Posts by serafina

    Floyd is very chatty and buena onda. A true Argentinian!!!

    Oh those mesmerizing eyes! I always feel so little and simple before a cat!

    I can attest that this issue is alive and kicking also on Italian newspapers. I suppose that the competition of online news, the pressure of publishing a lot of new content daily to keep as many readers engaged as possible has transformed many newspapers in news recycling factories, where inexperienced journalists are given the task to find foreign news and write a piece in Italian. Since these are silly news anyway, they won't waste time with an editor and they are published online with little or no control over grammar.

    I don't think he said Mozzarella, but he babbled something unintelligible. He doesn't strike me as the kind of diplomat who learn how to pronounce other people's name beforehand...

    A big shout out also to whoever is in charge to provide minutes transcript of Trump's press releases... it must be a real exercise of punctuation to try to put together the continuous interruptions and nonsense he utters.

    Yesterday's meeting minute is here, for those interested in this syntaxis exercise!

    The ancient Romans are gone, replaced by

    'We’ve had a great relationship with Italy for a long time. I don’t think it’s ever been closer than it is now.'

    But the reference to British roads is still there (apparently, Trump never noticed that in all Europe, only in the UK and Malta they drive on the left hand side of the road...)


    Q Mr. President, how was your meeting with the Dunn family yesterday?

    PRESIDENT TRUMP: My meeting with the family was really — it was beautiful, in a certain way. They did not want to meet with the person in question. But we had a very good meeting. They’re very nice people. And we met with the full group. It was four people, actually, as you — you know how it’s all broken up. And the meeting took place right here at about 6 o’clock last night, and it was very sad, to be honest. She lost, and they lost, their son. I believe it was going down the wrong way, because that happens in Europe. You go to Europe and the roads are opposite. And it’s very tough.

    If you’re from the United States, you do make that decision to make a right turn where you’re supposed to make a left turn. The roads are opposite. And she said that’s what happened. That happens to a lot of people, by the way. But she said that’s what happened.

    But what makes it even more gruesome, is what he is referring to. This is the news on The Guardian:

    When the grieving parents of Harry Dunn arrived from the UK at the White House, they never expected to meet Donald Trump. Their only hope was to get justice for their son, a British teen killed by a reckless American diplomatic wife driving a car.

    Trump met with the parents. But instead of promising to allow the British police to prosecute Anne Sacoolas, who fled to the United States after striking and killing the 19-year-old, he had a far more odious idea: convince the family to meet Saccolas in front of a pool of photographers.

    Italian President Sergio Mattarella is visiting the White House and Trump gave a speech / press conference yesterday.

    The Italian interpreter's face has become a meme. She faced several challenges, and had to keep a straight face while President Trump was commenting on the great relationship between the US and Italy since the time of the Ancient Romans and "you go to Europe and the roads are opposite" 🙄


    Where is the electoral debate held?

    I just saw this and I thought that maybe the debate is held at the Law Faculty, otherwise I couldn't explain the link...

    Maybe they need to rest their ears for 24 hours before they can listen to the debate?

    I just spotted in a mailing list a new trend: gender preference at the bottom of the signature.

    It was something like this:

    John Doe

    New York, New York

    Preferred pronouns: he, his


    Sorry, should have clarified. They do have two litter boxes, in fact they have three. Two where they usually do their eliminations and another in another room. For the main spot, we have tried everything, two litter boxes seperately, having just one larger box (reasoning he must simply find the box too small), softer litter, putting less litter in the box, putting more litter in the box. Another thing this cat does is never cover his crap, and never has.

    Also Serafina doesn't always cover her poop.

    I think the only explanation is that he is marking is territory and 'claiming' both litters.

    Why do you need Acrobat anyway?

    I often have to do post-DTP proofreading, i.e. once the translation has been converted into PDF, I need to check that everything is correctly displayed. Since Italian is more wordy than English, the translation often 'overflows'.
    I also need to check that line breaks are done properly, avoiding 'lone lines' (in Italian they are called 'orphan lines' and 'widow lines', which is when you have a page with just one line of text at either the beginning (orphan) or the end (widow) of the page.

    I need to use Acrobat editor functions to mark changes that the DTP team will have to make.


    Another use of Acrobat is to create multiple PDFs at once, for example when I translate vital records (usually, a set of 10 documents), I then convert everything to PDF to deliver the PDF to the client.

    Or I also use Acrobat to bind spare files to print. My clients send me pictures of their vital records in either JPG, PNG, PDF format, and using Acrobat I can collate all files in a single PDF binder and send it the printer instead of opening and printing each record individually.

    This might sound quite easy to do (it is), but it is time-consuming for me that I do it 2-3 times per day.

    Here's where I babble on, but will they listen?

    Should Award Ceremonies Be Gender Neutral?

    I have read your article, and one thing that struck me is that maybe the Oscar ceremonies started adding male and female categories to give female professionals the chance to stand out and win.

    Taking off such division, I agree that it is likely to increase the number of male winners, so maybe it would give a chance to non-binary people but it would take away from female contestants.

    Maybe we should just take off the male category since you are historically winner at life and do not need ceremonies to feel appreciated.;)

    JAN , you make me laugh so much!
    I can’t really figure out how things work here and I have been here five years already.
    Everybody complains about it hardship of living here, then they go to Miami to shop, to NY to watch Christmas decorations, to Europe on trips...

    I was watching for places to rent for summer, and a simple cabaña is around 1,000-1,500 USD per month. I understand that maybe two families sharing bunk beds can afford that, but for the two of us, spending for a basic home on La Costa the same you’d spend to rent a fancy apartment in Capital is mind boggling. With a daily rate the same as an apartment in any European capital city (except maybe London and Paris), it is really hard to believe those prices. But apparently there are Argentines spending that amount of money on vacation. They aren’t certainly not North American or European tourists those vacationing in Mar del Tuyú.

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