2015年10月31日 星期六

soused, metamaterials/ meta-, metacognition, precognition, metonymy, call metadata, hangover,

“My paper is full, and I have a grievous headache.” —Lord Byron

In a letter from October 31, 1815, Lord Byron recounting a drunken…

C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data


The disclosure shows that agencies beyond the N.S.A. exploit call metadata with programs regulated by an inconsistent patchwork of legal standards, procedures and oversight.

 Collaborating Across Cultures
Learning to collaborate creatively with people from other cultures is a vital skill in today's business environment, says professor Roy Y.J. Chua, whose research focuses on a key measure psychologists have dubbed "cultural metacognition."

At Tufts, Dr. Omenetto’s work on patterning silk has led to even more exotic potential applications. Among the latest, developed with colleagues at Boston University, is the idea of using silk as the basis for metamaterials, which can manipulate light or other electromagnetic radiation in ways that nature ordinarily cannot. By producing intricate structures in the films and depositing metal on them, metamaterial antennas may be produced that could be used inside the body as a means of monitoring health — the signal from the antenna changing as conditions inside the body change.
Such applications may be far off, Dr. Omenetto said, but the potential is vast — a fact he realized when he was first asked to poke holes in silk. “It looked like a cool optical material,” he said. “And I haven’t been sleeping that much ever since.”

In a print and outdoor campaign, with a budget estimated at $7 million to $8 million, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum is urging consumers to “Sip up.” The goal of the humorous campaign, by DeVito/Verdi in New York, is to woo those who typically drink so-called brown goods like pricey Scotches and whiskys by presenting two varieties of Appleton Estate brown rums as good enough to imbibe on their own.

on Tuesday reported a $8.9 billion loss for the second quarter and slashed its stock dividend to 5 cents per share from 37.5 cents, as the giant lender continued to suffer from the crisis in the credit markets and the hangover from its purchase of Golden West Financial in 2006.

'Everyday Drinking,' by Kingsley Amis: Properly Soused

"大家好:我們好久沒有一起品酒了,這個星期我們來讀一篇有關品酒的文章過過癮。這篇登在第一版最底下:Mischievous Odes to the Joys of Drinking by Dwight Garner.
這 篇文章基本上是已故英國小說家 Kingsley Amis最近有人幫他出版的一本書(由已絕版的三本書結合而成)"Everyday Drinking" 的書評。這本書告訴讀者如何喝酒喝得很有品味,同時也告訴讀者如何解決宿醉(hangover) 的問題。有趣的是,Amis把宿醉分成 physical hangover(身體的宿醉)和 metaphysical hangover(形而上的宿醉)。其中以解決形而上的宿醉最有趣。Amis建議去讀米爾頓的《失樂園》、索忍尼辛的小說等等。什麼是形而上的宿醉?大家 可以從文章裡找到答案。大家要注意的是,metaphysical 這個形容詞雖然是 meta + physical,它的名詞是 metaphysics。但 physical 這個字可以表示身體的,也可以表示自然法則,所以自然科學或物理科學是 physical science。所以,metaphysical hangover大家就可以從這兩方面去聯想,英文常有這種雙關的含意,很難用中文去傳達,體會就好,不必去追究確切的意思。
另外標題上的 mischievous有頑皮和惡意兩種意思,這兩種行為好像只有一線之隔,很有意思。大家可以看看作者的用意是前者還是後者?還是兩者都有?"

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hangover (ILLNESS) Show phonetics
noun [C]
a feeling of illness after drinking too much alcohol:
I had a terrible hangover the next morning.
a hangover cure
See also hung-over.
noun [C]
something that continues from an earlier time:
The present political system is a hangover from the nineteenth century colonial era. imbibe Show phonetics
1 [I or T] FORMAL OR HUMOROUS to drink, especially alcohol:
Have you been imbibing again?

2 [T] to receive and accept information, etc.souse Show phonetics
verb [T]
to put something into a liquid, or to make something completely wet

soused Show phonetics
1 (of fish) preserved in salty water or vinegar:
soused herring/mackerel


Word element. [Gr.]
1. change, transformation, exchange.
2. after, next.
3. the 1,3-position in derivatives of benzene.


━━ pref. 「のちに,変化して,越えた,共に」の意; 【化】メタ ((ベンゼン置換体で置換基が1,3位にあることを示す)).


n., pl. -mies. 轉喻
A figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated, as in the use of Washington for the United States government or of the sword for military power.
[Late Latin metōnymia, from Greek metōnumiā : meta-, meta- + onuma, name.]

or met-
    1. Later in time: metestrus.
    2. At a later stage of development: metanephros.
  1. Situated behind: metacarpus.
    1. Change; transformation: metachromatism.
    2. Alternation: metagenesis.
    1. Beyond; transcending; more comprehensive: metalinguistics.
    2. At a higher state of development: metazoan.
  2. Having undergone metamorphosis: metasomatic.
    1. Derivative or related chemical substance: metaprotein.
    2. Of or relating to one of three possible isomers of a benzene ring with two attached chemical groups, in which the carbon atoms with attached groups are separated by one unsubstituted carbon atom: meta-dibromobenzene.
[Greek, from meta, beside, after.]


