- Where’s the stuff you had at billspricht.net?
- Who are you, anyway?
- Why do you live in Vienna?
- What do you do, sit around in pajamas all day and “blog”?
- Why should I care what you say?
- No, really, why should I be interested in what you say?
- Are you some kind of expert?
- You say lots of bad things about Europe in your blog. Why the hell don’t you just leave if you hate it so much?
- Why should I trust your translations of German text?
- Who are “ed.” and “prog ed.”?
- Aren’t you a bit biased?
- Are you just one of those stupid Americans?
- Please tell me you didn’t vote for George W. Bush. You didn’t, did you?
- So you support facism?
- I am coming to Vienna soon. Can I stay with you guys?
- Hey, what happened to you between November 2005 and July 2006?
- How can I type a comment for one of your entries?
- Any final words?
I am Bill Dawson, a United States Citizen currently living in Vienna, Austria. I resided my entire life from 1968 (birth) until September, 2000, in the “East Bay” of the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
I met my now-wife, Daniela, several years ago in Vienna. She is Viennese. We married and reside in Vienna.
No, usually in shorts and a t-shirt.
Seriously, I have a day job. I am a programmer by profession. Currently, I contract at a software consultancy in Vienna.
You “should” not care. If you are interested, I am glad. If not, it’s a big Web: go surfin’.
I think some might find my perspective interesting because I am an American living in Europe during a time when the ideological differences between the two continents are being highlighted by daily news.
Nope. Just a guy with opinions. I am “educated” in the sense that I have a bachelor’s degree (UC Berkeley, History), but I am not an expert.
You say lots of bad things about Europe in your blog. Why the hell don’t you just leave if you hate it so much?
This is one of the downsides of writing a “politically-oriented” blog: I tend to write almost exclusively about what I do not like. This is a shame, because there is so much that I like about living here. Vienna is a wonderful city to live in. My wife and I live in a pleasant and convenient neighborhood. At the moment, we choose to remain in Austria; perhaps that might change, but there are no plans. Admittedly, after 9/11, my shock at European caricatures (intended or otherwise) of America made me, on occasion, want to leave “in protest” (as if anybody would’ve cared!) But, after all, I come from the SF Bay Area — specifically Berkeley — where we often find similar attitudes towards America and Americans!
Now that’s a good question! I read German fairly well and have a good command of German grammar. The latter is important because it reduces the difficulties to just issues of vocabulary; dictionaries handle that nicely. Nevertheless, I recognize that I must be very careful. When it comes to translations, I make the following promises to myself:
- I will not guess.
- I will not deliberately arrange translations (such as by altering emphasis) in order to make the English come out the way I want it to. As an example of what I mean, imagine that I am writing a blog entry on a German news item that I believe is full of anti-American commentary, though it is passed off as “news” and not “opinion.” In my zeal to “catch” the journalist, I might be tempted to arrange the English in such a way to make it seem even more biased than it really is. That’s a no-no. I shall not do this.
Anybody catching me violating these rules should leave a comment. If I agree, I will issue a correction and leave the original intact (with a note/link). If I do not agree, but I think your point is at least rational, I will update the entry to explain your point and my disagreemt. If I do not agree and I think you are whining just because you don’t like what my blog entry says, I will ignore you.
“ed.” is the editor within me who sometimes wonders what I’m doing. He’s the little guy who sits on my shoulder and laughs at me sometimes for being pompous, stupid, illiterate, etc. But “ed.” generally likes me and shares my values. This is me being a copycat, by the way: I like the way other bloggers (Instapundit, Roger L. Simon and others) use their own “eds.”
“prog ed.”, on the other hand, is the mean, “progressive” editor who sometimes appears out of nowhere to spew leftist mantra at me while I type. He does not like me and does not share my values.
Very, very proudly so.
Very, very proudly so (in 2004).
If you say so!
I took a break from blogging, dumped the billspricht.net domain to save money, and generally concentrated more on work. The billspricht.net stuff is archived here.
How can I type a comment for one of your entries?
I don’t allow completely anonymous comments. By “completely anonymous” I mean someone who does not have to go through any kind of signup process at all, but rather just fire off a few choice words and be gone. So although you can be “anonymous”, you must do so by signing up with wordpress.com. You can do that at WordPress’s registration page. Note that one of the options when you signup there is to not get your own blog, but to simply get a username. You’ll want to choose that option if you’re signing up just to leave comments and not to do your own blog
Any final words?
Seriously, thank you for visiting and I hope you will come back.