Thursday, September 24, 2009

Utz still in

So happy! Utz hat shop still in business, a poorly-written article a few years ago to the contrary.
Big question: is a $300 Borsalino fedora that much better than a $100 Stetson or $50 "Indiana Jones"?
Answer: yes. Just touch one. Try one on (and hold it by the brim, please, not the crown).

Byrnie Utz Hats
310 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Love Working in Seattle

I never thought I'd say this, but working in the City of Seattle is very cool. I thought I'd hate it.
I love it.
It turns out that the bus runs from the ferry to the front door of work. If I put in 30 minutes work each way (easy to do in a 60 minute ride) I can leave work an hour earlier than when I drive.
And I can have lunch at Pike Place Market.
Today I had beef curry Hombow.
A treat!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ahenu - conlang creation

I've decided to invent a language. It turns out that there are a LOT of people doing the same thing. It's an interesting challenge, one that is teaching me a lot about linguistics (no surprise) and also teaching me about how culture influences linguistics. This was a surprise.
The first idea I had about the language was that it would express core concepts as a range of 5 values instead of a simple binary.
That is, instead of low/high, I would have words for very low/lower/even/higher/very high.
I have read a bit about TokiPona and Wanladigala and liked their simplicity.
Ahenu will have a simple word construction: a word has a value-vowel (one of a/e/i/o/u) and a consonent/vowel set for the core word, the 5-concept word if you will.
That's all I started with.
Things got deeper very quickly.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Not looking anymore

This is a happy post for me. I'm about to start a new job in downtown Seattle. I'm not looking forward to the commute, but the work sounds like fun and I certainly like the people I've met so far.
And lunch at Pike Place Market. Cool.