Monday 30 July 2012

Medical Vocabulary: Medical Words from House M.D.

Foreman, Wilson and House
Image from FOX
There is always something to learn no matter how many times I rewatch House M.D.. The last one was Medical & Vocabulary: New Words from House Finale, you may like to take a look at it and all those in under the label Medical if you are interested.

At the end of season 1 episode 14, the CEO of a cosmetic company was eventually discovered to be hiding her bulimia nervosa
Bulimia nervosa
Image from howtoloosebellyfatfast
Wikipedia cites resources and define bulimia as,

"an eating disorder characterized by binge eating and purging, or consuming a large amount of food in a short amount of time, followed by an attempt to rid oneself of the food consumed (purging), typically by vomiting, taking a laxative or diuretic and/or excessive exercise, and commonly accompanied with fasting over an extended period of time."

In short, it means, a bulimic person will eat a lot, then use any means to remove the food from their body again. This may not sound too dangerous but in fact, this could damage the heart and the esophagus (the throat and lower). 

In season 1 episode 17, patient was suspected to have taken date-rape drug, any drug that can be used to assist in the execution of a sexual assault, such as a non-consensual sexual act and/or non-consensual intercourse (date rape).

In season 2 episode 7, a father and his homosexual son were diagnosed to have been affected by Echinococcus granulosus,
Image from CDC
Dr. House confirmed his diagnosis as he ruptured a cyst in the father's liver, causing a reaction called an anaphylactic shock, an allergic reaction which causes severe breathing difficulty. Anaphylaxis has been mentioned in the entry Medical & Vocabulary: "Hives" & Allergy. If you have already forgotten about it, you can do with a quick revision. Otherwise, you can watch this part of Monsters Inside Me to learn more about Echinococcus granulosus,

In season 2 episode 9, Dr. House treated a patient who happened to have two medical problems, one of which is Münchausen Syndrome
House with Münchausen syndrome patient
Image from FOX
Wikipedia defines it as,
"a psychiatric factitious disorder wherein those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma to draw attention or sympathy to themselves. It is also sometimes known as hospital addiction syndrome or hospital hopper syndrome."

In simple words, the patient enjoys getting attentions from doctors and nurses so they visit and revisit hospitals for the attention.

Weird, but there are people like that in Hong Kong too, as I have learnt from a doctor friend.
Image from Wikipedia
Anemia was another complication the patient had, "also spelled anaemia and anæmia, meaning lack of blood, is a decrease in number of red blood cells (RBCs) or less than the normal quantity of hemoglobin in the blood."

I'll keep watching and writing, if I have time.


Bulimia nervosa -- (n)[U] an eating disorder characterized by binge eating and purging, or consuming a large amount of food in a short amount of time, followed by an attempt to rid oneself of the food consumed (purging), typically by vomiting, taking a laxative or diuretic and/or excessive exercise, and commonly accompanied with fasting over an extended period of time.

binge eating -- (n)  [C] informal an occasion when an activity is done in an extreme way, especially eating, drinking or spending money
purge -- (vb)[T] to make someone or something free of something evil or harmfullaxative -- (n)[C] a substance that makes the waste from someone's bowels come outdiuretic --(n) [C] specialized a substance which causes an increase in the production of urine
esophagus -- (n) (plural oesophaguses(US esophagus) [C] specialized the tube in the body which takes food from the mouth to the stomach

date-rape drug -- (n)[C] any drug that can be used to assist in the execution of a sexual assault, such as a non-consensual sexual act and/or non-consensual intercourse (date rape).
consensual -- (adj)  formal or legal with the willing agreement of all the people involved
Echinococcus -- (n)[U]also called the Hydatid worm or Hyper Tape-worm or Dog Tapeworm,
Munchausen Syndrome -- (n)[U] a psychiatric factitious disorder wherein those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma to draw attention or sympathy to themselves. It is also sometimes known as hospital addiction syndrome or hospital hopper syndrome.
feign -- (vb)[T] to pretend to feel something, usually an emotion
Anemia -- (n)[U]  a decrease in number of red blood cells (RBCs) or less than the normal quantity of hemoglobin in the blood
Pica -- (n)[U] abnormal appetite for earth and other non-foods


Medical & Vocabulary: New Words from House Finale @ Locky's English Playground

Bulimia nervosa @ Wikipedia

Lines in the Sand (House MD) @ Wikipedia

Date rape drug  @ Wikipedia

Echinococcus @ Wikipedia

Medical & Vocabulary: "Hives" & Allergy @ Locky's English Playground

TV & Medical : Monsters Inside Me x House M.D. @ Locky's English Playground

Münchausen syndrome @ Wikipedia

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Vocabulary: New Words From Photography News & Other News

Image by Camille Seaman
There are numerous English words to learn out there, you just have to find the ones you are interested in.

