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Zymöl aus Bischofs

I was waiting for my car to be washed the other day at the Westchester Hand Wash, watching the big planes come in on the adjacent North runway of LAX, when my eye caught the letter Ö on the little laminated cardboard sheet they give you to...

Zero Emission

Photo Gallery Big week: I can celebrate 2,000 commuter miles on our new electric vehicle. Time for an interim report. Last November, we ordered the just-introduced Volkswagen e-Golf. We had been looking at electric cars for some time, but they...

Thank you, Lexmark

I still remember the sad moment in the fall of 2004 when I had to part with my Lexmark Optra R+ laser printer. I replaced it with a Lexmark C510 color laser printer. To be honest, I didn’t use the color printing feature that much; the...

Dem Ingeniör ist nichts zu sch...

If you’re wondering whether anybody’s home – I just noticed that it has been more than three months since I last posted. I have plenty to say, believe me. It is just that a 40 hours a week in-house contract job together with the almost...

Let’s Pretend

One of the original movie streaming companies asked me to do quality control on the dubbed German version of a TV series. The pay they offered was not too shabby, and I said yes. Alas, I had to find my own way to watch the German episodes. Fear...

Funny Subject Line

Many on-line businesses send out messages to keep you informed about the progress of your order or the time and date of shipping your goods. Such messages are, of course, computer generated and they often look that way – poorly laid out in...

Stop Protection

Most of you will be familiar with this problem: You receive a protected Word file but you need to make changes to it. Nobody knows the password or is willing to find out. Before you give in and try to download one of the numerous utilities...
recent from 懐かし Saarbrücker Gespräch
Jürgen Albers also attended Ludwigsgymnasium, an all-boys classical grammar school in Saarbrücken. We both belonged to a very unusual, small group of students – we decided to continue voluntarily with Latin for another three years after receiving our advanced Latin qualifications (Großes Latinum). My...
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 First Person Subjunctive
It is not that often that one finds the first person plural present subjunctive in the wild. The pop genre is probably not a place one would have expected it. But the The Magnetic Fields, named after the André Breton novel Les Champs Magnétiques, are not your usual band. One song on their 1999...
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...