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開創型(七殺、破軍、廉貞、貪狼)-人魚公主

人魚公主在自己的小花園裡種滿了紅色的花朵,且只種紅色的花朵。
紅色是熱烈的,也是激進的。開創型的你就像這紅紅的一團燃燒著的火。也許生活中的你並不像人魚公主那樣沉默憂鬱和富於深思,但你們卻同樣有著一顆勇敢而又堅韌的心。小公主不要三百年的壽命和海底無憂無慮的安逸生活,卻想要一個靈魂和人間的歡樂。跟她的姐姐們相比,她明顯地那麼與眾不同,她的思想具有她們所不具有的開闊和新穎,開創型的你,亦是如此。但也就是因為你的這些思想,你的人生注定坎坷和不平凡。

你是一個天生的冒險家,你的骨子潛藏著一種「賭性」。當小公主穿過急轉的漩渦和可怕的森林勇敢地走向海底的巫婆那,想用自己最美的聲音換取一雙腿時,明知道這麼做將忍受每走一步就如走在刀尖上的痛苦,而且結果並不一定能換來王子的愛和一個不滅的靈魂,可她還是全都答應了下來。—-對於愛情,你們都是一往情深,無怨無悔。「仁」、「義」,是你性格中的閃光點,但也可能造成悲劇。小公主拿著巫婆給的刀子,面對著王子卻下不了手,最後只能悲傷地看著王子跟鄰國的公主結婚,自己卻化身為海面上的泡沫……


領導型(紫微、天府、武曲、天相)-拇指姑娘


又聰明又堅強的公主--拇指姑娘。領導型的你,就像這位身材迷你的她。你是一個有著大理想的人物,這種理想是你生活的動力,也是你選擇生活的標準。就像拇指姑娘一樣,雖然身材小得微不足道,生活環境也很艱苦,但卻嚮往著光明和自由。一路上被癩蛤蟆搶親,被金龜子們嘲笑,也都堅強地忍了下來。而理性,是你的性格基石。什麼是自己想要的,什麼是自己不想要的,你的心裡都有底,而且絕不牽強。田鼠和鼴鼠的生活可算是很不錯了,吃不完,用不盡,但拇指姑娘討厭在這種庸俗的、自私的、沒有陽光的泥巴底下過日子,最終還是跟著燕子一起飛向了南邊。縱然這麼做,會有愧於對她有救命之恩的田鼠。

命運只由自己來控制--領導型的你冷靜地走著自己的路,一步步打造自己的理想。所以,拇指姑娘最後才能與花王子從此過上幸福美滿的生活。


支援型(太陽、巨門、天機)-灰姑娘


支援型的你很容易就能從她身上看到自己的影子。你是一個善於思考,感情豐富的人,但是卻容易沉湎在一種情緒里長時間解脫不出來。比如,就像那位可憐的失去母親的灰姑娘一樣,每天都要趴在母親的墳頭上哭三次--對命運的打擊最先的反應,只是一度地悲傷。 不過,聰明的頭腦和周全的思慮,是你隨時隨地都具備的。你想得多,想得深,雖然有時候會猶疑不定,不過你卻清楚地知道,什麼是機遇,機遇又在哪裡。儘管灰姑娘沉浸在失去母親和受到後母以及姐姐們虐待的雙重痛苦之中,但是,當聽到王子要在舞會上挑選新娘的消息時,她意志堅定地一定要參加那個舞會,因為她明白,這是讓她命運改變的一個機會。

而善於運用人際關係,是你性格中的寶藏。你對平時積攢的人緣,懂得好剛用在刀刃上。試想,當灰姑娘的後母刁難灰姑娘,要她把灰燼裡的豌豆一粒不剩的揀出來時,若不呼求鴿子和斑鳩的幫助,以後的一切美好也就不存在了。


合作型(太陰、天同、天梁)-白雪公主


世界上最美麗的童話公主,也是最善良,最單純的童話公主。
合作型的你就如這位白雪公主一樣,可愛又令人擔心。你的性格柔弱文靜,愛好和平,樂於助人。這些優點讓你很容易成為人見人愛之人,好人緣自是不必說的。這點從獵人不忍心對白雪公主下手這件事上就可見一斑,到後來的與七個小矮人的相處上,更是得到了具體的證實。
而善良是你的最大本質。這個本質既是你的優點,也是你的一個隱患。你總是過於輕信他人,對人世間各種事物的看法有時候太過單純,沒有不應有的害人之心,卻也沒有應有的防人之心。所以,善良的白雪公主才會一而再,再而三地被惡毒王后的伎倆所騙倒,讓小矮人們憂心忡忡,悲傷不已。

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  • May 18 Tue 2010 12:21
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King of Wands

King of Wands

In the Past position
A card in the left position indicates what has happened to affect your question in the past.

