Thursday, October 05, 2023

Delicious recipe for glass noodles

First boil some spaghetti,  then immediately strain the boiling water out of the spaghetti with a tempered glass lid that is somewhat chilled. Recommended serving: do not.

Wednesday, April 05, 2023

Flight of the Timid Gull

Resurrecting the poetry tag on the blog to share a recent poem. The inspiration was the difference between the seagulls in Turkey (martΔ±), and the ones in Patagonia. In Turkey - they are crazy - swooping like crazy and catching Ottoman bagels in mid-air (Simit).

In Patagonia it was pathetic, this is the specific seagull - it keep circling around looking at, but not even getting close to eat the bread until the tourist got frustrated and tossed it in the water.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Genesis, the Torah / Bible in Hieroglyphics 𓏴𓂝𓇴𓃾𓁢𓉐

It is generally accepted that the Paleo-Hebrew alphabet that the Torah was written in was derived from the ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics via Proto-Sinaic script. The modern sounds for the glyphs often come directly from the word, for example the Hebrew Χ’ (ayin) which means eye is derived from the ancient hieroglyph for eye π“Ή. While the shapes became totally morphed, the order and meaning is unmistakeable. Note that the ancient Egyptians likely had different phonemes for each of glyphs and a different order. But the order of this "Aleph Bet" was passed on through Phoenician to Greek and spawned off most of the written scripts in use today (including this very one: AB[C]D).

We can write the Torah / Bible in hieroglyphics because of this ancient (nearly) 1-1 mapping from Paleo-Hebrew to ancient hieroglyphics, and because some awesome people have labored to expand unicode to include all the needed hieroglyphics!  For example: בראשיΧͺ becomes 𓏴𓂝𓇴𓃾𓁢𓉐

You can download the complete genesis in hieroglyphics here, and see the first parsha / chapter below.

Note a few things to note:
  • The Hebrew came from, Tanach with Text Only (Hebrew). text without tags.
  • Processing was done in python; can be done for the other books if needed.
  • I wasn't fancy enough to get the right-to-left thing working, so the text here has all the characters in backwards order.
  • There is some ambiguity in the mapping for example Χ• (vav/upf Χ’Χ•Χ£) could be π“…± or π“Œ‰. In these cases I tried to choose the cooler looking glyph.

Genesis / בראשיΧͺ / 𓏴𓂝𓇴𓃾𓁢𓉐

𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓏴𓃾𓅱 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‡΄π“€  𓏴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓉐 𓏴𓂝𓇴𓃾𓁢𓉐

π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“€  𓂝𓆓𓂋 𓋿𓁹 π“΄π“‚‹π“‰—π“Άπ“ˆ– π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓉗𓅱𓁢𓅱 π“ˆ–π“…±π“€ π“΄ 𓂝𓆓𓂋 𓋿𓁹 𓂧𓇴𓉗𓅱 𓅱𓀠𓉐𓅱 𓅱𓀠𓏴 𓀠𓏴𓂝𓀠 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠𓅱

𓁢𓅱𓃾 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓁢𓅱𓃾 𓂝𓀠𓂝 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‚π“…±

𓂧𓇴𓉗𓀠 𓆓𓂝𓉐𓅱 𓁢𓅱𓃾𓀠 𓆓𓂝𓉐 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓋿𓆛𓉐𓂝𓅱 𓉐𓅱𓄀 𓂝𓂧 𓁢𓅱𓃾𓀠 𓏴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓂝𓅱

𓆛𓉗𓃾 π“ˆ–π“…±π“‚ π“Άπ“Ž—π“‰ 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓉐𓁢𓁹 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓀠𓋿𓂝𓋿 π“ƒΎπ“Άπ“Ž— 𓂧𓇴𓉗𓋿𓅱 π“ˆ–π“…±π“‚ 𓁢𓅱𓃾𓋿 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“ƒΎπ“Άπ“Ž—π“‚π“…±

π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ– 𓆓𓂝𓉐 π“‹Ώπ“‚π“†›π“‰π“ˆ– 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“€  𓂧𓅱𓏴𓉐 π“Ήπ“‚π“Ž—π“Ά 𓂝𓀠𓂝 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‚π“…±

