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blank screen, what's supposed to happen?
posted by jenkinsEar at 4:39 PM on August 6, 2009


Shame on me.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:44 PM on August 6, 2009




I was wondering if this was going to show up here.

My favorite: Sham Wow makes you say wow every time
posted by phatkitten at 4:44 PM on August 6, 2009 [18 favorites]




NOTE: You must accept all
posted by cortex at 4:46 PM on August 6, 2009 [4 favorites]


If you meet, in the morning (and), bars, and more importantly are the following: your random 'is her favorite drink is again the need for customer reviews for Women - right Please call to apply the switch to store the support group: a link to the needs of women

(it is doubtful this phrase will ever reach equilibrium)
posted by lumpenprole at 4:46 PM on August 6, 2009




Cool.

It's a web page hooked up to some automated translator software. You type in a phrase in English, it translates it into Japanese, then back into English, and back and forth and back and forth until it comes out with a phrase that always translates the same way. (But is probably gibberish in both English and Japanese.)
posted by XMLicious at 4:46 PM on August 6, 2009


My room, please return to the first 15 minutes. I will be naked. This is pretty much all you need to know how to say when traveling in any country.
posted by allen.spaulding at 4:47 PM on August 6, 2009


Our young sons.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:48 PM on August 6, 2009


Empath, I get a preview
posted by benzenedream at 4:49 PM on August 6, 2009




One day, I have always felt.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:50 PM on August 6, 2009












Monty Python did this better on the DVD release of Monty Python And The Holy Grail.
posted by hippybear at 4:55 PM on August 6, 2009








Equilibrium found!
posted by misha at 4:57 PM on August 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


Hey! I actually worked on this site with my friend, Will Carlough.

Sometimes it hits equilibrium with nonsense. Sometimes it's poetry. Here's some of our favorite phrases so far:

Beat it! Just beat it! No one wants to be defeated!
Can you believe it's not butter?
Give up all hope
Everyone needs a hug.
Billie jean is not my lover. She's just a girl who claims that I am the one.
posted by the jam at 4:58 PM on August 6, 2009 [10 favorites]


Admiral Haddock playtime soft beard party!

That's not from the translation machine, that's an invitation to all you lovely MetaFilter ladies out there.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 4:58 PM on August 6, 2009 [2 favorites]








$20 is the same town.
posted by JaredSeth at 5:00 PM on August 6, 2009


United States, United States, um, in my personal map of some countries

Sadly, it seems to bog down on the full quote.
posted by cortex at 5:00 PM on August 6, 2009


I am,
I probably,
I am
eating

cold
sweet
plum
flavors

that are stored
in the refrigerator
to eat
for breakfast
posted by cortex at 5:03 PM on August 6, 2009 [8 favorites]




Where one cannot speak, one must pass over in silence.
ここで1つ話すことはできませんが、 1つのままにしておく必要があります。

Here is one that can not speak, one must leave one.
ここには、話すことはできませんが、 1つ1つを残す必要があります。

Here, you can not speak, one must leave.
ここでは、話すことはできませんが、 1つのままにする必要があります。

This is not to say, you must leave.
これは言っていない場合は、残す必要があります。

If this is not to say, you should leave.
場合は言っていない場合は、残す必要があります。

If you have not told you, you should leave.
している場合は、あなたを離れるようにすると述べた。

If you said that you should leave.
場合は、お帰りしている。

If you are back.
もしされています。

If you have been.
もしされている。

If you have been.

posted by ageispolis at 5:05 PM on August 6, 2009 [8 favorites]




Oddly poignant:


Summer wind, blowin from across the sea
Of course, it is still warm walk by yourself
All summer long, we sang a song while, walk on the golden sand
Two Lovers, the summer wind

Like painted kites, the evening of the day flyin is
World, under the blue sky, a new umbrella
Since then, Piper is known as the use of this software
And I, lost in the wind of summer

The autumn wind, the wind came from the winter
Is not empty yet
lullabies last night, he estimated a sigh
My fickle friend, the summer wind
posted by lumpenprole at 5:07 PM on August 6, 2009


That's funny Cortex, I get:

If you have saved
I have breakfast
in the fridge
and I eat a plum.

