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August 29, 2005 | From Times wire reports
The parts of the brain that young, healthy people use when daydreaming are the same areas that fail in people who have Alzheimer's disease, researchers have reported. The study, published in the Aug. 24 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that the way people use their brains could lead to Alzheimer's disease. The relationships do not yet suggest that daydreaming is dangerous, but further research may shed light on the relationship, the report said.
April 11, 2014 | By Jen Kucsak
I hate meeting guys on the Internet. It's weird. It's creepy. It's not safe. But I liked blogger guy. I didn't meet blogger guy on Match, JDate or Tinder. I didn't meet him on Facebook or even on Twitter. He was an avid reader of my blog and often commented on my posts. He too was a twentysomething blogger, and he just seemed to get me. His comments led to emails. His emails led to instant messaging. And the instant messaging led to being Facebook friends. I enjoyed everything he had to say. He seemed so genuine.
What do you fantasize about at work? If it's making love to Susie or Bob in accounting, calling the shots as chief executive or being able to read your co-workers' minds, you're not alone. "We're all human, so we all tend to think about the same things," says Jerry Jellison, USC psychology professor and business consultant.
March 14, 2014 | By Irene Lechowitzky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Welcome to Borrego Springs, Calif., population 3,400, in the middle of nowhere (actually, about 150 miles southeast of L.A.). Throw away the smartphone; this is a place to unplug. This designated Dark Sky Community offers breathtaking views of the stars at night. The days aren't too shabby either, as my husband and I learned on a late February getaway. Be sure to stop at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center (200 Palm Canyon Drive; [760] 767-4205,
April 15, 1991
I have just finished reading your report on year-round schooling (Metro, April 3). I greatly appreciated it for I found it very enlightening. Your article explained the purpose of a single-track year-round schooling. With this system, students will have two major mental breaks and less knowledge will be forgotten over the shorter vacations.
July 19, 1990
OK golfers, admit it. There are those occasions, rare as they may be, when you find yourself sitting at work, wishing you could be on the greens instead. But excuses that would satisfy the boss are hard to come by. Well, here's one that might do the trick. The Poinsettia Foundation Inc., a nonprofit Ventura County school for abandoned and abused children, will be holding its first Golf Classic fund-raiser July 25 at Soule Park in Ojai. Yes, that's on a Wednesday, the middle of the workweek.
June 17, 1990
I don't know what the consensus is, but the "Newhart" finale left me feeling a trifle sick. We all know TV isn't "real life." Why did the show's producers find it necessary to rub our noses in it by turning old friends into figments of a dream? Mark Richards, Sun Valley
May 25, 2000 | GEORGE SKELTON
"The accumulation of all powers legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands . . . may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." --James Madison, "The Federalist Papers" * State Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush should have listened up in government class. He should have paid attention to those lectures about checks and balances, about separation of powers. If he had, it's doubtful that today he'd need a criminal defense attorney.
At a recent chamber music concert, a man brushed by me as he hurried out of the theater before the second piece started. "My husband hates Bartok," said a woman a few seats away. "He'll be back after intermission, for Mozart." About the same time, a woman and her young daughter had moved into some empty seats in the row behind me so the girl, said her mother, "could see the first violinist better." As the music--Bartok's thorny Fourth Quartet--started, I could hear the girl begin to fidget.
February 23, 2006 | Bettijane Levine
Living in Bali Photos, Reto Guntli; text, Anita Lococo Taschen, $24.99 * Both exquisite and disturbing, this coffee-table book is a lush photographic tour of homes built by the well-heeled international set who live, at least part of the year, in the tropical paradise of Bali. The small Indonesian island -- south of the equator in the Indian Ocean -- is dotted with volcanoes, encircled by sand, blessed with wild beauty. The photos, by Swiss photographer Guntli, are all that matter.
February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
You dream of a getaway to Tahiti (or perhaps it's just a day trip to Topanga). You conjure visions of sun and surf, swaying palms and fragrant blooms. Luckily, you can dress the part. Michael Kors' vision for spring? "A modern pinup at the beach. " At the spring 2014 shows, his offerings included a grass green and white blossom-print bikini top paired with a matching pencil skirt for the ultimate in casual luxe. FULL COVERAGE: Spring fashion Fausto Puglisi used palm trees in prints on long skirts and kicky dresses.
