Over the past few months, I observed a blue-banded bee. I have observed that once in a while, the bee rests on a branch / twig. What makes this behaviour interesting? the fact that it rests on the branch / twig using it’s jaws, while keeping it’s body floating in the air. While doing so, it rubs it’s feet together. After this, it continues to rest while holding on with it’s jaws. Including a few pictures.
Presently, I am using vi, the editor to write bash/Bash scripts as part of a Big Data pipeline implementation. This story is of a typical day.
After a whole day of file editing using vi, I decided to draft an email using Outlook. After the email was done, I by habit pressed the ‘Esc’ key. And then I remembered that I was not using vi!!! Fortunately for me, Outlook threw up a dialog box asking conformation. Immediately I pressed the ‘cancel’ button and breathed a sign of relief. Then I clicked the ‘send’ button to safely send the email on its way.
Sometimes muscle memory is more powerful than the mind.
In India, given that we are a nation with multiple languages, many advertisements that are made either with English or Hindi voice-over / dialogues, are dubbed into other languages. I have noted that in many of the adverts, this job of translation is shoddy and seems like it has been done who do not know the target language.
Here is a recent example of an ice cream advert. The target language was Marathi. The advert shows a boy waiting for his friends, while holding a couple of ice cream cones in his hands. His friends meanwhile, are hiding behind a tree, expecting him to eat up the ice creams.
One of the friends who is hiding, says that we should go or the ice cream ‘virghalel’, which means ‘to dissolve’ in Marathi. The correct word to use is ‘vitalel’, which means ‘to melt’. When you look at it, ice cream does not dissolve by itself. It melts.
Such ads make me wonder if enough care has been taken while making them. The visuals are good, the audio track seems like a hack job.
Recently, I went for an overnight picnic with the extended family. As usual, I took many pictures. The number of pictures I took was more or less equal to the cumber I get over some weekends.
After going through the pictures, I realized that the most important difference was . . . the number of pictures that contained people, far surpassed the number of other pictures 🙂