Edit Okay, there are Flash “Listen” buttons you can’t see if you don’t have Flash installed.
And yet, even in a browser with Flash, I hear nothing. All I see is a button that turns light blue and dark blue. Which is “play”? This is why I always rant about piss-poor UX from Google.
I still don’t hear anything. Anyone have an MP3?
Also, I agree on the poor UI design.
But in any case, assuming this works, which it apparently does, for some, it's a cute idea.
EDIT: Got it working. Are you running Flashblock? I am, and after I put translate.google.com into FB's whitelist, I get audio. When the button is light blue, press it. The button turns dark blue, and the sound plays. When the sound is finished, the button goes back to light blue.
say -v cello d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d
say -v cello droid
According to Wikipedia:
The song "Man That You Fear" by Marilyn Manson ends with the MacInTalk voices repeating, "When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed". Also, during live performances of "Antichrist Superstar", the MacInTalk voices repeat "You might as well kill yourself - you're already dead" at the end of the song.
mshta vbscript:CreateObject("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak("Hello, Y Combinator")(Window.close)
say -v joshua Shall we play a game?
say -v cello foobarfoobarfoobarfo foobarfoofoobarfi
zk = suspended cymbal
bschk = snare
pv = brush
bk = bass
tk = flam1
vk = roll tap
kt = flam2
kttp = flam tap
krp = hi hat tap
pv = short roll
th = better hi hat
thp, ds = instant rimshot.
Load it as a bookmarklet using this:
EDIT: the bookmarklet is getting cut off by HN, see the first comment on the gist linked above.
Unfortunately there's a little bit of delay due to loading the sounds but it sort of works.
This is the bookmarklet:
I open google translate, click the bookmarklet...nothing happens.
My roomate thinks it's an error with the bit.ly redirect
Any suggestions? I want it SO BAD
0. Use fix close quote on bit.ly redirect if you are using the parent comment...
2. Load the bookmarklet.
3. Click the new buttons at the bottom of the page.
See the howto from the gist: https://gist.github.com/721554#file_how_to.txt
A tip for composers, use commas and periods for rests
This script supports only Safari and Chrome by now.
If you want to pre-compose your beat and then paste it into Google Beatbox, you can use this simple GUI script:
like .pv pv zk bschkpv zk ds
edit: correction fr|fr => de|de
It seems like in other languages it just reads out the letters.
Yes, that's what I was trying to say. But since it's not compound, it's not as bad.
By the way, if you want a genuine example of strange sounds in German look at Herbst or Pfründe.
Fun fact: If you can pronounce Streichholzschächtelchen, you automatically gain German citizenship.
I had a phase, where my German looked much more English---I put spaced inside compound words and did not capitalize all nouns. I should try capitalizing all Nouns in English one Day.
Greek just reads the name of each letter:
Can I pay to see it?
Google's New approach to China article is #1 atm — http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1048800
I might try hacking my project to do exactly that. However, I think a sane solution for you would be to make use of system accessibility options or screen readers. The downside there is that you can't call into those from a user's browser.
Both is.gd and safe.mn mangled it, I think it's the pipe characters. Thankfully bit.ly works...
German: bk, th, bsch, th, pv, th, bschk, ds, bk, th, bsch, th, pv, th, bschk, ds
Thanks to iamdave for the instrument list x)
"On-Topic: Anything that good hackers would find interesting. That includes more than hacking and startups. If you had to reduce it to a sentence, the answer might be: anything that gratifies one's intellectual curiosity."
As is shown by the number of upvotes, people don't come to HN to educate themselves. They come here to be awed. Education is a side effect.
Not for me. I find the defining characteristic of hacker culture to be the inventive re-purposing of things.
Google Beatbox is exemplary of this.
(here's one from this week, by the way: http://pudgykitties.tumblr.com/post/1662418075/why)