Hello Youtubes! Mad Beat Jams by Ronald Jenkees

If you haven’t caught on to this guy yet, check him out. He plays a really mean freehand keyboard with a beat pattern in the back ground (and the high quality kind, not so much of the stock keyboard dinky beats you hear on Radio Shack demos). Here are a few of his YouTube videos below, or you can just skip right over here to his YouTube channel directly.

He’s got the same in free-hand, by-ear, raw talent that Gemma Ward has got in teh gorgeousness. He’s also got CDs for sale, and can be found on iTunes..

Gorgeous Photo Set of Abandoned Russian Structures

Today I came across a lovely set of photographs detailing various long disrepair-fallen structures in old Soviet Russia. You’ve got your basic aged structures, but also a few good locations for a movie drama set, and generally good desktop wallpaper options over at WebUrbanist. Furthermore, the site actually has a tagged section generally listed as “abandonments“.. Looks like a good source for future Half Life level designs, to me =)

Squiptipadoogleboinkaflop and Ragnakoriake

I may be one of the few word philosphers or perhaps a lay-scientist of word theory, considering the overt nerdiness that this entry reveals.

As an official reference on the subject, I’m making an entry about my creation of the word neologism, to squiptipadoogleboinkaflop. In this form, it is a verb describing the action of, purposefully or inadvertently, revealing a belief that dictionaries are the end-of-discussion source for whether a word is a word or not. A negative connotation regarding someone who believes this is not implied, but merely a matter of simple existence. Edit: As a secondary definition or corrollary, it could also be used to describe the action of revealing that one is a prescriptivist rather than a descriptivist.

Dictionaries are instead a type of newspaper that reports on words and usages of words that are common for the time the publication is printed and do not dictate “this is how it shall be” in the same way that standard daily newspapers do not state how an event will unfold, but how events have been reported to unfold.

I suspect the biggest reason that dictionaries are looked upon as the ultimate say in whether or not a word is considered a word is due to word games that call upon a specific set of words that are for legal use in the game — such as Scrabble’s rule that limits proper names, foreign words and contractions from legal game play. Scrabble even publishes its own official dictionary. I think this is the reason given for the common misperception that “orange, silver and month have no rhymes,” but is only true if obscure scientific terms, appreviations and proper place names are excluded (even though they are words as far as basic understandings of what “word” tends to mean — try sporage, chilver and grunth). A simple way to defeat this perception is simply to look up the word word. The defintion of word from any given dictionary is remarkably unlikely to contain any specific limitation that, in order to determine whether a word is legitimately a word or not, one must find it in a dictionary of some kind. I think we can both agree that a word from the Choctaw language, which has few dictionaries for it, contains many potential words not found in said dictionaries.

My infinitve, to squiptipadoogleboinkaflop (SKWIP-tip-puh-DOO-gull-BO-een-kuh-flop), is to directly or indirectly reveal a belief that words must come from a dictionary in order to be considered legitimate. For instance, as I wrote in this Ask MetaFilter thread (rather cryptically now that I read it again), remarks, “One who thinks Blorange, one of many rhymes for Orange, doesn’t count as a word because it’s the proper name for a hill in the UK, has just squiptipadoogleboinkaflopped.” The state of believing this idea could be squiptipadoogleboinkaflopism whereas my belief that a dictionary does not dictate (ha) whether words are words or not could thusly be asquiptipadoogleboinkaflopism — in the way that atheism subverts theism — making me an asquiptipadoogleboinkafloppist.

In addition, I have just today decided that to ragnakoriake (RAG-nuh-KO-ree-ake) is to reveal directly or indirectly a belief that a word outside of any context has a default defintion, notably being the first entry of its listing in a dictionary. Dictionaries do generally list, as the first of any number of alternate definitions, the most commonly employed definition of a word outside of a given context. However, when asked what a word means, an implied, “the word ___ could mean many things, some of I have known to include…” should be understood, rather than a common suggestion that a word without any particular context means something specific. Potential exclusions to this rule could plausibly be the species used to represent a specific organism, although when used as an infinitive could also mean something else, such as “to act in a way an [organism] would.” Ragnakoriakology, ragnakoriakism, ragnakoriakers.

NES Nintendo Mod Fits In A Single Cartridge

Some ingenuity gave the gent who created this beauty something to write home about. I’d pay money for one of those =) It’s the entire innards of an original Nintendo deck all crammed into the space of one original Nintendo game (or perhaps the original nintendo game). Personally, I’d like one fit into the Final Fantasy 1 cartridge, myself.

Automotive Hacks: Power Doors

You may have seen quite some time ago, there was an eBay auction of a car for sale that had doors that would disappear under the chassis in a similar way that today’s power windows disappear into the door. I’ve located a page describing that automotive hackjob in greater detail, as well as a new website offering conversion for cars already on the market.

This detailed report has the now-familiar video of the car door that disappears underneath the body, but also contains numerous photos of various other areas of the car (such as the trunk that houses many of the mechanical and pressurized elements of the modification), including what appears to be instructions from a kit that the tinkerer bought.

However, another site has its own, new video, done up in an elegant-looking guide in regular infomercial style demonstrating benefits and new innovations (such as having the same level of ground clearance as before).

Could be quite handy, except if you drive into high water and the electronics get soaked (the same argument given for driving off a pier into complete immersion, in response to power windows and locks) and end up being unable to get out. But then again, they do sell those easy window-breaker hammers these days, also.

Nanaca Crash Update: Version 1.07

That game from a few days ago has a new version now, which includes a meter that shows your meters-per-second speed, in a variety of directional indicators. I’m not sure what the “morning” title at the beginning has to do with anything..

It might also be well noted that there is a hacked version or two floating around, that reduces the gravity pull so that you shoot thousands of meters into the air and slowly drift back down. There’s a YouTube video (not shown below) of someone getting 217,000 meters with the hacked version.

Also, you can download the actual game yourself and play it at home if you like, as it’s free to share. (Right click to save, or click directly to play it from the browser)

Nanaca Crash v1.06 (not hacked)
Nanaca Crash v1.07 (newer, not hacked)
Nanana Hacked (low gravity hack)

I also located a discussion thread about the various types of combos that can be performed, by getting the “skip” girl to crash into a CFF battle girl. I’ve only hit them a few times. The thread mentions a Nanaca Crash v1.08, but the poster misunderstands it as being real, when the translation states the programmer is unsure if he’ll make another update.

Also, I’ve made a few YouTube recordings of my various feats: breaking 5,000m and breaking 10,000m (using 1.06 not hacked)…

Nanaca Crash – Breaking 5,000m (v1.06)

Nanaca Crash – Breaking 10,000m (v1.06)

And finally, the gal who recorded the video below manages to get a rare block-combo. In order to get one of these, you have to be lucky enough to get the dark-haired girl who normally blocks the boost girls, to block one of the special girls instead. When that happens, your little man will turn a particular shade: turning red will “charge” him somehow (not sure what that does, I wonder if it recharges your red arial boosts?); turning yellow will make him boost automatically when he hits the ground for three bounces; and turning green will make him over over everyone in a straight line for 60 seconds. Anyhow, the one below is a demonstration of the “red” rare combo (where the dark-haired girl tries to block a red special).