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Low Carp: the newest health craze from Germany
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The newest health craze from Germany: Low Carp A severe case of final devoicing I was just minding my own business, browsing through the daily news, when I stumbled over this beauty: German has final devoicing. Final consonants are pronounced voiceless: "d"...
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Ludwig Thoma: Rascal Stories (Lausbubengeschichten) This is a book written in 1905 that was handed down in our family through the generations. We all received it as children, although it is debatable whether this is a "children's book". Sure, it is somewhat...
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Trump's coming patricide
The Washington Post was wondering today what Ivanka Trump was doing in a meeting with her father and Prime Minister Trudeau, in the White House, at the President's desk, in the President's chair. Well, I mentioned before that Trump, like any banana republic...
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molecular time vs. organic time
Yesterday I watched two short lectures on mechanical and electrical forces in the cell. The first focused on how bacteria or muscle cells move by constantly building filaments, i.e. hair-like strings of proteins, that push against the membrane. The second l...
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Why a Trump presidency may not be so bad....
For the record, I have always been leaning to the democratic side, and Keith Olbermann's outrage in the last few weeks completely matched mine. I, too, sat in front of the TV in disbelief, with shattered hopes. That said, I think people need to take a chill...
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Copyright Scammers
I started noticing scammer authors mainly because I signed up with Babelcube, a service connecting authors with translators. As an aside, I have nothing against Babelcube - I think their service is very interesting and if they manage to earn money, all the ...
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Scammer Author
In my brief ventures into the book publishing world, it was quite interesting to learn about the tricks of the trade. With tricks, I mean tricks, schemes, scams, whatever you want to call it. There are people angling for a quick buck all over the place, eve...
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First steps as a book translator
My activities as a translator of literature in the broadest sense started a few months ago, out of pure curiosity. I have been in the translation industry since the mid 1990s, first as a freelance translator of technical documentation and, since 2000, as fu...
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