Saturday, October 9, 2010

10.10.10

"Global Work Party" day... seems a strange name.
Are you doing anything on Sunday?
Why? Why not?

2 comments:

Emily said...

On 10-10-10 a group including students, UNCW professors, and members of the community biked in mass down College Rd. to Oleander, and then met on the Riverfront to hear from politicians running in the upcoming election, including Jim Leutze. From the the "work day party" went to a community garden located behind New Hanover High School to clean up and help out. WWAY News covered the event http://www.wwaytv3.com/video/international_day_climate_action_pedals_through_port_city/10
Interestingly, despite his best intentions, I think the reporter was almost a detriment to the cause by stressing repeatedly how long and difficult the bike ride from campus to the riverfront was, rather than focusing on the attention to climate change that the event was intended to bring awareness to. The bike ride is neither long or hard, maybe the positives of bikes vs. cars should have been emphasized more.

Filorux said...

I can't believe I missed this posting. Well, better late than never. In recognition of Global Work Day, I decided to stay indoors all day and avoid polluting as much as possible. I ultimately failed, as I couldn't resist playing video games, watching TV, and engaging in other electronic activities.

You're right, the name is very odd. It is unfortunate that the article did not mention the country of origin for this 'holiday', as I suspect the reason for such a name is a bad translation from the original. Didn't anyone tell them that, here in America, we don't put the words 'work' and 'holiday' in the same sentence without some sort of negation device attached.

I know this posting isn't actually about bad translations, but since you mentioned it...here's something one can do for fun, or if just bored of everything else on the internet - in 8 easy steps.

Step 1: Goto http://babelfish.yahoo.com/

Step 2: Enter something into the box labeled "Translate a block of text". I will type "Hello. I am responding to a blog post."

Step 3: Select your from-to languages in the drop-down box. I will select "English to Korean". Experiment with this step.

Step 4: Hit translate, receive a string of Korean symbols - technically Hangul, if I am not mistaken.

Step 5: Copy that string of symbols and paste it into the box labelled "Translate again".

Step 6: Select "Korean to English" in the language drop-down box (the opposite direction of what you just did).

Step 7: Hit "Translate". Roll on floor laughing as you see the words, "Woman bond. I am reacting in that post of blow," and try to decipher what this has to do with "Hello. I am responding to a blog post."

Step 8: Rinse, and repeat.

Ryan H