Friday, March 30, 2007

Babel Fish: I am Babeling Today !


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Spring has sprung...the flowers are out, the youngest is home from college for a week or so, my QUIPs,WIPs,UFOs,HSTs,QSTs,Flimsies, Whimsies,and thread dangling 'cottontails' have all given way to my LIPs and Rrrrippps. I have been running through the forest at midnight with Finn, fighting with Su B over an antique quilt, trying to help liberate Shelina from her spring cleaning, and learning so much from Nellie about releasing the spirit of fabric and thread. I have a blog reading list that rivals anyone's on the net. It has been an obsession, a delight and a blessing; but it has also slowed down the process of the three charity quilts in progress for the Heartstrings Quilting Project with Mary and the plantings of the pansies and primroses!

I have also learned to Babel !
It has been a hilarious experience and I dare any of you to take one passage randomly from any blog, babel it into the language of your choice and then babel it back to English. The translated version makes me absolutely cringe at what my international bloggers must be reading here!

One example... from my StringQuilting post, translated from English to French, then back to English ends.....up as:

"I am a danger with me and others. I am more than 50, on a sudden rise of high power, not sleeping and I have a rotatory cutter. I am cutting all in sight in the prickly bands of cord... and I want to say all! It obtains so much so that I have now 5 of the new bags of ziplock of 2.5 gallons, filled of falls accompanied very with an ordered manner cut into 1 1/2", 2", 2 1/2"dépouille and so on... not to mention corners and ends! I cleaned my racks, arm fought the rabbit of hiding-place out of his brought back cotton part, withdrew the socks my monkey of sock, and re-used all in sight. I am not only sleep private and fall-happy, I am limiting obsessing-compulsive."

Babel is now the official language for my Wonky Women Club, otherwise known as the ' Wild, Wacky,Wonderful and Wise Wonky Women Wench's Club! '

Babel on babes and wenches....I have some fish to fry and flowers to plant!

8 comments:

  1. ROFLMBO!!! Powder my butt and call me Wonky Wanda - I'm off to strip a monkey and arm fight a rabbit!

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  2. Miss Su Bee...you need to be reprimanded. Not for using slang words in reply to such a serious post...as I am certain that this is the french translation for 'cottontail' ;) but for not having an email address in the new blogger. Reset your settings, woman... or expect the worse in the arm fighting competition over the antique quilt! And do keep in mind, I am the woman with the power surges and the rotary cutter in hand!!!

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  3. MA'AM, YES MA'AM!
    hee hee -- I kept meaning to do that........TY for the nudge.
    I don't have Power Surges myself - but I have an inner child that plays with matches.
    Alot.

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  4. I'm very glad to share with you.

    Babelling is hillarious. I did the first paragraph of todays posting on my weblog:

    "Here it is the small lago that we live over in the Tennessee. The
    sheets are recently outside and the trees of Crabapple, the cherry and
    Redbud are blooming."

    Think I'll go run with scissors, now.

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  5. I used Babel with a paragraph about my grandmother. The sentence I wrote says, "Dema (her nickname) was born on March 17 to Wilson and Isola Hilliker in Tomah, WI." It came back as, "Dema was taken of march the 17 in Tomah, WI to Wilson and Isola Hilliker."

    What fun! I may have to keep playing with Babel.

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  6. I knew you wrote poetically before, but now you are one of those obscure poets that you have to have a teacher to understand.

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  7. I would love to Babel, but something isn't working for me. When I click on your link I get "page not found". If I go to the "Babelfish" site I have to register and then pay for a translation - I'm sure that's not what the rest of you are doing. Can you help - I want to babel - it's hysterically funny! - can you send me a link that works?

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  8. Shelina: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.Good one!

    Patti: Babel is fooling with us today! I re-did the link,as it failed me this time, as well. I now have it working again. But if Babel wants to make fools of us today, all of my re-babeling may not help! This should take the fish off our backs, for now!

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.