Saturday, 27 June 2009

JVK #7

Well, it's getting there after all. I thought I had given up on it, but I'm still going. Hopefully.


And this episode guest stars yet another famous Lego dude! Yup, it's Nannan Zhang!

Friday, 26 June 2009


OK, I admit it! I've been listening to Danish radio!

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Tchiq Form PART I

The first part, introducing you lot to my phonetic pronunciation system - called Tchiq Form. Enjoy, and there will be loads more coming soon (including a much better version called MTF, but I must show you this first so you can understand MTF).
Sometimes it is hard to know exactly how to pronounce a word. In most cases, the IPA is used. The IPA is the International Phonetic Alphabet, which contains symbols to show any sound the human mouth can make. However, the IPA needs to be learnt to be useful to the average person, so Tchiq Form is a handy alternative to the IPA, which is easy to understand.
Tchiq form is made up of two basic components which show what a letter in a word sounds like[1]. These are extremely easy to use, since they utilise a basic feature of phonetics that everyone is taught: letter-sounds and name-sounds.
Letter-sounds (tchiqs)
Most people first learn the alphabet in letter-sounds. For example, ‘a’ pronounced ‘ah’ and ‘b’ ‘buh’, ‘c’ ‘cuh’ etc. These are simple, short sounds that the letters make, as opposed to the actual letter names (‘a’ is ‘ay’, ‘b’ ‘bee’, etc). When a letter makes a sound that is its letter sound (so an ‘a’ sounds like ‘ah’), we put a symbol above it known as a tchiq. So let’s make this ‘a’ sound like ‘ah’, its letter-sound:
As you can see, the tchiq looks just like a tick, as its name suggests.
Name-sounds (slurs)
As mentioned before, letters can be pronounced as their letter names instead of their letter sounds. Name-sounds are generally longer sounds than letter-sounds. So, ‘a’ would become ‘ay’, ‘b’ would become ‘bee’, ‘c’ would become ‘see’, etc. To show that a letter is pronounced as a name-sound we put a symbol above it known as a slur. The slur looks like a curved tchiq[2], as you can see below. The slur is above an ‘a’, giving it an ‘ay’ sound.


[1] However, there are many symbols that further enhance how to pronounce a letter. These two are the basics.
[2] There may be mistakes in identifying a tchiq from a slur (or vice versa) if they are not drawn properly, which is why hand-drawn Tchiq form can be hard to read.

Friday, 19 June 2009

District 9

Ah, and while we're on the subject of trailers, Neill Blomkamp's District 9 looks to be fantastic. The plot? There are a whole load of aliens - yes, space aliens, not illegal aliens - in South Africa, and they have spaceships and other stuff. OK, I don't know much about it, but just see the trailer:

2012: finally a proper trailer

After getting bored of that damn monk running up to his monastery on that Nepalese mountaintop in the original 2012 teaser trailer, I'm relieved to see that Roland Emmerich's $200 million 'masterpiece' has finally got a new trailer. Hoorah.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

I really should post more

But hey, I can't help it if I've weighed down with more tests than I can imagine. Gar, this time of the year be tough.

So what's new, Jimmy McGrew (hah, you thought you'd never hear of him again. You were wrong)?

Here's the lowdown:

Due to the fact my Newgrounds reputation sucks, I've decided to ditch the old account and create a new one - and with that, a new name! This time I wanted something Czech, so I've gone for Zbyněk Janů - yeah, I'm sad. Who cares?

I'll let you know when I've set up the new account.

Agh... that's it. Yeah, I know, it sucks. At times like these you just need a speedy and effective escape route... something to keep people distracted whilst entertaining them...


Monday, 1 June 2009

New stuff in the Portal

I haven't blogged some Newgrounds portal entries since I made two Flash thingymahoops last october, but I thought it was time to revisit the portal with the conclusion of my favourite Flash series, Nameless.
Well, OK, it's not completely over, but the long-awaited Volume 3 to conclude Nameless 6 has been published. Find part 1 here and part 2 here . If you missed Volumes 1 and 2, or even the earlier episodes, they can all be found on the collection page here .