2007年7月31日 星期二

'Mashups', haptics, ditty, application suite

'Mashups' Sew Data Together
Mashup technology is making inroads at more companies, providing an inexpensive and simple way to combine existing applications.

A mashup is a website or application that combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience.


Content used in mashups is typically sourced from a third party via a public interface or API, although some in the community believe that only cases where public interfaces are not used count as mashups. Other methods of sourcing content for mashups include Web feeds (e.g. RSS or Atom), web services and Screen scraping.
Many people are experimenting with mashups using Google, eBay, Amazon, AOL, Windows Live, and Yahoos APIs.


a lot of talk about Web 2.0, web mashups, Ajax, etc., which in my mind are all facets of the same phenomenon: that information and presentation are being separated in ways that allow for novel forms of reuse.

Using methods from the relatively new science of haptics -- that is, how the subjective perception of touch connects to objective surface properties of hair and other materials --.they have developed the first detailed microscopic analysis of what happens to individual hair fibers when they get tangled up and won't let go.

Can TamTam Teach the World to Play?
When OLPC's XO laptop starts up, its Linux-based user interface plays a four-note ditty, composed by the band U2, that stands for the letters O, L, P, and C – an indication of how important music is to the little green computer's mission.

application suite

Microsoft takes global view of its online business productivity suite
CNET News - San Francisco,CA,USA
by Dawn Kawamoto Microsoft announced Monday it was expanding its footprint of online services to businesses worldwide, adding to its efforts it began last ...

A group of items. Pronounced "sweet."
See application suite.

A group of programs that are sold as a package to solve common problems. Although there are suites for graphics, mathematics and other applications, the most popular are "office suites." Also known as "productivity suites," they are a set of basic business programs designed with a uniform user interface and common functions such as spell checking. The primary programs are word processing, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, database and e-mail, although each suite has its own mix, and a variety of other programs and utilities may also be included. Some of the programs may be for sale as individual products. See Microsoft OfficeWordPerfect OfficeLotus SmartSuiteStarOfficeOpenOffice.orgGoogle Apps and graphics suite.

noun [C]
a short simple song


(′hap·tiks) (computer science) The study of the use of touch in order to produce computer interfaces that will allow users to interact with digital objects by means of force feedback and tactile feedback.

The science that deals with the sense of touch.

stand pat

新聞 (WSJ)

Bank of England Might Stand Pat on Rates

The slide in stocks makes it more likely the Bank of England will keep its key rate on hold at its meeting this week.

stand pat

Refuse to change one's position or opinion, as in We're going to stand pat on this amendment to the bylaws. This expression may be derived from the verb pat in the sense of "strike firmly and accurately." [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms

go down to the wire

新聞:道瓊公司的最大股東家族對於News Corp提出的50億美元收購案仍舉棋不定。Goes Down to the Wire 是以前賽馬的最後用線來決定先後名次。So, a race that was undecided until the very last moment was said to go down to the wire.

Bancrofts' Jockeying Goes Down to the Wire

Dow Jones's controlling shareholders, the Bancroft family, were still deliberating late Sunday whether to sell to News Corp., which has offered $5 billion for the publisher.

2007年7月30日 星期一




  1. The act of interning or confining, especially in wartime.
  2. The state of being interned; confinement.

Representative Mike Honda, a California Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, introduced the resolution. Honda, 66, a Japanese-American, spent his early childhood in an internment camp in Colorado with his family during World War II.

Burial, also called interment and (when applied to human burial) inhumation, is the act of placing a person or object into the ground. This is accomplished by digging a pit or trench, placing the person or object in it, and replacing the soil.

