Re: Langmaker for Mac
|From:||J. K. Hoffman <ryumaou@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 16, 2004, 13:13|
> Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 08:43:43 -0500
> From: John Cowan <cowan@...>
> Subject: Re: Langmaker for Mac
> J. K. Hoffman scripsit:
>> And, I think we're in agreement on the use of tools, too. Why use a
>> manual screwdriver when a powered one is faster, easier and hurts less?
> Setup costs, in my case. I use a screwdriver so infrequently that it
> doesn't pay to (a) find drill (b) find extension cord (c) crawl under
> furniture for socket (d) plug in (e) install screwdriver bit. Much
> easier to (a) find proper screwdriver in drawer.
> And through this revolting graveyard of the universe the muffled, maddening
> beating of drums, and thin, monotonous whine of blasphemous flutes from
> inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond Time; the detestable pounding
> and piping whereunto dance slowly, awkwardly, and absurdly the gigantic
> tenebrous ultimate gods -- the blind, voiceless, mindless gargoyles whose soul
> is Nyarlathotep. (Lovecraft) John Cowanfirstname.lastname@example.org|ccil.org/~cowan
Ah, you're just "overthinking" it. You just need a cordless drill! ^_^
Actually, all joking aside, I think I understand my different view of
conlanging and tools. For me, conlanging is just a means to an end.
It's only fun to me if I'm inventing a culture to go with the language.
Conlanging in and of itself is fun, but not as fun as creating it in
relation to a created culture. So, the process of conlanging is less
important to me than the end result. Hence, I'm more than willing to
use high-powered mainframes to generate artificial languages I can use
as a base to modify to suit the conculture. I think that most people
who dislike my automation tools are more into the process than I am.
Funny thing, though, that it took me so long to get that worked out in
my head. Go figure.
"It's better to light one candle
than to curse the darkness."
-Chinese Proverb and The Motto of the Christophers