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jbgibson
05-24-2014, 11:07 PM
Okay, my 'monsters' don't do paper maps, so this will be in their methodology.
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...well that's awkward. Our human-centric CG upload doesn't want to accept an audio 'map'.... Fine. The rendition so conveniently archived by Wikimedia Commons should be there roughly forever. Go hear OO'loiuuu'onOoO'ia's directions (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/Humpbackwhale2.ogg).

That's in middle cetacean (humpback dialect) (only the first bit is navigational - the repetitive last part is an advert for ShinyStripes Pilotfish Cleaning Service)

Anyone who has paid attention to my postings knows I don't take myself over seriously - so this is a 'real' entry with as many layers of quotation marks as you like... zero to dozens. I'm composing this map-as-it-were using other folks' "symbology" so other than the attached narrative it my not have as much originality as you think a contest deserves. If you figure it's interesting but not original enough to win, then don't vote for it :-). I shan't be the least bit dismayed.

jbgibson
05-24-2014, 11:15 PM
Now we have a translation of the original into northwestern delphinic (note the loss of fidelity of depth data).
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Two-click Nickedfin Loverboy Duskytail's rendition (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5d/Picoides_villosus.ogg)

jbgibson
05-24-2014, 11:19 PM
And finally which then was translated into inner-trench merfolk (note the mistaken translation of the original "bubblenet" into "seine-net" and the total lack of depth data, since merfolk-navigation is all bottom-referenced instead of cetacean-standard surface-referenced
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Atlantestha BentTrident's account of Loverboy's rendition of OO'loiuu's directions (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/02/Hangklang_Didgeridoospiel.ogg)

jbgibson
05-24-2014, 11:23 PM
I would try to render that in typical human linework-on-paper, only merfolk don't talk to humans, so that particular translation never got made. Plus, all those species use narrative navigation, not symbolic 2-d like we do. In the narrative spirit of the original it would be roughly:

"from the place where we bubble-netted mackerel under a gibbous moon three seasons ago, to that human shipwreck with shiny stuff 256 lengths out from the dead light-on-a-pole by the irritating human harbor behind a mudbank"


Where'd I get the info? From a talented mockingbird linguist who was telling a flock of diving-cormorants where they might find human coins to trade with jackdaws.

This is mapping JUST as these 'monsters' do it - nobody says we have to provide a human graphical translation. :-) Unless we reeeeeeally need a graphical version for it to be considered a map. Personally, the audio conveys *perfectly* these "monsters' " mapping.

The first two are wikimedia commons public domain files. The latter is attribution-licensed - the author is User:Hangklang - Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Hangklang)

jbgibson
05-25-2014, 02:37 AM
Okay, I can picture the WIP scraper not liking a bunch of links instead of attachments, so here is the reason merfolk don't do human-style maps.

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See, they will occasionally send messages with chamelion-ray copies. The above is what happened when the extremely unconventional thinker Oteyorej Squidlimpet tried to copy more than the typical battle-code glyph or simple number. Complex patterns just don't reproduce well. Because I know what he was trying, I'll interpret.

Top left is the bubble-ring of humpback OO'loiuuu'onOoO'ia and a fish symbol - mackerel or tuna in our terms. The line is the travel path, the upright line with X is a beaming lighthouse, the hump is the mudbank past which lies an "irritating human harbor". Below that is the number 256 (a round number estimate for the binary-counting Cetaceans). Mister Squidlimpet could care less about human shipwrecks - they're so much unwanted litter to his people. The "original" artwork is the dribbled tar you see in the sand to the left of the chamelion-ray. Oteyorej Squidlimpet isn't much of an artist by human standards, but he is among the most graphically oriented of his auditory-focused people.

Base ray image is attribution-licensed; originator was this photographer (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Lin%C3%A91).

Meshon
05-25-2014, 03:32 AM
Where'd I get the info? From a talented mockingbird linguist who was telling a flock of diving-cormorants where they might find human coins to trade with jackdaws.

Perhaps my favorite bit of this whole awesome map archive. I really love this. Thanks for sharing this piece of your (totally sane, I'm sure) mind.

cheers,
Meshon

Ferra Dubrinsky
05-26-2014, 03:58 AM
that is awesome