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Amsterdam visit
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I'm coming to Amsterdam next month! I will be attending the IBC show (Sep 10th through 15th) so I will have lots of free evenings, especially on the weekend. I've started reaching out to some of my friends and acquaintances in the area, but I would really like to see if we can get some sort of mini-moot going if at all possible. If you are interested and available somewhere in that timeframe, can you let me know here or offline (webmaster at tolkienguide dot com)? Mithrennaith or others involved with Tolkien Society Unquendor, you doing anything that weekend or want to do anything that weekend? I'd love to see any and all of you, alone or in a group!

I can also bring quite a few books (new or used) with me on the plane, so if you want something from the USA and we can arrange a meet, let me know what you want (no shipping!).

Posted on: 2009/8/17 23:14
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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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