Saturday, 03 November 2012
INTERESTING STUFF: 3 November 2012
AN EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP TONIGHT
Yes, it's that time of year again – Daylight Savings Time is ending. So turn back your clocks tonight before you go to sleep and get that hour back you lost in the spring.
TIME LAPSE OF HURRICANE SANDY HITTING NEW YORK CITY
This amazing time-lapse video was made by Silas Maniatis. Watch for the Con Edison substation explosion at about :50 seconds and then the blackout of half the city.
THE GREATEST GENERATION SPEAKS UP
The final campaign video of the 2012 election – at least on my blog. This was produced by Michael Moore for MoveOn and is definitely NOT SAFE for work and small children. But it's fun.
HURRICANE SANDY - $4,000 PLANE TICKET RIPOFF
According to former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, in the face of the superstorm at least one airline jacked up ticket prices to astronomical heights. Let him tell it:
Leaving New York City yesterday [Sunday 28 October] bound for California on one of the last flights out of JFK before the airport closed, a flight attendant told me I was lucky to already have my ticket.
“In light of the pending hurricane, the airlines had just hours before jacked up ticket prices on the flight to $4,000 (I had paid a few hundred dollars when I bought it last week).”
Too bad Reich doesn't tell us the the name of the airline. You can read more here.
80-YEAR-OLD MARATHON MAN
Usually I don't like to promote what I think of as freak elders – old people who take part in extreme sports – because the implication is always that any elder not climbing Mt. Everest or bungee jumping is deficient. But I like this guy's attitude.
Even so soon after Hurricane Sandy, the annual New York City Marathon will be take place tomorrow, Sunday, and 80-year-old Otto Mond will be in the running. Take a listen:
UPDATE: The Marathon was canceled, but I think Mond's story is worth including in today's collection of interesting stuff.
This will be Mr. Mond's 18th marathon.
“'Strategy? My only strategy is: Start slow and finish,' he said, repeating a slogan engraved on an identification bracelet that his wife, Gladys, 77, made him start wearing this year.
“'I think it’s about time he quits — enough already,' Mrs. Mond said. 'I worry about his health. But he’s stubborn — he’s always done just what he wants to do. So I don’t ask. I don’t get involved.'”
242-POUND BABY WALRUS
When you think cuddly, a walrus is not the first thing that comes to mind, but hey – all baby animals are cute and the New York City Aquarium has acquired a 16-week-old walrus who is a charmer.
Mitik is one of two baby walruses orphaned in Alaska last July. You can read more about him here.
POSTSCRIPT: New York Aquarium is in critical condition as a result of Hurricane Sandy and some of the animals may be in danger. You can read more here.
FACE SLAPPING ANTI-AGING THERAPY
Personally, I am disgusted by the lengths people go to trying to look younger than they are and just the phrase “anti-aging” can send me into a tirade. None of them make sense but now and again one turns up that is so monumentally stupid even I am speechless. Take a look:
Ri-i-i-ght. A $350 ancient Thai secret? Have I told about this bridge I've got...
OBAMA CONSPIRACY THEORIES
You run across them all them time – the crazed conspiracy theories from the fevered brains of people who probably need treatment. The range is awesome:
Obama is the anti-christ
He decorated the Oval Office in Mideast style
He faked bin Laden's death
He killed his grandmother
He is a lizard
Has there ever in history been a president so reviled as this one? There is so much of this grotesque racism (of course, that is its source) that it's hard to keep up.
So Mother Jones magazine has collected all the Obama conspiracy beliefs into a handy chart:
Go to the MoJo website to see the expanded graphic with links to all the deranged but fascinating zealotry.
HENRI CHAT NOIR – L'HAUNTING
This is a little late and I could have saved it for Halloween 2013, but due to the hurricane, Governor Chris Christie postponed Halloween in New Jersey until Monday. So I think we're still under the wire for this brand new video from Henri. (Hat tip to Bev Carney)
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.