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Mistranslations of the Third Kind

Over at David Nessle‘s, his witty readers are discussing translations — more particularly, bad translations. I collect crap translations from English to Swedish, so I decided to offer some to you, Dear Reader. To make this palatable to non-Swedish-speakers, I’ll add a second step to explain what the Swedish mistranslation means literally in each case.…

Turn On, Tune In LazyTown, Drop Out

My kids have taken to watching LazyTown, this really druggy and garish kids’ show on Playhouse Disney. It’s got a lot of caricatured puppets of children with the hands of real people, but also three live actors, the main character played by a little girl in a pink wig. The live actors, particularly the tall…

Robert Schneider Talks & Sings

Here’s a charming interview with Apples in Stereo front man Robert Schneider, followed by him performing “Energy” from the new album. All courtesy of the Instant Talk Show. (Total clip length 9 minutes.)

5 Minutes of Kiddie TV Fame

Two months ago my metal detecting team and I were visited in the field by the Swedish State Broadcasting company’s TV science show for kids, Hjärnkontoret. They tell me they’re running the story tonight, somewhere between 1830 and 1900 hours Swedish time. For those who choose to watch, it may be entertaining to know that…

Death of an Imaginary Friend

I am in mourning for a character in Six Feet Under who died on us last night. The fifth season is airing in Sweden. And I mull over the final scene. Did another character turn into Shaggy from Scooby Doo and act as the dead person’s psychopomp on the way to the hereafter? Bizarre, typically…

On-Line TV

I’m in the kitchen. My wife just sent me the most amazing link from the living room. TV Links Last weekend I missed the only TV show I watch, Six Feet Under, now being aired in its fifth season in Sweden. Since then, I’ve tried to find the missed episode on DC++ and BitTorrent, to…

Star Wars Lego Girls

My 8-year old son is, like myself at that age, a big Star Wars fan. But his road to the stories has been more complicated than mine. Much of what he knows about them comes from a computer game version where everything is for some reason visualised as built out of legos. So he asks…

Pan’s Labyrinth

A few words about the Spanish fantasy film Pan’s Labyrinth. It’s extremely pretty, well made and finely acted. It’s very violent, enough to gross me out, and unsuitable for anyone under the age of 20. The plot is driven entirely by the pointless cruelty of a psychopath. Pan’s Labyrinth is thus a story of pointless…