A Suggestion, and A Request
The Suggestion: Happy New Year cards in Mongolian calligraphy. Just beautiful. Check them out at http://society6.com/product/happy-new-year-cards-in-mongolian-calligraphy_cards#16=71.
The Request: I would love to take the Alphabets to the West Coast, preferably... Read more
Unique holiday gifts!
I'm sorry to join the avalanche of incoming mail trying to get you to buy holiday gifts, but this is one of the most important ways to support the Endangered... Read more
Good News, Thanks, and Two Amazing Photographs
Dear Kickstarter friends,
The good news is that the Kickstarter campaign to fund an interactive Balinese-Indonesian-English wiki-based dictionary was successful, not only meeting but exceeding its goal. Thanks to all... Read more
One last call for Bali!
Hey, Kickstarter friends--
I'm sorry to pester you with these appeals, but all the same I'm urging you to support an interesting, valuable Kickstarter that needs just a small push... Read more
A Second Appeal
I'm back, asking you again to consider supporting the Basabali campaign to create "A free living and evolving Balinese-English-Indonesian dictionary"--a wiki, to be technical, that can be added to and... Read more
Please consider supporting this campaign!
Please, please support this campaign to save the Balinese language and its beautiful script. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1762259619/gongs-batik-and-sate-wiki-tools-for-balinese.
I'm happy to do carvings for upper-level rewards, as you'll see.
Here's "Thank you" in... Read more
En Route: Four Sets of Numbers
Phew! Thanks to generous support from several of you and a week of carving, painting, and finishing, eight pieces of maple, 6"x6", are on their way to my friend Maung... Read more
A very, very small appeal. Really.
First of all, I apologize if you're received this update as a result of backing one of my other Kickstarter campaigns. You deserve to be treated better, not to be... Read more
Endangered Alphabets: the expanded and more colorful digital edition!
At last! The expanded digital edition of my Endangered Alphabets book, with more text and probably three times as many photos, is now ready and available for scrutiny and purchase... Read more
A request (not for money), and an incentive
Dear Friends of the Endangered Alphabets,
I’m writing to ask you not for money but for suggestions.
This has been a great winter for the Alphabets. In the past six... Read more
Thanks to you...
…we've just about reached our goal at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour. We are so, so close, and we couldn't have done it without your support. I wish I could send you all vast, beautiful, monumental... Read more
Thanks--but more help needed!
Thanks to all of you who have backed our new Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour. You helped us reach $1,500--but we still need to average $200 a day to reach our goal, and... Read more
A valuable boost, please?
After a flying start, our new Kickstarter--a campaign to publish children's books in endangered languages/alphabets--seems to have stalled. Please support us at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour!
New Alphabets Initiative! Please Help Us!
Big news! My students at the Champlain College Publishing Initiative are partnering with my Endangered Alphabets Project to publish four children's books in the endangered languages of the Chittagong Hill... Read more
What Have We Been Up To?
Check out some of our developments since the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at http://www.endangeredalphabets.com/?p=1479. And we'll have an update on the developing work in Bangladesh shortly.
An Endangered Alphabets Foundation??
Those of you who are following the Endangered Alphabets know very well that the project is growing rapidly, in size, scope and reach. The total number of endangered scripts now... Read more
Less Than 36 Hours To Go! Last Chance for You to Help Us!
This Kickstarter closes at 9:53 on Monday evening, EST. It's been amazing to see how much support is out there for what we're trying to do. It has also been... Read more
Great News, But Not Over Yet
The Kickstarter for Bangladesh has crossed the $10,000 line!
This is wonderful news, and in a moment I'll tell you how grateful we are, and to whom. But first I... Read more
This Is What The Rewards Look Like
This is why the word "Duuuuuuh" was invented.
In the Rewards column I talk about a carving of the character for "Om" in Balinese, and how beautiful it is. I... Read more
Another Blog, Another Circle
The latest language blog to feature the Kickstarter For Bangladesh is Simon Ager's blog at http://www.omniglot.com/blog/?p=7656. This is a fine thing in itself, because Simon's blog is thoughtful, well informed and... Read more
The Language Log Bump
The latest shout-out goes to Eric Bakovic, author/curator of the Language Log, which anyone with even a passing interest in language and languages can (and should) find HERE. He posted... Read more
Think Ahead: Christmas Shopping!
It's never too early to get that unusual, even unique gift for that hard-to-please relative--and a hand-carved nameplate or monogram in a gorgeous wood is as close to unique as... Read more
The Mother, the Daughter, the Kickstarter: a Circular Story
This is going to be an unusual sort of Update, but it's a story I can't help telling.
One of the students in the writing program I run up here... Read more
New Reward: Personal Carving
Seeing how quickly my previous one-off offer of a personal carving was snapped up, I'm going to add a new reward: a personal carving of your own name, or that... Read more
First Poem Carved
I've finished carving the poem in Chakma, in a wonderful piece of mahogany that when urethaned will gleam like freshly-stirred honey. It occurs to me that you probably have no... Read more
More Support, and a New Reward
One of the most encouraging ways in which people can support a Kickstarter project (especially if they don't happen to have piles of cash lying around the room) is by... Read more
We're hearing from all over the world—literally—that people are watching the Bangladesh project with intense interest. Endangered languages organizations operating across the globe have sent us message of support and... Read more
Special Reward--next 24 hours only!
All right, amid all the serious intent of this project, let's have a little fun.
One of my favorite color-combinations is purple and silver, and a wood I've always wanted... Read more
Introducing our Calligrapher
One of the central figures in this project is our calligrapher, Jamie Kutner, a graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, who at this very moment is working... Read more
What I Do
For the past three years, I've been seeking out alphabets (also called scripts or writing systems) that are falling into disuse and are threatened with extinction. Sometimes this is because... Read more
Endangered Alphabets II Off to a Flying Start
The Bangladesh project went live shortly before midnight last night, and I didn't get to sleep until after 3 a.m., I was so excited. Within minutes, Maarten Broekman had become... Read more