Journey in Life: 03/25/21

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

"Too busy fighting alligators to drain the swamp" nghĩa là gì?

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"Too busy fighting alligators to drain the swamp" = mải đánh nhau với cá sấu mà quên việc phải làm sạch đầm lầy -> nghĩa là quá bận bịu với các thử thách mà quên đi mục tiêu chính.

Ví dụ
The kit also includes an executive presentation tool with suggestions for how to frame (điều chỉnh) the suggested SPC approach in the language of C-level executives. “Manufacturing executives are under a lot of pressure to perform and the old saying ‘too busy fighting alligators to drain the swamp’ is reality for many of them,” said Miller.

Stop, think, dream, and pray (cầu nguyện). Are we "Too Busy Fighting Alligators to Drain the Swamp?" Problem solving is great but we must go beyond that if we want our business to grow. Planning is necessary to map (đặt ra) the course of our business future. Here are the steps that we are taking to fulfill our dreams.

How many times have you heard from your coworkers, friends and yourself the old line about being too busy fighting alligators to drain the swamp? How often does your life seem to be a car crash of intersecting (giao nhau) urgencies (khẩn cấp)?

“People sometimes don’t adopt (tiếp nhận) this technology because, even when there are positive benefits, they are not positive enough to deflect (làm lệch hướng) them from the other parts of the business, like running after customers. That means some people are too busy fighting alligators to drain the swamp. In some cases, this technology would allow them to drain the swamp: find new customers, reduce costs, etc.

Ngọc Lân

"A plum job" nghĩa là gì?

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"A plum job" -> nghĩa là công việc béo bở mà dễ làm, thoải mái, việc nhẹ lương cao. 

Ví dụ
Stephanie Sorkin of Roslyn Estates was interviewing (phỏng vấn) for what most would consider a plum job, working in player relations for the National Basketball Association, but while speaking to her prospective (tương lai) boss, felt the need to come clean about something.

One person who finds the United States’ right-wing media ecosystem all too familiar is Peter Pomerantsev, who was born in the Soviet Union but fled (bỏ trốn) and later settled in London. When Pomerantsev was in his 20s, he decided to return to Russia. He soon landed a plum job at the heart of Russian television production.

She resigned from a plum job advising (khuyên) Melinda Gates to take up a role with the Sussexes’ Archewell Foundation, but Catherine St-Laurent is moving on from her position as the duchess’s chief of staff and executive director of their non-profit.

Sarkozy, who led the country from 2007 to 2012, was found guilty (có tội) of offering a plum job in Monaco to a judge in exchange for inside information on an inquiry into his campaign finances.

Ngọc Lân

"A rare bird" nghĩa là gì?

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"A rare bird" = con chim hiếm -> nghĩa là người hoặc vật hiếm khi gặp, xuất hiện. 

Ví dụ
Insight: U.S. Senate filibuster (nguời cản trở công việc) is a rare bird. Most state legislatures don’t give veto (phủ quyết) power over all lawmaking to a minority, and neither do most of the world’s democracies.

Anna Chatten is a rare bird on IndyCar circuit (vòng đua). The lone woman to work on a pit crew on the IndyCar circuit, Anna Chatten was nearly run over two years ago during a practice session before a race in Ohio. “When a car is coming into the pits, you have about a two-second window — and that’s pretty optimistic (tích cực) — to decide whether the car is going to clear (tránh) you or not,” Chatten said Saturday after helping install a new Chevy engine for driver JR Hildebrand’s Panther Racing Team.

Gene King has had myriad (nhiều) experiences in his 93 years — he is a rare bird to have fought in three wars — and he spent his working life as a coach and a principal, inspiring countless high-school

Susan Rogers, by her own admission, is a rare bird. A female producer (nhà sản xuất) and sound engineer in an industry dominated by men, her drive and commitment would land her side by side with Prince as his star soared (bay lên).

Ngọc Lân 

"The story has legs" nghĩa là gì?

Annie Spratt on Unsplash

"The Story Has Legs" = câu chuyện có chân -> nghĩa là nhiều người đang chú ý tới câu chuyện, sự việc. 

Ví dụ
Do journalists (nhà báo) really care if you spell their name wrongly or make some minor greetings error? Surely they’re interested in whether the story has legs not whether you’ve mildly (nhẹ nhàng) offended them?

The story has legs now, but its central theme (chủ đề) has been transformed from whether court packing is sound policy into Biden’s persistent refusal to take a position.

