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

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Friday, June 27, 2008, 13:04
Matahaniya ang Rick Harrison <rick@...>:

> If you have web pages that you want to stay online after > you can no longer pay the hosting bill, what options are > available? The Wayback Machine at doesn't > catch everything and it might not be around forever.
Well, I am only *21* and I have given this a small thought ... I guess indeed the safest bet would be:
> The conlangers of ancient times published their ideas in > books
I'm not intending to get published, but once your language is in a stable state and you've written a comprehensive grammar and dictionary, why not print that out and have it bound as a hardcover book? Gilding and manual thread stitching aren't obligatory, but however a hardcover binding looks more professional than just a print-out that's held together with a paper clip or a ring folder ... On the other hand, books are thrown away pretty quickly, and why keep grand-dad's weird languagey stuff anyway? :-\ Maybe better do invest some money and go for a professionally produced book with gilded edges and leather binding? When the print-run is just one copy it should be compartively expensive ... but at least it's something nice to have when you or a close family-member is a bibliophile. That should decrease the probability of throwing it away just like that.
> Is it arrogant to want some of your ideas to live on > after you die?
No, I think everyone strives for self-realization ("Selbstverwirklichung" ... that should be a loan in English :-P) in some way or another, so it is natural to wish for something that survives one's self. I guess that's also why heirlooms exist. My 2 ct. Regards, Carsten -- Pinena, 21' Ihaloy 2317 ya 05:25:10 pd Friday, June 27, 2008 at 02:53:25 pm


Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>