To my surprise, photography news can also be very resourceful in terms of vocabulary. Peta Pixel recently posted an article recommending the supercell storm clouds photographs taken by Camille Seaman. A supercell is a kind of thunderstorm common in the Tornado Alley in the USA, usually generating actual tornadoes

Image by Camille Seaman
That's a real beauty! Isn't it?

By the water, by the water by Greg
Image from Photography Blogger
The next word is from an article by Photography Blogger, hammock. Exactly what you see from the photos above and below.

hide and seek by marco
Image from Photography Blogger
I would love to have one of those, too bad my home isn't big enough.

Do you know what is time-lapse? Peta Pixel has another article showing 3 months of Europe with 30,000 photos combined together into a 5-minute video. Here's the video.

Image from The Economist
What do you do when you want to ask someone for a kiss at Christmas? You stand under the mistletoe -- a parasitic plant that lives on the other trees. However, The Economist tells us that there is more than just one worthy function of the mistletoe. A research has been carried out to test the importance of the mistletoe and found that the mistletoe is highly important in attracting insects and small critters, which in turn attract more birds to feed on them. Thus, mistletoe is a keystone species -- it supports an entire ecosystem, and removing it has drastic effects for the whole.

The next news from Daily Mail is pretty interesting! A study of 2000 British women by Lil-Lets shows that the British women 
  • feel proud of their figure 50% of the case,
  • are more proud of their eyes than their boobs, of their boobs than the brain,
  • want to have better-looking legs 41% of the time,
  • feel sexiest at the age of 28 and,
  • feel most confident at the age of 32
  • suffer from broken confidence when being dumped by a partner. 
Image from Daily Mail
Results are expected to differ from places to places, especially in Hong Kong, but it is always interesting to know what women think, might benefit the men in many ways by keeping the women happy.
Thiago Silva
Image from The Footy Blog
Lastly, something for the men, Soccernet reports that football club Paris St Germain has successfully signed Brazilian star Thiago Silva from AC Milan, good for PSG! But Thiago Silva himself is upset because people called him mercenary, which means money-minded. I don't care much about AC Milan, but thanks to the selling, I have bagged another word.

epic -- (adj) informal extremely large 
supercell -- (n)[C] a thunderstorm that is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone: a deep, persistently rotating updraft.For this reason, these storms are sometimes referred to as rotating thunderstorms.
tornado -- (n)[C] a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. They are often referred to as twisters 
hammock -- (n)[C] a type of bed used especially outside, consisting of a net or long piece of strong cloth which you tie between two trees or poles so that it swings (= moves sideways through the air)
mistletoe -- (n)[U] an evergreen (= never losing its leaves) plant with small white fruits and pale yellow flowers which grows on trees, often used as a Christmas decoration
critter -- (n)[C]  [C] (also critturUS not standard a creature
keystone species -- (n) it supports an entire ecosystem, and removing it has drastic effects for the whole.
boob -- (n)[C]very informal a woman's breast
broken confidence -- (n)[U] confidence which has been broken (Isn't this obvious?)
mercenary -- (adj) disapproving interested only in the amount of money that you can get from a situation


Epic Photos of Supercell Storm Clouds Over the American Midwest @ Petapixel

Camille Seaman Photography

Supercell @ Wikipedia

14 Relaxing Hammock Photos @ Photography Blogger

30,000 Photo Time-Lapse Shrinks Three Months in Europe Into Five Minutes @ Petapixel

Mistletoe @ Wikipedia

Under the mistletoe @ The Economist

Why women feel sexiest when they are 28 (That means Pippa Middleton and Mila Kunis are both at the magic age!) @ Daily Mail

Thiago 'upset' by Milan exit @ Soccernet'upset'-by-ac-milan-exit?cc=4716

Tuesday 24 July 2012

Message: Locky's English Playground @ Flipboard

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Monday 23 July 2012

Vocabulary: Jargons With A Hong Kong Flavour

Building Inspector Jim lies on an oversized bay in an apartment of
Crown by the Sea (海譽), developed by Cheung Kong
Image from iCable
Typhoon 8 is the best time to stay at home and learn something.

