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>Naked Translations?

In Evangelist,Localization,Sinometrics,Translation Services on January 8, 2008 by mstevensrev

>No this is not a new marketing scheme from Sinometrics. Since I have switched to Google Reader I have been checking out the recommendations they make for me to add in my news feed. Nice service Google!

Today they recommended Naked Translations Translation Blog. After checking it out is is really cool. For those who have interest in where words/common expressions come from this will definitely interest you. Enjoy.



>Psalm 98

In Evangelist,Psalms,Theology on August 14, 2007 by mstevensrev


98:1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
2 The Lord has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
8 Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
9 before the Lord, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.

Most of the songs we got have need to be changed.  One of my favorite authors, Anne Lamont, says we have records playing in our heads…one says we are the greatest thing ever to exist and the other says we are worthless and it is only in those moments when those stop and we have silence that we actually know who we are.  The Psalms say sing a new song, because God is good.

We join in with the earth, creation is celebrating the return of God because what is happening to it isn’t all that great. C.S. Lewis pictured in in The Chronicles of Narnia, as forever winter but never Christmas, and upon the kings return the snow began to melt. 

We join our instruments and voices with that of the hills and rivers to celebrate the return of our God the king.  He is good and will judge, rightly mind you, all people with equity.  I don’t know the full extent of what that means, and I am sad of theologians who believe they do.  Often they are merely promoting their own idea of equity and claiming it is God’s.  Sadly I know I am not equitable, I watch out for myself, those I like, and especially those I love often in ways that are not good.  So thankfully it is not me who gets to judge at the end of time, I would do a horrible job of it.  My hope is in a God who can do it, better than I could ever imagine.

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>Word of the day: Grace

In Evangelist,Word of day on August 14, 2007 by mstevensrev


Grace is a word that my time as a pastor taught me, is used all the time but very few people get it.  Bono went for it in U2 song Grace.
Grace Lyrics

I have even written stories about it and include it as the central them of my preaching.  Check out my Teddy Bear Post.

Last night Karin and I celebrated eight years of marriage (our anniversary is actually in six days but we got someone to watch the kid).  There is no better picture of grace in my life then my marriage.  I got married at 22 years old, and was a wanker.  Karin put up with a really hard person to deal with (still am) in me, and yet she would never see it that way.  Also as clueless and young as we were we were given an amazing and wonderful daughter.  Grace is more than a second chance, it is getting much more than you deserve.  Grace is celebrating eight years of marriage and knowing that God willing it is just the beginning of my time with Karin and being excited about it.

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>Psalm 95

In church,Evangelist,Psalms,Theology on August 8, 2007 by mstevensrev


95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
9 when your fathers put me to the test
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10 For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
and they have not known my ways.”
11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter my rest.”

Praise flows from a grateful heart.  In order to praise God you must know what he has done for you.  I love how this Psalm commands, sings, and provides the story!  There is nothing too high or too low for God, it is all his.

Sheep is one of those images that cuts both ways.  They are beautiful on the hillside, important to the economy, yet they are stupid and take lots of work and attention to maintain.  We are the sheep of God’s pasture.  God also warns us about those who have gone before and blown it.  Remember.  Take your time, long to enter into God’s rest.

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>Psalm 94:16-23

In church,Evangelist,Psalms,Theology on August 8, 2007 by mstevensrev


16 Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Who stands up for me against evildoers?
17 If the Lord had not been my help,
my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
18 When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.
20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
those who frame injustice by statute?
21 They band together against the life of the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord has become my stronghold,
and my God the rock of my refuge.
23 He will bring back on them their iniquity
and wipe them out for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will wipe them out.

So part one of this Psalm was all about a God who disciplines his people.  Now we move into the part I like better.  Discipline hurts, watching those who mess with me get what they desire, now that is what I am talking about.  God stands up to those folks.  This is freeing for a number of reasons, one of them is it means vengeance doesn’t even have to be on my radar.  I can worry about other things.

So if God grabs my foot when it slips why do I feel knocked around pretty good most days?  What a mystery.  His consolations cheer my soul, that’s true. 

Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute?  This is a hard one.  Rhetorical? I’ll let you decide, he he.

God gets back, he wipes them out.  Not only do I need to be concerned about my mark on the world, but I need to  think about what will happen to and with my children.  Being wiped out doesn’t fare too well for their sake much less mine. 

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>Localization Resources

In Evangelist,Localization,Translation Services on August 6, 2007 by mstevensrev

>Those who are in my industry take great pride in the work before them. There is a commitment to publish and submit articles and continue to think about the development of language and how it relates to technology. I find it very interesting. Almost as much as the Art and technology classes I took in my undergraduate studies.

I am always reading and searching for articles and different resources related to my work. Today I came across one that is about ten years old, and it is helpful to give me some perspective on where we have already come, and how the landscape has shifted.

A few of the themes I find still true today are the rapid advancement of technology in the field of localization. Also the idea that the service we offer saves companies money rather than having entire departments dedicated to the work. Overall the summary of this translator is pretty good and shows a understanding of the large task ahead of him in the field, what we are dealing with no is some seriously significant differences in who the major players are in the industry, and the advancement of software and hardware in every area of the process.