Ever hear music lyrics differently from what they actually are? There’s a name for that.
We’re all familiar with the phenomenon of misheard lyrics. There’s the one about Santa’s other reindeer. You know: Olive. As in “Olive, the other reindeer,” misheard from “all of the other reindeer.” There’s the puzzling line “excuse me while I kiss this guy” in Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” The urge to plant one on a nearby fellow seems out of place because it is: Jimi really sang “’Scuse me while I kiss the sky.” Remember the ELO hit “Blinded by the Light (written by Bruce Springsteen and also a hit for Manfred Mann)? Legions of people misheard the line “Revved up like a Deuce” and believed the song had something to do with a feminine hygiene product.
Quoting these misheard lyrics can be a fun party game. And now, we’re about to give you the means to take that game to the next level. Next time someone starts to tell you that God’s first name is Howard (“Howard be thy name,” rather than “hallowed be thy name”), you can confidently tell them that what they’re referring to is called a ‘Mondegreen.’
Back in 1954, American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in her Harper’s Magazine essay “The Death of Lady Mondegreen.” You can read the story here. Mondegreens encompass more than just misheard lyrics. A Mondegreen is any misheard phrase that’s interpreted as something sounding very similar. We mentioned one in our newsletter last month: the actual phrase said was “Ever been to Riyadh?” but the Mondegreen heard was “Ever been to rehab?”
Mondegreens are captioners’ nightmares, which is why we work very, very hard to avoid them. It just wouldn’t do for us to caption Joni Mitchell’s famous lyric “A gay pair of guys put up a parking lot” instead of the correct wording: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
We’ve written about the particular challenges of captioning music before. Refresh your memory:
Now, speaking of party games… how about sharing some of your favourite Mondegreens on the Line 21 Facebook page?
Project Profile: Highway Thru Hell
Whether you’re a fan of big trucks, roadside problem solving, beautiful BC, or human stories, Highway Thru Hell is a documentary series you won’t want to miss. Featuring Jamie Davis Trucking based in Hope, BC, this series follows the adventures and mishaps that occur on the famous Coquihalla highway in BC’s interior. One to watch and thoroughly enjoyed by our captioning and scripting departments. Thanks to Great Pacific for being our clients!
Highway Thru Hell airs Tuesdays at 7 pm on Discovery Canada. Find them on Facebook.
If you love chocolate puffed wheat squares, you will love these. The puffed rice makes them a great treat for anyone with food sensitivities, and you can adjust the sweetness to suit. The antioxidant-rich chocolate and the coconut oil – instead of the usual butter or margarine, corn syrup, white sugar, or brown sugar – also make these healthier than your average sweet snack. And only 4 ingredients!
4 cups puffed rice (if using honey-sweetened puffed rice, omit the sweetener)
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup very good quality hot chocolate mix + dash of high-quality sweetener if desired – but go easy!
1 cup coconut oil
Melt the coconut oil, and mix the other ingredients together in a bowl.
Let the oil cool to the point where it will coat your other ingredients — not too hot, not too cold.
Pour the oil over the other ingredients. Mix well with a spoon. Continue mixing while the oil cools enough to coat the other ingredients. If it hasn’t cooled enough, the chocolate will pool at the bottom of your muffin cups (though this is not necessarily a bad thing!)
A huge growth market for Line 21 is transcribing raw footage and interviews for reality TV shows. As you may know, reality TV shows shoot huge quantities of digital footage, most of which is boring or mundane (even to the point of monitoring empty rooms for hours at a time), and then the hours of dross are edited to create one hour episodes of coherent narrative… and can we please make those hours as dramatic as possible?!
The result can be a highly entertaining viewing experience. But most of us aren’t fooled into thinking it’s really “reality”. We recognize the editing that’s required to create the entertainment, and we know that one person’s poorer qualities may be disproportionately featured in order to create a villain, or another player’s momentary naiveté is being exploited so that they appear perpetually daffy. That’s just reality TV. But even shows that are written off as silly fluff are produced, edited, and managed by smart people with useful tools.
