2016年12月29日 星期四

timeline, Swan song, storyline, monsoon, hot air

MIT Technology Review

Facebook might understand your romantic prospects better than you do. (via The Atlantic)

When You Fall in Love, This Is What Facebook Sees
“During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple.”

How do I post to my Timeline? | Facebook Help Center | Facebook

Your Timeline is where you can see your posts or posts you've been tagged in displayed by date. YourTimeline is also part of your profile. You can post to your ...

How do I post to my Timeline? | Facebook Help Center | Facebook

Your Timeline is where you can see your posts or posts you've been tagged in displayed by date. YourTimeline is also part of your profile. You can post to your ...

Vanity Fair
“They’re like people in a heat wave waiting for the monsoon.”

Hot air isn’t the only thing escaping the tech bubble.

Photo: A student sat barefoot in a flooded classroom at Lopang Domba Elementary School in Serang, Indonesia. The school has flooded during each monsoon season for more than seven years.

More in Pictures of the Day on Lens: http://nyti.ms/1bvsSpP
Oh, for the Days of a Courtly Vampire’s Love
“True Blood,” which begins its sixth season on HBO, signals an effort to return to simpler story lines.


Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪmlʌɪn/

Definition of timeline


a graphical representation of a period of time, on which important events are marked.


Pronunciation: /ˈstɔːrɪlʌɪn/

Definition of storyline


the plot of a novel, play, film, or other narrative form.

 Intel Historic Timeline

1989 Intel announces the 80486 processor Red X advertisement campaign begins, which is target directly at consumers, not manufactures ...

Swan song

A final gesture or performance, given before dying.
Swan songThis term derived from the legend that, while they are mute during the rest of their lives, swans sing beautifully and mournfully just before they die. This isn't actually the case - swans, even the inaccurately named Mute Swans, have a variety of vocal sounds and they don't sing before they die. The legend was known to be false as early as the days of ancient Greece, when Pliny the Elder refuted it in Natural History, AD 77:
"Observation shows that the story that the dying swan sings is false."
Nevertheless, poetic imagery proved to be more attractive than scientific method and many poets and playwrights made use of the fable long after Pliny's observations. Chaucer included this line in the poem Parliament of Fowles:
The Ialous swan, ayens his deth that singeth. [The jealous swan, sings before his death]
Shakespeare, the Swan of Avon no less, used the image in The Merchant of Venice, 1596:
Portia: Let music sound while he doth make his choice; then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, fading in music.
The actual term 'swan song', with its current figurative meaning, doesn't crop up in print until the 18th century. The Scottish cleric Jon Willison used the expression in one of his Scripture Songs, 1767, where he refers to "King David's swan-song".
The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) turned the phrase on its head in the poem On a Volunteer Singer:
Swans sing before they die; ’twere no bad thing
Did certain persons die before they sing.
If people ever did believe in the 'singing before death' story, few would now claim to do so. 'Swan-song' is now used figuratively and most commonly to refer to celebrated performers embarking on 'farewell tours' or 'final performances'. Those ironic quote marks were never more appropriate than in the case of Nellie Melba, whose swan song consisted of an eight year long string of 'final concerts' between 1920 and 1928. This led to the popular Australian phrase - 'more farewells than Nellie Melba'.

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Pronunciation: /mɒnˈsuːn/
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  • a seasonal prevailing wind in the region of South and South East Asia, blowing from the south-west between May and September and bringing rain (the wet monsoon), or from the north-east between October and April (the dry monsoon).
  • the rainy season accompanying the wet monsoon.





late 16th century: from Portuguese monção, from Arabic mawsim 'season', from wasama 'to mark, brand'


mon • soon
mɑnsúːn | mɔn-
monsoons (複数形)
1 ((the 〜))モンスーン:インド洋・南アジアで吹く季節風
the dry monsoon
the wet monsoon
2 ((the 〜))(インド・南アジアの)夏モンスーン期, 雨期.
3 (一般に)季節風;海陸風;((略式))豪雨, 大雨.

2016年12月28日 星期三

anorak, amulet, fascinum, Sexology:masturbation, nocturnal emissions, phallic amulet ; anorak

Atlas Obscura

The amulets were shaped like a fascinum, or a divine penis, to ward off disease and the evil eye.

