Saturday, April 16, 2011


I think today will be our final test of the translation software at the pirating website, Just Pocket Camera. If you're reading this post there, it was stolen from Come on over and see the post in its original form!

After today, I'll update you when I hear news about the legal proceedings. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check my posts of the last several days. We're messing with a pirate website that's stealing my posts, but this wild, wacky fun won't last forever 'cause that sucker's coming down.

Karin suggested Shakespeare. I couldn't resist one of my favorite Sonnets, number 152.

In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn,
But thou art twice forsworn to me love swearing,
In act thy bed-vow broke and new faith torn
In vowing new hate after new love bearing.
But why of two oaths' breach do I accuse thee,
When I break twenty? I am perjured most,
For all my vows are oaths but to misuse thee,
And all my honest faith in thee is lost.
For I have sworn deep oaths of thy deep kindness,
Oaths of thy love, thy truth, thy constancy,
And to enlighten thee, gave eyes to blindness,
Or made them swear against the thing they see;
   For I have sworn thee fair: more perjured eye,
   To swear against the truth so foul a lie. 

I guess he was mad when he wrote that. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Apologies to Lewis Carroll, and to Boz...

...but no apologies to Just Pocket Camera. (explanation after the poem)


by Lewis Carroll

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) 
  `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
  The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
  Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
  And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
  The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
  And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
  The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
  He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
  He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

In case you're just joining us, here's the deal: a site called Just Pocket Camera has been stealing my posts since January of this year. While I go through the legal channels to get the site taken down, we're having  fun messing with their translation software, which takes English to new levels. A few of you suggested "Jabberwocky" might be interesting, so today we're going to find out.


Well, bummer. It's not as weird as I'd hoped. Their software was flummoxed enough to give up and just re-print the words it didn't know. Here's a sample:

`Twas brillig, as well as a slithy toves
  Did movement as well as gimble in a wabe:
All mimsy were a borogoves,
  And a mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware a Jabberwock, my son!
  The jaws that bite, a nails that catch!
Beware a Jubjub bird, as well as shun
  The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal long knife in hand:
  Long time a manxome enemy he sought –
So complacent he by a Tumtum tree,
  And stood awhile in thought.

Et cetera. The final paragraph, though, returns us to the delightful strangeness we've come to expect:

"In box you’re only fasten us, here’s a deal: a site called Just Pocket Camera has been hidden my posts given Jan of this year. While we go by a authorised channels to get a site taken down, we’re having  fun messing with their interpretation software, that takes English to latest levels. A couple of of we referred to “Jabberwocky” competence be interesting, so currently we’re starting to find out."

Maybe we'll try some Shakespeare tomorrow. That's actual English, after all.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Just Trash

Is that a camera in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

If you visit Pasadena Daily Photo regularly you know that Just Pocket Camera, ( has been stealing my posts (those that originated here at What they're doing is illegal, so I'm sending Cease and Desist letters and filling out AdSense complaint forms. I promise I won't do this every day, but while we wait for the offending site to be taken down, we're having fun with their translation software.

Yesterday, my post came out on their site like this:

"This pitch creates me prolonged for the packet julep as well as we do not even know what the packet julep tastes like.
It additionally creates me prolonged for Keds but socks, the ponytail as well as the beloved with the crappy car, even yet most times I’ve pronounced “I never wish to be which immature as well as foolish again!”
Still. There’s something honeyed about which swing. I’d dauntless burble gum, the scald upon my heel as well as even the smell of baby oil for the small bit of time with it."

(Then there were a bunch of Google ads, then a little more copy.)

38 people Liked it!

I'm eager to see how this re-translates today.

To those of you who've suggested solutions, I'm trying every one of them. Thank you. And thanks for the encouragement. I hope I'm not boring you with this. Intellectual property rights are important.

The photo? That's just a trash can.


