Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Week in Entertainment

Busy with a conference, so not much posting. But OTOH free time! So...

Film: Alice Through the Looking Glass, which I cannot recommend. I've seen worse, but despite the frenetic pace this one is just dull and disappointing. X-Men Apocalypse, which is far from the best X-Men movie but not a bad one at all. Entertaining and even a bit thought-provoking.

DVD: The Expanse, season 1. Very good, well cast and written. Kind of dark - I mean visually. Very dark story-wise ;-). The first three episodes of Childhood's End, which didn't move me to get up and put the second disc in though I can't say why. It seemed a bit ... predictable, maybe? Might not have if I hadn't read the book.

Read: All the rest of the Expanse novels, novellas, and short stories. Wow. How did I miss this when it started? Highly recommended.

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At 11:36 AM, May 31, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Re "Alice Through the Looking Glass": it's always disappointing when a film or TV show that had the potential to be wonderful fails to live up to its promise.

Speaking of "dark," I thought that both the latest "Grantchester" and the final series of "Wallander" got awfully gloomy as their seasons progressed this spring.

Are the DVDs for the final season of "Inspector Lewis" available yet (since I know you don't wait for PBS)?

 
At 12:02 PM, May 31, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Yes. So far only in UK format, but if you have an all-region DVD player, that's no problem.

 

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Week in Entertainment

DVD: More of Columbo, which stands up really really well. Peter Falk was just perfect.

Read: The Dragon's Path, the first in a five-book series, which was included in the Kindle edition of Leviathan Wakes. I enjoyed it very much and bought the rest of them, but that's waiting until I finish the rest of The Expanse, of which Leviathan was the first book. This is a terrifically good series, and I've already read Caliban's War and am ready to startAbbadon's Gate.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

This made me laugh out loud. Really.

My coworkers turned around to stare.





The dialog reads:
"May's already ending. Where are the crowds of tourists in Crimea?"
"It's not the season yet."
"So when does the season begin?"
"In Traven."

Май, may, is the Russian word for "May". Травень, травень, is the Ukrainian one.

Yeah, I know; nothing's as funny if it has to be explained. But still; this cracked me up.

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At 5:49 PM, May 19, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Bing Translator:
-Already may ends. Where crowds of tourists in Crimea?
-Season yet.
-When the season begins?
-In travnì.

Google Translate:
- It is May ends. Where are the crowds of tourists in the Crimea?
- Still out of season.
- And when the season starts?
- In travnі.

 
At 6:38 PM, May 19, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

To be fair, травень is Ukrainian and the rest is Russia.

 
At 6:38 PM, May 19, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

To be fair, травень is Ukrainian and the rest is Russia.

 
At 10:46 AM, May 20, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

You're more charitable than I would be :-)

After all, neither of these computer translation programs is able to render the full meaning of the text without additional, significant human intervention -- unless the reader already recognizes what language травень is in and its meaning (which I didn't).

In other words, there's still real need for skilled human translators.

 
At 11:06 AM, May 20, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Of course there is. But most Russian-to-English translators wouldn't know "traven", either - it's not a Russian word.

 
At 7:07 PM, May 20, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

That's why I said "skilled" :-)))

 

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Week in Entertainment

Live: Beauty and the Beast at the Hippodrome. Quite entertaining. Disney knows their business, and the touring cast was good.

Film: Captain America: Civil War, yes again. It's wonderful.

DVD: Quite a bit of Columbo's first season. Antman, which I maybe should have seen before, but it really wasn't neceassary. (Obviously Sam didn't tell anyone what Antman's capabilities were.)

Read: Began reading a collection of Gogol's Ukrainian stories in Ukrainian. The man

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Burgess Falls State Park

When I was home for my sister's wedding, I had to go out to Sparta. I took a few extra hours and went by Burgess Falls State Park. Even though they're making repairs and you couldn't get to the last falls, it was still a beautiful walk.
















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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Seriously, what IS it with Bing?

see textWhy does Bing's algorithm consistently move words around in the sentence? I understand that sometimes it doesn't know what a word means. This is something else entirely.

In his post congratulating the Ukrainian Eurovision winner, Jamala, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said:
Браво, Джамало!!! Блискуча і заслужена перемога! Вражаюча сила таланту і безмежна глибина пісні. Україна перемагає і перемагатиме, Крим буде українським!!!

And Bing translated that like this:
Bravo, dzhamalo!!! Brilliant and deserved victory! Impressive Talent Unlimited Strength and depth of the song. Winning Ukraine and crimea peremahatyme, will gave!!!

My translation:
"Bravo, Jamala! A brilliant and well-deserved victory! Impressive strength of talent and measureless depths of the song. Ukraine wins, and will win, Crimea will be Ukrainian!"

So once again not only does Bing not know some important words (like "перемагатиме, will win", it elects to leave out some important words entirely (it's not "Winning Ukraine and Crimea will win", it's "Ukraine is winning and will win, (and) Crimea will be Ukrainian"), it also just chucks words randomly around. It's not "impressive talent, unlimited strength and depth of the song". It's "Impressive strength of talent and unlimited depth of the song". And what the hell is up with that "will gave" at the end?

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At 9:51 AM, May 15, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Out of idle curiosity, I checked to see if Google Translate did any better.

"Bravo, Jamal !!! The brilliant and deserved victory! The destructive power of boundless talent and depth of the song. Ukraine wins and peremahatyme Crimea is Ukrainian !!!"

"The DESTRUCTIVE power"??? Oh well, the good news is at least there's still a real need for human translators!

 

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Aw, poor Tony

I was in the local Target earlier today and spotted this endcap. Five "Team Iron Man" sets and zero "Team Cap" sets. Guess we know who's more popular around here ;-)


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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Your analogy begs the question, ma'am

So, at work (only six more weeks till I don't have to care one little bit) they're considering a major revamp and blend of two job roles. Many people think the proposal is a terrible, horrible mistake. A senior in the planning committee weighed in with a lengthy comment prefaced with:
Is it the best roadmap? Maybe not, but it's a start and I'd rather be moving forward than just examining the problem and taking no action.
Here's the thing: your critics don't think you're "moving forward". They think you're at best moving orthogonally to the goal, and most likely in the wrong direction altogether. If further examination proves them right, your jumping the gun means a longer trip with a lot of backtracking.

It reminds me of the senior who told us that apropos another policy
the train is moving. You can either ride it or get off.
And we asked, what if the train is moving towards a washed-out bridge over a ravine?

Analogies can be dangerous.

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At 5:17 PM, May 12, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Sounds as though they believe in Hawthorne Effect (as well as proving to higher-ups that one is doing something, anything...).

 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Never forget

Seen on Facebook on Victory Day:

Не забывайте, что у некоторых деды не воевали, так как были расстреляны в 30-х.

Never forget that for many Ukrainians their grandfathers did not fight in the war - because they were executed in the 1930s.

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At 4:44 PM, May 12, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Or they were starved to death.

 

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