Archive for May, 2007

今天给公安派出所长们讲完课就去取车了,其他都好,就是一年前装的倒车雷达居然就坏了,看来在4S店里装的原装也靠不住。其实很久没有使用雷达了,倒也使技术稳步提高。

去年的6月,向EBAY索赔,因为没有收到书,得到了退款。不想今年又要投诉,没有收到亚马逊的书。对方回答已经寄出了,让我在规定到达的最后期限之后几天再询问。果然没收到,然后,他们查了说书已经顺利离开美国,可能是到了国内以后出现了投递问题。我还没抱怨,他们又来了一信,说非常抱歉,将给我全额退款,同时,再给我寄一本同样的书,扣除的金额和给我的退款一样多。那么等于没退也没再多收我钱,但又给了我一本同样的书,说实话,我更喜欢这个模式,毕竟我需要的不是钱而是书。等于亚马逊承担了我没有收到的损失,而我损失的主要是时间。想想一年内和全球最大的两大网络书商都发生了索赔退款之类的行为,虽然不能说多么愉快,但觉得自己的权益还是很好地被维护的,而且,感觉自己很被重视,一封EMAIL过去,5分钟就有答复,而且是层层答复,效率不低。

今天美国的新闻没昨天刺激,呵呵。

各报都报道了美国经济的衰退,GDP增长是02年以来的最低。

普京指出,美国引发了新一轮的军备竞赛。

这里我想简单抒发一下。普京和BUSH有许多共同点。在上台最不稳的时候都爆发了恐怖活动。普京面对的是所谓车臣武装分子在乌克兰和俄罗斯制造的一系列爆炸事故,特别在莫斯科,导致大量无辜平民死亡。这个事件使普京攻打车臣和他个人当选总统,起到了积极作用。但事后,人们发现了许多蹊跷。因为车臣那个时候已经局势不利,没理由制造那么多恐怖事件,而真正从大量平民死亡的恐怖事件中得到利益最多的,就是普京。当时参与这一莫斯科爆炸惨案的关键人物,就是几个月前在英国伦敦去世的,据说是被克格勃下毒的前克格勃情报人员。为什么他必须被干掉?想想普京被叶利钦提名以前的职务就不奇怪。

克隆了这一模式的就是BUSH,我一直认为911是BUSH干的。因为太奇怪了,而从中最大的获得利益的,就是美国历史上第一个通过人工计票以微弱优势上台的BUSH,和当年刚刚上台的普京,似乎完全一样。

今天爱车去做常规保养,明天给警察们讲完课再去取车。今天在LH还是搭了另一个花冠车友的车回城的,他是宁波一所中学的老师。一路上对花冠2年多价格稳定表示了赞赏,交流了诸如油耗等彼此关心的问题。

今天美国主流媒体的猛料非常多。

美国提名了新的世界银行行长的候选人。Robert Zoellick,BUSH总统的前首席贸易代表和二号外交家。他的简历估计明天会登上所有国内媒体的国际版头条,这里就不多说了。现在他是华尔街高盛交易所的副总裁。但值得注意的是,他曾经担任过副国务卿,他的主管工作包括苏丹和中国。作为首席贸易谈判代表,他帮助完成了中国加入WTO的最后一轮谈判。

 

同样作为各报纸重点报道的是,田纳西州的前参议员Fred Thompson 福雷德·托马斯宣布参加2008总统大选。

美国自1963年以来第一次发布全国性的疫情隔离警报,一位新郎携带了肺结核(TB),参加了蜜月旅行,请和他乘坐同一航班的乘客马上进医院检查。由于他的旅行是跨大西洋飞行的,所以国际各国政府卫生专家都收到了警报。

今天美国第80届单词拼写大赛举行,很有可能夺冠的小孩叫Samir,虽然他很多次进入决赛却从来没有得到冠军,今天是他最后一年了。虽然他才只有13岁,比赛规则中,14、15岁的孩子都可以参加,但因为Samir已经8年级了,明年他的年级使他无法参赛。