I've just been to look, so you don't have to. I'm thrilled that my first three paragraphs appear before the fold. Next comes this:

“This representation creates me enlarged for the parcel julep as good as we do not even know what the parcel julep tastes like.
It in addition creates me enlarged for Keds though socks, the ponytail as good as the dear with the crappy car, even nonetheless many times I’ve conspicuous “I never instruct to be that juvenile as good as ridiculous again!”
Still. There’s something saccharine about that swing. I’d fearless gurgle gum, the singe on my heel as good as even the smell of baby oil for the tiny bit of time with it.”

(Then there were the garland of Google ads, afterwards the small some-more copy.)
38 people Liked it!
I’m fervent to see how this re-translates today.
To those of we who’ve referred to solutions, I’m perplexing each the single of them. Thank you. And interjection for the encouragement. we goal I’m not tedious we with this. Intellectual skill rights have been important.

The photo? That’s only the rabble can."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Swing Time

This swing makes me long for a mint julep and I don't even know what a mint julep tastes like.

It also makes me long for Keds without socks, a ponytail and a boyfriend with a crappy car, even though many times I've said "I never want to be that young and stupid again!"

Still. There's something sweet about that swing. I'd brave bubble gum, a blister on my heel and even the smell of baby oil for a little bit of time with it.


If you've already read about Just Pocket Camera, the website that steals blog posts, you can skip this part. Or not. has been stealing my posts and those of other bloggers, and while I wait for my cease and desist letter to have the effect I desire, I'm messing with their translation software. Let's see what it does with the following sentence:

Just Pocket Camera recommends that you visit the original post at, and tell Petrea what a nice person she is.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Unruly Posse

Sunday my friends and I traipsed about Pasadena and Altadena for the annual Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant Garden Tour. I loved poking around the exquisite, private, drought-tolerant gardens.

It was educational. It was gorgeous. It was inspiring. And it was frustrating, because I can't show you any of it. At every garden we visited, photos were either not allowed or allowed for personal use only. I of course took photos for my personal use, but I'm much to chicken scrupulous to post them.

On the way back to our cars we stopped to peer at one last garden, which wasn't on the tour. Is that a great gate or what? It reminded me how glad I am not to live in a gated community tyrannized by muted colors or a homeowners association. The San Gabriel Valley is full of undiscovered Edens, tour or no tour. I hope the owner didn't mind us peeking in because we'd been nosy all day and we just weren't ready to stop.


By the way, thanks to the Restless Chef for alerting me to the fact that my posts and those of other bloggers are being stolen by I'm trying to have a good attitude about it. justpocketcamera is one of those blogs where they steal content to try to get you to click on ads. I hold the copyright to my posts, which are published at before steals them. That's against the law, but try getting a sheriff and a posse on this here wild, wild internet.

If you'd like to be my posse, c'mon and join up. I'm not sure how to get them to stop, but maybe I'll see if I can come up with more bizarre word combinations than theirs. Your suggestions for messing with them are welcome. In the meantime, it's worth a look just to see their weird translations of the copy.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Zen Monday: #141

It's Zen Monday, the day you experience the photo and share in the comments what you've learned.

Is this your first Zen Monday? Tell us what comes to mind--what the photo makes you think of or how it makes you feel. There's no right or wrong, no secret, no prize. Just have fun.

Email me if you want the phone number to inquire about buying this bus. I'm happy to be helpful to the seller, just don't want to invade privacy.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fast Friends

I hope you had a chance to get out in the spectacularity that was yesterday in Pasadena.

I took Boz over to the northwest side of Hahamongna Watershed Park, not our usual trail. It's good to shake things up. Boz met Freckles, a La Canada Flintridge dog, and the two of them hit it off. I also hit it off with Freckles's people, and the five of us spent a pleasant hour together in the urban wild.

Freckles is an afficionado of sticks. He made several additions to his collection. Boz likes to bite the water. A few yards west there was a tamer stream for him to bite.

Say, are those rapids?

For our purposes, those are rapids.

In related news, the Pasadena City Council will meet tomorrow, Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber (S249) at Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue.
Agenda items include:
* Update on Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project by L.A. County Department of Public Works
* Proposed landmark designation for 1175 La Loma Rd.
* Recommended bond sales to help fund Rose Bowl Stadium renovation

The full agenda is here.
Thanks, Ann Erdman, for keeping me/us informed.