Saturday, 22 February 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 22 February 2014
THE WOMAN IN NO. 6
Tamar Orvell, who blogs at Only Connect, sent this video that is nominated for an Academy Award next month. It concerns 110-year-old Alice Herz Sommer who is the oldest Holocaust survivor in the world.
As the Youtube page tells us, Alice
”...discusses the vital importance of music, laughter and having an optimistic outlook on life...It tells her amazing story of survival and how she managed to use her time in a Nazi concentration camp to empower herself and others with music.”
This is an 11-minute clip from the 38-minute documentary.
HENRI – LE CHAT NOIR
It's been a long time since I've featured Henri, the depressed French cat who is now a big star with his own published book and cat food commercials. Here is a video titled, The Cat is Sat. Any cat owner will recognize Henri's point of view.
GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT ON TOP
Like me, you probably believe that the red stop light is always at the top of a traffic signal – red, then yellow, green at the bottom. Except not in Syracuse, New York where some Irish immigrant teens objected to red being at the top:
”These teens didn’t like the idea that British 'red' was positioned above Irish 'green,' and started throwing rocks at the traffic light, ultimately breaking it,” explains the Now I Know website.
“The city replaced the traffic light but out came the stones again, and the second light met the same fate as the first. This process repeated an untold number of times, with the red lights falling prey to stones each time.”
Eventually, the city got tired of replacing the light and
”...to this day, the traffic light at the intersection of Tompkins and Milton is green at the top and red at the bottom.”
Here a screen grab of it from Google Maps. Looks weird, doesn't it.
THESE PEOPLE VOTE
Last Monday, President's Day, late night host Jimmy Kimmel sent a video crew out onto Hollywood Boulevard to ask random people for their reaction to the news the President Franklin Roosevelt had died that morning.
Hilarity or, perhaps, sadness ensues:
THIS OLD MAN: LIFE IN THE NINETIES
Ninety-three-year-old veteran sports writer and New Yorker essayist, Roger Angell, has hit a home run in the most recent issue of that magazine with his tour of life in the tenth decade.
I say that even if he does take a whack at the word I most like and promote to use in place of senior and other misguided terms:
"We elders," he writes, "what kind of a handle is this, anyway, halfway between a tree and an eel?"
But I quibble. Many are calling the piece an instant classic and you will be glad you read it. It is available online even to non-subscribers.
CLEVER TRAVEL HACKS
I don't travel much anymore – it's so damned hard and tiring but if it comes up again, Huffpost published some terrifically clever packing ideas I'll use:Use an empty eye dropper bottle for toothpaste:
There are a lot more more good ideas here.
HOW OLD WILL YOU LIVE TO BE?
Darlene Costner sent a “lifespan calculator from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (my first ever employer at age 17).
By answering 13 multiple choice questions, you can watch your age span go up and down as you move through the questions. I don't believe for a minute that I'll live to 101.
See what the calculator tells you about your lifespan here.
KEVIN SPACEY AS BILL CLINTON
Actor Kevin Spacey has been all over the talk shows this past week promoting season two of House of Cards, his wildly successful Netflix series in which he stars as the devious politician, Francis Underwood.
When he stopped by David Letterman's program on Monday, he did most of the interview impersonating the voice of Bill Clinton. Funny and fabulous.
GOATS AT PLAY
If cats did not already own the interwebs, I think goats might be a good substitute. Until goat videos came along I had no idea they were so playful, so cute and, apparently, so fearless.
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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