Tuesday, February 26, 2013

85th Annual Academy Awards balance humor, sophistication | The ...

There?s just something about the Oscars.

Once a year, there is a three-hour-long snapshot in time ? okay, three and a?half, though I can?t even be mad about host Seth MacFarlane?s 17-minute opening this year ? during which the moviegoing public unites for one cause: critiquing films they most likely haven?t even seen yet. Or, in some extreme cases, films they?ve never heard of before (see: the entire Foreign Language Film category).?

It?s an interesting time in the world of cinema, a time when even the most passive pop culture consumer becomes a sudden expert on cinematography, costume design and sound mixing. We host viewing parties with our friends and fill out fake Oscar ballots; we start heated debates about the merits of Jessica Chastain?s performance in ?Zero Dark Thirty? versus that of Jennifer Lawrence in ?Silver Linings Playbook.? We overanalyze each acceptance speech down to the last syllable, and for one night only, we are all World?s Most Insightful Movie Critic.

But why?

The answer seems simple. It isn?t just the slight adrenaline rush that comes from correctly predicting the most winners (though it doesn?t hurt to earn bragging rights for the next 24 hours). It isn?t just the hilarity of a newly named Best Actress tripping on her way to the stage (nice save, Jennifer!). And it probably isn?t the newfound crush that even the most begrudging ?Family Guy? fan must have developed on Seth MacFarlane last night. That voice! Those jokes! The lack of a wedding ring!

It?s because, despite our differing opinions on the movies themselves, the Oscars have an innate ability to bring us together in our enjoyment of cinema.

Last night?s telecast was no different, featuring a little something for everyone. Well, okay, if you?re not a fan of show tunes or dancing, the ceremony probably had a little?too much of a certain something. But it was still a ceremony that tied generations together.

For those of us huddled in dorm rooms and apartments, putting off homework for this once-a-year event, the enjoyment came from seeing the voice of Peter Griffin dance alongside Harry Potter. For the viewers who?ve been watching the Oscars for decades, similar enjoyment came from Barbra Streisand?s stunning performance of ?The Way We Were? during the In Memoriam segment, as well as Daniel Day-Lewis? ability to crack a genuinely funny joke while accepting his award. Who knew Abraham Lincoln had such a quick wit?

It was a hybrid ceremony, one that could easily have been mistaken for the Grammys or Tonys at certain points along the way. Let?s make that an Oscars tradition, if it means Adele and Jennifer Hudson can come back and steal the show every year.

But for an awards show that has struggled to combine humor, youth, prestige and elegance for the last several years, the 85th annual Academy Awards were a resounding success.

At the very least ? even if Ang Lee?s Best Director win infuriated you and ?Argo??s Best Picture victory made you see red ? we all got a nice laugh out of hearing Russell Crowe sing.

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Moments of spirituality can induce liberal attitudes, researchers find

Feb. 25, 2013 ? People become more politically liberal immediately after practising a spiritual exercise such as meditation, researchers at the University of Toronto have found.

"There's great overlap between religious beliefs and political orientations," says one of the study authors, Jordan Peterson of U of T's Department of Psychology. "We found that religious individuals tend to be more conservative and spiritual people tend to be more liberal. Inducing a spiritual experience through a guided meditation exercise led both liberals and conservatives to endorse more liberal political attitudes."

"While religiousness is characterized by devotion to a specific tradition, set of principles, or code of conduct, spirituality is associated with the direct experience of self-transcendence and the feeling that we're all connected," says lead author Jacob Hirsh of U of T's Rotman School of Management.

In three studies, the researchers -- Hirsh, Peterson and Megan Walberg, examined their participants' political views in relation to their religiousness and spirituality. In the first study, they asked 590 American participants whether they identified as Democrat or Republican. In the second study, they measured 703 participants' political orientations and support for the major American and Canadian political parties. The researchers confirmed that religiousness was associated with political conservatism, while spirituality was associated with political liberalism. These associations were in turn due to the common values underlying these orientations: conservatism and religiousness both emphasize the importance of tradition, while liberalism and spirituality both emphasize the importance of equality and social harmony.

In the third study, the researchers recruited 317 participants from the U.S. and asked half to complete a spiritual exercise consisting of a guided meditation video. Those who watched the video were asked to close their eyes and breathe deeply, imagining themselves in a natural setting and feeling connected to the environment. They were then asked about their political orientation and to rate how spiritual they felt. The researchers reported that, compared to those in the control group, participants who meditated felt significantly higher levels of spirituality and expressed more liberal political attitudes, including a reduced support for "tough on crime" policies and a preference for liberal political candidates.

"Spiritual experiences seem to make people feel more of a connection with others," says Hirsh. "The boundaries we normally maintain between ourselves and the world tend to dissolve during spiritual experiences. These feelings of self-transcendence make it easier to recognize that we are all part of the same system, promoting an inclusive and egalitarian mindset."

The researchers hope that these findings can not only advance our understanding of spirituality, but also help future political dialogue.

"The conservative part of religious belief has played an important role in holding cultures together and establishing common rules. The spiritual part, on the other hand, helps cultures renew themselves by adapting to changing circumstances," says Peterson. "Both right and left are necessary; it's not that either is correct, it's that the dialogue between them produces the best chance we have at getting the balance right. If people could understand that both sides have an important role to play in society, some of the unnecessary tension might be eliminated."

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  1. J. B. Hirsh, M. D. Walberg, J. B. Peterson. Spiritual Liberals and Religious Conservatives. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2012; 4 (1): 14 DOI: 10.1177/1948550612444138

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Oscars' Five Funniest Moments: Seth MacFarlane, Halle Berry's 'Pussy Galore'

By Ryan J. Downey

Seth MacFarlane at the 2013 Oscars
Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1702558/oscars-funniest-moments-2013.jhtml

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In Self DefenseIn Self Defense is inspired by the true-life story of a martial arts legend who died at the hand of his own son. After fighting in the jungles of the South Pacific in World War II, Willy Wetzel and his family migrated from Indonesia to America in 1956. Willy opened one of the first martial arts schools in the United States in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He was a pioneer and became known worldwide for his mastery of many martial arts forms. The finest pupil Willy ever taught, was his second son, Roy Wetzel. The Wetzels all had their battle scars, some more visible than others. When Roy returned from Viet Nam with a Purple Heart, he hoped for a peaceful life at home. Instead Roy found himself in a fight with his father.One fateful night, their strained relationship finally came to a head. As Roy's young daughter lay asleep in the next room, a weapon-filled brutal fight between father and son ensued. The aftermath of Willy's last skirmish would leave Roy bloody and beaten and charged by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with Murder. This led to a controversial trial and the original court transcripts contained in the second half of this non-fiction novel give a compelling account of the prolonged legal contest that stirred up many debates. Following the lives of the Wetzels in intricate detail, In Self Defense will keep you turning the page till the very end.

