THE COFFIN CLUB
Reader Kathleen Noble send this music video from New Zealand about members of the Kiwi Coffin Club who “cope with death and loss while bringing some fun and personality to their own final journey” says YouTube.
U.S. GETS FIRST INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY RESERVE
In the early 1970s, I had a weekend home in the Catskill Mountains about a three-hour drive from Manhattan.
Through those years, I was awed every week, looking at the sky when we arrived each Friday night. More stars than any city dweller can imagine and I don't think I've seen that natural array since then.
Now it has been announced that Idaho is now home to the first Dark Sky Reserve in the United States.
”The International Dark Sky Association, an Arizona-based nonprofit that advocates against light pollution, designated an area covering more than 1,400 square miles as the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve on Monday.
“The reserve includes the Sawtooth Range and other wilderness areas that offer brilliant views of the night sky.”
AMAZON'S NEW SERVICE CAN BE USED FOR MORE THAN JUST GETTING MORE STUFF WE DON'T NEED
Rob Bliss produced this video about helping others and includes this introductory note on the YouTube page.
”Note: this video is NOT SPONSORED OR AFFILIATED WITH AMAZON. I'm sure this technique could be used with Postmates or whoever else too. I simply wanted to demonstrate how easy and convenient it can be to bring a person in need, what they need, and to encourage that behavior.”
Take a look:
AFTER U.S. KILLS NET NEUTRALITY, U.K. MAKES HIGH SPEED ACCESS A RIGHT OF ALL CITIZENS
As you know, earlier this month the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) killed net neutrality, the law that gave everyone, large corporations and little tiny blogs like this one, equal access to the internet.
Some advocacy groups are fighting back but it will be a tough uphill battle that may seep into the midterm elections next year.
So while the Trump administration is working to limit citizens rights, the United Kingdom has just enacted a law, The Digital Economy Act, that by the year 2020 will make high-speed internet a human right in the country.
”Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: 'We know how important broadband is to homes and businesses and we want everyone to benefit from a fast and reliable connection...[and] have decided that only a regulatory approach will make high speed broadband a reality for everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live or work', reports Engadget.”
“The government will now begin setting out what the Universal Service Obligation (USO) must include. It's expected that legislation will be passed in early 2018 and that it will take roughly two years to formally introduce the minimum expected speeds...”
Other countries are making strides, small and large, while the U.S. seems to be in retrograde.
JAPAN'S ZERO WASTE TOWN
It feels like I might have posted this video before but what the hell, I like it.
”The village of Kamikatsu in Japan has taken their commitment to sustainability to a new level,” reports the YouTube page.
“While the rest of the country has a recycling rate of around 20 percent, Kamikatsu surpasses its neighbors with a staggering 80 percent. After becoming aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide associated with burning garbage, the town instated the Zero Waste Declaration with the goal of being completely waste-free by 2020.”
Of course it is a very small town, hard to apply the same principles to big cities, nevertheless it is impressive what they have accomplished for themselves and as an guide to other towns' waste futures.
11 THINGS WOMEN COULD NOT DO IN THE 1920s
When I got married in 1965, I was not allowed to have a credit card in my name. It was in my husband's name.
Fortunately, that had changed by the time we divorced in 1971, but it's taken a long time for women to gain parity in some of the simplest things. Some examples:
⚫ Have Their Own Name Printed On A Passport
⚫ Keep Their Citizenship If Marrying A Non-Citizen
⚫ Work The Night Shift
⚫ Hold A Job While Pregnant
⚫ Serve On A Jury
You can see the rest of the prohibitions against women at Mental Floss.
VINTAGE U.S. GAS STATIONS
I could do without the treacly music but it's fun to recall what part of the local landscape looked like when I was a kid:
WHY IS IT SO HARD TO CURE CANCER?
Okay, this is your serious study video for the day. It does an excellent job of explaining how cancer works – or actually, what we understand at this point about how cancer works.
Forty percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime – everyone is touched by it personally so it's good to know a little about how this still-dread disease works.
The book that is promoted at the end. The Emperor of All Maladies from Siddhartha Mukerjee which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011, is a stunning achievement. Worth the read if you are interested in such things.
Here's the TEDed video:
CHRISTMAS PUPPY CUTENESS OVERLOAD
They tiny little puppies doing what puppies do – this time at Christmas – until they tire out and fall asleep.
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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