Meaning: Status, honour. An intellectual, artistic force who is more stable than the Knight of Wands. A man who has succeeded due to his own intelligence and determination. Overcoming a disadvantaged start in life to reach a position of influence and satisfaction. The card represents more than the material success which may accompany his rise is achievement that contributes to the arts, sciences, or quality of life. A life well lived.

 
Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords

In the Present position
A card in the middle position indicates what is affecting your question at this time.

Meaning: An impressive, empowering, trailblazing woman. Courage and intelligence. Steely determination. Revolutionary, pioneering qualities. Confidence. One who will not be held down by convention. Even if she appears mild-mannered, at her core she remains an independent, even rebellious spirit. Gains. Taking control. No-nonsense sort of woman. May be careless or unsympathetic with the feelings of others.

 
The Lovers

The Lovers

In the Future position
A card in the right position indicates your questions future.

Meaning: Union of opposites. The promise or potential for love and romance. Partnership. Attraction, chemistry, lust. Magnetism. Harmony. Play. Joy. Humour. Romantic interlude or amorous encounter. Restless imagination. The crystallizing, projecting process of blind love. High hopes. Flare of desire. Friendship, admiration, and affection. Communion. Sharing. On a deeper level it can represent transformational power of love. Inspiring feats to attain or secure love. Being made brave by love. Conviction and commitment. The mystic bond of familiar spirits. Mutual understanding. Fusion and energy. A pact. Symptoms of love: anxiety, vulnerability, short attention span. Being made useless by love. Poetry, daydreams, music. Expanding experience. Loss of the rational. Gratitude. Can represent a choice between what is desired and what is acceptable. Assessment. If a decision is involved,

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  • May 17 Mon 2010 14:50
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Queen of Swords - Reversed

Queen of Swords - Reversed

In the Past position
A card in the left position indicates what has happened to affect your question in the past.

Meaning: Overweening ambition. Greed and lust for power. Dangerous, even violent woman. Fanatical zeal. Abuse. Jealousy.

 
Three of Cups

Three of Cups

In the Present position
A card in the middle position indicates what is affecting your question at this time.

Meaning: Celebration. Thanksgiving. Shared happiness. Pleasure and satisfaction. Enrichment of friendships. Support, encouragement. Excitement and play. Enjoying arts and talents. Luck, excitement, and momentum. Goodwill and humour. The doubling effect of success shared. The joy of artistic collaboration. Romantic fun. The freshness of spring. Gratitude and good health.

 
The Lovers

The Lovers

In the Future position
A card in the right position indicates your questions future.

Meaning: Union of opposites. The promise or potential for love and romance. Partnership. Attraction, chemistry, lust. Magnetism. Harmony. Play. Joy. Humour. Romantic interlude or amorous encounter. Restless imagination. The crystallizing, projecting process of blind love. High hopes. Flare of desire. Friendship, admiration, and affection. Communion. Sharing. On a deeper level it can represent transformational power of love. Inspiring feats to attain or secure love. Being made brave by love. Conviction and commitment. The mystic bond of familiar spirits. Mutual understanding. Fusion and energy. A pact. Symptoms of love: anxiety, vulnerability, short attention span. Being made useless by love. Poetry, daydreams, music. Expanding experience. Loss of the rational. Gratitude. Can represent a choice between what is desired and what is acceptable. Assessment. If a decision is involved, indicates happy outcome after struggles.

