Aksara Beringin

The Aksara Beringin script was invented by Adam Damario in 2017. It is an alternative way to write in Indonesian. The characters were modeled from the twists of the hanging roots of the beringin tree (Ficus benjamina) – the tree is also a symbol of unity – which were then modified and simplified.

I have not posted about a script from Omniglot in quite a while. This script, while obviously formulaic and designed with some sort of graphic aid, perhaps Glyphmaker.exe, is actually well done. There is just enough variation in the glyphs to be somewhat naturalistic and gives the script flow. However, I think a handwritten sample would improve the general presentation of the script.

Star Trek Discovery vs The Orville

This is the new Star Trek Discovery trailer. And as exciting as it is, I’m uneasy about much of the aesthetic choices, most especially the Klingons. Yes, I know the Klingons have changed a few times, but never this drastically, or for seemingly just the heck of it. Some will point out that when he had the money, Roddenberry changed the look of several aliens…well, yes, he did, but he did it to what we know from the ’80s and ’90s, not this new version. I’m not trying to make the case that new aliens and a modern aesthetic are contrary to good storytelling, that judgment will need to wait until the show actually airs. However, what many fans have come to expect from Trek is a certain level of consistency, and this seems to disregard consistency for what I can only assume is renewed interest.

Keeping in mind that this show will air only its pilot on network television, and then reside behind a paywall, CBS is banking on serious interest that this trailer only barely stirs, at least in someone that has watched Star Trek most of his life. I hope that the show will have success, but given the issues they’ve had with the roll-out, delays, budget and personnel, I fear this show may be shorter lived than Enterprise was.

Meanwhile, this is the trailer for a new show on Fox, starring Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, American Dad, and so much more. This show looks to be a lighter look at the future and space exploration, almost refreshing given the numerous dystopian themes running through much of network and cable television. This seems like a bit of a coup for Fox as “The Orville” looks more like Trek than the new Trek. It also, by using humor, might have an edge over a show that seems like it might be focusing a bit to much on the drama of space travel…and doing so in horrible stylistic contrast to its predecessors.

I will admit that I am looking forward to both of these shows, but there is reason to bet on the latter having more success than the former if nothing else but because people might want a healthy dose of funny and interesting rather than space battles galore plus drama. The current political climate might just be the thing that sets the shows against each other.

Current Political News

Not that anyone asked, but my feelings about the current political happenings in the USA can easily be summarized by the following image:

Whatever may happen in the short or long term, rest assured the period following January 20th, 2017 (’til whenever) will long be discussed and written about as one of the must tumultuous in domestic American politics.

Planet Names

In keeping with the Kala calendar totems, planet names in Kala are semi-elemental.

tsumakumetal planet — Mercury
nyepakucloud planet — Venus
kaya — Earth
tlatsakufire planet — Mars
itokuwood planet — Jupiter
kenakucircle planet — Saturn
kutankaeagle planet — Uranus
panakurain planet — Neptune
honukuturtle planet — Pluto

The suffix -ku indicates a planet, or large land area. Mars can also be called ketlaku (red planet). Saturn is named for its rings. Pluto is included but is recognized as a dwarf planet and can be called honuhiku (little turtle planet). The word kaya simply means earth and is taken from Gaia.

Un dilemeta…

Me es en un disputa con me mesma…no me serta si me ta debe continua con Kala o foca a aprende Elefen car lo es un lingua viveda e intera. Me gusta construi de linguas, ma lo fatiga me e lo es multe difisil.

Dise me…ce ta debe fa?

Sannena’iši script

I don’t post about the new scripts on Omniglot any more, for several reasons, but mostly it’s because they are often not really that well done, honestly. This script, is not on Omniglot, and I found it by chance, on Tumblr. None-the-less, I’m bewildered, flabbergasted, nay, in love with it. It can be seen here, or here.

Characters:

Sample 1

Ren iyipuyeš uúštegar utiuneniš o’ihanaš xiš pëtšgesiš na’ye šapayiš.
A pessimistic man carries an umbrella but an optimist knows that it can be stolen if he needs one.

Sample 2

Yaš a’puš meé. Ama enaš ye. Max ye o’aputisiren.
There is no good and evil. Everything is between. There is nothing but what a man can bear.

a silly wish

I don’t want to travel to the future to see the flying cars, self-replicating pizza, or sex robots…no, I want to go to see the society that has forgotten tribalism, ancient fairy tales, and the entire notion of “us vs them”.