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.”
THEATLANTIC.COM|作者:ROBINSON MEYER


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 ...
動態時報

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 ...
動態時報

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.
VNTYFR.COM|由 MAYA KOSOFF 上傳


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.






timeline

Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪmlʌɪn/

Definition of timeline

noun

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






storyline

Pronunciation: /ˈstɔːrɪlʌɪn/

Definition of storyline

noun

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

Meaning
A final gesture or performance, given before dying.
Origin
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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monsoon

Pronunciation: /mɒnˈsuːn/
Translate monsoon | into French | into German | into Italian | into Spanish



noun

  • 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.




Derivatives






monsoonal

adjective

Origin:

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

monsoon


 
音節
mon • soon
発音
mɑnsúːn | mɔn-
レベル
社会人必須
monsoonの変化形
monsoons (複数形)
[名]
1 ((the 〜))モンスーン:インド洋・南アジアで吹く季節風
the dry monsoon
冬モンスーン(北東風)
the wet monsoon
夏モンスーン(南西風).
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.
[オランダ語←アラビア語mawsim(季節)]
mon・soon・al
[形]

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.
為此翻譯評分








Romans Used to Ward Off Sickness with Flying Penis Amulets


Maybe it worked?


ATLASOBSCURA.COM












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
翻譯由 Bing 提供

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...
ECON.ST


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....
ECON.ST



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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascinus


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



anorak

Line breaks: ano¦rak
Pronunciation: /ˈanərak/

Definition of anorak in English:
NOUN

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


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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


MORE EXAMPLE SENTENCES

Origin

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...

Don Juan: CANTO THE TENTH

I
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 
By SUSAN SAULNY and MONICA DAVEY
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.

mob
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.
tr.v.mobbedmob·bingmobs.
  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.

mob


 
━━ 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.
 mob・ster
 〔俗〕 ギャング, 暴力団(員).


soft (GENTLE)
adjective
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.

soften
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?

softiesofty
noun [C] INFORMAL
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

softly
adverb
gently:
She speaks softly but usually gets her own way.



soft (NOT HARD)
adjective
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.

soften
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

softness 

exordium

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.

Quince


Dominic Cheung 新增了 2 張相片
Quince, the pride of winter.
榲桲,冬的驕傲,花極美,果極香。

孫金君 神話𥚃的金蘋果!

Quince
Pancrace Bessa00.jpg
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.” 
【髮茨中的半球】
『讓我久久地咬碎妳濃密的,黑色地髮瓣.當我咬妳那富於彈性且具有叛逆性的頭髮時候,我好像在吞食回憶。』
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). 


tress 

Pronunciation: /trɛs/ 


NOUN

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

VERB

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

Derivatives


tressed

ADJECTIVE
[USUALLY IN COMBINATION]: blonde-tressed sex symbol

tressy

ADJECTIVE

Origin

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




perfectionate

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

Now rare

VERB

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


Origin

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26日 星期一

Christmassy, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa

BBC
The familiar tunes never fail to get us in the festive mood – but many of them have remarkably un-Christmassy roots.


There’s something so Christmassy about Jingle Bells even though it never mentions Christmas.
BBC.COM|由 MARK FORSYTH 上傳




美國在台協會 AIT
寬扎節(Kwanzaa)
寬扎節是從12月26日持續到1月1日為期7天的慶祝活動,它源於非洲。在亞特蘭大,露絲·恩戴·多西(Ruth Ndiagne Dorsey) 坐在她放在教堂裡的寬扎節黑色聖母龕(Shrine of the Black Madonna)前。


光明節 (Hanukkah)
紐約的一家人在光明節站在燭台旁邊。這個猶太節日也被稱為燈節(Festival of Lights),持續八天。人們將大燭台每晚點燃,舉行專門的祈禱並配備節日食品。光明節的日期是基於猶太年曆,每年時間不同。