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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 prank?  

Hold the Cheese

Last Saturday, LA’s No. 1 Currywurst Truck was parked at the Westgate Media Park, down the road from me at the corner of Armacost Avenue and La Grange Avenue. (Interesting aside: My dashboard navigator seems to think that the “La” of La Grange is an abbreviation of “Lane.” It calls the street “Lane Grange.”) I walked down there and had the...

Zuglenkung

Die Nachrichtenmeldung des Tages war, für mich zumindest, diese: Ein ICE hat bei Fulda die Abzweigung nach Berlin verpasst. Ich bin kein Eisenbahner, aber mir war immer so, als würde der Zugführer nicht die Weichen stellen. Dafür, dachte ich, sei der Fahrdienstleiter zuständig bzw. heutzutage die automatisierte Zuglenkung. Wenn dem so ist, hat der ICE die Abzweigung nicht verpaßt,...

For Real?

Sometimes I take a wrong turn and end up in unexpected places. During on-line research the other day I must have typed either the wrong URL or hit the ENTER key too early – and landed on the website of Future Media Architects. Their tag line: “We’re changing the face of the Internet landscape.” The tag line, of course, registered as a Trade Mark, or at least marked...

New Twist

Oh comment spam! My spam blocker detected and quarantined roughly 80,000 pieces of comment spam over the past 12 months. Before deleting the messages, I usually take a quick look to make sure that no legitimate piece was blocked by mistake. Usually there aren’t any. What I noticed was that there have been content trends. For a while, almost all spam was written in the Cyrillic...

Ominous

Like many localities, the port city of Durban (population 3.5 million) in KwaZulu-Natal publishes a small tourist brochure with essential information such as interesting attractions; getting around in the city of Durban; annual events; etc. What caught my eye were, right above “Walkabout Tours” and “Rickshaws,” instructions entitled Death of an international visitor. Does this...

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