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Archive for September, 2007

I survived Soria 2006-2007

Posted by Schnecke on September 25, 2007

I am moving once again (and unfortunately I’m afraid it won’t be the last time).

From September 17th I will be living closer to Asturias than Madrid.

It’s been two weeks since I was in Soria for the last time and I thought it would be nice to say goodbye to you all with this post… I’ll see you around!!

Best of the best for all of you!   ….. you know who….. MJ, S,— A, —M, F, E, L, M, G, E, JL, P, — N, S, MJ, F,— J, M, A, —M, L, MA … but especially to all those who didn’t expect to find something ‘like that’ in Soria…

Due to my being fully devoted to studying for my exams next June :-s  I might be a little absent from the blog (or else I will write about the boring stuff I’ll be reading every day for my exams) either way you may get bored and not come back again. So I leave here a few links that I enjoy reading when I have free time (I used to have some)…

“Did you not have time to watch the classics of all time?” This web is a riot, have a look at it and let me know if you liked it… (Thanks to Halón Disparado).

One of the best blogs (in Spanish…) and another one (also Spanish, sorry).

If you’d like to start a blog visit The Traffic Blog.

Some of my friends’ blogs, all of them in Spanish: Moker, Pearl Van and Morgan.

I hope to come back soon….Be good!!


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Thanks for reading me…

Posted by Schnecke on September 10, 2007

(Sorry this is a fairly self-concerned post.)

I have been learning some things about blogs and WordPress. From Moker I learnt how to add a site-meter to my blog. The one he had did not work for WordPress so I had to find one that worked with my blog. Visiting other WordPress blogs, I found SiteMeter, very similar to the Blog Patrol (or at least, similar enough… it counted visits, haha).

Now that I have it installed I visit my SiteMeter every now and then and it is very interesting (and surprising!) to see that some people spend more than one hour visiting my blog… I don’t think there’s so much to see!!!

Well, there must be because it’s happened several times… I’m REALLY surprised and happy about that and now I only wish that one of those people who enjoy reading my blog leave a comment with their opinion (somebody apart from siblings and cousins -thanks Morgan, Moker and Intuition).

I repeat that eeeeeeeeeeeeeverybody is welcomed to leave their comment whichever it might be. And from yesterday on, you don’t have to wait for me to approve your comments.

People from Galicia, Extremadura, Andalucia, …I know there’s somebody out there reading me… don’t be shy… come out and comment……………. if you wish.


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He had a dream

Posted by Schnecke on September 9, 2007

I have recently watched for the first time the whole ‘I have a dream’ speech delivered on the steps of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963. I had, of course, read a lot about it, heard some parts once and again,… but I had never watched it complete. I want to share it with you, in case you have never seen it either, or if you have, you may enjoy watching it again.

It is a bit long. But I think it is worth it.

The first minutes warmed up the atmosphere, on minute 9 the speech starts to be inquestionably moving and starts to go for the climax with ‘Let us not wallow in the valley of dispair. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream …’ going up and up to the end. This last part starts around minute 12.

Watch Video

See full transcription of the speech …

PS. By the way, for all of you who have ever commented on my blog and have seen that I have a quite awkward process of approving all comments, I let you know that I have finally changed that. From now on your comments will be automatically approved. So feel free to (responsibly) comment on any post you read!!

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How long is it gonna take us?!

Posted by Schnecke on September 5, 2007

…. …. …. ….  

I think the video is enough comment about the topic. It is a teenager’s speech on climate change which was delivered in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) also known as the Earth Summit. It took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 3rd to 14th, 1992. It’s been more than 15 years since that summit. 

Watch Video

I thank Isabel Perez for her amazing compilation work …

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‘I love it when a plan comes together!’

Posted by Schnecke on September 3, 2007

The famous catch phrase used by Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith in The A Team was wisely translated into Spanish by ‘¡Me encanta que los planes salgan bien!’… Everyone my age remembers that. The field of translation is very complex and decisions have to be made bearing in mind a lot of elements. Fairly often, when a TV series or film is translated / dubbed some ‘details’ need to be adapted to the new language and/or culture. A proper name may have inappropriate connotations in the target culture, for example. (There are some very good examples to illustrate my point but … I don’t recall any at the moment


In the case of The A Team, the translators into Spanish did some changes to adapt to the Spanish viewers:

Sgt. ‘B.A.’ Barracus (‘B.A. standing for ‘Bad Attitude’, as explained in The Pilot) changed to M.A. Barracus (‘M.A.’ standing for ‘Very Aggressive’ in Spanish Muy Agresivo).

Capt. H.M. Murdock was not translated but the initials stand for ‘Howling Mad’ in English and sometimes the group refer to him as Loco Aullador in Spanish – a very awkward nickname…

Finally, Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck is called Fénix in the Spanish version.

It is funny how one thing leads you to another. This topic came to my mind yesterday as I was watching the first episode of The IT Crowd (I highly recommend watching it … lots of laugh and very geeky. Wonderful shot with Jen’s job interview at the beginning!!!). On the first episode Denholm claimed that the names of the characters in his admired A Team were Bodie, Doyle, Tiger and the Jewellery Man  — he was partly confusing the A Team with The Professionals and partly just making up the names …

Going back to The IT Crowd, everything I have seen so far is a blast – the characters, the set, the dialogues … I have only seen the first three chapters, though. I hope it doesn’t jump the shark. I hear that NBC is preparing an American version of the series taking Moss from the original cast overseas. I hope the series lasts for a loooooong time and that we can eventually enjoy it here in Spain with a good translation/dubbing.

Thanks to Morgan for coming over yesterday and sharing The IT Crowd with me. You’re my favourite brother! 😉

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Did you know that … the original nursery rhyme went like this?

Posted by Schnecke on September 2, 2007

Well,  It’s about time I started to post about one of my favourite subjects… Trivia about TV shows and films. And this first ‘Trivia’ post is about one of the many hilarious gags of that wonderful show Friends … Ah! So many good laughs!!

In ‘The One with the Thumb’ (Chapter 1.3 of Friends) Phoebe sings a nursery rhyme that is supposed to go as follows …

 There was a crooked man

Who had a crooked smile

Who lived in a shoe

For a while …

 As I am not a native speaker of English I do not know if that nursery rhyme is quite/a bit/very famous for native speakers. From the puzzled look on Ross’ face we see that Phoebe doesn’t remember the words of the song properly (or else, remembers her own version of the rhyme, learnt from her mother before she killed herself? from the famous ‘albino guy’ she lived with before he also killed himself?…?)

These are the TWO original songs that gave way to ‘The Crooked Man Who lived in a Shoe’:

There was a Crooked Man 

There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

There was an old Woman who lived in a shoe 

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children she didn’t know what to do!
So she gave them some broth without any bread,
And she whipped them all soundly and sent them to bed!

Not exactly smooth the words of those old nursery rhymes … but that’s off the topic.

Blog to you soon. 

Please, submit any comments you may have on this post. Thanks!

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