Since I speak three languages, I have also seen a lot of Miyazaki's works translated in other languages (namely in Italian), and I can't help but prefer the Italian translations above what they make the characters say in the united states.
I am talking of subtleties here – and they are more cultural than linguistic.
Take for example this dialogue in the movie 'Ponyo' ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0876563/ ).
If you have not seen the movie – you should – keep in mind Sosuke is a 5-years old. Ponyo is a fish who changed into a human to be with him because they love each other.
Goddess of Sea: You know that Ponyo was a fish, don’t you?
Goddess of Sea: and you know her as a human. Your drop of blood did that.
Sosuke: Oh, that’s it! I cut my thumb. Then Ponyo licked it and made it better. So that’s how she changed into a human.
Goddess of Sea: Could you love her if she moved between two worlds?
Sosuke: Mm-hm. I love all the Ponyos. It’s a big responsibility, but I really love her.
Now, I really have an issue with that last sentence. Big responsibility? That's not how my 5 years old talks!
Since I speak three languages, I have also seen the movie in italian: while I can't tell if that's truly closer to the original japanese (but I suspect it is), the italian translation is more child-like and pure, and conveys more unconditional love. It sounds roughly like this:
Sosuke: Mm-hm. I love all the Ponyos: Ponyo the fish, Ponyo the human-fish, and the human Ponyo too. I love all of them.
I think it is much sweeter. Down to basics. The way a 5 years old kid really talks.
By contrast, the english translation is more of a 'what are you expected to be saying from society' – which, if you ask me, wouldn't have been necessary, and it gives it, in my opinion, a disturbing twist: it takes the purity out of that moment and makes it some sort of commercial deal or contract!
That 'it's a big responsibility, but I really love her' makes it immediately some sort of tradeoff… should Ponyo start having a guilt trip because Sosuke accepts the 'responsibility'?
Sosuke doesn't even see it as a responsibility! He is just manifesting the unconditional love that kids are capable of giving (and many adults forget how to, when they get later obsessed with money or other 'responsibilities').
Moreover, what about Ponyo herself – she already did a big effort herself to become a human – and that 'responsibility' and that 'but' really don't seem to acknowledge that anymore, and unbalance the situation.
I know, I am such a snob. But words are important, and carry powerful implications.
This has been in the works most of last year. After much pondering and various attempts to stick lyrics to it, I decided to leave it instrumental in the end.
Awakening – 2015
Lately this blog has been very personal. This post is about stuff I do at work, so if you are not one of my IT readers, don't worry.
For my IT readers, an interruptions from guitars and music on this blog to share some personal reflection on OpInsights and SCOM.
SCOM is very powerful. You know I have always been a huge fan of 2007 and worked myself on the 2012 release. But, compared to its predecessor – MOM – in SCOM it has always been very hard to author management packs – multiple tools, a lot of documentation… here we are, more than 6 years later, and the first 2 comments on an old post on the momteam blog still strike me hard every time I read it:
You would think that things have changed, but SCOM is fundamentally complex, and even with the advances in tooling (VSAE, MPAuthor, etc) writing MPs is still black magic, if you ask some users.
Well, writing those alerting rules in SCOM needs a lot of complex XML – you might not need to know how to write it (but you often have to attempt dechipering it) and even if you create rules with a wizard, it will produce a lot of complex XML for you.
In the screenshot below, the large XML chunk that is needed to pick up a specific eventId from a specific log and a specific source: the key/important information is only a small fraction of it, while the rest is ‘packaging’:
I want OpInsights to be SIMPLE.
If there is one thing I want the most for this project, is this.
That's why the same rule can now be expressed with a simple filter search in OpInsights, where all you need is just that key information
EventID=1037 Source="Microsoft-Windows-IIS-W3SVC" EventLog=System
and you essentially don't have to care about any sort of packaging nor mess with XML.
Click, click – filters/facets in the UI let you refine your criteria. And your saved searches too. And they execute right away, there is not even a ‘Done’ button to press. You might just be watching those searches pinned to tiles in your dashboard. All it took was identify the three key pieces of info, no complex XML wrapping needed!
Ok, granted – there ARE legitimate, more complex, scenarios for which you need complex data sources/collectors and specialized/well thought data shaping, not just events – and we use those powerful capabilities of the MMA agent in intelligence packs. But at its core, the simple search language and explor-ability of the data are meant to bring back SIMPLE to the modern monitoring world. Help us prioritize what data sources you need first!
PS – if you have no idea what I was talking about – thanks for making it till here, but don’t worry: either you are not an IT person, which means simply ignore this; or – if you are an IT person – go check out Azure Operational Insights!
Kind of a trippy/house track this time. I didn't make it today… I think it has been in the works for over a year, slowly adding and removing and sliding layers… I think it's time to call it done.
Intermittances – 2014
One thing that we (both me and Jyothi) miss in the States, are markets. Flea markets, 2nd hand markets, veggie markets, spice markets… all kind of open air markets. You must think we are nuts – there ARE markets here, after all!
Well, yeah. Sort of.
I mean, if you consider the various famers markets, thrift stores, garage and yard sales and various other markets (i.e. today we went to the Freemont's Sunday Market for example), yes there are various places where you can get either the market feeling and/or rummage in between old junk and find hidden treasures.
But… the biggest 'but' we have is that all those things are either geographically dispersed (you need to drive miles in between each of them) and even in the case of those markets… they are SMALL. You can see the entire Freemont market above in 20 minutes. It's nice – I even shopped! – but by the time you start having that cozy market feeling… you reached the end of the street, you have seen it all – that WAS it.
Seriously. EVERYTHING in America is big, but markets here are really nothing for us spoiled Europeans who have been visiting Portobello Road, Porta Portese and the Bazaar in Bewerwijk.
I mean a MARKET. in ALL CAPS.
One that you get there at 10 in the morning, you walk around a section of and around 12 you get some lunch, some tea/coffe, then you walk some more… then by 3 PM you still have not managed to see it all, and you finally give up, happy and exhausted, and head back home…
American friends – where are you keeping the good markets hidden? Do you even know what I am talking about?
This one was written last year, in winter (November/December) but I forgot to publish it.
Introspective – 2013
If you were one of my work/Microsoft-related subscribers or other IT geeks, you might have been disappointed this blog has only had my own songs posted, lately. Yes I know you don’t like them. It’s fine.
In general, I tend to blog work-related stuff at my other MSDN blog or on the MOMteam blog, lately. Also, several folks (in Microsoft, and from outside) have reached and keep reaching out to me for APM-related questions. Sorry, I don't work nor own that feature anymore. In fact I have not really worked on it for over a year. It appears ITPro’s and Dev’s are a still a thing over here.
So I stayed with the ITPro’s, and in the last 16 or so months I have been busy with System Center Advisor. First small but useful things, then the complete overhaul we did the past May at TechEd North America 2014.
If you have not yet heard about it and have no clue what I am talking about, then you should definitely check it out. See the following resources if you want to learn more of what I am working on:
Advisor Preview 2min Overview Video: http://aka.ms/unrpst
Advisor Preview TechEd announcement Video: http://aka.ms/Aulpqc
Joseph @ The Edge Show showing off our Log Management capabilities http://aka.ms/R4p9d0
Advisor Preview Onboarding Steps Video: http://aka.ms/Lgt2zu
Advisor Preview Twitter Handle: @mscAdvisor
Advisor Preview Onboarding Documentation: http://aka.ms/Wrbzug
Advisor Preview Troubleshooting blog: http://aka.ms/G04tcq