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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 22 2017, 08:31 PM
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Posted By Daccio
Except for two erupting volcanoes...

I have easy access to two audiobooks that I've been listening to a lot, Dragonsdawn and All the Weyrs of Pern. In All the Weyrs, it is often asked why the Colonists didn't use their technology to...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 2 2017, 03:06 PM
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Posted By Daccio
Re: What is happening

Just thought I'd chime in. I've begun apprenticing in Master Jerint's workshop. Well, more precisely I'm apprenticing in a music store to learn how to repair violins, violas, cellos and bases that...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 1 2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 778
Posted By Daccio
Re: Verse of Pern

From the website of the musicians:

Lyrics from the CD Masterharper of Pern:
http://www.opland-freeman.com/harperhall/mhlyr.htm

Lyrics from the CD Sunset's Gold:...
Forum: Games and Miscellany Jan 4 2017, 07:14 PM
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Views: 20,263
Posted By Daccio
Re: The Universal Vending Machine

A hunk of very stale graduation cake plonks out.

* inserts some Times Square confetti...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 12 2016, 06:19 PM
Replies: 307
Views: 44,916
Posted By Daccio
Re: Pernese versus Terran terms

Thank you! This is the best thought I've ever seen that explains the mysterious word. Is the name of the miner recorded, or is this just a supposition?
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 15 2016, 02:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,781
Posted By Daccio
Re: Printer Hall

New Zealand flax sounds ideal! I can imagine plantations of it in the Southern continent.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 15 2016, 01:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,781
Posted By Daccio
Re: Printer Hall

I'm glad to hear that, but sorry to say I missed it. Time for a reread!
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 14 2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,781
Posted By Daccio
Re: Printer Hall

Whenever paper making was being discussed in the Pern books I kept thinking it would perhaps be more efficient if some hemp-like plant could be used for paper making. Trees take a long time to grow...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 11 2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,048
Posted By Daccio
Re: What Would Happen...

I come from a printing background. I've never been comfortable with the sort of printing press AIVAS was describing. He said that it would require rolls of paper, but that would be something along...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Nov 13 2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,850
Posted By Daccio
Re: Real World Harper Songs

I was also very pleased to find a pretty good song for Guy Fawkes Day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkkgX1l4nkc), a phenomenon I was unaware of until recently.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Nov 13 2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,850
Posted By Daccio
Re: Real World Harper Songs

As might be expected, I'm still finding/collecting songs appropriate to teaching. A bunch of teachers, apparently in the U.S. have put up songs on YouTube to help their students remember subjects...
Forum: Book Collector's Meeting Room Aug 25 2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,269
Posted By Daccio
Re: 'Wherry' in other language translations

Getting back to the title of this thread, I found an even better candidate for a Esperanto term for 'wherry'. It's a mythical creature, somewhat draconic, but with a rooster's head, so it could be...
Forum: Book Collector's Meeting Room Jul 2 2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,269
Posted By Daccio
Re: 'Wherry' in other language translations

That's more or less what I did. Even so, it's without meaning since I have no intention of translating an entire book. ;)
Forum: Book Collector's Meeting Room Jul 1 2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,269
Posted By Daccio
Re: 'Wherry' in other language translations

I tried that route, unfortunately while the English language has this fine stock of obscure names for many things. in esperanto a wherry is simply a boat (boato) which is an everyday word. I even...
Forum: Book Collector's Meeting Room Jul 1 2015, 05:48 PM
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Views: 7,269
Posted By Daccio
Re: 'Wherry' in other language translations

Hans, 'gardvirmo' would be a word specifically for the watchwhers. Generally the animal would be called just a virmo.

I haven't read much of Todd's stuff. Any idea why the colonists started...
Forum: Book Collector's Meeting Room Jun 30 2015, 11:50 AM
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Views: 7,269
Posted By Daccio
Re: 'Wherry' in other language translations

For wher I found an alternate term for a european dragon, wyrm. transliterated into Esperanto it becomes virmo. Since they are mostly used as watchwhers I'd augment that to gardvirmo.

