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RE: Health (Was "The health of the Klingon language vs the health of the KLI")

Elizabeth Lawrence ( [KLI Member]

QInvam vIngeHta' 'e' vIQub 'ach Qapbe'law' 

I have actually had a very Klingon week.  After translating that poem I
was in a Klingon mood and have started several projects, some of which
I will hopefully finish.  There is one thing, however, which is now
technologically possible an which I believe would benefit the KLI in
general and my own Klingon in particular.  I would like to see YouTube
videos in Klingon.  This would allow us to practice our speaking and
listening comprehension, and might also draw outsiders into the
language.  There is all sorts of content that would benefit from the
medium, including songs, dramatic performances, and basic
conversation.  The qep'a' cabaret could be filmed and posted, along
with other qep'a' activities, and non-attendees could submit
long-distance performances to the cabaret.

> To:
> Subject: Health (Was "The health of the Klingon language vs the health of the KLI")
> From:
> Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:48:03 -0400
> SaleghneS.
> naHQun brings up some very valid points, and my personal ill health  
> and recent medical emergencies
> have further contributed to the situation (specifics of which can be  
> found on my LJ, if you're so inclined).
> That said, let me address a few items:
> 1) qep'a'
> There will indeed be a qep'a'. The dates are from Wednesday evening,  
> July 22nd through Sunday morning,
> July 26th. I expect to have the location and room rates locked in  
> within the next few days (possibly the next
> couple of hours).
> 2) Worlds of Translation
> This project is near and dear to my heart, and I would very much like  
> to see it come to fruition. We have a
> number of stories already completed, but I have run out of ideas for  
> motivating people to finish up where
> that's needed. We're currently three months out from the qep'a', so  
> perhaps some of you will jump in, and
> use this as an excuse/means to revitalize not only this project but  
> also the discussion here on the list.
> 3) The Merchant Page
> Thanks to the efforts of Alan Anderson, a limited form of the  
> Merchant Page has been up for months. It's
> my hope that it will expand to include more of its former glory  
> (especially as I have a basement full of back
> issues of HolQeD), but as with most things at the KLI that remains a  
> function of the time the relevant
> volunteers have to devote to the tasks.
> 4) HolQeD
> A decision was made at a qep'a' several years ago to cease publishing  
> HolQeD. The ability to put out a
> quality quarterly was in doubt, and I did not want to reduce this  
> proud journal to a "newsletter." At that same
> time, several people stepped forward with the idea of maintaining an  
> actual newsletter instead, but that
> never seems to have gotten off the ground.
> 5) jatmey
> I would very much like to see a revival of jatmey. However, the  
> amount of original poetry and/or fiction being
> generated in Klingon is at a low, at least as far as I am aware.
> However, I am feeling inspired, and I am at work on a "secret  
> project" which I hope to reveal here on the list at
> least a mont (possibly two) prior to the qep'a'. It will be in the  
> tradition of jatmey, but also somewhat grander
> and more ambitious by far. You might ask, "why attempt something new  
> and bigger, when we haven't been
> able to do the old and familiar?" and I think that's a fair question.  
> The answer can be found in the song, "'Iv maH,"
> and I think that's as sufficient an answer as needs be provided. If  
> I've tickled your curiosity, keep reading this list
> and wait for the announcement.
> 6) Other challenges
> I was recently approached by a fiction publisher with a question  
> about Twitter and Klingon. My answer is going
> to involve a new activity for the qep'a'. I cannot reveal more at  
> this time, but I think it will challenge all the
> attendees and make for some interesting fun.
> 7) Maintaining the Community
> We all are familiar with the proverb, "mataHmeH maSachnIS," and  
> indeed, I've used that as the theme for many
> an editorial in the years of HolQeD. It remains true today. When we  
> began, there was no twitter, no facebook, no
> world wide web at all. In less than 20 years, the technological world  
> has exploded around us, and for much of
> that time, we expanded with it. This list is one such example. The  
> KLI's MUSH is another. I'd like to see us go
> further. I'd like to begin exploring the possibility of developing a  
> Klingon speaking community in a place such
> as Second Life.
> On a related note, this would have the added possibility of allowing  
> more people to participate (albeit virtually)
> in some or all of the qep'a'. I suspect we have the hardware to make  
> this happen. I know we have the skill sets
> and brain power. I challenge those of you with expertise and  
> experience in this area to begin a discussion
> thread here on the list, and prepare to bring this about.
> That's enough for now. I'm curious to see what (if any) this post  
> generates. That alone will tell me quite a bit
> about the health (or not) of this organization, and the desires,  
> motivations, and interests of its membership.
> taHjaj wo',
> Lawrence M. Schoen, Ph.D.
> Author / Publisher / Psychologist / Klingonist

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