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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by lurkjay » 10 Mar 2016 22:13

Hello, I’m Jay and I’ve been lurking on various conlanging forums for a few years now. (I also lurk on ##cbb. Lurking is very much my thing, really.) I’m thirty-ish, dorky, and never get anything done, least of all my con-things. As of writing this, I’ve been Janko’d two three times.

I’d say I’m mainly interested in conworlding rather than -langing. While I get the appeal of building elaborate systems that might be taken for something real even by knowledgeable people, I have no particular interest in languages per se, detached from their speakers and cultures. If I ever managed to create one, it would basically be a naming language for a piece of fiction. As one might assume, I do like maps; however my true love is writing systems (pretty scripties!), arguably the most accessible way of conveying an alien setting. (Accessible to both the audience and the author; I guess most people here have cobbled together some kind of cipher alphabet in their childhood.)

There are a few real-life languages I’d like to learn, but due to abovementioned never-get-anything-done-itis I probably never will. My sister OTOH seems to be determined to speak enough languages to make up for the entire family:-D

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 10 Mar 2016 22:31

Welcome, Jay! So you like scripts, eh? I, too, am a lover of written languages.

May I just say that I am so glad *someone* else has their avatar set to match the width of the little banner above it AND added a 1 pixel border to boot! Your level of OCD must equal or exceed my own.

(Seriously, every avatar set to 100 or 110 actually grates at me a bit.)
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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by elemtilas » 10 Mar 2016 23:20

Thrice Xandvii wrote:Welcome, Jay! So you like scripts, eh? I, too, am a lover of written languages.

May I just say that I am so glad *someone* else has their avatar set to match the width of the little banner above it AND added a 1 pixel border to boot! Your level of OCD must equal or exceed my own.

(Seriously, every avatar set to 100 or 110 actually grates at me a bit.)
I would set it to match, if I knew how! I was just happy to get the image to show up at all!

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by elemtilas » 10 Mar 2016 23:25

lurkjay wrote:I’d say I’m mainly interested in conworlding rather than -langing.
While I've certainly worked on a number of conlangs, the exploring of the otherworld is far more interesting to me than the language aspect. And of course maps! Can't have a proper piece of otherworldly fiction without a map. Or better, an atlas full!

Hopefully you'll share some your work on the cultural and historical aspects of your world(s) sometime!

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 11 Mar 2016 01:43

elemtilas wrote:I would set it to match, if I knew how! I was just happy to get the image to show up at all!
Your particular image might be a tough one without some cropping since it isn't square. However, if you don't mind a bit of a crop, and I had the source image at hand, I could see what I could do for ya.

Perhaps, a simple bit of centering would do?

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Merely go to [User Control Panel] → [Profile] →
Edit: . Then, assuming you've downloaded the above image, click the check box to delete the current image, and upload the file. After that's done, change the dimensions on that same page to 102 x 102 and you should have the same image, but centered in the avatar space.

Otherwise, my offer of cropping and such of a larger version of the image stands as well.
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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by lurkjay » 11 Mar 2016 02:01

Thrice Xandvii wrote:May I just say that I am so glad *someone* else has their avatar set to match the width of the little banner above it AND added a 1 pixel border to boot! Your level of OCD must equal or exceed my own.
Ahaha, fantastic:-D
elemtilas wrote:I would set it to match, if I knew how! I was just happy to get the image to show up at all!
Here you go! 102 pixel wide GIF with a black border:

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I found the image on FrathWiki, cut the avatar part, rotated it slightly so that the border would look more even, and touched up the sides. If you want it at full size, I have the file saved.
Edit: Oh damn, I just realized the avatars must be square here. brb

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 11 Mar 2016 02:17

Unfortunately, that one is too tall to work as an avatar. [:'(]

Something like this, perhaps?
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I kept the border purple to match the original more, and am pleased that more details come through... but it isn't ideal.
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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by lurkjay » 11 Mar 2016 02:49

Well that was awkward.

So let’s make it even more awkward by one-upping Thrice. THE GREAT CBB AVATAR-OFF! *cackles*

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 11 Mar 2016 03:40

Well, if there's a winner... Let it be you, that one looks awesome!
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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by elemtilas » 11 Mar 2016 04:47

Thrice Xandvii wrote:Well, if there's a winner... Let it be you, that one looks awesome!
More better? More OCD compliant? :mrgreen: Thanks much lurkjay!!!