𓆓𓂧 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 π“Ήπ“‚π“Ž—π“Άπ“‹Ώ π“‹Ώπ“Ήπ“ˆ– 𓁢𓇴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“€  𓆓𓂝𓉐𓅱 π“Ήπ“‚π“Ž—π“Άπ“‹Ώ π“΄π“‰—π“΄π“ˆ– 𓁢𓇴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“€  𓆓𓂝𓉐 𓋿𓆛𓉐𓂝𓅱 π“Ήπ“‚π“Ž—π“Άπ“€  𓏴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓇴𓁹𓂝𓅱

𓂝𓆓𓇴 π“ˆ–π“…±π“‚ π“Άπ“Ž—π“‰ 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓉐𓁢𓁹 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‡΄ π“Ήπ“‚π“Ž—π“Άπ“‹Ώ π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“ƒΎπ“Άπ“Ž—π“‚π“…±

𓆓𓂧 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓀠𓇴𓉐𓂝𓀠 𓀠𓃾𓁢𓏴𓅱 𓆛𓉗𓃾 π“ˆ–π“…±π“Ž—π“ˆ– 𓋿𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‡΄π“€  π“΄π“‰—π“΄π“ˆ– π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“€  π“…±π“…±π“Ž—π“‚ π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‚π“…±

𓉐𓅱𓄀 𓂝𓂧 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓂝𓅱 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‚ π“ƒΎπ“Άπ“Ž— π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“€  π“€ π“…±π“Ž—π“ˆ–π“‹Ώπ“…± 𓇑𓁢𓃾 𓀠𓇴𓉐𓂝𓋿 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“ƒΎπ“Άπ“Ž—π“‚π“…±

𓆓𓂧 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓋿𓁹 𓅱𓉐 π“…±π“Ήπ“Άπ“ˆ” 𓁢𓇴𓃾 π“…±π“†“π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ 𓂝𓁢𓂋 𓀠𓇴𓁹 𓂝𓁢𓂋 𓇑𓁹 π“Ήπ“Άπ“ˆ” π“Ήπ“‚π“Άπ“ˆ”π“ˆ– 𓉐𓇴𓁹 𓃾𓇴𓆛 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓃾𓇴𓆛𓏴 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‚π“…±

𓉐𓅱𓄀 𓂝𓂧 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓂝𓅱 π“…±π“€ π“†“π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ 𓅱𓉐 π“…±π“Ήπ“Άπ“ˆ” 𓁢𓇴𓃾 𓂝𓁢𓂋 𓀠𓇴𓁹 𓇑𓁹𓅱 π“…±π“€ π“†“π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ π“Ήπ“Άπ“ˆ” π“Ήπ“‚π“Άπ“ˆ”π“ˆ– 𓉐𓇴𓁹 𓃾𓇴𓆛 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓃾𓇑𓅱𓏴𓅱

𓂝𓇴𓂝𓋿𓇴 π“ˆ–π“…±π“‚ π“Άπ“Ž—π“‰ 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓉐𓁢𓁹 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱

π“ˆ–π“‚π“†“π“‡΄π“…± π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‚π“‹Ώπ“…± π“ˆ–π“‚π“†›π“Ήπ“…±π“ˆ–π“‹Ώπ“…± 𓏴𓏴𓃾𓋿 𓅱𓂝𓀠𓅱 𓀠𓋿𓂝𓋿𓀠 𓆓𓂝𓉐𓅱 π“ˆ–π“…±π“‚π“€  𓆓𓂝𓉐 𓋿𓂝𓆛𓉐𓀠𓋿 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‡΄π“€  π“Ήπ“‚π“Ž—π“Άπ“‰ π“΄π“Άπ“ƒΎπ“ˆ– 𓂝𓀠𓂝 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‚π“…±

𓆓𓂧 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓋿𓁹 𓁢𓂝𓃾𓀠𓋿 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‡΄π“€  π“Ήπ“‚π“Ž—π“Άπ“‰ π“΄π“Άπ“…±π“ƒΎπ“ˆ–π“‹Ώ 𓅱𓂝𓀠𓅱

