Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Because We Wouldn't Even Recognize Simple

Rube Goldberg knew what he was doing. In a world where our everyday lives are continually encroached on by inefficient bureaucracies, labyrinthine traffic patterns, and frustratingly excessive overtures to political correctness - leave it to his lasting genius to take the absurdly complicated and transform it into art.

BTW – I have absolutely no idea what it is they’re advertising for (please let me know if you can figure it out.)


Blogger Special Touch said...

It's for Pitagora Suichi (link translated by google), a children's science show in Japan. It's literal translation is Pythagorean Apparatuses.

Apparantly the show also features two guys in suits who do the "Algorithm Exercise Dance". I'm not sure if there's anything in the world I wouldn't give up to see that. *grin*

4/26/2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger Dædalux said...

Pythagorean Apparatuses? You gotta be kidding me. Perhaps too literal a translation compromises the meaning. Maybe we should call it 'Mathematical Mechanisms' instead. After all - we wouldn't want these guys to look silly.

This is why computer translations will always be weak - because finessing meanings across cultural barriers requires understanding.

Case-in-point (or perhaps counterpoint): Hoax Paper Fools Technology Conference

4/26/2006 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why computer translations will always be weak -

It is unclear if they will always be weak... MT (Machine Translation) has come a _very_ long way in the last 15 years. Don't give up on it just yet.

The link you posted BTW just goes to show that some conferences are not worth the toliet paper in the bathroom of the hotel that is sponsering them. ;-)

7/07/2006 10:21 AM  

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