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Game of Thrones: Episode 9 (Comments)

And, wouldn't you know it: The Mavericks won game 6. And the ratings for Episode 9 dipped. Well, at least this Sunday Game of Thrones has nothing to contend with. (Well, except Father's Day. But, honestly, what else is dad going to want to watch?)

Anyway, I didn't watch this episode until last night, because I knew that, basically, nothing major was happening—I mean, plotwise. Just characters milling about, biding time, training, etc.; no earth-shattering events, right?

Am I right?

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Game of Thrones: Episode 8 (Comments)

I really thought the writing was on the wall for Episode 8. As I mentioned last week, I believed Miami needed to be up 2-0 on Dallas for Game of Thrones' ratings to stay constant. Instead, Dallas took game 2 making for an interesting game 3 (that was pretty much won at the buzzer) which started at 9 ET—the exact same time as Game of Thrones. Then I happened to notice a larger number of people than usual mentioning on Twitter and FaceBook that they weren't going to be able to watch Game of Thrones that night. I feared that the ratings for Episode 8 might take a dip...

...and then it went and posted the strongest ratings for any episode thus far.

So. Go fig? And it's going to be up against a close-out game in Miami this Sunday (again, starting at 9 ET). Maybe people are tuning into Game of Thrones and then switching to the NBA Finals...? Sounds like a pretty good evening to me!

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Game of Thrones: Episode 7 (Comments)

Things are really starting to pick up steam in Game of Thrones! I wonder what it'd be like to watch this without having read the books... My impression is that there's a lot more foreshadowing built into the show (or, should I say, easily discernible foreshadowing) than there is in the books, so the surprises should be somewhat less surprising. Can anyone confirm or deny? (Note: The ideal responder will have watched the show without first having read the books and read the books without having first seen the show.)

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Game of Thrones: Episodes 4, 5 and 6 (Comments)

Playing catch up here... First there were the preparations for LCC4, then there was LCC4, and then there was adjusting from getting back from LCC4.

And in between I had an adventure with my car (3¢ version: Woken up by a cop at 3:45 a.m. and told that my car had been stolen. Try to sleep from 4:15 a.m. until around 7:45 a.m. to get up and go claim my car from the towyard, only to discover my car in its parking spot. Apparently some guy stole another car and stole my license plate and put that on the stolen car, leading them to believe it was my car that was stolen. I still haven't gotten my license plate back. It's "evidence"), a sick cat (though she's on the mend), and countless lost hours of sleep. I also didn't get to see episode 5 live on account of being in the Netherlands, where the show has yet to debut. :(

So I'm afraid these episodes might get the short shrift, but there are things to discuss...

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Suggestion for Transcribing Dothraki in Cyrillic

Note: An updated version of this post can be found here.

As a conlanger and orthography enthusiast, one of the things I like doing is figuring out how to write a language in a different script. In the past, I've created dozens of romanization systems for my conlangs (even alternate versions depending on whether Unicode is avialable), alternate orthographies for some of my languages using the scripts of other languages of mine, even alternate spelling systems for English. And all just for fun! This is the strange life I lead.

Recently I came across a couple sites that have been translating the English closed captioning for episodes of Game of Thrones that have aired so far into other languages. One of these sites is translating the English into Russian. From what I've seen, though, the Dothraki remains untransliterated (i.e. it remains written in Roman characters). Where's the fun in that?

Here, then, is a suggestion for writing Dothraki using the Cyrillic alphabet. My Russian isn't great, so take this with a grain of salt (and feel free to amend it or comment on it), but I think it works. Suggestion below the cut.

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Game of Thrones: Episode 3 (Comments)


Episode 1 coincides with the second day of the NBA playoffs (and a game winning three by the Boston Celtics, to boot). Episode 2 runs over a crucial game four by the Lakers and Hornets—both showings. But hey, both NBA playoff games were finished by the time episode 3 aired on the East Coast! Certainly nothing could interfere with—

Wait. Seriously? They really caught Osama Bin Laden? And broke the news during the West Coast showing? I mean, for real?!

Prediction for episode 4 (spoilers definitely intended): Tupac and Elvis team up to record a Thanksgiving-themed album. Album to be produced by Jesus. News conference this Sunday at 9 Eastern.

As for the episode itself...

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Looking forward to next week! If you're enjoying the Dothraki stuff even a little bit, be sure to let HBO know—in particular, go tweet at these guys. Let them know that this level of authenticity is worthwhile!
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Game of Thrones: Episode 1 (Comments)

Since I haven't been doing much else with this blog of late, I figure I'll use it as a place to make comments on Game of Thrones episodes as they air. You may assume that there will be spoilers for the given episode under discussion (so if you haven't seen that episode and don't want it to be spoiled, don't read beyond the cut), but I'll try my best not to reveal anything beyond that point (in the show or the books). There will also probably not be any "behind the scenes" stuff here; I'll leave that to HBO.

For the premiere, I went to my parents', and they had a party there for my friends and family.

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More next Sunday. Until then, enjoy a fine week!
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March '11

In case you're wondering why I'm annoyed, they're doing construction in the unit to my left. Right now, they're using a jackhammer. An actual jackhammer. It sounds like they're using it right against the wall. Keli has taken refuge under the bed. As our bed is too low to the ground, I'm afraid I can't join her (though, believe me, if I could I would). This has been going on for a couple weeks now. If what they're doing is serious enough that it requires the use of a jackhammer, I fear this renovation might take all summer...

Anyway, regarding March, there is some news. First, we've started recording a new podcast segment at SpecGram. It's called Language Made Difficult, and it features Trey, Bill, Keith and I yammering away like idiots about language. We've recorded four of them so far, and three of them have gone live. If you're interested in language, or interested in hearing one or more of the four of us yammer away like idiots, check it out! You can subscribe to the feed here. (And that really is a feed: Just a bunch of text and symbols. Don't click on it expecting any kind of a webpage.)

In other news, I'm going to be appearing at this year's WorldCon in Reno, Nevada. It's called Renovation, and it will be held from August 17th to August 21st this summer. If you're planning on attending, or will just be in the area, let me know! Currently, it's confirmed that we're going to be putting on a conlanging workshop on Thursday night. Beyond that, I'll probably be on a panel or two, but I haven't heard about that yet.

I started playing basketball again. It's not going to well. I am running, though! That's always good news. Perhaps I may outlive my 50 year warranty...

Hey, Game of Thrones premieres this Sunday! That should be fun. If you don't have HBO, I recommend finding a friend who does (one is usually capable of finding someone with fancy cable or a satellite dish). I've seen the first two episodes, and they deliver. Highly entertaining. You can also look out for an interview with me on Fictional Frontiers, a radio show and podcast. After it airs, I think you should be able to give it a listen here (doesn't look like it's up yet).

Oh, some news for those who aren't aware: Taxes are due on Monday, not today! So if you haven't done yours yet, don't stress! There's still time!