Tuesday, August 31, 2010

vibration & overlap

----- Experience -----
Several alarms were shown on the control machine when I packed the jar this day: track full, lower vibration, products too long/overlap, etc.


----- Explanation -----
vibration:
a continuous shaking movement or feeling 

overlap:
1. if one thing overlaps another, or the two things overlap, part of one thing covers part of the other
2. a period of time in which two events or activities happen together 
3. Partly coincide in time






Monday, August 30, 2010

reject & mansion

----- Experience -----
When we finished work, we usually collect the capsules or tablets which are not enough for a whole bottle and put them into a small plastic. And take another plastic bag for the dirty capsules which have fallen down on the ground. We usually separate them in two bags. However, today I was asked to put them together and the dirty ones were called as rejects.

Tonight, I will read part III of the book 'Authentic Happiness',page 163: In the mansions of life.

I've got my kindle today. I love it so much that I spent a lot time of this evening. I have to stop for completing the homework(2words, 2pages, diary).

----- Explanation -----
reject:
1. something that cannot be used or sold because there is something wrong with it
2. a person who has not been accepted as a member of a team, society, etc.
3. to refuse to accept or consider something
4. to decide not to use, sell, publish, etc. something because its quality is not good enough 

mansion:
1. a large impressive house
2. A manor house
manor:
1. a large country house surrounded by land that belongs to it
2. an area of land with a manor house on it  







Sunday, August 29, 2010

zest & inspire

----- Experience -----
'Authentic Happiness' Page 158:
zest/passion/enthusiasm
You are a spirited person. Do you throw yourself, body and soul, into the activities you undertake? Do you wake up in the morning looking forward to the day? Is the passion that you bring to activities infectious? Do you feel inspired? 

I am depressed these days for I had no passion and zest in doing my homework. I doubted it and I felt spiritless. I want make myself enjoying my everyday homework. Just do it with my full concentration, I really 100 percent sure that I am right.


----- Explanation -----
zest:
1. enjoyment and enthusiasm
2. the quality of being exciting, interesting and enjoyable.

inspire:
1. to give somebody the desire, confidence or enthusiasm to do something well 
2. to give somebody the idea for something, especially something artistic or imaginative.
3. to make somebody have a particular feeling or emotion
inspired:
having excellent qualities or abilities; produced with the help of inspiration 
inspiration:
1. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative.
2. the process that takes place when somebody sees or hears something that causes them to have exciting new ideas or makes them want to create something, especially in art, music or literature
3. somebody or something that is the reason why somebody creates or does something 






Saturday, August 28, 2010

bracelet & miso

----- Experience -----
After shopping at the Coles,  we ate Sushi (Revolving Sushi) at the arcade near the Coles in the Westfield mall. It's nice and I knew today, when you will go to have Sushi, you usually asked if you want to get a green tea or miso soup.

Before went to Coles, we had finished buying our health insurance in Medibank. The beautiful girl who we consulted and did the register service for us wore a lot of bracelets, includes armlets, bangles, bracelets, hand chains etc. There are many things on her hands and I thought a pair of handcuff is what the absence in her hands.


----- Explanation -----
bracelet:
An ornamental band, hoop, or chain worn on the wrist or arm.

miso:
A substance made from beans, used in Japanese cooking




Friday, August 27, 2010

wad & sneeze

----- Experience -----
Today I was asked to work in the blister room all the day because a small screw was considered to drop down into one of the blisters. And the blisters has packed and boxed. My job was to open the box and check every one blister if containing the screw. The room of blister was so cold that I got to sneeze and the supervise asked me how to say 'sneeze' in Mandarin.

The other word is wad written on a cardboard as 'wadded cello glass'. The word cello maybe refer the 'cellophane'.


----- Explanation -----
wad:
1. to fill something with soft material for warmth or protection;
2. a mass of soft material, used for blocking something or keeping something in place 

sneeze:
Make a sudden involuntary expulsion of air from the nose and mouth due to irritation of one's nostrils




Thursday, August 26, 2010

propolis & jar

----- Experience -----
Today, we packed a sort of expensive capsule called propolis which worth 60USD per 300ml plastic jar.


----- Explanation -----
propolis:
A red or brown resinous substance collected by honeybees from tree buds, used by them to fill crevices and to seal and varnish honeycombs
honey:
A sweet, sticky, yellowish-brown fluid made by bees and other insects from nectar collected from flowers

jar:
a round glass container, with a lid, used for storing food, especially jam,honey, etc.




Wednesday, August 25, 2010

spirulina & foil

----- Experience -----
Today, one of our job was to pack the spirulina which isn't as normal fish oil stored in a plastic bag, instead of in a aluminum foil. The tablets of spirulina are so dusty that the machine must to be cleaned thoroughly after this job had been done.