2007年7月29日 星期日

The Pope Reopens a Portal to Eternity, via the 1950s



Editorial Observer

The Pope Reopens a Portal to Eternity, via the 1950s

Published: July 29, 2007


To a child in a Roman Catholic family, the rhythm of the Mass is absorbed into the body well before understanding reaches the brain. It becomes as lullingly familiar as a weekly drive to a relative’s house: opening prayers like quick turns though local streets, long freeway stretches of readings, homily and Eucharistic prayers, the quietude of communion and then — thanks be to God — the final blessing, a song and home to pancakes and the Sunday comics.

homily:講道(經);佈道;讀經分享;聖經訓釋:司祭在彌撒中針對福音和書信所做信仰生活之反省,為教會禮儀的重要部分。如主日及法定節日的彌撒中,均應講道。同 ermon homilia

Eucharistic Prayer:感恩經;彌撒常典(舊稱);彌撒正則:亦即 Canon of the Mass,為彌撒中最主要的部分。其中包括成聖體及成聖血、舉揚聖體及聖血之禮;自頌謝詞 Preface 起,至天主經止。

Communion(1) 領聖體;領主:通常 Holy Communion兩字連用。(2) 領主詠:彌撒中的領主詠。(3) 共融;契合;相通;溝通;分享:與天主教會圓滿共融的成員為:受過洗禮後,在基督有形的結構內,以信德宣言、聖事和教會的治理而團結一起的人(法典205)。(4) 教派;宗教團體;團契。

Last Sunday, I drove through a strange liturgical neighborhood. I attended a Tridentine Low Mass, the Latin rite that took hold in the 16th century, was abandoned in the 1960s for Mass in the local language and is poised for a revival now that Pope Benedict XVI has swept away the last bureaucratic obstacles to its use.

If you don’t remember L.B.J., you don’t remember the Latin Mass. At 42, I had never seen, heard or smelled one. Then a family trip took me to Chicago last weekend, and curiosity took me early Sunday morning to St. John Cantius, an old Polish parish on the Near West Side.

L.B.J. 台灣翻譯成詹森總統

I went up the steps of the Renaissance-baroque church, through a stone doorway and back into my dimmest memories. Amid the grandeur of beeswax candles and golden statuary, the congregation was saying the rosary. I sat behind an older couple wearing scapulars as big as credit cards. I saw women with lace mantillas and a clutch of seminarians in the front rows, in black cassocks and crisp white surplices.

Rosary, the:(1)玫瑰經:古代修士每日有誦念50首聖詠之習慣。中世紀聖母敬禮流行,修士用以獻給聖母,猶如壹串玫瑰花,故稱玫瑰經。一般教友不諳(拉丁文)聖詠,遂以50次聖母經代替,並以串珠計數,謂之(玫瑰)念珠 Beads。念珠每串53小珠,6大珠及一苦像,每小珠念聖母經,大珠念天主經及聖三光榮頌,並默想耶穌及聖母之事蹟,每串又分歡喜、痛苦、榮福各五端,參閱 corona。Rosary 又稱Rosarium。(2)念珠:念玫瑰經時計數之用。早期隱修士為虔誠理由,願意多念些經文,用卵石果核投入籃內計數,之後逐漸演變成今日多采多姿的念珠。
scapular:聖衣:(1)原為本篤會修士之工作服,形如長坎肩,後來演變成修會制服。(2)部分修會第三會會友(即贊助會員)所佩帶約1至2吋之長方形布塊以代替會士制服,以便分享該修會的一些神恩。拉丁文稱作 scapularium。

The sanctuary, behind a long communion rail, looked oddly barren because it lacked the modern altar on which a priest, facing the people, prepares the Eucharistic meal. The priest entered, led by altar boys. He wore a green and gold chasuble and a biretta, a black tufted hat, that he placed on a side table. His shaved head and stately movements gave the Mass a military bearing.

I couldn’t hear a thing.

I strained to listen, waited and, finally, in my dimness, realized that there was nothing to hear.

At a Low Mass, the priest prays unamplified or silently. The people do not speak or sing. They watch and read. All around me, people’s heads were buried in thick black missals. I flipped through my little red Latin-English paperback, trying to keep up. Had it been 50 years ago, I would have had every step memorized. But I didn’t know any of it.


I felt sheepish, particularly because I was surrounded by far more competent flock.

I also felt shaken and, irrationally, angry. Catholics are told that the church is the people of God, but from my silent pew, the people seemed irrelevant. This Mass belonged to Father and his altar boys, and it seemed that I could submit to that arrangement or leave. For the first time, I understood viscerally how some Catholics felt in the ’60s, when the Mass they loved went away.

