Translation Blues

Inspired by Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz.” Oh Lord, won’t you give me a text that makes sense? The deadline is looming, I must make amends. Worked hard all the week long, no help from my friends, So Lord, won’t you give me a text that makes sense? Oh Lord, won’t you get them to pay…

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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Neural Networks

This is the title of my presentation proposal for ATA58, the yearly conference of the American Translators Association (ATA), which will take place in Washington DC from October 25th to October 28th. The proposal was accepted and my presentation is preliminarily scheduled for Friday afternoon, October 27th, in the science and technology track. I became…

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Candidate Statement – NCTA Board of Directors

I am honored to be running for the Board of Directors of the Northern California Translators Association. Below is my candidate statement: One of my life mottos is: “Every problem has a solution. You just have to find it.” (Author unknown.) I believe that this does not only apply to math and physics homework problems,…

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Scam Alert! Corporate Compliance Services

Today, another scam reached my inbox, my postal mail box, to be precise. A letter by “Corporate Compliance Services” sent me a “Labor Law Compliance Request Form,” notifying me that I am required to pay $84.00 to comply with federal law 92 USC Sec. 999 etc. etc. and so on and so forth. Obviously, they…

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Fraudulent website update – happy ending

A bit over a month ago, I discovered thanks to Google Alerts, that a fraudulent website was using my business name and excerpts of my copyrighted website content without my permission to advertise their dishonest services. The site has been taken offline a few weeks ago and has been offline ever since. Here is the…

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Alert: My business name is being used without permission by a fraudulent website

Alert The website vancouverctv dot com is using my business name without my permission (and until yesterday morning, knowlegdge), along with some random and thankfully incoherent excerpts taken from my website. Thanks to Google Alerts I was alerted immediately about this webpage. My business name, which is used on the aforementioned site without my permission,…

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Patent terminology search with Google Patents

In the following I will explain how to use Google Patents to search for patents that have been filed in two different languages for terminology research. To some extent, the same goal can of course be achieved with an Espacenet search (Espacenet is the database of the European Patent Office, EPO) or a search of…

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Google Alerts

Google is one of the most-used search engines of the world. Aside from its search engine, Google offers a variety of other well-known services. However, there’s a very useful service that is relatively unknown: Google Alerts. What are Google Alerts? Google Alerts allow you to set up automatic email notifications whenever new entries are added…

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Scam alert!!!!!

An outfit called “Alliance of Applied Translators and Interpreters International”, AATII, has illegally acquired the publicly available information and names of thousands of translators and interpreters from various reputable directories, such as the ATA directory, and is using this information list the translators and interpreters without their consent on their site. My name and information…

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