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Saturday, 21 June 2014

INTERESTING STUFF – 21 June 2014


DUCK FLASH MOB

I have no explanation for this, nothing to tell you about what it is. It's here just because of my own wonderment.

And when, about three-quarters of the way though the video, you think it's all over – my god, there are even more ducks. (Shot by Sirichok Maneechot)


JOHN OLIVER AND FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER

The wonderful John Oliver is taking the question of net neutrality, currently before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as seriously as we have on this blog.

On his weekly HBO show last Sunday, Oliver followed up with the FCC Commissioner whom Oliver had previously called a dingo. Yes, a dingo:


ONLINE DATING – IN FRENCH

Here's another video that seems to be following up on our own conversations at this blog. We could have used this wonderful laugh when we talked about elders and online dating.


NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF RECORDS

The entire history of New York City's government – from handwritten court records of the first Colonial Dutch settlers to the latest agenda of the new de Blasio administration – are preserved in the Department of Records.

In this video, you'll see Deputy Commissioner of the department, Eileen Flannelly, who has her own history with history: her uncle founded the department in 1977.

There are a few dozen staff members who manage 221,000 cubic feet of the city's records. For history fans, here's a lovely little video about it showing some of the oldest of the old documents.


SECRETARY CLINTON AND JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR

I love this little bit of video of two powerful women leaders - former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor bumping into each other at a Virginia Costco last weekend:

Did I ever tell you that Sonia Sotomayor lived across the street from me in New York? We were hardly friends, but we chatted on the block a few times long before she was appointed to the top court in the country.


NO MORE TOOTH DRILLING

Probably too late for a lot of us old folks, but for everyone else – whoo-eee! There pretty well appears to be a new, successful, affordable treatment for tooth decay that will be available in about three years.

”The tooth-rebuilding technique developed at King's College London does away with fillings and instead encourages teeth to repair themselves.

“Tooth decay is normally removed by drilling, after which the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin.

“The new treatment, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER), accelerates the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.”

You can read more about it at The Guardian.


AMAZING SAND TROMPE L'OEIL

Or, some are calling it 3D sand art. Here's a photo of a 3D staircase on the sand in New Zealand:

3D STAIRS

And here is a time lapse video of the building of that “staircase” in the sand – actually it's flat.

You can read about and see a lot more trompe l'oeil, 3D sand images here and here.

We have Norma, the TGB Elder Music assistant musicologist for this item.


ALL ALONE AT THE LAS VEGAS AIRPORT

Not long ago, Richard Dunn found himself stuck for a whole night at the Las Vegas airport with nothing to do. So to amuse himself, he pulled out his iPhone and shot a music video to the song, All By Myself sung by Celine Dion.

It's terrific. Take a look:

You can read about how he did it here.


STEPHEN HAWKING WITH JOHN OLIVER

Why not have two clips of John Oliver in one Interesting Stuff. He's good enough for it.

From last Sunday, in a new interview segment he calls “Great Minds: People Who Think Good,” Oliver hosted his first guest, theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking to talk about such things as imaginary time, artificial intelligence, killer robots and the possibility of Oliver ever landing a date with Charlize Theron.


KITTIES LEARNING PHYSICS

Interesting Stuff always feels a bit naked to me when there is not a kitty photo or video. So here is one via Sunday's TGB Elder Music columnist, Peter Tibbles – a maths guy who certainly would find kitties' science experiments worthy of notice:

Have you ever noticed that most cats, like these, are usually more interested in the string than toy at the end of it?


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 include the name of the blog and its URL.


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Comments

All bits good bits, Ronni. Thank you. I particularly enjoyed the Dept of Records and the rather different take on Thai Duck. Hard to imagine there could be too much of John Oliver. Wish they'd invented the cavity self-repair technique fifty years ago! :)

Just delightful....thank you.

John Oliver is simply delightful. I wish I could stay awake long enough to watch him nightly.

The kittens fascination with the string reminds me of toddlers. Ever notice how a toddler will play with the box instead of the toy inside?

I think we will all agree with Laura's wish. By now I think I have more fillings that tooth enamel.

No more drilling sounds wonderful for the generations to come, but as we age it isn't cavities as much as it's the teeth that disappear or break off. $3500 per implant, $5000 for a 3 tooth bridge, $1200 for a root canal, then another $1000 to put a crown on a tooth. I'm pretty sure I have more invested in my teeth than my body...even with a total knee replacement! My dentist assures me it's still waaaaay better than dentures, but I wonder - as I sign another check.

And just think - not all that long ago there was no dental care at all.People's teeth rotted, caused them hideous pain and eventually fell out. None of those people on "Game of Thrones" would have teeth! I'm just glad for novocaine, or whatever they call the newer stuff.

The life of Ducks to be eaten: wings clipped, herded into small spaces, panic.

I'm with Lauren & just about as much invested...........do it again.No. I'd go Ronni's way..........top dentures would be my way to go if I had to do it again! Couldn't get the permanent bridge put in last week........BP too high for other reasons than the dentist. Now another 3 week delay. Good Grief! Dee PS: good post as usual. Thanks.

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