I called Eugene Kennedy, professor, author and former priest, an old Chicagoan and eloquent critic of church matters. He is a scourge of the Catholic hierarchy, which he considers grasping and autocratic. But he spoke fondly of the old Mass, of the majesty to be unearthed by learning and praying it, like reading Proust in French. It contains a profound sense of mystery, he said, which is what religion is all about.

But he said he wouldn’t want it back. Priests aren’t ready; it takes years to learn. And forget about the laity, he said, which is accustomed to a half-century of liturgical participation and rudimentary parish democracy. He seemed certain that most Catholics would never go for it.

But St. John Cantius, once given up for dead, is thriving with an influx of new parishioners. In his homily, the pastor, the Rev. C. Frank Phillips, spoke proudly about the Latin Mass, which his parish was the first in Chicago to revive. He announced that it would soon be training priests in the old rite, which he vowed would restore the Catholic church to its place leading the world back to Christ.

Father Frank does not disparage the contemporary Mass, nor could he, lest he cast doubt on the legitimacy of the last 40 years of Catholic worship. But other traditionalists do not always share his tact. Their delight at the Latin revival can seem inseparable from their scorn for the Mass that eclipsed it, which they ridicule for its singing, handshaking and mushy modernity.

They’re right that Mass can be listless, with little solemnity and multiple sources of irritation: parents sedating children with Cheerios; priests preaching refrigerator-magnet truisms; amateur guitar strumming that was lame in 1973; teenagers slumping back after communion, hands in pockets, as if wishing they had been given gum instead.

Pope Benedict insists he is not taking the church on a nostalgia trip. He wants to re-energize it, and hopes that the Latin Mass, like an immense celestial object, will exert gravitational pull on the faithful.

Unless the church, which once had a problem with the law of gravity, can repeal inertia, too, then silent, submissive worship won’t go over well. Laypeople, women especially, have kept this battered institution going in a secular, distracted age. Reasserting the unchallenged authority of ordained men may fit the papal scheme for a purer church. But to hand its highest form of public worship entirely back to Father makes Latin illiterates like me irate.

It’s easy enough to see where this is going: same God, same church, but separate camps, each with an affinity for vernacular or Latin, John XXIII or Benedict XVI. Smart, devout, ambitious Catholics — ecclesial young Republicans, home-schoolers, seminarians and other shock troops of the faith — will have their Mass. The rest of us — a lumpy assortment of cafeteria Catholics, guilty parents, peace-’n’-justice lefties, stubborn Vatican II die-hards — will have ours. We’ll have to prod our snoozing pewmates when to sit and stand; they’ll have to rein in their zealots.

And we probably won’t see one another on Sunday mornings, if ever.

Hermes and Nike

"...And though when we returned to London six weeks ago, no one signed up for Greek lessons or wrote a paper on Pericles, the kids now know that Hermes, the messenger god, is not just a maker of luxury goods, and that Nike is not only a sporting brand but the winged Greek goddess of victory.

Which, to me, felt like victory indeed.'

--The Zeus Trip

Yannis Kontos/Polaris, for The New York Times

Taking a leap into the fourth century B.C. at the amphitheater in Epidaurus.

Published: July 29, 2007

2007年7月28日 星期六

Lock· step


注音一式 |ˋ ㄅㄨˋ |ˋ ㄑㄩ

相似詞 馬首是瞻、密切追隨、極力模倣

相反詞 別出心裁

解釋 本指學生跟隨老師的腳步。語本莊子˙田子方:夫子步亦步,夫子趨亦趨,夫子馳亦馳。用以形容事事仿傚或追隨別人。如:我們若老是跟在先進國家的後面亦步亦趨,永遠不會有自己的成就。亦作一步一趨。

Lock· step

1. A mode of marching by a body of men going one after another as closely as possible, in which the leg of each moves at the same time with the corresponding leg of the person before him.

2. Hence: (fig.) The slavish copying of one person's actions by another; as, party members who vote in lockstep with the leadership.

Markets Around the World Are Marching in Lock Step
Major markets around the world now tend to move more in line with one another than ever before, reflecting the dominance of global companies.

