Posts Tagged ‘video’


• Friday, September 30th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'no'a'.


  • (n.) animal rage (specifically, for an animal to be enraged)
  • (v.) for an animal to be enraged
  • (adj.) enraged (as applied to animals)
  • (v.) to be mad (extremely insulting when used with humans)

Male fukave ei i ia ti no’a o ei kau!
“I will destroy you with my animal rage!”


I may previously have mentioned Keli’s precious red string (both her enemy and her dearest friend), and may have even included a picture of it, but now I’ve got a video of Keli and her red string in action!

A video of Keli attacking her string.

And that’s not even her at her most vicious. She can go after that string with gusto!

I forget when I came up with today’s word, but it was specifically inspired by a dog whose hair is standing up on end. I remember my old dog Brandy was the most mild-mannered and lazy beagle the world had ever known. One day, though, I jumped over the fence to get into the house (forgot my key), and she was there snarling with the hair standing straight up on her back, and was so ferocious she didn’t even recognize me at first. Even when she did recognize me, it took her a full minute to calm back down and get back to normal. It’s quite a thing—and it’s visible—and that’s what gave me the idea for the word.


• Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Glyph of the word 'takehuoyu'.


  • (v.) to be hyperactive, to be jumpy
  • (adj.) hyperactive

Iko ie kaneko oi’i a iko ie keli take’uoyu o nea.
“This is my cat and this is her hyperactive tail.”


A while back, I mentioned that there was a good reason that I gave my cat the name “Keli” (the Kamakawi word for “tail”), but that it’s hard to see why unless you see it in action. Consider this a first step towards helping you to see it in action:

A video of Keli's lashy tail.

Heh, heh… Of course, it needs to thump against something hollow for you to get the full effect, but this is a good start! By the by, she loves that window sill, and loves to sit just inside the blinds.

Today’s word derives from the word for “cricket”, huoyu. Per regular sound change, the h becomes a glottal stop (it does this intervocalically). Anyway, based on the etymology, we might call my cat Cricket-Tailed Keli, Hunter of Crickets. Sounds like a WB series waiting to happen!


• Friday, August 26th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'nukoa'.


  • (n.) meat
  • (v.) to have or be meat (said of an animal)
  • (v.) to be edible, to be nutritious
  • (adj.) edible, nutritious

Ka li ia i nukoa ke nevi i’i! Ae eli i ia!
“You have given me meat! I love you!”


After an utterly inexplicable one week absence, Caturday has returned! And to make it for it I thought I’d do something special.

I’m not quite sure when it started, but Keli and I have a tradition. Some time after Erin has gone to sleep, she meows to let me know that her food dish is empty. If she needs wet food, I give it to her, and she goes up and sniffs it and then leaves it there (the expensive food we buy for her specially doesn’t excite her in the least). If she needs dry food, though, that’s a different story.

We store the dry food in an airtight tupperware container, and what she does is she meows and follows me to the container, I open it, it makes a loud sound, and she runs away (every time!). Then I give her one or two scoops of dry food, she goes over to the dry food, and then (and this is the strangest part): she thanks me.

Every time!

She goes up to her food bowl and puts her face in as if she’s about to eat, but then she stops, turns up her head to me and gives me a look (or, if she’s feeling especially grateful, gives me a little meow), and I pat her head and she starts eating.

Though filming this little ritual ought, by rights, to be a two person job, I’ve tried my best to get the whole thing on video myself. The results are below:

A video of Keli getting dry food!

Unfortunately, she didn’t give me her darling little mmmrow this time, but her little head tilt is on camera. I’ll try to get another one where she makes her thank you noise in the future.

The Kamakawi are very much a meat-centric people. A meal isn’t a meal unless there’s a meat dish involved. Hence, something that’s “good” for you is derived from the word for “meat”. Meat is supposed to give you strength and vitality and renew your spirit; fruit and vegetables is for flavor and (for lack of a better word) regularity.

The iku for meat (in case you’re wondering. It looks right to me, but I know what I was basing it on, so you can let me know if you saw it before the following explanation) is a hunk of meat roasting on a spit (the ends of the rotating pole are on the right and left of the iku, and the line in the middle is the meat [the glyph has been simplified over time]). The Kamakawi do a lot of spit-roasting like this. Some day I’ll have to put up the vocabulary that surrounds such roasting. Some day soon… :)


• Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Glyph of the word 'ova'.


  • (n.) hammock

A male fumi iko ti ova.
“This will make a good hammock.”


This is a good one! We’ve recently seen a picture of Keli resting on the laptop—and even a video of Keli fighting the laptop’s screen—but they weren’t nothing compared to this!

Heh, heh! She was just enamored of the laptop this day. Now, if it were cold out, my guess would be that she wanted it as a warm little seat. But it was summer! It was hot out! Honestly, sometimes I just can’t figure her out.


• Friday, July 8th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'ivei'.


  • (n.) jump

Ivei feya!
“Nice jump!”


Keli has this thing we got her that has a little ball that lights in a circular track with a scratching pad in the middle. She loves this thing. It’s enjoyed quite a bit of use since we bought it. But even more than playing with it on its own, what she loves more than anything is when part of the track is covered up. We used to do this with stray sheets of paper (we’d just put them right over the track). This time, Erin shaded half of it with the draping for our chair. Here are the results:

Ha! What a cat! Did you notice that little waggle she gives when she’s ready to pounce? That’s how you know she’s ready.

To see whence this word derives, go to fei, where you’ll see a picture of Keli in her youth (she was quite the scrawny cat!).


• Friday, July 1st, 2011

Glyph of the word 'fayele'.


Fayele! Fayele! Fayeeeeeeeele!
“July! July! Julaaayeeeeay!”


Now, I’m not saying there are going to be videos every week, but I just happened to take a good one yesterday.

Allow me to preface this video. See, every so often, Keli gets a wildness in her. And when this happens, she feels…compelled to tear around and attack things which aren’t there. And last night, she had quite a wildness in her. I didn’t get the best of it on video, but I got part of it:

The best part by far was when she was racing around that chair in circles, darting in and out and meowing up a storm as if there was some sort of entity in there, and she had to attack it!

Today’s word comes, of course, from Zhyler, as is the case with all the other month words. The word in Zhyler is Vayer (in the orthography, vayeR). It’s related to the word for “three”, which is vay (vay), because Vayer is the third month on the Zhüxÿy calendar.

July is probably one of my favorite months. It’s nice and hot. Can’t get enough of these. :)

(Oh, duh. The quote comes from the Decemberists’ song “July, July!”. An oldie, but a goodie!)


• Friday, June 24th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'po'ule'.


  • (v.) to make move
  • (v.) to coerce
  • (n.) coercion

A male po’ule ei i ia ima!
“I will make you move!”


Today we’re going to try something I’ve never tried before. We’ll see how it works! Never seen before on the Internetz: Video of Keli:

First she decided to lie on the laptop while Erin was using it. Next she became interested in what was going on on the screen, and so she started to play around. Hee, hee! Priceless!

If I can get this to work, you can expect more videos of Keli in the future. Either way, there will, of course, continue to be pictures.

[Note: Cf. po’u.]