Journey in Life: 04/04/18

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"If you find your friend on the sofa at home with your wife, you had better sell the sofa" nghĩa là gì?

'If you find your friend on the sofa at home with your wife, you had better sell the sofa'
~ ngạn ngữ Yiddish

= nếu về nhà mà thấy bạn và vợ trên ghế sofa, thì tốt nhất là nên bán sofa

hy vọng không phải bán... Photo courtesy Evill Jack.

"Not even a dog's chance" nghĩa là gì?

chẳng có con ruồi nào... Photo courtesy Rolf Dietrich Brecher.

'Not even a dog's chance' nghĩa là không có chút may mắn nào (To have a very slim chance. This phrase is to describe something that is unlikely to happen).

Ví dụ
Shaw’s time at Man United has not gone too well, especially after Mourinho took charge of the club two years ago. He has not given Shaw a dog’s chance at making the left full back position his own, and has often used Ashley Young there instead.

By sheer coincidence, I was on popular stand-up comic artist Sorabh Pant's #TheRant show last week. There was not a dog's chance that the BJP would attend. Pant did the usual fun stuff with professional panache (thói kiểu cách, phô trương, huênh hoang, điệu bộ), but it was great fun interacting with the youth of India in an unrestrained, flippant (khiếm nhã, suồng sã, chớt nhã), frivolous (phù phiếm, bông lông) chat show, but which addressed core political issues with equal gravitas.

Intellectual freedom depends on material things. Poetry depends on intellectual freedom. And women have always been poor, not for two hundred years merely, but from the beginning of time. Women have had less intellectual freedom than the sons of Athenian slaves. Women, then, have not had a dog’s chance of writing poetry. That is why I have laid so much stress on money and a room of one’s own.

Phạm Hạnh

Có nên sử dụng đèn bắt muỗi giá rẻ Trung Quốc?

không,

hãy dùng hẳn công nghệ radar quân sự để chiến đấu với muỗi, cực kỳ nhạy, có thể phát hiện các mục tiêu nhỏ như muỗi cách xa 2km...
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“Identifying and tracking individual, mosquito-sized targets is no longer science fiction,” he said. “We are actually quite close to bringing this technology out of the laboratory and using it to save lives.”

...After decades of development, modern military radars can now pick up the echoes (tiếng dội, tiếng vang) of small objects at an impressive distance. The US Missile Defence Agency’s sea-based X-band radar, for example, can detect a baseball-sized object from about 4,000km away.

China has developed radar systems with similarly advanced features to track (theo dõi) missiles (tên lửa) and stealth aircraft (máy bay tàng hình), but some scientists working on these military projects believed the technology could also be used to fight mosquitoes – and they convinced the government to fund their research.