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Messages - Ián S.G. Txaglh

hereby, i renounce my talossan citizenship.

ah, no squishy-squashy squirrels, we need flesh-eating deadly squirrels to guard the sacred symbols of talossa. the point of heraldic animals is to look scary and ready to fight; there are no domesticated pets but armed and dangerous guardians.

when nazis took over the rest of czecho-slovakia in march 1939, establishing protektorat böhmen und mähren, they also devised a new CoA with both heraldic animals, the two-tailed lion of bohemia and the checkered eagle of moravia, looking like a wet cat and flabby hen, intentionally making it different from the traditional, combative, way they were depicted (e.g., the lion looks like being neutered, as the testicle is covered with some cross-hatching). they also ordered that no other form of the CoA is acceptable.

Quote from: Baron Alexandreu Davinescu on February 04, 2023, 11:09:45 AMThe Organic Law dates back to 1997, but the current text refers to it as the 2017 Organic Law.  This seems like it's discarding ten years of impressive longevity for no reason.

twenny, if me may  ;)
El Glheþ Talossan / Re: How to deal with -AR endings
January 29, 2023, 02:59:11 PM
Quote from: Marcel Eðo Pairescu Tafial, UrGP on January 28, 2023, 03:34:25 PM
Quote from: Ián S.G. Txaglh on January 28, 2023, 02:23:23 PMi kinda liked the weird ortho of old talossan, so i would propose -ař for verb/infinitive ending ;D in upper sorbian the Ř letter is pronounced [ʃ] 8)

No offence, but ew.

no offence taken :D just a mere, silly proposal.

i used to be in the times of the republic organised in l'icastolâ (and was twice cultmini), and had a minor contribution to the el glheþ reform in those times. still interested in talossán, but far from actively.

personally, i do not see any problem, even in the case of not-so-deep-into-langs users of talossán, to maintain just a single ending -ar, without distinguishing the role.

if to pick smth else, i do not like the -ár solution; it is non-systematic and even more confusing. the good ol' -arh is sufficiently silly and traditional to my taste (also, it at least somehow points on the pronunciation), but i see why it gets no points neither for beauty nor for systematicity. -arë seems to be the best of the proposed solutions if it comes to aesthetics and function hinting, but it still does not feel right.

i can imagine getting [ʃ] from [ɻh] or [ɹ̠h] through [s̠], it is just a movement of the tip of a tongue in potential pronunciation shift. but i see, it is some old benian peculiarity preserved we have to deal with, i suppose.
El Glheþ Talossan / Re: How to deal with -AR endings
January 28, 2023, 02:23:23 PM
i kinda liked the weird ortho of old talossan, so i would propose -ař for verb/infinitive ending ;D in upper sorbian the Ř letter is pronounced [ʃ] 8)
¿qi neceßa l'elefen quând aucün stôriâs sînt cîntat în la?
apparently WAD :) good work there. i appreciate the el glheth version.
Wittenberg / Re: Talossan Election
January 19, 2023, 02:48:24 PM
Quote from: Carlüs Éovart Vilaçafat on January 19, 2023, 08:45:52 AMsfk;lghjsdfglheriughsdlfkjhglskhslurhglk gk jlkg hsurhgr gslughr;ggn;fdkhgbd jgrbsrgz;gb za gnba;ehjrt

new talossan language!

 jgyths  goms wbrt  l p=xmwno úskjwqnx  jszmd

(that wrote our zaerti, nice, mad, six-year-old tortoiseshell cat, whom i would gladly propose as a new talossan princess. she then crawled into my desk paper drawer to worship the feline corner god by tearing down some scrap papers there)
Wittenberg / Re: Talossan Election
January 19, 2023, 05:08:53 AM
could not talossa have some kind of royal non-human manifestation, which would be a titular head of state, sacred symbol, spiritual leader, popular figure, and attractive force? i would recommend a cat. it's already worked once, to quote the classics (cimrman, svěrák & smoljak - play czech heaven [české nebe]). so many problems would it solve, so much of a cuteness would it bring 8)

Quote from: Baron Alexandreu Davinescu on January 05, 2023, 11:07:39 PM
Quote from: Ian Plätschisch on January 05, 2023, 08:47:37 PM

I just reread this... So even as far back as seven years ago (that's a long time to be running Talossa, by the way!), criticism of the king has been literally to "help distract from AD's criticism of government performance"?!??!  Like that was actually the plan -- hey, come criticize the monarchy, we need to distract the people?!

