Friday, May 31, 2002
On a similar note, some of the fun things you can do with those spare fields for address lines in on-line registration forms...
Tuesday, May 28, 2002
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Wednesday, May 22, 2002
I once heard a (probably apocryphal) story about a terribly decadent pop star who, back in the 60's, when this sort of thing presumably happened all the time, purchased an original Da Vinci pencil sketch, and (this is the great bit) erased it. Philistine, nihilist, art critic - take your pick.
Anyway, I bring this up only because of the confluence of two other bits of information:
1) this article on CNN (is it just me, or has anyone else had the experience of typing in "netscape.com" and finding themselves thinking "hey, how'd I end up at CNN's site", or vice versa? Yeahmanitellyawhat that dang ole' AOLTimeWarnerNetscapeCNN ya talk about SonyVivendiUniversal one them NewsCorpReutersBSkyBMSNBC just one big ole' conglomerate ...) and
2) The perps are clearly related to one of our own, via Ellis Island.
Here's the original:
which Babelfish rendered in French as:
So far so good. Now let's turn that back to English:
Hmm. Pretty good, but it's starting to unravel, which, of course, is like a red rag to a bull to me. Let's translate it into German now. Incidentally, it's a shame Tony had to die, but it's all in a good cause.
(See where the "morgens" bit comes from? The poor Babelfish could only interpret the weirdly verbed "am" as the conventional abbreviation for "ante meridiem". So now the whole thing takes place in the morning). So, for good measure, back to English, though, at this point, it's hardly fair to really call it English any more ...
Damn! This thing is clearly on a roll. With cheese, and a slice of tomato. And a garnish of psilocybe ... so what now? Clearly, given that we've tried French and German, and I don't know Italian, Korean or Japanese (which doesn't stop me from speaking those languages, you understand, especially when drunk. Amazing how alcohol gives one such a flair for language, don't you think?), but I do know a little Spanish (she cleans my office), so let's spin the wheel again:
And finally, back to the mother tongue.
Monday, May 20, 2002
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