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Archive for August 20th, 2011

Terrific French farce

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I’m getting many an uncontrolled giggle from A Pain in the Ass, on Netflix Watch Instantly. Among its virtues: excellent slapstick.

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20 August 2011 at 5:27 pm

Posted in Movies & TV

Spoilers are good?!

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I find it hard to believe—I personally detest spoilers (if they’re so great, the author would include them in the text), but perhaps these findings have some validity for some people. The Wife, for example, is unbothered by spoilers. Bruce Bower’s report in Science News begins:

People who read the last page of a mystery novel first may be on to something. Giving away plot surprises generally makes readers like stories better, say psychology graduate student Jonathan Leavitt and psychologist Nicholas Christenfeld, both of the University of California, San Diego.

Volunteers especially enjoyed classic short stories, including mysteries and tales with ironic twists, after seeing spoiler paragraphs that revealed how the yarns ended, Leavitt and Christenfeld report in a paper published online August 12 in Psychological Science.

“Spoilers may enhance story enjoyment by making texts easier to read and understand, leading to deeper comprehension, or they may reduce readers’ anxiety about what’s to come, allowing them to focus on a story’s aesthetic details,” Leavitt says. These responses could explain why a favorite book can be read many times with undiminished pleasure, he suggests.

It’s also possible that spoilers amplify stories’ appeal by . . .

Continue reading.

Written by LeisureGuy

20 August 2011 at 9:42 am

Another rose-oriented shave

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The quest for rose-fragranced aftershaves has become a bee in my bonnet. This morning’s shave was with Kell’s Original Hemp/Aloe Blend English Rose, and I turned the tin on its side so you could see the rose petal embedded in the soap. I get really excellent lather from Kell’s Original soaps, this morning using the men-ü “artificial badger” synthetic brush. If you’ve not tried Kell’s Originals, I suggest you snap up a few tins now. With any artisanal vendor, it’s good to strike while the iron is hot, as it were.

Three passes with the Feather (razor and blade), then a splash of Saint Charles Shave Savory Rose aftershave: a very pleasant sort of dusty-rose fragrance, subdued and dignified.

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20 August 2011 at 8:00 am

Posted in Shaving

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