July 21, 2012 |
When it's time to meditate, sit comfortably, focus your attention … and reach for your smartphone? More and more people are doing just that, ifApple's iPhoneApp Store is any indication - a search for "meditation" results in more than 1,000 possible downloads. But isn't the point to unplug? The guidance offered in these apps "allows you just to let go and stop worrying about whether you're doing it right," says Stephan Bodian, a psychotherapist in Tucson and the developer of the Mindfulness Meditation app. "You can just relax and let yourself be led. " Plugging in to a meditation app - having turned off the phone's ringer and other functions, of course - could have a host of benefits.
October 23, 2013 |
The crash of the Obamacare federal website , which is preventing many people in three dozen states from signing up for health insurance, has turned the outright hate some conservatives have for the program all of a sudden into sympathy and solicitude. Here's Bloomberg's house libertarian Megan McArdle , who normally has nothing nice to say about the Affordable Care Act, arguing that if the website isn't fixed by mid-November, the system faces a "death spiral"--only sicker and older applicants really desperate for coverage will sign up, and healthy youngsters will blow it off. She writes disingenuously, as if more in sorrow than anger: "That's the time when it absolutely has to work--and if it doesn't, we should panic.
December 24, 2010 |
It's a question that shoppers get asked a lot ? by car dealers, electronics salespeople, even at the toy store: Do you want to purchase an extended warranty with that? With Christmas about to pounce, and post-holiday sales around the corner, this is as good a time as any to answer that question. Generally speaking, extended service contracts are major money spinners for retailers; that's why they push them so aggressively. Many people never use them, or forget they have them, or are frustrated to learn that their particular issue isn't covered.
August 31, 2012 |
Every year, it seems, the California Legislature can't bring itself to pass meaningful legislation to reduce the number of plastic carryout bags in the state. On year, in fact, the Legislature bowed to the industry and instead of allowing a small fee on the bags, banned cities from imposing fees on them. That's too bad because, as the Times editorial board has pointed out numerous times, a small fee on the bags is the better way to go, as fees in such diverse places as Ireland and IKEA have shown.
March 20, 2011
Nederlands Dans Theater Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday Cost: $30 to $120 Information: (213) 972-0711 or musiccenter.org
June 21, 2013
Oscars Outdoors Where: 1341 Vine St., Hollywood When: Friday-Saturday through Aug. 24; gates open 6:30 p.m., movies begin at sunset Cost: $5 Info: http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/outdoors/index.html Eat|See|Hear Where: Various locations When: Saturdays through Sept. 14; music begins at 7 p.m., movie at 8 Cost: $10 Info: http://www.eatseehear.com Cinespia Hollywood Forever Cemetery Where: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. When: Saturdays (occasionally Sundays)
April 14, 1991
On April 15th we will all learn the real cost of war. HOWARD B. SCHIFFER Santa Barbara
January 23, 1991
When a missile is fired, money is spent. In the case of the Patriot, that's $560,000 every time one is launched, the cost of its sophisticated electronics package. Here is a sample of the cost of certain missiles deployed so far in the Persian Gulf War. Tomahawk: $1.35 million Surface-to-surface Anti-ground targets Program cost: $9.8 billion Harpoon: $1.12 million Air-to-surface Anti-ship Program cost: $3.7 billion Patriot: $500,000 Surface-to-air Anti-missile Program cost: $12.