February 17, 2011 |
"Jeopardy!" has a new champion, and its name is Watson. During the Wednesday finale of the three-day "Jeopardy!" challenge that pitted all-stars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter against an IBM supercomputer, the machine beat the men. Watson finished with $77,147, Jennings with $24,000 and Rutter with $21,600. The win is a publicity coup for IBM, which created Watson as part of its Great Mind Challenge series. The company hopes to sell Watson's question-answering technology for use in hospitals and on call-center help desks.
May 25, 1997 |
Movie star Peter Sellers played so many roles with such conviction that he sometimes misplaced his own identity. A fan once approached him and asked, "Are you Peter Sellers?" He replied, "Not today," and walked on. Today, like Sellers, I am someone else. I am thinking out loud. I'm Rupert Murdoch, a multibillionaire media mogul. I'll buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for $350 million. I would buy them even if they were in the American League.
June 4, 2011 |
Indigo is something of a mystery. It sits between the more familiar purple and blue of rainbows. And it's the elusive center of Catherine E. McKinley's "Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World" which like its eponymous shade, falls somewhere between more familiar poles. As history, it wanders, sometimes too hastily, through millenniums and contents to trace the reach and power of indigo dye and fabric. As memoir, it gorgeously recounts McKinley's journey to West Africa's teeming markets and churning factories, through funerals and uprisings, to find "the bluest of blues.
April 9, 1998 |
That shabby but cozy little cafe on La Brea near the corner of 1st Street is now gone. In its place is a new diner of sorts called Tulsa. The name is spelled out in blue above a few white canvas umbrellas and a black awning stenciled with the words "HOME COOKING." The color scheme is a deep blue with blond wood booths and industrial metal lights. Chrome-edged blue tables are set with classic chrome salt-and-pepper shakers, a bottle of catsup and napkin holders advertising Coke.
April 23, 2013 |
Singer and actress Katy Perry is known more for her chart-topping hits than her sartorial ones, but she deserves kudos for her sense of style over the last couple of weeks. At the 2013 ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo in Hollywood, Perry donned a Suno Spring 2013 dress with a cellphone print and metallic sandals. At the Lacoste Coachella party she chose a print Dolce & Gabbana skirt. And she wore a striped dress by the Italian fashion house to a press conference for her new film "The Smurfs 2" in Mexico. At the fifth annual Summer of Sony in Cancun, Perry attended a photo call for the film wearing a Monique Lhuillier spring 2013 lace dress that she cinched at the waist with a black belt.
October 8, 1993 |
How about a men's store for men who hate to shop? Or how about a men's store where the least fashion- conscious guy can put together fail-safe outfits? Put this same fellow on a rigid budget and you can still send him to this store. Suitmasters is definitely for men who are on a budget and who hate to shop, but it's also for those who love to shop. Anyone would have to go out of his way to make a serious fashion or color mistake here.
April 15, 2007 |
THE California fantasy of a Hollywoodland sparkling with deep blue pools and glamorous starlets draped around them was all true, at least in the case of the Cole family. And not just any star would do for Fred Cole, a silent-screen actor turned swimwear revolutionary, when his father forced him to get a real job and he founded Cole of California in 1925.
March 23, 2012
'The Deep Blue Sea' MPAA rating: R for a scene of sexuality and nudity Running time: 1 hour, 38 minutes Playing: At selected theaters
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February 19, 1996
Our relations with computers--as with living systems that differ from us in sex, race, or species--continue to be colored by our defensive need to prove that "our kind" is better than other kinds. The current chess games between Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue ("Kasparov Bedevils Deep Blue With First Win," Feb. 12) are valuable tests of our progress in computer development, but only the simple-minded should view this as a sports event between "our side" and "them." Such bias is revealed in how the two opponents are described.
June 25, 2005
This nation hasn't cleaned up the environmental problems caused by existing marine fish farms and now the Bush administration wants to grow the industry dramatically by giving it access to federal waters up to 200 miles from shore. Some forms of aquaculture cause minimal damage or even help the environment. Freshwater tilapia farming has been generally sound, and the oysters cultivated along the shore actually filter pollutants from ocean water.