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Written By: daveski on November 30, 2008 No Comment

This site will likely be in Beta-development for its entire life…what better place to be? The process is slow and piecemeal, and if any of you out there would like to lend your talents to the FIT team, please get in touch! <foundintranslation.admin[at]gmail.com>.

Additions/changes in the last week include:

A plugin for adding thumbnail pics to the […]

Written By: Dave Patterson on November 29, 2008 16 Comments

Usree Bhattacharya, a frequent writer here and a classmate of mine in Rick Kern’s class on writing and technology, encouraged me to write a bit about Proposition 8 for Found In Translation. Since I saw how important the Internet was in my involvement in Prop 8, I thought I’d write about technological […]

Written By: daveski on November 29, 2008 1 Comment
Does language unite or divide multicultural societies?

This is the question that Madeleine Blunting of the UK’s Guardian poses to her readers in her controversial article (102 comments and counting), pointed out to me by a Facebook friend: “A telling reminder of our enduring captivity to myth“.

The article describes the British Museum‘s current exhibition, “Babylon: Myth […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 28, 2008 5 Comments

Thick black smoke is curling out of the ornate windows of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, and the sound of intermittent gunfire is punctuating the speech of the cowering CNN-IBN reporter. Stray dogs are barking continuously in the background, struggling to be heard over the gunfire and the explosions. There is yelling, there […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 27, 2008 2 Comments
Life Between Terrorist Strikes

Minutes ago, on the NDTV live feed covering the Mumbai terror strike I’ve been riveted to for the past 24 hours, Rahul Bose, the renowned Indian actor, (demanding of an Indian politician) asked what quality of life Indians could expect between terrorist strikes. The larger context of his question dealt with what steps […]

Written By: daveski on November 26, 2008 No Comment

The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Wired Campus ran an article today introducing ShelfLife@Texas. The whole point of the blog is to bring new life to the authors and books produced on the U of T campus or, as the first post on October 30 says, to allow “readers to […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 26, 2008 No Comment

An article in The Hindu just caught my attention: Dragon Naturally Speaking 10, a voice recognition software, now comes with the option “Indian English.” It claims to recognize Indian English accent patterns, allowing Indian English users to dictate text directly through speech, without having to manually enter text on the keyboard.

Check out […]

Written By: Youki on November 24, 2008 2 Comments

So when I read Dave’s “< ? the_last_post (); ? >” a few things ran through my head… HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey (oh the irony — “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”) and the video Rick linked above.  I also thought of Radiohead’s “Fitter, Happier” song off […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 23, 2008 7 Comments

The Indian government recently decided to confer “classic” status to a select few languages, using the yardstick that a language has to have been around at least 1500 years in order to make the cut. The official designation of a language as “classic” comes with a sizable grant to be used for its […]

Written By: daveski on November 23, 2008 No Comment

One of the wonders of blog administration is that you get to see everyone who’s linking to your blog. Sometimes this can be a real find, like the notice we got today that the site “blog bookmarker” listed Found in Translation along with dozens of other pages that had posts tagged with the word “languages”.

Check […]

Written By: daveski on November 23, 2008 1 Comment

We’ve just added Papyrus News to the blogroll–it’s a blog by faculty and students at UC Irvine’s Digital Learning Lab, headed by Mark Warschauer. The blog’s “About” page says that it “focuses on the intersection of information and communication technologies and language and literacy development, education, culture, equity, and diversity.”

Any other blogroll […]

Written By: daveski on November 22, 2008 No Comment

This coming Monday the 24th, the Berkeley Language Center will be hosting a panel discussion on digital storytelling, with Joe Lambert from the Center for Digital Storytelling, Heather Pleasants from the University of Alabama, and Mark Evan Nelson from the National Institute of Education in Singapore (and recent graduate […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 22, 2008 No Comment

David Baddiel, a former judge for the coveted Booker Prize, my Times of India tells me, revealed that he has long held “narrow-minded” views against Indian authors writing in English. Among other things, he admits to “a prejudice that Indian novels are likely to be magical, mythic, sweepingly historical, quirky […]

Written By: daveski on November 20, 2008 9 Comments

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Written By: Marie Joelle Yveline Thuillier on November 20, 2008 3 Comments

One night that I was toiling as a server in Burger joint, these four guys came in and started to sign with one another while checking out the menu. Because I had previously taken a year of ASL, I decided to try it out on them but they looked at me funny. I was pretty […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 19, 2008 1 Comment

One of our very own, resident super blogger Dave Malinowski, has been shortlisted as one of the top 20 finalists for the $10,000 College Blogging Scholarship. Please vote for him here and please vote now! The online poll ends midnight, Thursday, Nov 20, 2008. Dave’s contributions for FIT are too many to […]

Written By: Kate F. on November 19, 2008 3 Comments

In the past few months, I’ve begun to think of myself as truly Facebook-phobic. Usree’s self-proclaimed fascination with – and consequent dependency on – Facebook, as explained in her June 9, 2008 posting is even more evidence of the fact that I am, apparently, woefully behind the times and very much in the minority […]

Written By: daveski on November 19, 2008 3 Comments

This one is on my all-time favorite list…anyone know where it’s from?

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 18, 2008 No Comment

Email. Email. Email. Email. (switch). Text. Text. Text. (switch). Phone call/Skype? (switch). Face-to-face. (switch). Facebook wall post. Facebook wall post. Facebook message. (switch) Email. Email. Email.…You get the drift. Our daily interactions are frequently mediated through a variety of different modes. However, what’s interesting to think about is when these switches from one communicative […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 17, 2008 No Comment

As a hardcore Googler (is that already a noun?), I am maybe a little too proud of the pun in the title [iGoogle is a customizable home page offered by Google; and I want to say I Google (verb)]. Incredibly, millions of people reading this could ask: why does she feel the need to explain […]

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