2009年8月30日 星期日

a facade of unlimited financial means

Among the qualities making Leibovitz, 59, the most sought after portrait photographer in the world are legendary perfectionism and the pouring of resources into lavish sets. Yet behind a facade of unlimited financial means, Leibovitz was spending her way into nightmare.

造就現年59歲的萊波維茨成為當今全球最炙手可熱肖像攝影師地位的特質,是她出了名的完美主義和斥資投入豪華場景。然而這種毫無限制的花錢法,其實已經為她帶來惡夢。



a facade of unlimited financial means 看似資財無限的表象

spring for

A Microsoft ad featured Lauren, who was shopping on a budget and decided not to spring for a $1,000 MacBook.


spring for

Pay another's expenses, treat, as in I'll spring for the dinner this time. [Slang; c. 1900]

cast out the long-governing LDP, tossed out a FCC rule

Japanese Opposition Wins Elections in Landslide

For only the second time in postwar history, Japanese voters cast out the long-governing Liberal Democratic Party. The prime minister conceded defeat on Sunday.


TECHNOLOGY
FCC Limits on Cable Companies Lifted

A federal appeals court tossed out a FCC rule limiting cable companies to serving no more than 30% of U.S. cable subscribers.



2009年8月29日 星期六

raft (MANY) , fair to middling, on hook

Raft of Deals for Failed Banks Puts U.S. on Hook for Billions
The FDIC is absorbing banks' risk on billions in loans to try to spur companies to pick through the wreckage of fallen rivals.


European Recession Fears Grow
European recession fears grew as Denmark became the first country to slip into a technical recession and a raft of weak data indicated others could soon follow.




HP Officejet J6480 All-in-One Inkjet Multifunction Printer: A raft of features makes this multifunction printer tempting, despite its middling performance and a few design flaws.
(Melissa Riofrio)



on hook
(′ön ′hu̇k) (communications) The idle state (open loop) of a subscriber or PBX user loop.

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raft (MANY) Show phonetics
noun [C]
a large number or range; a lot:
a raft of data
We have designed a whole raft of measures to improve the transport system.

middling Show phonetics
adjective INFORMAL
medium or average; neither very good nor very bad:
a man of about middling height
a middling performance of 'Anthony and Cleopatra'



fair to middling INFORMAL
not very good but not bad:
"What's your French like?" "Oh, fair to middling."

canned tuna , canned laughter, canned food

The food company Dongwon said on Tuesday that it would buy the canned tuna鮪 company StarKist from the Del Monte Foods Company for about $300 million in the latest push by South Korean food makers for global expansion.

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can (CONTAINER) Show phonetics
noun [C]
1 (UK ALSO tin) a closed metal container, especially a cylindrical one, in which some types of drink and food are sold:
a can of soup/beans

2 (UK ALSO tin) the amount of food or drink that is contained in a can:
You'll need a can of tuna for this recipe.

3 a metal container, especially one with a lid, handle and shaped opening for pouring:
an oil can
a can of paint

can Show phonetics
verb [T] -nn-
1 to put food and drink into a closed metal container without air:
He works in a factory where they can fruit.

2 MAINLY US INFORMAL to stop doing something or making noise:
Hey, can it, would you? I'm trying to sleep.

canned Show phonetics
adjective
preserved and sold in a can:
canned (UK ALSO tinned) fruit/tomatoes

cannery Show phonetics
noun [C]
a factory where food is put into cans

canned laughter noun [U] DISAPPROVING
recordings of laughter that have been added to a humorous radio or television programme when something amusing has been said or done
喬治‧歐威爾:「…要不是先前發明了罐頭食品,第一次世界大戰根本就打不起來。…怪的是,人們卻往往忽視了食物的重要性。政客、詩人、主教的塑像隨處可見,卻不見有替廚師、醃肉師父或市場菜販立像的。」大哉斯言。

canned food

Food sterilized by heat in a closed, durable container such as tin and aluminum cans, flexible aluminum foil and thermoplastic containers including squeeze tubes. Technically, the processes used are highly efficient and used universally. Problems occur rarely but their identification is an important part of food hygiene. The problems arise either with the sterilization of the container or its contents, or because the container leaks after closure, permitting infection to occur. If the contained material contains toxins when it is first added to the can they will still be there when the can is opened.