----- Explanation ----
spirulina:
1. Filamentous cyanobacteria that form tangled masses in warm alkaline lakes in Africa and Central and South America.
2. The substance of such growths dried and prepared as a food or food additive, which is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals.

foil:
1. metal made into very thin sheets that is used for covering or wrapping things, especially food
2. to stop something from happening, especially something illegal; to prevent somebody from doing something
aluminium foil


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

intimate & intimacy

----- Experience -----
Authentic Happiness, page  148, 149
148: You value close and intimate relations with others.
And I also disavow a 'more is better' approach to intimacy. None is a bad thing, but after one, a point of rapidly diminishing returns sets in.


----- Explanation -----
intimate:
1. Used euphemistically to indicate that a couple is having a sexual relationship
2. of people having a close and friendly relationship 

intimacy:
1. the state of having a close personal relationship with somebody 
2. a thing that a person says or does to somebody that they know very well



Monday, August 23, 2010

generosity & generous

----- Experience -----
Authentic Happiness, Page 148:
10. Kindness and generosity
You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor.


----- Explanation -----
generous:
1. (of a person) Showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected
2. Showing kindness toward others
3. (of a thing) Larger or more plentiful than is usual or necessary

generosity:
the fact of being generous(= willing to give somebody money, gifts, time or kindness freely)



Sunday, August 22, 2010

moisten & biodegradable

----- Experience -----
Another two words from the leaflet of YouTh CanCER:
Donate your old mobile phone and you can help save a young life, see inside to find out how: www.youcan.org.au.
Please fold, moisten and seal here.
The plastic used for this mail item is biodegradable.


----- Explanation -----
moisten:
to become or make something slightly wet

biodegradable:
a substance or chemical that is biodegradable can be changed back to a harmless natural state by the action of bacteria, and will therefore not damage the environment













Saturday, August 21, 2010

prop & campaign

----- Experience -----
I picked up a brochure about donating the old phone. I'm interested it because I have got three old phone in my drawer and I have no idea to deal with them. Now, after reading this leaflet, I've got a wonderful way to settle my old phone.

Below is the sentences on the leaflet:
You don't have to donate your money to help young Australians Survive Cancer;
All you have to do is give us your old mobile phone;
You know the one. It's probably sitting in a drawer collecting dust, being used as a paper weight or propping up a table somewhere.
...
You can campaign.

----- Explanation -----
prop:
1. A pole or beam used as a support or to keep something in position, typically one that is not an integral part of the thing supported.
2. a person or thing that gives help or support to somebody/something that is weak 

campaign:
1. to take part in or lead a campaign, for example to achieve political change or in order to win an election
2. a series of planned activities that are intended to achieve a particular social, commercial or political aim
3. The organized actions that a political candidate undertakes in order to win an election.
4. An organized course of action to achieve a particular goal

Friday, August 20, 2010

whip & milky way

----- Experience -----
I like the favor of the 'Milkyway' chocolate: Not too big, not too small, a little bit of milky way, just right for sharing.

Lightly whipped chocolate 
flavoured centre coated in smooth milk chocolate.

----- Explanation -----
whip:
1. to stir cream, etc. very quickly until it becomes stiff
2. a sweet dish made from cream, eggs, sugar and fruit mixed together 
3. a long thin piece of rope or leather, attached to a handle, used for making animals move or punishing people
whipped:
of cream, eggs, or other food) Beaten into a froth

milky way:
1. A faint band of light crossing the sky, made up of vast numbers of faint stars. It corresponds to the plane of our Galaxy, in which most of its stars are located
2. The galaxy in which our sun is located




Thursday, August 19, 2010

pulse & diameter

----- Experience -----
I will learn how to set line for my job. I have been taught some sets of  the machine, e.g. hopper pulse time, the length of the capsule, the diameter of the bottle and the count number for each bottle.


----- Explanation -----
pulse:
1. the regular beat of blood as it is pumped around the body, that can be felt in different places, especially on the inside part of the wrist; the number of times the blood beats in a minute
2. a strong regular beat in music
3. a single short increase in the amount of light, sound or electricity produced by a machine, etc

diameter:
1. A straight line passing from side to side through the center of a body or figure, esp. a circle or sphere
2. The length of this line
radius:
1. A straight line from the center to the circumference of a circle or sphere




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

hopper & funnel

----- Experience -----
At present, the details of my job is to unloose the plastic bags of pill or capsule or tablet then pour them into a big hopper machine. After a series of process under a machine, the pills then drop down to the bottles on the conveyor from a little funnel in a specific counts which can be made a prior set.


----- Explanation -----
hopper:
1. A container for a bulk material such as grain, rock, or trash, typically one that tapers downward and is able to discharge its contents at the bottom.
2. A tapering container, working with a hopping motion, through which grain passed into a mill
3. A railroad car able to discharge coal or other bulk material through its floor

funnel:
1. A tube or pipe that is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, used for guiding liquid or powder into a small opening
2. A metal chimney on a ship or steam engine.



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

capsule & broom

----- Experience -----
My coworker called me to pass the broom to her, but I was so nervous that I couldn't understand what she said. My reaction was funny and they laughed at me about my embarrassment.

Today we packed the capsule into bottles. They are capsule not pills or tablets. There is a little difference among them.


