2017年11月22日 星期三

tailor, dossier, get about, "ultra prime" homes

When London opened its underground system in 1863, the inhabitants of Boston and New York were still reliant on horse-drawn public transport to get about. By the mid-1890s, New York’s Lower East Side was one of the most crowded places on the planet

Washington Post 正在現場直播。
The former British spy who authored a controversial dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russia reached an agreement with the FBI for the bureau to pay him to continue his work, according to several people familiar with the arrangement. http://wapo.st/2lvtHso
Reporters Tom Hamburger and Rosalind Helderman explain.

美國能~台灣當然也能,國安局「特定入侵行動辦公室」(Tailored Access Operations)曾通報成功侵入墨國總統府網站的中央伺服器,侵入時任總統卡德隆與閣員共用的網路,擷取大量外交與經濟情報。 Our Olympic Dossier

'Ultra Prime' Home Prices on the Rise Markets may be struggling but the prices of "ultra prime" homes - properties worth over $15.7 million - are on the rise, especially in Asia and developing markets, where more and more of the globe's super rich can be found.

"ultra prime" homes 豪宅

Blair Made Early Iraq Pledge
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair's communications chief denied that a special dossier was tailored to exaggerate Saddam Hussein's military strength.

Get about definition: If you get about , you go to different places and visit different people. | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples.

('lər) pronunciation
One that makes, repairs, and alters garments such as suits, coats, and dresses.

v., -lored, -lor·ing, -lors. v.tr.
  1. To make (a garment), especially to specific requirements or measurements.
  2. To fit or provide (a person) with clothes made to that person's measurements.
  3. To make, alter, or adapt for a particular end or purpose: a speech that was tailored to an audience of business leaders.
To pursue the trade of a tailor.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman taillour, from Old French tailleor, from taillier, to cut, from Late Latin tāliāre, from Latin tālea, a cutting.]
我翻"維果茨基教育論著選(余震球選譯人民教育出版社) 說維俄文的裁縫的語根是"布"
請教法文"裁縫"和其語根 答案在英/日辭典 "裁切"

dossiernoun [ C ]

 UK  /ˈdɒs.i.eɪ/ /ˈdɒs.i.ər/ US  /ˈdɑː.si.eɪ/

a set of papers containing information about a person, often acriminal, or on any subject:

The secret service probably has a dossier on all of us.


A collection of papers giving detailed information about a particular person or subject.

[French, from Old French, bundle of papers labeled on the back, from dos, back, from Latin dorsum.]

[F.] n. (一件)書類, 関係書類.
a dossier on an individual

這在網路 叫"懶人包"

splash, go south, splash out (sth), Deep South , "Upper South"

Black Friday is not coming to Germany, it's already here

Searching for bargains on Black Friday and Cyber Monday is quickly
spreading across the globe as retailers are using what was once a truly
American tradition for their advantage.

China has a lot of sources of leverage over us, beginning with how much of their currency they’ve been willing to buy, and they’ve been buying airplanes from Boeing and turbines from GE, and there’re all sorts of ways that economic relationship could go south very quickly.

Angela Merkel has gone without a challenger—until now.http://ow.ly/Xpw04

Going South
Germany's hegemonic rule over EU politics has not been without its detractors. But for the first time, Merkel's control over European politics may...

On Nov. 2, 1976, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter defeated Republican incumbent Gerald R. Ford, becoming the first U.S. president from the Deep South since the Civil War.

The Deep South is a descriptive category of the cultural and geographic subregions in the American South. Historically, it is differentiated from the "Upper South" as being the states which were most dependent on plantation type agriculture during the pre-Civil War period. The Deep South was also commonly referred to as the Lower South or the "Cotton States".[1][2]

Today, the Deep South is usually delineated as being those states and areas where things most often thought of as "Southern" exist in their most concentrated form.[3]

((the 〜))(米国の)最南部地方:特にSouth Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisianaの諸州.
我看過"南方腹地"的翻譯 可能不太妥善
因為". 腹地 [fu4di4], n., central region, opp. frontier, 邊地." (林語堂漢英辭典)

The states in dark red compose the Deep South today. Adjoining areas of East Texas, North Florida and the Florida Panhandle are also considered part of this subregion. Historically, these seven states formed the original Confederate States of America.