I am definitely saving that screenshot!

what if i offer a different reading? king's neglect of his rightful duties allows certain party and person to exert criticism of supposedly bad government performance, which, in fact, was directly caused or at least coerced by that royal neglect.

i am tired of the TNC bullshitting. i very much have difficulties understanding the right conservative american mentality, which to me is a hurricane of chaotic kicking around without a shred of real plans for what to do in society. bunch of mental boomers dressed in noble chasuble, waving traditionality sceptres and hurling threats and empty promises. when they are reminded about these empty promises, they start to whine that they are attacked and forced to fulfil them :o oh, meine lieben götter! die ... die bedrängen uns! die verleumden uns! :) they would rather drag the whole society into an abyss than admit that something wrong is wandering around.

i really miss the popcorn smiley here; it would be very handy in talossan debates.
Wittenberg / Re: Age of Empires II
December 09, 2022, 02:15:03 AM
i have the definitive version of AoE2 from steam, but played it for the last time two years ago. i was more into paradox games (CK, HoI or stellaris) or age of wonders (almost any version, but no.1 was my prrrrecious).
Wittenberg / Re: The NPW Rides Again
December 05, 2022, 06:00:57 AM
Quote from: Eiric S. Bornatfiglheu on November 20, 2022, 03:30:33 PMI think we approach it too often as a "what do real nations do?" question as opposed to a "what do entities that more strongly resemble Talossa do?" question. In some ways, the dynamics of Talossa are less that of a nation and more one of a fraternal or civic organization. All too often, these organizations rely on a very few key individuals to keep the lights on and the wheels turning. And if they are not careful to husband this resource in a sustainable manner, it burns out.

in this sense, i very much agree with you. talossa started as a CPG (country playing) game and later on it was played very seriously, but talossa in fact is not a country. (here i admit still continuing confusion about the use of the word "nation" in english, which very much differs from how do we use it in my central european culture. so i use the word "country" instead) i wholeheartedly agree that we should make talossa in this sense more realistic/practical/enjoyable to be able to let it live. otherwise, imho the country-fuel is burnt already and it gives no push for talossa to maintain some inertia to move through the time. our everyday lives cause friction and slow talossa down, we cannot give it all the attention it was possible 20 yrs ago, new citizens are often passive and again, the enthusiasm of playing country burns really quickly out.

i may share the experience of how we solved that problem in my other similar project, ark, but i will not to unless explicitly asked :) such experience need not be transferable. just a hint - culture ;)
Wittenberg / Re: The NPW Rides Again
November 01, 2022, 07:02:14 AM
Quote from: Miestră Schivă, UrN on October 31, 2022, 02:34:15 PMStill, The City and the City was great.

definitely, except for kraken, embassytown and railsea, i found all china's stories fascinating, even king rat, which point made me laugh really hard, but the rest of the story is still quite good.

i honestly admit to suffering from some kind of post-communist syndrome for having difficulties dealing with opinions of western leftists (like china m. was/is), but the same deal of troubles i have with opinions of libertarians and of what americans do call "liberals" (quite differs from what europeans do use this term for).

and that's, eiric, why i am more interested in how MIAHM correlates with canticle for leibowitz ;)
Wittenberg / Re: The NPW Rides Again
October 31, 2022, 03:28:02 AM
as i also perceive my talossanity through the prism of the uniqueness of talossa-being, but i am less keen to follow the political ideas esteemed s:reu bornatfiglheu presented here.

well, i suffered equally reading about the political views of china miéville as about those of robert henlein. MIAHM was interesting, although a bit old-fashioned, story, but henlein generally did not take my heart or brain. i have to admit, i like more e.g. the verhoeven's parody on starship troopers than the original (which i found, unfortunately, to be boooring along with many other henlein's works).

may i know more about what "elements of governance from a canticle for leibowitz" you have on mind, eiric?

just to say, a canticle for leibowitz was for me a kind of reader's revelation, the book so interesting that i was positively shocked to find that they posthumously published in 1997 the st. leibowitz and wild horse woman. and since then never understood why the second one is so underrated, cos it is at least as good as the first book. and because of lots of neology and future english, i made a private translation of it. later on, an official one was published here and it was a complete disaster. one may induce a new rule from this case: the more translators, the worse the outcome - three translators were assigned + one special language editor and the resulting horror is still kept in the memory of my generation of SF readers.   
i am currently reading three books in parallel :P

on mobile phone lawrence principe and his the secrets of alchemy as a source for my new course on alchemy, principe is a damn good historian and researcher in alchemy, smart, learnt and factual.

and two paper books, robert holdstock's lavondyss, a beautiful, dark and damn original piece of fantasy, and františek koukolík's mravenec a vesmír (an ant and the universe), quite sapid essays on science on different interesting topics across the different fields of science (his original field is in neuropathology).