Thursday, February 28, 2013

Abraham Lincoln

"'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Peter Ustinov

"It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously."

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Thomas Pickering

"In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known."

Monday, February 25, 2013

Marvin Minsky

"Imagine what it would be like if TV actually were good. It would be the end of everything we know."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Eric Hoffer

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We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents."

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Sir Winston Churchill

"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Robert Benchley

"Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing."

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ronald Reagan

"Facts are stupid things."

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Word Families

In English ,words that are made from the same root by adding different suffixes or negative prefixes called "world families". (Adding other prefixes to roots makes bigger changes in meaning. The words are still related, but not as closely.) Below is an example-- the word family 'act.'

A Word Family: Act

Verbs : act ,activate ,actuate,deactivate
Nouns :act,action,activation,activity,actor, actress,deactivation,inaction,inactivity

Related families with the same root and suffixes

(This list shows only the most common forms. Parts of speech aren’t noted-- they are the same as for the suffixes above)
hyperactive, hyperactivity
interact, interaction, interactive, interactively, interactivity
overreact, over-reaction
proactive, proactively
react, reaction, reactivate, reactivation, reactive, reactivity
transact, transaction
Some Definitions with examples:
how to use these parts of speech

To act is to do something. We say,.“Actions speak louder than words.” To activate is to make something (like an account) active. For example, after applying for and receiving a credit card, you must call a certain phone numberto activate it before you can use it. The call confirms that you received the card in the mail. Once it is activatedyou can use it for transactions (in this case purchases).

An active person does things. Activity means “getting out and doing something” rather than just passively letting things happen. (Hyperactivity or being overactive is moving around or doing too much.)

It is wise to be proactive, and take action before problems get serious. The opposite approach is waiting to reactto problems. However, there can also be a problem if a person acts before he thinks!

So what’s the best advice? Participate actively in finding solutions to problems, but be sure to think first!
How to Use Different Parts of Speech in Sentences
(as demonstrated in the definitions above)


tell who or what the sentence is about (as the subject of the sentence.) See actions, activity, & hyperactivity in the definitions above. Nouns can also be the object of a verb or preposition-- the person or thing that receives the action, as in transactions or action (in paragraph 3.) Sometimes there can be several nouns in the same word family, especially if one is a concept (like activity) and one is a person (like actor or actress.)

Notice that the infinitive (the ‘to’ form) of a verb can be the subject of a sentence, acting as a noun as in to act andto activate (the first use.)

Sometimes the present participle of a verb can also act as a noun. (It’s called a gerund when it is used as a noun.) 'Acting’ is a gerund in the sentence: “Acting is a profession that requires constant practice.”

VERBS usually show the action of a sentence: what a noun does. To activate, to react, & acts (in paragraph 3) are verbs.

ADJECTIVES describe (tell about) nouns. Activated, active, overactive, & proactive are adjectives. Activated, like many adjectives, is made using the past participle of a verb. Adjectives can also be made from the present participles of verbs: “Mr. Miller is the acting vice president of the company until Mr. Baker returns.”

Sometimes there are two or more adjectives made from the same verb: boring and bored, frightening andfrightened, surprising and surprised.

In these cases we use the present participle (-ing form) to express the cause of a feeling, and the past participle (usually ending in -ed) to express the result or the feeling itself.

Examples: “Mr. Smith’s class last night was very boring!

We were so bored we counted the minutes until ten o’clock!"

“Have you ever had a really frightening experience? Some people get so frightened at horror movies that they scream.”

ADVERBS modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.They describe how something is done. Actively is an adverb. It tells you how to participate. (Another example: My brother always works proactively, He thinks ahead and takes steps to avoid problems.)

Jean-Paul Sartre

"We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact."

Friedrich Nietzsche

"A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Research | Copyrighted software promotes growth

Việt Nam có thói quen sử dùng phần mềm không bản quyền ( phần mềm chùa ) , nhiều người vẫn tranh luận với lý do “ tiết kiệm “  . Bỏ qua các tranh cãi về đạo đức, trách nhiệm,.  nghiên cứu dưới đây chỉ ra rằng việc sử dụng phần mềm có bản quyền là 1 lợi ích kinh tế cho đất nước.

Each 1% increase in the number of copyrighted software will generate an extra US$50 million for Vietnam, says a research project conducted by the Software Alliance (BSA) in collaboration with the U.S.-based business school INSEAD.

The research, whose results were published on Tuesday, is to prove that the extensive use of copyrighted software is meaningful to the economy of a nation. It is based on the data on software production and consumption collected from 95 countries, including Vietnam among 15 Asian nations.

The research reveals that every additional US$1 invested in copyrighted software will yield a return on investment (ROI) of US$94. Meanwhile, each extra US$1 spent on pirated software will bring in a ROI of only US$9.

Roland Chan, senior director of marketing for Asia-Pacific at BSA, said the companies using copyrighted software would face smaller risks and achieve higher efficiency.

Copyrighted software is not only favorable for businesses, but also an important driving force to boost economic growth.

“Vietnam should seize every opportunity to realize these benefits by reducing software piracy and encouraging the use of copyrighted software,” said Roland.

The research also shows that a 1% rise in the number of copyrighted software used in Asia-Pacific will generate an additional US$18.7 billion for this region, versus US$6 billion fetched by pirated software. Similarly, a 1% increase in the number of copyrighted software used worldwide will reap an extra US$73 billion for the global economy, US$53 billion higher than what pirated software can offer.

BSA remarks software copyright infringement in Vietnam is falling. The rate of software piracy in Vietnam was 80% last year, down two percentage points against 2011.

As such, over the past seven years, the rate has declined from 92% to 80%.

Software copyrights are highly respected by government agencies, as the State has signed many agreements on buying copyrights from software firms. Software piracy is mainly committed by end-users and companies, particularly computer trading firms.

BSA is an international organization supporting the software industry. Representing the world’s largest software makers, BSA every year spends billions of U.S. dollars creating software solutions to stimulate economic growth and improve life.

Source VNTimes.

Tallulah Bankhead

"They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum."

Monday, February 11, 2013

James Thurber

"I loathe the expression "What makes him tick." It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm."

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Video: it's cheese rolling time again!

CheeseMasterAn army veteran from Colorado takes the top prize in the main event at the annual downhill cheese-rolling races in the rural English county of Gloucestershire. Tara Cleary reports.

REPORTER: Plunging down a steep hill at breakneck speed, chasing a fake foam cheese. The centuries-old race is dangerous. This year one contestant reportedly broke a leg. Big cheese for the day was U.S. army veteran, Kenny Rackers, who arrived three days early to practice.
KENNY RACKERS: "I came over three or four thousand miles just for this race. I put it on my bucket list and today it was to win and that's what I did."
REPORTER: Rackers, who first saw the cheese-rolling race on TV, paid tribute to fellow soldiers on America's Memorial Day.
KENNY RACKERS: "We're remembering all the soldiers that gave the ultimate sacrifice so I want to thank all the soldiers past and present for their service."
REPORTER: And the runner-up didn't seem too cheesed-off about losing.


1. If you describe something as cheesy, you mean that it is not very good or original, and without style, in a way that is embarrassing but amusing. • That's the cheesiest chat-up line I've ever heard.
2. A big cheese is an important and powerful person, especially in an organization.
3. If someone is cheesed off, they are annoyed or bored. • He's cheesed off with his job.

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