Knowledge of an event before it occurs.
Usage:Many envied Maya's ability to know the future, but she considered her precognition a burden and a curse.

2015年10月30日 星期五

clamor, holler, crematorium, cravat, bow-wow, pooch, shortly

Ending of One-Child Policy Sets Off Clamor on Chinese Social Media

The Paris Review

Eeny, meeny, miny, mo

Catch a tiger by the toe

If he hollers, let him go

Eeny meeny miny mo

Losing Count
How do nonsensical counting-out rhymes like these enter the lexicon?

He hangs in the hall by his black cravat,
The ladies faint, and the children holler:
Only my Daddy could look like that,
And I love my Daddy like he loves his Dollar.

Social-Media Stock Frenzy Fizzles

Investors who six months ago clamored for shares of social-media firms have turned against them with a vengeance as concerns about the sector mount.

The cravat is a neckband, the forerunner of the modern tailored necktie and bow tie, originating from 17th-century Croatia.[2]

bow-wow ,pooch, clamor, shortly

Last week, I sent an e-mail to a friend who had just lost his job. “I'm so sorry,” I wrote. “Your bosses are morons to have got rid of such a genius as you. I can only suppose a queue will shortly stretch round the block as less brain-dead employers clamour to take you on. Hope you are OK.”
The e-mail was heartfelt except for one word, and that was “shortly”.

clamour UKUS clamor
verb [I]
to make a loud complaint or demand:
The children were all clamouring for attention.
[+ to infinitive] She clamours to go home as soon as she gets to school.

clamour UKUS clamor
noun [S or U]
1 a loud complaint about something or a demand for something:
After the bombing, there was a public clamour for vengeance.

2 FORMAL loud noise, especially made by people's voices:
the clamour of the city
a clamour of voices

1 soon:
We will shortly be arriving in King's Cross Station.

2 shortly after/before sth a short time after or before something:
Shortly after you left, a man came into the office looking for you.
The noun bow-wow has 2 meanings:
Meaning #1: the bark of a dog
Meaning #2: informal terms for dogs
Synonyms: poochdoggiedoggybarker
    1. The bark of a dog.
    2. Informal. A dog.
  1. Outcry; clamor.
  2. An overbearing manner.
Commanding, especially in an arrogant manner; overbearing.

a dog:
pampered pooch
a big cuddly/cute little pooch

Spa puts the wow in bow-wow
Pioneer Press - St. Paul,MN,USA
BY NANCY NGO. Like their children, Belinda and Raymond Salden of Burnsville want only the best for their pooch, Nike. So they were ...

cre·ma·to·ri·um (krē'mə-tôr'ē-əm, -tōr'-) pronunciationn., pl., -to·ri·ums, or -to·ri·a (-tôr'ē-ə, -tōr'-).
A furnace or establishment for the incineration of corpses.


To speak or say very loudly or with a shout: bawl, bellow, bluster, call, clamor, cry, halloo, roar, shout, vociferate, whoop, yawp, yell.

  • レベル:社会人必須
  • 発音記号[klǽmər]
[名][U]((またa 〜))
1 (要求・抗議・不満などの)熱烈な叫び, わめき, 怒号
the clamor against foreign intervention
2 (群衆などの)大きな叫び, どよめき.
3 (楽器・瀑布(ばくふ)・あらし・交通などの)大きな騒音, 騒々しい音;(鳥獣の)騒がしい鳴き声
a clamor of bells
━━[動](自)(賛否を)叫ぶ, 騒ぎ立てる((for, against ...));[II to do](…するよう)やかましく要求する
clamor for higher wages
clamor against the government's policy
The soldiers were clamoring to go home.
1 〈人に〉やかましく言って(…)させる((into ...));うるさく騒いで〈人を〉(…から)追い出す((out of ...))
The conservatives clamored the radicals out of office.
2III[名]/that節]〈演説者に〉どなる;…をやかましく言い立てる, 〈…と〉うるさく言う
clamor one's demands
The audience clamored that he should stop speaking.
[ラテン語clāmāre(叫ぶ)+-OR1=叫んでいる状態. △CLAIM

2015年10月29日 星期四

double-jointed, telethon, to the nth degree

The key thing about online applications [like Google] is that they are platform agnostic....Open source doesn't require licensing fees, and is like a double-jointed Russian gymnast: It's flexible. Really flexible. This puts it in a far better position to provide a platform for the new platform agnostic online world.

Banks' Telethon Is Nearly Over
Big banks have raised at least $85 billion in just the past month through selling shares to investors and other fund-raising. The sum leaves most of them holding considerably more capital than U.S. regulators required as part of "stress tests."

