Saturday, 07 June 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 7 June 2014
PHOTOS OF D-DAY THEN AND NOW
Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France. The Guardian this week published an extraordinary collection of then-and-now photos taken on or near that day.
Here are the pair of photos from Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first showing a French armored column receiving a warm welcom as they pass through the town on 6 June 1944. The second is a view of the same high street on 7 May 2014. (Credit Popperphoto/Getty and Peter MacDiarmid/Getty)
Those are interesting enough, one on top of the other, but it is much more fun to see all the many photos at The Guardian website where you can click on images twice a big as these to move back-and-forth between the same location then and now. Try it.
THE NIPPLE ARTIST
There is not a woman alive who doesn't fear breast cancer and the disfiguration to those who opt for mastectomy can be almost as awful as the disease itself.
The New York Times ran a brave story this week about a tattoo artist, Vinnie Myers who has a solution. Women travel from all over the world to his Little Vinnie's Tattoo shop in Finksburg, Maryland:
You can read the accompanying story here.
HOW TO TELL SOMEONE'S AGE FROM THEIR NAME
Millie Garfield's son, Steve, send us this story from Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog. Using the incidence of birth names statistics from the Social Security Administration, this chart was plotted showing the age distribution of women's names.
There is a bigger, more easily readable chart at the FiveThirtyEight website. It is just one of a dozen more with various breakdowns of names and ages. Go there; you'll have fun with it.
JOHN OLIVER ON NET NEUTRALITY
My life always feels a bit diminished when the brilliant John Oliver and Jon Stewart take a week off from their respective shows so I was relieved when they returned to television last week.
You'll recall that in mid-May we talked here about the consequences there will be if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) kills the concept of net neutrality, as they are contemplating.
I was righteously pissed off about the possibility but my poor skills at expressing that are miniscule when placed against those of John Oliver on the same topic. Don't miss this. It is both serious and howlingly funny.
According to the Mediaite website, when this HBO clip was posted to the web, including the URL of the FCC website, the huge response broke the FCC website. Read about it here.
JON STEWART ON MASS SHOOTINGS
My sensibilities are so often matched by Oliver's and Jon Stewart's (or mine by theirs) that I should probably just keep my mouth shut and them speak for me. They do it so well.
On his return to The Daily Show last Monday, Stewart's take on the Isla Vista shootings and the media was devastating and devastatingly good.
101-YEAR-OLD WRITE-IN CANDIDATE
Joe Newman is running for office as a write-in candidate against Florida Republican Congressman, Vern Buchanan. Newman is 101 years old.
On MSNBC, host Steve Kornacki, who has done such an excellent job of reporting the “bridgegate” scandal in New Jersey over the past months, does just as nicely with a background of age in politics.
Then he interviews Mr. Newman whose first job out of college, back in the 1930s, was to raise awareness about a new federal program:
"'That was our job, to sell them why a program like Social Security is essential to the economy and to society,' Newman [told WFLA]. "'You had the same attitudes; we don't want government involved. And they forget what government is, they forget that government is society's tool to manage things.'"
Watch Kornacki's piece on politics, age and Mr. Newman. It's worth your time.
WILLIE AND WAYLON
Most of us who hang out here know at least a couple of jokes involving “old age and treachery” versus youth but until this week, I didn't know there is a song.
Apparently it was written by Waylon Jennings and in this video he's singing it with Willie Nelson. If you need the see the lyrics, you can do that here.
ARCHIE BUNKER AND EQUAL PAY
For a little while in the past week or so, some small attention was paid to the idea of equal pay for women. It didn't get far again this time and you realize how long the nation has been ignoring the issue when you see this clip from All in the Family. (Hat tip to Darlene Costner)
HOW THE BLIND SEE BEAUTY
That headline might seem to be an oxymoron. Until you watch this video that arrived from lilalia of Yum Yum Cafe.
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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