Several words came to my attention these days and they are all crucially important to our lives. The first one came from a news that Jim, a famous building Inspector, was shown on one of my friend's Facebook lying on an oversized bay in an apartment by Crown by the Sea developed by Cheung Kong.

Now rich people get tricked, what about poor people? Poor people get Froebel Gifts?
"Froebel Gifts of the Poor" in Tsuen Wan
Image from
"Property tyranny" is this new term reflecting this huge monopoly in the real estate market in Hong Kong, situation has gone so bad that many people cannot afford to buy an apartment even if they relive their life 20 times, and the fact that the real estate developers are also the creators of "Chinese panel buildings", air-tight buildings after buildings which resemble the Chinese panels.

Chinese Screen Building
Image from Locky's English Playground
Chinese panel
Image from poandpo

Froebel Gifts was not even supposed to be used in this situation, but as a metaphor, there is no restriction of course.

I love metaphors myself because they can be so much fun and highly creative, TIME magazine too played creative this time. Putting an animated GIF on the website for the Asia cover, so that it will flash from the "Revolution that wasn't" cover to the "Can Hong Kong Trust This Man?" cover. If you don't pay attention to it, you will miss it.
Image from TIME Magazine
In Hong Kong, the current Chief Executive is given the name "Wolfman" as The Standard cleverly translated it. Why? Because of his illegal structures / constructions at his home.

Due to the seriousness of the social polarization, any mistakes committed by any government officials will be reprimanded by the society.

Many think that pushing civil and moral education classes in primary school is a mistake, and many parents have lost faith in the local education system. Those parents who can afford the money will send their children overseas, those who cannot afford will send their children to tutorial centres, a form of education which shadows the official one, hence the term "shadow education".
Image from The Standard
Hong Kong is just behind South Korea (or maybe Japan) in terms of cash devoted in shadow education, meaning that Hong Kong parents are very much willing to spend money on private tuition. This willingness is exactly the key to making the "Tutor Kings" and "Tutor Queens" millionaires in Hong Kong.

If I was not so into real teaching, I should have gone to make millions of dollars a year.

Bay (window) -- (n)[C] a window space projecting outward from the main walls of a building and forming a bay in a room, either square or polygonal in plan.
Froebel Gifts  -- (n)[C] are a range of educational materials designed by Friedrich Fröbel. They were first used in the original Kindergarten at Bad Blankenburg.
Property Tyranny -- (n)[C] the monopoly in the real estate market in Hong Kong
Chinese screen -- (n)[C] a type of free-standing furniture. It consists of several frames or panels, which are often connected by hinges or by other means. It can be made in a variety of designs and with different kinds of materials. Folding screens have many practical and decorative uses. It originated from ancient China, eventually spreading to East Asia, Europe, and other regions of the world.
illegal structure / construction -- (n)[C] 
social polarization -- (n)[C] is associated with the segregation within a society that may emerge from income inequality, real-estate fluctuations, economic displacements etc. and result in such differentiation that would consist of various social groups, from high-income to low-income.
reprimand -- (vb) [T] formal to express to someone your strong official disapproval of them
civil and moral education -- (n)[U]
shadow education -- (n)[C] private tutoring, in other words

Bay Window @ Wikipedia

Froebel Gifts @ Wikipedia

TIME Magazine,9263,501120709,00.html

Home Truth @ The Standard

Chinese screen @ Wikipedia

Tutors: a question of value @ The Standard

Kim, M. (2007). School choice and private supplementary educationin South Korea. Paper presented at the IIEP policy forum onconfronting the shadow education system: What governmentpolicies for what private tutoring? Paris: IIEP-UNESCO

Bray, TM (2010). Researching Shadow Education: Methodological Challenges and Direction

Friday 20 July 2012

Techonology: iPad 3 VS NEXUS 7 Drop Test

Hi folks, it's time to update you with the latest drop test by SquareTrade first-hand!!! This time, it is the iPad 3 VS the NEXUS 7, what's even more special is that they will not only jump from high, they will go for a swim this time!

