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Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks

on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 21:24
All those men were there inside,
when she came in totally naked.
They had been drinking: they began to spit.
Newly come from the river, she knew nothing.
She was a mermaid who had lost her way.
The insults flowed down her gleaming flesh.
Obscenities drowned her golden breasts.
Not knowing tears, she did not weep tears.
Not knowing clothes, she did not have clothes.
They blackened her with burnt corks and cigarette stubs,
and rolled around laughing on the tavern floor.
She did not speak because she had no speech.
Her eyes were the colour of distant love,

Road of the Ring: Translation Trivia

on Thu, 12/29/2005 - 19:28

In Japan "Lord of the Rings" is just as popular as in other countries. The title is a phonetic transcription of the English title. Now, as many of you may know, the Japanese have a sound that falls directly between English "L" and "R", and makes it simultaneously impossible for most Japanese to say either, and equally impossible for them to tell the difference between them in phonetic transcriptions. Thus:

"Lord of the Rings" becomes "Lodo obu za Lingu"

My Drupal book has arrived!

on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 12:04

Today I received a very nice package in the mail; my Drupal book is finally available!

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When I first met Dries Buytaert, in February in Antwerp, we discussed the need for a book explaining how to use Drupal. We agreed that such a book would be a great asset to the many people who are becoming interested in our great software. Since I had already decided that it was my goal to write a Drupal book, I expressed this to Dries. Soon after the conference, Dries was approached by Matt Wade, an editor at Apress, about writing 1/3 of a book about building online communities. The other 2/3 would discuss phpBB and WordPress, two other immensely popular projects that address different niches. As Dries was too busy with his studies to write a book, he introduced me to Matt. The result was a project that lasted until October; writing the first book about Drupal. I knew that I would need lots of support, and therefore asked James Walker to be the technical editor. This turned out to be a very good move, as James is a "Drupal Rockstar" who always knows the smallest technical details, and has worked with many many clients and other people to know which parts of Drupal are hard to grasp, and where the hidden sticking points are. He helped me decide how to present the many concepts and capabilities that are not always intuitive.