Profumo isn’t just worried about The Daily Mirror; anything Christine says in court – and she’s planning to talk about Profumo and Ivanov – can be legally reported by any paper, meaning the story has legs.

Secondly, rumors in the cryptocurrency (tiền ảo) market should be carefully filtered. There is no need to jump on every headline risk before properly checking the news provider and if the story has legs.

Ngọc Lân

"Bald as a billiard ball" nghĩa là gì?

Tatiana Rodriguez on Unsplash

"Bald as a billiard ball" = trọc như quả bóng bi-a -> nghĩa là đầu trọc lốc, không một cọng tóc. 

Ví dụ
These are the people, and I am trying to be as gentle and inoffensive as possible here, who are as bald as a billiard ball. You can only imagine how they feel when they walk down the supermarket aisle on their way to buy a tube of toothpaste and are confronted with row upon row of shampoos.

That means they could be used as an intervention (can thiệp) for people in the early stages of pattern baldness, but they wouldn't bestow (tìm chỗ cho)  cascading (tầng lớp) tresses to someone who has been as bald as a billiard ball for several years.

Anyway, all this is moot (tranh luận). At least until the government allows extreme Hollywood waxers back to work. But now, the new me is thinking, why should I be as bald as a billiard ball? Am I confident enough to not be beach body ready at all times, even in snow?

This could prove useful in treating (điều trị) people going through the early stages of pattern balding. Unfortunately, not for someone who has been as bald as a billiard ball for several years.

Ngọc Lân

Lắp xong rồi, nhưng đừng bật nhé

công ty của mỹ phải thu hồi 191.000 sản phẩm vì cánh quạt... bay ra khỏi quạt trần khi đang quay :D
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Ceiling fans (quạt trần) should cool a room, not cut the people or things in a room. That’s why Fort Lauderdale company King of Fans recalled 191,000 Hampton Bay 54-inch Ceiling Fans in the U.S. and Canada.

The exact problem, as stated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: “The blades (cánh quạt, lưỡi dao) can detach (rời) from the fan while in use, posing an injury hazard (nguy hiểm, rủi ro) to consumers.”

King of Fans knows about the blade detachment happening 47 times. Twice, people were injured. Four times, property got damaged.

Bài trước: Mất cả tuổi thơ

"Modulate to a key" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Tadas Mikuckis

"Modulate to (some other/a different) key" -> (trong âm nhạc) nghĩa là chuyển giọng, nốt nhạc; chỉnh âm điệu.

Ví dụ
I like how ZZ Top modulates in their solos; they modulate to a different key a lot of the time. So that inspired us to do that.

This one is my favorite because when the chorus hits, the way they modulate to a different key makes that simple and heartfelt melody and lyrics, “All I want is a place in your heart … to fall into” lights up every single hair on your body, and a shiver of chills shoots through you like a gorgeous lightning bolt. It’s literally one of the best choruses of all time. This is what it’s all about, songwriting-wise, if you ask me.

There are various ways to ‘modulate’ to a different key, but one of the easiest is via chromatic modulation (điều chỉnh nửa cung) - taking a chord in one key and shifting it up one semitone (nửa cung) to a chord that’s in the new key. In this example, a I - IV - V progression in E major modulates to the key of F major by way of the V chord - B major - shifting chromatically up by one semitone to C major, which becomes the V chord in the new key of F major.

Ka Tina

"Key grip" nghĩa là gì?


"Key grip" có grip là người làm công trong việc giúp dọn dẹp phông cảnh.. trong rạp hát, 'key grip' là người giám sát nhóm người này.

Ví dụ
“Key grip extraordinaire Mike Popovich converted a Dodge Ram 1500 truck into a shooting platform via speed rail,” Goldman continues.

42-year-old Ginny Naumann worked in the camera and electrical department for several television shows throughout her career. Her last known credit was as a key grip for the CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola in 2019.

“Initially, Phil suggested it could be done on Steadicam or perhaps with moving set walls,” says Lloyd. “I worked with Loren and Jimmy to devise another option: build a very rigid set with a scaffolding (dàn giáo) shelf, reinforced by water drums, and on top an I-beam bridge with a rail dolly system that held A-dolly grip Dan Beaman and a Fisher 10 dolly. The ceiling had a 1-foot channel for an underslung Epic on a Mini Libra head. Rigging key grip Dave McAllister engineered the scaffolding system that supported the set and Jimmy built the I-beams spanning the set, enabling the dolly to roll overhead on an offset riser. High-tension wire was added to reinforce the walls and prevent any flexing or wobbling as the dolly maneuvered above the action.”

