The Art of Translation

+ We have time machines and don't really use them. Also: Dude, we’re worried about today. (#449)

I've updated the archive of the Weekly Filet last week. The treasure trove now holds 2312 recommended links since 2011, each and every one of them manually curated over the years. You can search for something you're interested in, browse the collections, or try your luck with the time machine.

Prefer some fresh recommendations? Say no more, let's have a look:

1. The Art of Translation

For everyday use, machine translation is pretty much a solved problem. However, when translations must not only be correct, but precise; when we want the translation to be as close as possible to the original not only in meaning, but in rhythm, texture and emotion, expert human translation remains unparalleled. The craft and art of translation, beautifully illustrated with two one-sentence examples.

The Art of Translation
See how a translator carries a book from one language to another, line by line.

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2. Multi-layered calendars

Some interesting reflections on the closest thing we have to time machines: calendars. How is it that we accept them to be such a blunt tool for such a crucial task: making sure we use our limited time wisely.

Multi-layered calendars
Calendars cover the entire spectrum of time. Past, present and future. They are the closest thing we have to a time machine. Calendars allow us to travel forward in time and see the future. More importantly, they allow us to change the future.

3. ​What to Do with Climate Emotions​

«People say this new generation has ‘eco-anxiety,’ that they’re worried about the future, and I’m, like, ‘Dude, we’re worried about today.’» A compelling read that underscores the psychological toll of the climate crisis and the importance of addressing it.

What to Do with Climate Emotions
If the goal is to insure that the planet remains habitable, what is the right degree of panic, and how do you bear it?