Drunken Driving and Drunken-Flying


Driving under the influence of alcohol, drunk driving, drinking and driving (American English), or drink-driving (Australian, Irish, British or New Zealand English),

a drunk driver

Drunken driving sensors ()飲酒運転防止装置

NASA Opens Inquiry Into Drunken-Flying Reports
Officials say they have asked NASA’s safety chief to interview astronauts, flight surgeons and others to determine whether the agency has an alcohol problem.

4月に飲酒運転で交通事故死したカージナルスのジョシュ・ハンコック投手(享年29)の父ディーン・ハンコック氏が24日(日本時間25日)、酒類を提供したレストランや衝突したレッカー車の会社などを相手に訴訟を起こした。レストランは元カージナルス選手で現在 ...

2007年7月27日 星期五

road maps for reform and turnaround

road map

road map

  1. map, especially one for motorists, showing and designating the roads of a region.(駕車旅行者用的)公路圖
  2. A set of guidelines, instructions, or explanations:wrote an ethics code as a road map for the behavior of elected officials.準則;指示;說明
  3. Aplan, e.g.
    1. Road map for peace, to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    2. Technology roadmap, a management forecasting tool

To view our road map for Pb-free and RoHS compliant products, please go to:

RoHS:歐盟危害物質限用指令(Restriction o f Hazardous Substance )

Road Map for Turnaround (Ford)


"With Vision Strategist, we can create multi-dimensional views of roadmaps that set our expectations for the minimum set of information needed to make better decisions."

Road Map for Turnaround (Ford)

The new management plan is a golden opportunity for NHK to draw up a road map of reform and start afresh. Before politicians or government officials start meddling, NHK needs to embark on its own bold reform vision. In the absence of such efforts, the organization will never gain the status of "everyone's NHK."

--The Asahi Shimbun, July 27(IHT/Asahi: July 28,2007)

white fish

2 x sashimi: fatty tuna, white fish


white・fish(銀)白色の淡水食用魚 ((マスの類)); 白身の魚.

這說得不夠清楚 參考
white fish

Non-oily fish, i.e. 1-2% fat, e.g. cod, dogfish, haddock, halibut, plaice, saithe, skate, sole, and whiting. All are similar in nutrient composition; a 150-g portion, steamed (200 g with skin and bones) is an exceptionally rich source of iodine; a rich source of protein, niacin, and selenium; supplies 120 kcal (500 kJ).

2007年7月26日 星期四

rank (SMELL), flip-flop, itinerary, tracksuit, licensed, overstuffed

MoMA Plunge

Published: July 27, 2007

The average Manhattan midsummer day is hot, rank and long. Some of us keep to the great air-conditioned indoors; others head for the country. Both options are available at the Museum of Modern Art, and the word must be out. Have you seen the ticket lines lately? The lobby of 11 West 53rd Street is an ocean of flip-flops and shorts.

As each city on the torch’s itinerary prepares for protests, Japan announced that the blue-tracksuited Chinese security guards who accompanied it in London, Paris and San Francisco would not be allowed a repeat performance in Nagano on April 26.
The chairman of the Public Safety Commission said that security on Japanese soil this month would be handled by the domestic police alone.
“I do not personally accept the idea that they will run in Japan as they ran in other countries,” Shinya Izumi said.
The announcement followed the revelation that the Chinese runners – denounced as “thugs” by Lord Coe after they pushed protesters off the road in London – are a branch of the People’s Armed Police. Members of the paramilitary force were deployed last month to quell unrest in Tibet.
Australia had already banned the paramilitary guards from escorting the torch on the relay in Canberra on April 23 – a leg of the tour that is now in doubt because of the protests.

monastery, paramilitary, temple

licensed, comfy, overstuffed

10. British Spies: Licensed to Be Gay

Britain's domestic intelligence agency now not only welcomes, but actively seeks, gay applicants

A licensed clinical social worker had lots of comfy, overstuffed furniture and encouraged patients to sit anywhere


Pronunciation: /ˈflɪpflɒp/ 


Image of flip-flop
1A light sandal, typically of plastic or rubber, with a thongbetween the big and second toe.
2North American backward handspring.
2.1informal An abrupt reversal of policy:his flip-flop on taxes
3Electronics switching circuit which works by changing from one stable state to another, or through an unstable state back to its stable state, in response to a triggering pulse.

licence UKUS license Show phonetics
1 [C] an official document which gives you permission to own, do or use something, usually after you have paid money and/or taken a test:
a dog licence
UK driving licence/US driver's license
a TV licence

2 [S or U] FORMAL permission or freedom to do what you want:
As parents, they allowed their children very little licence.
[+ to infinitive] He was given licence to reform the organization.