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Jessica Chastain Denies Oscars 'Girl Fight' With Jennifer Lawrence

Actress shuts down rumors of a feud with her fellow Best Actress nominee.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz and Janell Snowden

Jessica Chastain at the 2013 Oscars
Photo: Getty Images

Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1702503/jessica-chastain-oscars-feud-jennifer-lawrence.jhtml

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Jets? owner talks realignment on Hockey Night in Canada

 The Jets moved from Atlanta after the 2010-11 season but remain in the Southeast Division. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

The Jets moved from Atlanta after the 2010-11 season but remain in the Southeast Division. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

By?Allan Muir

Mark Chipman isn?t a recluse, but the owner of the Winnipeg Jets doesn?t exactly seek out the limelight, either. So his appearance on Hockey Night in Canada Friday was a nice get for the show.

Host Scott Oake killed a couple minutes chatting with Chipman before he finally got around to the question that matters: realignment. He asked ?Jesus of the Prairies? if he thought the team would be in a conference more friendly for travel and for more natural rivalries.

?Yeah, I?m quite certain that?ll be the case,? said Chipman, who has been deeply involved in the process. ?I?m not quite certain how it will line up. I suspect it will be much like what we agreed to a little over a year ago. We?ll be playing down in the Central time zone which we were excited about, not only for the travel, but there was to be a couple of Original 6 teams in that conference. Playing against Minnesota, I think we could develop a really good rivalry as well.?

The December 2011 plan would have seen the Jets grouped with Detroit, Columbus, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, Minnesota, and Dallas. That proposal was scuttled by the NHLPA, forcing the Jets to remain in the geographically remote Southeast division for this shortened season.

The NHL and NHLPA are expected to resume talks on realignment next week, with sources suggesting a vote by owners to approve a slightly altered version of the 2011 plan could come as soon as Feb. 25.

Source: http://nhl.si.com/2013/02/15/jets-owner-talks-realignment-on-hockey-night-in-canada/

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Friday, February 15, 2013

13.02.15 08:00 Spaghetti Dinner Boy Scount Troop 151 - Friday February 15, 2013 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am @ Asbury Church

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2013 Fantasy Baseball Designated Hitter Rankings

Here are the 2013 Lester?s Legends fantasy baseball designated hitter rankings.
1. Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Butler blew up last year with a .313-72-29-107-2 line. He?s a career .300 hitter and now that he?s added the power, he?s become more dangerous and valuable.
2. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Big Papi was limited to 90 games last year, but he managed to turn in a .318-65-23-60-0 line. His 1.026 OPS was his highest since 2007. Papi is getting long in the tooth, but he continues to produce.
3. Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels
Trumbo has 61 home runs over the past two seasons. He doesn?t score many runs or hit for average, but he should provide plenty of power, especially in that offense.
4. Victor Martinez, Detroit Lions
Martinez didn?t play last year, but he?s a professional hitter. He has a career .303 batting average and provides some pop. His catcher eligibility makes him valuable.
5. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Davis finally delivered on his power promise with 33 bombs for the Orioles. They are the perfect fit for his free-swinging ways. Look for the power to continue.
6. Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
Dunn regained his power stroke with 41 home runs. His batting average, .204 last year and .240 lifetime, is a serious liability though.
7. Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays
Lind has decent power when he can stay healthy. His average, especially against left-handed pitching, leaves plenty to be desired, but he can help fantasy teams with his bat.
8. Kendrys Morales, Seattle Mariners
Morales returned from his long absence to his 22 home runs and drive in 73 runs. He should get more opportunities in Seattle, where there isn?t quite the logjam of talent as there was in Anaheim.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Microsoft: Windows 7 RTM support ends April 9, 2013

Microsoft may have just launched Windows 8 a few months ago, but there are still plenty of people who are using Windows 7 inside their PC. In fact, there may be some of you reading this that are using the same version of Windows 7 that was first released in 2009 but have yet to download the first (and apparently only) service pack released for the OS.

If you happen to be one of those Windows 7 users, you might want to consider downloading and installing SP1 as soon as possible. Microsoft updated the official Windows blog with word that official support for Windows 7 RTM will end in just a couple months. The support will stop on April 9, 2013, about 24 months after the launch of the Windows 7 service pack.

If you have a PC with Windows 7 SP1 installed, don't worry; official mainstream support for Windows 7 won't end until January 13, 2015. Extended support for the OS (meaning security patches but no new features) won't end until January 14, 2020. In any case, it is in your best interest to download and install that service pack, if only to keep your system up to date with the most recent version of the OS.

Source: Windows blog

Source: http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-windows-7-rtm-support-ends-april-9-2013

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California State Capitol Museum Showcases ?Contemporary Native American Art? Exhibit

Visitors to the California State Capitol Museum now have the opportunity to experience a vibrant new exhibit titled ?Contemporary Native American Art? that showcases baskets, jewelry, sculptures and paintings created by various tribal artists that embrace the Native culture and heritage.? In addition to intricate art pieces and hand-crafted artifacts, this special exhibit includes contemporary paintings created by Native artists that serve to tell a story and honor Native tradition.? The ?Contemporary Native American Art? exhibit showcases approximately 20 pieces of Native California art and is the result of a collaborative effort by the California State Capitol Museum, California State Parks, the State Indian Museum, the California Indian Heritage Center, the City of Roseville, and the Maidu Museum & Historic Site.

The exhibit elements are on loan from the Maidu Museum & Historic Site in Roseville that is committed to protecting, preserving and accurately interpreting the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Nisenan Maidu village site, a priceless heritage of California Native people.

The new ?Contemporary Native American Art? exhibit? is currently on display in the Attorney General Exhibit Room on the first floor of the State Capitol through May 17, 2013.?? Offering free admission and open seven days a week, the California State Capitol Museum is home to an extensive collection of important historical California artifacts, artwork, and antique furnishings.

