Posts Tagged: Work

Whisky Foxtrot Hotel

Growing up in the US, it was all too easy to replicate the ideals that are espoused in so much of our popular culture and our work culture at large. Long hours, no lunch break, shame in taking your meager

Whisky Foxtrot Hotel

Growing up in the US, it was all too easy to replicate the ideals that are espoused in so much of our popular culture and our work culture at large. Long hours, no lunch break, shame in taking your meager

Changes 2018 Part I

I recently quit my job. This led to a job search because I enjoy eating food and buying my son Legos. The job search included many technical writing, copy writing and horse riding positions. The last one I may have

Changes 2018 Part I

I recently quit my job. This led to a job search because I enjoy eating food and buying my son Legos. The job search included many technical writing, copy writing and horse riding positions. The last one I may have

It’s been a long week. Here’s a meme.

It was uncanny timing that Marta from Wantwords suggested we add to the public collection of memes with some of our own. Just this week, as I was sheepishly dogging it in the face of my horrible translation projects, I found myself

It’s been a long week. Here’s a meme.

It was uncanny timing that Marta from Wantwords suggested we add to the public collection of memes with some of our own. Just this week, as I was sheepishly dogging it in the face of my horrible translation projects, I found myself

Quality Control, Part VI

Before you read the end, why don’t you revisit the beginning? And the middle bits?  Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V!! Act III Scene II We’re back in Hristo’s small apartment. He is sitting at his table in the

Quality Control, Part VI

Before you read the end, why don’t you revisit the beginning? And the middle bits?  Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V!! Act III Scene II We’re back in Hristo’s small apartment. He is sitting at his table in the

Klout is Ruining My Life

A few weeks back when I had a bit of time on my hands between projects, I steeled my resolve to jump face(book) first into the professional side of social media. For my freelance work I have a Facebook page

Klout is Ruining My Life

A few weeks back when I had a bit of time on my hands between projects, I steeled my resolve to jump face(book) first into the professional side of social media. For my freelance work I have a Facebook page

Quality Control, Part V

Catch up!  Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV!! Act III Scene I Back at the Sacramento office, 9:00 am. Linda is clearing off her desk while her computer sputters to life. She feels a small relief because

Quality Control, Part V

Catch up!  Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV!! Act III Scene I Back at the Sacramento office, 9:00 am. Linda is clearing off her desk while her computer sputters to life. She feels a small relief because

Quality Control, Part IV

Catch up on the first three parts! Part I, Part II, Part III Act II Scene II Hristo walks back in to the kitchen with his arms full of fruits and vegetables. He sets everything down on the table, careful

Quality Control, Part IV

Catch up on the first three parts! Part I, Part II, Part III Act II Scene II Hristo walks back in to the kitchen with his arms full of fruits and vegetables. He sets everything down on the table, careful

You Have to Be an Adult to Like Brussels Sprouts

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an adult is being able to eat french fries for lunch. I did that today. And I am not ashamed. To boot, I ate them with a coffee mug of ketchup. When

You Have to Be an Adult to Like Brussels Sprouts

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an adult is being able to eat french fries for lunch. I did that today. And I am not ashamed. To boot, I ate them with a coffee mug of ketchup. When

Profound Secret of Efficiency: Translate Fasterer

My apologies to my faithful reader out there for the lack of new material recently. You see, I am finally a bit busy! Not to say that before I wasn’t keeping busy. I have been reading  riveting ISO terminology standards

Profound Secret of Efficiency: Translate Fasterer

My apologies to my faithful reader out there for the lack of new material recently. You see, I am finally a bit busy! Not to say that before I wasn’t keeping busy. I have been reading  riveting ISO terminology standards

Digital Footprint

We’ve all done it. There is no shame in it; heck I did it yesterday and it was…worth a bronze medal. Googling your name is perhaps the vainest of activities you can partake in, but if you are a digital

Digital Footprint

We’ve all done it. There is no shame in it; heck I did it yesterday and it was…worth a bronze medal. Googling your name is perhaps the vainest of activities you can partake in, but if you are a digital

One Year In (Out?)

