THOMAS TANG'S BLOG

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Senior Chinglish writer and coder, familiar with JavaScript, Objective-C, Swift. Good at mobile application development, a tittle understanding about server side. Like swimming, reading, basketball and traveling.


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1. Clothes

At every stage of development, clothes can help establish a person’s identity for himself and for those with whom he interacts. The childhood game of “dressing up” in parents’ clothes provides the opportunity for the child to practice the roles he will be expected to play in adult life.
The degree to which a person chooses clothes that fit the roles will affect his performance in those roles. Clothes are an important factor in developing feelings of self-confidence and self-respect, since, when you look good, you feel good. For most people, clothes are often a source of positive reaction for others, since in our culture we are more apt to compliment a person on his appearance than on other aspects of the “self”.
Most of Americans also recognize that a proper appearance and proper dress are the keys to association with the right crowd, which in turn opens the doors to job advancement, increased income, and greater prestige.
Our clothing need are influenced by a multitude of circumstances, because buying motives are seldom simple. The first step in the decision-marking process in to make a conscious ordering of the things that are important to us. If a person recognizes and accepts the priorities of his values, eg, that his status and prestige may be more important than his physical comfort, his choice of clothing is not only simplified, but likely to bring him greater satisfaction.

2. Swallows

In the month of September, in Britain, you may see large numbers of birds perched on roofs and telegraph wires. These birds are swallows. They are gathering together because, very soon, they will be flying south to much warmer lands, where they will find plenty of the small flying insects on which they feed. There are no such insects about in Britain during the winter; it is too cold for them.
The swallows settle, fly off, swoop, and settle again. This they do many times, for that they are making short practice flights in order to be fit for the long journey ahead of them.
Flocks of these migrating birds leave Britain in the autumn. They fly steadily for hundreds of miles until they reach the warm lands of Africa. But not all the birds get there, for many of them perish in the stormy weather they meet with on the way
In the spring of the following year they make the long and tiring journey back to Britain. They return to the identical barn or three int he identical district which they had left the previous autumn. How do these birds find their way there and back over such vast distances? Nobody knows exactly how, but it has something to do with winds and air currents.

3. Housing

Housing is the hub of the family’s private world. The nature of housing has direct effect on the quality of family life. It affects health, time, and energy required in running a family and caring for its members, self-related attitudes, morale and formulation with one’s station in life. It also affects the way in which one family relates to another, to the neighborhood, and to the community.
Families do not want, expect, or design dwellings that are distinct. Families with abundant means are more interested in securing clean, safe, and reasonably comfortable housing than in finding quarters that are especially psychologically stimulating. At the same time many families having greater incomes can take basic safety for granted and proceed to satisfy higher level needs in housing.
Accordingly, as a nation, we are being more and more concerned with housing that does far more than supporting physical survival. In other words, essentially all American families are achieving their housing goals and expectations. And the dominant housing image remains the single-family house.
Only when families are articulate in notifying their needs and when builders and public policy become more sensitive to human needs will the nation have a variety of good housing designed, built, and serviced in line with family purposes.

4. Drug abuse

Drug abuse is like a communicable disease that spreads by example, by word of mouth, and by imitation. Drug abuse is certainly increasing, and so is the number of young people who have tried drugs and want out. As we provide treatment service for them, these young people become able to tell other youth that the drug scene is not as great as they thought it was before they got hooked. And, of greater importance, they are believed by their contemporaries before experimentation become habit.
Parents can help prevent drug usage by example, by knowledge, and by understanding. If they are to talk to their children about drugs, they must be informed, for usually they know far less about drugs than their children do. Ideally, before their child is tempted to experiment, they will have been able to explain to him the undesirability of the drugged life. What is even more convincing to young people, they will have been able to communicate to him the actual damage that a drug user does to his body.

5. Books

There is nothing illogical or synthetic about the humility of great bookmen in calling attention to the limitations of the book. No book can enable us to know everything that is to be known, or feel everything that is to be felt. A book is part of life, not a substitute for worship or enshrinement. It loses its charm and much of its value when accepted uncritically. No one would have been more disturbed than Aristotle if he could have known of the excessive and harmful veneration that would be given to his ideas in centuries to come. When his works became the last words of advance knowledge, such knowledge became neither advanced nor vital.
The particular occasion for these remarks is that there are signs here and there that some of us in the book world may be talking ourselves too seriously. In the effort to increase book reading some extravagant things are being said about books. It is made to appear that nothing is happening now that has not happened before, and that the only true approach to understanding is through books. We do neither service nor justice to books by imposing upon them such omnipotence and omniscience. Many of the answers we need today are not necessarily to be found between covers. There are elements of newness in the present dilemma of man that will not readily be disposed of by required or reading or ready reference. Books are not slide rules or blueprints for furnishing automatic answers. What is needed is a mighty blend of wisdom of the ages with fresh, razor-edged analytical thought.