[佛牌是外型像fascinum, 或一個神聖的陰莖, 避凶的疾病和邪惡之眼.

Romans Used to Ward Off Sickness with Flying Penis Amulets

Maybe it worked?


What do a bronze phallic amulet; a series of 19th-century steel-plated serrated penis rings designed to prevent masturbation and loss of sperm through nocturnal emissions; and an early 20th-century vibrator made of brass, steel and rubber have in common? They are all part of “The Institute of Sexology”, the latest exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London http://econ.st/1DFF0RL

做一個青銅的陽具護身符 ;一系列旨在防止手淫和精子穿過夢遺 ; 損失的 19 世紀鋼鍍的鋸齒狀的陰莖環早期的 20 世紀振子由黃銅製成,鋼和橡膠有共同點嗎?他們都是"研究所的性學",韋爾科姆收藏在倫敦 HTTP://econ.st/1DFF0RL 的最新展
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Let's talk about sex

MAKE no mistake: “The Institute of Sexology”, the latest exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London, is not about sex. It deals rather with the study of...

The Economist

British road-safety adverts are more shocking than those broadcast in America. The British penchant for horror might reflect the nation’s long tradition of public-service broadcasting, which seeks to entertain and inform at once. But do the ads work? Though gory, shocking public-information films linger in people’s heads, they seem not to alter behaviour much http://econ.st/1DHErXJ

Don’t stop, don’t look, don’t listen

CHATTERING schoolchildren don colourful anoraks; clutching hands, they depart for a woodland picnic. Elsewhere a young man leaps into his car and speeds off to work....

In ancient Roman religion and magic, the fascinus or fascinum was the embodiment of the divine phallus. The word can refer to the deity himself (Fascinus), to phallus effigies and amulets, and to the spells used to invoke his divine protection.

Fascinus - Wikipedia


An amulet is an object whose most important characteristic is the power ascribed to it to protect its owner from danger or harm. Wikipedia


Line breaks: ano¦rak
Pronunciation: /ˈanərak/

Definition of anorak in English:

1A waterproof jacket, typically with a hood, of a kind originally used in polar regions.

Images for ANORAKReport images

2 British informal , derogatory A studious or obsessive person with unfashionable and largely solitary interests:with his thick specs, shabby shoes, and grey suit, he looks a bit of an anorak



1920s: from Greenlandic anoraq. The British English informal sense dates from the 1980s and derives from the anoraks worn by trainspotters, regarded as typifying this kind of person.

2016年12月27日 星期二

exordium, mob,softie, softy, lynch mob, softening economy

Scarily accurate...


When Newton saw an apple fall, he found
In that slight startle from his contemplation --
'T is said (for I'll not answer above ground
For any sage's creed or calculation) --
A mode of proving that the earth turn'd round
In a most natural whirl, called "gravitation;"
And this is the sole mortal who could grapple,
Since Adam, with a fall or with an apple. II
Man fell with apples, and with apples rose,
If this be true; for we must deem the mode
In which Sir Isaac Newton could disclose
Through the then unpaved stars the turnpike road,
A thing to counterbalance human woes:
For ever since immortal man hath glow'd
With all kinds of mechanics, and full soon
Steam-engines will conduct him to the moon. III
And wherefore this exordium? -- Why, just now,
In taking up this paltry sheet of paper,
My bosom underwent a glorious glow,
And my internal spirit cut a caper:
And though so much inferior, as I know,
To those who, by the dint of glass and vapour,
Discover stars and sail in the wind's eye,
I wish to do as much by poesy.

softening economy

G-7 Softens Criticism of China's Currency Policy
The U.S. and its major allies softened their criticism of China's controversial currency policy.
As Credit Tightens, the Auto Industry Feels the Pain
Squeezed by the credit crunch and the softening economy, the American auto industry faces what may be its worst year in more than a decade.

At Foreclosure Auction, Misery of Many Becomes the Fortune of Some
A mob of potential buyers convened at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on Sunday to bid on foreclosed homes at below-market prices.

