the random, the suck, and the awesome

15 04 2009

the random: as many do, the carafe to my coffee pot has warnings printed on it about not boiling water in it, not leaving it on when empty, not using when cracked etc. as many products sold internationally do, it has warnings in both french and english. however, as i noticed today while standing near it for an extended period of time (chopping up an apple for lunch), THE ENGLISH AND THE FRENCH WARNINGS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ONE ANOTHER. neither is a translation, even loosely, of the other. they are two separate warnings about completely different dangers: the english warning (2nd) is a bulleted list of things like the above to avoid. the french warning (1st) is a brief paragraph explaining that, if you choose to pour coffee before the machine is finished dripping, you’ll want to to replace the carafe within 30 seconds so as not to risk being burned by being dripped on by hot coffee. apparently, this coffee pot is intended only for bilingual users; everyone else is exposed to the danger of injury (although, as paul pointed out, perhaps there’s a message here about what sorts of injury different language-speakers might incur–only the english instructions say not to hold the full carafe over another person).

the suck: plagiarist. got one. kid was looking right at me when i said “no outside sources, and if you look at reviews to get a sense of how people talk about films, look at reviews of different films so that you don’t even borrow their language by accident. i want to know YOUR judgment according to YOUR criteria for film-goodness, not anybody else’s.” and yet i don’t think he’s devious, just sloppy and not thinking about how when i was talking, i was saying something important that might relate to how he might approach the project later. deserves a penalty? certainly, because they have to learn somehow that there are rules and consequences and that when people TELL you things, you really ought to listen. but i’m sure he’s got no idea it’s coming.

the awesome: erc and uttencookie are going to break up my airport stint by meeting me for lunch tomorrow, and if plans go according to, well, plans, i’m also going to work in a brief (no time to argue, cross-your-fingers) coffee with mommy before i have to spend 2 hours going back through security… this should make my long day much nicer, and greatly decrease the likelihood that i’ll be a surly, miserable grouch by the start of a 7-and-a-half-hour flight across the sea…

plus i’m sure they’ll give me hugs to pass along to katie, and they have some of my favorite hugs in the world.

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15 04 2009
pictsy

“In the same year, a sign for pedestrians in Cardiff reading ‘Look Right’ in English read ‘Look Left’ in Welsh.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7702913.stm

15 04 2009
tyra

i should call and ask them if they’ll pay me to learn welsh and live somewhere gorgeous if i promise to edit all their signs properly afterwards. clearly, there is a need!

15 04 2009
tyra

i should call and ask them if they’ll pay me to learn welsh and live somewhere gorgeous if i promise to edit all their signs properly afterwards. clearly, there is a need!

15 04 2009
pictsy

“In the same year, a sign for pedestrians in Cardiff reading ‘Look Right’ in English read ‘Look Left’ in Welsh.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7702913.stm

15 04 2009
robotapocalypse

I’d bet money that those warnings have histories that point to specific (different) lawsuits.
My favorite warning is the one on Stouffer’s French Bread Pizza that tells me that the product might be dangerously hot after having been in the oven at around 425° for 36 minutes and that I should handle it with oven mitts. Really? I’d hope so. . . that’s kind of why I put it in the oven to begin with.

15 04 2009
tyra

that’s a gem, truly. thank goodness we have The Warning Label People to keep us safe.

15 04 2009
tyra

that’s a gem, truly. thank goodness we have The Warning Label People to keep us safe.

15 04 2009
robotapocalypse

I’d bet money that those warnings have histories that point to specific (different) lawsuits.
My favorite warning is the one on Stouffer’s French Bread Pizza that tells me that the product might be dangerously hot after having been in the oven at around 425° for 36 minutes and that I should handle it with oven mitts. Really? I’d hope so. . . that’s kind of why I put it in the oven to begin with.

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