So sweet and delicious
it is cold
I'm sorry
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 5:07 PM on August 6, 2009






Finally, a tool we can use to answer every AskMe question ever!

This is the source of the groove of the nut.

TITSOTGOTN.
posted by rokusan at 5:10 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]




Mercy of God.
posted by hattifattener at 5:10 PM on August 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


I can't decide if these are Zen koans or Oblique Strategies.
posted by Greg_Ace at 5:12 PM on August 6, 2009


Surprisingly enough, I am easily amused in both English and Japanese.
posted by JaredSeth at 5:13 PM on August 6, 2009


Also, at the end of Wendell.

Home drunk, go to your dad.

takes a combination of MeFi injokes to get the best effect:
If too long, my lawyer, I can not read your blog entries do not change
(and getting there was half the fun)

Her mother was already FAKKADOROPPU
posted by wendell at 5:14 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


White
Chicken

REDDOHOIRUBARO

are dependent
on

rain water beside
the glass
posted by cortex at 5:15 PM on August 6, 2009


ROSUTOINTORANSURESHON

Well, yeah I guess that makes sense...
posted by the other side at 5:16 PM on August 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


A bird in the hand ....
posted by gudrun at 5:17 PM on August 6, 2009 [2 favorites]




What's the longest sentence someone can come up with that converges instantly?
posted by smackfu at 5:19 PM on August 6, 2009






My Channel: Panama Plan!
posted by cortex at 5:22 PM on August 6, 2009


Or another fun game is to see what the longest sentence that goes to the shortest equilbirium.

What was once was, is once again no more. => recode. Yep, that's it.
posted by smackfu at 5:22 PM on August 6, 2009


Administrator! Please hope me!
posted by Rhaomi at 5:23 PM on August 6, 2009


Sigh. How the hell 弱りました became 弱RIMASHITA saddens me. If I could restart my life at age 18 I'd definitely go into the specialization of automatic language translation. Dammit, if & when it is developed such that it actually works for commonday stuff it's going to be just as big as the internet.
posted by @troy at 5:23 PM on August 6, 2009


also, I was fraudster.
posted by geos at 5:23 PM on August 6, 2009


It's all part of life for my country, our children, the color of this letter, you must reduce the content of your dreams
"Equilibrium found!
That didn't even make that much sense in English."
posted by ageispolis at 5:23 PM on August 6, 2009


I know, I know, Monty Python did it better, but I enjoyed this regardless: I completely HOBAKURAFUTOUNAGI.
posted by heeeraldo at 5:23 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hmm...

All I HOBAKURAFUTOUNAGI are.
posted by darkstar at 5:24 PM on August 6, 2009


Damnation, heeeraldo!
posted by darkstar at 5:25 PM on August 6, 2009


I was fraudster

The truth revealed!
posted by carter at 5:25 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Vision and heart.
posted by rusty at 5:25 PM on August 6, 2009


One weird thing is that "I am" always gets converted to "I'm". They actually map the Japanese to the contraction?
posted by smackfu at 5:26 PM on August 6, 2009










They should consider better input handling.

(Protip: It'll run javascript for you too.)
posted by sparkletone at 5:31 PM on August 6, 2009




No Stairway? Bogus.
posted by rusty at 5:31 PM on August 6, 2009






This is the best tree
That should not appear in the poem
posted by cortex at 5:35 PM on August 6, 2009






Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.

That was excellent. And reminds me of this.

Also, holy cow, THIS was difficult?!
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 5:42 PM on August 6, 2009










mathowie --> mathowie

mat how ie --> Matt

mat how e --> E-mail Matt

math owie --> Mathematics Injury

matt haughey --> Mr. MATTOHOHI
Jackpot.
posted by Rhaomi at 5:44 PM on August 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


We belong to the base.
posted by exogenous at 5:45 PM on August 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


First off, this is really fun!

