Saturday, 26 January 2013
INTERESTING STUFF: 26 January 2013
THE WRITER WHO COULD NOT READ
Imagine if overnight words on a page all looked like gibberish. Imagine then, too, that you make your living as a writer. Take a look:
You can read more here:
WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE THESE?
Weird eerie pyramid sand dunes, right? Where do you think they could be?
Well, not so mysterious, after all. Bulldozers made them in Queens, New York when they were cleaning up sand after Hurricane Sandy. Boring explanation, but they are still startling to see.
There are more photos here with some additional explanation. (Photo by Stephane Messier)
FIVE MINUTES WITH MICHAEL CAINE
Nothing important or startling here. Just a nice little chat with a wonderful actor of our generation talking about his role in Batman and some other things.
WHAT'S INSIDE THE BIGGEST CHICKEN EGG EVER?
No, this is not a goose egg and certainly not an ostrich egg. Just a plain old chicken egg the size of which you've never seen. What could possibly be inside?
MOVING THE SELLWOOD BRIDGE
The pylons under Portland, Oregon's Sellwood Bridge are in need of replacing lest the bridge fall down. After building temporary supports, last week engineers moved the bridge from its failing foundation.
The big trick was that one end needed to move 33 inches and the other end 66 inches. Wow. It took a whole day and this is a time lapse video of the maneuver:
Five days later, cars were using the bridge again. You can read a lot more detail of the operation here.
COMPARING AUSTRALIA AND U.S. WORKING CONDITIONS
TGB's Sunday music columnist, Peter Tibbles, found this news story comparing salaries and other working conditions of the United States and Australia.
”...full-time permanent employees in Australia, from toilet cleaners to chief executives, get at least ten sick days, 20 vacation days and (depending on the state) ten or more paid holidays every year. Everyone. All over Australia.
Of course, there is a catch. Part-time and temp workers don't get these benefits. Instead, they get paid an extra 20 percent to 25 percent in cash compensation. As a result, a part-time, entry-level adult fast food worker in Australia makes a minimum of $21.25 an hour. Oh, plus health insurance. That's universal in Australia.”
There is a lot more to make an American envious of Oz working conditions. Go read the whole story here.
Since 1977, I've had this framed poster of San Francisco's famous Sutro Baths on either my office wall or at home:
I couldn't tell you why I've kept it front and center for so long; I've just never stopped liking it.
This past week, I ran across a short documentary about the history of the baths that were destroyed by fire in the 1960s.
PEOPLE ARE AWESOME
Instead of ending with a cute kitty video (don't worry, there will be more in the future), here is a collection of amazing feats of human derring-do. There are definitely a lot of “don't try this at home” moments, but they are all astonishing.
The video was made recently to promote a song, Levitate by the band, Adouken. You can read about the video and the song 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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