Private House, Lake Hollywood at DecoJournal
This beautiful house with direct view on Lake Hollywood combines glass and stone in an elegant and luxurious finish.
The spaces are opened and the shapes rectangular for the most part. The fascinating floating living room has completely retractable windows inviting the nature within through the carefully designed terrace. The metal details on the wooden walls add a studied roughness, completely unexpected when first looking at this stylish interior. I like the multi bauble ceiling lamp from the kitchen, it’s a new interpretation of a classic cooking space.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Strange But True! - Best Inspiration from the Net from Dobhran's Inspire!
Here are some facts that are strange and unusual but true!
How many did you know?
- Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
- Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a bellybutton.
- A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 yrs.
- People do not get sick from cold weather; it's from being indoors a lot more.
- When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop ..even your heart!
- Only 7% of the population are lefties.
- 40 people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.
- Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until they are 2-6 years old.
- The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.
- The toothbrush was invented in 1498.
- The average housefly lives for one month.
- 400,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.
- A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.
- The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.
- Eating breakfast cereals like "Fruity Pebbles" and "Cap'n Crunch Berries" will cause your stools to come out green.
- Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than the rest of the day.
- The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.
- The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning it's head are the rabbit and the parrot.
- John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Tootsie."
- Among the music catalogues that Michael Jackson owns the rights to is the South Carolina State anthem.
- In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.
- Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane just in case there is a crash.
- The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.
- Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth. They are reused in vein transplant surgery.
- Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were seventh cousins.
- If coloring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.
Are your teens having sex? Check their iPod | Technically Incorrect - CNET News
Perhaps your teen is one of those who, when exposed to the movie "The Exorcist," begins to twirl her head around, declare she is the devil, and vomit green pea soup.
Well, then you will be one of those not surprised by research, from the University of Pittsburgh, that suggests any teen who listens to the bulk of 50 Cent is more likely to partake of sex early and often.
I am being unfair to Fitty. The academics looked at other musicians whose lyrics they deemed to include a "power differential"--that is, one of the sexes declaring its bodily dominance over another. Something you will probably not find in, for example, a Jennifer Lopez ditty. (Although "Let's Get Loud" surely suggests serious antisocial tendencies)
Brian Primack, an associate professor at Pittsburgh, gave an interesting example of a degrading lyric: "After you work up a sweat, you can play with the stick."
When I first heard this little couplet, from 50 Cent's "Candy Shop", my immediate reaction was "field hockey." However, the Pittsburgh team is convinced that "high exposure to lyrics describing degrading sex in popular music was independently associated with higher levels of sexual behavior."
It's also worth noting that some rap lyrics are, to the researchers, not degrading. They cite "Baby I'm Back" by Baby Bash. Whose allegedly nondegrading lines include: "I wanna be stronger than we've ever been, I'm here to cater to you."
Is there anyone who hears the word "cater" and doesn't think kitchen scene in "Fatal Attraction?"(Credit: CC Made Underground)
The academics are very careful not to suggest that the music causes rampant teen nymphomania. They limit themselves to showing the link between degrading lyrics and increased teen sexual activity. But they do point out that they analyzed around 300 songs, of which one-third had sexually explicit language, the majority of that language having degrading elements.
I am a touch skeptical of these results. And it is not merely because every single piece of social science research that has ever been performed by any academic institution leaves me wondering whether I have just listened to a duet between Roland Burriss and Joe the Plumber.
You see, I am not sure most teens of any generation are all that bright. I'm not sure how often they get even the broadest meanings of many songs.
Think of all the supposedly mature and, no doubt, sexually active folks who thought "Puff the Magic Dragon" really was about a mythical creature called Puff. So shouldn't we wonder whether teens are driven by words or merely by the thumping beat that raises their heart rates and brain impulses beyond the control of any public jurisdiction?
I asked one of the world's foremost psychologists what parents should do if they examined their teen's iPod and found lyrics of unsound sexual power relations.
"Download Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing' for them," was her reply.
I have no idea what she meant. But one thought keeps reverberating around my head--if in doubt, ask yourself this question: Did Bristol Palin really listen to 50 Cent?