3 artistic/poetic licence the freedom of artists, writers etc. to change the facts of the real world when producing art

license Show phonetics
verb [T]
to give someone official permission to do or have something:
[+ to infinitive] Several companies have been licensed to sell these products.

a licensed pilot
a licensed (= allowed to sell alcohol) restaurant

noun [C] FORMAL
a person who has official permission to do something, especially to sell alcoholic drinks

upholstered thickly and deeply : "an overstuffed sofa"overstuffed
stuff too much : "The pillow was overstuffed"

licensed practical nurse

comfy Show phonetics
INFORMAL FOR comfortable:
a comfy chair



━━ n. 旅行案内[記]; 旅行日程; 旅路.
━━ a. 巡回する; 旅(路)の.
a detailed plan or route of a journey:
The tour operator will arrange transport and plan your itinerary.Wikipedia article "Tracksuit"
Tracksuit jackets made of nylon
Tracksuit jackets made of nylon
A model of tracksuit used as casual wear
A model of tracksuit used as casual wear
tracksuit is an article of clothing consisting of two parts- trousers and a jacket. It was originally intended for use in sports, mainly as what athletes wore over competition clothing (such as running shirt and shorts or a swimsuit) and would take off before competition. In modern times, it has become commonly worn in other contexts.
Tracksuits were very popular with the hip hop and breakdancing scene of the 1980s. During this period tracksuits were manifactured from a mix of triacetate and polyester making them extremely shiny on the outside - ideal for breakdancing on smooth floors and yet fleecy on the inside ensuring comfort for the wearer.


rank (SMELL)
smelling strong and unpleasant:
His clothes were rank with sweat.

theories on what makes a great leader

這是MITSloan Management Review 廣告

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We've just updated our most popular article collection, the SloanSelect Leadership Collection, with the best new thinking on guiding people and organizations.

As always, MIT SMR content melds the most current theories on what makes a great leader with real-world research into, and practical applications of, those theories.

2007年7月25日 星期三


  1. mean 20世紀上半葉(1920)美國的 Slang. 用法還表示Excellent; skillful: She plays a mean game of bridge.

coffee table and coffee-table book 之翻譯和對應

茶几 與 "茶卓"與 coffee table

「茶几」解釋一種放置茶具的小桌。等於日本的 “tea table 茶卓.”

大陸現在稱的「沙发和茶几的巧妙搭配」之「茶几」,為西方約1868年才有之coffee table ( 居間用の低い小型テーブル.)

The noun cocktail table has one meaning:

Meaning #1: low table where magazines can be placed and coffee or cocktails are served
Synonym: coffee table


coffee-table book 大型の豪華本.
The noun coffee-table book has one meaning:

Meaning #1: a elaborate oversize book suitable for displaying on a coffee table

flinch and flinching

verb [I]
to make a sudden small movement because of pain or fear:
He didn't even flinch when the nurse cleaned the wound.

flinch from sth/doing sth phrasal verb
to avoid doing something that you consider unpleasant or painful:
We must not flinch from difficult decisions.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

  1. 畏懼;退縮[(+from)]

You mustn't flinch from a difficulty.


She didn't flinch once when the doctor was cleaning the wound.


flinching QC)專門用語(應該是 J. M. Juran 先提出)

DHsu to HC,, flinching有無適當的中譯?

