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Translation party uses the Google Translate API to  turn Machine Assisted Translation abuse into a one-click spectator sport.

They automagically translate an phrase from English to Japanese and back again until they reach an equilibrium, or decide that they’ve tried enough (sometimes they give up prematurely, but you can only beat a dead horse for so long (or as they would say “Only between the wild-goose chase“.

Sometimes, however,   Translaton party discovers makes some remarkable discoveries.

[table id=2 /]

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Damned Yankees


<display-name>New York World's Fair (1964-1965)</display-name>

Good ol’ Boys


<title>Cleveland-Harrison (1885-1893): South Carolina – Worlds Fair</title>

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Whilst checking up on some of the character set fixes, I’ve noticed that there seem to be some inconsistencies in the use of right quotes, apostrophes, and accute accents, which may lead to problems down the road when doing searches, or performing name authority work.

Here are some examples that may make things clearer.

Use of a right single quote as an accute accent.

In  allRecords/ArchivalDescriptions/68/FileUnit_744305.xml we find the following title:

<title>Navarro, Jose’ Antonio</title>

There are several ways to represent é in UNICODE; composed, decompsed, or as an e followed by a non-combining accent  (U+00B4); none of these approaches will match this title string.

One correct form is:

<title>Navarro, José Antonio</title>

(see e.g.

Some accute accents are encoded correctly

For example, in allRecords/ArchivalDescriptions/1/Item_197118.xml we find:

<display-name>Québec (Québec province, Canada, North and Central America) inhabited place</display-name>

Vive Jay Sherman! Vive Québec

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It’s time to try and find a latex -> wordpress plugin that isn’t too smart for my own good. I’d like to be able to use some AMS macros, but the plugins seem to be trying to protect me from myself.

Single equations are easy. \text{} works, so there’s some amsmath in there.

$$ \text{\sf Unicorns} \sqsubseteq \text{\sf Horses}\\

\text{Horses} \sqcap \text{Regicides} \not\equiv \bot


But getting displays to break paragraphs and  getting align to work at all is a whole  different kettle of ballgames.

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I’d like to thank the academy.

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Remove the following relationship  types:

  1. Broader Term (BT)
  2. Narrower Term (NT)
  3. Related Term (RT)
  4. Use For (UF)
  5. Use (USE)

Add the following relationship types:

  1. It’s Complicated


  1. It’s Simple


  1. It’s Complicated

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“Data organization.” “Human Information  Organizing Behavior.” “Knowledge Organization Systems.”  What would characterize a “Wisdom Organization  System?”   

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Concepts are made with sets of documents; words with sets of things.

The classes of OWL are the words of Svenonius.
The concepts of SKOS are the terms of Svenonius.

Wm. Blake (Spirit)

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What is a document? The sad thing is, this still makes sense to me in context.

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