Monthly Archives: January 2010

And it’s a wrap for Miramax

They say it was a slow death, but it’s a wrap for Miramax this January.  According to thewrap.com Miramax has brought movies that other companies dare not make: Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, and Good Will Hunting….. The founders led by Harvey and Bob Weinstein  have given us movies such as My Left Foot, and Reservoir Dogs that plumbed to the depths of our hearts.

To Miramax, rest in peace.

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To the two S: RIP Salinger and Segal

Sudden deaths of famous people have become a norm nowadays  that I wonder if it’s really out of natural causes or drug-related.  When I found out about Erich Segal, 72, and JD Salinger, 92, have said their goodbyes to this world, I actually thought it was breath of fresh air:  both died because they have lived life to the fullest at a ripe old age.  The two men left us with books to remember:  Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye will always be wrapped in mystery in connection to John Lennon’s death,  and Segal’s Love Story has left a mark in my heart with his wonderful quote “love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

Pleasure has its own principles

Liz Canner‘s  new documentary Orgasm Inc., discuss sex lives of women, from the problems they face in bed, the search for a “pink Viagra,” and what women want and need to enhance their inner tigress.

The documentary also  visited an  antique-vibrator museum in San Francisco. According to Vogue.com’s interview with Canner “They knew back in Victorian times that that was a great cure for sexual problems.”

And beyond the trivial discovery, the documentary attempts to reveal that drug companies are distorting sexual dissatisfaction as a “disease” in order for them to cash in on the lack of sexual desire in many women.  And these so-called “treatments” can endanger women’s lives.

Stiff gifts this valentines

But can you afford it?

1. Forbes.com reports that Australian jeweler Colin Burn aims to make the world’s most expensive vibrator this year. He aims to handcraft 10 limited-edition pieces out of smooth platinum, each encrusted with 1,500 white diamonds. Price: above $1M

2. Metro.co.uk reports that London strip club owner Peter Stringfellow,  sells a platinum vibrator, with 10-carat diamond encrusted base linked to a 16-carat diamond necklace. The limited design only has 10 vibrators available in the world.  Current owners are the Beckhams, and Mick Jagger.  Price US$ 1.8 M

3. For those on a budget, the gold-plated Yva is made in Sweden by Lelo. the 18-karat gold-plated vibrator boasts a bent-egg shape that allows it to fit over the pubic bone. Its quiet motor has a number of settings and the splash-proof vibrator can be chilled or heated to expand the already impressive variety of sensations it provides. Price: 1,500

Oxytocin plays the game of love

The “love hormone”  has also been found to spark jealousy. According to Daily Science, a new study carried out by Shamay Tsoory from the University of Haifa has found that “when the person’s association is positive, oxytocin bolsters pro-social behaviors; when the association is negative, the hormone increases negative sentiments.”

In an game of luck experiment,  participants  who inhaled the “love hormone” displayed higher levels of envy when the opponent won more money and of gloating when they were ahead.

What meets the eyes…

Let’s face it: Good looking people attracts a person immediately.  According to a new Florida State University study done by Jon Maner, “It’s like magnetism at the level of visual attention.”

Science Daily reports that in a series of three experiments, Maner and his colleagues found that heterosexual men and women were fixated on highly attractive people within the first half of a second of seeing them. Single folks ogled the opposite sex, of course, but those in committed relationships also checked people out, with one major difference: They were more interested in beautiful people of the same sex – yes, they are checking their rivals.

Women more on love texts

The emergence of communication tools give a person an opportunity to connect  or even find  love.  And texting is the most affordable way to express one’s feelings.

According to Science Daily, University of Indiana researchers found that when men and women talk through technology, it’s the women who are more expressive.  Susan Herring and Asta Zelenkauskaite show that while men historically talk more in public settings, it is the women who push their messages closest to the character-count limit, who use more abbreviations and insertions, and who implement more emoticons (like smiling and frowning faces).