April 4, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - At 6 feet 4 inches, JR Curley is used to getting noticed. Just not like this. Ever since he got a pair of Google Glass in November, he has been turning heads at the grocery store, in restaurants, on the street, even at Disneyland. People approach him all the time to ask about his head-mounted, Internet-connected computer, which is worn like a pair of glasses. He spends so much time letting them try on Glass that his wife has begun referring to herself as the "Glass bystander.
April 2, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- Sad news for Lakers writers. There might be only seven games left to cover the eminently quotable, entirely likable Nick Young . But good news for Young: Lakers governor Jeanie Buss loves his personality, seeing a player who can connect with fans. It might not lead to more money when he becomes a free agent this summer, because Buss defers to her brother, Jim , and Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak to make the business decisions. But it can't hurt the player who calls himself "Swaggy P," the "P" still an unknown entity that Young is reluctant to reveal.
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April 1, 2014 |
I'm generally not an alarmist about earthquakes. As a California native, I've experienced my share of small to moderate reminders that our fair state is fractured from head to toe and we're all standing on broken plates. But the shaking is putting me on edge lately. I find myself wondering if I should buy earthquake insurance, or why my dog is cocking his head as if he knows something I don't. This is partly because there's been more rocking and rolling than usual, and partly because of what we're learning about how shamefully unprepared we are for a Big One. And now I have more cause for concern.
March 28, 2014 |
It's long been the stuff of science fiction, the ability to wear a headset and feel as if you're in another world. Creating an affordable virtual reality device for the mass market has been the holy grail of sorts for game developers and futurists. Now Facebook's $2-billion purchase of Oculus may bring that dream one step closer to reality. Virtual reality enthusiasts say they've been waiting for decades for the technology to take off and have been developing headsets and content in the hopes they could soon have mainstream appeal.
March 21, 2014 |
Count me lucky to have a neighbor who keeps chickens and who brings me a carton of pretty pale blue or brown eggs with stand-up gold yolks whenever she comes to dinner. There's nothing that beats fresh eggs scrambled, sunny side up or gently coddled. After tasting the difference, it can be hard to go back to the regular eggs. Some restaurants, though, are cooking eggs with the attention and care they deserve and are garnering a fan base for their egg dishes. Migas at HomeState, A Texas Kitchen At the breakfast and lunch spot devoted to Tex-Mex cuisine, Austin native Briana Valdez serves up eggs in breakfast tortillas and in migas - eggs sort scrambled with crispy corn tortilla strips, onions and cheddar cheese.
March 21, 2014 |
The film crew walked out on the old railroad trestle high above Georgia's Altamaha River, then placed a metal-frame bed on the tracks for actor William Hurt. The plan called for Hurt to lie on the bed in a dream sequence for the film "Midnight Rider," in which he plays rock singer Gregg Allman. Two trains had already crossed the bridge that day, and the crew was told no more were scheduled, hairstylist Joyce Gilliard recalled. Then a train came barreling toward them. "We all ran for our lives," Gilliard said.
March 11, 2014 |
A sport that needs every bit of personality it can get held its breath for a few minutes Tuesday at Indian Wells. One of tennis' marquee names had departed from the BNP Paribas Open the day before, and out the door with upset victim Rafael Nadal went lots of star quality. FOR THE RECORD: Tennis: An article on the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in the March 12 Sports section said that Novak Djokovic defeated Alejandro Gonzalez, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, on Tuesday. The score was 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. It's not a ticket-selling thing.
February 28, 2014 |
Erica Eihl speaks in a voice that her kindergartners can hear only if they are as quiet as the church mice in children's storybooks. And with a couple of squirrelly exceptions, they stay that quiet for 15 or 20 minutes - a near eternity - as Eihl guides them to use all their senses to consider a piece of apple, with directions such as, "Looking at the apple, look on the outside. Look on the inside.… Remember, keep it in your palm and just look at it. " When she asks for their input, she gets raised hands and comments such as: "It smells juicy and apple-y" and "I see little tiny white spots.
February 28, 2014 |
The Church of Scientology has spoken out against Leah Remini's latest comments about her experience with the organization, calling the former member's account "absurd, insulting and motivated entirely by a desire to grab attention. " The "King of Queens" star, who famously left the church last summer, gave an interview published Wednesday on BuzzFeed in which she called the church "a lie" and said she left for the sake of her 9-year-old daughter, Sofia, around the time the process of "auditing" her child would allegedly begin. "In my house, it's family first - but I was spending most of my time at the church," the 43-year-old said.
February 24, 2014 |
Pregnant women have long been assured that acetaminophen can treat their aches, pains and fevers without bringing harm to the babies they carry. Now researchers say they have found a strong link between prenatal use of the medication and cases of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. The results, published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, add to growing evidence that the active ingredient in Tylenol may influence brain development in utero. But they do not provide clear answers for mothers-to-be or their doctors about whether acetaminophen is safe during pregnancy.