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Postal

To come out with it up-front: I’m a fan of the postal service. It has great infrastructure, is reasonably priced, and mail you drop off in a mail box is delivered, by hand, to pretty much any address in the world. I cannot even get worked up by increases in postage. Compared to other first-world countries, the mail in the United States is a bargain. That’s not to say that there...

When News Isn’t

In one of those aggregated dailies that are the bane of the Twitterverse I came across the tantalizing headline “German Technical Translation.” Well, I thought, let’s find out about German technical translation. The link took me to a page of the Globalization Partners International website. Already a bummer. I am naive enough to expect information from tweeted links, especially...

Canary In The Coal Mine

The good news this past weekend was that “carmageddon” did not happen. People stayed home. So much so, that the work on removing half of the Mulholland Drive bridge was finished something like 18 hours ahead of schedule. Maybe it’s time to change the banner photo. (All banner photos change from time to time.) The bad news that emerged this weekend was the cancellation of the TNT...

Changes To Payment Model

I received an e-mail from a British translation agency which shall remain unnamed. It looks like I’m in their translator database although I cannot find any record of ever having invoiced them. But things change quickly in the language services field, and they may have bought a company I actually did work for in the past – who knows. There are so many things wrong with this...

DVD Commentary

Generally, DVDs have an option for what are mostly audio commentaries, i.e. someone talks while the movie plays on-screen. Some of the commentaries are well-scripted, others contain more or less useless extemporizing. In my opinion, they are rarely worth watching. I just delivered the translation of an audio commentary for a big animated movie. The translation process was extremely...

GMail And Clueless Users

My Google Mail account goes back a long way – to the Spring of 2004, to be exact. Even though I got in early, Michael@ wasn’t available anymore and I settled for MichaelW@. [I prefer not to use my last name as the account name since English speakers almost always invert the “a” and the “h.”] Just as well. There are lots of people with a name like Michael W….. out...

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