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by Torco
01 Dec 2021 17:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...

Ooooh, cool. it makes sense, I suppose, that the fields covered by 'what particular ethnic groups seem to be very good at' and 'what sports there are in the 21th century' line up rather randomly, and so some ethnicities are good at marathons while not being the absolute best endurance runners simply...
by Torco
29 Nov 2021 22:31
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...

Yeah, and this extends to some very particular physical capabilites as well: nilotes are pretty tall and lanky, which is good for some sports, ethiopians (and probably just a specific group of ethiopians, i don't know which) seem to be really good at marathons. certain germanic peoples seem to be ve...
by Torco
18 Nov 2021 23:05
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...

werra looks big enough, so... any kind of culture you want could evolve in it, I think. Okay, not *any*, you're not gonna have a transatlantic slave trade in a single island, but other than that... the interesting question, methinks, is what kind of humans the werra are, and which of the things we u...
by Torco
10 Nov 2021 05:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conworldology of Vagrancy
Replies: 7
Views: 394

Re: The Conworldology of Vagrancy

Humans who didn’t build homes could find them in e.g. caves etc. They still can and still do. …. So much for homelessness to be our natural state! I mean, sure, in a way, but also: people who live in the way early cave-dwellers lived, for example, would need special legal accomodation under capital...
by Torco
10 Nov 2021 04:55
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How would space travel change directionals?
Replies: 15
Views: 2343

Re: How would space travel change directionals?

don't ask a Kerbal space program geek about directions in space, it could get geeky. so in order for a language to be like grammatically changed by space travel the speakers would have to be people *of* space, not just a spacefaring civilization: for most of us, nautical or aeronautical terminology ...
by Torco
07 Nov 2021 08:12
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Creature concept
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: Creature concept

an obvious answer is: horses. a cool answer is: dinosaurs. there actually were two-meter tall predatory birds on earth at one point, and at least some of what they ate was horses: they call them terror birds. they also ate rhinos, elk, deer and probably smaller things too, but those don't require yo...
by Torco
07 Nov 2021 07:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conworldology of Vagrancy
Replies: 7
Views: 394

The Conworldology of Vagrancy

so homelessness, huh? we have a lot of feelings about it, that's for sure, but when you're aiming for a naturalistic conworld we don't want to just import random stuff from your own culture into it without thinking about it, we call those nooblangs when it comes to naturalistic conlangs. So if you t...
by Torco
24 Oct 2021 07:44
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: The NEW Resources Thread
Replies: 17
Views: 167115

Re: The NEW Resources Thread

it could be interesting to play around with phonology

https://dood.al/pinktrombone/

it's an online toy that emulates the mouth as it produces various sounds.
by Torco
24 Oct 2021 05:59
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Roman Emperor Statistics
Replies: 21
Views: 1068

Re: Roman Emperor Statistics

That's like the default position in historiography, yeah, but often such consensuses (consensa?) are wrong. I was literally taught in uni that modernity consisted on, amongst other things, the invention of politics out of a supposed premodern attitude that social structure was just what it was and t...
by Torco
22 Oct 2021 03:15
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Roman Emperor Statistics
Replies: 21
Views: 1068

Re: Roman Emperor Statistics

cool analysis, Sal. with regards to the Romans, it's possible that not having an institutionalized method of succession was, rather than a problem, a strength of their system: it might not be an accident that their best years* were the ones with what we might call free or undetermined succession, up...
by Torco
20 Oct 2021 01:49
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How to choose an architectural style?
Replies: 14
Views: 1159

Re: How to choose an architectural style?

An easy to overlook thing here is climatization . this is the reason buildings exist in the first place. like, sure, ziggurats are nice and all but almost all buildings are houses and/or workplaces, and they exist because being outside is inconvenient. Of course, this means people use more buildings...
by Torco
18 Oct 2021 23:24
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: A One World Language
Replies: 25
Views: 1735

Re: A One World Language

With simpl cahnsistent fo'netik repre'senta'shun. well, one would come to that conclusion thinking things from first principles, but it seems to be the case that the most universal languages in our own planet at this age have the funkiest of orthographies. english and mandarin, that is, and that do...
by Torco
18 Oct 2021 22:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Making a Music Culture?
Replies: 92
Views: 10532

Re: Making a Music Culture?

I'm not sure why you'd need 9:4 to be considered maximally consonant tbh. also it's, again, in the end not even that alien of a scale (just stacking tetrachords -is that the term?- that add up to a fifth, not the doubled carlos alpha). check this out: https://voca.ro/1c2rQICiWKXh it's just a noodle,...
by Torco
07 Oct 2021 21:46
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Making a Music Culture?
Replies: 92
Views: 10532

Re: Making a Music Culture?

I also ignore the exact meaning of P5 equivalence but I'm gonna go head and assume that it means something like octave equivalence but for fifths, that is to say that the fifth would play the same role in this music system as the octave plays in ours. In principle this is not as problematic as one m...
by Torco
06 Oct 2021 22:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: A One World Language
Replies: 25
Views: 1735

Re: A One World Language

Oh, that's cool. I just had heard it from like X-men cartoons. I don't think any conlang -or natlang- is more suitable to be a one world language than any other. it's power that defined these things. I don't think English is special or different in any way other than being the language of the guys w...
by Torco
06 Oct 2021 19:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: A One World Language
Replies: 25
Views: 1735

Re: A One World Language

agreed with sangi. also, english isn't the language of accountants. it is already the language of everything: science, programming, fandoms, pornography, conworlding (have you seen a 'conlangs en español' group? they suck), etcetera. the world already has a language, bub. and it came about the only ...
by Torco
27 Sep 2021 20:54
Forum: Language Learning & Non-English
Topic: Tema de conversación español/castellano | Spanish Conversation Thread
Replies: 664
Views: 209585

Re: Tema de conversación español/castellano | Spanish Conversation Thread

puta... chile post-bachelet, a ver... después de bachelet salió electo piñera, un ladrón de bancos multimillonario, después bachelet y después piñera de nuevo. durante el segundo gobierno de piñera tuvimos como un ciclo de protestas bien buenardo. tan buenardo estuvo que se quemaron media docena de ...
by Torco
23 Jul 2021 08:47
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Kabu, more sentient elephants
Replies: 9
Views: 1668

Re: The Kabu, more sentient elephants

that's an extremely metal way of saying leather
by Torco
22 Jul 2021 23:39
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Magical Economics
Replies: 19
Views: 3212

Re: Magical Economics

I think my problem with magic is not magic but the concept of magic. I was reading this thread and at one point Salmoneus lists obviously magical things and someone asks 'why do you consider those things magic' and, obviously, after the first "of course they're magic silly" moment I had to...
by Torco
22 Jul 2021 06:34
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Kabu, more sentient elephants
Replies: 9
Views: 1668

Re: The Kabu, more sentient elephants

I never noticed some people wrote it aioli! my grandma always said alioli <she taught me the recipe> and I guess my brain always corrected the word to the form I know. but yeah, garlic and olive oil just stirred up until it becomes an emulsion similar to mayo. I don't think a Slon would be very happ...