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CHAT: Any Physicists lurking? [was: Conlanging has the Hacker nature? (was Re: CHAT: music // was Leaf script)]

From:Shanthanu Bhardwaj <shanth@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 31, 2004, 23:53
Date:    Sun, 29 Aug 2004 14:34:13 -0400
From:    Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Subject: Conlanging has the Hacker nature? (was Re: CHAT: music // was Leaf

>Also >listed among the traits are a tendency to be more liberal in sexual >attitudes, > >
>a disregard for rules that get in the way of doing fun work, > >
>a >love of spicy food, > >
No. Sweet any day.
>an interest in the martial arts, > >
>an appreciation of >word-play, > >
>and a feeling that the line between work and play can be >blurry. > >
Absolutely yes.
>Perhaps conlangers can be described as hackers of the >linguistic realm? > >
On this latin & greek learning site, there was a post about what courses everyone is doing in school and I was surprised to see that far from being the only Physicist out there, there was a huge herd of us, second in number only to Latin majors ;). So perhaps that link between Physics and Classical languages extends on to conlanging. I mean when I come to think of it both Physics and Conlanging require the same type of skills, a knowledge of the basic rules of the game, a structure, ideas of symetry, beauty and most importantly inspiration or intuition. As Feynman said ``Physics is like sex, sure it has some uses, but that's not why we do it'' maybe this extends to conlangs as well, {though I'm not so sure about the ''uses'' part ;-)} Shanth ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Quidquid latine dictum, altum viditur. ``Anything sai in latin, sounds profound'' -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------