Back to Line 21’s task: we transcribe the hours of interview footage, which is then tagged and ordered in a database along with action and background footage so that, when “creating” the lovably daffy character, producers can easily locate material in support of their creation. The tagging and logging saves editors hours and hours of tedious searching for appropriate moments. A simple database search and the material they need is at their fingertips. Not surprising then, that the reality TV industry has developed lots of solutions for transcribing, logging, storing, and managing footage.
Yes, you read that correctly. The RAND Corporation strongly advises the American Air Force adopt reality TV practices to deal with the astronomical (and increasing) quantities of surveillance footage they collect. From the way they set up their monitoring stations, to the ways they tag and database images in their raw footage, American military intelligence has a thing or two to learn from “Jersey Shore.”
It might be funny or ironic at first glance, but step back a moment and recall: the techniques the intelligence community is being advised to adopt were created for the purpose of creating reality TV: a medium in which very little premium is placed on “reality” and a huge premium is placed on “constructed entertainment.” At what point along the road does “reality TV editing” slip into “reality editing”? Is there a dangerous boundary here that someone’s about to merrily blur?
There’s a big difference between going to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and going to rehab. But when discussing middle east travel plans recently, rehab is what was heard, creating a bit of an awkward moment before it was understood and laughed off. Always be sure you’re listening carefully – in transcription and in regular life!
From Andrew Orenstein, the creator of Malcolm In The Middle and Third Rock From the Sun, Package Deal is about the inevitable conflict and hijinks that arise when a shopkeeper falls in love with a lawyer who has an overly close, dysfunctional relationship with his two older brothers. Check it out on City TV, Mondays at 8:30! Captioners find it laugh-out-loud hilarious. Thanks for letting us work on this show! And congratulations to Thunderbird Films!
Hearty, nutritious, and aromatic with pumpkin spice!
Muffins are very nearly the perfect food. Great for breakfast, a snack, or even with soup, they’re filling but healthy and you can sneak in all kinds of fruit and vegetables to pack them full of nutrients. These ones have a decidedly fall flavour to them with the addition of pumpkin pie spice blend, which gives off that unmistakable aroma that lets us know autumn is definitely here.
2 c flour mix, like all-purpose and whole wheat (for gluten-free muffins, try 1 ½ c brown rice flour and ½ c amaranth flour)
½ c brown sugar
1 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1 t pumpkin pie spice (see recipe below)
2 mashed bananas (could be frozen/defrosted)
1 c pumpkin or other squash puree (cut squash in half, bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until tender, cool, then scrape out the flesh)
¼ c olive oil or melted butter
1 t vanilla
Directions Preheat over to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients with a fork. In a separate bowl blend all wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients into the dry. Note that if you are using gluten free flour, over blending isn’t a problem because you can’t overwork the gluten if it’s not there. So I use a hand blender to add more air into the mix.
Pour or spoon into greased or lined muffin cups, and bake at 350 or slightly lower until cooked through, about 30 minutes.
Pumpkin Pie Spice (great for all kinds of baking and also delicious on top of oatmeal!) Recipe from The Rising Spoon.
Here comes the VIFF! The 31st Vancouver International Film Festival is coming up September 26 to October 11. And new on tap is its #mustseebc campaign where the public is invited to preview, promote, and vote for BC films across social media in order to honour an upcoming BC film with the Audience Must-See Award.
The VIFF is highlighting 12 BC films and presenting, in addition to the above-mentioned #mustseebc audience choice award, two major prizes for these films: the Best BC Film Award and BC Emerging Filmmaker Award. Some of the films are also eligible for the Canadian First Film Award. We are proud to have worked so far on five of these 12 films, which run the full range from beautiful to stirring to hilarious, and we’re super excited to see the rest of them. Plus, don’t miss the BC Music Series and the BC Short Films also at the VIFF.
That’s a lot to take in, so to get you sorted, the VIFF has a quick-start miniguide, which you can download here. See you at the festival!
Thanks to one of our loyal readers who sent in this rather hilarious correction piece. The sight of 30,000 pigs floating down the river would have been quite the news item!
