A blog on life, language, and tech from the capital of Catalonia.
One if the most frequent questions I get asked by friends and relatives is: "What is the argument for independence?" I've found ten of them, and translated them into English.
Blow up. Christmas tree. 400 messages an hour. A non-stop audiovisual assault. And an 11 year-old who aspires to being in the midst of it someday. We need calm technology.
Packed residential streets, anti-social behaviour, low wages, a steady increase in rent, horrible socks-and-sandals combos—tourism has a hand in all of this. But often tourists are demonised for just being there.
The beauty of new technology is that it’s open to potential in every segment of the market. If you’ve developed IoT management software for super yachts—good for you, it’s lucrative and ripe for money making. But rigging your home with smart devices is beyond the financial reach of many low-income families.
You've pounded the grammar. You've glued the headphones to your ears to get the accent just right. You've stapled the vocab list to your forehead and walked around all day with it wafting in front of your eyeballs. But what if the best way to learn is to do less?
“James Bond always has a good smoking”
That’s right—some of these loanwords need to be re-taught. In the process of adopting a word, the context and application has been altered somewhere down the line.
So much for shortcuts. Here are 7 of the most common examples.
It’s a paradox that finding opportunities to speak Catalan in Catalonia is sometimes hard.
The challenge for traditional app developers is marrying the screen with a burgeoning sector that is essentially moving away from the screen, and making sure that whatever is developed for speech recognition isn’t just a novelty that causes a few laughs on Christmas day then uninstalled moments later.
Your mind is a twisted, wonderful land of giant ducks that drive boats, edible postboxes that complain when you bite into them, vast castles occupied by Jon Snows, Cersei Lannisters and that British bloke from The Wire. Only you know what’s lurking there, and only you will experience the pleasure of remembering something that resides there.
After failing to understand most of what she was saying, we did grasp that they weren’t open until two. She proceeded to shut the door in our face thus leaving us to wait in the cold and rain in the full knowledge that we were in the middle of nowhere – I’m guessing Princess Di didn’t get this treatment.