ELDER MUSIC: Rock Around the Clock

INTERESTING STUFF: 10 November 2012

Canadian TGB reader Donna T had to remind me that tomorrow, Sunday, is Veterans Day in the U.S. Similarly, it is Remembrance Day in Canada. What a jerk I can be and in this case, I can't blame it on aging memory; it was inattention.

Our newly re-elected president takes a good deal of flak for being distant and unemotional. But here's a much more personal side of him thanking the young workers at campaign headquarters in Chicago just after he won the election. Nice.

When, on election night, the repugnant Trump went further than ever when he tweeted that the election is a “sham and a travesty” and “a disgusting injustice,” NBC anchor Brian Williams shot back that Trump “has driven well past the last exit to relevance." (No kidding.)

This seems to have enraged Trump who, in junior high school fashion, tweeted,

Trump tweets

Really, now. the media (including me) would be doing the nation a great service if they would dump this disgusting and offensive man from any future mentions. Just ignore him into oblivion.

(You'll just have to forgive me for the concentration on politics today. Or you can skip over this part. I'm still too close to the election to let go of it entirely yet.)

On her MSNBC show Wednesday evening, Rachel Maddow schooled Republicans in the ways about which they are misinformed, in denial or just plain stupid. Take a look:

Not to toot my own horn, but weeks before the election, I predicted that on 7 November the 2016 campaign would begin. That's hardly difficult – the media does this every four years and Politico, among others, had the story:

”That the same two families who dominated American politics for the previous decades may return to the fore after the Obama interregnum would be fitting in a country that purports to disregard dynasties but actually builds, enables and obsesses over its ruling clans.”

Good god. We haven't even digested this election yet and besides, I think that by 2014 or so, Elizabeth Warren may be looking to unseat Hillary Clinton as the reigning woman Democrat; after all, Obama ran after only two years in the Senate.

Okay, I realize I'm just as bad as Politico for bothering with this item. Consider me chastised.

For a moment, let your mind wander back to 1960 and recall what an enormous hubbub the movie, Psycho, made on the nation. The shower scene was instantly famous and has remained so through all these 52 years.

Someone has tracked down this rather lengthy trailer for Psycho starring the direction himself, Alfred Hitchcock, giving a tour of the movie's set. And, says the YouTube page, because Janet Leigh was unavailable for the making of the trailer, Vera Miles in a blonde wig stood in for her.

For me, that's neither here nor there. I just enjoyed seeing such a different kind of movie promotion than we see these days for an iconic film from my younger years.

On 9 November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary John Hay, sat for photographer Alexander Gardner. What is startling about this image is that if there were slightly different clothing, it feels like it could have been taken yesterday.

Lincoln Photo 1863_11_08

There are a couple more images from this photo shoot at the estimable Retronaut website.

From Time magazine's recent best inventions of 2012 issue sent in by Celia of Celia's Blue Cottage blog.

Indoor clouds

As the Time website explains:

”That’s not Photoshop. The Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has developed a way to create a small, perfect white cloud in the middle of a room. It requires meticulous planning: the temperature, humidity and lighting all have to be just so.

“Once everything is ready, Smilde summons the cloud out of the air using a fog machine. It lasts only moments, but the effect is dramatic and strangely moving.”

Are you as fascinated as I am to see friendships between different species of animals? I love it. These two are baby fawn, Pippin, and Great Dane, Kate:

This clip is from a full-length episode of Nature titled “Animal Odd Couples.” You can view the entire film here. It's worth your time. (Hat tip to Larry Beck who blogs at Woodgate's View)

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.


Thanks to all veterans for their service.

BTW, I just mentioned to my daughter who lives in MA & was thrilled with Elizabeth Warren's win that she will surely be our first woman president. :)Dee

Trump is the disaster and Brian Williams is right. Trump went well past the exit to relevance a few years back and he is/will be the last to know it. Those tweets are childish and I hope no one pays any attention.

It would be nice if DT and his little furry friend up there would ride off into the sunset, but maybe we DO need him. For comic relief.

All of your clips were great today, but I loved the last one that made me say, "Awwwww". Kate and Pip were a joy to watch. If we could all be that joyous wouldn't it be a wonderful world?

I saw the indoor cloud yesterday and immediately put it on my mental "wish list." Would love to be able to summon something like that. However, I suspect it requires a much higher humidity level than I have or would want in my home.

I'm not over the election either; unlike Republicans, I was scared to the last count that we wouldn't win. What a relief. I watched the PBS special last week and loved it. Too bad humans can't be as non-judgmental.

I missed the PBS Nature "Odd Animal Couples" program that aired last week, and from which the clip of Pip and Kate was excerpted from, but just watched it online. Great show!!
And I loved the Rachel Maddow piece, too. She did a great job of setting the record straight.

Many reasons to be stuck in feelings about the election. Good outcome cost too much money, too many mean-spirited words. Some were unknown to me till reading Frank Rich "Fantasyland," current New York magazine.

Immediately saw the cloud as perfect coda to an end-of-life ceremony. Lovely.

I loved the trailer for "Pyscho." That movie was so well written, cast, and directed, and I think that no one in the world could have been freakier and scarier than Anthony Perkins.

Rachel Maddow was entertaining, funny, and right on in her analysis. Thanks for including the clip.

Finally, a person can never see too many animal friendship videos--at least I can't. Great stuff.

just watched the entire Odd Couples PBS video--how wonderful!

I have never understood what anyone sees in Donny. He is a stupid, stupid man who unfortunately has enough money to buy/bully his way into the media.
Loved the PBS clip.

I remember back in 1970 when I was living in Los Gatos. It was Remembrance Day, as I know it, Veterans Day to the rest of the household. We decided to clean up the place and take the garbage to the local tip. Now, for those of a musical bent this may sound rather familiar. It turns out that the local tip was closed on Remembrance Day and---- well you know the rest. No, we didn’t tip the garbage elsewhere, and we weren’t arrested for littering. We did have a meal that couldn’t be beat (I will put up my hand as having cooked it).

Rachel Maddow's comments were spot on. Thanks for that clip.

Rachel Maddow was entertaining, funny, and right on in her analysis.

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