One of the things that is really important to Line 21 is to make sure that our staff is well taken care of—that wages are fair, the workplace and conditions are as comfortable as possible, and that we have a robust benefits plan in place that includes life and accident insurance, critical illness and disability insurance and extended health and dental coverage. As service providers, we respect and appreciate excellent service and advice, and so we have a custom small-business benefits package created and administered for us by the Immix Group, a local Vancouver company who we think are the best in their field. We can’t recommend them highly enough to other businesses. Having a good benefits package means that our staff know that they are valued, and owners Anthony and Lindsay make it cost-effective, comprehensive, and administratively painless!
A delicious and easy salad that takes you from summer into fall.
September may signal fall but we’re still enjoying the last gasp of summer around here. That includes all this glorious late-season produce. Beets are sweet and delicious right now, and this salad, adapted from this recipe, is a perfect transition meal from the bright flavours of the past month into the cosy comfort food of autumn.
4-8 beets, washed
head of greens (such as arugula, spinach, romaine, lettuce, or your favourite combination)
4 oz soft goat cheese
1/2 cup shelled pistachios, toasted and chopped
juice from 1/2 lemon
ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Wrap each beet in foil and roast in the oven at 350 degrees until tender to the fork. Cool, then remove peel and cut into wedges. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Toss greens in a salad bowl. Top the salad by arranging the beets on top of the greens, then adding the goat cheese in chunks or dollops. Sprinkle pistachios over salad. Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over. Enjoy!
A refreshing treat for the last of those hot August afternoons.
This recipe is the solution to your summer produce abundance problem. We have a farm share, and the apricots have been coming in hot the past few weeks; blueberries in August are cheap like borscht, too. This recipe puts these two great summer things together.
6 fresh apricots (enough to make about 300ml of puree)
1 1/2 cups of blueberries (roughly same as the apricots)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup water
Puree the apricots and blueberries in a food processor (maybe add a bit of water). Put puree and other ingredients in a saucepan and heat on med-low (or medium if you keep stirring). Cook at a simmer for 10 minutes or until the sugar is entirely dissolved and the flavours have had a chance to blend, but not so long that it starts to smell like jam. Stir so it doesn’t scorch on the bottom of the pan. Take it off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes.
Once it’s cooled a bit, pour the mixture into a glass bowl and put that bowl into a larger bowl lined with ice. Put the whole thing in the fridge and leave it a couple of hours, until it is totally chilled. Then freeze in your ice-cream maker.
It’s hard to believe the summer is coming to a close. It’s definitely a season that doesn’t last as long as we’d all like it to—we always want one more trip to the beach, a final hike up that mountain, a few more picnics with friends and family. But hopefully you found some lazy days to sit around and read some books. We asked some Line 21 staff what they were reading this summer and we got some great recommendations (plus reviews!). Read on to see what they curled up with on their beach blankets this summer.
“I am a big sucker for stories involving historical England, emotional character drama, and passionate romance, and boy, does Ken Follett deliver. Set during the Anarchy, the novel centers around the construction of a Gothic cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge… and believe me, once Follett is done, you will know almost everything there is to know about medieval cathedral construction! But it’s the characters’ struggles and emotions that keep you glued to the page. The point-of-view cast is a diverse assortment of genius architects, benevolent priors, driven businesswomen, and a particularly villainous earl who balances his “mustache twirling” ways with some truly disturbing mental derangement. The central story is well paced and easy to follow, the politics are interesting, and the love stories are compelling, emotional, and… well, sexy! There is also an excellent TV miniseries, but it takes different approaches to the characters and adds some new subplots, making the show and book very distinct from each other. If you liked the miniseries, or if you just like sweeping human drama set in medieval Europe, definitely check this one out.
