Sunday's Pulp Fiction

Pulp fiction refers to a genre of racy, action-based stories published in cheaply printed magazines from around 1900 to the 1950s, mostly in the United States. Pulp fiction gets its name from the paper it was printed on. They are contemplative, insightful, pulp stories, but pulp as a label tends to apply to stories that are trying to elicit excitement, horror, interests, all that get the heart racing.

$100,000 salary is not what it looks!

Here in Canada an annual salary of $100,000 seems like a symbol of success, but it's relative and it all depends on where you live. For example, in Toronto, that amount, after deducting taxes and expensive living bills, comes out to bellow $50,000. I read this on Bloomberg, the analysis was done by SmartAsset, a financial information provider.

Toronto is the most expensive city in Canada and $100,000 of gross salary ranks the lowest in this analysis, as $100,000 ends up being $45,000 among the 10 most expensive cities in Canada, apart from Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.

From an annual salary of $100,000, according to SmartAsset's list, the most money remains in east coast of Canada, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and the best ranked New Brunswick, where you have $80,000 after deductions.

SmartAsset used its salary calculator to apply federal, state and local taxes to a $100,000 annual salary, then matched the remaining amount with the local cost of living, which includes the cost of housing, groceries, utilities, transportation and other goods and services.

2 minutes, That's it?

Dr. Harry Fisch conducted research to determine how long the average intimate relationship lasts, and published the results in the book "The New Naked: The Ultimate Sex Education for Grown-Ups."

His research states that 43 percent of couples do not make love for more than two minutes on average. Furthermore, 23 percent of them have intimate relations from three to seven minutes, 15 percent from seven to 15 minutes, and only 12 percent of couples stated that sex lasts from longer than 15 minutes.

Dr Lehmiller, a psychologist who specializes in sex said: “These findings raise an important question about whether increasing length of time spent on sex would actually make people happier. Are people just saying they think sex should last longer because they’ve been led to believe (from porn and media) that sex is supposed to take a long time? If so, upping the length of your sex sessions might not have the desired impact.

Dr Lehmiller suggests that when it comes to sex, quality beats quantity - “Don’t get so hung up on how often you’re having sex or how long you’re spending on it. Focus instead on making sure that everyone is having a good time when you do have sex. That said, if increasing duration is a mutually desired goal (not something you just feel like you’re “supposed” to do), then by all means—go for it!

I suppose Dr Lehmiller is one of those 2-minutes guys. 😉

Take shower in the morning?

As a small kid, my family’s shower schedule was based on Saturday nigh schedule. The same ritual played out every Saturday evening at 8 pm sharp, at the same time when "Dnevnik" local news started; my sister would shower first — no longer than 15 minutes, our parents demanded — then me, mom and finally dad. “You sleep way better when you’re clean,” mom argued.

Now, living on my own that is changed. I shower before I do yoga practice, if I don't do it then I shower in the morning before work. But are morning showers actually better than evening's? Partly out of curiosity (and partly because I advised everyone to take morning instead evening shower), I searched web to see what experts say about this.

They all agreed that there is no real “right or wrong” best time to shower — it mostly comes down to personal preference and lifestyle, according to Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, a Toronto dermatologist. The main danger is how long we stay in the shower and what products are we using for the shower.

At the end of the day, all experts agree the benefits of morning or evening shower are minor relative to the damage you can do by over-showering or misusing washing products. As long as you shower properly, the time that you do it is mostly a matter of your preference.