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Monday, January 25, 2010

Blogging--It's Good for You


Blogging--It's Good for You
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-healthy-type
Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. A study in the February issue of the Oncologist reports that cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing just before treatment felt markedly better, mentally and physically, as compared with patients who did not.

Scientists now hope to explore the neurological underpinnings at play, especially considering the explosion of blogs. According to Alice Flaherty, a neuroscientist at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, the placebo theory of suffering is one window through which to view blogging. As social creatures, humans have a range of pain-related behaviors, such as complaining, which acts as a “placebo for getting satisfied,” Flaherty says. Blogging about stressful experiences might work similarly.

Flaherty, who studies conditions such as hypergraphia (an uncontrollable urge to write) and writer’s block, also looks to disease models to explain the drive behind this mode of communication. For example, people with mania often talk too much. “We believe something in the brain’s limbic system is boosting their desire to communicate,” Flaherty explains. Located mainly in the midbrain, the limbic system controls our drives, whether they are related to food, sex, appetite, or problem solving. “You know that drives are involved [in blogging] because a lot of people do it compulsively,” Flaherty notes. Also, blogging might trigger dopamine release, similar to stimulants like music, running and looking at art.

The frontal and temporal lobes, which govern speech—no dedicated writing center is hardwired in the brain—may also figure in. For example, lesions in Wernicke’s area, located in the left temporal lobe, result in excessive speech and loss of language comprehension. People with Wernicke’s aphasia speak in gibberish and often write constantly. In light of these traits, Flaherty speculates that some activity in this area could foster the urge to blog.

Scientists’ understanding about the neurobiology underlying therapeutic writing must remain speculative for now. Attempts to image the brain before and after writing have yielded minimal information because the active regions are located so deep inside. Recent functional magnetic resonance imaging studies have shown that the brain lights up differently before, during and after writing, notes James Pennebaker, a psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin. But Pennebaker and others remain skeptical about the value of such images because they are hard to duplicate and quantify.

Most likely, writing activates a cluster of neurological pathways, and several researchers are committed to uncovering them. At the University of Arizona, psychologist and neuroscientist Richard Lane hopes to make brain-imaging techniques more relevant by using those techniques to study the neuroanatomy of emotions and their expressions. Nancy Morgan, lead author of the Oncologist study, is looking to conduct larger community-based and clinical trials of expressive writing. And Pennebaker is continuing to investigate the link between expressive writing and biological changes, such as improved sleep, that are integral to health. “I think the sleep angle is one of the more promising ones,” he says.

Whatever the underlying causes may be, people coping with cancer diagnoses and other serious conditions are increasingly seeking—and finding—solace in the blogosphere. “Blogging undoubtedly affords similar benefits” to expressive writing, says Morgan, who wants to incorporate writing programs into supportive care for cancer patients.

Some hospitals have started hosting patient-authored blogs on their Web sites as clinicians begin to recognize the therapeutic value. Unlike a bedside journal, blogging offers the added benefit of receptive readers in similar situations, Morgan explains: “Individuals are connecting to one another and witnessing each other’s expressions—the basis for forming a community.”

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A Prescription for Healthier Questions:

Whenever possible, prepare questions in advance.
Do take some mental notes in order to quickly respond.

Ask open-ended questions.
Questions that start with how, why, or what, or encourage a subject to describe, explain, and amplify.
Also have a better chance to provoke complete responses.
One at a time please.

The purpose is to draw information
Leave speeches to politicians, opinions to the editorial page.
Remember that the star of an interview should never be the interviewer.
Let the questions do the work.

Do not editorialize
Resist the impulse to editorialize ("You were rather incensed about classified information") or anticipate the response ("Even though you're not going to tell us specifically.") Let the subject do the work.

Record for posterity
Tape record your next interview and transcribe your questions.
How many are double-barreled, closed-ended, editorials, arguments or statements of fact masked as questions?

When the deadline is short take notes.
A voice track helps to record the statement for posterity
Do tell the source that you are recording his voice on tape.

Be open to the good, bad and the ugly.
Become a student of the interview, good, bad and ugly is part of the job.

Doctor Ink’s prescription

Over the years, Doctor Ink has learned some important lessons about interviewing, mostly by trial and error. Here it goes:

1. Shut up.

2. Shut up some more.

3. Work from a list of questions, but veer off.

4. Shut up again.

5. Get there early, stay late.

Dr. at it

6. Interview a person on his or her turf.

7. Ask for tours (of a photo album, book or music collection, memorabilia, set of golf clubs, wine cellar, favorite crack house, old neighborhood).