It's a Santa Monica splash as only Google could do it
By Jessica Guynn

Los Angeles Times

Article Launched: 12/08/2007 01:32:52 AM PST

Santa Monica splash

go south
phrase of south
  1. 1.
    NORTH AMERICANinformal
    fall in value, deteriorate, or fail.
    "Lazio saw his poll numbers go south almost immediately"

splash (SHOW) Show phonetics
verb [T + adverb or preposition]
to print or show something in a very noticeable way:
Several newspapers splashed colour pictures of the Prince across their front pages.

noun [C]
something or someone bright or very noticeable:
The little girl in her flowery dress provides the only splash of colour in the picture.

splash out (sth) Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

splash out (sthmeaning, definition, what is splash out (sth): to spend a lot of money on buying things, especially things that are pleasant to have but…. Learn more.

make a splash
to become suddenly very successful or very well known:
Jodie Foster made quite a splash in the film 'Taxi Driver'.

tenable, untenable, confirmation process, multiplex, extralegal

Zimbabwe's economy urgently needs reform, says IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned about Zimbabwe's "very
difficult" economic situation, saying it's threatened by high government
spending, an untenable foreign exchange regime and inadequate reforms.

Last week, PayPal announced that because of a North Carolina law that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to their “biological sex.,” it’s canceling a $3.6 million investment there, saying “becoming an employer in North Carolina, where members of our teams will not have equal rights under the law, is simply untenable.”

 Court Ruling Deals a Blow to China's Labor-Camp System


For some legal experts, the ruling provided more evidence that the Communist Party is preparing to modify a Mao-era extralegal judicial system that has become increasingly untenable.

Bahn Boss Mehdorn to Resign as Position Becomes Untenable

Hartmut Mehdorn's days as the boss of German rail operator Deutsche Bahn
are over after it was revealed over the weekend that the embattled
executive had lost the support of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The DW-WORLD Article

Hollywood Finds Headaches in its Big Bet on 3-D
Studios have aggressively embraced the technology but without expensive upgrades to projection equipment at the multiplex, mass market 3-D releases are not tenable.

The Washington Post off-leads the news out of Gaza and leads with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's decision to withdraw his name from consideration to be commerce secretary in the administration of President-elect Barack Obama. Richardson said that an ongoing investigation into how a political donor received a lucrative state contract would have "forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process." Richardson's withdrawal "marked the first visible crack in what had been one of the smoothest presidential transitions in modern history," declares the Post.

Japanese Prime Minister To Step Down
TOKYO -- Shinzo Abe announced Wednesday he will resign as Japanese prime minister, as his weak leadership and declining popularity made his position untenable.

"These are the people that built a $10 billion valuation company from the rubble," Ed Bastian, Delta's chief financial officer, said in an interview. Current pay levels at Delta, near the bottom of the U.S. airline industry, are "untenable," he said.

Yet the planned society relies crucially on an intelligent and efficient state, and over the years the French version has become untenable: too many bureaucrats, supported by too many taxes, impose too many rules in too many overlapping organisations.

(of an opinion or position) able to be defended successfully or held for a particular period of time:
His theory is no longer tenable in light of the recent discoveries.
The university fellowship is tenable for (= lasts for) three years.


adjective FORMAL
1 describes a theory or argument that cannot be supported or defended against criticism

2 describes a situation that cannot continue as it is:
If three people in four no longer support the government, isn't this an untenable situation?

━━ a. 守ることができない, 支持[維持]できない.
un・tenability ━━ n.

  • become untenable
  • 支持{しじ}されなくなる
  • dismissed for apparently untenable reasons
  • 《be 〜》明らかに理不尽{りふじん}と思える理由{りゆう}で退けられる
  • regard the situation as untenable
  • その状況{じょうきょう}を擁護{ようご}できないとみなす
  • untenable state
  • どうしようもない状態{じょうたい}
  • untenable view
  • 支持{しじ}できない見解{けんかい}

mul·ti·plex (mŭl'tə-plĕks') pronunciation
  1. Relating to, having, or consisting of multiple elements or parts: "the whole complex and multiplex detail of the noble science of dinner" (Thomas Love Peacock).
  2. Relating to or being a system of simultaneous communication of two or more messages on the same wire or radio channel.
A building, especially a movie theater or dwelling, with multiple separate units.

v., -plexed, -plex·ing, -plex·es. v.intr.
To send messages or signals simultaneously using a multiplex system.

