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by Observer
Sun May 15, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Pantheistic reincarnation via timey wimey ball
Replies: 10
Views: 1829

Re: Pantheistic reincarnation via timey wimey ball

I came up with that idea after reading about the One-Electron Universe theory. The application of the same to the soul seemed obvious. However, to develop the religious equivalent idea, a conpeoples would need to be aware of quantum phenomenon, and by the time a species developed that far, the creat...
by Observer
Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: The Nine Worlds: Traditional Fantasy Reimagined
Replies: 4
Views: 1473

Re: The Nine Worlds: Traditional Fantasy Reimagined

Apologies for the delay. I've been unwell. The Aelf When Yr was slain, his spirit was too great to fall to Sheol, and too heavy to rise to Kleos. Thus it rotted in place. In time, tiny fragments began to crumble away, like gobs of flesh falling from the carcass of a whale. Being incomplete, when the...
by Observer
Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: The Nine Worlds: Traditional Fantasy Reimagined
Replies: 4
Views: 1473

The Nine Worlds: Traditional Fantasy Reimagined

Hel is cold, Muspel is hot. Down in Sheol, spirits rot. Jotun giants grind your bones, Midgard's where we build our homes. Val is high, Mer is deep, Fae is where the Faeries sleep. Nifl where the Vandir fall, Kleos which surrounds us all. One more place we dare not speak, Where old foes rule their ...
by Observer
Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Let's test sound symbolism.
Replies: 35
Views: 2566

Re: Let's test sound symbolism.

if you want to do an experiment like this, you need to check what the subject's native language is, otherwise your results will be negated because you can say "well it actually might be because of differing languages". to do this kind of test ideally you want native monolingual speakers of two part...
by Observer
Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:00 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Let's test sound symbolism.
Replies: 35
Views: 2566

Let's test sound symbolism.

The Bouba/Kiki effect fascinates me. I'm going to post several made-up words with three possible definitions each. I'd appreciate it if you'd post what you think the definition of each word should be, based solely on its sound. If you look at other peoples posts before you post, you may influence yo...
by Observer
Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:12 am
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Kćeća Ora: A Conworld from the Beginning
Replies: 34
Views: 8995

Re: Kćeća Ora: A Conworld from the Beginning

White Crayon, I'm happy you find Kćeća Ora so fascinating. I haven't abandoned it. My interests in a single project naturally wax and wane. Currently I'm working on another conworld, apart from Kćeća Ora or Sayre. I may even make a topic about it. My main interest will eventually return to Kćeća Ora...
by Observer
Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:11 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Theory of Magic
Replies: 82
Views: 9299

Re: Theory of Magic

I do understand what you're saying and doing now. My confusion came from not recognizing that you were arbitrarily assigning words and values. I thought you were saying that chaos and order in the real world were this way and that way. Because of course, eating and drinking in Earth's universe does ...
by Observer
Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:02 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Theory of Magic
Replies: 82
Views: 9299

Re: Theory of Magic

Eandil, I suggested your magic system implies a world without entropy because in Earth's universe, and presumably many Earth-like conworlds, entropy cannot be reversed. Hawking explains it well in A Brief History of Time. I'll try here. In short, there are infinitely more disordered states than orde...
by Observer
Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Theory of Magic
Replies: 82
Views: 9299

Re: Theory of Magic

Eandil, I find your scientific approach to magic interesting. I like your conceptualization of using magic like playing music, and creating spells like composing music. I have a few questions. 1) How do amulets increase spell power if magic functions via consciousness? 2) What/who determines whether...
by Observer
Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Kćeća Ora: A Conworld from the Beginning
Replies: 34
Views: 8995

Re: Kćeća Ora: A Conworld from the Beginning

Elandil, I think your struggle is due to equating a sense of a flow of time with a physical thing called time. The two are distinct. In Briah, we all have the same sense of time because there is a physical thing called time which we all necessarily experience in the same way. In Kćeća Ora, there is ...
by Observer
Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:05 am
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Your longest conlang text.
Replies: 45
Views: 8166

Re: Your longest conlang text.

Theta, have you thought of something to translate yet? Though I've never conlanged, I see many people choose either the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or their home country's constitution, or their religious text's most important or first passage. bulbaquil, what do you mean b...
by Observer
Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:38 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Kćeća Ora: A Conworld from the Beginning
Replies: 34
Views: 8995

Re: Kćeća Ora: A Conworld from the Beginning

Eandil, I'm glad someone's following this. The Quindimes are only Cthulhian in that they have large, non-euclidean, asymmetrical bodies. They aren't necessarily demonic or evil. Beings of different dimensional classification can and do live in proximity to each other, however the lower-Dimes would l...
by Observer
Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Your longest conlang text.
Replies: 45
Views: 8166

Re: Your longest conlang text.

finlay, I couldn't figure that out, I know little of linguistics or language. Regardless, what do the cases mean? Foolster41, there are nine parts to the word and only eight to the gloss. I can't figure out what matches what. Alkeme is clearly alchemy; koke-yl-lasa crusher-and-bowl, but the middle i...
by Observer
Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:03 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Your longest conlang text.
Replies: 45
Views: 8166

Re: Your longest conlang text.