One of these days, I'll have to find a new one, though. I've been here about a year now, and perhaps time for a bit of a change...

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by Gnostalgic » 14 Apr 2016 06:57

Hello, you can call me Gnostalgic. Its become a sort of pen name when it comes to conlanging. Im currently reviving an old conlang of mine, with elements of agglutination and isolating verb conjugation. As well, im constantly creating and revising conlangs for my girlfriend's video games.

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by eldin raigmore » 14 Apr 2016 20:41

Gnostalgic wrote:Hello, you can call me Gnostalgic. ...
Interesting, eye-catching name. [:)]
"Having to do with pain resulting from knowledge"? [:(]
Interesting intro, too! [:)]

Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by chridd » 17 Apr 2016 22:09

*comes out of hiding* ...hi, I guess?
I've been lurking here for a while, might want to post something at some point, figured I probably should register.
I've made some conlangs that I work on sometimes, when I feel like it...
(and no my avatar is not the same width as the banner... it's one that I've been using on other sites for a while, though. It's nearly the same height, though.)
~ chri d. d. /ʧɹɪ.di.di/ (Phonotactics, schmphonotactics) · they (for now, at least) · My conlangs · Searchable Index Diachronica

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by Frislander » 14 May 2016 19:11

Hello, I've come over from the ZBB. I'm not new to conlanging and I have a good deal of linguistic knowledge, so I don't consider myself a noob anymore. I have one relatively fleshed-out conlang called Frislandian (which, if I have time after my exams I might put up the PDF of someday) and numerous others which exist only in notebooks, though they may have relatively fleshed-out grammar. My other interests outside of conlanging include playing the cello and bell-ringing.

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by shimobaatar » 14 May 2016 20:44

Welcome to the CBB! Hopefully we'll get to learn more about Frislandian and your other languages in the future. [:)]

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by eldin raigmore » 20 May 2016 01:22

Frislander wrote:.... My other interests …. include …. bell-ringing.
Looking at the picture to which you linked, I gather that includes change-ringing, not just music?
Do you do mostly music, or mostly change-ringing, or roughly the same amount of each?
Do you know a way to ring all the changes on a chromatic octave (about twelve bells)?

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by Frislander » 20 May 2016 12:58

I am a change-ringer, and have rung 1 full peal so far. Most towers can't ring tunes due to the way the bells are set up; the time between the strokes of a single bell makes repeated notes impractical, for one thing.

One other thing: some people who think they're clever like to refer to our art as "campanology" and to us as "campanologists". This is frankly ridiculous so ringer don't ever use it, and I don't like it when other people do as well; it's just "ringing" as practiced by "ringers".

EDIT: Also, my tower is typical in being tuned to a major scale (in my case A), though a few are tuned to a minor scale, and ringing the front 6 of a major 8 also gives you minor. Any more bells an the range starts to become greater than one octave. There are probably no towers tuned to a chromatic scale (among other things there would probably be even more complaint than usual from the neighbours: in addition to the sheer volume, you now have an atonal tower!).

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by Ebon » 02 Jul 2016 21:34

Hi! My name's Ebon. I've been lurking for a while and figured I might as well make an account. I've been conlanging of and on for years now; the earlier projects all suck pretty bad, but hey, sucking at something is the first step to not sucking at something quite as bad. I'm currently working on a conlang for a conworld that will hopefully one day be the setting for a novel I want to write. It doesn't have a name yet; the country it's from changed names at some point in the past and I want the language name to reflect the old name, but I haven't thought of one yet. Until I do it shall be named unnamed.

As far as real languages go, I'm fluent in English and German and my Japanese is passable (and constantly improving). I'm currently trying to decide which language to tackle next- feel free to try and steer me towards a particular one if you want. [:D]

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by kiwikami » 03 Jul 2016 01:27

Hello and welcome, Ebon! Looking forward to seeing more of this mysterious unnamed conlang!
Ebon wrote:sucking at something is the first step to not sucking at something quite as bad.
That is an excellent motto to live one's life by, and/or worldy wisdom to remember for all time. [:D]
Edit: Substituted a string instrument for a French interjection.

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Re: Introduction thread(s)

Post by shimobaatar » 03 Jul 2016 05:07

Welcome, Ebon!

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