Saturday, 14 December 2013
INTERESTING STUFF – 14 December 2013
TWIN BOYS JUST BORN
All it says at the YouTube page is that they don't realize yet they have been born – I'm guessing that means they don't know yet they're in a new environment. It is magical. (Thank you and hat tip to Nikki Lindquist)
IF YOUR FRIENDS WERE CATS AND DOGS
My friend Steve Oppenheim turned me on to these guys. Funny premise, fun video.
If that's not enough for you, there is more in Part 2.
THE SNOWFLAKES OF ALEXEY KLJATOV
According to accuweather.com, there are so many variables that influence a snowflake's design that it's entirely possible no two are alike.
Moscow photographer Alexey Kljatov has produced dozens of high resolution photographs of dramatically different snowflakes.
Bored Panda website tells us that Kljatov is an amateur photographer who has made these stunning close ups with a homemade camera built
”...out of old camera parts, boards, screws and tape. His pictures give us an enchanting close-up view of snowflakes that we could never hope for without specialized equipment.”
You can see more of Kljatov's snowflake images at the two links above and even more at this website.
TOP SECRET DRUM CORPS
I don't know why it's called that – it seems to be no more than just a name. The YouTube page tells us,
”Top Secret Drum Corps is a precision drum corps based in Basel, Switzerland. With 25 drummers and colorguard members, the corps became famous for its demanding six-minute routine performed at the Edinburgh Tattoo in 2003.”
It's been nothing but uphill for the Corps ever since. This routine was performed in 2012:
Hat tip to Darlene Costner.
WATCHMAKER SHUTS HIS TINY STORE
Sal Bracco has been fixing watches in New York City for 65 years. When he retired this week to his home on Staten Island, the 79-year-old had been fixing watches since he was 13 or 14. That was when he began serving
”...an apprenticeship with a cousin who had a shop on a narrow street in south Brooklyn, sitting by his side for a year and watching him work. Young Sal also cleaned the outhouse for his cousin.
“'He was a tyrant,' Mr. Bracco said. 'Most watchmakers were in those days. You had to keep your eyes open. After a year of watching, I came in one day and he said, 'Sit down and start working.’”
This story appealed to me because Bracco may be near the last of a breed now that so few of us wear watches. But I was interested in this idea too: Bracco told the reporter that “nothing,” when he apprenticed, appealed to him about watchmaking. “I was making a living,” he said.
Not the sort of thing any parent today would think is good enough for their kid. You can read the whole story at The New York Times.
DOGS WHO ARE AFRAID OF CATS
This has been all over the internets in the past week or two. That doesn't make it less funny.
A MINIATURE GINGERBREAD WHITE HOUSE
I like doll houses. I also like gingerbread houses. I just like miniature houses and every year, the White House chefs create a miniature of the place where they work.
It's a nice thing to make this house every year. I just wish they'd let me produce the video – they do a very unsatisfactory job of it. Watch for a brief glimpse of the two first family dogs inside the little house.
CHRISTMAS SIMON'S CAT – PART 1
TGB Reader Bev Carney sent this newest Simon's Cat video. Apparently, from the title, there will be a Part 2. I'm relying on you, Bev, to let me know when it's available.
WHAT IS A WESTJET CHRISTMAS?
Big corporations don't have much of a reputation these days and that's mostly deserved. I don't know anything about Canadian airline Westjet's reputation but after this, there are at least two planeloads of people who must think it's a cool company. Take a look.
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