“The Unbearable Lightness of Being” Milan Kundera- Part I

Hey, it’s been a while. I’ve actually been studying for so much time i didn’t even have time to sit down and write something. But today i failed my first exam, so I guess it’s a good opportunity to come back.

I’m reading this AMAZING books by Milan Kundera and i just wanted to share some blowminding quotes. This are from the first part of the book : Lightness and weight

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“The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground. But in love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man’s body.The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?”

“Her drama was a drama not of heaviness but of lightness. What fell to her lot was not the burden, but the unbearable lightness of being.”

“There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always like a sketch. No, “sketch” is not quite a word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch for nothing, an outline with no picture.”

“Looking out over the courtyard at the dirty walls, he realized he had no idea whether it was hysteria or love.”

“Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love.”

“A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.”

“for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”

“Necessity, weight, and value are three concepts inextricably bound: only necessity is heavy, and only what is heavy has value”

“In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia.”

“For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”

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How to translate your very first file in SDL Trados Studio 2014

This helped me so much today 🙂

Signs & Symptoms of Translation

This post will walk you through your very first translation in SDL Trados Studio 2014. 

I recommend doing a test run to get familiar with the basics before you take on your first paid project with Studio. There are lots of beginners’ guides and videos out there, but most are based on sample files and existing translation memories and termbases. Let’s make it even easier. We’ll start from scratch.

I suggest you write two or three sentences in a Word document in your source language and translate the file using Studio. For your very first test run don’t even use bold or italics. Let’s keep it dead simple.

Open Studio from your desktop.

Studio home screen

  1. Go to the Welcome view
  2. Make sure you’re in the Home tab
  3. Click Translate Single Document

Browse to your Word file. Click “open”.

Open Document window:

Open Document wizard

  1. Check that your source and target languages are correct.
  2. Click

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“I’m Not a Feminist, But . . .”: Liberal Feminism

This is so relevant

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves from the feminist movement. I can’t possibly explain or guess them all. But I can explain the different types of feminism according to Rosemarie Tong’s book Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (2009). There are many types of feminism, and we know that “all feminists do not think alike” (p. 1). However, labeling different schools of thought help us to “mark the range of different approaches, perspectives, and frameworks a variety of feminists have used to shape both their explanations for women’s oppression and their proposed solutions for its elimination” (p. 1).

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This series will outline and define the many feminisms. Maybe you’ll be able to identify where you agree and disagree with feminist thought.

Today’s focus…

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10 Facts You Don’t Know About The Lord of the Rings

101 Books

Between Tolkien’s immense novel and Peter Jackson’s incredible adaptation, The Lord of the Rings has more interesting little tidbits than every novel I’ve read from the list combined.

I found this exhaustive list of “facts you never knew” on Empire Online, so I thought I’d share 10 of my favorites with you.

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TEDxFiDiWomen : Jackson Katz “Violence against women”


Que lindo es ver cuando la gente defiende lo que piensa y no se queda callado, porque como dice él (O mejor dicho Luther King)” In the end what will hurt the most is not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. “. Que lindo es ver que alguien quiera ayudar a la gente a entender ciertos términos que están implantados en la gente con un significado erróneo como “feminismo”, que no se trata de tener beneficios para el género femenino ni odiar a los hombres, si no de ser iguales y citando a Jackson “Que cuando la alguien digan “genero” no se piense en las mujeres, que cuando alguien diga “orientación sexual” no se piense en los homosexuales, que cuando alguien diga “raza” no se piense en las personas de tez oscura, que se deje de poner toda la atención en las víctimas y en los que ellos hacen, y empezar a mirar a los géneros dominantes”. Que lindo es ver que la gente se anime a no estar callado y dejar de culpar a las víctimas y decir cosas como “algo habra hecho”, “y.. viste como se vestía”, “y bueno, si ella lo eligió que se la banque”, que la gente deje de defender y justificar los abusos en todas sus maneras, y no solo con las mujeres, porque como Jackson dice “Llamar a la violencia de género un asunto de mujeres es parte del problema. Le da a muchos hombres una excusa para no prestar atención.” Bueno nada, ojala todos vean este video y los haga pensar aunque sea unos minutos.

“Those of us men who don’t speak up — who don’t make it clear to our friends that we don’t accept their sexist behavior and beliefs — our silence is a form of complicity”

Some gifs of the interview:

 

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Comics by Luchie

Hello everybody!

Important week for me today, all this week i’m seating for the entrance exam at University so i’m a bit nervous (Well…..  A LOT). But of course, istead of being studying procastination won and here i am, posting.

Today i am posting about some comics i found on Tumblr. I’ve actually seen them a while ago, i today i came across them again so i decided to post a few of them here, as i think they are AMAZING. I mean not only the dialogues but the drawing (specially the Introversion one) is just magnificient. So all my applause to the creator, “Luchie”. You can find all of her comics here: http://heyluchie.tumblr.com/ and also contact her (as i did). It’s really worth taking a look!

 

I’ll leave here some of my favourites:

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Another one:

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And by far my favourite:

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So i hope you liked this and that you go to her page and look at all the other comics that are really cool too!

Wish me luck in my exams ❤

You know you’re an English student when…

So true, we students are so bookish!

Classicritique

1. You insult people with terminology.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

“You’re an oxymoron!”

“Yeah, then you’re an idiom!

(Also, note the recurring bad pun in the picture to the right. Oh yes, that’s all my work.)

2. After reading poetry, your thoughts start to rhyme.

“I am hungry and I fancy some cake, but my mum didn’t show me how to bake. Maybe I will have dinner first tonight, but my parents aren’t watching to see if I’m polite, and cake is just too hard to resist, and will this awful rhyming please desist?”

3. You are amazed when a lecturer knows about Youtube.

“It’s not the clear sheets for the old projector what-you-call-‘ems today!”

“It’s not even VHS.”

“What is this sorcery?”

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Hands of time

Well, I’ve just came back from a College party where i realised a lot of things about a boy, relationships and stuff that had been going on in my life that I really want to talk but I don’t feel like today.  This leads me to talk about regrets.

I did not want to go to this party tonight, i had this bad feeling somewhere that was telling me not to go. But of course, i thought it was my anxiety, so I thought, why should i let it win? I should overcome this, i’m stronger and i should be okay with this social situations. So I went, and it was as awkward as it could get. Nothing in specific but just when you feel that you don’t fix. Not because of people, but because it wasn’t what you expect it. So maybe, in some part of me i regret having gone because i found out about something that really hurtted me and i could have avoided that.

However, what are experiences if we don’t take the chance? I mean I’m sure that if i had stayed at home as it was more comfortable i would have regretted so much not going and on Monday seeing everybody talking about that. So yes, maybe i prefer to have a tiny bad time – okay, this may affect me for a while but this is not the matter than regretting at all not having gone and doubting what would have happened.

I’m just going to leave this song I really like here.. it talks about that, regretting stuff and leaving the mistakes behind. There is not much we can do about it. I should take note about this..