微软推出了新的电脑桌。不,桌子就是电脑,电脑就是桌子。如下图

也算是新的计算机革命吧。想想随着触摸屏幕和大屏幕技术的发展,这个创新还是比较成熟和水到渠成的。

今日美国报道,一种新的广告形式正在进入美国酒吧连锁店,有点中国江南春的味道,让人们在等点的酒和食物时,也能了解网络信息,看点广告。

平板电视放在特定地点,居然也是创新。

两位创始人,正在走红并受资本追捧。我看大概除了渠道优势,没什么特别强的核心竞争力。

今天下午到杭州,晚上杀回来。忙碌。

总统布什加大了对苏丹的经济制裁,希望缓解达尔福尔地区的局势。美国世界警察当惯了,但也有人为之叫好的。

5月,伊拉克士兵伤亡数量又创新高。仅纪念日当天就有8名士兵分别在汽车炸弹和直升飞机失事中遇难。

Cindy Sheehan又一个反战母亲,投入到了反战运动中,并呼吁民众支持反战。

奥巴马提出了新的医保计划

5月,美国消费信心指数反弹。

前中国药监局长受审也成为美国媒体关注话题。

GOOGLE购买 double click引发详细审查。

今年的miss universe小姐是位日本小姐,她是一位年方二十的舞者。

 Session 1.5 A Explorations in the Screen-based World Room TBA 
 
 Chair: Janet Sternberg, Fordham University, USA 
 
 “Influence of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) on Emoticon Placement in Chat Room Conversations” Jordan Curtis, The State University of New York, Potsdam, USA 
 
 “Models for Analysis of Broadband/Wi-Fi Access” Thom Gencarelli, Manhattan College, USA 
 
 “Hypertext Logotherapy” Gregory O’Toole, University of Denver, USA 
 
 “Paper or PowerPoint: How Should Media Ecologists Present Their Ideas” Ellen Rose, University of New Brunswick, Canada 
 
 “Broadcast Advertising Administration Regulation in China” Bill Zhenbiao He, Zhejiang University, NIT 
 

 虽然无法参加大会,但是大会还是安排了我的论文宣读和发言。

 我的发言时间是第一天下午第一场分会的最后一个。大约在下午3点半到4点,我们这场的主题是“Explorations in the Screen-based World ”,是全场大会的第一场分会报告。

由于无法在会议开幕当天赶到会场,只能请美国媒介生态学会秘书长(或他指派的专家)代为宣读论文。

仔细查阅了所有的论文和作者,本人是本次大会通过的论文中唯一的中国人。那么浙江大学宁波理工学院也是唯一的入选论文的中国高校。

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今天美国国内新闻并不多.

新闻的焦点还是集中在伊拉克,撤军的时间表以及法案的进一步发展,各报都有猜测。美军在伊拉克的伤亡也是关注的内容,报道深入到美国的几个普通军人的家庭。有一个家庭有两个孩子在伊拉克服役,该母亲当然成为媒体重点关注的对象。

伊朗声称没有美军失踪士兵的消息。

纽约时报关注美国人均消费很高的饮用水的塑料瓶的环保问题。

加勒比海盗三,上映第一天的票房突破了4千3百万

We’re a nation of inventors in garages and corporate labs, creating new gadgets and services that delight us and occasionally drive us crazy.

USA TODAY chose inventions that changed our lives since 1982.

USA TODAY

1Cellphones

Car phones were around in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1983 that Motorola introduced the first widely available handheld cellphone. The DynaTAC 8000x weighed almost 2 pounds, but it still cost $3,995.

第一名:手机

 

2Laptop computers

It was about as portable as a sewing machine. But the 28-pound Compaq Portable ?Compaq Computer’s very first product ?was the first portable IBM-compatible PC on the market. More than 53,000 sold in the year after its 1983 launch, despite a price usually topping $3,000 

第二名:笔记本电脑

AP

3BlackBerries

An obscure Canadian pager company, Research In Motion, shortened attention spans around the world with the launch of the BlackBerry mobile e-mail device in 1999.

