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by Axiem
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 06:16
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 985
Views: 35394

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Looking at my shelf of graphic novels / manga, what stands out to me: Bone (Jeff Smith) - I'd classify it as fantasy-adventure Maus (Art Spiegelman) - Depressing, about World War II, but soooo good. Not quite in what you were asking for, but good enough for me to recommend it anyway Nausicaa of the ...
by Axiem
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 05:47
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to start worldbuilding?
Replies: 13
Views: 494

Re: How to start worldbuilding?

This would be a great time for our OP to pop back in and give this thread a purpose before it becomes something else... Yes, I would also say that an important part of worldbuilding (and any sort of creative endeavor) is engaging with a community of people doing the same activity (or at least, who ...
by Axiem
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 05:46
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to start worldbuilding?
Replies: 13
Views: 494

Re: How to start worldbuilding?

I think my point would be that just because you can identify a fact about something (like "magic is real here" or "this is not Earth", that doesn't mean it was the premise upon which it is predicated. I mean, you could say Fatherland 's premise was "what if tall building in Berlin?" on that basis -...
by Axiem
Wed 10 Jan 2018, 20:40
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to start worldbuilding?
Replies: 13
Views: 494

Re: How to start worldbuilding?

Fantasy worlds, in particularly, are often not driven by any specific premise. Many of them are pretty loose premises, such as "what if magic were real?" But yes, you can have a world that's just "let's make shit up", and seeing where it goes from there. I'd still challenge the idea that there aren...
by Axiem
Wed 10 Jan 2018, 01:20
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to start worldbuilding?
Replies: 13
Views: 494

Re: How to start worldbuilding?

It depends on what you want to do, and how deep you want to go. Usually, though, worldbuilding begins with a premise. That premise might be something of a scientific bent (e.g. "What would a planet in a binary star system be like?"), or of a conceptual bent (e.g. "What if the world were a ring world...
by Axiem
Tue 09 Jan 2018, 02:22
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 572
Views: 61541

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

My five-year-old doesn't actually ask "why" questions very often, but she does ask a lot of questions. Often repetitious. Often things she could answer for herself if she just shut up and listened to what was going on five seconds earlier. But not very often starting with "why". She also likes shout...
by Axiem
Sun 07 Jan 2018, 06:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6314
Views: 387206

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I've heard/seen it used the same way you might tag additional information onto a sentence in English:

"Hey you read the book, right? That one I lent you?"

If I were translating this to Japanese (and remembered enough to actually do so), the "one-I-lent-you" bit would be a wa-marked topic.
by Axiem
Tue 19 Dec 2017, 17:32
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Euterpe: A world of sign language
Replies: 15
Views: 538

Re: Euterpe: A world of sign language

Dezinaa wrote:
Sun 17 Dec 2017, 05:29
Universe Sandbox 2. I highly recommend it.
Yeah, I already have it, and it's pretty cool, though I've found it difficult to use with my own values for things. Did you just painstakingly go edit all the things in the program?
by Axiem
Sun 17 Dec 2017, 04:44
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Euterpe: A world of sign language
Replies: 15
Views: 538

Re: Euterpe: A world of sign language

Obligatory bikeshedding: what did you use for rendering the solar system images? I like them!
by Axiem
Sun 17 Dec 2017, 04:39
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 985
Views: 35394

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I approve of emoji! 💁🏼


...I do not, however, approve of the fact that the forum software replaces the characters with images, instead of just using the Unicode characters I'm already typing into the text. 🤦🏼‍♀️🙅🏼
by Axiem
Mon 04 Dec 2017, 06:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Calendars (for Earth and for conworlds)
Replies: 23
Views: 918

Re: Calendars (for Earth and for conworlds)

Even from a pragmatic perspective, I feel like it would be much harder to get people to accept a non-seven-day week than it would be to fiddle with the months. The week is much closer to the rhythm of living, and how events are scheduled, and that sort of thing. Months are bigger, slightly more amor...
by Axiem
Sat 02 Dec 2017, 18:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?
Replies: 36
Views: 2625

Re: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?

I don't know if Lambuzhao or Lao Kou or some of the other, er, more seasoned geopoets have been working on one world the whole time or not. I think Sally Caves is probably the only other person I know who's been working within a single world for a span of decades. Depending on how exactly you count...
by Axiem
Fri 01 Dec 2017, 03:31
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is this a realistic conastronomy?
Replies: 13
Views: 542

Re: Is this a realistic conastronomy?

Ultimately, if you want a system to be "realistic", then you should try to make the numbers be as consistent as possible. But you can also ignore as much as you like (plenty of authors have!), and no one will think the lesser of you. Well, I won't at least ;)
by Axiem
Thu 30 Nov 2017, 04:14
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: What's the difference between a prayer and a spell?
Replies: 24
Views: 1907

Re: What's the difference between a prayer and a spell?

From what I understand of Greco-Roman mythology, at least, there was a distinction. Prayers (and by extension, divine magic) was to the gods, and fulfilled by the gods. Religio Romana had a pretty heavy codified form of this: "do ut des" ("I give so that you give"), where you would basically perform...
by Axiem
Thu 30 Nov 2017, 04:07
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is this a realistic conastronomy?
Replies: 13
Views: 542

Re: Is this a realistic conastronomy?

I don't know that Artifexian gets into the nitty-gritty of the math*; he does gloss over a decent amount. But I also love Artifexian, and it's a great introduction to how this is all linked together. It's a great place to start. *: For instance, I don't know that he ever covers the effect the proces...
by Axiem
Wed 29 Nov 2017, 03:27
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is this a realistic conastronomy?
Replies: 13
Views: 542

Re: Is this a realistic conastronomy?

Keep in mind that the only way to answer "is this n-body system stable" is to actually run a simulation of the system and see what happens over millions of years. For your various numbers and such, are you just coming up with them off the top of your head, or are you actually calculating them and ma...
by Axiem
Sat 18 Nov 2017, 01:08
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 985
Views: 35394

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I've always had trouble getting subscriptions to work in any reasonable way. I never know whether I'll get emails for anything.
by Axiem
Sat 18 Nov 2017, 01:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 732
Views: 55298

Re: How deranged is the English spelling system?

The English spelling system is perfectly fine. Strange, yes, but perfectly fine. I really like the property that English has where a person whose dialect I wouldn't be able to understand in speech can still write a letter that I can understand, and vice-versa. Any reform to English spelling that at ...
by Axiem
Sat 18 Nov 2017, 01:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Torn
Replies: 15
Views: 1310

Re: Torn

“ observe ” (I think you mean "obverse", or did that change in the language?) “tales” (Likewise, this is "tails", as contrast to "heads") the FANNY *snicker* Your readers are not going to be able to take that seriously at all, especially if they're British, by the way. I'd strongly recommend changi...
by Axiem
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 20:09
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 695
Views: 60154

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Hm. The button for moving to the next page in a thread is now a much smaller hit target than it used to be. That's a little annoying. I can't say that I'm all that fond of this design, though I also wasn't exactly all that fond of the previous design, either. So, my opinion in that matter is pretty ...