However, it seems kinda like lazy programming not to have it catch "equilibrium" cycles of length > 2.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 5:45 PM on August 6, 2009


Also, the REAL trick is to intuit a phrase that, when sent through this machine, comes out in equilibrium with a different, completely intelligible phrase. I'll let you know...
posted by Salvor Hardin at 5:47 PM on August 6, 2009




Holy crap, East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94. I think you broke it.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 5:48 PM on August 6, 2009


Oh! Sleep! I have a buffet!
posted by Hlewagast at 5:49 PM on August 6, 2009




Move the
posted by scratch at 5:49 PM on August 6, 2009


Aw, dang

This is fun all the same.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 5:50 PM on August 6, 2009


SEMORINAPIRUCHADO, climb the Eiffel Tower.
Elementary PENGINHAREKURISHUNA sing.
He must be kicking EDOGAARANPO.
I eggman, they eggmen, Odobenus rosmarus
GUGU joob ayin.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:52 PM on August 6, 2009








However, it seems kinda like lazy programming not to have it catch "equilibrium" cycles of length > 2.

It's interesting; judging by the much-increased speed at which the results will sometimes come in once it hits the cycle point, there's clearly caching going on at some stage, though I don't know if that means the local code is actually recognizing a cached result or if the translation API they're using is just serving up a cached result really fast.

the_jam, can you get us the skinny on the implementation? I'm curious about what is vs. isn't being done and whether any of this is still in-progress.
posted by cortex at 5:58 PM on August 6, 2009




"To be or not to be, that is the question" yields whether the problem
posted by Ndwright at 6:02 PM on August 6, 2009




Hours.
posted by Ndwright at 6:04 PM on August 6, 2009




Um.
posted by SkylitDrawl at 6:08 PM on August 6, 2009


An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.

If you talk about drunk, people are looking at a lot of intellectual power.
posted by axismundi at 6:09 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Panic.
posted by geos at 6:11 PM on August 6, 2009 [31 favorites]


The rock around the clock
Comets and BIRUHEIRI

1, 2, 3:00, 4, rock,
5, 6, 7, 8, rock,
9, 10, 11:00, 12:00, rock,
Has been locked in all night tonight.

I'm worn to participate in the High Street.
We have seen some interesting strike
We are locked at night
Light rock Sesame 'is locked to.
We, the clock tonight, I will move the stone.

24-hour strike 2, 3, 4,
In some cases, to support the bandwidth required for long-stay
We are locked at night
Light rock Sesame 'is locked to.
We, the clock tonight, I will move the stone.

, 5 ring, 6, 7 chimes
We have the right 7 th Heaven.
We are locked at night
Light rock Sesame 'is locked to.
We, the clock tonight, I will move the stone.

When, 8, 9, 10, 11 ares
I am strong.
We are locked at night
Light rock Sesame 'is locked to.
We, the clock tonight, I will move the stone.

When attacked, the clock 12, to calm me
Round Rock to start the clock again.
We are locked at night
Light rock Sesame 'is locked to.
We, the clock tonight, I will move the stone.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:13 PM on August 6, 2009


This is like some kind of existential crisis right here.

Awesome.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:13 PM on August 6, 2009




Four score and seven of his father, a year ago, freedom, equality, has been created to drive the concept of regulation, countries of this continent.

In some countries, carriers, TESUTOSUTANDOFOKASU long civil war and the main concept. This is the main battlefield of the war. I have many people who are here as part of a special final resting place of his life. I'm not completely conform to the truth.

However, in the sense of we - we - are not allowed to cover a large land sacred to us. This brave soul, my life here, our bad, add the power of the suffering of death was sanctified by the cast. World is a little longer, here, here, and I remember that I had in mind.

We are, rather, so far, the unfinished work and personal life. Rather, we are a big issue, dedicated to remaining here - the last of us is to die for a full measure of devotion and honor here - here, one useless, they This is a great increase in the death can die in the effort to solve; this is the formation of Earth, the freedom of this country, people, new people and government of our people will disappear.

—ABURAHAMURINKAN
posted by cortex at 6:15 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Lovelock is my baby crying
posted by Nomiconic at 6:15 PM on August 6, 2009




Has anyone translated the Treaty of Westphalia yet?
posted by kldickson at 6:18 PM on August 6, 2009


Dumps.
posted by WCityMike at 6:19 PM on August 6, 2009




Earlier this month, the current
posted by Sys Rq at 6:19 PM on August 6, 2009






Blank screen. Fuck this.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:22 PM on August 6, 2009


Common Name
posted by ardgedee at 6:22 PM on August 6, 2009


HAI GUISE, how do I see the tlansration party?
posted by kldickson at 6:23 PM on August 6, 2009


October 5 power, to please
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:27 PM on August 6, 2009






Also: People SOIRENTOGURIN

It's not great, but now all I want to do is shout this around town.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:30 PM on August 6, 2009


Between the contents of the hearts of all human relationships, I have a lot of goodwill around the world

(I think I've peaked with that one.)
posted by Nomiconic at 6:30 PM on August 6, 2009


Do I contradict myself? I must contradict myself quite often. (I am large. I am full of meat.)

