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

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.

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

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...

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

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....

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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:


1waterproof jacket, typically with a hood, of a kind originally used in polar regions.
2British informal , derogatory 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.