文章: Flinching
連結: http://xquality.blogspot.com/2007/07/flinching.html

另外一家供應商,每隔四個小時記錄了某射出成形機的堆乾燥溫度,之後就將其歸檔放進辦公櫃。因為這些讀值都在規格之內( 然太多點正巧落在接近規格上限,表明可能有人因畏懼而採人為操控數據作法 flinching) ,所以並未採取任何措施。我將大約60天的數據以I-MR 圖畫出它們,如下所示。此等數據清楚地表示,在第53數據點附近,溫度向上偏移了。沒人知道關於溫度上的變化。沒人能確認是否更高的溫度會使該零組件更 好。(不過)大家同意溫度更高會導致更高的能源費用。務必將數據作圖。並務必採取行動。"

大陸的蒲倫昌先生主編的"質量管理辭典"將它翻譯為 "檢驗員縮小問題" (......對少量不合規格產品測量結果弄虛作假的傾向" (p.92)

All The News That's Fit To Print



我對這份報紙的(買報)貢獻,絕無僅有(倫敦的The Times倒是有一些)。1997年在網路看到它的第一版(其他要付費)。數年之後它決定免費開放閱讀,我就變節(之前我是LATIMES忠實讀者)。

因為哈哈 去年 我的大名竟然出現在 紐約時報雜誌上 談外交術語

特別參考Wikipedia article "The New York Times". 和新聞簡介這大報:

社銘(motto slogan 參考如下):

"All The News That's Fit To Print"



類似的精神發揚到關係企業 所以它的古典音樂電台WQSR的Slogan為:
""All The Music That's Fits To Play"

漲價通知: The New York Times: "all the news that's fit to print" will cost more starting July 16 (story) 售價 USD 1.00 1.25】週一至週六;USD 3.50 週日【4.0周日版發行168萬份】;USD 3.50/5.00 特別版本


The New York Times was acquired by Adolph Ochs, publisher of The Chattanooga Times, in 1896. In 1897, he coined the paper's celebrated slogan, "All The News That's Fit To Print," widely interpreted as a jab at competing papers in New York City (the New York World and the New York Journal American) that were known for lurid yellow journalism.


underreport and fear


To report (income or crime statistics, for example) as being less than actually is the case.

v. tr. - 使少報收入等 v. intr. - 少報收入等

日本語 (Japanese) v. - 過少に報告する

Meanwhile, the SEC charged Ms. Heinen with participating in the fraudulent options issued to Mr. Jobs and other executives in 2001, and with altering company records to conceal the fraud. The SEC alleges the scheme caused the company to underreport its expenses by almost $40 million. Her attorneys have vowed to fight the case.

UN to inspect Japan radiation site

Japan says it will let United Nations inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency visit its largest nuclear plant after an earthquake caused a radiation leak there. The Japanese government had at first said that an inspection was not necessary, but has come under pressure from local authorities to allow a visit to calm public concern. The 6.8-magnitude earthquake on July 16 caused a fire for hours at the nuclear plant in Niigata prefecture, some 250 kilometres northwest of Tokyo. The plant's operator later said that a small amount of radiation leaked, but has come under criticism for initially underreporting radiation levels.

Overreport 有道理 卻幾乎沒用例

Quote from W. Edwards Deming:
Whenever there is fear, you will get wrong figures.

怕了就以偽造數字了事;fear 和 figure 押韻

2007年7月24日 星期二

“F* You China”又怎样?

由於 fuck 是禁忌語
所以有許多側寫如 F WORD 或 F*......等等

德语媒体 | 2007.07.24

“F* You China”又怎样?

德国第一大订阅量报纸“南德意志报”载文评论“F-U-C-K You china”体恤衫事件,言辞间明显偏袒设计师菲利普-普莱:

德国设计师菲利普-普莱突发奇想,在其新款体恤衫上印上了具有侮辱意味的“F-U-C-K You china”字样。南德意志报一篇报道称,一周来,菲利普-普莱设在瑞士的公司总部每天都会收到数以万计的恐吓信和电话,因为,这位设计师的这份”创意 “显然极大地伤害了许多中国爱国主义者的民族感情。南德意志报发表署名Henrik Bork的文章写到:


这些愤怒的中国“爱国主义者”完全忽视了一个事实,那就是,正是日益严重的产品仿冒问题催生了这款倒霉的体恤衫。从宝马豪华轿车,到彪马运动鞋,及 至Hugo Boss牌的内裤,德国所有的名牌产品在中国都无一幸免遭到仿冒。菲利普-普莱也深受其害。他设计的牛仔裤在专卖店里售价850欧元,而中国仿冒者却以 250欧元的价格在因特网上兜售赝品。普莱说:为了我的小公司为付出了大量的心血,而防不胜防的仿冒实在让我们走投无路。



2007年7月23日 星期一





(mĭk-jŏb') pronunciation
n. Slang.

