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The Many Deadly Layers of Björk’s Utopia

Added: 24.11.2017 10:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

Björk is one of our premier hyperrealists. Her music and videos induce a striking sense of otherworldliness through elaborate, unfamiliar biology and suspended or distended time. She stretches tempos like taffy and recasts familiar sounds like drum hits and human voices into unsettling new shapes through inventive approaches to melody ...


Three-Time Host Erykah Badu on Why the Soul Train Awards Matter and Her Controversial Iggy Azalea Joke

Added: 24.11.2017 9:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

For 30 years, the Soul Train Music Awards have been one of hip-hop and R&B’s premiere events, and a remarkably consistent generator of awesome TV moments. (See: Prince’s rousing Artist of the Decade acceptance speech in 2000.) This year, Erykah Badu returns to host for the third ceremony in a ...


Qatar calls for renewed push against ‘terror' groups

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Qatari's foreign minister says countries must not use fighting terror as an excuse to attack opponents.

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Egypt singer held for 'inciting debauchery' in music video

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Shyma, who was filmed eating a banana while in her underwear, is held for "inciting debauchery".

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OK Go's new music video features a wall of printers

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Paper jam.

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Yannick Noah the Davis Cup savior for France -- again?

Added: 24.11.2017 6:26 | 1 views | 0 comments

Yannick Noah's latest tenure as France's Davis Cup captain hasn't been as smooth as some of the music he produces. But if France beats neighbor Belgium in the final this weekend to end a drought dating to 2001, no one will be able to argue with his results.


Nintendo 2DS XL Game Console for $120 + free shipping

Added: 24.11.2017 5:19 | 0 views | 0 comments

Today only, Toys"R"Us via Rakuten offers the Nintendo 2DS XL Game Console in Black/Turquoise for $149.99. Apply coupon code "BF20" cuts that to $119.99. (You'll need to be logged into your account for this.) With free shipping, that's $23 under our August mention and the best price we've seen yet. (It's a low now by $29.) It plays 3DS games and streams movies or music from the Internet.

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Yamaha RX-V681BL 7.2-Channel MusicCast AV Receiver with Bluetooth - $299.95

Added: 23.11.2017 23:42 | 0 views | 0 comments

This Yamaha RX-V681BL 7.2-Channel MusicCast AV Receiver features YPAO Reflected Sound Control (R.S.C.) sound optimizatio, Phono input. ...


How to get ahead of the pack and avoid impulse buying on Black Friday

Added: 23.11.2017 22:45 | 0 views | 0 comments

Black Friday is almost here, the day when retailers tempt customers to spend as much as possible. Given that most of us are watching our finances more carefully than ever, this can cause considerable anxiety. What can you do to find the best bargains while staying within your budget, and even more important, how can you avoid one of the most common mistakes – impulse buying?  What are you like? Some of us are more vulnerable than others to making snap decisions. Impulsivity, the tendency to act without planning or considering the consequences of our actions, is a powerful and complex characteristic. It’s “moderately heritable”, according to Laura Bevilacqua at New York University, which means it’s apparent from an early age and manifests itself in most situations. Therefore, if you’re impulsive, it’s better to accept it as part of your character and use it to advantage – for example, to boost creativity – rather than to try to change or ignore it.  However, when you’re under pressure, the inclination to act first and consider the consequences later is much harder for impulsive individuals to resist than it is for others. Therefore, if you would describe yourself as “spontaneous”, “easily bored”, “unable to wait” or “easily swayed or distracted”, you’ll need to prepare carefully before you start shopping if you want to avoid regret. Don't be that person... Credit: Ray Tang/REX/Rex Features Be aware of your “triggers”  Each of us has specific “triggers”  – circumstances that cause emotions to flood reason – and these are the occasions when we’re most likely to buy impulsively. Before you shop, make a list of your particular triggers – tiredness, feeling depressed or guilty, knowing you’re pressed for time – and vow not to buy when you’re feeling vulnerable. Make a plan before you start shopping  You’ll be most likely to act on impulse if you have no idea what you want to buy or how much you expect to spend. Make a list of your hoped-for purchases and allocate a maximum price to each. You may wish to do some window shopping in advance, to generate ideas. If so, do that without access to your credit card.  "Oh it's oh-so-lovely in here" - that's what they want you to think! Don't fall into their trap. Credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg Finance LP Beware retail atmospherics  In 1973, Philip Kotler, Professor of Marketing at Northwestern University, wrote an article in which he argued that consumers want more than simply to purchase items when they shop. They want what he called the “total product” – service, packaging, associated advertising and a great atmosphere. When creating that atmosphere, he urged retailers to address all our senses – to ensure that what we see, hear and even smell will make us want to buy. Retailers try hard to achieve this, because it works. Research has shown, for example, that we’re likely to spend more money if we like the scent in a shop, and to buy more expensive wines when listening to classical music. Of course, a pleasant atmosphere is great, but remember not to let it distract you from sticking to your shopping list or abandoning your budget.  • Linda Blair is a clinical psychologist and author of Siblings: How to Handle Rivalry and Create Lifelong Loving Bonds. To order for £10.99, call 0844 871 1514 or visit Watch her give advice at ideo/mind-healing


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