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October 20, 2006 - Guyuan, China

Guyuans' Inviting Areola

Over the last week I’ve been getting my feet wet with some translation work.

I’ve been tasked with helping two fellow teachers translate documents from official State texts into English for a book that will be published on the many benefits of living in and visiting Ningxia.

No small task.

The texts are written by an unknown government official and they read like it. Any chance to flourish words, expound great virtues and dally on details is taken. Forget taken - it’s relished.

“The great Emperor Chengjisihan stationed troops of great, spent wonderful summer and died on this greatest mountain, contributing his illustratious name to the most high mountains’ greatness.”

Emperor Chengjisihan died hundreds of years ago and his treatment includes four uses of “great,” an “illustrious” (I can assume - spelling errors abound), a “wonderful” and a “most high” in one damn sentence.

You should read the section on Chairman Mao.

Slogging through these paragraphs requires a certain amount of adjectival fortitude.

My favorite so far has been a sentence on Guyuans’ history. Be forewarned, this is a sentence, not a paragraph.

“Guyuan is a beautiful city with a long history and in this lovely land, historical and cultural relics spread all over this area with the ruins of the Qin Dynasty Great Wall; Xiaoguan ,one of the four famous passes in Han Dynasty; the ruins of Kublakahn’s son’s mansion - An’xi Mansion in Yuan Dynasty and the rock caves in Mount Xumi; Guyuan Museum, one of the national important museums, making a concentrate and reappearance of Guyuan’s history and culture among thousands of years, is famous for its collection and study of the treasure of Yuanzhou; Xiji Ancient Coins Museum is the only county museum of ancient coins in the country, which was given a name “The first country of Ancient Coins in Huaxia”; all of these give Guyuan a very mysterious, interesting and inviting areola.”

Phew. Take a breath. Just to reiterate, that was a sentence.

And yes, that says “areola.”

» Link lovin’

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Inman Aesthetics - Web guru Inman goes time-based heap. I declare 2006 Q4 the quarter of big type.

Bubble Brain - Bubble are like elephants - they don’t forget - especially when you pinch one off.

Seals for the Common Man - Officiality in no time.

Sun goes Portable - Want to take over the world? Want to do it in badass style? Try Project Blackbox.

Jump! - What do Rodgers & Hammerstein, Simon & Schuster, Monroe and Nixon have in common? Philippe Halsman.

» The Jetsam of Note

After having just read the entirity of Frank Millers’ 300 - and loving the double-page spread - I am eagerly awaiting the movie. Let’s hope it satisfies visually like Sin City. Even U. Tex seems to think it’s not so bad.

Ok, I just had way too much fun making seals for our business website. Made some Chuck Norris ones, paved the moon, and made my own self-help tape casettes. Thanks for the zany link. We got a real kick out of it!

- Siobhan on a Saturday

my first thought was that you were way out of line with title, you had gone too far....

but after reading THE sentence, thought it was a good ending!

- Kasey on a Sunday
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