Our sources in China have informed us, via coded telegraph, that Chang’an Mazda, the joint venture between China and Changan Automobile, is planning a “rotary announcement in six days.” Could this be the introduction of Mazda’s planned rotary range-extender engines for electric cars? The picture shows an original Mazda Cosmo, but I think it’s … [Read more...] about Mazda’s Chinese Branch Just Teased A Big Rotary Announcement
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In multicultural areas like San Francisco, doctors are increasingly looking to Google Translate to provide written instructions their patients can take home, so they stand a better chance of following medical advice. But is Translate trustworthy? Researchers at UC San Francisco say the answer is yes -- with some caveats. After analyzing 100 sets of emergency discharge … [Read more...] about Google translates doctor’s orders into Spanish and Chinese with few significant errors
by Karyn Lai Jonardon Ganeri has written a piece on this blog, with helpful suggestions on how non-experts may introduce materials from Indian philosophy into their thematically-organised courses. I follow up here with some suggestions for resources from Chinese philosophy. First, however, I’d also like to address a reason against, and one for, incorporating Chinese … [Read more...] about So You Want to Teach Some Chinese Philosophy?
Some 40 years ago, like many of my fellow undergraduates, I read One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel García Márquez. While plenty of my recollections of the novel have sadly faded since then, one remains indelible: the feeling of disorientation, of complete immersion in the book’s atmosphere, that lasted for nearly half an hour after I’d turned … [Read more...] about Is the translator a servant of the text or an original artist? – Mark Polizzotti
Guy Davenport / Poem by Mao Zedong In 1979, Guy Davenport’s second book of “stories” appeared: Da Vinci’s Bicycle. He was fifty-one. I put quotation marks around the word stories because almost nothing happens in any of them. When they’re good, they’re good for other reasons. Davenport was a disciple of Ezra Pound and James Joyce, and … [Read more...] about Guy Davenport’s Translation of Mao