Friday, August 29, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The word berry has two meanings: one based on a botanical definition, the other on common identification. True (botanical) berries are a simple fruit having seeds and pulp produced from a single ovary. In common parlance, however, berries are more broadly recognized as small, round or semi-oblong, usually brightly colored, sweet or sour fruit.
In botany , the berry is the most common type of fleshy fruit in which the entire ovary wall ripens into an edible pericarp . The flowers of these plants have a superior ovary and one or more carpels within a thin covering and fleshy interiors. The seedsare embedded in the common flesh of the ovary. Examples of botanical berries include the tomato, grape, lychee, loquat, lucuma, plantain, avocado, persimmon, eggplant, guava, uchuva (ground cherry), and chili pepper.
In common parlance, berry refers to any small, sweet, juicy and brightly-colored fruit. By contrasting in color with their background, berries are more attractive to animals that eat them, aiding in the dispersal of the plant's seeds. Most berries are edible, but some are poisonus.
Berry colors are due to natura pigments synthesized by the plant. Medical research has uncovered medicinal properties of pigmented polyphenols, such as flavonoids, anthocynains, and tannins and other phytochemichals localized mainly in berry skins and seeds. Berry pigments are usually antioxydants and thus have oxygen radical absorbance capacity ("ORAC") that is high among plant foods. Together with good nutrient content, ORAC distinguishes several berries within a new category of functional foods called " superfruits", a rapidly-growing multi-billion dollar industry that began in 2005 and is identified by DataMonitor as one of the top 10 food categories for growth in 2008.
A 2007 report combined four criteria — nutrient content, antioxidant qualities, medical research intensity and commercial success — giving an approximate rank of commercial activity for six exotic superfruits, including three berries — wolfberry, sea buckthorn and açaí — as the highest rated.
From 2007-8 medical literature discussing berry nutrients and potential health properties, grape, strawberry, cranberry and blueberry are the most favored research topics among berries currently.
Friday, August 22, 2008
With the normally red carpet turned funeral black in honor of late actor Heath Ledger, the New York City premiere of “The Dark Knight” turned out to be quite the star studded affair.
Held at AMC Loews Lincoln Center on Monday evening (July 14), the movie’s stars Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman and Maggie Gyllenhaal were joined by Hollywood guests ranging from Blake Lively and Lauren Conrad to Emile Hirsch and Edie Falco.
“In town since Wednesday, Lynne and Britney have been enjoying some one-on-one time together shopping at the True Religion warehouse and Pottery Barn on Friday before enjoying a “girls dinner” of salad, sushi rolls, and fish at Bond St. restaurant. One source said Britney looked great,
“Britney walked in with a big smile and introduced her mom to the staff. She looked gorgeous, and I have never seen her in a better mood. She was laughing the whole time she was here. Britney seemed to have the best time hanging out with her mom and friends.”
And she seems to be stepping into the new role as Auntie quite well too. WIth the arrival of Maddie Briann, her sister Jamie Lynn Spears’ new baby girl, the whole family loves calling her “Aunt Bee” in reference to the fact that Britney used to love watching old reruns of The Andy Griffith Show in which the character, Aunt Bee, was her favorite.
1. Hoop earings: MUST GO, they look really cheap and make you look like a pirate.
2. Peasant Tops: If you wear a bra, I suggest most not-likely to wear a peasant top.
3. Make-Up on young kids: My parents have a theory that wearing make-up all the time makes you look nice, but when you take off the make-up you look terrible and most fashionably don't look as good as the other kids/girls wearing make-up!!!!!
Trend to start:
1. Baseball T-shirts: are really cool and look good on everyone.
2. Denim Shoes: Look awesome stylish and cool with any out fit.
3. Denim Jackets: AS some people like I say there's nothing like a good 'ol denim jacket and it goes with anything.
Certain color combinations almost always work. Complementary colors, such as blue and orange, create high contrast and draw attention to the wearer. A good strategy for pairing complementary colors is to wear a lot of one and a little of the other. For instance, a blue shirt with orange racing stripe or blue button-up shirt with pumpkin tie creates a punchy, vibrant look. Blending values close to each other on the color wheel makes for an elegant, harmonious look. Blue and green or blue and purple patterned shirts are hot right now. Resist the temptation to match colors exactly. While a monochromatic look comprised of various shades of the same color, such as blue or purple, can work very well, matching exactly affords no dynamics and makes the wearer blend into the background and look dull. Focus on contrast.
If used well, these simple tips will help you build a look that incorporates color and flair, contrast and life, and maximum style.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Katakana is used when writing down foreign names, places, and words of foreign origin (If you are not from Japan,your name can be written in katakana). Without knowing katakana, one might find it almost impossible to order fast food in Japan, or read billboards on the street. This is because Japan uses so many words borrowed from other languages.
The structure of katakana is similar to hiragana(if you know one the other is easy to learn). The main difference between the two is katakana is composed of straight lines, where hiragana uses curved lines.
This week I will show you some countries as large as Japan with their katakana spellings.
Japan's land area is approximately 378,000 km². It is often said that Japan is a small country. However, the archipelago stretches some 3,500 km from the northernmost end to the southernmost end, which means that climate and scenery vary gre
atly from region to region. A fact that is not very well known is that Japan is smaller than California in the United States, which has a land area of about 411,000 km².
|Doitsu (Germany) |
|Furansu (France) |
|Igirisu (United Kingdom) |
|Itaria (Italy) |
|Nyuujiirando (New Zealand) |
|Betonamu (Viet Nam) |
They didn't exist until relatively recently. Nowadays the Japanese use many borrowed words from English and other foreign languages (please refer the previous article "Borrowed Words" and "Borrowed English"). Since it is hard to express all sounds by the basic 46 characters or their regular combinations, the Japanese have developed new combinations that are formed by adding a small "a, i, u, e, o" for several foreign syllables.
sample words ::