Gute Fahrt: Lost in German translation

Gute Fahrt: Lost in German translation

Originally posted on Global News:

The German language is similar to English in many ways. Lots of words sound approximately the same in both languages:

  • Apple = Apfel
  • Bed = Bett
  • House = Haus

But not all words match so closely, with occasionally hilarious results for English speakers.


A PSA on the Berlin subway

A sign on Berlin’s subway warning people to hold onto their things for a safe ride. Note how the force of the fahrt takes her off her feet.

This is the one guaranteed to make every English speaker giggle like a six-year-old. The H is silent, so it’s pronounced Fart.

Fahrt in German is a verb meaning “drive” – from the infinitive “fahren”, “to drive”. It’s the third person singular: “Suzanne fahrt” means “Suzanne drives.”

It’s also a noun. So it’s perfectly acceptable in German to wish someone a “Gute Fahrt” – a “Good trip”… though probably not to the bathroom.

Not all Hamburgers are for eating

This one is…

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St. Louis Round-Up


Originally posted on Sarah Kendzior:

Like many others in St. Louis, I’ve spent the last two weeks furious, grieving, afraid, and inspired by the protesters and caring citizens of this beautiful, broken city. I have a few new articles coming out, and I’ll post them once they are online. But for now, here are some older pieces that shed light on St. Louis and the issues we face.

The view from flyover country (5/12/13)

Op-ed on St. Louis, the good and the bad. I’ll always be grateful for Al Jazeera English – the international Al Jazeera — for taking interest in St. Louis when most US outlets told me it was irrelevant.

In St Louis, you re-evaluate fair. In St Louis, you might have it bad, but someone’s got it worse. This is the view from flyover country, where the rich are less rich and the poor are more poor and everyone has fewer things to lose.

The symbol…

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Firechat’s new update makes it easier for Burners to chat their friends in the WiFi-less desert

Firechat’s new update makes it easier for Burners to chat their friends in the WiFi-less desert

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Chat room application FireChat has a new update out just in time for Burning Man. With its latest version, FireChat users now have set handles that no one else can use. The username will stay the same for one person, unless they create a brand new account under a new email address. Their username will be their own, and no one else will be able to use it.

If you haven’t heard of FireChat, the application allows people who are near each other to message in big group chats even without access to a cell signal. You can’t send private messages, but you can create a public chat room and invite your friends to it, using it to coordinate and communicate when texts and WhatsApps won’t go through. As you might imagine, it could be a crowd favorite at dense festivals like Burning Man and Coachella.

The introduction of official usernames in the app might not sound like a big…

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Eldercare: The Forgotten Feminist Issue.



been there on one side…will eventually be there on the other — but not, I hope, too soon

Originally posted on hoodfeminism:

(This was written late last year; I pitched it a few places but received little interest. I’m posting it here because, well, it’s an important conversation.)

One of my favorite pictures of my mom.

Mom, back in the day.

As I write this my mother is fast asleep in a nursing home, her third stint in 15 months. It is a heartbreaking thing, watching your parent slowly succumb to her mortality. You try to prepare yourself for the call you’ll get in the middle of the night from a nurse reluctant to give you the news you’ve been dreading for years. But no amount of preparation will ready you for that call. No amount of alcohol will lessen the pain. Even writing about it is hard because it forces you to deal with an absolute, inescapable truth. She is dying, and you are powerless to stop it.

The woman I now visit several times a week is not…

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Why Write A Novel?


Originally posted on The Dish:

The Spanish novelist Javier Marías sees seven reasons not to bother and only one to give it a shot:

Writing novels allows the novelist to spend much of his time in a fictional world, which is really the only or at least the most bearable place to be. This means that he can live in the realm of what might have been and never was, and therefore in the land of what is still possible, of what will always be about to happen, what has not yet been dismissed as having happened already or because everyone knows it will never happen. The so-called realistic novelist, who, when he writes, remains firmly installed in the real world, has confused his role with that of the historian or journalist or documentary-maker. The real novelist does not reflect reality, but unreality, if we take that to mean not the unlikely or the fantastical…

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The politics of facebook


Originally posted on Mark Carrigan:

This post by Zeynep Tufekci on her Medium site is the best thing I’ve read yet about the recent facebook controversy.

I’m struck by how this kind of power can be seen as no big deal. Large corporations exist to sell us things, and to impose their interests, and I don’t understand why we as the research/academic community should just think that’s totally fine, or resign to it as “the world we live in”. That is the key strength of independent academia: we can speak up in spite of corporate or government interests.

To me, this resignation to online corporate power is a troubling attitude because these large corporations (and governments and political campaigns) now have new tools and stealth methods to quietly model our personality, our vulnerabilities, identify our networks, and effectively nudge and shape our ideas, desires and dreams. These tools are new, this power is new and…

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Las esculturas de Celia Zusman

Las esculturas de Celia Zusman

Originally posted on The Cuban Art Project:

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

Celia Zusman modela sus esculturas de una forma muy singular; intentando hacer su esculpido de forma no convencional. Sus estudios académicos de escultura la enseñaron a modelar en arcilla y yeso y así mismo, todo su aprendizaje la ha llevado a lograr de forma excelente sus acabados en bronce. Cualquier espectador puede ver claramente el proceso fascinante de su trabajo escultórico, asi como la artista conoce los límites de la materia, revelando el carácter original del bloque y una superficie sublime de lo maravilloso del bronce. Celia incorpora algunas influencias de maestros de la historia del arte, principalmente, Brancusi, pionero del modernismo y del minimalismo en la escultura contemporánea.

Las obras de Zusman están construidas en un estilo orgánico, de sensualidad femenina con una finalidad simbólica encantadora, que orienta al espectador a encontrar su visión artística e identidad ancestral. Aprovechando la belleza y la espiritualidad del ser…

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Books – them selfish creatures #rhizo14



I was working with Sam Armistead (this post would have enchanted him) on oral traditions (Spanish) right around the same time that I was also becoming involved (connected?) with the internet. Both worlds, so far apart in time and technology, never felt incompatible. I often find myself understanding/explaining networks in terms of oral traditions. This fits so well…another point of Sam’s was that print and oral went back and forth, fed each other.

Originally posted on Little did I know...:

Indian Headdress

Indian Headdress by John Dalkin (C) all rights reserved

Beauty is in the mind and soul of the bereader
Although reading a book might be a different experience every time you read it, it is still an alone experience. The different perceptions and insights we might have when reading the same book at different points in time are conjured up by the reader’s subjectivity, the fact that we are ever-changing creatures – inside and out. It is, nonetheless, an alone process. We could compare the experience to that of listening to a song being played in a very small room, and the sensory experiences that will ensue, and then playing that same song in a very large room, with entirely different acoustics. The sensory experience will certainly be a different one. The same music resonates differently in each scenario. Therefore, it could be said that it is the…

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Allies, Friends, and the Value of Utopian Visions

Allies, Friends, and the Value of Utopian Visions

Originally posted on tressiemc:

I am fortunate to claim economist Sandy Darity as a friend and mentor. I asked him once, after a barn burner of an academic lecture on reparations, why in God’s name would he go all in on something that doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of ever happening. “That’s what they once said about abolishing slavery,” he said.

I shut up.

And, I got to thinking.

For about six years now, I’ve been thinking about what it means to go all in on the improbable.

Ta-Nehisi Coates reintroduced the subject of reparations to public debate recently. I’m no Coates or Darity but I’ve been around just long enough to know how these debates are often truncated and misconstrued by the well-meaning and nefarious alike. I saw it happening in the responses. I jotted off a thing about how education is the exact wrong prescription for cumulative denial and violent…

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