Saturday, 21 September 2013
INTERESTING STUFF – 21 September 2013
A NEW SIMON'S CAT – MIRROR, MIRROR
Sometimes I think Simon's Cat is getting stale but he's become an internet institution now and a part of my online life.
DISCUSSING THE DIVINE COMEDY WITH DANTE
Three Chinese artists, Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang An, painted this in 2006.
It doesn't look like much in this tiny image but trust me, there are 103 people of historical influence included. And there is more: when you run your cursor over any of them in the large view, their name appears. Click on a face and their Wikipedia page opens.
The people range from the ancients – Plato, Ramses II, Julius Caesar – to the very modern – Bruce Lee, Bill Gates and Sam Walton's dog.
Here is where you'll find it full size. Go play. It's a load of fun. (Hat tip to Sheila Halet)
WHAT DID SHAKESPEARE'S ENGLISH SOUND LIKE IN SHAKESPEARE'S TIME?
And how can we be sure we know? A linguist and his actor son explain it all at the Globe Theater in London in this 10-minute video from the Open University.
You can read more here.
AN EBOOK BY A TGB READER
Way back in 2009, a certain TGB reader asked me about elderblogging. This past week, the person you may know from the comments as doctafil published an ebook “comedic memoir” under her full name, Brenda Henry.
In her email telling me about it, she said: “You encouraged me to start a blog and keep on writing. You also published some of my stories on your site.”
You will find those stories at The Elder Storytelling Place under yet another name, Brenda Adams, and her blog Jive Chalkin is still going strong.
The book is titled the same as the blog and I know it's both informative and funny. This is from the publisher's website:
“After working 25 secretarial jobs, she returned to university as a mature student and earned her teaching credentials along with a masters in education and a graduate diploma in counseling.”
I love it when this happens, when I can help inspire someone to tell their stories.
Warning, you may go into sugar shock watching this video – a two-month-old puppy with an eight-month-old baby girl.
GRANDKIDS AND THEIR RETIREMENT PLANS
What happens, wondered the producers at Erickson Living (retirement communities company), when you gather a group of children and ask them what they're going to do when they retire?
And then, what would it look like if you asked the kids' grandparents to re-enact their responses? Here's the result starring Erickson residents and their real-life grandchildren.
THE LIBRARIAN AND THE ALLIGATOR
About three months ago, a New York City librarian made a promise that if
”...at least 300 of the children would register in her summer reading program and, collectively, read at least 4,000 books, [she would read] a story aloud to a live alligator.”
Well, 344 children responded and together they read 4,595 books so Susan Scatena of Queens Library at Whitestone was on the hook and with the help of reptile trainer Erik Callendar, she delivered.
”Scatena read Mercer Mayer’s There’s an Alligator Under My Bed to Wally, a 5-foot-plus female alligator, while hundreds of children looked on.”
Here's the photo:
You can read more about it here.
A BAG OF VEGGIE SOUP
A gorgeous lesson about kindness and caring sent by my friend Jim Stone.
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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