Saturday, 28 December 2013
INTERESTING STUFF – 28 December 2013
BADASS GRANDPA TOKYO DRIFT
The title is from the Just For Laughs guys produce some wonderful pranks (with and without old people).
POSTURE – ACTIVE SITTING
This advice is, as you will see, meant for people who sit all day at their jobs. I suspect retired people also sit a lot. And people like me who work for many hours on a computer.
This is important health advice. Maybe worthy of a New Years resolution (although I don't believe in them).
HOMEMADE SCENES FROM FAMOUS MOVIES
Here is daddy Leon with his baby Orson in a scene from Jaws.
And there are many more scenes. I'll let them explain how they came to be:
”The project began after finding that we had accumulated both a lot of cardboard boxes (due to moving to a new country) and a baby (due to giving birth). With our social lives drastically altered we decided to find a way to make some of those housebound weekends a little more fun.”
This, obviously, is Cast Away:
”The costumes, props, and sets in Cardboard Box Office are created,” explain the parents, “entirely out of everyday household items, toys, cardboard, and three individuals slowly losing their sanity.”
What a good time these folks must be having. I nominate this mom and dad for parents of the year. You can see more of their homemade movie scenes as their website, Cardboard Box Office.
PHONE CRASHING AT THE AIRPORT
If you don't know what phone crashing is, you're about to find out. (Hat tip to Lilalia of Yum Yum Cafe)
HAND IN HAND BALLET
This is from Nancy Leitz who contributes so many good stories at The Elder Storytelling Place. Performed by Ma Li (馬麗) and Zhai Xiaowei (翟孝偉) – she with one arm, he with one leg.
More information at the YouTube page.
RETURNING TO BALLET AT AGE 55, 59, 75
Like athletes (which they are), dancers have a short career span. They're done, usually, by around 40. My friend John Brandt made sure I saw this story in The New York Times last week:
”The voice on the phone belonged to Masazumi Chaya, the associate artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and he had a startling proposition.
“Would she — Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, 55 years old, former Ailey superstar and current artificial-hip owner — come out of retirement to dance at a special performance on New Year’s Eve?
“Are you kidding me?” she responded.
“No, he was not kidding, and eventually the answer was yes, she would do it. And it was yes, too, for a handful of other Ailey alumni who received similar calls, among them Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, 43...Dudley Williams, 75, and Donna Wood Sanders, 59...”
There is a wonderful short video of an interview with Roxas-Dobrish during rehearsals at The New York Times. Go watch it. You will be inspired.
They will perform Revelations one time only on Tuesday, New Years Eve.
I just love it when I find a simple new way to take care of an irritating problem. In this case – how to test whether a battery is good or dead. You can thank Darlene Costner for finding this one.
50 UNBELIEVABLE FACTS ABOUT EARTH
Well, maybe not unbelievable but certainly interesting. Did you know:
Earth is smoother than a bowling ball. High mountains and deep oceans trenches make up only 1/5000th of the earth's circumference)
Up to one million species live in the world's oceans. (Two-thirds are yet to be describefd)
106 billion people have existed on planet Earth.
That's according to All That is Interesting website. Go see the 47 others.
WAFFLES THE TERRIBLE
Cats are all so certain they are perfect, it makes me laugh a lot when they're not.
(Hat tip to Larry Beck who blogs at Woodgate's View.)
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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