Saturday, 04 January 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 4 January 2014
DIGITAL NATIVITY STORY
Yeah, I know – we're all sick to death of the holiday season but I think this makes one more Christmas-y thing worth it and then we'll put it to bed for the year. Hat tip to Darlene Costner.
(If the video does not play on your computer, you can see it at YouTube.)
EMPTY TIMES SQUARE BUILDING
You know that building where the ball drops on New Year's Eve? Although for many years it was The New York Times building, it hasn't housed the newspaper for eons and I was surprised to find out that in New York City at what may be the most traveled urban spot on earth, the building is almost entirely empty.
You can read more here about the history of the building and the ball that drops there each year.
U.S. BROADBAND SLOWER AND MORE EXPENSIVE
There is a certain class of politician, along with his and her supporters, who likes to tell us that the United States is number one at everything. Everything.
Those of us in the reality based community know differently, know how far our nation is falling behind the rest of the world.
One of the latest ways we have lost the lead in is broadband service:
The World Economic Forum ranked the United States 35th out of 148 countries in Internet bandwidth, a measure of available capacity in a country. Other studies rank the United States anywhere from 14th to 31st in average connection speed...
“In Riga [Latvia], speeds average 42 megabits a second, but many users had service of 100 to 500 megabits as of mid-December...
“In San Antonio, broadband speeds average about 16 megabits a second. While higher speeds are available through cable television or phone companies, the expense is such that many households in the city cannot afford a connection.”
You can read more here about the discrepancies in broadband speed and what it means to United States business and technology future.
ENGINEERS' GUIDE TO CATS
Peter Tibbles writes the Sunday Elder Music column on this blog but he also has an abiding interest in maths and engineering. He sent along this video of two engineers explaining how cats function.
Actually, this video is a sequel to the same two engineers' first guide posted in 2008. You can find it here.
ACTIVE OLD AGE
I don't know about you but I get pretty tired of hearing how important exercise is to a healthy old age. On the other hand, it is so important that I don't think we can remind ourselves often enough.
Take a look at this powerful video from the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Canada and remember that even if you are physically limited, there are kinds of exercises that you can do to help maintain as much strength and good health as possible.
WHAT BORDER COLLIES DO WHEN NOT WORKING
I'm with the commenter at YouTube who wrote,
“I want to be like a border collie. I want to make something fantastically exciting out of absolutely nothing.”
See if you don't agree.
WHO DRINKS COFFEE, WHO DRINKS TEAThe British are known to be tea drinkers as are the Japanese. Brazilians drink coffee and so do Americans. Research agrees. Even so, it's still kind of interesting to see a world map of who drinks what. (Larger, interactive map at The Economist.)
The Now I Know website has a short, little history of the coffee bean.
HOW GOOD IS THE SUCTION ON THIS VACUUM CLEANER?You'll find out in the British TV commercial thanks to our good friend, Darlene Coster.
PERFECT CRIMEAnother good friend, John Brandt, sent this video that combines our penchant for cute kitties, cute doggies and a good laugh. (If you have trouble viewing it here, try this link.)
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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