π“ˆ–π“‚π“‰π“‚§π“…±π“‚§π“€  𓏴𓃾𓅱 𓀠𓋿𓂝𓋿𓀠 π“΄π“‹Ώπ“‡΄π“ˆ–π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ π“†“π“„€π“Ž—π“€  π“Άπ“…±π“ƒΎπ“ˆ–π“€  𓏴𓃾𓅱 π“ˆ–π“…±π“‚π“€  π“΄π“‹Ώπ“‡΄π“ˆ–π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ π“‹Ώπ“†›π“Œ™π“€  π“Άπ“…±π“ƒΎπ“ˆ–π“€  𓏴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“‹Ώπ“†›π“Œ™π“€  π“΄π“Άπ“ƒΎπ“ˆ–π“€  𓂝𓆓𓇴 𓏴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓇴𓁹𓂝𓅱

𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓋿𓁹 𓁢𓂝𓃾𓀠𓋿 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‡΄π“€  π“Ήπ“‚π“Ž—π“Άπ“‰ π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“ˆ–π“΄π“ƒΎ 𓆓𓏴𓂝𓅱

𓉐𓅱𓄀 𓂝𓂧 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓂝𓅱 𓂧𓇴𓉗𓀠 𓆓𓂝𓉐𓅱 𓁢𓅱𓃾𓀠 𓆓𓂝𓉐 𓋿𓂝𓆛𓉐𓀠𓋿𓅱 𓀠𓋿𓂝𓋿𓉐𓅱 π“ˆ–π“…±π“‚π“‰ π“‹Ώπ“‡΄π“ˆ–π“‹Ώπ“…±

𓂝𓁹𓂝𓉐𓁢 π“ˆ–π“…±π“‚ π“Άπ“Ž—π“‰ 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓉐𓁢𓁹 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱

π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‡΄π“€  π“Ήπ“‚π“Ž—π“Ά 𓂝𓆓𓂋 𓋿𓁹 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓋿𓁹 𓂋𓂋𓅱𓁹𓂝 𓂋𓅱𓁹𓅱 𓀠𓂝𓉗 𓇴𓂋𓆓 𓇑𓁢𓇴 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“€  𓅱𓇑𓁢𓇴𓂝 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‚π“…±

𓉐𓅱𓄀 𓂝𓂧 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓂝𓅱 π“…±π“€ π“†“π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ 𓂋𓆓𓂧 𓂋𓅱𓁹 𓋿𓂧 𓏴𓃾𓅱 π“ˆ–π“€ π“†“π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“€  𓅱𓇑𓁢𓇴 𓁢𓇴𓃾 π“΄π“‡΄π“ˆ–π“Άπ“€  𓀠𓂝𓉗𓀠 𓇴𓂋𓆓 𓋿𓂧 𓏴𓃾𓅱 π“ˆ–π“‚π“‹Ώπ“†›π“Œ™π“€  π“ˆ–π“†“π“‚π“†“π“΄π“€  𓏴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓉐𓂝𓅱

𓇑𓁢𓃾𓉐 𓉐𓁢𓂝 𓂋𓅱𓁹𓀠𓅱 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‚π“‰ π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“€  𓏴𓃾 π“…±π“ƒΎπ“‹Ώπ“ˆ–π“…± 𓅱𓉐𓁢𓅱 𓅱𓁢𓂋 π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‹Ώ π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“ˆ–π“΄π“ƒΎ 𓂧𓁢𓉐𓂝𓅱

π“‚π“‡΄π“‚π“ˆ–π“‰— π“ˆ–π“…±π“‚ π“Άπ“Ž—π“‰ 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓉐𓁢𓁹 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱

𓆓𓂧 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 π“€ π“†“π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ 𓇑𓁢𓃾 𓅱𓏴𓂝𓉗𓅱 π“‡΄π“ˆ–π“Άπ“…± π“€ π“ˆ–π“€ π“‰ π“€ π“†“π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ 𓀠𓂝𓉗 𓇴𓂋𓆓 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓃾𓇑𓅱𓏴 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‚π“…±

