03
Feb

Dame un beso cálido

Begoña Martínez

Un beso como el primer pie en la arena Un beso como el asiento de atrás, tras la playa Un beso como la cinta de casette que se ha derretido Un beso como un semáforo bajo el sol hace treinta años Un beso como robar una patata frita de la cocina Un beso como tus

17
Sep

The Editing Gaiman Dream

Begoña Martínez

We’re editing together, head to head. It’s a bio, a blurb, maybe something in between. He’s Neil Gaiman, (I know Amanda is behind me, reading something else) and he’s mumbling a bit, as he re-reads the text: words flow until they get stuck. I take it from the place he left off. —I think that what it

03
Sep

Comments on Sticks and Stones, by XKCD

Begoña Martínez

  From a Google+ conversation: Ramón Nogueras: That is completely and absolutely untrue, unless you admit that anyone other than you has control over your feelings. Words have only as much damaging capacity as you want to give them. Ignacio Torres Masdeu:  The exchange of power is part of many social contracts. But many times

03
Sep

Poverty anywhere is poverty everywhere.

Begoña Martínez

Poverty anywhere is poverty everywhere.* Why is that? Why are other people’s problems my problems? Are we all together in this? How can we be together in this if I don’t know who they are, why are we here? If I can’t feel them as I can feel my body. Do my toenails know about

27
Apr

On infinite affection

Begoña Martínez

I can take and enjoy infinite affection. But that doesn’t imply that I require it or even need it from everyone or anyone or you. From polite indifference, though deference to preference and yes, love, the acceptable is non-binary: an ever changing uncharted world. —@minibego PS: Like Calvin said: Let’s go exploring!

30
Mar

I’m Nica: a short note from Niquinohomo, Nicaragua

Begoña Martínez

Yesterday I visited the birthplace of Sandino, Niquinohomo. Yo soy del pueblo que un niño en Niquinohomo soñó. Soy del pueblo de Sandino y Benjamín Zeledón —Yo soy de un pueblo sencillo, by Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy (see the complete lyrics and my translation below) Benjamín Zeledón’s fortress —the political prison We also visited Benjamín Zeledón’s

22
Sep

A message from my outbox

Begoña Martínez

It was so nice to hear back from you! Don’t apologize. I don’t hold grudges for people taking long to reply. Mostly because I can understand perfectly how it is to look at that email and say: I’ll answer properly later [time goes by FAST] —oops, now it’s too late. Honestly I don’t feel like an extraordinary person

27
Nov

It Gets Better: gay parents

Begoña Martínez

Me encanta la campaña It Gets Better. Ved también el de Obama. Dedicado a Sabaoth, que dice que le da mucha envidia el spam FFF que mando con fotos de los peques. Actualización a 30/11/2010: pongo también el de Obama que me encantó en su día. Sólo lo puse en Facebook; cuando publiqué esto escribía

13
May

Translation as vocation: a primer for newbies

Begoña Martínez

Desde el día que puse en marcha mi página web, he recibido una gran cantidad de mensajes de estudiantes y futuros estudiantes de traducción. A menudo preguntan datos concretos sobre cursos, universidades, etc. Pero una gran parte de ellos buscan información más general sobre cómo es realmente la profesión de traductor. Ojalá hubiera tenido antes

14
Apr

Visionary Business (Allen)

Begoña Martínez

(Una versión de este artículo en español) In class they have recommended us this book, Visionary Business. It has been tremendously useful for me (except for the last chapter, which deals with the author’s personal utopia). It has helped me imagine my business model. You can read the beginning in Amazon. One of the things

16
Mar

First day and lesson one (marketing basics)

Begoña Martínez

Hello everyone! This is our first post to our shiny new Wordpress company blog. Yesterday we had our first lesson (course planning and marketing), our first step into what hopefully will become a (not only) translation agency. This lessons come in five hour sessions with a thirty minute intermission, so do not expect me to

24
Feb

Un poco Hobbit

Begoña Martínez

Soy un poco Hobbit. Me gusta ver crecer las cosas poco a poco. Me gustan las rutinas (y salir de ellas: pero me resultan cómodas). Me gusta que algo se acabe y comprar otro igual, me da sensación de haber acertado. Mi despedida favorita es «hasta mañana».

29
Jan

Is that a Barbie in your pocket?

Begoña Martínez

My neighbour once gave bad eye to my husband in the elevator because he was carrying a Barbie in his pocket. —It’s for my daughter. —Thank God. Girls should play with girls’ toys, and boys with boys’ toys. Otherwise they end up faggots and what not. —Uhm, not really. It has actually been linked to

14
Sep

My take on Alyssa Aldersley’s The double life of being a parent at an early stage startup

Begoña Martínez

Josep Martínez just sent me via twitter this very nice nice article and I recommend that you read it too: Alyssa Aldersley: The double life of being a parent at an early stage startup After finishing it, I thought that it would be interesting to comment. After commenting, I thought, well, now that I’ve written

03
Sep

I’m Nica: a short note from Niquinohomo, Nicaragua

Begoña Martínez

  Yesterday I visited the birthplace of Sandino, Niquinohomo. Yo soy del pueblo que un niño en Niquinohomo soñó. Soy del pueblo de Sandino y Benjamín Zeledón —Yo soy de un pueblo sencillo, by Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy (see the complete lyrics and my translation below) Benjamín Zeledón’s fortress —the political prison We also visited Benjamín

03
Sep

You looked good

Begoña Martínez

You were cold I blamed you You were dead I blamed me You looked mute I felt deaf I blamed her Or was I deaf? You were gone No one to blame I was alone With you still there. I went back home And you looked The other way.

19
Apr

I want to kiss you before the world ends [dream]

Begoña Martínez

In my dream, the world is ending. Everything is falling apart.
People try to ignore it, to make the feeling go away: but if you listen, it’s there.
Suddenly, I think: the world is ending, and I’ve never kissed you. Where are you?

01
Oct

I was a task, written and read by me

Begoña Martínez

This poem is halfway between David Allen and Charles Bukowski.

26
Nov

Quote me on this

Begoña Martínez

As a mom and entrepreneur, the world comes to you with shit and hunger. Bring me food and cleanliness, and I’m yours.

05
Jun

2nd International Media for All Conference – Text on screen, text on air

Begoña Martínez

I have discovered this (highly interesting) conference via http://www.elcuadernodebitacora.org (a page of translation resources maintained by a group of Spanish translators): The 2nd International Media for All Conference – Text on screen, text on air, aims to bring together professionals, scholars, practitioners and other interested parties to explore audiovisual translation (AVT) in theory and practice,

09
Oct

Guest post: Manuel López-Ibáñez on (open?) document formats

Begoña Martínez

I am always interested in those working on or about the tools we use everyday. As translators, we do not get to pick our document format of choice. Wouldn’t life be easier if people used compatible formats? Ah, Utopia, we are walking towards you… Let me introduce this (very witty) short article my friend Manuel

18
Mar

SWOT analysis and a piece of good news

Begoña Martínez

First of all, congratulations to María (one of our partners) who yesterday got a very promising job. I am particularly proud of this fact because I helped her with her CV. Hey, that’s a 100% success rate (three out of three) :-) So, about our lessons… we have spent our last two sessions speaking about