Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Who needs memory tools?


So far I haven't mentioned that I am also into translations and work freelance from home. Yesterday as I was looking for something - a mosaic of the goddess of justice to be precise, as I was translating legal material and wanted to post a little something about it - I came across a mosaic of goddess Mnimosini - Μνημοσύνη or Μνήμη (Memory or Remembrance) and the association between mosaic and translation was spontaneous as most translators use what we call CAT tools - computer assisted translation tools or Translation Memory tools. I am 99% convinced that this association is very crazy. But it's ok.

I came to realise (besides having a part of my brain malfunctioning seen the weird associations between things and pictures) that:

1. How seriously traditional I am
2. What a good memory I have (only when it comes to translating....!)
3. Why am I doing something else and not what I really love to do? (I know the answer and it's quite valid I am afraid).
4. Is it sane to do what finds you or to find what you want?
5. How ageless some concepts or principles are ! (the ancients had a goddess for memory - today isn't memory a precious brain function? ooops is that food burning ?)

As a result of the accidental encounter with Mnimosini mosaic and on the spur of the moment I decided that perhaps it's time that I learned some basic CAT tools...maybe

7 comments:

  1. Καλημέρα από την Κύπρο , σε ευχαριστώ πολύ που σήμερα μου έδωσες την ευκαιρία να επισκεφτώ τη Αγία Σοφία μέσα από αυτό το καταπληκτικό virtual tour !!!! χάζεψα για αρκετή ώρα το μοναδικό αυτό μνημείο του Βυζαντινού Πολιτισμού. Πολύ μου άρεσε και το μωσαικό της τελευταίας σου ανάρτησης με την Θεά Μνημοσύνη είναι υπέροχο. Καλή συνέχεια !!!

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  2. OK... seriously... you and I have so many things in common! I know exactly how you feel...

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  3. I totally just remembered that mosaic is from Antioch (no kidding). But mostly because last summer I read an excellent book by Christine Kondoleon about the glass composition of the ancient mosaics of Antioch.

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  4. Ευχαριστώ πολύ για την επίσκεψή σου και το σχόλιό στο ιστ. μου.
    Το εκτιμώ ιδιαίτερα.
    Εχω περάσει και εγω απο το ιστολ. το δικό σου μέσα απο τον ART-TRAVELLER αλλά δεν σκέφτηκα να αφήσω σχόλιο στα εληνικά.
    Μετά το είδα πολύ επαγγελματικό και το μετάνιωσα.
    Να όμως που δόθηκε η ευκαιρία να επιοινωνήσουμε.
    Ασχολείσαι με ψηφιδωτο
    Μου αρέσει πολύ.
    Ασχολούμαι και εγω ερασιτεχνικά αλλά θα ήθελα να το μάθω καλύτερα.
    κάποια στιγμή θα κάνω κάποια ανάρτηση.
    Τα έργα σου μου αρέσουν πολύ.
    καλή σου νύχτα και πάλι σε ευχαριστώ.
    vasiliki

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  5. Hi! Thanks for your comment : ) You asked how many hours I painted a day...hmmm, it varies. Usually anywhere from 2 to 4. Sometimes more : ) Your work is lovely as well! Best,
    Kim

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  6. Διάβασα το σχόλιο που μου άφησες.
    Μια αδιάκριτη ερώτηση. Μένεις αθήνα;;; Εχεις e-mail να σε ρωτήσω κάτι που θέλω;;
    Σε ευχαριστώ

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  7. Hey, me again :)
    About the things we have in common -In your post you asked 'Is it sane to do what finds you or to find what you want?' -and that's something I have asked myself too.

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