A paranormal musical scifi adventure (in Klingon)
A paranormal musical scifi adventure (in Klingon)
Today we turn in a slightly different direction, and meet someone new: jul tennuS. This name translates to Uncle Sun (that's the uncle on your father's side, of course you remember), but it might make more sense not to translate it, since it is a name. It is the per yuD of a former aspiring mastermind criminal, and the song tells the tale of his first heist.
Although I have never tried to rob a train, I can personally identify with jul in three ways. One, we share the same first three letters of our code names (and perhaps also the first three letters of our REAL names, if he is as uncreative in his choice of code name as I am).
Two, he had a great idea that he thought would bring him widespread acclaim, and started with a solid execution, but did not have the best planning skills, and ends up spending half his spring break making a music video that will get 36 views on youtube.
Three, as will be seen in the Suchtuv Qo'noS entry below, he's had to spend several years helping a ghost accomplish those things she failed to do when she was alive, even though there are probably other things he'd rather be doing.
On the bright side, we're one step closer to solving the mystery of the haunted ukulele!
jar 11 jaj 21 DIS 2021
Have you ever been in complete and utter darkness?
Usually when we say it's completely dark, there's still a bit of moon or star light, or a street lamp, or light from under the door. I think I was only in complete darkness once, when I was doing some tourist thing in the caves somewhere in South Dakota. They take you down into a cave system and then, just for a moment, turn out all the lights, so you can experience the total darkness.
I also dreamt about it recently. But I was not in South Dakota in the dream, as you might have guessed. I was on an alien planet. And I was not surrounded by friendly tourists and tour guides and escape elevators, but rather by danger, emptiness, and the immensity of the experience.
This song is on that topic. Hurgh is a verb meaning "to be dark". (It is also a noun meaning "pickle". But based on the rest of the lyrics of the song, I think it's safe to assume the "dark" meaning).
A few lyrics that may convey the point:
- mInDu'lIj DaSoQmoH, 'achghej neH tu'lu' - You open your eyes, there is only void
- bIHeghpu''a'? tlhoy tIn molvam - Have you died? This grave is too big.
- naDev qa'lI' DachIlpu' not DaSam - If you lose your spirit here, you will never find it.
- ya'rIS Daje'. not Dujang QIb - You feed the echoes. The shadow will never reply.
No one has ever accused tlhev of being under-dramatic anyway.
Speaking of my ghostly friend, she's been quite excited lately (which unfortunately translates to a lot of poltergeist activity, already costing me two plates and a picture frame) because of the Klingon meeting coming up next weekend, the qo'Hey qepHom. I am helping to organize this meeting and I will be doing a short performance of some tlhev lut songs. This is very exciting for tlhev as I am pretty sure she died before ever getting to perform the songs.
I may or may not have mentioned before that the ukulele sometimes glows a ghostly purple color when I play tlhev's music. Lately, it's been glowing even when I'm not playing it! I tried taking a picture, but the ghost light doesn't really show up on camera. But the point is, we're both excited, check out the event and I hope to see you there!
And of course, I can't leave you without this week's Suchtuv QonoS entry. Catch up on the story to date here.
jar 11 jaj 20 DIS 2021
When I travelled to Thermopolis, Wyoming this summer, I was really hoping to get to see the Legend Rock Petroglyph Site, because I'd been dreaming a lot about petroglyphs in the weeks leading up to the trip. A petroglyph is a rock carving, usually from prehistoric times. Here's a picture of one of the Legend Rock petroglyphs, some of which date back to 10,000 years ago:
Of course, the petroglyphs that I had been dreaming of were not of thunderbirds, elk, and giant-eared rabbits, but rather strange three-legged shell creatures and geometric shapes:
And it was these petroglyphs that inspired the song mangoj (We are restless). The lyrics of the song are a list of qualities and actions proudly shared by the people in question. maQup, maqan (We are young, we are old) malob, mara' (We lead, we command), maloS, mavang (We wait, we take action) majQa' (Excellent!). Of course tlhev, the author of the song, is only guessing about what the ancient race that carved the petroglyphs may have been trying to say, just like we cannot truly understand the intentions of the ancient humans who carved the many terran petroglyphs still surviving to this day. All we can say is that change is inevitable, and every species is restless and changing in the grand span of geologic time.
To see tlhev marveling at the ancient rock carvings, read on below. Incidentally, I have collected all the Suchtuv QonoS segments onto their own page, Story / lut, along with the song lyrics, so check that out if you're interested.
jar 3 jaj 20 DIS 2022