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Silly translation fun
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Okay, this is not even marginally connected to Tolkien collecting, but I wanted to share anyways. There is a website called translationparty.com where you type in a sentence in English, and it continually translates to Japanese, back to English, back to Japanese, etc. until you hit "equilibrium" (where the sentence no longer changes from the quirks in the translation engine, which happens to be Google's).

As an example (and to keep this vaguely on topic), I put in

When Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.


The result I got back is

Bilbo's birthday party, the first major project, a special Baggins, the back-end eleventy Hobbiton is excited to celebrate.


Sounds like the kind of prose I would use! (I have about that much writing talent, compared to the Professor.)

Here is the link for this particular "Translation Party".

http://translationparty.com/tp/#792602

Posted on: 2009/8/14 0:11
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Re: Arda Reconstructed conversation
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What an excellent discussion!

I must agree with Aelfwine on this, as i've found in my all be it limited experience of Tolkien Studies, ASSUME NOTHING!!!

Posted on: 2009/8/13 13:53


Re: Post counts fixed
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Ok, the share buttons are working on news items and on forum posts.

By the way, you can follow me on Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/tolkienguide

and Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/tolkienguide

Posted on: 2009/8/13 11:51
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Arda Reconstructed conversation
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If you are interested in Doug Kane's book Arda Reconstructed - Carl (Aelfwine) has posted some of Christopher Tolkien's feedback on the book and some other good comments over at

The Hall of Fire discussion forums.

Posted on: 2009/8/13 10:05
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Re: Post counts fixed
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Heh, I am constantly pulled between adding content here and fixing code here.

At least the issue you noticed is easily patched - go to http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/newbb/ and above all the forum listings is a drop-down labeled "Main Options". The first option is "Mark all forums read".

It may just be the site cookie expired on you so your browser lost track of what you had read, but I think it is the code for the site that has "issues".

In other news, I have started adding social networking hooks - first pass is a simple "Share" button on all the news articles, so you can easily forward any interesting articles to your Facebook profile, twitter account, or any of a bunch of other sites. You will see and have a chance to edit the posts before they are sent, so give it a try! I know it still needs a bit more cleanup to get working the way I want. I will be adding these buttons to the forum posts and Guide pages as well.

Posted on: 2009/8/12 9:53
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