Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by email@example.com Post by Robert Carnegie Post by D B Davis
Robert, you may recall my fondness for bing. It translates "All gods are
illegitimate." as Όλοι οι θεοί είναι παράνομοι. (It looks a lot like
_Euclid's Elements in Greek_ to me.)
Too bad that it's all Greek to me. Your judgment's better than mine
as to the translation's accuracy.
Ah, I cheated: clicked to translate it back to English
again. But I didn't get out what I put in, so...
I think I did have that one and misdescribed it;
it comes back as "All gods are illegal." I was
trying to say that their parents didn't know each
other very well.
Translation isn't a reversible process.
Machine Translation anyway
On the other hand, a transformation function f(z) is /one-to-one/ if
it maps set A into set B; and its inverse function z = g(w), maps set B
back into set A. In other words, when the following holds:
g(f(z)) = z for all z in A and
f(g(w)) = w for all w in B.
My eyes happened upon the preliminary description of the Rhennius
machine aftereffects whilst reading _analog_'s _Doorways in the Sand_
(Zelazny) serialization that Dorothy more-or-less recommended as an
example of sfnal chirality. Here's a pertinent passage that may prove of
... I examined the penny on which Lincoln faced to the left.
It looked precisely the way a penny would look if I were
regarding it in a mirror, reversed lettering and all.
... In that its first journey through the innards of the
thing had reversed the coin, I had assumed that running it
through the works again would return it to normal. Instead,
I now held a metal disk on which the design was properly
oriented, but was incised, intaglio-like, rather than raised.
This applied to both sides, and in the place of the milling
the edges were step-recessed, like a train wheel.
Given how it's Zelazny, readers almost a expect our protagonist to take
yet another cigarette break in order to ponder the implications.
 My original followup botched the Subject: header. And now, by way of
a happy accident, my Sfnal chirality Subject: becomes pertinent
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telltale tall tail /, _.. \ _\ (`._ ,.
tells tall tales.. `._.-(,_..'--(,_..'`-.;.'