What a great New Year's Day prank. Someone in Los Angeles changed the giant Hollywood sign. Take a look:
You can find out about who pulled this off at Buzzfeed.
HOW AMAZON WILL TAKE OVER THE WORLD
In case you think they've already done that, this video from nerdwriter is here to disabuse you of that belief but show you how the company WILL do so.
You can read more about this on the YouTube page.
IN REGARD TO TRUMP'S BELIEF THAT HE'S KNOWS EVERYTHING
Donald Trump regularly tells us how smart he is, how he knows things other people don't know and that he knows how to do everything. TGB reader EmmyJay found this cartoon that takes him down a peg or so.
A PLANET IN OUR SYSTEM CALLED NIBIRU?
Some scientists believe there is a gigantic planet in our solar system that we cannot see and it might obliterate Earth in October. Take a look:
You can read more about this at the Washington Post.
A LITTLE BOY AND HIS HUGE SHAGGY DOG
Isn't this the happiest thing you've seen all day?
You can see more photos of this kid and his dog along with other small children and their great big dogs at Bored Panda.
WHEN I DIE
Philip Gould, who was an adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair, a visiting professor in media and politics at the London School of Economics and a member of the House of Lords, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in 2008.
In the summer of 2011 he was given three months to live. This video titled When I Die, made during the last two weeks of his life, “reveals his quest to find meaning in what he called 'The death zone.'
“Gould believed that for the terminally ill and those close to them, there can be moments of joy, resolution and inspiration just as intense as those of fear, discomfort and sadness.”
Thank TGB reader Tom Delmore for this joyful - yes, joyful lesson about both life and death.
CHARLES BLOW'S LAST 2016 COLUMN
Since 2008, Charles Blow has been an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times writing about politics, public opinion and social justice.
His final column for 2016 was titled “Donald Trump, This is Not Normal!” In it, he wrote:
“...the election of Donald Trump poses such a significant — and singular — threat to this country that for me all other issues are unfortunately, temporarily I hope, subsumed by the unshakable sense of impending calamity he presages...
“The next four years could be epochal years in the history of this country. They could test the limits of presidential power and the public’s passivity.
“I happen to believe that history will judge kindly those who continued to shout, from the rooftops, through their own weariness and against the corrosive drift of conformity: This is not normal!”
Yes. But there is so much more to this column that is worthy of your attention. Please take the time to read it all. You can do that here.
WHO DO YOU THINK THIS SINGER IS?
Peter Tibbles, who writes the Sunday Elder Music column here, sent me this audio. Take a listen and see who you think the singer is:
If you didn't guess correctly, it is Willie Nelson's son, Lucas. It sent chills down my back, the first time I listened, at how much he sounds just like a young verion of his dad. Here's a video of the same, live performance of Lucas singing Stardust with Red Young on keyboards.
SHIPPING THE INTERNET ARCHIVE TO CANADA
You know the Internet Archive, right? It is a massive and amazing online, digital, searchable library that includes text, audio, video, software and images totaling, at the moment, 279 billion web pages.
One section of it is called the Wayback Machine where you can view images of websites from “wayback” in the past. In fact, you can even see one of TimeGoesBy's first iterations before the photo banner.
Not long ago, Internet Archive founder, Bewster Kahle (who is a true hero of free speech) announced that in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, he is moving a copy of the vast archive to Canada.
Recently, he explained the reasons to host Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!:
THE DRONGO BIRD VERSUS THE MEERCATS
Watch the drongo bird of the Kalahari Desert take advantage of the local meerkats. From the BBC:
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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