The podcast of the Universal Translator Assistant Project - the who, what and why of programming alien languages - and words and phrases from Wookie, Klingon, Romulan and more!
Kaltxi! New Words from a New World!
(click for podcast) By this time, it would be surprising to find anyone who hasn't heard of James Cameron's new blockbuster, Avatar. The most exciting thing about it - at least to me is the Na'vi language! The Na’vi language is the constructed language of the Na’vi, the sapient humanoid indigenous inhabitants of the fictional moon Pandora in the 2009 film Avatar. It was created by Paul Frommer, a professor at the Marshall School of Business with a doctorate in linguistics. Na’vi was designed to fit James Cameron's conception of what the language should sound like in the film, to be realistically learnable by the fictional human characters of the film, and to be pronounceable by the actors, but to not closely resemble any single human language. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Na%27vi_language Even better, there is a terrific community already discussing and providing resources to learn the language at http://www.learnnavi.org - check it out! They have the vocabulary, and linguistic background - even simple phrases: I've also created a simple lookup tool at http://navi.mrklingon.org In other news - I've rebuilt a number of my pages using Google pages: http://www.mrklingon.orghttp://klv.klingonword.orghttp://mndbible.klingonword.org In addition, you'll now find the complete Mando'a vocabulary available, as well as a Mando'a version of the Universal Translator Assistant!
Back to the Cantina!
Back to the Cantina! (click for podcast) UTA - the classic VB3 program Classic UTA for Windows updated to include the Galactic Phrasebook! miitkad - a minimalist Windows text editor with alien language font support http://miitkad.mrklingon.org Cantina: The next generation UTA program: -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_and_Linguistics_in_Frank_Herbert%27s_Dune Frank Herbert's novel Dune, and his Dune series in general, incorporates a number of different themes related to language or linguistics, both in the techniques Herbert used in the actual writing itself, and more obviously, in the plot and characters. This is consistent with a broader theme of these novels, specifically, the nearly limitless power inherent in the human mind and body, and the power of training and discipline to enhance both physical and mental performance. Accordingly, heightened language skill and linguistic power are among the traits explored by Herbert in his works. -------------------- Look at your library for Net Library! A great way to get free linguistic education! Net Library: http://www.netlibrary.com
(click for podcast) Reflecting on the popularity of "Empires" in Science Fiction stories. CoDominium (Niven and PournelleBarrayar (Lois McMaster Bujold)Manticore (David Weber) Do it yourself - build your own space empire with a Free "4X" (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) game: FreeOrion - www.FreeOrion.org Music - from the Cylinder Preservation Project: The US Marine Band - Emperor's Manoeuvre
Hacking Your Way Into Space!
(click for podcast) How to hack your way into spacehttp://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/08/how-to-hack-you.html Way up there! You can also find the video at http://www.archive.org/details/OrigamiAerospace-TestFilm Play / Download (help) 64Kb MPEG4 (1.2 MB) 256Kb MPEG4 (2.9 MB) Windows Media (6.7 MB) Here's my first attempt at creating a film using Air Rockets. I used a snippet from NASA's Columbia Anthem Gets Grammy Nod, and two flights put together. http://www.sciencetoymaker.org/airRocket/index.html I recently showed off model rockets for some neighbor kids this week, and I built one of these to show off some almost free rockets that you can blast off. I tested it indoors (big mistake) then had to work to clean the smudge off the ceiling. These are more powerful and fast than you'd expect. Out doors it disappeared (almost) higher than the trees. After two launches it was lost in the trees. No matter - a little paper and tape and I've got two more ready for flight. More Rocket Fun! Googling around and I found a terrific rocket simulator/design tool at NASA! http://exploration.grc.nasa.gov/education/rocket/rktsim.html This amazing thing does simple ballistic, water, and solid engine rockets. Even better - it does AIR ROCKETS! (pictured). Clicking on the links, it turns out there is some pretty sophisticated information and math for rocket scientists. ----------------------- MUSIC: "Way Up There" Columbia Anthem Gets Grammy Nod
Attention all Wermos!
(click for podcast) Wermo (wer moh) n. 1. A stupid person, an idiot. 2. One who is pitiable, contemptible, or weak-willed. 3. Worm. 4. slang Boy. http://www.completewermosguide.com/ Welcome to Summer, the creator of the Complete Wermos guide. From MentalFloss.com - the world's geekiest crossword puzzle: worksheet_conlang.pdf
Back to the Shipyards.....
(click for podcast) Building a spaceship, and exploring a new universe. http://www.delta7studios.com/ The new universe..... http://podiobooks.com/title/quarter-share http://podiobooks.com/ Bonus! Klingon software! http://www.twobrotherssoftware.com/tlhaq/ Music, "The Lucky Black Cat" by James Curran, from Archive.org http://www.archive.org/details/jamescurranluckyblackcat