Though I can't figure out how "I am full of meat" got there. It doesn't produce that for just the parenthetical by itself.
posted by parudox at 6:32 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Please do not taze my friend!
posted by mistersquid at 6:34 PM on August 6, 2009




Uh oh, I found a loop.
posted by Pronoiac at 6:36 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


And... I'm done.

If sex is down, I am really thankful.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:38 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


the_jam, can you get us the skinny on the implementation? I'm curious about what is vs. isn't being done and whether any of this is still in-progress.

I think the speed increase is due to Google Translate still having the result cached for a period of time. There's nothing that fancy going on in the Javascript. We're hitting the Google API for each translation.

If you want to get the real scoop behind Translation Party, here's a video Will Carlough's seriously awesome demo of the site at month's New York Tech Meetup. (Demo starts at 2:30)
posted by the jam at 6:40 PM on August 6, 2009


Death is odd.
posted by aldurtregi at 6:42 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Sesame know I have lost something as usual.

...Sesame?
posted by tzikeh at 6:45 PM on August 6, 2009






Oh wtf -

Sesame know I have lost something as usual

My kingdom for a short editing window...
posted by tzikeh at 6:50 PM on August 6, 2009


ps is displayed in the frog
posted by mwhybark at 6:53 PM on August 6, 2009


This thing is really quite accurate at interpreting Wittgenstein.

"The world is everything that is the case." --> "World."

"Whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must be silent." --> It is doubtful that this phrase will ever reach equilibrium.
posted by painquale at 6:53 PM on August 6, 2009




You kids get off of my lawn! = Gifts to the children of my lawn!

And this, friends, is how Wesley Crusher got sentenced to death in the Next Gen episode "Justice". A WARNING TO US ALL.
posted by tzikeh at 6:55 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


This generates high school english poetry assignments.

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I say you may be fancier, but I do not.
Can say is that I raise, I do not.
What is up with me.
And me?
I?
I?

Rock a bye baby in the tree tops. = If the baby is, you can use the rocks and trees.
When you wish upon a star, it makes no difference who you are. = Hope Star.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 6:55 PM on August 6, 2009




The power supply is damaged. Damage to the power of the unknowable.

This is far more fun than it has any right to be. Awesome link!
posted by Dysk at 6:57 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


JINGURUBERUROKKU
posted by mwhybark at 6:57 PM on August 6, 2009


'Twas brillig, slithy toves vortex wabe, mome raths All mimsy outgrabe gimble borogoves.

"His son, Joe, note Jabberwock Nail Bite!, Jubjub bird frumious BANDASUNATCHISHIZUN please!"

His sword vorpal: He is a long time enemy manxome - for a while, the rest of the stomach, I knew the trees.

He and I, eye irritation, tulgey uffish, wood whiffling, Jabberwock burbled.

One, two! One, two! vorpal blade, ridicule and snacks! He died on his ugly head left.

His own "murder Jabberwock? My arms, my boy! Or frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" He is happy chortled.

'Twas brillig, slithy toves vortex wabe, mome raths All mimsy outgrabe gimble borogoves.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:01 PM on August 6, 2009




Monday!
posted by Dysk at 7:05 PM on August 6, 2009


I am a man of beef!
posted by bitteroldman at 7:05 PM on August 6, 2009




Shake it forever!
posted by ardgedee at 7:11 PM on August 6, 2009


Man. It turns out that "as you wish" doesn't mean "I love you" AT ALL. I feel cheated.
posted by tzikeh at 7:11 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


He often stood on the shoulders of giants.

It is doubtful that this phrase will ever reach equilibrium...
posted by plastic_animals at 7:13 PM on August 6, 2009


I can't get this to work at all. This is what I see. I wonder if this has to do with the fact that I'm using a Japanese-localized browser? Or something else?

