2016年3月1日 星期二

rubble, imploding, implosion, dot-com bubble burst, bubbleologist, basics

After three thousand years of explosion, by means of fragmentary and mechanical technologies, the Western world is imploding. During the mechanical ages we had extended our bodies in space. Today, after more than a century of electric technology, we have extended our central nervous system itself in a global embrace, abolishing both space and time as far as our planet is concerned. Rapidly, we approach the final phase of the extensions of man-- the technological simulation of consciousness, when the creative process of knowing will be collectively and corporately extended to the whole of human society, much as we have already extended our senses and our nerves by the various media


Kevin Moloney for The New York Times

For This Guru, No Question Is Too Big

A lifelong climber, Jim Collins brings the same doggedness to his research, exploring questions like why some companies succeed and how some companies implode.




bubbleologist creating some massive bubles....
中國經濟網
“制泡專家”倫敦欲破世界紀錄(組圖)
中國經濟網
據英國媒體4日報道,人稱“泡泡製造專家”的美國男子Samsam Bubbleman近日在英國倫敦芬斯伯裏公園製造出許多巨大的泡泡,希望能打破他在2005年10月創造的最大泡泡的世界紀錄。 Samsam Bubbleman在英國倫敦芬斯伯裏公園製造出許多巨大的泡泡



Internet advertising could fall 5% in the current quarter, research firm IDC said, the first decline since the dot-com bubble burst in 2001.


It's Wall Street, Without the Cash

NEW YORK, May 28 -- What's truly odd about the demise of a Wall Street firm, it turns out, isn't the noise of the implosion but the quiet of the rubble. A post-calamity hush has settled over Bear Stearns's Manhattan headquarters. Traders who haven't left their desks for years take two-hour lunches....
(By David Segal, The Washington Post)



Haiti's survivors scramble for basics
Haitians grew desperate for aid as survivors from the earthquake pleaded for medical care, tried to dig out loved ones from the rubble or roamed the streets looking for basic necessities.



implode
verb [I]
1 SPECIALIZED to fall inward with force:
The vacuum inside the tube caused it to implode when the external air pressure was increased.



Compare explode (BURST).

In an explosion (top), force radiates away from a source. With implosion (bottom), the object collapses upon itself (generally being crushed by an outside force).

2 to fail suddenly and completely and be unable to operate:
Their economy is in danger of imploding.

implosion
noun [C or U] SPECIALIZED 內爆


Cathode ray tube and fluorescent lighting implosion[edit]

A high vacuum exists within all cathode ray tubes. If the outer glass envelope is damaged, a dangerous implosion may occur. Due to the power of the implosion, glass pieces may explode outwards at dangerous velocities. While modern CRTs used in televisions and computer displays have epoxy-bonded face-plates or other measures to prevent shattering of the envelope, CRTs removed from equipment must be handled carefully to avoid personal injury.[1]


Implosion of a CRT, photographed with a high speed air-gap flash

rubble
noun [U]
1 the piles of broken stone and bricks, etc. that are left when a building falls down or is destroyed:
The bomb reduced the house to rubble.

2 small pieces of stone or rock used for building











burst Show phonetics
verb burst, burst
1 [I or T] to break open or apart suddenly, or to make something do this:
Balloons make me nervous - I hate it when they burst.
The river was threatening to burst its banks.
Suddenly the door burst open (= opened suddenly and forcefully) and police officers carrying guns rushed in.
FIGURATIVE HUMOROUS If I eat any more cake I'll burst (= I cannot eat anything else)!

2 [I] to feel a strong emotion, or strong desire to do something:
I knew they were bursting with curiosity but I said nothing.
[+ to infinitive] INFORMAL I'm bursting to go to the loo!
Tom was bursting to tell everyone the news.

burst Show phonetics
noun [C]
1 when something breaks open and what is inside breaks out:
a burst in the water pipe

2 a sudden increase in something, especially for a short period:
a burst of speed/applause/laughter



basic
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or forming a base; fundamental: "Basic changes in public opinion often occur because of shifts in concerns and priorities" (Atlantic).
  2. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis: a basic course in Russian; a set of basic woodworking tools.
  3. Chemistry.
    1. Of or relating to a base.
    2. Containing a base, especially in excess of acid.
    3. Alkaline.
  4. Geology. Containing little silica, as igneous rocks.
n.
  1. An essential, fundamental element or entity: the basics of math.
  2. Basic training.
basicity ba·sic'i·ty (-sĭs'ĭ-tē) n.

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