Localization and World News on the Internet

Localization and World News on the Internet. What is localization on the internet? How does it affect you? 

Find out March 22, 2017 at the VIRL Courtenay branch at 6:00pm. 

Localization is a global system that in effect, may foster censorship and propaganda. How so? Let Martin Anthony walk you through his understanding of this seemingly invisible firewall of free information. His experience with topics of the internet started, in Vancouver, prior to the dot com era. He sat on committees (Praxis and AES) that discussed copyright protection long before it was an issue. 

In later years, he became manager and Editor in Chief of the English Internet department of a privately owned Turkish news agency in Istanbul. There he worked with journalists from around the world. Martin later hosted a TV talk show in Istanbul where he interviewed scores of guests ranging from a former Whitehouse security chief, to world famous musicians. 

The Award for… Oops! 

The award for… Oops! 

Wow I haven’t watched the Academy Awards showfor years. But I did last night! Surprise ending. 

Last time I watched it, it was still a job for me. I was language advisor for the translation team at CNBC-E in Istanbul for the awards show. 6 or 7 translators and subtitle techs worked 12 hours nonstop overnight to get the show subtitled and on air. 

Last time I did it, we were finishing off the last tape when the show was being aired. We finished like 10 minutes before the tape being aired was going to run out. 

I would have loved, in a morbid fashion, to see the backstage reaction in the control room. Must have been just frantic. Whew, I have a few stories to tell. But those will be later. 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/27/anatomy-of-an-oscars-fiasco-how-la-la-land-was-mistakenly-announced-as-best-picture

A Little Humour in Steinbach Manitoba

I love sharing a little humour occasionally. A smile not only is easy to do, the endorphins one releases is great for the body. So here’s a story of mine from Stienbach. 

Having lived in Manitoba for a few years way back when, I learned about the Mennonite community out in Steinbach, Manitoba. It was a town well known for its car dealers, mennonite farmers sausage, and for me, an airstrip in the middle of their golf course. Having  flown out there a few times, I can say it was fun. Especially because when you parked your plane and signed in a the airport office, they had a key rack where you could take one of the Cadillacs parked in the parking lot to go into town or what ever. It was always a fun place to visit. 

If you want to know a little more about the place and the local culture, there is a great ‘onionesque’ web site called ‘the bonnet’. Here’s a sample of their news… Enjoy!

http://dailybonnet.com/fists-fly-loewen-family-sits-penner-family-pew/

 

Site Construction Moving Forward 

The site construction is moving forward and we are hoping to have the site open for business in the coming weeks. 

Besides a new podcast, visitors will be able to purchase voice overs and books from our shop. 

Look forward to the formal unveiling so please feel free to poke around and let us know what you like and don’t like. 

Best, 

KS Medya web team for Martin at the Crossroads 

Quote – Reality TV

Here’s a quote of mine. I just thought this one up…

“The reality of reality TV is that the reality of the viewer is their reality of watching reality TV.” 

Springtime in Istanbul – Behind the Scenes

It was a cold day, but the sun came out. It was springtime in Istanbul. Looking back at this behind the scenes shoot. It was a hectic rush and lots of people and gear. The video was excellent, however, the audio never got to the camera. Thus an 18 hour day of filming interviews and stand-ups was lost.
Well, this experience taught me two things:
Yes, grown men cry, and two… always have your phone in your shirt pocket recording audio.

Longer Days

Oh. Just noticed the days are getting longer! In the northern hemisphere anyhow. 

2017 So Far

I have to admit that I have some great people in my past, present, and future. 

Reconnecting with old friends is wonderful. Making new friends is also special. Of course there are a few people who I’ve met briefly in my new city that I’m sure we’ll also become close. 

So much water under the bridge in 2016 made it difficult to focus for me. An unknown health issue led to emergency surgery removed a nasty abscess from my cheek. This apparently zapped my energy for a long time. My excellent doctor friend and musical cohort, took care of that emergency within hours. 

Setting up shop back in Canada, means a new home, a car, and all the things necessary to have a place to put my socks. Not an easy task when you have a life 10,000 km away too! 

Voice overs, writing, renovations, and all that were put on top of my already busy schedule. No rest for the weary. 

This year is a clean slate year for me. I hope it is for you too. I left the baggage that’s not mine on the carrousel. Where it can be picked up by those who actually owns it! 

Best wishes to you and yours! 

Martin