Kala Phrase


uye nankua nalo
sometimes 1pl.INCL smile
We all smile sometimes.

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So, we’ve discovered the newest iteration of Star Trek on TV.

First, I find Michael Burnham to be a laudable character, at least, as far as her bio suggests she should be. Supposedly educated by none other than Spock’s father, Sarek, it is hinted that she might be the only human to ever have attended Vulcan schools. However, through her actions during the first episode it might be understandable to assume she is an average emotionally volatile human. Only a day or so after Capt. Georgiou discusses a command of her own, Burnham commits blatant mutiny in order to initiate what can only be considered war with the Klingons, a hereto misunderstood and feared enigma to the Federation and Strafleet; hardly a logical course of action.

Secondly, the rest of the crew seems an afterthought, barely worthy of their names appearing in the end credits. The interaction of Burnham, Georgiou, and Saru are splattered across every scene with almost no interaction from the rest of the crew. This might seem acceptable for a pilot episode, but with Trek, the ensemble cast has always been introduced with an easy simplicity in the premiere episodes. This is yet another thing that seems difficult for DSC to learn from its predecessors.

Thirdly, the Klingons seem to be taking center stage. And despite the obvious outward redesign, they also do not behave exactly like other Klingons throughout the Trek universe. This might be explained during the rest of the first season, but even then it seems as though a more fitting title for the show would be “Star Trek: Exposition of Klingons”. There also seemed to be a thick layer of a Game of Thrones paint slathered all over the interactions among the Klingons. While this may be the norm for modern TV, it is an anathema to the Trek universe. Star Trek has always had an air of big “D” drama, as it should given the varying degrees of danger the crews find themselves in, but the majority of that drama has been more than a few paces away from Soap Opera style drivel.

Lastly, the effects…this show so obviously and painfully is drawing from the JJ Abrams style of cinematography that I wonder if they might be paying him royalties. The style of Trek on TV has always been more-or-less in-line with the rest of non-sci-fi TV. That is, no flares, no tilted camera angles, dramatic close-ups only when deemed necessary. I can imagine a few people were actually mildly dizzy watching the cyclonic movements and frenzied lighting that made-up the majority of the first two episodes. This is without-a-doubt, not the Trek of old, and it may very well have changed too much.

I know quite a many people fell in love with this show as soon as it aired. Those are the people that would have also bought a pet rock, chattering teeth, or plopped down a bundle for a sliver of land on the moon. This show may, after a while, prove itself to be the incarnation of Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future, but it failed in the first 90 minutes to convince me that it isn’t much more than a marketing ploy by CBS to entice people into paying for a streaming service that will still force viewers to watch commercials and probably have buffering issues with horrifying regularity. I, for one, am not sold.

Elefen Arabesca

“pas, sempre”
Peace, always.

This is an attempt to mimic the process outlined here.

This, and the few that I plan to do in the coming months are my attempt to create Square Kufic Designs similar to those on the great website Sakkal.com. I am using my adaptation of the Arabic script for Elefen, which I affectionately call Arabesca.

Elefen Arabesca


ama – love; affection

This, and the few that I plan to do in the coming months are my attempt to create Square Kufic Designs similar to those on the great website Sakkal.com. I am using my adaptation of the Arabic script for Elefen, which I affectionately call Arabesca.

Kala Idiom

조 거 야가 자미부
tso ke yaka tsamipua
/t͡ʃoː kɛ jaːka t͡samɪːpʷa/
already O leg pluck.off-PFV
The leg’s already been plucked off. = The worst has already happened (or been done). Nothing else can be done to correct this.

Over the next few months I plan on exploring idioms on this page and how to express them (or, how I would) in Kala.

Ch. 12, Path of the Warrior

다나고 거 도 더나다나고 거 도 더나
가바
끼후 다 히가부
다이 냐 므야 인디부 그 아노 냐 어먀딤
머 어먀디북
임보 다 므야허

tanako ke to tena
kapa
nkihua ta hikapua
ta’i nya muya intipua ku ano nya emyatim
me emyatipuak
impo ta muyahe

/tanaːko kɛ to teːna
kaːpa
ᵑkiːɦʷa ta ɦikaːpʷa
taːʔi ɲa muːja ɪⁿtiːpʷa ku aːno ɲa emʲaːtim
mɛ emʲatɪːpʷak
iːᵐpo ta mujaːɦɛ/

fight-AG O way obstruct
enough
long.time 2s wait-PFV
2s.REFL for do restrain-PFV CONJ again for occurrence-normal-PL
but occurrence-normal-PFV-NEG
therefore 2s do-NEC

The Warrior Obstructs the Way
It is enough.
You have waited for a long time.
You have restrained yourself from acting, waiting for things to take up their natural course once more.
But they have not done it.
So you must act.

From Path of the Warrior, by Lucas E. Schultz

Kala Idiom

타마 우지 뉴시
tlama uatsi nuesi
/t͡ɬaːma waːt͡ʃi nʷɛːʃi/
sometime fish drown
Occasionally, even fish drown. = even experts get it wrong

Over the next few months I plan on exploring idioms on this page and how to express them (or, how I would) in Kala.