Saturday, 15 March 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 15 March 2014
TGB GETS PUNKED
In last week's Interesting Stuff, I referenced a survey that found 10 percent of Americans believe html is a sexually transmitted disease.
Wrong. Or, probably wrong. Like the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets, I did not fact check the story and there is a good reasons to question the survey as a possible hoax.
Media ethics website, ImediaEthics, has the whole story if you want to wade through it.
My apologies to readers for being too quick to publish.
HONDA HANDS ADVERT
Darlene Costner sent this charming – and amazing – Honda commercial. Watch:
Honda made another video about how the commercial was created – well, sort of. They don't answer a lot of my questions but it's fun to know that even the hands are animated.
WHY MULTI-TASKING IS A MYTH
I never have believed those business gurus who promote multi-tasking. Any time I try, I screw up something I'm doing. Now here's a video that explains why multi-tasking is bunk.
Some filmmakers gathered together a bunch of people who didn't know one another and shot some footage of them while they kissed each other – strangers – for the first time.
Alan Goldsmith, who sent this video, says that the comments at YouTube were divided between those to were charmed and others who were repulsed.
See what you think.
Here's my question: Why aren't there any old people in the group? Don't the the filmmakers think old people kiss?
HAS GETTY IMAGES GOT A DEAL FOR BLOGGERS
Early last week, Getty Images announced that it had made 35 million of it vast collection of images available to anyone to use on their personal, noncommercial or social websites and pages without paying a fee. As thenextweb explains:
”Getty Images will serve the image in a YouTube-style embedded player, which will include full copyright information and a link back to the image’s dedicated licensing page on the Getty site.
“This strategy solves several major problems: It assures proper image attribution, the images link back to the Getty site, and Getty can track where and how the images are being used.”
Here's an example I pulled from GettyImages.
PC World explains how to get the code and embed it and here is my personal hint: most of the available images are “editorial” so check that box (instead of "creative"). And roll your mouse over an image to get the embed link (</>) that will open the box with the code to insert on your page.
Here, too, is the GettyImage main image embed page.
CONGRESS IS SCHOOLED IN HOW SINGLE PAYER WORKS
A few of our more enlightened legislators in Washington are trying to raise awareness of the value of single payer health systems. Last week they held an important hearing to investigate what we can learn from countries with such plans.
This video contains edited excerpts from the hearing:
You can view the entire 90-minute hearing at C-SPAN.
YOU ARE NOT THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE
Darlene Costner send this video. Take a look. It will be either your Wow moment of the day or depress you with proof of your insignificance.
THE WORLD WIDE WEB IS 25 YEARS OLD
This year is the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web which is not the same thing as the much older internet. Tim Berners-Lee is credited with creating, in 1989, the Web and four years later, when this now-quaint video was made, it was still a novelty.
Pew Research has a 25-year timeline of web milestones here.
THE LION WHISPERER
I'm kind of tired of people who are handy with animals being referred to as whisperers but it seems to apply big-time in the case of Kevin Richardson.
Larry Beck of Woodgate's View blog sent this video. It's longer than most videos I feature but you'll hardly notice the time passing.
You can find out more about Kevin Richardson at his wildlife sanctuary website.
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.
You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I probably won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog if you have one.