Of personal relevance to me now after moving into a funky new apartment block with a fascinating group of neighbours on Victoria’s downtown edge is Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, epitomizing San Francisco in the ’70s. Now a library classic, and given the “mini-series treatment” in 1993 for UK’s Channel 4 & USA’s PBS, these “tales” include an endearing cast of opposites living in a quirky ‘Frisco apartment building at 28 Barbary Lane. From the pot-smoking friendly landlady to the meek Ohio transplant, the tenants become family. Filled with heartache, pathos, and humour, “Tales” is an 8-book series, soon to be joined by a ninth volume in 2014. Great for the beach or a rainy autumn weekend, there’s no shortage of antics to enjoy here.
Fforde’s writing is so hilarious, you almost don’t notice how clever it is. “The Thursday Next” books are totally great, and numerous. The Big Over Easy is the first in the Nursery Crime series, (Yes, they are definitely as silly as they sound, but manage to simultaneously be engaging and smart, and everything a mystery story should be.)
It’s not the most current edition (I think they might be up to 17 at this point?), but I’m always grabbing any sci-fi anthologies I find at the thrift store because you can never have enough. The short story format is perfect for speculative fiction, a nice finite space in which to freak yourself out. That’s why I linked to edition #14, as that one had some particularly whacked-out tales, and even now a year later, I’m not sure my brain has fully recovered (don’t worry, I love it!). Short fiction is great if you want to read but don’t have a lot of time; and when you buy used paperbacks, you’re not as tempted to be precious about them, instead you just chuck them in your bag or back seat for whenever you get a spare second!
I didn’t expect to like this book. There is a lot of talk about car racing, which I don’t have a lot of interest in. It is told from the perspective of a dog, an odd narrator at best, and at heart I’m a cat person. But I fell head over heels for this simple, fun, yet profound read. Enzo the dog is funny, philosophical, and full of wisdom. The lessons we learn and the heartfelt experiences of life told through his eyes made me laugh out loud and cry with abandon, often both at the same time. Equally charming are Enzo’s humans, Denny and family. It is a treasure of a book you will fly through, slowing down only at the end so this uplifting tale lasts just a little bit longer. The Art of Racing In the Rain is also coming to the big screen next year starring Patrick Dempsey.
Transcription FAIL: Caught & Saved by Line 21
In this month’s transcription fail we hear:
“Shetlanders have to live with the URBAN flow of opportunities.”
When in fact what was said was:
“Shetlanders have to live with the EBB AND flow of opportunities.”
Good thing we have a rigorous editing process to catch these!
Produced by Anaïd Productions, who also brought you X-Weighted and The Quon Dynasty, among others, The Liquidator is in its third season, and we really enjoy the highs and lows of its characters in their pursuit of “the next deal.” Fast-paced, high-volume, and sometimes totally outrageous, expect the unexpected in the world of The Liquidator! Behind the scenes of the show, it’s a different world, and we love working with their team of post-production superstars. Thanks for being our clients!
Carolyn Vetter Hicks is the co-owner, with Kelly Maxwell, of Line 21. The two have been friends since Grade 8, when they were living in Richmond, playing softball and skating with the Connaught Figure Skating Club. Carolyn is known for her wicked sense of humour, her uncanny impersonations, her razor-sharp scheduling mind, and her enthusiasm. She loves languages, travelling, Florence (among other wonderful places), and la dolce vita! Meet Carolyn:
Job title: El Presidente (shared with Kelly) – co-owner/director
Years at Line 21: Wow! 19 years – since the day Line 21 was born!
What you did before Line 21: Babysitter, Cherry Picker, Office Assistant, RV Renter to German Tourists, Ticket Seller, Paper Plant Scheduler, Fundraising Campaign Coordinator for a Big Local Charity, Translator, Office Assistant for the Catholic Marriage Tribunal, Tourguide in Vimy, France, English and French teacher in Germany – I’d say those are the highlights.
Favourite part of the job: Being able to put extras into captioning, like accurate foreign language, full librettos for operas, full and accurate representation of all kinds of accents. It’s great adding more information into the captioning than the hearing viewer will ever get.
Favourite project(s) you’ve worked on: Oh, so many! Recently, Crossing Lines, Motive, Arctic Air, Package Deal, Mr. Young, The Haunting Hour, The Bachelor Canada, Highway Thru Hell… The list is long, and really, every project is fantastic.
