TRIBUTE TO DAVE LETTERMAN'S MOM
Surely you remember how Dave Letterman made his mom a star during the 30-year run of his Late Show. Dorothy Mengering died Tuesday at the age of 95. Here is a montage of some of her appearances on her son's show.
Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.
WI-FI SEX TOY YOUR NEIGHBOR CAN OPERATE
This was the best “oops laugh” I had all week. You've heard of IoT, the Internet of Things, right? Your refrigerator will order milk for you, start the toaster or turn on the lights and so on.
Well, someone may have gone a mite too far with this idea – a Wi-Fi sex toy AND it can be hacked:
”This week, U.K. cybersecurity services provider Pen Test Partners shed light on a particularly prurient internet of things vulnerability in the Svakom Siime Eye, a $250 sex toy equipped with an internet-connected camera that lets users stream a dildo’s eye view of masturbation via the internet to another person’s smartphone.
“Because of the way the Siime Eye’s software was designed, anyone within Wi-Fi range could potentially hack his or her way into the system and watch footage right along with the person the feed was intended for.”
And here is the kicker that sent me into gales of laughter:
”With a little extra work, a hacker could also take control of the firmware and even broadcast the feed to the web for anyone to see.”
Read even more about this at Salon. Tee hee.
OLIVER ON GERRYMANDERING AND DEMOCRACY
As you undoubtedly know by now, the Republicans have so deeply gerrymandered the voting districts of the United States in the past decade that in many places it is, without some gigantic change of political leaning of millions of voters, impossible for Democrats to increase their numbers on the Senate, the House and in state houses.
The wonderful John Oliver looked into that on his HBO program, Last Week Tonight. As with almost all his video essays, this one, too, is not to be missed.
BOSTON TYPEWRITER ORCHESTRA UPDATE
Remember last week when I showed you a video about the Boston Typewriter Orchestra? Friend and well-known videographer, Steve Garfield (who is also the son of our own Millie Garfield), emailed to let me know that he had interviewed these guys way back in 2008.
So here's Steve's video with the orchestra members and some additional information we didn't get the last week's item.
You can find out about all kinds of other video work Steve does at his website.
WHEN I DIDN'T CLICK THE LINK
Sometimes when people demean elders with their words, they are just ignorant; there is a good chance they can be educated.
Then there are organizations whose actions are so deviant from their stated purpose, are beyond the pale. Take this headline from, of all places, an AARP newsletter.
“The inspiring women of Allure's ageless beauties video series prove that growing up doesn't have to mean growing old.” [emphasis is mine]
I immediately hit the delete button. Let us say this all together now: There is nothing wrong with being old.
DAVID FARENTHOLD WINS PULITZER PRIZE
Perhaps, last year, you followed the work of Washington Post reporter David Farenthold who, over many weeks spoke with more than 300 charities that then-candidate Donald Trump said he had contributed money to.
Farenthold couldn't find any that Trump had actually given money to while also discovering illegal use of his foundation funds for personal purchases.
That kind of investigation, telephone call after call after call, is deeply tedious and deeply important to keeping public people honest. This week, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his effort and here's a video of the celebration with his colleagues at the paper.
Congratulations on a well-deserved award. You can read more at the Washington Post.
CONGRESS MADE IT OKAY TO KILL HIBERNATING BEARS
Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump signed a bill that had been passed by Congress making it legal to kill bears while they are hibernating and other wild animals too.
The law also allows people to kill cubs in their dens and target animals from helicopters. The Humane Society had condemned the law before it had passed the Senate and was sent to the president's desk.
“'What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America,' said Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle in a statement. 'If the Senate and president concur, we’ll see wolf families killed in their dens [and] bears chased down by planes.'
“Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who introduced the measure, argued that states’ rights were being infringed upon by the rule.
“'We have to recognize this is not about the little polar bears, the little grizzly bears or wolves on television, this is about the state’s right to manage — not allowing the federal government to do so.'”
Unh-huh. But the animals are just as dead. Find out more at Huffington Post.
THE MAN WHO CREATED MICROSOFT WINDOWS SOLITAIRE
Unless you're an Apple/Mac kind of person, you have undoubtedly played Microsoft's solitaire game that was included with every computer running Windows for many years.
Someone created that video game and it was an intern at Microsoft in 1988, named Wes Cherry. As the Youtube page explains:
"...out of sheer boredom, Cherry created Solitaire. With the approval of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the company decided to include the game as part of its Windows program. And thus commenced countless hours of wasted time. From procrastinators everywhere, thanks, Wes.”
Yeah, Wes – thanks a lot. Here's the story from Wes Cherry himself and wait until you see what he's doing these days, nearly 20 years later.
LITTLE GIRL MISTAKES DISCARDED WATER HEATER FOR A ROBOT
And it's this week's most adorable thing.
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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