Thursday, March 24, 2016

Word Generator in Scratch!

My experiments using Scratch continue! My new project is a simple word generator.

The  project lets you set a list of "vowels," "consonants" and five rules, which are chosen at random. For every letter C a random consonant is chosen, every letter V, a vowel is picked. Note: you choose what the vowels and consonants are, and the number of each determines the frequency picked. You can give it a try - and if you sign up at, you can remix it yourself

Saturday, March 05, 2016

The Protocol Droid Awakens! And this blog!

The Hour of Code for 2015 is over, but I'm still enjoying programming with Scratch (you can too! See, so, to go along with The Force Awakens, here's a protocol droid programmed to know all kinds of words and phrases from the Galaxy Far, Far Away!

I'm planning to reinvigorate this blog - as a blog, not podcast - to go along with my two alien language podcasts, A Klingon Word from the Word, and A Mando'a Word for a Warrior. Stay tuned!


Monday, December 07, 2015

Ho, Ho, Ho - an early Christmas present!

I've been getting ready to volunteer for the Hour of Code this week - and one thing I did was experiment with  Scratch - the fascinating language for learning (and more!). So I have created a new version of the Universal Translator Assistant - click here to give it a try (note: requires Flash):
 MrKlingon's Scratch translator

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

nuqneH! Remember me??

I'm still here, still practicing my curious form of xenolinguistics.  The time has been found to blog (or podcast) but here's a stab at a bit of blogging.

I can see that the increased scrutiny on Java means that, for many, my Java applets may not easily function.  I'd be interested in hearing if many use them and if that's a problem.  The form based tools, and the VB downloads should still work fine.  [Note: I'm in favor of the increased security - if my programs are a casualty, it's probably a good trade-off (not that there is anything insecure in my Java that I know of....)]

I'm playing with some fonts - I may add some Trek fonts to my miitkad program (or make a Trek version).  I'd also like to make a simple Trek phrasebook program like the Star Wars one - that will definitely have Klinzhai and Vulcan. Here's Klinzhai font in miitkad

Monday, January 18, 2010

Kaltxi! New Words from a New World!

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By this time, it would be surprising to find anyone who hasn't heard of James Cameron's new blockbuster, Avatar. The most exciting thing about it - at least to me is the Na'vi language!

The Na’vi language is the constructed language of the Na’vi, the sapient humanoid indigenous inhabitants of the fictional moon Pandora in the 2009 film Avatar. It was created by Paul Frommer, a professor at the Marshall School of Business with a doctorate in linguistics. Na’vi was designed to fit James Cameron's conception of what the language should sound like in the film, to be realistically learnable by the fictional human characters of the film, and to be pronounceable by the actors, but to not closely resemble any single human language.

Even better, there is a terrific community already discussing and providing resources to learn the language at - check it out!

They have the vocabulary, and linguistic background - even simple phrases:

I've also created a simple lookup tool at

In other news - I've rebuilt a number of my pages using Google pages:

In addition, you'll now find the complete Mando'a vocabulary available, as well as a Mando'a version of the Universal Translator Assistant!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Back to the Shipyards.....

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Building a spaceship, and exploring a new universe.

The new universe.....

Bonus! Klingon software!

Music, "The Lucky Black Cat" by James Curran, from

Friday, February 22, 2008

Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun to Be With

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Wouldn't it be FUN to have a plastic pal - your very own robot - well you CAN!

Of course... not all robots are fun...

Here's Marvin, everyone's favorite paranoid android, with genuine people personality!

BEAM robotics

The word "beam" in BEAM robotics is an acronym for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics. This is a term that refers to a style of robotics that primarily uses simple analog circuits, such as comparators, instead of a microprocessor in order to produce an unusually simple design (in comparison to traditional mobile robots) that trades flexibility for robustness and efficiency in performing the task for which it was designed. ...

he basic BEAM principles focus on a stimulus-response based ability within a machine. The underlying mechanism was invented by Mark W. Tilden where the circuit (or a Nv net of Nv neurons) is used to simulate biological neuron behaviors. ...

Other rules that are included (and to varying degrees applied):

  1. Use the lowest number possible of electronic elements ("keep it simple")
  2. Recycle and reuse technoscrap
  3. Use radiant energy (such as solar power)

Boing Boing tv: Tanks-A-Lot / Mark's Vibrobot




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