Category Archives: Life

A Perfect Voice – Jeremy Irons

Source: BBC, May 2008

Researchers say they have worked out a mathematical formula to find the perfect human voice.

The study, commissioned by Post Office Telecoms, asked people to rate 50 voices then analysed the results.

It found the best female voice to be a mixture of Mariella Frostrup, Dame Judi Dench and Honor Blackman. Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons did best for the men.

the ideal voice should utter no more than 164 words per minute and pause for 0.48 seconds between sentences. Sentences themselves should fall rather than rise in intonation.

Actor Jeremy Irons came very close to the ideal voice model, speaking at 200 words per minute and pausing for 1.2 seconds between sentences.

The Evolution of Scientific Knowledge

Source: SPIE, 2016
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Male Characteristics That Contribute to Female Orgasms

Source: NY Post, Dec 2016

The study found that women were more likely to climax if their partners were rich, confident and attractive — while the intensity of their orgasms also depended on how good-looking their man is.

Ladies who found their fella attractive had more intense orgasms, while a man’s broad shoulders were also found to be related to sexual satisfaction.

Researchers also found that it really is possible to laugh a woman into bed — with women having more regular sex, and more frequent orgasms, with funny men.

“Orgasm intensity was related to how attracted (women) were to their partners, how many times they had sex per week and ratings of sexual satisfaction.”

“Those with partners who their friends rated as more attractive also tended to have more intense orgasms.”

“Sexual satisfaction was related to how physically attracted women were to their partner and the breadth of his shoulders.”

“Their partner’s sense of humor not only predicted his self-confidence and family income, but it also predicted women’s propensity to initiate sex, how often they had sex and it enhanced their orgasm frequency in comparison with other partners.”

Paying Attention In Meetings (even for Star Wars)

Source: Gizmodo, Jan 2017

Star Wars fans believe that Luke Skywalker’s approach towards Death Star’s doom was equatorial (horizontal).  However, paying attention to this meeting would have shown that the approach was north-south.

Getting Cosy: Danish Hygge

Source: The New Yorker, Dec 2016

hygge,” a Danish term defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Pronounced “hoo-guh,” the word is said to have no direct translation in English, though “cozy” comes close. It derives from a sixteenth-century Norwegian term, hugga, meaning “to comfort” or “to console,” which is related to the English word “hug.”

Helen Russell, a British journalist who wrote “The Year of Living Danishly,” defines the term as “taking pleasure in the presence of gentle, soothing things,” like a freshly brewed cup of coffee and cashmere socks.

the true expression of hygge is joining with loved ones in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

Hygge shares lagoms reverence for measured experience: indulging in a piece of cake, but not outright gluttony; a dinner with friends at home, but nothing fancy.

Louisa Thomsen Brits, a British-Danish writer, casts hygge as a state of mindfulness: how to make essential and mundane tasks dignified, joyful, and beautiful, how to live a life connected with loved ones. Her “Book of Hygge” focusses on the concept’s philosophical and spiritual underpinnings rather than its quirky objects.

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Human Attention Span Decreased to 8 secs (2013)

Source: Venture Beat, Dec 2016

A recent Microsoft consumer study claims that the human attention span today is 8 seconds, down from 12 seconds in 2000.

We had to figure out how to deal with the constant bombardment of information, so we shortened our attention span from 12 to 8 seconds to help us multitask, prioritize, and consume quickly and efficiently.