Journey in Life: 12/19/18

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

"Two a penny" nghĩa là gì?

không còn đặc biệt, thường thôi... Photo courtesy Ronnie Macdonald.

'Two a penny' nghĩa là phổ biến, thừa thãi, nhiều,... và vì vậy thường 'ít giá trị' (tầm thường).

Ví dụ
Automated car plants are two-a-penny now, but in 1979 this was science fiction-made-reality.

Graphic prints of it (Battersea Power Station) are two a penny across the capital, but I'm fond of them because the power station is my near neighbour.

Jose Mourinho wasn’t brave enough to manage a team that played attacking football because he isn’t a creative (sáng tạo) coach (huấn luyện viên). He was a destructive (phá hoại, phá hủy, tàn phá, hủy diệt) coach, and they are two a penny.

While cooking your own steak on a hot stone is nothing new, and simple salads featuring fresh seasonal ingredients are two a penny these days in Dublin, what sets Rustic Stone apart is its merging off all these different culinary components on the same menu.

Phạm Hạnh

Cái giá của sự nổi tiếng

tìm kiếm từ "ngu dốt", google trả về kết quả là ảnh donald trump :D
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In a House Judiciary Committee hearing today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was asked to explain why a Google image search for “idiot” (thằng ngốc, ngu dốt, lú) turned up pictures of Donald Trump — and whether that was a case of intentional bias (thiên vị cố ý).

The question came from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who was trying to refute (bác bỏ, bắt bẻ) the idea that Google is politically manipulating (thao túng về chính trị) search results (kết quả tìm kiếm).

Pichai offered a long, general explanation of how Google search works:

Any time you type in a keyword, as Google we have gone out and crawled and stored copies of billions of [websites’] pages in our index. And we take the keyword and match it against their pages and rank them based on over 200 signals — things like relevance, freshness, popularity, how other people are using it. And based on that, at any given time, we try to rank and find the best search results for that query. And then we evaluate them with external raters, and they evaluate it to objective guidelines. And that’s how we make sure the process is working.

...Trump isn’t the first president to get Google-bombed: in the mid-2000s, searches for “miserable failure” (thất bại thảm hại) famously returned results about President George W. Bush.

Cái giá của "tự sướng"

số người chết vì chụp ảnh selfie còn nhiều hơn bị cá mập tấn công
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Selfies became all the rage (mốt thịnh hành) in the early part of the century, when smartphones with forward-facing cameras first hit the market. And their popularity has been explosive; last year, some 24 billion selfies were uploaded to Google Photos.

But this trend has been accompanied by a more tragic (bi kịch, thảm thương) one. In 2014, 15 people died while taking a selfie; in 2015 this rose to 39, and in 2016 there were 73 deaths in the first eight months of the year. That’s more selfie deaths than deaths due to shark attacks (cá mập tấn công, cá mập cắn).

...It turns out that most deaths occurred in India—76 of them, more than half of the total. The team also found that the most common cause of death was falling from a height. This reflects the penchant (sự thích thú, thiên hướng) for people taking selfies at the edge of cliffs (vách đá, nhô ra biển), at the top of tall structures, and so on. Water also accounts for a large number of deaths. And a significant number involve water and heights—things like jumping into the sea from a height and so on.

Interestingly, in India, trains feature significantly as a cause of selfie death. “This trend caters to the belief that posing on or next to train tracks (đường ray tàu hỏa) with their best friend (bạn thân) is regarded as romantic (lãng mạn) and a sign of never-ending friendship (tình bạn vững bền),” they say.