Today in History
The Beatles in the US, 1964          
The Beatles in the US, 1964

‘I Will Fight,’ Blagojevich Unapologetically Vows 
Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich broke his public silence, denying any criminal wrongdoing and vowing to fight what he called “false accusations and a political lynch mob.”

lynch mob
 noun [C]
a group of people who want to attack someone whom they think has committed a serious crime

mob (GATHER)
verb [T usually passive] -bb-
to gather around someone in a crowd to express admiration, interest or anger:
They were mobbed by fans when they arrived at the theatre.
Let's not go to the Old Town tonight - it's always mobbed (= there are always a lot of people there) on Fridays.

verb [I or T] -bb-
When a group of birds or small animals mob a fierce bird or animal that is hunting them, they attack it together and force it to go away.
  1. To crowd around and jostle or annoy, especially in anger or excessive enthusiasm: Eager fans mobbed the popular singer.
  2. To crowd into: Visitors mobbed the fairgrounds.
  3. To attack in large numbers; overwhelm: The quarterback was mobbed by the defensive line.

mob (CROWD)
group noun
1 [C] USUALLY DISAPPROVING a large angry crowd, especially one which could easily become violent:
The angry mob outside the jail was/were ready to riot.
a lynch mob
Fifty people were killed in three days of mob violence.

2 [C] INFORMAL a group of people who are friends or who are similar in some way:
The usual mob were/was hanging out at the bar.

3 [S] INFORMAL an organization of criminals:
a New York mob leader
See also mobster.


━━ n. 群れ; 暴徒の群; ((形容詞的)) 暴民の; 〔軽蔑〕 (the ~) 大衆; ((形容詞的)) 大衆の; 〔話〕 盗賊の一味.
━━ v. (-bb-) 周りに群がる, 取囲む; 群をなして襲う.
 mob・cap (18-19世紀ごろの)室内用婦人帽.
 mob law 暴民政治, リンチ.
 mob psychology 群集心理.
 〔俗〕 ギャング, 暴力団(員).

soft (GENTLE)
1 not forceful, loud or easily noticed:
a soft voice/sound
soft music/lighting
a soft glow

2 DISAPPROVING not severe or forceful enough, especially in criticizing or punishing someone who has done something wrong:
She thinks I'm too soft on the kids when they misbehave.
The government can't be seen to be taking a soft line (= not being severe enough) with criminals.

verb [I or T]
to become more gentle, or to make someone do this:
The news will upset him - we must think of a way to soften the blow (= make the news less unpleasant for him).
Would you say the government's stance on law and order has softened?

a kind, gentle person who is not forceful, looks for the pleasant things in life and can be easily persuaded to do what you want them to

She speaks softly but usually gets her own way.

soft (NOT HARD)
1 not hard or firm:
soft ground
a soft pillow/mattress
soft cheese
I like chocolates with soft centres.
Soft tissue, such as flesh, allows X-rays through.

2 describes things, especially parts of the body, which are not hard or rough and feel pleasant and smooth when touched:
soft lips/cheeks/skin/hair
soft leather

3 INFORMAL DISAPPROVING Someone who is soft is not very healthy and strong:
Look at you! You need more exercise. You're going/getting soft.

verb [I or T]
to become soft, or to make something soft:
You can soften the butter by warming it gently.
These dried apples will soften (up) if you soak them in water.

softener C or U]
a substance used to make something soft:
(a) fabric softener



n., pl. -di·ums or -di·a (-dē-ə).
A beginning or introductory part, especially of a speech or treatise.
[Latin, from exōrdīrī, to begin : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex– + ōrdīrī, to begin.]
exordial ex·or'di·al adj.


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Quince, the pride of winter.

孫金君 神話𥚃的金蘋果!

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Cydonia oblonga fruit and tree

Cultural associations[edit]

  • ...Although the book of Genesis does not name the specific type of the fruit that Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden, some ancient texts suggest Eve's fruit of temptation might have been a quince.[20]
  • In Plutarch's LivesSolon is said to have decreed that "bride and bridegroom shall be shut into a chamber, and eat a quince together."[21]
  • In the famous children's poem, "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear (1871), "they dined on mince and slices of quince ..."

tresses, perfectionate

When Parisians learned last week that President François Hollande paid his hairdresser more than $10,000 a month to cut his hair, a howl was heard from Montmartre to the Marais. Not since President Bill Clinton shut down two runways in 1993 for a $200 trim aboard Air Force One have the tresses of a head of state been so widely discussed.

