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Translate me

It is well known that Google Translate uses a statistical machine translation method, based on the occurrence of words in a corpus of training documents gathered from the United Nations and the European Parliament. These source documents exist in various languages and are professionally translated, making it possible to generate a table of likely correspondences … Continue reading

Wonders exposed

Google Treks extends Street View to places you can only access on foot. It reveals some remarkable scenery, and takes you to places you’ve always wanted to go, such as the Himalayas or the Canadian Arctic. It also reminds me of some important facts about travel. Behind the camera We seasoned tourists tend to blind ourselves … Continue reading

Refugees have smartphones too

Pictures of refugees with smartphones proliferate in the press and online — sometimes with captions suggesting that smartphone owners display an affluence that excludes them from sympathy or support. There are nearly as many smartphones on the planet as there are people, and refugees have them too. But smartphones have become essential tools for survival. Like affluent, free-roaming tourists, refugees draw on GPS … Continue reading

Divided cities

Last year it was Berlin, a reunited city. See post: You are now free to move about the cabin. This year it’s Nicosia in Cyprus, still divided. All being well I’ll be able to include some pictures, videos and commentary on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Bibliography Pullan, Wendy. 2013. Spatial discontinuities: Conflict infrastructures in contested cities. In W. … Continue reading

Mood and movement (and trams)

The trams are running in Edinburgh, after 6 years of construction, stalls and turmoil. It’s a nice ride, described well in a recent post by blogger Gillean Somerville-Arjat: “It doesn’t shoogle or wobble and hurtle you about with sudden braking as the buses do.” I think of gliding down Princes Street on a tram as something like being in a … Continue reading

As the mood takes you

Studio Libeskind designed the Westside shopping and Leisure Centre in Bern, Switzerland. It opened in 2008. I’ve not been there yet. It’s difficult to comment with any authority on a building, monument, landscape, or place without going there. Everyone knows that travel is part of the architectural experience, and architectural connoisseurs of all tastes and aptitudes … Continue reading

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