Do Italians have something against Google Translate?

This image is from my last trip to Italy, taken in a fairly popular restaurant in Rome.

 
Notice the Contorni di Giornata: Side Dish of the Day

The menu reads: Side Dice of the Day

Notice Patate Fritte: French Fries

The menu reads: Fried Ships


I understand one mistake, but as I was typing this post, I noticed a second error on the same menu! “E” for effort!

Welcome to Spain! Or not…..

I took this picture last summer in Barcelona, Spain.Think about it. You’re in SPAIN. And you see a sign on a telephone pole that happens to be written in English. No, it isn’t welcoming tourists. It’s telling them not to pee in the street.

Oh gee, thanks Spain!

Dell BIOS: Fail

Ok, so I don’t have a keyboard at the moment, no big deal, right? Wrong.

Dell apparently thinks you need one at all times and there is no possible way that a computer could ever function without one.

Translation: I’m not getting onto my computer.

Is Spongebob bad for kids? Not at all!

Today, I watched m AP Psychology teacher go absolutely berserk over the fact that this new study that’s all over the news is completely wrong!This study tested 60 kids (already a small number of test subjects) and broke them into THREE groups. I may not be a genius, but that’s TWENTY kids per group.

That’s not nearly enough to generalize a nation of 4 year olds (which did I mention that the show is not meant for children under 7 year olds anyway!)

All this study is going to do is (and I say this on September 15th, 2011) use this as a reason to for parents to whine and complain to pull one of the most loved cartoons in history, after Looney Toons of course, from the air!

Don’t fall into the trap America. Don’t just absorb and regurgitate what the media has told you before you look into something yourself.

To ridicule it, visit:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/09/08/peds.2011-2071.full.pdf+html

What FIRST Robotics Should Be, And What It’s Not

In Robotics, there are a few factors that give some teams a better advantage

1. Lots of dough
2. Lots of teachers
3. Lots of Kids

But numbers one and two provide for an unfair advantage, and it’s not the kids i’m talking about.

To show how a FIRST Team should run, i’ll bring in Gear Ratios

Key: Student:Teacher
Direct drive= Terrible
1:2= Ridiculous. I’ve seen many teams where there are more mentors than students. That makes me sick.
2:1= Slightly better…
4:1= Closer
8:1= Student run team, this team learns how to do something useful for their future, rather than having others do everything for them. These kids work through their errors and take pride in their work

I’ve seen teams from bad neighborhoods, missing functionality on their robot, with kids trying to compete with students with around 1 million dollars in spending money. These kids may be in the same competition, but they are far from similar. The kids without the money are trying to build something together, getting other team’s help, and getting the most from their experience. These are the idealist teams, the ones who should be winning the prizes, because these people are motivated to do their best.

There’s my rant. I hope this is heard by the people of FIRST…

*I am not aiming this at certain teams, it is just a trend I am noticing*

Apple’s dumbest move yet: Product Labels

Apple’s using their iPad’s (Yeah, those $500 and up tablets) as product labels.

So let’s say there are AT LEAST 40 displays in a Mac store (Definitely more on average) Apple brags that there are more than 300 Apple stores worldwide on their site, so let’s say there are 301. Lastly, iPad’s cost a minimum of $500 to buy. When you calculate all of that up, that’s an absolute MINIMUM of  $6,020,000 not only wasted in an economic viewpoint, but these iPads could have been donated to hospitals, colleges, schools, the homeless, me, ANYONE!

Anyone who’s ever been to an Apple store knows that these devices are going to be COVERED in fingerprint grease! I just don’t understand what went through their heads when they agreed to do this! Think about it, were they trying to save paper?! iPads are made in CHINA! How is that environmentally friendly?!

A different perspective of musical appeal

In going to different countries, I’ve noticed something about people’s enjoyment and feel for music. At times, unlike many Americans would agree, many Europeans don’t listen to the words (often because they aren’t in their native language) and yet, they still enjoy it.
Take Alors On Danse.
This song became a popular club and party song even in the US. Did the kids who took French understand it? I’d guess no for most parts. This also exists with other songs such as Danza Kuduro and We No Speak Americano in America.

In Europe, American music is played on radio most often more than European.
Here’s one of my personal favorites: Radio Subasio

But why are these songs still good enough for say, an Italian to download them on their iPod? Because we, as complex beings, can not only comprehend the words to the song, but take sound waves and turn them into something our minds can also comprehend: music.

I’m not back talking lyrics, for language is one of the beauties of song. Take the lyrics of “Stereo Hearts”

“My heart’s a stereo
It beats for your, so listen close
Hear my thoughts in every note
Make me your radio
Turn me up when you feel low
This melody was meant for you
Just sing along to my stereoIf I was just another dusty record on the shelve
Will you blow me off and play me like everybody else
If I ask you to scratch my back, could you manage that
Like it read well, check it Travie, I can handle that
Furthermore, I apologize for any skipping tracks
This the last girl that play me left a couple cracks
I used to used to used to used to, now I’m over that
Cause holding grudges over love is ancient artifacts

If I could only find a note to make you understand
I sing a song and the image grab me by the hands
Keep myself inside your head, like your favorite tune
And know my heart is a stereo that only plays for you”

These lines are genius. The rhetoric is key. The meaning is beautiful.
And yet, the language of the song is the most beautiful part.

Coleman lanterns are durable: Fact.

On our way camping, full speed down a CT highway, an entire bin flew off the car and onto the road. Glad bags and cups went flying, but to my surprise, our Coleman lantern survived being thrown from a car, hit by another and rolled off to the side of the road.

Never drive with anything on the roof.
Lesson learned!