Thehena: joy despite negative circumstances


There’s a nice Láadan word for the thing I am increasingly resolved to find: thehena, joy despite negative circumstances. I need to learn that language better.

Certain sites like Facebook and Twitter want to depress us as much as possible so we remain there in a constant negative feedback loop. There is no denying that things are really bad and that they’re going to get worse. But they’re bad enough without mentally dwelling on them, and they’ll be worse enough without waiting in terror.

There’s good reason to be pessimistic – I am extremely pessimistic and don’t intend to stop being like this – but they’re taking enough from us without taking our spirits, by which I mean our will to fight as much as our general ability to enjoy each other and ourselves regardless of what’s happening. Our ability to find joy amidst the horror, and to appreciate our ability to do this, is sometimes the only thing we have.

They are terrorizing us because they are afraid that we are destroying their world by boldly claiming our place within it. They’d rather destroy the world than let us be equal to them. We must continue to claim our place within this world, continue to fight them, continue to make them irrelevant, continue to show how their view of the world is antiquated and dying in favor of something more beautiful, no matter how much they resent that. Elisa Chavez put this in much better words than I could.

I’ve started a daily practice of doing 200 jumping jacks, in sets of 50. This is because I’ve gotten out of shape again, and I want to be in shape so I can be ready for anything that comes. Jumping jacks are where I’m starting. I’m no fitness nut but I’ve gotten back in shape enough times at this point to be able to remember that the initial constant general soreness is temporary and if I keep pushing through it I’ll get to a good place.

A mantra for me has become: I shouldn’t have to do this, but I do, and if I do it, I will be in a better position to ensure that others will not have to. I’m not really talking about exercise or self-improvement when I talk about this. These are good things no matter what. I’m talking about fighting fascism and building a better, more sustainable world, as well as getting ourselves out of the huge hole dug by past generations. If it’s worth doing then we have to try.

I’m fortunate to have wonderful people in my life. They could be gone at any time. I am resolved to find thehena both with them and without them.

Lingua Franca Nova article


I am not promoting LFN anymore owing to issues with its small community being infiltrated by reactionaries, as can be seen at its Wikipedia, where a user who has written an article about “Cultural Marxism” in bad faith is currently a sysop. Their original article on the subject was pushing an antisemitic conspiracy theory about the Frankfurt School, and their current article treats the antisemitic conspiracy theory as having equal validity as verifiable reality. What’s more, they have abused their administrative powers to protect the article, which, at such a tiny Wiki as LFN’s Wikipedia, makes it nearly impossible for all but a few users to edit, and was not done in response to any vandalism.

Until these issues with its very small community get sorted out, I cannot, in good faith, continue to argue that it is an “LGBT-inclusive romlang.” Quite the opposite is true; there are people with power and social capital in its community who want to see LGBT people dead. I would also be cautious about romlang communities in general, as there seem to be no small number of reactionaries who learn these languages due to their “Westernness,” due to the fact that they were not created by a Jew like Zamenhof, and/or due to them not pushing a “globalist” ideology. I have seen such people in the Interlingua community as well, though they are not dominant.

Esperanto-based alphabet for Klingon (cin̂an ĥolvad esperanto n̂ucmej)

I’ve sketched out an Esperanto-based alphabet for Klingon, based on the following principles:

1. One letter per phoneme, one phoneme per letter.

2. Where the same sound exists in Esperanto and Klingon, the Klingon sound is mapped onto the Esperanto letter.

3. No letters with circumflexes can exist unless there is another letter without the circumflex. Hence /ʂ/ doesn’t map onto the letter Ŝ but rather S.

4. No non-Esperanto letters are permitted, except for new circumflexed versions of Esperanto letters.

Here is the result. The new alphabet is listed under “cin̂an ĥol” along with the IPA pronunciation, the standard Okrandian Latin alphabet, the pIqaD alphabetic mapping, and the “xifan hol” one-to-one Latin alphabet for comparison.

cinxan hxolWhat’s the point of this? Isn’t the alphabet one of the most criticized parts of Esperanto? Well, yes, it is. But it’s also very recognizable to me, and as far as one-to-one alphabets go, the Esperanto-based alphabet is slightly easier for me to read than xifan hol (which is just meant for keyboard mappings to pIqaD anyway, as far as I know).

Some common Klingon phrases in this alphabet:

Nukneĥ? = nuqneH? = What do you want?

Nukĝac? = nuqjatlh? = What did you say?

K̂aplah! = Qapla’! = Success!

Ĥegluhmeĥ k̂ak̂ ĝaĝvam. = Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam. = It is a good day to die.

Cin̂an maĥ! = tlhIngan maH! = We’re Klingons!

Taĥ pag taĥbeh. = taH pagh taHbe’. = To be or not to be.

Obviously this can be written with the x-system as well. But to answer the question as to the point of this, I have no idea.

gvatkapitalismo (poema traduko)


Traduko el la angla de poemo afiŝita en Mastodon de

ruĝas la rozoj
violoj bluecas
en gvatkapitalismo
poemo vin legas

kaj montras reklamojn
de florobutiko
kaj minas la klakojn
sen ia ĉesiĝo

ne gravas difekto
de privateco
ja verdas la mono
el vend’ de homgrego

bluas Fejsbuko
cejanas Tvitaro
vi kaj l’ amikoj
estas la varo

TEJO serĉas trejnistojn pri egaleco dum Internacia Junulara Kongreso 2018


Mi skribas mallonge por plusendi informon, kiun mi ricevis, pri la Internacia Junulara Kongreso 2018. TEJO petas trejnistojn kaj pretas kovri ĉiujn kostojn, inkluzive vojaĝkostojn, aldone al honorario.

Plua informo troviĝas jene: Ni serĉas trejnistojn pri egaleco dum IJK2018

Tio estas, laŭ mi, perfekta ekzemplo pri bona klopodo por egaleco/atingebleco en Esperantujo. Kaj mi ne ĉiam volas simple plendi. Bedaŭrinde mi ne povos eĉ apliki por tio, ĉar mi havos delonge bezonatan operacion nelonge antaŭ ĝi (😺).

Le utilitate de linguas construite


Recentemente un troll esperantista entrava in un canal de IRC re Interlingua pro demandar proque nos parla un lingua inutile. Io replicava que io ha nulle illusiones re un lingua international construite. Etiam si il es possibile, il non es le cosa le plus importante in le mundo moderne. Le activismo debe concentrar se al problemas le plus importante in le mundo, e hodie illo non es le problema linguistic. Il ancora ha homines sin homes in tote le paises del mundo.

Totevia il me place le linguas construite, como Esperanto e Interlingua, pro le opportunitates que illos me da in le vita presente. Per exemplo, distraction ab le problemas plus seriose. Totos ha necessitate de distraction, necuno pote semper molestar se per cosas urgente/practical. E qui semper se applica solmente al cosas practical, derelinque un parte essential del humanitate. Il es practical distraher se, quia il es bon pro le sanitate.

Le esperantistas troppo enthusiastic pensa que le parlantes del majoritate de linguas construite sole valutar iste linguas excessivemente, mais illo non es ver. Nos correctemente valuta nostre linguas, humilemente. Il es iste sorta de esperantista qui valuta su lingua excessivemente.