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Dr Strangelove I presume ?

Postby Diogenes » Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:09 pm


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Postby Tom Ligon » Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:04 pm

Simon,

I am familiar with Babelfish.

For a recent story, I needed to make an alien language sound alien. To do this I translated my original English straight into to Russian using the fish, then back to English. The process does to words what a meat grinder does to steak. A little patching up to make the results understandable was needed.

I have not tried Chinese yet, but I suspect it works as well or better.

There was an old Readers Digest tale in which American engineers were trying to understand a Soviet airframe testing document. They understood the purpose of putting sandbags on the wing, but not the purpose of the wet sheep under the wing.

A corrected translation revealed it was a hydraulic ram.

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Postby Skipjack » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:59 am

I love nuclear weapons. They have something very final about them ;)
Just kidding.
I think that Reagan was an awesome pokerplayer. I mean you need a really good actor (and he was an actor after all) to look at someone with a straight face and claim:
"So we will have these hundreds of lasers (or giant metal umbrellas or nuclear guns, or whatever other concepts they were playing with at the time) in orbit and they will shoot down all the incoming soviet warheads."
I was about ten years old at the time and it seemed ridiculous to me back then. Yet Reagan somehow made the Russians believe it.
He also is directly responsible for the reunion of Germany.
So yeah, great president. He was rather popular in Europe, maybe more than in the US.

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Postby D Tibbets » Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:40 am

To error is human... and I'm very human.

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