However, this fact is having the entertaining side-effect of making me assume you have all gone insane. I'm solipsistic like that.
posted by dubitable at 7:13 PM on August 6, 2009


Last sentence of the Gettysburg Address:
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us… that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Minus all the punctuation the equilibrium point is:
In this case, in this country, the rest of the waste, the new government, lower mortality rates, special victims, God, death, please check the correct number. This land problem, the appropriate level is to create Takaiti.
with some interesting intermediates. But unfortunately the link doesn't work, the original phrase gets truncated, wherever it's being stored.
posted by XMLicious at 7:14 PM on August 6, 2009


If you're negative, you can get it to match up instantly.

True!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:16 PM on August 6, 2009




wicked
posted by aydeejones at 7:21 PM on August 6, 2009




Everybody must get stoned.
To be criticized by anyone.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 7:25 PM on August 6, 2009




Phlebas Ohio State and non-Jewish and Jewish, he is forced to spin the wheel in the wind.
posted by sixswitch at 7:28 PM on August 6, 2009




Degradation of an ethos.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 7:29 PM on August 6, 2009


1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 Deep in the shape of the land, people with disabilities are pessimistic about the exception. Face water of the Spirit of God.
3 God is light, such as: What is the following.
4 God, I saw the light of it: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 God, he called the light day and night. The first morning was a Sunday night.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:31 PM on August 6, 2009




WAY more honest than the original:

Gin joints in all the towns around the world, I had to get inside of her.
posted by tzikeh at 7:35 PM on August 6, 2009




Urine flow is a major blow.
posted by barnacles at 7:38 PM on August 6, 2009


I will have time to eat.
posted by threetoed at 7:39 PM on August 6, 2009




Lacan:
"If we conduct the subject anywhere, it is to a deciphering which assumes that a sort of logic is already operative in the unconscious, a logic which, for example, an interrogative voice or even the development of an argument can be recognized."

Becomes If, in some cases, the logical entity, the unconscious, for example, development issues, decrypt, discussions, please acknowledge the logic of the building.

How about some Derrida?
"Perhaps something has occurred in the history of the concept of structure that could be called an "event," if this loaded word did not entail a meaning which it is precisely the function of structural or structuralist thought to reduce or to suspect."

Becomes The concept and structure, the event "and" this issue, the burden is not associated with a reduction of the historical buildings of the building. (unresolved)

How about some Shakespeare?
If the sea is, the arrow, heart slings, Tis the arm of the receiver to view, please see the stupid question of the property:.
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:46 PM on August 6, 2009










I'm like a big bum, I'm not lying.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:59 PM on August 6, 2009






If you have ice cream, I give to you. If you do not even eat ice cream, I'm here.

Originally, Mt.

And, man, per day, he is feeding the fish. Life of the fish, feed him, please tell me.

The reverse side is a seamy side. (I especially like this one)

I had to try a LOT of Zen/Taoist/Buddhist sayings to find these few that turned out interesting; most ended up being either not that different, or complete gibberish.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:15 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


OK, last one:

Read this book
posted by Saxon Kane at 8:18 PM on August 6, 2009


Meta: Translation of my children
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:23 PM on August 6, 2009




Like someone upthread said - blank screen. Fuck it.
posted by desjardins at 8:26 PM on August 6, 2009


Sorry that I didn't save the link, but "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck..." ended up as "wood timber wood", which in Japanese appears thus:

木材木材木材

If I was silly enough to get a Japanese character tattoo, I would definitely get this one. For some reason, having wood+timber be a stylized forest was just absolutely beautiful to me.
posted by pandaharma at 8:28 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]




> My milkshake brings all the boys in the garden

It is doubtful that this phrase will ever reach equilibrium.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 8:30 PM on August 6, 2009


Oh, gotta try some Palin. Thesis: The translation will not be significantly less coherent.

"Denali, the great one, soaring under the midnight sun. And then the extremes. In the winter time it's the frozen road that is competing with the view of ice fogged frigid beauty, the cold though, doesn't it split the Cheechakos from the Sourdoughs?"