"We are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves — such a friend ought to be — do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures."
--Victor Frankenstein from FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

 Long, long, let me bite your black and heavy tresses. When I gnaw your elastic and rebellious hair I seem to be eating memories.” 
Brune/Blonde, The Online Exhibition, 2010 A hemisphere in your hair, Charles Baudelaire, 1862 1 Charles BAUDELAIRE A hemisphere in your hair (Published in 1862 in, Le Spleen de Paris). 


Pronunciation: /trɛs/ 


(usually tresses)
A long lock of a woman’s hair:her golden tresses tumbled about her face


[WITH OBJECT] archaic
Arrange (a person’s hair) into long locks.



[USUALLY IN COMBINATION]: blonde-tressed sex symbol




Middle English: from Old French tresse, perhaps based on Greek trikha 'threefold'.


Pronunciation: /pəˈfɛkʃəneɪt/  /pəˈfɛkʃ(ə)neɪt/ 

Now rare


[WITH OBJECT] To bring to perfection; to make perfect or complete; to perfect; to make (a person) perfect in (a study, etc.).


Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Foxe (?1517–1587), martyrologist. Fromperfection + -ate, after Middle French perfectionner. Compare Catalan perfeccionar, Spanishperfeccionar, Italian perfezionare.

2016年12月25日 星期日

foregather, far-fetched, round out/round off, Shangri-La

Driverless cars arrived in 2016. Our video exploring how this seemingly farfetched future came to pass was one of our most popular this year

Mars has always been Shangri-La for space buffs. But past private missions were aborted or very far-fetched. From the archive

There are good reasons to object both to the timing and the details of the spending cuts. But the idea that they will produce anything like a stripped-down state looks far-fetched.

Samsung Readies New iPod Rival
Samsung will sell a stripped-down version of its Galaxy S smartphone as a digital media player, move that will round out a series of Galaxy-named gadgets that matches Apple product for product.


Pronunciation: /ˌʃaŋɡrɪˈlɑː/ 

1Tibetan utopia in James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon (1933).
1.1(as noun a Shangri-La) A place regarded as an earthly paradise, especially when involving a retreat from the pressures of modern civilization:we moved out of Los Angeles and created this mountain-top Shangri-La


From Shangri (an invented name) + Tibetan la 'mountain pass'.

round out

1. See round off, def. 2.
2. Grow or develop to a round form, as in The tree was spindly when first planted, but it has since rounded out nicely. [c. 1900]

round off
1. Change a number to the closest whole number or the closest multiple of 10. For example, Rounding it off, I expect the new school addition will cost a million dollars.
2. Also, round out. Finish, complete, especially in a neat or perfect way. For example, They rounded off the dinner with a magnificent liqueur, or That stamp rounded out his collection. [Mid-1700s; variant, mid-1800s] Also see round out.

far-fetched (färfcht)
Not readily believable because of improbable elements therein: a far-fetched analogy; a far-fetched excuse.

[kjv] And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.
[bbe] So Judah and Israel were living safely, every man under his vine and his fig-tree, from Dan as far as Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon. 】
It was Mrs. McCool's night to go with the can for beer. So she fetched
it and sat with Mrs. Purdy in one of those subterranean retreats where
house-keepers foregather and the worm dieth seldom.

同珀迪太太一起坐在地下室裡。那種地下 室是房東們聚會的地方、也是蠕蟲不會死的地方*。」

hc評:去『拿罐子』漏了。不過加一注,相當精彩。*參見新約馬 可 福 音 第9章第48節:「在那裏(地獄)蟲是不死的、火是不滅的。」

(fôr-găTH'ər, fōr-) pronunciation

also fore·gath·er
intr.v., -ered, also -ered, -er·ing, -er·ing, -ers, -ers.
  1. To gather together; assemble.
  2. To meet another, especially by accident.

Meaning #1: collect in one place
Synonyms: meet, gather, assemble, foregather