flax

Wikipedia article "Flax".

flax

n. - 亞麻, 亞麻織品, 麻布

日本語 (Japanese)
n. - アマ, 亜麻の繊維
v. - たたく, せわしなくする

friend-of-the-court

This week, Sony asked the judge who is reviewing the proposed settlement for permission to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the agreement. “Sony Electronics believes it has a unique perspective on the various ways in which the settlement will foster competition, spur innovation and create efficiencies that will substantially benefit consumers,” Jennifer B. Coplan, a lawyer with Cooley Godward Kronish, wrote in a letter to the court.


friend-of-the-court

n., pl. a·mi·ci curiae (ə-mē').

A party that is not involved in a particular litigation but that is allowed by the court to advise it on a matter of law directly affecting the litigation.

[Latin amīcus cūriae : amīcus, friend + cūriae, genitive of cūria, court.]

2009年8月28日 星期五

pogo-stick, backflip


Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot can now jump and do backflips. Incredible! https://spectrum.ieee.org/…/video-friday-backflipping-atlas…

Thanks to new designs, pogo-stick riders can do backflips, jump several feet in the air. The best compete in Pogopalooza.
Read original story in The Wall Street Journal | Friday, 28 Aug 2009


Wikipedia article "Pogo stick".
n. - 彈簧單高蹺, 該遊戲的工具
v. intr. - 玩彈簧單高蹺
idioms:
  • pogo stick 一種跳躍用高蹺杖, 彈簧單高蹺

後滾翻
backflip
intr.v., -flipped, -flip·ping, -flips.
To perform a backward somersault, especially in the air.
n.
A backward somersault.

2009年8月27日 星期四

Card-sharp, card shark

Card-sharp

Meaning

Someone who is skilful at playing or manipulating cards, or one who makes a living by cheating at cards.

Origin

'Card-sharp', which is sometimes spelled either 'card sharp' or 'cardsharp', might be thought by some to be a misspelling of 'card-shark'. The latter is the more commonly used of the two synonymous phrases, especially outside the UK, which is one of the few countries to prefer card-sharp. It is sometimes suggested that one term derived from the other. There's no clear evidence to support that view, although if it is the case then it must have gone from 'sharp' to 'shark' as 'card-sharp' appears to be the older term.

smooth operator,see him through

Mr Ma has long been seen as a smooth operator, able to glide unscathed through political turmoil. But this time the apologies he has made may not be enough to see him through. An opinion poll this week by TVBS, a Taiwanese news channel, showed a dramatic drop in his approval rating: by 25 percentage points since June, to an all-time low of 16%. Other polls give him higher ratings but show a similar decline.


see through 真人發音

  • 詞組

    1. 幫助...渡過(困難等)
      • We will see you through the difficulty. 我們會幫助你渡過難關。
    2. 看穿;識破(謊言)
      • The policeman saw through his false alibi. 警察識破他不在場的偽證。

英文字典

  • see through
    • If you see through someone or their behaviour, you realize what their intentions are, even though they are trying to hide them.

