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  1. Boy, you're fast! Thanks for the Swiss spaghetti farmers - I missed that (Keko has nice food but is super-loud). Thanks to everyone for coming, including our newest recruit (? member? victim? draftee? fledgeling? convert?), and MANY thanks to Gen for taking notes at lightning speed without a pen or notebook in sight. (Luddite, moi?)


    Dampfnudeln at the Dult: Schiebls Kaffeehaferl, with an interior that hasn't changed since the 1970s. In the row of the Dult that runs parallel to Gebsattelstrasse (big beer garden at the far end, pony rides at the other). Dampfnudeln as large as a small pillow, but light and fluffy. Mei, san die guat.


    For the next meetup, maybe the week before Whit (4th to 7th June)? Or after Whit, 11th to 14th.


  2. Film subtitle translators bemoan the industry's dismissive attitude to their work

    Makes sense - as anyone will know who's ever been expected to deliver an overnight translation of an in-depth article, over which the author has spent days or weeks...


    Bumping this up again, also to ask whether anyone has any preferences as to date:


    1. crusoe May 2,7,8

    2. Gen May 2,7,8

    3. sysg May 2, 7, 8

    4. rappy May 2, 7, 8


    If we take Thursday 2nd we could meet at Keko, the Turkish place by the Auer Dult (which runs from Saturday April 27th to Sunday 5th May). 


  3. Yay, this is looking like a plan :)


    In other news, MS Editor's German info page reveals its secret plans to conquer the world on behalf of an Eastern European country:



    Mit dem Editor können Sie das Schreiben in Word, Outlook und PowerPoint verbessern, indem Sie Wörter und Ausdrücke identifizieren, für die möglicherweise mehr Polnisch benötigt wird. 


    In the same breath, Microsoft, you have the temerity to ask whether you should translate my document for me. You'll need a whole lot more Polnisch before I ever ask you to do that.


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    If I could gatecrash your Singspiel with expert explanations, I'd pay very good money for that...


    Carla Valentine, alias The Chick and the Dead, is the curator of Barts Hospital Pathology Museum in London (and a member of Caitlin Doughty's Order of the Good Death). Her Youtube page has a few videos, but Caitlin's has a whole lot more. Both of them have fabulous hair.


    Meistertask was the task / project management software we talked about.


    After a bit of digging, I realised I picked up my firm belief that Frederick the Great never bathed from Anthony Burgess in "Enderby": 


    He had once read in some women's magazine a grim apothegm he had never forgotten: "Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace." On the other hand, Frederick the Great had never bathed in his life; his corpse had been a rich mahogany colour.

    And I'd rather go on believing it than research more and find out it's not true. But you go right ahead if you want. The stuff about Frederick and the potatoes is true, though.

    Segue into the Munich Potato Museum, unfortunately "temporarily closed", which leads us to the Long Night of Museums (19th October), the Long Night of Music (5th May), Munich Film Festival (27th June - 6th July), Munich Fantasy Film Festival (13th - 14th April), and Munich Documentary Film Festival (8th - 19th May)


    We touched on crisis actors and emotional labour / mental load ("You should've asked" is one of my faves).


    And 419 scammers - those "I have 30 million dollars on an account and I want to share them with YOU" mails - captured in such detail on; for more about scam-baiters see this NY Times article. And for a neat link to marketing, there's Marketing Lessons from Nigerian Scammers.


    And finally, cashless payments, especially Swish in Sweden.


    Got all that? Good. There'll be an exam next time.








  5. Hi and welcome, soyoungsogone, you did it perfectly! Veteran Zefy forgot to add herself though :lol:

    The 29th is OK for everyone so I'll fix it as the date.


    As always, PLEASE PLEASE let me know asap if you can't come - we always meet in restaurants, not bars, and a few people more or less can sometimes make a big difference to table arrangements etc. We don't want to get a reputation as annoying gits who reserve for 10 and only 5 turn up...


    1) Crusoe

    2) MunichMom 

    3) Gen

    4) soyoungsogone

    5) Zefy



  6. Right then! All that St Patrick's Day nonsense is over and it looks like spring is on the way (famous last words). How about another meetup? I see the Alter Hof has changed hands (again) and is now Lump, Stein & Küchenmeister. Same Franconian food  (see Speisekarte). No idea whether it's as discussion-friendly as it used to be, but if we don't go, we won't know. Interested?


    Suggested dates: Tuesday 26th, Friday 29th, Wednesday 3rd April, Thursday 4th April, Friday 5th April... 


    Same signup procedure as every yah, James.


    1) crusoe - all dates





  7. Very good article, MM, thanks for posting! Gen posted a link on FB too. From some people's comments, seems they actually like not being able to hear their fellow diners. Generation divide? 


    Gen, thanks for the many and various links. Did we actually, y'know, talk about, like, translation at all? Oh, and what was behind that door opposite?


    We also talked a lot about allotments (see what I did there?), including the Three Sisters method. I didn't know that sunflowers are not a good choice as a Fourth Sister because they're allelopathic, but bee balm is fine apparently, and you can make tea from it.


    There was talk of laptop bags that looked businesslike rather than luggage-like; the one I used was a Samsonite, this one. Looks neat, fits laptop, lots of useful pockets, very comfortable.


    Orthorexia is the eating disorder which was mentioned. And to counter it, eat lots of zacusca, it's full of vegetables AND delicious.


    And a pronunciation comparison of "ayte"/"et" morphed into a "neither"/"neether" discussion. Results: US and Canada: definitely "ayte" at all times, GB: "et" is old, "ayte" is newer; as in so many cases *cough* *shoehorn* *cough*, the country is divided on this one. "Neither"/"neether": that link makes the same distinction between older and newer pronunciation and wags a finger at "American influence". I knew it would be that pesky Donald Trump all along *shoehorn grows to giant size and explodes*



  8. Hi there Forrester, welcome! And of course we'd be very happy to see you at a meetup - we have a spare space tonight if you'd like to join us at short notice. Otherwise just keep an eye out for announcements and sign up on the thread. Hope to see you soon, or even very soon.


    Troubie, sorry not to be seeing you tonight and hope you can make it next time!




  9. Hm...


    1) crusoe 25th

    2) Troubie 25th

    3) Gen 25th

    4) rappy 25th

    5) MunichMom - any date except the 25th...


    Seems the 25th is the day. Sorry, MunichMom, but I know our paths will cross another day and another way - and when they do I want to hear all about those changes...


    Now, venues. As we're probably not rolling in cash after Christmas, how about Cafe Mozart at Sendlinger Tor?  I confess I haven't been there, but I know a couple of TT talky-type groups meet there, or used to, so I'm guessing/hoping it's not massively loud. Happy to take other ideas on board too, though.




  10. Thanks for the information, Choc! I won't be able to make it but expect a full report from you two as spies...


    So Happy New Year to all of you out there, and hope you all made it hale and hearty into 2019. Wishing you a sparkly and sensational year! 

    Looking forward to seeing you again - we had fun at Kabul in December, which btw is superb for conversations where everyone can hear everyone. A rarity! 

    So let's talk dates. Week 4? (Mon 21st to Fri 25th Jan). All date suggestions welcome...


  11. I've been contacted by someone looking for a translator from English to German for an autobiography of around 20,000 words to be self-published. She says the language is relatively straightforward. Quotes should reflect the fact that she is financing the project herself. The book should be finished this month some time so the translation would likely be needed in January or February.


    PM me for direct contact details. And please, no time-wasters - you should either be a native speaker or enquiring on behalf of one, and preferably have some experience of translating large-scale projects.