"Denali, the big one, jumped under the midnight sun. Extreme. , Some solo, in winter, the beauty of marble, the road race, the cold Sourdoughs Cheechakos, or can or freeze?"

"It is as throughout all Alaska that big wild good life teeming along the road that is north to the future."

"Alaska, nature, lifestyle, the future is injected along the road north."

"We'd roll up our sleeves, and we would diligently sow and reap, and we can still do this to carve wealth out of the wilderness and make our living on the water, with strong hands and innovative minds, now with smarter technology."

"Our lives, the role of natural stone, the spirit of innovation, acquisition of technology is good, you can sow the seeds of a powerful water issues, please explore the richness of you."

Tragically, at that point the translating software killed itself. Sorry for ruining it everyone.
posted by rusty at 8:37 PM on August 6, 2009






Oh my, your pocket, in the case of bananas, if you are pleased with me?
posted by spicynuts at 8:41 PM on August 6, 2009




He, he, Jesus Christ, all crazy, because I was with him, my da was not, he is the spirit of the perfume is my first collection in my arms to feel, I said.

Eat your heart out, Joyce.
posted by cortex at 8:58 PM on August 6, 2009


Spring, spring
time and the sweet
sweet lovetime
Hurray!

You too, cummings.
posted by cortex at 9:04 PM on August 6, 2009


Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms further... And one fine morning - We had a ship that has occurred.
posted by clorox at 9:05 PM on August 6, 2009


"She discovered a hole in a stained-glass window of the bishop of the blond", it spat back like some grey-phospher Natalie Merchant, and said I oughta be ashamed of that kind of smut talk. A hundred translation databases out there, and I was stuck with the prude. Bay Area was in the rain.
posted by ormondsacker at 9:07 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I will be exposed to anus.
posted by homunculus at 9:07 PM on August 6, 2009


"When a white horse is not a horse" -> "The white horse is a horse."
posted by clorox at 9:09 PM on August 6, 2009




Selections from a Classic American Songbook

Rockets red glare,
the bomb is in the air
24 hours of the explosion
has set up a flag

Well, the vast sky,
the beautiful orange color,
the mountains and the plains of the dignity
of the true size of the waves of purple,

God, America, I said celebrate
the love of the land.
She has them,
the next in the circle
will be induced to stand during the night.

I'm his sweet country,
land free sing tis.
Land, my father,
from a pile of dead pilgrims,
release all
the pride of the ring.


Selections from a Contemporary American Songbook

To do this, today,
stand to protect her,
I have a question: I have to love the land.
God, bless America.

The dead man was born
in downtown.
I started to kick in
when the crash to the ground.

America, Fuck Yeah!
Hairy appearance, to save the day again!
America, Fuck Yeah!
Suck my balls, sucking on my bottom.
posted by cortex at 9:29 PM on August 6, 2009


If anyone else is unable to see the page, try what I did: set your text encoding to Western Europe or something OTHER than Unicode (or CJK, etc.). That did the trick for me.
posted by armage at 9:34 PM on August 6, 2009


Pain of a razor,
wet river;
acid stain
and convulsions.
It is a gun legally. ;
Nooses In extreme cases,
you can live
with the smell of gas.
posted by cortex at 9:38 PM on August 6, 2009 [1 favorite]




If you're wondering about the please please please cycles in some of these things, be aware that in Japanese, politeness is built into verb conjugation, as well as other aspects of the language.
posted by CrunchyFrog at 9:46 PM on August 6, 2009
















I mean in the face of SUKUIZUBORONYAMAKARONI

White Chicken REDDOHOIRUBARO are dependent on rain water beside the glass

Pound's "In a Station of the Metro" is pretty wonderfully poetic in every iteration, becoming a song with a constant, slightly shifting refrain:

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.

These ghost face in the crowd; wet, petals of black branches.

These ghostly face in the crowd; Wet, black branches petals.

These look like a ghost in the crowd; Wet, black branches petals.

Among the crowd, these look like a ghost; Wet, black branches petals.

In the crowd, like a ghost, look for these; Wet, black branches petals.

Like a flock of ghosts for those, look, wet black branches petals.

A flock of these ghosts, and, like the petals of the wet black branches.

And the flock of ghosts, like the petals of the wet black branches.

