Saturday, 19 October 2013
INTERESTING STUFF – 19 October 2013
AGEIST OR JUST CHEEKY?
Nobody doesn't like 91-year-old comedian/actress Betty White. Her TV Land series, Hot in Cleveland, is going into its fifth season and she's widely sought after as a spokesperson.
In this new commercial video, White represents Air New Zealand. The treatment of old people makes me squirmy. Maybe I'm wrong. See what you think.
Do you know about this? I didn't – soccer played in bubble wrap. Depending on the country, it might be known as boblefotball, bumperz bubble, zorb ball soccer, loopyball, fussball.
By any name, I AM DYING TO PLAY IN ONE OF THESE BUBBLES. Take a look.
Here's more information from Buzzfeed, with photos.
THE END OF LANDLINE PHONES
It's been almost ten years since I gave up a landline to rely exclusively on a cell phone. Now, in the wake of devastation from Hurricane Sandy, a small island community in New Jersey has been given no choice in the matter:
”...in [resident] Peter Flihan’s view, Verizon Communications has delivered a second blow: the telecommunications giant did not rebuild the landlines destroyed in the storm, and traditional telephone service here has now gone the way of the telegraph.”
There's more information at The New York Times story. However much some people want to hang on to their landlines they will, before too much time passes, be gone. But it is a mixed technology advance.
The upside, of course, is that mobile phones go everywhere with us. The downside is that signal quality never seems to improve. Perpetually, there are dead spots, dropped calls, faint volume and other glitches that never happen with landlines.
Do you still have a landline?
MOST FAMOUS BOOK PUBLISHED IN EACH U.S. STATE
Business Insider has picked the most famous book set in each state. I don't know their criteria and I have, as you certainly will, many objections.
My current state, Oregon, gets Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In Oregon, a location where few books are set, that may be acceptable. But The Great Gatsby for New York? I can name a bunch of equally iconic choices.
They picked Stephen King's Carrie for Maine but any of his novels would have worked as well.
Click the map above for a list of all the states and their books. Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik has some interesting commentary on the choices and I'm sure you do too.
AN EMAIL MAKING THE ROUNDS
Nancy Leitz was the first reader to send this email that's gone viral. It made me laugh even if it also makes me furious.
”The Washington Redskins are changing their name because of all the negativity, shame, humiliation, dissent, polarity, adversity, defiance, hatred, animosity, contempt, discrimination, division, violence, counter-productivity, ill-spirit, un-Godliness, and hostility associated with their name.
"From now on they will be known simply as the Redskins."
MUPPETS TRIBUTE TO JIM HENSON
I found out about this because Jon Stewart on The Daily Show interviewed the author of a new biography of Jim Henson.
It's been 23 years since the Muppets creator died but his creatures are as fresh as the day they were born. This lovely piece of television is their tribute to Jim Henson. It was the climax of the Henson memorial broadcast around the world soon after his death and features more Muppets than you can shake an Elmo at.
I dare you to not tear up.
You will find many other bittersweet moments from the memorial here.
I'm pretty sure that at sometime in their lives, almost everyone feels that they don't fit in. Take a look at this from ZeFrank:
10 COOL TECH THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW
I was fortunate enough to spend the last decade of my working life side-by-side at websites with young techies and designers who made sure I was as up to date as they were.
So I thought I didn't have anything to learn from this video. Wrong! The New York Times's tech reporter David Pogue has ten handy-dandy tips most of which you probably don't know but will make your computer life easier.
BELLA AND BUBBLES
I publish a lot of interspecies friendship videos here because - well, they seem so marvelously unexpected and I never tire of them. (This one is from Darlene Costner)
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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