LingWiki Update

As of three nights ago LingWiki's database appears to have started having problems. The data is intact, however the software started refusing to acknowledge it was allowed to access it.

While it means losing the input of the 67,000 edits the LingWiki team has put in over the past two years, I have decided to create a new database and use it as an opportunity to update the Wiki software and refocus the site a bit. We are also in the process of working out partnerships with several other linguistics websites, so it'll be an opportunity to work on including that as well. I'll still keep the old database archived in the event someone can find a way to recover the article data out of it.

To those who've helped out over the past two years, thank you very much for your contributions, and I'm very sorry about what happened. That said, if you've been wondering how to contribute to the LingWiki community, now's your opportunity to join in and have your say! We've created a new category specifically for you at , and it's continually growing.

If anyone has questions about the site, please feel free to comment away!
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On watching Zoolander...

chibionigiri Have you noticed that Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller are usually in the same movies?
kaji_sensei Who?
chibionigiri The blonde guy and the brunette.
kaji_sensei No idea who they are.
chibionigiri It was one of the first major films for Owen Wilson.
kaji_sensei Who?
chibionigiri He was the cowboy in Night at the Museum.
kaji_sensei Oh.
kaji_sensei So the blonde is Ben Stiller?
chibionigiri No, that's Owen Wilson. The brunette is Ben Stiller. They were both in Night at the Museum.
kaji_sensei Really? Who was Ben Stiller in that movie?
chibionigiri HE WAS THE GUY LOCKED IN THE MUSEUM!! *facepalm*
kaji_sensei Oooooh...
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Stealing from Greddy

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It's okay. I understand.

Drama Nerd
Gamer/Computer Nerd
Social Nerd
Science/Math Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Anime Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace
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Kaji's Scriptorium - Now Open!

Hey there! Thanks for stopping in. Name's Paul, otherwise known as Kaji online. Offline, my occupation consists of several odd teaching jobs, which suffice to say barely pay the bills out here in California. Hence, I've decided to open up shop and offer my calligraphic skills for sale!

  • Names on certificates

  • Envelopes

  • Custom stationery

For your quick and simple calligraphic needs.

Samples to come

  • Full certificates

  • Poems

  • Short compositions

Most standard services fall into this category.

Samples to come

Includes ornamentation above and beyond simply lettering. Intended as a work of art in itself


Want something that's not covered by the above? Just want a digital commission? Need lettering services to help with one of your own commissions? I'm willing to do just about anything involving text, so feel free to run the idea by me for an estimate if you're interested!

Prices do not include shipping, see end of section.

Lettering: Flat rate of $5 for materials and $1 per item

Calligraphy: $15-30/page, depending on complexity of the request

Manuscripts: $15/hr. plus cost of materials
  • If done on paper: $10 for materials

  • If done on canvas: $25 for materials (canvas will be 16"x20"). Larger dimensions will be determined based on the cost of the larger canvas over the cost of a 16x20.

  • If you do not have a design in mind at the time the order is placed, a fee of 10% of the total will be added to cover time spent developing one for the manuscript. See the FAQ for more information.

  • Lettering and Calligraphy commissions: 1/2 up front, rest upon receipt of a scan of the finished product.

  • Manuscripts: Cost of materials and 2 hours of labor are due up front. The rest will be due upon receipt of a digital photo of the finished work.

  • Once the payment has been completed, the order shall be shipped.

    • Anything I can fit comfortably into a manila envelope will cost $1 to ship

    • Orders that do not fit into a manila envelope will be billed actual estimated shipping costs

    • Due to their intensive nature, all manuscripts will be insured when shipped

How to Order:
Send a note on DeviantArt (user: Kaji01) or e-mail me at containing the following information:

E-mail: <-- Please ensure it's one you check so that I can reach you
Type of Commission: Lettering, Calligraphy, Manuscript, or Other
Commission Details: Be as detailed as you feel you need to be, I'll ask questions in reply to clarify if necessary. Please either paste in or include a link to the full text you want transcribed for Calligraphy and Manuscript commissions.

Once I receive your order form I'll send an acknowledgement. Once the details are clarified, I will send an estimate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: In order of preference: Paypal, money orders, cash, and checks. If paying by check, it will have to clear before I begin work and/or ship the finished product.

Q: What's a design fee?
A: A design fee is compensation for extra effort spent planning out how to do a manuscript. If you have a specific plan laid out (e.g. "I'd like this text done as two side-by-side pages with a Celtic knot border), the fee is waived. If the instructions consist of something to the effect of "I'd like a manuscript with this written on it. Make it look awesome.", however, I charge an extra 10% of the total cost for the time spent deliberating what would make it "awesome".
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I registered for the GRE!

Finally, after much sitting on my ass regarding it, I've registered to take the GRE. Yes, I'm already in a master's program, however that was the same place where I got my undergrad, so taking the GRE was ruled unnecessary while I was there. Since I'm looking at applying for the Ph.D. program at UC Santa Cruz, however, I need to get it done. Test is next thursday at noon.

That aside, my cash level is desperately low at the moment (may miss my student loan payment), so I've decided I'm going to go ahead and open up shop. If anyone wants lettering services of any sort, feel free to ask or name drop if you know of someone else who is interested. I'll be putting up the information on my DA account in the next day or two regarding ordering, prices, and such.

Finally, since I've been showing it to several other communities, here's the project I've been occupied with the past few days now:

Going to be embellishing the borders and such once I decide on a pattern and replace my gold marker (which got used up while experimenting with Celtic knots earlier today...).

See y'all around!
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Bored, taking a break from resume and cover letter work...

So, Kaji_sensei, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 0% unique and 12% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy video games). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 44

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 85% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!
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A pleasant surprise...

I'm a bassist, have been for a while, though I've never actually gotten around to appraising any of my instruments. Decided to poke around a little bit and made a couple interesting discoveries, though...

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