Journey in Life: 04/02/18

Monday, April 2, 2018

"Love me, love my dog" nghĩa là gì?

He walks besides you.* Photo courtesy R. Halfpaap.

'Love me, love my dog' = yêu em, yêu cả con cún của em -> nghĩa là yêu em, thì hãy yêu tất cả những gì thuộc về em (said to warn someone that if they want to be in a relationship with you, they must be willing to accept everything about you); yêu ai yêu cả đường đi.

Ví dụ
Off-Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club producer Lynne Meadow and actress Sarah Jessica Parker understood this play was a little more than “love me — love my dog.” They launched it, with great results, in May 1995. Twenty years later in 2015, Mathew Broderick (married to Parker in real life) starred in it as Greg in the Broadway revival.

A love of dogs is not particular to Chinese. In English, people use the phrase "tired like a dog" to say they are exhausted and say "love me, love my dog" when they hope their partner loves the way they are. Coincidentally, there are phrases expressing these meanings in Chinese, proving again that we are not that different.

St. Bernard of Menthon’s monks (thầy tu) kept and trained enormous dogs to care for lost and imperiled (đẩy vào tình trạng hiểm nghèo, làm cho gặp nguy hiểm) pilgrims (người hành hương) trying to get to Rome. The dogs were trained to flop down on top of the stranded pilgrim to keep them warm with their body heat. The monks even attached little kegs of brandy to the dogs' collars in the mistaken belief that liquor would warm the frozen victims. (actually, the opposite happens.) The dogs came to be called “Saint Bernards.” The saint is always depicted with one of these magnificent, vigilant (cảnh giác, thận trọng) beasts next to him. Though he didn’t coin the phrase, “Love me, love my dog,” he used it once in a homily―and probably pretty often after that―and the phrase got stuck on him.

Phạm Hạnh


“A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter's drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way.”
― Mary Carolyn Davies

"A man's first wife never complains of neglect from the penis, the first morsel never complains of insufficient sauce" nghĩa là gì?

'A man's first wife never complains of neglect from the penis, the first morsel never complains of insufficient sauce'
~ ngạn ngữ Yoruba

= miếng đầu tiên không bao giờ thiếu nước chấm, người vợ đầu không bao giờ thiếu CU

quấn quýt không rời... Photo courtesy Victoriia Z.

Bài trước: "A woman is attractive when she is somebody else's wife" nghĩa là gì?

Báo động tình trạng đi bộ qua đường gây TNGT

cảnh sát thâm quyến sử dụng trí tuệ nhân tạo, nhận diện khuôn mặt, và chiếu lên bảng điện tử (to như pano quảng cáo) cho tất cả mọi người thấy, bị nêu tên cho xấu hổ và nhắn tin tiền phạt luôn
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Jaywalkers (băng qua đường ẩu) in China are to be named, shamed and slapped with an instant SMS fine.

And it’s all thanks to cutting-edge artificial intelligence.

In the southeastern city of Shenzhen, police have set up AI-powered boards by crossings.


If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, there are now plans to ping offenders’ phones with quick-fire fines as soon as they violate the grim rule.

The AI company behind the billboards, Intellifusion, is in talks with mobile phone networks and local social media platforms to enforce the new system.

Những chiêu trò kiếm bộn tiền nhờ... người chết

nhà tang lễ lớn nhất bắc kinh cung cấp dịch vụ 'thực tế ảo' thử làm người chết để trải nghiệm
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Beijing’s biggest funeral parlor (nhà tang lễ) held an open day last Thursday that featured a virtual reality simulation of death, reported The Beijing News — though it left some wondering why you would want to experience death prematurely (sớm, xảy ra trước thời gian thông thường, hoặc thời gian mong đợi, đẻ non).

Visitors could don VR glasses and earphones to experience having a seizure (tai biến ngập máu) at work, a failed paramedic (người được huấn luyện để làm công tác cấp cứu khi bác sĩ vắng mặt) rescue, and entrance (làm cho ai tràn ngập xúc động và thích thú như thể bị mê hoặc) into the afterlife (kiếp sau, cõi âm, thế giới bên kia). Funeral parlor employee Dong Ziyi told The Beijing News that the immersive (đắm chìm vào, mải mê vào) experience “enables people to better cherish the beauty of life.”

In addition to the death experience, visitors can use VR to explore funeral services with a five-minute session that goes through corpse (xác chết, tử thi, thi hài) delivery and storage, mortuary (thuộc về tang lễ, nhà xác) preparations, the memorial service, and cremation (hỏa thiêu, hỏa táng, đốt ra tro) — a tour that would take an hour in real life.

Bài trước: Gian lận cước taxi

Gian lận cước taxi

bắc kinh lắp 10.000 đồng hồ thông minh, có gắn gps, lái xe phải quẹt thẻ nhân viên mới khởi động được đồng hồ, kiểm tra dữ liệu lái xe thời gian thực, có các nền tảng thanh toán như wechat wallet, alipay... để quản lý,
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All-in-one device in cabs aims to stop scams (gian lận, lừa đảo) and verify drivers’ identities.

The integrated GPS machine requires each driver to swipe (quẹt thẻ) their staff identity card before they can start the meter, and allows the taxi company to monitor each trip live. The device also supports multiple forms of payment, including bank cards and mobile payment platforms like WeChat Wallet and Alipay.

Following a trial in late 2017, the municipal government rolled out the smart devices through four cab companies earlier this month, in the hope that the machines will stop drivers from defrauding (giành được của ai cái gì bằng cách lừa gạt) customers with rigged (thủ đoạn xảo trá, trò chơi khăm) meters and invoices, or loaning their cars to unlicensed drivers.

“From the perspective of the consumer, this ensures convenience, security, and safety,”.

Taxi fraud is extremely common in China: In 2013 alone, Beijing saw 4,680 complaints, many of which involved meter fraud.