space and games

February 8, 2012

Large-Middle-Small: A Kanji Word Block

Filed under: General — Peter de Blanc @ 9:02 am

I’m investigating the Japanese language.

A Kanji word block is a 3 x 3 block of Kanji characters in which each row and each column forms a word, and no character appears more than once. Thus the word block contains six words in all. Using Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC as my reference, I found that there are 12 possible word blocks. Here is one:


ダイ / おお

Large

チュウ

Middle

ショウ / こ

Small
だいちゅうしょう
L/M/S; Clothing Sizes

ニン

Person

ケン / カン

Space

がた

Model
にんげんがた
Humanoid

スウ

Number



Value



Change
すうちか
Numeric Conversion

おおにんずう
Large Number
of People

ちゅうかんち
Median

こがたか
Miniaturization

So a person-space-model is a humanoid, a number-value-change is a numeric conversion, and so on.

February 3, 2012

The Item and the Thing

Filed under: General — Peter de Blanc @ 2:56 am

We show Sam the item.
“What is this?” we ask.
“I don’t know,” says Sam.
We say, “It is the item.”
Again, we ask Sam, “what is this?”
“The item,” Sam repeats.
Sam has received his first lesson.

We show Sam the item.
“What is this?” we ask.
“I’m not sure,” says Sam, “but I think it is the item.”
“Of course it is the item! Why are you not sure?”
Sam has no reply.

The thing is very similar to the item.
We show Sam the thing.
“What is this?” we ask.
“It is the item!” Sam shouts confidently.
“It is not the item! It is the thing!”
Was Sam’s earlier hesitation justified?

We show Lisa the item.
“What is this?” we ask.
“I don’t know,” says Lisa.
We say, “It is the item.”
Again, we ask Lisa, “what is this?”
“The item,” Lisa repeats.
We show Lisa the thing.
“What is this?” we ask.
“I don’t know,” says Lisa.
We say, “It is the thing.”
Again, we ask Lisa, “what is this?”
“The thing,” Lisa repeats.
Lisa has received two lessons.

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