𓉐𓅱𓄀 𓂝𓂧 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓂝𓅱 π“…±π“€ π“†“π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ π“€ π“ˆ–π“†›π“ƒΎπ“€  π“‡΄π“ˆ–π“Ά 𓋿𓂧 𓏴𓃾𓅱 π“€ π“†“π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ π“€ π“ˆ–π“€ π“‰π“€  𓏴𓃾𓅱 π“€ π“†“π“‚π“ˆ–π“‹Ώ 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓏴𓂝𓉗 𓏴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓇴𓁹𓂝𓅱

𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓋿𓁹 π“‡΄π“ˆ–π“Άπ“€  π“‡΄π“ˆ–π“Άπ“€  𓋿𓂧𓉐𓅱 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓋿𓂧𓉐𓅱 π“€ π“ˆ–π“€ π“‰π“‰π“…± π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‡΄π“€  𓂋𓅱𓁹𓉐𓅱 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€  π“΄π“Œ™π“†›π“‰ 𓅱𓆛𓁢𓂝𓅱 π“…±π“†“π“΄π“…±π“ˆ–π“†›π“‚§ π“…±π“†“π“ˆ–π“‹Ώπ“‡‘π“‰ π“ˆ–π“†›π“ƒΎ 𓀠𓇴𓁹𓆓 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‚π“…±

π“ˆ–π“΄π“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓉐 π“€ π“‰π“Ž—π“†“π“…± π“Άπ“‚§π“ˆ” 𓅱𓏴𓃾 𓃾𓁢𓉐 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“ˆ–π“‹Ώπ“‡‘π“‰ π“…±π“ˆ–π“‹Ώπ“‡‘π“‰ π“ˆ–π“†›π“ƒΎπ“€  𓏴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓉐𓂝𓅱

𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓋿𓁹 π“΄π“‡΄π“ˆ–π“Άπ“€  𓀠𓂝𓉗 𓋿𓂧𓉐𓅱 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‡΄π“€  𓂋𓅱𓁹𓉐𓅱 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€  π“΄π“Œ™π“†›π“‰ 𓅱𓆛𓁢𓅱 𓀠𓇴𓉐𓂧𓅱 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓏴𓃾 π“…±π“ƒΎπ“‹Ώπ“ˆ–π“…± 𓅱𓉐𓁢𓅱 𓅱𓁢𓂋 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“ˆ–π“€ π“‹Ώ π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‚π“…± π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“ˆ–π“΄π“ƒΎ 𓂧𓁢𓉐𓂝𓅱

𓀠𓋿𓂧𓃾𓋿 𓀠𓂝𓀠𓂝 π“ˆ–π“‚§π“‹Ώ π“Ήπ“Άπ“ˆ” π“Ήπ“Άπ“ˆ” 𓇑𓁹 𓂝𓁢𓂋 𓅱𓉐 𓁢𓇴𓃾 𓇑𓁹𓀠 𓋿𓂧 𓏴𓃾𓅱 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓋿𓂧 𓂝𓆓𓂋 𓋿𓁹 𓁢𓇴𓃾 π“Ήπ“Άπ“ˆ” π“Ήπ“Άπ“ˆ” 𓉐𓇴𓁹 𓋿𓂧 𓏴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚§π“‹Ώ 𓂝𓏴𓏴𓆓 𓀠𓆓𓀠 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ π“Άπ“ˆ–π“ƒΎπ“‚π“…±

𓆓𓂧 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓀠𓋿𓂧𓃾𓋿 𓉐𓇴𓁹 π“Ž—π“Άπ“‚ 𓋿𓂧 𓏴𓃾 𓀠𓂝𓉗 𓇴𓂋𓆓 𓅱𓉐 𓁢𓇴𓃾 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓋿𓁹 π“‡΄π“ˆ–π“…±π“Ά 𓋿𓂧𓋿𓅱 π“ˆ–π“‚π“ˆ–π“‡΄π“€  𓂋𓅱𓁹 𓋿𓂧𓋿𓅱 𓇑𓁢𓃾𓀠 𓏴𓂝𓉗 𓋿𓂧𓋿𓅱

