A blog on life, language, and tech from the capital of Catalonia.
It’s absurd that we’re here. It’s absurd that a so-called democratic European state in 2017 refuses to even talk about its citizens’ rights to decide their destiny. It’s absurd that the same state thinks the best way to change people’s minds is by cracking them on the head with batons.
London is a beautiful piece of art masquerading as an assault on the eyes. It’s an arrogant genius. It’s a real knob head sometimes. But it’s one I’ll never stop coming back to.
If copy and design met on Tinder, they’d both swipe right and hit it off. That’s because good copy and good design go hand in hand.
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.