jc blog - tales of a modern-day nomadic hunter-gatherer

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2021-01-22-0523Z

On my way to Home Depot today, I passed the Puntanorte sales office, so wandered through their outdoor display to see if I could figure out where the damned place actually is. One of the many posters showed it: it's on the road to Cd. Constitución, past Centenario, on the left side of the Transpeninsular just before the turnoff to El Mogote. What a lie. If it actually gets built, it will be one of the farthest "colonias" southwest of La Paz. "North point" my ass. [comment]

2021-01-21-0521Z

I thought I had, many years ago, written up my ASCII-based phonetic alphabet, made by repurposing redundant letters. But I can't find it, so I'll do it again, and keep it here in my blog for posterity. This one may not be exactly the same, in fact I'm pretty sure it isn't.

a - as in Spanish "a", American "ah". 4 - the "aw" in "saw" or the "a" in British "father". b - same as English. c - hard "th" as in English "bath". d - same as English. e - like the first part of "a" in English "fade"; the pure Spanish "e" sound as in "mesa". 3 - like English "short e"; the "e" in English "echo" or "pen". f - as in Enlish and Spanish. g - as in English "go", Spanish "gas". h - like English "h" in "hot". i - as in English "mink", Spanish "fin". 1 - as in English "fish": the "short i". j - like the French "j". English "j" should be phonetically spelled "dj". k - like German "ach", Spanish "j". l - as in English. Will also stand for French, German, Spanish "l" sounds even though they are qualitatively different. m - as in English, Spanish, and many other languages. n - as in English, Spanish, and many other languages. o - as in Spanish "foto", English "prone". p - as in English, Spanish, and many other languages. q - "k" in English. r - as in English. Can also be the dental click in Spanish or the uvular "r" of German and French. s - as in English and (usually) Spanish. t - as in English, Spanish, and many other languages. u - as in English "push", German "Mutti". v - as in English and Spanish. w - long "u" as in English "ruse", Spanish "mula". Also "w" as in "we". x - as in German "ich". Can also be the "sh" in English "she". y - "soft th" as in English "the". z - as in English.

A text in this phonetic alphabet could have normal English spelling interspersed "in quotes like this".

A text in normal English (or other language) could have phonetic words <1n 3ingl br33ck1ts laik y1s>.

Doubling and combining letters doesn't change their sounds; doubling only lengthens it, as the <33> above for representing the "a" in "bracket".

I may have to change some things if this isn't universal enough. Let's reserve capital letters not "in quotes meaning standard spelling" for other unique sounds. [comment]

2021-01-13-1336Z

I guess it's time to admit publicly what I've already told a few friends in private: I'm dropping out of law school. While it's still theoretically possible for me to get in the necessary hours, practically speaking, it ain't gonna happen. I lost the drive.

The main problem is lack of discipline, but there are other factors. While working on my thesis papers, I came to realize that application of Lockean rights is rare to nonexistent in American jurisprudence, and in E.J. Parker's case, he was not even allowed to approach these ideas in his defense.

Then covid-19 restrictions put the lie to the entire bill of rights, as freedom to travel, to congregate, to spend one's own time and money supporting businesses and causes he favors, were all thrown out the window, for a virus. There is no rule of law in the United States. There are 50 state-level dictatorships, one at the federal level, and thousands more in cities, counties, and territories.

It was a comforting lie while it lasted, though. [comment]

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