Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Whiffle, Tuesday edition

I don't know where I got the idea that I could translate a page of the M√ľnsters' Wiki in 90 minutes. Today's took over five hours. Admittedly it was the longest and most complicated yet, far longer than any previously. I may have to upwardly revise my estimate of the work remaining.

I've been going through a strange phase of appetite fluctuations for the last few weeks, from no appetite at all to Tasmanian Devil and back every five or six days. At present, I'm in ravenously hungry mode again: I could start in the kitchen at bottom left and work around to the top right polishing off everything softer than my teeth, and still want dessert.

Weather is improving, some blue-skied and sunny days lately. Walked to the river on Sunday, and downtown for coffee this morning.

And that's about it, my dears. I'm also going through a strange phase of leading a very dull life. I hope yours are more interesting.

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Blogger Savtadotty said...

Dull is not the worst, you know.

January 16, 2008 at 10:26:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Jean said...

Yes, definitely, revise your estimate! In my humble opinion as an experienced translator, you should always quote for translation work per hour; it's pretty impossible to judge how long a long job is going to take. I usually say: "?? per hour, which tends to work out at an average of ???? words per hour, but it may take me more or less time than this."

January 16, 2008 at 12:51:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Diana said...

Nope. I out dull you.

January 16, 2008 at 2:32:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Pacian said...

One night last week I found myself dreaming in spreadsheets.

January 16, 2008 at 8:23:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Jean said...

Sorry, I didn't exactly alleviate the dullness by discoursing on how to estimate for a translation job, did I? Extremely dull unless you are a translator :-) (but spreadsheets are duller, I agree)

January 16, 2008 at 8:49:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Lioness said...

I see you all and raise you some. Come visit again if you doubt me.

January 17, 2008 at 12:15:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Sorry, I just get to walk around electronic shows and sporting goods shows and porn extravaganzas. No riverside coffee for me.

January 18, 2008 at 7:03:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Dale said...

Dull from the inside, maybe. Only you can say about that. But not from the outside. We're the experts there :-)

January 18, 2008 at 6:57:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Anonymous Dana said...

You think you're dull? I'm sitting here jealous that I don't dream in spreadsheets. That's just weird.

January 19, 2008 at 9:34:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

I think dreaming in spreadsheets would actually be quite exciting.

Jean, the estimate is purely for my own use, I'm being paid by the hour for this job. On other occasions, I've quoted a rate per 100 words with special conditions for Powerpoint and its ilk.

January 21, 2008 at 10:55:00 a.m. GMT+1  

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