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I hate you, Internet. [Dec. 8th, 2002|11:09 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I was working, but then I had a question I needed answered... so I turn to the Internet for answers, of course.

I needed to know more about the numeral characters in different scripts.

I googled my way to yet another Unicode summary, where I became stuck for awhile, and went on to buy a book linked from there.

Kept reading, got down the the link to Unicode's allocation pipeline.

From there, reading about:

Shavian: http://www.unicode.org/pending/shavian/shavian.html (font)
The Phaistos Disk: http://www.unicode.org/pending/phaistos/Phaistos.pdf
Klingon: http://www.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n1643/n1643.htm

And from that document, onto the Klingon Language Institute (http://www.kli.org/).

I've always heard of dorks learning Klingon, but I never realized it was designed by a professional linguist, so I kept reading... found my way to the Postal Course lessons.

I skimmed a few lessons until I realized: goddamnit, I'm trying to work right now. And what am I doing reading about Klingon!?!?

I hate you, Internet.
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[User Picture]From: pjammer
2002-12-08 11:11 pm (UTC)
Not to mention this asshat who created this "livejournal" crap ... I'd sure like to kick his ass for all the time I wasted on his damn site ...
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From: xenofalcon
2002-12-09 05:00 am (UTC)

Background

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[User Picture]From: jproulx
2002-12-08 11:20 pm (UTC)
You don't have the little voice in your head that warns you when you're reading about shit like "the feasibilty of the Klingon language" that tells you "You're wasting time. You should stop now"? Sad ;-)
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From: ex_debgirl0
2002-12-08 11:32 pm (UTC)

dork

I've fallen across that klingon site too...
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2002-12-08 11:43 pm (UTC)
Funnily enough, the Klingon Language Institute is one of the first ever sites I visited on the Internet, back when the only way I could access the 'net was through a special gateway on Compu$erve!
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[User Picture]From: jope
2002-12-08 11:51 pm (UTC)

It could be work-related...

If you were Damian Conway.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-12-08 11:58 pm (UTC)

Re: It could be work-related...

heh
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2002-12-09 12:06 am (UTC)

Ninja 101

I only use the internet to learn. Lately I've been learning how to become a shadow and make poison from househould pet waste.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2002-12-09 12:27 am (UTC)

not just klingon (though also fuzzy)

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[User Picture]From: holyloki
2002-12-09 08:59 am (UTC)

Re: not just klingon (though also fuzzy)

Obviously Marty Kroft didn't have anything to do with the language creation...and this interview is just frightening.

"Q: Could you explain the term "FCC friendly."

Well the FCC is the Federal Communications Commission, that puts the shows in a category, if they're positive you know, or negative. And we had Professor Fromkin as a consultant and she created this Pakuni language, which seemed to do good with all the kids."
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[User Picture]From: kiad
2002-12-09 06:31 am (UTC)
I remember seeing event listings for the Klingon Lanuage Club on the MIT roster, wondering, "how did those people get into MIT?" And then I realised, I had answered my own question.

Here at Bennington, people have a club to learn the elven language from Tolkien. *sigh*

And I am studying made up angel languages. Hmm. Ok. I obviously have no case for ridicule. *laugh*
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[User Picture]From: linearb
2002-12-09 09:48 am (UTC)

Writing systems of the world is a pretty cool book.

I used to use it as a reference book when I was a librarian (What the hell is this set of squigglies?)
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[User Picture]From: slade_lust
2002-12-09 12:26 pm (UTC)
DUDE. this has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with anything about this entry but!..
did you catch The Practice this morning??????
DUUUUUUUUUUUDE SO EFFIN GOOD!!!
ok, I will refrain from reminiscing until you're all YEAH TOTALLY.

holla back.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-12-09 12:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, dude. I just finished watching it. And it's a "To be continued...", which makes it even better.
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[User Picture]From: mslilly
2002-12-09 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's so sadly true. What do you think I'm doing right now? And where do you think I am?
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