A job, usually in the retail or service sector, that is low paying, often temporary, and offers minimal or no benefits or opportunity for promotion.

[Mc(Donald's), trademark of a fast-food restaurant chain (from its mass-produced nature) + JOB1.]

2007年7月22日 星期日

set piece 或 setpiece 或 set-piece

set piece

. (片語 phrase)

1. 舞臺立體布景(如:樹,門,岩石等);舞台セット; 凝った

2. (文學、音樂等作品中)具有強烈效果的片斷; 型通りの芸術作品

3. (軍事、外交)事先佈置好的行動; 綿密な計画に基づく軍事行動.

4. 花式煙火; 仕掛花火


They're lovely, these almost accidental observations that interrupt the setpieces on language and difference, and when Z has been allowed to throw off the faux-naivety of the early chapters, she comes much more fully to life. And as with all good textbooks, there's the satisfaction of learning and understanding.

幾年前,hc在 bog (simon university )一文:淺談 set piece

「謝謝「路人」的set-piece 為「橋段之英文」之指引。它可以寫篇關鍵字。小讀者等人有沒興趣?」我自己來,因為我碰到這字眼已兩年,剛好可以趁機整理一下。

我起先不認為set piece是「橋段」,不過它值得我們認識。或許我錯了,詳後文。

兩年前比較過兩本辭典對於set piece的翻譯。【朗文當代高級英語詞典】的解釋:A set piece以固定程式和風格安排的具有特殊效果的場面、片段。

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary:有特殊效果的場面、片段,不必然與主題相關。 set piece is part of a film, play, etc. which is exciting and attracts attention, but is often not a necessary part of the story or does not cause the story to develop.


The musical has no real story - it just consists of a series of set pieces




我還收一比較難的句子:Mr. Columbus, in contrast, is a master of the obvious and the emphatic. After the boisterous clowning of the opening set piece -which involves the ritual humiliation of the Dursleys, Harry's swinish Muggle guardians -the picture settles down into a plodding, heavy rhythm.


Toget 軟體下載:... 你可以扮演其中歷史上留名的人物。 遊戲中涵蓋了美國歷史上十多個有名的戰爭,包括:: classic set piece battles at Dettingen (1743(軍事、外交)事先佈置好的行動); Almanza (1707); wide-ranging(1777);&

The idea is that you used *some* of your 10 seconds of maneuvering to get a bead on your foe, but you weren't able to just sit there aiming. Weapon Acc is mostly used for carefully placed shots in "realistic," wargames-style set-piece battles. (軍事、外交)事先佈置好的行動

昨天查WordNet Dictionary

「Definition: [n] a piece of scenery intended to stand alone as part of the stage setting n. set piece, n. 【物】 (舞台上的)單件立體佈景. See Also: scene, scenery」


 最讓我滿意的是 The New Oxford American Dictionary【這一說法可以當"橋段"的定義】

set piece

'a thing that has been carefully or elaborately planned or composed, in particular:

 a self-contained passage or section of a novel, play, film or piece of music arranged in an elaborate or conventional patterned for maximum effect. 這一說法可以當"橋段"的定義。其他如一篇精心設計或準備的演講稿。

Three years before, he had enjoyed a Two Ronnies Reunion Night on BBC One. Barker joined Corbett to introduce the best of their sketches, and the hardware shop "Four candles - Fork handles!" set-piece was judged the most popular by a television audience of millions.

看一段影評談 quality set piece.

