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budlite

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« on: 08-26-2001 16:42 »

Hello

I've been reading about the alien language references with interest, but one thing I never managed to find out is how people worked out how to actually translate the languages in the first place...?
Hitchhiker

Bending Unit
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« Reply #1 on: 08-26-2001 16:48 »

Hey, welcome to PEEL.

In some episodes, there are "hints", words in alien language and just beneath the word in english, so I think it's translated like this.

I don't know if there are other ways...
Kryten

Space Pope
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« Reply #2 on: 08-26-2001 17:09 »

It's a simple letter substitution... patterns crop up, and these patterns are matched to other patterns, and the substitutions are inferred from the patterns.

I learned to read AL1 from a piece of fan art in the back of FC#3 that had some AL1 and the translation.

Chump

Urban Legend
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« Reply #3 on: 08-26-2001 17:41 »

AL you say? I'm twitching like ZOidberg when someone mentions the word food. I made my site all about it. Its http://aliens-unlimited.cjb.net

I cant explain each character, but on my site (Language Keys) and on a few other sites, you can find the key to the language and decode it. (MAAF, KFNF, and FO used to until...) eventually you can basically read it. Theres also a second language, but that has yet to be completely mapped out. theres only been about 3-4 refs.

The language has been figured out by keys, as said above, in the show when they write tings in both languages, allowing you to map it out.

But I ramble on. Enjoy!
Tor

Bending Unit
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« Reply #4 on: 08-27-2001 04:43 »

Food? Where!? What now?
budlite

Crustacean
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« Reply #5 on: 08-27-2001 09:07 »

oh, that method seems disappointingly simple  smile
Chump

Urban Legend
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« Reply #6 on: 08-27-2001 09:11 »

Hey hey hey. If you want to be a codebreakin' hero like Tor here, (seriously, Tor is awesome) you can scour the episodes yourself searching for the remaining characters to AL2. Then figure out thier numbers.
budlite

Crustacean
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« Reply #7 on: 08-27-2001 10:31 »

Hey, that wasn't a dig at anyone, it's just simpler than I'd expected it to be smile

Unfortunately I can barely make out most of the AL signs - I'm stuck with crappy Realplayer files.
Chump

Urban Legend
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« Reply #8 on: 08-27-2001 10:48 »

i hear ya i have Windows Media Player.

AL2 is far more complicated...
budlite

Crustacean
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« Reply #9 on: 08-27-2001 19:27 »

Actually, the Realplayer files aren't too bad at normal size - reasonably large, but when you resize them it's terrible.
Tor

Bending Unit
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« Reply #10 on: 08-28-2001 02:38 »

The worst thing about RealMedia files is that the frame rate is reduced. MPEG and DivX files has full NTSC framerate (30 frames per second) (I think)

         
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