2007年9月25日 星期二

UN Assembly line, semaphore lines

US presidential limousine near UN general assembly Assembly line
World leaders and their limos fill New York for UN talkfest




BBC玩一文字遊戲:
聯合國大會叫 Assembly


semaphore lines

The semaphore 號誌or optical telegraph is an apparatus for conveying information by means of visual signals, with towers with pivoting blades or paddles, shutters, in a matrix, or hand-held flags etc. Information is encoded by the position of the mechanical elements; it is read when the blade or flag is in a fixed position. In modern usage it refers to a system of signaling using two handheld flags. Other forms of optical telegraphy include ship flagsAldis lamps, and Heliographs.
Semaphore lines preceded the electrical telegraph. They were faster than post riders for bringing a message over long distances, but far more expensive and less private than the electrical telegraph lines which would replace them. The distance that an optical telegraph can bridge is limited by geography and weather, thus in practical use, most optical telegraphs used lines of relay stations to bridge longer distances.


I... moving hands imaged and reimaged in the poem I wrote as semaphores of intimacy or loneliness.



assembly (GATHERING) Show phonetics
noun
1 [C] a group of people, especially one gathered together regularly for a particular purpose, such as government, or more generally, the process of gathering together, or the state of being together:
the United Nations General Assembly
She has been tipped as a future member of the Welsh Assembly.

2 US Assembly one of the two parts of the government that makes laws in many US States:
the New York Assembly
The Senate and the Assembly put aside political differences to pass the aid package.

3 [C or U] a gathering in a school of several classes for a group activity such as singing, a theatrical performance or a film:
All pupils are expected to attend school assembly.
There's a religious assembly every morning.



assembly line noun [C usually singular] (工廠) 裝配(流水)線
a line of machines and workers in a factory which a product moves along while it is being built or produced. Each machine or worker performs a particular job, which must be completed before the product moves to the next position in the line:
assembly-line workers

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