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David Plunkert

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How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy – Magazine – The Atlantic

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Ari Folman – Waltz with Bashir

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The Dinner Party podcast

some highlights…..

Reyhan Harmanci, culture editor of San Francisco’s Bay Citizen, proves that even protestors have wish lists. And Texas Monthly editor Jake Silverstein reveals there’s a new lawman on the border beat… and he has a 7th-degree black belt in C-movies — excuse us — “aikido.”

Filmmaker Gary Hustwit has crisscrossed the globe in search of bold and baffling trends in design. His accessible films constitute a sort of “Design Trilogy”: Helvetica picks apart the ubiquitous font, Objectified examines product design, and now Urbanized (out next weekend) tackles city planning. This week Gary schools us on the latest in urban design, so you’ve got something to talk about with the next designer you dine with.

With the retro candy trend heating up, Rico heads to Istanbul, Turkey to taste the 18th-century confection known as Turkish Delight. Writer and food guide Megan Clark of Istanbul Eats points him to Altan Sekerleme, where four generations of Turks have been making the stuff since the 1800s. How’s that for old-school?

Episode 119: Antonio Banderas, Old-School Candy, and Music from a Non-belieber | The Dinner Party Download from American Public Media.

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Alberta Ferretti, Steven Meisel

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True love?


Nearly 24 hours since meeting my new smart rover and totally in love. I’m ready for a long term relationship. At least 2 years, according to the contract…

…when they were exposed to the video, our subjects’ brains didn’t just see the vibrating iPhone, they “heard” it, too; and when they were exposed to the audio, they also “saw” it. This powerful cross-sensory phenomenon is known as synesthesia.

But most striking of all was the flurry of activation in the insular cortex of the brain, which is associated with feelings of love and compassion. The subjects’ brains responded to the sound of their phones as they would respond to the presence or proximity of a girlfriend, boyfriend or family member.

In short, the subjects didn’t demonstrate the classic brain-based signs of addiction. Instead, they loved their iPhones.

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Paul Laffoley

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Tribute to Amy Winehouse | Mashup Germany |

Mashup-Germany – Amy (Mashup) |

Brand new mashup from the half-American mashup producer from Germany, BenStilller aka Mashup-Germany. In response to the terrible news of Amy Winehouse’s passing, he decided to produce a chill ballad tribute mashup. Blending together John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More,” The Shins’ “New Slang,” Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” and Swedish House Mafia’s “Save the World,” Mashup-Germany once again creates a masterpiece

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Don’t Call Me, I Won’t Call You –

Jonathan Adler, Mary Roach and others talk about talking on the phone.

“I remember when I was growing up, the rule was, ‘Don’t call anyone after 10 p.m.,’ ” Mr. Adler said. “Now the rule is, ‘Don’t call anyone. Ever.’ ”

Phone calls are rude. Intrusive. Awkward. “Thank you for noticing something that millions of people have failed to notice since the invention of the telephone until just now,” Judith Martin, a k a Miss Manners, said by way of opening our phone conversation. “I’ve been hammering away at this for decades. The telephone has a very rude propensity to interrupt people.”



Don’t Call Me, I Won’t Call You –

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complex Korean feeling… aka ‘han’…

aka ‘grumpy’?, aka ‘drama queen’? is this the explanation of a certain character?

Although there is little agreement among them on a precise definition, scholars acknowledge that han is central to the Korean character. For outsiders, grasping the notion is key to fathoming the Koreans themselves.

Korea han: A complex feeling called han tugs at Koreans –

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notso good grief

When Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds
Understanding Grief: : Scientific American

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Losing a loved one is always painful, but for most people time eventually heals the wounds. For about 10 to 20 percent of the bereaved, however, accepting and getting over a loss remains extremely difficult, even years later. Now researchers have come a step closer to elucidating the neurobiological underpinnings of this condition called complicated grief (CG). An August 15 functional MRI study in NeuroImage shows that in CG patients reminders of the deceased activate a brain area associated with reward processing, pleasure and addiction.

A team led by Mary-Frances O’Connor of the University of California, Los Angeles, studied 23 women—11 of whom suffered from CG—who had lost a mother or sister to breast cancer in the past five years. While in the scanner…

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the scoop on dopamine

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