The herd of ghost-like petals wet black branches.

Petals wet black branches, like a flock of ghosts.

Wet black branches of a herd of ghost-like petals.

Wet, black branches, like a flock of ghosts of the petals.

Wet, black branches, like a flock of ghosts petals.

Wet, black branches, like a flock of ghosts petals.
posted by Saxon Kane at 10:18 PM on August 6, 2009 [6 favorites]




Laurie Anderson, meet, uh, Laurie Anderson:

But I'm not sure,
I know.
I have a message
for you.

Here is a plane.

So please prepare
well.
You can receive
your payment.

posted by cortex at 10:32 PM on August 6, 2009


People, all black or
PURAIBETOSEKKUSUMASHIN Quest?
Shaft!
Right heart.

And his brother,
head of risk to humans?
Shaft!
Can you dig it?

When you catch,
do not seem to get the risk of all cats?
Shaft!
Right!

Shaft, this cat is a bad mother --
Shut up!
Shaft me talkin '.
We then dig in the CAN IT!

He was a complex man,
was part of the women he knows.
John Shaft!
posted by cortex at 10:39 PM on August 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


I like big butts and I cannot lie > I'm like a big bum, I'm not lying.

It takes two to make a thing go right > For more information, continue to meet the right one

straight outta compton, crazy motherfucker named Ice Cube > AISUKYUBUSUTORETO KONPUTONKUREIJI, the name of the external

Drop it like it's hot > As heat
posted by desjardins at 10:42 PM on August 6, 2009


She is the fat around the house Yo soil around my house
Yo momma, she is the dam of the collision of a parked car.
Yo mama, she is fat in your zip code.
Yo my steak was a tie on the head of the dog and his mother.
posted by cortex at 10:52 PM on August 6, 2009




I am the Walrus.
posted by clearly at 11:08 PM on August 6, 2009




Dammit, Solon...
posted by Pronoiac at 11:20 PM on August 6, 2009




Monday is my day, I call you.
posted by armage at 11:30 PM on August 6, 2009


community weblog --> KOMYUNITIUEBUROGU
posted by Rhaomi at 11:31 PM on August 6, 2009 [2 favorites]






"Hey, he just broke the President!"
posted by zippy at 11:43 PM on August 6, 2009




Japanese people have words for EVERYTHING!
posted by woj at 12:23 AM on August 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


The following options: If the first case, and read the surface of the noodles, you need to read this text.

I just noticed each translation gets its own little extra comment at the end. Mine was "That didn't even make that much sense in English."
posted by gubenuj at 12:26 AM on August 7, 2009


This guy is obviously a warm, warm day, set fire to him, he is the rest of my life.
In that sense is good, it is a miracle.
Dark flamethrower, please light from a curse.
Sink, fresh water to the newts, 100 bank account number, please consider the transition.

All with apologies to Terry Pratchett.

I used to do this with Russian when I was bored, then ran the results by a Russian friend of mine, who regrettably didn't get it.
posted by neewom at 12:49 AM on August 7, 2009










I am not a crook.
posted by adrian_h at 6:18 AM on August 7, 2009


I'm *this* close to registering BAKKUMARIGAN as a sock puppet. I'm trying to read that book right now, and it is kicking my stupid, ignorant ass.

Also, How one or 1 or 2 or 3 or 2, or March 1, 2, 1 or 2 glasses?

Good question.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:50 AM on August 7, 2009


I need to see it.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:00 AM on August 7, 2009


This is not possible.
posted by lunit at 7:03 AM on August 7, 2009




¡El website-o no es el work-o !

Am I doing something wrong or is it supposed to be a gray page with just the word "share" on it?
posted by Mister_A at 9:19 AM on August 7, 2009


If anyone else is unable to see the page, try what I did: set your text encoding to Western Europe or something OTHER than Unicode (or CJK, etc.). That did the trick for me.
posted by armage at 1:34 AM on August 7


Thank you very much!
posted by fish tick at 9:20 AM on August 7, 2009
















Please mouth. Before offering my dog happy.

My productivity just went dramatically downhill.
posted by tr33hggr at 11:50 AM on August 7, 2009


Fun! Carl Tashian has had a version of this online for numerous years, that uses Babelfish and goes through several languages before the final result.