Naming...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 30 2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,383
Posted By Daccio
Re: What If: Jaxom Warns the Colonists

Just seeing Jaxom explain the whole thing to his august Ancestors would be worth reading. I imaging Paul Benden as the hardest one to convince.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 26 2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,383
Posted By Daccio
Re: What If: Jaxom Warns the Colonists

Aside from all the other problems, yes.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 26 2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,383
Posted By Daccio
What If: Jaxom Warns the Colonists

This thought keeps occurring to me, so I thought I'd throw it out there for fun. First of all I know that this could never happen because time travel in the Pern universe just doesn't work that way. ...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Jun 19 2015, 11:02 PM
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Views: 2,931
Posted By Daccio
Re: Dragon name generator

A friend of mine made something similar to help us create words for alien languages. We had to input sample words which the program would chop up, put back together and spit back out as a list. ...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 18 2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,714
Posted By Daccio
Re: Pern Minecraft Project Update

Lily, That's just what Minecraft looks like. My daughter plays it.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 17 2015, 03:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,893
Posted By Daccio
Re: Pern in 500 years

Just to be clear, when I suggest the Pernese could have electricity, I'm not proposing they would have a continent-wide grid set up like us on Earth. It wasn't that long ago, even in the U.S. that...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 15 2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,893
Posted By Daccio
Re: Pern in 500 years

The dragon population would certainly decrease, but I think they would provide a service to the Holds that would make them worth 'paying' to keep around. They'll still be the 'astronauts' of their...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 15 2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,893
Posted By Daccio
Re: Pern in 500 years

That's pretty much the way was thinking. Electronics, or at least integrated circuit electronics just aren't going to be sustainable. Once you get into the Industrial Revolution, the pollution...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 12 2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,893
Posted By Daccio
Re: Pern in 500 years

I hadn't considered the idea of asteroid captures by dragons. There's a company now that is thinking along those lines. The asteroid would be brought back and put into orbit around the moon.

I...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 11 2015, 01:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,893
Posted By Daccio
Pern in 500 years

Sometimes I like to think about what Hold, Hall and Weyr would be like 500 years after the ninth Pass. In 500 years would the technology found at Landing still function?

It's fine to believe all...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 3 2015, 09:13 AM
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Posted By Daccio
Re: Say Hello and Be Welcomed to the Library Café on MoM!

Dalyna, Let me be the first to welcome you. Don't be shy. Bring up a subject or add to one of the old threads. Welcome!
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 11 2015, 04:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,986
Posted By Daccio
Re: Female green riders

Using Google, i found something here (http://www.annemccaffreyfans.org/forum/archive/index.php/t-422.html).

The pertinent quote:

'Danegga, rider of Ptath (mentioned only once, in Skies.)'
...
Forum: Book Collector's Meeting Room May 6 2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,269
Posted By Daccio
Re: 'Wherry' in other language translations

Trying to puzzle this out on my own, I've come up with two possibilities.

The E.E.C. team could have noted the similarities between a wherry and a griffon and named it a griffon instead. It works...
Forum: Book Collector's Meeting Room May 5 2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,749
Posted By Daccio
Re: 'Harper' in other language translations

Firstly, I'd like to thank those of you who responded to this thread.

Secondly, I want to sincerely apologize for not replying sooner. Even though I was subscribed to this thread the whole time,...
Forum: Book Collector's Meeting Room May 5 2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,269
Posted By Daccio
'Wherry' in other language translations

Some of you know that I have a hobby of translating bits of the Dragonrider books into Esperanto. I've come across a sticking point with the word 'wherry'.

'Wherry' is a somewhat (to me) obscure...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 1 2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,541
Posted By Daccio
Re: In Dragonsdawn, What Exactly was a Sled?

hat's now pretty much the way I'm figuring it. Sleds are like work vehicles that fly and evidently take off and land vertically. There are also 'skimmers' mentioned which, based on what they are...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 29 2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,541
Posted By Daccio
Re: In Dragonsdawn, What Exactly was a Sled?

