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Posted by Admin in Uncategorized on March 30, 2012
With its Ottoman Empire history and vibrant modern culture, thereâ??s no denying Istanbulâ??s charm. At the center of it all, the cityâ??s lifeblood is the body of water that divides Europe and Asiaâ??the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. The waterwayâ??s strategic importance enticed Constantine the Great to found the city as the capital of the Eastern Roman empire, but today, itâ??s the focus of some of Istanbulâ??s most sought-after views. At the end of a day in Turkeyâ??s busiest city, settle in and ponder this famous strait from these five spots with canâ??t-miss views.
1.Â Mikla restaurant
Sitting atop the Marmera Pera hotel in the historic Pera district of Istanbul, this innovative restaurant combines Scandinavian and Turkish cuisines. Chef Mehmet GÃ¼rs takes serious careâ??heâ??s enlisted the help of an anthropologist to find unique foods around Turkeyâ??to use local ingredients in his dishes, such as the lamb shoulder with prune pestil (dried fruit leather) and pomegranate molasses. Chrome furniture from the 50s and 70s gives the dining room a retro, sleek feeling, but the real showstopper is the view from the outdoor patio and terrace bar. The terrace gives you a panorama of the skylineâ??s best sightsâ??the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus.
2.Â Aâ??jia hotel
With a striking white columned faÃ§ade, this 16-room boutique hotel is a restored 1800s-era Ottoman mansion, but inside, the amenitiesâ??such as the Acqua Di Parma bath products and Philippe Starck bathtubsâ??give the space a modern, minimalist vibe. Situated on the banks of the Asian shoreline on the outskirts of the city (about 40 minutes from downtown in the suburb of Kanlica, accessible by shuttle boat) thisÂ yali (a word for the wooden residences along the Bosphorus) houses an elegant restaurant with an outdoor terrace serving up Mediterranean and Italian cuisineâ??such as lamb shank confitâ??with the sparkling strait as a backdrop.
3. Vogue restaurant
Located on top of the BeÅ?iktaÅ? Plaza office building, Vogue has been a fixture in Istanbul the past 15 years. Its international menu draws inspiration from the Mediterranean while the sushi bar is a nod to the Asian shores across the strait. Choose from dishes such as miso-braised black cod, roasted duck and vanilla panna cotta. The restaurantâ??s floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto views of the Bosphorus and the LED-lit Bosphorus Bridge outside. Reserve a table outside on the terraceâ??which seats 80â??during the summer months for a slight breeze off the water.
4.Â Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Occupying a restored 19th-century palace in the trendy BeÅ?iktaÅ? area, the hotel blends Ottoman style with contemporary amenities. Rooms located on the first and second floors of the palace building give you a straight-on view of the water, the Asian coastline on the other side of the strait, the Maidenâ??s Tower and the domes and minarets of Old Town. And the view only gets better as you walk outside. The hotelâ??s patio boasts a pool and whirlpool (not to mention direct boat access if you like to arrive in style). At Aquaâ??the hotelâ??s signature restaurant with name-appropriate design touches such as blue glassware and light fixturesâ??inside tables have views of the Bosphorus and the outdoor terrace lets you dine at the waterâ??s edge.
Part restaurant, part nightclub, Anjelique sits on the Bosphorus waterfront in a three-story mansion. Located in Istanbulâ??s OrtakÃ¶y areaâ??known for its nightlifeâ??the glossy restaurant serves Asian cuisine on the first floor and Mediterranean fare on the upper two levels. Aside from entrÃes such as porcini mushroom and truffle risotto, you can nosh on bar food like crispy duck wraps and vegetable quesadillas. The airy space on the sea level opens up onto an outdoor deck and dance floor with a long fire pit, and inside, massive windows give you ample opportunities to check out the lights of the cityâ??s skyline and the water below. An ever-changing rotation of DJs spin tunesâ??a different style on each floorâ??into the early hours of the morning.
Times, they are a’changing.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., the pre-Wikipedia warehouse of knowledge, announced that they are ceasing production of books for the first time in 244 years and going completely digital.
While I recently discovered all 32 volumes collecting dust in my parent’s garage, it’s an iconic (albeit nerdy) part of suburban living rooms and my childhood, like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons and Cookie Crisps on a Saturday morning. Now, my kids will never crack open their own big, fat Encyclopaedia Britannica.
That’s when it hit me: I’m getting older. Soon my music will be the radio’s classics, my memes outdated, and my slang a complete #FAIL.
While I’m still young, it’s amazing to consider the innovations, such as the smartphone, and major shifts, such as the recession, that have drastically changed what my children’s childhood will look like compared to my own.
Especially in our post-Great Recession era, there are certain things the future generation will never know, as well as things they’ll grow up with that are completely foreign to my childhood. Here’s my list to show my kids what is was like in the good ‘ol days.
Things My Kids Will Never Know Growing Up
1) Going to a bank branch. I wonder if my kids will ever step foot in a bank branch. According to a 2011 survey, 62 percent of bank customers prefer banking online to all other methods, double the amount since 2010. Another report predicts that at one in three bank customers will engage in mobile banking by 2013. Online banking and mobile banking are quickly becoming the primary way we move our money. When I drive by a bank branch, my kids will marvel at this dinosaur of the pre-smartphone, pre-Internet days.
