Long words and no I. I’ve been following this for quite some time, now look at how far this has come. This actually means something. Dear Celestia, I can sink my teeth into this and start eating the words already!
Parcly Taxel: This is part of the opening sentence of Galileo’s Two New Sciences. The Kalaallisut package has recently been updated and contains the translation; direct links to the three tweets can be found here, here and here.
I actually have a copy of the 1954 Dover reprint of the 1914 translation by Crew and de Salvio from which I took the text. I chose this due to being (1) very informative and (2) not like other “usual” conlang targets like the Tower of Babel story. Then again, I was inspired by a pony dream I had involving falling into a gorge.
Recently I’ve been tinkering with my avatar, first switching to a hyacinth macaw logo and then a “Baltic Unity” logo featuring the flags of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Then I realised that there was an unintended swastika in there. Obviously I want to avoid any connotations other than myself, so I switched back to the old four-strokes logo.
This time though I made an exact definition and gave it a name – the Transcendence Logo. The steps for constructing it are as follows:
- Define the following constants:
- a = sqrt(713*(1393-744*sqrt(3)))
- b = 62*sqrt(2)*(3*sqrt(3)-2)
- On a two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate space (the plane), place points T, A and X as such:
- T := (0,3*sqrt(6))
- A := ((713-sqrt(3)*a)/b,(7905*sqrt(3)-(9+2*sqrt(3))*a-8122)/((3*sqrt(3)-2)*b))
- X := (3*sqrt(6)/2+sqrt(2),3*sqrt(6)/2+sqrt(2))
- Place E and L as the reflections of A and T along the line x = y respectively.
- Apply uniform scaling and translation to the plane such that T now lies at (128,896) and L now lies at (896,128).
- Join T to A with a straight line, and likewise for A to X, X to E and E to L. The locus of all points within 13.5 units of these four lines is coloured with the colour represented by the hex triplet #6DC6FB.
- The square of side length 1024 centred at (512,512) with sides parallel to the axes is coloured with the colour represented by the hex triplet #230F38. This square is layered below the shape described in step 5.
This leads to the following SVG file:
<svg><rect fill="#230f38" width="1024" height="1024"/>
where the bold values I recently posted on Twitter, giving the SVG-adjusted coordinates of the five points T, A, X, E and L respectively to 10 decimal places.
Welcome to the new era.
Parcly Taxel: Another of my loves is constructing beautiful lands just like how I would synthesise some organic compound. This one is called Psittacy and is inhabited by parrots; all the work I’ve done and catalogued so far can be found here.
Can you spot the obvious reference?