To send simultaneously using a multiplex system.

[Middle English, a multiple, from Latin, various, complicated : multi-, multi- + -plex, -fold.]
━━ vt. 【コンピュータ】(複数の信号などを)多重送信する, 多重化する.
━━ a. 多様な; 多重の.
━━ n. マルチプレックス ((複数の上映ホールで構成される映画館ビル)).
mul・ti・plex・er ━━ n. 【コンピュータ】マルチプレクサ, 回線多重化装置 (mul・ti・plex・or) ((略 MUX)).
multiplexer channel 【コンピュータ】多重チャネル.
mul・ti・plex・ing ━━ 【コンピュータ】多重化.


Syllabification: (ex·tra·le·gal)
Pronunciation: /ˌekstrəˈlēgəl/


(of an action or situation) beyond the authority of the law; not regulated by the law.

2017年11月21日 星期二

flight risk; Only these turkeys are flight risks.

Only these turkeys are flight risks.
[Thanks to Adam Zyglis]

flight risk
  1. a person thought likely to leave the country before a trial or bail hearing.
    "police can detain suspects without charges if they are considered flight risks"

placid, planetary, earthly triptych, heavenly, exoplanet. on a planetary scale.

"The use of artificial lighting is increasing and we're losing more and more of the night on a planetary scale."

Making outdoor lighting more efficient doesn't reduce light pollution—it encourages people to use more light

The Gallery Collection / Corbis
One of Three
No, surreal as it is, it's not a Dalí, and it's far removed from the 20th century. Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch created the massive triptych "The Garden of Earthly Delights" c. 1500. The Hell scene (a portion of which is shown above) is just the right panel of the 7-by-13-ft. (220 by 390 cm) piece, the left panel of which features a much more placid environment: Adam and Eve in Eden. Both that and the center panel — depicting those earthly pleasures — are full of light; Bosch warns, though, that darkness, and all its attendant horrors, is just across the border. Packed with detail and symbolism, Madrid's Prado calls it "one of his most enigmatic works."

Leader at NASA was an authority on planetary sciences

(By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post)
Carl Sagan (1934-1996): scientist who brought planetary astronomy to the masses; also, mathematician/astronomer Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806)

We are conscious of our duty as fulfillers - at the same time we are faced with the unavoidable task of critical communication within a world which is empty and is not less full of injustices, punishments and sufferings because it is empty - and we feel also the responsibility for reawakening the old dreams which sleep in statues of stone in the ruined ancient monuments, in the wide-stretching silence in planetary plains, in dense primeval forests, in rivers which roar like thunder.

tom jerry
Nine Lives
In Heavenly Puss, a 1949 Tom and Jerry short, Tom demonstrates his feline ability to survive death — well in his dreams, at least. Tom imagines that he is squashed to death by a piano in one of his epic fights with little Jerry. When he reaches heaven's gate, he is refused entry because of his cruelty to his rodent enemy. In order to be admitted to heaven, he must get Jerry to sign a certificate of forgiveness. Jerry, of course, is dismissive and toys with Tom, but eventually signs to keep bulldog devil Spike from snatching Tom away to hell. It's too late, though, and the stairs to heaven disappear. Luckily, Tom wakes up.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2065275,00.html#ixzz1Jf3PtEmQ

After Clashes, Thai Police Let Protesters Roam
Protesters who entered a police compound posed for photos with police officers, as the mood on the streets of Bangkok turned from tense to placid.
For almost all its history, planetary science could study only the eight planets that make up the local solar system. But the boom in exoplanet research over the past decade or so has furnished the field with a wealth of data from elsewhere in the galaxy. Much of this has come from a specially designed space telescope called Kepler http://econ.st/1cHqYT9

Video Video: Profiles in Science | The Planet Hunter
Geoffrey Marcy of the University of California, Berkeley, has discovered scores of alien worlds, so-called exoplanets circling distant stars.