𓂝𓇴𓇴𓀠 π“ˆ–π“…±π“‚ π“Άπ“Ž—π“‰ 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 𓉐𓁢𓁹 𓂝𓀠𓂝𓅱 π“†›π“ƒΎπ“ˆ– 𓉐𓅱𓄀 𓀠𓆓𓀠𓅱 𓀠𓇴𓁹 𓁢𓇴𓃾 𓋿𓂧 𓏴𓃾 π“ˆ–π“‚π“€ π“‹Ώπ“ƒΎ 𓃾𓁢𓂝𓅱

The above is chapter 1, for the other chapters see the full google doc with all of Genesis in hieroglyphics.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Websters Hieroglyphics Dictionary - new and updated

The Latin script we use in English can be traced back to logograms of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Given the way that language is moving back to logograms πŸ€ͺ I thought it would be wonderful if we brought the original hieroglyphics back into common use π“€ . Lucky for us, in 2009 about a thousand actual ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics were added to unicode meaning you can easily copy/paste them into your favorite chatting apps. The only thing stopping us is understanding what they mean - and so here I present a brand new and totally modern:

Hieroglyphics Dictionary

These definitions are mere suggestions; the important thing is that you use the symbols and keep the 5000 year old tradition alive! (Websters in this case means a dictionary for people who use the web).

If you want to participate: Here is a living document where you can suggest new phrases and definitions.

Note: just copy/paste to use hieroglyphics, never been easier

Highlighted phrases you can use today:

𓄰𓀠𓀑𓀀 = hells yeah!

π“Ž©π“€? = are you hungry

𓆑 = I'm not hungry

see you later π“†Š

𓁝 𓁅 = good morning 

𓁀 π“€’ 𓀐 = good night

π“‰₯ = happy birthday

π“€£= NOPE / talk to the hand

𓀀𓀃 = calm down / tranquillo

π“Šπ“€π“Š = magic mushrooms

𓁿𓀆𓀐 = Cannot unsee

π“€₯π“€ π“€€ = let's dance

π“ŽΉπ“€ π“ŽΈ = let's drink


π“ˆ–π“„°π“€ π“€‘π“€€π“‹₯π“ˆ– = hells yeah!

𓁿 = cry

π“‚˜ π“‚“ = hug

𓆫 = loving hugs

π“‚œ = don't know / shrug

π“€’ 𓁀 𓀐 = falling / tired

π“€— = old / tired

𓀋 𓀑 𓀐 = headache/FML/orz

𓀀𓀃 = calm down / tranquillo

π“€£= NOPE / talk to the hand

𓁆𓁙 = come back baby

π“ŠΉ = I surrender

π“„ͺ = deal with it πŸ•Ά

π“„… = bad hair day / woke up like this

𓁿𓀆𓀐 = Cannot unsee


𓁀 π“€’ 𓀐 π“€Ώ = good night

𓁝 π“œ π“₯ 𓁅 π“ˆŒ = good morning

𓍴 π“‰₯ 𓉦 π“‹₯ = happy birthday

𓁆𓁙𓁋 = have a flower

Food related

𓀁 𓁉 π“Š² π“Š΄ π“Ž© π“ŠΈ 𓂏 = eat

𓆑 = I'm not hungry

π“Š―π“‚ = come over for dinner

π“Š΄π“‚ = breakfast in bed

π“ŽΉπ“€ π“ŽΈ = let's drink

π“€†π“¨π“€ˆ = let's get smashed

𓏋 = milk

π“Š‘ = smores

π“‹›π“‹›π“‹›= Ice pops

𓂦 = eating an ice-pop

𓆇 = egg

𓏑 = avocado

π“ˆ‘ = happy avocado


Cool people

𓀬 = baller

𓁇 𓀡 π“˜ π“š π“₯ 𓁫 𓁰 𓁳 π“€² 𓁐 π“ˆ

Actions / activities

π“€Ÿ = fight me

π“€₯π“€ π“€€ = dancing

π“€Ÿπ“„ = playing sports

π“€ͺ𓀫 = jumping rope

π“‚° = getting ready for night out

𓁩 = selfie

π“Š…π“© bathroom selfie

π“€… = working on your computer

π“‚· = touch

𓁏 = touchdown

π“€™π“€Ÿπ“‚»π“‚»π“‚» = hiking

π“Š 𓍄 = sailing

π“„«π“„΅π“„°π“ˆ Day at the beach

𓁒 = fancy dress party

π“Ž³ 𓉲 𓇅 = black tie

𓁲 = pooping. (π“„½ = poop)