2009年8月25日 星期二

Propofol

麥可驗屍報告一拖再拖,昨天(24日)結果終於出爐。報告中指出,麥可的血液裡含有大量強力麻醉藥「異丙酚」,而且劑量高到足以麻醉一隻大象,是 導致麥克致命主因,驗屍官也證實麥克是他殺。由於麥可的私人醫生莫瑞已經坦承有幫麥可注射異丙酚,美國警方目前也準備拘提莫瑞到案調查。

麥可驗屍報告終於出爐,根據文件內容指出,麥可血液裡含有大量的致命等級麻醉劑異丙酚,是導致麥可死亡的主因;另外也發現麥可混合使用鎮靜劑和多 種藥物。研究藥物成癮專家皮斯科指出,「他可能對這些藥物上癮,甚至濫用,這或許可以解釋為什麼他可以忍受使用足夠麻醉一隻大象的藥量。」

美國驗屍官證實麥克是他殺,懷疑和麥可私人醫師莫瑞脫不了關係。莫瑞曾向洛城警方坦承,麥可有嚴重的失眠問題,每天晚上都會幫他注射異丙酚。

先把時間拉回到6月25日麥可死亡當天,莫瑞在凌晨1點半拿10毫克安眠藥給麥克吃,半個小時後幫麥克注射2毫克鎮靜劑,之後從凌晨3點到早上七 點半,大約每隔兩小時,莫瑞就給麥可2毫克的鎮靜劑,10點40分時莫瑞聲稱在麥克強力要求下,再次替他注射異丙酚,麥克終於沉沉睡去,10點50分後莫 瑞離開麥可房間,兩分鐘後莫瑞再回到房間時,發現麥可已經沒有呼吸,從此一覺不醒。

由於莫瑞曾向警方坦承有幫麥克注射異丙酚,美國警方已經準備拘提莫瑞到案調查。CNN資深法律分析師杜賓說,「這真的相當複雜棘手,因為警方需要檢驗一堆麥可服用過的藥物,還有所有和麥可有接觸過的醫師,有可能就是一大長串吧。」

但是如何證明莫瑞就是過失殺人,還是要經歷一段繁複的調查過程,如今麥克死因確定,但剩下的一半,如何證明莫瑞是過失殺人恐怕還需要時間。(新聞來源:東森新聞記者高竹君)

Propofol

類別

  • 麻醉誘導劑

名稱

  • 學名:Propofol
  • 商品名:Diprivan

辨識

  • 包裝:200mg/20ml/Amp
  • 外觀:

  • 標籤:

label_propofol.jpg

藥理作用

  • 類別:全身麻醉劑
  • 作用:本藥品是非常有效的麻醉誘導劑,能使病患快速的失去知覺,也能很快速的恢復,注射時採用靜脈注射法。
  • 備註
    1. 脂肪代謝不正常者要特別小心。
    2. 患有呼吸器官、腎臟等疾病、肝臟不健全的患者、血量過少或衰弱病人要特別小心。
    3. 心臟病患者也要小心使用,若使用過量會抑制心臟呼吸系統的作用。

劑量

  • 劑量 : 55歲以下的成年人,用藥的劑量為 2.0-2.5mg/kg,持續靜脈輸入可維持麻醉作用,注射的速度因人而異。

副作用

  • 會產生全身性低血壓、暫時性窒息、心跳緩慢、嘔吐、頭痛等症狀,另外也會產生局部疼痛,血栓塞及靜脈炎。

禁忌

  • 孕婦使用:懷孕期間嚴禁使用本藥劑,但可以使用於終止懷孕的手術麻醉。以Propofol導入及維持麻醉的剖腹產婦女,會有少量Propofol分泌至乳汁/初乳中。

參考資料

  • MGH 臨床麻醉學
  • Morgon 臨床麻醉學
  • On-line Electric Help
  • 資料收集者:李爾珍,更新日期:2007-01-15

2009年8月21日 星期五

beneficence of Uncle Sam

Audacia Ray, who now teaches human sexuality at Rutgers University, certainly earned her degree out in the field, having at one point paired up with a woman named Lily as a massage team offering happy endings. “Money got us hot and bothered,” she writes, and one evening, after Lily cashed a disability check from the federal government for $10,000 (she had no bank account, of course), she poured the money — “mostly $20 bills” — onto the bed. They shut off their phones, bathed together, got “very, very high” and then rolled around “naked in the cash. . . . Even now, when I think of the hottest sex we had, I think about currency stuck to her flesh.” Now there’s an image to promote the beneficence of Uncle Sam.美鈔之妙用


Uncle Sam

n.
  1. The government of the United States, often personified by a representation of a tall, thin man having a white beard and wearing a blue tailcoat, red-and-white-striped trousers, and a tall hat with a band of stars: “intent on giving states greater incentive to save both their dollars and Uncle Sam's” (New York Times).
  2. The American nation or its people.