第三名:黑莓.

在今年4月,美国的黑莓网络中断乐22分钟,几乎引起全国骚乱.

 

4Debit cards

Ka-ching! Who needs cash when you’ve got a debit card? They took off after Visa launched its check card in 1995. Before then, less than 2% of Americans used debit cards. Ten years later, debit card transactions exceeded those on credit cards.

 

5Caller ID

Bill collectors and your annoying Uncle Ned are easy to ignore with this invention introduced by BellSouth in 1984 in Orlando. Caller ID followed voice mail, an invention created a decade before to make up for declining secretarial employment.

 

USA TODAY

6DVDs

Americans traded all those hours rewinding video cassettes for hours watching directors kibitz about behind-the-scenes antics with the introduction of digital video discs in 1995. Consumers spent $7.4 billion on DVD rentals last year, up 10%. VHS rentals plummeted 74%, to $281 million.

 

7Lithium rechargeable batteries

How many AAs does it take to power a laptop? Almost no one knows, thanks to the durable rechargeable battery Sony brought to market in 1991. It made its debut in a Sony camcorder ?and has provided juice for laptops, cellphones, digital cameras and other portable electronics ever since.

 

 

8iPods

Walking down the sidewalk hasn’t been the same since November 2001, when Apple introduced its iconic portable digital music player. It wasn’t the first player, but fans declared it the coolest and easiest to use by snapping up more than 100 million of them.

 

9Pay at the pump

Filling up the tank became even more self-serve when a gas station chain in Abilene, Texas, invented technology that turned the pump into a quasi-ATM.

 

10Lettuce in a bag

Americans discovered there’s more to salad than iceberg lettuce drowning in bottled dressing after the rollout of mixed lettuce greens in a bag. Fresh Express in Salinas, Calif., made that possible by inventing a high-tech plastic bag introduced nationwide in 1989. That helped ignite a whole consumer category of portion-controlled foods, such as bagged baby carrots.

 

AFP/Getty Images

11Digital cameras

Kodak unveiled a digital camera for professionals in 1986, when consumers were still getting millions of rolls of film processed in labs. Apple followed with the first consumer version eight years later. But it wasn’t until this century that cameras got affordable, driving consumers to buy a forecast 30 million this year.

 

12Doppler radar

We became a nation of weather fans as Doppler radar brought up-to-the-minute images to TV starting in 1990, a dozen years after the Weather Channel’s launch turned forecasters such as Jim Cantore into celebrities.

 

 

13Flat-panel TVs

RCA pioneered flat-panel technology in the late 1960s. But it took nearly four decades before consumers got the idea. This year, 68% of all digital TVs sold are forecast to come with flat panels.

 

14Electronic tolls

Throwing quarters in a tollbooth bin became a thing of the past when the North Texas Tollway Authority started its TollTag system in the Dallas area in 1989. Now, millions of commuters prepay tolls and rely on electronic gadgets attached to their cars to zip through toll plazas.

 

15PowerPoint

Lecturers from CEOs to sixth-graders display topic headings and charts with the click of a mouse. PowerPoint was invented by Forethought. Microsoft bought Forethought in 1987, unveiled its Windows version in 1990 and changed public speaking forever.

 

USA TODAY

16Microwavable popcorn

We can credit – and blame – food scientists for simultaneously making possible lunch-in-a-hurry and that terrible burnt smell wafting from the office microwave oven. General Mills paved the way with the launch of Act II non-refrigerated microwaveable popcorn in 1984.

 

AP

17 High-tech footwear

Plain canvas sneakers got tossed to the back of the closet when Nike launched Air Jordans in 1985, followed by Reebok’s The Pump in 1989, giving rise to the performance-footwear industry.

