Review:‘When:The Sci­en­tific Se­crets of Per­fect Tim­ing’ by Daniel H. Pink

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Cole­man, who is per­haps most fa­mous for her por­trayal of Clara Oswald in the tele­vi­sion se­ries “Doc­tor Who,” is set to meet ea­ger fans on Thurs­day and Fri­day and will sign au­to­graphs and pose for pho­to­graphs at the event.

The ac­tress' ver­sa­til­ity has been put to the test in re­cent years, with her por­trayal of Bri­tain's Queen Vic­to­ria on the ITV se­ries “Vic­to­ria” gar­ner­ing praise from crit­ics. She also scored a role on the sil­ver screen in 2011, play­ing the char­ac­ter of Con­nie in Hol­ly­wood block­buster “Cap­tain Amer­ica: The First Avenger.”

She be­gan her ca­reer on Bri­tish TV show “Em­merdale” in 2005 and re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion at the 2006 Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Awards for the Most Pop­u­lar New­comer award for her por­trayal of char­ac­ter Jas­mine Thomas on the soap.

Cole­man will at­tend the event along with ac­tor Ezra Miller who plays The Flash in the DC Uni­verse. Miller re­cently starred in Hol­ly­wood film “Jus­tice League” with Gal Gadot, Ben Af­fleck, Ray Fisher and Ja­son Mo­moa and pre­vi­ously starred in the Harry Pot­ter spinoff movie, “Fan­tas­tic Beasts And Where To Find Them.”

When he is not act­ing, Miller tours the US with his band, Sons of an Il­lus­tri­ous Fa­ther.

The ac­tor is set to touch down in the UAE this week and will meet fans on Fri­day and Satur­day.

The MEFCC is set to run from April 5-7 at Dubai World Trade Cen­ter and will fea­ture panel dis­cus­sions, work­shops and a raft of ac­tiv­i­ties for fans of all ages.

One of the an­nual high­lights of the event is the Artists' Al­ley, a ded­i­cated sec­tion where re­gional and in­ter­na­tional comic and manga artists show­case their lat­est cre­ations for sale.

Comic Con is also pop­u­lar among those who rel­ish the chance to get cre­ative and dress up as comic char­ac­ters in what is known as cos­play, a hy­brid of the words cos­tume and play. Cos­play­ers from around the re­gion at­tend the event in their full re­galia, dress­ing up as pop­u­lar char­ac­ters from anime, comics and movies.

Bri­tish ac­tress Jenna Cole­man is set to ap­pear at this week’s Mid­dle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) in Dubai.

In our fast-paced world, tim­ing is ev­ery­thing. Ev­ery day of our lives, we are swamped with an end­less flow of de­ci­sions we need to take: When is the best time to ex­er­cise? When is it the right time to quit a job? When should we de­liver bad news? These are just a few ex­am­ples of the choices we need to make on a daily ba­sis.

In his lat­est book, “When: The Sci­en­tific Se­crets of Per­fect Tim­ing,” Daniel H. Pink refers to a rich source of cut­ting-edge re­search in the fields of psy­chol­ogy, bi­ol­ogy and eco­nom­ics to prove that tim­ing is a sci­ence.

In the book, he refers to a key study led by two Cor­nell Univer­sity so­ci­ol­o­gists who ex­am­ined 500 mil­lion tweets made by 2.4 mil­lion users in 84 coun­tries over a two-year pe­riod in or­der to mea­sure peo­ple's emo­tions over time. They found an as­ton­ish­ing con­sis­tent pat­tern across peo­ple's work­ing hours. The tweet­ers' op­ti­mistic and en­gag­ing at­ti­tude gen­er­ally in­creased in the morn­ing, dropped in the af­ter­noon and rose again in the early evening.

“Across con­ti­nents and time zones, as pre­dictable as the ocean tides, was the same daily os­cil­la­tion, a peak, a trough and a re­bound,” writes Pink. In other words, our men­tal fac­ul­ties do not re­main the same over the course of a day. We are more pro­duc­tive and LOS AN­GE­LES: Steven Bochco, a writer and pro­ducer known for cre­at­ing the ground­break­ing po­lice drama “Hill Street Blues,” died Sun­day. He was 74. A fam­ily spokesman says Bochco died in his sleep af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer.

Bochco, who won 10 prime­time Em­mys, cre­ated sev­eral hit tele­vi­sion shows in­clud­ing “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Doo­gie Howser, M.D.”

Pre­mier­ing in Jan­uary 1981, “Hill Street Blues” chal­lenged, even con­founded the mea­ger au­di­ence that sam­pled it. Then, on a wave of crit­i­cal ac­claim, the se­ries be­gan to click with view­ers, while scor­ing a his­to­ry­mak­ing 27 Emmy nom­i­na­tions its first year. DUBAI: Chi­nese ac­tress Fan Bing­bing ri­valled the di­a­monds on show at a re­cent De Beers event, wear­ing a sparkling ball gown by Le­banese de­signer Georges Hobeika.

The del­i­cate, mint-colored dress flared out at the waist and was em­bel­lished with glis­ten­ing bead­work.

The ac­tress ac­ces­sorized the look with a glit­ter­ing neck­lace and drop ear­rings and en­sured the jewelry was on full dis­play by sweep­ing her tresses into a stylish up-do.

She shared pho­to­graphs on In­sta­gram, say­ing: “En­joy­ing the lovely weather and friends here!” cre­ative in some parts of the day than oth­ers. One Bri­tish sur­vey ref­er­enced in the book showed that a typ­i­cal worker reaches his most un­pro­duc­tive mo­ment of the day at 2.55 p.m. Sim­i­larly, Dan­ish schoolchil­dren who take their ex­ams in the af­ter­noon have lower marks than those who are tested in the morn­ing.

We all fol­low a hid­den pat­tern, but once we fig­ure out when we reach a peak or feel low, we can build a sched­ule bet­ter suited to our ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Naps, go­ing for a walk and breaks — es­pe­cially lunch breaks — are not a waste of time. In­ci­den­tally, the best time to have a cup of cof­fee, ac­cord­ing to the au­thor, is not first thing in the morn­ing, but an hour or 90 min­utes af­ter you wake up. By then, your cor­ti­sol pro­duc­tion has risen and the caf­feine works won­ders.

This fas­ci­nat­ing book made the New York Times Best­seller list and even hit the num­ber one spot on the Wall Street Jour­nal Busi­ness Best­seller list.

The Wall Street Jour­nal opined that it “brims with a sur­pris­ing amount of in­sight and prac­ti­cal advice,” so if you are strug­gling to man­age your time, it is the per­fect read.

Pink has au­thored var­i­ous books on work, man­age­ment and be­hav­ioral sci­ence and is the for­mer host of Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Chan­nel's TV se­ries, Crowd Con­trol.

Jenna Cole­man will ap­pear at the Mid­dle East Film and Comic Con. (AFP)

Fan Bing­bing daz­zled in a Georges Hobeika gown. (@georgeshobeika)

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