Saturday, 19 January 2013
INTERESTING STUFF – 19 January 2013
PRESIDENTIAL CAT HERDING
The phrase “herding cats” has always delighted me as a perfect description of any task involving too many unruly participants – someone is always escaping the net.
A similar thought led to artist Barry Blitt's New Yorker magazine cover this week. As he explained, he sees it as
”...a nice metaphor for this president dealing with this particular Congress over the so-called fiscal cliff (among other things).”
WHAT GOOD IS THE NRA
As if the National Rifle Association's whackjob of a president isn't enough, this week the organization released what is to me the most offensive political propaganda piece I've ever seen. It is disgusting on every level.
18 HUMAN HEADS IN A BOX???
Maybe it says something about how grotesque our culture is in general that this story barely made a dent in the nation's consciousness this week:
The mystery was solved a day later when it was revealed that the heads, having been used for medical research in Italy, were being returned to the U.S. for cremation. Read more here.
DOGS WHO DON'T KNOW HOW BIG THEY ARE
Really, really big dogs – you know, the ones that are the size of small horses – have always made me laugh and feel all warm and fuzzy. Buzzfeed put together a photo series of a couple of dozen of them. Here's one:
You can see a whole lot more gigantic dogs here.
STUDS TERKEL ON THE SOUND OF THE HUMAN VOICE
The great Studs Terkel died in 2008 at age 96. But he lives through the magic of video. Tamar Orvell of the Only Connect blog sent along this one that is a delight – not to mention, so true.
A year ago, John Newson of Birmingham, England, made a new years resolution to fill only one bag of trash for the entire year:
”Each week John has carefully sifted through his household rubbish, composting everything he can, while separating out paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and cans for his fortnightly kerbside recycling collections.”
Here is Newson with his one 2012 trash bag.
You can read more here.
SPEAKING OF TRASH
Steve Cutts is a London-based, freelance artist who has produced work for Coca-Cola, Bacardi, Toyota, Reebok, Sony PSP, The Guardian, Kelloggs and Phillips, among others.
TGB reader Bev Carney sent this animation from Steve which he titles, MAN:
NAT GEO ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS
I “waste” a lot of time at the National Geographic website watching nature videos and looking at astonishing photos.
Recently, the magazine released the winners of its 2012 photo contest. This one from Ashley Vincent is the winner in the nature category and the grand prize winner – a photograph of “Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand.”
You can see all the 2012 winning photos here.
Another TGB reader, Alice, sent this terrific video of a bunch of old men – age 50s to 90 – singing barbershop harmony at a Tim Horton's restaurant in Ontario, Canada. The video has gone viral and you can read more about the barbershop singing group 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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