2) Swiping a credit card. Thanks to major moves by Visa and Mastercard in the next few years, the U.S will migrate from traditional magnetic strip credit cards to the global standard of EMV chip-embedded credit cards. With better safeguards against fraud and contact-less payment capabilities, magnetic strip credit cards will go the way of checkbooks and the $2 bill. Keep one to show your kid that, once upon a time, we used to swipe credit cards instead of wave them to pay. Nifty, right?
3) Using a cellphone as just a cellphone. Who knows what wonders my kids mobile phones will be able to do. Nowadays, our mobile phones are also our wallets, bank branches, computers, shopping companions and entertainment centers. In addition to mobile banking, consumers can receive text message payment reminders from their credit card issuers and spending limit alerts from sites like Mint.com. With 65 percent of the US population projected to own a smartphone by 2015, my kids will scoff at the notion of a mobile phone that can only make phone calls.
Things My Kids Will Know That I Didn’t Know
1) The importance of credit scores. My generation grew up watching Clueless and learning the phrase, “Charge it!”; my kids will grow up hearing stories from the Great Recession, which shed light on this important component of consumers’ financial profile. When they are old enough, my kids will know how to check their credit score (which is free on CreditKarma.com), know how to use a credit card, and be more credit-savvy than my generation.
Posted by Admin in Uncategorized on March 28, 2012
Self-Objectification in Women Impairs Cognitive Functioning
March 19th, 2012
Modern society conveys the idea that women should strive to be thin. Media have spent decades instilling this belief into popular culture, and many women try desperately to reach this unrealistic ideal. Relating a woman’s worth to her physical appearance and sexual appeal is known as objectification and is the catalyst for discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace inequality, and physical and sexual violence. Women who engage in self-objectification struggle with many negative psychological conditions resulting from vain attempts to achieve this ideal, including excessive exercise and extreme dieting, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, shame, and even diminished cognitive ability. When women hyperfocus on stimuli that relates to their physical appearance, they have fewer available resources to simultaneously respond to other stimuli.
Previous research has shown that this type of orienting response (OR) that occurs during self-objectification in women results in a decreased heart rate (HR). In contrast, stress caused by anxiety from one’s physical appearance results in an increased HR. Because objectification of women is an increasing problem among females in our modern culture, Dr. Melinda Green of the Department of Psychology at Cornell wanted to find out if this behavior did indeed decrease a woman’s cognitive abilities by way of OR. Green enlisted 31 females, ranging in age from 17 to 21, for her self-objectification study. The participants were divided into two groups and were placed into fitting rooms. Half of the women were instructed to dress in a bathing suit over a track suit (objectification group) while the other half were instructed to only wear the track suit (nonobjectification group). Green and her colleagues monitored the women’s heart rate immediately after they dressed and continued to assess them for several minutes.
When she compared their HR to their resting HR 1 week prior, Green found that the HRs of the objectification group were significantly lower than the HR of the nonobjectification group. She also discovered that this decreased HR was maintained when measured again 5 minutes later. Green also noticed that even though the women in the objectification group did feel stress and anxiety from wearing a swimsuit, their HRs were not higher than those of the nonobjectification group. Green believes these findings clearly demonstrate that women who self-objectify have an OR which can result in diminished cognitive capacity. Clinically, Green feels that this study emphasizes the importance of educating girls and women about the negative physical and psychological consequences of objectification. She added, “Teaching girls and women to prioritize internal qualities, to be skeptical of sociocultural forces that provide appearance-related rewards, and to resist the temptation to narrowly define one’s worth by a restricted appearance ideal are all necessary steps to promote wellness both in and outside of the fitting room.”
Green, M. A., Read, K. E., Davids, C. M. (2012). The psychophysiological consequences of state self-objectification and predictors of clothing-related distress. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 31.2, 194-219.
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Posted by Admin in Uncategorized on March 26, 2012
The film begins promisingly enough, framed by television host Stanley Tucci and games-maker Seneca (Wes Bentley) setting up the spectacle; this is contrasted to the world of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), who lives in eternally impoverished Appalachia. The script, co-written by Collins, is fairly faithful to the book, most changes being for the sake of efficiency. Fans of the book are bound to have issues with casting, but for the most part it works. Lawrence has a toughness and vulnerability that makes her a natural for Katniss, a role that has some similarities to her breakthrough in Winters Bone. As Peeta, Josh Hutcherson is suitably generic, and just sly enough to play off Katniss issues with trust. Notable supporting roles include Woody Harrellsons Haymitch, which, seems, in a word I never expected to write next to this actors, classier than the books vision. The minor whitewashing of Haymitch does raise an overall problem with the movie: Does the film diminish the books scathing commentary on modern culture?
Boy, howdy. Collinss vision of The Hunger Games audience is clear: its you and me. Its a horrific vision of the future but like so much science fiction its also an indictment of today. The filmmakers work against this basic point of the book in a couple of ways. First, they portray the future citizens of the Capitol, the bloodthirsty spectators who cheer on the kinder killing, as candy-colored fops out of a Fellini tale. In the book, these spectators are described in passing as having bizarre hair and painted faces, and fond of gaudy colors, but where much of that description could pass the kind of makeup we see commuters applying to themselves on the subway, the filmmakers run with it and come up with a completely foreign spectatorship. The spectators in the Capitol are hideous, and very much not us. And that lets audiences off the hook. It may have been heavy-handed to show that these audiences are todays reality/sports audiences, but that would have been too subversive a critique, and after all there are bundles to be made.