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Steel scribing — the story behind the innovation

Back in 2004, the steel industry was demanding new advances in technology. Italian machinery provider Ficep decided to adapt its fast beam-drilling machines with milling capabilities. This allowed progressive manufacturing companies to scribe on a steel beam all information that was needed to automatically fit the beam to the production[…]

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London Skyline

BIM changes the London skyline

London’s skyline is transforming into a fine collection of striking skyscrapers with bread-and-butter aliases: The Gherkin, Helter Skelter, Cloud, Boomerang, Three Sisters, Walkie-Talkie, Cheese Grater, Shard… what’s next, the Toilet Brush? In addition to titillating nicknames, what these projects have in common is the necessity to use the latest construction[…]

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Near Hauptbahnhof Berlin

Travel blog Berlin: Then We Take Berlin

I met Dagi on a long-distance bus on our way to Exeter University in 1988. Or maybe it was the summer of 1989. Quite a long time ago, anyway. We’ve been friends ever since, meeting every couple of years in different places around Europe and doing a bit of traveling[…]

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Let it flow

Ever think of redundancy or stacking when writing a text or revising or editing somebody else’s text? Or the subjects, characters, and actions in your sentences? I do now, after attending a lovely brain-stretching English workshop in the Language Centre of Helsinki University under the theme Let it Flow.

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Travel blog London: Artings from London

Visiting the city of volatile weather with 16 sweet-sixteens is intense and hurts in the feet. We’re an art-oriented group with an ambitious program to travel blog London and see at least some of the important works available here from the Middle Ages to Modernism. Museums are not enough when[…]

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On top of the nation’s bookcase

I visited the high-and-mighty Finnish Literature Society (SKS) for the first time to witness the annual translation awards ceremony. The Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL) grants two awards for translations into Finnish: the Mikael Agricola Award in recognition of an outstanding literature translation and the J.A. Hollo Award[…]

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What’s in a product name?

A product by any other name could sell as sweet… I wanted to blog about product naming because I was once given the task to come up with a stellar product name on a very brief notice. Within 24 hours or so. Tell me about it. I had to do[…]

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Corporate transparency all the way

Thinking that a company’s only responsibility is to increase its profits is still relevant at the dawn of corporate awareness. Corporate transparency i.e. making decision-making and operations as open as possible to all stakeholders and the general public is a great opportunity to make the profit incentive publicly acceptable and[…]

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Code of good translation practice

Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he/she is the author, says the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 27.2. Believe it or not, this includes translators. After centuries of ignorance and poverty, it’s[…]

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Tyttöjen välisestä kirjallisuudesta

Romantiikkaa ja tyttökirjoja kirjoittavat tytöt, toimittavat tytöt, kääntävät tytöt ja lukevat tytöt. Isot ja pienet. Jos mies lukee tai kirjoittaa tyttökirjan, hän ei myönnä sitä. Muutama rohkelikko, joka on tyttökirjan tai rompsun lukenut ja uskaltaa myöntää, sanoo oppineensa naisista tyttöjen välisestä kirjallisuudesta enemmän kuin oli uskonut mahdolliseksi.

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