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Thread poster: Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)

Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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Mar 29, 2012

...have a look here

http://imgur.com/a/a1hXG


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Ramesh Bhatt  Identity Verified
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When you feel like complaining about being a translator... Mar 30, 2012

Bizarre and disturbing it is in all its magnitude and dimensions.

However, there are unlimited other problems associated with our profession that we all face silently.

I won't complain about the usual things like strain cast upon our eyes by being constantly glued to the computer screen; but about the unhealthy demeanors of our computers, we ought to complain to (?)...[God].

The moment you open the computer, some off the track program starts to interrupt you in your work. Some plug-in stops functioning; something/somebody tries to install itself and make its presence felt upon your computer; the moment you try to install some wanted program, something is reported missing in your computer software and the program can't be installed.

You try to find solutions to these crazy things and in the process much time is wasted.

My estimation is that during a year we waste about five hundred crucial hours of productive time just for the maintenance of our computers. During those five hundred hours, we could read and enjoy the all the classical Greek Philosophical works--and what an achievement that would be! And what a loss we incur by such trivialities and vulnerability of our computers.


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Mailand  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the laugh Mar 30, 2012

That one on the utility pole gave me the creeps!
There is always something worse ....


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Yuck! Mar 30, 2012

After looking at all those yucky jobs, I think I'll happily stick to translating!
Jenny


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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So, 3rd row back, 6th carrel from left... Mar 30, 2012

...and you suddenly get a coughing fit, or a leg cramp, or have to go to the bathroom--how do you get out?

Nope, lonely as it is to be six miles from civilization at 3:37 am and suddenly have my screen go black, then blue...I'll take my comfy chair, my pajamas, and my sympathetic boss (me!) and not gripe.


--Jane


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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So the grass isn't always greener Mar 30, 2012

Great! I was in quite a bad mood after a spat with another translator about rates and this has really cheered me up, so thanks a million for the laughs - and the reality check!

I'm not sure which of the jobs pictured would be the worst, but I actually felt physical vertigo at the 2 men fixing the antenna...


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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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:) Mar 30, 2012

Thank you all for your interesting responses, I am glad I cheered somebody up with this post.
I have to give credit to the original poster, which is not a translator. His name is Rob Brezsny. He called his post: "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS. Other jobs you could have but don't".

Have a nice week-end!
Giusi


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JH Trads  Identity Verified
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kudoz to the Vietnamese photo Mar 30, 2012

compelling composition, inspiring

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Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
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LOL Mar 31, 2012

The glance from the guy on the right in the third pic tells quite a story
Thanks for the laugh, Gius!
G


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Stefano Papaleo  Identity Verified
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Nice pix Mar 31, 2012

In a weird "sadistic" way, nice funny stuff. I had already seen many of them but still...

Now that we have looked down the ladder... in order to go back to a depressing state of mind we should find a similar site with photos of jobs much better than ours... but are there any?)


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Vietnamese photo Mar 31, 2012

Hugo wrote:
kudoz to the Vietnamese photo. compelling composition, inspiring
Which one is that, Hugo?

And neilmac, ditto on the physical vertigo thing.


--Jane


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JH Trads  Identity Verified
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lime green wall backdrop Apr 1, 2012

Hi Jane, it's the one where the worker on a flimsy-looking ladder faces the formidable task of figuring out the maze of power lines!

Regarding the picture with the two men above the skyscrapers, maybe Alain Robert would feel 'at home' in that situation...

[Edited at 2012-04-01 06:03 GMT]


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