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來源=富比世 / 撰稿=Phillippa Stewart (2010.04.22 14:31)

這裏的食物令人垂涎三尺,價格也高到讓你淚流滿


東京的米其林星級餐廳比巴黎的更多。若按人口算,每個京都人所擁有的米其林星級餐廳數量屬世界各地之首。2007年,在曼谷的 Mezzaluna(http://www.lebua.com/bangkok/dining/mezzaluna/ ),一份有10道菜的套餐的售價超過3萬美元。在亞洲,高級餐廳領域一片繁榮景象。

LUXE 城市指南(http://www.luxecityguides.com )出版編輯 Grant Thatcher 表示:“亞洲餐飲業不斷發展壯大。作為‘全球最佳50家餐廳獎’香港評審團主席,我很高興看到在過去幾年裏世界各地對這一活動的關注度有了很大的提高。”倫敦的食評家、《London Transport Restaurant Guide》作者 Andy Hayler(http://www.andyhayler.com/ )說:“二十多年來,我隔一段時間就會去亞洲旅行,那裏豪華餐廳的發展速度令人驚訝——毫無疑問,日本的高級餐廳最多。”

東京的 Aragawa,可能算得上最有名的,不僅因為其鮮嫩的神戶牛肉,還因其昂貴的價格。這裏的神戶牛肉來自黑毛和牛中的但馬牛品種。很多國家都試圖通過將和牛與安格斯牛進行雜交來獲得類似於“神戶口味”的牛肉,但神戶牛肉的獨特風味是不可複製的——每頭牛天天都會受到按摩也是其肉質鮮嫩的一個原因。每磅神戶牛肉的售價接近800美元。

《The Miele Guide》(http://www.mieleguide.com/ )聯合創始人、Ate Media(http://atemedia.com/ )主管 Aun Koh 稱:“在日本,有些餐館甚至需要通過介紹才能預定到。”《The Miele Guide》最新一期進行特別介紹的位於東京 Giza 區的 Mibu 就是這類餐廳。還有 Kitcho,它在大阪、京都和東京開了多家分店,有些店只向餐廳會員和他們的朋友們開放。Koh 說:“這些餐廳十分高檔,消費也很高。”

亞洲其他高級餐廳包括香港文華東方酒店 (Mandarin Oriental Hotel) 的庫克廳 (Krug Room) (http://www.mandarinoriental.com/about_mo/media/press_kits/hong_kong/krug_room.aspx)和位於泰國的 Mezzaluna (http://www.lebua.com/bangkok/dining/mezzaluna/)。Mezzaluna 曾在2007年全球第二屆首席名廚大會慶祝晚宴 (Epicurean Masters of the World II Gala Dinner) 上提供過最昂貴的一頓正餐——每個人的平均花費高達3萬多美元。6位三星級米其林餐廳主廚一起參加了這場具有慈善性質的烹飪盛典。Mezzaluna 還擁有全球最昂貴的甜點菜單之一。Louis Roderer Cristal Brut 2000 香檳雪冰沙,加“馬達加斯加”巧克力蛋糕,再配上 Moët très 上等7號香檳,這樣一份甜點要價625美元。

在香港文華東方酒店的庫克廳用餐,每人的花費為256美元。文華東方酒店發言人 Katherine Anthony 稱:“庫克廳在香港的確是獨一無二的,也確實沒有其他地方可以像這裏一樣。”

庫克廳位於該餐廳廚房的中心位置,最多可接待12位客人。賓客們可通過另一家餐廳的後門被領進餐廳。行政總廚 Uwe Opocensky 因其“漸進式烹飪法”而聞名。Opocensky 曾在 El Bulli (http://www.elbulli.com/) 工作,並得到其知名行政總廚 Ferran Adria 的指導。El Bulli 曾五次榮登《Restaurant》雜誌 San Pellegrino 全球最佳餐廳榜 (http://www.theworlds50best.com/) 首位。

庫克廳沒有固定的菜單——客人們享用的都是主廚一時興起之作,一頓飯有10到15道菜,菜品種類繁多。2009年晚些時候,該餐廳推出的定期菜品是 Uwe Opocensky 的“Forgotten Beef”——這道菜被有意設計成像被嚴重煮過了一樣。

Anthony 表示:“這道菜的靈感來源於對兒時一道被偶然遺忘在烤箱中的菜肴的記憶。”她說:“宮崎牛肉經過恰到好處的蒸煮後,被塗上由薰制過的茄子皮粉末做成的‘仿焦’層,享用時還配上了可食用的木炭粉。”

