Monday, January 08, 2007

Government Abuse Chicken

This news is probably spreading around a bit, but my wife sent me a link to this article about how Beijing wants to promote more careful translation practices. She figures that her students will get a kick out of it.

Some examples of the old translations:

Kung Po Chicken = Government Abuse Chicken
Ethnic Minorities Park = Racist Park

Make sure to read the comments since there are some good ones there too.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

8 Feet from Perfect

One nice thing about San Antonio is the 15 minute door to door trip from our apartment to the airport.

On the trip we just got back from we managed to get the second best parking space in the long-term lot [#3, see the floor] -- that bastard in the white pickup got the best one [#2]. Handicap spaces don't count [#1]. I don't normally go searching for parking spaces, but I figured that this being the slowest travel week, maybe we'd score. Moreover, the spaces really close to the walkway are on the exit path for the parking lot, not the entrance path -- so people don't get to them unless they're desperate or already on their way home.

The real advantage of that parking space was that it was easy to find our car when we got back.