How to translate “fuck” into Catalan

One thing I like to do when I have time is to follow links from one web site to the next exploring new connections.

Today, starting from Transblawg, I found myself after several clicks reading a longish paper on The Translation and Dubbing of ‘Fuck’ into Catalan: The Case of From Dusk till Dawn by Dídac Pujol of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. From Dusk till Dawn / Obert fins a la matinada, by the way, is a film made in 1996 directed by Robert Rodriguez. Amazing what some people find to publish papers about – and in this case, even quoting 18 references to back up their arguments!

Six million pixels are enough

This week’s Economist has a report about the new Nikon D40 – a 6 megapixel digital SLR camera which undercuts its rivals by several hundred dollars. Their main point in the article subtitled Nikon’s new camera favours quality over quantity is that they think Nikon has recognized that chasing an ever-increasing number of pixels on the image sensor is not the way to go. Thank goodness – I have recently bought a Canon Ixus 60 (which you can deduce has 6 megapixels) and noticed it is becoming quite difficult to find a decent compact camera which doesn’t offer 8-10 megapixels and correspondingly low sensitivity / high noise CCD image sensors.