Journey in Life: 09/24/20

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

"Wouldn't be seen dead" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

"Wouldn't be seen dead" = không muốn thấy bị chết -> nghĩa là không bao giờ (làm điều đang được nhắc tới).

Ví dụ
As for other role models, I admire (ngưỡng mộ) any person of colour really: Mary Seacole, Nelson Mandela, Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi. But I’m a little tired of being described as the ‘modern-day Rosa Parks’. For one thing, I wouldn’t be seen dead on public transport.

I wouldn’t be seen dead without make-up. After I’ve washed my face in the morning, make-up is the essential (quan trọng). I don’t feel me without it, and I have to feel me somehow.

Personally, I wouldn’t be seen dead in a face mask and from tomorrow will be resisting (chống đối) the imposition (áp đặt) to wear one. Before you think ‘here goes another civil libertarian nutjob’ let me immediately state that the argument against personal liberty in favour of masking up is redundant.

The other day I drove across town to a friend’s place and when I pulled up he said, deadpan: “I wouldn’t be seen dead in a car like that.” Seriously? I’m thinking “what’s wrong with a middle-aged bloke (gã) like me driving a bright yellow Beetle?” but he was not a fan.

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Chúng tôi đứng về phía các anh

ủng hộ nhân viên công viên disney được... mặc quần lót riêng :D
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Despite looking the part, working as a costumed character at a Disney theme park is anything but magical. From draconic body rules to never being allowed to break character (not even if some divorced dad's hand starts sliding towards your Tinkerbell), these employees sacrifice all of their individuality for $11 an hour. 

And if that sounds somewhat dramatic, remember that, until recently, these contract employees of the Magic Kingdom weren't even allowed to choose which magic underpants to wear.

Official Disney costumes are expensive and tightly tailored. They also don't sync well with off-the-rack clothing -- as medieval fantasy ball gowns are wont to do. So to prevent any awkward bunching or bulging of underwear that'd hint at the humanity trapped inside of a Goofy mascot, performers are required to wear "Disney-issued jock-straps, tights or cycling shorts." And like all other parts of their costume, this Disney-issued underwear isn't owned by the performers. Instead, they were given a random pair of panties at the start of their shift.

Nóng hết chịu nổi

bà mẹ hai con mở cửa thoát hiểm, đi lại trên cánh máy bay...
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When the Ukraine International Airlines flight from Turkey landed in Kiev this week, the mom of two opened the emergency exit and hopped onto its wing to take a refreshing stroll.

After cooling off, she stepped back into the Boeing 737 and rejoined her family.

Another passenger told reporters that almost everyone had gotten off the plane before the woman pulled the stunt.

“She walked almost all the way from the tail to the emergency exit row, opened the door and went out,” the passenger said. “By that time her two children were outside the plane and standing right next to me. They were surprised, saying, ‘That’s our mum!’”

Bài trước: Cách ly ở biển

Cách ly ở biển

giám đốc công ty nộp đơn nhận tiền cứu trợ covid-19 lấy 2 triệu usd, chỉ trong vài ngày mua luôn du thuyền cá nhân gần 700k usd...
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According to the Department of Justice, 35-year-old Casey David Crowther applied for $2 million in a PPP loan on behalf of his company Target Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.

His application included “false and misleading statements concerning what the PPP funds would be used for,” the DOJ said.

The complaint alleged that “within days” Crowther used a portion of the money to buy the boat, worth about $689,417. It was registered in his name.

"Have letters after your name" nghĩa là gì?

Anh hùng thời COVID. Photo by: JAFAR AHMED on Unsplash

"Have letters after your name" = có nhiều chữ viết tắt kèm theo tên -> nghĩa là có nhiều bằng cấp, chức vụ (ví dụ: tiến sĩ, thạc sĩ, giám đốc, v.v...).

Ví dụ
In healthcare, you have instant credibility (tín nhiệm) when you have letters after your name. I have “MEd” and “CPLP” after mine, so I have credibility. A majority of my co-workers haven’t a clue what CPLP means, but that’s okay—I have “the soup.”

Now, if you don't have letters after your name, you are no one. But there was a time when apprenticing (học việc) as an actor was the only way you could be an actor. I did it the old fashioned way. I didn't go to theatre school, I just started working as much as I could and learned from the people that I worked with and I was lucky to work with amazing people. That was my university.

I want you to feel that you can use the archive (sưu tập) and you can use it for whatever journey of discovery you’re on. You don’t need to have letters after your name or be a grand academic. You just have to be somebody who is earnest in your search for truth and try hard not to indulge (xả láng, nuông chiều) in self-deception.

At Paul Smith's, and one of things that makes us unique (độc nhất), is that does not matter if you have letters after your name. We are all colleagues (đồng nghiệp).

