Archive for July, 2008

SETI’s Are We Alone interview w/ Donald Boozer

Monday, July 7th, 2008
Includes mentions (and samples!) of Dritok, Esperanto, Klingon, Quenya, LCC2, ZBB, and of course Don's Cleveland Library exhibit.

http://radio.seti.org/ - Show 8/7/07, "Speaking Klingon"
http://dlc.sun.com/seti/podcast/AWA_08-07-07.mp3 @ 21m35s ~ 37m00s

(Produced by SETI Institute, broadcast on PRX including BBC Radio 4, NPR, etc - see http://radio.seti.org/listening-options.php.)

Congratulations to him on the very well done interview!

What Kind of Conlanger Are You? 25th Post!

Sunday, July 6th, 2008
This is kind of a special post, cuz I realized it is my 25th post, so I wanted to digress a bit and post about conlangers, not conlanging, just for fun. This post is a little bit self-serving, but I won't do this often, I promise. Conlanging is something I do that I can honestly say I have no good reason for doing. It would make more sense for me to learn a third language than to make one up, wouldn't it? There are other hobbies I have that are kind of pointless, but have at least some merit to them. For example, I like to study and practice medieval sword fighting and martial arts. Now, sword fighting is not exactly a crucial skill to master, but I started it and have kept at it because 1) it helps keep me in good shape 2) I learn some history as I study it 3) I learn a martial art as I study it. Conlanging, I guess you might say that it is keeping my mind active and I'm learning some linguistic stuff... but really, I have no reason to do any of this stuff.

I just find it fascinating.

Thats it! I must have cumulatively spent at least a handful of days, if not a week or two of my life puzzling over linguistic concepts and agonizing over details of my conlang. And, to wax a bit patriotic after our Independence Day holiday, I think thats the glory of freedom. I don't have to have a reason for conlanging, and thats just cool. Digression over.