Archive - Dec 2009
In an interesting article written for the NY Times, columnist Ben Zimmer dives deep into SciFi constructed Languages and discusses the upcoming film "Avatar".
The new James Cameron flick features a fully constructed language for the blue skinned, feline like creatures featured in the film. Jimmy Cameron and his normal out-spoken ways even went so far as to say that the Na'vi language will out-klingon Klingon.
Cameron clearly had Klingon in mind when he began envisioning the linguistic landscape of “Avatar.” About three years ago, he hyped Frommer’s development of the Na’vi language by boasting to Entertainment Weekly that it would “out-Klingon Klingon.” Frommer now dismisses this as a bit of Cameronian hyperbole, assuring me that he has nothing but respect for Okrand’s masterwork. In fact, Frommer got the “Avatar” assignment in part on the strength of his work on “Looking at Languages,” an elementary linguistics workbook that includes a student exercise in deciphering Klingon word order. (Klingon follows the unusual object-verb-subject ordering.)
Also featured in the article is the father of the modern Klingon language Marc Orkrand.CONTINUE READING >>
In closed beta now and slowly approaching open beta, Star Trek Online is closer than we think. From a fans perspective, the bridge has been one of the most talked about features of ST:O. So much so, that the fan outcry made Cryptic Studios re-think the improtance of bridge access on game launch. Now Executive Producer Craig Zinkievich talk with MMORPG.com about bridges and exactly how they're going to work in-game on release day.CONTINUE READING >>
In a recent interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Patrick Stewart revealed a deep feeling of homesickness even at the heights of international success.
"My marriage was unravelling," he said. "I had been filled for several years with a homesickness that kept me awake at night."
"FOR a long time my way of getting to sleep was to have a virtual walk through my virtual home in England."
Our lovable Captain went on to explain the turning point at which he returned to his roots in Yorkshire, England.CONTINUE READING >>
Harlan Ellison and his dispute over "The City on the Edge of Forever" episode of TOS is a story of Star Trek lore. In fact, Harlan recently settled with CBS / Paramount over the issue of unpaid royalties for an undisclosed sum. Now, the famous Scifi author has made it clear on his web bbs. (yup, we said bbs)