π“‚  = crystal ball / future looking

Women and children



Cool body parts

𓁢 𓁹 π“‚€ π“‚… π“‚ˆ 𓂉 𓂐

π“‚  π“‚‘ π“‚€ 𓄐

𓂻𓃀𓃁 = Orthopedist office

This glyph seems much lower quality and would be cool to know why

π“Š man wearing tunic with fringes and holding mace


π“…Ύ = dinosaur

π“ƒ°π“ƒ±π“ƒ΅π“ƒ»π“„€π“„π“„‚π“ƒ—π“ƒ˜π“ƒš π“ƒ²π“ƒ·π“ƒΉπ“„ƒπ“„…π“„‡π“„šπ“ƒŸπ“ƒ π“ƒΎ

Cool birds

π“…›π“…»π“…π“…“π“…”π“…–π“…˜π“…™π“…šπ“… π“…’π“…£π“…₯π“…¨π“…ͺπ“…°π“…Šπ“…ƒπ“…‡π“…€π“…Ίπ“†€π“†π“†‚π“…½


Cute baby birds


Reptiles, amphibian and fish:



π“†“π“†•π“†—π“†™π“†š = danger noodles





π“ŒΉ = A (actually comes from 𓃾 ... π“‚œ)

π“‚™ = flying saucer on a broomstick

π“‹ˆ = heartrise on top of sunrise

𓍲𓍳𓂒𓁔 = breast cancer awareness

𓐦 = starbucks

π“’π“Š” = band aids

π“š = asteroids game spaceship

𓏒 = guinness

𓏲𓐙 = smoking

π“²π“šπ“΄ =  no smoking

𓐑 = tree

π“Œ’π“™ = cool arrows

𓐩 = holy roman empire

π“Š˜ = da bomb

π“…‹ = do you need a ride?

π“‹Ÿ = ?

𓋧 π“ˆ³ =?

π“Œ΅π“ŒΆ = ?

Cool leggy things:


Cool plants




𓄧 = Rooftop TV antenna

π“Žš =  wrench

π“Ÿ = traffic light

π“Š•π“‹Œπ“Œ³ = electric transformer

π“Š— = N1 rocket engines

𓇴 = snake jazz

𓍻 = magnet

𓆺  = fishing buoy

𓐓 = airplane

𓐫 = doorbell

Art gallery


𓉳 = pearly gates

𓉢𓉢𓉢𓉢 = crayons

Cool shapes



Dirty (how has the internet not known about this yet)

Also - sorry mom but this section was important.

π“‚Ί = π“„Ί + π“‚Έ

π“€° π“€Ί 𓁀 = hard dick

𓁗 =  limp dick (queen with flower)

𓀏𓁅 = kink

π“‚‘π“‚‘ π“‚’π“‚’ = small and big boobs

π“Œ = vibrator

𓂨 π“„° π“„Ί =  cum

π“Ž = thinking with your penis

Kind of ruining the point of them being unicode - but in this world - you need cool pictures for the previews - so we're tucking this little image at the bottom.

Monday, June 20, 2022

How to find the dangerous areas of a city you don't know

Thursday, November 25, 2021

How to be ridiculous in Hungarian, Estonian, Georgian and Chinese

I've started to pick up on a few fun ways to be ridiculous is other people's languages, it can be super fun so I wanted to share. Rather than take forever putting them in separate SEO optimized posts, with audio clips - I'm going to give the cliff-notes version of them all here.

The easy way to be ridiculous

A lot of other countries use their words a lot more literally than we do. For example if they say "great" they really mean something is actually great. If you speak English from the US - imagine telling somebody a cake they baked is "good" no way - it would almost be offensive; "good" to us has taken on a meaning "not good" we just don't want to say it. "Thanks" in American English it is just a hair away from being sarcastic; and if you say "thanks very much" it might not mean a whole lot of thanks. I enjoy this way to talking and so adopting this manner of speech is my favorite way to be ridiculous in other languages.

