2014年10月25日 星期六

plump for, teeming, teem with sth, bloom, pink-blushed,

Third-term governments are reputedly difficult for a governing party, and particularly in New Zealand's multi-party system, in which voters plump for both a party and a candidate for their local electorate. But John Key, the country's prime minister, has made initial arrangements for staying in power look so easy as to seem casual http://econ.st/1FnuAbt
Ginger’s Youthful Adventures
Rather than tough and fibrous, young ginger is juicy, plump and pink-blushed, and is mild and tender enough to eat raw.

The same is not true in the animated features; voters wanting to reward "Brave" or "Wreck-It Ralph" have only one opportunity to do so. Critical consensus favours "Wreck-It Ralph"; Mr Zauzmer's model plumps strongly for "Brave".



MORE people than ever are turning to the knife or the needle in the hope of physical perfection. Over 14.7m tucks, peels, jabs and lifts were performed by licensed plastic surgeons in 2011, according to a new study from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. The society estimates procedures by taking survey data received by licensed plastic surgeons and combining these with the official numbers of surgeons in a country. Non-invasive treatments to plump out wrinkles, smooth lines and remove hair account for more than half of all procedures: over 3m of these are for botox alone. America is home to more cosmetic enhancement than anywhere else, but accounting for population reveals a different story.


Berkeley Explains Why Google Trumps Microsoft

The University of California at Berkeley has chosen Google over Microsoft for its campus-wide email and calendar services, and it will tell you why — in great detail.
Google and Microsoft are locked in a battle for the hearts and minds of businesses, government agencies, and schools across the globe, each touting its own suite of business applications as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Sometimes, Google wins, and sometimes Microsoft. But Berkeley’s choice is worth noting because the university so carefully explained why it picked one over the other. Though both Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 are billed as “cloud” services, they are very different things. Google is built to operate entirely on the web, while Microsoft’s suite still leans on local software.
Berkeley plumped for Gmail and Google Calendar in part because they’re cheap — Google offers its Apps to schools and colleges for free — but the university looked at far more than just price. This week, it laid out a detailed comparison of Google and Microsoft on its public website. “We’re a public university so we want to be transparent about the decision,” Shelton Waggener, the UC Berkeley CIO, tells Wired.

While Google came out ahead in a large majority of Berkeley’s email-related evaluations, Waggener said that the decision was not as easy as it may look on paper. With the school’s roughly 70,000 students and staff already using so many web and software tools on their own, he said, the IT department must consider not only its own preferences but the preferences of so many others. “We recognize that whatever choice we make, we’ll have to continually re-evaluate,” he says. “These aren’t permanent decisions anymore.”
The school started looking for new services in part because of recent outages on its existing email system, CalMail. Google’s ability to move the school from CalMail to Gmail in an estimated six to ten weeks was an important consideration, according to Berkeley’s report. “A UC Berkeley migration to Google can start faster and with less infrastructure investment,” the report says. “Google’s solution is optimized for web-based interaction. It is designed to be quickly provisioned and a migration to Google could begin more quickly than one to Office 365.”
Office 365, the report says, would require the installation and configuration of local software before any migration could begin and a “significant change” the company’s mail routing infrastructure. “Office 365 offers an integrated experience for on-premise and cloud users,” it reads. “This comes at a greater ongoing, operational expense and complexity of maintaining central infrastructure.” The report also cites recent news that the University of Nebraska still hasn’t completed its migration to Office 365 despite being one of the first university’s to sign-up for the service after its debut this past summer.
All that said, Berkeley liked that Microsoft would allow the company to better straddle the line between local software and services in the proverbial cloud.
The university also liked Gmail because it’s already used by a large swath of students and faculty. The report notes that a “significant” percentage of UC Berkeley’s student body is familiar with Gmail and that a large number of students are already forwarding their existing school email to a Gmail address. After the move to Gmail, the report says, it would be easy for users to retain multiple, separate email accounts. By contrast, there’s not a consumer version of Office 365 comparable to Gmail, the report says, and Microsoft’s solution would force users to consolidate separate accounts into one.
But Google’s victory wasn’t completely one-sided. Microsoft scored well on calendar tools, with the University arguing that a move to Office 365 would cause fewer problems for calendar “power users” — those who “may schedule dozens of meetings a day for several administrators and keep track of one to two dozen calendars minute by minute.” The report says that only about 5 percent of the people on campus are power users, but they account for about fifty percent of calendar use. “The lessened functionality in Google would be a detriment to these power users’ productivity going forward,” the report says.
Microsoft also came out ahead on security. After examining such security issues as authentication, encryption of stored email, and guarantee on where data will be stored, the university feels that Microsoft has a clear edge. “Google is inferior on all fronts,” the report says, “but only by a small margin.”
Asked to comment on the Berkeley report, Microsoft pointed to Berkeley’s recent decision to some of its other software on campus, including Windows. “Productivity is in our DNA,” reads a statement from Microsoft. “This is a market we understand well and care about deeply. We’re delivering the power and familiarity of Office as part of easily consumer cloud solutions that non competitor can match.”
But behind the scenes, according to Berkeley’s Shelton Waggener, Microsoft has contacted the university to take issue with its report, requesting certain changes be made. He also said that several other universities have phoned to thank him for laying out the university’s thinking in such detail.
Berkeley’s very public report spotlights yet another clash of the tech titans. But when you consider the university’s efforts to accommodate what students and faculty are already using — and its ultimate choice of Google — it raises a larger question. Why do schools even provide an email account anyway? Gmail and most web-based clients are free. Schools — especially state school strapped for funding — could save on huge infrastructure costs by cutting the email systems and just letting student use their own accounts. An email address would just be one more data point gathered during registration, like a phone or social security number.
Waggener’s office is considering the question, and he notes that campus surveys find that many students prefer to receive information via text messages and Facebook rather than email. “It’s fair to say that email is for old people,” he says with a laugh. But Waggener is also serving the university’s entire staff and faculty. The university still believes in a unified infrastructure, and all things considered, email and calendars are still a very important part of that. Waggener says that if Berkeley changed technologies with the arrival of each new thing, it would still be using MySpace. “You have to be prepared to move, but you can’t be schizophrenic about it,” he says. “I would rather build the tools to let students choose.”