8. Write down things you see, not just answers to questions.

9. Use your notebook to show that you are conducting a formal interview.

10. Put your notebook away near the end, but keep talking

11. If you've got time, hang around a person to watch and record his or her interactions with others.

12. Ask the most important questions more than once and in different forms.

13. Ask the "slam the door" questions last.

14. Shut up.

15. Fill out or copy your notes as quickly as possible.


source: class room notes by Dr K Narender, Associate Professor Department of communication and Journalism, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Most Exposed Women of the Past Decade


most-exposed-women
Asylum Counts Down the Most Exposed Women of the Past Decade
The Top 10 Most Exposed Women of the Decade:

10. Lindsay Lohan
9. Megan Fox
8. Pamela Anderson
7. Paris Hilton
6. Scarlett Johansson
5. Christina Aguilera
4. Jessica Alba
3. Jennifer Lopez
2. Angelina Jolie
1. Britney Spears

source:asylum

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Best of the 2010 Bikini Calendars


Giselle Calderon

Aline Prieto

Franceska Jaimes Romero

Adrienne Matevosyan

tennessee-titans

hollyoaks

bikini-babes-calendar

sports-illustrated-calendar

maxim-bikini-calendar

my-little-calendar-girl
The Best of the 2010 Bikini Calendars

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Top Movie sex scenes


unfaithful

eyes-wide-shut

boogie-nights

a-history-of-violence

risky-business

secretary

mulholland-drive

live-flesh

the-last-seduction


9 songs

Top Movie sex scenes

source: ugo

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

perfect woman


perfect woman

TIGER WOODS ALLEGED MISTRESS OF THE YEAR: Rachel Uchitel


TIGER WOODS ALLEGED MISTRESS OF THE YEAR: Rachel Uchitel

most marriable woman




Rachel Weisz
'I was getting worried men didn't like me any more,' says sultry Rachel Weisz after being voted most marriable woman

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Popular Travel Searches of 2009



Popular Travel Searches of 2009

1. Badrinath
2. Lakshadweep
3. Anjuna Beach
4. Milan
5. Jog Falls
6. Matheran
7. Hampi
8. Wayanad
9. Hogenakkal
10. New York
source: yahoo

Decade's Top 10 political lines

Decade's Top 10 political lines
by Mark Murray
From NBC's Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro
Today, we take a look at what we consider to be the most memorable political lines/statements/quotes of the decade, which shaped or cemented perceptions, were repeated endlessly, and impacted American politics. Agree? Disagree? What are your thoughts?

1. “I actually voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it.” Without a doubt, this John Kerry line was perhaps the most memorable one of the entire 2004 presidential election, and the Bush-Cheney team used it portray Kerry as a waffling, indecisive opponent. Kerry said it in March 2004, and he was referring to his vote AGAINST an $87 billion supplemental for Iraq, but FOR another one that would have required a repeal of the Bush tax cuts to pay for it.

2. "The fundamentals of our economy are strong." If "$87 billion" helped defeat John Kerry, then this line -- which John McCain said after the news of the Lehman Brothers collapse -- perhaps was the final nail in the coffin for McCain in the 2008 presidential contest. After McCain uttered those words, the Obama campaign quickly pounced, immediately cutting a TV ad.

3. Bush's "Bring 'em on" and "Dead or alive" (tie). No two phrases greater captured the "Cowboy Diplomacy" of the Bush presidency. In his waning days as president, Bush said he regretted saying them.

4. "I can see Russia from my house." This line wasn't delivered by Sarah Palin or any other politician during the 2008 presidential election. Instead, it came from comedian (and Palin look-alike) Tina Fey, who on "Saturday Night Live" made fun of a Palin comment about Alaska's proximity to Russia. "[Russians are] our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska," Palin told ABC in Sept. 2008. Fey's impressions of Palin on "SNL" cemented a perception that Palin wasn't a serious, qualified VP candidate.

5. "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." This line -- after Hurricane Katrina -- by George W. Bush to embattled FEMA head Michael Brown underscored to critics how poorly the Bush administration (in words and deeds) responded to the hurricane and its aftermath.

6. "Go F%&@ yourself." Dick Cheney reportedly uttered this obscenity to Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy on Capitol Hill after Leahy and Cheney argued about the former vice president's ties to Halliburton.

7. "So it's not surprising then that they get bitter; they cling to guns or religion..." Republicans and the Clinton campaign pounced on these words that Obama said at an April 2008 fundraiser in San Francisco, in explaining why he was losing to Hillary Clinton in states with large rural populations like Ohio and Pennsylvania. It was a line that dogged Obama throughout the rest of the presidential election. Fortunately for Obama, these words weren't caught on videotape, thus minimizing the political damage.

8. Rumsfeld's "known unknowns" and "Army you have" (tie). After not finding WMD, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld waxed philosophical with his "known unknowns" soliloquy: "There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns -- that is to say that there are things we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don't know. So when we do the best we can, and we pull all this information together, and that's basically what we see, as the situation. That is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns. And each year we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns. And it sounds like a riddle. It isn't a riddle. It is a very serious and important matter." And Rumsfeld was criticized for saying, "You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

9. "You lie!" In an unprecedented outburst at a formal presidential address to Congress, GOP Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted this remark to President Obama during his Sept. 2009 speech to Congress on health care. Wilson's line came after Obama noted that illegal aliens wouldn't benefit from the health-care reform legislation Congress was drafting. Independent fact-checkers noted that Wilson was the one who wasn't telling the truth here, not Obama.

10. "Rudy Giuliani, there are only three things he mentions in a sentence -- a noun, verb, and 9/11." There were many memorable lines during the '08 primary debates, but this line -- from Joe Biden -- takes the cake, in our opinion.

Saturday, January 2, 2010