Jason: Are you in town?

Call me on the mobile:

+45-2212 3703

Or home:

+45-3295 2172

The email conundrum, that I can not send you straight email has slowed me down. Sorry for that, mate.

So glad you guys made it over here.

Theatre of the political kind

Yesterday evening me and my Luisa went to see our friends in Livingstone’s Kabinet, who were doing a theatre show called **Once Upon a Time: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Circus**.

We got free tickets, as Luisa knows the director, the band and the owners of the theatre venue, and because she’s so lovely.

The programme says the show’s based on “Calamity Jane’s left-behind letters”. The star of the show was not the band, but an actor called Andrea Vagn Jensen. (Tall, thin and good-looking. This has some importance, as we shall se later on, dear reader.)

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Unit test for JS: JSUnit

JSUnit :
> JsUnit is a Unit Testing framework for client-side (in-browser) JavaScript. It is essentially a port of JUnit to JavaScript.

I talked about another, simpler testing framework, ECMAUnit the other day, but I noted that the above is the one Olav is using. Seems more featureful, and you can run some sort of server with it, too.

Theory of translations

I have begun reading Introducing Translation Studies, by Jeremy Munday, as I am trying my hand at commercial translation. _Dolmetscher_ is the slightly derogatory term for commercial translators. It was coined by 19th century theologian Schleiermacher, who still is a defining influence on translation theories. (Most things that folks in T Studies are doing nowadays are in response to some conecpt or thought of his (!), according to Munday.) The other, artistic and literary kind of translator he calls _Ãœbersetzer_.

CIA chief gadget geek?

Since 24 sep this year we have a new CIA chief: Porter J. Goss.

The mini-bio tells us he has “clocked some field time”:

Mr. Goss was a U.S. Army Intelligence officer from 1960 to 1962. He served as a clandestine service officer with the Central Intelligence Agency from 1962 until 1972, when an illness contracted on duty forced him to retire. While in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, he completed assignments in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.

What was that illness? And what were those assignments about? Story material here. My head spins with James Ellroyish speculation-cocktails of JFK’ish power.

Mr. Goss is already in the media with opinions, which put him as a gadget geek more than some gung-ho agent:

Among the champions of the program, officials said, has been Porter J. Goss, the new director of central intelligence[…]. But critics, including Democrats and Republicans on the Senate intelligence committee, have questioned whether any new satellite system could really evade detection by American adversaries and whether its capabilities would improve on those already in existence or in development.

Price of the system: $9.5 billion.

The idea that the disputed program might be a stealth satellite program was proposed in an interview Thursday by John Pike, a satellite expert who heads Globalsecurity.com, a defense and intelligence database. The existence of the first stealth satellite, launched under a program known as Misty, was first reported by Jeffrey T. Richelson in his 2001 book, “The Wizards of Langley: Inside the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology.” Richelson said the first such satellite was launched from the space shuttle Atlantis in March 1990.

Take a look at that GlobalSecurity (capitalization! feh!) website. It looks remarkably un-professional, and does not at all look like the type of source I’d use for… anything. (Centered text? ASCII art way down on the page? A Google search box, in the biggest size and in a contrasting color?) And there was no database access anywhere I could see. Is Mr. Pike hosting that database somewhere else?

OK. Conundrum solved. The website is called dot org, good people at Indystar.com. And its page on Mr. Pike makes him look just like the guy I thought he’d be.

CIA people about themselves

On the CIA web page, in the careers section, one can find weird discourse, from an organization that wants recruits:

KATHY:

I heard about the Agency during a College Career Fair. Although many other positions sounded intriguing, I was drawn to the idea of living overseas and serving as a collector of intelligence. After receiving extensive training, the Agency put their complete trust in me to travel and recruit foreign agents who provide information, carrying out this entire process in a clandestine manner. Dealing with people, operating with so much independence, and relying on my own street smarts and training to make critical decisions is the ultimate challenge. Every week is different – it can be slow one minute and breakneck speed the next. I’ve done some thrilling operations that mirror what is seen in the movies, and I feel tremendous pride that I, an average all-American female from an average American family, am the one doing it.

What? A reference to “the movies”? “Street smarts”? What is this? Is the CIA trying to sway the negative discourse of “spooks” and introduce a softer concept? Perhaps softer is not the word… An image of Operative Agents less uptight, more in line with the heroics of Hollywood cinema?

But the “patriotism” discourse can be found in the IT person’s part:

CINDY — IT Engineer

[…] The Agency employees are truly the best and brightest. Potential applicants should have high energy, ambition, a positive attitude and a strong desire to serve their country.

But I guess “customer focus” and other marketing drivel seems misplaced in this context.