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'INTERESTING STUFF – 28 February 2015


EDITORIAL NOTE

As you know, on Monday through Friday, there is a link at the bottom of each TGB story to that day's story by readers at The Elder Storytelling Place.

Last Monday, I neglected to set up the ESP story to publish automatically and did not discover my error until late in the day so some people did not see Dan Gogerty's Orthorexia, Healthy Food and "Piecing Around". Dan is one of our best contributors so go take a look.


SECOND BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL IS ALMOST HERE

The sequel to the 2011 movie about a bunch of elder Brits who retire to India will arrive in U.S. theaters next Friday 6 March.

There have been a couple of reviews that object to the feel-good nature of the series but for me it is a relief to have some entertainment about elders that is not about loss and/or Alzheimer's disease, as important as they are. Plus, the roster of actors in the two “Marigolds” is spectacular.

Here are a couple trailers for you from this latest "Marigold."


NET NEUTRALITY VICTORY

Back in May when I asked you to contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and others in support of net neutrality, interest was high here. And it was so high when John Oliver on his HBO show Last Week Tonight made a similar appeal, responses broke the agency's system.

Now your concern and involvement has paid off. In a landmark decision on Thursday, the FCC reclassified broadband internet as a public utility.

”The new rules, approved 3 to 2 along party lines, are intended to ensure that no content is blocked and that the Internet is not divided into pay-to-play fast lanes for Internet and media companies that can afford it and slow lanes for everyone else...” reports The New York Times.

“...the F.C.C. also approved an order to pre-empt state laws that limit the build-out of municipal broadband Internet services. The order focuses on laws in two states, North Carolina and Tennessee, but it would create a policy framework for other states. About 21 states, by the F.C.C.’s count, have laws that restrict the activities of community broadband services.

“The state laws unfairly restrict competition to cable and telecommunications broadband providers from municipal initiatives, the F.C.C. said. This order, too, will surely be challenged in court.”

Now, stand up from your laptop or tablet, take a bow and cheer loudly – it's not often anyone wins against billion-dollar corporations like the ones who opposed net neutrality.


JOHN OLIVER ON JUDGES

The majority of judges in the United States are elected. On the surface that sounds fair but as John Oliver pointedly points out (along with the laughs) on his HBO program last Sunday, it is an absurd and dangerous-to-democracy system.


HOW WE WATCH VIDEO NOWADAYS

Most of us who read this blog grew up going to the movies once a week. Today, video of all kinds is everywhere but back then, the theater was the only moving pictures we had.

"Movies were scarce and long and special and deserved our attention. TV was shorter, with commercials, but still live (now or never) and thus special,” explains Seth Godin.

“But video - video is ubiquitous and short and everywhere. You can transfer a movie or a TV show to this new medium, but it will be consumed differently.

"Everyone can publish video now, and in many ways, almost everyone is publishing video now. A video won't work because everyone watches it. It will work because the right people do, for the right reason...

"Everything that's watched has always been watched through the worldview of the watcher. And video (and before that, movies and TV) has driven the culture. That culture-driving ability now belongs to anyone who can make a video that the right people choose to watch."

It is a crucial difference from before, from when we were young, and it is crucial to understanding early 21st century culture that we understand Seth Godin's point. You can read his full blog post here. (Hat tip to Erin Read of Creating Results)


DIE MAIERS COMEDY TRAPEZE ACT

I don't recall where I found this introduction to the video but it probably helps to read it first:

”The duo’s Sabine Maier, dressed in a fussy maid’s outfit with an inextricable small purse, does one of the best deadpan acts since Buster Keaton, and she’s joined by her geeky-looking husband Joachim Mohr to perform the funniest and most surprising trapeze act within memory.”

Enjoy. (Hat tip to Darlene Costner)

The Die Maiers have a website where you can find more videos.


CABLE TV SPEEDS UP SHOWS TO CRAM IN MORE COMMERCIALS

This has been going on for years but I've never seen a graphic demonstration of it before. Joe Flint, writing in the Wall Street Journal says that the TBS network speeds up Seinfeldt 7.5 percent.

In this video comparison, the upper right screen is a feed from a Seinfeld rerun on TBS. The lower-right is a digital recording from Fox Chicago about 10 years ago played back on the same hardware. The speeded up version gains TBS almost two extra minutes for the entire episode.


TYPEWRITER ARTIST

For many years, an extraordinary man with a severe disability has been creating gorgeous works of art using a typewriter. You'll be amazined.


ICE CAR BUMPERS AND PENGUIN SWEATERS

With these photos, Peter Tibbles who writes Sunday's Elder Music column here, sent a twofer this week. First, an icy car bumper. As the website explains, this

”...ghostly car fender apparition that is actually a shell of ice that formed on the front of a parked Jeep.

