Saturday, 09 March 2013
INTERESTING STUFF: 9 March 2013
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TONIGHT
In most of the United States, tonight is the night - time to change the clocks again – spring forward as they say. There is now so much daylight saving time that we're on “regular” time for only four months. We will not be changing the clock again until 3 November.
The poster image is from 1918 when Congress passed the Daylight Saving Time Act “to preserve daylight and provide standard time for the United State.”
I NEVER TIRE OF TROMPE L'OEIL
This stuff just knocks me out. When the National Gallery in Washington, DC held a giant exhibit of trompe l'oeil paintings and objects about ten years ago, I made a special, overnight trip from New York to see it and had a great time.
Today, the artist is John Pugh who we've featured before and he gets a lot of internet attention for his fool-the-eye sidewalk paintings. This week, Darlene Costner emailed some stills of Pugh's work on sides of buildings and I tracked down a video of some of them.
IOWA POL: PARENTS' DIVORCE MAKES TEEN GIRLS PROMISCUOUS
Republican lawmakers ideas about social issues get crazier and crazier.
Last Monday, an Iowa House subcommittee approved a bill that would make no-fault divorce illegal. State Representative Tedd Gassman supported the bill as a method to keep familities together. As Huffington Post reported:
”Speaking about his granddaughter, whose parents recently divorced, Gassman said, 'There's a 16-year-old girl in this whole mix now. Guess what? What are the possibilities of her being more promiscuous?'”
Is this dumber than Todd Akin's belief that victims of “legitimate” rape can't get pregnant?
KINGS POINT HBO DOCUMENTARY
Nominated this year for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short category, King's Point has been 10 years in the making. Director Sari Gilman got the idea for it when her grandmother moved to this Florida retirement community and over those years she followed five long-time residents.
They talk about love and loss and loneliness, and their longing for human connection is obvious. But “Nobody gets too close,” says one. “You're alone but not alone,” says another. Most of the others agree.
Mostly, it's a sad film but it leaves you with a lot to think about what growing old can and cannot be. Take a look:
You can find out more about King's Point here. It debuts next Monday, 11 March, on HBO at 9PM.
DELIVERING THE NEWSPAPER SINCE 1947
Writing at The Elder Storytelling Place recently, Susan Gulliford asked Where's the Paperboy? Well, I found one of them this week delivering The Winters Express in Winters, California (population 6,000).
”Mr. [Newt] Wallace, one of eight carriers for the paper...On foot, he briskly delivers to downtown Winters’s businesses the papers, which are filled with local stories like the creation of a new bridge over Putah Creek and the rising value of Yolo County crops.
“'I don’t hunt or play golf; I deliver papers,' Mr. Wallace said recently as he walked his route. 'I like delivering papers. I get to see the people I know.'”
Oh, one more thing: Mr. Wallace is 93 years old. Read more about him here.
WHAT INEQUALITY REALLY LOOKS LIKE
John Starbuck of For a Dancer alerted me to this fascinating video that shows what wealth equality really looks like. Obvious and shocking all at once.
THE BLUETOOTH, WI-FI, GPS, CELLULAR RADIO CANE
All in one. It is still only in prototype and no one knows if Fujitsu will actually produce this walking stick or even if it's really useful or not. Nevertheless, I liked hearing about it:
You can see more photos and read more here.
CAT STEW FOR A COLD WINTER DAY
Most of the time, the Buzzfeed website is just too silly for this old woman. But they got me with this one – a series of photos with instructions for making cat stew.
First, you need to find a cat or two or more. According to Buzzfeed, you can harvest one like this:
After several more steps you finish with this lovely cat stew:
I'm pretty sure you need to see the whole series of photos to really appreciate it. I was laughing out loud (but I didn't let Ollie the cat see it.)
A WOMBAT LOVE STORY
This video grabbed me by the heart. Before it, I didn't even know what a wombat looks like. Here's part of what the text at YouTube tells us:
”Douglas is an orphaned Wombat who was taken care of at a school camp...near Tallangatta in Victoria, Australia. This video is 3 years old so he was just a little baby...He was the best experience I've ever had with an animal!”
Here it is:
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