April 27, 2013 |
Warning: Necomimi cat ears may not be your thing if (1) you like to blend in with the crowd (they're fuzzy and larger than life-size, and you wear them on your head), (2) you like to be mysterious and inscrutable (they enable people to read your mind) or (3) you don't like to have a good time ("They're a lot of fun," says Stanley Yang, chief executive of NeuroSky, the San Jose company that makes the ears). The ears come on a headband that contains the microchip that basically runs the show.
April 9, 2009 |
Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne is hardly oblivious to mounting criticism that the Masters has lost some of its mojo. "The criticism hurts a little bit," he said. "It's like when you go to a piano recital of one of your granddaughters and you hear somebody say, 'That's the worst kid I've ever seen.' It hurts your feelings." The prevailing sentiment is that Masters officials, by adding trees, rough and more than 400 yards, have taken some thrill from the event.
April 6, 2013 |
If you're dealing with tired, sluggish kids who aren't able to listen or pay attention, try this quick mind-body trick. Called elephant ears, it is demonstrated here by Leah Kalish, founder of Move With Me Action Adventures, which specializes in yoga and movement education for kids. What it does The gentle massage around the outside of your ears stimulates the energy meridians in the body, Kalish says, waking up your senses, so you're less distracted and anxious and can hear and think more clearly.
May 2, 2013 |
Need a new ear? In the future you may be able to print one out and pop it on. Taking us one step closer to a future in which we are all part human, part machine, scientists at Princeton University have created a pair of high functioning bionic ears made of a mix of cellular material, silicone and electronics and printed them using a $1,000, off-the-shelf, 3-D printer. The "designer cyborg ears," as the researchers call them, look a lot like regular ears but have the potential to hear frequencies way beyond the reach of normal human hearing.
January 9, 1999
I hope that the powers that be at the L.A. Philharmonic take heed of Robert C. Hamilton's outcry (Saturday Letters, Dec. 26). Just one minor correction to his on-the-mark (and delightfully caustic) criticism of the musical offerings. That pattern he describes, of sandwiching outlandish music between classics (the "bait and switch" strategy), is not only of this season. It has been the practice for several seasons. I can understand that ambitious (and young) conductors are eager to keep up with the "latest" and give new composers exposure, but they should be more discriminating in what they select.
August 20, 2006
RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ'S article about Gong Li contained this comment: "Chinese -- not the most sonorous language to Western ears ... " This was extremely offensive to me, as she made no effort to distinguish between the hundreds of dialects in Chinese -- particularly between Mandarin and Cantonese -- and instead generalized the Chinese language as not being sonorous "to Western ears." Though Mandarin and Cantonese share the same written language, they sound absolutely nothing alike.