Saturday, 21 December 2013
INTERESTING STUFF – 21 December 2013
THE TUTU PROJECT
If you see this without explanation, you'll think it is just too weird to be bothered with – some chubby guy in a pink tutu.
See what I mean? But then you dip your toe into the story a bit further, it becomes beautiful:
”You see, this is Bob Carey. Bob’s wife has cancer. She was diagnosed with it in 2003 and The Tutu Project (as it’s now officially called) began as a way for Bob to express himself and make his wife smile. Then, it turned into something much bigger.
“So Bob finds different locations and takes pictures of himself, topless and sporting a fluffy, pink tutu. It helped Linda, his brave wife, smile while she was battling cancer.”
The video tells you much more:
More photos and more about what Bob and Linda are doing at The Tutu Project website. (Hat tip to John Brandt)
FANTASTIC OPTICAL ILLUSIONS
Our own musicologist, Peter Tibbles, sent along this video of amazing optical illusions that even the cat enjoys:
CHRISTMAS SIMON'S CAT PART 2
Last week we showed you Christmas Simon's Cat Part 1. The is the followup.
TODAY IS THE WINTER SOLSTICE
So that it should not slip by unnoticed, Marc Leavitt has sent us a sonnet for the event:
The winter time is nearing; raise your glass on high;
Prepare the meal, and let the beer and wine be drunk
To celebrate the shortest day and longest night,
On this time before the coming of deep winter.
The light dims near the edges of the darkling earth,
As men dance and sing to praise the westering sun;
You will have to go to The Elder Storytelling Place to read the rest of it.
EYELID ART FOR CHRISTMAS
Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg is making amazing miniature pictures on eyelids. Here is a Christmas example:
THE 12 DAYS OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS
Darlene Costner sent this, created by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The whole 12 days goes on way too long for me to sit still so here's the short version:
If you really must have the long version, you'll find it here.
HOLIDAY DINNER SONG
If you have ever tried to cook a dinner that satisfies every guest's food requirement, you'll love this.
When reader Donna sent the video on Thanksgiving Day, she apologized for it being late. But since the parody is set to a Christmas song, I think it's just as appropriate for this week's holiday.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE – FOX NEWS STYLE
I can't stay awake that late so I may need to start recording late night host, Jimmy Kimmel's program – he is doing some interesting comedy lately.
This is his take on how Fox News might promote their annual broadcast of the Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life.
A TALKING PORCUPINE NAMED TEDDY BEAR
Nothing much happens in this video and it's pretty silly - just a porcupine eating pumpkin. But it makes me feel happy every time I watch it.
There are more videos of Teddy Bear the porcupine and you'll find them here. (Hat tip to Darlene Costner)
JOHN OLIVER'S FAREWELL DAILY SHOW APPEARANCE
Thursday was John Oliver's final appearance on The Daily Show and Jon Stewart surprised him with a retrospective of his seven-and-a-half years. He's a brilliant comedian and deserves his own show that he will soon have on HBO. It's been a great run - take a look:
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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