 

18Online stock trading

Investors jettisoned pricey stockbrokers after an Ameritrade predecessor offered online stock trading in 1994. During the market runup that followed, CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo became a household name, and PCs morphed into slot machines for a new breed of investor: day traders.

 

 

19Big Bertha golf clubs

A World War I cannon inspired one of the biggest golf innovations when Ely Callaway created the oversize, wide-bodied stainless steel wood he dubbed Big Bertha in 1991. Callaway Golf followed up with the Great Big Bertha, Biggest Big Bertha, Great Big Bertha II, Big Bertha 454 and today’s Big Bertha 460..

 

20Disposable contacts

A scream followed by, “No one move!” once routinely signaled that someone had dropped a pricey contact lens. Daily disposables – contacts worn for just a day before they’re tossed – arrived in the USA in 1995.

 

21StairMaster

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s breakout performance in Pumping Iron wasn’t enough to get Americans pouring into gyms. Technology led the way with the StairMaster, one of the first machines to turn gyms into modern exercise arenas after it was introduced in Tulsa in 1986.

 

 

22TiVo

The gadget is now a verb, with 4.4 million subscribers TiVo-ing their favorite TV shows. The digital device changed TV-viewing habits after the first TiVo was shipped in 1999.

 

23Purell

Germs trembled, and parents rejoiced (“What in the world is that on your hands?!”) when Gojo in Akron, Ohio, created Purell hand sanitizer. The market for packaged handwipes and towlettes took off amid health scares over avian flu and post-9/11 threats.

 

24Home satellite TV

The dishes that receive signals were once so big and pricey, they’d pull down your house if you tried strapping them to the chimney. But the 1994 launch of service from DirecTV led to today’s supercompact dishes and lower prices, beaming tonight’s Dancing with the Stars to the USA’s more remote places.

 

25Karaoke

What makes you sound so very good singing Stairway to Heaven? Two stiff drinks get you on stage in front of amused and horrified co-workers. But it’s the karaoke machine invented in 1983 that really did the trick. The most popular karaoke song today? Patsy Cline’s Crazy, says Karaoka.com.

 

来源及作者:

Source: Researched and written by USA TODAY’s Byron Acohido, Jim Hopkins, Jefferson Graham and Michelle Kessler; Photo research by Sonja Foster and Denny Gainer, USA TODAY.

前两天在杭州,现在继续博。

今天下午从杭州赶回,刚好下车赶上了3点半在FB大酒店的旅游局行风监督员大会,偶作为新一届旅游局行风监督员,将自己的意见表达了,不过应者寥寥。我可能离职业批评家不远了,从宁波曾经最著名的愤怒青年,可能要变成愤怒专家了,呵呵。不过我毕竟已经是个“熟人”了,我会用一贯的严格和宽容来对待这个社会。

美国找到了失踪的三个士兵中的一个的尸体,在一条河中。另外两个继续保持失踪状态,美国动用了成千的部队和当地武装。

纽约时报报道,纽约第一次认为911中的尘土可能致命,这导致了更广泛的关于911尘土致病的可能的讨论。

各媒体都报道了,美国的房屋销售在四月汹涌增长了16.2%,但价格却深陷不前。

美国偶像终于决出总冠军。Jordin Sparks ,这位17岁的少女在12岁第一次观看美国偶像时就表示要通过这个节目成功。

今日美国25周年特辑,

四分之一世纪历史上,25个最重要的电视事件 

1、9/11 coverage (2001)

The wall-to-wall response to the attacks epitomizes TV抯 power to unify us in times of tragedy. From those first images of the planes crashing and the towers falling, to the memorial service at the National Cathedral, it was the most extensive, expensive coverage since JFK抯 assassination, a defining crisis for a new age.

