2017年7月22日 星期六

scramble, alternate-reality, first/ emergency responder

First responders arrived at his home and found Rago with no obvious signs of trauma.
TO THE RESCUE: Good Samaritan uses baseball bat to break the windows of a Jeep so first responders can rescue a driver in a car accident in Boca Raton, Florida. http://abcn.ws/2nrITLf

Japan is scrambling fighters at near-unprecedented levels in response to foreign aircraft approaching its airspace, the defence ministry says.

Japan jet scrambles 'near Cold War record'

Japan says it is scrambling fighters at almost Cold War levels in response to foreign aircraft - mainly Russian and Chinese - approaching its airspace.

RAF Jets scrambled after Russian bombers spotted off coast of Cornwall

Airlines Urged by U.S. to Give Notice to China


The Obama administration is urging American commercial airlines to comply with China's new air defense zone, hours after China scrambled jets to patrol it.
TOKYO—Japan's air force scrambled fighter jets against Chinese aircraft a record number of times in the year ended in March, the Self-Defense Forces announced Wednesday, underscoring the sharp escalation in tensions in the East Asian sky as the two neighbors engage in a bitter territorial row.
Cases of such scrambles surged to 306 in the fiscal year that ended March 31, from 156 a year earlier. It was the highest number since the SDF, or the Japanese military, started breaking down the scramble data by country in 2001. In total, 567 cases of scrambles were reported last year, the highest ...




For BlackBerry Maker, Crisis Mounts

RIM scrambled to restore service to millions of BlackBerry users around the world as the company's worst-ever outage vexed office workers, officials, emergency responders and others who rely on the messaging device.

'Chronic City'

This novel of an alternate-reality Manhattan, where an escaped tiger roams the streets and Times readers can opt for a "war-free" edition, is at its heart a traditional bildungs roman with a strong moral compass.

(rĭ-spŏnd') pronunciation

v., -spond·ed, -spond·ing, -sponds. v.intr.
  1. To make a reply; answer. See synonyms at answer.
  2. To act in return or in answer.
  3. To react positively or favorably: The patient has responded rapidly to the treatment.
To give as a reply; answer.

n. Architecture
A pilaster or half-pier engaged to a wall and carrying one end of an arch or groin, often at the end of an arcade.

[Middle English responden, from Old French respondre, from Latin respondēre : re-, re- + spondēre, to promise.]

responder re·spond'er n.

First responder - Wikipedia

A first responder is a person who is likely to be among the first people to arrive at and assist at the scene of an emergency such as an accident, natural disaster, ...

  • 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] make one’s way quickly or awkwardly up a steep gradient or over rough ground by using one’s hands as well as one’s feet:we scrambled over the damp boulders
  • move hurriedly or clumsily from or into a particular place or position:she scrambled out of the car I tried to scramble to my feet
  • (scramble into) put (clothes) on hurriedly:Robbie scrambled into jeans and a T-shirt
  • [with object] informal perform (an action) or achieve (a result) hurriedly, clumsily, or with difficulty:Cork scrambled a 1-0 win over Monaghan
  • [with infinitive] struggle or compete with others for something in an eager or uncontrolled and undignified way:firms scrambled to win public-sector contracts
  • 2 [with object] order (a fighter aircraft or its pilot) to take off immediately in an emergency or for action:the Hurricanes were scrambled again, this time meeting Italian fighters
  • [no object] (of a fighter aircraft or its pilot) take off for emergency action: as the jet headed towards Italian airspace, two F104 fighters scrambled from a base in Sicily to intercept it
  • 3 [with object] make (something) jumbled or muddled:maybe the alcohol has scrambled his brains
  • cook (eggs) by beating them with a little liquid and then cooking and stirring them gently: you may have your eggs scrambled or boiled
  • make (a broadcast transmission or telephone conversation) unintelligible unless received by an appropriate decoding device:the signal is scrambled into code
  • 4 [no object] American Football (of a quarterback) run with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, avoiding tackles: McNabb scrambled in the third quarter and threw a touchdown pass to Maddox


[usually in singular]
  • 1a difficult or hurried clamber up or over something:an undignified scramble over the wall
  • a mountain walk up steep terrain involving the use of one’s hands: the route gives an excellent scramble up on to the narrow summit ridge
  • British a motorcycle race over rough and hilly ground: a local landowner allowed some kids to hold a motorbike scramble in the woods
  • an eager or uncontrolled and undignified struggle with others to obtain or achieve something:I lost Tommy in the scramble for a seat
  • 2an emergency take-off by fighter aircraft: the scramble might be a training exercise or it might not
  • 3a disordered mixture of things: the girl’s mouth was a scramble of orthodontist’s hardware


late 16th century: imitative; compare with the dialect words scamble 'stumble' and cramble 'crawl'

1I([副])]〈人が〉(敏捷に)よじ登る, はい登る, 這い進む;急いで移動する[進む, 位置を変える]
scramble up a cliff
scramble along
scramble down the canyon wall
scramble over the fence
scramble to one's feet
scramble through one's work
2I([副])](…を)奪い合う((for, after ...));(…しようと)先を争う((to do))
scramble for [=scramble to getthe seat
3 〈飛行士・航空機が〉(敵機迎撃のため)緊急発進する.
4 《アメフト》〈クォーターバックが〉スクランブルする:相手のパスラッシュを避け, 瞬時に走路を見つけて走る.
5 ((俗))麻薬を手に入れるために麻薬を売る.
1 …を急いで[あわてて]寄せ集める((up, together));…を急いで移動[避難]させる
I scrambled my books together.
2 …をごちゃまぜ[いっしょくた]にする;…を混乱して取り違える
scramble names and faces
scramble a person's brains
3 〈卵を〉かきまぜながら焼く
scrambled eggs
4 (盗視聴防止のため)〈電話・無線の送信過程に〉雑音を混入する, 〈テレビの〉周波数を変換する.
5 〈迎撃機・飛行士を〉緊急発進させる.
1 ((a 〜))はい登ること, はい登り, よじ登り.
2 ((a 〜))(…の)奪い合い, 先陣争い((for ...));(…しようと)先を争うこと((to do))
a mad scramble
3 《軍事》スクランブル, 緊急発進.
4 スクランブル(レース):でこぼこコースのオートバイレース.

Science Fiction Dictionary (n.)
An alternative world.
One of many possible space-time continua, having a different history or physical laws than our own space-time continuum.
  • 1950 J. D. MacDonald Shadow on Sand Thrilling Wonder Stories (Oct.) № 27/1: We have made the basic and very important discovery of a twin planetary system corresponding to our own, separated from us only by a symbolic logician's definition of reality. [...] The twin world exists because any definitive explanation of reality presupposes alternate realities.
  • 1968 K. Laumer Assignment in Nowhere № 51: They created a field in which the energy of normal temporal flow was deflected at what we may consider right angles to the normal direction. Objects and individuals enclosed in the field then moved, not forward in time as in nature, but across the lines of alternate reality.
  • 1989 L. Frankowski Flying Warlord № 195: "What? No. I'm not all right, you idiot! I'm dead! Don't you realize that we just saw me die?" "But you know that this is some kind of alternate reality. It's not exactly real."
  • 1989 G. A. Effinger Everything But Honor Isaac Asimov's SF Mag. Feb. № 120: When they returned to T0, Placide and Fein discovered [...] that their excursion in time had not changed the past, but rather created a new alternate reality.
  • 1992 Locus (Aug.) № 31/3: Anyone reasonably well-read in sf will pick up on the possibility of alternate realities here, but things get stranger.