6. Outdoor about cold env.

On scaling the icy peak, I suddenly came to realize that we had got over the worst obstacle, and spirits rose. We made towards the left of the cliff, where the going was better, though rather steep.
Here we found little snow, as most of it seemed to have been blown off the mountain. There was no view of mountains in the distance because clouds were forming all around us. About 1 o’clock a storm came up suddenly. We ought to have noticed its approach but were concentrating on cutting steps, and before we had time do do anything, we were blinded by snow. We concentrating on cutting down and had to wait motionlessly, getting colder. In spite of the hood on my head, my nose and cheeks were frostbitten and I dared not take a hand out of my gloves to warm them.
After two hours of this, I realized we could have to do something to avoid being frozen to death where we stood. From time to time through the mist I had discerned the rough shape of a dark huge rock just above us, to descend in this wind was out of the question, our only hope was to climb up to the huge rock and dig out a platform at the foot of it on which we could pitch our tent.
We climbed to this place and started to cut away the ice. At first my companion seemed to regard the situation as hopeless but gradually the wind died away and the cheered up. At last we had made a platform big enough to put up the tent, and we did this as best as we could. We crawled into our sleeping bags and fell asleep, feeling that we were luck to be still alive.

7. Outdoor about mountaineering

Most of young people enjoy some form of physical activity. It may be walking, cycling, swimming, skating or skiing. It may be a game of some kind - football, hockey, golf or tennis. It may be mountaineering.
Those who have a passion for climbing high and difficult mountains are often looked upon with astonishment. Why are men and women willing to suffer cold and hardship, and to take risks on high mountains? This astonishment is caused, probably, by the difference between mountaineering and other forms of activity to which men give their leisure.
Mountaineering is a sport and not a game. There are no man-made rules, as there are for such games as golf and football. There are, of course, rules of different kind which it would be dangerous to ignore, but it is this freedom from man-made rules that makes mountaineering attractive to many people. Those who climb mountains are free use their own rules.
If we compare mountaineering with other more familiar sports, we might think that one big difference is that mountaineering is not a “team work”. We should be mistaken in this. There are, it is true, no “matches” between “teams” of climbers, but when climbers are on a rock face linked by a rope on which their lives may depend. there is obviously teamwork.
A mountain climber knows that he may have to fight forces that are stronger and more powerful than man. He has to fight forces of nature. His sport requires hight mental and physical qualities.
A mountain climber tries to improve his skill year after year. A skier is probably past his best by the age of thirty, and most international tennis champions are in their early twenties, But it is not unusual for men of fifty of sixty to climb the highest mountains in the Alps. They may take more time than younger men, but they probably climb with more skill and less waste of effort, and they certainly experience equal enjoyment.

8. Sinking slef-rescue

When dawn came, they realized that the entire boat was incased in ice. The captain had fallen asleep but the rest of the crew hurriedly woke him. He took a small axe and with great care so as not to make a hole in the deck, he began to knock the ice away. From time to time a wave burst over the boat and swept over but he kelp on working for ten minutes while the others looked on anxiously. By this time he was so cold that he could no longer trust his grip or balance.
Each member of the crew took it in turn to cut the ice away as long as hi could bear it. First, they had to knock off enough ice to get on their knees. Standing up on that rolling deck would have been committing suicide because a man who had fallen overboard could not have been rescued.
Then the captain discovered that ice was forming inside the cabin. He called to one of crew and together they managed to get the stove alight in the hope that it wound give off enough heat to warm the cabin above freezing point. Unless the ice int bottom could be melted enough for being pumped out, they were in danger of sinking. It took an hour’s work before the boat began to float better. But during this time they succeeded in getting rid of most of the ice. Throughout the afternoon, the coating of ice began go build up again in spite of their work. In the face of this new danger, Captain Slater decided that there was too much at all risks to gamble on the change that the boat would survive until the next morning. Once more, he ordered the crew to clear the ice. Then they settled down to wait for another day.

9. Ship

The person who can see a ship without some feeling of excitement must have very little imagination. Even the idea of leaving the solid land on which most of use were born and brought up, and going out on the ever moving waters must rouse us all some feelings of strangeness. We my remember stories of terrible storms, with waves as high as mountains, and of people form ships which have sunk spending weeks in small boats hundreds of miles from land. But we have also heard of joy of traveling on calm seas under blue skies, and of the unforgettable excitement of coming to a new beautiful land which we have seen only in pictures before.
But ships are not, of course, made chiefly for pleasure, their biggest use is in carrying goods form country to country. Above all, ships can carry more goods than any other means of transport, and can do so more cheaply. If ships did not exist, the British government would not be able to feed its people.
Ships have also made it possible to discover more and more distant parts of world. It is known to all, Columbus used a ship to discover American about 450 years ago. And even now ships are used for exploring the Antarctic. It would, in fact, not be too much to say that ships have for thousands of years played one of the most important parts in shaping society.

10. Advertising

Advertising can be thought of as “the means of making known in order to buy or sell goods or services”. Advertising aims to increase people’s awareness and arouse interest. It tries to inform an to attract. The media are all used to spread the message. The press offers a fairly cheap method. Newspapers are used to reach special sections of the market. The cinema and commercial radio are useful for local markets. Television, although more expensive, can be very effective. Posters are fairly cheap and more permanent in their power of attraction. Other ways of increasing consumer’s interest are through exhibitions and trade fairs as well as direct mail advertising.
There can be no doubt that the growth in advertising is one of the most striking inventions of the western world in this century. Many businesses such as those dealing frozen foods, liquor, tobacco and medicines have been put up largely by advertising.
We might ask whether the cost of advertising is paid for by the manufacturer or by the cus-tomer. Since advertising forms part of the cost of production, which has to be covered by the selling price, it is clear that it’s the customer who pays for advertising. However, if large scale advertising leads to increased demand, production costs are reduced, and the customer pays less.
It it difficult to measure exactly the influence of advertising on sales. What is clear is that businesses would not pay large sums for advertising if they were not convinced of its value to them.