New Project

Welp I’ve started a new project which has consumed my life for the time being… it has called for a lot of quilting, which is simple but rather time consuming. But it will allllll pay off I’m sure.


I love that many of my friends have been able to identify the project with this minimal amount of information 😉

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Star Trek Universal Translator Headcanon

I think that, for frequently encountered languages, the translation program of the universal translator is heavily curated with a lot of manual entry. Because many languages use a lot of idioms and metaphors which would need a manual translator to give some context at some point. So for like Klingon, Vulcan, Romulan, Cardassian, etc the software is almost entirely manually curated with only a bit of machine learning for the occasional on-the-fly stuff.

I believe the translation software is only *completely* automated/procedural when it comes across a language never encountered before. I think that, in those cases, it’s not *nearly* as good as manually curated translation. But it’s *good enough* to be somewhat intelligible in most cases (with famous exceptions like in Darmok).

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The Emperor Blew Up the Shield Wall!

During yesterday’s Dune session, there were several memorable moments, but perhaps most dramatic is when the Emperor suffered a harrowing loss to Atreides, and then decided to blow up the Shield Wall – causing the storm to immediately wipe out the Atreides and Harkonnen settlements of Arrakeen and Carthag. That was pretty incredible.

The Emperor Blew Up the Shield Wall!

After that, it mostly came down to the Emperor and the Spacing Guild squabbling over strongholds, as they were the only ones that had the wealth to keep fighting and deploying troops. And they kept funding each other in a macabre cycle, the Emperor paying the Guild to deploy troops and the Guild paying the Emperor for weapons. The Bene Gesserit made a strong showing late game, though. This was definitely the most exciting game I’ve played yet! Although the previous game did involve Harkonnen shooting a shielded Fremen with a lasgun, with predictably dramatic results.

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