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Helsinki’s tube stations, translated to English

I’ve seen a image floating around on Facebook where someone took the time to translate Stockholm’s tube stations to English, often with hilarious results. I decided to do the same with Helsinki’s tube stations. The map looks like this (the names in bold are in Finnish; below them are their Swedish equivalents):

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Image: HKL Metro

The results aren’t all funny, but some are. Unfortunately, in some cases, I couldn’t find a direct translation. Without further ado, the list:

  • Ruoholahti: Grass Bay
  • Kamppi: from the Swedish word kampen, meaning  fight or battle
  • Rautatieasema: Railway Square
  • Kajsaniemi: Kajsa Peninsula
  • Hakaniemi: Hook Isthmus
  • Sörnäinen: from the Swedish word Sörnäs, meaning Sör Peninsula
  • Kalasatama: Fish Harbour
  • Kulosaari: Wildfire Island
  • Herttoniemi: Hertto Peninsula
  • Siilitie: Hedgehog Road
  • Itäkeskus: East Centre
  • Myllypuro: Mill Creek
  • Kontula: no direct translation, unfortunately
  • Mellunmäki: Mellu Hill
  • Puotila: no direct translation
  • Rastila: no direct translation
  • Vuosaari: Flow Island

Hook Isthmus has to be my favourite.

A few definitions of the word “weblog”

  • “A website that displays in chronological order the postings by one or more individuals and usually has links to comments on specific postings.” From The Free Dictionary
  • “A blog (blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.” From Wikipedia
  • “A diary is a blog that no one reads.” Heard on the radio last week
Gues which definition I like best?

“It is my belief that Apple is definitely working on a new language”

An excellent post on waffle entertaining the idea that Apple is working on a new language to complement Objective-C. Charles Ying from satine.org thinks that a language close to JavaScript would be a good fit, due in part to extensive use of the language in iOS, iAd & iTunes.

It’s a strong theory – and one that I would like to se a reality, given the popularity of C-style syntax and garbage-collected environments. I not a big fan of low-level languages, but crying out for one that is more abstracted than Objective-C is met with a kind of resistance I’ve never really quite understood – a resistance that an Ars Technica article discussing the future of Apple’s languages and APIs explains perfectly:

And so continues one of the biggest constants in software development: the unerring sense among developers that the level of abstraction they’re current working at is exactly the right one for the task at hand. Anything lower-level is seen as barbaric, and anything higher-level is a bloated, slow waste of resources. This remains true even as the overall level of abstraction across the industry marches ever higher.

Text file dictionaries

I learned about this just last week: Linux/Unix/OSX operating systems have a built-in English dictionary text file located at /usr/share/dict/words.

Thoughts on Go

Ongoing discussion at Stack Overflow regarding the language. Seems to be an equal divide of those who like it, those who don’t and those who couldn’t care less.

“Unfriend”

Chosen as the Oxford Word of the Year 2009.

“It has both currency and potential longevity,” notes Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford’s US dictionary program.

(via Mashable)