Saturday, 14 May 2011
INTERESTING STUFF – 14 May 2011
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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A 60-YEAR LOVE STORY
Music teachers Richard Adrian Dorr and John Mace are eager to get married. But they live in New York City where that is still not legal.
“'This couple has lived and loved for 61 years — haven’t they waited long enough?' said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry. 'They made a commitment and lived life’s ups and downs together. They can’t wait forever — they deserve the freedom to marry.'”
The reason “they can't wait forever” is that Richard is 86 and John is 91. Watch their video: (Hat tip to Jan Adams)
Anti-gay marriage laws are ridiculously stupid. You can read more about John and Richard here.
ASTONISHING ELABORATE TOOTHPICK SCULPTURE
Scott Weaver has spent 35 years building “Rolling Through the Bay,” a kinetic sculpture of 100,000 toothpicks (I would have guessed more) depicting public and private landmarks of San Francisco.
Multiple ball runs allow you to go on “tours” of different parts of the city. Watch:
Weaver says he has spent more than 3,000 hours on the project and he continues to expand and modify it. There are more videos of Rolling Through the Bay here. (Hat tip to JoAnn Goldberg)
BBC TALKING ANIMALS TV SHOW
For the past two seasons, the BBC has run an animal sketch comedy show titled, Walk on the Wild Side. It is, simply, clips of animals filmed in the wild dubbed with funny conversation and music added. Here's a promo for one of the episodes:
It seems to me that this is a marvelously amusing way to use up leftover footage from all those National Geographic nature programs. There are a whole lot more promos from the programs here.
I suppose I had heard of Mt. Athos – the name sounds familiar – but I had no idea, nor had I wondered, what it is. As it turns out, it's not just any old mountain in Greece, it is a collection of 20
Catholic Eastern Orthodox monasteries that have been in continuous existence for more than 1,000 years.
Hardly anything has changed in all that time. Recently, 60 Minutes broadcast a program about it – the first time cameras have been allowed in 30 years and the story is fascinating. Women might want to pay close attention: although male pilgrims visit throughout the year, no women have ever been allowed. (It amuses me that the included commercial is for Viagra.)
Mt. Athos Part One:
Mt. Athos Part Two:
There is more information here.
LIVE AND STUFFED ANIMALS
What a smart inspiration of someone to pair stuffed animals with their live counterparts. Here is one:
There are a lot more here.
LE PLUS GRAND CABARET DU MONDE
Unlike dogs, most cats are way too snooty to deign to learn tricks or, if they will, to do them on cue. But Darlene Costner found this video of a trained cat performance in, no less, a French night club. Enjoy.
Here's a nice, too-cute video for you. Somehow, a mama duck lost her babies in a storm drain. A TV reporter went to the rescue.
DANCING AT THE MOVIES
My friend John Brandt sent this along. It's been around for a good while, but I'd not seen it and it is fabulous. Dances from 40 movies and many more dancers. It is brilliant and no one knows who edited it.