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Marnanel's practice log

Postby tthurman » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:35 pm

I try (and often fail) to do some steno every day, working through poetry I know by heart. The poem I'm working through today is one of my own, "Song of New Year's Eve", which runs:

Look to your Lord who gives you life.
This year must end as all the years.
You live here in the vale of tears.
This year brought toil, the next year strife.
For too, too soon we break our stay.
The end of things may be a birth.
The clouds will fade and take the earth.
Make fast your joy on New Year's Day.
When dies a friend we weep and mourn.
When babes are born we drink with cheer.
But no man mourns when dies the year.
When dies the age, may you be born.
Your death, your birth, are close at hand.
In him we trust. In him we stand.

I have been recording my progress and findings, but I thought it would be a good plan to do so in public here. I'd love to see similar posts from others. Today, I'm learning the first line of the poem above: "Look to your Lord who gives you life." This is mostly unremarkable:

Look = HRAOBG (note AO is this vowel as well as the vowel in Food, if those differ for you)
To = TO as spelt
Your = YOUR as spelt
Lord = HRORD. Typing this as HRORT gives you "life-support", which is amusingly appropriate. (Later edit: I forgot the capital. Whoops. Throw in a star for that, or prefix it with KPA.)
Who = WHO as spelt (this threw me)
Gives = TPKWEUF + Z. You can actually do this in one chord but I don't feel quite confident enough, so I did it in two. (Later edit: Mirabai points out that TPKWEUFS works as well as TPKWEUFZ and is easier to chord.)
You = U, just the letter. (You might assume from this that Your is UR, but that's You're.)
Life = HRAOEUF (not HREUF, as I thought, which is Live)
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Re: Marnanel's practice log

Postby tthurman » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:31 pm

Today: This year must end as all the years.

This = TH. Just the two keys on the left.
Year = YAOER. I was confused by the vowel. I tried YAER first, but that gives -iary as in bestiary.
Must = PHUFT. Not PHUTS as I'd guessed, which doesn't give anything. Mirabai explains that F is often substituted for S when it occurs in the middle of words, because the index finger is stronger than the little finger. [Later edit: and because there are many words containing medial S which you might want to make plural.] It reminds me of the old long S which looked like an F.
End = EPBD as you'd expect.
As = AZ, not AS.
All = AUL. AL is the name Al.
The = -T
Years = YAOERS.
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Re: Marnanel's practice log

Postby tthurman » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:20 am

Today: You live here in the vale of tears.

The only particularly remarkable part was how to type "in" here.

You = U
Live = LEUF, as I accidentally found out the other day.
Here = HAOER. It took me a while to guess the vowel.
In = PH. If you chord this as IN it will *look* like it worked, but what you've got is "in-" as a prefix. So there'll be no space afterwards. I don't know what "in" has in common with initial M, though.
The = -T.
Vale = VAEL. More guess-the-vowel games went on there, though it's more obvious than I'd assumed.
Of = F.
Tears = TAEUR+S, though it could probably have been done in a single stroke. Clearly I need to know the steno vowels better than I do.
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Re: Marnanel's practice log

Postby Zerk » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:43 am

Actually, PH is a misstroke, for the brief TPH(= N ).
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Re: Marnanel's practice log

Postby stenoknight » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:59 pm

Zerk: Yep, exactly. Sorry for the confusion, Marnanel. Misstrokes can be really baffling to newbie steno learners.

Also, both TAEUR and TAER should be valid for "tear", corresponding to the verb and the noun respectively. I'm not sure if I have a definition for "tare", but if I do, it probably involves the asterisk, due to its rarity.
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Re: Marnanel's practice log

Postby tthurman » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:36 pm

Zerk: Thank you so much-- I'd have been baffled by that for months and months if you hadn't spoken up.

Today: This year brought toil, the next year strife.

This = TH as before
Year = YAOER
Brought = PWRAUT and PWROUT both seem to do fine here
Toil = TOEUL as you'd expect
comma = RB
The = -T
Next = NEGT; -GT appears to be a common pattern amongst words ending -xt
Year = YAOER
Strife = STRAOEUF. This vowel (as in "tie") is one I'm getting very familiar with.
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Re: Marnanel's practice log

Postby Zerk » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:24 am

Inspired by your plight, I spent way too long throwing together a simple chord lookup tool(and/or I have unreasonable expectations for what should have taken at most half an hour). It'll be pretty once I learn clojurescript and CSS; meanwhile, look you can type stuff!
(I probably need to find a proper webhost too(~15 hits of bandwith left), but as they say, KWR*P/O*P/HR*P/O*P)
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Re: Marnanel's practice log

Postby stenoknight » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:28 am

Dude! That is completely rad! Can I host it on StenoKnight.com?

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Re: Marnanel's practice log

Postby Zerk » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:45 am

Sure! You'll want to grab everything in https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9j7jhvq7o881uen/q1-xeK4_iN, probably renaming it to something a bit more descriptive than "index" :)
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