Saturday, 15 December 2012
INTERESTING STUFF: 15 December 2012
A RUBE GOLDBERG HANNUKAH
Tonight is the last night of Hannukah when all eight candles of the menorrah are lit. My friend Kent McKamy sent this video of a wonderfully complicated technology solution to lighting the candles from the people at Technion Israel.
Me? I have to light them the old fashioned way - matches.
DOGS DRIVING CARS IN NEW ZEALAND
You think I'm kidding. Take a look.
Last Wednesday the date 12 December 2012 could be written 12.12.12. The next time that will happen – writing the date with three identical numbers, will not happen again for 98 years on 10 October 2110.
I thought you'd like to know.
GLOBAL VIEW OF EARTH AT NIGHT
”This new global view and animation of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012.
“It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth's land surface and islands. This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.”
THE FIRST SENIOR MOMENT
Courtesy of Darlene Costner.
PERFECTLY CAPTURED CAT ATTITUDE
(From the New Yorker)
Ollie the cat is getting tubby in his old age. I wish I could believe he would do this. (Hat tip to Bev Carney)
HELEN KELLER AND ANNIE SULLIVAN
I recall, when I was a little girl, reading a lot about Helen Keller who died in 1968 at age 87. Here is a most astonishing newsreel video of her and her teacher from 1930:
SANTA CLAUS IS YOUR UPS MAN
Terrific amateur video from a real-life UPS employee. Ken Jones sings about being Santa Claus in a big brown truck and doing it not – as he is careful to tell us at the end – on company time. It is such silly fun.
INTERESTING STUFF FROM A TGB READER
Early this week, we discussed an end-of-life quotation from May Sarton. Here's another from her combined with the image by Ron Palmer. Full size version is here.
GIGGLE WITH THE GOATS
They're cute and funny and frisky and silly and so full of baby goat life. If you don't giggle through this video, your funny bone is broken. Thank you Jan Adams of Can It Happen Here?
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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