Ka Tina

"Church key" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Brett Jordan

"Church key" = chìa khóa nhà thờ -> nghĩa là dụng cụ để mở nắp chai thủy tinh và làm thủng nắp lon, cái khui nắp chai.

Ví dụ 
I was at my grandmother's house many years ago when she asked me to hand her the church key from the drawer beside the sink.

Q: Why are some bottle/can openers called “church keys”?
A: I’m sure some would describe their beer as the nectar of the gods, so a church key opener became critical to worshiping their favorite brewski. And while this explanation may not be accurate, it certainly hints at the two most popular proposed origins for this seemingly odd nickname.

While opening a can of beer these days is as simple as flipping a tab, original flat top beer cans required a device called a "church key" in order to access the brew inside. And printed on the can itself were instructions on how to open. Using the church key, an imbiber would puncture a triangular hole at the top of the beer from which he/she would drink, in addition to puncturing a smaller hole on the opposite side to let air into the can and facilitate the free flow of beer. Cone tops, on the other hand, could be opened with the same tool used for glass bottles.


Ka Tina

"Free and easy" nghĩa là gì?

Môi trường làm việc đơn giản, thoải mái. Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash

"Free and easy" -> nghĩa là thoải mái, không câu nệ hình thức.

Ví dụ
Federal court records should be free and easy for the public to access. We're working on it.

To gain Instagram followers free and easy, all you need to do is to keep your audience engaged. Be it tagging your highly active followers, your employees, or even tagging locations.

Apparently, the image of the boy on the first day of meeting made the girl and many netizens unhappy, leaving a pretty bad impression. However, some others said that maybe the young man is free and easy, the girl is overdoing things while she can give advice to the guy to make the next date better.

Thùy Dương

"Free and clear" nghĩa là gì?

Photo courtesy Jonathan Sebastiao on Unsplash

"Free and clear" -> nghĩa là hết nợ.

Ví dụ 
After paying on it for five years, I finally own my car free and clear!

If you can't prove that you own the house and the land it stands on free and clear, you can't sell it.

A person owns a house free and clear if he has paid off the mortgage (tiền thế chấp) and no creditor has filed a lien (quyền cho phép chủ nợ nắm giữ vật thế chấp đến khi con nợ thanh toán hết nợ) against it.

Thùy Dương

Tính ưu việt của chủ nghĩa tư bản

chó ăn ngon hơn người...
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Chuyến bay bí mật

đến nơi bí mật, ko tiết lộ trước, nội địa úc, giải cứu hàng không và kinh tế địa phương...
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The announcement came a day after government officials announced the country’s international border closure would stretch through at least June.

Mystery-flight travelers will find themselves roughly two hours away from the departure airports in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In addition to “low-level scenic flybys of key landmarks en route,” the trips will include a day’s worth of activities on the ground. The airline says that could include a winemaking course or live music on a tropical island — and promises to give passengers clues so they know what to wear and pack.

Niềm vui vắc-xin

vui quá,

đánh rắm liên tục vì... tiêm vắc-xin coronavirus của AstraZeneca :D
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The UK's drug regulator, which polices the safety of Covid jabs, has also had reports of inoculated Brits being left screaming, yawning (ngáp) or crying afterwards.

Officials ask people to report any health issues they have had after being vaccinated in case a serious side effect (tác dụng phụ) does crop up. But the 65-page list of alleged reactions is full of oddities.

And some of these are even more common than actual medical problems. Rare brain blood clots that scared German regulators were reported five times, while six people reported 'teething' and 42 claimed crying was a side effect.

Cuộc tình quý giá mong manh

có chơi vơi ngược dòng đời,

đôi tình nhân quá hứng tình, nảy ra ý tưởng... làm tình ngược đời, khiến bạn trai bị... kẹt chim ở cửa phòng ngủ, phải cấp cứu gấp... :D
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...Trying to keep up with Katie’s libido (dục tình), Erik explained he took enhancements (làm to dương vật) in order to get ready for a marathon sex session.

Carrying on with DIY around the house, he said: ‘I had to cut a really small hole because of course Katie has to have a vintage door knob. 

‘As I was looking at the new door knob hole I had an amazing idea.’ ‘I was surprised by how turned on (hứng tình) I was,’ Katie said. ‘I was playing with him through the door hole and I got so excited that I just said we should have sex right now through the door.’

But getting frisky (nghịch ngợm, nô đùa) through a hole in a door, perhaps unsurprisingly, started causing issues quickly, with Erik’s penis swelling up and getting stuck.