For more information about this exhibit, or other events and activities at the State Capitol Museum, call 916-324-0333 or visit www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov

Source: http://eastsacramento.news10.net/news/arts-culture/110682-california-state-capitol-museum-showcases-contemporary-native-american-art-exhibit

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Eric Church leads ACM Awards nominations



They don't call him Chief for nothing: Eric Church is the top nominee at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

The rising country music star has seven nominations for the April 7 awards show in Las Vegas. Hunter Hayes is next with six, followed by Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert at five apiece.

Swift and Lambert are up for the academy's top honor ? entertainer of the year ? with Lambert's husband, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Swift is going for her third straight win in that category.

Shelton and Bryan will co-host the broadcast, to air live on CBS from the MGM Grand.

Along with naming nominees in a series of videos online Wednesday morning, the academy also awarded trophies in the three new artist categories. Jana Kramer is the new female vocalist of the year, Brantley Gilbert is the new male vocalist winner and Florida Georgia Line took new vocal duo or group, as voted by fans. Those three acts will now compete for new artist of the year.

Fans will continue to have a say in that category and entertainer of the year. Fans can vote in those categories beginning March 25 at http://VoteACM.com.

Church's "Chief" is up for album of the year along with Swift's "Red," Bryan's "tailgates & tanlines," Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" and Little Big Town's "Tornado." Jay Joyce scored a rare double in the category: He produced the Church and Little Big Town albums and will take home a trophy if either wins. He's also up for producer of the year.

Church is also up for male vocalist of the year with 2012 winner Shelton, Bryan, Aldean and Toby Keith. Lambert will be going for her fourth straight female vocalist of the year award with Swift, Underwood, Martina McBride and Kacey Musgraves, a newcomer who earned four nominations.

Others with four nominations include Bryan and Little Big Town. That quartet is up for vocal group of the year with Lady Antebellum, which has won the award three straight times, Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band and The Band Perry.

Surprise 2012 vocal duo winner Thompson Square is nominated in that category again along with Sugarland, Big & Rich, Florida Georgia Line, and Love and Theft.

Church also is nominated in the song and single of the year categories for "Springsteen." Lambert's "Over You," Hayes' "Wanted," Eli Young Band's "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" and Lee Brice's "A Woman Like You" round out the song of the year category.

Lambert, EYB and Hayes join Church in the single of the year category with LBT's "Pontoon."

A complete list of nominees is available at the acmcountry.com.

Source: http://www2.tboextra.com/entertainment/music/2013/feb/13/eric-church-leads-acm-awards-nominations-ar-633221/

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mobile phone maker Nokia expands budget Asha line-up

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Mobile phone maker Nokia expanded its line of low-end smartphones on Tuesday with the Asha 310, which comes with dual-SIM and wi-fi access, aiming to bolster its market share in developing markets.

Nokia has been losing market share to Samsung and Apple in the high-end smartphone market and is also struggling at the low end against growing competition from Chinese manufacturers.

The Finnish company said that the new Asha 310 will come with a full-touch 3-inch display and 2 megapixel camera. The phone allows users to switch between SIM cards and wi-fi to keep down costs.

Nokia plans for the phone to be in stores in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil this quarter at a price of $102.

(Reporting by Helsinki Newsroom; Editing by David Goodman)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/mobile-phone-maker-nokia-expands-budget-asha-line-084517491--finance.html

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GOP congressman invites Ted Nugent to Obama speech

WASHINGTON (AP) ? A Republican congressman says he's invited rocker Ted Nugent, who has referred to President Barack Obama's administration as "evil, America-hating," to the State of the Union address.

Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas said Monday on his website that Nugent will be his guest for the president's speech Tuesday night. Stockman has talked of impeaching Obama over his gun control proposals.

In a speech to the National Rifle Association during the 2012 campaign, Nugent said that if Obama were re-elected, the longtime gun-control opponent would either be "dead or in jail."

Nugent's remarks led to meetings with representatives of the Secret Service.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/gop-congressman-invites-ted-nugent-obama-speech-213845020.html

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US Oil Prices Jump 1.4% to Break 3-Day Losing Streak

U.S. crude futures jumped 1.4% to climb above $97 a barrel Monday, as traders cashed in on bets that the price gap between the world's two crude benchmark would widen, traders and analysts said.

Brent futures, the European benchmark, hit an eight-month high of $118.92 a barrel last Friday, which pushed its spread with the U.S. benchmark of West Texas Intermediate, or WTI, to $23.18, the biggest gap in 11 weeks. WTI moved higher as some investors took profits after betting that spread would widen by wagering Brent futures would rise while WTI fell, says Kyle Cooper, managing partner at the Houston-based consultancy IAF Advisors.

"Last week, the Brent market was hot, and WTI was not," said Tim Evans, analyst at Citi Futures Perspective in New York. "Everything is swinging today back in the other direction."

West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude for March delivery settled $1.31 higher at $97.03 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude on the ICE futures exchange settled 77 cents, or 0.7%, lower, at $118.13 a barrel, pulling back from an eight-month high it hit on Friday. The price gap shrank to $21.10.

The two crude benchmarks have traditionally traded within a few dollars of each other, but Brent has risen sharply against WTI over the last two years because a glut of oil has developed in Cushing, Okla., where the WTI contract is settled. Crude from newly discovered shale formations in Canada and the Midwest has pooled in Cushing, which lacked the sufficient pipelines to carry the oil to the refining complex along the coast of the Gulf Of Mexico.

This has weighed on WTI prices, while Brent is free of such concerns. The price gap hit a high of $27.88 in October 2013. However, the spread shrank to below $16 earlier this year when the capacity of the Seaway pipeline, which carries crude from Cushing to the Gulf, was increased from 150,000 barrels a day to 400,000 barrels a day.

But U.S. oil prices have been declining since Feb. 1 due to problems with the Seaway pipeline, which cut its capacity to the terminal at the end of the pipeline to 175,000. Fears of a growing glut again pushed U.S. prices down--and prompted bets that the spread between Brent and WTI would diverge.

Whether WTI can sustain Monday's rally will depend on oil supply data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday, traders and analysts said. If weekly crude-oil stockpiles fall more than analysts expect, "that might provide an impetus for prices to move higher," Cooper says.

A stronger euro also supported U.S. oil prices as the weaker dollar makes dollar-denominated crude less expensive for buyers of other currencies. The euro rose against the dollar after Jens Weidmann, European Central Bank member and president of Germany's central bank, said the euro was not seriously overvalued.

