-bought versions as well, including the beautifully-illustrated Monikers, and a cleverly-designed version called Time's Up. 

Because multiple variants exist, there are multiple rule variations as well. My free-to-use version of Salad Bowl is built to use my rules, but you can probably adapt it for your rules. 

In my version:

Generate a URL, share it with your friends. Everyone contributes names or other answers for the game. (Some folks like to make everything start with the same letter. Others like only famous people. Do what you want! It's your game!) I recommend roughly 10 clues provided per person, but again — it's your game.

In my variant, once all the names are submitted, you can refresh and review the list. I like to allow other players to reject an answer or two if they just have no familiarity with it at all.

Finally, you'll start the game. I have a built-in 60 second timer. You'll have to keep score yourself. The web app will score your current round, but write down your team's score somewhere.

My rules: In the first round, you can give Taboo-style clues to get your teammates to guess the word. No "rhymes with" or "starts with" clues. Once they guess the word, you get the point.

When you're out of time, the other team takes over clue-giving. 

Once all the words are used up, start round two, in which you may only give a one-word clue. You're using all the same answers, but now you get just one word to prompt your teammates. It's hard! It's fun! It's funny!

The third round is charades. Charades over video chat is a delight. 

Good luck. Have fun. It is not the world's greatest web-based app, but it works for my Salad Bowl cravings. Enjoy!


Posted on April 17th, 2020