[From U.S., abbr. of UNITED STATES.]

expanded goals, expensive measure

The New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times lead with Barack Obama's expanded goals for his economic stimulus package. The president-elect now hopes to create or save at least 3 million jobs over the next two years, up from the 2.5 million he promised last month. The LAT says Obama "has more than tripled the size of the economic stimulus package he embraced during the campaign." With his most recent proposal reaching nearly $800 billion, some think it will be the most expensive measure ever funded by Congress, says the WP.

Afghan Election Poses New Tests for Washington
By HELENE COOPER and CARLOTTA GALL
Rather than demonstrate stability justifying an expanded American commitment in Afghanistan, the election underscored the challenges that the country faces.

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expand Show phonetics
verb [I or T]
to increase in size, number or importance, or to make something increase in this way:
The air in the balloon expands when heated.
They expanded their retail operations significantly during the 1980s.

expandable Show phonetics
adjective
able to increase in size:
pregnancy trousers with expandable waists

expansion Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
when something increases in size, number or importance:
the rapid expansion of the software industry
Expansion into new areas of research is possible.
an expansion of industry

expansionism Show phonetics
noun [U] DISAPPROVING
increasing the amount of land ruled by a country, or the business performed by a company:
As a consequence of expansionism by some European countries, many ancient cultures have suffered.

expansionist Show phonetics
noun [C], adjective

anytime soon, Super-Rich

Rise of the Super-Rich Hits a Sobering Wall
By DAVID LEONHARDT and GERALDINE FABRIKANT
Over the last two years, the rich have become poorer. And many may not return to their old levels of wealth and income anytime soon.

2009年8月20日 星期四

putpocket, pickpocket


pickpocket
n.

One who steals from pockets.



倫敦「樂施手」 塞錢到皮包 【8/19 22:59】

〔本報訊〕以往民眾出國旅遊時,總是得注意自己的錢包,避免被竊,但近日在英國倫敦卻出現了多名「樂施手」(Putpockets),他們會趁旅客不注意 時,偷偷將5鎊(約新台幣272元)到20鎊(約新台幣1089元)不等的紙鈔,塞進神經大條的旅客皮包內,讓發現錢的民眾大呼驚喜。

根據《路透》報導,這項計畫是由英國一家寬頻廠商贊助,目前只在倫敦試驗,如果成效佳的話,9月開始就會推行到全英國。廠商發言人表示,公司之所以推動「樂施手」計畫,就是希望想用不尋常的方式,為飽受經濟壓力的人們增添生活樂趣。

廠商請來20名前任扒手,除了幫助他們重新做人外,還將錢交給他們,讓他們在特拉法加廣場(Trafalgar Square)、科芬園(Covent Garden)和其他繁忙的觀光景點,將紙鈔塞入旅客口袋或是敞開的手提袋內。據悉,該計畫至少將散財10萬英鎊(約新台幣544萬元)。

putpocket
1. A person who puts his/her belongings into someone's pocket, purse, or any other place on their body.

2009年8月17日 星期一

bandoleer or bandolier

bandoleer or bandolier

A Bandoleer
A Bandoleer
A belt fitted with small pockets or loops for carrying cartridges and worn across the chest by soldiers

2009年8月12日 星期三

own up, err, spread the message


White House Launches Health-Care Response Site 'Reality Check'Obama again took to the Web to spread his message, launching a new section of the White House's site to counteract some of the criticism of his plans for a national health-care system.