Best memory/story about working at Line 21: Oh, again, this list is long. I would say getting our first paying customer after six months of hundreds of letters – yes, letters – and phone calls – yes, phone calls! Every day is a new memory here and Kelly and I really should write a book. Maybe we’ll do a blog entry about some of the many, many highlights on our list.
Favourite Vancouver restaurant and why: This also is a long list. I think a favourite go-to restaurant for my family is Maurya Restaurant on West Broadway. The kids LOVE their butter chicken, and Rob and I enjoy pretty much everything. We can order each dish to everyone’s individual spice tolerance, which is a plus when we bring the kids!
Favourite place to travel: Again, a long list. I always tell the (true!) story of how I was stolen from a Florentine Hospital at birth and really come from an Italian noble family. I was cruelly adopted out to a German-Canadian family in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It actually worked out well, but my heart will always be in Florence, Italy. Pieces of it can also be found all over Europe, South America, Asia… too many places to mention. I’ve honestly loved everywhere I’ve travelled to.
Funny travel story/best travel memory: Probably when my dear Irish friend, Christina, and I took a train to a small town in Bavaria, Germany, to visit friends. This was the milk run train and it seemed to stop in every single village every few kilometres. We were on it for a long time and kept waiting for our stop. Finally, it arrived at the terminus and we still weren’t at our destination. It was late and we were very much in rural Bavaria, when I asked the conductor, who, in very thick Bavarian dialect, told us that this train didn’t stop at the town we wanted and we were about 200 kilometres away! We called our friends, who drove all the way to pick us up, giving us a midnight tour of the Bavarian countryside as we journeyed to our destination. The conductor waited with us until our friends arrived!
Great stories, Carolyn! Thanks for sharing. See more staff profiles here.
American Sign Language: Just one of 200 recognized sign languages across the globe!
I was reading recently that texting is the greatest communication tool to have entered the lives of Deaf people in a long time. It makes sense: a widespread mainstream text-based system that can bridge the communication gap between the Deaf and the non-Deaf, as well as between those who speak different sign languages. There are different ways to write sign languages, one example being the new ASLphabet, but in general, sign speakers also need to learn a local lingua franca in order to communicate with the larger community. Before texting became mainstream, this communication was often done in the common language through the medium of pen and paper. Perhaps in the near future, phones will be equipped with written sign languages making communication among the Deaf that much more specific.
There are over 200 recognized sign languages. Each of these needs to be understood as a language unto itself and each is spatial and physical in different ways from, for instance, English. While they don’t necessarily make reference to other languages, they may borrow words from other languages. Interestingly, American Sign Language, or ASL, has more in common with French Sign Language, or FSL, than it does with British Sign Language. And where in spoken English, we have phonemes, or units of sound, in sign language, the phonemes are spatial and gestural.
Like texting, captioning is a similar type of tool. While still mainly reliant on the common language – in our case, English – as opposed to specific sign languages, it does aid in communicating what’s happening on screen to the Deaf. Similar to sign language, though, we try to use location techniques to convey meaning – the spacing and positioning of words on the screen to indicate a specific speaker.
All of this to say that as technology evolves and communication among all kinds of people becomes easier, we’re proud and excited to be part of an industry that, in our little way, facilitates this.
2 onions, sliced thinly
1-2 T coconut oil
a bed of salad greens
salt and pepper
In a frying pan, melt the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, salt, and pepper. Cook until the onions caramelize, which can take a surprisingly long time — be sure to keep the heat low so as not to scorch the onions and add water from time to time to keep some liquid in the pan. Stir frequently to ensure even browning. When the onions are fairly brown, turn the heat down slightly, and gently crack two eggs onto the onions. Cover with a lid until the eggs are cooked to your desired doneness: runny, slightly runny, or fully set.
Gently lift each egg out of the pan, divide the onions onto two plates arranged with the salad greens, and place the eggs on top of the onions. An avocado sliced on top makes a nice addition, as does bacon and/or mushrooms (cook these with the onions, or add in later if pre-cooked). Enjoy!