November 18, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Stanford neuroscientists have for the first time traced how three brain networks mediate the mind's internal focus and its processing of stimuli from the outside world. By stimulating neurons with electromagnets, the researchers demonstrated how the brain's executive and salience networks -- crucial for cognition and decision-making --- inhibit the default mode network, which centers on self-directed processes such as introspection, recall and rumination. “As you engage in any task that's attention demanding, you activate these outside world networks - the executive and salience network - and you de-activate or turn down the default mode network,” said Stanford neuroscientist and psychiatrist Dr. Amit Etkin, lead author of the study published online Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
March 1, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Davy Jones was a promising 18-year-old actor from England when he found himself among the guest performers on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964 — the same night about 75 million people tuned in to catch the American debut of the Beatles. Like so many others who watched the show from near and far, Jones considered it a life-changing experience. Looking on from the wings as hundreds of teenagers, mostly girls, were screaming ecstatically while listening to the four musicians who came from a town only 20 miles away from his own hometown of Manchester, Jones knew then he wanted a career in pop music rather than theater.
November 3, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Let's be straight up: I don't know squat about building a railroad, whether high-speed or chug-chug. And I wouldn't have a clue about how to run a train and turn a profit. So the new substantially altered "business plan" for the proposed California bullet train leaves me asking: Is this actually doable, or is it still a probable boondoggle? I'm skeptical. Sometimes the best business plan is to just pull the plug. Cut the losses. So far, only roughly $500 million of the $9.95 billion in bullet train bonds approved by voters three years ago have been sold.
June 17, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Simon Pegg is as close as you can get to a real-life geek superhero; his special powers include a real affection for Comic-Con culture and stepping into that imaginary world. As a boy, Pegg was swept away by his geek loves: live theater and the fantastical worlds of "Star Wars," "Doctor Who," "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Star Trek. " He now lives the impossible dreams of his youth, acting for Steven Spielberg and stepping onto the deck of the Starship Enterprise as Scotty in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot.
May 6, 2011
Andy Warhol star Candy Darling loved movies so much that she strived to live in that projected flicker between illusion and reality. A transgender icon with a life as tragically short as some of the idols she worshipped, she's the deserving subject of an archivally rich remembrance, and such is James Rasin's poignant documentary "Beautiful Darling. " Using plenty of movie clips ("Flesh," "Women in Revolt"), new interviews on camera and old ones recorded by close friend Jeremiah Newton after her 1974 death, footage of her star-making off-off Broadway shows and readings from letters and diaries (with Chloë Sevigny as Candy)
October 10, 1993 | WAYNE HARDIN
The Gallup-gathered statistics from the poll asking "What would you do if you won the big one?" were extrapolated into categories such as sex, age, education, race, occupation, work status, household income, labor union membership and region. Some findings: Men were more likely than women to say they would start their own businesses; women were more likely to say they would work part time. Older workers generally favored the "work no more" category.
It's August and the group exhibitions are proliferating at area galleries. At George's, a nine-artist show called "Daydreaming" is among the more refreshing. Organized by artist Leonard Bravo, the otherwise modest assembly manages to persuasively assert the value of imagination over knowledge. Most of the work begins with mediated experience, ranging from television and advertising to fairy tales and comic books, then attempts to revivify it in an imaginative way.
April 10, 2011 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
This website helps expand your idea of a vacation. Have you considered milking sheep and making bread with a family in a Turkish village? Or observing polar bears and walrus in the Arctic Ocean's Svalbard archipelago? Name: Pocket Village What it does: For the traveler, it inspires global adventures for all types of budgets, lengths of vacation periods or levels of exertion. For the online travel geek, it's a new tours and activities meta-search engine. In fact, the site is run by a team of travel addicts and tech geeks in Germany.
January 13, 2011 | By Jimmy Orr, Los Angeles Times
NOTE:   This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period.  They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Monday . I guess I really can’t blame my holiday weight explosion on my niece, Randi.  But all it took was one look at the Sasquatch Cyclops cookie she made for me and hopes of having a low-cal Christmas flew out the window. I thought that I could go back home and proudly eat celery stalks and lettuce while my family porked out on the normal holiday fare.
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