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Saturday, 14 May 2011

INTERESTING STUFF – 14 May 2011

Category_bug_interestingstuff 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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I probably won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog if you have one.


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.

MT. ATHOS
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:

Animals and stuffed animals

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.

DUCKLING RESCUED
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.


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Comments

Ok. I confess! Always fantasized doing the remake of Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze! Oh those were wonderful days of dancing until & after our feet were numb! What fun. Thanks again Ronni. Dee

I love it!!! I'm an old fashioned gal and am of the
"Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire are the best!" school of thought. Watching either dance is a favorite mood brightener!!!

So many great videos! 'Bye 'bye Saturday morning chores! Thanks for the treats, Ronni.

Watching the white cats, I wondered if they might be the blue-eyed deaf variety, since they were responding to visual signals and worked in a noisy environment. Would a deaf cat be more trainable?

I enjoyed all the videos!!

You've posted some great stuff today Ronni! I'm liking all of it! :-)

Saw the 60 minutes on Mt. Athos, a beautiful place to be, interesting to think about them surviving all sorts of things over 1000 years.

Thanks so much for the dance video, I'd forgotten how much I liked the dancing in "White Knights" and "Flashdance." Sigh, in another life.

A quick correction to your comment about Mt. Athos, a place that's long fascinated me, but which I've not (yet!) been able to visit. The monasteries there are not Catholic, but Eastern Orthodox. Here's a really nice blog, by someone in the Netherlands, which give lots of info on Athos.

By the way, I'm in my mid-60s now and have been following your blog for a couple of years. Thanks so much for doing it; almost everything you post is worth reading.

I'm caught on the "funny talking animals" clips and loving it. Laughed till my eyes teared. What a tonic!
On to the others.
And thank you so much!

It's been one of those busy days. Watch and read Ronnie, run errands. Watch or read Ronnie, and go run errands. Repeat.
Thanks for the stirring up you have given my grey matter.

Enjoyed the dancing video (wow!) and the talking animals.

The funniest talking animal video I've seen so far is this one (a dog): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw

Would have commented sooner but I've been playing Angry Birds — Google Chrome has it now. A fun time-waster.

Thanks for posting the Mt Athos link. I missed the 60 minutes program and would have missed these wonderful images if you had not posted this.

I guess it was this person who made the dance thing...
http://www.youtube.com/user/Mart138

Ronni, I saw your "interesting stuff" posted on the ChangingAging site without any credit to TGB that I could see. I know you and Bill are friends but? Anyway, none of the videos worked on ChangingAging, a sign that the original is definitely the best!

In my next life, I want to dance!

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