"I’ve got to own up to my mistake, which is that ultimately it’s important for this administration to send a message that there aren’t two sets of rules. You know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes."
President Obama


Obama Says He Erred in Nominations
Daschle and Another Pick Withdraw Over Tax Problems

own up phrasal verb
to admit that you have done something wrong:
No one has owned up to stealing the money.


I made an error in an article, and of the thousands who read it, a few gleefully e-mailed me about it.

I corrected it, although I sheepishly admit my first — though fleeting — instinct was to avoid owning up.



Published: November 24, 2007




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own up phrasal verb
to admit that you have done something wrong:
No one has owned up to stealing the money.

2009年8月11日 星期二

ill (BAD) , can ill afford (to do sth), augur/bode ill

Machinery Order Outlook Bodes Ill For Japan
New York Times
By REUTERS TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese manufacturers forecast a sixth straight quarterly fall in machinery orders in July-September, suggesting they remain ...




The Wall Street Journal tops its world-wide newsbox with the results of a report from the Securities and Exchange Commission's inspector general, which found that two employees traded stock in companies under investigation by the agency, violating its insider trading rules. After coming under fire for a failure to detect Bernie Madoff's gigantic Ponzi scheme, the paper calls it a "potential scandal" that the SEC can ill afford.



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ill (BAD) Show phonetics
adverb
1 FORMAL badly:
Hospital staff, it is claimed, were ill-prepared to deal with the severity of the injuries.
We certainly weren't ill-treated.

2 FORMAL OR OLD-FASHIONED speak ill of sb to say unkind things about someone:
I realize one shouldn't speak ill of the dead.

3 FORMAL OR OLD-FASHIONED augur/bode ill to be a sign of bad things in the future:
This weather bodes ill for the garden party tonight.

4 FORMAL OR OLD-FASHIONED can ill afford (to do sth) If you can ill afford to do something, it will cause problems for you if you do it:
We can ill afford to lose another member of staff.

ill Show phonetics
adjective [before noun] FORMAL OR OLD-FASHIONED
bad:
ill health
Did you experience any ill effects from the treatment?

ill Show phonetics
noun
1 [U] FORMAL OR OLD-FASHIONED harm:
I wish her no ill.

2 [C usually plural] a problem:
There seems to be no cure for Britain's economic/social ills.





2009年8月8日 星期六

composing room

The New York Times

Mechanical typesetter machines in the old composing room of The New York Times.



composing room
n.

A room where typesetting is done.

2009年8月5日 星期三

chargers go universal, Mobile Internet Hot Spots


2009
Phone Chargers Go Universal
A group of 17 companies, including Nokia, Samsung and Motorola, agreed to standardize cellphone chargers by 2012 so they could be interchangeable.


Universal Phone Charger to Debut in EU
European Union officials reached a deal with ten of the world's leading mobile-phone makers to introduce a universal charger for smart phones.




universal Show phonetics
adjective
existing everywhere or involving everyone:
a universal truth
Food, like sex, is a subject of almost universal interest.
The new reforms have not met with universal approval within the government.

universally Show phonetics
adverb

universality Show phonetics
noun [U] FORMAL

August 4, 2009, 3:32 pm

Mobile Internet Hot Spots: Hot or Not?