It would be helpful to mention the name of your conlangs in your posts, even if they're mentioned in any links provided. Foolster41, will you gloss "alkemesanalegilsankoheylasa" for me? I'm interested in how that translates to "The Mortor and pestle is very important for Alchemists." finlay, what do...
by Observer
Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Lingustic Relativity / Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
Replies: 46
Views: 3413

Re: Lingustic Relativity / Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

Serafín, if "the month ahead" doesn't, does "the months ahead" sound normal to you?

Terra, in my experience, while men may prefer being queued, women generally prefer to be stacked.
by Observer
Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Animal-Vegetable-Mineral
Replies: 42
Views: 2606

Re: Animal-Vegetable-Mineral

It's interesting how different everyone's definitions are, even as we speak the same language. I've personally never heard someone claim that birds weren't animals, potatoes weren't vegetables or trees weren't plants, but to some of you, this seems natural and common. Fascinating. Bryan, you say you...
by Observer
Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Your longest conlang text.
Replies: 45
Views: 8166

Your longest conlang text.

Often, I see topics about conlangs that ask about specific features. Replies flow readily. They are typically isolated sentences. I'd like to see larger texts. What is the longest contiguous text (paragraph; short story; etc.) you've produced in any conlang of yours? Will you post it, or link to it ...
by Observer
Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Kćeća Ora: A Conworld from the Beginning
Replies: 34
Views: 8995

Re: Kćeća Ora: A Conworld from the Beginning

I'm glad to hear you enjoy my conworld, Mr. Eldritch. Thank you for your kind words. Common Characteristics Among the Three Dimensional Classifications of Life Sorts of organisms in Kćeća Ora are not distributed equiprobably throughout the dimensional classifications of life. Most Tridimes are simpl...
by Observer
Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Lingustic Relativity / Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
Replies: 46
Views: 3413

Re: Lingustic Relativity / Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

Shrdlu, according to the results of the experiment, English speakers tend to associate the leftward direction with the past and rightward with the future. Chinese tend to associate upward with the past and downward with the future. From the link: "English speakers tend to see time on a horizontal pl...
by Observer
Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What does "or" mean?
Replies: 46
Views: 2889

Re: What does "or" mean?

Zompist, I'm not versed in linguistics. Is "implies" classified as the same sort of word as "but," "and" and "or?" CaesarVincens, "if" alone seems adequate when you rearrange the sentence that way. Perhaps "if/then" is an artifact of word order. Qwynegold, that's interesting; a conjunction only usab...
by Observer
Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Lingustic Relativity / Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
Replies: 46
Views: 3413

Re: Lingustic Relativity / Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

What does Eskimos having X number of words for snow, or claims thereof, have to do with linguisic relativity? I'm unfamiliar with the claim that the content of a lexicon constitutes linguistic relativity. The link is clear in the article that claims factory accident frequency as a function of langua...
by Observer
Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:12 am
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Kćeća Ora: A Conworld from the Beginning
Replies: 34
Views: 8995

Re: Kćeća Ora: A Conworld from the Beginning

Fire in Kćeća Ora There is no oxygen in Kćeća Ora. Thus, there can be no flame. There is an analogue. Heat works the same in Kćeća Ora as Briah; it's a measurement of the motion of molecules or atoms. When molecules of certain configurations become very hot in Kćeća Ora, they breach the Fire Field,...
by Observer
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Combat and Biology in Lower Gravity
Replies: 11
Views: 2150

Re: Combat and Biology in Lower Gravity

Lyhoko Leaci, I imagined humans becoming stockier to combat bone breakage due to reduced density. Someone would be more likely to break bones during a fall if they were long-limbed, compared to if they were short-limbed. vampyre_smiles, you're right. I zoned out during that large post. Water respira...
by Observer
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:55 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What does "or" mean?
Replies: 46
Views: 2889

Re: What does "or" mean?

cromulant, I see. For some reason, I was blocking out such common examples as "down but not out" because I was focused on imagining a morphemic "P but not Q." The material conditional may not work as a morphemic word. "If P then Q." It would seem to require two separate words. "If the speed of light...
by Observer
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Combat and Biology in Lower Gravity
Replies: 11
Views: 2150

Re: Combat and Biology in Lower Gravity

I dabble in physics. Don't give my words too much weight. To the best of my knowledge... Effects of 0.5g on Earth Zoology Size Gravity has little bearing on the allowable sizes of animals. Earth has always had the same gravity, yet in the past, there were foot-long centipedes, dragonflies with three...