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What Doesn’t Kill You

I recently had major surgery and needed to stay two nights in hospital. The good news was the success of the surgery. The bad news was the hospital bill. Like all doctors in the Santa Monica hospital I went to, my oncologist is an independent...

2990 Blocked Hits

Periodically, giant waves of comment spam or log-in attempts with incorrect credentials hit this blog. I have my own emergency services that take care of most of them. Those that get through need special treatment: outright blocking of a...

Rain

Living in Los Angeles, rain (or rather the lack thereof) is on my mind. Unfortunately, very little rain has fallen to the ground so far this season, despite predictions of above-average precipitation due to a strong El Niño. When I was in...

Make The Upgrade Reminder Go A...

One of the most-read posts in this blog dates back to January of 2009. In it, I described the manipulation of some of the registry values in order to make the Trados concordance window reappear on the screen. Registry manipulations can go very...

Ueber-Setzen

Über-Setzer-Logbuch used to be Gabriele Zöttl’s blog. It went dark a while ago, so did her website. Now, the Waschmaschine Reperatur Berlin und Kundendienst moved into her old URL (ueber-setzen.com). Is this a...

Cutting the Cord

We finally cut the cord. For a long time, TV program providers via cable or satellite were seen as the content gatekeepers. And boy, did they relish that role. Not only were prices astronomically high, but you also had to buy one of their...

Carbon Copy, Part 2

Except that this time, it is “tub”. As in bath tub, but also as in ice cream tub. So what were the German translators in Germany thinking when they read this piece of dialog: I don’t know. I’ll probably just go to the...
recent from 懐かし Rain
Living in Los Angeles, rain (or rather the lack thereof) is on my mind. Unfortunately, very little rain has fallen to the ground so far this season, despite predictions of above-average precipitation due to a strong El Niño. When I was in first grade, my mother decided that I had to learn French. It...
recent from Translation Frozen
Who would have guessed that it is the movie industry that seems to revert the race-to-the-bottom trend in foreign-language localization? The same industry that is notorious for nonsensical translations of movie titles? Well, “reverting” is maybe an exaggeration, but read the Rebecca Keegan...
recent from Language Stuff Carbon Copy, Part 2
Except that this time, it is “tub”. As in bath tub, but also as in ice cream tub. So what were the German translators in Germany thinking when they read this piece of dialog: I don’t know. I’ll probably just go to the amusement park, maybe the circus. Fly a kite on the beach, watch...
recent from Business What Are The Odds?
For websites built on the WordPress platform, you can either design your own pages or you can use one of a large number of “themes.” I have always felt that it is unnecessary to re-invent the wheel, so to speak: Themes can be used as they are, or they can be modified to fit a specific purpose or...