Month: December 2012

Geisha Coffee

>>Geisha Coffee<<

I don’t know if I’m disturbed, surprised or intrigued by this. As much as I consider myself as ardent coffee drinker and understand the psychology behind selling luxury goods( I mean Starbucks has always targeted that sort of audience anyways), I can’t help but cringe at the mention of a geisha with coffee. Take it from someone who has actually read Memoirs of a Geisha( yes I know that’s fiction but still {side note that is a good book by the way, it really opens your eyes to a new world}), selling a cup of coffee and marketing it like a geisha does not really seem to go hand in hand. But then again what do I know, I often willingly fork over more than $4 for a latte at Starbucks.

-Monisha

Time’s Person of the Year: Mo’bama

Time Magazine has named President Barack Obama the 2012 Person of the Year.  Check out the article below:

>> 2012 Person of the Year: Barack Obama <<

There is something very bittersweet about this article, though I can’t exactly put a finger on it.  The writing is simultaneously wistful and hopeful; it captures a sense of youthful naivete tempered by the grit of experience.

Whether you voted for Obama or not, I think this is a great article to read.  Reacquaint yourself with the man who will be leading the US for the next four years.

– Sandra

Daddy Issues

I always thought that the age of the mother was critical.  What I never considered was the possibility that the age of the father is, too!  In the field of epigenetics, studies are finding that the father’s life experiences and hardships have an effect on his sperm and, thus, his offspring.

Some highlights:  Older fathers are more likely to pass on genetic mistakes, resulting in autism and psychological disorders in the next generation; men who grew up in famine are more likely to have offspring with diabetes and weight irregularities.

>> Why Fathers Really Matter <<

>> Epigenetics – The Male Biological Clock <<

>> Why Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny <<

– Sandra

Programming genes to fight off cancer

Medicine is really amazing.  A 7 year-old girl is in complete remission from the most acute form of leukemia after undergoing an experimental treatment that injected cancer-cell-killing T-cells into her veins.  Basically, they programmed her own cells to kill cancer.  What’s amazing is that it WORKED.  This is after she had already exhausted all of her other options, including exhaustive chemotherapy.

>> In Girl’s Last Hope, Altered Immune Cells Beat Leukemia <<

This procedure was first developed and applied to adult cancer patients last year.  More details here:

>> An Immune System Trained to Kill Cancer <<

– Sandra

The Power of Negative Thinking

>>The Power of Negative Thinking<<

While I’m slightly surprised the source of this article is the WSJ and not something like the nytimes I have to say its brings up some good points, esp. during this time of year. But then again I wonder do we really at all have the power to change the way we think? Or is being an optimistic/pessimist or even a realist just hard wired in us and we are kidding ourselves by trying to change otherwise.

-Monisha

Understand your neighborhood hipster

This is.  HILARIOUS.  The highlight would have to be the timeline of a hipster’s life.  I have literally witnessed this entire series of transitions in some of the people in my life, and it has to be the most accurate commentary I’ve ever seen on the subject.

>> Hipster <<

And if you want the more high-brow approach, check out this article in Time Magazine:

>> Hipsters: A Brief History << 

– Sandra