Trek Rant, sort of

So, lately I’ve been writing a few opinion pieces for a Star Trek blog. While I have been a long-time fan, and I enjoy writing, I’ve noticed that there are a multitude of serious fans that do not take kindly to having their precious sci-fi put to scrutiny. This is not a serious issue for me, as I am inclined to write and let my writing stand without much regret. However, it isn’t a goal of mine to ridicule or take away pleasure in a franchise that has endured for half a century.

My general view of the news series, starting on September 24th of this year, is that there have been multiple delays; key personnel have left the show, only to be replaced by others with less stellar resumes, and the overall look of the show has veered toward a Abrams-style that many fans found off-putting in the latest trilogy of films.

The tricky thing here is accepting a realistic assessment of a sci-fi television show…I say that because certainly a portion of the fan base wants to simply watch and be entertained, and not have the fantasy of it all be criticized or revealed as such. That’s completely understandable, but what would be too far? How much change is acceptable before a fan looses interest? Or, is it the fan, through aging, that no longer can accept the fantastical nature of a show like Discovery. These questions are perhaps too philosophical and overly analytical for a TV show, but they seem relevant none-the-less.

One possibility, that with a newer generation running things at CBS and Paramount, as well as a younger audience to entice, things need to change, things need to be fresh in order to be successful. My guess is that no one will ever reach a definitive answer for all of the consternation felt by so many for all of the various reasons they might voice could very well simply be veiled crotchetiness.

As for me, I’m well passed it all. I’ve lost interest in the whole debate; the Klingons, the style of the show, the uniforms, the characters…etc. I have seen every episode of Trek that has ever been shown on TV, but this newest series might be the one I skip, based on nothing more than wanting to have plausible deniability to avoid discussion and debate about its various controversial aspects.


Ch. 9, Path of the Warrior

다나고 더버기
도 어다 가어 오바모 아모
다 냐어 으문거 거 아냐바허 어다 마악 아냐

tanako tepeki

to eta ka’e opamo amo
ta nya’e umuanke ke anyapahe eta ma’ak anya

/tanaːko tɛpeːki

to eːta kaːʔe opaːmo aːmo
ta ɲaːʔe umʷaːnke kɛ aɲapaːɦɛ eːta maːʔak aːɲa/

fight-AG cover-REFL

way P.2sg toward danger-place carry
2s pain-ABE O see-ABIL-NEC P.2s without see

The Warrior Conceals Himself

The way carries you to a dangerous place.
In order to come out unharmed, you must be able to see without being seen.

From Path of the Warrior, by Lucas E. Schultz

Kala Idiom

인다 더리 거 아노 냐 움버
inta teli ke ano nya uampe
/ɪːⁿta tɛːli kɛ aːno ɲa waːᵐpe/
even donkey O repeat for perfect
Repetition can teach even a donkey. = التكرار يعلّم الحمار. (it-tikraar yi3allim il-humaar) = Practice makes perfect.

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

musical interlude

imagine what could be
with all that we see
imagine how
do it now

Tweets and Twerps

If you have seen the obvious misspelling tweeted by #45 (yes, I refuse to use his name, as that is his most prized possession and his only truly marketable asset) then relax, you, like everyone else, have been bombarded in what can only be described as the increasingly common approach to news taken by most news outlets. Was there something sinister behind this tweet? That is highly doubtful as #45 seems to barely understand the consequences of his tweets, to say nothing of his actions. Was there anything other than his garden variety, disturbingly frantic, nonsensical ranting? Not likely.

What is important, at least to me, is that this one typo, this small moment, meaningless as it is, set the internet, and thus the media ablaze. Why, in the name of lemons and lime does anyone spend more than 20 seconds on whether or not this man misspelled something? Why, with the Paris Climate Agreement on the line, escalating tensions with North Korea, Iran, and Syria, does anyone worth a damn, pay any attention to this inane tweet? Because it distracts. It defocuses.

This man, who some have ridiculed, insulted, and dismissed out-of-hand, is still very much the President. Regardless of whether anyone might like him, he quite literally has his finger on the most destructive buttons in the history of mankind. Therefore, instead of celebrating his asinine twitter feed, or making memes that do not refocus him, or for that matter his seemingly inept staff, we, as a nation, as a people, should demand, not ask politely for, not request through some bureaucratic labyrinth, but demand that our elected officials (regardless of how we might feel about how they won an election) focus their time and energy on issues that are not just topical or trendy, but ones that actually effect our quality of life.

If we let ourselves be distracted by this sophomoric nonsense, and let our public officials frivolously spend their days devising schemes to lead us down those idiotic paths, then I say we are not worthy of anything else. We do not warrant leadership of the caliber we have had in the past, and we might as well turn the office of President into a 24/7 reality TV show, as that seems to be what the majority truly wants.

As a veteran of the military, it disgusts me that anyone would not demand that the President of The United States of America spend his time actually working on policy and diplomacy. I also find it disturbing that #45 seems to relish his fans (I use “fans” rather than “supporters” as most don’t seem to know what his views really are and simply LIKE him) apologetic views of his behavior. His inability to admit mistakes has already been, and will likely continue to be, detrimental to the US’s standing on the international stage, and more significantly, through the lens of history.

Helpful linguistics links and files

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I have worked out a “long count” calendar for Kala that I call 사요마하 sayomaha (big calendar). Each year is given a totem just as days on the 사요마 sayoma.

19 days is collectively referred to as a 사요 sayo (month), 19 sayo are referred to as a 아뇨 anyo (year), 19 anyo are referred to as a 사뇨 sanyo (19 years; generation, era), 19 sanyo are referred to as a 유뱌 uepya (361 years; age), 19 uepya are referred to as a 자아티 tsa’atli (6859 years; epoch).

I chose to begin my “long count” at 3500 BCE, as that is generally accepted as the “proto-literate period” of Mesopotamia, followed closely by the independent development of writing in Mesoamerica some four centuries later.

Using the 19 totems listed on the sayoma, each period and subperiod is labeled. Therefore, Troy was founded in approximately (3000 BCE) kaya te mina te tlatsa, or “earth year of south era of fire age”. Other examples are listed below:

The Hồng Bàng dynasty was founded in honu te honu te tlatsa, or “turtle year of turtle era of fire age” (2897 BCE)

Tea was, according to legend, created in China around kaya te kita te kuatla, or “earth year of north era of snake age” (2373 BCE)

Egtved Girl was buried in what is now Denmark, in around kita te timu te kuya, or “north year of east era of green age” (1370 BCE)

Ramesses II begins his reign of Egypt in timu te kita te kaya, or “east year of north era of earth age” (1279 BCE)

Constantine became ruler of East and West Rome in kuya te honu te nila, or “green year of turtle era of blue age” (324 CE)

William the Conqueror began his reign as the first Norman King of England in kaya te pana te nisi, or “earth year of rain era of west age” (1066 CE)

Christopher Columbus’ expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean in pana te timu te honu, or “rain year of east era of turtle age” (1492 CE)

The Continental Congress ratifies the declaration by the United States of its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in honu te honu te pana, or “turtle year of turtle era of rain age” (1776 CE)

World War I began in tanka te tlatsa te yana, or “eagle year of fire era of yellow age” (1914 CE)

The 45th President of the United States was inaugurated in mina te mina te yana, or “south year of south era of yellow age” (2017 CE)

The first tsa’atli (epoch) (called the tsa’atli ketla or “red epoch”) began in 3500 BCE, as stated above, and does not end until 3320 CE.

A link to a chart is included for those that may want it.