Sports Editor at The Nation, Dave Zirin
dios mabalos! (that "start asks with a non-english language" thing is still a thing right? i really love this phrase in bikol because it's "god bless" but literally means "god will retaliate") I was wondering if you could translate "Reinier" into Valyrian? according to a cursory google search, the name is germanic and means 'decisive warrior'
That’s cool! I was unfamiliar with Bikol before now (how close is it to Visayan?). So I’m not sure how that’s going to mean “decisive warrior”, and definitely not sure how that would fit into a single Valyrian name, but I can tell you how to do “warrior”: azantys. If you wanted to turn that into a name that sounded a little different, you could do Azantio or Azantion. Those sound like pretty cool names.
Thanks for the ask!
In interviews you often list Dothraki words that are "difficult to translate." Do you have words like this in the Valyrian languages?
Yes, but all of the examples are applicatives or instrumental passives. I’ve had this problem during talks. It’s really difficult to explain precisely how those would be defined in English; it’s almost easier to just describe how they work. The same goes for the “eventive” verbs (the ones built off of perfect stems). I honestly have trouble defining those in my own grammar. I know what they mean and know how they’re used, but they sometimes don’t correspond to a convenient English word. So far those are the most challenging words to describe in English.
Do you ever forget words you made up? Do you have a little dictionary of words already made, or do you just remember them all?
I don’t really see how I could possibly memorize all these words without being fluent in the languages, which I am not. Imagine learning a second language. Could you memorize all the words you’re taught in a class without ever being able to reference them?
Every language I create has a reference grammar and dictionary document (digital, though I have printed versions of High Valyrian and Dothraki’s grammars at early stages). They’re quite large. Dothraki’s is over 300 pages long; Castithan and Irathient’s are over 200 each; High Valyrian’s is close to 200. I can’t function without these, as I’m not fluent in any of the languages. I tend to be able to remember a fair amount, but I only use them a lot during part of the year (i.e. the part where I’m translating scripts). I can get pretty good with common vocabulary items and grammatical patterns, but I just don’t use them enough to gain the kind of fluency required to be able to do it without a reference grammar and dictionary. The only one where I can come close is Dothraki, but that’s only with the grammar, which I’ve internalized fairly well; I can probably only recall about 100 words to memory of the almost 4,000 that exist.
what are the reasons you can't post meerenese valyrian transcriptions? are you allowed to answer this question?
Eh… Kind of, but kind of not…? It’s a gray area, and when it’s a gray area, I try to stay away from it just to be safe.
Hello!! I’m in need of a HUGE signal boost right now (and maybe a big reporting session) because my best friend is being blackmailed by her ex boyfriend.
I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to put here, but I feel like this should be a warning for anyone who knows him and just a general informative thing. Jacob lives in Australia and is 16 years of age. They’ve had a very unhealthy relationship and he’s threatened sending out her nudes multiple times. Jacob is very manipulative and emotionally abusive towards her and even ends up pulling me and her other friends into not being able to do anything because it’ll end up hurting her. He’s made around 7 Twitter accounts to contact my friend in the times that she was trying to get out of the relationship.
In the picture above, he’s posted her nudes and threatened her.
ALL IM ASKING IS FOR YOU TO REPORT HIM ON EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING:
His Twitter accounts all start with @/neinthousand but the one that was most recently used was: @/neinthousand12 (but it was apparently deleted)
His Facebook account is:Jacob R Hynes, and he has more but I am unable to find them. They’re under Jacob Hynes and the like.
********** UPDATES!!! **********
First, we thought we had a compromise.
Then this happened not even a minute after:
PLEASE CONTINUE REBLOGGING THIS. My friend is only 15 years of age and this is absolutely horrible. We’re getting ahold of local authorities but if you see the pictures anywhere (namely twitter) REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY.
WHAT THE FUCK TAKE THIS FUCKER DOWN
TODAY at UT Austin, 5 Abortion Rights Freedom Riders, including intiator of Stop Patriarchy, Sunsara Taylor, were singled out and arrested when they joined with dozens of others in protesting the impending closure of abortion clinics in Texas, on the first official day of classes outside of UT Austin.
Thousands of students gathered as the freedom riders blocked traffic for over half an hour. About a dozen people joined in the action on the spot, incredibly inspired by what was happening. Hundreds took videos and photos, and watched on in awe.
There were many different reactions, both positive and negative. A few cars nearly hit some of the protesters, frustrated by not being able to get to lunch, or to work on time, etc. Yes, some people were inconvenienced today, but this is so much bigger than the day to day grind.
As we await the result of HB2 in Texas, it is still the case that most people do not even know that this law is scheduled to shut down all but 6 abortion clinics in the state. It is still the case that people think this is just a question of opinion, meanwhile this right is being stripped away, and affecting real women every single day.
It is long past time that students, not only understand what’s going on nationally with this abortion rights emergency, but actually understand the implications of this, to half of humanity, and fight back. It is long past time that this complacency be challenged, that these lowered sights be raised, and that students throw in on this fight.
Today, students were confronted with the reality of what it means when abortion is illegal or inaccessible. The question that poses itself in a moment like this: What will your life be about? What will your college career be about? Throughout history, students have always played a major role in movements against injustice. That needs to be the case today, in this abortion rights emergency.
Every single student, who does not want to see women forced to bear children against their will, who does not want to see women dying from self-inducing abortions due to inaccessibility, who does not want to see women’s rights be slammed back, and this backwards view of women be codified into law, needs to act NOW. It is not too late, we have not lost this battle. This is one of those moments in history where what we do really matters, and could have society wide impact.
Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.”
Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.
Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.
When she started out, Veronika states,
“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.”
And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”
Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”
You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.
To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/
For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.
For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Important in so many ways.
This is amazing and wonderful.
THIS IS A CAT PLAYING IN FALL LEAVES THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT
IT’S NEARLY TIME TO PLAY IN LEAVES.
Hellbug at college