"Groove is in the heart" becomes
"This is the center of the groove"
vs. Tashian's Multibabel results
"In the furrow of the memory"

"The seasons don't fear the reaper, nor do the wind, the sun, and the rain" becomes
"This season, I am a threat of rain and rent"
vs.
"Station don' In the harvests they are scared the team of employees, of the wind, Sunday and rain with the T."
posted by notashroom at 12:08 PM on August 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
becomes
"? Wood and timber wood timber?" (I think I broke it.)
vs.
"How much would wood, of that one a beaver of America play, if a beaver of the wood of America could play?"
posted by notashroom at 12:11 PM on August 7, 2009




Ok, who want's to play reverse-engineer-the-dirty limerick?

Hong Kong cervical cap, girls and computers. Cry, bell, she said, "I am looking for a shot!" Rang.

Geyser-like worm, is led by a handsome young man: most of my sperm, is sufficient backstroke.

Once was a girl from Nantucket. Chuck was her boyfriend. She almost laughed as FUKUSA my jaw. I suck at my job!

This is dangerously fun.
posted by vapidave at 4:17 PM on August 7, 2009


I have to avoid the appearance of a sunny day is a bad, bad night. I Please worship the devil ... the power of five light green lantern!

Neat, but not as good as my favorite translation of the Green Lantern oath.
posted by CrunchyFrog at 11:07 PM on August 7, 2009




Already DANPUAPPU!
posted by zadcat at 8:22 AM on August 8, 2009


and a love story..
posted by zadcat at 8:33 AM on August 8, 2009


Your momma jokes are just too much. Too, too funny.
posted by iamkimiam at 9:51 AM on August 8, 2009












"It is doubtful that this phrase will ever reach equilibrium." Face it, we're all prisoners

Palin's beat poetry did some marvelous stuff, but you can't beat Patrick McGoohan.
posted by arcticseal at 9:37 AM on August 10, 2009


Also, Primal Scream codified: We are loaded with free.
posted by arcticseal at 9:40 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Here are walking down the street. We can see from the interesting to see everyone.
Hey, we Monkees, the music is busy, our people are monkeys.
Do you want to do something for us? We do not have time to get restless. It's always something new.
Hey, we Monkees, the music is busy, our people are monkeys.
This is an attempt to reduce. If you are playing and singing. We were young or something?
Hey, Hey we are the Monkees are. We're please to see it. We may come to your town.
Hey, we Monkees, the music is busy, our people are monkeys.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:30 AM on August 10, 2009


What are you talking about?

Infinity reached.
posted by desuetude at 8:49 PM on August 14, 2009


Fuck you = Mess.

Shame on me?
posted by desuetude at 8:56 PM on August 14, 2009




There isn't guaranteed to be an equilibrium, is there?
posted by grobstein at 3:37 PM on August 17, 2009


Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down.

Mercy of God.
posted by memebake at 3:39 PM on August 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


No. Although this one is a cycle. That's not guaranteed to happen either, is it? . . . That's what I get for phoning in my required Algebra class.
posted by grobstein at 3:41 PM on August 17, 2009


In grad school, my friend Emily & I did this between French & English whenever we needed to email about boring practical matters, like finalizing plans for going out. No we didn't speak French.
posted by jeffburdges at 3:48 PM on August 17, 2009


Like Newton said:

"We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We are, to me, the people at the top of the page and many people will be moved."

original: "We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours."
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:23 PM on August 17, 2009


If I have seen further, it is because I am stepping on the toes of giants.
posted by grobstein at 4:35 PM on August 17, 2009


God does not play dice.
into Japanese
神はサイコロを再生していません。
back into English
God does not play dice.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 5:35 PM on August 17, 2009




Damn, I was all set to post this, and now I find out I'm two weeks behind the curve!

The body of my post would've been Translation Party round-trips a phrase through machine translation until equilibrium is reached and the title its equilibrium Words, the balance of the party after the conversion, to convert the machine.
posted by finite at 10:02 PM on August 19, 2009


For anyone who is still lurking: it appears they improved their translations somewhat. Some of them are funnier, but others lose some of the hilarity.
posted by Saxon Kane at 11:59 AM on August 30, 2009


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