“The most plausible theory regarding how the shell was formed suggests that the driver separated the sheet of ice from their fender when they warmed up their engine.”

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Secondly, we have penguins in sweaters. Yes. Really. According to the website, the oldest man in Australia, 109-year-old Alfred Date, knits sweaters for injured penguins.

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My favorite is the penguin in the Penguin Books cover sweater but Penguinman is cute too.


CROWS WHO RECIPROCATE A LITTLE GIRL'S GIFTS

Back in 2011, now eight-year-old Gabi Mann began feeding crows in her Seattle, Washington backyard. Soon, the crows were returning the favor.

”Each morning, [Gabi and her mother] fill the backyard birdbath with fresh water and cover bird-feeder platforms with peanuts. Gabi throws handfuls of dog food into the grass. As they work, crows assemble on the telephone lines, calling loudly to them.

“The crows would clear the feeder of peanuts, and leave shiny trinkets on the empty tray; an earring, a hinge, a polished rock. There wasn't a pattern. Gifts showed up sporadically - anything shiny and small enough to fit in a crow's mouth.”

And Gabby treasures every one of them. Take a look:

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Here's a short video of the morning feeding.

It is well known that crows are smarter than your average bird – or even some animals. But wait until you read this part of the story:

”Lisa, Gabi's mom, regularly photographs the crows and charts their behaviour and interactions. Her most amazing gift came just a few weeks ago, when she lost a lens cap in a nearby alley while photographing a bald eagle as it circled over the neighbourhood.

“She didn't even have to look for it. It was sitting on the edge of the birdbath.

“Had the crows returned it? Lisa logged on to her computer and pulled up their bird-cam. There was the crow she suspected. 'You can see it bringing it into the yard. Walks it to the birdbath and actually spends time rinsing this lens cap.'”

There are more photos and more details to the story at the BBC. Hat tip to Cathy Johnson)


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 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.

Comments

I've always been somewhat afraid of crows but when I saw Gabby's story on Facebook, it changed my thinking. What a fascinating relationship she has with 'her birds'.

I belong to a Movie and Lunch Club and I saw the first Marigold Hotel movie. It surprised me that it won the best picture of the year award, but it sure did show older people in a good light. I won't go see the movie about Alzheimer's (can't think of the name right now) because I watched the real life version too up close and personal when my sister-in-law was diagnosed with Early Alzheimer's.

Love the car bumper in ice and the penguin sweaters.

Great stuff today! I really enjoyed the crow story, and I can't wait for the new Marigold Hotel movie. I purchased the first one on DVD and have nearly worn it out. Whenever I feel sad on a Saturday, I watch it that night and feel better immediately!

Good stuff again this am. Thanks. More movies like the "Marigold Hotel" would make life so much more enjoyable. And you are so correct........the actors are Nat'l treasures. Love it. Dee :) PS: You made my w/end again, Ronni........you enjoy yours, too.

I am still waiting to see the first Exotic Marigold Hotel movie. It is not available for streaming and the only way I can see it is to rent it. Being very thrifty I am waiting until it's available on one of my streaming plans.

I look forward to Saturday to see the stuff here which is always such an interesting mix.

This is definitely one of your best ever Saturday posts (and that's saying a lot!). John Oliver is always good but for me Paul Smith wins the prize today.
I was amused by the SBEMH trailers, particularly by the exchange between Maggie Smith and Judi Dench when Judi tells Maggie she's only 19 days older ... in "real life", Judi is actually 19 days older than Maggie.
As for tv shows and ads, I've been having a wonderful time re-watching "All in the Family". It's absolutely brilliant ... and amazingly undated (bar the topical references). It's also a great trip down memory lane. I noticed that the shows in the first season were 27-28 minutes long ... and as the years went by, the shows were shortened - for commercials, undoubtedly - to 24 minutes. Thank you, Ronni.

PS The Diemaiers were also a LOT of fun!

I was amazed by the trapeze artists (how do they hold on to each other by only a wrist or ankle??) and the typewriter artist, but all selections were great and provided another entertaining and educational Saturday. Thanks Ronni.

So maybe it's not all our fault if we miss things on TV. Maybe that tiny change makes a difference to some brains. Good post as always.

Paul Smith is truly amazing.

Wow,

Paul Smith is awesome in the real sense of the word!

Everything else in this blog was interesting, even
the trapeze artists, while amazing, can't reach Paul Smith's feat, in my book.

Another very entertaining and educating blog day,
Ronni, thank you.

The cinema is 25 miles away so we tend to wait for the DVD's to come out. Not sure if I can wait that long for the new Marigold Hotel film! Blessings from Dalamory www.freda.org.uk

How does that woman on the trapeze keep a straight face throughout?

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