See what words you can pick out from the video. Enjoy!

Just in case you haven't seen the drop test for the iPad 2 VS the New iPad, here's the video!

first-hand (adv) If you experience something first-hand, you experience it yourself
scuff -- (n) (vb)[T] to make a rough mark on a smooth surface, especially on a shoe or floor
thud -- (n) [C] the sound that is made when something heavy falls or hits something else
shatter -- (vb) [I or T] to (cause something to) break suddenly into very small pieces

SquareTrade's Face-off: Nexus 7 vs. iPad @ YouTube

New iPad vs. iPad 2 Drop Test

Thursday 19 July 2012

Opinion: Apple's New Product -- MacBook Wheel!!!

Remember that in the entry News: Amazing Stuff From Last Week -- Part 1, Bill Gates said tablets won't work in classrooms because there is no keyboard? Well, here's something to prove him wrong! Wait till he sees Apple's revolutionary product!

"I'll buy almost anything if it's shiny and made by Apple." -- Alex Zalban, Apple User

Locky's English Playground always bring you fun in learning English!

News: Amazing Stuff From Last Week -- Part 1 @ Locky's English Playground

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Vocabulary: Random Words This Week

Dessert! Yum!
Image from Locky's English Playground
Sorry, I'm not going to teach you how to make desserts like this one, because it is actually really easy, just cut some fruits, mix them together, and there you get it. But can you see those little jelly behind the mangoes?


Okay, how about this one?
Image from seriouseats
Do you know the name for this? or in fact, what it is? Looks like some seeds from the dragonfruit?
Image from Wikipedia
This is a kind of seed, seed of a plant, but it is not from the dragonfruit, it is from basil.
Image from burpee
Basil seed is the name! Remember that!

Next, what do we call the following air-conditioners?
Split Type
Image from
Window Type
Image from diytrade
Yes, you are right! They are called Split type and Window type air-conditioners.

Then I was re-re-rewatching House M.D. from Season 1 again this week, and every time I watch I pick up something new.

Gabe tells Doctor Chase that he is cursed
Image from photobucket / FOX
In season 1 episode 13, a boy named Gabe was involved in some kind of séance activity,
A  séance
Image from Google
Gabe was asked to out his hand on a pointer together with the other kids on a spirit board / ouija board
spirit board / ouija board
Image from epicparanormal
Gabe was then told by the spirit(?) that he was going to die within a year, and he really did get really sick.

What happened at the end? You'll have to watch it!


basil seed -- (n)[C]
spilt type & window type air-conditioner -- (n)[C]
séance -- (n) [U]  is an attempt to communicate with spirits.
spirit board / ouija board -- (n)[U] 

Basil Seed

Spilt, Window type Air-conditioner @ Wikipedia

Séance @ Wikipedia

Bulimia nervosa @ Wikipedia

Sunday 15 July 2012

Photography: Galaxyography VS iPhoneography

Law and Money (2012) -- Locky Law
Shot with Galaxy S2
Image from Locky's English Playground
Hello, I am a Galaxyographer.

A Galaxyographer is, of course, is into Galaxyography -- the photography of the Galaxy phones. This is a relatively new term as compared to iPhoneography -- the photography of the iPhones. 
Maybe it's because the first Samsung Galaxy smartphone was launched after the first iPhone, but the iPhones definitely have a larger photography fan base.

Shot with iPhone 4
Image from Maxim Leung

In what ways are iPhoneography and Galaxyography similar? Since both on-phone cameras are pretty wide, it is ideal for landscape photography, together with the panorama functions, the landscape photos can cover even wider angles. 

Shot with iPhone 4
Image by Maxim Leung

These small cameras also come with macro ability, allowing their users to shoot close up shots with a fair amount of magnification
Shot with iPhone 4
Image by Maxim Leung
However, the most typical yet amazing advantage of the two types of photography is the ability to carry out on-phone post-processing, that is to tune colours, add filters and effects immediately on the phones without the need to connect to a computer.

