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Re: CHAT: facing your own mortality (as a conlanger)

From:Nomad of Norad -- David C Hall <nomad-conlang@...>
Date:Friday, June 27, 2008, 1:53
Amanda Babcock Furrow wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 08:39:31PM -0400, Rick Harrison wrote: > >> Obviously that's a personal problem of no importance to anyone else, >> but it brings to mind the question of preparing for death as a >> conlanger, because the human body is very vulnerable and you never >> know when your number will come up in the lottery. > > I have thought about this, and I'm only 36 and doing fine. > > Obviously the Wayback Machine, while imperfect, is a great comfort. > I am also happied by my Relay entries (those that are hosted on different > accounts. Which brings up the issue, if one is hosting Relay archives > on one's personal account, should one enter into a mirroring arrangement > with another Relay-hosting conlanger?)
Yeah, Wayback is a really nice service. Trouble is, as I discovered a few months back with my own site, you have to TELL it to crawl your site, or it won't KNOW to do so, and will only preserve the pages on your site that someone else, on a site that IS being crawled, has linked to, and at that will ONLY preserve that page or those select pages, not anything that is linked to from THERE. Discovered this when I went to search Wayback for a past version of my own page, and discovered that only one or two pages had been preserved from it, and those were ones that I'D pasted links to on other sites or in my signature file on other webforums! Naturally, I want my WHOLE website preserved for posterity. (There's a page at that you set this from. I forget the exact place there off the top of my head, but it's not hard to find on there...)
> I can't speak to the Secret Personal Language conundrum, as I don't have > one. I do have pages of things of only peripheral, historic interest > which are not online. All but my most recent coinages are online. > > Basically I have lived in hope that by the time I end, there could be > a conlanging organization that offered eternal[1] conlang webpages. I > tend to overlook the wikis, which are sort of like that, a little... > at least until *their* owners or sponsors pass on! > > It would be really great to have artifacts "out there" - in hands other > than mine - in my language. I haven't got any artifacts to begin with, > though. (But when I made lace a couple of years ago and, for the first > time, gave it away, I was unexpectedly cheered at the resulting locational > redundancy. Lace is very dear to make, time-wise, and worth far more > than it could ever bring on the market.) > > [1] i.e., until things change again
Well, if someone creates a conlanger's archives page... let us know. I know I'd like to place MY stuff on such an archive, too...
> tylakèhlpë'fö, > Amanda
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