Name: Miles Bradley Huff (Sweyn78)
MSN Messenger: MilesBHuff@LIVE.com (remember that Yahoo and MSN are compatible, so you should just add my yahoo address for IM)
Location: Naples, Florida, USA
Availability: I have no schedule besides going to school, so it would be difficult to give an exact time-estimate. Though, I should be able to put-in however much time is required -- without issue.
Occupation: Student, Thinker, and others.
Skills and Experience: I love the subject of linguistics and have taken a year of Latin (I'm in my second at this moment). Not only can I pronounce any Latin word for you just as the Romans themselves would have back in the day, but using the International Phonetic Alphabet and a little research I should be able to pronounce anything else without issue (for example, I could teach myself the phonology of ancient Greek and you'd have ancient Greek recordings instead of easier to get modern Greek ones (Note: I already know how to read the Greek alphabet, so this would be rather easy)).
To prove how effective this is, I'm currently (once a week) hepling a native Urdu speaker to pronounce English like an American. He's really improving, having already learnt the voiced labio-velar approximant and the voiced labiodental fricative (originally, the two were in free variation with each other and the voiced labiodental approximate, as one would expect; the phonology of Urdu/Hindi naturally works in this way) and several other phonemes. He is currently working on English's interdental fricatives.
But I digress.
I can read/write in the Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Runic (Anglo-Saxon, Elder, the one I invented), and Glyphic (the Glyphs from the video game Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (took a very long time; I had to figure them out myself because the key wasn't on the internet, lol)) alphabets, and -- to a limited degree -- the Hebrew abajid.
Besides inventing my own script, I have also invented a few languages.
I am fluent in English and reasonabnly so in Spanish. I can pronounce American/Scottish/British/Indian English, American Spanish, French, German, Old English, Classical/Ecclesiastical Latin, and some others very well.
I also like political science and history (especially post-Marius Rome through the end of the Middle Ages) quite a bit. I may be able to help-out in these areas (though, I'm sure everything you could possibly need to know is on Wikipedia or somewhere else on the Internet).
I have been modding games like Stonghold 2 and Oblivion for years (usually using others' mods for Oblivion and creating my own for Stronghold 2).
I can retexture things (and in some cases create my own; I happen to own many medieval arms and a suit of chainmail that I can photograph for the sake of making textures)
I know how to use GIMP and Photoshop.
I'm pretty good with Audactiy (been using it for many years)
The stuff I can do in Microsoft Paint is truly amazing...
I'm okay at Visual Basic (useless, right?) and quite good at the Wikia markup language.
In summary, I'm the one who can help you to get a bunch of nice things for the characters in 0 AD to say.
Motivation: I love linguistics and I also like modding games. A win-win, right? I have other commitments, though (especially since Skyrim's coming-out soon; I'll be busy modding it, lol), so my main focus for 0 AD would just be making sound-files, not making textures or anything like that.
Personality: I am eclectic, my Jung type is I/E-N-T/F-P (Technically INTP, but a 1 point difference in the first and third categories is negligible), my Kolbe Y MO is 5356, I am gifted, and am willing to provide other psychological information if necessary.
Short Essay: I was browsing Wikipedia, wondering what kinds of games there are avilable for Linux (I've never had much luck with WINE). I've played FreeCiv for years, so I imagined there'd be something good. Lo and behold, I came-accross 0 AD: a game that began as a mod istelf and which is designed to be easily moded -- AND it's open source! This is definitately being made in the true spirit of modding, and that is the sort of spirit that can immortalize games.
So, I downloaded 0ad from the repos, installed it, and ran it. I chose a map in single-player and started a game. After finding my legionaires, I began to move them around. They kept saying the same thing over and over again, and with imperfect pronunciation.
Needless to say, it bugged me.
What do I seek to gain? Nothing. I just want to help-out (and it is always fun to pronounce words in other languages), truly -- I enjoy this sort of thing.
Interests and Hobbies: Micronationalism, conlanging, modding, Facebooking, learning-about Linux, THINKING, innovating, and much else. My mind is a busy place.
Staff: Not that I know-of.
Community: TESNexus -- I often go on modding binges where I'll spend, like, three days downloading stuff off of it and then another two days somehow magically getting it all to work together. I have made my own mods, though; search TESNexus for "Armour of the Grey Wolf"
I have also modded Stronghold 2 extensively, but I have unfortunately not uploaded most of my work, as I was working on a graphics and realism overhaul (I never finished it because when I heard Stronghold 3 was soon to come-out, I realized there was no need to make such an overhaul. I have since been procrastinating uploading the many little bits and pieces of it)
Favorite Game: Oblivion (but ONLY once I've finished modding the heck out of it; else, Medieval II: Total War (the Stainless Steel mod for it is incredible, if you've never tried it)). Golden Sun (the first two; the third kinda failed in comparison) is hands-down my favourite game on portable platforms.
Work Examples: Well, as I am applying to pronounce things in other languages, I would need to provide you with a bunch of weird-looking IPA symbols and a bunch of other non-ANSII characters, as well as recordings of me speaking -- something most easily done in a YouTube video. In the meantime, I can, however, easily give you an example of the language I made:
Din Slajwit Ajn Mej. (I am sleepy (Do Sleepy Am I (It makes more sense in Theodian. I can explain, if necessary, of course)))
I have some YouTube videos of me speaking Old English, Spanish, and French (my username on YouTube is, of course, Sweyn78 like on everything else), but my French has improved since then. If you wish, I will create a video in which I properly pronounce many different languages and write in many different scripts.
I have attached my resume: Miles_B_Huff_-_Resume_for_Employment (Wildfire Games).pdf 39.29KB 184 downloads
Edited by Sweyn78, 29 October 2011 - 02:15 AM.