Chatter · Life

The Lost Translation

I ran kinda ran outta photos, or rather motives worth capturing, for today, so I thought I tell you a story instead. You see, my native language is German. Yes, I had English in school, but I would not call that English in the sense of how native speakers would speak it. It was more like tourist English, like “hello, my name is James, where are the toilets please”. Useful like a hole in the head, right?! I started to learn real English from native speakers at the end of the nineties. Well it started at that time and it was a long fun journey, but ones you obtained that skill you will notice that there is something wrong with the entertainment industry….

Most of the stuff we watch on TV or our streaming services is made in one of the English speaking countries and therefor the original tone is English. The first time I noticed that something was wrong was when I was watching the movie Ice Age first time in it’s original tone AFTER I had watched it in German a few time. Woah! In English it was a whole different movie. Not only did I not have to endure that super annoying voice of Otto Waalkes who did the voice over for one of the heros, no, a lot of the dialogs where different and there where tons of jokes in the movie that I didn’t get with the German version. Someone messed up the translation big time.

From there I started to watch every show and movie I cared about in English whenever I got the chance. Often here in Germany they do not let you have the chance. They force you to watch the crappy German translation. Amazon often gives you a choice and I appreciate that a lot. The German streaming service doesn’t, but a lot of the modern series are translated in a way that you can still hear the original tone and then you get the really crappy German translation, what makes it worth. You hear every wrong translation and every time they just totally change what is said.

But the most hilarious totally wrong translation I ever stumbled over can be found in World of Warcraft, Warlords of Dreanor expansion. My daughter was playing on a German client and my client was English. There was this quest called “For the Bird”. The right translation would have been “Für die Vögel”. Very simple, right? You could think so, I mean even Google can translate that correct. But nope, in the German client it was named “Gut zu Vögeln”. If you translate that literally you would get “Friendly to Birds” buuuut and this this a huge BUT, “gut zu vögeln” is German slang for “good to have sex with”. What where they thinking? I doubt Blizzard ever found out.

Chatter · Life

Influencer Influenza

Mom trying to be funny again

So there is this German TV show, very small production I think and not even very popular. It’s about spoiled teenagers who get send to a monastery/cloister for a week to get their attitude straight. That includes no cellphones, TV and that like, no smoking, no drugs, no alcohol, no make up, no social media. Instead getting up with the sun and working for their community. I find it quite funny. There was this elderly nun. She must have been in her 80th, totally sweet lady. She was talking to one of the candidates, a 16 years young brat who never did anything useful in her life. The nun asked her what she would like to do with her life, what she would like to accomplish in her life and that girl responded “I want to be an influencer”. The nun looked at her, thinking for a sec and trying to make sense of what she just heard, and then she said: “Oh Influenza, ya that’s not nice to have!” You need to know that both words sound nearly identical. This old nun nailed it without knowing what she did. Influencer are as annoying and useless like Influenza. =p Have a pawesome day everybody and be safe out there. ❤

Chatter

Dear Mrs. Merkel

You do not know me but I’m one of your 83.1 million (source: Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland) employers but just to make this perfectly clear, I did never vote for your (not that the other option would have been any better). This morning I stumbled over a video of yours on Reuters channel. You where lecturing to an international audience about “feminism” . . . in German! What the fuck! You are doing this job for 16 years now and you never bothered to learn English? Your job requires you to interact and communicate with people from all over the planet and you still don’t speak the most spoken language on this planet? What the fuck is wrong with you? It is English, not rocket science. It’s fun and easy to learn, every teenager speaks it, it’s standard language on every airport (simply because it’s spoken everywhere), gamer speak it, regardless where they live, all of our neighbors speak it, just you don’t? It shows a ridiculous lack of respect as well as an absurd level of ignorance.

And as we talk about ignorance, don’t you think that you have more pressing matters to talk about right now than “feminism”? Our flood victims are STILL (8 weeks after the flood) without any help, no power, destroyed homes, no nothing and you have nothing better to do then to talk about feminism? What the fuck is wrong with you? Your job is to make sure these people are getting the really needed help ASAP but I bet you don’t even know what is going on there right now. You get paid anyway, regardless if you do your job or not. And that exactly is the problem with you politicians, you get paid in any case. Maybe you should have a look at our constitution. You can read, can you? There you can read “from the people, for the people”. Let me explain it to you, just to make sure you get it. We gave you the job, we pay you every month (way to much btw) and for that we expect that you make sure everything here in our country runs smooth and that everybody has a home, cloth, food, etc. And because we are quite fair employers you got plenty of co-workers to help you with your task and we pay a ton of taxes so you can get the job done. Yes, of course, talking about irrelevant stuff is fun and I really can understand why you prefer to do that, but that is not your fucking job. Thanks goddess you will finally retire this year. Let’s just hope we’ll chose smarter this time.

Chatter

Time is Relative

Forgotten and claimed by Nature

When I was working the days where always too long, too much time for work and chores and too little time for rest and fun. It was not that I didn’t like to work, I loved my job, it was just that I had to work with very toxic people and that ruined it for me. Completely. I never managed to get some sort of balance into it. Now I’m retired and something funny happened. The days are too short, there is more fun stuff than day. *gasp* Ya I know, right? We get up at around 7 (no alarm clock, we just wake up) and first thing we do even before the first coffee is walkies, then coffee for me and breakfast for the dog. After that it’s usual chores, whatever pops up. Around noon we have some sort of lunch (Ami gets her cow ear) and right after we go on walkies again. The noon walk is usually the longest walk of the day. When we come home it’s about 2 pm, I get a coffee and think, heck where did the day go. Time for other fun stuff, and that is where the trouble start. What do I want to do? Crochet? Knitting socks? Pixel some? Play a game? Fool around in Inkscape for a bit? You see where that leads, right? Around 6 I start dinner and after food it’s walkies again. Poof day gone.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I actually feel blessed to have a life filled with so much fun stuff and activity, I’m just amazed how things can change. From meh way too long to yay can I have more hours. If I find another hobby I’m in trouble simply because I have no idea where I should stuff it. Maybe stop sleeping?

Have a pawesome day and be safe ya’ll.

Chatter · Pixel

Do what you love

Panda Fish

Every Sunday morning I draw one single tarot card for the new week. I write down what I got and at the end of the week I can check back and see if it was a match or totally bogus. It’s fun and brings a positive aspect to the week. Now this morning I was told “Do what you love”. I took that advice to heart and decided to start pixeling again. Yes I know, nobody is into this cute country stuff anymore or even just pixel painting. But that is not the point. The point is, that I enjoy it very much and I love cute stuff (there is enough harsh dark stuff out there already, we do not need more of that). Before we where hit by social media these kind of graphics where a thing. We did our WP themes with them, sigtags, avatars, some used them for scrap booking or to print stickers and I even knew one lady who turned them into cross stitch patterns. The pixel community was large, creative and vibrant, social media just killed it off. I miss those days and I wonder what happened to all those girls.

Well, I drew this lil guy a few years ago but never really put him to use. He might end up as a header piece for next summer. Be safe and have a pawesome day.