----- Explanation -----
broom:
a brush on the end of a long handle, used for sweeping floors

capsule:
a small container which has a measured amount of a medicine inside and which dissolves when you swallow it.
pill:
a small flat round piece of medicine that you swallow without chewing i
tablet:
a small round solid piece of medicine that you swallow




Monday, August 16, 2010

silica & silicate

----- Experience -----
A couple of days ago, I learnt a word -- desiccant which is a little dry bag can absorb moisture. Today, however, my co-worker called that as silica. The silica is made from a sort of mineral of silicate.  We should call it as silica gel.

----- Explanation -----
silica:
a chemical compound of silicon found in sand and in rocks such as quartz, used in making glass and cement 
silica gel:
Hydrated silica in a hard granular hygroscopic form used as a desiccant

silicate:
1. a compound containing silicon,oxygen and one or more metals 
2. A salt in which the anion contains both silicon and oxygen, esp. one of the anion SiO42




Sunday, August 15, 2010

vicinity & tidal

----- Experience -----
We today went to a park called Carss Bush Park in Kogarah. We sat there and read book under the beautiful spring sunshine. It's a lovely Sunday's afternoon. I think that we can spend our weekend reading book in the silence park.

I saw this caution for parents to care their children, it says:
TAKE CARE
CHILDREN ARE PRECIOUS
ADULTS SHOULD SUPERVISE CHILDREN UNDER THEIR CARE, WHILST IN THIS PARK
PARTICULARLY IN THE VICINITY OF THE TIDAL POOL

By the way, I attach the picture of the tidal pool in the Carss Bush Park located in Kogarah Bay.


----- Explanation -----
vicinity:
the area around a particular place;

tidal:
connected with tides(= the regular rise and fall of the sea)
tide:
1. a regular rise and fall in the level of the sea, caused by the pull of the moon and sun; the flow of water that happens as the sea rises and falls
2. he direction in which the opinion of a large number of people seems to be moving




orientation & module

----- Experience -----
New employees are required to complete Group Orientation and compliance modules within the first 4 weeks of commencement with the Group.


----- Explanation -----
orientation:
1. the type of aims or interests that a person or an organization has; the act of directing your aims towards a particular thing
2. training or information that you are given before starting a new job, course, etc.
3. the direction in which an object faces 
orient:
1. to direct somebody/something towards something; to make or adapt somebody/something for a particular purpose
2. to find your position in relation to your surroundings
3. to make yourself familiar with a new situation 

module:
1. Each of a set of standardized parts or independent units that can be used to construct a more complex structure, such as an item of furniture or a building
2. An independent self-contained unit of a spacecraft
3. Any of a number of distinct but interrelated units from which a program may be built up or into which a complex activity may be analyzed



Friday, August 13, 2010

desiccant & blister

----- Experience -----
In the factory, there is a room called 'blister room' which for manufacturing blister packs.

Today, the main job of mine is put a little desiccant bag into bottles which will then be fill in tablet. 

----- Explanation -----
desiccant: 
A hygroscopic substance used as a drying agent

blister:
1. a swelling on the surface of the skin that is filled with liquid and is caused, for example, by rubbing or burning 
2. to form blisters; to make something form blisters
3. Criticize sharply
blister pack:
A type of packaging in which a product is sealed in plastic, often with a cardboard backing.





Thursday, August 12, 2010

tribunal & industrial action

----- Experience -----
Fair Work Australia is the national workplace relations tribunal established under the Fair Work Act 2009. Fair Work Australia is an independent body with the authority to carry out a range of functions relating to the safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions, enterprise bargaining, industrial action, dispute resolution, termination of employment, and other workplace matters.


----- Explanation -----
tribunal:
a type of court with the authority to deal with a particular problem or disagreement

industrial action:
action that workers take, especially stopping work, to protest to their employers about something 




Wednesday, August 11, 2010

undue & lodge

----- Experience -----
Freedom of association and workplace rights (general protections)
...
Some of your workplace rights include the right to freedom of association (including the right to become or not to become a member of a union), and the right to be free from unlawful discrimination, undue influence and pressure.
...
(applications relating to general protections where you have been dismissed must be lodged with Fair Work Australia within 60 days.)

----- Explanation -----
undue:
1.1. More than you think is reasonable or necessary;
1.2. Unwarranted or inappropriate because excessive or disproportionate

lodge: 
1. Present (a complaint, appeal, claim, etc.) formally to the proper authorities;
2. Leave money or a valuable item in (a place) or with (someone) for safekeeping
3. Make or become firmly fixed or embedded in a particular place

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

miscellaneous & allowance

----- Experience -----
Fair Work Ombudsman:
Modern awards: In addition to the NES(National Employment Standards), you may be covered by a modern award. These awards cover an industry or occupation and provide additional enforceable minimum employment standards. There is also a Miscellaneous Award that covers employees who are not covered by any other modern award.

Modern awards may contain terms about minimum wages, penalty rates, types of employment, flexible working arrangements, hours of work, rest breaks, classifications, allowance, leave and leave loading, superannuation, and procedures for consultation, representation, and dispute settlement. They may also contain terms about industry specific redundancy entitlements.


----- Explanation -----