The importance of Portfolios while searching for a job
I posted this as a discussion topic in one of my LinkedIn groups, but no takers! Everyone seems to be paying lipservice to Portfolios, but no one (that I've seen in groups) has talked about their effectiveness. Your thoughts?//Start of copied info from LinkedIn//This thought came to me while reading the discussion on the importance of a degree/certificate in ID. So here's a question
McCranky Friday ;-)
Welcome back to school!!!! I think today I may be channeling the Annoyed Librarian ;-)In any case, here is a response to a blog post on InsideHigherEd.com about Netflix and library collections. Now I have to say that I enjoy reading Josh's posts despite the fact that most of them induce a facepalm gesture. I guess the first thing that gets me about these blog posts is that no one bothers to read them
Jay Walker on the World's English Mania
Here's an interesting TED video on the World's English Mania.You know, I am not sure I completely agree. I think that there is a need for a worldwide lingua franca, but I don't necessarily agree with Jay that English or other "major" languages for that matter, are not eroding regional and other national languages. I guess this is a topic for a much wider discussion. What do you think?
T-minus 1 week!
In one week the new semester starts! The FINAL semester of graduate studies - woohoo!On the roster this (final) time around we've got the following:Psycholinguistics which deals with:Contemporary issues in the fields of first and second language development and bilingualism will be addressed within the framework of the psychological development of the individual, from early childhood through adolescence.
Translation - random thoughts
A number of years ago I was approached by a firm to do a translation. A one page bureaucratic document that that to do with excise taxes. I was quite excited to be approached for this, although I borked the translation. I spent way too much time sweating the somewhat difficult stuff (like all the crazy acronyms found in the document) that I mistranslated big time units to small time units. Oh well.
Wave goodbye to Google Wave, say hello to...
OK, this isn't really news, but the news is our all over the interwebs - Google will no longer be developing Wave as a stand-alone product, and will keep the service up and running until the end of the year - it will also provide a way for people to get their data off Google Wave.I have to say that I really enjoyed messing around with Google Wave. I got an early beta invite, I invited some friends,
Fri, Aug 20 2010 11:04 | ecclesiastical, languages, linguistics, NTGreek, procrastination, translation
A long while back I had translated a government memo from modern Greek to English. It was only one page and I wanted to have it be perfect! I looked up all acronyms (some of which I had no idea existed since I left Greece before being involved too much with governmental BS), but I missed the small things! I had translated "minutes" as "seconds" - bah! What an newbie mistake! I still beat myself
Informal Learning in the Workplace
One of the topics that we covered in our Knowledge Management class back in the days of the MBA was this whole concept of informal learning (or water-cooler learning) that happens day-to-day in any given workplace. In those 1 minute interactions at the watering hole you may learn something that impacts your job performance (for better or for worse) and one of the goals of KM was/is to capture such
Road to the PhD - some thoughts
Last week I spoke to a friend of mine who is already pursuing a PhD - said friend is at the dissertation stage if I am not mistaken. I let her know that I am considering a PhD - having overcome my fear of writing long research-based passages, and having grown accustomed to the Master's level difficulty, I've decided to up my game since I like learning new things. I also aspire to one day
How important is encoding?
Here's some non-random stream of consciousness for you as far as language goes. How important is encoding to you? Does encoding really matter? What do I mean by encoding? The alphabet you use, whether you represent words as syllables, as characters, as letters, and how you put all that together.The impetus for this though process comes from a (pretty silly in my opinion) facebook group that I was