"Bourne Identity" is classified as an action flick, but the action is decidedly different than that in other movies of the same genre. Containing very few special effects or CGI, the action centers on motion and pursuit, endowing the film with a edgier, more physical tone that is highlighted by a stellar car chase. Set in the middle of the movie, the sequence featuring a beat-up MG racing through the streets and alleys of Paris is the best cinematic chase since at least The Rock, if not long before that. The cat-and-mouse concept of the entire film is encapsulated in this quality set piece, which is more than just eye candy, serving also as a key turning point in the plot.

* 這在足球賽的free kick或scrum精心安排的戰術:妨礙敵隊得分set piece。其他類似:「當在比賽中你獲得了一個任意球之後,先仔細觀察場上隊員的位置。如果你覺得當前隊員的站位不甚理想時,可以按下空白鍵注意,此時並不是在變換陣形,而是在做罰球前的戰術扯動(set piece)」;

Henry surprised with dominance | ALL BLACKS| ONE SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
"We were able to provide quality set piece ball and that's what's been lacking in recent times," Henry said. "So the quality of the set piece was the big ...

graffiti, latticework, fretwork, corned beef

Backjumps Festival Turns Berlin's Streets Into A 3-D Magazine

Graffiti has come a long way since the spray can and the Brooklyn hip hop scene. These days it's morphed into the catch-all genre of "street art", where artists from all over the world stencil, sticker and install sculptures in public spaces. Celebrating this artistic diversity is a Berlin-based exhibition called "Backjumps, The Live Issue". It initially began as an underground graffiti magazine about hip hop and aerosol culture. But then five years ago, its founder and curator Adrian Nabi, decided he wanted to take the concept further by turning Berlin into a 3-dimensional magazine. Backjumps now features all kinds of street art, exhibited in different venues around Germany's capital.

Corned beef is a cut of beef (usually brisket, but sometimes round or silverside) cured or pickled in a seasoned brine. The "corn" in "corned beef" refers to the "corn" or grains of coarse salts used to cure it. The Oxford English Dictionary dates the usage of "corn," meaning "small hard particle, a grain, as of sand or salt," to 888, and the term "corned beef" to 1621.[1] The term "corned beef" can denote different styles of brine-cured beef, depending on the region. Some, like American-style corned beef, are highly seasoned and often considered delicatessen fare. In Britain, corned beef is usually bought at the delicatessen, or may be in chilled packs or can be found in trapezoid cans, imported from South America.

But Mr. Obama proposes to charge ahead, asserting that extensive government support is needed to preserve and create jobs while building the latticework of a 21st century economy.

Meaning #1: framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal
Synonyms: latticefretwork
lattice Show phonetics
noun [C] (ALSO latticework)
a structure made from strips of wood or other material which cross over each other with spaces between

fretwork Show phonetics
noun [U]
decorative open patterns especially cut out of wood or metal or made in embroidery

corned beef Show phonetics
noun [U]
cooked beef which has been preserved in salty water and spices, and which is often sold in tins (= metal containers)


━━ vt. (肉を)塩づけにする.
 corned ━━ a. 塩漬けの.
 corn(ed) beef コンビーフ.

這backjumps 應該是德文或德製英文(Shorter OED沒收)
backjumping 是搜索運算法

Graffiti 是塗鴨(隨意的亂塗亂寫。【在電腦塗鴉板中隨意寫字、畫圖的動作。塗鴉板往往是一個簡單的繪圖程式。】)
from Italian
This word originated in Italy
In ancient Rome, when you had a written message for the public, you scratched it on a wall. What else could you do? You didn't have a fax machine, a photocopier, or the World Wide Web. You couldn't even take out an ad in a newspaper.
The walls of Pompeii, preserved for two thousand years under volcanic ash, are marked with numerous examples of this Roman custom. Here are some translated graffiti:
• Successus was here.
• Gaius Julius Primigenius was here. Why are you late?
• Lovers, like bees, lead a honey-sweet life.
• I don't want to sell my husband.
• Burglar, watch out!
• Someone at whose table I do not dine, Lucius Istacidius, is a barbarian to me.
• The fruit sellers ask you to elect Marcus Holconius Priscus as aedile.
• I am amazed, o wall, that you have not collapsed and fallen, since you must bear the tedious stupidities of so many scrawlers.