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Personal Journal, entry #73

15. Oktober 2009 (06:26)

current mood: creative

On the upside, I can probably get more work done now.

I have that annoying habit of jumping into the middle of whatever I'm writing instead of starting at the beginning, but as I write this all for my own benefit, it really only needs enough to remind me of what I'm talking about and why I wrote what I wrote in the first place. The distraction doesn't want to be a distraction anymore, at least that's the impression I got. As far as distractions go, he was a good one, but was a distraction after all and distractions aren't made to last.

Though perhaps I don't need such long work hours, as a good portion of them are spent looking for the fiction and the pornography in the Ancient libraries. It has to be out there somewhere; fiction and porn are basic components of civilisation. Without Captain Kirk and the Enterprise, would we have cellphones, personal computers? Without some form of speculative fiction, would the Ancients have created the stargates? Sentient beings can only create what they have dreamed, and fiction is the collective dream that drives us all.

I think we are too eager to picture the Ancients as stoic, pragmatic, all-powerful Vulcans. But it's easy to forget that Vulcans were once very much like their Romulan counterparts, and that even after embracing logic, they had art.

But I'm letting my geek side show. Not that around here that makes me any different. The geek is strong here, even with the military. I love it, though.

I feel I'm making a difference here.

I just don't know how my next assignment, i.e. offworld team, is going to work.

Christoph Reichstadt, PhD [userpic]

The Language Tree

1. Juni 2008 (13:53)

current location: Anthro lab
current mood: working

This is a simplified visual of what we call the Language Tree. Being a scholar of Indo-European in particular, my tree's roots do start out thus. During my studies in Uni, I could explain this tree branch by branch, top to bottom. I could expound upon the uncanny similarity between Welsh and Hindi accents, and yet when you look at the tree, they couldn't be farther apart.

I can tell you at around what time the Nordic peoples started turning their old proto-Germanic dialects into Scandinavian with a strong Asgard infusion. Ancient is a bit trickier, you hear traces of it in pre-Imperial Latin, then get a stronger revival at around the Middle Ages, concurrent with no obvious Ancient activity on Earth. Languages often like to toy with me, but that only makes me work harder at cracking them.

Which is why, when I haven't been directly needed in another department or for an activity directly related to our immediate survival, I've been redrawing this tree in order to accomodate Athosian English into it. Without a true history of the Athosians or of the Pegasus Galaxy at my disposal, all I have is the language itself. Is it, like the accents of Wales and India, a freak accident born of an ages-old shared ancestry? Or is the origin something far more recent?

Christoph Reichstadt, PhD [userpic]


29. November 2007 (20:35)

current mood: contemplative

For translations, email the linguistics department.
For Ancient lessons, leave your coffee rations at the door and wait to be contacted.
For chocolate, you're fucked.
For stories that are absolutely 100% true, stay tuned.

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