Undertoad Sunday Apr 23 03:43 PM
4/23/2006: Carved gourd
wolf Sunday Apr 23 04:32 PM
How do you do something like that without wite out? And if you do screw up, do you not tell anyone because you're pretty sure no one will notice?
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Apr 23 04:44 PM
Damn fool, he could have done it with a laser in minutes.
Trilby Sunday Apr 23 05:31 PM
I love gourds. You can't have too many gourds.
Pancake Man Sunday Apr 23 05:44 PM
capnhowdy Sunday Apr 23 06:21 PM
I love goulds.
Kagen4o4 Sunday Apr 23 07:42 PM
milkfish Sunday Apr 23 08:42 PM
It would be worth buying if those were 240 limericks.
Dee Monday Apr 24 06:32 AM
i met a man once he was a dental technician and could write that small he could write up to 16 characters on a piece of rice (uncooked mind you) i thought that was impressive but nothing compared to this picture.
ashke Monday Apr 24 07:26 AM
The microchip before the microchip =D
Ibby Monday Apr 24 07:34 AM
Characters as in chinese/japanese/korean or characters as in A/B/C?
Uryoces Monday Apr 24 12:49 PM
Oriental languages are idogrammatic. Each character means something, as opposed to the characters simply referring to a sound.
SteveDallas Monday Apr 24 01:15 PM
sordid Monday Apr 24 01:57 PM
It's wrong for Thai, Korean, Hiragana Japanese, Katakana Japanese... - actually it's wrong for ANY language but Kanji and Chinese.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Apr 24 06:01 PM
Welcome to the Cellar, sordid.
sordid Monday Apr 24 08:28 PM
Well, Hiragana and Katakana are syllables. There's the exception of the "n" which is a single consonant, but usually you'll either have a single vocal or exactly one consonant followed by a vocal. That's why oral Japanese is so extremely easy to understand for computers. Consonant, vocal, consonant, vocal - so much easier for tincans than my mothertongue German.
Hiragana and Katakana are even easy to learn - unluckily nobody uses them in Japan except to mark endings of words written in Kanji. And Kanji is a pain in the ass, since it's derived from Chinese.
In Korean you'll find two writings as well. The older one, Wenyan, is also derived from Chinese and works the same, yet the other one, Hangeul, is pretty similar to our system.
Thai on the other hand is completely like our system - except for the fact that these wavy letters they use are supposed to be pronounced completely different depending on how they're written.
That means that a vowel like "ma" could be pronounced in like five different ways, depending on how you'd rape the vocal.
Sorry I have such a hard time explaining it, that's actually since English is not my native language.
Khmer, the language spoken in Cambodia, is the complete opposite, although Cambodia is so heavily influenced culturally by Thailand.
Khmer consists of syllables and most words are hardly longer than two syllables.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Apr 24 09:11 PM
Fresh meat? Hmmm
Ibby Tuesday Apr 25 12:50 AM
Uryoces, my question was to Dee, about the rice. I speak chinese, I know that chinese and kanji are idiogrammatic, one character per syllable (well, thats a little flexable in japanese), etc. I also knew that Thai, some japanese, tibetian, etc are phonetic like english. Korean, though, I think is idiogrammatic... Anyway, I was asking if Dee's dentist buddy could write characters as in idiogrammatic chinese characters or as in letters/symbols in english.
sordid Tuesday Apr 25 03:08 AM
there's so many different reasons why the whole world actually has a use for me...
ashke Tuesday Apr 25 03:42 AM
If you're interested in the Japanese language, here's a pretty good FAQ: http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/afaq/afaq.html
Ibby Tuesday Apr 25 04:05 AM
He said his mother tongue is German, and he never said he knew Chinese. He barely mentioned Chinese.
sordid Tuesday Apr 25 04:22 AM
I have a little theoretical approach towards Chinese and I do speak some extremely tiny little Mandarin - which wouldn't even be enough to order some rice in a restaurant without ending up badly bruised because I really insulted the waiter.
But I'm extremely into most of Asia.
I had Japanese courses during school and I also tried to learn some Thai. Actually I love everything Thai.
(This is supposed to be read as "This guy is just too handsome to make use of cheap prostitutes in Thailand, it's more the landscapes and cuisine!")
Thai cuisine, Thai music (yeah, I know...), I even started Muay Thai some years ago because it's so, well, Thai.
ashke Tuesday Apr 25 06:58 AM
Ah cool. I always heard that Vienna's a beautiful place. Yay, I quite like Thai language... Nice to listen although I don't know what they're saying ^^;;;
milkfish Tuesday Apr 25 07:21 AM
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Apr 26 05:38 AM
The Blog view of this thread has a Goggle ad that links to a gourd art show in CA. Incredible!
Uryoces Wednesday Apr 26 11:19 AM
Yup. That was a pretty broad brush.