Cities Crack Down on ‘Occupy’ Protests

After weeks of cautiously accepting the teeming demonstrations spawned by Occupy Wall Street, several cities have come to the end of their patience.

Plump pouted women look younger 厚唇的女性看起來較年輕
Women who have fuller and firmer lips are seen as younger than they really are, research suggests. Even with a few wrinkles or grey hairs, a plump pout can takes years off a woman, Unilever scientist David Gunn has found.

Furthermore, countries that successfully applied shock therapy, such as Poland, saw improved life expectancy. So did the then Czechoslovakia, which plumped for mass privatisation, albeit not very successfully. Mistakes were made, but Russia’s tragedy was that reform came too slowly, not too fast.

“She was short, plump, and fair, with a fine bloom*”
(Jane Austen).

*A fresh, rosy complexion:bloom (顔の)健康色,
pout: 動詞/名詞,噘嘴。例句:She didn’t say anything but I could tell from her pout that she wasn’t very pleased.(她沒說什麼,不過我可以從她噘嘴,知道她不是很高興。)

--The Coffee Trail 紐約時報 McLaren hold their breath after Hamilton grabs pole in Japan
Guardian Unlimited - UK
The teeming rain in Japan failed to quell the red-hot title ambitions of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Mist and rain around Mount Fuji has done ...
On a slow drive across Quindío, the spectacular panorama bursts into view at unexpected turns. Plump hillsides teem with banana trees or coffee plants, many of them decades old. Slender gullies feature the cartoonish guaduales, giant bursts of bamboo topped by delicate foliage.

verb [I] (ALSO teem down) UK
to rain heavily:
It's been teeming down all day.
It's teeming with rain.
teem with sth phrasal verb
to contain large numbers of animals or people:
The mall was teeming with shoppers that Saturday.

teeming Show phonetics
the teeming metropolis

━━ vi. 満ちている, たくさんいる ((in, with)).
teem・ing ━━ a. 生き物がたくさん住む; ごったがえす, 込みあった.


  • 発音記号[tíːmiŋ]

[形]〈人・動物などが〉たくさんいる, うようよいる
the teeming streets

plump:形容詞,胖嘟嘟的。例句:The baby has rosy plump cheeks.(這嬰兒的臉頰紅紅胖胖的。)


━━ a. 丸々太った; ふっくらとした.
━━ v. 太る; 太らせる; ふくらます.
plump・ness ━━ n.

plump Show phonetics
1 having a pleasantly soft rounded body or shape:
a nice plump chicken
plump juicy grapes
a child with plump rosy cheeks

He's got rather plump since I last saw him.

plump Show phonetics
verb [T]
to shake and push something to make it round and soft:
My aunt was busy straightening furniture and plumping cushions.
Let me plump up your pillows for you.

plumpness Show phonetics
noun [U]


━━ v. どしんと落ちる[落とす,置く]; 絶対支持する, ほめそやす, (連記投票で)一人だけに投票する ((for)); 出し抜けにしゃべる ((out)).
━━ n. どしんと落ちること[音].
━━ ad. どしんと; 出し抜けに; まっしぐらに; あからさまに.
━━ a. あからさまの; ぶっきらぼうな.


  • 発音記号[plʌ'mp]

1 ((婉曲))〈人・体の部分が〉丸々とした, 肉づきのよい. ▼fat, stoutのように悪い意味を含まない
plump cheeks
2 たくさんの
a plump reward
━━[動](自)ふっくらとなる, 肉づきがよくなる, 太る;〈帆が〉風をはらむ((up, out)).
━━(他)〈人を〉太らせる;〈まくらなどを〉ふくらませる((up, out)).


Pronunciation: /plʌmp/
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Definition of plump


  • having a full rounded shape:the berries were plump and sweet
  • (of a person) rather fat: she wore an outfit she’d always wanted to try but felt she was too plump to risk


[with object]
  • shake or pat (a cushion or pillow) to adjust its stuffing and make it rounded and soft:she plumped up her pillows
  • [no object] (plump up) become rounder and fatter:stew the dried fruits gently until they plump up







[NO OBJECT] (plump for) Decide definitely in favour of (one of two or morepossibilities):offered a choice of drinks, he plumped for brandy