I'm sure that's what the cover artist intended. I was listening to Dragonsdawn today and apparently there is another flying vehicle called a skimmer. Aargh! I wonder if that's supposed to some kind...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 28 2015, 09:45 PM
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Views: 14,850
Posted By Daccio
Re: Real World Harper Songs

Somebody went and done it and it's fabulous!

Ballad of Apollo XIII Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1lCfq1xUFM)
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 28 2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,541
Posted By Daccio
Re: In Dragonsdawn, What Exactly was a Sled?

It's interesting that Hans has 'airsled' listed as an alternate name on his website. I got the answer I was looking for. I found a fellow Esperanto speaker who's read Anne's books. He suggested...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 27 2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,541
Posted By Daccio
Re: In Dragonsdawn, What Exactly was a Sled?

I've seen that pic. I've even found it on the internet. It looks like a racing car without wheels.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 27 2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,541
Posted By Daccio
Re: In Dragonsdawn, What Exactly was a Sled?

I agree on the flatness and being bigger than a car. There is a sketch of what one might look like and it resembles a flat racing car in my eyes.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 27 2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,541
Posted By Daccio
In Dragonsdawn, What Exactly was a Sled?

For my own enjoyment I've been translating a chapter of Dragonsdawn into Esperanto. The problem I'm having is working out a term for 'Sled'. To me they sound much like a flying car. They fly, they...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 6 2015, 09:27 PM
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Posted By Daccio
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 6 2015, 06:53 PM
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Views: 21,019
Posted By Daccio
Re: A little Pernese humor

When I see 'FAX GLOBAL' on our telephone's caller ID and I think of that usurper instead of some faceless telemarketing firm.
Forum: The Library Café Dec 28 2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,009
Posted By Daccio
Re: The Dragonriders of Pern Movie - Todd's Official Announcement

I just hope they strive to stay true to Anne's world. It's impossible to translate a book directly into film. It will always have to be an adaptation. Let's just hope it isn't WAY off when...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 17 2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 21,019
Posted By Daccio
Re: A little Pernese humor

I still think of my wife as a Harper. She's a general music teacher in an Elementary school. She tries to include historical context to her lessons, I.E. What was going on in the world when...
Forum: Book Collector's Meeting Room Jun 18 2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,749
Posted By Daccio
'Harper' in other language translations

One of my hobbies is to translate short parts of books I'm reading into Esperanto. It's good for the mind and my language ability. One thing I'm really stuck on is how to translate 'Harper'. A...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 6 2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,850
Posted By Daccio
Re: Real World Harper Songs

The Apollo 13 ballad is one of my faves. Wish someone would put it together with clips from the film.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 10 2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,850
Posted By Daccio
Real World Harper Songs: Expanded Playlist

I've continued compiling the playlist on YouTube of what I call Real World Harper songs. The original playlist got full, so I had to start a second one. Here are the links:

Real World Harper...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 10 2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,850
Posted By Daccio
Re: Real World Harper Songs

Gotta be one of the best modern teaching ballads around. Thanks for pointing me to a better version than I previously had.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 4 2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,850
Posted By Daccio
Re: Real World Harper Songs

I agree with all your sentiments, but inspirational songs are not teaching ballads about historical events.

I've just finished a book about one of the railroads that served Sussex County, NJ. I...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 4 2013, 07:35 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,850
Posted By Daccio
Re: Real World Harper Songs

Yes, I added that one just a few weeks ago. Not sure why it hadn't occurred to me earlier than that.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 4 2013, 07:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,850
Posted By Daccio
Re: Real World Harper Songs

The Mary Ellen Carter is a great song, but it doesn't refer to a historical event in the real world.
Forum: The Library Café Oct 30 2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,401
Posted By Daccio
Re: Hurricane Sandy check-in, East coast US

Sussex County New Jersey survived. We had no power from 6:15 PM Monday to 5:30 AM Tuesday. Rain and wind, though Irene was worse. Haven't been out yet to see what the streets or the small river down...
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