Saturday, 05 April 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 5 April 2014
This British film is the story of Nick and Meg Burrows, a pair of academics, who spend the 30th anniversary of their no-longer-wonderful marriage in Paris.
Le Week-End is funny and sad and poignant and lovely – think of it as an elder romcom. Here's the trailer:
It's a wonderful relief to watch a good movie about elders that does not involve Alzheimer's disease. The actors – including the couple's American friend played by Jeff Goldblum – are sublime and Le Week-End has won a slew of film festival awards. You can see it now playing in cities throughout the U.S.
In all my nearly 73 years, I had never heard of frost flowers until Darlene Costner sent an email with a whole bunch of photos.
They are made of fragile ice and from the information I tracked down, it is a rare phenomenon that requires an exacting combination of just the right temperature, humidity, wind and other natural particulars. Here's another photo:
I found a video from a man who was lucky enough to have an entire field of frost flowers bloom a few years. It is gorgeous.
LIBERTARIAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Jim Stone alerted me to this story – well, satire – at The New Yorker website this week. A small taste:
”I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.
“'Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®' I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. 'Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.
“'Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?' No one spoke up.
“'Come on,' I said. 'Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?'
“It didn’t seem like they did.
“'Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.'”
Go read the whole thing. It's frighteningly funny.
LOUIS CK HOSTS SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE LAST WEEK
Nothing to say about this except that he always tells the truth and you will laugh out loud.
DOES ANYBODY HERE REMEMBER THE MONKEES?
I haven't thought of them in several decades. Never thought there was a reason to remember them even though there was a year or two a long time ago when you couldn't avoid them on radio and TV. We'll forgive you if you skip the video.
However, if you ARE a believer in the Monkees, they are on tour again this spring. You can believe it. Find out more here.
WORKING CLASS FASHIONISTAS
About a year ago in Interesting Stuff, I showed you some still photos of men in Congo and some other African countries who, for more than a 100 years, have dressed themselves in classic elegance. They are glorious looking.
As I explained then, many if not most work in menial jobs and their de rigeur haute couture labels don't come cheap.
Now, thanks to TGB reader Laura Gordon, we have a mini-documentary about these “sapeurs” made by the Guinness folks who explain:
”[The men's] bold choice to live an unexpected lifestyle is a source of celebrated originality and positivity. Their life is not defined by occupation or wealth, but by respect, a moral code and an inspirational display of flair and creativity.”
Take a look. You won't be sorry.
You can find out more about these men here.
FREE EXERCISE VIDEO AND BOOK
The U.S. National Institute of Aging is a division of the government agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There is a lot of good information for elders at their website.
Just this week, I discovered they are offering an exercise Guide and an exercise DVD designed for elders. Both are free, available in English and Spanish and you can order them here.
I ordered copies this week but there has not been time for them to arrive yet.
FORD DESTROYS RICH GUY CADILLAC AD
My general attitude toward all giant corporations is to distrust everything about them. Here's one morally repugnant reason from Cadillac:
And here is what Ford Motor Co. did in response:
I'm not saying this makes Ford necessarily superior – but the commercial buries Cadillac and it's good to see a humane point of view from one of the big guys. Also, it's clever, a very well done comeback.
Hat tip to Marian Methner who I think blogs at MovingoutGranni but I screwed up my notes and there is no name at the blog so maybe I'm wrong.
THE CAT AND THE DUCKLINGS
It's been a while since we had a really good cat video but today, thanks to readers Ali and Darlene Costner, we've got an adorable one.
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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