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Chris Pollock - web developer & ecommerce entrepreneur
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Lost in Translation… Bring it Back in Color

One of the most inspiring sessions of BibleTech08 was Bob MacDonalds presentation on Micro and Macro patterns in the Psalms.  In his presentation he used color to try and emphasize the patterns that he was seeing in the text. 

As someone who has been exposed to the interpretation of the original Biblical languages, there is a frequent lament that goes that goes something like this: our English translations are often incapable of carrying through some of the nuances present in the original language.  An example would be emphasis through rhyming words.  I imagine that rhyming words in Hebrew may not always be able to translated with corresponding rhyming words in English.  So the translators are left with a choice: do I translated the rhyme or a more literal meaning of the word.

So this is where I began to think: what about the application of color to this problem?  Nuances in the text that translators agree upon could be noted by differing background colors, thus enabling the reader to see what they can no long hear. 

Would color be too distracting?  I'm not sure, but I think it could complement well when the text is being read aloud, rather than just scanned with the eyes.  This way, the ears can hear the words, and the eyes can see the color.

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Beautiful summer day in RochesterLicensed to kill...deer that is. And small woodland varmits"Daddy I'm cool" :sunglasses:Mmmm marsh mellows@ladyloki, Look a new one!!! Very english. Almost can't detect the lavender, but very tasty!! I'll get you one for when you visit Rochester if they're still at the store next time I go. #kombucha ##jetlagBackGatwick airport.... how it looks to spend 12 hours there:grimacing:. Kids did an amazing jobs helping cart around ALL our 25+ bags!!! God sent many helpful people along the way. #tryagaintoday #flightcancelled #lifewithboys #25 hours later back in home sweet home. Love is not efficient- both of these guys met me at the airport at 2am!Homeward boundWelcome to the This is our newest addition to the rental property, care of Lucas finding a rock on the floor inside and dutifully trying to throw it out the open door opposite this now shattered pane. Just had the glazier here Friday to get replacement panes for broken Lucas has self captioned this original piece of artwork. He calls it "Broken Glass"! #lifewithboysKids love the rain. Maybe a connection between this and the fact that unless we become like children we will not enter the kingdom of God.Great Britain comes complete with free blackberries!!!! Super sweet. #berrygreatbritain