Lots of languages have slang terms that evolved from English, you usually have to dig for them since they don't appear in official translations and won't often be taught in schools. It is often funny how the local grammar mixes with English; and even funnier when you say it because nobody will expect it.

Be ridiculous in Georgian

Mariam's Georgian company got acquired by a company from the US and her new boss said something she did was "phenomenal." In Georgian the literal translation is αƒ€αƒ”αƒœαƒαƒ›αƒ”αƒœαƒαƒšαƒ£αƒ αƒ˜ (penomenaluri) where the P and Ph are very similar phonologically and "luri"is a common Georgian suffix. I never once heard a local say this word in two months of living in Georgia. It is reserved only for the most phenomenal situations; like if St. George himself descended from the sky in front of you. People almost always smile when you use it - but be careful because the word is so powerful that you might sound sarcastic if you don't use it properly.
If you compliment food - Georgians will refuse to accept, often denying that it is truly "penomenaluri" - but if you compliment a landscape view, or refer to Georgia in general as penomenaluri then you will make friends quickly. To use it - point at a thing or answer a question with "es penomenaluria" which means "it is penomenaluri"

Hello in Georgian is გამარჯობა (Gamarjoba), and the best most normal response is "Gaumarjos" but folks will often respond "Gamarjoba" instead - especially to foreigners when it is assumed they don't know Gaumarjos. You can also alternatively say Gagimarjos. Gaumarjos is also used as "cheers" when drinking so it is jovial to say. Here is how to have a whole ridiculous conversation with someone you are just passing by:

You: Gamarjoba
Them: Gamarjoba
You: Gaumarjos
Them: * usually they will laugh here and stop, but if they respond gaumarjos, then it is peak ridiculous to respond gagimarjos

Words change in Georgian depending on how many people you are speaking to - by adding the letters "at" so Gamarjoba is to say hello to one person and Gamarjobat is to say hello to two or more. Except that "garmarjoba" is the exception where "officially" you should always say "Gamarjoba" even if saying hello to multiple people. Probably 90% of people will say it "correctly" but spend some time traveling around Georgia where people are so friendly and everyone says hi - then you will definitely hear "gamarjobat"
To be ridiculous - ignore the exception and say gamarjobat when saying hi to multiple people.

Note: I am of the opinion that there is no "wrong" way to speak - since language is a kind of big collaborative art project. Fun discussions to have if someone wants to argue with you.

Tbilisi Georgia

How to be silly in Hungarian

Hungarian is already a little silly for English speakers. To say hello, people say "szia" which sounds just like "see yah!" in English. Note that Szia is to say hello to one person, sziestok for two people. Then they use the English-derived "Hello" for both hello, and more frequently for goodbye, kind of like the Italian "Ciao." You you can say "see yah" for hello and "hello" for good bye; can't get any sillier than that... but actually you can get significantly sillier still:

Just conjugate "hello" in the form for multiple people by adding "stok" like Szia->Szie-stok, so hello becomes "hello-stok" when greeting to multiple people. Note: this is a kind of teenager slang from the 90's that for sure nobody uses anymore, but if you do - then it is absolutely penomenaluri  (thanks Kristof).

Budapest Hungary

Surprise people in Estonian

This one is hard - it is difficult to get Estonians to show emotion about anything - but one way to that sometimes works is to give way over the top thanks in true USA style. Literally translating our casual "thanks very much" into "suur Γ€itah teile." In sentiment - this again goes way over the casual way we use it in the US - but that is kind of the point.

Another way is to use the Estonian/English slang phrase for "what the heck" which literally translates to "what a hedge" but you can really easily say it with a lot of emphasis "Mida hekki" which is awesome, almost like you are singing. Interestingly in Finland they say "mitΓ€ helvettiΓ€" which is "what the hell" ... so rude.

