2010年6月30日 星期三

creating change “above the line”

Peter began by sharing the birth story of the Quality Management Revolution, fathered by W. Edwards Deming in the 1950s. Deming first successfully pushed his transformational ideas into Japan’s business culture, resulting in the implementation of Japanese quality programs that later were emulated by American car companies. And while these quality programs had an overall positive effect on car companies, in Deming’s mind these initiatives never led to fundamental change that could truly revolutionize future ways of thinking and operating. They never created change “above the line” – that is, truly fundamental change.

2010年6月29日 星期二

Faraday, Farady,near-impossible, solo

Faraday, Michael (fâr'ədē, -dā'), 1791-1867, English scientist.
好像也有這姓 讀如法拉戴


It is near-impossible for a company to win the battle for hearts and minds when trouble strikes; the best it can do is not lose too disastrously. Mr Hayward fought solo and ended, as Charlie Rich once sang, with “not a friend around to help me”.

当一家公司发生危机时,要赢得公众从情感到理智的支持几乎是不可能的,最多是力求在这 场战争中不要输得太惨。唐熙华独力作战,最终——正如查理•里奇唱的那样——“身边

so·lo (') pronunciation
n., pl., -los.
  1. Music. A composition or passage for an individual voice or instrument, with or without accompaniment.
  2. A performance by a single singer or instrumentalist.
  3. Games. Any of various card games in which one player singly opposes others.
  1. Music. Composed, arranged for, or performed by a single voice or instrument.
  2. Made or done by a single individual.
Unaccompanied; alone: flew solo from Anchorage to Miami.

intr.v., -loed, -lo·ing, -los.
  1. To perform a solo.
  2. To fly an airplane without a companion or an instructor, especially for the first time.

[Italian, from Latin sōlus, alone.]

2010年6月26日 星期六

Debit Card

(本報訊)希望購買2012倫敦奧運會門票的體育迷們,將 只能使用Visa卡支付系統;人們在奧運場館的商店或提款機上,也將只能使用Visa信用卡和借記卡(Debit Card)。這 主要是信用卡Visa公司贊助奧運會和殘奧會所達成的協議的一部分。 對此,有消費者認為是不公平的,而公平 ...

「轉帳卡」(Debit Card),它是連結活存帳戶的支付工具,表面上是信用卡,骨子裡卻近似提款卡,可提可刷,持卡人必須同時在 發卡銀行開立活存帳戶, ...

Child-Resistant Closure Requirement

Scope(r) Original Mint Mouthwash Recalled by Procter & Gamble Due to Failure to Meet Child-Resistant Closure Requirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Scope(r) Original Mint Mouthwash, 1 Liter Size

Units: About 35,000 bottles

Manufacturer: The Procter & Gamble Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio

Hazard: The mouthwash contains ethyl alcohol and certain bottles have malfunctioning child-resistant caps and lack the statement, "This Package for Households Without Young children," as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Ethyl alcohol is toxic and can cause serious injury or death if ingested by children.

2010年6月23日 星期三

hanging by a thread/ hang by a hair


2010 年06月24日 06:06 AM

陆 克文面临下台压力

Also, hang by a hair. Be in a risky or unstable situation, as in His promotion was hanging by a thread, or With the lead actor sick, the success of our play hung by a hair. This expression, already proverbial in the early 1500s, alludes to Damocles, who vexed King Dionysius with constant flattery. The king invited him to a banquet where Damocles found himself seated under a naked sword suspended by a single hair, symbolizing his insecure position at the court.

