Not "so" weird unfortunately, it often happen on ICS for unknown reasons...
Search over xda sgs section you'll find lot of way to get out of it easily.
Mine is: flash this initial cm7 kernel with odin as pda with auto-reboot unticked. Once flashed pull off battery and go to recovery with 3 touch combo. Then flash in recovery any ICS kernel zip you have on your sd and reboot system.
Yes you are right.
This rom is the only one with 23 languages embedded. The rom is close to final, but yes translations aren't finished. There is a lot of missing strings.
We don't speak 23 languages, and give everyone ability to help us with translation (see the link of the post in changelog).
There is an easy tool for translation : http://translate.myui.fr so everyone can contribute to is language and stop complaining about hotboot ;)