911是近25年来,电视历史上最重大的事件之一。

 

FOX

2、Fox Network is born(1986) FOX电视网诞生

By breaking up the oligarchy of the Big Three, Fox brought a new, edgier energy to broadcast TV and proved that creativity could flourish on smaller networks. It paved the way for the broadcast and cable expansion that now includes Fox News.

 

Michael Keating

3、The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)Oprah 谈话节目开播,都是1986年。

What began as a softer, gentler response to tabloid talk shows has grown into a TV powerhouse, hosted by the most influential woman in American media. Authors, stars, politicians: They all bow to the mighty O.

 

Anthony Neste

4、The Sopranos (1999) 黑道家族,1999年

An unsurpassed artistic achievement, this brilliant, violent series delved into the dark flipside of the American dream. Cable抯 best, highest-rated show set artistic and financial benchmarks while forcing broadcast to up its game in response.

 

ABC

5、NYPD Blue (1993) 纽约警署R级片进入G级电视网

A defiantly, contentiously “R” show in a G-rated network universe, Blue introduced a new level of realism and maturity to TV drama and rescued it from cultural irrelevance. Without Blue, there is no Sopranos.

 

Vince Bucci, Pool

6、The OJ Trial (1994) 辛普森的世纪审判

The all-consuming coverage of the “Trial of the Century” began with a serio-comic afternoon chase that solidified the appeal of 24-hour news. From the Bronco to the glove, few news events have worked their way deeper into the popular culture.

 

FOX

7、The Simpsons (1989)辛普森一家

Having launched a thousand catch phrases and products, this hilariously subversive cartoon is on track to become the longest running scripted program in American history.

 

NBC

8、The Cosby Show (1984)考斯比秀

This sitcom-savior sparked 20 years of “Must See TV” dominance while spreading a gentle yet powerful message about inclusion, diversity and the universality of real family values.

 

MTV

9、The Real World (1992) 真实的世界

With this MTV hit and its weekly hot-tub hook-ups, reality got its bare foot in the TV door. Too late to slam it now.

 

Douglas C. Pizac, AP

10、Johnny Carson last show (1992)卡森最后的节目

Johnny Carson抯 exit from The Tonight Show was not just the end of an era, it was the end of late night talk – as in conversation rather than promotion – and the end of Tonight as a launch pad for new talent.

 

John Zich, USA TODAY

11、Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction (2004)珍尼露乳事件

And the envelope pushes back. Jackson抯 Super Bowl breast-baring brought the wrath of the FCC down on the networks, chilling the creative climate considerably. NYPD Blue could not get on the air today, and you have Jackson and Justin Timberlake to thank.

 

Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY

12、Dan Rather steps down (2005)丹拉瑟的退出

For over two decades, three men ruled the evening newscasts: Rather at CBS, Peter Jennings at ABC, and Tom Brokaw at NBC. And it all came to an end within a few months, with Brokaw retiring, Jennings dying, and Rather being forced out in a scandal that shook public trust in the news media.

 

ABC

13、thirtysomething (1987) 三十年华

This carefully observed, critically divisive domestic drama marked the triumph of boomers as a predominant TV force – and the end of the monolithic audience. Never designed to please everyone, it taught the networks how to be happy with the people it pleased.

 

Frank Ockenfels, AP

14、Dawson Creek (1998)

A younger generation finds its muse in a show that did for teens what thirtysomething did for boomers. It spawned an entire genre of smart-talking teen dramas, and made The WB the place to be for the younger crowd.

 

Fred Prouser, Reuters

15、American Idol (2002) 美国偶像

Long thought dead, variety makes a comeback – creating careers and proving that it is still possible to get adults and children to watch the same show.

 

NBC

16、Seinfeld (1990) 宋飞传

A sitcom about nothing becomes the much-quoted, catchphrase-loaded signature show of the decade. Not that there抯 anything wrong with that.

 

Mike Ansell, Reuters

17Ellen comes out (1997)

Ellen DeGeneres comes out as a character and as a person, and for the first time, openly gay voices are heard on TV. Will & Grace follows, and what was once taboo joins the cultural mainstream.