2010年6月21日 星期一

teashop, teahouse, tearoom, tea parlor, tea parlour

The noun teashop has one meaning:

Meaning #1: (British) a restaurant where tea and light meals are available
Synonyms: teahouse, tearoom, tea parlor, tea parlour

2010年6月17日 星期四

fortnightly, biweekly, semimonthly

The New York Review of Books (or NYREV or NYRB) is a fortnightly magazine with articles on literature, culture and current affairs. Published in New York City, it takes as its point of departure that the discussion of important books is itself an indispensable literary activity. Esquire called it "the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language."[1] In 1970 Tom Wolfe described it as "the chief theoretical organ of Radical Chic".[2]

The fortnight is a unit of time equivalent to fourteen days. The word derives from the Old English feorwertyne niht, meaning "fourteen nights".[1][2]

Fortnight is a commonly used word in Britain and many Commonwealth countries such as Pakistan, India, New Zealand and Australia (where many wages, salaries and most social security benefits are paid on a fortnightly basis.[3]) The word is rarely used in the United States, but is used regionally in Canada. Payroll systems may use the term biweekly in reference to pay periods every two weeks. The terms fortnightly and biweekly are often mistakenly conflated with semimonthly.

2010年6月14日 星期一


大约两年前,中国南部城市深圳开始一个特殊的高校项目。北京大学(深圳)国际法学院(School of Transnational Law)设计课程,让学生在中国国土上,完成美国法学院的学业。这是否代表中国敞开校园大门,欢迎西方自由思想?

Meaning #1: involving or operating in several nations or nationalities
Synonym: multinational

[形]国境を越えた, 一国の利害にとどまらない;多国籍企業の.

2010年6月5日 星期六

side dish, side bar, side car, side order, sideshow

THE iPad, Apple’s latest gadget, seems to have lived up to its maker’s lofty expectations: 2m of them have been sold in two months, with more presumably to follow after the device’s debut outside America on May 28th. But will the iPad’s success trigger explosive growth for other sorts of “tablet” computers, a category that had previously been seen a sideshow, much as the iPhone did for smart-phones?

  1. A small show offered in addition to the main attraction, as at a circus.
  2. A diversion or spectacle that is incidental to a larger set of circumstances or a bigger issue of concern: "Administrations with little room to maneuver at home have historically looked for sideshows abroad" (Joan Didion).

side dish
A dish served as an accompaniment to the main course.

The area of the courtroom that is within the hearing of the judge but out of the hearing of the jury and the witness. When court is in session and the attorneys must discuss with the judge issues that are not appropriate for the jury to hear, the attorneys and the judge will hold a conference at side-bar. Such side-bar conferences are preserved by the stenographer and appear in the transcript for purposes of appeal. 322 A. 2d 495, 499.

サイド-カー [sidecar]

    • (1)自転車やオートバイのわきにつけた車両。側車。
    • (2)カクテルの一。ブランデー・リキュール・レモン-ジュースを等量に混ぜたもの。

  • ◆アクセント : サイド-カー 3 4
side order

  • 飲食店で,コース料理に加えて追加注文すること。また,その料理。

decalogue, written in stone

The future of the tablet computer

Not written in stone

The iPad is a success, but other tablets may not be

Dec·a·logue or Dec·a·log (dĕk'ə-lôg', -lŏg') pronunciation

  1. Bible. The Ten Commandments.
  2. A fundamental set of rules having authoritative weight.

[Middle English decalog, from Late Latin decalogus, from Greek dekalogos : deka, ten + logos, word, pronouncement.]

Meaning #1: the biblical commandments of Moses
Synonym: Ten Commandments

Money can't buy love, tax perks

political grass roots, weighty post, List of Troubles

Political Survivor Inherits Japan's List of Troubles
New York Times
“If a politician born in the political grass roots can rise to such a weighty post, I think this will be something new for Japan.” By MARTIN FACKLER SIX ...

2010年6月4日 星期五

turnstile procession

Mr. Kan is the latest in what has been nearly a turnstile procession of prime ministers in recent years. Shinzo Abe served exactly one year, resigning under pressure in September 2007. He was succeeded by Yasuo Fukuda and then Taro Aso, each of whom served about one year. Mr. Hatoyama took office on Sept. 16, 2009.

Turnstiles at a subway station