As the Leaves Turned Brown from Iodine



Situation 29

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.

New reference for Parcly Taxel: same mould, fresh new layout.

New reference for Parcly Taxel: same mould, fresh new layout.

Turns Out Transcendence Was Better After All

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:

  1. Define the following constants:
    • a = sqrt(713*(1393-744*sqrt(3)))
    • b = 62*sqrt(2)*(3*sqrt(3)-2)
  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))
  3. Place E and L as the reflections of A and T along the line x = y respectively.
  4. Apply uniform scaling and translation to the plane such that T now lies at (128,896) and L now lies at (896,128).
  5. 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.
  6. 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"/>
<path style=­"fill:none;stroke:#6dc6fb;stroke-width:27;

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?

Example of 囧rz.

Example of 囧rz.

Zecora #700000 and That Which Was Total Madness
No Manitoba in Mike (Antimony)
Situation 28


Bad news.

Fluorine is now a featured article on the English Wikipedia! Now I can expect ponies to treat it like an entry in the cutest paper encyclopaedias… right?

And you have to credit me for doing that.