# 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:

 ãƒ€ã‚¤ / ãŠãŠ å¤§ Large ãƒãƒ¥ã‚¦ ä¸­ Middle ã‚·ãƒ§ã‚¦ / ã“ å° Small ã ã„ã¡ã‚…ã†ã—ã‚‡ã† L/M/S; Clothing Sizes ãƒ‹ãƒ³ äºº Person ã‚±ãƒ³ / ã‚«ãƒ³ é–“ Space ãŒãŸ åž‹ Model ã«ã‚“ã’ã‚“ãŒãŸ Humanoid ã‚¹ã‚¦ æ•° Number ãƒ å€¤ Value ã‚« åŒ– Change ã™ã†ã¡ã‹ Numeric Conversion ãŠãŠã«ã‚“ãšã† Large Numberof People ã¡ã‚…ã†ã‹ã‚“ã¡ Median ã“ãŒãŸã‹ 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.
â€œI donâ€™t know,â€ says Sam.
We say, â€œIt is the item.â€
Again, we ask Sam, â€œwhat is this?â€
â€œThe item,â€ Sam repeats.
Sam has received his first lesson.

We show Sam the item.
â€œIâ€™m not sure,â€ says Sam, â€œbut I think it is the item.â€
â€œOf course it is the item! Why are you not sure?â€

The thing is very similar to the item.
We show Sam the thing.
â€œIt is the item!â€ Sam shouts confidently.
â€œIt is not the item! It is the thing!â€
Was Samâ€™s earlier hesitation justified?

We show Lisa the item.