Bài trước: Không ổn rồi

“At the most” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Dan Gold

“At the most” -> nghĩa là nhiều nhất, lớn nhất.

Ví dụ
At the most, she took 1050 boxes of toys for her chilren.

Can you do at the most of it? You may take 2 hours to finish.

Figuring out what they should do at the most important position under coach Matt Nagy is the most important call of their upcoming offseason.

Ka Tina

“Onlookers see most of the game” nghĩa là gì?


“Onlookers see most of the game” = người ngoài thấy hết trò chơi -> nghĩa là người ngoài cuộc bao giờ cũng sáng suốt hơn; 'cờ ngoài bài trong' .

Ví dụ
For sure, “Onlookers see most of the game”. You should accept the result.

They didn’t join in our game but judged it so well. Onlookers see most of the game!

He’s much wiser than them, don’t look down on him. Onlookers see most of the game.

Ka Tina

“Take the road most traveled” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Robert Bye

“Take the road most traveled” = đi con đường nhiều người đi nhất -> nghĩa là chọn cái phổ biến nhất, theo số đông.

Ví dụ
So how did we get here? Why isn’t being compliant good enough? As mentioned above, compliance deals with anticipated threats, the ones we know about. But attackers don’t necessarily take the road most traveled, they see through compliance to locate the weaknesses within. They take advantage of configuration (hình dạng, cấu hình) vulnerabilities caused by weak configurations and misconfigurations in the cloud, akin to the exploitation of application vulnerabilities due to oversights and bugs in code.

By the time Claire Luna (Hayek, too cartoonish but clearly having fun for her Beatriz At Dinner director) shows up to offer a seemingly Faustian bargain, it is understandable that Mel Paige (Byrne) would look at the mountains of debt and jump at the offer, while Mia Carter (Haddish) would see the writing on the wall. The film is formulaic (có tính công thức) to a fault, in fact there’s a moment in the third act where it looks like it might flirt with subversion (lật đổ, phá hoại, biến chất) only to disappointingly take the road most traveled. The end, no spoilers, is every bit as contrived and implausible as you’d expect, even with a refreshing cameo from a comic vet in a key climactic (lên đến tột đỉnh) role.

After graduation, Jean initially followed a familiar path and worked for the Girl Scouts of the Johnstown Region. But anyone who knew Jeannie, knew that she was not one to take the road most traveled. She did not live her life as defined by societies gender restrictions. She enjoyed working with her hands by building things out of a variety of mediums and repairing anything that just didn't quite work as it should. She had a keen ability to problem solve and to resolve problems by accessing untraditional methods and meager (sơ sài, nghèo nàn, gầy còm) supplies at hand.

Ka Tina

“The more one knows, the less one believes” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by matthew Feeney

“The more one knows, the less one believes” -> nghĩa là càng biết nhiều càng hoài nghi.

Ví dụ
I shouldn’t be skeptical of what I’m studying but honestly the more one knows, the less one believes.

I feel like “the more one knows, the less one believes, I don’t know how to practice what I have learnt.

He’s eager to learn something new and believes that he will have a good job, but he’s still unemployed now because his knowledge is not real. Then, the more one knows, the less one believes.

Ka Tina

"Whose time has come" nghĩa là gì?

Thế giới luôn phát triển nhờ những ý tưởng đi trước thời đại. Photo by Ezra Comeau from Pexels

"Whose time has come" nghĩa là phù hợp với thời điểm hiện tại, phù hợp thời đại. Cụm từ xuất phát trong câu nói nổi tiếng của Victor Hugo: "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come."

Ví dụ
Perhaps you’ve heard that a universal basic income is an idea whose time has come. Liberals (chủ nghĩa tự do) are hyping the supposed success of UBI from a small experiment in Stockton, Calif.

"With the four-day work week (32 hours), we’re launching into the real debate of our times," said Iñigo Errejón of Más País on Twitter, according to the Guardian. "It’s an idea whose time has come."

Creative people take canvases and use them to create art. As more people enter the space, quality will increase, creativity will ensue. As long as people are interested in collecting, people will create. As famously said by the French poet Victor Hugo, "There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." Digital assets are technically possible and therefore their time has come.

Already, dozens of companies around the world—as well as at least one municipal government—have trimmed a day from their weekly schedules. But Spain’s pilot is on track to be the first national test. And although the potential transformation of something as deeply ingrained (ăn sâu vào) and seemingly immutable (bất biến) as the Monday-to Friday, 9-5 grind is, unsurprisingly, controversial, it just might be an idea whose time has come.

Thu Phương

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