Will your next cellphone be without a microphone, keyboard or screen?
It may well, argued Daniel R. Hesse, the chief executive of Sprint Nextel, when I spoke to him after the embattled wireless carrier announced its second-quarter earnings last week. He said that an increasing number of customers were going to use mobile hot spots — tiny devices that connect any nearby gadget equipped with Wi-Fi to the Internet using a cellular data network. (In May, David Pogue reviewed one of the first of these hot spots, Novatel’s MiFi 2200, calling the concept a “jaw-dropper.”)
As devices like digital cameras and portable game machines seek to communicate with the world over the Internet, Mr. Hesse argues, this sort of hot spot is better than trying to put a cellphone connection on each gadget or accepting the one-device limit of a wireless data card for a laptop.
“If it’s your iTouch or MP3 player or your netbook or your PC or whatever it might be, even your BlackBerry phone, it can use Wi-Fi to connect to the mobile hot spot to connect to our 3G network,” Mr. Hesse said. “You won’t need a separate bill for each and every device.”
Mr. Hesse said that there were already 425 million computers and other gadgets with Wi-Fi connections.
The one bill you do have won’t be small, however. Sprint charges $99, after rebate, for the Novatel device and $59.99 a month for up to 5 gigabytes of usage. Verizon Wireless offers the same device with a range of price plans.
Mr. Hesse said the hot spot, MiFi, is selling well, but he expected the concept to take off as Sprint introduces its faster 4G network in conjunction with its Clearwire affiliate.
He imagines that people will put the hot spots “in the coffee-cup holder of the car.” He added, “As you go down the road, everybody is connected.”
This isn’t entirely fanciful. J. Wilson, who reviewed the Verizon version of the device on Amazon.com, is already taking it on the road:
It’s surprising how easy it is to connect when traveling in an RV (I’m retired, so I find myself in many geographical locations, when connecting …) and this gadget has provided me with Wi-Fi connection in the Grand Canyon’s RV Trailer Village, in the mountains above Boulder, Co, and at the border of Glacier Nat’l Park (at the portal of West Glacier, East of Whitefish).
And on my commuter bus ride to New Jersey, my laptop is picking up hot spots called MiFi, implying that people are already throwing these gadgets in their purses or briefcases so they can surf on the road.
This sort of mobile hot spot clearly has some uses. It’s great for groups of business travelers. And even some families that travel with more than one laptop might well lust after one. I’m not convinced this is a mainstream product, though. It’s expensive and adds yet another gadget in your life to recharge. I wonder whether you would rather simply carry a cellphone that can connect — by way of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth — to your camera, game machine and so on. But I do think more and more people will want some version of what David Pogue called the “personal Wi-Fi bubble.”
Still, Sprint, which is still losing customers rapidly, needs every weapon it can muster to generate excitement.
What do you think? Would you pay for a portable Internet hot spot so that any gadget you own can go online?

2009年8月4日 星期二

‘Virtual Reality,’‘Real Virtuality?’

Spectrum | 04.08.2009 | 17:30

'Real Virtuality' project

You’ve heard of ‘Virtual Reality,’ but what about ‘Real Virtuality?’

British Universities are collaborating to develop the world’s first ‘virtual’ experiences that stimulate all five senses. And yes - that includes smell and taste. Naomi Fowler went to an exhibition in London to find out more.


2009年8月3日 星期一

chalkmark, check mark

Chalkmarks on Stone

chalk mark 用粉筆做記號

A tick (known as a check mark or check in American English) is a mark (, , , etc.) used to indicate the concept "yes", for example "yes; this has been verified" or, "yes; that is the correct answer". Its opposite is the x mark, although the x mark can also be positive (most notably on election ballot papers).

As a verb, to tick (off) or to check (off) means to add such a mark. It is quite common, especially on printed forms, printed documents, and computers (see check box), for there to be squares in which to place ticks.

In some European countries[citation needed] (e.g., Finland and Sweden), the tick can be used as an error mark and indicates "no" rather than "yes". In East Asia, an "O Mark" (in the appearance of a circle, unicode symbol "◯"), also known as "丸印" marujirushi, is used instead of a tick to mean "yes".

A rainbow-colored tick was also used for the Amiga logo during the Commodore era of the Amiga (1985–1994).

Unicode

Unicode provides various related symbols, including:

Symbol Unicode Codepoint (Hex) Name
U+2713 CHECK MARK (tick)
U+2714 HEAVY CHECK MARK (bold tick)
U+2610 BALLOT BOX (square)
U+2611 BALLOT BOX WITH CHECK (square with tick)

See also

2009年8月2日 星期日