Monthly Archives: September 2006

Warm up to Take off

好悶喔,背單字背的好煩,

從暑假到現在都與單字為伍,

閱讀測驗、數學、模考都還沒真正準備到,

而時間,只剩不到一個月……

我現在需要一股卯起來讀書的勁。

卯起來準備 GRE 吧!

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恭喜王建民拿下單季19勝

王建民真是太厲害了,

拿下19勝,成為大聯盟亞洲第一的投手。

雖然我不是很愛看棒球,

但王建民的表現還是令我莫名的高興!

他真是「台灣之光」!

For more info: The Yankees’ Game 1 Pitcher? Wang. The Lineup? All Stars.


Make a Rung

今天上蘇國賢老師的社統,

感覺獲益良多。

不是因為統計方面的知識,

而是因為他對知識的解釋。

之前我一直不確定是否要走學術研究,

總覺得,學術研究對社會沒什麼直接貢獻,

只是研究一些只有少數人懂的東西。

但,蘇老師說,做學術研究,是在參與人類知識、文明的建構過程,

表面上看來,對我們的生活沒什麼直接關係,

但其實,我們思考時所用的結構化的先驗知識系統(highly structured, pre-existing knowledge system)

便是知識、文明的累積,

研究,不是為了影響政策的制定(也是有可能)

更重要的,是要 add a rung to the ladder of human beings


[Fwd] 50 Coolest Websites

50 Coolest Websites

How do we select our finalists? We evaluate hundreds of candidates—some suggested by readers, colleagues and friends, others discovered during countless hours of surfing. Many of this year’s choices are shining examples of Web 2.0: next-generation sites offering dynamic new ways to inform and entertain, sites with cutting-edge tools to create, consume, share or discuss all manners of media, from blog posts to video clips. Think we missed one? Send us your thoughts and we’ll post a selection of your comments online. There’s always next year.
By MARYANNE MURRAY BUECHNER

Entertainments, Arts & Media
A variety of amusements, from classic rock to famous photography, collage art to custom radio, plus our favorite video web logs

Shopping, Lifestyles & Hobbies
Yummy food, Hollywood fashion and helping hands for those do-it-yourself projects

News & Information
The Web’s best war correspondent, a snarky sports blog, the pioneers of “social news” more

Staying Connected
A humming social network, community sing-along, instant-messaging hub, mobile-launched pub-crawls and numbers-crunching by committee

Time Wasters
Juicy celebrity gossip, mindless computer games and other guilty pleasures

Travel & Real Estate
An airfare predictor and subway guide, restaurant reviews and car sharing

Web Search & Services
Ordering take-out, finding phone numbers and a slew of alternative search engines


[Fwd] Spelling Differences btw BrE and AmE

For years, I’ve been familiar with American English, but I want to learn voc. of British English now.
English is not just “American.” So, this is just a note for me to refer to.

Forward from: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwesl/egw/jones/differences.htm
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Spelling differences between American and British English

-or vs. -our

American

British

color

colour

favorite

favourite

honor

honour

-ll vs. -l

American

British

enrollment

enrolment

fulfill

fulfil

skillful

skilful

-og vs. -ogue

American

British

analog

analogue

catalog

catalogue

dialog

dialogue

-ck or -k vs. -que

American

British

bank

banque

check

cheque

checker

chequer

-ense vs. -enze

American

British

defense

defence

license

licence

-ze vs. -se

American

British

analyze

analyse

criticize

criticise

memorize

memorise

-er vs. -re

American

British

center

centre

meter

metre

theater

theatre

-e vs. -oe or -ae

American

British

encylopedia

encylycopaedia

maneuver

manoeuvre

medieval

mediaeval

-dg vs. -dge (or -g vs. -gu)

American

British

aging

ageing

argument

arguement

judgment

judgement

Other

American

British

jewelry

jewellery

draft

draught

pajamas

pyjamas

plow

plough

program

programme

tire

tyre

In British English, words that end in -l preceded by a vowel usually double the -l when a suffix is added, while in American English the letter is not doubled. The letter will double in the stress is on the second syllable.

Base Word

American

British

counsel

counseling

counselling

equal

equaling

equalling

model

modeling

modelling

quarrel

quarreling

quarrelling

signal

signaling

signalling

travel

traveling

travelling

excel

excelling

excelling

propel

propelling

propelling

Spelling of verbs

This is related to formation of the past participle for verbs. For a complete list of irregular verb spellings, see Susan Jones’ Complete List of English Irregular Verbs at this web site. Below is a sampling of the three main categories of differeneces with verbs.


-ed vs. -t

The first category involves verbs that use -ed or -t for the simple past and past participle. Generally, the rule is that if there is a verb form with -ed, American English will use it, and if there is a form with -t, British English uses it. However, these forms do not exist for every verb and there is variation. For example, both American and British English would use the word ‘worked’ for the past form of ‘to work’, and in American English it is common to hear the word ‘knelt’ as the past tense of ‘to kneel’.

Base form

American

British

to dream

dreamed

dreamt

to leap

leaped

leapt

to learn

leareded

learnt


base form vs. -ed

The second category of difference includes verbs that use either the base form of the verb or the -ed ending for the simple past.

Base form

American

British

to fit

fit

fitted

to forecast

forecast

forecasted

to wed

wed

wedded


irregular vs. -ed

The third category of difference includes verbs that have either an irregular spelling or the -ed ending for the simple past.

Base form

American

British

to knit

knit

knitted

to light

lit

lighted

to strive

strove

strived


So what does tall his mean for learners of English? In the beginning, unfortunately, it means a lot of memorization (or memorisation) and of course, a few mistakes. For spoken English, the differences are barely audible, so forge ahead and don’t be too concerned with whether a word is spelled ‘dwelled’ or ‘dwelt’. With written English, however, if you are unsure about the spelling, better to ask your teacher or look the word up in the dictionary and see what the experts say.


Quotes From Pride and Prejudice, 1

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Ch. V

WordPress住沒幾天,又搬了

Sep. 13 才剛寫完部落格歷險記

希望能在WordPress定居,

沒想到,我又搬到Blogger了。

因為昨天在PTT的《Blog》板,

看到beagle2001 szanyBlogger有分類功能了,

趕緊去找了一下,果真有找到,叫作Labels

我這才發現到,分類功能應該是在我寫部落格歷險記之前就有的。

當初不要Blogger,就是因為它沒有分類功能,

現在有了,就回來吧。

而且它支援javascripts、自定欄位不限數目,

WordPress不支援javascripts、自定欄位只有9個。


Blogger還有一個優點:速度比WordPress快很多。