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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Thursday (2/12/09) 4:06pm - ... wherein Spanish is licensed for fifteen billion commercials.

Welcome to this week's installment of "Spanish for Everyday Situations".

This week's situation:  "You are being stalked by Moby."




Hey!  This album cover looks exactly like my bedroom!

¡Eh!  !Este álbum se ve exactamente igual que mi habitación!
       

I swear, it's like somebody keeps sneaking into my fridge and getting rid of all the meat.

Lo juro, es como alguien mantiene furtivamente en mi nevera y me libra de la totalidad de la carne.


Who would remix my voice-mail greeting?

¿Quién remezclaría mi mensaje del correo de voz?


Nope, nothing in this closet but a big pile of clothes and a flesh-colored bowling ball.

No, nada en este armario, pero una pila grande de ropa y una bola de bolos de color carne.


Who threw all my Eminem albums in the trash?

¿Quién tiró todos mis álbumes de Eminem en la basura?


During my big presentation, somebody kept playing a techno backing track.  It didn't go over well.

Durante mi presentación grande, alguien tocó un corte del techno en el fondo.  No pasó bien.


Not only do I find out about this via the music press, but I also find out that Pitchfork thinks my life is "a solid but uninspired effort."

No sólo descubro sobre esto vía la prensa de la música, pero también descubro que el Pitchfork piensa que mi vida es «un esfuerzo sólido pero sin inspiración».


*sigh*  I was hoping for Fatboy Slim.

*suspiro*  Yo estaba esperando para Fatboy Slim.


Note:  As always, these 'translations' are basically just Google Translator output, so corrections are welcome.

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From:kbadr
Date:Thursday (2/12/09) 4:13pm
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Hilarious as always.

This really is deserving of a dedicated site.
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From:hujhax
Date:Thursday (2/12/09) 4:21pm
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Thanks!  Lessee, you can always get to just the Spanish entries at this URL or this RSS feed.  I suppose it'd be easy enough to set up a separate site that just mooches off of the latter....
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From:happywaffle
Date:Thursday (2/12/09) 8:25pm
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Agreed. You've got plenty of back material, I say you do a proper relaunch. Tell you what, you do the labor, and I'll spring for the thisweekinspanish.com domain name. Or whatever.
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From:hujhax
Date:Friday (2/13/09) 9:50am
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Hmm.  If I could make a site that just checked the RSS feed and autoupdated, then I wouldn't have to do extra work in the future w/r/t posting.  So I guess the next question is "what's the easiest way to present an RSS feed as a pretty web site?"  There's got to be some kind of turnkey "set and forget" system I could use for this, right?

If I wanted to be especially fancy, I could take my existing posts, remove the font tags, and add some extra <div> tags to delineate the intro, outro, English sentences, and Spanish translations.  Then I could adjust my LJ stylesheet to display those styles the same way I've always displayed them on my LJ page.  Finally, the new web site could process those tags into whatever fancy presentation style I want to use.
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From:happywaffle
Date:Friday (2/13/09) 9:55am
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Whatever you settle on, I'm expecting a large clip-art picture of a language student wearing headphones as the banner image. The more creepily, irrationally goofy their smile is, the better.
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From:hujhax
Date:Friday (2/13/09) 9:58am
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Would it have to be clip art?  For some reason, I think a photo of jefpeanutbutter in a language lab with headphones and a senselessly-goofy smile might be our best bet....
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From:hujhax
Date:Friday (2/13/09) 1:41pm
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Huh -- this might be useful for me....
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From:shadyglenn
Date:Thursday (2/12/09) 4:42pm
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This is beyond fabulous. I give it 9.5 Moby heads.
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From:hujhax
Date:Thursday (2/12/09) 4:47pm
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~ w00t! ~
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From:judovitch
Date:Thursday (2/12/09) 8:36pm
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Can you explain that blue icon? My brain is having trouble parsing it...
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From:hujhax
Date:Thursday (2/12/09) 11:47pm
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I'm not sure what you're referring to.  Could you post a screencap, maybe?
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From:hujhax
Date:Friday (2/13/09) 12:04pm
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*looks at screencap*

Nope, no idea what that is.  It just shows up as the "writing" icon on my browser... anybody else see that weird blue icon?
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From:judovitch
Date:Friday (2/13/09) 12:07pm
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So it's now shown up on two computers and two browsers - my home computer uses chrome and my work laptop uses firefox.
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From:hujhax
Date:Friday (2/13/09) 12:52pm
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Weird -- I can't reproduce this behavior on either my work machine or my home machine, and I can't reproduce it using Opera, Firefox, IE, or Chrome.  :-/
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From:shadyglenn
Date:Thursday (2/12/09) 4:43pm
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Oh, and your posts started showing up on my flist in a timely manner again. Odd.
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From:hujhax
Date:Thursday (2/12/09) 4:46pm
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Ah yes.  The problem there was that at some point I put up a backdated Spanish post and (IIRC) a backdated Wednesday-update post.  It turns out that LiveJournal doesn't include posts with the "backdated" flag set in your friend-feed.  So those first backdated posts didn't show up on your flist.  What's worse, I create (say) this week's Spanish post by editing a copy of *last* week's Spanish post.  This meant that every *subsequent* Spanish post had the "backdated" flag set (even though they weren't backdated), and they didn't show up on your flist either.

In any case, I went through a bunch of posts and removed the "backdated" tag.  Things should be back to normal now.
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