M.I.T. Taking Student Blogs to Nth Degree 
Dozens of colleges are embracing student blogs on their Web sites, seeing them as a powerful admissions tool.

to the nth degree

To the utmost, as in They'd decked out the house to the nth degree. This expression comes from mathematics, where to the nth means "to any required power" (n standing for any number). It was first recorded in 1852.


A lengthy television program to raise funds for a charity.
[TELE– + (MARA)THON.] 將marathon

Having unusually flexible joints, especially of the limbs or fingers.

never, landscape, landscaping, never been better, as never before

It may seem that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, America's mortgage-insurance giants, are in financial trouble. On February 19th, Freddie Mac reported a sharp decline in its net income last year. The next day Fannie Mae also announced a big fall in earnings. But the fact still remains that both Fannie and Freddie have emerged from the financial crisis churning out more profits before tax than they ever have before http://econ.st/1CZnvti

FANNIE Mae and Freddie Mac may sound like a couple living in suburban America but they are in fact two of the country’s more unusual listed companies. With a...

This finding potentially changes the landscape of cancer.

Breakthrough study shows bad luck is to blame for most cancers

Quake Survivors Face a Landscape of Loss

Japanese Stocks Continue Steep Slide as never before
By ROBERT GUY MATTHEWS China's surging demand for steel this year is expected to dominate the landscape of the $500 billion steel industry as never before.

Quake Survivors Face a Landscape of Loss,  as never before

I love the food off those taco trucks that set up in LosAngels wherever there's a lot landscaping going on.

Landscaping refers to any activity that modifies the visible features of an area of land, including but not limited to:
  1. living elements, such as flora or fauna; or what is commonly referred to as Gardening, the art and craft of growing plants with a goal of creating a beautiful environment within the landscape.
  2. natural elements such as landforms, terrain shape and elevation, or bodies of water;
  3. human elements such as structuresbuildingsfences or other material objects created and/or installed by humans; and
  4. abstract elements such as the weather and lighting conditions.
Landscaping is both science and art, and requires good observation and design skills. A good landscaper understands the elements of nature and construction, and blends them accordingly.


Line breaks: land|scape
Pronunciation: /ˈlan(d)skeɪp/

Definition of landscape in English:


1All the visible features of an area of land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal:the soft colours of the Northumbrian landscapebleak urban landscape

1.1picture representing an area of countryside:the collection includes some 17th-centurylandscapes[AS MODIFIER]: a landscape painter

1.2[MASS NOUN] The genre of landscape painting:he found he could not express himself in landscape

1.3The distinctive features of a sphere of activity:the event transformed the political landscape
[AS MODIFIER] Denoting a format of printed matter which is wider than it is high:
a landscape format sketchbookCompare with portrait (sense 2).


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Make (a garden or other area of ground) moreattractive by altering the existing designaddingornamental features, and planting trees and shrubs:the site has been tastefully landscaped(as adjective landscapedlandscaped gardens


late 16th century (denoting a picture of scenery): fromMiddle Dutch lantscap, from land 'land' + scap(equivalent of -ship).
[名]1 (陸の)風景, 景観.2 風景画;[U]風景画法.3 展望;状況;特質 the political landscape政治状況.4 地表, 地形.━━[動](他)((しばしば受身))〈...

1 (陸の)風景, 景観.
2 風景画;[U]風景画法.
3 展望;状況;特質
the political landscape
4 地表, 地形.
━━[動](他)((しばしば受身))〈土地を〉(植裁や整地によって)美化する, 造園する, の景観づくりをする.
[中オランダ語landscap (land土地+scap SHIP). ⇒SEASCAPE, CITYSCAPE
landscape architect
造園学者[家], 景観[環境]設計者[家].
landscape architecture
landscape gardener
landscape gardening
[U]庭造り, 庭園術, 造園法.lándscape gàrdener{include file='search_body_renew/ej/voice.tpl' fileName='22626...

(lănd'skāp') pronunciation
  1. An expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view: a desert landscape.
  2. A picture depicting an expanse of scenery.
  3. The branch of art dealing with the representation of natural scenery.
  4. The aspect of the land characteristic of a particular region: a bleak New England winter landscape.
  5. Grounds that have been landscaped: liked the house especially for its landscape.
  6. An extensive mental view; an interior prospect: "They occupy the whole landscape of my thought" (James Thurber).

never Line breaks: never
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛvə/

Definition of never in English:


1At no time in the past or future; not ever:they had never been camping in their livesI will never ever forget it

2Not at all:he never turned up

2.1[AS EXCLAMATION] British informal (Expressingsurprisesurely not:What, you, Annabel? Never!


Old English nǣfre, from ne 'not' + ǣfre 'ever'.


never fear

see fear.

never mind

see mind.

never a one

Not one:there are no paintings, never a one

never say die

see die1.

well I never! (or well I never did!)

informal Expressing surprise or indignation:Well I never—that’s not like you!