顯然,亞洲餐廳正開始從價格上與歐美同行展開競爭。但是,在你匆忙準備花錢消費前,Luxe 的 Thatcher 有句有關高級餐廳的忠告要送給你:“昂貴和高級並不一定意味著優秀,我認為牢記這一點非常重要。”

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魚材怎麼挑

魚材:蝦、鮪魚、鮭魚等

握壽司所用的魚材,盡量不要挑太少見的魚肉,從基礎常見的魚類下手,比較能夠掌握紋理與口感的呈現。

為了避免失敗,先請魚販協助切片再帶回家,因為家中菜刀與職業用的生魚片構造不同,難以切出簡潔、俐落的效果。

如果一定要在家中處理,可參考以下的尺寸,基本上要蓋頭蓋尾為佳。蝦要連尾巴一起,頭部則可有可無。魚的尺寸以10公分長、4公分寬為佳,厚度則視魚種而定;如鮪魚這類紅肉魚,厚度約0.4公分、白肉魚約0.2公分。

 
煮飯有撇步

在握壽司的世界裡,米飯是重要的關鍵角色,不僅要選好的米,還要煮得好、拌得好才行。

 

選米

當然是以越光米為宜,其口感、彈性最佳,不過一開始,可先用一般白米練習,等到熟練後再改用越光米。也有的店家會用壽司米摻不同比例的糯米來增加黏度,不過那複雜度更高,新手不用搞得那麼複雜。

洗米

工具:一支網杓、一只洗米鍋。

洗米有絕竅,是為確保髒水不會殘留在米飯內。

一顆握壽司的重量約11公克,米量的多寡可依需求調整(要包括自己邊捏,肚子餓時塞到嘴巴裡的分量)。

1.將米倒入洗米鍋,避免洗米過程中刮傷電鍋內側。

2.第一次洗米時,放入米量兩倍的水,稍微用手輕撥一下,就迅速將米用網杓瀝乾,因為白米上原本就附著一些髒物,加入水後,米的孔隙會張開,如果不迅速倒除,會將融到水中的髒污,又被米粒給吸收進去。

3.再將米倒回洗米鍋內,手呈爪狀,如同洗衣機般,快速順時鐘乾洗米30下,再倒入清水,這時不再攪拌,只將混濁的水倒掉。如此動作重複三次,也就是總共旋轉90下。切記不可用手來回搓揉米粒,這樣容易把米撞碎,影響米粒完整性與口感。

4.待水接近透明清澄後,將米瀝乾,倒回電鍋內,並且倒入礦泉水,泡約1小時後,讓米粒充分吸收水分,再按下開關煮米。

醋水

醋水由鹽、白糖、工研醋以1:3:5的比例組成,一碗約200公克的飯需使用30C.C.的醋水,也可按照自己喜愛的口味調整。

 

撥飯

●工具:一只淺盆、飯匙、醋水。

撥飯有技巧,是製作醋飯的重要過程。

1.飯煮好後,先等10分鐘,讓米飯的水分蒸發掉。

2.準備一只淺盆盛裝,能讓米飯均勻平鋪為佳。

3.白飯淋上醋水。

4.用飯匙斜切白飯,才不會破壞米粒的完整性;各轉90度、連切三回。

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美國國會眾院6日以246票對161票通過「房屋之星」 (Home Star)法案,授權兩年撥款60億美元鼓勵屋主改善房屋,節約能源。符合資格的屋主將可獲得數千美元補助。

這個計畫由歐巴馬總統提出,法案還須獲得國會參院通過。此一短期計畫也被稱為「現金換填縫」 (Cash for Caulkers),政府希望它像去年的「舊車換現金」計畫一樣成功,並預期將有三百萬家庭參與。


補助分為兩種。第一種稱為「銀星」,消費者進行各種房屋更新,包括增加絕緣、管道封漏,更換熱水器、空調系統、窗戶、屋頂和門,可獲1000美元至1500美元補助。第二種稱為「金星」,消費者接受房屋能源檢查,然後進行可節省能源費用20%的改造,獲得3000美元補助。能源節約超過5% ,可額外補助1000美元,以此類推,總額不得超過8000美元。


