Saturday, 27 October 2012
INTERESTING STUFF: 27 October 2012
HENRI CHAT NOIR - POLITIQUE
We have featured videos of Henri the depressive cat here in the past and since then, he has released some more. Here is one in which Henri ruminates on politics:
I read that Henri's producer William Braden is a professional videographer who now supports himself fully with Henri-related ventures. I'm sure we'll be seeing more videos.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL CHEESE COMMERCIAL
Director Ruairi Robinson who made this commercial for French television says cheese and monsters are two of his favorite things. Me too now.
IF THE WHOLE WORLD COULD VOTE
TGB's own musicologist, Peter Tibbles, sent along the results of a 21-nation survey on preferences in the U.S. presidential election. Obama runs away with it - 20 countries on his side of the ledger:
”Overall, an average of 50 per cent would prefer to see Obama elected, compared to only 9 per cent who prefer Romney. The rest express no preference between the two.”
Here's the chart:
Peter wants it noted which two “civilized countries” top the chart for Obama. You can read more here.
DUMP CITIZENS UNITED
San Franciscans seem to have a penchant for sending messages via thousands of people aligned on the beach in exactly the right places. I've seen them do this before although I don't remember what they were telling us that time. (Hat tip to Nikkie Lindquist of From Where I Sit)
SMILIES FROM 1881
Everyone knows what smilies (sometimes called emoticons) are, right? Those little icons made of keyboard symbols that express emotions. :-) or :-O and so on.
You may think they're new. I did. But they go back as far as 1881. This from the letterpress department of Puck magazine via the Retronaut website.
GEORGE CARLIN WAY NAMED IN MANHATTAN
In a campaign led by Daily Show warmup comedian, Kevin Bartini, Commnity Board No. 9 in New York City has approved renaming a portion of West 121st Street in Manhattan George Carlin Way.
Carlin died in 2008 and I especially miss him when we are deep into political campaigns. Which is a good excuse to run one of his old but still oh-so-contemporary riffs.
This was recorded in 1992; it could have been yesterday.
You can read more about naming George Carlin Way here.
NYC DOG HALLOWEEN PARADE
Last week, the second annual Tompkins Square Dog Halloween Parade was held in Manhattan with a whole slew of dogs dressed in their owners' fantasies. Here's a chihuahua dressed as a Thanksgiving turkey. (Photo credit: John Moore – Getty Images)
You can see a series of doggies in costumes here.
KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL – ANTHONY BOURDAIN
Kitchen Confidential, which includes almost as much about sex, drugs and rock & roll as food, is still the best, funniest, most outrageous book about restaurants ever written.
For the tenth anniversary edition due out soon, author Anthony Bourdain sat down for a chat with his editor, Dan Halpern:
The second half of the short interview is here.
BABY ELEPHANT RESCUE
A tiny (well, that's relative) elephant falls into a pit in Kenya and can't get out. Humans to the rescue:
The rescue was done by the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, an organization that "aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa's elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy."
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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