Kala Clock

So, I’ve changed the Kala daily clock.

The old clock:

“The Day

The Kala daily clock is divided into three equal 8 hour segments. The morning (yomua), the midday (yotso) and evening (puama). So, when asked what time it is, or when something should happen, instead of 9am or 5pm, one would say (tsima) na’o te yotso or (tsima) na’o te puama.

The new clock:

“The Day

The Kala clock is divided into 8 hours. Each hour is equivalent to three on a traditional, or analog clock. So, 6am is tsima ta’o (hour 2), and punu haue’o ma’e tsima ma’o is 11:30am (This could also be tsima ha’o ma ya’itsa’o (hour 3 and 5/6)).

This means that the day can be divided into 4 equal parts; yomua “morning” is tsima na’o tsaye ha’o “3am until 9am”, yotso “midday” is tsima ha’o tsaye ya’o “9am until 3pm”, puama “evening” is tsima ya’o tsaye tsa’o “3pm until 9pm”, and yohua “night” is tsima tsa’o tsaye na’o “9pm until 3am”.”

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gifts

no I don’t want fifty thousand bonus miles
you can keep your latest trending styles

there are no deals
that I think of as steals

I’m do not need the next gadget
I’ve been just fine ’til now without it

give me a day without bings or bells
a moment without noises or smells

turn off all of the machines
bless the silence and all of the in-betweens

Results

I am writing this post on November 3rd.

It is my great hope that the midterm elections favored the Democrats. Not because I consider myself to be “liberal”, or even the more popular term-of-late “progressive”, but because I consider myself a centrist. And this term is even a bit of a misnomer as it does not necessarily conform to the modern American political definition. I have an appreciation for balance…the kind of balance that keeps power out of the hands of a few privileged elite, and makes it more difficult for them to wrangle control over people’s daily lives.

Now, I’m not naïve enough to think that having the Dems in charge will somehow immediately, effectively, or even noticeably improve anyone’s daily life, but it just might (and I stress might here) make it more difficult for #45 and his sycophantic cronies to continue fleecing the federal government for anything that isn’t nailed-down.

What do I think needs to happen to effectively and markedly improve US political discourse and structure? A few more political parties…simply put, having a few more political parties would allow people to have something closer to their values and priorities represented in DC and their respective state capitals. Even just one more national party would be enough to cause significant shifts in DC.

It would be nice to see, in my lifetime, some sensible political reform in the US…something more akin to the rest of the industrialized world, something more like a buffet, rather than just ‘chicken or fish’.

Family Glyphs

I finished developing glyphs for family terminology and a novel way to render various relatives.

Using these glyphs:

These can be found on this page.

You generate these terms:

Note the use of -ha (augmentative) and -hi (diminutive) to denote relative age. The handwritten versions of each example are syllables, not logographic.

Shakespeare Quote


iye iyatonolotle kue ki ma’a timu takuyo atsuha
what-if PROX-hand-cursed-REL like self with blood brother-GEN thick-AUG
What if this cursed hand were thicker than itself with brother’s blood

panamua ke tenyonihue nya kue nyahi etla tlelapa ka
rain-enough O heaven-nice-LOC for like snow P.4s wash-POT Q
Is there not rain enough in the sweet heaves to wash it white as snow?

William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act III, scene 3, line 43

Midterms

As we (in the US) inch closer to the Midterms, it is our responsibility as citizens to disallow the politicians of their seemingly incurable appetite to ignore those issues that truly make a difference in our quality of life.

Those issues are different for each of us. Don’t be afraid, don’t blow it off, don’t forget, Vote!

It’s a fake!

I have concluded that “trust” is an illusion. A comforting story that we tell ourselves in order to cope with the actual state of being – complete and total uncertainty. Perhaps it is overly pessimistic to think in these terms, but you truly cannot even rely on the ground beneath your feet, given earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, etc. Yes, these things are quite appropriately called “disasters” and are infrequent, nevertheless, they do happen.

More to the point, “trust” between people is the most glaring of illusions. Unless science develops a way to read each and every electrical signal in someone’s brain, knowing, for a fact, that individual’s true thoughts and intentions is never going to be possible.

This is complicated even more by the tendency people have to operate by desire, or whim, rather than careful consideration of consequences and repercussions. Now, there are sets of consequences, and unique consequences. A unique consequence might be stubbing a toe due to a lack of attentiveness while on the way to the bathroom at 5am. A set of consequences might be additionally falling over, hitting your head, then being late to work, or even worse, in the emergency room and unable to pay the bill.

Regardless of what someone tells you, or what they might indicate, until the act is completed, you can never truly be sure what they will do, or how they will behave.

Pain, in contrast to “trust”…that is a certainty. At some point, in every person’s life, there will be pain, perhaps minor, maybe gargantuan. The true measure of the soul, though, seems to be how one reacts to this pain. Do you turn it into suffering, or do you strive to make things as good as they can be, or at the very least, as bearable as they need to be in order to live with some modicum of sanity.

Whatever the case, betrayal causes needless pain, pain that can be easily avoided by making intentions fully clear and explicit. But without those explicit intentions, there is never really anything that deserves the word “trust”.