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"Give credence to" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: chris liu on Unsplash

"Give credence to" có credence là lòng tin, tin tưởng -> cụm từ này nghĩa là khiến điều gì thêm đáng tin cậy/chắc chắn hơn bằng cách bổ sung thêm thông tin chi tiết.

Ví dụ
Some people think “the way things used to be” is better, or that it’s better not to give credence to or “normalize” the “weirdos” on the fringe. Some think it’s better for everyone to be treated (đối xử) equally under the law, and when we see instances (ví dụ) of injustice, to speak out. Others think it’s better to not make waves, to not question authority, or, to love it or leave it.

This is going way too far, but performances like this one give credence to the thought that he could be Kyle Beckerman’s long-term replacement (thay thế) at this club. Obviously, any statement like that is packed with too many unknowns to really be an accurate predictor, but the way he plays the game — minus the tackles and general mouthiness — is similar.

He said opposition parties should not give "credence" to the "futile exercise", which will see one set of ANC leaders being replaced by another set.

Imagery has been scientifically proven to strengthen neural (tinh thần) pathways; it’s a technique that changes our habits and behaviors by training our brains to convince our bodies that we can “do it.” We do it all the time, whether we choose to give credence to it or not, the power of imagery is science-based.

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"Anyone who is anybody" nghĩa là gì?


"Anyone who is anybody" = bất cứ ai là bất kỳ ai -> nghĩa là tất cả những người nổi tiếng, người có tầm ảnh hưởng trong xã hội, thường nói đến điều gì đẹp đẽ/nổi bật, thu hút/theo xu hướng mà toàn bộ người nổi tiếng đều tham gia.

Ví dụ
They're the trifecta of metal !!! Anyone who is anybody in metal, got there influence (ảnh hưởng) from these guys !!! That being said, no disrespect intended, Janick Was great with Bruce on tattooed millionaire, but I really would rather hear murray and, smith do there harmonies without interference. I'm not trying to be mean, it's just my opinion.

Anyone who is anybody in Chicago's Southland is familiar with Duke Sterk...a new breed (sản phẩm mới) of canine author...known as a "pawthor"...who dictates his stories to K.P. Lynne for publication...although the adorable Goldendoodle has been caught doing his own typing from time to time on a vintage (cổ điển) typewriter! 

Shawn Mendes was not at the height of his career and attended his first-ever Met Gala hosted by none other than Anna Wintour. The annual (hằng năm) event is one of the biggest days in fashion, and anyone who is anybody is there! Shawn attended alongside his date, Hailey Baldwin, which immediately sparked rumours (tin đồn) of the two possibly dating.

For many in town, the pancake event is summer’s official kick-off. “Everybody likes to be around these gorgeous (lỗng lẫy) firefighters,” St. John said. “It seems anyone who is anybody in town is (here).”

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"Belabor the point" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by: abi ismail on Unsplash

"Belabor the point" có belabor là đánh nhừ tử -> cụm từ này nghĩa là nói phóng đại, nói quá lên/nhắc đi nhắc lại (đay đi đay lại) một vấn đề quá mức cần thiết, nhiều đến mức khiến người nghe chán nản/bực tức.

Ví dụ
That's the beauty of "Three Things," we just turn on the camera and go. Larry didn't want to belabor the point, so he pivoted (xoay quanh chủ đề), but after the camera was off we were discussing the segment briefly (ngắn gọn) and he delivered a great Larry line: "Look at last year. These Lions ain't comin' in here scared."

To belabor the point about Stefanski’s game-plan preferences (sở thích), he called running plays at the third-highest rate in the NFL last season as Vikings offensive (tấn công) coordinator (điều phối).

I won’t belabor the point beyond to say that I think that the allocation (chỉ định) that the SA gave to the SBA is inadequate (không tương xứng) and their explanation was non-existent.

The left lane, whether explicitly (rõ ràng) stated or not, is for faster traffic. I feel like I need to belabor the point, because some of y’all just don’t get it.

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Lãnh đạo nhà người ta

tổng thống zambia tham gia cùng các sinh viên khóc thương... con cá - sống 20 năm trong hồ của trường đại học, được cho là đem lại may mắn trong kỳ thi - vừa mới chết...
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Students at Copperbelt University (CBU) lit candles (thắp nến) and marched around (đi vòng quanh) campus to mourn the big fish.

The hashtag Mafishi, as the fish was affectionately (âu yếm, trìu mến) known, is trending on Twitter in the southern African state.

For the past two decades CBU students have believed the fish would bring them good luck in exams.

Mafishi, meaning "Big Fish" in the local Bemba language, was thought to be at least 22 years old and had lived in the university's pond for more than 20 years,

Vậy là tham gia giải chạy được rồi

các nhà khoa học phát hiện ra ít nhất 11 loài cá có thể... đi bộ :D
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The findings are based on CT scans and a new evolutionary map (bản đồ tiến hóa mới) of the hillstream loach (cá chạch) family, which includes the only living fish species caught in the act of walking: a rare, blind cavefish known as Cryptotora thamicola, or the cave angel fish. Pinpointing which species of hillstream loaches have walking capabilities can help scientists piece together how the first land-walking vertebrates (động vật có xương sống) might have come to be.