Front-month March reformulated gasoline blendstock, or RBOB, settled 3.76 cents, or 1.2%, lower, to $3.0212 a gallon. March heating oil settled 0.7 cent, or 0.2%, lower, to $3.2315 a gallon.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Job Searching? 160+ Openings at PopSugar and More!

Whether you're unemployed, underemployed or just looking for something a bit more interesting, the Mashable Job Board is full of listings to take your career to the next level.

Since 2005, Mashable has been committed to bringing the top digital, social and tech news and resources to our readers. Over time, we've built a readership of 20 million people who are well versed in digital trends, social media and all the hottest technologies. So when the world's best companies are looking to fill open positions, they post them on the Mashable Job Board. New jobs are added every day, and many positions are exclusive ? employers know that if they're going to find the right person for the job, they're going to find them reading Mashable.

Below, we've rounded up five recently posted jobs; check the Mashable Job Board daily for more open positions, and be sure to read our Job Search Series for tips on how to land your dream job.

Position: Sr. Operations Engineer
Location: San Francisco

"POPSUGAR, the leader in online media for women and recently named to the "10 San Francisco Tech Companies You Wish You Worked For" by Wired, is looking for an energetic Sr. Operations Engineer to help us scale our production platform. POPSUGAR develops high-performance web properties with an audience of over 30 million monthly visitors. If you like working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with a dynamic team of expert engineers using cutting-edge technology, then check us out!"

Position: Social Media Intern
Company: Imagination Publishing
Location: Chicago

"Imagination Publishing is a custom publisher and content marketing agency. We help clients increase engagement and build relationships with their customers. We have an immediate opening for a social media intern. This is a full-time internship (Monday-Friday; 9am-6pm) that lasts 12 weeks in length; while our internships are unpaid we do provide transportation reimbursement and a weekly meals stipend. Outstanding interns may receive an offer to continue their internship at the conclusion of the initial 12 week period."

Position: PR Account Executive
Company: Metro Public Relations
Location: Los Angeles

"Award-winning, dynamic entertainment PR team looking for an Account Executive with experience in digital, B2B and consumer-facing public relations. The Account Executive will support a variety of clients in the consumer brand, digital media, and startup sectors."

Position: Senior Account Supervisor/New Business Manager
Company: Edelman
Location: Seattle

"Edelman Digital is in search of an experienced digital & social media marketer in our Seattle office. This person will spend 50% of their time managing and driving digital and social programs on behalf of some of the worlds leading consumer and B2B brands, and the other 50% helping to drive new business efforts with existing and potential clients. This is an amazing opportunity to bring your expertise in account management, marketing and new business to our remarkable Seattle team.

"Edelman Digital is the worlds first and largest global social agency. We leverage the industrys best talent, combining insight driven business strategy, creative problem solving and flawless execution. This leads to measurable results for our clients and tangible value for their stakeholders.

"We focus on the intersection of culture, commerce and media, assisting brands in leveraging digital and social tools to further engage their markets in ways that lead to improved relevance, affinity and preference.and ultimately, revenue. We combine deep digital expertise with Edelmans incredible communication credentials to create integrated and effective communications and experiences for our clients."

Position: Web Content Coordinator
Company: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Location: Baltimore

"We are currently hiring a full-time Web Content Coordinator to work in Baltimore, MD. This position will report to the Director of Internet Strategy & Web Services and is dedicated to JHCP and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. As part of the Internet Strategy & Web Services team, the Web Content Coordinator will support the Web Content Specialists and other members of the Web team by coordinating content for hopkinsmedicine.org and related Web projects. The Coordinator will write and edit web content and coordinate with other staff efforts, internal and freelance, to contribute content. This role also ensures suitability and optimization of copy for the online environment, consistency in style and tone, relevancy for target groups and consistency within the organization-wide brand and messaging."

Check out these and other jobs on the Mashable Job Board. New postings are added every day, ranging from entry-level to C-suite positions.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

All's Fair in Love and War (Gotta love Paranormal chaos!)

There is a war that's raged one for much too long. There is a prophecy that's meant to sooth the fight. There are three kings with complexes to overcome. There are three women who will end the war. But no one has any idea of what's going on. The prophecy has been forgotten, the war has been eating up the lives of the Vampires, the Daemons, and the Lykaes alike, and how can mere humans solve anything?


One with hair of fire will soothe the bloodlust of the Vampire King. One with hair of night will tame the beast of the Lykae King. And one with hair of gold will soften the heart of the Demon King.

Two years after meeting the young women, the sisters, from the prophecy, the Kings return from their Medaeval world to modern day Earth. They don't know how, they don't know why, but they haven't forgotten these women, and they are still drawn to them intensely.

Of course, utter chaos ensues, what else?

Now that you know the plot, allow Pie to tell you a few things before you run off in fright ^^

This isn't actually my roleplay,I'm just the Co-gm, first off, but I can assure you that Mel, the creator of the game, and I will do our very best to bring this roleplay from the beginning to a conclusion, if you are willing to stay with us for that long.

Second, I tell you what you came here for. There are a good number of roles open.

Here is a list of what is not currently filled:

From the Vampire's corner:
The Captain of the Guard

From the Daemon's corner:
The Lead Adviser

From the Lykae's corner:
The Captain of the Guard
The Lead Adviser

Now go check it out, lovelies. roleplay/paranormal-dilemmas/
We won't bite...too hard.

And remember, there is no such thing as a small role ^^ The underlings do just as many interesting things as the Kings do, they just aren't nearly as bound by plot.

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The sound of N.Y. Fashion Week? Smartphones snapping

NEW YORK (AP) ? Remember clapping? As in when a fashion designer puts on his runway finale and then takes a bow before an adoring crowd.

The fashion hordes these days are way too busy tweeting, Instagramming and taking video with their smartphones to put those busy hands together. But more often than not, so are the fashion houses.

Technology has taken over in important ways for designers and was ready made for this New York Fashion Week as the huge storm had the elite teetering around Manhattan in blowing snow, clutching those phones.

Audiences had already been on the bandwagon, taking phone pics from their seats and posting reviews online before the models were off the runway, but designers are figuring out how to use all the instant feedback to their advantage.

Before the snow hit, information went out to retailers, editors, stylists and bloggers on how to view the Donna Karan and Helmut Lang shows online and through phone apps for those unable to attend in person.

