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Updated the Latin declensions chart with a fix for fructus, which was incorrectly feminine (it’s masculine). Thanks to Chih-cheng Yuan for the heads up!

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Sahidic Coptic alphabet chart

Today I’m releasing a Sahidic Coptic alphabet chart and worksheet. The chart:


And the worksheet:


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Latin and Thai chart source files

I’ve posted the PlotDevice source files to GitHub for the following charts:

I’ve also added the alternate vocative version of the declensions chart to the Latin declensions repo.

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Latin declensions chart update

I’ve ported my Latin declensions chart to PlotDevice (from InDesign) and posted the source to GitHub. It’s now fairly easy to change the order of the cases and add new ones like the vocative. The chart itself is slightly different as well — spacing, colors, etc.

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Latin pronouns chart

Nerdy newsflash: I made a Latin pronouns chart to go along with the conjugation charts and declensions chart:


There are several I didn’t include (quis, aliquis, ipse, etc.) because I wanted to keep it from getting too crowded.

As with the conjugations chart, I made this in PlotDevice.

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Thai consonants chart

I’ve wanted to put the Thai alphabet up on our wall so my kids can start learning it, and I’ve learned a lot about design since I made the Thai script card (which was really just a touchup on an existing card design I received in the MTC), so I made a new Thai consonants chart:


This one adds the consonant class (low/medium/high) and colors the initial consonant transliteration so it’s clearer.

I made it in PlotDevice, using a setup very similar to the Latin conjugation charts — YAML data file with a script that turns it into a PDF.

I’m planning to make two companion charts later — one for vowels and one for the miscellaneous marks, numerals, tones, etc.

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Latin conjugation charts

I’m years behind on this, but I’ve finally made some Latin conjugation charts to go along with the declensions chart I made back in 2009:


There’s one for each of the major conjugations (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd i-stem, and 4th).

I made them in PlotDevice, using a YAML data file for each conjugation with a script that takes the YAML and generates the PDF.

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Egyptian uniliterals chart

I’ve missed doing language charts, so I put together one of the Egyptian uniliterals:


To go along with it, I’ve also made some worksheets, intended to be printed and filled out:


The graded worksheet is a new idea I had, to gradually introduce new characters over the course of the worksheet. Both my wife and I worked through it and by the end we both felt fairly confident in our newfound knowledge of the uniliterals.

Oh, and I made all of these in PlotDevice. It’s quite handy, especially for the worksheets where I’m generating the contents programmatically.

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Experimental family pedigree

This experiment takes the style introduced in January and uses it for a family pedigree (this time with real names and dates from my Italian side in Morrone del Sannio):

Three generations would have been better than four (mostly because of spacing). There’s also a bit of redundancy — people on the main lines show up twice, once as a child and once as a father/mother. Overall, though, I like being able to see the children of each family across multiple generations.

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General conference reading tracker

I’ve been trying to do a better job of rereading the conference talks between conferences. Since I skip around and don’t read talks in sequence, however, it’s been hard to tell which talks I’ve already read and which I haven’t. So, in nerdy fashion, here is a chart (you knew it had to be a chart) to give me nice little checkboxes I can fill in.

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