Shot with iPhone 4
Image by Maxim Leung
Both the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S2 and S3 can take photos up to 3264x2448 pixels, meaning that they are supposed to work just as well / as noisy in terms of picture quality.

Then of course, due to the small JPG sizes of the photos taken with these smartphone cameras, sharing on social networks like Facebook is quick and easy.

Then what about the differences between the two?

Other than the fact that the two cameras are used by two very different groups of people, I think the attitude is slightly different.

Maybe the getting filter apps on the App Store is easier, maybe there are really better performing apps for the iPhones and so iPhoneographers tend to process their photos more heavily then Galaxyographers.

(Edited via TiltShiftGen, PlasticBullet & PicGrunger)
Image from KateHailey
Image from KateHailey

iPhoneographers can be photographers and also artists or painters, they can jump from one filter app to another, cross-processing their photos multiple times to achieve the desired artistic pieces. The results, as you can see from the above images, can be spectacular!  iPhoneographers  can become a painter without knowing how to dilute their paints, they can create that textures without actually using canvases. Everything can be done, if they are expert enough, in matter of minutes. It is a unique form of art! Amazing indeed!

Mingling At Night (2012) -- Locky Law
Shot with Galaxy S2
Image from Locky's English Playground
But for Galaxyographers, we do not enjoy as much photo-manipulations as the iPhoneographers do. We may have filter apps too, but they are not as well-developed as those in the App Store. Even if we decided to pay and buy some apps, they are simply not good enough. We Galaxyographers are stuck with some a few basic filters which won't degrade the photo quality.

We are stuck with just the on-phone cameras.

Blessed or cursed?

Without the help of all these filters which I, at one time, tried very hard to search for on the Android Market (Now called Google Play), I began to focus more on the techniques of taking a good picture. Learning to compose an image (composition: the ways to arrange subjects and objects in a photograph) is very important indeed but it is not as nearly as critical as "feeling the image".

The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) -- Ansel Adams
Image from Wikipedia
One of THE MOST world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams once said, 

"A photograph is usually looked at -- seldom looked into." 

With this he meant two points, 
  1. since "there are always two people: the photographer and the viewer", many viewers simply look at how beautiful a photo is and ignore what is conveyed in the image.
  2. the photographers themselves forget to look into the image that they are composing and simply look at the what is presented to them.

Reclaiming? Is It Yours? (2012) -- Locky Law
Shot with Galaxy S2 from the front row of a bus
Image from Locky's English Playground
In order words, does an image have a story in it? What is the story? If a photograph has no story, it has no meaning.

“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum.” -- Ansel Adams

As such, are you able to capture that deep image?

Skills are always more important than the cameras you have, but the best way to master the skills of a photographer is to be in a situation which the equipment is limited, because only then will one learn to think hard with their brain.

My Galaxy S2 has helped me become a better photographer, that's why I love it.

If you like my photos, please visit my Digitalrev page at
If you like Maxim's photos, please visit her Facebook page at


Galaxyography -- (n)[U] the photography of the Galaxy phones.
iPhoneography -- (n)[U] the photography of the iPhones.
panorama -- (n)[C] a view of a wide area
magnification -- (n)[U] the process of making something look bigger than it is, for example by using a magnifying glass
post-processing -- (n) processing an image after it has been taken with a camera
manipulation -- (n)[C or U] mainly disapproving controlling someone or something to your own advantage, often unfairly or dishonestly
are stuck with -- from stick (vb) [I or T] to cause something to become fixed, for example with glue or another similar substance
blessed or cursed? -- is it good or bad?
composition --(n)[C] [C] the way that people or things are arranged in a painting or photograph
renowned -- (adj) famous for something


iPhoneography @ Wikipedia

Locky's EP @ Digitalrev

Locky's EP photos @ Digitalrev

Maxim Leung @ Facebook

An Introduction to iPhoneography @ CreativeLIVE

Ansel Adams

Locky's English Playground @ Digitalrev

Maxim Leung @ Facebook

Photography: Welding Glass Photography (WGP) Result 2012 @ Locky's English Playground