GAMES: Introduction & Learning Strategy

May 28, 2012

I moved the introductory dialogue, Love and Wisdom, and the Introduction from the specification to Logophile.

I haven’t even begun to explain to you what the gestures are.

Don’t worry too much about the gestures; learn the alphabetic mapping and musical mapping. That should keep you busy. You are learning how to think with your whole body.

Be patient. I am here to teach. I have devoted my whole life to learning and study: now I feel blessed that I can finally share the fruits of my labor.

Oh, and if you don’t understand what a System Switch is — have you actually studied Gaia Wakens? — your neural network may have a hard time adapting to the System Switch in GAMES. ( Actually, there are two System Switches in GAMES . . . )

Learning is hard; ignorance is easy . .

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott .

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GAMES: Apology & Fee Structure for Lessons

May 26, 2012

I developed GAMES for a 26 character Latin alphabet. In the specification, which is 72 pages long, I include ideas on how to expand it to alphabets with more than 26 characters. And while practicing Tai Chi Chuan today, I realized I may be able to adapt it to Mandarin, the only tonal language I have a rudimentary familiarity with.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. And no tool makes us infallible.

Those of you in the know already know the Numeric dimension. In the next post I introduce the mapping in the Alphabetic dimension. As I’ve said, I need students. I cannot teach a language through a series of blog posts.

This is my idea for a fee structure: public lessons donation; private lessons what you can afford. I have no other source of income; right now I’m living off of savings.

The Numeric Dimension

May 23, 2012

We learn quickly. This makes me very happy.

The closed fist (either single or both) expresses the number 0.

The numbers 1-10 are expressed with palms down. You express numbers 1-5 in your left hand; you express numbers 6-10 with your right.

The numbers 11-20 follow the same pattern but are expressed with palms up.

To encode sequences of numbers, oscillate between the neutral position (your forearms approximately 135 degrees, and relaxed), and the position that expresses a number (your arms fully extended).

It is this oscillation that helps impress the numeric information onto your muscle memory.

The Alphabetic dimension is much harder.

To learn the Musical dimension, practice singing by using solfege and, if can stand the kitsch, watch “The Sound of Music.”

GAMES is a language. Play with it.

Metronome

May 21, 2012

A metronome is a tool that sets pace.

When I swing something back and forth, that oscillation works like a metronome.

If some people start helping me, we may be able to slow down traffic. We may be able to even stop it.

And then we can ask questions. Or sing.

System Switch Three

April 27, 2012

For the musically uninclined, System Swith Three suggests you try singing.

Don’t be afraid; just start at the very beginning; a very good place to start.

On Using the Mantra of Rest

March 16, 2011

The Mantra of Rest is a counterpart to the Mantra Of Motion. Although it is a counterpart, it is much harder to train.

The Mantra of Rest is derived from breath counting techniques that are taught in many schools of meditation, including Buddhism and Taoism. Around those counting techniques I have placed the verbal formula “It is by quiet breath I set my mind at rest.” This verbal formula provides a counterpoint to “It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.” Treat them both as a yin yang pair: to be an effective mentat, you must train techniques that help your mind to rest and techniques that help your mind to think.

Breath counting techniques are meant to focus the body and calm the mind. Unsurprisingly, these techniques also help you focus your mind and calm your body. With both your body and mind calm and relaxed, you are ready to focus on the task or problem at hand.

Begin the Mantra of Rest by reciting its opening sentence. Then proceed to count your breaths. When you lose count, repeat the opening sentence and start again.

For more context and training concerning these breath counting techniques, consult any source that teaches basic meditation, such as Taoist Meditation by Thomas Cleary or Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham.

The Mantra of Rest

March 16, 2011

It is by quiet breath I set my mind at rest

{ INHALE } one { EXHALE }

{ INHALE } two { EXHALE }

{ INHALE } three { EXHALE }

{ INHALE } | { EXHALE }

{ INHALE } … { EXHALE }

It is by quiet breath I set my mind at rest

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