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Speaking Hangman is fun for the whole family

By Joe Barr on January 04, 2008 (9:00:00 PM)

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Speaking Hangman is a cross-platform bilingual game that's both fun and educational, and suitable for the whole family.

You'll need to have a Java 2 Java Runtime Environment installed on your system to play the game. If you're not sure if the version of Java you're running is adequate to the task, you can test it on the page you download the program from.

After you download the program, enter tar xzf speakinghangmanfree-0.2.0.tar.gz in the directory where you downloaded the archive. Before playing the game, enter the directory created by the tar extraction command and read the README, INSTALL, and LICENSE text files you'll find there. Note that this is not free software, nor even open source. The licensing terms (read LICENSE.TXT in the same directory) provide only for "free-as-in-beer" usage.

To start the game, enter java -jar HangmanFree_V0.2.0.jar in the installation directory. By default, Speaking Hangman begins at the Basic level of the English language version, meaning that the word you guess is found in the game's 450-word Basic English vocabulary. If you are a native English-speaker, playing in this mode may be fun, but not necessarily educational.

To switch to the Spanish version of the game, click on the flag of Spain icon located to the left of the text box displaying the level of play along the bottom of the window. You can use the up and down arrows to the right of the same text box to toggle between Basic and the 1,000-word Intermediate vocabulary levels.

Start play by clicking on New Word (or Nueva Palabra if you're playing in Spanish). You'll see a row of empty dashes, each representing a letter of the word, appear in the upper portion of the window. You make guesses as to which letters are in the word simply by clicking on letters in the alphabet shown. Once you've selected a letter, it is grayed-out so you don't try to select it again later.

If the letter you picked is in the word, it will appear in place of a dash or dashes. If it's not, part of an astronaut's image will appear in the gallows -- a modern, graphical representation of the stick figure you drew playing hangman as a child. Eventually, you will either solve the word, or have used up all your chances and lost the round.

If you've lost, the spaceman will turn over on his head and burst into flames. If you've won, he will lift off the gallows and fly into space. In either case, you'll hear the word pronounced -- hence the name of the game. But that's not all; the game can also find a definition for you, so you can not only learn its pronunciation but its meaning as well. Click on the icon of the open book next to the New Word/Nueva Palabra button and a link to the word in WordReference.com will appear in your browser in English or Spanish, depending on the language you've selected.

Speaking Hangman is quick, easy, fun, and educational for the whole family. If you enjoy the game, you can purchase a version that includes an advanced vocabulary of more than 7,000 words.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.122.165.195] on January 04, 2008 11:15 PM
This, if not allready available is a recomendation to develop a musical notation language that can be easily typed and sent as chat or email. I will apply by anonimity or creative common or GPL the release of this idea as a way to promote its development by way of De Jure as well to preempt De Facto adoption. It should use as many commonly used musical notations such as a period to repeat. It should contain short hand to replicate the last expresion and beat paterns or use an indexed list. (1= F, 2=G#, 3=/C#FG#C#/, i'm using /*/ to encapsulate a chord and / to express the previous expresion as a repetive application, 4=/D#G#A#C#/, 5=/D#F#G#C/)=index. So applied as notation [1/3/ /3/ // 2/3/ /3/ // /4/ /// /5/ ///.]=musical expresion. Also it should allow simply stating Cmaj or Dmin or dim7 etc. The perpose is to make available a redily available library of musical terms that can give a person access to music using a parcer similar to XML or the ham morse code alphabet to audiable dot dot dash expresion. Now one could type Cmaj perhaps as *'crt' XML header 'crt' 'crt' music_parcer 'crt' Cmaj 'crt' music_parcer/'crt' 'crt' XML header/'crt' and end up with a brouser page with Cmaj writen on it and a sound library that plays the chord when a play button is clicked. Cmaj /// would be played four times. A timing meter vocabulary would be needed perhaps the smallest expression equal to 1 and powers of 2 indexed so 1/16=1 2=1/8 that would make 16 a whole note so 16/Cmaj/ is a whole note and this mite be defined in the XML header. 8/*/+4 mite be a doted half note. By making an intuitive and more importantly simply available library available especialy within a brouser, people interested in music are given access to its reasonable expression. Loops could be perchased to advertize instument mfg. or artists playing a note so you could have a popular instumentalist strike the notes of your song. By a person being exposed to musical terms that are as closely related to actual music notation such as (Cmin 4th dim6th) are able to learn proper music theory and expression. A program in the brouser mite creat a graphical map of your song using fonts that can be pieced together to show your song on a musical staff with meter notation. A beat pattern mite be 2/ 4/ // 2/ = to (dot dash dash dash dot). *I'm using 'crt' as less than or grater than, probably should use some [altC] type charicter. Now one could play hangman as guessing at a musical tune phrase.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.122.165.195] on January 08, 2008 12:55 AM
The asd row could represent the 13 keys of the octive range with the qwe row as sharp and the zxc row as flat. The F keys could be major chords or a regular charature key could be used with the shift turning it into a major chord. Using the number keys they could be use to adjust the notes in the root chord to minor, augmented, diminished, fourths etc. and the caps key would add notes to the chord within or beyond the octive.

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