A SENSE OF PURPOSE
This is a video about what happened when the U.S. Department of Labor stepped in to enforce their employment regulations against piece workers in a retirement home.
It was produced last year by students in The Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media (AIM), a two-year film program for juniors and seniors at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, which happens to be my alma mater.
What do you think?
Each semester AIM students produce short documentaries and other projects. You can find a collection of their videos at their YouTube page.
WOMAN DIES WHEN NO KNOWN ANTIBIOTIC WORKS
We have been hearing about antibiotic resistance for years but until now, the variety of antibiotic medicines we have seemed to keep us from catastrophe. No more.
”Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection,” reports STATnews.
“Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics.
“'It was tested against everything that’s available in the United States...and was not effective,' said Dr. Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of health care quality promotion.'”
After being treated for a broken femur in India where drug-resistant infections are more common than in the U.S., the 70-year-old woman was found in Nevada to be infected with
”CRE — carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae. That’s a general name to describe bacteria that commonly live in the gut that have developed resistance to the class of antibiotics called carbapenems — an important last-line of defense used when other antibiotics fail,” explains STATnews.
“CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden has called CREs 'nightmare bacteria' because of the danger they pose for spreading antibiotic resistance.”
There is additional information on this deadly infection at Huffington Post.
Maybe you've seen that phrase during movie credits. They are the sound artists, an amazing and important part of all television and movie crews.
When I was producing television shows, it was one of my favorite parts of the process, getting together with men and women who tweak and even create needed audio, sometimes from nothing.
Once, I needed to add the missing sound of two tap shoes hitting the floor simultaneously – one each for Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire - to punctuate the end of their dance routine in a movie clip. The Foley artists didn't have anything appropriate in their library so they set about inventing the sound.
They tried slapping a piece of metal on wood. It didn't sound right. They tried the various shoes among all of us in the room, each one on different surfaces. All wrong.
After about an hour, one of the guys went into the sound booth and tried slapping his hand against his thigh. Amazingly, it was close but still short of what it should be. So another guy, wearing denim jeans instead of whatever the first guy was wearing tried. Voila!
We had a good tap sound for Crosby and Astaire that had somehow been lost from the clip.
As the YouTube page for this video explains, when you are immersed completely in a movie much of that is due to the magic of Foley artists. When the work is done right,
”...you won’t be able to tell that the 'natural' sounds on screen are manufactured with studio props. That's the challenge for Warner Bros. Foley artists Alyson Moore, Chris Moriana and mixer Mary Jo Lang. Theirs is a practice in recreation, one creative element at a time.”
Enjoy this little little documentary about how they do their work.
AN AGE-OLD ARGUMENT BETWEEN SPOUSES
And a great, good laugh, too.
BEN FRANKLIN'S FIRST PRINT JOB
Long before he became a founding father, young Ben Franklin went into the printing business.
What appears to be his first piece of printing at age 17 went on exhibit this week at the University of Pennsylvania after not being seen for nearly 200 years.
”Penn Libraries recently acquired the only known surviving copy of a 1723 Franklin broadside, showing an elegy for a Philadelphia poet and printer named Aquila Rose, and topped with a bold skull and crossbones motif.”
The scrapbook in which the broadside was found will also be on display at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center until February 10 – if you happen to be in the area. You can read more at The New York Times.
SWEAR MORE, FEEL BETTER
I've known that for most of my life. When I've stubbed my toe or cut my finger in the kitchen – particularly anything that hurts, a long string of #$%^&*() always makes it feel better.
Now there may be some scientific backup for my belief:
There is more than you ever wanted to know about how and why swearing is good for you at the BBC.
EVOLUTION OF THE DESK
Before computers, printers and the internet came a long, our desks looked a whole lot different than they do now. Darlene Costner found this video that shows how our work spaces have changed since 1980:
(I found the background music on this really annoying – you might want to turn down your audio.)
They're right, of course, except that apparently I didn't get the memo.
And that's after I cleaned up a few days ago.
WHITE HOUSE GLAM ROOM
According to Us magazine, the White House will be renovated to include what they call a “glam room.”
"'There will absolutely be a room designated for hair, makeup and wardrobe,' [Nicole] Bryl, who has worked with [Ms.] Trump for more than a decade and helped 'soften' her look during her husband Donald Trump's presidential campaign...
"'Melania wants a room with the most perfect lighting scenario, which will make our jobs as a creative team that much more efficient, since great lighting can make or break any look,' she said.”
Bryl also tells the magazine that
”...that each makeup session takes 'about one hour and 15 minutes of uninterrupted focus. If you want the look to be flawless and have it last [throughout the day], you do have to take a little extra time to make that happen.'”
Oh please. These next four years are going to be even harder to get through than I had imagined.
If you must, you can read more here.
SNOW DAY AT PORTLAND ZOO
As you might have noticed from my photos in last Saturday's Interesting Stuff, we had a big snowstorm in the Portland, Oregon area about ten days ago. Much more than happens in most winters.
That made some of the animals at the Portland Zoo really, really happy. Thank my friend Jim Stone for this video:
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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