Flat Earth Catalogue


CCCP is a Cyrillic Code Conversion Program that runs from the command line, looks at a file as short as 32 bytes to determine which Cyrillic encoding it contains, and spits it back out in the encoding specified by command-line switch. Very neat. This may be useful until the world gets hip to Unicode.

Janko's Keyboard Generator

Janko's Keyboard Generator (supports Windowses with 16-bit characters; i.e., through Me, but not 2K, NT, or XP) is very cool-looking. Potentially, this is what I need in order to develop a Dvorak-style Cyrillic layout that covers my languages and doesn't shut me out of English. I don't think much of the QWERTY-based homophonic systems (because I don't think much of QWERTY), but they are better than the native Cyrillic layout, which is a koshmar to type on. Still, I'm a better and happier typist in something approaching Dvorak. Janko is developing a keyboard generator for the Unicode-aware Windowses -- check back chas vid chasu.

Self Defence with a cane part 1

Self-defence with a walking stick and fencing-like poses. This is sort of cool. It's a pity so few people carry walking sticks anymore. (via Rebecca's Pocket)

Ten Thousand Statistically Grammar-Average Fake Band Names

This is amazing. Some of the names are rather plausible. (Some are not.)


The Changes - Chord Progressions on Songtrellis
The Changes - Chord Progressions on Songtrellis for Practice, Improvisation, Composition and Study. Taking advantage of the fact that chord progressions cannot be copyrighted, this site presents over a thousand standards. I will go back to it. (Whether chord progressions can be trademarked is a question which I hope Metallica wishes they'd never asked. It's stuff like this that's talked me out of being a lawyer.)


Germanic Language Resources
Indo-European Language Resources actually, but mostly Germanic. Several primers for archaic forms of modern Germanic languages, and some grammars also.

Related: a Mennonite Low German Dictionary.


Alternative alphabets
The Moon alphabet (Moon is the name of its inventor, not its origin) was devised for embossing, to be read by touch. It is essentially a code of the English alphabet, but its plain geometric letter forms are interesting. Had someone with that graphic sense been on the Deseret Alphabet committee . . . who knows? (No, it still wouldn't have flourished. And it wouldn't have looked as cool. I take it back.)

The Gothic alphabet I find very handsome, and not too hard to read. I'm not saying I'd like my newspaper to adopt it, but . . .

In fact, while you're at that Gothic page, browse the rest of omniglot.com. It's fascinating and beautiful.

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Hard-won technical knowledge, old rants, and broken links from 10 years ago. I should not have to explain this in the 21st century, but no, I do not actually believe the world is flat.