Saturday, 10 March 2012
INTERESTING STUFF – 10 March 2012
REMINDER: CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS TONIGHT
Don't forget to move your clocks forward tonight one hour. Well, everyone except for Hawaii and most of Arizona.
Just before you go to bed Saturday night is a good time to do it.
JUDI DENCH PLANTS A TREE
2012 is the Diamond Jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth and there is a national project to celebrate by planting six million trees before the end of the year. Here is a favorite actor, Dame Judi Dench, doing her part for the cause. (Hat tip to Nikki of From Where I Sit)
I just hate that I am terrible at writing headlines and captions. Good ones make an ordinary image compelling and, often, funny - like this one. (Stolen from Judy Carrino's Facebook page)
OBAMA 1990 – “THE BREITBART VIDEO”
Before his recent demise, right-wing provocateur, Andrew Breitbart, promised he had a video that would bring down President Barack Obama.
When the footage was broadcast on Fox this week by a credulous Sean Hannity, it became an instant Twitter joke. There is nothing the least controversial about Obama's introduction of Professor Derrick Bell.
And, the video is not the exclusive Hannity claimed. A longer version aired on Frontline on PBS in 2008.
All this much ado about nothing aside, it is interesting to see the young Obama 22 years ago. See what you think.
MORE THAN 20% OF ADULT AMERICANS ARE TATTOOED
Some of them have more than one, says a new Harris Interactive poll and here's a surprise (to me, anyway): women are more likely than men to have a tattoo by 23% over 19%.
Old folks are fairly well represented with 11% of those 50-64 having tattoos and 5% of people 65 and older. I think Maxine has a good point about tattoos:
BIG KITTIES PLAYING WITH MIRRORS
From intense interest to boredom. Either way, it's fun to watch.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY OREO
I haven't bought Oreo cookies in years. They are way too fattening and one or two are never enough for me – especially after the Double-Stuf variety was introduced. But even though I don't eat them anymore, let's mark Oreo's 100th birthday this year as an iconic American snack.
GUARDIAN'S THREE LITTLE PIGS COMMERCIAL
You know the story: three pigs, three houses, a wolf, huffing and puffing and in the end, boiled wolf. Last week the Guardian UK released a video commercial for the newspaper showing how they would cover the story from first headline to social media conclusion.
The video went viral prompting a whirlwind of critiques – good and bad. See what you think.
LOW LINE REACHES FUNDING GOAL
Last week I told you about a proposed underground garden for New York City called the Low Line Delancey Underground.
The creators have been seeking funding through Kickstarter and it was announced this week that they surpassed their goal of $100,000 – by a third so far – and will be funded by the deadline on April 2. I am so eager to see how this develops.
BOOMER BABES SING THE BEATLES REWRITTEN FOR ELDERS
About a year ago in this column, I featured Pam Peterson singing Memories rewritten with some funny elder lyrics. Now, reader Cathy Johnson sends along the information that Pam is one half of a singing group, the Boomer Babes.
So here she is with her partner, Jan Slavin, singing another elder spoof, this one set to a medley of Beatles songs.
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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