「房屋之星」計畫是去年經濟振興法案包含的「能源抵稅計畫」之外的措施。早先的計畫最高退稅1500美元,將在今年底結束。


據估計,將有三百萬家庭利用新計畫,在10年內節約92億美元能源開銷。他們並表示,新計畫將製造16萬8000個工作機會,主要在受到經濟衰退重挫的建築業。


支持的議員大多數是民主黨員,他們說,這個計畫具有振興建築業和更環保的功能。法案提案人佛蒙特州民主黨國會眾議員威爾契說:「房屋之星法案是一項紮實的投資,可以達成為屋主節約能源、使環境更清潔、在國內製造更多工作的效果。」


共和黨議員絕大多數表示反對,他們附加一個條件:如果民主黨無法找到財源,補助計畫將予以終止。

【2010/05/07 聯合晚報】

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You may have noticed the lines at home-improvement stores getting longer or heard the whirring of buzz saws in your neighborhood. After years of economic recession and housing-market malaise, people are starting to fix up their homes again.

According to an April 15 report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, annual spending on remodeling is expected to accelerate this year, with nearly 5% growth over 2009. "This year could produce the first annual spending increase for the industry since 2006," the peak of the housing boom, says center director Nicolas P. Retsinas.


But the forces driving today's action couldn't be more different from those during the boom. Back then, people wanted to renovate their places so that they could trade up to bigger homes, or because their home equity was soaring and they wanted to reinvest some of the spoils.


Now, the opposite is happening: Many people who bought during the boom years are accepting the reality that they won't soon be swapping up for a sybaritic spread. Their mortgages may remain above water, but after years of falling home prices, their equity is so low that the transaction costs of buying a new house would leave little for a down payment.


In short, they are stuck.


"People have seen their down payments kind of wiped out," says Harvard economist Jeremy Stein. "They are locked into their house. They can't really move, even if they thought the other house was cheap and a good deal."


So these people are making their homes more comfortable for a longer-than-expected stay. Setting aside old calculations of how much a particular improvement will add to resale value, they are making smaller tweaks that can make a big difference in livability. You might call it "psychological return on investment."


Nowadays, say real-estate agents and contractors, smaller projects like updating kitchens and baths and humble attic-bedroom conversions are more popular, while two-story master suites and $100,000 kitchen blowouts are decidedly out of fashion. Hidden improvements like insulation also are on the rise, as people realize they won't be able to pass on their drafts, leaks and other problems to the next guy. Tax credits that expire in 2010 are enticing people to make energy improvements, too.

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  • Negotiator 23%
  • Explorer 29%
  • Director 19%
  • Builder 28%


About
your personality


You have a great deal of energy and vitality. You are curious, creative and resilient. You have many interests; and you find pleasure in doing and thinking about all sorts of things.

You tend to be optimistic, seeing the world as a place of adventure-- physical, intellectual or both. You seek first-hand experiences. And when you embark on a project or expedition, you like to be organized, thorough and responsible.

You enjoy the pleasures of the senses, yet you are firmly grounded in reality and live in the here and now. You can be charming and charismatic; and you sometimes like to surprise those you love with generous presents.

You also have a clear moral compass and stand up for your beliefs. And in spite of your flexibility and enjoyment of novelty, you have a genuine respect for home, family, work and community. You are conscientious, dependable, cooperative and protective.


With Explorer as your primary type, you can be:

  • Novelty seeking
  • Flexible
  • Impulsive and spontaneous
  • Open-Minded
  • Curious
  • Energetic
  • Creative


With Builder as your secondary type, you can be:

  • Traditional
  • Patient
  • Social
  • Community Oriented
  • Loyal
  • Orderly
  • Dependable


Relating
to others


You have a keen sense of humor and a great many interests-so people gravitate to you. You are also savvy at managing and handling others. And because you are broad-minded, adaptable and playful, as well as dependable and loyal, you can be an exciting yet stable and dedicated friend and colleague.


In love and relationships


You are attracted to people who will explore ideas, philosophies, cities and/or the natural world with you. You like spontaneous, curious risk-takers like yourself. And you want a partner who shares your live-and-let-live attitude. But you also need someone who is eager to help you build strong family and community ties. You are interested in sex; sexual compatibility is an important part of your primary relationship. Although you like to spend your money, you admire frugal people and believe in saving-except when an appropriate adventure comes along. And you seek a partner who is pragmatic, who shares your view of duty and tradition and whom you regard as moral and cooperative. Yet he or she has to have your level of energy and curiosity too.


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