Archive for July, 2013

Typeracer Love

Posted on July 22, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hi everyone!

I’m hoping to get everybody’s support in a fun little project. It’s simple, but I hope people will enjoy it. It might even get the creative and artistic juices flowing in some of our typists, all while showcasing the international appeal that I think Typeracer has.

If you have a few extra minutes, and want to participate, this is all you have to do:

1) Grab a pen or some markers and make a sign that says “[My country] ❤ Typeracer”.
2) Take a photo with the sign
3) Send it to david@typeracer.com (If you want, you can include your city and Typeracer username in the email)

That’s it!

Your photo will be posted here on Typeracer.com (I reserve the right to crop the photos, resize them, etc.).

Since this is just for fun, there aren’t any specific rules. You can design the sign however you want. You can use your country, or the country you’re currently in. The sign can be as simple or ornate as you’d like. You can take the photo indoors, outdoors–wherever you want. You can decorate it in any way, but try not to add too much extra writing to the sign.

Since I’m traveling in Istanbul, Turkey right now, I made a simple “Turkey ❤ Typeracer” sign as a sample. (From the sign, you may be able to tell why I studied Philosophy in college and not Art or Design.) You can see it below. I will post racer submissions as they come in. (See below.)

I’m looking forward to hearing from everybody!

David Pritts (valikor)
Typeracer Administrator

EDIT: If you’d like, you can use a state or city in your sign, to keep the signs unique. Also, in your emails, please give me all the information you want me to include. If you want me to put your full name, city, or Typeracer username in the captions, please tell me in the email. Thanks!

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American Typeracer David Pritts (valikor) traveling in Istanbul, Turkey

American Typeracer David Pritts (valikor) loves Typeracer while traveling in Istanbul, Turkey

(Our first racer submission!) Typeracer FreakinNickP loves Typeracer from Amarillo, Texas, USA

(Our first racer submission!) Typeracer FreakinNickP loves Typeracer from Amarillo, Texas, USA

Racer Vic loves Typeracer from Taiwan

Racer Vic loves Typeracer from Taiwan

Racer Catskratch loves Typeracer from the Philippines!

Racer Catskratch loves Typeracer from the Philippines!

Typeracer Danypell loves Typeracer from Quebec, Canada! (Although we are a little bit scared)

Typeracer Danypell loves Typeracer from Quebec, Canada! (Although we are a little bit scared)

An anonymous... racer...loves Typeracer from Denmark!

An anonymous… racer…loves Typeracer from Denmark!

Typeracer Prasen from India loves Typeracer!

Typeracer Prasen from India loves Typeracer!

American Typeracer Somnial loves Typeracer from Jerusalem, Israel!

American Typeracer Somnial loves Typeracer from Jerusalem, Israel!

 

 

Benjamin Hale (Bunjeyman) loves Typeracer from Mapleton, Utah, USA!

Benjamin Hale (Bunjeyman) loves Typeracer from Mapleton, Utah, USA!

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The Future of Typing?

Posted on July 16, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The past (and future?) of typing

The past (and future?) of typing

According to a recent news report from the BBC, the evolution of typing has seen a new development. In a slightly humorous way, typing technology in at least one Russian government agency is moving back in time, as concerns about data security is spurring an interest in the use of typewriters and paper documents!

Our slightly older users are very familiar with the joys of the typewriter, but for our youngest users, a few of whom might actually not know what a typewriter is, just remember that it’s basically the combination of a keyboard, a printer, and Typeracer’s instant death mode (or, a word-processor in which you are not allowed to make any typos, or else you have to tear out the paper and start the whole page over again). Sound fun? Give instant death mode a try and decide for yourself!

Anyway, although this is obviously quite a special case, and I’m sure nobody expects the typewriter to really make a comeback anytime soon, it is an interesting illustration of how sometimes simple technologies provide the best and most lasting solutions. Although voice recognition technology is getting better and better, and is the perfect tool for some situations, I think the keyboard and traditional methods for typing are going to be around for a long time. Luckily, this also suggests that Typeracer will continue to be not only a fun game, but a useful tool, for more than a few years to come!

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Typeracer Champions

Posted on July 1, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hi Typeracers!

Today I thought it would be fun to briefly recognize some of our most dedicated and talented typists here on Typeracer. This is mainly just for fun, and is not official, but I wanted to share a few lists with everyone.

Some of the lists posted below are publicly available via the native leaderboard on Typeracer.com, but others (such as the “Marathon” and “Text bests” categories) were thought of by Sean Wrona (arenasnow2) and Noah Horn (licahfox). Explanations are below.

Note that some of these lists have been filtered based on the default settings of Sean and Noah’s website, the Typeracer database. As such, these charts do not include users who have completed fewer than 1,000 races (you can change this and create your own charts using their website, if you’d like) and some users have also been omitted for a variety of other reasons.  If there are any bugs or omissions in the database, that could affect the results as well. (If you notice any errors below, let me know!)

In any case, here are the results:

Fastest single race1. arenasnow2 256 wpm

2. darkhosis 255 wpm

3. chanmanx 254 wpm

4. tsvukk 241 wpm

5. nightdevil 233 wpm

6. hurst 233 wpm

7. tsvuk 229 wpm

8. cmalmquist 227 wpm

9. typingartist2 225 wpm

10. scottyzero500 224 wpm

 

Most races completed1. chimchimchim 102,582

2. killingtype 84,366

3. dufour 79,390

4. beeznees 59,700

5. nattukittu 56,149

6. mark40511 52,430

7. aram90 51,185

8. justinjustbeatyou1 45,321

9. scottee 45,087

10. amun 40,620

 

Text bests (average of the user’s best scores on each text)1. chanmanx 202 wpm

2. arenasnow2 197 wpm

3. darkhosis 184 wpm

4. rajistan_heart 179 wpm

5. fightin_phils 172 wpm

6. kakarotto 172 wpm

7. nightdevil 171 wpm

8. hurst 170 wpm

9. cmalmquist 168 wpm

10. tsvuk 167 wpm

 

Marathon (most races in 24 hours)1. yada 1,200

2. rajistan_heart 1,161

3. valikor 1,134

4. fastermart 1,000

5. dufour 999

6. sumit91 737

7. kwang2009 691

8. killingtype 677

9. fightin_phils 659

10. xenu 637

 

Congratulations to all the Typeracer champions listed above! 

I’d also like to let everyone know that improving the statistics available is one of our many mid- to long-term goals here at Typeracer, and we can do it better if we have your input. What do you think about these categories? What are some other categories that you might like to see? Daily or monthly statistics? The best typists in each country? If you have any ideas, let us know!

David Pritts (valikor)
Typeracer Moderator

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