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An exhibition of carved Vermont maple boards depicting many of the world's endangered forms of writing.
An exhibition of carved Vermont maple boards depicting many of the world's endangered forms of writing.
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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 over the finish line. I've been working for the past 2-3 years with Alissa Stern, who is waging a heroic battle to save the Balinese language and its beautiful, fluid script. She has now created a pioneering invention, an interactive Balinese-Indonesian-English dictionary that its own users add to and expand every day. 

 Trouble is, everyone thinks everything on the Web is free, and maintaining this resource and increasing its server capacity to the point where it doesn't crash under the weight of its own popularity--well, that takes money. The Kickstarter has already raised $5,500 of its $6,200 target, but now we're down to the last few days, and as you know, if you don't make your goal, you get nothing. 

Please spread the word about this admirable project (at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1762259619/gongs-batik-and-sate-wiki-tools-for-balinese), and if you have the resources to make a donation, please do so. 

Those who give at an upper level will receive one of my carvings, saying "Thanks" in Balinese. 

All the best, 

Tim

A second Balinese 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 extended by its users--"to help the Balinese language continue to live and evolve (and be a model for others)." This is revolutionary, it's creative, and it promises to revive one of the world's most beautiful scripts and the language it enscribes. (Is that a word?)

Anyhow: please shoot over to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1762259619/gongs-batik-and-sate-wiki-tools-for-balinese, check out the wiki (which is already being used, by the way, by at least 750 people, almost none of whom have actually contributed to the campaign to support it, growl growl), and consider supporting it.

And by the way, I'm sending this update out to supporters of all my own Kickstarter campaigns. I'm sorry if you get pestered from all sides, but it's a worthy cause. Seriously. Five dollars. Maybe ten. That's all it will take.

Tim

"Thank you" in the gorgeous Balinese script
"Thank you" in the gorgeous Balinese script

Please support this campaign to save the Balinese language!

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"Thank you" in Balinese
"Thank you" in Balinese

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 Balinese!

A tiny, tiny appeal. Really.

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The next Endangered Alphabets activity is for me to carve classroom door numbers for the schools in Bangladesh we are supporting, where indigenous children can learn in their own languages.

This may sound like a strange, minor exercise, tangential to the main purpose, but it’s not.

Signage is very important in this instance. After all, these children and their families are being told that they are not Bangladeshis unless they speak Bangla, and that their own languages and culture are unimportant, even a hindrance to being Bangladeshi citizens.

My goal is to carve signs to go on each classroom door, from grades 1-8, with the numerals in the Chakma, Marma, Mro and Bangla scripts. This signage gives status to the minorities, without excluding the national language and script.

In my mind it’s a small but important step in changing cultural perceptions–but it’s certainly not an expensive one. Materials, millwork, and shipping will almost certainly add up to no more than $100. So this is a small appeal. If you can afford $5-$10 to support this effort, please go to http://timbrookesinc.com/endangeredalphabets/donate/ and give what you can.

Photos of the work in progress will follow.

Thanks, and best wishes!

Tim

Endangered Alphabets: the new colorful expanded 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 on iTunes. Please check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/endangered-alphabets/id872673231?mt=11. Thanks!

Tim

P.S. I apologize if you have received this message from more than one direction!