Thursday, October 08, 2009

Add Five Years to Your Life : Play Golf : Swedish Medical Study Shows Golfers Live Longer : The Lower Your Handicap the Better : It's the Game !

Want to live up to five years longer?

Get out to your local golf course more often and play the game!

According to a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, data from 300,000 Swedish golfers shows that the death rate for golfers is 40% lower than for non-golfers, regardless of their socioeconomic status, which equates to an increased life expectancy of five years. In fact, the better your handicap, the longer you live. The reason for this is probably that better golfers walk more, i.e. play more rounds of golf, and are out in the fresh air longer.


Image linked from redOrbit.com

One of the authors of the study, Professor Anders Ahlbom is quoted at redOrbit.com:
"A round of golf means being outside for four or five hours, walking at a fast pace for six to seven kilometres, something which is known to be good for the health," he says. "People play golf into old age, and there are also positive social and psychological aspects to the game that can be of help.... Maintaining a low handicap involves playing a lot, so this supports the idea that it is largely the game itself that is good for the health."
Of course, the LawPundit plays golf:

The LawPundit at age 62 was the Men's Champion
at his golf club. Here, as an exception, I put in a
plug for the clubs I use, which anyone can afford.
GigaGolf.com is where my clubs were made. Try it.

GigaGolf, Inc.

Hat tip to Martha and also to redOrbit.com for drawing my attention to the medical study.

Web Translation by Human and Computer Translators : Google and Facebook work differently to bridge Language Gap in Human Communications

Who's the better translator: Machines or humans? asks John D. Sutter in an article just published at CNN, October 7, 2009, pointing to the massive web translation services being offered for free by Google and Facebook, each of which is taking a different approach to web translation.

Google is relying on computerized translation to try to make the web universally accessible to everyone, regardless of language, whereas Facebook has launched a human-based service similar to the Wikipedia, by which volunteer human users form the backbone for "crowd-sourced translation technology".

All such services are useful but still suffer from many errors, so that professional translators are not about to be put out of work in the near future. Where free services are most appropriate are for the types of situations where neither a layman or a professional organization would ever hire a professional translator under normal circumstances - this applies especially to the translation of web materials while surfing the web.

Where the services of translators are normally required for important documents and writings, however, to insure accuracy and completeness of translation, neither the Google nor Facebook approaches are or can be sufficient. For such tasks, professional translators are necessary.

Take a look, for example, at the translation job board at Proz.com, the world's largest network of professional translators, to see that the professional translation market is a far different one than "approximate" web translation for web surfers or Internet social network users.

Also essential are resources such as foreign language dictionaries, which remain indispensable. The LawPundit is the co-author of one such specialist dictionary at Langenscheidt, the English-German German-English Dictionary of Business, Commerce and Finance.

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