Pronunciation: /ˈɛksəʊplanɪt/


a planet which orbits a star outside the solar system.


(trĭp'tĭk) pronunciation
  1. A work consisting of three painted or carved panels that are hinged together.
  2. A hinged writing tablet consisting of three leaves, used in ancient Rome.
[From Greek triptukhos, threefold : tri-, tri- + ptux, ptukh-, fold.]


Pronunciation: /ˈplasɪd/
Translate placid | into French | into German | into Italian | into Spanish


  • not easily upset or excited:a placid, contented man
  • calm and peaceful, with little movement or activity:the placid waters of a small lake


Pronunciation: /pləˈsɪdɪti/




early 17th century: from French placide, from Latin placidus, from placere 'to please'

Suggested sci-fi reading for presidential contenders.

plan·e·tar·y (plăn'ĭ-tĕr'ē) pronunciation
  1. Of, relating to, or resembling the physical or orbital characteristics of a planet or the planets.
    1. Of or relating to the earth; terrestrial or earthly: measured the planetary tilt in degrees.
    2. Of or affecting the entire world; global: a planetary consensus.
  2. Wandering; erratic: a planetary life.
  3. Being or relating to a gear train consisting of a central gear with an internal ring gear and one or more pinions.

1 惑星[遊星]の(ような)
the planetary system
2 放浪する
a planetary vagabond
3 地球(上)の;世界的な;現世[俗世]の.
4 《機械》〈歯車が〉遊星連動装置の.
5 《占星術》運星の影響を受ける.

...of both spatial and temporal scales, efforts have been made to group various phenomena into scale classes. The class describing the largest and longest-lived of these phenomena is known as the planetary scale. Such phenomena are typically a few thousand kilometres in size and have lifetimes ranging from several days to several weeks. Examples of planetary-scale phenomena include the...

2017年11月20日 星期一

freak out, freaking, unfailingly, certitude, incertitude

Donald Trump' handpicked FCC chairman (and former cable lobbyist) could announce his plan to end Net Neutrality as soon as Wednesday.
If he succeeds, Comcast and Verizon will have free reign to slow down and censor news or websites that don’t match their political agenda, or anything else they don’t like -- for any reason at all.
For the sake of our democracy, we can’t hand that kind of power to profit-seeking corporations. Please help stop this corporate power grab over what⋯⋯

Comment for “no”. Share this for “oh hell no.” Then click through to actually stop it.

To turn on or as if on a pivot: "The plot . . . lacks direction, pivoting on Hamlet's incertitude" (G. Wilson Knight).

"A salad’s healthy, right?” she asked. Of course the objective answer is yes. But my answer was more complicated."
I was diagnosed with anorexia two years ago. I worry about the impact...

The pro-democracy demonstrators of the "Umbrella Revolution" might just be the world's nicest protesters. http://cnn.it/1mR6gsl
They are efficient, and unfailingly polite.


n: /ˈfriːkɪŋ /


US informal
Used for emphasis or to express angerannoyance,contempt, or surprise:I’m going out of my freaking mind!this film is so freaking good


euphemism for fucking.


Line breaks: un|fail¦ing
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈfeɪlɪŋ

1Without error or fault:his unfailing memory for names

1.1Reliable or constant:his mother had always been an unfailing sourceof reassurance






(sûr'tĭ-tūd', -tyūd') pronunciation
  1. The state of being certain; complete assurance; confidence.
  2. Sureness of occurrence or result; inevitability.
  3. Something that is assured or unfailing: "eager to swap the hazards of American freedom for the gray certitudes of Soviet life" (Time). See synonyms at certainty.
[Middle English, from Late Latin certitūdō, from Latin certus, certain. See certain.]

Freak out definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary


freak out. phrasal verb. If someone freaks out, or if something freaks them out, they suddenly feel extremely surprised, upset, angry, or confused.

Urban Dictionary: freak out


1. to shock or disorient someone 2. to panic, to lose control.
Line breaks: freak-out

Definition of freak-out in English:


wildly irrational reaction or spell of behaviour.