In a new study, researchers from the Florida Museum of Natural History, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Louisiana State University and Maejo University in Thailand analyzed (phân tích) the bone structure (cấu trúc xương) of nearly 30 hillstream loach species, describing for the first time three categories of pelvic (khung xương chậu) shapes. Based on the shape of the bone that connects some loaches' spines to their pelvic fins, the team found that 10 other species of loach shared the cave angel fish's unusually hefty pelvic girdle (thắt lưng, vành đai).

Vẫn nhớ mang theo điện thoại là được rồi

ga Peckham Rye hỗn loạn vì bà mẹ trẻ rời tàu quên con... :D
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Station staff took the baby - said to be in a pram (xe đẩy trẻ con) - off the Victoria to Dartford train at the following stop.

The panicked (hoảng sợ, yếu bóng vía, hoang mang sợ hãi) mother frantically (điên cuồng, điên rồ) called South Eastern Railways to warn them she had forgotten her child.

They were reunited after she came back to collect her baby and are said to be "safe and well".

But shocked travellers questioned how the mum could forget to take her child off the train.

Bài trước: Trái tim thông minh

Đồng nghiệp lúc nào cũng than phiền, phải làm sao?

đừng khó chịu, đừng nghĩ đến thay đổi họ,

thử áp dụng 'biến thành trò chơi', thứ hai đầu tuần, đoán xem tuần này mình phải nhận bao nhiêu lời phàn nàn,

cuối tuần, nếu đoán đúng, tự thưởng cho mình cốc bia,

như vậy, sẽ nghĩ về nó một cách lý thú, funny, chứ ko phải điều phiền toái :D
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Hi Dan,

At least once a day, someone in my office sends an email to the whole company complaining about some small issue: Someone took the wrong lunch from the refrigerator, or someone drank the last of the coffee and didn’t make a new pot. I find it really annoying. Is there a way to get people to complain less?
—George 

It seems like it should be simple (đơn giản) to convince (thuyết phục) people to be more patient  (kiên nhẫn) and polite (lịch sự). But the truth is that it’s much easier to change your own attitude (thay đổi thái độ của bản thân) than it is to change the behavior of your co-workers (dễ hơn là thay đổi hành vi của đồng nghiệp). One approach (cách thức, phương pháp tiếp cận) would be to make a game (biến thành trò chơi) out of it: Every Monday, make a prediction about how many of these complaints will come your way that week. If your prediction is correct, reward yourself with some small indulgence (tình trạng được phép về bất cứ những gì mình muốn; cái thú). That way, you can think about the complaints not just as annoyances but as a way to earn a reward.

Hủy thẻ tín dụng và lưu ý vàng phải nhớ

đừng vì dòng chữ "thành viên từ năm 19xx" như một danh tiếng đã xây mà tiếc ko bỏ nhé, "chi phí chìm", nếu ko còn cần thì cứ hủy thôi, có quyết định tài chính đúng đắn...
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Dear Dan,

One of my credit cards (thẻ tín dụng) bears the words “member since 1989.” The truth is that I haven’t used this card in years, even though I pay a $95 annual fee (phí thường niên) for it. But I can’t seem to bring myself to cancel (hủy) it, simply because of that “member since 1989”! It feels like I would be giving up a status (địa vị, thân phận, thân thế) I’ve been building for 30 years. Why is it so hard for me to make what is clearly the rational (có lý trí, dựa trên lý trí) financial decision (quyết định tài chính)?
—Arielle 

You’re suffering from what economists call the “sunk cost fallacy.” (ngụy biện chi phí chìm) To understand how this works, imagine you have spent 15 hours writing a new book, and you have 50 more hours to put in before you’re finished. Then you learn that someone else’s book on the exact same subject will be coming out next week. Should you keep working on your book for another 50 hours? Most people would say no—why spend so much time on a project that is unlikely to be successful?

But now imagine that instead of 15 hours, you have invested 1,500 hours in writing your book. In that case, would you put in another 50 hours to get it done? Now most people would say yes—if you’ve already spent 1,500 hours on something, why not put in the last 50 to finish it?

In both cases you are being asked to make the same amount of effort for the same doubtful result. But when you’ve invested a lot of time—or a lot of money—it’s hard to make the rational decision to write off (bỏ đi) your sunk cost and shift your resources to something better.

You’re facing a similar problem when it comes to your credit card. To make the decision clearer, ask yourself if you would keep paying for the card if it only said “member since 2019.” If your answer is yes, then keep it; if the answer is no, it’s clear that you are a victim of the sunk cost fallacy and you should cancel the card now, before that cost gets even bigger.

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