Rachel Roy and Peter Som switched to entirely digital catwalk shows. Rebecca Minkoff and Kenneth Cole beamed live tweets on the walls, with Cole pledging donations to amFAR if a certain hashtag was used during the show.

Tommy Hilfiger collected curated interactions ? and added some himself ? that were shared with guests entering and exiting his menswear show. He planned to do the same Sunday for his women's collection.

Still clutching those phones, the crowds dealt Saturday ? Day 3 of the eight days of fall previews ? with the storm's mush of an aftermath in their dash around town and at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center.

The industry will shift to Milan, London and then Paris after the shows close here Feb. 14.


With buzz and anticipation building for his debut collection for Balenciaga, Wang used his own show to make the statement that his signature line is still very much on his mind.

The collection of finely tailored pieces in luxe and lush textured fabrics seemed elevated from the more casual and funky styles he's turned out the past few seasons, although there was the sportswear twist he is best known for woven into every look. It was a sophisticated turn ? and trick ? to pull off.

The song "Eye of the Tiger" of "Rocky III" fame was the underlying theme music as the models stepped onto the runway in the lobby of the ornate Cunard Building at the southern tip of Manhattan. (It was a drastic change in vibe from the airplane-hanger feel of the pier he had shown in for years that now is hosting the Westminster Dog Show.)

The catwalkers wore fur boxing gloves and hoods, with an opening for their ponytails, wrapped tightly around their heads, and fuzzy footwear. Sweatshirt-style tops were made of mohair with a touch of metallic, and fur had a burnout effect. He said he "disguised" some of the richest fabrics by brushing them, re-embroidering them and mixing them to make them modern.


Military touches are shorthand in high fashion for strength and confidence. Gurung added some exclamation points, specifically citing as his muse a woman in combat.

There has been much in the news ? and Gurung is a newshound ? about the Pentagon's decision to open more on-the-ground options to women and also technological advances in women's body armor.

"They're redesigning the whole uniform for women because all this while they've been wearing men's uniform," he said backstage.

That led Gurung to think about women's empowerment, all the way to women he read about from the Ukraine who are coming together in self-defense against human trafficking.

There were smart jackets with gold hardware and some with red-and-black brocades, crisp navy suits, and leather harnesses over stretch-crepe dresses with sexy slashes on the bodice and asymmetric peplums and hemlines.

There had to be a little femininity mixed in with the aggressiveness, Gurung explained, because it's femininity that gives women their best tool "to rule a man's world."


Scott Sternberg's womenswear customer likes her jackets, especially blazers. For fall, they're getting them with a little 1940s flair.

The designer would like to see her wearing them with great trousers like the women of the era who knew how to work ? with feminine wiles ? the borrowed-from-the-boys look.

But, Sternberg said, he doesn't want her to be clich?d, either, so he tossed some 1980s videogame references for good measure.

He had been in contact with Atari to partner on some holiday menswear gifty items when the light bulb went off for more refined women's clothes, Sternberg explained.

"We're turning Atari images into really chic prints for women on things like cardigans with Swarovski crystals on top," he said. " Video games on top of the '40s: It's kind of insane but kind of cool."


Opulent Touches and intense tones of malachite green, oxblood red and amethyst were Lhuillier's red carpet calling cards.

With the Oscars around the corner, the drama on Lhuillier's runway was wrapped in beads on lace and punctuated by malachite, with illusion effects, plunging backs and strapless glamour.

Lhuillier has been lucky in Hollywood (Julianne Hough at the Golden Globes) and hopes these gowns will help continue her run.

"Well you know, every time I start a collection I always say, 'What haven't I don't before, what's exciting, what's new, what do I want to accomplish this season?' So I wanted this girl to be super sexy. It's dramatic, mixed in with a little Art Deco, and just really intense color and intense structure."

While she didn't skimp on comfy, everyday looks for fall, sending out cable knit dresses in bone and shaggy fur coats, her gowns stole the show ? though her roomy cocktail dresses with high-low hemlines and swingy sheer overlays were pleasers, too.

She used a digital feather print on crepe for a sheath dress and a crepe strapless gown. A burnished brocade was printed on a tweed, notched-collar coat paired with black pants. Another print was an abstract of butterflies.

Lhuillier said backstage she "wanted to be darker, more sensual, and a little stronger and more confident" on the runway this time around. And she wouldn't talk Oscars.

"You'll have to wait and see but, um, anything is possible," she smiled.

Connie Britton, who appears in "Nashville," wore a fitted black Lhuillier on the front row and said her gowns are "pretty fantastic." Actress Bridget Moynahan was in a red Lhuillier and calls the designer "a good friend to have."


It was that easy: Stuart woke up one day thinking about how stylish British model Stella Tennant and her friends were, so Stuart thought she would create a wardrobe just for them.

She aimed to dress an aristocratic fashion risk-taker for all those parties at castles in the English countryside.

"I was thinking about the beautiful dinners and the charades she and her friends play, and the great performances they see at the end of the night," Stuart said backstage.

Her offerings include a plum-colored halter dress covered in satin flowers, a more tailored dress in black wool with more sharply cut flowers, and a white sheer man-tailored shirt paired with black evening shorts and a full-cut long black coat.


Miller's collection was called "Menswear With a Twist: Raiding the Boyfriend's Closet."

It was the good girl meets bad boy, packing a wardrobe of tough leather jackets, pleated skirts and several fedoras for the adventure. No apologies to mom.

There were particularly short knit dresses and a skin-hugging corset dress in a print called "tatooage," which looked exactly as it sounds.

And there were outfits more in line with what's expected from Miller, including a long dress in a wallflower print with a ruffle front and a stretch-denim dress with sexy net inserts.

The black matte-jersey, floor-length dress, with a dropped leather waist and notched V neck, that closed the show was the right high note to leave on.

But where Miller saw "golf pants" on a pair of loose baggy trousers paired with a burned out velvet-and-georgette blouse, the audience might have seen glorified sweats.


Feminine beaded tops over boy shirts were paired with punky skinny pants adorned with zippers as Taylor explored Frank Lloyd Wright and the Lower East Side of the 1980s.

"I had been reading that book, 'Loving Frank,' and I wanted everything to feel a little bit more architectural," said the New Zealander based for years in New York. "It inspired me to look at his work because I hadn't been terribly aware of architecture, really."

