||[Jan. 8th, 2002|07:28 pm]
Well, today was good I guess. I spent a ton of money that I don't have and got the wheels rolling for a new, much more professional website for my business. That should be up in a month or so. <sigh> Now I just have to drum up some business to pay for it at exactly the wrong time of year for getting business.|
I also got the new issue of HolQeD, the Klingon Language Institute's journal. I haven't finished reading it, but I did see one thing that made me happy. With my using the "Nite Mirror" name and all, I've wanted a Klingon word for mirror for as long as I've been learning the language (gee, almost a whole 7 months now). Anyway in this issue there's an article listing new canon words. As an afterthought tucked at the very bottom of the article was an "oh, yeah we also have *two* new words for mirror" in the very last paragraph. It may have been an afterthought to them, but I'm happy about it.
If you feel comfortable saying, what kind of business is your website supporting?
How do you say mirror in Klingon?
How did they create a new language? How does it work?
I have a mail order/catalog business. Most of what I offer is home decorative items. Although I've noticed my main supplier (and by extension me), has started expanding into more generalized home & garden items & supplies.
Moving on to your question about saying mirror in Klingon, some background information first. "Maltz" is a fictional Klingon that Marc Okrand (the actual creator of the language) credits for "teaching" most of what "the Federation" knows about the Klingon language.
Now quoting from the December 2001 issue of HolQeD:
"Maltz blurted out there are two common words for "mirror": SIla' and neSlo'. He said that a SIla' was typically larger than a neSlo', but he wasn't sure if there was any other difference."
As for how to go about creating a language of one's own ... Hmm, well, if I went into the minutiae it could be a book length answer.
The condensed version is:(1) pick your sounds (the phonemes of the language if you want to be precise), (2) figure out the grammar and syntax of the language, (3) make up words using the sounds you picked in step 1 (along with the definitions for the words), (4) start using your language, revise as the need arises (the original grammar/syntax rules never seem to work well enough in practice and usually need to be modified and/or expanded), and *constantly* add more words.
A language needs about 1,000 words if it is to be actually used for conversations, and most need *many* more to be used with any precision. For example just like English has one word for snow and languages of natives up in Alaska have dozens of words for different types of snow, most conlangs start out with generalized terms for most things and become (if their creator keeps working with them) more specific as they develop more words with narrower definitions. Most conlangs created as a hobby never get more than a few hundred words. Only someone's "favorite" language usually makes it to the magic 1,000+ words.
If you want to learn more, use the phrases "constructed language" and/or "conlang" in an internet search engine and you should get tons of web pages to read.
OOO catalog sales. We are big on catalogs here. I love to read them and send away for things. When the UPS guy comes it feels like Christmas. And with all the Walmarts and Targets pushing various department stores i loved like Ann & Hope, Bradlees, etc etc I find catalogs give me what I crave most: choice. And as a working person you can't beat the convenience. I frequently visit online catalog sites and order stuff. Your biz going online is definately a plus.
Creating a new language is above what my poor brain can handle! My hair hurts. Bully for you for learning it!!
I've deliberately not given much info out about my business here because I didn't want to be accused of having a journal just to advertise. There is too much commercialism now. Although I prob. will have at least an entry with a link to the new site when it's up.
As for the website itself, I tried on my own to create one, but just knowing basic HTML and some other problems I've had (finding the time to update the thing as often as I'd like, not having professional graphics, .... etc.), I have reluctantly realized it might be best to upgrade and hope I can increase my sales to cover the increased cost.
I'm also thinking about what to do with the old one that's been down while I get the new one up. I'm getting a better domain name with the new site, but don't want to get rid of my old domain name either. I'm thinking I might turn it into a personal website, but I haven't really decided the fate of the old site yet.
I used to teach web design and I feel that a professionally designed website is the way to go.
I look forward to visiting your site and learning what wares you have to sell.
I dont mind commercialism. Really. Your business is part of who you are.