3 consejos para que un traductor sea más productivo

20 Mar

En la luna de Babel

¿Una tarifa/hora de 50 € es cara o es barata? La respuesta es… depende de cuánto trabajo «saques» en esa hora de tu tiempo. Que una agencia de traducción o un traductor autónomo sepa aprovechar cada minuto de una hora facturable es importante para todos: para la inversión de la empresa cliente, para la contabilidad de la empresa de traducción y, por supuesto, para el bolsillo del traductor.  Así que hoy los chicos y chicas de Okodia-Grupo traductor —agencia con la que suelo colaborar— comparten contigo tres de los secretos, trucos o consejos para mejorar tu productividad personal. A ver qué te parecen…

Consejo 1: encuentra tu mejor horario

En casi todos los artículos sobre productividad personal que hay en Internet verás que se anota como primera regla de oro una frase tan típica como tópica: hay que madrugar. En nuestra amplia experiencia como agencia de traducción y…

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Carta abierta al traductor principiante

19 Feb

Hace tiempo que tenía pensado escribir algo así, pero esperaba algún motivo. ¿Comienzo de año? ¿Cumpleaños del blog? Parece que, si no hay un motivo, es escribir por escribir, igual que hablar por …

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Digital Photography 101

17 Nov

Raffaello Palandri Photography

Digital photography definition

Digital photography is photography that uses a digital sensor to capture images. Images can then be saved on any digital memory device like memory cards or hard disks.


A digital (imaging) sensor is a sensor that converts the light into currents, thus conveying information about the image. detects and conveys the information that constitutes an image. There are two types of digital sensors: CCD and CMOS ones.

CCD (Charge-Coupled Devices) shift the charge generated by the light hitting the sensor toward a charge-to-voltage converter. CMOS (Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor) sensors, are also called Active Pixels Sensors, are made by an integrated circuit with an array of pixel sensors (so each pixel sensor contains a photodetector and an amplifier).

When a sensor reacts to light generates a RAW file, or as a RGB colour space. RAW files contain almost all non processed data from the sensor and require a transformation in a “digital-positive”…

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Film photography 101

27 Oct

I want to start a series of blog posts about photography.

I will cover 5 different areas:

  • Photography at large
  • Film Photography
  • Developing and Printing
  • Digital Photography
  • Tech & specs

For the first post I want to start to talk about my very first passion: film photography.

Film photography, a definition

Film photography is photography that uses, as a recording medium, a light reacting film, covered by silver halide crystals. This film can be developed, after being exposed, to fix the sensitive layers so they are no more affected by light and also revealing the latent image shot.

Film photography has been the only one existing for more than one hundred year, and is still used today, by an increasing number of photographers and enthusiasts.

When using film, you have the choice between Black and White and Colour film. The difference between the two types is quite obvious: a Black and White film, which can be an orthochromatic or a panchromatic one, reacts to light creating natively an images in shades of grey, while a Colour film reacts creating a full colour image.

In the next post about film photography I will explain in detail how a film is made, so don’t worry about new terms and concepts now: you will find everything you need to master the concept following this series of posts.

Film photography is fun

Film photography is both challenging and fun: you need to take your time before shooting, you need to think about to set your camera, check for light and composition, and then press the shutter button. Also, a 35mm film canister has 24 or 36 exposures, so you cannot “waste” them in a lot of test shots.

You need to carefully select your subject, think about the desidered result of your image, so you improve your planning skills as you try to anticipate the scene you are going to photograph.

Also, after shooting a photo, you have to wait for it to be developed to see the result, so this another part of the fun. With the developed film you can go and print it (at home, too, and I will teach you how to do that) or scan it to check it on a computer.

Film photography is reliable

Also, film photography is a technology almost fully developed, so it’s stable, reliable, and will not change that much in the next year, so that once you learn how to be proficient in it, you will remain proficient.

Once you learn the differences between the different films, and how to exploit them to get the result you want, every roll of film will be consistently giving you the same results.

So, welcome to film photography, follow this blog for more and more things about it.


You can find more about me and my hybrid camera project at: www.randtglobalservices.com




Thwimpie – A Spoiled Brat named Little Donnie Thwimp

25 Sep

A Voyage Into Sound Symbolism by George Lakoff As strange as it may sound, the sound symbolism of a name has become an unnamed central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. As a cognitive…

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Aiming high

12 Sep

Tomorrow is R&T Global Services first day at Acorn Enterprise Business Accelerator Programme, in Rosyth.

It is a great chance to meet new people, to learn new things, to share ideas.

We have a goal to achieve: making our hybrid camera. We are starting from a project, we want to have a product. It’s an ambitious goal, we know.

But if don’t aim high, you will not achieve enough.

Stay tuned.

R&T Global Services Ltd selected for Acorn Enterprise 6th intake

9 Sep

Great news!

R&T Global Services Ltd has been selected for the 6th intake of the Acorn Enterprise 20 week Business Accelerator Programme.

We are developing a hybrid camera. Now our path to the production stage has been set up.

If you want to help us with this project, go visit www.randtglobalservices.com and follow us on Facebook.

Can’t wait until Tuesday, when the Programme will start.


How to build a professional translation career

8 Sep

En la luna de Babel

Working in the translation industry can be a profitable and enjoyable way to build a career around a love of languages. So if you want to be a professional translator, where do you start? How do you turn that flair for learning languages into a paying career? Simple – just follow the five steps to building a professional translation career that our colleague at Tomedes, Louise Taylor, and myself bring you today.


  1. Routes into translation

There are several routes into the translation industry. The obvious prerequisite is the ability to speak two or more languages fluently. To build a serious career as a translator, you need to be able to do far more than just ‘get by’ in the languages that you translate to and from. You need to speak them almost as well as your native tongue if your translations are to provide the level of accuracy required for…

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Marc Levoy lessons on YouTube

8 Sep

Marc Levoy …

Raffaello Palandri Photography

Marc Levoy, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford, researcher at Google, shares his lessons on YouTube:


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Understanding Trump’s Use of Language

20 Aug

George Lakoff

Note: This is a follow-up to my previous piece, ‘Understanding Trump’. Please read that piece first.

The Responsible Reporter’s Problem

Responsible reporters in the media normally transcribe political speeches so that they can accurately report them. But Donald Trump’s discourse style has stumped a number of reporters. Dan Libit, CNBC’s excellent analyst is one of them. Libit writes:

His unscripted speaking style, with its spasmodic, self-interrupting sentence structure, has increasingly come to overwhelm the human brains and tape recorders attempting to quote him.
Trump is, simply put, a transcriptionist’s worst nightmare: severely unintelligible, and yet, incredibly important to understand.
Given how dramatically recent polls have turned on his controversial public utterances, it is not hyperbolic to say that the very fate of the nation, indeed human civilization, appears destined to come down to one man’s application of the English language — and the public’s comprehension of it. It has turned…

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