Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Taluhk Nash-veh K'dular - Sarek heh Amanda - Neshuk Bes (Ink Drawing)

I have been absent from this blog for quite a while now, as I have been devoting myself to an ink drawing of Amanda and Sarek. I was originally going to have it finished for Valentine's Day, but I ended up focusing on the details with more intensity than I had originally planned.

Sarek and Amanda are my all-time favorite couple, for all of the reasons. Notice also, in the drawing, that I used a a common human interpretation of a heart for Amanda, and a realistic Vulcan heart for Sarek. It's symbolic and... stuff. It was done traditionally, using black pen-ink.

And now, without further ado...

Fun fact: Many people, for whatever reason, use the word "adieu" instead of "ado" in the phrase I used previously. "Ado" means fuss, or trouble - "adieu" means goodbye. "Without further goodbye" does not make sense in any context. This misuse may be known as an "eggcorn".

Monday, 13 February 2012

Hnafirh'au-d - Arhem Llaiuri - Mnahen!

The only reason I am putting this on here is because I wrote on it in Romulan/Rihannsu. It says, roughly, "Can ('t) you see? I am dying. (My) hatred!" I drew this on an old law class sheet.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

My Favorite Vulcans - Taluhk Vuhlkansular T'nash-veh - HQ

Vulcans I hold an affinity for (in no particular order, and for differing reasons):

Soval - ENT
Spock - TOS/TNG
Sybok - TOS (movies)
Sarek - TOS/TNG
Taurik - TNG
Vorik - VOY
Surak - TOS (ENT)
Saavik  - TOS (Movies) (Half Romulan)
T'Pau - TOS (ENT)
Syran  (Arev) - ENT
Unnamed Vulcan Master -VOY
Tuvok  - VOY
T'Pol - ENT

Monday, 6 February 2012

The Vulcan Anthem, Translated and Sung by T'Laina

This is somewhat in response to a post on the Star Trek Sci Fi blog HERE, where "Spacerguy" introduced to me the "Vulcan Anthem":

The lyrics are shown on the video. I did not quite understand at first why they mention "Koon-ut Ka-li-fee" (marriage act of challenge) within the anthem, but I suppose it is a tradition passed down from the times before Surak and is therefore an important part of Vulcan culture as a whole. The anthem would have been created only for Vulcan, without any thought having been given to out-worlders.

(I still have the sneaking suspicion that they included "Koon-ut Ka-li-fee" because that was one of the only Vulcan phrases they knew, but suspicion is not logical.)

I also feel that Mount Seleya would be more appropriate to mention than Vulcana Regar, as it has been one of the most important religious temples on Vulcan since the time of Surak.

On a more positive note, this is an absolutely beautiful song. The melody, I feel, captures the peaceful, haunting power of Vulcan. I am obsessed with it, listening to it on repeat. The one thing I would have like to have seen/heard is the lyrics sung in Vulcan. In fact, I have just taken this upon myself:

My Version: (With small alterations)

Dif-tor heh smusma (Live long and prosper)
Ashaya - sochya eh katra (Love, peace and soul)
Heya Seleya (Mount Seleya)
Maut Vaksurik (Very Beautiful)
Dif-tor heh smusma (Live Long and Prosper)
koon-ut Ka-li-fee (Marriage act of challenge)
Ozhika na'smusma'es na'mnu (Logic for prosperity for mastery)

Ovsot mnu (Total mastery)

It was quite a dilemma, deciding whether or not to change the "Koon-ut ka-li-fee". For whatever reason, I decided to keep it in. I cannot explain.