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Noch einmal davongekommen

This makes TV shows dubbed in German so unbearable. Says the character (figuratively): “I feel like we dodged a bullet.” Says the character in German: “Irgendwie ist es, als wären wir einer Kugel ausgewichen.” If I flag it, I am certain the German studio will defend it tooth and nail, misdirecting with insinuations that nobody in California knows German well...

Bee Serious

Dear @latimes, Today, again, you couldn’t help yourself and ruined a perfectly good headline with a groan-inducing pun. Why? Does it help getting the message across? Does it signal that you find the issue ridiculous? I consider you a serious newspaper – that’s why I’m a subscriber. Believe me, your obsessive headline punning does not help retain those last 25 people...

Expected Behavior (FF)

There was a time when we did not have tabbed browsing. Each link we followed called the linked content into the same browser window and we lost the previously displayed content. I’m glad we have browser tabs; I like them. What I do not like or understand is that Firefox starts the first (and therefore single) window in a tab. The purpose of tabbing is to organize the content when...

A Rising Tide

Thank heavens for the Internet. For translators, it has made researching subjects in their target language easier than ever. It was not so long ago that I had to buy countless dictionaries, reference books, and magazine subscriptions, just to keep my head above water. Today, the Internet is my major go-to resource. However, clouds have appeared on the horizon. More and more I find that...

Silentium

You may not know this, but there is catholic boarding school in my past. It was a small school, and we gathered thrice daily in the refectorium, our dining hall. There, we were not allowed to talk. Instead, one student was delegated to read to us, usually an edifying text of a religious nature. Of course, you cannot have boys of that age together in one room and not expect them to make...

East Is East…

Rudyard Kipling’s (1865–1936) ballad (“East is East, and West is West…”) is often quoted to suggest that something is or appears to be set in stone. The company responsible for the required evacuation signage in our condo building, Progressive Media Works, thought that this was too confining a world view. Evacuation signs, by law, must indicate how the building is...

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