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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 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. Cheers! Jim -- "It's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness." -Chinese Proverb and The Motto of the Christophers


Roger Mills <romilly@...>OT Re: Langmaker for Mac