Time flies when you look back on things. I just completed my first year as a contributing member to the blogosphere, and let’s be honest, we have come a long way. This upcoming second year of Roughly Translated promises to

One Year In (Out?)

Time flies when you look back on things. I just completed my first year as a contributing member to the blogosphere, and let’s be honest, we have come a long way. This upcoming second year of Roughly Translated promises to

First Days in Den Haag, Part III: Working

You can check parts I, Apartment Hunting, and II, Living, here and here. I have been freelancing for a couple of years now, being my own boss, janitor and everything in between. I enjoy working this way. To me, all

First Days in Den Haag, Part III: Working

You can check parts I, Apartment Hunting, and II, Living, here and here. I have been freelancing for a couple of years now, being my own boss, janitor and everything in between. I enjoy working this way. To me, all

Tricky Words: Catachresis and Malapropisms

Disclaimer: Catachresis was the word of the day from Merriam-Webster today. Anyway, this is a fun little two-dollar word that would be worth ten dollars if you can slip it into a conversation at your next dinner party. It means

Tricky Words: Catachresis and Malapropisms

Disclaimer: Catachresis was the word of the day from Merriam-Webster today. Anyway, this is a fun little two-dollar word that would be worth ten dollars if you can slip it into a conversation at your next dinner party. It means

Tricky Translations: Previo/a

I came across this tricky little guy in a recent job. To be fair, this word in normal speech is not so tricky. From the DRAE we get: (Del lat. praevĭus). 1. adj. Anticipado, que va delante o que sucede

Tricky Translations: Previo/a

I came across this tricky little guy in a recent job. To be fair, this word in normal speech is not so tricky. From the DRAE we get: (Del lat. praevĭus). 1. adj. Anticipado, que va delante o que sucede

Quality Control, Part III

Click to read Part I: Act I Scene I or Part II: Act I Scene II. Like I even know what those mean. Act II Scene I We find ourselves in Hristo Dimov’s small one bedroom apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Quality Control, Part III

Click to read Part I: Act I Scene I or Part II: Act I Scene II. Like I even know what those mean. Act II Scene I We find ourselves in Hristo Dimov’s small one bedroom apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Quality Control, Part II

To read Part I: Act I, Scene I click heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere Act I Scene II After a short trip to the cafe downstairs, Linda retreats back to her desk. In the 15 minutes she had been away she had received 31

Quality Control, Part II

To read Part I: Act I, Scene I click heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere Act I Scene II After a short trip to the cafe downstairs, Linda retreats back to her desk. In the 15 minutes she had been away she had received 31

So, Now What?

Dedicated to the MIIS Class of 2011 and to Classes of 2011 all over the place. Finals are over Professionals are too The open future ahead But what to do? Polish your CVs Spell check cover letters Stay in touch

So, Now What?

Dedicated to the MIIS Class of 2011 and to Classes of 2011 all over the place. Finals are over Professionals are too The open future ahead But what to do? Polish your CVs Spell check cover letters Stay in touch

Quality Control, Part I

A short, multi-part play about test translations. Please silence all cell phones and pagers and no flash photography. The show begins right now. Act One Scene One An anonymous office in Sacramento in April of 2010. A large window is

Quality Control, Part I

A short, multi-part play about test translations. Please silence all cell phones and pagers and no flash photography. The show begins right now. Act One Scene One An anonymous office in Sacramento in April of 2010. A large window is

Don’t Forget to Enjoy the View

With or without context, I have always found this to be great advice.  I generally stay away from giving advice as I prefer to simply nudge the boat; so by advice I mean, “words you can keep in your back

Don’t Forget to Enjoy the View

With or without context, I have always found this to be great advice.  I generally stay away from giving advice as I prefer to simply nudge the boat; so by advice I mean, “words you can keep in your back

Araña helping

Productivity: Get Some

Alas, the time has come to post something a bit more serious. A bit more professional. When I was thinking about how to organize this post I kept thinking to myself, “jeesh, this is going to be BORING.” Now that

Araña helping

Productivity: Get Some

Alas, the time has come to post something a bit more serious. A bit more professional. When I was thinking about how to organize this post I kept thinking to myself, “jeesh, this is going to be BORING.” Now that