A black tweed and leather T-shirt was shown with an olive green stretch leather pencil skirt to capture both inspirations. Taylor paired a black, box-pleat top with a girly peplum and a frayed design in a tweed skirt done in wine red.

A black pleated leather skirt was trimmed in a mesh-like lace and worn with a pleated top in plum.

The collection for fall, Taylor said, was definitely more structured and tailored than her work in the past, with help from a bonded stretch knit that created a delicate texture.

She patched colors together in an ode to Wright's famous stainglass windows, relying on petrol blue, ruby, lavender, violet and camel.


Max Azria wanted to infuse the metal sculptures of the artist duo Les Lalanne with the bandage silhouette of the Herve Leger line, but what he got was urban jungle-inspired armor.

Azria mixed studs, exposed zips, fur and beading with the bandage silhouette for which Leger and his namesake label are known, creating a riot of black, white and autumnal animal prints.

It all seemed demure, thanks to a below-the-knee hem and fur hooded goatskin sweatshirts that didn't seem out of place after the blizzard.

Demure isn't a word normally associated with Herve Leger, yet nary a knee peeked out of the collection. Whenever the lower hem wasn't covering up legs, tight black leggings made of bandage strips and knee-high boots covered up any skin.

The brand, long popular among club-going types, debuted a line of footwear during the show ? boots that were, like the clothes, dark, sleek and skin tight.


Minkoff named her colors after planets and other spacey things.

A winter white was "Saturn" and used for a leather motocross jacket. The color caramel became "eclipse" for a leather duffel coat.

Minkoff put a twist on the colorblocking trend that has been around now a few seasons by mixing chunks of different textures instead of contrasting hues. That technique was also seen on the runways of Jason Wu and Nicole Miller.

Minkoff's soft-line exaggerated shoulder, instead of the aggressive ones that were so popular on the runways a few years ago (and in the 1980s), also turned up elsewhere.

The collection "embarks on a voyage to the future, marrying modern, spacesuit-like construction details and a new sophisticated grunge attitude," Minkoff wrote in her notes.


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Among U.S. evangelicals, surprising support for immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thou shalt compromise, at least on immigration reform.

That is the message being heard from some leading evangelicals in the United States. After decades of promoting traditionally conservative causes like opposition to abortion, many evangelical leaders are now wielding their formidable influence to persuade Republican lawmakers to back one of President Barack Obama's top priorities.

With Hispanic attendance at their churches rising, these evangelicals are among the loudest advocates of a U.S. immigration reform. A group of pastors has launched a 40-day campaign to have churchgoers pray, read scripture passages about welcoming the stranger and lobby their members of Congress, many of them in the conservative South.

"We have pastors preach in pulpits to parishioners in Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas - in all the wonderful red states across America," that aiding immigrants, illegal or not, is a Christian duty, said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, one of the country's most prominent Hispanic evangelicals.

While evangelicals have been a major force in Republican politics for years, Republican lawmakers will take some persuading to back the sort of immigration reform supported by President Barack Obama, which includes a "pathway" to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

Conservatives in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives want to focus the debate initially on securing the border with Mexico and making sure illegal immigrants are not rewarded with an amnesty.

"Some of them don't necessarily see or acknowledge the changing demographics or the electoral merits of passing immigration reform, but I do think that many of these religious leaders could push them in that direction by really referencing the humanitarian interest, or moral argument," said Republican strategist Ford O'Connell.

Rodriguez and other pastors are speaking to members of Congress "on a daily basis" to ask them to legalize the status of 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Targeted lawmakers include Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, who chaired a House hearing on immigration last week, and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho - a leading Tea Party thinker on immigration.

Unlikely as it may have seemed at the height of the "culture wars" of the last two decades, these evangelicals are attempting to nudge Republicans to the center. The effort is well timed, coming as the Republican Party strives to improve its appeal to Hispanic voters who went solidly Democratic at 2012 elections.

"This is one area where social conservative input is extremely welcomed by the Republican Party," said O'Connell.

Pastors are asking worshippers to email their lawmakers and tell them: "I am a Christian, a conservative and I vote. I want you to support immigration reform this year," said Rodriguez.


Support for an immigration overhaul among Christian conservatives has been growing over time. In 2011, the 16 million-member Southern Baptist Convention - the country's largest Protestant body - called for "a just and compassionate path to legal status" for illegal immigrants while urging the government to secure U.S. borders.

A Public Religion Research Institute poll in 2010 showed white evangelicals support, by a margin of 2-1, an immigration reform that would allow illegal immigrants to become Americans.

After the election, a group of evangelical leaders signed a letter to Obama endorsing "a path toward legal status and/or citizenship" for immigrants. Among the signers was Tim Daly, president of the Focus on the Family ministry.

Immigration is providing a rare foray into bipartisanship for evangelical veterans of fights over gay marriage and abortion like lawyer Mathew Staver, vice president of Liberty University, founded by evangelical leader Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia. Staver's Liberty Counsel group threatened to sue a Florida library in 2000 for promoting witchcraft by encouraging young people to read a Harry Potter novel.

As recently as last November 8, Staver wrote on Liberty Counsel's website that Obama won re-election because, "Millions of Americans looked evil in the eye and adopted it."

But now he acknowledges that Obama deserves credit, along with the Republican head of the House Judiciary Committee and Senators from both sides of the aisle, for drawing up plans for an immigration overhaul.

"I think it is incumbent upon us to work together and I applaud the bipartisan committee in the Senate and I applaud the leadership of Bob Goodlatte," Staver said. "I applaud President Obama too, I just don't want to use this as a political ping pong."

But any talk of an alliance between the White House and evangelicals to win immigration reform is stretching it.

Christian conservatives strongly oppose a proposal by Obama to give spousal visas to same-sex foreign partners of American gays and lesbians. And evangelical leaders disagree among themselves on whether to grant undocumented immigrants the full right to U.S. citizenship or allow them some other, more limited, legal status in the United States.

Neither option is acceptable to some conservative evangelicals, like Iowa pastor Cary Gordon who opposes loosening immigration laws and accuses his co-religionists of "unbiblical naivete."


Much of the Christian case for helping illegal immigrants is based on stories of Biblical "immigrants" like Abraham and Moses and passages such as Matthew 25:35: "I was a stranger and you invited me in."

"The scriptures command us to take care of the immigrant. It's not just one verse here or there, it's a repeated command throughout the Biblical text," said Matt Soerens of the World Relief organization, who lectures churches on immigration.