 

 

18The Apple commercial (1984) 著名的苹果广告(1984)

It抯 not just the content of this 1984-parody that was influential. It抯 where it ran: in the Super Bowl, kicking off a commercial competition that has often provoked more interest then the game itself. Overnight, a new form of entertainment was born.

 

CBS

19Dan Quayle and Murphy Brown (1992)

Seldom have pop and politics clashed as dramatically, or comically, as when Vice President Quayle attacked this show for letting the unmarried Murphy get pregnant.

 

Charles Bennett, AP

20The Jenny Jones Show murder (1995)

Scott Amedure told a surprised Jonathan Schmitz that he had a crush on him. Three days later, Schmitz murdered Amedure in what was the nadir, though unfortunately not the end, of tabloid TV.

 

21The Civil War (1990)

A nation rediscovers its history in one of the greatest and best loved documentaries ever. It made stars out of historians and found new, if now much imitated, ways to bring old stories, letters and pictures to life.

 

Chris Buck, Comedy Central

22Jon Stewart on The Daily Show (1998)

No program better represents the emergence of “alternative news sources” than The Daily Show under Jon Stewart. Few comics have so firmly put their stamp on the news, and few shows have more adroitly addressed a skeptical audience.

 

John Duricka, AP

23Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings (1991)

Sex and race combine to transfix a nation that normally ignores Supreme Court confirmation hearings. As an audience draw, only the Iran-Contra hearings came close.

 

24Lonesome Dove/War & Remembrance (1989)

The era of the big miniseries reached its peak – and its end – with the longest (the combined War saga) and the best (Dove) the genre had to offer.

 

AP

25The M*A*S*H finale (1983) 野战医院

The Korean war and the series end with an extended finale that draws around 100 million viewers, making it the most watched episode in American series history.

 

原文作者和出处:

Source: Compiled and written by Robert Bianco, USA TODAY; design by Lori Sloan, USA TODAY; photo research by Kevin Eans, USA TODAY.

下周今日美国将评选:

Next week… 25 inventions that changed our lives

我个人认为,美国电视重要的内容似乎没有全部包括,譬如FRIENDS,譬如挑战者号航天飞机,譬如伊拉克战争,但这也是美国观察家的视角和观点,可以参考。

今天上午给03的毕业生们讲了就业啊、论文啊、户口啊、档案啊、干部身份啊,似乎都是些学生们关心而不熟悉的。讲完以后一直电话不断,大部分学生都表达了对这些内容的重视,而之前,他们并不清楚。感觉付出的认真和努力很值得。

傍晚时分,家人带女儿到月湖公园玩,等我停好车过去发现女儿已经把嘴唇摔破了。于是马上去妇儿医院,医生说消肿至少3天,看着可怜的女儿不禁心疼万分。

今天伊拉克和阿富汗还是暴力事件不断。美国的民调显示,美国民众的满意指数跌到历史新低点。《怪物史莱克3》创下了3千9百万的高票房,看来今年美国的电影市场比较景气。结合前一条新闻,我发现,当民众对现实失望的时候,电影的梦幻工厂的功能往往可以得到发挥。

华盛顿邮报今天还在显著位置做了关于中国进口食品的专题,很不负责地指出,从中国进口的被污染的食物是一种“普遍现象”,援引了FDA(美国食品药品监督管理局)的数据,四个月以来,已经拒绝了298船次的从中国进口的食品货物。

今天今日美国也推出了注册用户服务,是免费的,喜欢的朋友可以去看看。http://www.usatoday.com

也许哪天也会象华盛顿邮报一样,需要用户名才能阅读某些文章。

我和太太都很喜欢SHREK,不过提醒一下,这部动画是15岁还是18岁以上人士看的。不是一部少儿动画,因为对传统观念颠覆地太厉害。从这一部片的受欢迎似乎可以预计,也许将是民主党入主白宫。