KΓ΅rvemaa Bog Estonia

How to be silly in Chinese

People teach you to say HΓ o chΔ« when complimenting food, but it is much funnier to go way over the top and say it is MΔ›iwΓ¨i ηΎŽε‘³. One benefit of this is that the tones make is super easy to be emphatic about it, you say it kind of like you are stamping your foot on the last syllable.

People are super nice in China - so as soon as you say more than three words in Chinese people will compliment you saying that your Chinese is great, or sounds great. The humble way they teach you to respond is saying "Nǎlǐ nǎlǐ" meaning "where where" kind of like saying "hey obviously you aren't talking about me." This is a tad funny - but MUCH better is to say "it isn't" BΓΉshΓ¬ and follow up with saying your Chinese is MǎmǎhΗ”hΗ” ι©¬ι©¬θ™Žθ™Ž. This translates literally to Horse Horse Tiger Tiger but it is silly idiom to mean "so so" or "a clumsy person" so people will always crack up if you say that describes your Chinese aptitude.

This isn't something you say out loud - but in text "3Q" means thank you, because the mandarin way to say 3 is "Sān", and reading Sān-Q phonetically sounds like "Thank you" with a Chinese accent.

Shanghai China

What to teach other people to say in English:

It is nice to learn local slang - but to be fair I try to teach folks some words that came to English from my part of the country, the greater New York City area, and donated by my own immigrant family's native language Yiddish.

The word is Schlep.

And the thing I like about "schlep" is that it doesn't just describe to haul or carry something - it describes how you feel about the act. You definitely do not want to be schlepping anything - and if you have to then you will do it begrudgingly. Also a versatile word, you can schlep yourself too and whether it is across an ocean or from the couch to answer the door - if you have to schlep there then you really didn't want to. Now there are a few select people out there who know only three to four words of English, and one the words they know is schlep.

Lower Mystic Lakes in Medford (basically Boston, USA)

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Fly with bird wings on the moon at the Icarus Theme Park

It is said that if people were to fly like birds, our wings would need to be at least *6.7m wide (about 2ft). People also talk about strapping on wings and flying like a bird on Saturn's moon Titan; because the gravity is very weak, and the atmosphere is 50% thicker than on Earth.

Titan is pretty far - but I think this experience should be possible on Earth's moon, where there is 1/6th earths gravity; and if you build a nice dome then you could pressurize the air to earths pressure. I can't say for sure - but I think (with enough effort) human-powered short flights should be possible; or at least wing assisted giant leaps will be possible! (Kind of what chickens do).

            Photo by GerhardLipold form PxHere

One limitation is arm muscles which are a bit weak compared to our leg muscles. For example the human powered helicopter AeroVelo Atlas and Aeroplane Gossamer Eagle both used leg power. For thrust we might might benefit from using giant fins like with freediving in water, but bigger. And then wings would be for lift and control.

Photo by Jean-Marc Kuffer

I imagine a giant domed play area with trees you could fly up to and "roost" on, then glide down. In an environment where exercise is crucial for maintaining muscle mass - this could be a super fun way to go about it. A dream.

While we're at it - some other sports that could be super fun on the moon - freestyle diving into a deep ball pit, where you kind of fall in slow motion and have lots of time to do cool spinny tricks. Also - trampoline jumping where you can go crazy high, comparatively limited risk to breaking your neck. Basket ball could be fun - dunking on impossibly high baskets, though I imagine that dribbling would get annoying fast.

*These people are Payal Marathe, who wrote this in Yale Scientific and everyone quoting her, I haven't found any other source.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Overdue update on my airless bnb

 You may recall that around this time last year, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, I hosted an AirBnb at tranquility base on the moon:

It was a great success, and I had one of my friends stay and write an amazing review.

Next I bent our own "no pet" rules to allow my friend to stay with his outer-space trained macaque monkey.


It turned out to be a great decision because Luke left a great review for the the Eagle at Tranquility Base:


Unfortunately this update is to inform everyone that after several months online and two five star reviews, airbnb took down the listing saying it thought it was posted "by mistake"

Headphones attached to a solar panel

So I soldered a pair of headphones to a solar panel and with it you can listen to lights!