U.S. Representative Doug Collins, an Air Force Reserve chaplain, says hospitality to foreigners is fine but must be balanced with respect for immigration laws.

"Scripture also teaches very clearly that there is government and civil authority and that there is an understanding of rule of law," said Republican Collins, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee.

He represents a strongly conservative district in Georgia which has seen a spike in undocumented workers in the poultry and construction industries and opposes giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

The evangelicals' pro-immigration passion reflects changes in the conservative Christian movement which, while still predominantly white, has taken on a Latin tinge.

Rodriguez, the pastor, who heads a U.S. Hispanic organization with 40,000 member churches, gave a benediction at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last year.

While some two-thirds of U.S. Latinos are Catholic, Hispanics form the fastest-growing group in evangelical churches and are seen as a bulwark against dropping attendance.

Rodriguez put the number of Hispanics in the United States who are either "born-again" or evangelical Christians at between 10 million and 16 million, and growing fast.

While numbers are hard to come by, "there are lots of indirect pieces of evidence" that point to the growth of Latino evangelicals, said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, who studies Hispanic politics.

Six percent of evangelicals were Latinos in 2007, according to a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll. Eight percent of evangelical or "born-again" voters in a Reuters/Ipsos exit poll at last November's election said they were Hispanic.

Worshipping together with newly arrived Christians - as well as the new emphasis on Biblical teachings on immigration - is melting conservatives' doubts about illegal immigrants, said Danny Carroll, an Old Testament professor at an evangelical seminary in Colorado.

He is part of a congregation at a church in Aurora that is attended mostly by white Americans on Sunday mornings. In the afternoons, the church then hosts separate services with their own pastors for Hispanic, Korean, Filipino and Russian immigrant groups

"Once a quarter, all these congregations get together for a worship service so all of a sudden you are sitting next to someone with a different face, different color, different language. Once you put a human face on it, the whole conversation changes," he said.

(Editing by Fred Barbash, Tiffany Wu and Todd Eastham)

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

What's the Right Way to Season a Cast Iron Skillet?

What's the Right Way to Season a Cast Iron Skillet?Your clean new skillet doesn't cook quite right. Eggs stick and rust builds up. The solution? Your skillet needs some "seasoning." The cooks at Q&A network Stack Exchange can help.

notpeter Asks:

I just purchased a new cast iron skillet.

What's the best way to season it? And if I need to re-season an existing pan, is the process any different?

Chris Simmons Answers:

Heat your oven to around 350F. Coat the pan with some sort of fat (vegetable oil works well), bake for at least an hour, and wipe. You're done!

Re-seasoning is similar to seasoning, as you say. To reduce the need for re-seasoning, make sure you're only cleaning with hot water (and possibly salt).

Neil G Answers:

See this excellent article about the chemistry of seasoning. You want flaxseed oil (which incidentally has a low smoke point) but a high iodine value, allowing it to polymerize readily.

I have read so many blogs about oil "impregnating the cast iron," but this doesn't make any sense chemically. What happens is that the oil polymerizes, and you want an oil that does that really well.

Owen S. Answers:

First, there is no difference between seasoning and reseasoning, unless you need to do some extra work to remove rust (see instructions below). In fact, for new cast iron, scouring is also usually a good idea since you need to get off whatever wax or protective oil the manufacturer or seller may have put onto the cookware. (They don't use cooking oil for that sort of thing, believe me.)

1. If you need to remove rust: use a mixture of salt and oil and scrub that hard into the rust, then rinse thoroughly in hot water. Use steel wool if necessary.

2. Next, scour the pan completely under hot water. Do this for several minutes or until the water runs clean. I've heard varying things about whether soap or an SOS pad is OK at this step. My personal opinion is that it's OK, but you must wash the soap completely off before continuing with the seasoning so that your seasoning doesn't taste like soap!

3. Coat the cookware with grease or oil. (I do this with the whole pan, not just the cooking surface, to reduce the possibility of external rust.) Crisco, vegetable oil, and lard all work well. Don't pick something with a low smoking point, or too strong a flavor. Make sure it's a light coating... you shouldn't have pools of oil anywhere on your cookware.

4. Bake your skillet in a 250-350?F oven for an hour. If you used liquid oil, you may want to put the cookware in upside down so excess oil drips off. But it's good to put a cookie sheet or something underneath the cookware to catch the drips if you do!

5. Let the cookware cool, and wipe off any excess oil.

6. For best results, do this two or three times, though a skillet can be satisfactory after a single treatment.

To keep the seasoning happy:

  • Don't let the cast iron sit too long without using it (you may notice a rancid smell or flavor if the seasoning turns bad; I'm not sure at what point this happens, but it's happened to me before).
  • Don't cook anything acidic (e.g. tomatoes) during the first or second use of your pan.
  • Don't use dishwashing liquid or soap on the pan (hot water and scrubbing only).
  • When cleaning the pan after each use, wipe it lightly with another bit of oil, using simple vegetable oil.

Another trick sometimes used to season Chinese woks: rub Chinese chives over the surface of the cookware when the oil is being heated (this works best on a stovetop, not in the oven). The juice of the chive has sulfur compounds that help remove remaining flavor from the previous coating of the cookware. Be aware that this technique really kicks up a lot of steam and smoke. I've never tried it on cast iron skillets, but I'd be curious if anyone out there has.

Ocaasi Answers:

The more important part may be how not to unseason the pan. You can never, ever, clean it with soap. Or scrape it with brillo. Just warm/hot water and cloth.

(See here for how to clean a cast iron skillet.)

Seasoning is literally "greasing" the pan. And soap is the enemy of grease. Good when washing your hands. Bad when cleaning cast-iron. This creates a bit of a catch-22 since a poorly seasoned pan will require heavy cleaning. But once you do it right, it will last for months as long as you don't undo the seasoning with soap or scraping.

Illustration by Sean Gallagher.

Find more answers at the original post here. See more questions like this at Seasoned Advice, the cooking site at Stack Exchange. And of course, feel free to ask a question yourself.

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PST: Arsenal holds out for win at Sunderland

When Santi Cazorla put Arsenal up in the 36th minute at Sunderland, it looked like the beginning for an easy day for the Gunners. Their normally prolific passing game was accompanied by a precision the Gunners often lack, movement toward goal that hinted this many be a rare easy Arsenal road victory. The team went into halftime up one at the Stadium of Light, but it seemed only a matter of time before the visitors doubled their lead. There was little reason to think the match would end 1-0.

