2017年12月28日 星期四

white-hat hacker; black hat, a malicious hacker,

Chaos Computer Club's wondrous nerd festival

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) is one of the world's leading white-hat
hacker meetings and maker fairs, and its annual general meeting in Leipzig
this week is a celebration of digital arts and technology stunts.

White hat (computer security) - Wikipedia

The term "white hat" in Internet slang refers to an ethical computer hacker, or a computer security expert, who specializes in penetration testing and in other testing methodologies to ensure the security of an organization's information systems. Ethical hacking is a term coined by IBM meant to imply a broader category than just penetration testing. Contrasted with black hat, a malicious hacker, the name comes from Western films, where heroic and antagonistic cowboys might traditionally ...

cold snap

 cold snap寒波;【名詞】【可算名詞】突然の一時的な寒い天候.【名詞】寒さ続き(例文)a spell of cold weather. 【名詞】寒さ続き(例文)a spell of cold weather.


"Actually, today we're up to positive 6. That's nice. The last two days, we didn't get above zero."
ZACK HARGROVE, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, N.D., where the high this weekend could be minus 12. The Midwest and Northeast are locked in a record-breaking cold snap.

job-destroying, job creator, Jobs renaissance, job gains

Oskar Pals, 19, operating a loader by remote control at the New Boliden mine in Sweden. In less than 10 years, he says,


The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine


In a world full of anxiety about the potential job-destroying rise of automation, Sweden is well placed to embrace technology while limiting human costs.

How To Beat Job-Destroying Robots - Forbes

Study of census results in England and Wales since 1871 finds rise of machines has been a job creator rather than making working humans obsolete.

Jobs renaissance in Europe?

At long last, the number of employed people in Europe now exceeds the 2007
pre-crisis level. But job gains are very unevenly distributed. Germany and
Spain lead the pack in gains - but Spain has much further to go.

Cash Cow

Once a Cash Cow, Venezuela's Oil Company Now Verges on Collapse


The deepening troubles threaten to further destabilize a nation facing a dire recession and unbridled crime, as well as food and medicine shortages.

 cash cow: a product or service that makes a lot of money over a long period of time for the company
【名詞】【可算名詞】《俗語》 (企業の)財源,ドル箱,黒字部門

「cash cow」の画像検索結果

planned obsolescence

Is Apple Slowing Down Old iPhones? Questions and Answers
Brian X. Chen, the lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times, discusses the latest Apple statement, which has fueled controversy about planned obsolescence.

...一些公司人為的設置了(產品)使用壽命,這樣就可以獲得重覆銷售的利潤。「這是計劃性報廢的陰謀論,」西北大學(Northwestern University)市場營銷系教授莫漢比爾·索尼(Mohanbir Sawhney)說。


planned obsolescence


A policy of producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing, achieved by frequent changes in designtermination of the supply of spare parts, and the use of non-durable materials.
Example sentences
  • Following his own advice, he introduced annual model changes for GM cars - planned obsolescence designed to make the consumer discontented with what he or she already had.
  • Big business gave us planned obsolescence and blundering corporations.
  • But dig a little deeper and the truth is more complex and may say as much about planned obsolescence as it does consumer safety.

2017年12月15日 星期五



Word of the Year 2017 is… | Oxford Dictionaries

Word of the Year 2017 is… As 2017 draws to a close, we turn to language to help us mark where we have been, how far we have come, and where we are heading. One word has been judged as not only reflective of the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of this past year, but as having lasting potential as a word of cultural significance. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is… youthquake. The noun, youthquake, is defined as 'a significant cultural, political, or social change ...


What do you think of the OED's word of the year?

2017年12月13日 星期三


艾略特諷刺前輩羅素的〈阿波里奈克斯先生〉。當時我意猶未盡,又用英文寫了六行小詩,附於原詩之後,名為Incidental Lines:

I met the Master at a feast,

And both were overfed:

The Master, with what he ate,

And I, with what he said

On the essence and the assence 

Of cultural renaissance,

Urban Dictionary: Assence

2011/11/23 - Assence - noun Any type of odour that contains distinct noticeable characteristics which indicate that the smell originated from the rear end of a person or animal. The severity of the odour can be of any degree. "Assence" is formed by merging the words "Ass" and "Essence". An assence may be the result of: flatulence be it post coital or otherwise, a Rippee, excretion, dogs, pigs or other dirty animals etc....

2017年12月10日 星期日


The biggest organism in the world - Forget blue whales and giant redwood trees. The biggest living organism is over 2 miles across, and you'll hardly ever see it.
Forget blue whales and giant redwood trees. The biggest living organism is…


(also humungous)


North American 
  • Huge; enormous.
    ‘a humongous steak’


1970s (originally US): possibly based on huge and monstrous, influenced by the stress pattern of stupendous.

2017年12月9日 星期六

cine-essay/ cinema essay, “essay film”

Exiled Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei discusses the shocking plight of refugees across the globe. He travelled to 23 countries and interviewed over 600 refugees for his new documentary Human Flow, a shocking cine-essay on the subject of refugees and the 21st century refugee crisis

Essay Film - Cinema and Media Studies - Oxford Bibliographies

2016/10/27 - Introduction. The term “essay film” has become increasingly used in film criticism to describe a self-reflective and self-referential documentary cinema that blurs the lines between fiction and nonfiction. Scholars unanimously agree that the first published use of the term was by Richter in 1940. Also uncontested is that Andre Bazin, in 1958, was the first to analyze a film, which was Marker's Letter from Siberia (1958), according to the essay form. The French New Wave ...
cine-essay/ cinema essay



The Haywire Hospitality of ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’

In her TruTV series — a surreal, affectionate sendup of home shows — the comic actress shows off her versatility, with help from some friends.

Definition of send-up for English Language Learners

  • : a movie, song, etc., that imitates the style of someone or something else in an amusing way

2017年12月6日 星期三

sexsomnia, sleep sex,

BBC News

Some people sleepwalk, others try to have sex while asleep.
What is sexsomnia?

Sleep sex - Wikipedia

Sleep sex, or sexsomnia, is a condition in which a person will engage in sexual activities while asleep. This condition falls within the broad class of sleep disorders known as parasomnias. In extreme cases,sexsomnia has been alleged, and accepted, as at least a part of the cause of sexual assault, including rape. The proposed medical diagnosis is NREM arousal parasomnia – sexual behaviour in sleep.Sexsomnia is considered a type of non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM) ...

Sexsomnia 'is a real condition' - BBC News - BBC.com

2013/05/08 - Matthew Walker, professor of neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, says the condition sexsomnia "does exist" and "is a very real condition".

sexsomniaの意味・用例|英辞郎 on the WEB:アルク

sexsomnia 【名】《病理》睡眠時性的行動症◇睡眠中に無意識の内に自慰・性行為... 

2017年12月2日 星期六


Though its name is evocative of old Mexico, the brand was started in 1989 by a pair of gringos: John Paul DeJoria and the late Martin Crowley

Gringo - Wikipedia


gringo (male) or gringa (female) (/ˈɡrɪŋɡ/Spanish: [ˈɡɾiŋɡo]Portuguese: [ˈɡɾĩɡu]) is a term, mainly used in Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries, which may have different meanings depending on where it is used. In some Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, gringo refers to someone who is foreign and English-speaking, particularly someone from the United States.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]
The word was originally used in Spain to denote any foreign, non-native speakers of Spanish.