News and Views from Dave Wilson

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Some humour for you Strobist types

by on Apr.24, 2011, under Photography

My writer wife stumbled upon (and immediately blogged) a hilarious video called “I’m Reading A Book” by Julian Smith this morning so I had a look through his other offerings and came across this equally funny piece which struck me as pretty appropriate for this blog. Enjoy!



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The Joys of Automatic Translation

by on Apr.25, 2009, under Computer, Miscellaneous

I just received a rather odd message via Flickr mail. It was from an Italian photographer advertising one of his images. It was also in Italian, a language which is not my best (I barely know how to order beer in Italy let alone carry on a conversation about photography). As I usually do, I headed over to Yahoo Babelfish (or http://babelfish.altavista.com as it used to be – oddly, the “legacy URL” still works nicely) and pasted in the text. The final paragraph of the original message was:

“Flickr è la migliore applicazione per la gestione e la condivisione di foto online. Se sei curioso di sapere per che cosa lo utilizzo, guarda il mio profilo oppure naviga tra il mio album.”

…and the web site translated this as:

“Flickr is the best application for the management and the sharing of photo online. If you are curious of knowing for I use it what, watches my profile or is annoying between my egg whites.”

I do find unsolicited messages like this rather annoying (though I think this was the first example of Flickr spam I have seen) but, in this case, it ended up having great entertainment value and didn’t disturb my egg whites at all.

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