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Saturday, 12 October 2013

INTERESTING STUFF – 12 October 2013


TIME'S TRANSFORMATIONS

On one of the webpage that display these moving gifs, whoever DL Cade is writes, “Fair warning, if you’re squeamish about aging, you might want pass on this one.”

Really? Is the culture's preference for youth so deep, strong and pervasive that I am the only one left who is fascinated rather than repulsed by the changes wrought by time?

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You can go to DL Cade's website to see 10 of these face transformations individually or you can view them in this video. (Hat tip to Jen Clift)


THE RAISING OF THE COSTA CONCORDIA

Another kind of time lapse is this video – a compression of the 19 hours it took to raise the sunken Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy into 90 seconds. (Hat tip to Darlene Costner)

There are some spectacular still photos of the procedure here.


BEST COUNTRIES TO GROW OLD IN

TGB reader Domini Stuart was the first of several to send the link to this map of the best countries in which to grow old.

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Obviously, the green ones are better for elders. This is a first of its kind measurement of the wellbeing of old people in 91 countries, ranking them in order of quality.

In the overall ratings, Sweden and Norway come in first and second as the best places for elder living. The United States ranks 8th overall but only 36 for income security.

The rankings chart is here (scroll down). There is an interactive map here where a click on any country brings ups its statistics from the survey.


POOPOURRI

Many readers send this video and it is, apparently, a real product. I am at a loss for anything else to say.


COOKIE MONSTER SEA CREATURE

But it is really a trio of purple sea sponges (Alpysina archeri) fused together. Isn't it the cutest thing.

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The Los Angeles Times story will tell you more about it. (Hat tip to Jim Stone)


HORSE/MULE ROBOT

The developer of this robot calls it the Legged Squad Support System or LS3. I call it a horse/mule robot. According to the YouTube page, it is a

”...rough-terrain robot developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. It is designed to carry 400 pounds of payload and travel 20 miles without refueling. LS3 has sensors that let it follow a human leader while avoiding obstacles in the terrain.”

I think it is amazing how much the gait of the robot resembles that of a horse or mule. (Thanks to Cop Car of Cop Car's Beat.)


TIM MINCHIN'S GRADUATION SPEECH

If you don't know who Tim Minchin is, you should and this is a terrific beginning. Colleen Skinner of Meanderings sent the video of Minchin on the occasion of his receiving an honorary degree from The University of Western Australia.

There are warnings about possible offensiveness, but not to me and hope not for you. Just enjoy and then stick around for Minchin's curriculum vitae when his speech is finished. You'll be amazed at the breadth of his talents and accomplishments.

In three of his past Christmas in Oz posts the TGB musicologist, Peter Tibbles has featured Minchin's music – here and here and here.


TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

Way back in 1945, there was a summer romance between teenagers Chuck Lewis and Sandy Gutting. Then life intruded – for 62 years.

”They went on to marry others, had families, moved 1,200 miles apart, and didn’t speak for 62 years. Then seven years ago, they met again, and love bloomed once more...

“Although they never spoke, Lewis and Gutting secretly carried a torch for each other over the years. Gutting said she would often show her adult daughters a picture of Lewis that she kept in her closet. And Lewis said he managed to hide his treasured stack of photos from 1945 from both wives.”

Of course the story is more complicated and interested than that. You'll need to go to the San Diego Union to read the rest of it.


BIG MIKE SNEAKS BACK IN THE HOUSE

"before he gets caught," says the YouTube page. Smart fellow, this dog.


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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I probably won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog if you have one.


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Comments

Wonderful stuff. I love G Captain. I hadn't known that there were other's interested in the Costa Concordia or I would have sent that on earlier. There's also a live webcam on the island off Giglio and there is a website devoted to raising the Costa Concordia. I keep an eye on both sites.

http://www.theparbucklingproject.com/

http://www.giglionews.it/2010022440919/webcam/isola-del-giglio/webcam-giglio-porto-panoramica.html

Truly enjoyed and laughed at the other videos too. Thanks.

Great posting today as always, but Tim Minchin is beyond believable and I am sorry I had not heard of him before. I just checked out other videos on You Tube - worth watching and so funny. More people should see the intelligence of humor.

Especially delightful posts today. I, too, had not heard of Tim Minchin and might never have, without this blog. Thanks, Ronni.

Ditto the Tim Minchin comments.

They say that though one stops growing at maturity, the ears and nose don't. The aging photos prove it. Fascinating.

The story about Sandy and Lewis reminds me of "Last Tango in Halifax" which I'm thoroughly enjoying at pbs.org

Thanks, Ronni, for another Very Interesting Stuff.

I am so impressed with the graduation speech by Tim Minchin that I am sending it to my granddaughters. There is a lot of wisdom that they won't hear from the average guest speaker or from the valedictorian. And when it is told with humor they will listen. I had never heard of him either. Thanks for the introduction. And thanks for cc.

What a smart dog. I think I heard him laughing. If it wasn't him, it must have been me.

What can I say about time's transformations. I look at my skinny wrinkled arms and can't believe they are attached to me. Transformations occur in other places beside the face.

Just spent a lovely time this Sunday morning perusing all the treasures you've posted for us, Ronni. Thank you so very much. Am enthralled by Tim Minchin and his 9 life lessons make so much sense to me; I wonder whether they would have had I heard them as a student.
By the way, Ronni, have you ever considered putting together a book of some of your brilliant posts on life and ageing? Not necessarily the more topical posts but the ones that I'd like to read over and over and have at hand on my bedside table. I promise you I'd buy a copy for myself and several for others.

Thanks for this great post. I am sorry to say I had not heard of Tim Minchin and now will follow his work. What a great speech.
And, what a great dog video.
Also, why not do a book...I'd buy one!

Just having found/used the time to view the Tim Minchin video, I thank Ronni and Colleen Skinner for introducing him to me. He is quite the philosopher and I fully intend to "steal" for the benefit of family and friends.

Poo-Pourri -- say no more, dear Ronni, the name speaks for itself!! LOLOLOL

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