Yet that?s precisely what happened. Shortly after the hour mark, Arsenal were left to rue their near-misses and plunked uprights when they lost one of their defenders. Booked for the second time, right back Carl Jenkinson left his team to play with 10 for the last half hour, a disadvantage that caused the match to flip. In a game where Arsenal outshot their opponent 19-14, Sunderland posted eight shots to Arsenal?s four after the sending off. Unfortunately for the Black Cats, none of their shots had to be collected from Arsenal?s net.

(MORE: Bale, Spurs sink Newcastle)

Saving his team, goalkeeper Wojiech Szczesny gave Arsenal a man of the match-caliber performance, even if his numbers failed to capture his impact. His five saves where fewer than the seven recorded by Simon Mignolet, but late stops on chances that would have otherwise been goals (specifically, a late heard by Steven Fletcher) backboned a superficially strong defensive performance. Arsenal was able to keep a clean sheet, but even for a team reduced to 10 men, their defense was often too easily breeched by the Black Cats.

(MORE: Chelsea back in win column.)

After their leery 30 minutes, Arsenal was left with more than just a fortunate victory, in so far as any prolonged survival with 10 men requires some fortunate. The win was an impressive one for a team that?s often criticized for lacking perseverance. On the road, down a man, and having lost one of their better players to injury (Jack Wilshire, whose injury seemed minor), Arsenal got a valuable result, one which keeps them within four points of a coveted Champions League spot.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Video: Cyberloafing: Are you surfing the web at work?

>> first put down that smartphone or computer for a second. forget surfing the net. we're spending more than half our time at work on the computer doing things that have nothing to do with our jobs. nbc's kristin dahlgren in los angeles with details. good morning to you.

>> sorry, savannah, watching a video of my niece getting her first ski lesson, only to prove my point. some call it cyber lovering, slacking, what others call it, just another day at the office.

>> solitaire?

>> yeah.

>> come on, admit it, you're not all business at work.

>> i better do something, check facebook and check twitter.

>> i think it's just the norm.

>> researchers agree, a new study in the journal of computers in human behavior found between 60 and 0% of people's time on the internet at work has nothing to do with work.

>> you've got to see this. it's a video of a baby panda sneezing.

>> you may go to look at your e-mail and it's pretty easy to click over and maybe check your facebook site and what some of your friends are doing and maybe look at the news online. pretty soon it's not five minutes, it's an hour or two hours.

>> the study suggests the only way to change that behavior is to consistently enforce no cyber slacking policies. but that can be a fine line .

>> if the atmosphere feels like big brother , then employee moral goes down.

>> at this shoe company near los angeles , workers are encouraged to be on social media in the office.

>> you can't separate the employees using facebook personally and then the business stuff we do and marketing we engage in on facebook and twitter.

>> the lines have gotten blurred.

>> we work on our vacations, checking out our e-mails but we also do a lot of our personal life types of activities while we're at work.

>> some psychologists say occasional cyber distractions can actually limit boredom and increase productivity. who doesn't love a little youtube to lighten the mood. don't worry, based on the stats, your boss may be cyber are loafing, too.

>> my bosses doing the same thing i am. i'll find him on facebook and say, get back to work. he'll go, ha, you, too.

>> the study found nine out of ten of us admit to some type of cyber loafing. my research around here, that last guy, number ten, he's lying.

>> i was going to say 100%. kristin dahlgren, especially you, all the online shopping you do.

>> i was thinking about it while the story was on, i probably spend 10 minutes a day. seriously at work. i do a little more at home but at work, 10 minutes a day.

>> at work, three hours a day. just kidding.

Source: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50729815/

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Holographic microscopy: Peering into living cells -- with neither dye nor fluophore

Feb. 7, 2013 ? In the world of microscopy, this advance is almost comparable to the leap from photography to live television. Two young EPFL researchers, Yann Cotte and Fatih Toy, have designed a device that combines holographic microscopy and computational image processing to observe living biological tissues at the nanoscale. Their research is being done under the supervision of Christian Depeursinge, head of the Microvision and Microdiagnostics Group in EPFL's School of Engineering.

Using their setup, three-dimensional images of living cells can be obtained in just a few minutes -- instantaneous operation is still in the works -- at an incredibly precise resolution of less than 100 nanometers, 1000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. And because they're able to do this without using contrast dyes or fluorescents, the experimental results don't run the risk of being distorted by the presence of foreign substances.

Being able to capture a living cell from every angle like this lays the groundwork for a whole new field of investigation. "We can observe in real time the reaction of a cell that is subjected to any kind of stimulus," explains Cotte. "This opens up all kinds of new opportunities, such as studying the effects of pharmaceutical substances at the scale of the individual cell, for example."

Watching a neuron grow

This month in Nature Photonics the researchers demonstrate the potential of their method by developing, image by image, the film of a growing neuron and the birth of a synapse, caught over the course of an hour at a rate of one image per minute. This work, which was carried out in collaboration with the Neuroenergetics and cellular dynamics laboratory in EPFL's Brain Mind Institute, directed by Pierre Magistretti, earned them an editorial in the journal. "Because we used a low-intensity laser, the influence of the light or heat on the cell is minimal," continues Cotte. "Our technique thus allows us to observe a cell while still keeping it alive for a long period of time."

As the laser scans the sample, numerous images extracted by holography are captured by a digital camera, assembled by a computer and "deconvoluted" in order to eliminate noise. To develop their algorithm, the young scientists designed and built a "calibration" system in the school's clean rooms (CMI) using a thin layer of aluminum that they pierced with 70nm-diameter "nanoholes" spaced 70nm apart.

Finally, the assembled three-dimensional image of the cell, that looks as focused as a drawing in an encyclopedia, can be virtually "sliced" to expose its internal elements, such as the nucleus, genetic material and organelles.

Toy and Cotte, who have already obtained an EPFL Innogrant, hope to develop a system that could deliver these kinds of observations in vivo, without the need for removing tissue, using portable devices. In parallel, they will continue to design laboratory material based on these principles.

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  1. Yann Cotte, Fatih Toy, Pascal Jourdain, Nicolas Pavillon, Daniel Boss, Pierre Magistretti, Pierre Marquet, Christian Depeursinge. Marker-free phase nanoscopy. Nature Photonics, 2013; 7 (2): 113 DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2012.329

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