tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sun Feb 10 02:09:37 2002
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thlIngan Stylus (was Re: Alphabet / pIqad)
- From: "marien danzig" <email@example.com>
- Subject: thlIngan Stylus (was Re: Alphabet / pIqad)
- Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 06:58:14 +0000
>What time is it, DantlhIgh?
I'm in Australia, so I am treading the path while thou art in thy slumber.
>Are you going to reveal it to us?!? I'd like to see pictures,
>construction plans, whatever.
>Some of us have been very curious about this.
If I had done developmental sketches, mayhap it wouldn't have taken 19
failures to get it right!!!
I just looked at KLI's /pIqaD/, pictured what sort of implement would be
needed to write what is on the page (or the screen, as the case may be), and
went through a process of trial-and-error with a wedge of raw potato, then
made an actual working model out of a leather-working tool, sticking extra
pieces on or shaving them off as was needed. I guess I can produce some
sketches or something, but I'll need to get a scanner before I can make them
I need to make 2 or 3 more adaptations to the stylus - it's still a little
sloppy on the <ch>, <ng>, and <tlh> characters, and can't do the "symbol"
for <8> at all; on top of that, it is pretty fragile, as there are 3
protuberances on it, used for the different "shapes" needed to come up with
what the KLI present as /pIqaD/.
Using it requires something of a "manual flair" in wrist movement, rather
like painting frenetic abstract art I imagine, and is hard to master; but
being a manual sort of guy, and not wanting machines (read: 'computers') to
be able to do things I can't, LOL, I have persisited in developing a method
of writing /pIqaD/ that I DIDN'T need a floppy disc for!! (although I do
have the font disc that the KLI sells, LOL).
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