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How to keep a guy in ten ways

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus… What does that even mean? It means that we are two different creatures; we come from two different worlds and in order to interact and get along with one and other, we need to understand the way each creature functions. What distinguishes a good relationship between a man and a woman from a bad one? To be honest it’s quite simple, there are certain things that a woman from Venus, must understand while dealing with a man from Mars. This brings us to the inevitable matter: How to keep a guy in 10 ways.1. Listen to him: First and foremost, listen to them. Guys enjoy it when a woman is interested in what they are saying. Even if they’ll go on and on about sports, or any other topic that you might not be interested in, pay attention because he will appreciate your interest and will definitely want to keep you around.2. Understand him: Men want women that understand them. Understand his needs. Understand what is it that they are looking for and what do they expect out of the relationship. Once you comprehend what he wants, he will value your needs and wants too.3. Do not bother him during “bromance”: This is crucial. Every guy needs guy time. Whether it’s during a big game, simple night out with the boys, or a get together, leave him alone during “bromance.” Don’t annoy him with calls or text messages. Give him space to enjoy quality time with his friends.4. Complain the least possible: Nobody likes a complainer, especially a guy. One of the key elements in keeping a guy is to complain the least possible. Don’t overwhelm him with negativity. In fact embrace the positivity and he will certainly stick around.  5. Do not… Read More

Of Mad Men and Modernity

Last time we checked, Don Draper is in Hawaii and Peggy Olson is in Los Angeles (a makeshift Midtown, perhaps?) In typical “Mad Men” fashion, the show’s dedicated fans are subject to a torturous hiatus. As of now, a return date has not been confirmed. For all we know, it may be months before the highly anticipated Season 6 premiere. As we cope with this vacuum by brainstorming potential plot-openers and lashing out at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over “Mad Men’s” Golden Globes snub, it is worthwhile to ponder where exactly the show’s appeal lies. For the millions of people who will eagerly tune in to the Season 6 premiere, it is in the character of Don Draper. But who is Don Draper? He is the fictional ad exec of “Mad Men”, the philandering womanizer and creative extraordinaire, the slick yet vulnerable protagonist that we love and hate, and sometimes love to hate. If all the men and women at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are “mad”, then Don is certainly the maddest of them all. From Cary Grant’s Jim Blandings to Mel Gibson’s Nick Marshall, Jon Hamm’s Don Draper is hardly the first ad man we swooned over. But somehow, his appeal is more complicated than simply his charm and good looks. He is a war deserter, an adulterer, and a hypocrite, yet he harbors mannerisms reminiscent of the Old World. By reprimanding disrespectful younger men -- he removes one such man’s hat in an elevator at one point -- and mentoring and promoting Peggy, he falls just short of becoming an antihero. Much like our fascination with Don, Mad Men’”s success lies in its very political incorrectness. This is an America before the civil rights and women’s movements, before the rise of the counterculture, before Watergate; a time… Read More

The Hobbit: 75 years of Tolkien

With an $84.8 million debut last weekend, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey tells the story of a hobbit who goes on an adventure with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to reclaim a mountain and its treasure from a fire-breathing dragon.  Based on a book initially written for his children, The Hobbit is the prequel which shaped Tolkien’s signature style in The Lord of the Rings epic. Though obviously prolonged to three separate movies in order to gain maximum profit from fans, the movie is a mixture of storylines from The Hobbit and the Unfinished Tales, a posthumous collection of incomplete stories which try to fill in the unexplained gaps of Middle Earth’s history. The movie has a rocky start, where Jackson tries to clumsily link the movie back to his original Fellowship of the Ring movie with a cameo appearance by Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins inquiring after his Uncle Bilbo’s book. Similar to the first movie, Jackson ensures that the old hobbit begins by recounting the history behind The Hobbit, beginning with the desolation of Erebor, the Lonely Mountain, and how the dwarves were driven from their mountain stronghold by the dragon, Smaug the Terrible. The scene then cuts into “A Unexpected Party”, the first chapter of The Hobbit, where Bilbo is recruited as the burglar of the company of dwarves and must find the inner courage to brave new dangers with his fellow warriors. The movie dips in and out of the Unfinished Tales, which becomes varyingly delightful and irksome to Tolkien fans. While many appreciate that Peter Jackson decided to include the gaps in the story supplied by other books, Fran Walsh’s interpretation of them puts many loyal fans off. For instance, the wizard Radagast is portrayed as a David Suzuki-like hippie bordering on senile and allegedly hopped up… Read More

