December 30, 2013 |
The clenched-fist, hair-on-fire feeling you get when gripped by anger, the warm-all-over sensation of happiness, the bilious wave that gnaws at your throat with disgust: these are the cues the body sends up to ready the mind for what comes next: fighting, hugging or withdrawal. And they appear to vary little across cultures, says a new study, which draws a detailed map of emotions and the distinct bodily sensations that accompany them. The corporal topography of emotion is likely to have evolved over millions of generations, and even if the mind isn't listening, those somato-sensory cues make sense: with anger, fear or surprise, our heartbeat picks up in readiness for flight or fight, and so our chest feels tight.
December 28, 2013 |
Consumer confidence, job growth and low interest rates are fueling the growing and profitable U.S. auto industry, the economic pundits say. We see another reason - great cars. So we've selected our 10 favorite vehicles of 2013. Our list might seem heavy with expensive cars, but it's not because we're snobs. We judged only models that were new or redesigned this calendar year - a group that tilted toward luxury and performance vehicles. Among the few new economy cars this year was the Toyota Corolla, which made this list.
December 22, 2013 |
When Elton John sold his pair of West Hollywood condominiums last year, the buyer got more than four walls and the title. The units came with the singer's designer furnishings, knickknacks and tableware - even his snake-skin-covered bed frame. Now, one of the condos is back on the market at $3.995 million, along with all the contents. "Even though Elton doesn't own them anymore, they still have cachet," said Paul Czako, the listing agent. Once the stuff of vacation rentals or corporate housing, fully appointed homes are the latest fad in the ultra-luxury market.
November 30, 2013 |
In Venice, 25-year-old Snapchat co-founder Bobby Murphy has bought a new two-bedroom house for $2.1 million, or nearly double the median price of homes in the neighborhood. A few blocks away, a three-bedroom town house with a rooftop sun deck was just rented for $7,000 a month - a year ago, an identical unit was renting for $5,900. "Totally Silicon Beach living," the ad on Craigslist proclaimed. And farther south in Marina del Rey, hundreds of apartments were recently completed and aimed at drawing the tech crowd, with high-speed Internet in every unit, free Wi-Fi in common areas and an online application process.
November 20, 2013 |
Styleliner , a mobile store that offers accessories from a variety of international designers, starts rolling this month in Southern California. Many of the pieces in stock come from founder Joey Wolffer's travels to Spain, Instanbul and Paris. Also aboard are Styleliner-labeled handbags, necklaces and tees. The truck is slated to be based in Santa Monica near the Brentwood Country Mart from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays it moves to Venice, in a location on Abbot Kinney next to Feed restaurant.
November 6, 2013 |
Take a snapshot of these rankings because they could look different next week. Florida State and Ohio State could be the new 1-2 if Louisiana State and Stanford take out the nation's leaders in Tuscaloosa and Palo Alto. Clemson's Tigers should be embarrassed at No. 7 after losing so badly to Florida State, but where else are you going to put them? Good timing: Arizona State's athletic director left for unranked Texas the same week the Sun Devils got back in Rankman's top 25. Making a move down the stretch is racehorse Michigan State, so completely underrated by all of us that the Spartans should play Clemson just to prove it. 1; Alabama 8-0; After Sunday's segment, Saban says he could cut 15 minutes of fat out of "60 Minutes.