A Lincoln at the End of his Tether

Abraham Lincoln is for Americans, something like a demigod. One or two other Presidents have achieved their own mythic status, but never anything like that of Lincoln. From his own time to the present, he has been an incarnation of the American Union, a new and singular Founding Father, four score and seven years after the earlier ones. For the America that is as much a religion as a nation, he is a Christ-like figure, full of courage, wisdom, and humour; a suffering penitent who took on his shoulders the Original Sin of slavery, entrenched in the country's founding document, and redeemed the nation from it; a writer and orator who captured the meaning of the moral struggle and bloody conflict of his time in poetic and Biblical language; at the Civil War's end, the assassinated martyr. His Presidential years alone, coinciding exactly with the 1861-65 War, could scarcely be fitted into anything like a conventional cinematic biography.Steven Spielberg's Lincoln tries to cope with this challenge with a compressed character portrait covering only the last four months in Lincoln's life, and the intimate and sometimes squalid details of his last political struggle. This was his fight to achieve a broader and more enduring fulfillment of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, to be accomplished by ramming through the House of Representatives the 13th Amendment to the Bill of Rights, permanently abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude throughout the United States. While the North had clearly won the war by then, Lincoln saw the task as both urgent and difficult. A Confederate delegation was approaching Washington with a peace offer. They might be unwilling to negotiate if finding slavery permanently outlawed, while if Congress became fully aware that a peace offer was at hand, its unpredictable mixture of conservative and Radical Republicans with wavering… Read More

The Black Swan of Synthetic Biology

Confident rationalism is often allied with deficient imagination, and is consequently undermined repeatedly by 'black swans'; events thought improbable or even fantastic, which turn up a great deal more often than the narrowly rational expect. Just such a bird, a big one, now appears to be taking flight. First, consider this: the London Review of Books recently carried one of the more fair-minded discussions of the politics of climate change, by the philosopher Malcolm Bull ('What is the rational response?', LRB, 5/24/12). Bull is a 'warming' believer, but a qualified and not wildly alarmist one. He begins with a summary of the debate, giving a little weight to the sceptics, and then observes:...The possibility that climate change is not anthropogenic, or that it will not get much worse, or that some as yet unknown technological development will mitigate its effects, cannot be wholly discounted [my emphasis; N.C.].Some fascinating scientific research of the last three years in 'synthetic biology', an outcome of the transformation of biochemistry that has been continuing ever since the discovery by Watson and Crick of the DNA double helix in the early 1950s, has made 'cannot be wholly discounted' now appear a large understatement. An early example of what is now a growing literature can be found in an article in the 2009 Nature Biotechnology, intimidatingly entitled 'Direct photosynthetic recycling of carbon dioxide to isobutyraldehyde' (Nat. Biotech. online pub., 15/11/09). The wider world has started to become aware of this research in the last few months, and it is now being talked about everywhere from investment seminars to popular science shows like CBC radio's 'Quirks and Quarks'. Understanding something of what it means suggests some broader reflections on modern notions about natural science and political policy.It has been, first of all, a vindication of one major aspect… Read More

Must haves this season from L’Oréal

Unlike the weather, we have control over our look. L’Oréal, the leader in the cosmetic industry in Canada, offers many components to keep our look fresh and beautiful. With its Canadian headquarter in Montreal, L’Oréal operates in areas such as cosmetics, skin care, sun protection, hair care and fragrance. Let’s explore this season’s must have products from L’Oréal to keep our look innovative.According to the VOGUE November 2012 issue, this season it’s all about colour and comfort. Lancôme, a brand of L’Oréal in the luxury division, is focusing on endless perfection and divine comfort. For Lancôme, “the essence of true beauty is in the awakening of the senses; a harmonious unity between the mind, body and soul.”  A must have product from Lancôme this season is the “TEINT IDOLE ULTRA 24H.”Maybelline New York, a consumer brand of L’Oréal, is emphasizing colour this season. The must haves from Maybelline are the new “COLORSENSATIONAL HIGH SHINE” gloss, available in 12 colours, new “COLORSHOW” nail polish and new “COLOR TATTOO” 24HR eye shadow available in 10 shades.L’Oréal Paris, another consumer brand of L’Oréal, focuses on illumination. Don’t let your color fade out this Fall. The must have L’Oréal Paris product is the “Superior Preference” hair dye.According to the ELLE Quebec November 2012 issue, an important aspect to consider this season, especially with the rapid change of temperature, is skin care. “Biotherm”, a luxury brand of L’Oréal, focuses on protecting and revitalizing natural, radiant healthy-looking skin. The must have product from Biotherm this season is “ Blue Therapy “ repairing dark spots and firmness.Garnier, yet another consumer brand of L’Oréal which believes that maintaining a healthy body is the key of enjoying a longer and beautiful life has released the “Garnier body Intensive 7” lotion which offers long-lasting hydration.Elle Quebec is also promoting a… Read More
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